Business students off to Queen’s in New Year

icbcTen students from the Okanagan School of Business have been selected to compete in the 2015 Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) in Kingston this January after advancing from a competitive preliminary round to the prestigious finals.

Okanagan College will be sending five teams of students to compete in the international event, which is held annually at Queen’s University. ICBC is Canada’s longest-running undergraduate business case competition.

This year, more than 140 teams were invited to compete in the preliminary round, only 46 teams advanced. The College will send the second largest number of students to the event – the University of Calgary will send just two more.

The College will be represented in the areas of accounting, ethics, debate, finance, and management of information systems.

The competition takes place Jan. 15-17, 2015.

InnSpire to support local homeless men

enactusA new social enterprise developed by students from Okanagan College’s Enactus team is kicking off this month and will benefit local residents of Chandler House in Kelowna.
Chandler House is Inn from the Cold’s newest residence and is home to eight chronically homeless men in Kelowna. The residence is a safe place for the men to rest, take a shower, and have a hot meal. In short, it’s a place for them to call home.
After receiving a large donation of soaps, Inn from the Cold connected with the College’s Enactus team and a unique opportunity emerged - a chance to generate income for the not-for-profit, while giving students a chance to put their business skills to the test by developing a plan for a legitimate social enterprise.
After months of planning and hard work, the team from Enactus and Inn from the Cold are launching InnSpire. The students have created a business plan for selling the donated soap, and this has included marketing, packaging, advertising, and sales. The soap will be available for purchase next week in a variety of locations.
The team hopes to develop a sustainable source of income that not only benefits Inn from the Cold, but also raises awareness about the organization as a whole.

Anyone wishing to purchase soap from Enactus Okanagan College can visit the atrium of the Centre for Learning in Kelowna on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Single soaps cost $5 or three for $10.  
Visit the team’s Facebook page for more information or email

Ninth annual Pay it Forward now underway

pifOkanagan College is operating its ninth annual giving drive, Pay it Forward, at the Kelowna campus from now until the end of this week (Dec. 5). Donations of new or gently used winter coats, gloves and toques, as well as new toiletries, baby items and unwrapped toys for children are being accepted in a series of collection bins around the Kelowna campus.

Staff, students, or members of the community can drop off items in the offices of International Education or Athletics, or contact Lynn Johnson or Heather Carson for more information.

All items will be donated to local charities.  

Ready, set, RoboCup

robocupAlso back for its ninth year is the Western Canada RoboCup Junior competition, which is presented by Electronic Engineering at Okanagan College. The event takes place on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Kelowna campus and will bring together elementary, middle and high school students from throughout the region.

Sponsored by ASTTBC, tekmar and AEM, the annual event challenges local students in the areas of robotics and electronic engineering through fun and interesting hands-on activities.

RoboCup will take place in the atrium at the Kelowna campus from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday.


Culinary apprentice cashes in on hospitality scholarship

daynaFor the first time ever, a culinary apprentice from the Okanagan has been selected as the recipient of a $1,500 B.C. Hospitality Foundation Scholarship, as selected by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.

Second-year apprentice Dayna Duckwork-Dolan was nominated for the award by Chef Bernard Casavant, Culinary Manager for the College. In addition to receiving the scholarship, Duckworth-Dolan got the opportunity to participate as a delegate at the CONNECT Food+Drink+Lodging show in Vancouver.

From Duckworth-Dolan’s perspective, the financial support is welcome, but more than that the scholarship communicates industry support and interest in her career choice.

“Having somebody else tell me that they value my efforts and career choice means a great deal,” she said. “It’s an extra catalyst to tell me this was the right industry for me.”

“That's precisely what the scholarship program is all about,” explains Alan Sacks, executive director of the B.C. Hospitality Foundation. “Our primary mandate is to support members of the hospitality industry who face a financial crisis due to a medical condition. In addition, with our scholarship program, we want to encourage and inspire the next generation of leaders in our industry. We are excited to be able to assist Dayna as she builds a successful career in British Columbia.”

Calgary chapter of Alumni Association established 

alumniA Calgary chapter of the Okanagan College Alumni Association has been established to create a social and professional network to support fellow alumni living in the area.
Leading the initiative are former business classmates Jessica Zucchi, (BBA Hons ’11) and Jeff Tassone, (BBA '11). 

