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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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UBC honours its own with staff achievement awards

Sep 5, 2014 / 12:00 am
They toil in the background of the university campus. Working diligently behind the scenes, they make sure labs function, faculty programs run efficiently, information technology systems operate seamlessly and that UBC’s Okanagan campus delivers a top-tier education to its thousands of students....

Coyotes ready to hit it out of the park

Sep 4, 2014 / 3:41 pm
Expectations are high this year for the Okanagan College Coyotes baseball team as players report for the team’s seventh season on Sept. 1. Last season, the Coyotes made it all the way to the Canadian College Baseball Conference Championships but fell to Lethbridge’s Prairie Baseball Academy...

Nursing regulator approves collaborative UBC – Okanagan College program

Sep 3, 2014 / 12:00 am
UBC, Okanagan College common curriculum example of institutional cooperation The UBC Okanagan School of Nursing collaborative bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program with Okanagan College has received the longest possible length of approval without terms or conditions from the profession’s...

UBC poet long-listed for annual CBC poetry prize

Sep 3, 2014 / 12:00 am
Graduate student hopes to win residency at Banff Centre Emily Nilsen is in good company. Nilsen, a master of fine arts student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been long-listed for CBC’s annual poetry prize. Nilsen, from Nelson, BC, is listed with 37 other poets as the best of the bards in this...

Salmon Arm man upgrades to a new career

Aug 29, 2014 / 3:34 pm
Okanagan College offered Mike Pogson an opportunity to retrain for a rewarding career in health care at a price he couldn’t refuse. Pogson, who lives in Salmon Arm, completed nine upgrading courses to qualify for entry into the practical nursing diploma program in 2011. The upgrading courses...

OC’s Computer Information Systems degree answers employer and graduate needs

Aug 29, 2014 / 2:06 pm
Choosing the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree program at Okanagan College was a no-brainer for Chris Kluka – and it has been a decision that paid off in spades with career opportunities. Kluka had taken post-secondary studies at other Canadian institutions, but the credential and...

Indigenous learning flourishes at UBC’s Okanagan campus

Aug 29, 2014 / 12:00 am
Students learn, engage, and grow through Aboriginal perspectives and worldviews Opening this semester, the new Indigenous Integrated Learning Community (ILC) at UBC’s Okanagan campus provides a place for students in residence to learn, connect with each other, and grow as a community through...

Orientations welcome students to UBC’s Okanagan campus

Aug 26, 2014 / 12:00 am
Fun, informative activities for students on tap throughout September  The first days of September are busy ones on UBC’s Okanagan campus with many events designed to ensure students feel welcome, comfortable and at home. New international students have an opportunity to participate in Jumpstart,...

Talented, experienced professors bring amazing array of arts courses to Vernon campus

Aug 22, 2014 / 1:13 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Award-winning instructors, published poets, experienced editors and publishers, as well as archeologists, geographers, sociologists and political scientists are among those instructors who are bringing an array of interesting and applied university arts courses to...

College professor’s research unlocks key to Okanagan’s future prosperity

Aug 21, 2014 / 9:14 am
Okanagan College Media Release Extensive research conducted by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, the British Columbia Wine Institute and Okanagan College’s School of Business has uncovered what motivates wine visitors to come to this region and the secret to ensuring they return. This is...

Spies, double agents and fugitives take over Okanagan College

Aug 21, 2014 / 9:09 am
Okanagan College Media Release Dive right into the world of espionage and intrigue at Okanagan College this fall. English professor Dr. Matt Kavanagh will take students on a journey through some of the most riveting 20th century British spy novels ever written in ENGL 213 (Studies in British...

International team collaborating on a better helmet for contact sports

Aug 21, 2014 / 12:00 am
Imperial College London researchers visit partners at UBC Okanagan A partnership between UBC Okanagan and  Imperial College London (UK) is focused on development of a new helmet that could one day reduce sports-related concussions. Professors Peter Childs and Dan Plant, visiting from Imperial...

Research looks at policy and politics of BC’s most treasured resource: H2O

Aug 20, 2014 / 12:00 am
UBC professor receives funding to examine the conversation on water in BC and how it may impact the Sustainable Water Act  Grace H. Fan, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management, has received $73,800 in funding over two years from the Social...

Hands-on learning part of practical placements for UBC students

Aug 18, 2014 / 12:00 am
School of Health and Exercise Sciences is looking for more community partners After years of classroom study and lab research, Kurt Whitney couldn’t wait to test out what he had learned. With a career goal of becoming a chiropractor, Whitney is studying human kinetics with the School of Health...

Central Okanagan Foundation grant aids UBC’s performance students

Aug 8, 2014 / 12:00 am
Theatre productions at Rotary Centre for the Arts enabled by $15,000 donation UBC performance students will again offer a series of public performances in downtown Kelowna and at the University Theatre on campus, thanks in large part to a $15,000 grant from the Central Okanagan...

UBC-Interior Health team wins grant for cardiology research

Aug 8, 2014 / 12:00 am
Nurses, psychologists and health-care practitioners join in rural care project For the estimated 350,000 people living with atrial fibrillation (AF) – a common heart arrhythmia – residing in a rural community can mean limited access to the network of healthcare support which is pivotal to...

