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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...

Two outstanding UBC students receive Governor General Award

Jun 4, 2014 / 12:00 am

Graduate student Melisa Lavallee and undergraduate student Kyle Noftall earn top honour for academic achievements In recognition of achieving the highest grade-point average of all PhD graduates at UBC’s Okanagan campus this year, the 2014 Governor General’s Gold Medal is being awarded to...

Creative writing student published, included, and ready to graduate

Jun 4, 2014 / 12:00 am

Sharalin McLeod takes a different journey to Convocation When Sharalin McLeod began her education at UBC’s Okanagan campus she had three big goals: to be included, to be a published writer, and to graduate with her peers. This week, she will tick the final item off her wish list as she will walk...

Studying frozen volcanoes in Iceland leads to science degree

Jun 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Lifetime adventure with her children enriches Erica Massey’s UBC experience Erica Massey, graduating from UBC with a bachelor of science degree in earth and environmental sciences from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has already plotted out her master’s degree research. But...

UBC confers record number degrees at Convocation

Jun 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Six graduation ceremonies take place over two days this week UBC’s Okanagan campus will be buzzing with excitement and activity as Convocation ceremonies take over the campus for two days this week. Nearly 1,600 students will graduate in six ceremonies to confer degrees. It is the largest-ever...

UBC Equity Enhancement Fund supports 13 projects

May 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Initiatives on Okanagan campus encourage cultural, social understanding UBC’s 2014 Equity Enhancement Fund results have been announced with 13 groups receiving a total of $83,254 in funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. Interest was high with the Equity and Inclusion...

UBC student writings add context to study of colonialism

May 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Contribution becomes part of public history with Kelowna Museums Society UBC students studying colonialism and decolonization have produced a collection of critical, creative writings called Settler Melankelownia: Colonialism, Memory and Heritage in the Okanagan. The pieces in the collection use a...

UBC offers yoga retreats, engineering and sports camps

May 30, 2014 / 12:00 am

Activities to suit all ages on Okanagan campus this summer Need something to do this summer? UBC summer camps this year include revitalizing yoga retreats for adults, and exciting sports camps and engineering camps for youth. Yoga retreats A new offering lets you revitalize your mental and...

Engineering tool links health risks, poor household air quality

May 28, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC research suggests lives, millions of dollars could be saved in health-care costs A UBC Okanagan graduate engineering student has developed an indoor environmental assessment tool that has the potential to reduce respiratory illness from household mold and dampness. PhD candidate Craig Hostland...

Scotiabank invests in students in British Columbia ahead of its 182nd annual meeting

May 27, 2014 / 2:07 pm

The following is a Scotiabank media release KELOWNA, BC and TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 07, 2014) - Budding art, design and media graduates and community non-profit organizations will benefit from two Scotiabank donations announced today to post-secondary education institutions in...

Intensive Summer Indigenous Program offered by UBC

May 27, 2014 / 12:00 am

Credit courses enhance understanding of artistic and theoretical practices UBC’s Okanagan campus is offering the Intensive Summer Indigenous Program, designed to provide students cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses that enhance their understanding of Indigenous artistic and...

Key industry leaders supporting new Okanagan College Trades Training Complex

May 26, 2014 / 9:28 am

Okanagan College Media Release Owners of some of the most established Central Okanagan businesses focused on the trades are now adding their weight to support the new $33-million Trades Training Complex under construction at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Representatives from companies...

Writing is right for BC Books double winner Ashley Little

May 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

Screenplay, new novel, short story all in works for award-winning student author So what's next for prolific young author Ashley Little? She is fresh from an unprecedented dual win at the recent BC Book Prizes this month – notching awards for books in different categories. Little took the Ethel...

Record 28 UBC employees receive long-service awards

May 21, 2014 / 12:00 am

Decades of service to post-secondary sector celebrated at ceremony UBC makes a point of celebrating the milestones of its students. The same goes for employees—and administrators at the Okanagan campus recently honoured 28 people for their years of dedicated service. More than 20 of those...

Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre kicks off summer programs

May 20, 2014 / 12:00 am

Readings, talks, music and workshops on tap for bucolic UBC artist retreat The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at UBC’s Okanagan campus is hosting a series of summer celebrations in nature starting today and continuing through August. Nearly every week over the summer season, the...

UBC artists launch Northern Gateway pipeline video contest

May 20, 2014 / 12:00 am

Energy mega-project expected to draw multiple perspectives and responses A group of artists at UBC’s Okanagan campus is launching a contest for people to have their say about the Northern Gateway Pipeline. The contest is open to everyone – throughout BC, across Canada or anywhere in the world...

College honours Lent with Distinguished Service Award

May 16, 2014 / 4:32 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Acclaimed author and retired Okanagan College Regional Dean John Lent will receive the Distinguished Service award next month during the College’s Vernon Convocation ceremony. Lent is the fourth person in College history to receive the award, which is the highest...

Okanagan College and SD 23 partner on innovative student-centred program

May 16, 2014 / 11:03 am

Okanagan College Media Release On April 29, Okanagan College and Central Okanagan School District (SD 23) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a groundbreaking new program called Early College. Early College provides access to education opportunities and a supported...

Iconic rock song inspires the winner of College poetry contest

May 15, 2014 / 9:44 am

Okanagan College Media Release On April 3, 36 aspiring writers from Okanagan College and students from local Grade 11 and 12 classes put their creativity to the test at the first ever Three-hour Poetry Contest. The contestants had 180 minutes to create a poem in a specific poetic form...


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