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Local author makes shortlist at national writing competition

Mar 19, 2014 / 9:27 am

Kelowna-based author and Okanagan College English professor, Alix Hawley, has been named one of the top five finalists in the Canada Writes – 2014 CBC Short Story Prize. Her short story, “Jumbo,” is about the love a young girl has for an elephant at the zoo, and was inspired by a...

We all need somebody to lean on

Mar 19, 2014 / 12:00 am

Students launch peer-to-peer network at UBC’s Okanagan campus Students at UBC’s Okanagan campus now have a safe and confidential space to speak with a peer about any challenges, struggles, or personal hardships they face. The Peer Support Network (PSN) is a student volunteer-led initiative....

UBC launches Spring Festival of culture and entertainment

Mar 18, 2014 / 12:00 am

Month-long celebration features student work, performances, professional shows Call it a cornucopia of culture, an abundance of art, a digital discourse, a litany of literature and a profusion of performance. UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies is launching its first-ever Spring...

UBC Distinguished Speaker Series features primatologist Birut? Galdikas

Mar 18, 2014 / 12:00 am

Hear personal stories from scientist’s four decades in the jungle with orangutans The public is invited to a free presentation on Monday, April 7, by primatologist, conservationist, and ethologist Birut? Galdikas. It is the final event in this season’s Distinguished Speaker Series, presented...

Write on! Registration opens for Okanagan College Three-hour Poetry Contest

Mar 14, 2014 / 3:34 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Versifiers, rhymesters and sonneteers from throughout the region will congregate on all four Okanagan College campuses on Thursday, April 3 to put their deftness with doggerel and love of lyric to the test in the first annual Okanagan College Three-hour Poetry...

Nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to launch careers

Mar 14, 2014 / 2:41 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Pharmacy Technician certificate program has achieved national accreditation through the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), and is now one of six post-secondary institutions in B.C. to have successfully navigated...

UBC supports World Water Day with community events

Mar 13, 2014 / 12:00 am

Keynote by Jeannette Armstrong, CRC in Okanagan Indigenous Philosophy UBC’s Okanagan campus has planned three days of events and activities in support of World Water Day, March 22. World Water Day is a global event intended to raise awareness about a lack of clean drinking water around the...

UBC graduate student Ashley Little nominated for two BC Book Prizes

Mar 13, 2014 / 12:00 am

Author of three novels gets unprecedented recognition Ashley Little, a master of fine arts student with UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, has been nominated for two BC Book Prizes – for two of her novels. Little is nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her most recent...

Okanagan math competition extends registration deadline

Mar 12, 2014 / 3:16 pm

Okanagan College Media Release It’s not too late to register for the 2014 British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC). Mathematically inclined students in Grades 8 through 12 (including homeschoolers) have until March 28 to register for the Okanagan Valley...

Red Dot Players present adaptation of Gogol’s classic satire The Government Inspector

Mar 12, 2014 / 10:38 am

Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Red Dot Players are presenting a timely historical offering with playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s sharp-edged adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector at the Kelowna campus, March 13 to 16. The entertaining take on incompetence,...

e-Health research helps medical students become tech savvy

Mar 10, 2014 / 12:00 am

Technology aids Southern Medical Program students to learn and study John Falconer still confesses a certain excitement when he holds a brand new, electronic tele-stethoscope in his hand. Falconer, a neurologist for more than 20 years, is the Foundations of Medicine director at UBC’s Southern...

Partnership helps UBC students become textbook heroes

Mar 10, 2014 / 12:00 am

Exchange will lighten the financial load for undergrads On every university campus, students commonly worry about finances. Courtney Hayes and Farah Sarif, fourth-year students at UBC’s Okanagan School of Nursing, came up with a plan to alleviate some of that stress. They have created an...

Lumby students dominate heavyweight rankings at Spaghetti Bridge contest

Mar 7, 2014 / 3:59 pm

Okanagan College Media Release James Dessert, a Grade 8 student from Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby, was the big winner of the 2014 Spaghetti Bridge contest held at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on March 7. Dessert’s bridge weighed in at a mere 994.99 grams, but more than held its...

31st Annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest

Mar 7, 2014 / 7:45 am

Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest tests the ingenuity and engineering talent of Valley students Okanagan College Media Release The fun and excitement of the annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Contest returns to Okanagan College on Friday, March 7 when 186 Okanagan Valley students arrive at the...

Engineering professor Rehan Sadiq named Researcher of the Year

Mar 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

Students Matthew Lemay and Megan Udala also receive top research awards Civil and environmental engineer Rehan Sadiq was named Researcher of the Year at UBC’s Celebrate Research awards ceremony on Friday, March 7. Sadiq’s study is in the area of drinking water quality modelling, environmental...

Enactus Okanagan College headed to Nationals after weekend wins

Mar 6, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will be sending a team of its best and brightest students to compete in the Enactus national exhibition in Calgary next month after earning top honours in two categories at last weekend’s regional competition, also held in Calgary. The...

We can’t resist the power music has on the brain, says cognitive neuroscientist

Mar 5, 2014 / 12:19 pm

Okanagan College Media Release We’ve all tapped our toes or bobbed our heads when we hear a song we like, but you might not realize that this reaction is not about preference but a totally subconscious reaction. “Moving to music is an instinctive, often involuntary activity experienced...

Putting trades and tech skills to the test: High school students compete at Okanagan College

Mar 5, 2014 / 8:50 am

Okanagan College Media Release Hundreds of high school students from Revelstoke to Osoyoos will be making Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus home this Friday (March 7) as they participate and watch in the 18th annual Trades and Technology Regional SkillsBC Competition. The students will be...

New lecture series promotes peace and understanding in the Shuswap region

Mar 4, 2014 / 9:54 am

Okanagan College Media Release As we near the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI (July 28, 1914), military historian and Okanagan College professor, James Wood will chronicle the experiences of First Nations soldiers who volunteered to fight Canada’s war in Europe even though they were...

Shortlisted books announced for 10th annual George Ryga Award

Mar 3, 2014 / 3:46 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Three books have made the shortlist for the prestigious George Ryga Award, an annual literary award granted to a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness for a book published within the last year. “We’re excited with the range...


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