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UBC Okanagan honours professors and staff for years of service

Apr 29, 2015 / 12:00 am
Decades of employment to post-secondary sector celebrated at annual event The year was 1980 and while 83 million television viewers wondered ‘who shot J.R.?’, Mount St. Helens, Terry Fox, and John Lennon’s death grabbed the headlines. That same year, Diana French, associate professor of...

Medical student creates art classes for people living with brain injuries

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 am
New idea tackles depression and social isolation while creating useable art work Second-year medical student Maksim Parfyonov has always had a keen interest in neuroscience. And art. When he was offered the chance to work with CONNECT as part of his Southern Medical Program studies at UBC’s...

Distinguished biomedical innovator to lead research at UBC Okanagan

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 am
Molecular biologist Philip Barker from McGill University appointed Vice-Principal Research Molecular biologist and biochemist Philip Barker has been appointed Vice-Principal Research at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. A professor in the Departments of Neurology and...

UBC’s Southern Medical Program graduates first class of students

Apr 27, 2015 / 12:00 am
First group of medical doctors trained in the B.C. Interior begin residency training The first medical students to be fully educated and trained in the B.C. Interior are set to graduate from the University of British Columbia this spring. UBC Okanagan welcomed the inaugural class of the Southern...

One year of ‘likes’ in sharing Kelowna’s storied past through photos

Apr 22, 2015 / 9:16 am
Okanagan College Media Release Modern technology is giving Kelowna’s rich history a collective voice. With 8,400 likes garnered since its launch, the Old Kelowna Facebook page is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Friday, April 24. It all started when Okanagan College English professor...

UBC study finds nurse 'navigators' play vital role in senior care

Apr 21, 2015 / 12:00 am
Retired baby boomers may provide volunteer workforce to help in rural settings Retired baby boomers—professionals looking for something meaningful to do during retirement—might be the answer to helping seniors  with chronic illness live independent lives. A three-year study conducted by...
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College Alumnus helps trades students plug into cutting edge classroom and financial skills training

Apr 20, 2015 / 3:01 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The current generation of students needs to feel that the community is behind them and invested in their futures, says an Okanagan College alumnus whose donation is helping build a new learning environment at the College’s Kelowna campus. Dale Lamb, President...

UBC Management students win high praise from Totalamber CEO

Apr 20, 2015 / 12:00 am
Argus Cup Live Case Challenge impresses visiting international entrepreneur After three days of challenging competition, six UBC students in the Bachelor of Management program have won high praise from competition partner Totalamber. Over 48 hours, working in 34 teams, every third-year Management...

Nickoli and Perrott earn College’s Alumni Association top honours

Apr 17, 2015 / 10:38 am
Okanagan College Media Release Embodying true ambassadorship for our region, two outstanding Okanagan College alumni are being recognized by the Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) for their exceptional contributions to the communities in which they live. Vernon’s Sareena Sharma...

Inland donation drives home local industry support for Okanagan College’s trades campaign

Apr 15, 2015 / 9:24 am
Okanagan College Media Release Engines were revving and the crowd was cheering as a big cheque was presented to Okanagan College at Inland Kenworth’s open house on Saturday. Inland has pledged $50,000 to the Bright Horizon’s Building for Skills Campaign. “The Smoking Gun”, a 1968...

Trio of Okanagan College business students seek votes in the Economist’s competition

Apr 14, 2015 / 3:57 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Find a company that you think has the potential to fail. Wait, let’s make it a little harder: find a company that is currently valued at billions of dollars that you think has the potential to fail within five years. Explain why you think it may...

A recipe for success, College alumnus wins big at investors’ forum

Apr 14, 2015 / 10:00 am
Okanagan College Media Release Hungry for business, Okanagan College alumnus Donnie Ungaro credits making calculated business decisions, following his passion, and serendipitous timing as a few of the keys to his recent success at Venture Okanagan. Ungaro took top spot at the local investors...

