Friday, November 21st2.3°C
24157
24032
Campus Life - Okanagan

Winners announced for Okanagan College’s Three-Hour Short Story Contest

Okanagan College Media Release

Jesse Frechette Nov 2014A high-speed story of loss by Penticton campus Associate of Arts student Jesse Frechette took the top prize at Okanagan College’s Three-Hour Short Story Contest.

“The judges loved ‘Lost Control’ for its confident and original narrative voice, which kept us fully engaged in the story to the very end,” said Okanagan College English professor and contest judge and organizer Corinna Chong. 

“The writer created an impressively complex conflict; the story artfully develops the narrator’s struggle to come to terms with the loss of his father, which rises to the surface as he drives his father’s old Camaro faster and faster down the highway. We were also impressed by the story’s ending, which has a powerful impact but also resists wrapping the conflict up too neatly or artificially,” she says.

The judging panel, which consisted of Chong and fellow Okanagan College professors and writers Kerry Gilbert, Jeremy Lanaway, Hannah Calder, and Francie Greenslade, felt this year’s entries were very strong and exceptionally creative. 

“The competition was fierce, which made the job of judging difficult but exciting,” says Chong. “Many students came out of the contest with excellent stories that we hope they will continue to work on.” 

The Three-Hour Short Story competition is an annual event held at each of the College’s four campuses and is open to students in Grade 11 and 12, and those attending Okanagan College. 

Writers have three hours to create a story using College computers and are not able to access any pre-written material or anything online. Students also have to incorporate a mystery phrase – this year’s phrase was “soggy bread” – into each of their stories. 

Four prizes of a $250 tuition credit were handed out to a winner at each campus. The regional winners were: 

Kelowna – “Run-Run-Run” by Sarina Bouvier (Kelowna Secondary School)

Vernon – “Time Moves Quickly” by Daniel Reich (Okanagan College)

Penticton – “Lost Control” by Jesse Frechette (Okanagan College)

Salmon Arm – “A Small Victory” by Kyle Phillips (Okanagan College)

As the grand prizewinner, Frechette also received an additional $250 tuition credit, which made the total of his prize $500 to use toward his College fees. 

Originally from Edmonton, Frechette currently lives in Summerland and is pursuing his Associate of Arts degree at the Penticton campus. He plans to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree and ultimately hopes to go to film school back east.

Read all the winners’ stories at www.okanagan.bc.ca/3hourwriting.


24046


College business student receives $10,000 Irving K. Barber Scholarship

Okanagan College Media Release

mckayOkanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration student Lauren McKay has received the Premier’s International Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

The Winfield resident is one of only 16 students in the province to receive the prestigious annual award.

McKay, who received $10,000, is currently taking two semesters at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Olten, Switzerland, and all courses will count toward her business degree at Okanagan College.

“I am so happy and honoured to receive the award,” says McKay. “Being in a new country and studying with people from different countries and cultures is such a wonderful experience, and will be so beneficial for my career in the future.”

She chose to go to Switzerland, in large part, because of the country’s linguistic diversity (French, German, and Italian are all official languages).

“Engaging in the international exchange program is transformational for our students,” says Dr. Heather Banham, Dean of Okanagan College’s School of Business. “We have an exceptional group of institutional partners and this type of experience builds students’ multicultural communication skills. The Ike Barber scholarship program broadens the opportunity for participation and we are thrilled that Lauren has received this support.”

When she graduates, McKay plans to work in the family business and help her parents expand their pharmacy operations. Afterwards, she hopes to return to school to study consumer behaviour.

“By going to Okanagan College, I feel I've gained practical knowledge in different areas of business (including accounting, management, and marketing) and when I graduate I know I will be prepared for actual work situations and scenarios, not just theoretical ones,” says McKay.

Hugh Gordon, Chair of the Irving K. Barber B. C. Scholarship Society, noted that this year brought forward a record number of applications for the Premier’s Scholarship program.

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has awarded just over $2 million in international scholarships since 2008, when the program began.



Roy Daykin joins Okanagan College as Vice President Finance and Administration 



24046


Roy Daykin joins Okanagan College as Vice President Finance and Administration 

Okanagan College Media Release

DaykinOkanagan College will welcome one of the sector’s leaders to its executive team when Roy Daykin joins the institution as its new Vice President Finance and Administration on Dec. 15.
 
