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Making wine a greener enterprise

Jul 31, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC grad student examines potential of sustainability from vineyard to market From Bogota, Colombia, to Mexico City, to the wineries of the Okanagan, PhD student Camilo Peña has been on a round-the-world research journey aimed at better understanding and documenting the relationship between...

UBC prof, students help Tanzanian school with no working bathrooms

Jul 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Condemned washrooms need rebuilding or school will close It’s a basic, biological need. When you need to go to the bathroom, you need to go. But a group of children in Tanzania are about to lose the opportunity to get an education because the washrooms at the school are in such bad shape, the...

From brownies and Bundt cakes to running water in India

Jul 28, 2014 / 12:00 am

Students organize fund-raiser dessert buffet to build a well in Andhra Pradesh It was the case of two opposites: the decadence of dessert and a village in India with no clean water. For a group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus, the idea of desserts — all rich and creamy and gooey — was...

Two Okanagan College students help local tech company gain a competitive edge

Jul 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm

Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan College professor has been awarded a federal research grant that will help a growing Kelowna gaming company and provide three students valuable experience in Kelowna’s competitive tech market. Currently two students Trevor Alstad and Riley Dunkin,...

Rhonda Draper to receive Excellence in Teaching Award

Jul 23, 2014 / 12:00 am

Educator to be feted at 25th anniversary celebration for Faculty of Education Rhonda Draper from Kelowna has been announced as the recipient of the first Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Faculty of Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Draper will be recognized at the...

Ghana children’s verbal stories turned into school books

Jul 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

Folk tales come to life in print thanks to team of UBC teacher candidates  Verbal stories, handed down for generations, are now published in school books in Ghana, thanks to a group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus. The seven illustrated books were produced by Nabit children in the village...

UBC sponsors Canadian war literature world conference in Ottawa

Jul 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

Renowned authors to speak about Canada’s First World War literary contributions The University of British Columbia Okanagan, the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian War Museum are marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “war to end all wars” with a conference on Canadian war...

Vin-dulge at the Okanagan’s ultimate wine-food pairing course

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:22 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Wondering what food to serve with that Pinotage you picked up last weekend? Looking to plan your own wine tasting event this fall? A new food and wine learning experience offers an unparalleled opportunity for enthusiasts to explore the bounty of the Okanagan...

Canada West defers decision to add football at UBC Okanagan

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

Delay to expand campus athletics due to league’s pending strategic review A strategic review by the Canada West Universities Athletics Association (Canada West) has put on hold the possibility of adding varsity football to UBC’s Okanagan campus. At its annual general meeting in May, Canada...

Summer literary institute gives insider perspective on writing, editing

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

Free public lectures offer useful tips to budding authors and editors Ever wonder about the nuts and bolts that go into the writing, editing and publishing of a literary work? Editing Modernism: Creative and Critical Remediations, a five-day Textual Editing and Modernism in Canada (TEMiC) Summer...

UBC partnership with Mitacs brings business developer to Interior

Jul 11, 2014 / 12:00 am

University-industry collaborations will be promoted across the region UBC is partnering with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit training and research organization, to locate a business development specialist on the Okanagan campus. This week Jennifer Tedman-Jones began work to promote...

UBC professor named observer for UN session to end racism

Jul 10, 2014 / 12:00 am

Margo Tamez’s research into Aboriginal rights includes Texas treaty claims A UBC researcher has been named an official observer by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 85th Session in Geneva,...

UBC researcher wins top award for study that examines mining waste

Jul 4, 2014 / 12:00 am

Research paper wins Thomas C. Keefer Medal after 10 years in the making It has been a long road for UBC researcher Craig Nichol to help devise a green solution to mitigate landscape contamination from mine tailings. A joint research paper on the subject, which for various reasons took more than a...

UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Education celebrates 25 years of learning

Jul 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Silver anniversary welcomes educators from across the province It’s something worth celebrating. Twenty five years ago, a teacher education program opened its doors at Okanagan College. And this summer, the Faculty of Education, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, celebrates 25 years of providing...

Distinguished Chef joins College’s Culinary Arts department

Jun 30, 2014 / 9:54 am

Chef Bernard Casavant, one of the country’s best-known chefs, has joined Okanagan College as the institution’s Culinary Manager. Casavant’s reputation spreads beyond the kitchen – he has also been a major force for improvement in the hospitality industry during his career, and in...

Free online course aimed at province's wine servers

Jun 27, 2014 / 2:03 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Collaboration between Okanagan College and the British Columbia Wine Institute will mean wine and food servers in this province and elsewhere can now take a free online course to enhance their knowledge of vintages, varieties, and appellations. The new course,...

UBC signs mobility agreement with European and North American partners

Jun 26, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC one of four Canadian universities to participate in EU-funded program At a signing ceremony in Barcelona, Spain, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard officially made UBC a partner in Nova Domus, a European Union-funded program focussed on building international research...

Okanagan College student retools career after injury

Jun 24, 2014 / 3:33 pm

Okanagan College Media Release When an on-the-job injury sidelined 25-year-old Andrea Grover from her job as a Health Care Assistant she knew immediately what she had to do – go back to school. Grover, who graduated from Okanagan College in 2011 as a Health Care Assistant, was working at a...

John Lent to address graduands at Okanagan College’s Vernon convocation

Jun 24, 2014 / 11:30 am

Okanagan College Media Release Internationally acclaimed author, and retired Okanagan College Regional Dean John Lent is a firm believer that education gives people the power to change the world. “I spent my adult life as a teacher and came from a long line of teachers,” says Lent. “I...

UBC signs MOU with Basque Institute of Competitiveness – Orkestra

Jun 24, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC has signed the first of several memoranda of understanding with key European institutions for increased collaboration in research, visits by faculty and students and the sharing of information and scientific materials. The first agreement with the Basque Institute of Competitiveness –...


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