Jim Hamilton staying on as President until 2019
The longest-serving president in British Columbia’s post-secondary sector, Jim Hamilton has accepted an offer to extend his term as President of Okanagan College until October 2019.
“I am proud of Okanagan College’s record of success and achievement but I know a lot remains to be done to even better serve the students, employers and community of this region,” said Hamilton. “I am particularly excited about some of the key directions in the College’s recently-completed five-year strategic plan and I want to be part of moving them forward. Those include working with and learning from our indigenous community, increasing our support for key sectors such as wine, food and tourism and technology, and completing a plan that will expand internationalization opportunities for our students and employers.”
Hamilton’s history at Okanagan College began in Vernon in 1980 when he signed on to teach English. Over the year, he has served as a faculty member, a member of the Okanagan University College Board of Governors, and the Regional Dean of the North Okanagan. He became President of Okanagan College in 2004.
During his time as President, Okanagan College enrolments have grown by 43 per cent, exceeding government targets every year. Hamilton points to the accomplishments of Okanagan College students and employees as his greatest source of satisfaction as President.Read more in the press release.
Foundation Charity Golf Tournament celebrates 25 years, milestone in support raised for students
Golfers and volunteers had plenty of reason to cheer in the clubhouse following the 25th Okanagan College Foundation’s Charity Golf Tournament last Thursday.
Experience OC Event gives high schoolers a sneak peak at College life
On Tuesday May 3, the Penticton campus welcomed over 120 Grade 11 students from Keremeos, Princeton, Osoyoos, Oliver, and Penticton to experience the life of an Okanagan College student for a day.
Outland Gift benefits students from ECE to Trades
A local landscape architecture firm has pledged $10,000 to support the new Trades Training complex at the Kelowna campus and has also stepped forward with a gift for those who nurture our youngest learners.
Outland Design Landscape Architecture has launched an annual $750 bursary to support students in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program; the bursary builds on more than a year of support for a unique applied research project spearheaded by Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Okanagan College’s Director of Learning and Teaching.
Last spring, the firm’s owner Fiona Barton signed on as a community partner of Dietze’s federally-funded, applied research grant exploring the benefits of outdoor play on children’s wellbeing, and how it can be tied into the training of early childhood educators.
“We’re hoping to inspire local students and would-be students to lifelong learning. The value of education for themselves and for our community is limitless,” says Barton.
Read on in the press release.
Vandergaag taking her research skills abroad through prestigious international fellowship
An Okanagan College student’s academic excellence and passion for social impact – both locally and on a global stage – has earned her one of the most coveted fellowships in Canada.
Karen Vandergaag, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours student at the Kelowna campus, is one of only 12 individuals from coast-to-coast to be awarded an International Youth Fellowship by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).
“I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to put my education and research into practice on the ground and see how the hands-on experience compares to academia,” says Vandergaag. “As a business student, I approach opportunities like this from a different perspective than students in similar positions who might hail from international relations, health, or other backgrounds.”
Vandergaag will be headed to Tanzania in August, where she will spend eight months working with CARE, an international NGO dedicated to disaster relief and fighting global poverty. Her work will revolve around research and project coordination with the organization’s Microfinance and Microenterprise arms.
Read more in the press release.
Gilbert’s second book of poetry takes readers up onto the Tight Wire
Okanagan College Creative Writing and English Professor Kerry Gilbert recently published her second book of poetry called Tight Wire, through Mother Tongue Publishing. Some praise for the book includes:
Students’ business venture aims to make the Okanagan sound better
After speaking with Okanagan College students Alex Pfeifer and Josh Mulloy, you will never look at a room the same again—or so hope the founders of Perception Audio, a new business specializing in acoustic treatments and analysis for buildings in the region.