Daykin brings nearly three decades of leadership experience in post-secondary; he was most recently Vice President, Administration and Community Engagement at Langara College.
 
Prior to that role, Daykin spent three years in senior executive roles at Langara, serving terms as the institution’s Vice President of Administration and Finance, Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance, and Langara’s interim President and CEO.
 
“Roy is a highly respected leader in our sector and his experience will be a valuable asset to our College,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College. “He has provided outstanding service to other post-secondary institutions and a school district and will bring a wealth of relevant experience to our institution and our region.”
 
In addition to senior executive roles at Langara, Daykin spent nine years at Kwantlen University College as Associate Vice President of Finance.
 
Prior to that appointment, he was with Douglas College for 16 years where he progressed from a position in accounts payable to Manager of Accounting Information and Internal Audit, and eventually to Director of Finance.
 
Daykin also spent two years as Secretary Treasurer with Mission Public Schools.
 
“Okanagan College has a great reputation and there are so many reasons I am looking forward to joining the team,” said Daykin. “There is such a strong sense of community in the Okanagan and the College is deeply engaged with the community and that is very important to me.
 
“I’m also excited about the depth and breadth of programming the College offers. From trades to university studies to applied programs, it’s a great variety of programming that supports students and their learning.”
 
Daykin holds a master of arts in leadership and training from Royal Roads University. In addition, he is a Certified General Accountant.
 
He is currently the chair of the BC Post-Secondary Employers Association Board, chair of the BC Consortium for Skills Development, member of the BC Task Force on Reengineering, and chair of the Senior Finance and Administration Officers for BC Post-Secondary Institutions.
 
Daykin replaces Robert Eby, who will retire on Dec. 18 after serving seven years as the College’s Vice President of Finance and Administration.
 
 



Take a walk in space with Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald

Okanagan College Media Release

mcdonald3There are astronauts and there are spacewalkers. Astronauts leave the earth’s atmosphere in a spaceship. Spacewalkers don pressure suits and step outside into the universe—a physically demanding, mentally rigorous endeavour. It’s so difficult, in fact, only three Canadians have ever succeeded: Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams.

Bob McDonald, award-winning science journalist and host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, takes us into the world of spacewalking and explores the fascinating and important contributions made by Canadian astronauts during his presentation Canadian Spacewalkers: What’s it Like to Step into the Abyss? at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus lecture theatre on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
 
McDonald interviewed Hadfield, MacLean and Williams, as well as drew on his own experiences with simulators and zero-g aircraft, for his new book Canadian Spacewalkers (Douglas & McIntyre).
 
In addition to Quirks & Quarks, McDonald is a regular science commentator for the CBC. His book, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science As I’ve Seen It, was shortlisted for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award. McDonald has received the Triple Crown of Canadian science medals: Michael Smith Medal for Science Communication from the National Research Council, Sir Sanford Fleming Medal for Science Promotion from the Royal Canadian Institute, and McNeil Medal for Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada. In November 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
 
McDonald’s talk is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan Science Centre and the Okanagan College), which is sponsored by the Best Western Vernon Lodge, Cooper’s Foods, Starbucks Coffee, and the Vernon Morning Star. Clark Robinson and Hollis Wealth also provided special supporting sponsorship for this event.
 
Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644 or visit www.okscience.ca. To subscribe or obtain more information about the Science in Society Speaker Series, visit okanagansisss.wordpress.com.
 



Southern Medical Program student named Vanier Canada Scholar

Sandy Wright

Sandy Wright discusses a concussion testing procedure with a research patient.

Sandy Wright’s concussion research results in prestigious recognition

Southern Medical Program student Alexander (Sandy) Wright has received the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS).

“The recognition is both humbling and motivating at the same time,” says Wright. “It challenges you to ensure the quality of your work is better than your best, and to truly strive towards becoming a global leader in your research field.”

The Vanier CGS program is designed to help establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning by supporting exceptional doctoral students. The scholarship provides $150,000 in funding over three years.

Wright is working with Professors Paul van Donkelaar and Philip Ainslie at UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Dr. Alexander Rauscher at the UBC MRI Research Centre in Vancouver, and Dr. Bradley Monteleone, a Kelowna-based sport medicine physician. The student physician takes a multi-disciplinary approach to improving the understanding of and ability to diagnose and treat athletes with concussions.

