Kelowna room bookings

cflThe fall 2012 stable enrolment date is Sept. 14, 2012. What this means for staff and faculty in Kelowna is that room bookings for events, other than academic, foundational, vocational and trades courses, will only be allowed after Sept. 14.

Some room booking exceptions that would be considered prior to this date are:
-    Bookings required for Saturday or Sunday  
-    Evening bookings 
-    Orientation-type bookings (not already scheduled for Sept. 4 through Carolyn Hopkins)  – contact Michelle Reed.

The Kelowna Scheduling office reserves the right to bump events booked prior to Sept. 14, 2012.

The people responsible for booking rooms are:

-   Kim Snyder (4625) academic, vocational and foundational course bookings and final exam bookings

-   Michelle Reed (4614) internal event bookings

-   Lois Harold (4544) external event bookings

-   Marie Crossley (4231) trades bookings

Room booking requests for the new semester – submitted to Michelle Reed - will be processed starting Sept. 17. As a waiting list is not kept, please do not send requests until after 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14.

ALECC comes to Okanagan

Okanagan College is co-hosting the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada's (ALECC) biennial conference, Space + Memory = Place between Aug. 7-12 in Penticton and Kelowna.

ALECC’s pre-conference activities, “Okanagan: The Place,” focus on the geographical location of this conference. Through talks, workshops, and working on the land in a remediation project, this pre-conference explores the unique features of the Okanagan Valley, both its natural history and its culture.

The first day of the conference takes place at Okanagan College's Penticton campus in one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, and features workshops and presentations by Dick Cannings, Jake Kennedy, kevin mcpherson eckoff, Bronwyn Preece, and Luis Aguiar.

For more information about the pre-conference sessions visit the ALECC website.

Registration is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Day one registration is limited to 40 participants; Day two registration is limited to 60 participants.

Leadership Series: Summer Intensive

Continuing Studies is offering a three-day leadership series at the Kelowna campus from Aug. 22-24.

The 18-hour course is designed to give participants the skills and understanding of leadership required to become more efficient with relationships in the workplace.

Learning outcomes include:
  • Understanding the difference between management and leadership

  • Identifying the behaviours of effective team leaders and members

  • Improving the productivity and efficiency of your organization

  • Using active listening skills to build positive relationships and improved results
  • Being able to use supportive and formative feedback
  • Increasing employee commitment to the organization
  • Learning how to build consensus in group decision-making

  • Being able to apply a useful conflict resolution process in your workplace
  • Turning company goals into meaningful and identified targets

The series runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $450. Go online to find out more and search for CRN: 95251.


Jordan and Wigmore to take up residence at Mackie Lake House

Poetry and prose are likely to pour out of Mackie Lake House this coming season with the announcement of two new writers for its Writers in Residence program.

JordanFiction writer and sometimes playwright Terry Jordan and poet Gillian Wigmore have been named as recipients of this year’s fall and winter residencies. The writers will each spend two weeks at the historic house to work on their craft, all while making connections with English and Creative Writing students enrolled at Okanagan College or nearby post-secondary schools.

The program was established in 2003 as a partnership initiative between Mackie Lake House Foundation and Okanagan College through the auspices of Kalamalka Press.

Jordan, who will be taking up the September residency, is an award-winning fiction writer, essayist and dramatist whose stage plays have been produced across the country. His book of stories It’s a Hard Cow won a Saskatchewan Book Award and was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize.

wigmoreWigmore will be arriving at Mackie Lake House in January. The Prince George author has written two books of poems, including soft geography (2007), which received the 2008 ReLit Award.

She’s also been short-listed for many awards including the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry.

Former Olympian to speak at Connections

malindiKelowna’s Malindi Elmore will make a presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Connections in Kelowna. The Okanagan runner will share tips on how to kick start a fitness regime and quest for good health. 

The Kelowna-native is a three-time Canadian 1,500-metre champion, Pan American Games bronze medalist and World University Games medalist. She represented Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games after winning the Olympic Trials that year and was runner-up to new club mate Hilary Stellingwerff at the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Elmore brings an impressive range having medaled at the Canadian Championships over 800 metres. She was part of the Canadian World Cross Country Championships bronze medal winning team and also is one of Canada's fastest 5,000-metre runners.

Register for this event today by selecting the Okanagan Inspiration seminar from the Connections workshop planner and online registration form.

BC day holiday closure

Okanagan College will be closed on Monday, Aug. 6 in observance of B.C. Day, a statutory holiday. The Kelowna Fitness Facility will be closing Friday. Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday at 7 a.m.

Volunteers needed for Kelowna orientation

Staff at the Kelowna campus have been working hard to build upon the continued success of orientation to welcome new students to the campus. The Kelowna campus will host a campus-wide semester kick-off of on Sept. 4. In order to make this event great for new students, the orientation committee is calling for staff and faculty volunteers. 

Volunteer shifts will be one or two hours long and are needed from 7:30 a.m. until noon. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including: morning greeters, parking lot coordinators, information table staff and set-up/take-down helpers.

If you would like more information about volunteer duties or are interested in helping with Orientation Day, contact Carolyn Hopkins at local 4469.

Kelowna Fitness Facility renewals are due

If you have a membership pass at the Kelowna campus fitness facility, it is time to renew your membership. Please visit the campus rec staff in A105 and fill out a new PAR-Q. (Renewal of passes is free.)

Orientation Day 2012

Orientation day planning is well underway for Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm. To see what your campus has in store to welcome students to the fall semester, go online:

Join OC at Downtown Block Party

Okanagan College will be represented at the Downtown Kelowna Block Party event on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bernard Avenue will be closed for the day while street vendors, merchants and children’s activities bring the streets alive.

Come down for the day and say hello to fellow colleagues as they highlight what the College has to offer through demonstrations, displays and information. If you would like to volunteer to help manage the booth, please contact Carolyn Hopkins.


The Vernon Morning Star shared news of the inaugural winner of the Kalamalka Press John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. Read more about Ariel Gordon’s manuscript, How to Make a Collage in: John Lent inspires poetry winner

Okanagan College is co-hosting the reading series A Writing Place: Authors in Rural British Columbia beginning Aug. 7. Read more about the event, which kicks off with Honorary Fellow Richard Cannings in Penticton at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in: Summer reading series launched in the Okanagan.

The Kelowna Capital News reported a prestigious honour for Okanagan College business student Richard Wagner. Wagner was selected as the Certified Management Accountant Society of B.C. 2012 recipient of the $2,500 Dick Lucas Memorial Scholarship. Read more about Wagner’s achievements in BUAD 366 in: Special honour for OK College student.

The team of Okanagan College trades students, employees and a few dedicated community volunteers was photographed in the Penticton Herald after pouring footings and a concrete slab for a six-stall stable at the Critteraid farm in Summerland. Read more about the group’s efforts to support horses in need in: Critteraid.

Registrar Jane Muskens wrote her School’s In column about the importance of investing in human capital. Read more in: Post-secondary education leads to job opportunities.


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