College triple-threat on podium at Skills Canada

skills1Okanagan College students brought home gold, silver and bronze after qualifying for the national Skills Canada competition, held in Quebec City last week.

Jamie Maloway, a first-year Electronic Engineering Technology student has been crowned Canada’s top student at Skills Canada. Jamie won gold at the BC provincial skills competition, earning a spot at the national competition, where he won the category of post-secondary electronics. Jamie was coached by Nadir Ould-Khessal.

Jeff Nishi won a national silver medal in the category of IT- Network Systems Administration. Jeff graduated from Okanagan College’s NTEN program on Saturday. He learned of his second place finish when it was announced at Convocation by Douglas MacLeod, Associate Dean of Science, Technology and Health. Jeff was coached by Nolan Fretz.

skills2Okanagan College’s Trades department was represented by Jadyn Lowe (carpentry) and Russell Silvius (Automotive Service Technician). Both Jadyn and Russell won provincial gold medals, qualifying for the national competition. Jadyn earned a bronze medal at Skills Canada for his work – Russel did not make the podium. Jadyn and Russell were coached by Marvin Rode and Jamie Bloomfield.

For more information about the competition, visit Skills Canada online.

Centre of Excellence open for learning

coeThe first group of students to access the College’s new Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation set foot in the new building on Monday.

Two classes of students in the Electrical pre-apprenticeship and HVAC programs began their programs in the new building this week. Okanagan College staff had the classrooms ready to go with computers up and running. Many more staff will be working hard this week to finish work on the shops and get the tool crib equipped for students. Stay tuned to Inside Okanagan College for more Centre of Excellence updates. 

Weekend Convocations recognize more than 1,420 graduates

Okanagan College hosted the first of its spring Commencement and Convocation ceremonies this weekend at the Kelowna campus. Close to 100 graduates of Trades and Apprenticeship programs attended Commencement on Friday evening, where the College recognized the achievements of more than 1,000 students who completed a foundation or upper-level apprenticeship program over the past year.

gradOn Saturday morning students in programs in Engineering Technologies, Science, Associate of Arts, Environmental Studies, ECE, Computer Information Systems, Human Kinetics and Criminal and Social Justice attended the first of two Convocation ceremonies held that day.

Dr. Tom Landecker and Beverley Busson were recognized as 2011 Honorary Fellows of Okanagan College, while Mel Kotler was recognized at the afternoon ceremony, which celebrated graduates of Business Administration, Advanced Culinary Arts and Commercial Aviation.

Throughout the course of Saturday's Convocations Okanagan College conferred 420 credentials - 130 degrees, 215 diplomas, 68 associate degrees and 7 certificates to 2011 graduates.

The next Convocation ceremony will take place in Vernon on June 28, followed by Summer Convocation in Kelowna on June 29. Contact Michelle Lowry for more information or to volunteer.

Connections 2011

Registration for the College's employee learning conference on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24 is well underway. Some sessions are already full so register now to secure your spot in the sessions of your choice. Bus transportation to the Penticton campus will be provided. Details of the sessions, transportation times, and the days’ schedules can be found online. 

In addition to the morning presentation and plenary sessions, the Connections team is offering a mid-day informative presentation about SIFE Okanagan for anyone who has ever wondered what Students in Free Enterprise group is all about?

SIFE is a student-run organization with the goal to implement projects that address major needs in the communities (hunger awareness, financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills development, environmental sustainability). The College's team competes in regional and national competitions and will be presenting from 12-12:30 (over the lunch hour) each day at Connections. No registration is required, just an interest in learning about SIFE Okanagan, the tremendous results they have achieved, and ways to get involved. Anyone with questions about Connections can contact Kaya.

RV Owners Seminar kicks off in two weeks

Okanagan College will host the 14th annual RV Owners Seminar in Kelowna from June 24-27.

Anyone looking for information on RVing lifestyle - from purchase to all the systems to travel destinations - can find all kinds of information at this event.

Registration is $175 per person, and that includes four nights of dry camping, a wine and cheese night, a BBQ, coffee and muffins every morning, and live entertainment by world famous Arch Doody and his band. All of this plus three days of seminars amounts to a great opportunity. Go online for more information or call Al Cohoe Ext. 4488.


Celebrate Steve Koehle’s career


A retirement party in honour of Vice President Steve Koehle’s 33-year career with Okanagan College will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the courtyard at the Kelowna campus. A presentation will take place at 3:40 p.m.

Steve’s last day at Okanagan College will be July 7.

Foundation welcomes Kempf, says farewell to retiring Directors

alfThe Okanagan College Foundation welcomed a new Director to the Board at the May 12, 2011 AGM. Alf Kempf was appointed for a three-year term. Alf’s post-secondary career began at Okanagan College. He transferred to UBC to complete a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Bachelor of Law Degree. He joined Pushor Mitchell in 1982 and became a partner in 1985.

