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Student ambassadors honoured at President’s Dinner

Apr 6, 2016 / 10:53 am
Okanagan College Blog Post At the annual President’s Dinner held on March 31 in Kelowna, President Jim Hamilton recognized 145 students for being ambassadors of Okanagan College, noting that the students’ participation in events revealed admirable levels of commitment by these individuals...

UBC professor examines impact of reforestation on carbon and water

Apr 6, 2016 / 12:00 am
A four-year UBC study will look at current forest management practices to determine how harvesting, and natural disturbances—such as wildfires and pest infestations—are affecting the natural balance between carbon and water. UBC researchers are teaming up with Kelowna-based engineering and...

PrairieCoast Equipment gives Trades Complex campaign an Okanagan-style push

Apr 5, 2016 / 4:10 pm
Okanagan College Media Release With heavy duty mechanics in high demand across many sectors, a donor has stepped forward with a locally-inspired donation to remind Okanagan College students and would-be students that BC’s agricultural equipment industry needs more mechanics. “Our company...

Bluebird day for Okanagan College’s 14th annual Half Marathon

Apr 3, 2016 / 1:08 pm
Kelowna runners took the top spots in Okanagan College’s 14th annual Half Marathon, 10 KM and Relay Race on Sunday, April 3. Kelowna’s Christy Lovig tied the women’s 10 K course record, the same record that she set at last year’s event. Lovig ran the distance in (36:48) in both 2015 and...

Home of the future Living Lab project started in Wilden subdivision

Mar 31, 2016 / 12:00 am
An energy-efficiency research project involving industry, UBC and Okanagan College broke ground today. Known as the Wilden Living Lab, the project will see two homes constructed on separate building lots. The lots are valued at about $200,000 each and were provided by the Blenk Development...

OC passes $100 million budget

Mar 30, 2016 / 4:29 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has passed its first $100 million budget: one that will create additional capacity for international and domestic students and provides additional financial aid support for students at each of its four campuses. The Board...

New Salmon Arm diploma option maps ties between information and geography

Mar 30, 2016 / 12:15 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new two-year Environmental Studies diploma option at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus is focused on a growing area of research and study that integrates information and computer-based mapping. Beginning this fall, students can take the Geographic...


Nominations open for 2016 OCAA Alumni Awards

Mar 30, 2016 / 11:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College for their demonstration...

Arts education promotes an open mind, critical thinking, and global perspective

Mar 29, 2016 / 10:48 am
Okanagan College Media Release Adopted from a Haitian orphanage as a baby, 21-year-old Kelowna resident Aaron Gregory’s personal history has instilled in him a deep commitment to humanitarianism and giving back to the community. Gregory has found his stride at Okanagan College where he is...

Provincial funding spurs program for Health Care Assistants in Princeton

Mar 24, 2016 / 2:45 pm
With funding from the Province’s Ministry of Advanced Education, Okanagan College will offer a new Health Care Assistant program in Princeton this year, providing education for eight students in the six-month certificate program. “There is a growing need for health care professionals...

Girls recognize kindness in schools more than boys, UBC study shows

Mar 24, 2016 / 12:00 am
Girls between the ages of 9 and 13 perceive kindness in school more than boys, research from UBC's Okanagan campus shows. In a study of more than 1,700 students between Grades 4 and 8, girls were shown to notice acts of kindness in schools significantly more than boys. “Students’ perception of...

Pastry Arts students provide extra incentive for a race to the finish line

Mar 23, 2016 / 3:01 pm
Okanagan College has come up with a few sweet and savoury reasons for runners to register for the 14th annual Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, which will take place on Sunday, April 3 at the Kelowna campus. In addition to the traditional post-race fare of bagels, fruit, cookies, and other...

Immigrant entrepreneurs more confident about their future than those born in Canada

Mar 23, 2016 / 12:00 am
Immigrant entrepreneurs are more optimistic about doing business in Kelowna than those born in Canada, a UBC study shows. The study, “Sustaining Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Small- and Medium-sized Cities”, was conducted by UBC Okanagan Prof. Carlos Teixeira in 2009 and 2010. The study was...

