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Thorpe and Friends Scholarship recognizes three South Okanagan students

November 25, 2020

Isaac Halverson was visiting a friend when he learned he was a recipient of this year’s Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Scholarship Fund, but this did not stop him from running around the house screaming in excitement after reading the news. “It was incredible. I’ve heard about the award before, and I know friends who’ve received it,” says Halverson, who previously attended Princess Margaret Secondary School in Penticton. Halverson is now in his first year at Okanagan College taking engineering. “It’s a lot of money, and it means a lot t...

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College launches Applied Bachelor of Arts degree

November 23, 2020

New four-year degree focuses on community research and evaluation Who will be the future change-makers in our communities? Who will help organizations tackle the most pressing social issues we are faced with as a society? The answer might just be the graduates of a new program unlike any before it in the region. Okanagan College has received provincial approval for its first new degree program in more than 15 years – and its focus couldn’t be timelier. The Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation is a four-year baccalaure...

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Associate of Arts degree student, Mare McHale
Mature student hits the books after writing a book

November 17, 2020

YouTuber and mental health advocate Mare McHale turns to Okanagan College for transfer studies Every challenge presents opportunity. For Penticton student Mare McHale, returning to school last September was yet another twist in 2020 that she hadn’t planned, but also an opportunity to invest in her future. “So much has changed this year, but having time at home means reflecting on where our family could be after the pandemic passes. In that lens, going back to class just made sense,” she explains. “When I was taking those first steps of appl...

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Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation
Applied Bachelor of Arts: Community Research and Evaluation
Study the social sciences and liberal arts through applied learning, including a field experience and a significant capstone research project. This innovative program prepares graduates to&n...
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Political Science Professor Ayla Kilic relaxes in the garden with flowers behind her
Meet Ayla Kilic, Political Science Professor

October 20, 2020

What is your education and area of interest? I have a BA in Political Science, MBA in Human Resources Management, Istanbul University-Turkey; MA and a PhD in Political Science and International Relations, Bosporus University, Istanbul (Turkey). My primary research and teaching foci are global politics, global political economy, global governance, human security, ethnic politics, gender politics and religion and politics. My broader area of expertise is West Asia. Next to the academ...

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Meet Priscillia Lefebvre, Sociology Professor

October 19, 2020

What is your area of interest, research and/or creative work? I have a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University. My research examines mental health within the context of the neoliberal restructuring of work and cuts to public funding around health care, social assistance and post-secondary education. I examine experiences of stress, worry and struggle within the political context of economic crises.  When did you know you h...

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Psychology Professor Chris Newitt stands in front of a colourful painting
Meet Chris Newitt, Psychology Professor

October 19, 2020

What is your area of interest? I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). My research interests are in social and moral decision making and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education. How did you know you had found your discipline? I found Psychology in second year. Initially I was interested in ground water sciences, but I took Psychology as an elective and things changed for me. I gravitated towards developmenta...

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Creative Writing Professor Kerry Gilbert stands in a field of flowers
Meet Kerry Gilbert, Creative Writing Professor

October 19, 2020

When did you know you had found your discipline?  When I took my first Creative Writing class with John Lent, at what was then Okanagan University College, I knew that I had found my ‘zing.’ Why did you choose to work at Okanagan College? I told John Lent, when I was a first year student, that I wanted to come back to take his job when he retired. What do you like the most about the work you do? I love to see student excitement and growth. Favourite teaching experience? My favourit...

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Communications Professor Ed Henczel
Meet Ed Henczel, Communications Professor

October 19, 2020

What is your area of interest, research and/or creative work? I’m a communications professor with a masters of journalism. I focus my research/teaching on mass and social media and how it’s used to influence public perception When did you know you had found your discipline?  I was working for a news organization in Kamloops. I started the day doing a tour of the local prison, then I interviewed the mayor (a former journalist) and spent the evening covering a Kamloops Blazers WHL ga...

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Communications Professor Michael Saad
Meet Michael Saad, Communications Professor

October 19, 2020

What is your areas of interest? I teach in the Communications Department. I have a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Ottawa. My area of interest is identity development and relationship dynamics through digital space. I seek to understand how our ‘technoself’ is increasingly influencing our real-world decisions. When did you know you had found your discipline? After teaching my very first course. To see the students improve their skills and reach new heights wa...

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Upgrading skills assessment

October 7, 2020

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Upgrading skills assessment

October 7, 2020

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Sociology Professor Mary Hanlon stands in front of a green hedge
Meet Mary Hanlon, Sociology Professor

October 1, 2020

Q: What is your education? A: I have a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Athabasca University, a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Spanish from Dalhousie University, and a Diploma in Textile Arts from Capilano University, back when it was a college.  Q: What is your area of interest? A: I am interested in the global fashion and apparel industry, and in understanding how and why worker right...

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Alumna Justina LeeStolz
Meet Justina LeeStolz

May 15, 2020

Justina LeeStolz is a real estate professional in the Okanagan and also runs several passion projects. One of those projects is the 100AwesomePeople project that LeeStolz launched to celebrate the many awesome people in the community. The project, podcast and YouTube channel highlight the businesses and side hustles that have gone to great lengths to make a social impact in the Okanagan. Many of the awesome people that LeeStolz has highlighted are fellow OC alums, and staff from th...

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Arts student Xenon Tyner poses with a large cat shrine in Japan.
Meet Xenon Tyner

February 20, 2020

What's your home town? Armstrong, B.C. How did you end up at Okanagan College? Graduating high school in Kelowna, I didn’t have any intended goals or destinations. A small college right in my neighbourhood seemed like a good place to explore future paths I might be interested in and find my footing outside of high school.  How did you choose your program? The Associate of Arts Degree allows me to take a wide variety of courses and see where my interests take me without having to na...

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Brian Walker is an Associate of Arts student who is also well-known in Kelowna for his position at the DeBeans coffee kiosk.
Meet Brian Walker

February 20, 2020

What's your hometown? Roseburg, Oregon. It's a small town, a little smaller than West Kelowna. It has two big rivers that run right through it. How did you end up at Okanagan College? Well, that's a long story. My girlfriend is from here. I applied to the school here because mostly to be close to her and partially because I had never had the opportunity to leave the states for such an adventure. How did you choose your program? Well, I've always known I wanted to teach. Right when...

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