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Campus Life - Okanagan

Front row seating encourages cultural diversity by ‘accident’

Oct 3, 2014 / 12:00 am

Management professor notes side benefits when classroom seating plan changes As a university student, John Burton always found a seat at the back of the lecture theatre. Shy and afraid of speaking in front of people, he liked the anonymity. Now, as an assistant professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus,...

Auto sector support vital to successful $2.5 million launch of campaign to revamp Okanagan College’s Trades Training Complex

Oct 2, 2014 / 11:52 am

Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Foundation campaign to raise funds for a new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus has kicked off with donations from 43 donors totaling $2.5 million – a significant portion of that coming from Kelowna area car dealerships. Local...

Dr. Heather Banham receives the CGA Association’s highest honour

Oct 2, 2014 / 11:03 am

Okanagan College Media Release The Dean of Okanagan College’s School of Business, Dr. Heather Banham, has been awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Association. On Sept. 20, CGA-BC honoured eight of its members with a CGA...

Bubble tea: creating cultural diversity at UBC one cup at a time

Oct 2, 2014 / 12:00 am

Student club brings Taiwanese tea to campus to cross cultural barriers A group of UBC students is using a novel ethnic beverage to bring people together. Grace Mak, a third-year human kinetics student who moved to Canada from Hong Kong six years ago, can often be seen on campus with a cup of bubble...

College to host, compete in Young Chefs challenge

Sep 29, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The Young Chefs competition will return to Okanagan College next month as part of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival’s series of culinary events and will showcase the talents of several Okanagan College apprentice chefs and alumni. Ten up-and-coming Okanagan...

B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre to be new home for judging Okanagan Wine Festivals’ B.C. Wine Awards

Sep 25, 2014 / 8:20 am

Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College and friends were celebrating the opening of the new B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at the Penticton campus, a new agreement was being finalized that speaks to the value of the Centre for the wine and tourism industry. Jonathan...

B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre a College success even as it is officially opened

Sep 25, 2014 / 8:18 am

Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College celebrates the official opening of the B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at its Penticton campus, there’s already enough evidence to call the project a success. The College and officials from the B.C. Wine Information Society and...

UBC hosts international Get to Know Unconference

Sep 25, 2014 / 12:00 am

Youth finalists present statements about eco-art projects The lineup of youth presenters at the Get to Know Unconference in the Okanagan promises to impress. Rachel Layne, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter who has performed at NHL and WHL games, will sing Earth Song.  First-year UBC student Frances...

Joint survey seeks daycare input

Sep 23, 2014 / 2:17 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The Penticton and District Community Resources Society and Okanagan College are looking for community input to help determine the feasibility of establishing an on-campus daycare centre. An online survey has been set up – – to...

Photographer Edward Burtynsky presents Landscape of Human Systems

Sep 23, 2014 / 12:00 am

Award-winning artist is UBC Okanagan’s next distinguished speaker World-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky is returning to UBC Okanagan. Burtynsky, who was presented with an honorary doctoral degree from UBC Okanagan in June 2013, is the first guest of this year’s Distinguished Speaker...

UBC professor introduces Maker Days to African educators

Sep 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

Participants inspired to integrate ‘making’ into the classroom UBC Okanagan’s Maker Days has gone global. Maker Days debuted at the university’s Innovative Learning Centre last November, when educators from across the Okanagan explored how 'making' (designing hands-on problem solving) could...

UBC signs cooperation agreement with top university in Brazil

Sep 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

School of Nursing partners with University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College Enhancements in research and student learning initiatives are at the core of the new memorandum of understanding signed by UBC’s School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, and the...

UBC professor presents discrimination research at UN committee

Sep 16, 2014 / 12:00 am

Texas-Mexico border wall has negative effects on the rights of Indigenous peoples A UBC researcher’s presentation to a United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has made positive inroads. Margo Tamez, an assistant professor of Indigenous studies at UBC’s...

IELTS testing Nov. 1 at College

Sep 15, 2014 / 9:23 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will be hosting IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) testing Nov. 1, and a course to prepare students for the exam will start Sept. 16. There are two versions of the IELTS, academic and general. The academic version is used...

Celebrate the colourful pageantry of Aboriginal culture at Okanagan College

Sep 11, 2014 / 11:31 am

Okanagan College Media Release Always a highlight of the fall season, the sixth annual Youth Exhibition Powwow at Okanagan College boasts some new features this year, making it the most culturally rich event to date. In addition to the First Nation’s singing, drumming, dancing and colourful...

Three area residents join College’s Board of Governors

Sep 11, 2014 / 9:52 am

Okanagan College Media Release Three new members of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors will be bringing business and community perspectives to the table as they begin their yearlong appointments. Christopher Derickson, Susan Johal and Joe Maciel will serve on the Board of Governors for a...

JIBC and Okanagan College pledge greater cooperation

Sep 10, 2014 / 1:20 pm

The following press release was issued by Justice Institute of British Colombia in conjunction with Okanagan College. Memorandum of Understanding aims to expand opportunities to meet student, industry, business and community needs. Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Okanagan...

Okanagan College students cross the country to pitch entrepreneurship

Sep 9, 2014 / 2:06 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A delegation of students from Okanagan College’s Enactus team traveled to Montreal recently to meet with top business executives, entrepreneurs and students from Quebec after making a lasting impression with one of the lead judges at Canada’s national Enactus...

UBC professor named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Sep 9, 2014 / 12:00 am

John Klironomos’ contributions to science leads to national recognition It is the highest honour to be bestowed upon a Canadian academic. UBC Okanagan’s John Klironomos, an expert in plant and soil ecology, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The RSC made its...

UBC students explore small water system issues in rural BC

Sep 8, 2014 / 12:00 am

Research helps identify opportunities and challenges to watershed management Three undergraduate students from UBC’s Okanagan campus have been visiting small West Kootenay communities, interviewing residents to better understand the challenges and issues of watershed management. “Small...


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