Business students bring home top award
Four Okanagan College business students are a little more recognizable after having their photo with coach Norm Letnick
splayed across the front page of the Kelowna Capital News. This after their triumphant return from the 45th Annual Inter-Collegiate Strategy Competition in San Diego, where the team won first place for Best Reports. To read about the achievements of Daniel Robert
, Janta Quigley
, Trevor McAleese
and Sarah Duthie
read the Public Affairs press release
or visit the media section to see the multi-page article from the Capital News’ Jennifer Smith.
Honorary Fellows announced
| Ken Harding|
Last week Okanagan College announced the names of five prominent citizens who will be awarded Honorary Fellowship status at the 2008 Spring and Summer convocation ceremonies. Jeannette Armstrong
, the Executive Director of Penticton’s internationally-renowned En’owkin Centre, will be made an Honorary Fellow of Okanagan College at the June 7 afternoon Convocation at the Kelowna campus.
Brothers Syd, Dick and Rob Cannings
– each of whom have had distinguished careers as biologists – will be recognized with the designation at the College’s morning Convocation on June 7.Ken Harding
, a retired partner in Whillis Harding Insurance Agencies and a prominent volunteer and community supporter in the Central Okanagan, will be honored at the June 26th Summer Convocation. To read more about the fellows, follow the link to the Public Affairs press release
Amex, OK Wine Festivals Society partnership to benefit students
A partnership between American Express, Okanagan College and the Okanagan Spring Wine Festivals Society will benefit Okanagan College students. Through the month of May, including the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival (May 1 - 10, 2008), $3 from every American Express transaction at participating wineries will go toward helping College students and supporting the wine, food and hospitality courses at the School of Business at Okanagan College. To find out more about the partnership and program read the Public Affairs press release
or follow this link
to view a list of participating merchants. Purchases of Alumni Association wine using AMEX also qualify for the May promotion. Contact Marlis Wecels
for more information.
Human Kinetics approved in Penticton
Beginning this fall students will be able to pursue a new two-year diploma program in Human Kinetics, offered at the Penticton campus. The program, which prepares students for a variety of jobs in sport, physical education, and health and wellness, will teach students principles, theories and practices in the areas of health and wellness, sport sociology, sport psychology, motor learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor development, and human anatomy and physiology. Many graduates go on to complete a degree in human kinetics, physical education or kinesiology. The College is offering an information night on March 20 at 7 p.m. in room PL 107 at the Penticton campus for anyone with questions or an interest in pursuing this area of study.
Jump Start 2008
To encourage applicants to make the next step from application to enrollment, the College launched a new program this year. The Jump Start 2008 program invited Arts, Science, Media and Cultural Studies, Writing and Publishing, and Criminal Social Justice applicants to an on campus group advising session, which provided information on registration and course selection - over 100 applicants attended these sessions. The Jump Start program for Engineering Technology and CIS applicants included an early evening pizza and pop mixer, where applicants met their future classmates, their instructors and had a chance to visit the labs. Applicants came from as far away as Kamloops, Enderby and Sicamous and over 40 students attended.
Read a four-page spread in the Kelowna Capital News
featuring the achievements of four Okanagan School of Business students (Janta Quigley, Sarah Duthie, Trevor McAleese and Daniel Robert) in Business Battles
A feature article about the inclusion of the diploma in Human Kinetics
made the pages of the Penticton Herald
. Find out more about the program and a career in the field in Focus on fitness, health.
The announcement of provincial funding for a child care centre at the Kelowna campus was covered in the Kelowna Capital News
: Kelowna gets 184 new child care spaces
, Room for 60 new child care spots provided through funding
and in the Kelowna Daily Courier
: School classrooms to be refitted as day cares
A press release issued by Public Affairs resulted in three articles about the College’s ability to add classes despite a shrinking budget. Read more from the Vernon Morning Star
: Surplus saves college budget
, Penticton Western
: College adds programs in spite of shortfall, Kelowna Capital News
: College dips into surplus
and the Kelowna Daily Courier
: Classes added despite shortfall
News of Okanagan College naming five Honourary Fellows for 2008
made the Okanagan Sunday.
