Oct. 6, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 14
Statutory holiday closure
Okanagan College will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 in observance of the Thanksgiving statutory holiday.
The Connections planning committee would like your feedback to help in the planning of next year’s event. Employees can fill out the online survey to share suggestions and ideas for future Connections conferences.
A highlight of the conference is always the Connections video shown during the President’s address. If you were unable to attend or view the video remotely you can watch it here.
Volunteer at Career Fair
Okanagan College’s Career Fair helps connect the community to insights about careers and education opportunities in the region. On Sunday, Nov. 1, hundreds of students, job seekers and employers will descend on Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus to explore their educational options, research potential career paths, and discover available job opportunities.
Public Affairs needs volunteers to act as hosts and ambassadors from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. All volunteers will receive a gift and lunch.
If you are interested in volunteering or know of a potential exhibitor, please contact Michelle Lowry.
Upcoming governance elections
Elections will be held from Oct. 10 - 18 online in myOkanagan for student representatives on Education Council (four positions) and the Board of Governors (two positions). At the same time, a by-election for the Education Council Faculty Representative (Central Okanagan regional seat) is taking place.
For more information, and to vote, visit the Elections tab in myOkanagan.
Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service
Nominations are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service awards. Full criteria, nomination forms, and a list of previous honorees can be found online. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 16.
Toyota Matrix for sale
The Okanagan College Foundation, Supply Management Services and the Collision Repair Department are presently offering for sale a 2010 Toyota Matrix 4 Door Hatchback.
Reserved bid is set at $7,795.00. For more details, read the vehicle information sheet or follow this link. Bid forms will be accepted until Thursday Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.
Submit an article to the Fall ILT Newsletter
Submissions for the Fall issue of the ILT newsletter Enhancing the Practice of Learning and Teaching, are now being accepted. The theme of the next edition is Applied Research: Collaboration & Community.
Visit the ILT website for guidelines. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 30 and the intended publication date is in mid-November. Submissions can be sent directly to Michael Orwick. Questions about the newsletter can be sent to Jennifer Sigalet or Darrell Skinner.
Rise and shine with breakfast at Infusions
Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus will be opening its doors for breakfast service starting on Wednesday Oct. 14. From 8 to 11 a.m. you can enjoy hot breakfast and healthy options (a la carte menu) to start your day.
You can meet colleagues for an informal breakfast meeting, connect with friends, or fuel up for a day of work while supporting our Okanagan College Culinary Arts students who will gain hands-on experience preparing meals to order in a restaurant setting.
United Way campaign underway
October is United Way month and since 2008 Okanagan College employees have supported the charity with the payroll deduction campaign. For as little as $2 per pay period you can contribute to the community initiative. If you would like to participate, contact the Central Okanagan Regional Dean’s office at local #4501 to obtain a pledge form.
Municipal Pension Plan now on Twitter
Keep up to date with the latest news from the Muncipal Pension Plan by following them on Twitter at @MyBCMPP. The new social media account will be live tweeting from the annual general meeting on Oct. 15 with the hashtag #MPPAGM. This is a great way to stay informed if you cannot attend. For more information read this flyer.
Dr. Jackson Katz presents in Kelowna
Oct. 7 - Renowned American educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist, Dr. Jackson Katz will present his talk titled “Gender on the Agenda” which will explore the socialization of girls and boys in a culture of violence. The talk will take place at the Kelowna campus lecture theatre from 7 to 9 p.m. Advance tickets for the talk are $15 for students, $20 for everyone else and $25 at the door.
The event is presented by the Okanagan College Faculty Association and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Kelowna.
OC2020 Strategic Plan
final consultation sessions
The process of developing the Okanagan College Strategic Plan is progressing well, and a draft has been prepared. Employees are invited to attend the third round of consultations to review the Mission, Vision, Values, and Key Directions for the next five years. This is an opportunity to provide feedback before the plan is finalized.
Please note your calendar for upcoming sessions. Sessions are one hour:
- Vernon: Oct. 13, sessions at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. (room E102/103)
- Penticton: Oct. 15, sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (room PC130)
- Kelowna: Oct. 16, sessions at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. (room S103, Executive Boardroom)
- Salmon Arm: TBC, login to College Matters for updates
Roundabout Learning Series events
Oct. 13 – In “Research Ethics Board 101” Kathy Bockhold, Research Ethics Board Chair, will help you discover the role the REB serves and provide an overview of its processes. The session will take place in room L103 at the Kelowna campus from 12 – 1 p.m. The session will also be webcast.
