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Making the case for evidence-based science in the political arena

Jan 5, 2016 / 11:55 am
Okanagan College Media Release A new era of optimism for science in Canada is emerging. Within days of coming into power, the federal Liberal government lifted a veil of secrecy by giving government scientists a green light to speak directly to the media and the public. This change invites...

Lunelli family helps Okanagan College inspire the automotive tradespeople of tomorrow

Jan 4, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A local family that includes two generations of Okanagan College alumni has made a major donation to assist the next generation of automotive technicians at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Tony and Franca Lunelli, founders of Anthony’s...

A beautiful thing - OC student's work helps industry

Dec 29, 2015 / 9:41 am
An Okanagan College student’s class project is turning out to be a valuable resource for B.C.’s estheticians and spa owners. Faye Hughes, a fourth-year student in OC’s Business Administration degree program, has produced a 50-page human resources manual as part of her Social Entrepreneurship...

Mentors give back to College

Dec 29, 2015 / 9:09 am
Mentors give back to the College in a big way Inspired by their experience mentoring trades students nearly a decade ago, two long-time Okanagan College donors have come forward with a major gift to support the training of the Valley’s future carpenters. Jim and Yvonne Lamb, owners of...

Denesiuk becomes Board Chair

Dec 24, 2015 / 11:57 am
Okanagan College News Release - Dec. 24, 2016 New OC Board Chair has strong resume The incoming Chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has a distinguished history of leading educational organizations. Connie Denesiuk, of Summerland, will assume responsibilities of the Chair on...

Students thankful to donors in the community as holidays approach

Dec 22, 2015 / 2:41 pm
Okanagan College Media Release During the busy season of giving, an Okanagan College student and father of four is taking the time to express his gratitude to donors who have brought the gift of education back into his life this year. Steven Steed is among the 866 students throughout the...

Management students help promote BMX park and food forest

Dec 21, 2015 / 12:00 am
A presentation by business students might conjure up images of snazzy suits, flashy displays, and talks about profit margins, market demand, and growth. Things are a little bit different in the third-year Introduction to Marketing course offered by UBC Okanagan’s Assist. Prof. Eric Li. His...
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Capri Insurance generosity a slam dunk for UBC Heat student athlete

Dec 18, 2015 / 12:00 am
First-year UBC Okanagan student Emma Johnson knows the meaning of hard work. Watch her on the court during an Okanagan Heat women’s basketball game, and it’s obvious the first-year guard is determined to win. As a nursing student who hopes to focus on pediatrics or community nursing, Johnson...

A gift 50 years in the making: donor honours father’s legacy

Dec 16, 2015 / 2:56 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of the valley’s longest-running family-owned commercial trucking businesses has come forward with a big gift for trades students at Okanagan College, in honour of its founder who helped pave the way for the industry in Kelowna. Cookson Motors Ltd., owned...

On your mark, get set, write: 3-hour short story contest winners

Dec 16, 2015 / 12:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Armed with only their creativity and the words at their fingertips, 60 budding writers participated in Okanagan College’s annual 3-Hour Short Story contest in November at the four campus locations. Four regional authors (one per campus) were named the...

College students’ Stash Bash raises funds for BC Cancer Foundation

Dec 15, 2015 / 2:35 pm
Okanagan College Media Release You may have noticed Kelowna gentlemen growing a little hairier this past Movember. Keeping to the theme and in support of the moustache the annual Stash Bash raised $2,250 in support of the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna. Now in its fourth year, the Stash Bash...

Seeing red: the science behind the holiday cups

Dec 11, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC professor explains why the plain cup campaign didn’t backfire for Starbucks If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a viral video is priceless. On November 1, Starbucks released its 2015 holiday cups. It’s a marketing tradition that’s been around since 1997. This time, however, the...

Okanagan College receives $250,000 from The Joyce Foundation for trades bursaries

Dec 10, 2015 / 2:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A major gift from The Joyce Foundation will soon open doors to education and help make dreams a reality for scores of current and future students at Okanagan College. The $250,000 donation will be used to create entrance bursaries and augment existing financial...

