May 17, 2013 / 3:32 pm
Okanagan College Media Release
A series of business seminars targeted to entrepreneurs in the technology sector is being offered tuition-free at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus, starting this June.
Professors from both the Okanagan College Computer Science department and the Okanagan School of Business, along with two European experts in international business, will be hosting nine sessions to support professional development of senior personnel and managers of small to medium-sized enterprises.
Computer Science professor Dr. Youry Khmelevsky and Okanagan School of Business professor Dr. Lynn Sparling put the series together, which is being made available tuition-free to qualified participants.
“Having our two departments work together provides a great opportunity for us to assist the growing tech community in the Okanagan,” Sparling said.
“We all know how important the role of professional development is when it comes to enhancing business success and profitability,” she said. “We also know accessing that expertise isn’t always easy when you’re running a small business. Our hope is that offering these targeted seminars to this sector will help overcome that obstacle.”
Sessions vary from one, two and three-days, and are divided up over two months, starting in June with topics such as public speaking, communication strategies, business research, and success in software engineering projects.
The series starts with Okanagan School of Business professor Dr. Kyleen Myrah presenting the two-day seminar Public Speaking with Confidence: Delivering Your Message with Power and Persuasion, which runs June 3 and 10.
The series resumes August 26 with further seminars on topics such as data management and strategic account management plus the two-day session Overview of Running an International Business. The two Europeans leading that session have 35+ combined years’ experience working with multinational corporations including Gillette, Duracell, and P&G doing business in Europe, Africa and Asia.
“We’re very fortunate to have Dmitry Syrotovsky and Steve Clark here to present this seminar,” Sparling said. “Their insight will be invaluable to those businesses that want to expand their markets.”
Okanagan College is putting on the series as agents of the Vancouver-based Discovery Foundation and its Technology Education Program. The Foundation is a registered charity that works to educate technology entrepreneurs about business practices that will enable them to grow world-scale B.C.-based technology companies.
"This is the first time Discovery Foundation is offering programs to technology entrepreneurs outside of the Lower Mainland,” said Discovery Foundation Executive Director Mark Betteridge. “We are very pleased to be working with Okanagan College to deliver these seminars to support and help grow the tech industry in the Okanagan region."
May 16, 2013 / 12:00 am
Rental suites on campus host thousands of visitors during summer season
At UBC, summer means the busy season gets underway in earnest – the campus turns into the biggest conference and accommodation centre in the Okanagan.
With the academic year over, the hustle and bustle of student move-out from the residences only means there is a transition in the makeup of the guests staying on campus. And summer 2013 is shaping up to be a rather busy one, says UBC Conference Sales and Services Manager Debbie Harding.
“Our summer season is relatively short, as our students move out in late April and return in early September,” Harding says. “But within the time frame of mid-May to late August, we can have more than 6,000 visitors and host dozens of conferences and events.”
This season started with a bang as UBC’s Okanagan campus hosted the eighth-annual Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution conference this week, alongside the 2013 A/BC Inorganic Discussion Weekend. More than 500 visitors were on campus for the two events – and Harding says the majority booked rooms in the Cascade, Monashee, and Purcell student residences.
“The Okanagan has a robust hospitality sector that serves the tourism industry very well,” says Harding. “We are filling a niche, especially for those needing meeting and conference facilities for academic and business gatherings large and small.”
For those on retreats or with business plans, UBC’s Conferences and Accommodation staff can help with events of every size. There are more than 50 meeting rooms on campus, plus several large lecture halls with stadium seating and full teleconferencing capability. There are workshop spaces, exhibit and trade show areas, sports facilities, multi-media technology, and on-site catering.
UBC has more than 650 rooms available with a variety of summer rental options. Choices include: single rooms, with access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, and common lounge; suites in the Monashee building, ranging from a studio option to a four-bedroom family suite, all with private bathrooms, queen beds, and fully-equipped kitchens; and the four-bedroom Cascade apartments, with private kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms.
Harding says UBC’s location, just two kilometres from Kelowna’s airport, is a definite bonus, and it helps with the university’s appeal to groups that have plans before or after attending conferences – travellers, golfers, winery tours, athletes competing in summer events, and families looking at different options of stay.
“We are perfectly situated for access to the north Okanagan, and for people exploring Kelowna,” she says. “We’re steps away from five first-class golf courses, surrounded by fabulous wineries, and have a variety of lakes, just a short drive in any direction.”
