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Deadline extended to submit nominations for
Employee Excellence Awards

Employee Excellence logo 200x186To encourage more nominations to be submitted for the fifth annual Okanagan College Employee Excellence Awards the submission deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday March 21. You can nominate a fellow employee who has contributed to the College in meaningful and significant ways in any one of eight categories

Additionally, if you have completed a credential, been published or received an external award within the past year, please be sure to share the good news for the Milestones recognition.
 
For more information, and to submit a nomination visit the website.




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Dec. 21, 2017 | Global News

Okanagan College's child care facility sets a first in sustainability

Little Learners Academy at the Penticton campus recently became the first certified Passive House child care facility in Canada. Watch a video by Global News here and read the media release here.

Dec. 15, 2017 | Lethbridge Herald

Outdoor activity important for children

Okanagan College's Director of Learning and Applied Research Dr. Beverlie Dietze recently shared insights from her research on the benefits of active outdoor play for children at the Visioning and Leading Outdoor Play in Alberta Symposium hosted by Lethbridge College. Read coverage by the Lethbridge Herald here.


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Nov. 2, 2017 | Trades

Okanagan partners with local companies to build new lab

Okanagan College and three local companies collaborated on the design and construction of a new cutting-edge natural gas lab for Okanagan trade students. 

 
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Alumnus returns for concert series

Okanagan College is kicking off 2018 with a weekend of musical entertainment featuring local talents, including alumnus and award-winning country music artist Ben Klick.

Local acts My Dudes and Fates Sons will open for headliner Rosebone on Friday, Jan 12. Klick, and the supporting act “Under the Rocks,” will perform on Saturday. The concert series is organized by OC’s AEMP students.

Doors to the lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus will open at 6:30 p.m. each night; shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each ($10 with a valid student I.D.), and are available online here and at the door.

 


 

 

Post-secondary issues - year in review

International student recruitment and the student strike in Quebec were among the big issues in Canadian post-secondary education in 2012, according to University Affairs contributor Melonie Fullick.

Fullick expands from there in her last missive of the year – Making a list, which appeared in her Speculative Diction blog that provides commentary and analysis on higher education policy and practice in Canada.

 


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Family Award application deadline

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Jan. 1 and March 31.

Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under "OC Express - Forms," and then click on "Foundation," or click here to download the 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 Jan. 31. For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office awards@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-862-5419. 

NOTE: There is no longer a requirement to acquire an additional email from HR to confirm relationship to applicant and verification that the employee is a continuing employee at the College.

Do Some Good!

Want to help your community and build your resume at the same time? Consider volunteering – and one of the best ways to find out what opportunities there are and to track how you are contributing to a better community is through Do Some Good. To find out more visit okanagan.bc.ca/volunteer.

Cellular Device Policy

A new policy outlining the appropriate use of College-provided cellular devices (any device with cellular connectivity, such as a smartphone or tablet) has been approved by the President and posted to the policies page. Employees who utilize College-provided devices as part of their job are encouraged to review the policy. Download the PDF here.

January is Health and Well-being month

The monthly employee and family assistance program (EFAP) newsletter from LifeWorks is available online here. The January edition focuses on “Health and Well-being” and provides tips for cultivating and maintaining physical and emotional health. Lifeworks is also featuring resources to promote workplace wellness and personal health, including mind-body tools like mindfulness to boost productivity. Visit Lifeworks online or call LifeWorks any time, 24/7, for well-being tips and support: 1-888-307-0590. 

College and Municipal Pension Plan workshops

There are still spots available in the member education workshops for OC employees enrolled in the College Pension Plan (CPP) and Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). New members can choose to enrol in an eLearning course. Employees with questions about being a plan member, returning from parental leave, getting divorced, transferring service or choosing a pension option can find answers in upcoming workshops:

  • Making the Most of Your Pension is a 2-hour workshop that can help you maximize your pension by understanding how the decisions you make throughout your career affect your pension when you retire
  • Approaching Retirement is a 2-hour workshop designed to help you understand the important decisions you need to make about your pension and make the transition easier

Space in each workshop is limited to 35 seats. Register early to access the date(s) of your choice. CPP members can register for the workshops online at cpp.pensionsbc.ca > click Your pension > Pension basics or Planning for retirement. MPP members can register for  at mpp.pensionsbc.ca > click Your pension > Pension basics or Planning for retirement.

