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Foundation charity golf tournament celebrates twenty-five years, milestone in funds raised for students

May 31, 2016 / 10:27 am
Okanagan College Media Release This year marked the 25th playing of the Okanagan College Foundation’s annual charity golf tournament, and along with that milestone came another impressive number on the event’s scorecard. The tournament has now raised more than $500,000 towards awards,...

Outland Design gift grows trades campaign total, nurtures early childhood educators

May 30, 2016 / 3:59 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Education is one of the roots of a healthy community. This is the message a local landscape architecture firm hopes people in the valley will take away from its recent donation to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus and its students. Outland Design Landscape...

Student wins international award at major conference

May 27, 2016 / 12:00 am
A fourth-year UBC Okanagan student came away with a top prize at the recent Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego. Heather Hackett, a School of Health and Exercise Sciences student, attended the annual conference in April, presenting her research on an ultrasound contrast agent that...

Hamilton to stay as OC President until 2019

May 26, 2016 / 4:11 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton has accepted an offer to extend his term until October 2019. The longest-serving president in British Columbia’s post-secondary sector, Hamilton has led Okanagan College since 2004. “We are absolutely thrilled that Jim...

UBC researchers discover cure for ‘concrete cancer’

May 25, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers have found a more reliable way to make concrete from discarded glass. In a recent study, researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus were able to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as concrete...

Good vibrations: College students launch new venture to change the way we think about sound

May 24, 2016 / 9:03 am
Okanagan College Media Release When it comes to the places where we live, work, learn, and play, how they sound can be just as important as how they look in determining how we will feel about them. Two Okanagan College students have launched an innovative new business to help the world sound a...

Okanagan College business student off to Tanzania on prestigious international fellowship

May 20, 2016 / 9:57 am
Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan College student’s academic excellence and passion for international development has earned her one of the most esteemed fellowships in the country. Karen Vandergaag, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours student at the Kelowna campus,...
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UBC works with small schools to tackle big problems

May 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan is working with rural educators from across the province to find ways to help schools in smaller communities. Recently, UBC Okanagan's Faculty of Education hosted the Small School Think Tank (SSTT), a two-day event held May 16 and 17. At the event, educators come together to find a way...

UBC research targets oil and gas pipeline safety

May 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
A recent UBC study could make it easier for oil and gas companies to prevent pipeline failures. This study, conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has resulted in an engineering model that could help the companies determine which areas of their pipeline network could be prone to corrosion and should...

Ford dealer drives up support for new trades complex, celebrates father’s legacy

May 16, 2016 / 2:46 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A local automotive dealer wants to help rev up the learning environment for trades students at Okanagan College in Kelowna, carrying on his father’s legacy of supporting education and the community. Orchard Ford and Kelowna Ford Lincoln Dealer Principal Dan...

UBC research aims to make swimming healthier, more energy efficient

May 16, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC engineering researchers are looking for ways to reduce energy use and minimize potential health concerns in community pools. In a study that will examine large-scale indoor pools across British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, researchers will examine how pool design impacts chemical exposure...

Okanagan College business students, advisors and faculty recognized for excellence on national stage

May 13, 2016 / 9:17 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College business students chalked up multiple podium finishes at a recent national competition in Toronto. Making the showing all the more impressive was the fact that a number of the students and their mentors were honoured at the highest level for their...

UBC celebrates 'exemplary role models’ who make a difference

May 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
The best of the best were honoured at a special ceremony at UBC Okanagan this week. Every year, UBC professors are honoured for their teaching style, innovation and collaborative methods. At the Teaching Excellence and Innovation awards ceremony at UBC’s Okanagan campus, professors, teaching...

Princess Auto Foundation turns key on new trades bursaries at Okanagan College

May 12, 2016 / 4:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Whether building a house or re-building a car, it all begins with a strong foundation of knowledge. A national foundation dedicated to supporting trades education has launched a new bursary fund at Okanagan College to give students a strong start. The Princess...