The rental units – with single rooms starting at $48 a night – include linens and housekeeping, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, and access to UBC’s fully-equipped gym, hiking trails, and the self-guided campus tour.
“We cater to everybody and every style of visitor,” Harding says. “We host people looking for a place for one night, and groups of golfing friends on an extended visit, to youth groups on a retreat, and sports teams playing in tournaments.”
Taylor Scanlon, co-chair for the recent Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Association graduate conference, says planning for the event was made easier by UBC staff.
“The assistance we received from UBC Okanagan staff has been thorough and exemplary,” Scanlon says. “Considering that our committee was new at this kind of thing, we were very grateful for all the professional help and detailed support we received. Having some professional support behind us was a definite bonus. ”
UBC’s three, two-bedroom townhomes are open for visitors year round. The two-storey rentals book up quickly, says Harding, as they’re popular for fall winery tours and ski groups in the winter.
“Our range of accommodation is different from most hotels because we offer a variety of single rooms and suites, all at a great price,” she adds. “But I think we’re a popular place to stay, mostly because UBC Okanagan is such a unique place. We have a beautiful campus in a great location and we’re happy to share this space with our visitors.”
May 15, 2013 / 10:09 am
Okanagan College will bestow its highest honour on three local respected and innovative community leaders during a series of Convocation ceremonies in June.
Ernie Philip, Alan Gatzke and Barry Lapointe will be recognized as Honorary Fellows of the College for their contributions and leadership in the areas of cultural awareness, the agricultural industry and in aviation entrepreneurship, respectively.
“I am proud to welcome Ernie, Alan and Barry as Honorary Fellows of Okanagan College,” said President Jim Hamilton. “When I think about the people who have made a difference in our communities, from Kelowna to Oyama and extending to the Shuswap, each of the 2013 recipients are shining examples of people who have been dedicated to improving their communities.”
Philip is an elder of the Little Shuswap Indian Band, a First Nations people whose traditional territory covers more than 145,000 kilometres in the Southern and Central interior of B.C. An acclaimed international dance artist, Philip has won more than 130 awards for his performances in Powwows.
Philip, who is often referred to as Dancing Bear or Black Feather -- names that were given to him by the Sioux and Blackfoot -- will be the first to address graduates at the College’s Spring Convocation ceremony on the morning of June 8.
As a dancer and lecturer, Philip has toured throughout Canada and internationally. He has presented and performed for schools, folk festivals, conventions, powwows and exhibitions. He has been the master of ceremonies for many events and galas and in 2006 won the Ambassador Award for Aboriginal Tourism of British Columbia. His performances have done much to spread understanding and knowledge of his people and their traditions. An ambassador for peace, Philip’s contributions have helped shine a light on the unique traditions of the region’s First Nations people and their culture.
Gatzke will be presented as the Honorary Fellow at the College’s afternoon ceremony on June 8 where he will address the graduating class of business students.
As proprietor of Gatzke Orchards in Oyama, Gatzke is a third generation farmer whose roots in the Okanagan extend back to 1929, when his grandfather began the family business. Deeply embedded in the agricultural history of the Okanagan, Gatzke Orchards is one of the region’s oldest producers of tree fruits. In the 80 years since Leo Gatzke began farming in Oyama, the business has adapted to meet the needs of the people and land it serves.
As one of the areas early adopters of agritourism, Gatzke Orchards is committed to corporate social responsibility and sustainability in all forms of the business.
Gatzke’s vision for the family business has resulted in a thriving local hub that includes a farm market, café, bakery, accommodations and venues for concerts, weddings and special events.
A former city councilor for the District of Lake Country, Gatzke has also served as a Director for the Board of Tourism Kelowna, where he has helped move the sustainability agenda forward through his unique insight into economic diversification.
Lapointe will be recognized at the College’s Summer Convocation ceremony on June 27.
As the Co-founder, CEO and past President of Kelowna Flightcraft, Lapointe is one of the region’s best-known aviation entrepreneurs. Lapointe identified a need for a regional aircraft maintenance company more than 40 years ago, launching Kelowna Flightcraft in 1970.
The small start-up quickly grew to include courier and charter services, increasing its flexibility and providing full-service access for the industry. Kelowna Flightcraft is now the third largest airline company in Canada.
