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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...

Community builders, rising star celebrated for volunteer efforts

Jun 20, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC honours alumni for outstanding community contributions When UBC looks to honour its alumni, you can imagine there are thousands of great candidates to consider. To be presented with the Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award, you have to be pretty outstanding. And that’s the case with Walley...

Longtime supporters provide scholarships for new Sustainable Construction Management Technology diploma

Jun 19, 2013 / 10:39 am

Okanagan College Media Release Students entering the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) diploma program this fall at Okanagan College will now be eligible to apply for a new scholarship. Longtime College supporters Rick and Yasmin Thorpe of Penticton are providing four...

Multi-talented geologist's passion for Earth sciences recognized

Jun 19, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC instructor mixes philanthropy with writing, painting, and photography When you’re a natural-born teacher and have a certain zeal for something, you can spend most of your waking hours sharing that passion. Such is the case for geologist Murray Roed, who taught a fourth-year geology class in...

New course offers place for musically shy boomers to band together

Jun 17, 2013 / 12:16 pm

Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan musician, who has played sessions with stars like Patrick Simmons from the Doobie Brothers and studied music under Quincy Jones and Chuck Mangione, is giving shy boomers a chance to reconnect with their musical talents. “I’ve talked to so many...

Car raffle raises thousands for trades students at Okanagan College

Jun 13, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has an additional few thousand dollars to hand out to deserving trades students following the successful raffling of a 1989 Mercedes-Benz, which took place on Saturday. Leo Doody of Kelowna was the winner of the car raffle, which helped raised...

Ontario student can’t wait to teach trades in B.C.

Jun 13, 2013 / 12:00 pm

Okanagan College Media Release An Ontario man hopes to soon be among those helping to address a critical shortage of trades and technology teachers in the province. James Ross entered the two-year Trades Technology Teacher Education (TTTE) diploma program at Okanagan College last fall, after...

The Art of Pastry comes to Okanagan College

Jun 12, 2013 / 1:55 pm

Okanagan College Media Release At a time when a New York chef is capturing international attention for his croissant/donut creation – the cronut – Okanagan College’s celebrated Culinary Arts program is launching its first Pastry Arts certificate program this fall. “There is no...

ASTTBC recognizes two Okanagan College employees

Jun 12, 2013 / 11:56 am

Okanagan College Media Release The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. (ASTTBC) have recognized two Okanagan College employees for their work in promoting and enhancing careers in applied science. Public Affairs Director Allan Coyle was recognized for his contribution in...

Podium wins for two Okanagan College students at Skills Canada National Competition

Jun 11, 2013 / 3:52 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College proved two of its students are among the top in the country when it comes to skills in both electronics and autobody repair after taking a silver and bronze at the Skills Canada national competition, held June 5 – 8 in Vancouver. Electronic...

Okanagan College sharpens its image with donated equipment

Jun 11, 2013 / 2:53 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The mother of a photographer who captured some of the most notable faces at the Oscars, models in the making, and fashion's glitterati, has now placed his camera, lenses and other equipment into the hands of Okanagan College. Andreas Koessler, who recently...


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