Renowned chef joins Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts department
Chef Bernard Casavant has joined Okanagan College as the institution’s Culinary Manager.
Convocation season comes to a close
Last week, Okanagan College celebrated the achievements of students in its last two convocation ceremonies of the year.
On June 25, the College recognized students earning certificates, diplomas and degrees from Continuing Studies, Business Administration, Writing and Publishing, Health Care, and Arts and Science at a well-attended ceremony in Vernon.
On June 26, 430 graduands received credentials in programs such as Therapist Assistant, Certified Dental Assistant, Human Service Worker and Office Administration as well as Continuing Studies certificate programs during the College’s Summer Convocation in Kelowna.
The first Convocation of the year was held in January and honoured 299 students. On June 6 and 7, the College conferred nearly 1,400 credentials on students earning credentials in academic, vocational and trades programs.
New course for wine servers
A new online course is available to wine servers across the province – and around the country – thanks to a collaboration between Okanagan College and the British Columbia Wine Institute.
Golf tournament pulls an ace for Okanagan College Foundation
Golfers from throughout the Okanagan Valley and the Lower Mainland have boosted the coffers of the Okanagan College Foundation contributing more than $47,000 in support of students.
A total of 152 golfers registered for the Okanagan College Foundation/Western Financial Group 23rd Annual Golf Tournament, held at the Okanagan Golf Club on May 22. The final tally includes a matching donation from Scotiabank of $3,060 generated from golf contest packages.
“This is a great community event, and a chance for those of us both at the College and members of the general community to get together in support of our favourite cause – helping students,” said Okanagan College Foundation Executive Director Kathy Butler.
The winning team this year went to Inga Wheeler, Barb LeClair, Tobias Blaskovits and James Coble.
Alongside Western Financial as title sponsor, the Kelowna Capital News was media sponsor and PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. was the banquet sponsor.
Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation
As June came to a close, inboxes across the country were flooded with emails from organizations asking for permission to keep sending emails. This was because the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014. The purpose of CASL is to control spam or unwanted commercial electronic messages (CEMs).
CanFlip14 Touches Down at Okanagan College
The idea of “flipping” the classroom – using classroom time for peer interaction, discussion, and interaction; while instruction is done at home often via online video – is gaining traction in higher education. The CanFlip14 conference exploring this topic recently took place at Okanagan College.
The 145 participants came from all over the world to hear 25 presenters share their experiences in the flipped classroom. Keynotes by Aaron Sams (Pittsburgh, PA) and Chris Wejr (Langley, B.C.) inspired educators to incorporate learner-centred principles of autonomy, connectedness, and discovery into their teaching practice. The conference was co-sponsored by Okanagan College's Institute for Learning and Teaching.
Celebrating the Alumni achievementOn June 12, the College’s Alumni Association (OCAA) bestowed its highest honours on alumni Lane Shupe and Donnie Ungaro at the Centre for Excellence at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus.
Lane Shupe, a Certified Dental Assistant who graduated from the College in 1981, received the OCAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of her commitment to her profession, the College’s CDA program, and her exemplary record of volunteerism. To understand Lane’s contribution, watch the video.
Donnie Ungaro, Young Professionals/Culture Development Officer with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, was honoured with the Association’s Young Alumni Award, which recognizes the achievements of Okanagan College or Okanagan University College graduates under the age of 35. Watch the video about Donnie to learn more.
Jan O’Brien at Economic Development Summit
Jan O’Brien, Okanagan College's Institutional Research Manager, recently presented at the BC Economic Development Summit in Richmond as part of a panel discussion, called Shaping BC’s Labour Force Strategy. Jan is Co-Chair of the BC Student Outcomes Forum (a $1.2 million dollar project that surveys graduates from all 25 BC public post-secondary institutions).
Jan was joined by fellow panelists Ian Darling from BC Stats and Kerry Young from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training.
Rick Gee nominated for B.C. Nature Club award
The Central Okanagan Naturalists Club (CONC) has nominated Rick Gee, Okanagan College’s Chair of the Computer Science department and Chair of Education Council, for B.C. Nature’s Club Service Award.
On June 26, Rick also celebrated his last convocation as Education Council Chair having participated in multiple convocation ceremonies each year since January 2008.
Welcome Ben Harrison
Okanagan College’s Library welcome’s new librarian Ben Harrison to the Kelowna team. Ben comes to Okanagan College from Cranbrook, B.C., where he was working as a librarian at College of the Rockies. Prior to that, Ben lived in Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he completed a B.A. in History and a Master of Library and Information Science.
“What I love most about libraries is the human interaction that takes place along with the discovery and sharing of ideas and resources,” says Ben.
“A major aspect of my work at College of the Rockies was supporting international students, so I'm looking forward to working with the international students at OC through my reference and instructional work.”
Remembering Mark Baranow
A Celebration of Life is being held for Mark Baranow, who passed away on April 30. Mark worked in the Trades and Apprenticeship department for eight years, most recently as shop assistant.
“You could always count on Mark,” said Lingor. “He was great to work with and was well known for his expertise in repairing equipment and for organizing the movement of the rotating trades program.”
Jul. 2, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 7
All campus libraries have moved to summer hours until Sept. 3 and will be closed for statutory holidays.
See the following link for a schedule of all campus library hours.
Help promote the College
As a part of Okanagan College’s recruitment initiative, the recruiting team at the Penticton campus is participating in some community events in the South Okanagan over the summer.
Make Connections even better
Connections, Okanagan College’s annual employee learning conference, takes place Aug. 19 and 20 at the Kelowna campus, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Maximize your Moodle
On July 7, learn how to motivate your students, maximize interaction, build a community of inquiry, and facilitate learner reflection through Moodle. All sessions are online using a web conference tool called BlueJeans.
Contact Education Technology department for more information.
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