Enactus Okanagan College eats up national challenge
For the fourth year in a row, Enactus Okanagan College has won the top spot at the Enactus National Exposition and has been crowned the country’s 2013 Help Hunger Disappear champion.
To read the full media release, click here.
Tantalize your taste buds this weekend
A marriage of savoury with sweet will be ready for the tasting at Okanagan College May 10 when Culinary Arts students put on The Cheesiest Sweet & Savoury Competition as part of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.
The unique event takes place at Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus, starting at 7 p.m., and features exquisite food paired with wines from Calona Vineyard, Hester Creek, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Select cheeses include those from local purveyors Poplar Grove Cheese in Naramata, and The Village Cheese Company in Armstrong.
Tickets for the event are $40 and available through the College by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4426. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Okanagan College cafeteria, located on campus at 1000 KLO Road, between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Anonymous donor has departments seeing gold
Professors of two Okanagan College departments had their financial wishes come true recently when an anonymous donor came forward with a $149,500 contribution to the Okanagan College Foundation.
“We were just sitting here wishing a pot of gold would come down from the sky, and then it did,” said Mechanical Engineering Technology department chair Reg Marte. “We don’t know what we would have done without this.”
Professor Nadir Ould-Khessal teaches the Robotics program and said the donation means students will now be working in a state-of the-art lab.
Funds also went to purchase a new shear, an expensive piece of equipment used daily in the Welding department to cut metal.
To read the full media release, click here.
Golf tourney swings into action for trades
The Okanagan College Foundation/Western Financial Group Annual Charity Golf Tournament takes place Thursday, May 23 at the Bear and Quail courses of the Okanagan Golf Club.
This year’s tournament gives players a chance to not only hit the green, but also improve their score when it comes to trades knowledge. The Collision Repair Department is setting up their paint simulation booth for a contest, and there will be delicious food prepared by the Culinary Arts department.
“With the $33-million expansion and renovation of the trades training facilities at the Kelowna campus, we thought it made sense to bring the trades to the green this year,” said Kathy Butler, Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation.
Now in its 22nd year, the tournament has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships, bursaries and program support.
To register for this year's event, click here.
Employee Excellence Awards
A host of exceptional employees at Okanagan College were honoured with a series of awards at this year’s Okanagan College Employee Excellence Awards held May 1 at the Kelowna campus.
Students construct new future for owls in the South Okanagan
Injured birds of prey in the South Okanagan now have a new place to receive critical care thanks to students enrolled in two Okanagan College programs.
Nine students enrolled in the Penticton Residential Construction program, plus 10 students from the Plumbing and Piping program, built a 1,500-square foot structure for the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls, based near Oliver.
The new building will provide room to care for raptors in one of six stainless steel cages, and provides four flight pens for the birds to start their rehabilitation.
“This has been an incredible experience,” said SORCO volunteer and building committee member Dale Belvedere, noting it’s a significant addition to their original care facility – a cramped and noisy 250-square foot room. “We were amazed at what they were able to do and the work is just perfect.”
To read the full media release, click here.
Budding entrepreneurs winners at Penticton campus
Okanagan College hosted the Windward Software Young Entrepreneurs Program finals competition at the Penticton Campus on April 28 with participants from McNicoll Park Middle School, Skaha Lake Middle School and Penticton High School competing.
"The Windward Software Young Entrepreneurs Program empowers middle and high school students to experience entrepreneurship and recognize its potential as a viable career path,” said Ryan Lancaster, Vice-President of Enactus Okanagan College.
The winners were:
Middle School: first place - Looper (Brooke Vennard & Ashley Patton), second place - X-Press Yourself (Lia Ciacone & Sydney Olexa), third place - Kids Matter (Oakley Pankratz, Desmond Hazel & Liam Brown) .
The event was sponsored by Winward Software, along with Community Futures and BMO Canada.
College appoints new Director, International Education
Okanagan College will be welcoming a new face to its leadership team effective July 2 when Russel Boris arrives from Medicine Hat to take on the role of Director, International Education.
Boris has worked in the International Education department of Medicine Hat College for more than 16 years, most recently as its Director. During his time there he led the creation and growth of the international division which now accounts for approximately 15 per cent of the college’s overall student population.
Aboriginal book club features Richard Wagamese
Employees at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus were among those who got to enjoy an exclusive evening with celebrated author Richard Wagamese recently.
Wagamese, author of Indian Horse which was championed on Canada Reads, was in Penticton to speak about his work to the newly created Aboriginal Book and Video Club, a School District 67 initiative. This first event was held at the Demonstration Lab at the Penticton campus.
