An NSERC first for OC
Okanagan College Computer Information Systems professor, Dr. Youry Khmelevsky has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grant—the first in the College’s history.
The $24,990 grant will fund three students to study ways of monitoring and optimizing the game services of Kelowna-based technology company WTFast.
Two Okanagan College Bachelor of Computer Information Systems students Trevor Alstad and Riley Dunkin have already started working on the project.
“The grant will subsidize the first step in the design, construction and testing of a new layer of game server software, which will take six months,” says Khmelevsky.
“When technology companies have a bottleneck in service they usually add servers to compensate, but adding extra hardware to the pool is not always optimal because they unnecessarily consume power, human resources and money,” he says.
To help solve this problem, Alstad and Dunkin will be studying how to improve performance between gamers’ workstations and WTFast’s game server clusters without adding costly infrastructure.
To learn more about the project, read the press release.
Register now for Connections 2014
Connections 2014 – Okanagan College’s ninth annual all-staff gathering – will be held Aug. 19 and 20 at the Kelowna campus. Register online now.
“This has become an important part of our culture,” says President Jim Hamilton.
“Connections provides a chance to reflect on our collective successes and challenges and do some learning and socializing. It also helps to build the collegial atmosphere and philosophy that I think distinguishes Okanagan College as an organization.”
Terry Fox Run
When Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s, Nfld., he said that if he couldn’t finish, his hope was that it would continue without him. It did and Terry is now recognized as an incredible humanitarian and inspirational icon for cancer research.
Miracle for Megan gift basket winners
Miracle for Megan is a fundraising campaign for the granddaughter of Okanagan College Carpentry instructor Gerry Leverrier. Megan is currently undergoing treatment for a rare liver cancer at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto and she needs a liver transplant.
John Lent poetry award
On July 25, Kevin McPherson, Okanagan College English professor and managing editor of Kalamalka Press announced the 2014 winner of the John Lent Poetry Award.
New face in Penticton food services
After many years of cafeteria service at the Penticton campus, Bev Burkart has retired.
“Bev’s motherly style will be missed by many at the Penticton campus,” says Penticton Regional Dean Donna Lomas.
“Her friendly approach and determination to know students and staff by their first name was greatly appreciated.”
To find a new food services vendor for the Penticton campus, the College put out a Request For Proposal and the successful applicant was Meika Smith, formally of the coffee shop, Smith and Company.
Meika is also a former student of Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus having graduated with a diploma in Business Administration.
“I am very excited to be back on campus,” Meika says.
Meika’s first official day is Orientation Day on Sept. 2, but she will be doing a soft opening in August to get familiar with the space and the equipment.
Adam Huston, a former Okanagan College electrical trades student, passed away after a car accident on June 15. Originally from Trail B.C., Adam attended first and second year apprenticeship training at Penno Road between 2009 and 2011. He then moved to Calgary to continue his work as an electrician.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Adam’s name to KidSport Greater Trail.
Matt Kavanagh publishes essay
Rowman & Littlefield published an essay by Matt Kavanagh, the chair of the English department, earlier this month. The essay is about American novelist Michael Chabon.
Kavanagh’s chapter examines the role of nostalgia in Chabon’s body of work, stretching from his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988) to the recent Telegraph Avenue (2013). It grew out of a review of Telegraph Avenue that first appeared in The Globe and Mail.
The essay was one of the projects Matt completed while he was on Extended Study Leave in 2013, and he’d like to thank the College for supporting his work. During that time Matt also welcomed his son Felix into his family. Congratulations Matt.
New face in Okanagan College
Anne-Rachelle McHugh has been hired as Campaign Communications & Marketing Specialist in the Advancement & Alumni Office. McHugh is a graduate of the Langara Journalism Program and worked as a reporter for several years before moving into communications and establishing her own writing and communications firm.
“Okanagan College feels like home and I feel privileged to be part of an amazing team committed to raising the funds needed to complete the new Trades Training Complex and provide students with bursaries and scholarships made possible through generous donations from individuals and businesses within the community,” she said. “I truly loved my years at the college and look forward to many more.”
Jul. 29, 2014, Vol. 9 Issue 9
Kelowna Fitness Facility construction
The Kelowna campus Fitness Facility is undergoing some much-needed repairs. The grand re-opening is projected for Aug. 5. If you are missing your workouts, stop by the Athletics and Recreation office for a one-week pass to Global Fitness or Mission Fitness or visit our Facebook page for some fun outdoor workout ideas.
Lend a hand for Kick Off
To welcome students to Okanagan College, each campus holds Kick Off orientation events the first week of September.
Health and well-being resources
Okanagan College's employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and well-being.
The 2014/15 schedule for all campuses is now live through Academic ClassFinder. Please note the schedules are still subject to change as the scheduling office works through the remaining change requests. The broader Okanagan College community can now also see the schedule through tools like Banner, Timetable, and my Teaching Schedule. The scheduling system and Banner will be kept in sync on a daily basis with changes made.
Municipal Pension Plan
The pension option factor tables are changing January 1, 2015. The link below outlines how the pension factor tables may change the amount payable at retirement, depending on the pension option selected. The changes do not impact how Members of the Municipal Plan – Excluded Support & Support Staff basic (normal) pension is calculated. Click the link for more details.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to design a course for online delivery? From Sept. 11 to Nov. 20, Continuing Studies is offering a new course developed by Okanagan College’s Director of Learning and Teaching, Beverlie Dietze.
Using a variety of techniques, participants will examine online pedagogy and ways in which learning and teaching strategies may be applied to support learner engagement in an online learning environment.
The course will be delivered using Collaborate and participants will need to be available online every second Thursday from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $165 plus GST.
Contact Mary Kline for more information or to register.
OC Honorary Fellows George and Trudy Heiss were fêted for their trailblazing efforts in the Okanagan wine industry by the Canadian Vintners Association, see Award of distinction in the Kelowna Daily Courier and Winery founders honoured in the Vernon Morning Star.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Meredith Birchall-Spencer.