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UBC's Okanagan engineers design a first-place finish

Feb 3, 2012 / 12:00 am
Team takes top spot at Western Engineering Competition 2012 At first, all they knew was that the problem had something to do with water, but at the end of the eight-hour competition it was problem solved. A team of engineering students from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus...

Scholars join forces to launch world-class research centre

Feb 2, 2012 / 12:00 am
Centre for Advancement of Psychological Science and Law opens Feb. 3 A world-class research centre is opening in the Okanagan next month and those interested in criminal behavior will be sure to take note. It has been years in the making, but on Feb. 3 the Centre for Advancement of Psychological...

Everyone has the potential to change the world

Jan 27, 2012 / 12:00 am
Speaker inspires others to help out and do what they can Anyone who thinks one person cannot make a difference has not met Jessica Jackley. Jackley saw a need, took action to meet that need and has had a stunning impact on countless people in the world's poorest regions. Since she was a small...

UBC Engineering students come up with concrete idea

Jan 27, 2012 / 12:00 am
First time an Okanagan campus team will enter Concrete Toboggan event For anyone thinking of building a homemade toboggan, odds are concrete is not on the list of supplies, but for group of engineering students it is the most important ingredient. Sixteen engineering students at the University of...

Kayfish and Styffe to lead College Board

Jan 26, 2012 / 4:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Lance Kayfish has been re-elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors, while the South Okanagan’s Tom Styffe was re-elected as the Vice Chair. Kayfish and Styffe were elected at the Board’s regular meeting this week. Kayfish...

UBC website a focal point for critical writing, intellectual discourse

Jan 24, 2012 / 12:00 am
E-journal founded a decade ago grows from risky venture to global success The idea was to provide open access to a body of works by some of the great minds of the world, and it worked. Lawrence Berg is co-founder of ACME – An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, which is now...

Author Karen Connelly to read at fiction contest prize announcement

Jan 23, 2012 / 12:00 am
Shortlist narrows field to eight in popular Okanagan literary competition Karen Connelly, writer in residence at UBC’s Okanagan campus and best-selling author of nine books of nonfiction, fiction and poetry, will read from her work at the event announcing the three winners of the Okanagan Short...
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UBC Faculty of Management students bring home bronze

Jan 19, 2012 / 12:00 am
Business team beats some of the best in the world at international event It may not be one of the oldest business schools around, but students have proven it to be one of the best. University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus Faculty of Management students recently brought home a third-place...

Astronomy experts to discuss exciting future of the cosmos

Jan 18, 2012 / 12:00 am
Scholars reveal mysteries of the Invisible Universe in UBC public lectures There is a lot more to the universe than meets the eye. There is a vast ‘invisible universe’ that many people are not even aware of and a group of acclaimed scholars will be at the University of British Columbia’s...

Eat.Drink.Tweet 2012

Jan 17, 2012 / 1:22 pm
Announcing the 2012 Eat.Drink.Tweet. lineup Eat.Drink.Tweet. returns to Penticton this February 17-19 with some familiar and new faces on the social media front, including one of Canada’s top bloggers, a legally blind photographer, and a brief history of BC’s crazy liquor laws. Following the...

College to celebrate the Year of the Dragon

Jan 16, 2012 / 2:33 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s International Education department is hosting its annual Chinese New Year and International Celebration on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in Kelowna. The success of last year’s celebration left the College’s lecture theatre bursting at the...

Okanagan College scores big at prestigious business competition

Jan 12, 2012 / 3:46 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Eleven students have put Okanagan College on the national map for excellence following their success at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario last week. Four of five Okanagan College teams landed in...

Okanagan College Practical Nursing grads quick to enter workforce

Jan 12, 2012 / 3:36 pm
Okanagan College Media Release There’s a good chance that practical nurses graduating from Okanagan College this weekend will be on the job within a month – that is unless they’ve already found work in their field. The 77 Practical Nursing graduates will be among 340 students who will...