A common interest in recording technology led Pfeifer and Mulloy to the Audio Engineering & Music Production diploma program at Okanagan College from very different paths. But once in the studio together, they found a rhythm and a loud idea began to take shape. Boosted by support from instructor Corey Bell and a wide array of local business owners, Pfeifer and Mulloy launched their own company.
“At the end of the day, we want to bring something new and truly unique to the audio scene in BC,” says Mulloy. “We want to change the way people think about sound during all stages and aspects of putting a space together. We spend our lives in these spaces and the way they sound hugely impacts our experience of them.”
And despite a burgeoning business, the pair aren’t done building their skills—or giving back—at Okanagan College.
Kisilevich named Associate Dean of Trades
Teresa Kisilevich will step into the role of Associate Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship on July 1.
Patrick Knight joins Continuing Studies
The Continuing Studies department welcomes Patrick Knight in his new role as a program assistant.
Patrick has his psychology degree from UBCO and has been living in Kelowna since 2009. He has been with the Continuing Studies department since December 2015. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys playing hockey on his beer league team, hiking, and boating.
Patrick can be reached at local 4475 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 31, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 5
Copyright matters when using images on publicly accessible web pages
On course pages, using images, or other copyright material, that you find on the Internet, is often permitted by the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act, or by OC’s license with Access Copyright. This is because the purpose of the use is educational and the audience for the material consists primarily of students, access to the pages is restricted to authorized users, and our laws and licenses allow certain uses of copyright material under these circumstances.
Supply Management Services: Vernon Truck Schedule - Summer 2016
The regular Friday truck run to Vernon will be discontinued for the summer. The last truck is scheduled to run on Friday, June 17. It will resume as normal on Friday, August 12. Please ensure everyone in your department or division is notified about the change in schedule. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Brad Piontek at local 5614.
Connections 2016 – Register Soon
Registration is open for Okanagan College’s annual employee conference. Connections is organized by employees for employees. It is about connecting face-to-face with colleagues from different departments and campuses, and celebrating the strengths and diversity of the people who work here through interactive, social activities and fun informative workshops.
Camp OC registration now open with new employee tuition waiver
Looking for children’s camp ideas this summer? Browse the great day-camps offered through Camp OC at the Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon campuses.
Changes to group benefits for retired members
The Municipal Pension Board of Trustees is announcing changes to group benefits for retired members, effective January 1, 2017. Plan members near retirement should learn how these changes may affect them. More information is available here and on the Municipal Pension Plan website.
Bike to Work Week
Until June 3 – Employees on all campuses are invited to join Okanagan College’s Bike to Work Team for 2016. Riders can register online or email Dr. Paul Stephenson with the words “Please register me online” in the subject line. Returning riders can simply re-activate last year’s registration. Registrants will have a chance to win raffle prizes (bike pumps, bells, tire repair kits etc.). The Prize Raffle will occur on Wednesday, June 8 at 9 am, at the bike stands behind the Centre for Learning.
Hannah Calder Book Launch
June 2 – A book launch for Okanagan College English and Creative Writing Professor Hannah Calder's new novel Piranesi's Figures will be held at the Vernon Public Art Gallery on Thursday, June 2 starting at 7 p.m..
Campus Commuter Challenge
June 6-11 – This is a challenge for staff and students to get to campus using anything other than SOV (Single Occupant Vehicle). Walk, carpool, take transit, ride your bike – all qualify. Travelers can log their trips on the website to be eligible for prizes.
Indigenous Concepts of Knowledge Symposium
June 15 – Moderated by Dr. Bill Cohen, Okanagan College Professor of Indigenous Studies, and Project Manager of the College’s Indigenization Task Force, several notable scholars will be at Okanagan College to discuss their perspective on topics such as connections between orality and literacy, Indigenous concepts of ownership and intellectual property, traditional ecology-based systems of knowledge, ethics of the use and curation of Indigenous knowledge, and research methods that respect Indigenous ways of knowing.
