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Williams Family Award – $700 – Environmental Studies Students – Deadline 16th September 2016

The Williams Family Award ($700) for Environmental Studies Students is open for applications.

Deadline 16th September 2016

One or more awards of $700 are available for students that meets the following criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident,
  • Completed the first year of full-time study in the Environmental Studies Diploma Program at Okanagan College

The recipient will be provided with a second installment of the award after successful completion of the Environmental Studies Diploma at Okanagan College based on continued eligibility with other criteria.

Selection of the award is based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need, with an emphasis on financial need.

The application form can be downloaded here:

Application for Williams Family Award _Fall2016

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The Earth as Art

What do geographic, earth, and environmental scientists do?

Well, here’s a little hint at a small fraction of what we study: http://world.time.com/timelapse/

In courses like EESC 101 Environmental Science you’ll discover the basic principles underlying environmental change, in GEOG/EESC 222 Geomorphology you’ll discover how we see deep into the landscapes all around us, and in GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing you’ll learn to use Landsat and other tools to create the images and interpret the data you read about in the TIME article!

Why Maps Matter

Check out this great article from the Globe and Mail called “The enduring power of maps: ‘You find where you are on it’”. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/decor/the-enduring-power-of-maps-you-find-where-you-are-on-it/article11949477/

Maps have always had those dual powers: They help us understand our place in the world, and they elicit an undeniable sense of adventure, of possibilities.

You too can learn about the history of maps and how to make maps in the 21st century in GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing (link).

This is Geography!!!

From the Canadian Council for Geographic Education:

“As geographers, teachers, and general education enthusiasts we are asking for your help in a national campaign to raise the profile of Geography in Canada. This is Geography is a joint project of CG Education and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) aimed and increasing Canadians’ perception of geography as a subject area and integral aspect of our daily lives. The program consists of two main strands: Google Plus Hangouts and a photographic collection.

We are asking all Canadians to upload photos that answer the phrase “This is Geography” on the website and on Twitter and Instagram using the hash tag #thisisgeography. We want you to also include a brief description of why your photo shows geography. We know that there are endless possibilities of photos that you can upload so get creative! We’ve started the collection but need your help!

Over the next few months we have planned to host our first few Google+ Hangouts. Each hangout will focus on one aspect of geography and have four expert panelists speaking about the issue at hand. The first hangout is scheduled for May 15th at 4:00 p.m. ET and will take a look at some cool “Geo Jobs.” Once completed the hangouts will be uploaded to Canadian Geographic’s YouTube channel, so even if you can’t watch at 4:00, check it out afterwards.”

See the website here!

http://thisisgeography.ca/

OC4 Cyclosportif Registration

OC4 Cyclosportif

We are happy to announce that OC4 Cyclosportif is now open for registration! Please see below or click on this link for more information!

The Geography and Earth & Environmental Science Department of Okanagan College and a volunteer committee of employees and associated friends presents an inter-campus cycling tour, the OC4 Cyclosportif (June 21-23, 2013), showcasing the picturesque Okanagan valley. (What’s a cyclosportif?)

The event kicks off on Friday afternoon from the College’s Salmon Arm campus and we ride to the Vernon campus, were there will be merriment and delicious food. On Saturday morning, we’ll ride to the Kelowna campus, where there will be a gourmet lunch. Sunday morning we will finish our ride, arriving on the Penticton campus to an awaiting sumptuous feast. Due to dining space limitations on some of our campuses, we are limiting the number of participants in this year’s event to 300.

Here’s a map of the tentative route  (subject to change and refinement). Aid stations will be available en route, in addition to medical and technical support and a sweep vehicle. Funds raised will go to establishing bursaries for the nursing programme.

Please have a quick glance at our FAQ page to see if anything you need to know hasn’t already been addressed. Send a note to the event organization team at  OCBikeTour@okanagan.bc.ca for additional information.

Congrats to our faculty member Markus Heinrichs for leading the concept into reality!

Register Now (click here)!!!

The costs for the OC4 Cyclosportif are as follows:

Early bird registration (up until May 31)

First day $100, each additional day $25
 
Regular registration (from June 1)
First day $125, each additional day $25 

There are five discounted slots available per day for riders who wish to volunteer one day.  Contact the event organization team at OCBikeTour@okanagan.bc.ca to take advantage of this offer.

