Career Fair wraps up
The 33rd annual Career Fair took place on Sunday, Nov. 3, and saw hundreds of visitors from the community coming to the Kelowna campus seeking insights and opportunities about careers and educational paths.
“This year, more than 30 exhibitors, representatives from all Okanagan College faculties, and tons of students and job seekers came together to share information about programs, credentials, transfer opportunities and careers,” said event organizer Michelle Lowry.
Students recognized for community contributions
Seven students attended a special dinner hosted by President Jim Hamilton last week in recognition of their receipt of the 2014 President’s Entrance Scholarship awards. The winners were from each of the College’s four regions and varied in their programs of study.
Automated Staffing Project complete
After more than two years of development, testing, and staged implementation, the Automation of Staffing Project (ASP) – an initiative spanning IT Services, Human Resources and Financial Services – was completed on Nov. 3.
In January 2011, Okanagan College engaged Millennium Professional Services Limited to conduct an assessment of the College’s Human Resources Information and Payroll System (BANNER HR) and a review of HR business processes to identify areas of risk and inefficiency.
Bob McDonald, award-winning science journalist and host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks is appearing at the Science in Society Speaker Series on Monday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Okanagan College Vernon Campus Lecture Theatre.
In Canadian Spacewalkers: What’s it like to Step into the Abyss? McDonald takes the audience through his own experiences with simulators, zero-g aircraft and his interviews with three astronauts about the physical and mental demands of spacewalking and the significant contributions of Canadian astronauts.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Get them at the Okanagan Science Centre 250-545-3644. To subscribe to or obtain more information visit okanagansisss.wordpress.com.
Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Partner
As a lifetime partner of Canadian Blood Services, Okanagan College employees and stakeholders are challenged to meet an annual donation goal, which is currently set at 50. As of the end of October 2014, Okanagan College’s generous staff have already donated 54 units to Canadian Blood Services.
For anyone wishing to donate blood and have it included in Okanagan College’s Lifetime Partner total, ask for the member form at the clinic or fill it in online at www.blood.ca/partnersforlife, using the ID number OKAN002612.
Cleaning up the creek in Kelowna
A group of dedicated volunteers came out on Friday, Oct. 24, to clean the Fascieux Creek wetland around the Kelowna Campus.
The team collected about six large bags of garbage, noxious weeds, some planting pots and even a bowling ball. The creek is happy once again.
Unique learning-teaching collaboration
Students from classes in two different programs recently came together to facilitate learning. AACP English instructor Andrew Pulvermacher and LPN instructor Dana Susheski teamed up to have current Practical Nursing students teach AACP students about selected health topics for five minutes.
“It was a great opportunity for students to practice the skill of teaching as well as connect with other students on campus,” says Susheski.
Karen Sansom appointed Associate Dean Arts and Foundational programs
Karen Sansom will bring nearly two decades of experience to her new role as Associate Dean of Arts and Foundational programs at Okanagan College.
Sansom fills the position left vacant by Kathy Hamilton’s retirement and joins colleagues Craig McLuckie, Associate Dean, and Dr. Robert Huxtable, Dean, in the leadership team of the portfolio.
“It feels a little bit like being back in school,” said Sansom, “there is a lot of learning but it has been really great so far.”
Sansom joined Okanagan College in 1995 when she was hired by Continuing Studies in Salmon Arm. She began as a clerk and then worked as a program administrator before moving to the instructional side of the College in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation department in 2001. She was a full-time instructor in AACP and spent three years as Chair of the department. Sansom also took on an acting role as Regional Dean after Clyde Tucker retired.
“I have a rich background at the College,” she said. “This position is a welcome opportunity for me to engage in institution-wide issues and support a complement of instructors and faculty who contribute so much to the programming and life of Okanagan College.”
Sansom’s home campus will be Salmon Arm.
Lisa Laflamme’s Halloween Haunt
Lisa Laflamme, Campus Support and Enrolment Clerk and CS Program Assistant in the South Okanagan Regional Dean’s office, and her husband, Erik, transformed their house in Penticton into a haunted house for Halloween. The goal of the ghoulish fun is to scare the pants off visitors to their home, but more importantly, to raise funds for the Upper Deck Vees special needs hockey team and food donations for the Salvation Army.
The Penticton Herald and Penticton Western News recently covered the haunting.