New and potential members

  • Getting to Know Your Pension is a 15-minute eLearning course that will introduce the value and benefits of plan membership.

To register, CPP members can visit cpp.pensionsbc.ca > click Your pension > Pension basics. MPP members can register at mpp.pensionsbc.ca > click Your pension > Pension basics.

Portables at the Kelowna campus

Construction has begun to replace the temporary portable beside the P building on the Kelowna campus, currently assigned as offices for faculty and instructors, with a new larger portable positioned on the edge of Lot 15, between the H wing and the CFL. Challenges in setting up the services for the portable means employees won’t be moved into the new space until the first week of December at the earliest. Employees will be notified once a date for the move has been confirmed.

The new portable is being designed with a small meeting room, kitchenette and washroom and climate controlled to provide a comfortable work environment. We are laying new floor, setting up landscape panels around workstations to give some privacy. The outside will be painted once the weather permits.

Emergency procedures posted

Emergency procedures posters have been posted in every classroom at the Kelowna campus, in high visibility areas (often near the door or light switch). Posters include emergency contact numbers (250 862 5401 from any cell phone, or 6699 from any campus phone) and the steps to take if you need First Aid, if you experience a fire, lethal threat, power outage, hazardous material exposure or gas leak, building flood, or if you need to evacuate the building. Instructors, please review the poster with your classes during the first few days of each semester so everyone is familiar with the proper procedures.  It is also recommended that students and employees program the emergency number into their cell phones for quick access.

New work order system launches

Facilities has a new work order system. Requesters will access the system via a new link that will replace the existing one on the Employee Home Page, under Facilities Management Requests. First time requestors will be required to enter their name and contact information which will be remembered on subsequent visits. Contact Nicole Robertson or Judy Zachary if you have any questions or issues with the new system.

Incident Reporting at Okanagan College

Accidents occurring at Okanagan College that require the patient to be sent for medical aid are investigated by the Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) committee and an incident report is filed. But did you know that incidents that have the potential to lead to injury (“near misses”) should also be reported? This ensures that hazards can be determined and corrective measures can be taken to prevent any accidents from occurring. 

For every minor injury that occurs, approximately 60 incidents occur without visible injury or damage, and most of these go unreported. The next time you see or experience something that may lead to an accident (for example, a slip or trip), please report it to the JOHS committee. There is a fillable form found here or you can contact the Health and Safety Coordinator directly at 250-862-5405. 

2018 summer hours / 2018-19 holiday season closure schedule announced

As in the past, departments at Okanagan College have the option to change normal operational hours to summer hours. For those departments who are participating this year, summer hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) will be in effect from Monday, April 30 to Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Please inquire with your supervisor if your department is participating. The 2018 holiday closure schedule has also been announced. Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at 3 p.m., and will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Download the closure schedule here

What's cooking at Infusions

Lunch is served at Infusions from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. View the lunch menu here. Please note, due to curriculum, Infusions will be closed for lunch on February 13-14 and March 26-27.

Infusions is open for dinner Tuesday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note that when a holiday falls on a Monday, Infusions will be closed on the Tuesday. Download the new dinner menu here. Learn more on the Infusions website. Infusions is once again participating in Dine Around Okanagan. Culinary Arts instructors and students have prepared a locally-inspired three-course dinner menu for $25 per person. 

Kelowna Cafeteria December Hours

The cafeteria is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service is as follows:

  • Breakfast is served from 7 - 11 a.m.
  • Fast Food is served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Hot Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

This week's lunch specials can be found here.​ Salad, sandwich and Asian-inspired food stations are running Tuesday-Friday.