Okanagan College contributes more than half a billion to regional economy

Aug 7, 2014 / 3:04 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Clint Bannister knows it’s hard to put an exact price on the value of a post-secondary education, but he is confident there is a very real return on the investment. The 31-year-old Okanagan College graduate and civil engineering design technologist at Urban...

Krysko named Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Aug 5, 2014 / 11:33 am
Club Penguin co-founder brings expertise to Okanagan College’s School of Business One of the region’s entrepreneurial success stories is going to be adding to his curricula vitae with a new and challenging assignment for the coming year: Dave Krysko has just accepted the role of...

Provincial investment means quicker start to electrical future

Aug 1, 2014 / 10:13 am
Okanagan College Media Release Andrew Broadbent is one of the Okanagan’s would-be tradespeople who is benefitting from the Province’s decision to fund an additional 203 trades-focused seats at Okanagan College this year. The 17-year-old Summerland resident is scheduled to start his...

Provincial investment means quicker start to electrical future

Aug 1, 2014 / 10:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release Andrew Broadbent is one of the Okanagan’s would-be tradespeople who is benefitting from the Province’s decision to fund an additional 203 trades-focused seats at Okanagan College this year. The 17-year-old Summerland resident is scheduled to start his...

Making wine a greener enterprise

Jul 31, 2014 / 12:00 am
UBC grad student examines potential of sustainability from vineyard to market From Bogota, Colombia, to Mexico City, to the wineries of the Okanagan, PhD student Camilo Peña has been on a round-the-world research journey aimed at better understanding and documenting the relationship between...

UBC prof, students help Tanzanian school with no working bathrooms

Jul 30, 2014 / 12:00 am
Condemned washrooms need rebuilding or school will close It’s a basic, biological need. When you need to go to the bathroom, you need to go. But a group of children in Tanzania are about to lose the opportunity to get an education because the washrooms at the school are in such bad shape, the...

From brownies and Bundt cakes to running water in India

Jul 28, 2014 / 12:00 am
Students organize fund-raiser dessert buffet to build a well in Andhra Pradesh It was the case of two opposites: the decadence of dessert and a village in India with no clean water. For a group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus, the idea of desserts — all rich and creamy and gooey — was...

Two Okanagan College students help local tech company gain a competitive edge

Jul 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm
Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan College professor has been awarded a federal research grant that will help a growing Kelowna gaming company and provide three students valuable experience in Kelowna’s competitive tech market. Currently two students Trevor Alstad and Riley Dunkin,...

Rhonda Draper to receive Excellence in Teaching Award

Jul 23, 2014 / 12:00 am
Educator to be feted at 25th anniversary celebration for Faculty of Education Rhonda Draper from Kelowna has been announced as the recipient of the first Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Faculty of Education at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Draper will be recognized at the...

Ghana children’s verbal stories turned into school books

Jul 22, 2014 / 12:00 am
Folk tales come to life in print thanks to team of UBC teacher candidates  Verbal stories, handed down for generations, are now published in school books in Ghana, thanks to a group of students from UBC’s Okanagan campus. The seven illustrated books were produced by Nabit children in the village...

UBC sponsors Canadian war literature world conference in Ottawa

Jul 22, 2014 / 12:00 am
Renowned authors to speak about Canada’s First World War literary contributions The University of British Columbia Okanagan, the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian War Museum are marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “war to end all wars” with a conference on Canadian war...

Vin-dulge at the Okanagan’s ultimate wine-food pairing course

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:22 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Wondering what food to serve with that Pinotage you picked up last weekend? Looking to plan your own wine tasting event this fall? A new food and wine learning experience offers an unparalleled opportunity for enthusiasts to explore the bounty of the Okanagan...

Canada West defers decision to add football at UBC Okanagan

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:00 am
Delay to expand campus athletics due to league’s pending strategic review A strategic review by the Canada West Universities Athletics Association (Canada West) has put on hold the possibility of adding varsity football to UBC’s Okanagan campus. At its annual general meeting in May, Canada...

Summer literary institute gives insider perspective on writing, editing

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:00 am
Free public lectures offer useful tips to budding authors and editors Ever wonder about the nuts and bolts that go into the writing, editing and publishing of a literary work? Editing Modernism: Creative and Critical Remediations, a five-day Textual Editing and Modernism in Canada (TEMiC) Summer...

UBC partnership with Mitacs brings business developer to Interior

Jul 11, 2014 / 12:00 am
University-industry collaborations will be promoted across the region UBC is partnering with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit training and research organization, to locate a business development specialist on the Okanagan campus. This week Jennifer Tedman-Jones began work to promote...

UBC professor named observer for UN session to end racism

Jul 10, 2014 / 12:00 am
Margo Tamez’s research into Aboriginal rights includes Texas treaty claims A UBC researcher has been named an official observer by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 85th Session in Geneva,...

UBC researcher wins top award for study that examines mining waste

Jul 4, 2014 / 12:00 am
Research paper wins Thomas C. Keefer Medal after 10 years in the making It has been a long road for UBC researcher Craig Nichol to help devise a green solution to mitigate landscape contamination from mine tailings. A joint research paper on the subject, which for various reasons took more than a...
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