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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...
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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...

UBC students wear denim and take a stand against sexual assault

Jan 20, 2015 / 12:00 am
Denim Days comes to campus with Sexual Assault Awareness Month It’s a simple statement of solidarity and support. Students, faculty, and staff at UBC Okanagan are being encouraged to wear denim to campus on Wednesday, January 21 to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is organized...

UBC engineers develop biochem point-of-care lab for smartphones

Jan 20, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan takes lab on a chip technology to a new inexpensive level Your smartphone could soon become a handheld chemistry and biochemistry laboratory capable of detecting evidence of chronic health conditions, infectious diseases, chemical weapons and biohazards. Engineers at the University...

Downtown Education Project opens doors for Aboriginal learners

Jan 19, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC and Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society pilot project UBC Okanagan and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society are piloting a project that will open the door for Aboriginal youths and adults who are interested in pursuing post-secondary studies. The Downtown Education Project will offer an introductory UBC...

College graduates look to bring globally conscious business perspective to the Okanagan

Jan 16, 2015 / 10:16 am
Okangan College Media Release In an increasingly connected and global world, companies are seeking candidates who understand that business today goes beyond borders. This resonates well with Okanagan College student Danielle Hofer, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration...

UBC seeks public input on Okanagan Campus Master Plan

Jan 13, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC is updating the long-term development plan that will guide the next phase of life for the university’s 516-acre (209-hectare) Okanagan campus in Kelowna. Over the past decade, a $400-million construction program added more than one million square feet of new student housing, academic...

Hundreds of concrete tobogganers set to slide into Kelowna

Jan 13, 2015 / 12:00 am
Prestigious competition brings some 400 engineering students to UBC, Big White UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering hosts the 2015 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) from January 21 to 25 in Kelowna—an event touted by organizers as “the world’s most epic student engineering...

Local non-profit organizations needed for survey: finding solutions to ‘conscious business’ challenges

Jan 9, 2015 / 11:02 am
Okanagan College Media Release Throughout January the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence within Okanagan College’s School of Business is seeking participants from Central Okanagan non-profit organizations for a student-led research survey to identify gaps within the sector that are...

First-year UBC Nursing students seek patient volunteers

Jan 7, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing is looking for volunteers who could spend three hours with first-year Nursing students next week. First-year nursing students go into clinical practice for the first time in January and are excited about starting their hands-on nursing careers. To help them...

College to offer natural gas industry training program

Jan 6, 2015 / 1:34 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A four-week natural gas sector training program with tuition and support available to eligible participants starts Feb. 2, 2015 at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus. The Workers in Natural Gas (WiNG) program will provide the specific skills and...

Okanagan Dodge gift revs anticipation for Trades Training Complex

Jan 5, 2015 / 1:52 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A local auto dealer sees bright futures for students in Okanagan College’s trades programs, prompting the company to invest in the $33-million Trades Training Complex at the College’s Kelowna Campus to help make those futures a reality. Okanagan Chrysler...

“People on the Pipeline” winning videos featured at Pipeline Art Jan. 9

Jan 2, 2015 / 12:00 am
Prize-winning films from the People on the Pipeline Contest will be featured at Pipeline Art, a free public event in Kelowna on Friday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m., Black Box Theatre at 1435 Water St.). Pipeline Art also features conversations with the filmmakers, displays of pipeline-related art including...

Business student and spouse hope they have recipe for success

Dec 23, 2014 / 9:24 am
Okanagan College Media Release Third-year Okanagan College Business Administration student Matthew Knegt and his wife Nicole are in the throes of a real-life adventure in business development that is focused – at least for now – on the online activities of one of the world’s best-known...

UBC prof. heads back to school to study workplace well-being

Dec 22, 2014 / 12:00 am
New funding helps research on organizational well-being in school settings Some teachers thrive, feeling engaged and energized through their work. But how do school settings influence this sense of flourishing in the work of teaching, leading, and learning? UBC Assist. Prof. Sabre Cherkowski has...

