English Professor Hannah Calder reads while sitting in her home office by a window
Why We Write: Poets of Vernon

September 10, 2021

The writing community of Vernon is taking centre stage in a new film produced by OC English Professor and self-proclaimed budding filmmaker Hannah Calder. For the last four years, Calder has been collaborating with Curtis and Silmara Emde on Why We Write: Poets of Vernon, a film project originally sparked in 2017. Curtis, an OUC alumnus, has stayed in touch with his first-year English professor, Tom Wayman, since completing his studies. When Wayman released his collection of music-...

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Vaccination clinics

September 3, 2021

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Salmon Arm student Savannah Lamb
Incoming OC Salmon Arm student wins a $40,000 scholarship

August 31, 2021

Salmon Arm student Savannah Lamb has 40,000 reasons to be excited to begin her educational journey at Okanagan College this fall. Thanks to an external $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation, Lamb will begin the Associate of Arts program at the College’s Salmon Arm campus in the fall, worry-free. “When I found out about receiving this scholarship, I was so surprised and it took me a while to process it,” says Lamb. “After it sunk in, I shared the news with my family, and we had the chance to celebrate together.” Lamb attr...

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Melissa Munn and Chris Clarkson
OC professors help preserve federal prison histories

August 17, 2021

What started as an impromptu hallway discussion in 2012 led two Okanagan College professors to form an almost decade-long academic partnership, researching inmate publications from Canada’s Penal Press and collaborating on a book that was recently published by the University of Toronto Press. OC Interdisciplinary Studies and Sociology Professor Melissa Munn and OC History Professor Chris Clarkson joined forces to create Disruptive Prisoners, a collective biography which reconstitut...

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Course waitlists on the move

July 30, 2021

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Student Story Feature
Student assignments create meaningful dialogue

July 20, 2021

OC Communications Professor Marc Arellano issued an assignment to his class with a unique dynamic: to establish a real connection and engage in meaningful dialogue, online, with their classmates — most of whom they've never met in person. The assignment was simple, classmates would pair off and interview each other on Zoom about something important in their lives. After the interview, the interviewer wrote a short story, focusing on the meaning that was established. "A key project in the class is a coaching project where students coach each...

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Student Story Feature
Father Time's Grasp

July 20, 2021

The following story was written by CMNS 390 student Nicolette Horn about an interview with fellow student Marlene Abbott. This story is part of a class assignment teaching students to practice soft communication skills –empathy, trust and intimacy – and showing how those skills become the cornerstones of interpersonal communication. This story is being shared with permission. Marlene Abbott is a 56-year-old mature student doing her BBA in human resources. We unintentionally met thr...

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Student Story Feature
Not in the Cards

July 20, 2021

The following story was written by CMNS 390 student Ms. Conboy about an interview with fellow student Ms. Moore. This story is part of a class assignment teaching students to practice soft communication skills –empathy, trust and intimacy – and showing how those skills become the cornerstones of interpersonal communication. This story is being shared with permission. It was a colder June morning when I spoke with Ms. Moore about her educational journey and work/ life balance. Due t...

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Student Story Feature
Grounded by Covid-19

July 20, 2021

The following story was written by CMNS 390 student Mark Manton about an interview with fellow student Hannah Krutow. This story is part of a class assignment teaching students to practice soft communication skills –empathy, trust and intimacy – and showing how those skills become the cornerstones of interpersonal communication. This story is being shared with permission. Another day not leaving the house for work. As I open my laptop I yawn and have a sip of my coffee, I am meetin...

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Graduation ceremony outside at the college
OC grad ceremony reaches international audience

June 8, 2021

Okanagan College hosted three virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 5, conferring credentials and applauding the achievements and dedication of more than 1,500 students.  Students from the Arts and Foundational programs graduated at 10 a.m., Business students graduated at noon and students from Science, Technologies, Health and Social Development programs graduated at 2 p.m. A virtual guestbook garnered more than 540 messages to graduates. Comments ranged from local supporters to friends and family from across Canada and internati...

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Headshot of Frances Greenslade on right next to the cover of her book, Red Fox Road.
Crime Writers of Canada honours OC English professor with national award

May 31, 2021

It was no mystery why Frances Greenslade came home with the hardware: her novel Red Fox Road has captured the imaginations of young adult fiction fans and judges alike. The Crime Writers of Canada announced that Red Fox Road won the Best Juvenile or YA Novel Award, as part of the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. Announced online last week, the annual Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense fiction, and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors. F...

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English and Fine Arts Professor Corinna Chong enjoys a break in nature.
OC professor Corinna Chong national winner of CBC Short Story Prize

April 30, 2021

Corinna Chong has been named the winner of the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize, for her piece “Kids in Kindergarten.” “I’m thrilled to receive this incredible honour,” said Chong. “I was so impressed by the other four shortlisted stories that to hear mine was chosen as the winner was a total shock.” Writing by the Okanagan College professor has received renewed attention this week, after she was shortlisted in the prestigious competition. Her piece explores themes of pregnancy loss and the trials of conception, and how women often suffer silentl...

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Corinna Chong
OC professor Corinna Chong’s writing shortlisted for prestigious CBC Short Story Prize

April 27, 2021

Writing by an Okanagan College Writing professor is receiving national attention, after being shortlisted in the CBC Short Story Prize this week. Corinna Chong, who teaches in OC’s English Department, was among the five finalists named Wednesday in the prestigious writing competition. “Kids in Kindergarten” explores themes of pregnancy loss and the trials of conception. “I think that miscarriages, while incredibly common, remain a kind of taboo subject. It wasn't until I was trying to conceive that I began to hear so many stories of women,...

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English and Fine Arts Professor Corinna Chong enjoys a break in nature.
Meet Corinna Chong, English and Fine Arts Professor

April 27, 2021

Q: What is your education and background? A: I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I have a BA in English (Creative Writing) and a BFA in Visual Art (Photography) from the University of Calgary, as well as an MA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of New Brunswick. I’ve been teaching in the OC English department since 2011. Q: What is your area of interest? A: I like to juggle a few disciplines in both the literary and visual arts. I teach courses in composition, Engl...

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Navigations
OC students create exhibition to help navigate their way through the pandemic

April 12, 2021

Despite having only met virtually, students in professor Amy Modahl’s Communications 200 course have united through artistic expression, sharing their different lived experiences to create an art exhibition, Navigations, which is currently on display in the Alternator Centre member’s gallery. The community is invited to attend the Navigations exhibition – which is running until April 17 – at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna. Each student created a map envisioning individual and social experiences of the world, inviting gue...

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Associate of Science student Claire Hall
Meet Claire Hall, Associate of Science student

April 1, 2021

Q: What’s your hometown? A: I’m from Salmon Arm. Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College? A: I talked to some of my friends who were going to OC and they had all had really great experiences.  So, I decided to stay in town and go to OC for the first part of my degree. Q: How did you choose your program? A: I started in the Associate of Arts Program at OC and wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do.  I had always been interested in psychology, but I was particularly drawn towards...

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