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Campus Life - Okanagan

The customer isn't always right

May 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC study looks at what happens when customers snap at call centre workers Many of us have done it: we use the kind of language and tone with a call centre agent that could easily be considered rude. And to every action, there is a reaction. UBC researcher David Walker is investigating how call...

Faculty of Management students deliver solutions for community

May 6, 2014 / 12:00 am

Students tackle real-world business-related challenges facing Okanagan Valley Three healthy living initiatives will launch in the Okanagan-Similkameen region thanks in part to the highly innovative efforts of students in the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Every April, more than...

UBC nurse researcher wins international award for research excellence

May 1, 2014 / 12:00 am

Doctoral work examines the determinants of health for Aboriginal people Donna Kurtz, an associate professor of nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness for research about social justice and health equality for...

Shupe and Ungaro to be honoured by College’s Alumni Association

Apr 30, 2014 / 4:08 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is bestowing its highest honour on two former Okanagan College students – one of whom has spent nearly three decades working tirelessly to advance the profile and success of the dental industry – the other has...

Calculating students crunch numbers at finals of provincial math competition

Apr 29, 2014 / 10:36 am

Okanagan College Media Release Aspiring mathematicians from across the Okanagan Valley will be put to the test at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Friday, May 2, for the final round of the 2014 British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest. The finalists had the highest test scores in the...

UBC nursing student wins three prestigious scholarship awards

Apr 29, 2014 / 12:00 am

Katrina Plamondon receives $105,000 in research funding UBC’s School of Nursing PhD student Katrina Plamondon has won three prestigious scholarships. She has been named a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Graduate Scholar by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). She was also...

CanFlip conference: conversations on teaching and learning

Apr 28, 2014 / 1:35 pm

The idea is uncomfortably simple. Take the normal classroom-homework equation and flip it on its head. Invite students to use recorded lectures when and if they need to, courtesy of technology. They can watch a second time if they want. They can rewind, review, fast-forward. When the students...

Cheesiest Sweet and Savoury Competition

Apr 25, 2014 / 4:20 pm

Apprentices put talent to tasty test with cheese challenge Have a soft spot for aspiring chefs? Join the Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Culinary Arts Centre at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus for the Cheesiest Sweet and Savoury Competition on May 7 at 7 p.m. Apprentice...

Student athletes provide return on investment

Apr 25, 2014 / 12:00 am

Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast raises $50,000 in scholarships Jill Festival, a fifth-year graduating member of UBC’s Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team, knows about success, leadership, teamwork, and failure. She experienced them all during her varsity years and told the...

Shelley Wood wins Okanagan Short Story Contest

Apr 24, 2014 / 12:00 am

Glenna Turnbull and Brittni Mackenzie-Dale take runners-up honours A story that weaves in and out of the lives of three people over many years has won Shelley Wood of Kelowna first prize in the Okanagan Short Story Contest for her original piece of writing, Leave-taking. There is a woman, quietly...

Close race for College’s 12th annual Half Marathon

Apr 23, 2014 / 1:54 pm

Okanagan College Half Marathon In the end just 12 seconds separated the winner and second place finisher in the 12th annual Okanagan College Half Marathon. Cache Creek’s Ryan Day won the 21.1 km event in a time of 1:11:16 edging out the 2013 winner, Hans Aabye, who finished second....

Sustainability expert to lead new College diploma program

Apr 23, 2014 / 1:43 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Amy Vaillancourt, an expert in sustainability assessment, has joined Okanagan College as the lead instructor and program Chair for the College’s new Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) program. Vaillancourt brings a unique blend of...

College students’ research leads to national exposure

Apr 23, 2014 / 1:34 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Groundbreaking research often results from an unpredictable combination of circumstances. For Okanagan College students Julia Thielmann and Arianna Lapham, answering a call for student assistance in a research project had the unexpected results of participating in...

College returns from Skills BC with eleven medals

Apr 23, 2014 / 1:26 pm

Okanagan College Media Release If the future of our region is dependent on a skilled workforce, the Okanagan is in good shape. Nearly a dozen Okanagan College trades and technology students have returned home after podium finishes at the BC Skills Canada competition, held earlier this month in...

Graduate students open academic conference to public and media

Apr 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

Fifth annual IGS Conference features free presentations focusing on rethinking sustainability What: 2014 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Rethinking Sustainability: New Critical and Cultural Horizons, open to media and public Who: Interdisciplinary graduate students across...

Okanagan College drives trades career exploration to Revelstoke

Apr 21, 2014 / 11:27 am

Okanagan College Media Release For the very first time, Okanagan College’s Trades Discovery Trailer will stop in Revelstoke. On April 24, Okanagan College instructors and industry representatives will be at the Revelstoke Forum to show secondary school students, their parents, and members...

UBC researchers part of Peachland partnership for large development

Apr 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

Developer joins forces with engineering students, Okanagan Sustainability Institute Taking the lab out of the classroom is becoming commonplace at UBC as academics strive to apply what they know to the world around us. For researchers with UBC’s Okanagan Sustainability Institute (OSI) and the...

Okanagan Heat volleyball star, CIS boss highlight UBC event

Apr 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

Tickets remain available for UBC’s ninth annual Athletics Scholarship Breakfast  Fifth-year volleyball player Jill Festival has enjoyed team and individual success throughout her varsity days at UBC’s Okanagan campus. To cap off her career with UBC’s Okanagan Heat, Festival will speak at...

Kelowna’s Alix Hawley closes out Visiting Author series

Apr 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

Final UBC literary event of season features festive evening Looking for a cool way to celebrate World Book Night? Join UBC for the final Visiting Author event of the season as celebrated Kelowna author Alix Hawley reads from her works. The reading is among a trio of literary tributes celebrating...

New program empowers Aboriginal students to reach their full potential

Apr 10, 2014 / 11:43 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Aboriginal student population has grown by more than 208 per cent over the last seven years – the fastest rate of any post-secondary institution in the province. To respond to this exploding growth, Okanagan College developed the Academy...

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