Enactus OC teams on the road to nationals
An impressive finish at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition means at least two Okanagan College Enactus teams are heading to the national competition in May for the chance to once again distinguish themselves as Canada’s best.
Enactus OC sent five teams – totaling 34 students – to compete in regionals in Calgary last weekend. The results once again surpassed expectations with two first-place finishes, one in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge and the other in the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge. An OC Enactus team also scored a third-place finish in the Scotiabank Eco-Living Green Challenge.
“We’re the only team in Western Canada out of 23 to get two first-place finishes,” says Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College School of Business professor and faculty advisor with Enactus OC. “We’re extremely proud of how these students represented their college and community and know that we have some very busy weeks ahead as we continue working on our key projects and prepare for the national competition.”
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Trades complex honoured for innovation
The College's Trades Complex in Kelowna notched another accolade for its forward-thinking design and construction.
Tuition increasing at OC
Tuition will be increasing at the College in the coming year.
For a Canadian student taking a full semester of five university arts lectures, the increase will add $33.42, increasing the semester's tuition to $1,704.73. For an international student taking the same courses, the increase will add $382.91 totaling $6,872.91 per semester. Tuition for international students is higher than domestic students because they are not supported by taxpayer funding.
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Lumby siblings shine at Spaghetti Bridge
Two very determined defending champions, a dash of friendly sibling rivalry and a home team hungry for victory was the recipe for a dramatic finish at the 35th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building competition at Okanagan College.
The bridge built by Justin Dessert and Hanya Riddick withstood an impressive 223.61 kg (almost 500 pounds) of load on the College’s Fettuccine Fault Line scale before it exploded. The Grade 9 duo earned first place in the heavyweight competition – and the top prize of $1,500 – for the second year running. Last year, their bridge withstood 255.06 kg of load.
“We went with a similar design this year – a simple arch with spokes – but we made a few tweaks,” explains Dessert, who hopes to be a teacher one day and whose life-long interest in science has continued to swell as a result of the competition. “We used fewer noodles and smaller noodles, which made the bridge a little lighter.”
The pair have already agreed they’ll try for a Spaghetti Bridge three-peat next year.
Dessert’s older brother James, a Grade 12 student at Charles Bloom and last year’s runner up, once again took home second place. His bridge withstood 159.39 kg this year before shattering in front of a packed lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus.
The team of Keyvan Khadem, Gavin Saini, Ahmed Ramadan, Harvey Mann, and Jordan Van Drimmelen of Okanagan College settled for a disappointing third place after their bridge crumbled early on under 36.48 kg of load.
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Law Enforcement studies info sessions
A collaboration between the College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is allowing students in the region to complete their law enforcement studies close to home.
Thanks to a partnership that began in 2015, graduates of Okanagan College’s Criminal and Social Justice (CSJ) Diploma program who meet admission requirements can continue their studies and step directly into the third-year of JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) degree at the College’s Penticton campus.
The collaboration doesn’t just benefit Okanagan College CSJ graduates. The program is also open to holders of a recognized Criminology, or similarly relevant, Diploma or Associate Degree.
Those interested in the program can learn more during a series of info sessions on March 12 in Kelowna (from 11-11:45 a.m. in C276) and Penticton (from 1-2 p.m. and again from 5:30-6:30 p.m., both in PC 229).
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Beastly underworld on the bill for OC's Red Dot Players
Monsters, magic, mayhem and a reluctant hero are on the agenda as Okanagan College's Red Dot Players bring Neverwhere to the stage at the Kelowna campus beginning Thursday.
The story focuses on a London office worker, Richard Mayhew, who helps a mysterious young woman who appears on the sidewalk in front of him. Mayhew is drawn into the depths of London Below, a sinister realm brimming with monsters and magic. As he helps the Lady Door discover who murdered her family, Mayhew has to battle a beast, match wits with a pair of Victorian assassins and survive an ordeal that forces him to question his very sanity.Click here for more information about showtimes and the theatre troupe. Tickets are on sale at Mosaic Books in downtown Kelowna and at the Kelowna Campus Store. They will also be available at the door.
Remembering Stuart Muir
Stuart Muir, an OUC employee who began his career with the institution in 1988, passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 77.
His 14-year career spanned many changes and developments for the institution, including development of the North Kelowna campus (now home to UBC Okanagan).
He was a focused manager, recalls Graham Kershaw, who worked with Muir in the late 90s and until Muir retired in 2002. "He was very principled in the way he did things. He liked to get to the business at hand."
"He always - absolutely always - flew the flag for the college," says Kershaw.
His obituary can be found here.
Beer appreciation course on tap in Vernon
An award-winning brewmaster who was among those to help ferment the craft beer revolution in B.C. is serving up a guided tasting course in Vernon this month that will appeal to everyone from industry professionals and home brewers to newcomers alike.
After completing his apprenticeship as a brewmaster in his homeland of Germany, Stefan Buhl brought his knowledge and passion for German-styled lagers and ales and English ales to Canada in 1996. He spent 17 years brewing beer and overseeing production for Tree Brewing in Kelowna and is now owner of his own brewing and packaging solutions company.
Buhl will share his decades of experience during a three-hour beer appreciation course on March 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Marten Brewing Company in Vernon.
The course is offered through the College's Continuing Studies Department in partnership with Marten Brewing Company. For more information, click here.
Opening doors for women in trades
An opportunity to test-drive a career in the trades put Frances Sadowick on the path to a career she loves and helped her build the confidence to pursue it. The College recently hosted an open house inviting women to follow in Sadowick’s footsteps and learn about opportunities to train for a future in the building trades.
It was precisely this 12-week exploratory Gateway to the Building Trades for Women program that provided Sadowick with her introduction to the trades that led to continued education and employment.
