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UBC Okanagan students say yes to much larger, enhanced library

UBC students and staff cheer results of the student union #MoreLibrary yes vote referendum, which will help fund an expansion that will more than double the space of the campus library at UBC Okanagan.

UBC students and staff cheer results of the student union #MoreLibrary yes vote referendum, which will help fund an expansion that will more than double the space of the campus library at UBC Okanagan.

Students at UBC’s Okanagan campus have voted to partner with their university to create a major new space on campus for study, collaboration and services to meet their needs.

In a referendum this week, 85 per cent of voting students said yes to a project that will add 45,000 square feet of dynamic, technologically enhanced learning space, more than doubling the size of the existing library. Students approved a $70 annual student levy to fund one-third of a project valued at up to $30 million, depending on final configuration of the new space.

“We are tremendously grateful to our students for their vision and commitment, and we’re excited about proceeding on this project in partnership with students,” says Deborah Buszard, UBC deputy vice-chancellor and principal of the Okanagan campus.

“Our learning centre -- the library -- is essential to every student’s academic success and an important part of their university experience,” Buszard says. “Student participation in the design and funding of this remarkable project is key to building the library of tomorrow with more space, more technology and more of the services students have told us they need.”

Funding from students will effectively be tripled by other funding sources which can now be pursued with a strong mandate to proceed, says Buszard.

“We are committed to seeking other sources of funding, and by contributing financially our students are sending a powerful signal to potential donors and other contributors that more learning space is needed.”

Expansion of the existing 650-seat library will have a tremendous impact on the student experience, says Rocky Kim, president of the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO), which held the referendum.

“The financial contribution of the students towards the library reaffirms the UBCSUO's position that this is in fact a necessity,” says Kim. “It is my hope that our contribution will trigger additional sources of funding to follow in our example and join us in building UBC Okanagan for the better."

Information about the learning centre/library expansion is online at morelibrary.ok.ubc.ca

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Open house on Nov. 4 offers prospective students sneak peak at College life

Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is throwing open the doors of its Penticton campus and offering an information session and open house to prospective students on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. 

Secondary students and their parents, along with adult learners, are invited to attend the event to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

“The best way to really understand what’s available at the College is to talk to students who come here,” says South Okanagan’s Regional Dean Donna Lomas. “Come and meet the instructors and learn first-hand all the benefits the College has to offer.”

Instructors and current students will be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College, which include benefiting from small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. 

“Coming to the information night, meeting with instructors and speaking with students definitely helped me feel more comfortable about starting post-secondary,” says Robert Lalonde, a first-year Associate of Science student who attended last year’s event at the Penticton campus.

In addition, everyone attending will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit.

At 7 p.m., College Prep 101 is taking place in the Lecture Theatre. This session will go into detail about the application process, accessing scholarship and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transferring credits to B.C. universities.

Events get underway at 5 p.m. in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.


Students boast benefits of College at open house events

Okanagan College Media Release

Devon and Brandon Oct 2014Okanagan College is throwing open the doors of its Vernon campus and offering an information session and open house to prospective students on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Secondary students and their parents are invited to attend the event to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

Instructors and current students will be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College, which includes benefiting from small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. 

One student speaking at the event is second-year Associate of Arts student Devon Weston. 

“I'm going to the information night to help people learn more about the benefits of the College from a student's perspective,” he says.

“I chose Okanagan College because it’s affordable, easily accessible on transit, and offers the same educational quality you’d find at other colleges and universities.” 

Another benefit attendees will learn about is the College’s small class sizes and low student-instructor ratio.

“I have been able to befriend professors and create valuable connections within the college that is helping me get real work experience,” says Brandon Moeller, a second-year associate of science student.

I’ve gotten a job at the College as a research assistant for the chair of the Biology department and as a gardener for the community garden on campus,” he says.

Participants will also be able to find out more about the application process, how to access scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transfer credits to B.C. universities. Everyone attending the event will also have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit. 

In addition to the information night on Nov. 5, Okanagan College’s Vernon campus is also hosting an Adult Learning Seminar on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. Mature students can learn about course and program options, short-term programs, and receive information on financial aid. 

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.


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Salmon Arm campus throws open its doors Nov. 4 and 6

Okanagan College Media Release

Everything you need to know about starting College, you can find at the information session and open house events taking place at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus on Nov. 4 and 6.