Lapointe’s passion for aviation began at an early age. He graduated with honours from BCIT’s Aircraft Mechanic Engineer program in 1967; shortly after he completed his commercial pilot’s license. With more than 14,000 hours of flying logged, Lapointe is highly respected for his contributions to the aviation industry in many capacities.
He is a past Chairman of the Airline Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) board and is now serving as Secretary. Lapointe was also a member of the Partnership BC (PBC) and is a current Director with Purolator Courier Ltd. (PCL).
May 9, 2013 / 10:11 am
Biology students at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College are getting a different kind of glimpse into the undersea world, thanks to a unique donation of photographs depicting endangered, and in some cases extinct, marine life.
Tatjana Schmidt-Derstroff spent the early 1970s diving and snorkeling in some of the world’s most spectacular locations, including the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
Framed images she captured from those days are now mounted in the College’s biology lab, featuring shells, coral and other marine life from exotic locations including off the coast of Thursday Island (Arafura Sea), Ningaloo Reef, West Australia (Indian Ocean), Broome, West Australia (Indian Ocean), Flores, Indonesia (Pacific Ocean), Borneo, Indonesia (China Sea), Sri Lanka (Indian Ocean), Kenya, Africa (Indian Ocean), Cook Island, New Zealand (Pacific) Mana Island, off the Fiji Archipelago (South Sea).
The donation also included two large green sea turtle shells along with hundreds of slides of other species.
Biology professor Dr. Michael Mitsch said the donation had an immediate impact on his students.
“We put the photographs up over reading break, and when the students returned it stimulated an invigorating conversation, and lots of questions,” Mitsch said. “They clearly appreciated what this donation adds to the classroom experience.”
Regional Dean Jim Barmby said donations of this kind, from people within the community, help students to appreciate the depth and breadth of what is seldom visible.
“Tatjana has led a fascinating life, full of adventure and discovery,” Barmby said. “I am very happy she is sharing some of it with our students.”
Born in Germany, Schmidt-Derstroff started studying medicine and journalism and, after the war, cultural anthropology and archaeology at a time when very few women were active in those fields.
“Sometimes I was the only white women exploring these countries,” she said.
Schmidt-Derstroff’s donation to Okanagan College is one of several that she’s made in recent years. She has also donated some archaeological objects to the University of Saskatoon. Photographs from her flights in a bush plane, called Earth Art, can be seen at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Her paintings were also auctioned off to the BC Cancer Society.
“I wanted to donate to Canada because the country has been good to me,” she said.
May 9, 2013 / 12:00 am
Teams vote to approve full membership after two years of probationary play
UBC’s Okanagan Heat teams are now members of the big club – for good.
Today, after a process that spanned more than five years, the UBC Okanagan Heat received the votes necessary to become members of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA).
“It is wonderful news for our institution and our athletics program and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our application – and that's a big group of people,” says Director of Athletics and Recreation Rob Johnson. “Back in 2007, full membership in Canada West and the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) was one of a number of institutional goals that were set, and it is very gratifying to see it achieved.”
Canada West policy requires a minimum three-quarters majority vote to grant full member status. UBC’s Okanagan campus becomes the 14th member, joining UBC Vancouver and universities from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
"We've been working hard on this for five years. It is wonderful for our entire program and everyone who worked so hard on our application to see that work come to such a positive result," says Johnson.
The positive membership vote also means that UBC Okanagan men’s and women’s soccer teams will start competing in Canada West in 2014. That application was submitted in 2012 and was conditionally accepted pending the successful vote on full membership.
UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope says the move to accept Heat teams as full members of CWUAA is extremely gratifying to him.
“Strong UBC Okanagan Heat teams playing at the highest level invigorates school spirit and brings students, alumni and the community together to cheer them on,” says Toope. “Seeing the UBC Thunderbirds and Heat compete against each other is a great motivator for both campuses. With great conviction I can say, ‘Go UBC!’ ”
Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus, says the Heat’s full membership in CWUAA is a significant milestone.
“Our UBC Okanagan Heat are now officially recognized amongst the best university teams in the country,” says Buszard. “Our entire campus and the communities of the Okanagan are proud to cheer them on. Heat student athletes are outstanding ambassadors of our campus with their commitment and dedication to athletic competition and scholastic achievement.”
