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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...
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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...

UBC professor co-authors social work document for UN

Mar 28, 2012 / 12:00 am
Call to action promotes social, economic, cultural and political rights Dixon Sookraj, an associate professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus School of Social Work, is among a group of experts representing social workers around the globe who contributed to an action document for the United Nations. The...

Okanagan College professor lands on CBC awards podium

Mar 27, 2012 / 12:19 pm
Okanagan College Media Release English professor Dr. Alix Hawley has been named one of the four runners-up for the CBC Literary Prizes in the short story category. “I had just about given up hope when I got the message from CBC. It was a happy way to start the day,” said Hawley, who will...

Art donations welcome additions to UBC collection

Mar 23, 2012 / 12:00 am
Associate professors give works to university for all to enjoy  Briar Craig wants his art to be more than just something people can look at. He wants his art to be a participatory experience. The associate professor of visual arts at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus has...

Food mapping website a place for tasty conversations

Mar 22, 2012 / 12:00 am
Narrative map concept born on UBC’s Okanagan campus A stroll through just about any grocery store shows just how much our food supply has gone international. Human geography student Shayne Wright and Jon Corbett, assistant professor of Community, Culture and Global Studies at UBC's Okanagan...

New College Board Member has extensive ties to education

Mar 19, 2012 / 4:30 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new face on Okanagan College’s Board of Governors is already well-known in regional and provincial circles. Connie Denesiuk has been appointed to the College’s Board by the Province for a term ending Sept. 30, 2013. She recently finished a three-year term as...

Gone viral: UBC scientist to lecture on social media’s impact on scientific discourse

Mar 16, 2012 / 12:03 pm
Okanagan College Media Release From hashtags to blogposts, social media is cracking scientific discourse wide open, and it’s about time, according to an Open Science advocate scheduled to appear in Vernon next month. Dr. Rosie Redfield, a UBC microbiologist named by the journal Nature as one of...

‘PROFIT, PEOPLE, PLANET’: PROVINCE FUNDING BUSINESS COMPETITION

Mar 16, 2012 / 9:28 am
On behalf of the BC Liberal Government CaucusKELOWNA –The Okanagan School of Business’ Western Canadian International Business Competition is receiving $9,930 in funding, announced Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson, on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education. Why this matters:· The...

World Water Week focuses on problems faced by African nations

Mar 16, 2012 / 12:00 am
UBC’s Okanagan campus activities promote sustainable water management Drawing attention to the massive problems faced by African nations in water and food security is the central theme of global World Water Day on March 22. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, there is a schedule of activities planned...

UBC students want to get rid of racial prejudice

Mar 16, 2012 / 12:00 am
Annual Rule Out Racism Week to raise awareness, discussion of the issue It is a sad fact that racism still rears its ugly head in society today. So, from March 19-23, the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will host its annual Rule Out Racism Week to raise awareness and to generate...

Athletic Scholarship Breakfast helps on and off the courts

Mar 15, 2012 / 12:00 am
UBC's annual Okanagan fundraiser benefits sports program, athletes Sports have always been a big part of Greg Niemantsverdriet’s life, and thanks to scholarships, the UBC Okanagan Heat volleyball player can pursue an education while continuing to compete. The Heat recently completed their first...

Belgian dance dramaturge creates new public performance

Mar 13, 2012 / 12:00 am
Artist in Residence Guy Cools collaborates with UBC faculty and students The stage is set at UBC’s Okanagan campus for the creative and critical works of Belgian dance dramaturge Guy Cools. Cools, the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), brings a...

UBC's Okanagan campus students brave winter chill to help homeless

Mar 12, 2012 / 12:00 am
Fundraiser 5days.ca has students sleeping outside to raise money, awareness A group of UBC’s Okanagan campus students have given up their warm beds for hard concrete and cold winter winds in a bid to raise money and awareness of the plight of homeless people. The students spent their first night...

Penticton English professor up for B.C. Book Prize

Mar 9, 2012 / 4:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Frances Greenslade, whose work Shelter has been drawing accolades from critics as far away as Britain, has now been nominated for the prestigious Ethel Wilson B.C. Book Prize. “I heard from my publisher earlier this week. Up until then I hadn’t really thought...