Management student becomes UBC Okanagan’s Ch’nook Scholar

Apr 13, 2015 / 12:00 am
Candice Loring had many reasons to give up on education but never did Overcoming obstacles has been a way of life for Candice Loring -- UBC Okanagan’s newest Ch’nook Scholar. The mother of two boys and third-year Management student is also president of UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Student...

Support from regional media helps Okanagan College spread the word about trades training complex campaign

Apr 10, 2015 / 9:32 am
Okanagan College Media Release Media outlets across the valley are helping Okanagan College to spread the word about the fundraising campaign behind the renovation and expansion of the $33-million Trades Training Complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus—and the added awareness has helped...

Whitecaps soccer legend encourages player support and development

Apr 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
Bob Lenarduzzi speaks at Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship breakfast Bob Lenarduzzi, former player and now president of the Vancouver Whitecaps, told a sold-out crowd gathered to support student athletes that investing in young student athletes is an investment in Canada’s...

Themed living communities help UBC students feel at home

Apr 9, 2015 / 12:00 am
Students living on campus are connected by more than their street addresses Nearly 1,700 students live in residence at UBC’s Okanagan campus. With many of these students in their first year of university, Integrated Living Communities (ILCs) have been created to help new students feel at...

College team captures first in case competition

Apr 8, 2015 / 1:29 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Three Okanagan College business students impressed judges at the TRU Human Resources Management Case Competition last week, taking first place in a high-pressure challenge that put their business knowledge to the test. Erika Swanson, Brandi Antonucci and Kirsten...

UBC Everest research shows impacts on cardiovascular health

Apr 7, 2015 / 12:00 am
Grad student’s findings add to knowledge about blood flow and breathing As an undergraduate student in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Ryan Hoiland travelled on a scientific expedition to Nepal, working in the shadow of Mount Everest to study the effects of severe oxygen deprivation...

College, Faculty reach tentative agreement

Apr 2, 2015 / 3:22 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Faculty Association, representing approximately 255 professors have reached a tentative local agreement. The two parties reached the agreement March 28 following an agreement in early February between the Post-Secondary...

Emil Anderson Construction helps Okanagan College students step into heavy-duty classroom

Apr 2, 2015 / 9:57 am
Okanagan College Media Release Prompted by the looming skills gap across the trades sector, a local construction company has thrown its support behind the $33-million project to expand and renovate the trades training complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Emil Anderson Construction...

Artwork submissions deadline for Earth Matters art competition extended

Apr 2, 2015 / 8:53 am
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Earth Matters event, an environmental art competition and symposium, has been rescheduled to the fall. New and experienced Okanagan artists can submit their artwork by October 20, 2015. A symposium and award event recognizing the winning art...

UBC Okanagan opens display area for controversial art work

Apr 2, 2015 / 12:00 am
Public display of art may make some uncomfortable, but may also open debate Art, controversial or not, deserves to be displayed. That’s the rationale behind UBC Okanagan’s new ‘StART the Conversation’—a space dedicated to artwork from UBC’s Public Art Collection that some may find...

College passes $95-million balanced budget

Mar 31, 2015 / 3:25 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has passed a $94.95 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year. “We have passed a balanced operating budget that allows us to continue to provide programs and services throughout the region, without any service...

College event focuses on local community impact on global change

Mar 31, 2015 / 3:07 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Kelowna resident Janine Roth was raised to recognize that not everyone in the world is as fortunate as most Canadians, and that time truly is the most valuable thing we can all give. The 29-year-old Okanagan College International Development diploma student has...

Small classes key at college

Mar 30, 2015 / 11:32 am
Thinking about college? Information sessions at Okanagan College in Vernon and Kelowna will tell you all you need to know. High-school students, parents, and anyone considering career training are invited to hear from college instructors and students about the learning options available to them....

Kamloops writer wins top prize in Okanagan Short Story Contest

Mar 30, 2015 / 12:00 am
More than 90 entries received in annual writers’ competition A Kamloops writer has won first prize in the Okanagan Short Story Contest. Katherin Edwards won the $500 first prize and a week’s residency at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre for her story Pellucidity. In the Canadian tradition of...

Project Management program earns international approval

Mar 29, 2015 / 1:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has earned the designation of Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s largest project management member association. R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved by PMI to help...

