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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...

Business students want to make local companies even better

Nov 24, 2011 / 12:00 am
What Makes a Top Employer? event culmination of hours of research Local companies will be getting an early Christmas present this year courtesy of business-minded university students. The results of hours of research will be provided free of charge at the What Makes a Top Employer? expo at the...


ALC approves College application

Nov 23, 2011 / 8:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has received Agricultural Land Commission permission to allow use of a portion of its Vernon campus for development of a community-owned $7.8 million multi-use sports facility. The College learned of the ALC’s decision late Tuesday. The decision...

Nursing students stage gala to support Africa health projects

Nov 23, 2011 / 12:00 am
Fundraiser will help provide medical supplies and education in Ghana, Zambia Fourth-year nursing students from UBC’s Okanagan campus are travelling to Ghana and Zambia for a practicum in January. While there, they will  deliver medical supplies, education and will work in various health clinics....

Dean rolls up sleeves to work in hospital ward with nursing students

Nov 23, 2011 / 12:00 am
UBC academic gets first-hand experience in clinical learning Now he knows what a day is like on a busy hospital ward. UBC’s acting Dean of Health and Social Development, Gord Binsted, whose background is in human kinetics, decided the best way to learn what goes on in his faculty’s School of...

Okanagan College scores silver medal for sustainability

Nov 22, 2011 / 11:22 am
Okanagan College Media Release The largest community college in B.C.’s Interior has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability with a silver STARS ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The ranking makes Okanagan College the first...

World premiere of musical collaboration on Chinese culture

Nov 21, 2011 / 12:00 am
Staging of Gold Mountain Dream takes place in Kelowna  What: Gold Mountain Dream Admission: Free When: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Where: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water St., Kelowna A musical collaboration two years in the making, Gold Mountain Dream has its world premiere in a free...

UBC researcher breaks new ground on COPD

Nov 17, 2011 / 12:00 am
Neil Eves examines influence of exercise on respiratory disease Ground-breaking research with world-wide implications and the potential to improve the lives of millions of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will begin in the Okanagan in the New Year. Neil Eves has been awarded...

International student hopes to call Canada home

Nov 16, 2011 / 12:00 am
Almost 600 international students studying at UBC's Okanagan campus Karen Robles would jump at the chance to work in the Okanagan, but if she has to move elsewhere, she will – as long as she can stay in Canada. The Mexican native graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan...

Students can still register for three-hour short story competition

Nov 14, 2011 / 1:02 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Organizers of Okanagan College’s three-hour short story competition are willing to be a little lenient with those Grade 11, 12 and College students who are having difficulty deciding whether to enter this year’s competition. The contest is scheduled for this...

Pay it forward giving drive to launch next week

Nov 10, 2011 / 3:23 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Now in its sixth year, Okanagan College’s Pay it Forward campaign, a giving event aimed at helping local community organizations during the holiday season, will begin accepting donations at the Kelowna Campus on Monday, Nov. 14. The campaign began six years ago...

Okanagan College students all ears for upcoming concert

Nov 10, 2011 / 1:42 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Music comes alive at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus Thursday, Nov. 24 when the Audio Engineering and Music Production program puts on its 10th annual concert – The Man Bear Pig Awareness Concert. The show features two Kelowna alternative bands - Smash Blvd,...

Okanagan short story contest is 14 years strong

Nov 10, 2011 / 12:00 am
Great opportunity for writers to showcase their talent, win prizes The 14th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is now accepting stories from writers in the Okanagan region. Award-winning author Karen Connelly (The Lizard Cage) will select the best three stories to be awarded cash prizes in Spring...

Okanagan College business students offer insight into BC Parks’ future

Nov 9, 2011 / 9:09 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College students hooked themselves a second place finish with their presentation on BC Parks at the Tourism Industry’s 2011 Student Case Competition held recently in Victoria. “It was a really tough competition,” said Laura Thurnheer, a professor in...

UBC's Okanagan campus receives grand challenges explorations funding

Nov 7, 2011 / 12:00 am
The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus announced today that it will receive funding of US $100,000 through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address...

Campus volunteer efforts extend to Peru

Nov 4, 2011 / 12:00 am
Not a vacation, but an amazing adventure awaits UBC student volunteers There won’t be any drinks with little umbrellas served at a beachside cabana, but there will be a chance to make a real difference in the lives of many people. The opportunity to reach beyond the borders of one’s everyday...

New endowment named in honour of Okanagan College faculty advocate

Nov 3, 2011 / 3:30 pm
Okanagan College Media Release An organization of retired B.C. college and institute faculty is making a big difference for the next generation of Okanagan College students. The College and Institute Retirees Association of British Columbia (CIRA-BC) has given the Okanagan College Foundation a...

Okanagan College students top 2011 Irving K. Barber scholarships

Nov 2, 2011 / 2:46 pm
Okanagn College Media Release An unprecedented number of Okanagan College students have received good news, along with hefty $5,000 cheques, from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. Twenty-nine of the 100 B.C. post-secondary recipients of the prestigious award came...

