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New CIS chief executive invited to speak at UBC’s ninth annual Athletics Breakfast

Jan 21, 2014 / 12:00 am

Pierre Lafontaine brings his boundless energy and enthusiasm for varsity sports The UBC Okanagan Heat are bringing the boss home for breakfast. Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), is the guest speaker at the ninth annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Scholarship Breakfast on...

Okanagan College Aboriginal students earn Irving K. Barber awards

Jan 20, 2014 / 4:07 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Eight Okanagan College Aboriginal students are among 265 in the province who have been selected as recipients of the BC Aboriginal Student Awards, an annual award funded through the generosity of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. ...

Dads in Gear Website launch kicks off National Non-Smoking Week

Jan 17, 2014 / 12:00 am

UBC program aims to help young men kick the butt habit Quitting smoking is a challenge for anybody – more so for young fathers, who are the focus of a new campaign underway through UBC. Findings from the Families Controlling and Eliminating Tobacco (FACET) research program have provided in-depth...

UBCSUO chess tournament

Jan 15, 2014 / 4:46 pm

The University of British Columbia Student Union Okanagan will be hosting their fifth annual active chess tournament on Saturday January 25. The all-day speed chess tournament is open to UBC students, staff and members of the public of all ages. The event will be held at UBC Okanagan on...

College half marathon set for April 6, registration now open

Jan 14, 2014 / 10:20 am

Okanagan College Media Release Registration is now open for the 2014 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race, with this year’s running events taking place on Sunday, April 6 in Kelowna. The race has grown steadily over the past decade and has adapted to offer a variety of...

16th annual Okanagan Short Story contest calls all budding authors

Jan 14, 2014 / 12:00 am

Top prize includes one-week residency at Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre Fire up the coffee pot, change the ribbon on the old Underwood and unleash your imagination: The eagerly awaited 16th Annual Okanagan Short Story Contest is here. Sponsored by UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies,...

Kelowna man cashes in chips to pursue his dreams at Okanagan College

Jan 9, 2014 / 1:09 pm

Okanagan College Media Release After working at the Lake City Casino for 10 years as a slot attendant, David Brodie was ready for a change and looked to Okanagan College to make it happen. “I could have worked my way up at the casino, but with a young family at home, I wanted to find...

UBC engineers excited about potential of 3-D imaging application

Jan 9, 2014 / 12:00 am

Health and manufacturing sectors to benefit from X-ray CT microscope 3-D X-ray technology could pave way for new generation of defect-free, lightweight cars and planes. Instead of reinventing the wheel, the goal of one UBC researcher is to make wheels, and other manufactured materials, lighter,...

Helen Haig-Brown coming to UBC as Visiting Scholar Jan. 13-18

Jan 7, 2014 / 12:00 am

Award-winning director, teacher to give public talks Award-winning director, director of photography and teacher Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhoqot’in) brings her art to campus as a Visiting Scholar at UBC this month. Haig-Brown will spend a week on UBC’s Okanagan campus from January 13 to 18...

New language testing option offers hope for citizenship-seekers: College brings IELTS testing to Interior

Jan 3, 2014 / 10:24 am

Okanagan College is providing a new service to would-be citizens whose first language is not English. Recently, the College became an official venue for IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) – the only location in B.C.’s Interior. “Before, if someone wanted to take the...

Okanagan College business programs accredited

Jan 2, 2014 / 9:10 am

Okanagan College Media Release The reputation of Okanagan College’s School of Business is going to be enhanced by a recent accreditation it has received from an international agency. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of...

Dietze joins Okanagan College as Director of Learning and Teaching

Dec 23, 2013 / 3:09 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Dr. Beverlie Dietze will join Okanagan College in January as its new Director of Learning and Teaching. Dietze is an experienced post-secondary professional who has spent nearly three decades in the sector in a variety of roles that include faculty member,...

Proposed land donation advances Salmon Arm’s agenda for downtown campus

Dec 21, 2013 / 12:35 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A proposed donation of almost 20 acres of land, and commitments from Okanagan College and the City of Salmon Arm mean the possibility of a downtown campus in Salmon Arm is getting closer. “Jerry Thompson, a generous, community-spirited land owner, has...

Local students earn a spot in Super Bowl of business competitions

Dec 19, 2013 / 10:41 am

Okanagan College Media Release After beating out teams from the biggest universities across Canada in the preliminary round, two teams from Okanagan College have made it to the finals of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) taking place at Queen’s University in Kingston, Jan. 2-4,...

UBC professors join China's tobacco research centre

Dec 19, 2013 / 12:00 am

Nursing researchers Joan Bottorff, John Oliffe, lead workshops in Hongzhou Two UBC professors have been invited to join China’s Centre for Tobacco Control Research as International Senior Consultants. Prof. Joan Bottorff, of UBC’s Okanagan School of Nursing and director of the Institute for...

UBC teams up with Okanagan College to help Lake Country

Dec 18, 2013 / 12:00 am

Community works together to plan new building for the food bank Residents in Lake Country have taken the maxim, “It takes a village to raise a child” one step further, pursuing the idea that it takes a community to construct a new building for its food bank. The Lake Country Food Assistance...

UBC, Selkirk College team up to help those with serious chronic illness

Dec 16, 2013 / 12:00 am

Six-month study will also look at methods to ease the burden for caregivers With increasing numbers of Canadians living with serious chronic illnesses, health care experts are looking for ways to make life easier for them and their caregivers. Now, UBC researchers are teaming up with students and...

Kelowna writer wins Canada Writes short story contest

Dec 13, 2013 / 3:48 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College English professor Alix Hawley is the winner of the Canada Writes BloodLines short story contest for “Pig (for Oma),” a story based on her grandmother’s experiences in the Second World War. “Sharp and fresh,” and “beautifully...

Korean War veterans share experiences with UBC students

Dec 11, 2013 / 12:00 am

Community learning project brings generations together Local Korean War veterans told their stories about “the forgotten war” to UBC students in a community learning project that brought generations together. The class project saw 17 students in Mary Ann Murphy’s fourth-year sociology class...

Okanagan College to benefit from experience of Steve Moores, new Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship

Dec 10, 2013 / 2:02 pm

Okanagan College Media Release As articles about Canada’s shortage of skilled workers continue to dominate the headlines, the timing couldn’t be better for Okanagan College to announce its newest Dean, Steve Moores, an experienced post-secondary education administrator who will join the...


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