Marketing team earns silver in Montreal case competition
A trio of third-year OC marketing students placed second out of 34 teams at the 12th annual BDC Marketing Case Competition hosted by Vanier College in Montreal from Feb. 11-12.
Okanagan College’s School of Business students included Jacob Kuypers, Talasa Larder and Lathan McKinney. The team from OC pitched the judges on a compelling adventure tourism challenge for a Vancouver tourism company, which would give tourists an opportunity to experience the city in a unique way, giving the company a competitive advantage in a saturated market.
The College finished just behind the team from College Edouard Montpetit in Quebec and ahead of the third-place team from Ontario’s George Brown College in Toronto.
The 2017 competition marks the second year in a row that a team from Okanagan College has made it to the final round. This year’s team was coached by faculty members Blair Baldwin and Stacey Fenwick.
"The effort put in by the students to prepare for the case competition was inspiring,” says Baldwin. “The results show how applied learning continues to differentiate our students at the national level.”
Read the full story here.
Enactus students tackle food security with Refreshing idea
In the inaugural Inventathon at UBC Okanagan, OC business students battled their way to first place for their innovative business idea Refresh in the 24 hour social enterprise competition.
Cameron Starcheski, Cooper Simpson and Darren Gillespie, all members of Okanagan College’s Enactus team, were joined by Jaren Larsen and Pablo Doskoch from UBC Okanagan and given 24 hours to create a business idea that would provide solutions to one of four major social issues: financial literacy, youth empowerment, eco green, or food security.
Their socially conscious business idea, Refresh helps reconcile the issues of food waste and food scarcity in the Okanagan and addresses the challenges of safety, storage and redistribution.
“We came up with a concept for a mobile refrigerated truck that could access grocery stores, cafeterias and even restaurants to pick up high quality food that was slated for waste and operate as a mobile food vendor,” explains Starcheski, Vice President of Enactus Okanagan College.
“With Refresh there’s no need for overnight storage or repackaging because the truck is refrigerated and is able to provide a direct connection between the source and the end user. That simplifies a huge part of the process and allows for easy and safe redistribution.”
After a grueling 24 hours of planning, the team took their idea and pitched it to a group of 15 business professionals and was awarded first place and $600 in prize money. Read the full story here.
High schoolers get a taste of College life
More than 600 high schoolers converged on the Kelowna campus last week to experience a day in the life of an Okanagan College student.
Nominations open for 2017 OCAA Alumni Awards
The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College for their demonstration of excellence in the areas of leadership, the environment, business or industry, public or community service, the arts, and/or support for Okanagan College. The Young Alumni Award celebrates the outstanding contributions of an alumna or alumnus who is under the age of 35.
Nominees must have completed a certificate, diploma, degree, apprenticeship program or have completed a minimum of 30 academic credits at Okanagan College or OUC.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 10. Nominations may be made by completing an online form available here.
Dine with Wine at Infusions
Foodies and wine-lovers, rejoice! Starting this week, Infusions Restaurant at the College’s Kelowna campus will be serving up a new menu specifically crafted to pair with Okanagan wines.
OC’s Abbey Jones wins BC Social Innovation Youth Award
Okanagan College BBA student and Enactus Okanagan College member Abbey Jones was honoured at the BC Social Innovation Youth Awards in Vancouver last week for her work with the CANsave program.
The awards recognize 12 extraordinary individuals in the province under the age of 30 who are creating positive social change within their communities. The Honourable Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, presented the awards at the BC Summit on Social Innovation in Vancouver, which included $1,000 in prizes for each youth to assist in furthering their efforts.
Jones, a third year student in Kelowna, is co-founder and project manager of CANsave—a financial education program designed to teach primary school students the importance of saving and financial planning. Since its inception in 2016, the financial literacy has impacted more than 6,000 students in 80 communities across Canada.
“Abbey is a great example of the very best of the students I have the privilege of working with at Okanagan College and it was an honour to be with her in Vancouver to watch her accept this award,” says Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College School of Business professor. “As part of Enactus Okanagan College, Abbey and her peers take their knowledge and enthusiasm and put their skills into projects that have a real impact on people in our community. The growth and success of CANsave is evidence of the strength of her ideas and her leadership skills. We are extremely proud to work with her at the College.”