Oct. 19 – In “Go beyond PowerPoint” Teresa Kisilevich will show you how to create outstanding, interactive visuals using Prezi, an online presentation tool. The session will take place in room L203 at the Kelowna campus from 12 -1:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 – In “Introduction to project management” join Ryan Ebner who will introduce the first in a series of sessions to give you the tools needed for successful project management. Learn the different phases of a project, and how project management skills can be applied to your work immediately to facilitate progress. The session will take place in room L103 in Kelowna from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 - In an all day session Dr. Dawn Mcarthur from the Child & Family Research Institute will facilitate a one-day workshop on how to write a successful research proposal. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in room A131 at the Kelowna campus.
The Roundabout Series is presented by IT Services and Learning & Teaching. Visit the website for more information, and email Ross McKerlich to register.
Federal election, meet the candidates at OC
Oct. 14 – In advance of the upcoming federal election, the OCSU will host an all-candidates meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus.
In addition, Library Services at the College has prepared an online resource webpage at www.okanaganvotes.ca with information about how to vote, a list of candidates, issues for consideration and campaign trends. Campus libraries also have information displays with books, articles, and other resources to help you get informed to vote on Oct. 19.
OC Social Club Fall BBQ
Oct. 16 – Back by popular demand, the OC Social Club is hosting a fall BBQ at the Kelowna campus from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. All employees are invited to attend, and no advance tickets are required. The BBQ will be held in the new and improved Trades Automotive shop. The cost is $10 for a burger and a beverage. Refreshments will be available while quantities last.
OC holiday party
Dec. 19 – Mark your calendars for some holiday cheer with your colleagues. All OC employees are invited to the holiday party at the German Canadian Harmonie Club (1969 Cary Road, Kelowna). Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m with live entertainment by the Blue City Trio. Tickets are $35 and will go on sale on Nov. 1. View the poster for additional details.
Laura Thurnheer, department Chair of the School of Business, received the Top Honour accolade in the 2015 Community Leader Awards in the mentor division, presented by the Kelowna Capital News. In the newspaper’s special insert on Oct. 2 commemorating the awards, a photo of Central Okanagan Regional Dean Heather Schneider presenting the Leader of the Year award to Marion Sallenbach was included.
Dr. Sheilagh Seaton, also a College Business Professor, was appointed the new Chairwoman of Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen. The Penticton Herald and the Summerland Review both shared the good news.
Another Business Professor in the news, Devin Rubadeau has headed off to South Korea to coach the Canadian Military Sailing Team at the 6th Military World Games in Mungeyong. That story was reported in the Kelowna Capital News’ sports section.
Numbers are up at OC and media were quick to spread the news. Both the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald published articles on Oct. 1, as did the Vernon Morning Star on Oct. 2. KelownaNow.com and the Vernon Morning Star shared the news online.
The College’s annual Powwow celebration always draws a crowd and the eyes of the media, including the Kelowna Daily Courier who shared a brief the morning of the event, and an article recounting the day’s festivities on Sept. 25. This year, the signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol also created headlines in the Vernon Morning Star in print and online, the Kelowna Capital News, the Kelowna Daily Courier, and KelownaNow.com. Watch a clip from the Powwow on Global Okanagan.
BBA grad and OC alumnus Brett VanderHoek has been named as one of the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 in Vernon, as reported by the Vernon Morning Star. VanderHoek is currently working as the corporate services supervisor at Tolko Industries.
OC Audio Engineering and Music Production certificate alumnus Ben Klick will host the CD release party of his new album at the College’s Kelowna campus on Oct. 10. The Kelowna Capital News and Castanet shared details of the event online.
The Therapist Assistant diploma program celebrated 25 years of the program with an alumni reception in Kelowna on Sept. 24. The Kelowna Daily Courier in print and online and the Kelowna Capital News in print and online shared the career success of alumna Patricia Harris as she commemorated the silver anniversary.
The new welding shop at the Kelowna campus continues to earn ink, with the Vernon Morning Star publishing an article on Sept. 27. The Kelowna Capital News and KelownaNow.com reported on the $50,000 donation to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign received from Praxair which helped in the creation of the new welding training space.
Donor contributions were also recognized in the Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Capital News who reported on the College receiving a Redbird FMX flight simulator from Carson Air and ROV Consulting, totalling $150,000.
The October issue of the Business Examiner recognized the $50,000 donation made to the College by Fender’s Automotive Center.
The ongoing generosity of longtime College supporters and donors Rick and Yasmin Thorpe was featured in the Summerland Review in print and the Kelowna Capital News online with an article reporting on the 10 new scholarships they have arranged for incoming Okanagan College students to celebrate the 10 years of the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Scholarship Fund.