High schoolers experience a day in the life at university

Dec 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
Computer Science instructor opens doors and helps mentor future students Inspire young minds. That’s the motto for UBC Computer Science instructor Bowen Hui. Last week, about 20 students from Kelowna Secondary School (KSS) had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a student at...

$1 million in funding announced to support apprenticeship in high demand trades

Dec 7, 2015 / 1:48 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Apprentices, employers, and anyone considering a career in trades should take note: LNG Canada has announced $1 million in private funding to support employers sponsoring apprentices and foundation (pre-apprentice) trades students in programs from Carpentry to...

CLAC gift helps Okanagan College equip trades students

Dec 4, 2015 / 1:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of Canada’s largest national independent unions has come forward with a major donation to help Okanagan College put tools in the hands of tradespeople in training. CLAC has donated $30,000 toward a new tool crib in the College’s carpentry shop, which has...

New space opens for students, resident doctors at Nelson hospital

Dec 3, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC medical students and resident physicians now have their own dedicated study and training space at Kootenay Lake Hospital The new learning areas will be used primarily by third-year students with the Trail Integrated Community Clerkship program and resident physicians from the Kootenay Boundary...

UBC ties girls’ sedentary lifestyles to potential health issues

Dec 3, 2015 / 12:00 am
In an age of TVs, touchscreens, and tablets, Canadian children are spending more and more time riding the couch than their bikes. While it’s well known that moving less and eating more has led to expanding waistlines, recently published research by UBC Assoc. Prof. Ali McManus is showing that...

UBC School of Nursing turns to technology to help with paediatric care

Dec 1, 2015 / 12:00 am
Donation provides new “child” simulator to help with student medical training For anyone working in the medical field, they know the challenges they face helping a child in trouble. Finding and treating what’s wrong can be difficult. Children have challenges communicating their feelings, are...

Business students prepare to head east for prominent case competition

Nov 30, 2015 / 2:52 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Jessica Lenz is hopeful that she can once again help her team bring home a gold medal from the prestigious Queen’s University Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.) when she heads to Kingston, Ont., in January with seven fellow Okanagan College School...

Horizon Electric lights up Okanagan College with trades complex donation

Nov 30, 2015 / 9:30 am
The future looks bright for the next generation of electricians in the Okanagan thanks to a major boost from a local contractor that will help the College amp up a cutting edge lab for trades training. Staff from Horizon Electric joined students and employees of Okanagan College to celebrate the...

Penticton adopts UBC nursing students’ Baby Friendly Initiative

Nov 26, 2015 / 12:00 am
Group works to make breastfeeding in public more acceptable throughout the Okanagan A group of fourth-year nursing students at UBC’s Okanagan campus has aligned with the City of Penticton to be “baby friendly.” The students made a formal request to Penticton city council earlier this month,...

College graduates answer school district’s needs

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:50 am
Okanagan College Media Release North Okanagan Shuswap School District #83 is anticipating a significant number of retirements in the next couple of years, and graduates of Okanagan College’s Education Assistant (EA) program will be ready to meet the community’s needs. “We’re at a...

Interactive learning tools help students map the brain

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC professor turns to technology to help students learn neuroanatomy For those who traditionally learned about anatomy outside medical school, figuring out what the human brain looks like inside the skull was largely a textbook exercise. Diagrams with arrows and text descriptions acted as a...

New Inclusive Technology Lab levels the academic field at UBC

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:00 am
Workspace options improve learning opportunities for many students A new space has opened up on UBC’s Okanagan campus that will help level the academic playing field for students with disabilities. The new Inclusive Technology Lab (ITL), located just inside the main doors of the library, has...

UBC Okanagan flu vaccine numbers receive shot in the arm

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:00 am
Number of students, staff, and faculty rolling up their sleeves rises 780 per cent in 10 years Ten years ago, 92 people took part in the first flu clinic held at UBC’s Okanagan campus. This year, the number of students, faculty, and staff attending on-campus flu clinics has risen to 810 — a 780...

Engineering student represents Canada at world trampoline championship

Nov 20, 2015 / 12:00 am
Student bounces from gym to lab to class to international competition When UBC engineering student Trevor Stirling talks about a Miller plus, don’t be thinking it has anything to do with a beverage. Stirling, who is in his third year of electrical engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is...