Read the full story on Jones here and more on the 12 youth and their winning projects in the Government of B.C.'s news release Government awards youth: savvy social innovators honoured at summit.
Red Dot Players stage Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen is coming to Okanagan College next month, by way of the Red Dot Players who are staging an adaptation of one of the authors’ most famous works.
Tickets are available at Mosaic Books, the Okanagan College campus store and will also be available at the door ($18 for adults and $15 for students/seniors). Learn more on the Red Dot Players website.
New book explores motivating a diverse workforce
Are Millennials lazy, entitled narcissists who crave recognition, demand attention and refuse to be managed? Is this generation different from any other?
That question and others will be on the agenda as author Ian MacRae discusses his new book, Motivation and Performance: A Guide to Motivating a Diverse Workforce, co-authored with Adrian Furnham, at Okanagan College’s Trades Training Complex Atrium on Wednesday, March 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
For MacRae, it isn’t age that explains why two equally qualified, knowledgeable and capable employees in the same position might behave in very different ways – it is their motivation.
Motivation and Performance delves into the science behind motivation and provides a practical guide for organizations to find and develop an individual's potential based on an understanding of what drives their behaviour.
“Motivation and Performance is an excellent balance between theory and practice,” says Sawatzky. “The suggestions in the book reinforce the principles we teach in our leadership, organizational behaviour and HR management courses at the College, and any business professional would benefit from the very practical examples and step-by-step processes provided throughout.”
The book launch is being sponsored by the Okanagan College Alumni Association and Sage Transitions. To attend and for your chance to win one of three copies of Motivation and Performance, register for the presentation at motivationandperformance.eventbrite.ca
Allan Coyle appointed Acting Regional Dean South Okanagan-Similkameen
The process to select a new Regional Dean South Okanagan-Similkameen has been frustrated but will continue in the coming days with a new search for a replacement for the retired Dean Donna Lomas.
Will you be wearing pink?
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, you'll notice students and employees in pink t-shirts on campus and around the community. It's not just a fashion trend, Pink Shirt Day is an annual event helping to address the issue of bullying in schools, communities and online. It began in 2007 when two Nova Scotia high school students decided to take a stand against bullying in their own school. Read the Pink Shirt Day story here.
For more information on Pink Shirt Day, contact the Kelowna campus Athletics, Recreation & Student Life. Those participating are invited to a group photo in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning, Kelowna campus at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22.
Tory Braun to join Advancement & Alumni team
Tory Braun will be moving into the role of Campaign Communications and Marketing Specialist with Advancement and Alumni.
In her new role, Braun's primary focus will be coordinating communications and marketing for fundraising campaigns, including the Vernon Trades Training Complex and Penticton Daycare and supporting the Okanagan College Foundation and Advancement and Alumni Relations
Braun joined the College’s Public Affairs bureau in November, filling in as Axelle Bazett’s maternity leave replacement in the role of Marketing and Communications Specialist.
Braun starts her new role on Monday, March 6. She can be reached by email or at local 4285.
February 21, 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 23
Two new EdCo members welcomed
Education Council will welcome two new members on Aug. 1. Both were recently declared elected by acclamation: Dr. Tim Walters will hold the Shuswap-Revelstoke faculty seat and Gilbert Bede will step into the Central Okanagan faculty seat. Both positions are for two year terms. A by-election is planned for the near future to fill additional faculty seats and an announcement in this regard will be made shortly.
College pension plan rates are changing
Effective April 1, 2017, contribution rates for both members and employers are increasing by $0.90 for every $1,000 of salary to strengthen the long-term health of the account for cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). See the Board communique for further information.
Educators’ Living Library – call for "books"The Educators’ Living Library is an event designed to create dialogue, promote sharing of ideas and encourage collaboration around learning and teaching ideas. A collection of “human books” will be offered on loan to visitors (readers) for a 15-minute checkout period.This event is sponsored by PDK International, a professional association of educators.
