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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...
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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...

UBC students examine social phenomenon of Cristiano Ronaldo

Feb 5, 2015 / 12:00 am
How does this globally known footballer affect society, and why should we care? With more than 100 million Facebook fans, a museum dedicated to just him, and a blossoming career as a male model with his own line of clothing, there is no doubt that Portuguese soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo is...

College student chefs at the heart of event to support local charity on Valentine’s Day

Feb 4, 2015 / 4:33 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College pastry arts students will create 800 high-end desserts for a Valentine’s Day event in support of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society. Winter Indulgence, which runs from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus, will...

Nominations open for OCAA annual Alumni Awards

Feb 3, 2015 / 2:17 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and Young Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni of Okanagan College and Okanagan University College for their...

Whitecaps president Lenarduzzi keynote speaker at annual breakfast

Feb 3, 2015 / 12:00 am
Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast set for April 10 A British Columbia-born soccer legend will be the special guest speaker at this year’s Valley First UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi will be in Kelowna and the...

College student grateful to Rick and Yasmin Thorpe for scholarship

Feb 2, 2015 / 2:20 pm
Okanagan College Media Release For Penticton resident Sloane More, the pursuit of post-secondary education was a way of opening doors and creating opportunities for her future. That is until she faced the challenge of funding. Thankfully, her ambition for higher education was made possible this...

Pushor Mitchell supports trades expansion at Okanagan College

Feb 2, 2015 / 10:17 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local law firm is recognizing the importance of trades to the entire community and is putting its support behind a $33-million project to renovate and expand the trades training complex at the Kelowna Campus. Pushor Mitchell LLP has pledged $30,000 to the...

Styffe and Manning head College’s Board of Governors

Feb 2, 2015 / 10:14 am
Okanagan College Media Release Tom Styffe has been re-elected as Chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors. In an election held at the year’s first Board meeting last week Styffe, who has served for two years in the role, was chosen again as Chair. Doug Manning, who has served on the...

Valley-wide College 8th Annual Business Expo & Employment Fair brings career opportunities

Jan 30, 2015 / 2:50 pm
Okanagan College Media Release More than 55 businesses from the Okanagan and beyond will be participating in the eighth annual Business Expo and Employment Fair at Okanagan College on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Kelowna campus. The good news for the students and others who choose to attend is...

The Phoenix back on campus

Jan 29, 2015 / 2:08 pm
Several months of less than ideal conditions later, the student-run UBC Okanagan newspaper is back on campus. After 25 years on campus, money issues forced The Phoenix into the editor's Rutland living room last August. Months of deficits left the paper in the red, but it returned to...

MacQuarrie Institute Lecture Series

Jan 28, 2015 / 11:34 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will host the second lecture in its MacQuarrie Institute series when systems ecologist Barry Wilson presents, System Ecology: Holistic Planning for Today and Tomorrow at the Salmar Classic Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Wilson will be...

New classes of welders help address South Okanagan demand

Jan 27, 2015 / 1:13 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Two new classes of welding students being taught by Okanagan College should help address employer and student demand for the trade, according to South Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Dean Donna Lomas. “We’ve heard from employers – both those who have...

New Year, new research offers hope for curbing old habits

Jan 27, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC prof. provides five tactics for sticking with a healthy exercise routine How are those resolutions working out for you? Research shows that by a few weeks into January, most people who made resolutions at the New Year have already given up. If your resolution to hit the gym more frequently...

Local ingredients and students play lead roles in Infusions’ Wine and Dine menu

Jan 26, 2015 / 12:14 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The commitment to support B.C.’s farmers, food industry and wineries shines through in this year’s Wine and Dine menu at Okanagan College’s Infusions Restaurant on the Kelowna Campus. Sustainably-sourced crab from the Coast is featured in the crispy crab...

College half marathon set for March 29, registration now open

Jan 26, 2015 / 10:18 am
Okanagan College Media Release Registration is now open for the 2015 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, with this year’s running events taking place on Sunday, March 29 in Kelowna. The race has grown steadily over the past decade and has adapted to offer a variety of...

Award-winning Jay Ingram speaks about the science of Alzheimer’s

Jan 26, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan’s Distinguished Speaker Series tackles mystery of the tragic illness Jay Ingram describes Alzheimer’s as a wicked disease that society has ignored for too long. While much research has been done on memory loss, the cruelty of Alzheimer’s is the tragic effect it has on the life of...

UBC’s Recreation team lands professional western conference

Jan 23, 2015 / 12:00 am
Western Canadian Campus Recreation Conference comes to the Okanagan The Recreation staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus will show off brand-new facilities, the campus, and Kelowna’s highlights as host of the Western Canadian Campus Recreation Conference next week. Recreation Fitness Coordinator...

Okanagan College accounting students win international case competition

Jan 22, 2015 / 11:43 am
Okanagan College Media Release Two Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration accounting students can boast of being the best in the country after claiming top spot at a prestigious international business competition. Jessica Lenz and Daniel Yarmak, respectively third- and...

Salt family donation a heavy-duty boost for Okanagan College trades complex campaign

Jan 21, 2015 / 3:03 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A respected auto industry pioneer and family man from the Vernon area has made a heavy duty gift to the campaign to renovate and expand the Trades Training Complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus. Art Salt, owner for almost 40 years of Coldstream Auto...

Online gaming research leads Okanagan College team to Best Paper Award at international conference

Jan 21, 2015 / 1:05 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A research paper born of collaboration between students, professors, and industry has resulted in international accolades for Okanagan College. Exploring improvements into both speed and connectivity in the online gaming world, the paper titled Minecraft...

UBC Okanagan launches revised Master of Science in Nursing program

Jan 21, 2015 / 12:00 am
School of Nursing introduces new blended learning format to graduate students The very day UBC Okanagan’s newly revised Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was officially approved, Erin McFee was registered. McFee, an experienced registered nurse in pediatrics and adolescent health, has...

Okanagan College professor remembered through creation of annual award

Jan 20, 2015 / 12:14 pm
Okanagan College Media Release On Oct. 31, 2014, the Okanagan College family lost a beloved and highly respected member when Professor Tom Santosham’s car slid off the road and into a lake near his home in Penticton. Dr. Santosham died in the accident. Shortly after this tragic loss, the...
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