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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 –...

UBC to work closely on new programs with select European institutions

Jun 24, 2014 / 12:00 am

Deborah Buszard looks to open new doors for innovative collaboration UBC’s Okanagan campus is developing key new relationships in Europe with a series of signings of new agreements with prominent institutions.  During an intensive few days this week, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal,...

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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