We are looking for faculty or instructors willing to be "books," which entails giving a 15-minute talk to a small group(s) of educators on any wide topic of interest to learning and teaching professionals.
February is all about healthy eating and diet
The topic for the February issue of the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) newsletter is Healthy Eating and Diet. Read tips on how to make healthy choices, make small changes and how to stretch your food budget here.
Leadership Essentials Series
With the ever changing demographics and business models in today’s business and organization sectors, the common denominator is still the people we work with. Leadership Essentials is a five-part series of one day topical seminars that focus on specific skill sets related to personal and professional leadership.
The Leadership Series will enable you to discover your style of leadership for those that you support and manage in your workplace. Whether you are new to the position or a seasoned veteran, your style will change as the situations in your workplace or organization change, as well as the makeup of the people you are leading.
March 17 - Leading Workplace Teams (MGR 323)
Team up for thrilling trivia
Are you a pop culture junkie, sports fan or a history buff? Do you love having fun in support of a good cause? If you think you can achieve trivia supremacy, check out "Are You Smarter than and Okanagan College Student?" on Wednesday, March 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Kelowna campus and Wednesday, March 15 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Vernon campus. Alumni and current students will go head-to-head in a battle of the wits at the Kelowna and Vernon campuses in support of Enactus Okanagan College and the Vernon campus food bank.
Team registration is $100 (for up to five people) and includes a platter of appetizers to share and the chance to win great prizes! Register through Eventbrite for the Vernon event and the Kelowna event. For questions or further information on the events, please contact the Okanagan College Alumni Association.
One night: three writers
Feb. 23 – Join Calgary’s Judith Pond and local authors Pip Dryden and Cole Mash for an evening of readings at the Kelowna campus.
The trio of writers will be in Kelowna on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in room B112.
Pond’s fiction and poetry have been featured on CBC Radio and in a range of Canadian literary magazines, including Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Prism International, Combats, Ryga, A Journal of Provocations, and Event. With Oberon Press, Ottawa, she has published fiction (Coming Attractions series) and four collections of poetry: An Early Day, Dance of Death, Lovers and Other Monsters, and A Shape of Breath. She holds a Masters degree in German Literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She teaches English in Calgary, and is currently working on a novel.
Pip Dryden is an Okanagan College student and the 2016 winner of the Okanagan College Short Story Contest for her work, This Time.
Cole Mash is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. He is the recipient of a UBC Undergraduate Student Research Award and is currently working on a biographical study, The Poetics of Teaching.
Whistle Stop Yoga
Feb. 23 – The Okanagan Rail Trail’s Whistle Stop Yoga series returns to Okanagan College. All levels welcome; please bring your own mat. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to the Rail Trail. The 60-minute class will take place in the cafeteria at the Vernon campus at 5:45 p.m.
Learning and Teaching Workshops
Workshops take place at the Kelowna campus in room B130, unless otherwise noted. For full course descriptions view the Winter 2017 Workshop Schedule.
Please note that seating for these sessions is limited. Please register in advance by email.
Feb. 24 – Why Rubrics Matter, 1-2 p.m.
Mar. 8 – Effective Use of Library Research Resources, 12-1 p.m.
Mar. 13 – An Evidence Review of Stress Reduction Techniques to Improve Overall Wellness, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Speaker Series: Protecting Our Grasslands With a National Park Reserve
Feb. 27 - Year after year, grasslands around the world top the list of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. The grasslands of the Okanagan remain a stronghold for over 30 per cent of B.C.'s species-at-risk. Join speaker Doreen Olson to learn about our grasslands and the work being done to protect these fragile habitats in a new national park reserve.
The talk takes places at the Ashnola Lecture Theatre (PL107) on the Penticton campus at 7 p.m. More information on the event can be found on the OC Speaker Series website.
Classics at the Classic
A recurring and increasingly prevalent theme in films is “the end of the world as we know it,” and Okanagan College’s Dr. Tim Walters has built a season of “Classics at the Classic” that feature nine dystopian and apocalyptic flicks. Now in its fifth season, the popular movie series returns to the Salmar Classic theatre (60 Alexander St. NE) in Salmon Arm. The not-for-profit series is part of the College’s second year university transfer course Studies in Reading Film.