UBCycles wants to get more people pedaling

Jan 10, 2012 / 12:00 am
Okanagan campus program loans bikes to campus commuters Want to help the environment and get in shape by cycling to class but don’t have a bicycle? It’s UBCycles to the rescue. UBCycles, formerly known as UniCycles, is a program whereby staff, faculty and students at the University of British...

Disappearing languages preserved through UBC's online efforts

Jan 9, 2012 / 12:00 am
Blogs keep people talking about endangered dialects Their goal is to preserve disappearing languages and they are using modern communication methods to do it. A group of students at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is delving into almost-lost languages and blogging about them...

Social sustainability a key element in helping strife-torn countries

Jan 6, 2012 / 12:00 am
Rebuilding education systems require long-lasting strategies, says UBC professor It is fine and well to travel to distant lands and help set up educational systems and programs, but if they are not sustainable they are doomed to fail. So for Annette LaGrange, that long-term sustainability is...

Grants to fund vineyard research, bursaries at four UBC schools

Jan 5, 2012 / 12:00 am
Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust awards total $275,000 The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus has received three grants totalling $275,000 from the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT). The awards include $150,000 for a three-year research project...

100-year-old Kelowna business invests in future at Okanagan College

Jan 3, 2012 / 10:02 am
Okanagan College Media Release Owners of one of Kelowna’s original pioneer businesses have decided to invest in the future by creating an endowment fund for landscape horticulture students at Okanagan College. Five descendants of one of the founders of the 100-year-old Stewart Brothers...

100-year-old Kelowna business invests in future at Okanagan College

Jan 3, 2012 / 10:02 am
Okanagan College Media Release Owners of one of Kelowna’s original pioneer businesses have decided to invest in the future by creating an endowment fund for landscape horticulture students at Okanagan College. Five descendants of one of the founders of the 100-year-old Stewart Brothers...

College half marathon celebrates 10 years of running

Dec 30, 2011 / 2:31 pm
Okanagan College Media ReleaseRegistration is now open for the 2012 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race. Event organizers are celebrating 10 years of the community race – with this year’s running events taking place on Sunday, April 1 in Kelowna. The race has grown steadily over...

Ancient timber makes mighty gift for College carpentry program

Dec 22, 2011 / 2:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Recycled timber originating from 250-year-old B.C. forests will soon add an authentic note of heritage to Okanagan College thanks to a hefty in-kind donation to the College’s carpentry program through the Okanagan College Foundation. Kim and Doug Cotter, owners of...

Working together a healthy idea

Dec 21, 2011 / 12:00 am
UBC Schools of Nursing and Health and Exercise Sciences join forces They take different approaches, but the goal is the same, so working together makes sense. The School of Nursing and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences (HES) at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus both...

Entrepreneur inspires a new generation with largest-ever gift in B.C. college sector

Dec 20, 2011 / 3:50 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of the most sustainable buildings in the world will now carry the name of one of the province’s best-known entrepreneurs and community-builders, Jim Pattison. The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy...

Kelowna entrepreneur weaves into fabric of Okanagan College

Dec 20, 2011 / 2:21 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the B.C. Interior is quickly fashioning a deep and lasting relationship with Okanagan College. Mel Kotler, the founder of Fabricland, along with his wife Dina have invested in a new pattern for business program development...

UBC alumni explore new teaching method

Dec 20, 2011 / 12:00 am
Flipped classrooms allow students more time with teachers Graham Johnson and Paul Janke take a radically different approach to teaching than the established norm. The two Okanagan Mission Secondary School senior math teachers have implemented a “flipped classroom” system of learning. Flipped...

Eat.Drink.Tweet. Market. Win.

Dec 19, 2011 / 4:07 pm
Okanagan College Media Release What happens when you turn to social media to market a social media conference that focuses on the wine and culinary industries? First, you end up with a very successful program. Then, you end up attracting the attention and appreciation of your colleagues for the...