College names von Mandl, Redmond and Winkler as 2016 Honorary Fellows

May 12, 2016 / 10:43 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is bestowing its highest honour on three notable Okanagan residents, each of whom has helped shape and define the region in unique and impactful ways through entrepreneurship, philanthropy and ecological research. Anthony von Mandl O.B.C.,...

Eyewitnesses’ memories darken skin colour when recalling ‘black’ crimes, UBC research shows

May 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
Eyewitnesses remember the faces of black suspects less accurately in drive-by shootings than they do in serial killings. Their memories are further skewed when the victims are women or white males, psychology researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have found. “What this study shows is that the...

Digital tools can motivate diabetics to exercise and eat well

May 10, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC researcher is encouraged by the findings of a pilot study showing people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, given the right tools, are motivated to exercise more. Assist. Prof. Mary Jung, a researcher in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development, has shown that people with...

Racial minorities still viewed as broken windows, UBC research shows

May 5, 2016 / 12:00 am
Skin colour is still a cause for suspicion among the urban middle class who are turning to technology to record and express their fears, a UBC study has concluded. After a four-year review of a community blog, court records and mainstream media, a researcher at UBC’s Okanagan campus says that...

College to host 22nd Annual Aboriginal Career Fair on May 5

May 4, 2016 / 10:20 am
Okanagan College Media Release Hundreds of Aboriginal high school students from throughout the B.C. Interior will converge on Okanagan College on Thursday, May 5 to explore a vast array of post-secondary and employment opportunities. The 22nd annual Aboriginal Career Fair will take place from...

UBC researchers improving cancer treatment and outcomes

May 4, 2016 / 12:00 am
A new program at UBC's Okanagan campus may change the way radiation affects cancer patients and how they feel during treatment. Starting this fall, in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency's Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences...

Rick Gee recognized by College for Distinguished Service

May 3, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A retired employee who assembled an impressive career that spanned 30 years and five days will be recognized by Okanagan College with the Distinguished Service award at the College’s Summer Convocation ceremony on June 29 in Kelowna. Rick Gee, former Chair of...

Health policies not culturally inclusive, UBC research finds

May 3, 2016 / 12:00 am
Aboriginal people feel isolated in many parts of Canada’s health care system, UBC research has found. A study by researchers at UBC Okanagan shows that health standards and policies do not make room for aboriginal values and beliefs. Some of the identified standards include limited visiting...

Researchers design program to enhance greater happiness and well-being

May 3, 2016 / 12:00 am
A research study at UBC Okanagan is looking to help people increase their happiness in life. The well-being study is supervised by Lesley Lutes, the director of Clinical Training, and social psychologist Derrick Wirtz. The study aims to teach participants how to enhance resiliency to life’s...

Local business helps College gives trades students a warm welcome

May 2, 2016 / 3:05 pm
Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College welcomed students and staff to its new Trades Training Complex last week, a donation of equipment from a local appliance dealer helped ensure it was a warm welcome. Coast Wholesale Appliances Inc. has donated microwaves to power up kitchenette...

UBC and industry partnership spurs metallurgical sector development in BC Interior

May 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
A $293,000 research partnership among Teck Metals Ltd., Fenix Advanced Materials, Drop Designs, Mitacs and the University of British Columbia aims to use by-products from smelting operations to create economic development opportunities in the province’s Southern Interior. The three-year project,...

UBC partners with Third Space to promote mental health, work-life balance

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC Okanagan partnership with the Third Space non-profit group will see nursing and social work students providing community health services in Kelowna’s newest living lab. The five-year partnership will see UBC social work students experience a clinical placement in a non-profit mental health...

UBC professor heads to Rwanda to promote inclusion and play

Apr 29, 2016 / 12:00 am
Even children who live in extreme poverty or countries ravaged by war respond positively to games and playtime. UBC Assist. Prof. Stephen Berg, who has seen this time and time again, heads to Rwanda next week where he will introduce playtime inclusion into Rwanda classrooms. “It doesn’t matter...

