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UBC Okanagan enters formula racing

Mar 21, 2016 / 12:00 am
For the first time ever, students at UBC’s Okanagan campus are building a race car and getting ready to go after the checkered flag in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) student design competition. The group of interdisciplinary students; primarily made up of 30 engineering...

Why is there public resistance to vaccination?

Mar 18, 2016 / 11:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This is a question loaded with contention in a public debate that has come to be mainstream in recent years. Vaccines are generally regarded as among the most effective public health interventions. Scientific research has...

Voyager RV gives back, sees bright future for technicians in B.C.

Mar 17, 2016 / 2:24 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan’s largest dealer of “homes away from home” has made a major donation towards the new home for learning students at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Voyager RV has donated $30,000 to support the construction of a bright new...

The taxman is knocking; College students answer the call for help

Mar 17, 2016 / 9:25 am
Okanagan College Media Release A group of Okanagan College business students are volunteering to help take the stress out of filing for tax season by offering a series of free public weekday tax clinics until April 29. The Okanagan College Accounting Club is hosting the Canada Revenue Agency...

Pedals to the masses online: bike parts firm built by OC students and alumni

Mar 17, 2016 / 8:41 am
Okanagan College Media Release Trevor Tuck, Dylan Decker, Colton Cheney and Shelby Miller may well be the picture of the next generation of entrepreneurs. With persistence, help from family, friends and wherever they can get it, a thirst for education, well-managed expectations and an...

Manipulators less convincing online than in person, UBC research shows

Mar 17, 2016 / 12:00 am
If you have to negotiate business with a narcissist or psychopath, you’re better off doing it on Facebook, research from UBC’s Okanagan campus shows. In one of the first studies of its kind, UBC researchers found that traditionally successful manipulators who are classified as being part of the...

Spaghetti Bridge contest comes to a dramatic finish

Mar 15, 2016 / 3:03 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The 33rd annual Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Building Heavyweight competition came to a surprising finish after a series of disqualifications launched the team of Anna Offenwanger and Ephraim Nowak from UBC Okanagan into the top spot. Offenwanger and Nowak...
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Gift enhances medical training for UBC students

Mar 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC medical students and health-care providers will get more hands-on training thanks to a recent donation of two new portable ultrasound machines to the UBC Southern Medical Program (SMP). A recent gift from The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation allowed the program to purchase two machines...

UBC thesis winner advances to western regionals

Mar 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies will have a seat at the table when UBC Okanagan hosts the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Western Regional competition in April. PhD candidate Mike Unrau’s thesis presentation "Scared Speechless" was voted best of the eight candidates who competed for top...

Engineering Professor named UBC Okanagan’s Researcher of the Year

Mar 11, 2016 / 12:00 am
The mark of a good professor is one who is up to their elbows in research projects, has a strong group of post-grad students working with them, resonates with students, and is popular with their peers. Professor Mina Hoorfar—UBC Okanagan’s Researcher of the Year—fits the bill exactly. Hoorfar...

Enactus Okanagan College off to Nationals after Regional victories

Mar 10, 2016 / 2:05 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Enactus team has returned from the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition for Western Canada in Calgary with two top-place finishes, propelling the team to the National Exposition in Toronto later this year. The team from Okanagan College and...

BCIS students place in top 25 per cent globally ?at 24-hour competition

Mar 10, 2016 / 10:24 am
Blog post: Results are in from the fall’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xtreme Programming world-wide competition; one of Okanagan College’s first-year Bachelor of Computer Information Systems teams made-up of Rob Bro, Martin Wallace, and Kevin Hall placed in the...

College’s Human Resource Management students bring home silver

Mar 10, 2016 / 8:47 am
Okanagan College Media Release Three Okanagan College business students have returned to Kelowna with a new trophy for the case after placing second in the HRCWest Case Competition, which was held in Edmonton last weekend. The team of Miranda Birkbeck, Faye Hughes and Sarah Kelman made the...

Okanagan short fiction contest short list announced

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC’s Anne Fleming has just completed a pretty a tough job. Fleming, who is the Creative Writing program coordinator at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been working on the committee to short list the winners of the annual short story contest. The 18th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest attracted 85...