Secondary students and their parents, along with adult learners, are invited to attend these events to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

“These events offer prospective students the perfect opportunity to find out answers to every question they could have—from financing their education to transferring credits to what pre-requisites are required—all in one place,” says Jim Barmby, Regional Dean Shuswap-Revelstoke.

College staff, current students and faculty will all be in attendance,” he says.

The first event, College Prep 101, takes place on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. This session goes into detail about the application process, accessing scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transferring credits to B.C. universities.

The Open House takes place on Nov. 6 starting at 6 p.m. Instructors and current students will be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College, which includes benefiting from small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. Apply for any program during the either event and the application fee will be waived. In addition, everyone attending the Open House will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit. 

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.


Info session on Nov. 2 shines spotlight on education and careers

Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is throwing open the doors of its Kelowna campus and offering an information session and open house for prospective students on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Secondary students and their parents, along with adult learners, are invited to attend the event—which is being held in conjunction with the College’s Career Fair—to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

“The information sessions help interested students gain an understanding of the benefits of Okanagan College’s learning environment, which is characterized by small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. They will also learn how the College sets them up for success when they enter the workforce or transfer to university,” says Heather Schneider, Regional Dean of the Central Okanagan. 

Instructors and current students will also be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College.  

At 1 p.m., College Prep 101 is taking place in the Lecture Theatre (S104). This session will go into detail about the application process, accessing scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transferring credits to B.C. universities.

Students who put their name on a list at the Registrar’s Office during the day’s events to apply for a program when applications open on Nov. 3 will have the $30 application fee waived, if they actually apply for the program before Nov. 7.

In addition, everyone attending the campus’s Career Fair will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit.

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.


UBC’s Faculty of Management hosts Career Days Nov. 2 to 5

Career Days 2014

Four-day event provides opportunities to enhance job hunting skills

A major goal of attending university is to land a great career. With this in mind, UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management is organizing Career Days from November 2 to 5, to give students job hunting skills, ideas, and tips needed for today’s fast-paced world.

Career Days has expanded this year, says organizer Rhys Mahannah. The four-day event provides students with a number of interactive opportunities to hone their career-hunting skills and meet with business leaders.

“Career Days provides a lot of fantastic programming designed to help students define their own unique career paths,” says Mahannah. “The event provides the opportunity for our students to learn about career skills, develop their résumés and interview strategies.”

Career Days kicks off with a student leadership conference, with a variety of educational sessions. This takes place Sunday, November 2, and information can be found at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/campuslife/SLC.html

During Career Days, the Faculty of Management is hosting several campus events, including the back-by-popular-demand Extreme Makeover résumé review session on Tuesday, November 4, and the speed-networking and social event at 5 p.m. the same day. Students can register for these at cdsocial-2014.eventbrite.com

“During the speed-networking and social, students will learn more about what various organizations are doing and what types of student and graduate positions they’re offering,” says Mahannah. “This is a great opportunity for students to engage with the organizations that interest them most, while enjoying catered food and a drink.”

The mock interview session, Ace Your Interview, takes place Wednesday, November 5, and Mahannah says this free workshop is ideal for people who get jittery at the thought of a job interview.

Most Career Days events take place in the Richard S. Hallisey Atrium, Engineering/Management/Education building, UBC’s Okanagan campus, while the student leadership conference takes place at UBC’s University Centre and other locations across campus. All UBC students are welcome to participate and UBC alumni are encouraged to take part in the speed-networking and social.

Career Days details and registration links can be found at: http://management.ok.ubc.ca/community/connecthire/involvement/ubco-careerdays

Faculty of Management students wait for their turn at the mock interview sessions during an event on campus last year. Tips on how to nail that interview, improve your résumé, and make the best first impression are all part of Career Days at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Faculty of Management students wait for their turn at the mock interview sessions during an event on campus last year. Tips on how to nail that interview, improve your résumé, and make the best first impression are all part of Career Days at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

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Okanagan College research project to revolutionize outdoor play environments for children

Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is looking into ways to make children’s activity healthier. 

The College’s Director of Learning and Teaching Dr. Beverlie Dietze and North Okanagan Regional Dean Jane Lister have received a $23,530 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) that will see the design of new outdoor playscapes and equipment, and the study of those environments on child development.

“More than half of Canadian children under five years of age spend less than 10 hours per week playing outdoors versus 20 to 30 hours per week in sedentary activities,” says Dietze, who is spearheading the research portion of the project. 

