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UBC hosts trio of public events for artists and Knox Mountain users

May 31, 2012 / 12:00 am
Eco-art installations, artist talk and soiree highlight celebration of nature The public is invited to a free artist talk on the current state of environmentally concerned art by renowned eco art theorist and curator Beth Carruthers, on Thursday, June 7. The artist talk is at 7 p.m. at the Kelowna...

Prominent Indigenous educator recognized

May 30, 2012 / 12:00 am
Okanagan Band member Edna Terbasket wins 2012 ABCDE award Okanagan Band Member and Indigenous educator Edna Terbasket has been awarded the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) Education Advocate of the Year Award for 2012. “I have a passion for education and teaching and believe...

UBC professor receives $200,000 grant from SSHRC

May 29, 2012 / 12:00 am
Study explores human rights issues and Canada’s free trade with Colombia James Rochlin is getting a first-hand look at how human rights are affected by the free-trade pact signed by Canada and Colombia in 2011. The agreement was established despite opposition from many non-governmental...

College students take bronze at national Skills Canada competition

May 25, 2012 / 3:36 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Two Okanagan College students returned from the two-day Skills Canada competition, held last week in Edmonton, with hard won bronze medals. Alexander Travis, who is taking the first year of his Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – M License, and Zander Erasmus, who...

Okanagan College paves way for high school students

May 25, 2012 / 2:32 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Students hesitant about making the big leap into post-secondary school can get all their tough questions answered at a special presentation being held at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College. Spring into College takes place Tuesday, May 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the...

College opens doors to public for used computer inventory

May 23, 2012 / 11:43 am
Okanagan College Media Release It will be a buyer’s paradise at Okanagan College on Saturday, May 26. More than 200 PCs, 50 monitors, and other electronics will be among numerous items up for sale at the Okanagan College Garage Sale at the Kelowna campus. The sale takes place from 8 a.m. to...

UBC's School of Nursing knows how to get a move on

May 23, 2012 / 12:00 am
As KGH readies to transfer patients to new tower, faculty and students pitch in You could call it the move of the century. Sunday, May 27, is moving day at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) as the four-storey Centennial Building opens and about 64 patients are moved from the current premises to the...
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Local students entering College in Vernon to benefit from new financial awards

May 18, 2012 / 9:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release - May 18, 2012Secondary school students graduating from School Districts 22 and 83 this year will have access to $5,250 in new financial awards if they choose to pursue their education and training at Okanagan College in 2012.The College’s Vernon campus is offering...

Strang Recognized for Work with SIFE

May 18, 2012 / 9:05 am
Okanagan College Media Release – May 17, 2012 Student behind Young Entrepreneur program wins national award The Okanagan School of Business student who...

UBC recognizes five employees for length of service

May 18, 2012 / 12:00 am
Experience adds up for pioneers of education in the Okanagan Between them, they have 150 years of academic, teaching and administrative experience in the Okanagan. UBC’s Okanagan campus honoured five of its own recently with long service awards to four professors and an administrative...

Indigenous issues focus of global conference at UBC

May 17, 2012 / 12:00 am
New Horizons in the Struggle for Decolonization set for May 18 to 20 Self determination and autonomy have been central struggles for Indigenous cultures around the world for ages. The 41st Annual Congress of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) to be held at...

New graduate programs offered at UBC's Okanagan campus

May 11, 2012 / 12:00 am
Urban Studies and Social Work Masters’ add to September 2012 curricula Two new graduate programs will be offered by the College of Graduate Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus in September 2012: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) in Urban Studies MA program; A Foundation Two Year Masters...

Student wired with gold to compete in National competition

May 10, 2012 / 9:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release When 20-year-old Keith Hind competed at Skills Canada BC he was determined to keep Okanagan College’s winning streak alive. “We had two national gold winners last year, and I think that says a lot about the institution and the instructors here,” said Hind, one...

Student wired with gold to compete in National competition

May 10, 2012 / 9:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release When 20-year-old Keith Hind competed at Skills Canada BC he was determined to keep Okanagan College’s winning streak alive. “We had two national gold winners last year, and I think that says a lot about the institution and the instructors here,” said Hind, one...