$5,000 first place prize is money transfer this entrepreneur can appreciate

Mar 3, 2016 / 4:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Kelowna entrepreneur Chris Danek is in the business of making digital money transfers easier, so he was glad to receive a $5,000 grand prize from title sponsor Grant Thornton at the recently held Venture Okanagan Investors’ Forum. Danek is the CEO and founder of...

College appoints experienced hand as Shuswap Revelstoke Regional Dean

Mar 3, 2016 / 10:42 am
Okanagan College Media Release An experienced college administrator is looking forward to her new role as Okanagan College’s Regional Dean for the Shuswap Revelstoke region. Joan Ragsdale will start her new job on May 2. “I am keen to settle in the region and work on developing the...

Music and Memory project brings UBC students and seniors together

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:00 am
A unique Music and Memory project at Baptist Housing brought textbook learning to life for a number of UBC Okanagan students. As part of a Sociology of Global Aging course taught by UBC’s Mary Ann Murphy and in collaboration with UBC’s Community Service Learning Program, 25 university students...

Award-winning play A.K.A. Fangirl ready for premiere

Mar 2, 2016 / 10:17 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan theatre-goers have a chance to see the inaugural presentation of an award-winning play, when Okanagan College’s Red Dot Players present A.K.A. Fangirl, a play written by Jeremy Beaulne, an OC English professor and playwright. The play will run from...

Oncologists support having advance care planning discussions earlier, UBC research shows

Mar 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC researcher is pointing towards the need for oncologists to have advance care planning and end-of-life discussions with cancer patients sooner rather than later. “Traditionally it was thought that having advance care planning discussions—related to things such as do not resuscitate orders...

College's CANSave project teaches financial skills to local elementary students

Mar 1, 2016 / 11:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release Elementary school students in Kelowna have been getting an early education in financial literacy thanks to an innovative curriculum integration program developed by Enactus Okanagan College students in partnership with Valley First. In January a group of five...

In a world where milliseconds matter, research is king

Mar 1, 2016 / 10:01 am
Okanagan College Media Release Already a leader in its niche in the multi-billion dollar global gaming industry, Kelowna’s WTFast sees a track to growth, with applied research as a vital component of the fuel to take it there. That is one of the reasons the company, a private gaming network...

SkillsBC and Spaghetti Bridge lined up for Friday

Mar 1, 2016 / 8:52 am
Okanagan College Media Release Friday is shaping up to be a very busy day at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, as it plays host to the 33rd annual Spaghetti Bridge building competition and the 20th annual SkillsBC Regional Competition. The Spaghetti Bridge building contest is expected to...

Faculty to consult with students, alumni and community on proposed changes to Bachelor of Management program

Mar 1, 2016 / 12:00 am
The Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus is seeking input on proposed modifications to its Bachelor of Management program. The proposed changes would involve spreading the Management program course load evenly over four years, rather than concentrating the courses in the last two years...

Hometown hero Rob Friend to speak at Valley First/UBC athletics breakfast

Mar 1, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC is featuring a local soccer star at this year’s Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast. Rob Friend is the special guest speaker at the annual event, a fundraiser for Heat athletes. Each spring, UBC’s Okanagan campus hosts the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast which raises...

Construction craft worker program provides stepping stone onto the jobsite for Aboriginal students

Feb 29, 2016 / 8:58 am
Okanagan College Media Release Twelve students from bands throughout B.C. and across Western Canada recently completed the first level of a unique collaborative apprenticeship program designed to support Aboriginal learners looking to advance their careers in the construction sector. In March...

Kelowna immigrants struggle with integration, UBC research finds

Feb 26, 2016 / 12:00 am
Kelowna immigrants feel underemployed and struggle to achieve a sense of belonging, a UBC researcher has found. In a recent UBC Okanagan-led study of resettlement, funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research, recent immigrants to Kelowna said that integration into their new community has...

Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre keep trades campaign rolling

Feb 25, 2016 / 9:31 am
Okanagan College Media Release Two local automotive dealerships have made a major donation to Okanagan College to help drive home the message that with more vehicles on the road, the valley will continue to need a greater number of skilled automotive service technicians in the coming...

UBC celebrates diversity with Okanagan international film festival

Feb 25, 2016 / 12:00 am
The Okanagan International Film Festival, which runs throughout the month of March, tackles the topical theme of migration. The festival, co-sponsored by UBC’s Okanagan campus and Okanagan College presents Takes on Migration, a series of films that showcase the stories of immigrants in different...

College on your mind? Upcoming Vernon campus information sessions to demystify starting post-secondary this fall

Feb 24, 2016 / 9:08 am
Okanagan College Media Release Visions of post-secondary education are exciting for those graduating high school and individuals considering a career change. But with the dreams comes an overwhelming amount of choices, questions, and decisions as well. On Wednesday March 2, Okanagan...

OC Board raises tuition two per cent

Feb 23, 2016 / 2:37 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will be increasing its tuition for domestic and international students by two per cent in the coming year. The decision was reached by the College’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, and follows policy set by the provincial government which...

OC introduces tuition for upgrading but help is at hand for students

Feb 23, 2016 / 2:33 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is implementing tuition fees for domestic students taking upgrading courses, but government and college financial aid will mean many of those students won’t be out of pocket to pay. The decision comes in the wake of a 2014 change in provincial...

Solar Fair shines a light on positive change

Feb 18, 2016 / 9:33 am
Okanagan College Media Release A new society, with a host of supporters, is hoping to shine a light on solar energy at a day-long fair being organized for March 12 in Penticton. First Things First Okanagan was launched two years ago and became a registered society recently. It was formed to...

New technique identifies early heart complications in breast cancer survivors

Feb 18, 2016 / 12:00 am
Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have identified a new method of detecting cardio-vascular disease in women who are recovering from breast cancer. Neil Eves, assoc. prof in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, says this breakthrough is particularly relevant for detecting early-stage...

Poutine and Pinot – a pairing as perfect as business students and Dairy Farmers

Feb 17, 2016 / 11:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release Four Okanagan College School of Business students sparked an idea to bring Canadiana flair to the wildly popular Okanagan Wine Festivals Signature Events by pairing B.C.’s stellar pinot wines with the iconic poutine. Tickets to the upcoming Feb. 20 Poutine and...

UBC research helps small municipalities manage aging water systems

Feb 16, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers have developed a tool that is designed to help small to medium-sized cities and towns address the challenges posed by aging drinking water infrastructure in Canada. The tool, developed by Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq who are civil engineering professors at UBC’s Okanagan...

Canada Research Chair title extended further five years for UBC professor

Feb 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researcher Barb Pesut’s tenure as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Health, Ethics, and Diversity has been renewed for a further five years. Pesut, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has spent her career working on ways to improve the quality of...

UBC to confer three honorary degrees at Okanagan graduation

Feb 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
Pioneering astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, global economist Dambisa Moyo and water scientist David Schindler will be recognized with UBC Centennial honorary degrees during UBC Okanagan’s graduation ceremonies June 9 and 10. Dr. Roberta Bondar, a physician and scientist, made history in 1992 as the...

College and Westbank First Nation sign MOU, commit to deeper partnership

Feb 12, 2016 / 11:01 am
Okanagan College Media Release Just weeks after rolling out its new Strategic Plan, Okanagan College took a significant step toward one of its key directions by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with its partners in the Westbank First Nation (WFN). The MOU was signed on Monday, Feb. 1...

Partnership makes it possible to pursue degree in Law Enforcement Studies

Feb 11, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Interested in a degree in Law Enforcement Studies? The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Okanagan College are teaming up to offer two information sessions in Penticton on Feb. 24 that will outline student options for the baccalaureate...

Builder of the year helping College build for the future

Feb 11, 2016 / 11:03 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local homebuilder recently named Builder of the Year in the Okanagan says supporting young people entering the trades will be crucial to maintaining the valley’s reputation for offering well-built homes. Bellamy Homes has donated $30,000 toward the new...
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