Sept. 8, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 12
Overflow parking (Kelowna)
Trouble finding a parking space? Want to get a few extra steps in each day? There are 150 overflow parking spaces at the Evangel Church (3261 Gordon Drive) in Kelowna that have been made available to students and staff, as well as the construction workers of the new trades complex.
The updated parking brochure provides diagrams of the parking areas available at the Kelowna campus, including the overflow option. For additional information about parking on campus, please visit the Parking Services webpage.
ILT Fellow vacancy: Science & Engineering Technologies
The Institute for Learning & Teaching is accepting nominations for a Fellow vacancy in Science & Engineering Technologies. The ILT meets once a month (Sept.-May) to discuss and create initiatives to enhance learning and teaching at Okanagan College.
Completed nomination forms are to be submitted by email by Wednesday Sept. 23. For more information please contact the ILT department.
IT Services classroom support hotline
A new hotline phone number has been set up to assist with technological issues in the classroom. When called, a technician will be dispatched immediately to the classroom location to provide assistance with projectors, sound, computer and laptops. It will be operational September to May from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and until 4:30 pm. on Fridays. Summer hours will also be available.
The hotline is 1-800-836-5499.
If you have any questions about the hotline, please contact Ryan Ebner.
Still time to register for
Learn more about excellence in service and support by enrolling in the Service and Support in a Learner Centred Organization (SLCO) Certificate. These six mini-courses were developed specifically with Okanagan College in mind and they cover practical topics such as communication, conflict resolution and teamwork. Each course is two weeks long starting on Sept. 21. All learning takes place online. For further information please see the ILT website. To apply, click here.
Deadline approaching: Family Award applications
Applications for the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees, will be accepted until Sept. 18 for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015.
Login to myOkanagan under OC Express – Forms and then Foundation to review criteria and complete an application form. Contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office at 250-862-5419 for more information.
For sale: two cars & a motorhome
The Okanagan College Foundation, Supply Management Services and the Collision Repair Department are presently offering for sale two vehicles and a motorhome:
For more information, including vehicle information sheets, bid forms and instructions, and vehicle viewing times follow this link.
Bids for the CruiseMaster Motorhome will be accepted until Thursday Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.
Bids for the Mazda 3 and Toyota Matrix will be accepted until Friday Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.
Fall fitness facility hours (Kelowna)
Monday to Thursday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Friday: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Saturday: 12 – 4 p.m.
- Closed Sunday and all Statutory holiday weekends
To sign-up for a membership visit the Athletics, Recreation & Student Life office at the Kelowna campus or use the new online registration website.
Municipal Pension Plan information seminars
Municipal Pension Plan members are invited to attend free seminars this fall to learn more about their pension.
Register online, under pension information seminars. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and members are responsible for their own travel and associated costs to attend.
Health and wellness resources
Okanagan College’s employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and wellbeing.
The September edition of The Balance Sheet newsletter focuses on men’s health issues, including exploring unique struggles men can have with depression and prostate cancer risks.
Register here for the Wednesday Sept. 30 webinar titled "Men’s Health" which will provide practical advice to help men lead healthier lives.
Douglas Gibson free literary events
Sept. 15 (Kelowna) and Sept. 16 (Vernon) – see People section for details.
Roundabout sessions return for 2015-16
Sept. 16 and ongoing - IT Services and Learning & Teaching are pleased to announce the return of the Roundabout learning series. Offering a new schedule format, Roundabout sessions will take place throughout the fall and winter semesters to encourage continuous professional development and dialogue amongst colleagues.
Events will include 45-minute department spotlights or one-hour learning sessions focused on applicable skills. Occasionally, topics requiring extended time to go more in depth will be scheduled for an hour-and-a-half workshop. See upcoming events and register online.
The first session titled “Moodle 102: Grades, Groups and Quizzes” will be presented by Ross McKerlich on Wednesday Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room L203 at the Kelowna campus.
Southern Interior Flight Centre Open House
Sept. 19 – Southern Interior Flight Centre, Okanagan College and Carson Air are hosting an open house to showcase a new facility and celebrate a long-time relationship with OC that has produced hundreds of commercial pilots over the past quarter century. The public is invited to the open house and celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 6305 Airport Way in Kelowna.
Youth Exhibition PowWow
Sept. 24 – Celebrating Aboriginal culture at our campuses, the College’s seventh annual Youth Exhibition PowWow will be held in the courtyard of the Kelowna campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each year the event draws a crowd of students, employees, and the general public to witness and participate in Aboriginal culture and dance. This year is particularly significant as it will include a ceremonial signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol.
A 50/50 draw and a special draw for an autographed Jordin Tootoo hockey stick will benefit an Aboriginal student scholarship.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Pit of the Student Services building.