College honours Williams with Distinguished Service Award

May 9, 2012 / 2:51 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A retired Okanagan College employee who ensured the health and safety of thousands of students for more than a decade has been named the 2012 recipient of the Okanagan College Distinguished Service Award. Catherine Williams worked at the College for 34 years until...

College students cooking up a storm with new equipment

May 9, 2012 / 11:18 am
Okanagan College Media Release It only took a matter of days before students in the Culinary Arts department at Okanagan College were test-driving their new combi-ovens with succulent pork roasts. “It turned out beautifully, a bit like pulled pork,” said Culinary Arts Instructor Mike...

Okanagan College named Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger national champion for third year in a row

May 8, 2012 / 3:14 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has been named the 2012 Let’s Can Hunger Challenge National Champion for the third year in a row by national charitable organization Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and proud supporter Campbell Company of Canada. The awards presentation...

UBC research will evaluate seismic performance and retrofitting of bridges

May 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
Engineering professor leads $260,000 study on highway bridges for earthquake safety Severe earthquakes around the globe have exposed the vulnerability of public infrastructure like bridges to collapse and suffer serious damage. There are many examples: Collapse of the Hanshin Expressway in...

UBC Research expedition reaches Everest, prepares for experiments

May 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
First glimpse of the top of the world as team arrives at Pyramid Laboratory Team members of Everest 2012, UBC’s International Research Expedition, reached the Pyramid Laboratory near Everest Base Camp Sunday after an eight-day hike with yaks and guides taking them to the top of the world. “Just...

UBC teachers honoured for their dedication to students

May 4, 2012 / 12:00 am
Trio recognized with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation Three great teachers who inspire their students and prepare them to achieve remarkable things were honoured by UBC with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in a ceremony on the Okanagan campus this week. Naomi McPherson,...

New format for Thursday's UBC Aboriginal Career Fair

May 2, 2012 / 12:00 am
Annual event offers multiple opportunities for students, employers to engage The 18th annual Aboriginal Career Fair on Thursday May 3 at UBC’s Okanagan campus will feature a different format than in previous years. The popular event, which draws hundreds of high school Aboriginal students from...

UBC teams up with Interior Savings to provide computer skills

Apr 30, 2012 / 12:00 am
Learning Exchange program will provide instruction to those in need Interior Savings Credit Union has donated $25,000 to a computer-literacy program for low-income individuals and those struggling with homelessness. Through the work of the Learning Exchange at UBC’s Okanagan campus and community...

College students polish up for second annual Studio Woodworking exhibit

Apr 25, 2012 / 11:01 am
Okanagan College Media Release There’s more to wood than meets the eye, particularly when that eye has a flair for the artistic. That artistic bent will be on display Saturday, May 12 when students from Okanagan College’s Studio Woodworking program host their second annual exhibit, Raising...

College Board chooses balanced approach to meet budget shortfall

Apr 24, 2012 / 2:51 pm
Okanagan College Media ReleaseAddressing a $2.26-million shortfall in Okanagan College’s budget for the coming year will mean staff reductions, modest student fee increases and belt-tightening across the $92.5-million operation.The College’s Board of Governors passed the 2012-13 budget Tuesday....

UBC professors, students take studies overseas

Apr 20, 2012 / 12:00 am
Go Global Group Study Program a pilot project for more trips A group of UBC students will be heading off campus to advance their education – way off campus. The 20 students and two faculty members will head to Romania and Bulgaria in mid-May to spend six weeks studying various issues and...

UBC professors, students take studies overseas

Apr 20, 2012 / 12:00 am
Go Global Group Study Program a pilot project for more trips A group of UBC students will be heading off campus to advance their education – way off campus. The 20 students and two faculty members will head to Romania and Bulgaria in mid-May to spend six weeks studying various issues and...

College drives trades exploration into South Okanagan

Apr 19, 2012 / 11:58 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College smoothes the road to new careers when its Trades Discovery Trailer swings into the Similkameen Wednesday, May 9. Students from schools throughout the region, and the general public, will get a practical picture of what it means to work in a variety...

