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Campus Life - Okanagan

Jobs abound for College’s Trades graduates

Jun 23, 2014 / 3:23 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Alexandra Staple chose to become a welder because she wanted a different future. “I really wasn’t going anywhere in life doing what I was doing,” says the 23-year-old from Kelowna. “And I wanted a career with a future, not just a job.” Staple, who had...

UBC health and exercise researchers win national grant

Jun 10, 2014 / 12:00 am

Mary Jung and Jonathan Little receive $277,000 in research funding UBC School of Health and Exercise Sciences Assistant Professors Mary Jung and Jonathan Little have received $277,000 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research to continue their research on helping people continue personal...

Ask the big questions, Nobel Laureate tells UBC grads

Jun 6, 2014 / 12:00 am

Scrap conventional wisdom and your own ideas, Jack Szostak’s Convocation message The importance of life after university is to continue asking the big questions, says Nobel Laureate and UBC Honorary Degree recipient Jack Szostak. Challenge accepted conventions, prejudices and preconceptions,...

An educator ready to challenge the world of education

Jun 6, 2014 / 12:00 am

Okanagan College Regional Dean James Barmby earns PhD at UBC  Among those crossing the stage at UBC’s Okanagan campus Convocation was James Barmby, conferred a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. What the degree does not tell is that Barmby is a highly distinguished educator himself, as Dean of...

Pushor Mitchell award marks five years of support for student leaders

Jun 6, 2014 / 12:00 am

2014 winner Alexa Geddes involved in local and global social activism projects Alexa Geddes, graduating with a bachelor of science honours with a major in biology and a minor in psychology from UBC’s Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, is the winner of this year’s $10,000 Pushor...

Celebrating student achievement at the College’s Spring Convocation

Jun 5, 2014 / 11:03 am

Okanagan College Media Release For one Okanagan College graduate, the diploma he’s receiving this Saturday marks the end of a long journey—both figuratively and literally. John Partanen, age 45, decided to come to the College in 2010 when he saw a posting for a job as a Water Engineering...

First Nations PhD graduates take knowledge back to community

Jun 5, 2014 / 12:00 am

University education and graduate study opportunities grow for Aboriginal people UBC Okanagan’s first two Aboriginal PhD graduates are taking what they have learned back to their Okanagan communities. The Syilx (Okanagan) traditional territories extend from BC’s south central interior to...
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Two outstanding UBC students receive Governor General Award

Jun 4, 2014 / 12:00 am

Graduate student Melisa Lavallee and undergraduate student Kyle Noftall earn top honour for academic achievements In recognition of achieving the highest grade-point average of all PhD graduates at UBC’s Okanagan campus this year, the 2014 Governor General’s Gold Medal is being awarded to...

Creative writing student published, included, and ready to graduate

Jun 4, 2014 / 12:00 am

Sharalin McLeod takes a different journey to Convocation When Sharalin McLeod began her education at UBC’s Okanagan campus she had three big goals: to be included, to be a published writer, and to graduate with her peers. This week, she will tick the final item off her wish list as she will walk...

Studying frozen volcanoes in Iceland leads to science degree

Jun 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Lifetime adventure with her children enriches Erica Massey’s UBC experience Erica Massey, graduating from UBC with a bachelor of science degree in earth and environmental sciences from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has already plotted out her master’s degree research. But...

UBC confers record number degrees at Convocation

Jun 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Six graduation ceremonies take place over two days this week UBC’s Okanagan campus will be buzzing with excitement and activity as Convocation ceremonies take over the campus for two days this week. Nearly 1,600 students will graduate in six ceremonies to confer degrees. It is the largest-ever...

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund supports 13 projects

May 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Initiatives on Okanagan campus encourage cultural, social understanding UBC’s 2014 Equity Enhancement Fund results have been announced with 13 groups receiving a total of $83,254 in funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. Interest was high with the Equity and Inclusion...

UBC student writings add context to study of colonialism

May 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Contribution becomes part of public history with Kelowna Museums Society UBC students studying colonialism and decolonization have produced a collection of critical, creative writings called Settler Melankelownia: Colonialism, Memory and Heritage in the Okanagan. The pieces in the collection use a...

UBC offers yoga retreats, engineering and sports camps

May 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Activities to suit all ages on Okanagan campus this summer Need something to do this summer? UBC summer camps this year include revitalizing yoga retreats for adults, and exciting sports camps and engineering camps for youth. Yoga retreats A new offering lets you revitalize your mental and...

Engineering tool links health risks, poor household air quality

May 28, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC research suggests lives, millions of dollars could be saved in health-care costs A UBC Okanagan graduate engineering student has developed an indoor environmental assessment tool that has the potential to reduce respiratory illness from household mold and dampness. PhD candidate Craig Hostland...

Scotiabank invests in students in British Columbia ahead of its 182nd annual meeting

May 27, 2014 / 2:07 pm

The following is a Scotiabank media release KELOWNA, BC and TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 07, 2014) - Budding art, design and media graduates and community non-profit organizations will benefit from two Scotiabank donations announced today to post-secondary education institutions in...

Intensive Summer Indigenous Program offered by UBC

May 27, 2014 / 12:00 am

Credit courses enhance understanding of artistic and theoretical practices UBC’s Okanagan campus is offering the Intensive Summer Indigenous Program, designed to provide students cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses that enhance their understanding of Indigenous artistic and...

Key industry leaders supporting new Okanagan College Trades Training Complex

May 26, 2014 / 9:28 am

Okanagan College Media Release Owners of some of the most established Central Okanagan businesses focused on the trades are now adding their weight to support the new $33-million Trades Training Complex under construction at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Representatives from companies...

Writing is right for BC Books double winner Ashley Little

May 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

Screenplay, new novel, short story all in works for award-winning student author So what's next for prolific young author Ashley Little? She is fresh from an unprecedented dual win at the recent BC Book Prizes this month – notching awards for books in different categories. Little took the Ethel...

Record 28 UBC employees receive long-service awards

May 21, 2014 / 12:00 am

Decades of service to post-secondary sector celebrated at ceremony UBC makes a point of celebrating the milestones of its students. The same goes for employees—and administrators at the Okanagan campus recently honoured 28 people for their years of dedicated service. More than 20 of those...
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