The full schedule of films is as follows:
Feb. 27 – 7 p.m. Melancholia (2011)
Motivation & Performance: Motivating a Diverse Workforce - Book Launch
March 1 – There is a broad assumption that Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who crave recognition, demand attention and refuse to be managed. Join us for this free event as we hear author, Ian MacRae, talk about whether there is any research to support the myths and stereotypes about Millennials.
The presentation will take place in the Trades Training Complex Atrium at the Kelowna campus. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 5:15 p.m.
Event attendees will have an opportunity to enter a draw for one of three copies of MacRae's new book. Guests are strongly encouraged to register for this free event via Eventbrite.
Speakers Series: Can You Make a Living Selling Art?
March 6 – Making a business out of doing what you love is what everybody dreams about, but is it possible for an artist who paints? Internationally renowned nature and wildlife artist Terry Isaac will talk about his history in the art market and the ups and downs of being a professional artist.
The talk takes places at the Ashnola Lecture Theatre (PL107) on the Penticton campus at 7 p.m. More information on the event can be found on the OC Speaker Series website.
Is Exercise the Medicine for Successful Aging?
March 9 – Dr. Gareth Jones, professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan, will reveal the latest research from his lab on Parkinson’s disease, frailty and exercise to enhance and preserve physical function in a public talk as part of the Science in Society Speaker Series. The presentation will take place at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus in the lecture theatre on Thursday, Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Employee Social at McCulloch Station Pub
March 16 – The Kelowna campus Social Committee invites faculty and staff to join them at McCulloch Station pub after work on Thursday, March 16 starting at 4:15 p.m. for an evening of great food and good fun. The Social Committee has arranged for some fantastic drink specials and an appie buffet at a cost of only $10 per person! The best part is that there’s no need to pre-purchase your tickets.
The passing of Vern Nielsen, a former member of the Okanagan College Foundation Board and long-time donor and supporter of the College, was shared by the Daily Courier's Ron Seymour in Rotary Leader Vern Nielsen dead at 67 and Maxine DeHart's Capital News column Straight from DeHart. The well-known former Kelowna Man of the Year was also profiled in the Castanet article Vern Nielsen passes at 67.
Congratulations to Abbey Jones, Okanagan School of Business student and Enactus member, who recently was recognized at the BC Social Innovation Youth Awards for her work with the CANsave program. News of her accomplishment reached the Capital News, as reported in OC's Abbey Jones win Social Innovation Youth Award and online news outlets Kelowna Now and Infonews.ca.
The Gold Medal Plates may have wrapped up, but the media was still hungry to share the highlights of the Canadian Culinary Championships. Chef Jinhee Lee's road to gold was covered in the Capital News, Okanagan Saturday, Okanagan Life, The View in Mission, and by Anna Jacyszyn in the Daily Courier's Faces and Places column.
The 6th Annual Women's Memorial Vigil in Kelowna, co-organized by Okanagan College graduate and research assistant Tina Miller with UBC graduate Mary Song made headlines across the valley. The story was picked up by the Capital News on Feb. 10 in Kelowna vigil for missing and murdered aboriginal women and on Feb. 17 in Number of murdered or missing aboriginal women 'horrifying'. The event, which drew crowds of more than 100 people to the Kelowna courthouse on Feb.14, also made news in the Daily Courier, Kevin Parnell's opinion piece Support our First Nations and on Infonews.ca.
The Daily Courier reported on OC President Jim Hamilton’s presentation to Kelowna City Council, which included statistics on foreign student enrolment almost tripling in the past 12 years in College welcomes foreign students.
News of BC Lions players Eric Fraser and Rolly Lumbala visiting the OC Kelowna campus was reported by Castanet in BC Lions talk sex violence.
Saskatchewan-born Randy Picton parlayed his education at Okanagan College to become lead winemaker at Nk'Mip Cellars and was spotlighted as a featured winemaker at the Vancouver International Wine Festival from Feb. 11-19, as reported by CBC news.