If the above link does not work, please go here to register:

https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=4603&lan=1&cartlevel=1

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Schedule of Events: OC4 Cyclosportif

Tuesday, June 18
Package pickup Penticton 17:00-19:00
Wednesday, June 19
Package pickup Kelowna 17:00-19:00

Thursday, June 20
Package pickup Vernon 17:00-19:00

Friday. June 21
13:00 opening remarks Salmon Arm
13:15  start opens, slower riders encouraged to start earlier than faster riders
14:15 start closes
16:00 food service begins in Vernon, first aid station (Hullcar) closes
17:15 Vernon welcome ceremony
19:00 event closes, bikes in lock-up

Saturday, June 22
9:00 opening ceremony:
9:15 start opens, slower riders encouraged to start earlier than faster riders
10:15 start closes Vernon
12:15 first aid station closes, YLW
13:00 food service begins
13:30 KLO welcome ceremony
15:00 brunch closes, bikes in lock-up
16:00 courtyard vacated

Sunday, June 23
9:00 opening ceremony, KLO
9:15 start opens, slower riders encouraged to start earlier than faster riders
9:45 welcome at Westbank FN office:  Barb
10:15 start closes KLO
13:00 first aid station closes, Hardy Falls
13:00 food service begins
13:30 Penticton final welcome ceremon

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ- please read with a sense of humour, as intended

How can I get back to the departure campus? Are there shuttles?

Because of the logistics involved, determining who needs rides where/when, the OC4 simply cannot provide shuttle services between campuses. However, there are several ways for you to find a necessary ride. You can register on http://www.pickuppal.com to arrange to carpool to either a destination or departure campus. We have created a group (Go tohttp://www.pickuppal.com/pup/group/OC4-Cyclosportif) and just enter the password (sportif2013).

You can also contact http://www.letsgotransportation.ca to organize a shuttle for you and several of your riding friends. You can pre-arrange to be dropped off at the departure campus and have your vehicle parked at the destination campus. Greyhound does travel between these centres, and you can arrange to travel one-way. Failing all that, you could always ride back…

What if I only want to ride one or two days, is this possible?

Yes, simply select the first day you wish to ride and then choose the number of days total in the registration website.

Can I bring a child?

Well, yes and ‘do you really want to?’ We welcome riders of any age, but they should be able to complete the distance/route in the time allotted. We would discourage bringing children that have not ridden these types of events before or would have difficulty in completing the entire stage.

Am I allowed to use a different route?

Absolutely. There is no penalty for taking detours, short-cuts, or alternate roads- feel free to stop for coffee, photos, or whatever else. We have taken measures to provide you with the safest, most interesting route, however you can do as you please. (you can even put the bike back into the car and drive to the destination campus if you really want)

What happens if the route is closed for any reason?

We will try to have a volunteer direct you around the closed section. In the case of stage 3, where there is only the one route, we may be completely out of luck.

Is there a discount for riders who wish to volunteer one of the days?

Yes, we are offering five slots for each day, in exchange volunteers receive $50 off their registration costs. Please contact the race organizer for a discount code prior to registering on http://www.zone4.ca.

Is the money raised actually going to do some good? 

COMPLETELY! We are creating a new bursary (or more than just one!) for nursing students at Okanagan College. The organisers thought it would be important to support a health-oriented sector within the college where funds could be the most beneficial. No, the organisers are not going to Mexico…

What happens if my bike breaks down?

We have arranged tech support to follow the route at least once per stage. If your problem is terminal, there will be a sweep vehicle into which you and your bike can climb.

Where should I stay overnight? 

We have lots of suggestions, but you might prefer to just stay in one of the local hotels locally. Vernon has the Holiday Inn Express (on the north end of town, it means riding up to the college in the morning again), and Kelowna has the Siesta Motor Inn close by. However, we’ve not made pre-arrangements, so make sure you book early.

Why is the start time a one hour time period?

Since this event is NOT a race, the only result of fast riders hurrying to the destination would be if they wanted to wait the longest for their food.  We strongly suggest that riders who feel they might take longer to complete the stage depart first, and faster riders later.

Is there “day-of” registration, just in case I’m unable to commit sooner?

Assuming we haven’t reached the cap in participants of 300 riders, we will offer this option. However, we need to limit the number of “day-ofs” to ten individuals, to ensure caterers have sufficient food for you.

Are there draw prizes?

Yes, be there to win.

Vernon Campus Environmental Studies Entrance Award 2013

One award of $750 is available for a student graduating in 2013 from a secondary school within School Districts #22 or #83, and entering first year of full-time study in the Environmental Studies program at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College in September 2013. Applicants for this award should provide details of any community or school-based activities focused on environmental and/or social contributions. Selection of award recipients will be based on volunteer community/school involvement and academic achievement.

 

Application Deadline:May 31, 2013

Click here to download the Application for Vernon Campus Entrance Awards

One award of $750 is available for a student graduating in 2013 from a secondary school within School Districts #22 or #83, and entering first year of full-time study in the Environmental Studies program at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College in September 2013. Applicants for this award should provide details of any community or school-based activities focused on environmental and/or social contributions. Selection of award recipients will be based on volunteer community/school involvement and academic achievement.