CS instructor authors manuals
Continuing Studies instructor Arlene Nora Arlow, a bookkeeper by trade, teaches QuickBooks in Penticton. She is also the author of the textbooks that she uses in her courses.
“I have been teaching QuickBooks for more than 10 years,” says Arlow.
“The classroom textbook that the manufacturer provides does not allow students to learn progressively. I figured if I wanted something more suitable, I should do it myself.”
She recently updated the manuals she uses in the course, Bookkeeping with QuickBooks® in Canada and Payroll With QuickBooks® in Canada.
The books come in spiral bound and PDF editions. For more information, visit www.addventive.com.
New Fellows for the ILT
The Institute for Learning & Teaching (ILT) has selected three new fellows. Fellows play an important role in the ILT as they are community builders for their respective areas to facilitate discussions about learning and teaching and instill a learner-centered culture.
The new ILT Fellows are Corey Bransfield for trades, Paul Stephenson for employees with an educational focus, and Margaret Johnson for science and technology.
If you would like to serve as an ILT Fellow, there is one opening for the South Okanagan Community of Practice. Further information can be found on the ILT website.
Jan O’Brien presents at Open Data event
On Oct. 16, President of the Treasury Board and MP Tony Clement was in the Okanagan to share his insight on open data and Okanagan College’s Manager of Institutional Research Jan O’Brien was invited to sit on a panel about the subject.
Chad Kohalyk from Predicative (geolocation intelligence) and Accelerate Okanagan hosted the event and the other panelists were Peter Watkins, Executive Director of the BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizen’s Services, and Dr. Ramon Lawrence, Associate Professor of Computer Science at UBC Okanagan. During the event O’Brien described her role as co-chair of the BC Student Outcomes Project and its contribution to DataBC.
“I was honoured to be on the panel,” says O’Brien. “I wanted to impress upon the audience that quality data is not cheap and this is often difficult for people to appreciate. Minister Clement was openly appreciative of the feedback and information he received from our session.”
Public Affairs personnel news
Public Affairs’ Marketing and Communications Specialist Meredith Birchall-Spencer is leaving her role with Okanagan College later this week. Her last day will be Nov. 7.
Meredith is a Penticton resident and has accepted a communications role close to her home. Part of her responsibilities in Public Affairs included Inside OC, so until Meredith’s replacement is hired, any submissions should be sent to Christine Ulmer.
Nov. 4, 2014, Vol 9, Issue 16
Have you seen Infusions lately?
Infusions restaurant at the Kelowna campus is open for lunch Tuesday to Friday and dinner Tuesday to Thursday. Infusions offers a reasonably priced, locally focused menu of appetizers, mains and desserts all prepared by the College's Culinary Arts students, with supervision by some of the valley's most talented chefs.
Call 250-862-5455 for reservations, stop by to view the menu and make sure to recommend the restaurant to friends.
Visit the website for details.
Canada and the First World War 1914-1918
On Nov. 7, Professor Howard Hisdal, chair of the History department and a 25-year veteran with the Canadian Armed Forces, will be giving an ILT Lunch and Learn talk covering Canada’s critical role on the battlefields of France and Belgium, how women got to vote in the 1917 federal election, and the long-term effects of this war on Canada. Event takes place at 1 p.m. in room E202 on the Kelowna campus.
Hisdal will also present at the Okanagan Military Museum in Kelowna on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Scholarly & Creative Expo now underway
Okanagan College is showcasing the written and research work of some of its faculty in a series of presentations taking place from Nov. 3 to 7 at all four College campuses. Topics run the gamut from creative writing to astronomy, math to feminism.
The festival also includes an appearance by Ted Bishop, author of The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder and Our Relationship with the Written Word, on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kelowna campus.
Most of the sessions are organized around the lunch-hour to allow public attendance. Presentations are free. For a full schedule, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/ocauthors2014.
Students awarded during evening events
Each year, the Okanagan College Foundation celebrates its award recipients and donors at the annual awards events. To highlight the accomplishments of the 2014 recipients and generosity of donors, awards nights will be taking place in the next few weeks in following locations:
Okanagan College was mentioned as a partner in the developing Okanagan Centre for Innovation, which held a groundbreaking on its site in Kelowna last week. Read more about the Centre and the College’s involvement in: Construction begins on innovation centre.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Nov. 18, 2014.