Community Foundation gives boost to College’s child care centre
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen is adding a building block to the fundraising campaign for the new child care centre at the Penticton campus.
Industry partners design the right fit for College’s gas lab
Three local companies are demonstrating that generosity comes in many forms through the donation of their time and expertise to give trades students a new cutting-edge natural gas lab.
Local businesses and non-profits get a glimpse into OC’s applied research
Vernon-based companies, non-profit organizations and individuals had the opportunity on Oct. 27 to learn more about applied research and the benefits of connecting with Okanagan College.
Strong turnout for International Development Day
Nearly 300 people, including OC students, local high school students and community members converged on the Kelowna campus for International Development Day on Oct. 25.
OC alumni and student honoured at the 30th Annual Business Excellence Awards
Two Okanagan College alumni and a current student were among the outstanding local businesses and entrepreneurs honoured by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce at the 30th Annual Business Excellence Awards which took place on Oct. 12.
OC alumnus Andrew Gaucher took home the Young Entrepreneur Award. Gaucher graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and was recognized for his role both within the G Group and Catalyst Land Development.
College deans to educate on approaching digital revolution
Two College deans are combining perspectives and stepping into the community to present on the emerging digital revolution at the upcoming Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday, Nov. 3.
Bill Gillett, the new Dean of the Okanagan School of Business, is the event keynote speaker and will be joined by Phil Ashman, the new Central Okanagan Regional Dean, to give the community a glimpse of technologies to come and how businesses can best prepare for success.
The event is now sold out. Those interested in attending can register for the waitlist here.
OC’s Dr. Terence Day publishes research
Dr. Terence Day, OC Professor of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, recently had his research published in a special issue of Sustainability, a peer-reviewed open access journal.
Spooky happenings at OC today
Okanagan College employees reported numerous sightings of ghosts, goblins, witches, superheroes, giant sponges attired in square-pants and a host of other frightening and out-of-this-world characters today. Fortunately, it was all in good fun as Halloween festivities abounded at OC campuses throughout the region.
Children from Little Scholars daycare in Kelowna and Little Learners in Penticton visited to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes. Athletics, Rec and Student Life and the OCSU hosted a Halloween party complete with a photobooth, games, treats and prizes in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning.
Reconciliation and indigenization
What do reconciliation and indigenization look like in a post-secondary context? Tosh Southwick, Executive Director of First Nation Initiatives and Community Engagement at Yukon College came to the College on Oct. 24 to speak about Yukon College’s experience with Indigenization.
For anyone who wasn’t able to attend the live presentation or view it live, you can watch the recorded presentation here.
OC treated to live quartet music
Lunchtime at The Pit on Thursday, Oct. 26 was awe inspiring for music lovers.
The program was sponsored by Forever Young news magazine and Kelowna Rotary Club. For more information on the quartet, click here.
October 31, 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 40
Planned power outage and Kelowna campus closure
Testing, inspection and maintenance work on the Kelowna campus’s high-voltage power system require a campus-wide shutdown on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Learner-Centered Instructor program now accepting applications
The Learner-Centred Instructor certificate program (LCI) is now accepting applications for the winter intake. The 60-hour program runs from Jan. 8 – April 22 and is offered primarily online with one in-class session at the Kelowna campus.
The LCI program provides new instructors the opportunity to increase their teaching skills while developing a learner-centered philosophy of instruction. By the end of the program, participants will be able to create an engaging environment and develop and deliver effective learner strategies.
The program also accounts as credit for two Provincial Instructor Diploma courses and eligible OC employees can apply for a tuition waiver. For more information visit okanagan.bc.ca/LCI.
Employee survey open
For the sixth time since 2007, Okanagan College is surveying its employees to learn more about their work experiences and environment.
Learn about your pension
The Municipal Pension Board of Trustees has decided to change the actuarial assumptions used to determine optional forms of pension and convert special agreement balances to additional pension.
Half marathon seeks new race director
Okanagan College is looking for an employee who is interested in taking on the volunteer role of race director of the Okanagan College Half Marathon. The half marathon has a long and proud history in Kelowna with roots that date back to 2003 when it kicked off as OUC’s campus-to-campus race. Over the next 14 years the race grew to include a 10 K and half marathon relay race and has raised thousands of dollars in support of student bursaries at OC.
Governance elections results
Congratulations to the new student members of the Board of Governors and Education Council:
Education Council By-Election
A By-Election for Education Council is coming up in December and the call for nominations for the following positions opens on Nov. 1.
The call for nominations will be open Nov. 1 – 19, 2017 inclusive. Forms will be available in myOkanagan. Elections will be held Dec. 1 – 10 in myOkanagan.
Remembrance Day stat holiday observance
As Remembrance Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11 this year, employees should observe the statutory holiday on Monday, Nov. 13.