Ian Cull, associate vice-president students, says the moment has long been anticipated that Heat teams became full members of CWUAA.
“The ability for our UBC student athletes to play at the highest level of competition makes our campus a destination of choice for more and more students,” says Cull. “It is a great thrill going to Heat games and seeing our fans get behind their teams in a big way.”
For coaches, full membership in CWUAA opens more doors for recruiting.
“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” says Steve Manuel, head coach of the Heat women’s volleyball team and national coach of the year. “The perception to athletes, recruits and the community that we are full members will be a benefit to building our programs. This stability gives prospective recruits a solid reason to choose UBC Okanagan, knowing that they will always be playing against top-tier teams during their university years.”
The process began in December 2007, when Toope and then-Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Doug Owram submitted a letter of intent to apply to Canada West for membership. In 2009, the initial vote for probationary standing was delayed a year by Canada West as the organization needed time to clarify its membership plan.
After gaining probationary status in 2010, the Heat played their final year of men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball in the BC Colleges’ Athletics Association (BCCAA) with both volleyball squads capturing provincial gold in the last collegiate games on their home floor.
Competing in Canada West as probationary members, the last two years have produced many memorable moments in the gym at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The Heat started CIS competition as winners as both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams defeated the University of Winnipeg at their inaugural home openers.
Other probationary period highlights include the women’s basketball team knocking off Interior rival Thompson Rivers in the final game of three graduating and storied players – Roz Huber, Madison Kaneda, and Melissa Irish – of 2013, with Kaneda hitting a three for the win; the men’s volleyball team sweeping Thompson Rivers University in back-to-back must-win matches on the final weekend of the 2011-12 season to earn a berth in the playoffs; the men’s basketball team losing a heart-breaker by two points on a “buzzer-beater” to the then number two nationally-ranked UBC Vancouver Thunderbirds; the men’s volleyball team defeating the Thunderbirds in their first-ever matchup; and the women’s volleyball team finishing the 2012/13 regular season tied for third with a 15-7 record and earning the right to host a playoff series this past February.
“Not a bad start for a fledgling program,” says Johnson.
Full member status grants UBC’s Okanagan campus voting rights, so its delegates can hold office in Canada West. It can apply to add new sports.
The next and final step for the Heat in this membership process will be acceptance as a full, rather than probationary, member of the CIS at its annual general meeting from June 4 to 7 in Toronto.
Canada West will release its basketball and volleyball schedules Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11, respectively.
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May 8, 2013 / 3:34 pm
Okanagan College is hosting one of the knottiest events in the region on May 17 at the Kelowna campus.
Knotty by Nature is an exhibition of fine work from the hands of several students who have spent the last eight months in the Studio Woodworking program at Okanagan College.
“Many of our students start out as total beginners, but by the end of the program, their levels of skill and creativity always impress me,” said instructor Tim Diebert.
Over that short period of time, students have been busy in the College’s fully equipped joinery shop learning the craft of cabinetmaking and woodworking with an emphasis on finer studio woodworking skills and techniques. These skills have been applied to a variety of objects such as desks, tables, cabinets and fine boxes, and jewelry, all of which will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room E202 in the Centre for Learning.
“This is really a showcase of the students’ work,” said Diebert, who has 30 years full-time experience in the industry, having built everything from custom guitars to furniture, commercial millwork, movie sets, and even yacht interiors.
“I always tell my students that if they want to do fine work for a living, then being part of an exhibition is one of the best ways of getting your work and name out there.”
The year-end exhibition will include opportunities for the public to purchase some select items on display.
For more information about the Studio Woodworking program visit the website:
May 8, 2013 / 12:00 am
Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution conference draws top researchers
The Okanagan’s fauna, flora, and natural beauty will be on full display when UBC’s Okanagan campus hosts 400 scientists during next week’s conference for the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE).
The eighth-annual event, taking place May 12 to 15, attracts ecologists and evolutionary biologists from around the world, says Jason Pither, assistant professor of biology and physical geography at UBC. The Okanagan, he notes, is the perfect backdrop for a conference of this kind, especially since it represents one of Canada's biodiversity hotspots and is home to many endangered species.
“Some of the most influential and well-respected ecologists and evolutionary biologists will be at this event,” says Pither. “This is where they come to share their latest research findings—the ‘hot-off-the-press’ type of information.”