“We know we have to find a way to make the best use of the outdoor time they do have and find ways to encourage more. Research shows a direct correlation between the increase in childhood obesity, depression, ADHD and heart disease with the decrease in outdoor play,” she says. 

Dietze, a leading Canadian expert in the study of this area, will be working with Outland Design Landscape Architects on applying the guiding principles of outdoor play to new playground design. Outland will be creating prototypes based on these principles and the children at the North Okanagan Child Care Society will be field-testing the prototypes. At the end of this project, Outland will have at least five designs that they can then use for commercial purposes and the daycare will have a new play space.

The project will allow Okanagan College to advance research and curriculum that emphasize the importance of municipalities, school districts, and child care centres to create purposeful outdoor play environments that contribute to developing active life styles, which in turn will have positive social and economic impacts for communities,” says Lister, who will be managing the project and coordinating the workshops and symposium that will be held in conjunction with the research early in the new year. 

Through the NSERC grant, Okanagan College will be hiring two students, one to help Dietze on the research and the other to work with Lister on the management and marketing of the project.

This project is just another example of the College’s commitment to industry-relevant applied learning.

“Okanagan College is committed to aiding innovation, helping local industry and providing career opportunities to students in the Okanagan through applied research,” says Okanagan College’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Andrew Hay.


UBC’s nursing students encourage colleagues to donate blood

Nursing students Kelsey Rollerman (left) Danielle McDivitt, Chloe Pedersen, Katie Brown, and Kelsey Bowles are encouraging fellow students to take part in the campus-wide blood drive, November 3 to 6. It is recommended that first time donors call 1-888-2-DONATE to make sure they are eligible to donate blood, book online at www.blood.ca or download the GiveBlood App.

Nursing students Kelsey Rollerman (left) Danielle McDivitt, Chloe Pedersen, Katie Brown, and Kelsey Bowles are encouraging fellow students to take part in the campus-wide blood drive, November 3 to 6. It is recommended that first time donors call 1-888-2-DONATE to make sure they are eligible to donate blood, book online at www.blood.ca or download the GiveBlood App.

Campus blood drive encourages students to become lifelong donors

Nursing students at UBC’s Okanagan campus are asking their colleagues to give the gift of life -- for a lifetime.

As part of their Engaging in Leadership class, the fourth-year School of Nursing undergraduates are asking students to donate blood to Canadian Blood Services -- and commit to being life-long blood donors.

“We hope that by supporting young adults to donate blood and making it an easy and positive experience, they will be more likely to donate in the future,” says student Kelsey Bowles.

The group is organizing UBC Okanagan's first ever campus-wide blood drive competition, which takes place November 3 to 6 at Kelowna’s Canadian Blood Services Clinic, 1865 Dilworth Drive. All blood types are needed. However, a recent appeal has been made for type A and O blood.

Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days while the shelf life for blood is only 42 days, says Bowles. She suggests that if people donate regularly, starting at a young age, UBC students can help Canadian Blood Services maintain a supply for local hospitals and support the national blood system.

“We decided to start the inter-faculty blood drive because we know that many university students love friendly competition,” says Bowles. “We want to see how many people from each faculty donate. The faculty with the most donations will be the winner.”

UBC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to book an appointment at the campus booth which will be located in the foyer of the Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research next week. Up to two units of blood are used for one hip surgery, five units for a cancer treatment, and up to 50 units of blood can be used for patients in a motor-vehicle accident.

Staff at Canadian Blood Services will track how many donations come from UBC.

“As fourth year nursing students we have learned a lot about encouraging patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. For this class we wanted to focus on helping people our own age make choices that make them feel good and help other people,” says Bowles.

“If you start donating at the age of 20 you could potentially make well over 100 donations before the age of 40. There aren’t many things you can do in such a short amount of time that will save a life.”

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Global Gala supports UBC Okanagan Nursing School initiatives in Africa

School of Nursing students do a painful dressing change on a young Zambian boy at Lewanika General Hospital in Zambia during a 2012 practicum. There were no pain medications to give to their patient.

School of Nursing students do a painful dressing change on a young Zambian boy at Lewanika General Hospital in Zambia during a 2012 practicum. There were no pain medications to give to their patient.