Find out more about the honoured citizens in: College to honour 5 of ‘best citizens.’
Okanagan College’s Keith Germaine
appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier
promoting his volunteer effort to collect bicycles for health-care workers in Namibia. Read more about the bicycle drive (which takes place tomorrow) in: Bicycles for Humanity drive Saturday.
A partnership between American Express, Okanagan College and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society drew media coverage in the Kelowna Capital News
: Drink up and fund somebody’s education
and in the Kelowna Daily Courier
: Wine industry needs more business grads
The College’s Kelowna campus hosted a Women in Trades workshop
on April 26. The event drew lots of women interested in pursuing a career in trades as well as media coverage from the Okanagan Sunday: Women take to the trades
An article in the Kelowna Daily Courier
about the one-month countdown until the W.R. Bennett Bridge opens featured a photo of Okanagan College carpentry apprentice Casey King
. Read more about the project in: Bridge buzz builds.
Award-winning performances by six Okanagan College trades and technology students at the B.C. Skills Canada Competition resulted in media coverage in the Okanagan Saturday
. Read about the experiences of a couple of the winners in: OK College apprentices golden
Residential Construction students in Summerland were photographed pouring concrete in an article appearing in the Summerland Review
. Check out the students in action in Concrete work
The four Okanagan College students who won an award from Burton Snowboards for their movie about poaching a ski hill were featured in the Kelowna Daily Courier
. Read more in: Snowboard poachers on top of their game.
Okanagan College apprentice Lindsey Dickson
was photographed for an article about the Stepping up to the Trades fair, which appeared in the Kelowna Capital News
. Read more about the event and Okanagan College’s involvement in: Local students get a first-hand look at life in the trades. Jane Muskens’
School’s In column focused on the differences between university entrance exams. Read more in University entrance exams vary across the globe, so research.
Read Stan Chung’s
Global Citizen column – The turmoil of inner peace
Susan Braley retires
Join colleagues and friends in celebrating the retirement of Susan Braley. Susan’s career with Okanagan College spanned 12 years, nine of which were with the dental department. Susan will be greatly missed by colleagues who are wishing her well in her pursuit of fishing, boating and relaxing on the dock at the cabin. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, May 27 at Infusions in Kelowna from 3 – 5 p.m. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be offered.
Welcome baby Robinson Liam Trafford Robinson
was born to proud father Steve C. Robinson, Projects Manager for Campus Planning and Facilities Management, on Friday, May 2 at 1:39 a.m. Liam weighed in at 7 lbs, 8 oz and was just shy of 20” in length. Congratulations to father Steve, mother Deanna and grandpa Steve W. Robinson.
Cathy Fitzgerald authors manual
Congratulations to Cathy Fitzgerald from the Business faculty on the recent publication of the second edition of the instructor’s manual, test bank questions and website quizzes designed to accompany the Management of Occupational Health and Safety texts by Kevin Kelloway, Lori Francis, and James Montgomery, by Nelson, A Division of Thomson Canada Ltd. Cathy has also received recognition for her suggestions for exercises included in both text books. Both Cathy and Okanagan College received acknowledgement in the text and instructors manual.
Cathy has been recognized by Worksafe BC for her contribution to the safety of young workers as well as received funding from them to develop Okanagan College’s online course in the Management of Occupational Health and Safety utilizing WebCT education software and extensive electronic learning applications. She continues to consult with organizations to develop strategies to address employee optimal health and performance to disability management processes.
Christina Rhein joins Continuing Studies
Charlotte Kushner and
the department of Continuing Studies recently welcomed Christina Rhein
to the position of administrative assistant. Chrissy will be working at
the Kelowna campus and can be reached at local 4532.