Accounting students add up awards

Mar 23, 2016 / 12:00 am
Delivering what the customer needs, not wants, has earned UBC’s Faculty of Management students top honours at a provincial competition for accounting. The annual Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) Case Competition finals were held March 12. Three teams from UBC’s Faculty of...

'Heartbreaking' story wins 2016 Okanagan Short Story Contest

Mar 22, 2016 / 12:00 am
Creative writing that tugged the heartstrings of award-winning fiction writer Tamas Dobozy won this year’s Okanagan Short Story Contest. Dobozy, UBC Okanagan’s Writer in Residence, was the final judge in the annual fiction writing contest that gathered more than 85 entries. UBC alumna Dania...

UBC Okanagan enters formula racing

Mar 21, 2016 / 12:00 am
For the first time ever, students at UBC’s Okanagan campus are building a race car and getting ready to go after the checkered flag in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) student design competition. The group of interdisciplinary students; primarily made up of 30 engineering...

Why is there public resistance to vaccination?

Mar 18, 2016 / 11:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This is a question loaded with contention in a public debate that has come to be mainstream in recent years. Vaccines are generally regarded as among the most effective public health interventions. Scientific research has...

Voyager RV gives back, sees bright future for technicians in B.C.

Mar 17, 2016 / 2:24 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan’s largest dealer of “homes away from home” has made a major donation towards the new home for learning students at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Voyager RV has donated $30,000 to support the construction of a bright new...

The taxman is knocking; College students answer the call for help

Mar 17, 2016 / 9:25 am
Okanagan College Media Release A group of Okanagan College business students are volunteering to help take the stress out of filing for tax season by offering a series of free public weekday tax clinics until April 29. The Okanagan College Accounting Club is hosting the Canada Revenue Agency...

Pedals to the masses online: bike parts firm built by OC students and alumni

Mar 17, 2016 / 8:41 am
Okanagan College Media Release Trevor Tuck, Dylan Decker, Colton Cheney and Shelby Miller may well be the picture of the next generation of entrepreneurs. With persistence, help from family, friends and wherever they can get it, a thirst for education, well-managed expectations and an...

Manipulators less convincing online than in person, UBC research shows

Mar 17, 2016 / 12:00 am
If you have to negotiate business with a narcissist or psychopath, you’re better off doing it on Facebook, research from UBC’s Okanagan campus shows. In one of the first studies of its kind, UBC researchers found that traditionally successful manipulators who are classified as being part of the...

Spaghetti Bridge contest comes to a dramatic finish

Mar 15, 2016 / 3:03 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The 33rd annual Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Building Heavyweight competition came to a surprising finish after a series of disqualifications launched the team of Anna Offenwanger and Ephraim Nowak from UBC Okanagan into the top spot. Offenwanger and Nowak...

Gift enhances medical training for UBC students

Mar 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC medical students and health-care providers will get more hands-on training thanks to a recent donation of two new portable ultrasound machines to the UBC Southern Medical Program (SMP). A recent gift from The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation allowed the program to purchase two machines...

UBC thesis winner advances to western regionals

Mar 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies will have a seat at the table when UBC Okanagan hosts the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Western Regional competition in April. PhD candidate Mike Unrau’s thesis presentation "Scared Speechless" was voted best of the eight candidates who competed for top...

Engineering Professor named UBC Okanagan’s Researcher of the Year

Mar 11, 2016 / 12:00 am
The mark of a good professor is one who is up to their elbows in research projects, has a strong group of post-grad students working with them, resonates with students, and is popular with their peers. Professor Mina Hoorfar—UBC Okanagan’s Researcher of the Year—fits the bill exactly. Hoorfar...

Enactus Okanagan College off to Nationals after Regional victories

Mar 10, 2016 / 2:05 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Enactus team has returned from the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition for Western Canada in Calgary with two top-place finishes, propelling the team to the National Exposition in Toronto later this year. The team from Okanagan College and...

BCIS students place in top 25 per cent globally ?at 24-hour competition

Mar 10, 2016 / 10:24 am
Blog post: Results are in from the fall’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xtreme Programming world-wide competition; one of Okanagan College’s first-year Bachelor of Computer Information Systems teams made-up of Rob Bro, Martin Wallace, and Kevin Hall placed in the...

