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Campus Life - Okanagan

Welcome mat rolls out for students new to UBC's Okanagan campus

Aug 26, 2013 / 12:00 am

Create, Jump Start and Kick Start orientation events welcome newcomers Most people remember their first day at a post-secondary school. Sometimes it’s exciting, sometimes it’s daunting. Often it’s both. That’s why staff, faculty, and student volunteers at UBC’s Okanagan campus go the...

Okanagan College offers program geared to women interested in careers in the skilled trades

Aug 23, 2013 / 3:27 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Women in the Shuswap region are being invited to take the first steps towards rewarding and fulfilling careers in the building trades at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College this September. With sponsorship assistance made possible by the Canada-BC Labour...

The Sky Is Not The Limit

Aug 22, 2013 / 12:00 am

Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield is in Kelowna October 7 as UBC Distinguished Speaker “Good morning, Earth.” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield – writing on Twitter – woke up the world every day while living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for more than five months. And fans did...

Canada's colleges and institutes seek budget 2014 investments for skills training, infrastructure and applied research

Aug 19, 2013 / 10:27 am

Media Release from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Ottawa, ON, August 19, 2013 – In its submission to the Government of Canada’s 2014 Budget process, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) remains focused on Canada’s skills gap, the need to provide Canadians...

Chemists discover 23 new molecules in red wine

Aug 13, 2013 / 12:00 am

Medical breakthroughs among potential benefits of research findings Scientists have long espoused the health benefits of red wine. Now UBC chemists have discovered 23 new molecules that could mean there are even more vino virtues. Assoc. Prof. Cédric Saucier, who runs the Enology laboratory at...

Okanagan College Esthetics program scores partnership with skin-care industry leader

Aug 7, 2013 / 11:58 am

Okanagan College Media Release A global leader in professional skin care has partnered with Okanagan College to offer students in the new and enhanced Esthetics and Nail Technology program a range of innovative training and professional development opportunities starting this September. The...

History of the Okanagan comes alive in digital stories for BC Day

Jul 31, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC Library project makes publications accessible to everyone Okanagan communities have a special reason to celebrate this BC Day, thanks to a new digitization project initiated by UBC’s Okanagan Library that makes the region’s history accessible to the world. Now the rich history of the...

Tradition of undergraduate research excellence continues at UBC

Jul 30, 2013 / 12:00 am

Third time in four years an Okanagan student wins award at Universitas 21 The tradition of excellence continues. Robyn Giffen, an anthropology student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has earned a top prize for her oral presentation at the recent international Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research...

Alf Kempf named new President of Okanagan College Foundation

Jul 29, 2013 / 10:41 am

Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Foundation has announced that Alf Kempf is taking on the role of President as the Foundation embarks on raising funds for the expansion and renovation of the Trades facility at the College’s Kelowna campus. “This is an exciting time for...

Canada’s top poets to read from their works at UBC event

Jul 29, 2013 / 12:00 am

Summer institute offers public an opportunity to hear from CanLit’s best The royalty of Canadian literature is on campus this week at UBC. Five of Canada’s most celebrated poets – award winners all, among them two Parliamentary Poet Laureates and a UBC writing professor – will share the...

UBC graduate student earns $70,000 grant to study water quality

Jul 25, 2013 / 12:00 am

Engineer is on a mission to ensure distribution networks deliver clean water Nilufar Islam was a high-school student in Bangladesh when Walkerton, Ontario made international news for E. coli-infected water that killed seven people in May 2000. Little did she know at that time, the Walkerton tragedy...

UBC engineers assist Penticton with energy reduction goals

Jul 16, 2013 / 12:00 am

Researchers will look at everything from recycling to electrical consumption The City of Penticton will get a helping hand from UBC’s Okanagan campus to reach its goal of reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions. Prof. Keith Culver, the director of UBC’s Okanagan Sustainability Institute,...

Significant funding boost sharpens focus of UBC concussion research

Jul 9, 2013 / 12:00 am

Two grants allow scientists to add resources for monitoring concussed athletes Research into the long-term effects on athletes of repeated concussions will take on a sharper focus, thanks to two recent grants received by scientists at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Paul van Donkelaar, director of UBC’s...

UBC nursing student impacts the gritty side of outreach nursing

Jul 5, 2013 / 12:00 am

Take Home Naloxone program proven to save lives for at-risk people While they don’t happen often, drug overdoses are a reality in Kelowna. And for staff at the downtown Outreach Urban Health Centre, they know each death is preventable. So when the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) introduced...

UBC prof's super secret has Okanagan connection to Hollywood

Jul 4, 2013 / 12:00 am

Linguist Christine Schreyer developed Kryptonian language for Superman movie Christine Schreyer can finally disclose her secret identity. The linguist and anthropologist at UBC's Okanagan campus served as a consultant for the hit Hollywood blockbuster Man of Steel, and helped develop the...

Getting ready for its 50th birthday, College looks to honour contributors who made a difference

Jul 3, 2013 / 11:24 am

Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its start (the B.C. Vocational School opened its doors in September 1963), the institution is looking to bolster the ranks of already-honoured luminaries and contributors by acknowledging even more...

Poet Sonnet L'Abbé writes a stirring poem about Canada

Jun 27, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC instructor toured country asking Canadians why they love their country She spent months on a steel-wheels tour, criss-crossing the country as Artist in Motion for CBC, ViaRail and Community Foundations of Canada, taking the pulse of Canadians at countless whistlestops. Acclaimed poet Sonnet...

Okanagan College and BCIT deepen partnership with MOU

Jun 25, 2013 / 9:01 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) took a significant step forward in joint collaboration this week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes each institution’s commitment to explore and pursue joint...

B.C.’s first female carpenter to speak at TRADE UP! 2013 Conference at Okanagan College

Jun 24, 2013 / 2:13 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A Red Seal carpenter who broke down the barrier for women entering the trades in B.C. will be the keynote speaker at the TRADE UP! Women in Trades 2013 Conference on Saturday, July 6 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Kate Braid started work in construction...

Next-generation 'green' concrete a home construction first

Jun 24, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC engineering professor mixes recycled waste aggregate into concrete Kelowna architect Hugh Bitz heard buzz about a “green concrete” project and called UBC. Bitz is always looking for ways to integrate green strategies and technologies into building projects – and decided that green...


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