College brings its renowned Culinary program to Revelstoke

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:15 am
Okanagan College Media Release Aggressive growth in the tourism and hospitality sector has created a demand for skilled workers in Revelstoke’s culinary industry, as a result, Okanagan College will offer its Professional Cook Level One program in February to prepare the chefs of tomorrow for...

Research pokes holes in police tactics to obtain confessions of crime

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:00 am
Study participants easily led to believe fake memory of criminal activities If you’ve ever watched a TV crime drama, or even the national news, you’ve likely witnessed a suspect, after endless police questioning, breakdown in tears to confess to a crime. Dramatic evidence, however, now proves...

College hosts session on combining construction program and green building project

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:35 pm
Would-be builders and carpenters have a chance on Nov. 23 to find out more about a course next spring that will take them onto the jobsite of tomorrow as Okanagan College instructors and students help to construct one of the most energy efficient homes in the region. The College’s Trades...

Just one HIIT: High intensity interval training may reduce risk of diabetes

Nov 17, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers demonstrate the impact of just one training session  We all know that pushing yourself through that intense cardio workout is good for your heart. But new research coming out of UBC’s Okanagan campus demonstrates that high intensity interval training (HIIT) can actually help...

Acclaimed biologist promotes public appreciation for insects

Nov 13, 2015 / 11:05 am
Have little critters been giving you the creepy crawlies? In an effort to shift your perspective towards insects, Dr. Jeremy McNeil, Biology Professor at Western University, will make the case about their crucial role in the planet’s ecosystem when he visits Okanagan College’s Vernon campus...

College’s Vernon Aerospace Campus hosts open house

Nov 12, 2015 / 3:45 pm
Those interested in learning more about careers in aviation will have a chance on Nov. 14 to tour Okanagan College’s Vernon Aerospace Campus and speak with instructors and students about program opportunities and two big new additions to the College’s fleet. Okanagan College recently...

The fats you consume may make you lazy and prone to diabetes

Nov 12, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers investigate the detriments of polyunsaturated fats Dietary fat has dangerous alliances in the diabetes war, according to UBC researchers. Their findings show that certain fats consumed in excessively high levels contribute to sedentary behaviour and a predisposition to insulin...

UBC researcher investigates fall prevention for the elderly

Nov 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
Jennifer Jakobi awarded Killam Research Fellowship to assist with her research A UBC researcher is looking at ways to help keep elderly residents safe and independent in their later years. One of the key aspects of her research is fall prevention. “Factors such as muscle strength, steadiness,...

Engineering student bridging gaps between cultures on campus

Nov 6, 2015 / 12:00 am
Muslim Student Association hosts discussion about hatred and misconceptions UBC graduate student Adnan Bhat knows a thing or two about engineering change. Bhat has been successfully bridging the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims on the UBC Okanagan campus and in the community. “Our goal was to...

Donor hopes new trades building will inspire students to think green

Nov 5, 2015 / 11:48 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local business leader and volunteer for the Okanagan College Foundation’s Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign is supporting the College’s efforts to go green with its new trades training facilities. Rambow Mechanical Ltd., led by President Patrick...

3-Hour writing contest underway this weekend

Nov 4, 2015 / 3:25 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Talk to any writer and they will tell you that the process of writing, editing and rewriting is one that is unique to every person. Some writers need absolute silence, an antique typewriter and a pair of perfectly worn-in and well-loved slippers on their feet...

Red Seal of approval – it’s Apprenticeship Recognition Week

Nov 3, 2015 / 1:42 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The B.C. government has proclaimed this as B.C. Apprenticeship Recognition Week and there are few places in the province where the role of apprentices is more obvious than at Okanagan College, B.C.’s second-largest trades training institution. “This week we...

Balancing campus life and sport no ordinary feat for Special Olympics athlete

Nov 2, 2015 / 9:22 am
Okanagan College Media Release With 18 medals adorning her neck representing five years competing in provincial, national, and international track and field events, 21-year-old Kelowna resident Jeneka Greif has defied the odds. The latest in her hardware collection are a silver and a bronze...
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