GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 21, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 21, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Brandon Harvey from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Lilee Burke-Stasiuk from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!


Brandon Harvey #01

Program: 3rd Year, University Transfer, Bachelor of Arts
Position: Keeper
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Brandon Harvey has been a valued member of the Men’s soccer squad for the past three years. Playing in the tough position of keeper, Brandon showcases his ability as a great short stopper with excellent reflexes shutting down the opposing forwards and midfielders. Brandon plays a key role to the team dynamic off the field as well as a co-captain for the team. Brandon is always leading by example. In the off-season, Brandon can be found as the broadcasting voice for basketball home games. Thank you to Brandon for his dedication to the Wolves and athletics programming.

Lilee Burke-Stasiuk #10

Program: 1st Year, University Transfer, Bachelor of Education
Position: Guard
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Lilee Burke-Stasiuk is a first year guard from Edmonton, who caught coach Mandy Botham’s eye while playing high school ball at Archbishop MacDonald. Lilee is an integral part of the Wolves young core of athletes. She is a wicked 3-point shooter who has worked hard to add other dimensions to her game. At the end of the first half of the season, Lilee was 13th overall in ACAC 3-point percentage at 35.4%. She is studying Education at GPRC, and wants to become a teacher. This would be a smooth transition for her as she excels at working with children and is one of our top coaches in the GPRC Wolves Minor Ball program. Thank you to Lilee for her dedication to the Wolves.

GPRC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge Team Profile: Team #2 (NBDC)

GPRC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge Team Profile: Team #2 (NBDC)

L-R: First-year engineering students Zachary Fournier, Teigan Scott and Caitlin Peebles show off their proposed redesigns for NBDC’s shaker tube.

GPRC’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge is well underway for the seven students who are competing this year.

In this GPRIN-sponsored challenge, teams of students work collaboratively with a business in the community to tackle a professional project or identify solutions to a challenge faced by the business.

The first team is working with the Growing the North business conference to develop a promotional video; the second is working with GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre to improve the design of a piece of diagnostic equipment.

Introducing Team #2: GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre – Shaker Tube

When first-year engineering students Teigan Scott, Zachary Fournier and Caitlin Peebles received their task for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge, they were excited by the possibilities.

GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) asked the students to redesign the tubes in their laboratory benchtop shaker, a piece of equipment used to remove varroa mites (a common honeybee pest) from bees. Bee samples are submerged in ethanol and shaken in shaker tubes to separate the mites from their hosts. Researchers can then evaluate the severity of the infestation by conducting a varroa count. Students were tasked with coming up with some ideas for improving the design of the shaker tube in a way that was cost- and time-effective.

Solving NBDC’s design problem required a solid foundation of knowledge about the shaker mechanism and about the solutions other laboratories had implemented. “I think for me the coolest part has been doing the research and seeing how it’s already being done,” said Peebles. “I like to look at things and see why they do what they do.”

Scott, Fournier and Peebles were surprised by what they found. Even many top-notch research labs did not seem to have sophisticated solutions to the problem the students were facing. The team discovered that many laboratories used simple, homemade contraptions to remove mites, often constructed from disposable coffee cups or peanut butter jars. “One of the tools other researchers have used was literally just a plastic cup with holes poked through the bottom,” said Fournier. “I saw that and thought, ‘I can do better!’”

The team’s design had to be leak- and rust-proof and made from materials that would not react with ethanol. Cost and convenience were key factors in the design process.

After much research and a lengthy trial-and-error process, the team has come up with four potential designs for improvement of the shaker tube. They are now in the midst of creating prototypes using GPRC’s 3D printer.

With competition day approaching fast and a top prize of $3,000 on the line, Team #2 hopes judges will agree their designs are “the bees’ knees”!


Teams will have the opportunity to present their challenge solutions on January 22, when a Challenge winner will be announced.

Read about Team #1’s experience here.

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 14, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 14, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Sam Wiancko from the Wolves Women’s Soccer team and Carter Nadkrynechny from the Wolves Men’s Volleyball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Sam Wiancko #13

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science Nursing
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Stony Plain, Alberta

Now in her second year at GPRC, midfielder Sam Wiancko has played a pivotal role in the Wolves program by mentoring the younger athletes on the team. Sam is calmness personified on the field and never seems rushed when possessing the ball, but rather takes her time to ensure the correct play, pass or shot is made. Anyone who watches Sam on the pitch can see that she is not afraid to head the ball and always puts her body on the line for the sake of the team. Sam excels in the classroom in her Nursing program and is a well-rounded student-athlete. Thank you to Sam for her dedication to the Wolves.

