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UBC student heads to United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit

Jun 15, 2012 / 12:00 am
Jenna Gall advocates for the long-term sustainability of Polar Regions Jenna Gall, a third-year environmental science student at UBC's Okanagan campus, is part of an international group of youth heading to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) from June 20 to 22...

Education professor creates endowment for future students

Jun 14, 2012 / 12:00 am
Ben Louis is first student to receive Vicki Green Graduate Award Fly fishing was a source of inspiration for Vicki Green, associate professor of education, in her decision to give a $50,000 endowment to UBC's Okanagan campus. The endowment will create an annual scholarship for a Faculty of...

UBC researchers discover new compounds in wine and grape seeds

Jun 12, 2012 / 12:00 am
Potential benefits for global wine industry Two UBC wine chemists have discovered 14 compounds in wine and grape seeds that have never been previously identified – a finding with potential benefits for the global wine industry. Cédric Saucier, associate professor and head of the Chemistry...

Salmon Arm sisters earn top academic awards at Convocation

Jun 8, 2012 / 11:38 am
Okanagan College Media Release It’s all in the family for two Salmon Arm sisters who graduated from Okanagan College this past weekend with top honours for their outstanding academic achievements. Erica Fairley and Andrea Pickard attended the Salmon Arm campus where they racked up award-winning...

RV industry looking for a few good technicians

Jun 7, 2012 / 11:42 am
Okanagan College Media Release Anyone considering getting into the recreational vehicle service industry might want to hit the books sooner rather than later. Following a few slow years, the industry is gearing up for larger sales and with that comes a greater need for people trained in servicing...

More than 1,300 degrees conferred at UBC's Okanagan campus

Jun 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
Highest total in campus history as ceremonies held for seven faculties Inspired by a hometown entrepreneur who made a global impact, the largest graduating class ever in Okanagan campus history received UBC degrees over four Convocation ceremonies on Thursday. There were record numbers of graduates...

Father and son graduate from UBC's Okanagan campus on same day

Jun 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
Local family of four all achieve alumni status With a combined total of five bachelor's degrees, three master's degrees and a PhD, there's no question that education is a big deal to Kelowna couple Paul and Jennifer Stephenson, and their two children, Brian, 21, and Sarah, 25. And although each...


Inspirational student awarded $10,000 prize

Jun 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
He is a talented athlete, a gifted musician, an exceptional student, an inspiring mentor, and now Liam Randhawa is the winner of the Pushor Mitchell LLP Gold Medal Leadership Prize. Established by the Kelowna law firm in 2009, the $10,000 award is given annually to a top graduating student in the...

Math graduate wins prestigious Governor General's Award

Jun 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
One of UBC’s most accomplished student mathematicians has won the prestigious 2012 Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal. Julie Nutini began her master’s degree in mathematics in September 2010. The awards and accolades began when she was awarded a Graduate Entrance Scholarship. This was...

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society partners to support viticulture students

Jun 6, 2012 / 3:23 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The wine tourism industry is ensuring Okanagan College’s Viticulture students receive some extra fruit for their educational labour. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has collaborated with TricorBraun WinePak to provide an annual $1,000 award to a student...

Patient simulation centre opens at UBC Clinical Academic Campus

Jun 6, 2012 / 12:00 am
Medical students and health professionals get realistic, hands-on training A new state-of-the-art patient simulation centre opens today at the Clinical Academic Campus of UBC's Southern Medical Program at Kelowna General Hospital. The facility is supported by a $500,000 donation from The Colin...

UBC responds to Supreme Court ruling on Curtis Road easement

Jun 5, 2012 / 12:00 am
Following consultation with counsel, the University of British Columbia has issued a response to the May 31 decision by the Supreme Court of BC regarding status of an easement along the southwest boundary of the Okanagan campus. The owners of four out of 12 properties along Curtis Road had...

Library renovations will enhance study, teaching and research

Jun 1, 2012 / 12:00 am
Improvements to UBC facility improves student, public access to resources The library at UBC’s Okanagan campus is currently being transformed to better meet the diverse needs of both the expanded campus community and the general public. "The library was originally built to accommodate...

UBC's Okanagan campus signs exchange pact with U.K. university

Jun 1, 2012 / 12:00 am
Exclusive student mobility agreement highlights agreement with York Student exchanges form the basis of an exclusive new student mobility agreement (SMA) signed between UBC’s Okanagan campus and the University of York, U.K. The first step in the partnership involves student exchanges between the...

College marks largest Spring Convocation in series of weekend ceremonies

May 31, 2012 / 10:05 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is honouring more than 1,600 students who will earn credentials from a variety of academic, vocational and trades programs when graduands from all four campuses come together in a series of Convocation ceremonies in Kelowna.“This weekend we will...

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...

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...
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