Extreme deep-sea environments exposed by UVic professor in public talk

Nov 2, 2011 / 9:16 am
Okanagan College Media Release Canada’s leading authority on extreme deep-water sea life will be in Vernon Nov. 17 to present a public lecture on underwater exploration as part of Okanagan College’s Science in Society speaker series. Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe holds the Canada Research Chair in...

Okanagan College Welding program buoys up Oliver

Nov 1, 2011 / 2:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Vancouver’s new shipbuilding contract is creating a pent-up demand for welders that will be felt province-wide and now job seekers living in the South Okanagan can get in on the picture, said the Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship for Okanagan College. “Any way...

Okanagan College Welding program buoys up Oliver

Nov 1, 2011 / 2:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Vancouver’s new shipbuilding contract is creating a pent-up demand for welders that will be felt province-wide and now job seekers living in the South Okanagan can get in on the picture, said the Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship for Okanagan College. “Any way...

UBC Southern Medical Program recruiting volunteer patients

Oct 31, 2011 / 12:00 am
Clinical training sessions will help prepare next generation of doctors Interested in training the next generation of doctors? The UBC Faculty of Medicine Southern Medical Program (SMP) is recruiting volunteer patients to help train its inaugural class of medical students. “Volunteer patients...

UBC releases new information on animal research

Oct 31, 2011 / 12:00 am
The University of British Columbia is publishing on its Animal Research website information on the total number of animals involved in research during 2010, the major species groupings, and the degree of invasiveness of the research activities. NB: Helen Burt, UBC’s Associate Vice President...

Venture Okanagan aims for hat trick

Oct 28, 2011 / 1:47 pm
Okanagan College Media Release In the game called success, it’s all about achieving goals and Venture Okanagan hopes to score its third win when potential investors meet a fresh batch of entrepreneurs Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Okanagan College. So far Venture Okanagan is two for two. Mischa...

Passion for helping others leads to award

Oct 27, 2011 / 12:00 am
UBC student Sarah Bryan volunteers with Options for Sexual Health Young people are curious about sex. It is a natural part of growing up, but not all young people have a trusted advisor they can go to for some advice. That is where Options for Sexual Health (OPT) comes in. The staff and volunteers...

College’s new IT Director brings experience, enthusiasm to role

Oct 26, 2011 / 8:53 am
Okanagan College Media Release Laura Eagen is looking forward to landing in the Okanagan to take over her new job as the College’s Director of Information Technology Services. She’s worked in Ireland, Newfoundland and Ottawa over the course of the last three decades, and brings with her...

Penticton Rotary clubs help students hit the books hard

Oct 25, 2011 / 9:56 am
Okanagan College Media Release When students at Okanagan College’s new Centre of Excellence sit down to study, they’ll literally be supported by their local Rotarians. The Penticton, Penticton-Okanagan and Skaha Rotary Clubs successfully pooled their resources to raise $21,660, which will...

Fire up imagination for 3-Hour Short Story Competition

Oct 24, 2011 / 12:43 pm
Okanagan College Media Release It could be a word, a phrase, or even an object – but organizers know that’s all it will take for talented writers to emerge victorious at Okanagan College’s second annual 3-Hour short story competition. “What we’re looking for is a strong sense of...

Open House showcases expanded campus

Oct 21, 2011 / 11:34 am

UBC professor makes a difference half a world away

Oct 21, 2011 / 12:00 am
Susan Crichton helping teach faculty in Pakistan The challenge faced by Aga Khan University (AKU) is a big one. It has to reach people in some of the most geographically hard-to-access places on the planet and Susan Crichton travelled half-way around the world to help meet that challenge by...

Community research projects featured at UBC grant forum

Oct 20, 2011 / 12:00 am
Sustainability issues highlight campus initiatives in Glenmore neighbourhood Three community development research projects that were awarded internal grants by the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Sustainability Office will be recognized at a special campus event on Wednesday Oct....

UBC Study: South Okanagan immigrants face many hurdles

Oct 19, 2011 / 12:00 am
Better transit, cheaper housing and better pay needed By resolving many of the issues around retaining immigrants, rural municipalities will also be better able to keep young people in the community. Wolfgang Depner, a UBC PhD candidate in interdisciplinary studies, has studied the issues faced by...

Three books, one party: College faculty celebrate publications

Oct 17, 2011 / 9:35 am
Okanagan College Media Release Consider it an opportunity to learn more about how Okanagan College’s faculty contribute to Canada’s culture and this nation’s understanding of itself. On Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., three faculty members from the College’s English department will be celebrating...

Author gives Kelowna audience tips on how to live longer

Oct 14, 2011 / 12:00 am
Dan Buettner comes to Okanagan as part of Distinguished Speaker Series In all of his travels, Dan Buettner has not located the fountain of youth, but he has picked up a few tips on how to live longer. The author and National Geographic writer has been from one end of the planet to the other, and...

Emotional pleas focus of extensive psychology study

Oct 14, 2011 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers able to tell who is being dishonest It is a scenario that has played across television screens countless times over the years: a tearful plea for the safe return of a loved one. But, is the person telling the truth, or attempting to cover up their own dirty deed? Leanne ten Brinke...
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