Wright joins a growing number of researchers attempting to zero in on the many unknowns surrounding concussions, including diagnosis, short- and long-term health impacts, and best approaches to clinical management. His primary research focuses on evaluating the links between head impact biomechanics in correlation to blood flow changes within the brain – a relatively new field in the world of concussion research.

“A concussion is a clinical diagnosis, and is very reliant on athlete-reported symptoms,” says Wright. “We currently don’t have an objective tool or measure to clearly identify when an athlete has experienced a concussion. In many cases, traditional imaging tools such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans will come back completely normal.”

Wright and his research collaborators have recruited athletes from a variety of local athletic teams to assist with the study. Athletes are brought in at the beginning of the season for a series of baseline tests. First, a cognitive test measures and evaluates their current brain function. They are then assessed on numerous characteristics of blood flow control to the brain with the help of specialized equipment such as a transcranial Doppler radar device.

Acknowledging the research is still in its early stages, Wright and his team are encouraged with their preliminary findings.

“Beyond gaining a better understanding into what is really happening in the brain with concussions, the end goal in this field of research is ultimately to develop an objective tool that will assist health professionals to identify, assess and treat athletes who have experienced a concussion,” says Wright. “We also hope to better inform rules and return-to-play policies for sports and provide more education to athletes, patients, and their families.”

—30—



Students test their entrepreneurial skills to make the Okanagan a better place

Post-secondary students from Okanagan College, the Centre of Arts andTechnology, and UBC Okanagan will have the opportunity to participatein a unique case competition designed to find innovative solutions topressing social problems. The event, Unleash Okanagan, is taking placeNov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. atAccelerate Okanagan, and is being organized by Enactus Okanagan College.
 
“Thisis a different approach to find ways to improve society and encourageinnovation and entrepreneurship in youth aged 18 to 24,” says KarenVandergaag a student with Enactus Okanagan College.
 
InSeptember, Enactus teams from across Canada were invited to submit aproposal to receive funding for an entrepreneurship event they wouldhost during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Nov. 17 to 23.
 
EnactusOkanagan College was selected as a winning team for their event, asocial innovation case competition open to all post-secondary studentsin all disciplines.
 
During the event, participants will bebroken into teams of four. Each team, which will be comprised ofrepresentatives from all participating schools, will have 24 hours todesign a project that provides a solution to a problem focusing onsocial, environmental, and economic impacts. At the end of the event,the teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of business professionalsand alumni judges, and more than $1,000 in prizes and awards will bepresented to the teams with the most viable and innovative solutions.
 
It’sonly $20 to take part and registrants will receive lunch andrefreshments. Sign up at www.unleashokanagan.eventbrite.com until Nov.18.
 
Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the presentations on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
 
Thisinitiative is supported by the RBC Foundation and presented byFuturpreneur Canada, Enactus Canada and the Foundation for anEntrepreneurial Canada.
 
For more information on the Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur program, visit www.futurpreneur.ca/unleashentrepreneurs.
 
For more information about Enactus Okanagan College, visit: www.enactusoc.ca.
 



Students test their entrepreneurial skills to make the Okanagan a better place

Post-secondary students from Okanagan College, the Centre of Arts and Technology, and UBC Okanagan will have the opportunity to participate in a unique case competition designed to find innovative solutions to pressing social problems. The event, Unleash Okanagan, is taking place Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Accelerate Okanagan, and is being organized by Enactus Okanagan College.
 
“This is a different approach to find ways to improve society and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in youth aged 18 to 24,” says Karen Vandergaag a student with Enactus Okanagan College.
 
In September, Enactus teams from across Canada were invited to submit a proposal to receive funding for an entrepreneurship event they would host during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Nov. 17 to 23.
 
Enactus Okanagan College was selected as a winning team for their event, a social innovation case competition open to all post-secondary students in all disciplines.
 
During the event, participants will be broken into teams of four. Each team, which will be comprised of representatives from all participating schools, will have 24 hours to design a project that provides a solution to a problem focusing on social, environmental, and economic impacts. At the end of the event, the teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of business professionals and alumni judges, and more than $1,000 in prizes and awards will be presented to the teams with the most viable and innovative solutions.
 
It’s only $20 to take part and registrants will receive lunch and refreshments. Sign up at www.unleashokanagan.eventbrite.com until Nov. 18.
 
Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the presentations on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
 
This initiative is supported by the RBC Foundation and presented by Futurpreneur Canada, Enactus Canada and the Foundation for an Entrepreneurial Canada.
 