More than 20 Okanagan College alumni attended the chapter’s first official social event last month. The group enjoyed an evening of bowling and refreshments courtesy of the Alumni Association. 

Dec. 2, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 18

ILT Newsletter Submissions

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT) is asking for submissions for the next issue of its newsletter, Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching, on the theme of “Experiential Education and Service Learning.”  

Please join the conversation by sharing your experiences and best practices in this exciting area of active learning and teaching. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2, 2015 and intended publication date is the third week of February.

Guidelines for the newsletter submissions may be found online on the ILT website.  

BC Student Outcomes data now more accessible

Information sourced by the BC Student Outcomes survey is now easier than ever to view thanks to the development of a new executive dashboard.

The new dynamic interface provides the option to review a graphical overview of results from three student outcomes surveys in one place, as a result of the new “at a glance” function. Information can be viewed by survey, by institution, by program grouping, and by individual program.

“This should be a useful tool for students who are looking at different career options,” says Jan O’Brien who is co-chair of the provincial project.

The BC Student Outcomes Project annually surveys over 50,000 former students of BC public post-secondary educational institutions to determine satisfaction with programs, program relevance, and labour market outcomes.

Call for volunteers - Winter Convocation 

Public Affairs is seeking volunteers for Winter Convocation, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, to help with gown distribution, serve as ushers, and assist with the reception. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and would require about three hours of your time.
Please contact Michelle Lowry for details.
If you are faculty and would like to attend the ceremony please let Michelle know. If you require regalia please send your height, highest awarded credential and which institution your credential is from.


The Daily Courier noted that Business Admin student Lauren McKay is the recipient of the Premier’s International Scholarship for Study Abroad in its Nov. 19 issue. She was only one of 10 students provincially who landed the $10,000 scholarship – McKay is studying at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern in Otten, Switzerland.

eVent Magazine carried news of the winner of the College’s three-hour short story contest in its Nov. 20 edition. (Jesse Frechette of Penticton took top prize).

Word of the social enterprise being developed by Enactus Okanagan College students for homeless men in the Chandler House (associated with Inn from the Cold) earned media attention from the Daily Courier on Nov. 25 and the Kelowna Capital News on Nov. 28.

The story of research focused on children’s play by the College’s Dr. Beverlie Dietze and Jane Lister drew a headline in the Nov. 20 issue of the Daily Courier.

A College press release was used as the basis of a story on the Canada Job Grant program in the Nov. 23 edition of the Courier. The article outlines how employers should be contemplating accessing the program to meet their employee training needs. MP Ron Cannan focused on the Canada Job Grant program in his Dec. 1 column for the Courier as well, referencing Okanagan College.

A provincial media release on a College program that will be offered for Aboriginal students in Oliver starting in January earned column inches in the Okanagan Sunday on Nov. 30. The program will provide Aboriginal learners with upgrading courses, employment readiness and workplace certificates.

Geography Prof Terence Day was surrounded by maps in the picture in the Daily Courier on Nov. 18 as columnist Ron Seymour wrote about Day’s exhibit – The First World War in 22 Maps - in the Kelowna campus library to help mark Remembrance Day.

Honorary Fellow Ernie Philip was in full regalia as a PowWow performer when the Okanagan Sunday’s Gary Nylander captured an image of him for the front page of the Nov. 23 edition.

Okanagan College alumnus Colin Basran was sworn in as Kelowna’s youngest-ever mayor on Dec. 1 – a story and photo were carried front page in today’s Daily Courier. An editorial on the beginning of his four-year tenure was carried on the editorial page. An earlier story on Basran’s victory was carried in the Kelowna Capital News on Nov. 19.  Columnist Ron Seymour focused in on Basran in his Nov. 26 column.

Okanagan College’s Director of Public Affairs earned a passing comment from Jon Manchester as Manchester announced his departure as Managing Editor of the Daily Courier. (Coyle, for those who didn’t know, had a life as a newspaper editor and executive in the latter part of the last century.) It has since been revealed that Manchester will join Castanet in the New Year.

The Central Okanagan Regional District’s Waste Reduction Office hosted a Repair Café in the Kelowna Campus’s Centre for Learning on Nov. 22, earning media attention from the Daily Courier and The Kelowna Capital News.


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