Carter Nadkrynechny #10

Program: 2nd Year, Business Administration
Position: Left-side Hitter
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Carter has grown immensely as a player in his last two years with the Wolves. As a Grande Prairie hometown hitter, he has taken big steps forward in his second season. Carter’s work on and off the court has lead to big rewards in finding ways to adapt his strengths to the ACAC. Carter’s speed and ball control allow him to make important plays on reception and defense that set the base for the team’s offensive system. Thank you to Cater for his dedication to the Wolves.

Congratulations to our GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week. Thank you for being excellent examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.

GPRC Office Administration Changes Lives!

GPRC Office Administration Changes Lives!

Are you looking for a steady career? Wanting to change your life in only one year? GPRC Office Administration offers its students specialized programs designed to provide you with the critical skills required to succeed in a career you’ll love.

Our graduates of the Office Administration program attain professional knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by a wide range of employers. Obtaining superior skills in communications, interpersonal relations, and office administration; our graduates open the doors to excellent opportunities to enter and advance in careers with the hours, benefits and flexibility they want.

Check out what Lee Wrigley, Practice Manager at South 40 Dental had to say about the program and its students.

“We have participated in the GPRC Dental Administration work placement program since 2014, and it has been instrumental in providing us insights into our own training program, as well as a great way to introduce students into a fast paced, technology-rich environment.

At times, we have taken on two students at once for their work placements, and our team loves being able to share their experience, as well as show them the level of customer care, and cohesive teamwork we strive to achieve everyday. Out of our placements over the years, we have hired four students out of this program, and of the two that are still currently working with us, they are a valued part of our admin team. The training that they received with the GPRC Office Administration program better prepared them for their work placement with us, and was a very valuable time saver with regards to the students already having a lot of dental terminology and knowledge of the industry.  This is such a value to me, as we have a very large practice with five dentists and a team of 35 employees, so hiring someone from this program is almost always a sure bet that they will be able to perform at a level that suits our needs!

I would strongly recommend any administration managers to participate in this work placement program!”

So, what are you waiting for?

Apply today and start on your way to a career in one year.

Learn more about the Office Administration program here. 

Beyond the Classroom: Five Ways Scholarship Happens at GPRC

At GPRC, new knowledge is constantly being created, shared, and exchanged, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our faculty from across all schools and disciplines are often engaged in scholarly activities outside of their ordinary teaching duties. These can include conducting research, creating art or musical compositions, or working with industry to apply existing knowledge in new contexts. The word “scholarship” encompasses the many different types of research and innovative activities that take place at the College.

Scholarship outside the classroom can be one way instructors contribute to their fields, grow as academics, and increase their body of knowledge to pass on to students.

GPRC’s model of scholarship has five areas or ‘realms’. Learn about the realms of scholarship below and meet a few GPRC instructors who exemplify them. Which do you see yourself in?

Application – Applying knowledge to larger social/industrial governance needs; engagement with the broader community for mutual benefit.

GPRC psychology instructor Dr. Connie Korpan applies her research to effect real-world change. Her work falls in the scholarship of application, applying knowledge to larger social governance needs and engaging with the community for mutual benefit.

















Discovery and Creation –Applied research, artistic work, visual art, literature, academic research, invention of a new technology.

For GPRC English instructor Sally Jones, writing, publishing and researching are all part of what it means to be engaged in her field as an informed professor. Her 2015 Research Award from the University of Aberdeen has allowed her to conduct extensive research on 20th century novelist Edith Wharton, whose works are the subject of her PhD dissertation.


Integration – Identifying patterns and trends, synthesizing existing information and ideas for new perspectives; interdisciplinary; cross-trades/professions

GPRC electrician instructor Charles Sanderson’s cross-disciplinary research on solar energy efficiency is leading GPRC on the path to becoming carbon neutral. A proponent of sustainable technology as a potential solution to the challenges facing his industry, Sanderson’s search for more efficient solar energy has enabled unique collaborations between trades and academia.

















Practice – Increasing personal depth of knowledge and currency in one’s own profession/discipline/trade.

GPRC video production instructor David McGregor’s professional practice in filmmaking informs his teaching in the video production courses he teaches at GPRC. By staying engaged in his field, he brings fresh expertise and an always-evolving knowledge set into the classroom to share with his students.

















Teaching and Learning – The systematic study of teaching and learning to obtain a deeper understanding of pedagogical theory and practice and to inform new practice.

Dr. Jodi Peebles, Teacher Education North (TEN) instructor at GPRC, is always looking for ways to improve the experience of her students. She is currently conducting research on the role of collaborative inquiry in teacher education, a process in which education students work together to use a systematic and research-based approach to learning and professional development. Dr. Peebles is also looking at ways that parents and educators can better support the learning of gifted children.




















Learn more about research, innovation, and scholarship at GPRC on our website.

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