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Student video about homelessness goes viral

May 8, 2014 / 11:16 am

Okanagan College Media Release Experience may trump youth in many instances but for two Okanagan College students their fresh ideas and resourcefulness resulted in a social media home run for a local charity. Okanagan College business administration students Kelly Stone and Arianne Summach...

Airport mural highlights UBC Okanagan stories

May 8, 2014 / 12:00 am

80-foot-long installation greets 750,000 annual visitors arriving at YLW UBC’s Okanagan campus has a story to tell – actually plenty of them -- and several compelling stories about students are now featured on an 80-foot-long mural at Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The mural graces the...

College’s new Finance Director brings experience to her role

May 7, 2014 / 12:07 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s new Director of Finance won’t have issues figuring out how a B.C. post-secondary institution handles its accounts. Ann Johnson is an eight-year veteran in the same role at Vancouver Community College (VCC), having served as that...

College professor earns national recognition for mentorship

May 7, 2014 / 9:40 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College students weren’t alone in earning national awards at the 2014 Enactus National Competition, which was held in Calgary last week. Business professor Devin Rubadeau was recognized with a national award as Rookie Faculty Advisor of the Year by...

UBC student examines lack of suitable housing for local single parents

May 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

Master’s thesis establishes the problem is not being addressed in Kelowna Student Amanda Jones knows all too well the struggles single mothers endure while finding safe, affordable, and suitable housing in Kelowna. Jones, raised by a single parent, recently finished her research thesis, under the...

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...


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