As soon as her Gateway program wrapped, she applied to, and was sponsored again by Okanagan College Women in Trades to enrol in the Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundation program. Sponsorship included full tuition, textbooks, personal protection equipment and tools required for the program.
“I’ve found my confidence in the workplace and am excited for my future working towards a Red Seal ticket,” she explains. “I’m creating a brighter future for myself and my son.”
March 6, 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 5
EdCo welcomes new members; upcoming elections notice
Two new members will join Okanagan College’s Education Council next month. Norah Bowman was successful in the recent by-election for the Central Okanagan faculty seat. Amanda Lang is joining as the South Okanagan-Similkameen student representative. Both terms commence March 1.
More governance opportunities:
Board of Governors
For more information about the upcoming elections and important dates, please see the notice in College Matters.
Overflow parking notice
As a reminder, only vehicles displaying valid OC parking passes will be permitted to park in the designated Kelowna campus overflow spaces in the lot at Evangel Church (3261 Gordon Drive).
New staff parking passes
Please check the front of your parking pass to see if it has an expiry date of December 2017. If it has expired, you will need to apply for a new parking pass as soon as possible.
Click here to apply for a new pass and complete the form with your current vehicle information and submit. Once submitted, your designated approver will send their confirmation back to Facilities. The new permit will be available for pickup at the Facilities office and it is requested that you bring your old pass with you in exchange. In the interim, if you received a parking ticket for an expired pass, bring it to Facilities to be voided.
If your pass is broken or doesn't have an expiry date listed at all, please also apply for a new pass.
For more information, please contact Facilities at ext. 4262.
Call for volunteers – Aboriginal Recognition Ceremony
Aboriginal Services is looking for Okanagan College employees to volunteer as greeters and ambassadors at the upcoming Aboriginal Student Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, March 17 from noon – 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre at the Kelowna campus. Click here for more details and contact Jewell Gillies to sign up as a volunteer.
Last Learning and Applied Research Workshop
March 8 – Learning and Applied Research offers various professional developmental workshops for OC employees. The goal is to provide opportunities for employees to engage in sharing their knowledge and skills as well as gaining new perspectives on various topics that support them in their daily work.
Beyond opioids: the overdose crisisMarch 9 – Cheyenne Johnson, Director of Clinical Activities and Development at the British Columbia Center on Substance Use and the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, will present "Beyond opioids: the overdose crisis – how did we get here?" in the lecture theatre at the Vernon campus on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The talk is open to the public and is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series. Admission to the lecture is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For advanced tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at (250) 545-3644 or visit the website here.
Win big with OC's NCAA March Madness bracket pool
March 9 deadline – Want to test your powers of prediction and have a chance to win $1,000? The OC Coyotes basketball program is teaming up with the Okanagan College Foundation to offer a March Madness bracket pool. Enter before March 9 to make your game predictions and choose the NCAA National Champion. All proceeds go to a scholarship or bursary fund for OC athletes. Tickets cost $25 and include a Papa John's pizza card.
Trivia night - Are you Smarter than an OC Student?March 14 – Are you a pop culture junkie, sports fan or history buff? If yes, then OC Alumni Association's trivia night – Are you Smarter than an OC Student or Graduate – is for you!
Put together a team of friends, colleagues, family members or fellow alumni and join in a fun night of trivia at the Kelowna campus. A cash bar is available and the registration fee includes an appie platter for each team. There are a ton of prizes and all proceeds go to student awards, bursaries and scholarships. For more information and to register a team, click here.
Free Canadian Mental Health Association workshopMarch 14 – The Canadian Mental Health Association is presenting a "Responding with Respect" workshop in two sessions from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and again from 1 – 4 p.m. on March 14. The free workshop teaches supervisors, managers and employees a framework for how to support a co-worker going through a challenging time. Click here to register.
A pair of Okanagan College Business students and a Civil and Mechanical Engineering student’s new project, Project ReCharge, caught the attention of KelownaNow.
Okanagan College hosted the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society’s third annual Technology Meet Up where more than 600 students from across the district attended the event: the Salmon Arm Observer and the Vernon Morning Star shared highlights.
Local students in Grades 8 - 10 took part in a recent Math Challengers regional competition at the College and the Vernon Morning Star caught up with a group of students who did well in the challenge.
Castanet and the Vernon Morning Star shared the news about renowned substance use researcher Cheyenne Johnson coming to the Vernon campus to present “Beyond opioids: the overdose crisis – how did we get here?”
The Oliver Chronicle and Osoyoos Times profiled OUC alumnus (B.Ed. 2004) Pinder Dhaliwal who was elected as president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association after spending five years as the vice-president of the association.
Okanagan College Women in Trades program hosted a free public open house on Feb. 28 and the Vernon Morning Star shared information about the event.
The College’s Board of Governors has approved a two per cent increase in tuition for domestic students in the coming year and the Lake Country Calendar, Global News, Capital News, KelownaNow, Castanet, Salmon Arm Observer, Daily Courier and Penticton Herald reported on it.
The 35th annual Spaghetti Bridge contest at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus has come to a close. InfoTel News Kamloops, Global News, Penticton Western News, Castanet, KelownaNow, AM 1150's iheartradio, Okanagan Weekend, Daily Courer and the Vernon Morning Star all reported on contest results.
The College's Kelowna Trades Complex was honoured with the 2018 Institutional Wood Design and Castanet, Capital News and the Journal of Commerce blog shared details and the Vancouver Sun put up a photo gallery of all winning buildings.
Okanagan College's Kelowna campus has been named an official Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Test Centre and CELPIP gave full details.
Maxine Dehart's column in the Capital News shared that The Dragons' Den is coming to Okanagan College's Kelowna campus on March 8 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. to find budding entrepreneurs.
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