Engineering students a smash with men’s UBC Heat volleyball

Dec 19, 2014 / 12:00 am
Close-knit team has strong ties that keep them together on and off the court To some, volleyball is a just game. To others, it’s science in action. Whether it’s gravity, velocity, acceleration, or angles, the science behind the widely popular game is clear. Being able to apply that science is...

Kelowna Flightcraft lands with a donation to support trades training complex

Dec 18, 2014 / 10:52 am
Okanagan College Media Release One of the Okanagan’s best-known businesses has thrown its support behind the campaign to expand and renovate the trades training complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Barry Lapointe, CEO and Chairman of Kelowna Flightcraft, has made a $500,000...

UBC Okanagan faculties adopt mindfulness to improve learning

Dec 18, 2014 / 12:00 am
Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques become part of curriculum As the New Year approaches, many people take time to make resolutions. At UBC Okanagan, mindfulness has not only become a resolution, but a fast-growing movement to improve education—in and outside the classroom. Promoting...

Enactus Okanagan College receives three national grants in support of local entrepreneurship

Dec 17, 2014 / 11:32 am
Okanagan College Media Release Enactus Okanagan College is the only college in Canada and one of only five post-secondary institutions across Canada to receive three or more national partnership grants from Enactus Canada to support entrepreneurship in the Okanagan. The grants are evidence...

UBC campus transformed by Jack Shadbolt art sculptures

Dec 17, 2014 / 12:00 am
Two enormous, colourful butterflies now enhance University Centre Ballroom It may be winter, but two bright and colourful butterflies have made a recent and dramatic appearance at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Susan Belton, UBC’s Public Art Collection Curator, is celebrating the installation on the...

Westwood Electric donation powers up new electrical controls lab at Okanagan College

Dec 15, 2014 / 4:18 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College students in the Electrical Trades programs will soon plug into a cutting edge new learning space thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 from Westwood Electric. Westwood’s donation to the Okanagan College Foundation’s “Bright Horizons:...

UBC Okanagan exec promises icy plunge to support United Way

Dec 15, 2014 / 12:00 am
Michael Shakespeare, associate vice-president of finance and operations at UBC Okanagan, will jump into Lake Okanagan on January 19, 2015, if the campus reaches its $57,000 United Way campaign goal before campaign end on December 31, 2014. Since October 6 the campus has raised $34,000,...

Celebrating a decade of energy savings

Dec 10, 2014 / 12:00 am
FortisBC energy efficiency programs result in significant savings for UBC Okanagan When fans watch the Okanagan Heat sink baskets in the UBC gymnasium, they may not be aware that energy-efficient lighting in the building is also helping the university score on its electricity bill. It’s not the...

College students prepare for final round of ICBC after dominating preliminary challenge

Dec 8, 2014 / 2:45 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College will send its largest-ever contingent of business students to Kingston in January to compete in the final round of the prestigious Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) after 10 students advanced from a competitive preliminary round....

Nursing professor receives award of excellence from provincial body

Dec 8, 2014 / 12:00 am
Kathy Rush honoured for work done in and outside the classroom Kathy Rush, an associate professor with UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing, was recently honoured with an Award of Excellence from the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Rush, presented with an award for excellence in education, is...

GIS program helps students map out their career

Dec 5, 2014 / 1:33 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Chad Parrent and Teresa Robinson are among those students looking forward to the January start of Okanagan College’s Advanced GIS (Geographic Information Systems) certificate program in Kelowna. Robinson is adding to her resume as a geophysical technologist...

UBC Okanagan introduces new interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts

Dec 3, 2014 / 12:00 am
Program allows students to blend artistic practice with a secondary discipline Fine arts just got finer at UBC’s Okanagan campus. UBC is introducing a new master of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies (MFA-IS). Registration is already underway for the new program,...
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