The AGM also saw the re-election of four Directors for additional three-year terms: Bev Busson (Shuswap-Revelstoke), Denny Kaulback (Shuswap-Revelstoke), Sigrid-Ann Thors (North Okanagan), and Lynda Wilson (Shuswap-Revelstoke). May 12 was the last Foundation meeting for both Charles Albas and Susan Connaghan, both of whom retired from the Board. Susan was the last of the founding Directors of the Foundation and served nine years on the Board. Charles concluded six years as a Director.

Coulthard and Orwick join McGraw-Hill’s Beta Team

Two professors from the Okanagan School of Business, Glen Coulthard and Michael Orwick, recently signed a textbook contract with McGraw-Hill Higher Education in St. Louis, MO. As part of the Microsoft beta team, the authors will begin work this fall on a series of books for Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2014.

While Coulthard has worked with McGraw-Hill and Microsoft since the early 1990s, this will be Orwick's first venture into educational publishing. To track the team's ongoing progress, visit the Advantage Series.

Li wins Works prize pack

LiCongratulations to Andy Li, BBA ‘01 from Okanagan College’s Financial Services department who won an Okanagan College Works prize package last week. If you are a proud member of Okanagan College (or OUC) alumni who works on campus, you can be a potential winner too.

The Alumni Association prize patrol is giving away prizes to the owners of vehicles displaying the OCAA decal. It’s easy to participate. Simply contact the Alumni Office at with your staff number and license plate to sign-up for your decal. Or, if you have any questions, call Ext. 4771.

Bob Amann retires

Colleagues gathered in Infusions on May 26 to bid “Banner Bob” a fond farewell. After a video presentation from Bill Gates, Bob was given some retirement necessities. Good luck to Bob and his wife, Connie.


Spring Convocation and Trades Commencement took place June 3 and 4. Read more about the weekend ceremonies in: Okanagan College gets set for grad, Dad now grad or check out a photo from the Kelowna Daily Courier

Melanie Murray, English professor in Kelowna, continues her Okanagan tour in support of her new book For Your Tomorrow: The Way of an Unlikely Soldier. Melanie was interviewed by the Salmon Arm Observer prior to her stop at their local bookstore in: Family’s sorrow too great to be concealed. Melanie’s book was reviewed by event magazine: Author explores a soldier’s death.

Okanagan College Chef Geoffrey Couper was featured on Global TV representing the Chefs’ Table Society and discussing the attributes of B.C.’s spotted prawn. The B.C. spotted prawn festival took place over the weekend in Osoyoos and Kelowna. Follow this link to watch the clip.

The Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus was bustling with top executives from Silicon Valley last week as the College hosted the third annual metabridge event. Metabridge offers an opportunity for small B.C. hi tech companies to pitch their ideas, products and services to a group of Silicon Valley executives. The event was covered by Global TV news.

Along with several other post-secondary institutions across the province, Okanagan College served as host for a public forum on the HST. President Jim Hamilton served as the debate moderator for the event, which was held in the Kelowna lecture theatre. Global TV covered the debate, follow this link to watch a clip.

Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen was the winner of the Medium Business Award at the Green Business Awards. The awards are organized in part by SIFE Okanagan. Read details in: Ricardo’s gets green recognition

Thirty-three teams of high school students from the North Okanagan participated in a business development competition hosted by the College and SIFE Okanagan at the Vernon campus in mid-May. Read more about the young entrepreneur program and the many winners in: Young Dragons soar in competition and Triumphant Dragons. A similar event was held in the Central Okanagan and received coverage in the Daily Courier’s Students mean business.

News of SIFE Okanagan’s first place finish at the national competition for the Campbell’s Soup Let’s Can Hunger competition made headlines over the past two weeks. A photo of the winning team was published in the Penticton Herald, see Okanagan College students second to one, as well as in eVent: Let’s can hunger.

Okanagan College’s Keith Germaine is the co-coordinator of the Bicycles for Humanity charity bike roundup that has sent a great number of bikes to Ghana for the last five years. Read about the success of this year’s event in Pedaling from poverty.

Grade 12 student Francesca Ota-Demers is waiting to find out if she has been accepted to the College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Francesca has been challenged through school by her profound deafness and hopes to complete her studies with little assistance. Read more about her story in Road trip first, university later.

Jesse Evans, an incoming Okanagan College Automotive Service Technician student, was featured in a dry grad celebration series. Read more in He’s driven to be a mechanic.

Ryan Kerr is a Grade 10 student at Seaton in Vernon who took an Automotive Service Technician sampler course. Through his participation he has decided to take the Automotive Service Technician program as a dual credit student at the Kelowna campus next year. Read more in Tools of the Trade.

A Lego workshop was held to see what 4-11 year-olds would design for a potential new downtown Salmon Arm campus. Now the public can now vote on the designs. Read about the exercise and how to vote in Kids help plan college campus

The College participated in a tourism strategy workshop sponsored by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association in Osoyoos. Read more in Workshop focused on regional tourism plan held in Osoyoos.