Nov. 22 event is in aid of student nursing practica in Ghana and Zambia

Global Gala 2014 on Saturday, November 22, promises to be a fun-filled evening with a catered dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction. The popular annual social event also has a more altruistic goal – supporting a global initiative sending fourth-year UBC Okanagan School of Nursing students on clinical practicum experiences in isolated areas of the impoverished African nations of Ghana and Zambia.

The Global Gala venue this year is Bottega Farm Inn and Studio, 4485 Swallows Rd., Kelowna. Proceeds support the practica and a variety of related projects. Some nursing activities that students and the faculty who accompany them have participated in over the past six years include: health promotion teaching in the community; teaching in the nursing schools; education on malnutrition; cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training; hypertension research; maternal and infant health; and direct patient care in hospital settings.

“Our African partners tell us that our work together means a lot to them,” says Patricia Marck, the school’s director, who visited Zambia in May 2014. “They work with scarce resources every day, and our UBCO students and faculty provide care and support that is deeply appreciated. We learn much more than we give, however; it is a real privilege to work with our colleagues and their communities to improve health care.”

"Nursing is a strong voice in the global health arena,” says School of Nursing Instructor Jackie Denison, who accompanied students to Zambia earlier this year. “The Global Gala allows students to participate in these efforts."

Denison recalls caring for a young boy who experienced great pain from pressure buildup in his legs, due to an accident. The only treatment was to make surgical incisions in his legs every day – without anaesthetic, due to a shortage of resources. Nursing students advocated for him to get the proper anesthetics, comforted him though these daily procedures and provided high-quality care for his wounds, says Denison.

“Without them, without them the child would have endured extreme pain daily,” she says. “This is one of many stories where the students from UBC were able to change lives, whether that be a young child, a new mother, entire families and entire communities.”

The practica in African nations are part of students’ final clinical practice learning, providing an opportunity to practice nursing in a setting outside of the Canada. This experience has had several positive outcomes for students, in terms of understanding health and healthcare systems and expanding their scope of practice.

Additionally, the students will be involved with Project GROW (Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women). This UBC initiative works with rural communities providing education to girls and women, giving them the skills to create sustainable change. Global Gala contributions help purchase supplies, ranging from mosquito nets to goats, as well as supporting the community centre and health clinic.

The dinner, at 7:30 p.m., will be catered by Moxie’s Grill & Bar, with live entertainment from local artist WildSon. The silent auction features original artwork, golf, hockey, spa and fitness packages and Big White passes, all donated by local businesses.

Tickets for the Global Gala are $150 each, or $1,000 for a table of eight and are available online at www.globalgala.net

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College hosts the region’s longest-running Career Fair on Nov. 2

Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College’s 33rd annual Career Fair is taking over the Kelowna campus on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

From practical nursing to pipefitting, English to engineering, this popular event is free and offers the public an opportunity to gain insights about careers and educational paths.

The longest-running event of its kind in the Okanagan Valley, Career Fair is unique because it connects current and future job seekers with education experts and employers to facilitate knowledge sharing about what education and training is required for someone to land their dream job.

“If you have an idea of where you want to go, but not sure how to get there — a university degree, diploma, certificate, vocational program, apprenticeship training – this is the place to find answers,” said event organizer Michelle Lowry.

“All of our programs will be represented and professors and campus staff will be on-hand to advise students, parents and anyone interested in anything related to post-secondary education, including transfer opportunities,” said Lowry. 

The event also features educational seminars on a wealth of topics including, Ask a Tradesperson, Becoming a Commercial Diver, Finding Money For Your Education, College Prep 101 for Parents, Tour the Universe, Immigration Options for International Students and Foreign Workers, and What WorkBC Can Do for You. There will be lots of chances to win prizes, including a $500 tuition credit to any Okanagan College program and dinner for two at Infusions Restaurant.

“All of our trades shops will be open and we’ll have demonstrations going on all day,” said Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “And we’ll have staff there to help people interested in obtaining information about trades training and apprenticeship.”

Attendees will be able to watch a car getting crushed by a front-end loader and the Kelowna Fire Department using the Jaws of Life to open it up.

Foodies can go behind-the-scenes in Culinary Arts and learn how to make cinnamon buns, sugar spirals, and chicken sates as well as enjoy samples of these tasty treats.

Parking for the event is free. Application fees will be waived for anyone who puts his or her name on a list at the Registrar’s office during the event and then applies for an Okanagan College program between Nov. 3 and 7 (for programs starting fall 2015). 

For more information, visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/careerfair.


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