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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...

UBC creates Excellence in Teaching Award for Okanagan community

May 15, 2014 / 12:00 am

Faculty of Education calls for nominations, open to educators in the valley The Faculty of Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus is calling for nominations for the inaugural 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. The new award recognizes an outstanding educator in the Okanagan. All educators who have...

Ruurs, Gopal, Henderson and Benson to receive College’s highest honour

May 14, 2014 / 10:34 am

Okanagan College Media Release Margriet Ruurs, Raghwa Gopal, Jim Henderson, and Garry Benson will take their place among an elite group as Okanagan College’s 2014 Honorary Fellows – the highest honour the College bestows. “These four individuals have made meaningful contributions in a...

Engineering grad students share research with fellow students

May 14, 2014 / 12:00 am

First-ever graduate conference highlights work being done at UBC A group of graduate students at UBC’s School of Engineering did a bit of show and tell at the university recently. The students organized the first-ever graduate symposium, a student-led event that allowed 38 master’s degree and...

UBC honours faculty for teaching excellence and innovation

May 9, 2014 / 12:00 am

Education professor Susan Crichton, engineering professor Mina Hoorfar recognized Two inspirational professors from the Okanagan campus were honoured by UBC Thursday with Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards. The award recipients are Susan Crichton, associate professor in the Faculty of...

Biology professor hatches natural history research museum in Penticton

May 8, 2014 / 11:51 am

Okanagan College Media Release The rich biodiversity of the South Okanagan includes nearly 200 species of breeding birds – one of the highest for any area of a similar size in North America. Many of these species are at risk – almost one-third of BC’s Red-listed and almost half of BC’s...

Student video about homelessness goes viral

May 8, 2014 / 11:16 am

Okanagan College Media Release Experience may trump youth in many instances but for two Okanagan College students their fresh ideas and resourcefulness resulted in a social media home run for a local charity. Okanagan College business administration students Kelly Stone and Arianne Summach...

Airport mural highlights UBC Okanagan stories

May 8, 2014 / 12:00 am

80-foot-long installation greets 750,000 annual visitors arriving at YLW UBC’s Okanagan campus has a story to tell – actually plenty of them -- and several compelling stories about students are now featured on an 80-foot-long mural at Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The mural graces the...

College’s new Finance Director brings experience to her role

May 7, 2014 / 12:07 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s new Director of Finance won’t have issues figuring out how a B.C. post-secondary institution handles its accounts. Ann Johnson is an eight-year veteran in the same role at Vancouver Community College (VCC), having served as that...

College professor earns national recognition for mentorship

May 7, 2014 / 9:40 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College students weren’t alone in earning national awards at the 2014 Enactus National Competition, which was held in Calgary last week. Business professor Devin Rubadeau was recognized with a national award as Rookie Faculty Advisor of the Year by...

UBC student examines lack of suitable housing for local single parents

May 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

Master’s thesis establishes the problem is not being addressed in Kelowna Student Amanda Jones knows all too well the struggles single mothers endure while finding safe, affordable, and suitable housing in Kelowna. Jones, raised by a single parent, recently finished her research thesis, under the...

The customer isn't always right

May 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC study looks at what happens when customers snap at call centre workers Many of us have done it: we use the kind of language and tone with a call centre agent that could easily be considered rude. And to every action, there is a reaction. UBC researcher David Walker is investigating how call...

Faculty of Management students deliver solutions for community

May 6, 2014 / 12:00 am

Students tackle real-world business-related challenges facing Okanagan Valley Three healthy living initiatives will launch in the Okanagan-Similkameen region thanks in part to the highly innovative efforts of students in the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Every April, more than...

UBC nurse researcher wins international award for research excellence

May 1, 2014 / 12:00 am

Doctoral work examines the determinants of health for Aboriginal people Donna Kurtz, an associate professor of nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness for research about social justice and health equality for...

Shupe and Ungaro to be honoured by College’s Alumni Association

Apr 30, 2014 / 4:08 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) is bestowing its highest honour on two former Okanagan College students – one of whom has spent nearly three decades working tirelessly to advance the profile and success of the dental industry – the other has...


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