In her weekly School’s In column Jane Muskens discussed parents’ current roles in their children’s post-secondary career along with tips on navigating the process in: Parent’s financial roles extends a student’s adolescence. The following week Jane imparted tips for guests and grads alike in: Etiquette for convocation ceremony.
June 7, 2011 Vol. 5 Issue 5


Vernon truck schedule update 

The regular Friday truck run to the Vernon campus will be discontinued for the summer. The last run will be on Friday, June 10. The Vernon truck run will resume on Friday, August 12. Please ensure everyone in your department or division is notified about the change in schedule.

Links to Learning Golf Tournament

The Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College with host the 15th annual ACIC Links to Learning Golf Tournament on June 17 at the Salmon Arm Golf Course. The event will begin with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. New this year, the organizers are offering a reverse draw where participants have the opportunity to win a houseboat vacation, a golfing trip in Mexico, Sailing Excursion, Fishing Excursion and many other exciting prizes. Contact Patty Bruce for more information or to register

Easter Seals 24-hour Relay this weekend

relayOkanagan College is participating in the Easter Seals 24-Hour Relay this weekend in Kelowna. Proceeds from the event support the Easter Seals Camp Winfield and Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs Camp ArrowFlight this summer.

There are many events, activities and lots of entertainment planned for the weekend.

Last year the College team had close to 100 students, staff and family participate. There is still time to become a part of this year’s team. Register yourself or your department with the Okanagan College team by contacting Mike Craig. More information is available at:

Be a part of Okanagan College Toastmasters

Are you terrified at the thought of getting up to speak in front a group? Are you comfortable getting up to speak but find that your message is not being heard? Do you have leadership aspirations or are you already in a leadership role but feel a need to sharpen your leadership skills?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then Toastmasters may be for you!

If you are interested in joining/starting a Toastmaster group, which will meet at the Kelowna campus on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m., please contact Rob St. Onge for more details. 

Summer Intramurals

For the first time ever, Campus Recreation in partnership with Urban Rec, will be offering summer intramurals. Register a team or as an individual. Games will be played on Monday evenings at Ben Lee park in Kelowna. Students play free.

Sports include: 7-on-7 coed outdoor soccer, 5-on-5 coed ultimate Frisbee, 7-on-7 coed all sport.

Please contact Mike Craig or Jenn Naiman for more details.

Mercedes for sale in Classified section 

Supply Management Services Asset Disposal Program has posted a new listing in the Okanagan College classifieds. The department is selling a 1991 Mercedes AMG SLK.

The vehicles is being offered for sale on an "As is, where is - F.O.B. Okanagan College basis." 

NO warranty, express, implied, or offered is available on this merchandise. Reserved Bid is set at $3400 – For viewing contact Al Cohoe, local 4488.

Bids to be hand delivered in a sealed envelope marked:


Okanagan College – Supply Management Services

Attention: Doris Janson

Kelowna Campus

P-building - P111

Consideration will be given only to those received by:
June 13, 2011.

To find out what other great deals are available, visit the online classifieds. 


Registrar’s Office preparing for Postal Strike

The Canada Post labour disruption is continuing on a 24-hour rotating basis with service being affected in various parts of the country. Okanagan College will continue to process applications for admission, transcript requests and any other mailed communication as per usual via Canada Post. 

The Registrar's Office is working to put a process in place in the event a strike expands so no one is disadvantaged by the situation. Some inconvenience may be unavoidable. Students and staff should watch their myOkanagan account for up-to-date notices on how the postal strike affects applicants and students.

Rusty’s Touch Rugby League

Campus Recreation is planning on entering a team into the Rusty’s Touch Rugby League this summer. The league will be operated by the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE). The team will be open to students and staff. Students will play for free while staff will be required to pay the $20 registration fee.

What: Mixed teams of 10-12 touch rugby players compete once a week in a six week summer league. (Three of each gender min on each team.) Each team enjoys two 30-minute games a week.

When: Games take place a 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, June 27

Tuesday, July 5

Monday, July 11

Monday, July 18

Monday, July 25

Monday, August 8

Thursday, August 11

Where: Parkinson Recreation Centre (beside the lacrosse box).

Please contact Mike Craig or Jenn Naiman for more details.

50/50 winner announced

Congratulations to Linda LeGallee from Legal Affairs and the Board of Governors Office in Kelowna, who won the June 3 payday draw for $540.

All Okanagan College employees are eligible to participate in the Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery. If you wish to sign up, registration forms are available from Dawn Douglas (Local 4774) in the Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (located in P103, KLO Campus), from Human Resources.


June 17 - Okanagan College's Links to Learning Golf Tournament will take place in Salmon Arm beginning with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Contact Patty Bruce to register or for more information.

June 28 - Okanagan College's Board of Governors will gather in Vernon for its regular meeting. 

June 28 - Vernon will hold a Convocation and Commencement ceremony for graduates from a variety of programs beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre.

June 29 - Okanagan College will hold its final Convocation ceremony for the summer on June 29 at 6 p.m. Contact Michelle Lowry for information or to volunteer for any of the Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.


Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Christine Ulmer.

The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, June 21, which, incidentally, is also the 135th anniversary of the arrival Britain's first gorilla.