“We decided to start this club to help raise the level of understanding about Aboriginal people, culture and issues amongst the staff in our district,” said organizer Anne Tenning, Vice Principal of Aboriginal Education for the school district.
May 7, 2013 Vol. 8 Issue 3
Vote on campus May 8 and 9
Employees at the Kelowna campus can mark their ballots at a special polling station open May 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning.
Family Award deadline May 17
Applications are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Family Award for programs or terms starting between May 1 and August 31, 2013. This award is designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees.
Learn value of collaboration
The Institute of Learning and Teaching has released its latest newsletter, this time focusing on the impact of peer collaboration and sharing resources.
Fresh Outlook Foundation seeks presenters
Fresh Outlook Foundation is looking for presenters and issue experts from the academic sector to take part in its sixth annual Building SustainABLE Communities conference on issues that will help stimulate meaningful and productive dialogue around social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues, challenges, and opportunities.
Presenters and issue experts will receive reduced registration, plus free half-day registrations for students who would like to attend. Last year’s event drew 600 delegates from the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors operating in more than 80 communities.
For more information, contact Joanne de Vries at 250-766-1777 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring hours for fitness centres
Reminder: Move for Health May 16
Express Activity Challenge starts May 22
More body talk
May 10 – The Culinary Arts department puts on The Cheesiest Sweet & Savoury Competition as part of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus. Tickets are $40 and available through the College by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4426. To read the full media release, click here.
May 17 – Students in the Studio Woodworking program put on their annual exhibition Knotty by Nature, this year at the Kelowna campus, Room E202, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 23 – The 22nd Annual Okanagan College Foundation / Western Financial Group Charity Golf Tournament takes place in Kelowna to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries. To register, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/foundation.
May 28 – The Vernon donor luncheon is being held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Vernon campus.
Okanagan College’s new Sustainable Construction Management Technology course was highlighted in a letter to the editor of the Penticton Western news. Read: Okanagan College making impact in Penticton. The same letter also appeared in the Penticton Herald. Read: College doing some great things.
Registrar Jane Muskens was interviewed for an article in a special Focus supplement on post-secondary education. Read: Okanagan College establishes its identity. The supplement also featured an article on the College’s role in job training. Read: Connecting job skills to jobs.
A new agreement with the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program received coverage in the Capital News. Read: Mapping out new opportunities for students to get in-the-field learning.
Sixteen Okanagan College students are on their way to the Enactus Canada National Exposition. Read: Enactus business students up for the challenge, from the Capital News.
The Okanagan College Mechanical Engineering Technology and Welding departments got what they wished for thanks to a recent donation. Read: Anonymous donor comes through for OK college, in Okanagan Saturday.
Robert McGowan has joined the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Read: Robert McGowan, in the Business Examiner.
Used goods can be had for a good price at Okanagan College. Read: Trunk sale set for May 25 in Kelowna.
Registrar Jane Muskens wrote about the uphill struggle to encourage financially struggling students to enter college. Read: Just the right pressure needed to get students into college, from her column in the Capital News.
The Okanagan College Coyotes are forging ahead in their season. Read: Coyotes in Kamloops for CCBC playoffs and OC Coyotes road warriors (both in the Capital News), and Coyotes eager to return to the Elks, from the Courier.
School District #83 is looking for new options for the former J.L. Jackson property, which was up for consideration as a possible site for a downtown College campus. Read: Jackson site on the market, from the Salmon Arm Observer.
Election issues affecting college students got an airing at Okanagan College. Read: College students get their forum too, from Okanagan Saturday. The forum also received coverage from the Capital News. Read: College students grill candidates on post-secondary education.
Liberal candidate Norm Letnick, on leave from his position as business professor at Okanagan College, was profiled in the Courier. Read: Letnick’s passion still burns.
The annual Songwriters’ workshop held at the George Ryga Centre has been cancelled, now that the house has been put up for sale. Okanagan College regularly honours the historic B.C. playwright each year with the George Ryga Awards. Read: Songwriters’ workshop cancelled for this year.
Olympic skier, and former Okanagan College student Kelsey Serwa worked out with youngsters at a fundraiser recently. Read: Kicking it with Kelsey, from the Courier.
The buzz is starting to stir for an adult spelling bee, which ended last year with an Okanagan College team claiming the top prize. Read: Skilled spellers sought for bee, in the Morning Star.
Retired Business Administration instructor Ron Spence spent some time in Guatemala recently. Read: Herald on Holidays, in the Penticton Herald.
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