ChangeUP 3 competition
Nov. 2 – Enactus OC is a finalist in the upcoming ChangeUP 3 competition where local social entrepreneurs pitch their innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges in our community to a live voting audience.
OC Speakers Series - Penticton campus
Okanagan College’s popular Speakers Series returns to the Penticton campus this fall with an exciting lineup of speakers. Talks are held Monday nights (see full schedule here) from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, (PL 107), Ashnola Building. Admission is by donation. Funds will be used to help students in need. Visit the website for more information.
Learning and Applied Research Workshops – Fall 2017
Learning and Applied Research is offering a series of free professional development workshops for employees this fall. All workshops will be held in Room B120 at the Kelowna campus, unless otherwise specified. Please email to register in advance. View the full schedule here.
• Nov. 2: noon - 1 p.m. – Lynda Dreaper: Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013/2016
2017 OC Social Committee holiday party
Tickets for this year’s holiday party are now available. The party will be held at Mission Tap House in Kelowna on Saturday, Dec.16 starting at 6 p.m. For just $35 you can enjoy a full holiday buffet, live music, dancing, use of the games room, prizes, and $4 house wine and beer after 9 p.m.
Sharon Thesen book launch
The launch of renowned local poet Sharon Thesen’s latest work The Receiver is happening on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Caetani Cultural Centre in Vernon, presented by the Kalamalka Press. Download the poster here.
Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Week
In November the Kelowna campus Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee will present the second annual OHS awareness week with a focus on ergonomics. Employees are invited to drop by the Atrium of the Centre for Learning on Tuesday, Nov. 7 or Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to view “then and now” workstations, a visual presentation of best practices for better posture. Ever wonder what the five levers on your chair do? Stop by for helpful tips on adjusting it and find out how to organize your workstation to help prevent musculoskeletal injury.
Committee members will also have displays set up on Thursday, Nov. 9 in the S Building and Friday, Nov. 10 on the second floor of the C building. Pick up useful information and free swag.
Be part of something big
For the fifth consecutive year, Giving Tuesday will be happening on Nov. 28. This movement has grown into the single largest day of charitable giving in Canada, as individuals come together to support great causes in their communities.
OC Campus Store Annual Customer Appreciation Sale
The OC Campus Store is hosting its Annual Customer Appreciation Sale on Nov. 16.
View the event poster here.
Provincial funding was announced recently for community-based adult literacy programs delivered in the Okanagan and Columbia-Shuswap. The funding will support a number of community organizations partnering with Okanagan College to open doors for adult learners, as reported by The Lake Country Calendar, The Capital News, The Vernon Morning Star, and The Salmon Arm Observer.
As part of Bookfest 2017, the Salmon Arm campus hosted the international launch of Powered by Love a non-fiction work sharing the remarkable story of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project, which sees grandmothers (and other volunteers) in Canada raise funds through knitted and quilted items and many other endeavors to fund AIDS relief in Africa. The launch of the book was promoted in advance by The Salmon Arm Observer.
Renowned ethnobiologist Dr. Nancy Turner’s presentation on Oct. 18 at the Vernon campus was shared with readers by The Vernon Morning Star and Castanet. Turner discussed how Indigenous people in B.C. have traditionally passed down and continue to share their plant and habitat preservation knowledge, techniques and practices across generations.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow (2014) Raghwa Gopal was profiled in Okanagan Weekend last month for his continued efforts, as CEO of Accelerate Okanagan, to advance the region’s potential as a hub for technology. Also featured in the article was Okanagan College School of Business alumna Brea Retzlaff, Accelerate Okanagan’s Director of Operations.
Another OC School of Business alumnus made the news in October when Justin O’Connor was named to the Top Forty Under 40 presented by BDO, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Courier. O’Connor, owner and operator of the Sotheby’s Realty brokerage in Kelowna earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a specialization in Marketing from the College in 2004.
The College was a sponsor and served as the venue for the fourth annual Community Leader Awards which took place in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus on Monday, Oct. 23. OC Early Childhood Education Instructor Betty Cleland received top honour in the Mentor category and was featured in a special supplement by The Capital News. Also pictured in the piece were Okanagan College Foundation Executive Director Kathy Butler and Regional Dean for the Central Okanagan Phil Ashman, who presented the Leader of the Year Award to Axis Family Resources Regional Manager Curtis McTavish.
The Revelstoke Review helped OC employee Kara Kazimer express her thanks to the community and her OC coworkers for their support after her nine-year-old daughter, Chelsea, was air-lifted to BC Children’s Hospital for emergency surgery.
Okanagan College was home to the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Waste Reduction Office’s event, The Repair Café on Oct. 28. The fix-it workshop made the pages of Okanagan Weekend and Castanet.
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