Program designed to help engineers communicate

Dec 19, 2011 / 12:00 am
UBC students develop fundraising plans for local charities One would not normally associate engineering students with designing fundraising campaigns, but that is exactly the challenge posed to the first-year engineering class at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus this fall. The...

UBC professor wins award for contribution to the humanities

Dec 19, 2011 / 12:00 am
George C. Grinnell’s book explores significance of hypochondriac culture An assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus has been honoured with a prestigious research award from the Council of Graduate Schools in a first for a Canadian academic. George C....

UBC research examines ways to prevent diabetes

Dec 15, 2011 / 12:00 am
Year-long study builds on McMaster findings of exercise benefits A research team at UBC’s Okanagan campus is investigating whether brief, high-intensity exercise workouts can prevent onset of diabetes in people who are at risk of developing the disease. Post-doctoral fellow Jonathan Little,...

Green Building Design program draws interest from industry professionals

Dec 9, 2011 / 9:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release Nick Hill knows about the challenges and opportunities that arise as a consequence of the current focus on green building. As owner of Ritchie Contracting and Design Ltd. in Penticton, he appreciates that clients want to incorporate sustainable practices and...

Centre of Excellence a draw for national conference of colleges

Dec 7, 2011 / 11:00 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is already proving to be the economic engine it was envisioned to be. James Knight, the President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community...

Annual breakfast will benefit high-calibre UBC athletes

Dec 7, 2011 / 12:00 am
March 29 event will raise money for UBC's Okanagan teams Tickets for the seventh-annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast are now on sale. The event will be held at the Capri Hotel March 29 and will feature renowned sport psychologist David Cox. For more than 25 years, Cox...

First Nations students awarded grants

Dec 7, 2011 / 12:00 am
Six of the winners attend UBC’s Okanagan campus Six First Nations students at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus have received grants from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. Amanda Neufeld from Lumby, Larissa Laderoute from Sicamous, Meagan Carrier from...

Okanagan College makes its way into business playoffs

Dec 6, 2011 / 11:53 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College students with heads for finance, ethics and a host of other business skills have proven once again they’re among the brightest in the country. Five teams, representing 11 students from the Okanagan School of Business, have made it into the final...

Okanagan College Trades program ready to build new careers

Dec 2, 2011 / 9:56 am
Okanagan College Media ReleaseThe economy is turning around and with this comes an increase in demand for trades professionals, said Randy Werger, Associate Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship at Okanagan College.“We’re seeing the beginning signs of a renewed economy, which means the construction...

Award-winning author Karen Connelly is UBC's writer-in-residence

Nov 30, 2011 / 12:00 am
Students, Central Okanagan writers get opportunity to have work critiqued Award-winning writer Karen Connelly is the fifth annual writer-in-residence at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Sponsored by the Department of Creative Studies and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, this program allows 16...

Asselstine wins prestigious Capri Insurance scholarship

Nov 30, 2011 / 12:00 am
Heat basketball player honoured to be selected Julian Asselstine is the recipient of the third annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship. The first-year engineering student at UBC’s Okanagan campus was recently awarded the $2,500 scholarship, renewable for four years, that is funded...

Healthy food demonstrations part of Be Well at Work program

Nov 28, 2011 / 12:00 am
This November, the University of British Columbia’s Be Well at Work project held two Fall Food Tasting events at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The Fall Food Tasting events included healthy cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings to celebrate employees’ participation in Be Well at Work, a...

Engineering team wins grant for investigating paper architecture

Nov 25, 2011 / 12:00 am
UBC collaboration with Canfor to study BC pulp fibres using X-ray technology An industry giant in pulp and paper products has awarded two UBC engineering professors for research knowledge leveraged across both campuses. Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership (CPLP) presented the award -- the first...

Homespun hospitality drives UBC Alumni fundraiser

Nov 24, 2011 / 12:00 am
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner events across Okanagan support student bursaries For 2011, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner replaces the traditional gala in support of student bursaries at UBC’s Okanagan campus. In a year when community spirit seems particularly significant, UBC alumni in the...
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