Career Fair encourages record number of applications to Okanagan College

Career Fair 2012Okanagan College’s 31st Annual Career Fair broke a record this year, with more than 200 applications coming in from potential students.

Programs of top interest were Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, along with the Bachelor of Business Administration. In the Trades, the highest application rate was from those looking to become an electrician.

“This is the largest number of applications we’ve had during Career Fair,” said organizer Michelle Lowry, who noted that a total of 251 applications were made, from 154 unique students. "That means some were applying for more than one program."

Potential students and members of the public packed the Atrium of the Centre for Learning, the Student Services building, and made their way through the Trades shops throughout Sunday at the Kelowna campus.

“Exhibitors were really pleased with how it all turned out,” Lowry said. “People were coming through all day long.”

Many exhibitors took advantage of the opportunity to host presentations, including Continuing Studies staff who spoke about wine and viticulture programs at the College.

Kelowna campus celebrates the world

International parade 2011Students with links around the world will be showcasing their cultural heritage at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College in celebration of International Education Week Nov. 13-16.

Events take place at noon throughout the week starting with A Parade of Students dressed in traditional attire making their way through the Atrium of the Centre for Learning on Tuesday.

Local artist Alex Fong will be on campus Wednesday at noon to give a watercolour demonstration, and on Thursday at noon, students from the campus’s International program will be teaching people how to write their names in Japanese or Chinese characters. That will be followed at 1 p.m. by a Diwali Festival of Lights Celebration, a festival observed throughout much of Asia, and a showing of a surprise foreign film at 4 p.m. in the lecture theatre.

The week closes Friday with a series of events starting at noon, including belly dancing and saree wrapping demonstrations, plus numerous international student performances.

Practical Nursing students take on flu awareness

Prac nurses flu vaccinePractical Nursing students will be hanging out at the mall this Saturday with a healthy purpose in mind.

Marie Walker, Megan Newby and Robyn Becher will be at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. providing information about flu season, as part of their health promotion course with Practical Nursing instructor Dana Susheski.

The students hope to help the public understand that vaccinations are not so much about protecting the individual, but the community as a whole. Informing the public about the benefits can help people make informed choices.

This marks the first time students have taken a flu awareness campaign into the community, Susheski said.

Okanagan College Business students make a great CASE

Two Okanagan College teams took part in this past weekend’s CMA Case Competition, with one team coming home from Vancouver with a third prize and a cheque for $1,000.

Team members Ben Ankenbauer, Cam Bailey, Jordan Innes and Meng An Chao took on the challenge of the two-day business event, which had students prepare a case on strategic leadership for the Friday evening, and then make their presentations before judges on the Saturday.

“The presentations were all so great this year,” said Katie Hensrud, business development officer for the CMA, which puts on the annual event.

Camosun College took first place, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University came in second.

Hensrud said more than 30 teams of four took part in this year’s event, with only 10 making it to the final rounds. Other teams taking part were from UBC (Vancouver and Okanagan campuses), Simon Fraser University, and Capilano University.

Matt Podewils, Amanda Wright, Benton Calder and Julia Ufimzeff comprised the second Okanagan College team.

“Both teams had excellent presentations, and their case was demanding,” said Okanagan College accounting team coach Karen Matthews. “Their analysis was good, the flow of their presentation was good and their presentation was good.”

Penticton celebrates awards night

Awards Penticton 2012aThe Okanagan College Foundation Awards were held in Penticton Nov. 1 with 64 awards handed out to 42 deserving students.

A total of $60,620 was distributed at the awards event, including four new awards:

  • Locke Property Management Ltd Tuition Bursary
  • Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Entrance Award
  • TEBO Practical Nursing Bursary
  • White Kennedy Award

  • People

    CGA-BC grants award to Dr. Heather BanhamHeather Banham CGA

    The Certified General Accountants Association of B.C. has granted Dr. Heather Banham the Ambassador of Distinction Award for her exceptional leadership and efforts.

    The Okanagan School of Business Dean received the award at the recent CGA-BC Conference. The award is handed out to those who successfully promote the CGA designation in the areas of student recruitment, the business community, academia, or government.

    In particular, the CGA-BC noted Banham’s work in establishing a CGA-BC classroom in the Centre for Learning at the College and contributing to the establishment of the CGA Foundation/Okanagan College Foundation Scholarship.

    To read an article from the Capital News about the award, click here. To read the CGA-BC media release, click here.

    Taste of India sweet success

    Taste of India 2012aHundreds of students tucked into good food, including sumptuous samosas, butter chicken and paneer, as part of the Taste of India event held at the Penticton campus’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.

    Library staff member Surandar Dasanjh, recipient of the Employee Excellence Key Directions Award for 2012, cooked for the event and then drew in her library staff colleagues Deborah Cutt, Anne Cossentine and Library Services director Ross Tyner and many others to help with serving and clean-up.

    This year, students had a chance to enjoy performances put on by both the Penticton School of Dance and Liisa Tukhala's Bahiti Belly Dancers troupe.

    The event was a fundraiser for campus students in urgent need of financial assistance.

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    Remembrance Day Closure

    Okanagan College and its campuses will be closed Monday, Nov. 12 following the occurrence of Remembrance Day on Sunday.

    Kelowna Campus Fitness Facility weekend closure

    The Fitness Facility at the Kelowna Campus will be closed as of Friday at 9 p.m. and re-open at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

    Marketing the post-secondary experience

    Ken Steele, whose company Academica helps keep thousands of subscribers informed through its Top Ten newsletter, was at the Kelowna campus recently presenting a talk on marketing. His presentation is available online.