Philip Ainslie named UBC's Okanagan campus Researcher of the Year

Mar 9, 2012 / 12:00 am
Physiologist instituted new lab, leads Everest health research expedition Philip Ainslie, Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Function in Health and Disease and associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has been named Researcher of the Year at UBC’s Okanagan...

English professor makes Canada Writes short list

Mar 8, 2012 / 12:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A professor in Okanagan College’s distinguished English faculty is now among 10 English-language finalists for the coveted CBC Canada Writes Short Story prize. Dr. Alix Hawley, who grew up in Kelowna, is up for the prize for her short story Tentcity, a satirical...

SIFE Okanagan sweeps Western Canada competition

Mar 8, 2012 / 11:46 am
Okanagan College Media Release No team in Western Canada’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) history has won all three regional competitions, until now. Okanagan College’s SIFE team delivered a one-two-three punch at last week’s regional competition in Vancouver, finishing first in each...

College and University call for participants in Okanagan math competition

Mar 7, 2012 / 1:58 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Mathematically inclined students in Grades 8 - 12 across the Okanagan are eligible to register to compete in the Preliminary Round of the 2012 British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC) for the Okanagan region, which takes place on Wednesday,...

Research tool examines aging municipal infrastructure

Mar 7, 2012 / 12:00 am
UBC engineering team hopes to cut risk of water system failures A research project by the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus could some day provide municipalities with a useful tool for managing water-supply networks and reduce risk of system failures. The project, led by engineering...

Hungarian reclaims Spaghetti Bridge title

Mar 5, 2012 / 4:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release It was a third try that proved to be lucky for Peter Sandor – or was it purely strategic pasta domination? Either way, the engineering student from Hungary’s College of Nyiregyhaza smiled from ear to ear as he hoisted the $1,500 cheque over his head. Sandor was...

UBC research aims to make for a healthier, happier society

Mar 5, 2012 / 12:00 am
Faculty of Health and Social Development conducts multiple research projects Universities are places of learning and discovery, and that drive for knowledge has produced countless breakthroughs. Numerous health research projects underway at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus...

OC SIFE Students Win Grant

Mar 2, 2012 / 7:55 am
OKANAGAN COLLEGE STUDENTS AWARDED BDC GRANT TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGENTREPRENEURSOkanagan Valley youth gaining valuable entrepreneurial skills throughannual business competitionKelowna, British Columbia (Thursday, March 1, 2012) - Okanagan College'sStudents In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has been...

Benefits from academic research touch lives everywhere

Mar 2, 2012 / 12:00 am
UBC's Okanagan campus has $10 million worth of funded projects Without research, knowledge about our world would stagnate, but dedicated professors and students are delving into the unknown in a quest to expand understanding of the universe around us. And many of those researchers can be found...

UBC's Okanagan campus engineering students host variety of events

Mar 2, 2012 / 12:00 am
Engineering Week runs from March 3 to 9 Engineering Week is March 3 to 9 and UBC’s Okanagan campus School of Engineering has a variety of activities planned. On Monday, March 5, the budding engineers will cook up a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. in the common lounge of the Engineering,...

Word Ruckus sharpens its edge

Mar 1, 2012 / 4:04 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Word Ruckus shakes up expectations once again this Saturday with its fourth annual shindig featuring a host of wacky word events for literary lovers of all ages. “This is a pay-what-you-can writerly free-fer-all, a poetic hoe-down and a magical linguistical...

OCAA opens nominations for annual Alumni Awards

Mar 1, 2012 / 4:02 pm
On behalf of the Okanagan College Alumni Association Nominations are now open for the Okanagan College Alumni Association’s (OCAA) 2012 Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Awards. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College for their...

Great-West Life donates $100,000 to Penticton campus

Feb 29, 2012 / 2:56 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of Canada’s leading insurers, Great-West Life – together with its subsidiaries, London Life and Canada Life – is contributing $100,000 to Okanagan College to encourage sustainability training. “Okanagan College has built one of the most innovative and...

The Red Dot Players Conjure Up a Blithe Spirit at Okanagan College

Feb 28, 2012 / 3:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Relelase Playwright Noël Coward tackles marriage, mortality, and much more in Blithe Spirit, the hilarious supernatural comedy being presented by the Red Dot Players on March 16, 17, and 18 at Okanagan College. As the curtain rises on Blithe Spirit, Charles and Ruth...
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