EVENTS
OC Speakers Series 

The popular OC Speakers Series returns to the Penticton campus this winter with an exciting lineup of talks by OC employees and visiting scholars. Talks are 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre (Ashnola building) unless otherwise indicated. Admission is by donation and funds will be used to help students in need. Learn more on the website. Upcoming speakers:

  • Monday, Jan. 15 - Dr. Priscillia Lefebvre: "We Were Fierce: A history of AIDS activism in Canada"
Web Conference Essentials 

Jan. 17 – Come learn about how to teach using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Okanagan College’s web conferencing tool. Explore the user interface, learn how to communicate, share content, record sessions and review best practices. You are encouraged to attend remotely. If preferred, B130 on the KLO campus will be set up for group collaboration. The next session will take place on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. - noon. Email Ross McKerlich for the link to join remotely or if you are planning to attend in B130. A USB headset is required to participate.

Applied Competencies: A Learning Caravan

Jan. 23  PDK Okanagan invites Okanagan educators to a fun, interactive, and informative evening of exploring core competencies. Among the speakers are Okanagan College Communications Professors Jillian Garrett and Michael Saad who will present: Managing Culturally Diverse Classrooms: Department of Communications Innovation Fund Project. The event will be held in the Trades Complex Atrium, Kelowna campus from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Register online for $5 or $10 at the door (cash only). Learn more and get tickets here. Download the poster here.

Learning and Applied Research workshops - Winter 2018 schedule posted

Learning and Applied Research offers various professional developmental workshops for OC staff. The goal is to provide opportunities for OC staff to engage in sharing their knowledge and skills as well as gaining new perspectives on various topics that support them in their daily work. If you have ideas or suggestions about the types of professional development workshops that you would like to see offered during the winter semester, please email your ideas to learningandappliedresearch@okanagan.bc.ca. Download the schedule of winter 2018 workshops here. All workshops are held in B130 at the Kelowna campus unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Jan. 17, 10 am. - noon: Marianne Kalinoski: "Blackboard Collaborate Learning Sessions"
  • Jan. 18, 1 - 2 p.m.: Chantale Hutchinson: "Learning Outcomes"
  • Jan. 22, noon - 2 p.m. and Jan 24. 10 a.m. - noon: Marianne Kalinoski: "Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Beyond the Basics" (from your desk or home). 
  • Feb. 6, 10 - 11 a.m.: Lukas Skulmoski: "Building Consensus - Transforming "No" into "Yes"
RIPE Conference – Save the date

May 8 – The Research and Innovation Partnerships Expo (RIPE) returns to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Tuesday, May 8. Join this all-day event showcasing applied research projects, resources and opportunities at Okanagan College featuring OC researchers, community/industry partners and guest speakers. For more information about participating, please contact Learning and Applied Research.

Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic – Open Weekly

Mondays from 11-6 p.m.
Tuesdays from 11-6 p.m.
Thursdays from 11-6 p.m.

Saturdays – EVERY 2nd week from 9-4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16 and 30.

Please take the online quiz to check your eligibility before you donate or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) for more information. Here are some quick tips before you donate:
1.  Be well hydrated (approx. 2 L on the day before and 1 L on the day of)
2.  Eat before you donate
3.  Don’t donate unless you are generally feeling well
4.  Bring photo ID

50/50 WINNER

Congratulations to Alison Beaumont from Co-Op Education at the Kelowna campus who has won the Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 staff lottery draw for $507.50!

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 50/50 Staff Lottery Program. Because of YOU, $15,700 was awarded to students in need of immediate financial assistance last year.

So often, an emergency bursary can mean the difference between a student completing their education – or not.

Enroll today to have your chance at winning a cash prize while supporting our students! Already participating? Consider increasing your chances with more entries. If you are interested in joining over 200 of your colleagues who already participate, please contact Dawn Douglas at Local 4774 in the Advancement & Alumni Office, or download a registration form online or from myOkanagan.


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