College welcomes students back to campus
This week Okanagan College extends a warm welcome to new and returning students. Hundreds of students took part in Orientation events today at all four campuses as part of the kick-off to the new semester.
Food, music, games, and an introduction to the College’s facilities, faculties, clubs, and student associations were on the menu at every campus.
Today marks the beginning of a month of welcome events and activities for students. Festivities at the Kelowna campus include an out-of-town student café and carnival/outdoor movie night on Wednesday, Sept. 7, a pancake breakfast organized by the Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and the 8th annual Youth Exhibition Powwow on Thursday, Sept. 15. More information about Orientation and upcoming student events is available here.
Okanagan College professor walks for injured student
Okanagan College professor Tim Walters went the distance last week to show his support for an ailing student, and his efforts have inspired a remarkable outpouring of generosity from within and outside of the College.
Renowned Canadian Astronomer to speak about search for goldilocks worlds
One of Canada’s foremost astronomers will take the stage at Okanagan College later this month to shine a light on his efforts to find and photograph potentially habitable worlds in our galaxy.
“The first step in finding abodes for life is to find planets in the Habitable Zones of their stars, whose surface temperatures would allow liquid water,” explains Matthews. “These are known as ‘Goldilocks Worlds’ – not too hot, not too cold, but just right for life as we know it. We live in a revolutionary era for the understanding of the origin and evolution of planets, including our own Earth.”
Ground-breaking program prepares nurses for in-demand specialization
A new program developed collaboratively by Okanagan College and Interior Health is seeking to bridge the skills gap in an increasingly needed nursing specialty.
Shirley Pope is among the first graduates of the College’s Gastroenterology Nursing Certificate program. After a 15-year career in neonatal nursing in Calgary, she recently moved to the Okanagan and came out of retirement when she learned about the chance to make a difference in a new area of specialization.
“I tried retirement and thought, ‘No, I’m not ready. I want to try something different in nursing,' ” she says. “It’s a specialty that’s definitely growing, and it’s one that requires a great deal of education.”
Pope has hit the ground running in her new field of expertise. She landed a position on the Gastroenterology unit at Kelowna General Hospital before she had even graduated.
The program is being called a ground-breaking new training opportunity. Before it was launched, practicing nurses who wanted to prepare to take the Certificate in Gastroenterology Nursing exam would often have to educate themselves.
“This program has been well received by the first group of Interior Health nurses participating in the studies as well as by their managers,” noted Denise Dunton, Interior Health’s Surgical Services Clinical Leader in Acute Care Services who worked with the College to develop and launch the program last year. “Feedback has been excellent and I am pleased to be supporting the second cohort of students in this comprehensive program.”
Read more in the press release.
Tuck earns master’s degree
IT Services’ Terry Tuck has earned a Master’s of Educational Technology (MET) degree from UBC Vancouver. Terry, who works in Educational Technology in Kelowna, began working on her degree in 2013.
She started with a graduate certificate in technology-based distributed learning and then went on to complete the full MET master’s degree in May of 2016, all while working full time at Okanagan College.
September 6, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 12
Penticton campus: September roadwork advisory
Resurfacing along Highway 97 starting at the Duncan Ave. West intersection in Penticton was scheduled to begin today. Be advised the roadwork may cause disruptions and delays when accessing the Penticton campus and when driving to the campus from Summerland or north (Kelowna). The project is expected to be completed in November. Instructors and students may need to leave a little more time for travel.
Family Award application deadline for Fall Applications September 2016
Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016.
Parking fees to increase
Okanagan College parking fees have increased beginning this month. The change in parking fees will impact the taxable benefit associated with park as well. Please visit the Facilities webpage for more information.
Kelowna campus – poster approval process
A reminder that posters and other print materials are not to be taped (displayed) on the walls or glass anywhere on campus. When the posters are removed they often damage the walls. Please bring posters to Athletics, Recreation & Student Life office or the Student Union office to acquire a date stamp so that your poster can be hung on the designated bulletin boards around campus. This keeps the campus looking neat and tidy.
Emotional resilience on the agenda
The September issue of the Employee and Family Assistance program newsletter is available here. The topic for the month is Emotional Resilience – Hope and Help for Depression: dealing with your own depression or that of your partner. A webinar entitled Building Resilience- will take place at noon on Sept. 28. In this presentation, presenters will offer strategies for building skills to better manage stress. Register for this free webinar here.
Introducing Roundabout Fuel
Beginning on Sept. 8, drop in for an engaging discussion in B-130: the Learning & Teaching Center on the Kelowna campus. Each month will have weekly themes – for details see the Roundabout website. September’s theme is Learning & Teaching and the first topic will be death of the lecture. Come by and enjoy a lively discussion.
Microsoft Surfaces for Teaching
Sept. 15 – Learning & Teaching and IT Services is pleased to offer a one-hour workshop on Sept. 15 between 12 and 1 p.m. on how to use your Microsoft Surface for Teaching. Facilitated by Okanagan College School of Business professor Devin Rubadeau, workshop participants will learn how to use this advanced device to enhance learning and teaching. To register, please email the Roundabout team.
Fall Classic Mini Golf – Kelowna campus
Sept. 16 – The Fall Classic is back! This fun nine-hole course requires no golfing skills or prior golf experience. There will be a whole lot of fun and prizes to go around. Putters and golf balls will be provided as needed, or employees can bring their own. This year’s theme is movie classics.
Celebrate Science Literacy Week
Sept. 19 - 25 – Discover the world of science with a display of science books, periodicals, databases, and DVDs which will be on display at each of the four Okanagan College Campus Libraries from Sept. 19 - 25. As part of national Science Literary Week, this event promotes public awareness of science and highlights resources available. Visit the Library webpage or your campus Library for more information about displays and events at each campus Library.
Sept. 20 – The faculty of Arts is sponsoring Ecological Performance Artist Bronwyn Preece to lead free workshops for students and employees at Okanagan College. The workshop for employees will take place on Tue., Sept. 20, 6 p.m., in the main courtyard, Kelowna campus.
Tim Walters' inspiring journey in support of an Okanagan College student who suffered a brain aneurism in August reached readers region-wide thanks to coverage by The Vernon Morning Star, Castanet, KelownaNow, Global News, The Penticton Western News, and The Salmon Arm Observer.
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