    Young writers take note

    Budding Canadian writers might want to take part in the upcoming 3-Hour Short Story competition, which takes place Nov. 24 at each of the four campuses: Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. Deadline for registration is noon Friday, Nov. 23. Top prize includes publication in a limited fine-press edition published by Kalamalka Press, plus a $500 tuition fee credit. For more information, click here.


    Nov. 7 – The fifth Venture Okanagan Forum takes place at the Kelowna campus with entrepreneurs pitching their ideas before accredited investors. The forum takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    Nov. 7 – The Salmon Arm campus holds its Open House from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for students, parents, adult learners and anyone interested in learning about programs and services available at Okanagan College.

    Nov. 13 – The Vernon Campus hosts its Open House from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. for students, parents, adult learners and anyone interested in learning about programs and services available at Okanagan College.

    Nov. 14 – The Interdisciplinary Studies department hosts a panel of experienced social workers to talk about the triumphs and challenges of the profession. The panel takes place from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Room E202.

    Nov. 14 – The Penticton Campus hosts a special information night from 5 – 8 p.m. for students, parents, adult learners and anyone interested in learning about programs and services available at Okanagan College.

    Nov. 15 – Participants from last spring’s scientific expedition to Mount Everest will release their research findings into cardiovascular health at this panel discussion hosted by Okanagan College Human Kinetics professor Greg duManoir. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Penticton campus. Register for this free event online.

    Nov. 15 – Internationally acclaimed water expert Bob Sandford comes to the Vernon campus for a 7 p.m. presentation on The Snows of Yesterday and the Future Climate of the Canadian West as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $7 in advance through the Okanagan Science Centre.

    Nov. 22 – Okanagan Basin Water Board executive director Anna Warwick Sears will address the complex issue of water resources in the Okanagan. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. at the Penticton campus in room PL107.

    Nov. 22 – The REEL Change Sustainability Film Festival opens at the Kelowna campus lecture theatre with a 7 p.m. screening of On the Line, a documentary about the Enbridge Pipeline. Admission is free.

    Nov. 24 – Grade 11 and 12 high school students and Okanagan College students take part in the 3-Hour Short Story competition, which takes place at each of the four campuses: Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. For contest rules and to register, click here.

    Nov. 30 – Elementary, middle school and high school students arrive at the Kelowna campus for the Western Canada RoboCup Junior Games. For more information, visit the official RoboCup page.


    English professor Matt Kavanagh caught the attention of Literary Lollipop blogger Lydia following his Globe & Mail review of Capital by John Lanchester. The result is a two-part interview where Kavanagh expands on his research into how fiction has reflected the financial fall-out since 2008. Part one. Part two.

    This year’s Career Fair received extensive media coverage both at the event, and in the days leading up to it. Read: Opportunity knocks at job fair, Students can cash in on opportunity, Job fair can help plan your career, and Career Fair.

    The Capital News reported that Kelowna CGA Heather Banham has been given the Ambassador of Distinction Award by the Certified General Accountants Association of B.C. Read: School of business dean receives award.

    Recipients of this year’s Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships were touted in both the Vernon Morning Star and the Penticton Herald. Read: Vernon students among scholarship winners, and Ike Barber scholarships awarded.

    Capital News columnist Maxine DeHart chatted up Culinary Arts instructor Jim Armstrong for her column. Read: Don’t overlook local college dining hotspot.  DeHart also highlighted the work of Daphne Odjig, who received an Honorary Doctorate from Okanagan University College in 2002. Read: Justin Paul Fashions.

    The B.C. government’s investment of $18.7 million to create new seats in skills training resulted in an item in the Capital News. Read: OC granted skills training funds.

    Registrar Jane Muskens focused on skills, and then took on the telltale signs of a struggling student in her regular Capital News column. Read: Post-secondary education skills key to new jobs, and Signs of a struggling student.

    The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programs received considerable prominence with a few articles in local media. Read: Student lands aviation scholarship, and Opportunities in aircraft are on the rise, from the Morning Star, and Aircraft maintenance training starts February from Okanagan Sunday.

    School of Business professor Lee Cartier ended up with an interview on CBC Radio’s Daybreak, plus an article in the Capital News on his NSERC-funded research into the agriculture value chain of the Okanagan. Read: Farming innovation gets closer examination.

    Okanagan College 2012 Honorary Fellow Lane Merrifield announced he is moving on from Disney and on to FreshGrade, a new online tool for teachers. Read: Club Penguin co-founder moving on, from Okanagan Saturday.

    The hefty price tag of two big Vernon projects - the recreation complex at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, and a new art gallery – has council asking questions. Read: Vernon asked multi-million-dollar questions, from the Daily Courier.

    Auditions are open for the latest Okanagan College theatrical performance. Read: Red Dot Players looking for a few good women.

    More than 1,000 food and wine aficionados will be in Kelowna this February for the Canadian Culinary Championships, which will involve many students and staff at Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program. Read: Canadian Culinary Championships kicked off in Kelowna Monday.

    Poor job growth statistics indicate that graduates from UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College will need a reason to stay in the valley. Read: Jobless numbers all over the place, from Okanagan Saturday.

    The B.C. Jobs Fair took place at Kelowna’s Okanagan College campus. Read: Matching job seekers to jobs.

    Musical oldtimers Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard will be in Summerland Nov. 6 as part of their 12th annual tour in support of George Ryga Week. Proceeds from the event help to support the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, which was initiated in part by Okanagan College. Read: Legendary musicians to perform and A Contender contends with the times.



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