Salmon Arm Campus Student Awards Ceremony
June 15 – Students, friends, family, and supporters from the community will be on hand for the 2016 Salmon Arm Campus Award Ceremony; the event will be held in the main courtyard. Last year, 47 students received bursaries totalling $75,000 from the Okanagan College Foundation, the Shuswap Community Foundation, local community groups and individual donors. For more information, please contact Margaret Scharf, local 8238.
Janelle Dunn, owner of Okanagan Wildbrush Honey was a recent top story on Castanet. Dunn will share her extensive apiary knowledge and experience next February when she teaches a course on beekeeping at Okanagan College in Penticton.
News of the passing of 30 year+ employee Joyce Hoglund, was published in the May 31 issue of the Daily Courier. Noted was Hoglund’s love for her family, education, art, and the outdoors.
As reported by The Lethbridge Herald’s May 28 issue, members of the OC Culinary Arts team recently joined forces with culinary researchers from Lethbridge College for specialized training focused on honing their senses of sight, smell, taste, and texture in judging the quality of produce and fish.
The College’s role as a hub for training tech innovators was mentioned in a feature about the region’s growing need for technology workers published by The Okanagan Saturday on May 28.
The announcement that Jim Hamilton - the longest-serving president in BC’s post-secondary sector - has accepted an offer to extend his term as Okanagan College President until 2019 was a top story in print and online media, thanks to coverage by The Okanagan Saturday, along with Castanet and KelownaNow.
Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus played host to the annual spring trunk sale over the weekend and The Capital News helped put the word out to the community about this popular event organized by the regional waste and reduction office.
May 24 – The story of hard work and ingenuity by two Okanagan College Audio Engineering and Music Production (AEMP) soon-to-be graduates made the airwaves thanks to good vibrations from Castanet.May 24 - The proposed amphitheater at the Vernon campus continued to draw the attention of local media with the Vernon Morning Star profiling Calgary architect Bill Chomik and his proposed plan for the site along with letters for and against, while Castanet also touched on the ongoing debate by those opposed and those championing the project.
Two Okanagan College alumni were profiled as part of BDO’s ongoing Top 40 Under 40 series in The Daily Courier. The paper’s May 18 edition spotlighted OC business graduate and chartered accountant Graham Moir while fellow business alum, Ryan Lancaster, was highlighted on May 25.
That week, another OC alumna, former national and international women’s curling champion Kelly Scott was quoted in The Daily Courier about her support for Penticton’s bid to host the 2018 Scotties Tournament.
May 21 – Coverage from Global News, KelownaNow, Castanet and the Capital News helped word travel about Bachelor of Business Administration student Karen Vandergaag’s acceptance of a world-class fellowship that will see her put her business skills to work abroad.
OC Culinary Arts students and faculty cooked alongside some of the province’s top culinary talent at the annual Earth Wind Fire event at the Delta Grand Okanagan, as served up to readers in the pages of Okanagan Life Magazine and the May 24 edition of The Daily Courier and May 20 issue of The Capital News. The event raises funds for environmental conservation in B.C.
More delicious news was uncorked in the pages of The Capital News on May 20, when local writer Kathy Michaels penned a piece about a recent food and wine course for industry professionals taught by Waterfront Wines Executive Chef Mark Filatow.
In her May 19 piece “Summer school for Okanagan foodies”, Penticton Western News columnist Allison Markin shared with her readers a number of upcoming classes on local food and wine offered by Okanagan College.
Support from industry continues to rev up spaces in the new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus; the story of a generous donation by local Ford Dealer Dan Assam raced into the pages of The Daily Courier on May 18.
The OC Coyote’s valiant efforts to capture the Canadian College Baseball Conference Championships as tournament hosts earlier this month made the May 18 edition of The Capital News.
MP Richard Cannings, 2008 Honorary Fellow of Okanagan College, was once again featured in the Osoyoos Times on May 18 in promotion of a pop-up office event hosted in the South Okanagan town.
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