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First graduates of Interdisciplinary Performance to cross stage

Jun 4, 2013 / 12:00 am

Students celebrate success as artists in exceptional UBC fine arts program Sometimes small and nimble trumps the notion that bigger is better. Just ask this budding group of students taking to the world’s stage. UBC’s Okanagan campus will see the first-ever graduating class from its Bachelor of...

Penticton & Okanagan College Host Ideas Uncorked: The #ACCC13 Annual Conference

May 31, 2013 / 10:08 am

OTTAWA, ON – Final preparations are in place for the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) 2013 Annual Conference, June 1-3, in Penticton, British Columbia. Hosted by Okanagan College and sponsored by, Ideas Uncorked will provide an opportunity for delegates to share...

UBC post-doctoral fellow receives $80,000 award for Alzheimer’s research

May 31, 2013 / 12:00 am

Ultimate goal is to find a cure for the disease, which affects 200,000 BC residents Is there a link between obesity and Alzheimer’s disease? Caroline Zhongxiao Wan, a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC’s Okanagan campus, thinks so. And she’s one step...

UBC engineers develop program to preempt underground water-main failure

May 30, 2013 / 12:00 am

Further research may expand use into the oil and gas pipeline industry When it comes to underground infrastructure such as water mains, it’s not a matter of “if” a system is going to fail but “when," says Solomon Tesfamariam, an associate professor of civil engineering at UBC’s Okanagan...

Emerging field of Digital Humanities allows exploration without limits

May 29, 2013 / 12:00 am

Students use computer tools to bring a new perspective to the humanities For Constance Crompton, the idea that the humanities could be thoroughly researched, created and archived through digital media presents a tantalizing proposition. No longer would a project’s scope be limited by space...

Okanagan College boosts its sustainability with new high-tech trades technology

May 27, 2013 / 12:11 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A newly installed automotive spray booth for Okanagan College’s Collision Repair program is reducing carbon emissions while providing students with training on the latest technology. The $170,000 Col-Met spray booth is one of the first pieces of equipment to...

Kathleen Lausman to lead Campus Planning for College

May 22, 2013 / 3:02 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has acquired a seasoned and strategic executive-level professional to lead its Campus Planning and Facilities Management department with the appointment of Kathleen Lausman as Director. Lausman has an impressive professional background with...

Okanagan College revs up funding for trades with car raffle

May 22, 2013 / 11:01 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College Foundation wants to hand over the keys of a classic car to rev up support for students in the trades. “The car came to us as a bit of a windfall,” said Okanagan College Foundation executive director Kathy Butler. “When then donor mentioned...

Okanagan College students join stargazers in new telescope project

May 21, 2013 / 1:20 pm

Okanagan College Media Releae With Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield now returned to earth and the newest Star Trek movie about to hit the big screen, it seems everything astronomical is in the air. That’s no different at Okanagan College where professors from multiple disciplines are working...

Okanagan College professors to deliver top training for tech sector

May 17, 2013 / 3:32 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A series of business seminars targeted to entrepreneurs in the technology sector is being offered tuition-free at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus, starting this June. Professors from both the Okanagan College Computer Science department and the Okanagan...

UBC in a class of its own for conferences and accommodations

May 16, 2013 / 12:00 am

Rental suites on campus host thousands of visitors during summer season At UBC, summer means the busy season gets underway in earnest – the campus turns into the biggest conference and accommodation centre in the Okanagan. With the academic year over, the hustle and bustle of student move-out...

Philip, Gatzke and Lapointe named College’s Honorary Fellows

May 15, 2013 / 10:09 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will bestow its highest honour on three local respected and innovative community leaders during a series of Convocation ceremonies in June. Ernie Philip, Alan Gatzke and Barry Lapointe will be recognized as Honorary Fellows of the College for...

Unique donation captures marine life for Okanagan College biology students

May 9, 2013 / 10:11 am

Okanagan College Media Release Biology students at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College are getting a different kind of glimpse into the undersea world, thanks to a unique donation of photographs depicting endangered, and in some cases extinct, marine life. Tatjana Schmidt-Derstroff...

UBC Okanagan Heat teams make grade to stay in Canada West loop

May 9, 2013 / 12:00 am

Teams vote to approve full membership after two years of probationary play UBC’s Okanagan Heat teams are now members of the big club – for good. Today, after a process that spanned more than five years, the UBC Okanagan Heat received the votes necessary to become members of the Canada West...

Students polish up for upcoming fine woodworking exhibition

May 8, 2013 / 3:34 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is hosting one of the knottiest events in the region on May 17 at the Kelowna campus. Knotty by Nature is an exhibition of fine work from the hands of several students who have spent the last eight months in the Studio Woodworking program at...

Conservation and habitat change hot topics for scientific gathering

May 8, 2013 / 12:00 am

Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution conference draws top researchers The Okanagan’s fauna, flora, and natural beauty will be on full display when UBC’s Okanagan campus hosts 400 scientists during next week’s conference for the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE). The...

Enactus Okanagan College dominates national hunger relief challenge

May 7, 2013 / 10:09 am

Okanagan College Media Release For the fourth year in a row, Enactus Okanagan College has won the top spot at the Enactus National Exposition and has been crowned the country’s 2013 Help Hunger Disappear champion. The Okanagan College team is the only Enactus team in Canada to have won the...

UBC faculty members, tutors recognized for dedication to students

May 7, 2013 / 12:00 am

Teaching awards presented to those who make a difference Great teachers inspire students to achieve remarkable things – and three of UBC’s best were honoured with awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation in a recent ceremony at the Okanagan campus. John Wagner, associate professor of...

Russel Boris to lead College’s International Education department

May 6, 2013 / 3:33 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will welcome a new face to its leadership team on July 2, 2013 with the appointment of Russel Boris as Director, International Education. Boris comes to Okanagan College from Medicine Hat College, where he has served more than 16 years in the...

Okanagan College Culinary Arts students get cheesy with Wine Festival competition

May 3, 2013 / 3:39 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A marriage of savoury with sweet will be ready for the tasting at Okanagan College May 10 when Culinary Arts students put on The Cheesiest Sweet & Savoury Competition as part of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. The unique event takes place at Infusions...


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