Membership in the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution is not just reserved for academics, he notes. CSEE members include scientists from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. And the topics can be of global significance, such as the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change, and, more specific to our region, the effect of the Mountain Pine Beetle on western forest ecosystems.
The CSEE encourages student involvement in the annual meetings, and provides award funding for best student presentations. Pither says UBC is well represented at this year's meeting, with more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students presenting their latest research. The scientific program also includes nine organized symposia, some with a specific focus on policy. One symposium tackles hot-button current events with lawyers, policy makers, media analysts, and seasoned scientists discussing the growing barriers to getting good science into the hands of politicians.
Keynote speakers include Pierre Legendre, biology professor at the University of Montreal, who will receive the CSEE Presidents’ Award for his extensive contributions to advancing ecology and evolutionary biology research. Fred Allendorf, Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Montana, and a world-renowned authority on population genetics and conservation biology, will address the conference theme Range margins in a rapidly changing world.
The CSEE has two public events. On Saturday, May 11, children are encouraged to come to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) and participate in a nature walk.
Organized by UBC graduate students, the walk includes tips to identify birds by their song, an introduction to mushrooms, and a trip to the turtle pond with a local reptile expert. Pither notes that while the nature walk is aimed at elementary school students, people of all ages are welcome. The EECO is located at Mission Creek Regional Park on Springfield Road, Kelowna. The nature walk begins at 9 a.m.
The May 13 public event features Anthony Sinclair, professor emeritus at UBC's Department of Zoology in Vancouver, who will unveil the story behind the science of Africa’s Serengeti. Sinclair has spent more than 50 years in Tanzania where he has studied the cycle of wildlife through years of drought and starvation, the role of predators and disease, and the reasons behind the migration of specific species.
Sinclair’s talk takes place in the Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna, on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. This public event is free. However, registration is encouraged at www.sinclairtalk.eventbrite.ca.
SCEE conference participants will also have opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the Southern Interior. Organized field trips include visits to the South Okanagan Desert and Saline Lakes, Lac du Bois Provincial Park, and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, to explore the rebirth of the flora after the 2003 fires.
While much of the week’s highlights cater to conference delegates, Pither notes that the public is welcome to attend the keynote seminars. Legendre speaks at UBC on Tuesday, May 14, at 1:15 p.m., and Allendorf speaks on Wednesday, May 15, at 8 a.m. Both keynote events take place in Room 130 of the Arts and Sciences Centre, 3187 University Way in Kelowna.
For a full conference schedule, visit: csee2013.ok.ubc.ca
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May 7, 2013 / 10:09 am
For the fourth year in a row, Enactus Okanagan College has won the top spot at the Enactus National Exposition and has been crowned the country’s 2013 Help Hunger Disappear champion.
The Okanagan College team is the only Enactus team in Canada to have won the challenge, which was created four years ago with support from Campbell Company of Canada. The team won the inaugural challenge in 2010 and has continued to dominate the hunger relief initiative for four consecutive years.
The team was presented with their award last night at the national Enactus exposition in Toronto, where they are vying for three additional national awards in the areas of the Entrepreneurship Challenge, EcoLiving Green Challenge, and as the overall National team.
“The Enactus Okanagan College team stood out again this year for their continued teamwork and commitment to lasting hunger solutions in their community,” said Mark Childs, Vice President of Marketing, Campbell Company of Canada. “Their boundless energy, passion and creativity continue to impress – they are truly role models for us all.”
The team from Okanagan College was recognized for their work to raise more than 54,000 pounds of food for Food Banks throughout the region. Creating and delivering 11 hunger relief initiatives, the Enactus Okanagan College students implemented projects in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.
Their projects ranged from the Farm Bag Fundraiser, in which the students work with local farmers to distribute local produce, making farming more viable and sustainable through a franchisable model, to MOMentum, which empowers single mothers with information about how to cook healthy and affordable meals and connects them with financial skills to better manage their lives.
“Everyone at Okanagan College is extremely proud of the good work our students are doing to transform their communities,” said College President Jim Hamilton. “It is certainly an honour to win this award for the fourth year in a row but more important than the award is the collaboration and support our students receive from the many organizations, schools and non-profits they work with to develop their hunger relief projects. Partnerships of this kind are incredibly important to their education and to creating sustainable long term change in our communities.”