College’s Human Resource Management students bring home silver

Mar 10, 2016 / 8:47 am
Okanagan College Media Release Three Okanagan College business students have returned to Kelowna with a new trophy for the case after placing second in the HRCWest Case Competition, which was held in Edmonton last weekend. The team of Miranda Birkbeck, Faye Hughes and Sarah Kelman made the...

Okanagan short fiction contest short list announced

Mar 7, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC’s Anne Fleming has just completed a pretty a tough job. Fleming, who is the Creative Writing program coordinator at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been working on the committee to short list the winners of the annual short story contest. The 18th annual Okanagan Short Story Contest attracted 85...

$5,000 first place prize is money transfer this entrepreneur can appreciate

Mar 3, 2016 / 4:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Kelowna entrepreneur Chris Danek is in the business of making digital money transfers easier, so he was glad to receive a $5,000 grand prize from title sponsor Grant Thornton at the recently held Venture Okanagan Investors’ Forum. Danek is the CEO and founder of...

College appoints experienced hand as Shuswap Revelstoke Regional Dean

Mar 3, 2016 / 10:42 am
Okanagan College Media Release An experienced college administrator is looking forward to her new role as Okanagan College’s Regional Dean for the Shuswap Revelstoke region. Joan Ragsdale will start her new job on May 2. “I am keen to settle in the region and work on developing the...

Music and Memory project brings UBC students and seniors together

Mar 3, 2016 / 12:00 am
A unique Music and Memory project at Baptist Housing brought textbook learning to life for a number of UBC Okanagan students. As part of a Sociology of Global Aging course taught by UBC’s Mary Ann Murphy and in collaboration with UBC’s Community Service Learning Program, 25 university students...

Award-winning play A.K.A. Fangirl ready for premiere

Mar 2, 2016 / 10:17 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan theatre-goers have a chance to see the inaugural presentation of an award-winning play, when Okanagan College’s Red Dot Players present A.K.A. Fangirl, a play written by Jeremy Beaulne, an OC English professor and playwright. The play will run from...

Oncologists support having advance care planning discussions earlier, UBC research shows

Mar 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC researcher is pointing towards the need for oncologists to have advance care planning and end-of-life discussions with cancer patients sooner rather than later. “Traditionally it was thought that having advance care planning discussions—related to things such as do not resuscitate orders...

College's CANSave project teaches financial skills to local elementary students

Mar 1, 2016 / 11:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release Elementary school students in Kelowna have been getting an early education in financial literacy thanks to an innovative curriculum integration program developed by Enactus Okanagan College students in partnership with Valley First. In January a group of five...

In a world where milliseconds matter, research is king

Mar 1, 2016 / 10:01 am
Okanagan College Media Release Already a leader in its niche in the multi-billion dollar global gaming industry, Kelowna’s WTFast sees a track to growth, with applied research as a vital component of the fuel to take it there. That is one of the reasons the company, a private gaming network...

SkillsBC and Spaghetti Bridge lined up for Friday

Mar 1, 2016 / 8:52 am
Okanagan College Media Release Friday is shaping up to be a very busy day at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, as it plays host to the 33rd annual Spaghetti Bridge building competition and the 20th annual SkillsBC Regional Competition. The Spaghetti Bridge building contest is expected to...

Faculty to consult with students, alumni and community on proposed changes to Bachelor of Management program

Mar 1, 2016 / 12:00 am
The Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus is seeking input on proposed modifications to its Bachelor of Management program. The proposed changes would involve spreading the Management program course load evenly over four years, rather than concentrating the courses in the last two years...

Hometown hero Rob Friend to speak at Valley First/UBC athletics breakfast

Mar 1, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC is featuring a local soccer star at this year’s Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast. Rob Friend is the special guest speaker at the annual event, a fundraiser for Heat athletes. Each spring, UBC’s Okanagan campus hosts the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast which raises...

Construction craft worker program provides stepping stone onto the jobsite for Aboriginal students

Feb 29, 2016 / 8:58 am
Okanagan College Media Release Twelve students from bands throughout B.C. and across Western Canada recently completed the first level of a unique collaborative apprenticeship program designed to support Aboriginal learners looking to advance their careers in the construction sector. In March...
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