It’s a hole in one for Thurnheer

lauraThe sun was shining, sky was blue and the grass was green at the annual Okanagan College Ladies Golf Tournament held on July 10 in Kelowna. The ladies participated in a Texas scramble with prizes being handed out for lowest scoring team, longest putt, longest drive, and closest to the pin.  

Laura Thurnheer, Chair of the Okanagan School of Business, sunk her tee shot on the second hole (135 yards with a 7 iron) to capture her first hole in one prize. While this was Laura’s first hole in one, it was not the first time a player has had a hole in one at a College golf tournament this year.

Steve Robinson Sr. sunk a hole in one at the Okanagan College Foundation Tournament earlier this year, winning $10,000. Laura admits her prize was somewhat more modest but says that there is no doubt that participating in College golf tournaments is fun and lucky as well!
Other tournament prize winners were:
Longest drive: Gail Smith
Longest putt: Angie March
Closest to the pin: Ann Marie Ruether
Lowest scoring team: Joan Kleinsteuber, Gail Smith, Caroline Chartier, Beryl Amaron

Know someone who has made a difference at Okanagan College?

50logoOkanagan College is calling for nominations for 50 people who made a difference to the development of Okanagan College. Employees are encouraged to go online and put forward names of those whose impact on the College and its community has been instrumental over the past five decades.

Nominees must not have been previously recognized officially by the College (i.e. Honorary Fellows or Distinguished Alumni). Current employees are eligible but must be nominated by non-employees. For more information, go online.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 9. The list of Okanagan College’s 50 people who made a difference will be shared at the College’s 50th celebration on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Kelowna campus.


Snowsell publishes Mann from Mars

snowsellOkanagan College Communications professor Colin Snowsell was recently published in Douglas College's Event Magazine (current issue 42.1).

His short story, entitled “Mann from Mars” is available in the award winning literary magazine, which is published by, and affiliated with, Douglas College.   

Event, The Douglas College Review, is available at fine bookstores, or online.

Karin Wilson joins Foundation team

karinThe Okanagan College Foundation/Advancement Department is pleased to announce the addition of Karin Wilson to the team. Karin has been with the College since 2011, when she joined Public Affairs as its marketing and communications specialist.
Karin takes on the new role of Campaign communications and marketing specialist for the Foundation. She will be focused on various communication strategies as Okanagan College proceeds with the $33-million Trades Facility expansion and renovation, and the Foundation’s goal to raise more than $5-million as that campaign gets underway.
Karin has a strong communications background, having spent more than 20 years working as a journalist throughout B.C., including with CBC Radio. Her freelance work has also involved working with the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Journalism certificate from Vancouver Community College.
Karin is located on the fifth floor of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus, and can be reached at ext. 4211, or by email.

Lethbridge published in Cañada Blanch Centre Publications

Cañada Blanch Centre Publications, an arm of the London School of Economics’ European Institute recently published Salmon Arm Psychology professor, David Lethbridge’s Norman Bethune in Spain. Commitment, Crisis and Conspiracy (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013), 272 pp. (ISBN: 978-1-84519-547-2).

Find out more about Lethbridge’s work online.

July 30, 2013 Vol. 8, Issue 9


Holiday closure

Okanagan College will be closed on Monday, Aug. 5 in observance of B.C.’s statutory holiday. The College will re-open on Tuesday morning.


A reminder that Connections is coming up on August 20 and 21 at the Vernon campus. You can still register online. The event provides a chance to reflect on our collective successes and challenges, which is especially opportune this year, our 50th anniversary.
The agendas for the two days will be similar, each beginning at 9:30 a.m. with an overview session, morning workshop, buffet lunch, and an afternoon workshop. 

Each day concludes with a social event featuring appetizers and samples from the Okanagan: Tree Brewing, Okanagan Spirits and Mead from Planet Bee. Spend time connecting with colleagues from different departments and campuses; play some fun games and relax.

Renew access to your fitness facility   

For those staff members with Fitness Facility access cards or Penticton gym door access on Salto cards, it is now time to renew and fill out the required annual form to ensure that you are legally covered to participate in activities in our Fitness Facilities.

Please stop by the Athletics and Recreation offices - A105 in Kelowna or PC146 in Penticton and see Lynn, Jo Ann or Heather.

Celebrate 50 in style


The Okanagan College Campus Stores are now selling OC 50th anniversary t-shirts ($8.99) and Hoodies ($29.99).

Volunteers needed for downtown Kelowna block party

Okanagan College is seeking volunteers to help support events surrounding the Downtown Kelowna Block Party, which takes place on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for two-hour (or more) shifts and anyone interested can contact Jill Smith.


Okanagan College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship John Haller was a guest on AM 1150 last week as he shed light on the pending skills shortage in the province. Listen to John’s interview here.

The Okanagan College Foundation announced it has a new President, as Alf Kempf takes over the role from Jim Henderson. Read more in: College foundation has new president.

News of the College’s 50th anniversary made the pages of the Daily Courier after Public Affairs Director Allan Coyle submitted a letter to the editor reaching out to former students and employees. Read about the celebration in: Help Okanagan College celebrate 50 years and College ready to celebrate 50th.

Two Okanagan College students were awarded a $2,500 scholarship from Valley First for their outstanding volunteer work with the food bank. Read more about Stephanie Fell and Jennifer Andrews in: Two Kelowna students win inaugural Feed the Valley awards.

Okanagan College alumnus Kolby Barnstable was featured in the Okanagan Saturday for his work as sales and marketing manager for Rykon Construction. Read more about the project Kolby is leading – Sky Parade – in Wilden in: Living the Okanagan dream.

Registrar Jane Muskens focused her School’s In column on the importance of students choosing a career that interests them in order to achieve professional success. Read more in: Seek out a career that will drive you to work hard to succeed.

The Kelowna campus will be the site of the Regional Waste Reduction Office’s trunk sale on Sept. 28. Read more in: Join the Trunk Sale trend!


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

To ensure your submission is included, please send all details at least one day in advance of the newsletter’s publication.

The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Aug. 13, 2013.