For more information on the Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur program, visit www.futurpreneur.ca/unleashentrepreneurs.
 
For more information about Enactus Okanagan College, visit: www.enactusoc.ca.
 
 
 



Students test their entrepreneurial skills to make the Okanagan a better place

Post-secondary students from Okanagan College, the Centre of Arts and Technology, and UBC Okanagan will have the opportunity to participate in a unique case competition designed to find innovative solutions to pressing social problems. The event, Unleash Okanagan, is taking place Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Accelerate Okanagan, and is being organized by Enactus Okanagan College.
 
“This is a different approach to find ways to improve society and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in youth aged 18 to 24,” says Karen Vandergaag a student with Enactus Okanagan College.
 
In September, Enactus teams from across Canada were invited to submit a proposal to receive funding for an entrepreneurship event they would host during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Nov. 17 to 23.
 
Enactus Okanagan College was selected as a winning team for their event, a social innovation case competition open to all post-secondary students in all disciplines.
 
During the event, participants will be broken into teams of four. Each team, which will be comprised of representatives from all participating schools, will have 24 hours to design a project that provides a solution to a problem focusing on social, environmental, and economic impacts. At the end of the event, the teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of business professionals and alumni judges, and more than $1,000 in prizes and awards will be presented to the teams with the most viable and innovative solutions.
 
It’s only $20 to take part and registrants will receive lunch and refreshments. Sign up at www.unleashokanagan.eventbrite.com until Nov. 18.
 
Members of the general public are encouraged to attend the presentations on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
 
This initiative is supported by the RBC Foundation and presented by Futurpreneur Canada, Enactus Canada and the Foundation for an Entrepreneurial Canada.
 
For more information on the Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur program, visit www.futurpreneur.ca/unleashentrepreneurs.
 
For more information about Enactus Okanagan College, visit: www.enactusoc.ca.
 
 
 



Youth mental health, eating disorders targeted by UBC students

Fourth-year nursing students, Lynn Tran, Taya Vilac, and Alysa Mortimore (l-r) are helping PEACE of Mind raise awareness about mental health and eating disorders that affect children and youth.

Fourth-year nursing students, Lynn Tran, Taya Vilac, and Alysa Mortimore (l-r) are helping PEACE of Mind raise awareness about mental health and eating disorders that affect children and youth.

Parent support group, PEACE in Mind gets helping hand from nursing students

Eating disorders stem from serious conditions that can have profound psychological and medical complications on a person, including death.

A group of fourth-year nursing students at UBC’s Okanagan campus aims to help a local not-for-profit organization called PEACE in Mind, which supports parents and families raising children and youth with mental health disorders.

“Many people may have some awareness of what these illnesses look like, but few have a true appreciation of their impact on one's life and mental well-being,” says nursing student Lynn Tran.

PEACE stands for Parents Empowered and Children Encouraged. Its mission is to create public awareness, knowledge, and understanding about children’s mental-health issues, and identify gaps in youth mental health services, says Christa Akins, founder of the organization.

One such gap, says Akins, is the need for a more intensive treatment program for young people with eating disorders. PEACE in Mind is supporting the development of a day treatment centre in Kelowna, and is seeking community support.

Parents are often told that they have to wait weeks or months before they can see a professional for treatment for their child, says Akins. PEACE in Mind offers advocacy, peer support, resource and education, and a place for comfort for parents and children.

As their leadership and political action project, three fourth-year nursing students Alysa Mortimore, Taya Vilac and Tran are organizing a community awareness event, in partnership with P.E.A.C.E in Mind, to help parents raising children with mental-health disorders.

“Eating disorders are very complex and often associated with serious physical complications,” says Tran. “Just imagine the mental turmoil a parent must go through while waiting; the fear, the helplessness, and the loneliness.”

The public event takes place on Wednesday, November 12, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, UNC Ballroom, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will focus on mental health issues of children affected by eating disorders. There will be a panel discussion with Phil Johnson, radio personality from AM1150, as event MC. Panelists include pediatrician Kim Burrows, psychiatrist Heather Derry, registered nurse Mary Lamoureux, and Akins.

Admission is free; however, donations to PEACE in Mind will be accepted. Funds raised will help support space and operating expenses for the not-for-profit organization. Pay parking is available on campus.

More information: Christa Akins at 778-478-7322 or [email protected]

--30--



Read more Campus Life articles