Lovig crushes 10 K record at Okanagan College race

Mar 29, 2015 / 1:02 pm
Okanagan College Media Release More than 400 runners crossed the finish line on Sunday at Okanagan College’s 13th annual Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race in Kelowna. The women’s 10 K course record was shattered by Kelowna’s Christy Lovig (36:48). Salmon Arm’s Glynis Sim (38:32)...

Tech sector forecasts significant demand, nationally and locally

Mar 27, 2015 / 10:24 am
Okanagan College Media Release More than 6,500 skilled individuals are the driving force of the Okanagan’s billion-dollar tech industry but a recent national report forecasts a shortage of the homegrown talent to fill the demand for tech jobs by 2019. It is clear there are opportunities in...

Award remembers Okanagan College student and aids another in following his dream

Mar 26, 2015 / 4:40 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A young man’s dream of becoming an aircraft mechanic and pilot ended when his life was cut short by a tragic accident. Now, the award created in his memory is inspiring another student to pursue the lofty goal they shared. Brad Atkins of Vernon is the...

Trifecta finish for College’s Enactus team at regional competition

Mar 26, 2015 / 4:31 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The winning ways of Okanagan College’s business administration students continue, with podium finishes for three teams at the Enactus Western Canadian regional championships held in Calgary recently. A team comprised of five College students won first place at...

Benefit of small class-sizes and campus community draws students to College, hear more at upcoming info nights in Vernon and Kelowna

Mar 25, 2015 / 3:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Good things come in small packages. At Okanagan College the small class sizes at its four local campuses continue to be a differentiator for prospective students. “Class size is the key piece,” says 32-year-old Vernon student Tim Osborne who is completing...

Sentes donation continues regional auto dealers’ strong support of trades expansion at Okanagan College

Mar 25, 2015 / 12:38 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of the valley’s most prominent automotive dealers has come forward with a major donation towards the renovation and expansion of Okanagan College’s Trades Training Complex, and the support goes far beyond dollars and cents. Sentes Automotive has pledged...

Speaker to give inspiring talk about Aboriginal youth empowering change

Mar 23, 2015 / 10:33 am
Okanagan College Media Release In British Columbia, there are 64,100 Aboriginal youth aged 10- to 24-years-old. It is believed in some Aboriginal cultures and heritages that this “eighth generation” will be the generation to impact change. Aboriginal people today are laying the foundation...

Galactic stars to beetle shells, the universe is explored in two upcoming Science in Society Speakers Series in Vernon

Mar 18, 2015 / 4:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Exploring Earth’s smallest yet most beautiful particles to the sparkling farthest reaches of space, the Science in Society Speakers Series concludes with two talks that span the gamut of matter in our universe. On Thursday March 26, American astrophysicist Dr....

College business students reach podium twice in western Canadian competitions

Mar 13, 2015 / 10:25 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s School of Business earned more hardware last weekend in the areas of accounting and human resources when two teams of students made their way to the podium in two separate western Canadian business competitions. In Winnipeg, Okanagan...

A lifetime of tools donated to Okanagan College

Mar 11, 2015 / 8:55 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local tradesperson’s generous donation of thousands of dollars of highly sought-after precision measurement tools will give Okanagan College students some heavy-duty hands-on learning opportunities. Bill Schoof, a retired journeyman, has donated his...

Dads in Gear program kicks off in Kelowna, Abbotsford and Nanaimo

Mar 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC project enables dads to reduce and quit smoking Becoming a father is a significant transition period in a man’s life. And for many men, it is the ideal time to quit smoking. Prof. Joan Bottorff of UBC’s School of Nursing and her team have received an Innovation Grant from the Canadian...

Collaborating friends earn top-three spots in heavyweight Spaghetti Bridge contest

Mar 6, 2015 / 9:30 pm
Okaangan College Media Release It came down to a battle between three friends from Lumby at Okanagan College’s 32nd annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest held at the Kelowna campus today. Grade 7 student Adrian Schartner from Lumby placed first with his bridge weighing 982.6 grams and supporting...
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