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UBC Okanagan animal therapy program launches BARK2GO

Feb 17, 2015 / 12:00 am

Building Academic Retention through K9s expands across campus Students are lining up at UBC Okanagan’s campus—and it’s not for Tim Hortons. Each semester more than 1,000 students attend Building Academic Retention through K9s (BARK) to spend time with registered therapy dogs. Due to...

UBC honours contributions to science of dinosaurs and distant planets

Feb 17, 2015 / 12:00 am

Paleontologist and astrophysicist to receive honorary degrees in June Sara Seager’s research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Two accomplished Canadian scientists--a discoverer of dinosaurs, and a discoverer of atmosphere on planets orbiting distant stars--will...

Okanagan College’s Dr. Barry McGillivray has decided to reinvest in the economy of the region that has treated him well

Feb 16, 2015 / 3:22 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Dr. Barry McGillivray, Associate Dean of the College’s School of Business, is donating $100,000 to develop a research centre at the College that will be focused on small business and entrepreneurship in the Southern Interior. “I’m giving back to a region...

New Construction Craft Worker program coming to the College

Feb 16, 2015 / 9:05 am

Okanagan College Media Release The people who do the work of a Construction Craft Worker are a vital part of every construction site and team. They install utility piping, place concrete, construct roads, assist skilled tradespersons such as carpenters and bricklayers, and they set-up and break...

Concussions, their effect, and return to play, topic of Science in Society Series talk

Feb 13, 2015 / 11:21 am

Okanagan College Media Release When is it safe for an athlete to return to play following a concussion? In recent years, concussions resulting from sports activity have gained the attention of sports enthusiasts and scientists alike. On Wednesday Feb. 18 clinical neuroscientist Dr. Paul van...

Carter family donation to enhance study space for trades students at Okanagan College

Feb 13, 2015 / 9:24 am

Okanagan College Media Release A generous gift by a local family will help support the creation of two new study spaces at Okanagan College, as part of the $33-million project to renovate and expand the institution’s trades training complex. Al Carter, a well-known auto industry pioneer in...

Interior Savings, UBC team up to go places never thought possible

Feb 13, 2015 / 12:00 am

Adaptive outdoor cycling equipment turns disabled riders into Explorers Unique cycling machines that can help people with disabilities get outdoors onto hiking and skiing trails will also help UBC Okanagan students to better understand physical limitations. Interior Savings recently contributed...

UBC presents Jay Ingram for a second night

Feb 13, 2015 / 12:00 am

High demand in community for Alzheimer’s speaker UBC Okanagan has added a second evening to its Distinguished Speaker Series presentation by Jay Ingram. The iconic Canadian writer and broadcaster will speak about his new book The End of Memory: A Natural history of Alzheimer’s disease on...

Okanagan Heat family bids farewell to long-serving basketball coach

Feb 13, 2015 / 12:00 am

After two decades on the court, coach Semeniuk retires and hangs up the hightops “Family comes first” is the motto of UBC Okanagan’s Heather Semeniuk, who is retiring after spending the past 21 years as coach of the Heat women’s basketball team. The game has always been a passion for...

Oline Smith Awards help college students pursue their dream careers in trades

Feb 12, 2015 / 3:54 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Knowing that the annual awards created in her name are bettering the lives of local college students would have been the highlight of Penticton resident Oline Smith’s life, say her friends. Bill and Grace Sawarin, Smith’s long-time friends and neighbours,...

UBC nursing students volunteer at Kelowna’s Global Village

Feb 12, 2015 / 12:00 am

Stage is set to teach elementary students how many kids are ‘too sick for school’ Nursing students from UBC’s Okanagan campus are spending their reading week at the Global School House, an annual event that helps local Grade 6 students experience a day in a poor international...

Daniel Boone’s character awakens in College professor’s debut novel

Feb 11, 2015 / 10:51 am

Okanagan College Media Release In her debut novel All True Not A Lie In It, released today, Kelowna-based author Dr. Alix Hawley recounts the poignant adventures of American pioneer Daniel Boone who attempted to settle Kentucky and was famously held captive – yet adopted – by a Shawnee...

Christian family donation drives new student space at Okanagan College

Feb 10, 2015 / 1:34 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Students at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus will soon have a bright new gathering space thanks to a donation by a local family. In memory of Frank Christian, his wife Barbara Christian along with her children Randy, Lorinda, and Liana have pledged $75,000 to...

Veteran Cirque du Soleil clowns ‘Marooned’ in Kelowna

Feb 10, 2015 / 12:00 am

UBC artists in residence preparing to unveil surreal lineup of February shows A new stage show presented by UBC Okanagan and Theatre26 explores the madness and isolation, joy and elation experienced by professional clowns on the road. Marooned debuts Feb. 19, bringing a slice of surreal life from...

Wisdom Tettey to lead arts and sciences faculty at UBC Okanagan

Feb 10, 2015 / 12:00 am

An extensive international search led UBC to one of its own to serve as the next Dean of UBC Okanagan’s largest faculty. Prof. Wisdom Tettey, an internationally acclaimed scholar with extensive academic leadership experience, has been appointed Dean of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and...

Ronaldo in UBCO classroom

Feb 8, 2015 / 1:00 pm

A fourth year sociology course is grabbing international attention. The course, taught by Dr. Luis Aguiar, is unique in its focus on football (soccer) star Christiano Ronaldo and the cultural phenomenon he represents. "What makes him [Ronaldo] special is that he has visibility beyond the...

UBC professor chairs national committee on historical preservation

Feb 6, 2015 / 12:00 am

Experts look at ways for libraries and museums to digitally preserve history A national committee chaired by UBC history professor Doug Owram is calling on Canadian memory institutions such as libraries, museums, archival storage organizations and galleries, to make a concentrated effort to keep...

Gold Medal Plates helps student chefs shine

Feb 5, 2015 / 4:30 pm

Last year’s Gold Medal Plates finale could have turned out differently had it not been for one savvy student assistant. Okanagan College apprentice chef Stephanie Huff was assisting Toronto Chef Lorenzo Loseto as he was creating his gold medal winning plate, which featured gently fried...

Kelowna College students received more than $169,000 in scholarships

Feb 5, 2015 / 1:57 pm

Okanagan College Media Release In recognition of educational merit and community contributions, the Okanagan College Foundation has awarded 136 Okanagan College Kelowna campus students with a total of 173 scholarships and bursaries valued at $169,697 during the 2013-2014 academic year....

Vernon College students received more than $41,000 in scholarships

Feb 5, 2015 / 1:55 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Hard work, determination, and commitment for 38 Vernon students translated into a boost to their education fund. The Okanagan College Foundation distributed 54 awards totaling $41,036 to students studying at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus during the 2013-2014...


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