Prolonged antibiotic use can accelerate diabetes, UBC study shows

Apr 28, 2016 / 12:00 am
A team of UBC researchers has found that gut bacteria are linked to the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Their findings also show that long-term and over-use of antibiotics can accelerate the process by disrupting the gut bacteria. “The incidence of Type 1 diabetes has doubled in the last few years in...

UBC study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:00 am
Psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems, according to a new UBC study. The UBC Okanagan study found that 42 per cent of U.S. adult male inmates who did not take psychedelic drugs were arrested within six years for domestic battery after their...

UBC Okanagan marks milestones for professors and staff

Apr 25, 2016 / 12:00 am
It’s been a year of milestones for UBC with the university celebrating its 100th anniversary and the Okanagan campus marking 10 years since it officially opened. Different milestones were marked last week, as faculty and staff who have served for more than 25 years (at either UBC and at Okanagan...

Eleven trips to the podium for OC students at Skills BC competition

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Three Okanagan College students are on their way to Moncton, NB to compete in the Skills Canada National competition following their gold medal wins at the provincial competition, which was held in Abbotsford on April 13. The three gold medalists were joined on the...

UBC develops marijuana breathalyzer

Apr 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
The smell of your breath is the science behind a new device that will determine if you’re too stoned to be behind the wheel. UBC Okanagan engineering professor Mina Hoorfar has developed a handheld device, known as a microfluidic breath analyzer that can detect the presence of...

UBC Okanagan researchers receive $500,000 in innovation funding

Apr 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
Four UBC Okanagan researchers have been recognized as some of the top research talent in Canada. The four—Prof. John Braun, Assist. Prof. Joshua Brinkerhoff, Assist. Prof. Liwei Wang and Assist. Prof. Wesley Zandberg—will collectively see their research supported by $500,000 of Canada...

UBC student participates in United Nations special assembly on drugs

Apr 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan student Michelle Thiessen is one of ten students from across Canada heading to the United Nations to discuss international drug policies. The students are attending the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) in New York City, April 19 to 21. The group is...

UBC’s rainbow stairs celebrate inclusion

Apr 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan will soon have rainbow stairs. As part of an 18-month awareness-raising project, the stairs outside the University Centre will dawn colours similar to those of some crosswalks in Kelowna. “UBC believes that all people regardless of race, religion, gender identity or sexual...

UBC research makes creating biological tissue safer and more affordable

Apr 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
A chemical compound developed by UBC researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart. The compound, a new type of biological ink used in the 3D printing of tissue, eliminates the need to use UV light systems in favour of safer, more...

Ride-share incentives capture Live Case Argus Cup

Apr 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
Incentivize and they will share rides That was the concept behind the winning submission from the UBC Faculty of Management (FoM) Live Case Challenge, sponsored by Argus Properties Ltd., which wrapped up April 7. Third-year students Audrey Kaake, Cameron Mahler, Jenel McKenney, Kyle Patan and Gopal...

Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence named greenest post-secondary building in Canada for 2016

Apr 11, 2016 / 12:58 pm
Okanagan College Media Release After becoming the first building of its size in the region to receive LEED Platinum certification, The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation has been named the most sustainable post-secondary...

Silver Surfers: College students help seniors catch the techie wave

Apr 8, 2016 / 10:46 am
Okanagan College Media Release In today’s fast-paced digital age, catching up to the latest technology gadget can seem insurmountable for seniors. Helping bridge the technology age-gap, twins Daniel and Rebecca Alfred and Sam Jamieson, all Enactus Okanagan College students, have stepped up to...

College enlists in program that opens doors for Canadian vets, reservists

Apr 8, 2016 / 9:22 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is enlisting in a national program that helps Canadian Armed Forces veterans and reservists accelerate their education as they transition to other employment. The College has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada Company, a...
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