Register today: TiltShift conference
Sept. 25-26 –The first annual TiltShift conference held at the Kelowna campus will explore themes of online learning, technology leadership, and tools to benefit student learning, among others. Presented by Learning & Teaching and IT Services, the conference’s interactive and demonstrative sessions will provide alternative perspectives for education and practical uses of technology in classrooms and course curriculum design.
The conference features two thought provoking key note speakers, 13 diverse Saturday breakout sessions, beverages and appetizers on Friday night, coffee on Saturday morning and lunch on Saturday.
Visit the TiltShift website to see the sessions’ schedule and to register ($50 fee).
Trunk Sale returns to OC
Sept. 26 – The Regional Waste Reduction Office will host once again its Trunk Sale event at the Kelowna campus, from 8 a.m. to noon. Similar to a large garage sale, and aiming to promote reuse and recycling, individual vendors will sell their goods from the back of their vehicles.
The deadline to register as a vendor is Wednesday Sept. 23 and can be done by contacting the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250. The sale will be held in parking lot #17, next to the Skaha Place student residence buildings.
A look back through history, the Kelowna Capital News featured Okanagan College’s storied past from its early days as a vocational school in 1961 to its growth as a leading post-secondary institution in B.C. in the Aug. 28 article Okanagan College continues to expand.
News of a new app coding program at Okanagan College in partnership with Accelerate Okanagan was picked up by the KelownaNow.com and the Kelowna Daily Courier.
The Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Capital News were quick to share details of the upcoming education technology conference TiltShift being held on Sept. 25 and 26 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus.
The College’s carpentry/joinery students gave back to the community while applying skills learned in class by building cabinets for the Vernon Fire Department hall at Predator Ridge, as reported in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s print and online editions, the Lake Country Calendar online, and the Vernon Morning Star online.
The Vernon Morning Star reported the excitement and first impressions by local sports enthusiasts at the Aug. 28 soft opening of the new Greater Vernon Athletics Park. In a second article, Sports complex shines in debut, the newspaper also comments on the low voter turnout in the referendum that was held when the track project was only a proposal.
In a Business Examiner feature article about the growth of B.C.’s construction industry, Donna Lomas, Regional Dean for the South Okanagan was quoted about the need to train skilled workers for the growing industry demand and in sustainability requirements for new buildings.
The Business Examiner also included a picture of the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in an article about Penticton considering reducing red tape for businesses.
The Globe and Mail’s wine columnist Beppi Crosariol mentioned Okanagan College in his article Oenology’s ABCs: A crash course in grapes, looking at wine education.
The Vernon Morning Star reported that Okanagan College Kalamalka Press has chosen Montreal-based writer Helen Hajnoczky as the fourth annual winner of the John Lent Poetry-Prose Award for her chapbook Bloom and Martyr.
The $100,000 support received from Wilden Development for the new Trades Training Complex was captured by the Kelowna Capital News online and KelownaNow.com.
The Coyotes baseball season is gearing up at OC. The Kelowna Capital News reports on the upcoming season, and the 2016 Canadian College Baseball Conference to be held in the spring at Elks Stadium.
The effect of the late August smoky skies on the College’s solar panels continued to generate media buzz, with the Kelowna Capital News publishing an article in their Aug. 28 print edition and the Penticton Western News online.
The Kelowna Capital News and the Kelowna Daily Courier shared with their readers the details of the upcoming Trunk Sale hosted by the Regional Waste Reduction Office to be held at the Kelowna Campus on Sept. 26.
OC alumni in the news, Kelowna Capital News’ Maxine Dehart shared that Dr. David Wikenheiser who studied business at the College, celebrated his 20th anniversary as a licensed naturopathic doctor in B.C.
OC alumna from Vernon Insp. Kathy Hartwig’s path to becoming Burnaby RCMP’s new community programs officer was featured in the Burnaby Now’s Sept. 3 online edition.
Honorary Fellow Annette Sharkey was interviewed by the Vernon Morning Star about support services available for tenants being evicted from the Green Valley Motel.
Norah Bowman, OC English Professor and Kelowna-Lake Country NDP candidate currently on the federal election campaign trail, was quoted about the NDP’s rise in what used to be Conservative leading neighbourhoods in a Kelowna Daily Courier Aug. 26 print article.
Also in election news, the Osoyoos Times published a candidates panel perspective about the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan, including the views of Connie Denesiuk, Liberal candidate and College Board of Governors member, and Richard Cannings, NDP candidate and College Honorary Fellow.
Reporting on an early elections poll, the Penticton Herald shared that Cannings is leading the polls for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay with a 46.2% claim of the popular vote. Denesiuk earned the support of 12.5% of poll respondents.
Both Denesiuk and Cannings provided commentary to the Penticton Herald about the impact of the Duffy scandal on the elections and voters opinions.
Castanet shared details of the Junior Chamber International in Vernon teaming up with the Vernon Students Association at Okanagan College to host a youth and young adult-focused all-candidates forum on Sept. 25.
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