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Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Awards inspire incoming Okanagan College students

May 28, 2015 / 2:03 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Entrance scholarships provided by two Okanagan College donors have inspired a group of graduating Grade 12 students to think about how they can translate education into community impact. Shad Collins, Matt Finlayson, Jack Holman, Courtney Korabek, Breanne Pitts,...

Team Construction Management Ltd. gift helps Okanagan College build for skills

May 25, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A prominent local construction firm has made a major donation to the fundraising campaign for Okanagan College’s new Trades Training Complex, and the company hopes its donation will inspire others to follow their lead in supporting apprentices. Team...

Kelowna author receives national award, second novel already underway

May 22, 2015 / 1:37 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Even before the honour of winning a prestigious Canadian first novel award has set in, Okanagan College Professor and novelist Dr. Alix Hawley is already hard at work on her second novel. In a crowded Toronto ballroom, the Kelowna based author was named the...

Partnership proves successful in giving new Okanagan nurses a step-up

May 20, 2015 / 3:37 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Optimal patient care relies on nurses being able to make quick, effective, and educated health care decisions. For Courtney Miller, a young Kelowna nurse completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) this year, her decision-making confidence was put to...

Building a strong foundation: Greyback Construction project gives students a chance to put their skills to work

May 19, 2015 / 1:38 pm

Okaangan College Media Release A unique job-shadow project is providing a group of students from Okanagan College’s Residential Construction program the chance to gain hands-on training as they build a high-end home in the South Okanagan. The class of 11 students, under the guidance of...

Andrew Sheret donation supports Okanagan College’s efforts to go green with new trades training complex

May 13, 2015 / 1:51 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Inspired by Okanagan College’s goal of building one of the most sustainable trades training facilities in North America, a B.C.-based distributor of plumbing and heating supplies has stepped forward with major support for the $33-million renovation and expansion...

College professor’s novel finalist for national literary award

May 11, 2015 / 11:59 am

Okanagan College Media Release Continuing to the capture the attention of the literary world, Okanagan College English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley’s debut novel All True Not a Lie in It has received a nod from one of the country’s most reputable literary competitions, the Amazon.ca First Novel...

New award celebrates the legacy of renowned local author; encourages students to promote social justice

May 11, 2015 / 10:14 am

Okanagan College Media Release A local author who achieved national recognition as a social justice playwright is being commemorated through a new award that encourages students to promote social justice in the Okanagan. Two annual awards valued at $1,000 each have been established in memory...

Health Care Assistant student awarded W. Brett Wilson Prize for creative care project

May 7, 2015 / 11:59 am

Okanagan College Media Release For her embodiment of the true spirit of philanthropy in our community, an Okanagan College student has been named the recipient of the W. Brett Wilson Prize. Catherine Links, a student in the Health Care Assistant program at the Penticton campus, was awarded...

Culinary Arts open house demonstrates ripe opportunities for Okanagan chefs

May 7, 2015 / 11:29 am

Okanagan College Media Release Imagine landing your dream job at the age of 25. Chef Jenna Pillon has done just that and was able to do it without leaving the Okanagan Valley. Pillon is settling into her second year at the helm of one of the South Okanagan’s most esteemed winery...

New College liberal Arts program ideal for the curious learner with a broad perspective

May 6, 2015 / 10:22 am

Okanagan College Media Release This fall, Okanagan College will offer a combined multi-disciplinary approach to studying liberal arts that is geared to students who have an intrinsic desire to explore connections and understand the causal relationships between the key subject areas of our...

Business course paints a picture of co-operation between students and service agencies

May 5, 2015 / 3:13 pm

Okanagan College Media Release For Kaitlyn Kendall and the Downtown Vernon Association, Okanagan College’s Social Entrepreneurship course turned out to be a marvelous coupling of learning and real-world needs. For the Downtown Vernon Association (DVA), the efforts of student Kendall as part...

Graduating student’s invention hits the ground running

May 5, 2015 / 11:08 am

Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan College student’s ingenuity has the potential to provide running parents with a better experience as they push their children’s strollers or wheelchairs while jogging. Melissa Lang undertook a capstone graduating project as part of her Therapist...

Public history and art: can sculptures shape public perspective?

May 1, 2015 / 12:00 am

Discussion series looks at sculptures of Father Pandosy and Chief S?knc?ut What: AlterKnowledge discussion on public history and art with the Pandosy and S?knc?ut sculptures Who: UBC students and faculty, members of the public When: Friday, May 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Alternator Centre for...

College apprentices shine at Skills BC competition

Apr 30, 2015 / 3:08 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College claimed half a dozen medals at the annual Skills BC provincial competition held in Abbotsford in April, including gold in two categories, earning berths into the national competition in Saskatoon next month. The College’s Nathan Schulte took...

UBC student thankful for opportunity to combine sport with school

Apr 30, 2015 / 12:00 am

Basketball player receives Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship Buster Truss, a first-year bachelor of science student at UBC's Okanagan campus, is the sixth recipient of the annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is funded by an endowment...

25th year of math contest marks College Professor’s retirement

Apr 29, 2015 / 12:31 pm

Okanagan College Media Release In a game of numbers, 25 holds particular significance for Okanagan College Math Professor Dr. Clint Lee. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC), founded and chaired by Lee since its inception in...

UBC Okanagan honours professors and staff for years of service

Apr 29, 2015 / 12:00 am

Decades of employment to post-secondary sector celebrated at annual event The year was 1980 and while 83 million television viewers wondered ‘who shot J.R.?’, Mount St. Helens, Terry Fox, and John Lennon’s death grabbed the headlines. That same year, Diana French, associate professor of...

Medical student creates art classes for people living with brain injuries

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 am

New idea tackles depression and social isolation while creating useable art work Second-year medical student Maksim Parfyonov has always had a keen interest in neuroscience. And art. When he was offered the chance to work with CONNECT as part of his Southern Medical Program studies at UBC’s...

Distinguished biomedical innovator to lead research at UBC Okanagan

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 am

Molecular biologist Philip Barker from McGill University appointed Vice-Principal Research Molecular biologist and biochemist Philip Barker has been appointed Vice-Principal Research at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. A professor in the Departments of Neurology and...


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