May 7, 2013 / 12:00 am
Teaching awards presented to those who make a difference
Great teachers inspire students to achieve remarkable things – and three of UBC’s best were honoured with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in a recent ceremony at the Okanagan campus.
John Wagner, associate professor of anthropology in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is recognized in the senior faculty awards category.
The award for junior faculty member is shared by Ilya Parkins, assistant professor and chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, along with Jonathan Holzman, associate professor with the School of Engineering.
“Our celebrated teachers begin with innovation in the classroom but their dedication goes well beyond the corridors of traditional learning,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard. “It is a pleasure to recognize John Wagner, Illya Parkins, and Jonathan Holzman for their achievements, their community work, and for inspiring their students in meaningful ways.”
Wagner is renowned for bringing a wealth of theory and real-life practicality to the academic experience. His refreshing teaching approach has coined the term “Wagnerism” among his students and he encourages all of his students to perform to the top of their capabilities.
“John Wagner is well known for his experience and interests in development, foreign aid, and ecological practice,” says Provost Wesley Pue, in conferring the award. “He leads by example, integrating teaching with research and guiding his students to be better global citizens. John is a leader in society as well as at UBC.”
Parkins runs the Gender and Women’s Studies (GWST) program and has acted as advisor since its inception. She has expanded the area of study, seeking to establish an interdisciplinary Major in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her dedication to students is evidenced in the growing enrollment in GWST, which has increased by more than a third since 2009.
“Ilya Parkins is committed to excellence in teaching, mentoring her graduate students, and building a learning community that continues to grow, thanks to her focus, dedication, and enthusiasm,” says Pue. “Ilya makes a strong contribution to graduate studies and adds to UBC’s reputation as a research destination for students.”
Holzman has not only pioneered the Integrated Optics Laboratory and Applied Micro and Nanosystems Facility at UBC’s Okanagan campus, but has developed curriculum, implemented innovations in teaching and learning, encouraged interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and supported national and global initiatives in electrical engineering.
“Jonathan Holzman has played an integral role in building academic programs and laboratories and fostering global awareness in technology and teaching,” says Pue. “He has been instrumental in bridging learning between college and university environments. These attributes make him a great faculty member. But what makes Jonathan a great teacher is his ability to foster leadership qualities, teamwork, and problem-solving skills with his students.”
UBC’s Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards recognize a senior faculty member with 10 years or more teaching experience and a junior faculty member with less than 10 years' experience in teaching. The awards consist of a $3,000 prize and the recipients will be honoured during June’s Convocation ceremonies.
The award recipients join the UBC Okanagan Academy of Teaching Excellence and participate in the selection process for future teaching award nominees.
In addition to the teaching awards, 42 faculty members were recognized with Honour Roll distinctions.
The Provost’s Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors, which carries a $500 cash prize, was presented to six recipients.
Honour Role Recipients
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Grisel Garcia Perez
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Joan Bassett Smith
Paul Van Donkelaar
Sally Willis Stewart
Faculty of Management
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
School of Engineering
Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors
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May 6, 2013 / 3:33 pm
Okanagan College will welcome a new face to its leadership team on July 2, 2013 with the appointment of Russel Boris as Director, International Education.
Boris comes to Okanagan College from Medicine Hat College, where he has served more than 16 years in the International Education department, most recently as its Director.
Boris brings with him extensive experience in international education and institutional globalization. While at Medicine Hat College he led the creation and growth of the international division, which now accounts for approximately 15 per cent of the college’s overall student population.
“The experience Russel will bring to our College will be essential in furthering our goals and in meeting the needs of our students and community,” said Charlotte Kushner, Vice President, Students.
His background includes expertise in strategic recruitment and marketing as well as management. During his tenure at Medicine Hat College, Boris worked in more than 25 countries and has drawn students from approximately 50 countries to the Alberta community. Among his many accomplishments, Boris created and implemented a renowned English as a Second Language (ESL) program that has served more than 1,500 students. A former ESL instructor, Boris has a deep understanding of curriculum and programming.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Okanagan College and am excited about the opportunities that exist to build on the successes of the International Education department,” said Boris. “I’ve been impressed by the College’s leadership and its strong reputation. I welcome the opportunity to become a part of the institution and help further the College’s international agenda to increase its international student population.”
Boris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jamestown College and is certified in leadership and development by Maricopa Community Colleges.
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