OC Honorary Fellow MP Richard Cannings was featured in the Osoyoos Times for his take on the B.C. government's recent decision to return to discussions about establishing a national park reserve in the South Okanagan.
Lane Merrifield, CEO of FreshGrade, a co-founder of Club Penguin and Honorary Fellow of Okanagan College has been appointed to the Premier's Technology council, as reported by the Capital News.
The Summerland Chamber of Commerce's 79th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards nominees were announced Feb. 9 in the Summerland Review. OC alumna Corinne Inman was nominated in the Young Entrepreneur category and Okanagan College School of Business professor Dr. Shei Seaton was nominated alongside her husband Nic for Citizen/Volunteer of the Year.
The Penticton Herald continues to celebrate Canada 150 with 150 days of historic stories from their archives. On Feb. 10 they featured College gets $28-million expansion, a story from 2009 that announced the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.
Okanagan College Board of Governors chair Connie Denesiuk was in the news, as quoted by the Vernon Morning Star in College raises tuition fees and on her recent re-election in the Summerland Review's Denesiuk re-elected as college board chair and in Straight from DeHart on Feb. 8.
The recent announcement of the College's new two-year animation program was carried by the Capital News in Okanagan College drawing on need for animators.
OC students' recent success at the I.C.B.C. Case Competition at Queen's University reached The View in Mission in Canada's most prestigious business competition sees Okanagan College students take 1st & 2nd place.
The Vernon Morning Star highlighted the Essential Skills program, offered through Okanagan College in the article Training opportunities abound for aboriginal students.
Guest speakers Jason Webster, Tyrion Miskell and Tara Diebolt are presenting a talk on the threat of invasive species on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, as reported by the Daily Courier in Learn about the threat of invasive species and the Vernon Morning Star in Public session targets invasive invaders.
The College’s Women in Trades Training (WITT) program was profiled in the Vernon Morning Star article Trades training opportunities exist and in the Daily Courier's Women In Business article Women in Trades Program opening doors to great careers. WITT will hold a public information session and open house on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Vernon Trades Facility on Okanagan Landing Rd.
OC Culinary Arts students will be helping to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and raise awareness about the detrimental impacts of bullying at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs' 3rd Annual Pink Shirt Day breakfast on Feb. 22, as mentioned by Kelowna Now.
The line up of presenters for the Word on the Lake Writers Festival, taking place at Okanagan College and the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm on May 19-21, was announced in the Eagle Valley News.
The trio of OC marketing students that placed second at the 12th annual BDC Marketing Case Competition made headlines across the Okanagan, including the Okanagan Edge article Silver for OK College, the Capital News article College marketing team earns silver in Montreal case competition and the Infonews.ca article Okanagan College marketing team earns silver in Montreal case competition.
Residential Construction student Magdalena Kerner was featured on Infonews.ca for her educational journey in the article Okanagan College students get hands-on experience in community for in-demand trades.
Rosalind Warner, Professor of political science at Okanagan College, was featured in the Daily Courier's gallery from the 10th annual Harmony Day and Living Library.
OC Honorary Doctorate Harry McWatters was recognized for his contributions to the wine industry at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. McWatters was the recipient of the Spirited Industry Professional Award, as reported in the Okanagan Saturday article Just wild about Harry.
Infonews.ca shared the success of the OC students who took top honours at UBC’s inaugural Inventathon in Okanagan College students tackle food security with Refreshing idea and Don't throw out that food. Their first place finish was also covered in the Castanet story Inventathon champions and in Kelowna Now’s UBC Inventathon generates big ideas.
OC graduate and Red Seal chef Jason Shulman has launched a Kickstarter campaign to open an eclectic smokehouse restaurant in hopes to be Penticton’s only authentic barbecue joint, as reported by the Penticton Western News.
News of the Okanagan College Alumni Award nominations opening has spread across the Okanagan, including the articles Who’s most distinguished? on Castanet’s Okanagan Edge, Nominations open for 2017 Okanagan College Alumni Awards on Infonews.ca, College alumni association invites award nominations in the Daily Courier and Nominations sought in the Vernon Morning Star. Nominations for the annual awards are open until March 10.
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