The Vernon Morning Star was quick to share news in print and online that the Science in Society Speakers Series returns to the Vernon campus on Oct. 13 with a talk given by Dr. Richard Hebda from the Royal BC Museum. KelownaNow.com also shared the event details.
Drones and the regulations surrounding their operation was a hot topic, with the Kelowna Capital News, the Kelowna Daily Courier, and KelownaNow.com sharing details of an information session co-hosted by Okanagan College and the Kelowna District Flying Club. Global Okanagan also highlighted the event.
A bacon run? You bet! Read the Castanet article that recaps the event, including commentary from OC Pastry Arts instructor Chef Danny Capadouca. Culinary and Pastry Arts students contributed to the event with a table of bacon treats to sustain the 247 runners on the course.
Okanagan Athletics and the Okanagan College Coyotes co-hosted a tournament with some of the best high school baseball teams in Western Canada in late September, as reported by the Kelowna Capital News.
Bringing awareness to breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation stopped by OC’s Vernon campus in September, as reported by the Vernon Morning Star on Sept. 18.
The Greater Vernon Athletics Park is officially open. Media captured the grand opening events that took place on Sept. 26. The Vernon Morning Star gave significant coverage with three articles: Park proves popular, Politicians await track cost, and Sports park officially opens. The Penticton Herald also published a photo and article, reporting on the more than 2,000 people who attended the fun-filled day.
From sports to literature, the Vernon Morning Star promoted the Shuswap BookFest hosted by Okanagan College, which brought two renowned Canadian authors to the region.
The Daily Courier’s Oct. 6 edition shared the Giller Prize shortlist authors. While not on the shortlist, Okanagan College English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley was one of 12 authors on the prestigious longlist for her debut novel All True Not a Lie in It.
Old tires you’re hoping to get rid off? The Kelowna Daily Courier shared details about the Regional District collecting old tires for recycling on Oct. 24 and 25 with Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus as a drop off location.
The Vernon Morning Star published a photo of retired Associate Dean of Business Madelaine Befus for having won a Silver Star Mountain Resort contest.
In Scholarship honours soldier’s sacrifice 99 years ago in the Kelowna Capital News, College Library Technician Erika Henfling comments on the impact receiving the Jack McMillan scholarship in 1970 has made on her. The article was also picked up by The Province online.
The Kelowna Capital News reported that Honorary Fellow Chef Rod Butters received the Best Medium Garden award for Ribbit Farms from the Green Thumb Awards presented by the Communities in Bloom Committee.
The Trunk Sale organized by Regional Waste Reduction Office was once again hosted at Okanagan College. The Kelowna Capital News promoted the event in an article on Sept. 23, and the Okanagan Sunday reported on the event’s success on Sept. 27.
With the federal election around the corner, attention is being given to the importance of the youth vote. The Kelowna Capital News featured OCSU Chairperson Chelsea Grisch sharing a perspective about the youth vote, and details of the upcoming Oct. 14 all-candidates meet and greet at the College’s Kelowna campus. In the same special election edition of the paper, five students (Arts student Hunter Marrington, Computer Information Systems diploma student Marcus Gullberg, Adult Basic Education student Megan Shull, Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate Riley Robertson, and Civil Engineering Technology student Sergei Turner) contributed comments about how to encourage young people to get out and vote. English Professor Tim Walters also contributed his perspective on the need for students to exercise their voting power. The article also featured alumnus Matthew Heuman who developed an app called Vote Note to provide voting information. The Vernon Morning Star’s article Candidates compete for youth vote also addressed this emerging focus in the election.
The Business Examiner reported on the all-candidates forum held at the Vernon campus in its October edition.
The Kelowna Capital News also featured OUC alumnus and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan in an article about his political views for the election and shared the event details of Koyczan’s upcoming concert in Kelowna on Oct. 22.
Elections coverage continues to be prominent throughout the Valley:
Articles about NDP Candidate and College English Professor Norah Bowman appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s Sept. 24, Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 editions and in the Okanagan Saturday on Sept. 26.
Articles about Okanagan College Honorary Fellow Richard Cannings (NDP) and College Board of Governors member Connie Denesiuk (Liberal) were published in the Penticton Herald: Forum gives candidates change to outline positions, platforms, Park idea finds favour among candidates, NDP good with money, says Cannings, and Healthy goals within reach. The Osoyoos Times reported on the polls in Neufeld closing gap on Cannings in latest poll, and also included Cannings and Denesiuk in a feature about Green Party candidate Samantha Troy.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Oct. 20, 2015.