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May 29, 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 10
Convocation Ceremonies volunteers
Faculty and instructors are invited to participate in the Convocation and Commencement ceremonies by leading graduands in the processional. If you are planning to attend a ceremony, please email Michelle Lowry noting the ceremony you wish to attend. If you require regalia, please include your height and highest credential awarded (i.e. 5’11” MSc, U of Calgary).
Connections registration open
Registration is open for the College’s 13th annual employee learning conference held at the Vernon campus this year and sessions are filling up fast. Connect face-to-face with colleagues from different departments and campuses while celebrating the strengths and diversity of the people who work here. Employees will enjoy a series of interactive and social activities, fun information workshops and hear from OC President Jim Hamilton. Free bus rides are available to and from Connections from your home campus.
Camp OC registration
Camp OC is a series of week-long education day camps full of interactive experiences, fun and adventure. Class sizes are small and taught by professional teachers and educators and is a great place to engage kids and youth in their interests and passions such as engineering, arts, science, culinary arts, trades, computers and technology.
College employees are able to register their children or grandchildren at a 10 per cent discount and then on the Friday before their particular camp begins, employees can take advantage of a 50 per cent tuition waiver. Review the criteria to learn more about discounts, visit the Camp OC website for more info and full lineup of camps. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelowna campus store special thank you sale
The OC Kelowna Campus Store is having a special thank you sale for all employees next week from June 4 – 8. Please stop in and see the many new items recently received in stock. All staff will receive 25 per cent off their next purchase of any regular priced branded clothing or giftware and will receive 50 per cent off of the lowest marked clearance priced clothing or giftware.
Course material requests from faculty deadline
The Campus Store is looking for fall semester adoptions. Please email Gord Stefansson with your course material needs for the fall 2018 semester and if possible let him know if you will be using any online resources that may be available for the text you choose. Please submit your material needs by Tuesday, June 5 to ensure your materials will be available for the first day of classes.
OC Foundation auction items for bid ends June 1
The 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament has wrapped and there are a few items remaining from the silent auction. The Okanagan College Foundation is opening up bidding to employees and general public and bidding will follow a blind auction format. Items include everything from gift certificates to artwork to furniture. Click here to view items, descriptions and to download bid forms. All funds raised support students at the College. Bidding is open until Friday, June 1 at noon.
May 31 deadline for Family Award applications
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between April 1 and Aug. 31, 2018.
Click here for full award criteria and application form. All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm by May 31. For more information, contact Financial Aid and Awards via email or phone at 250-862-5419.
Motorhome and vehicles for saleThe Okanagan College Foundation and Supply Management, in conjunction with the RV department and Automotive Service Technician department are presently offering several motorhomes and vehicles for sale. Click here to view for sale items, descriptions and bidding deadlines.
Employee golf tournament
June 11 - Registration is now open for Okanagan College’s fun co-ed golf tournament. Registration is $40 and includes 9-holes at Michaelbrook Golf Course in Kelowna and a burger and fries (chicken or veggie options available). Register as a group (4, 3 or 2 players) or as a single and the committee will place you with a team. RSVP to Angelika March as soon as possible.
New Kelowna cafeteria hours
Starting on Monday, June 4, the Kelowna cafeteria will be open Mon-Fri from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The cafeteria will be closed for the summer beginning on June 14.
Joint Occupational Health and Safety May reminderAs outdoor temperatures rise, the chances of suffering from heat stress or illness also increase. The environment, the work and the person are three main factors that can cause heat stress disorders such as exhaustion, heat stroke, cramps and heat rash. Feeling hot or cold depends on air temperature, objects nearby, relative humidity, air circulation (ventilation), physical exertion and clothing. To prevent the signs and symptoms of heat stress, you can try to reduce physical exertion and reduce the humidity in the air with a fan. Alternatively, you could reduce exposure time and increase the number of rest breaks or simply retreat to a cooler part of the building with air conditioning. If a heat stress incident occurs, report to your supervisor immediately or call security at 6699 from any campus phone or dial 250-862-5401.
Bike to Work Week on now
May 28 – June 1 – It’s not too late to register for Bike to Work Week. Click here to register, choose Okanagan College as your team and then start logging your rides and be entered to win some amazing prizes. If you’re on the Kelowna campus, you can store your bike in the new secure bike compound outside the south side of the Centre for Learning building.
Salve making workshop
May 30 – Join us at the Kelowna campus on Wednesday, May 30 at 1 p.m. in the Indigenous garden behind the Centre for Learning building. This free workshop will have participants make and walk away with their own jar of comfrey and lavender salve. Spaces are limited. Please email Jewel Gillies or call her at 4498 to register.
Finding the Good conference
June 8 and 9 – Finding the Good is about bringing academics and practitioners together to share ethical international development ideas and practices to expand the space for communities to find the good in the current era.
Sessions will help to ignite and sustain an ecosystem in which dialogue between scholarly insights and practical development work will, ultimately, improve the participation of people experiencing poverty, social marginalization, discrimination, and oppression.
After the first day of workshops have completed, keynote speaker Chloe Schwenke is hosting a book event at Infusions for her new memoir, SELF-ish: a transgender awakening. For more information on Schwenke's book and biography, click here. Copies will be available for purchase and she will be available to stay after the event to sign copies.
Three Okanagan College students who won gold medals at the recent Skills competition were named in Maxine Dehart’s column in the Capital News.
The Daily Courier ran two stories about the Trades Commencement that took place at the Kelowna campus on May 17: the first shared event details and the second caught up with carpentry student and student speaker Lukas Pfob about the messages he left for graduating students.
Two Okanagan College students and members of OC Students’ Union Jennifer Meyer and Courtney Kindlein spoke with the Capital News, Castanet and Global News about the need for student housing during a groundbreaking ceremony of a new apartment complex which includes a portion dedicated to student rentals.
The Vernon Morning Star wrote a comprehensive article about the new $6.2-million Vernon Trades Training Centre that will open its doors this summer.
The Capital News shared details about the upcoming conference – Finding the Good – which will see International Development scholars and practitioners come to the College on June 8 and 9 to find innovative ways to advance world-wide human rights, social justice and more.
InfoNews shared MP Stephen Fuhr’s commentary on the current economy in Canada where he included the College’s Trades Training Centre grand opening as a success story that the economy is in a healthy position. Fuhr also brought the College’s thanks for the approximately $3 million in federal funding to Parliament, watch the video here.
The Vernon Morning Star shared news about a former Okanagan College social worker instructor Johanna Burko who was the recipient of the Jan White Memorial award from Vernon Women in Business earlier this month.
The Capital News shared event highlights from the recent Discover Trades Event held at the Kelowna campus.
Do you have comments, questions or a submission for INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE? Please email Public Affairs c/o Holly Stevens.