Global research expedition to Everest set to depart Canada

Apr 18, 2012 / 12:00 am
Okanagan scientists lead trek to investigate high-altitude maladies Canada’s international scientific expedition to Mount Everest is preparing to depart for Nepal on Sunday April 22. Everest 2012, a six-week, six-country research investigation into the effects of heart and brain blood flow and...

UBC students study Osoyoos Lake, provide recommendations

Apr 17, 2012 / 12:00 am
Osoyoos Lake Board of Control drafting new agreement between Canada, U.S. A group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus have looked at issues from every angle, and have come up with several recommendations for the future of Osoyoos Lake, the BC body of water that straddles both the U.S. and...

UBC remembers alumnus, forester and philanthropist Dr. Irving K. Barber, OC, OBC 1923 – 2012

Apr 16, 2012 / 12:00 am
Prominent Canadian and British Columbian Irving K. Barber passed away peacefully at home on April 13 at the age of 89 after a long illness. “Ike,” as he preferred to be called, graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry in 1950, having previously served during World War II for five years with...

Thompson Okanagan Dental Society opens wide with donation to Okanagan College

Apr 13, 2012 / 11:25 am
Okanagan College Media Release  Students at Okanagan College are getting an advanced appreciation of dental radiology, thanks to a generous donation from the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society. Through its annual silent auction, the group raised $10,488.28, and donated the funds to the College’s...

Fine time for UBC's Twenty Twelve art show

Apr 13, 2012 / 12:00 am
Annual exhibition showcases work of graduating Visual Arts students Students from UBC’s Okanagan campus this month are presenting the popular week-long Graduate Exhibition. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) year-end show is one of the region’s premier annual art events. Twenty Twelve includes a...

Iron ring ceremony honours hard work and obligates UBC engineering students to 'The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer'

Apr 11, 2012 / 12:00 am
First time ceremony held in Okanagan under its own camp It is a lot more than just ornamental jewellery. It is an honour and a tradition that dates back decades, and for the new engineers of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, the iron ring represents the culmination of many years...

UBC professor looking at ways to help India’s poor

Apr 5, 2012 / 12:00 am
Current system has not succeeded, so new system is needed Kanchan Sarker is looking into a new way of assisting the poor in India. A lecturer in sociology at UBC's Okanagan campus, Sarkar says the economy in India has grown by six per cent a year for the past three decades – growth that is...

College’s new aircraft maintenance program spreads its wings

Apr 3, 2012 / 9:59 am
Okanagan College Media Release Bruce Fossen, a 46-year-old cattle rancher from Rock Creek, is one of 16 students taking part in Okanagan College’s inaugural class of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Structures (AME S) program. Fossen said a passion for aviation and the convenience of training in...

Rain and cool temperatures prove to be no match for runners

Apr 2, 2012 / 3:54 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The tenth annual Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race went off without a hitch, despite cooler than normal temperatures at the start line. In the women’s division, Mary Edgar of Vernon won the half marathon with a time of 1:29:33. Edgar was...

Senior Business Team wins WCIBC

Mar 30, 2012 / 3:09 pm
Senior Business students dominate at business competition Okanagan College’s senior team not only took top honours in its division of the Western Canadian International Business Competition, its members corralled three gold medals and one bronze for individual performances. The competition,...

Athletics Scholarship Breakfast raises funds for student athletes

Mar 29, 2012 / 12:00 am
Community benefits from numerous volunteer activities by UBC team members Student athletes are not only scholars and competitors – but their participation as volunteers results in community betterment and benefits for many organizations throughout the Okanagan. More than 300 business and...

Okanagan College revs-up its Collision Repair program

Mar 28, 2012 / 12:56 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Training in Collision Repair is about to get an overhaul at Okanagan College. The College is in the final approval process with the province’s Industry Training Authority to offer a much more complex program for students, right from the start. The new Collision...

Canadian doctor encourages people to get involved in global events

Mar 28, 2012 / 12:00 am
Best-selling author part of UBC Distinguished Speaker Series James Maskalyk has witnessed first-hand the inhumanity war brings to innocent people. And he brought those stories to Kelowna Tuesday as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by UBC's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and...
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