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Campus Life - Okanagan

Enactus Okanagan College receives three national grants in support of local entrepreneurship

Dec 17, 2014 / 11:32 am

Okanagan College Media Release Enactus Okanagan College is the only college in Canada and one of only five post-secondary institutions across Canada to receive three or more national partnership grants from Enactus Canada to support entrepreneurship in the Okanagan. The grants are evidence...

UBC’s art collection transformed by Jack Shadbolt sculptures

Dec 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

Two enormous, colourful butterflies now enhance University Ballroom It may be winter, but two bright and colourful butterflies have made a recent and dramatic appearance at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Susan Belton, UBC’s Public Art Collection Curator, is celebrating the installation on the Okanagan...

Westwood Electric donation powers up new electrical controls lab at Okanagan College

Dec 15, 2014 / 4:18 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College students in the Electrical Trades programs will soon plug into a cutting edge new learning space thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 from Westwood Electric. Westwood’s donation to the Okanagan College Foundation’s “Bright Horizons:...

UBC Okanagan exec promises icy plunge to support United Way

Dec 15, 2014 / 12:00 am

Michael Shakespeare, associate vice-president of finance and pperations at UBC Okanagan, will jump into Lake Okanagan on January 19, 2015, if the campus reaches its $57,000 United Way campaign goal before campaign end on December 31, 2014. Since October 6 the campus has raised $34,000,...

Celebrating a decade of energy savings

Dec 10, 2014 / 12:00 am

FortisBC energy efficiency programs result in significant savings for UBC Okanagan When fans watch the Okanagan Heat sink baskets in the UBC gymnasium, they may not be aware that energy-efficient lighting in the building is also helping the university score on its electricity bill. It’s not the...

College students prepare for final round of ICBC after dominating preliminary challenge

Dec 8, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will send its largest-ever contingent of business students to Kingston in January to compete in the final round of the prestigious Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) after 10 students advanced from a competitive preliminary round....

Nursing professor receives award of excellence from provincial body

Dec 8, 2014 / 12:00 am

Kathy Rush honoured for work done in and outside the classroom Kathy Rush, an associate professor with UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing, was recently honoured with an Award of Excellence from the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Rush, presented with an award for excellence in education, is...

GIS program helps students map out their career

Dec 5, 2014 / 1:33 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Chad Parrent and Teresa Robinson are among those students looking forward to the January start of Okanagan College’s Advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) certificate program in Kelowna. Robinson is adding to her resume as a geophysical technologist...

UBC Okanagan introduces new interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts

Dec 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Program allows students to blend artistic practice with a secondary discipline Fine arts just got finer at UBC’s Okanagan campus. UBC is introducing a new master of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies (MFA-IS). Registration is already underway for the new program,...

Nobel night comes to UBC as laureates and discoveries are celebrated

Nov 27, 2014 / 12:00 am

Local professors explain why game-changing research matters to us all What’s the big deal about blue LEDs? Our TVs, smart phones, even the energy-saving white LED lights at home, school, and work wouldn’t be possible without the development of efficient blue light-emitting diodes. Combining...

Culinary scholarship is gravy for determined cooking student

Nov 25, 2014 / 2:57 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College culinary arts student Dayna Duckworth-Dolan was more than a little surprised this month when she learned that she had won one of the three $1,500 B.C. Hospitality Foundation Scholarships selected by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia...

Budding authors encouraged to enter short story contest

Nov 25, 2014 / 12:00 am

Cash prizes available in the 17th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest Fiction writers are being encouraged to put their creative thinking caps on and get busy. Entries are now being accepted for the Okanagan Short Story Contest. The annual contest has been running for 17 years, and is sponsored...

College students’ social enterprise to benefit local homeless men

Nov 24, 2014 / 1:40 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A new social enterprise developed by students from Okanagan College’s Enactus team is kicking off this month and will benefit local residents of Chandler House in Kelowna. Chandler House is Inn from the Cold’s newest residence and is home to eight...

UBC faculties taking steps to create healthy lives for seniors

Nov 24, 2014 / 12:00 am

Companionship and exercise two main ingredients of Walk n’ Talk for your Life Eighty-year-old Marguerite Burke led a rather sedentary life until she heard about UBC Okanagan’s Walk n’ Talk for Your Life program. Initially joining to get out and meet people, Burke soon realized the...

New federal-provincial grant program opens doors for employers with training needs

Nov 21, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Area businesses should take note of the new Canada Job Grant program, if they have employees with training requirements or need to train prospective employees, suggests Dennis Silvestrone, Okanagan College’s Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate...

UBC celebrates opening of Okanagan Special Collections Room

Nov 21, 2014 / 12:00 am

Library dedicates space to document region’s history, literature, and culture The Okanagan campus library is now home to a Special Collections Room—a unique area dedicated primarily to books and materials that relate specifically to the life and history of the Okanagan. Thanks to donor funding,...

UBC students present options to make local communities healthier

Nov 19, 2014 / 12:00 am

Third-year marketing class creates campaigns for municipalities and organizations Management students at UBC’s Okanagan campus are learning first-hand what makes a community healthy, sustainable, and a good place to live. They’re also learning how to market their ideas. A semester-long project...

UBC presents public talk by social media pioneer

Nov 19, 2014 / 12:00 am

Marketing Professor Rob Kozinets gets intimate about social branding  What: The Brand Ménage à Trois: An Intimate Engagement with the Social Who: Rob Kozinets, professor of marketing, York University’s Schulich School of Business When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Mary...

Finch family donates $600,000 to UBC Okanagan for student awards

Nov 18, 2014 / 12:00 am

Newly-established graduate and undergraduate awards to benefit students A local family is giving back to the community by making a substantial donation to UBC Okanagan. As part of Ken and Jean Finch’s commitment to enhancing opportunities for young people, their $600,000 contribution to UBC has...

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

Nov 17, 2014 / 1:48 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A 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...


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