GPRC’s 1st Traditional Mini Pow Wow

GPRC’s 1st Traditional Mini Pow Wow

September  28, 2016

Approximately 120 students, Elders, community members, and staff joined City Councilors Lorne Radborne and Chris Theissen, GPRC’s Board of Governors representative Mr. Stewart Wilson, Vice President Academics and Research, Ms. Susan Bansgrove, Grande Prairie Friendship Centre’s Executive Director, Miranda Laroche, and many other distinguished guests for an evening of drumming, singing and dancing in GPRC’s first Traditional Mini Pow Wow hosted by GPRC’s Circle of Aboriginal Students in partnership with the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.

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Pow Wow Stickman, GPRC student Carson Soto, under direction of drummers from Calling Lake, AB, led the festivities while guests were entertained by drumming, singing, talented dancers of all ages, and all of the beautiful regalia.  Several round dances were called for by the drummers ensuring that all guests had the opportunity to get up and join in.  With the success of this inaugural Mini Pow Wow, talks are already in the works for a full pow wow on campus!                                                                                 –  Submitted by Shawnna Boyd

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Dream Catcher Creations

Dream Catcher Creations

Today was the  final installment of the Fall Ambassador Creations (aka “Crafts with Danielle”) Series. Hosted by GPRC Education AmbassadorsThree weeks of crafts that included Mandala Stone Painting, Secret Book Nooks, and wrapped up with Dream Catchers. Each activity was designed to inspire students to gather, take a moment to catch their breath, and have the opportunity to meet new people.

Danielle being crafty!
Danielle, Ambassador Creations Visionary! Jennifer oversees the creations.

 

Helping Each Other
Helping Each Other

 

Over a dozen GPRC students gathered in the theatre concourse to try their hand at a traditional craft that is not as easy as it looks. By the end of the session it was evident that the event was a success!

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Kaneesha putting the final touches on her dream catcher.
Calib concentrates on his creation, while Darlene works on her dream catcher.

Dream Catchers was an idea that started in the spring with then Summer Students Danielle Ribar, and Devin Johnson collaborating with GPRC staff Megan Ryan-Walsh and Indigenous Studies instructor Kirsten Mikkelsen.

The willow was picked in July, cleaned and made into hoops, then cured until today. Sinew, beads, feathers and ribbon were provided by the On Campus Friendship Centre and Circle of Indigenous Students. Dream Catcher making was guided by GPRC alumni Darlene Horseman and Jennifer Tourangeau.

Thanks to everyone that made Ambassador Creations possible – and thanks to all of the students that came out to experience GPRC!

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GPRC Fine Arts Welcome A New Addition

GPRC Fine Arts Welcome A New Addition

GPRC Bachelor of Music student, Alex Windsor is excited for the chance to play on GPRC’s latest addition in their Fine Arts Department.

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Alex Windsors play on GPRC Fine Arts new Steinway Grand Piano

“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home, and gives students the opportunity to learn without having to travel far,” says Windsor, “Now, with the new piano being added to the department, students have the chance to learn on and be exposed to an instrument that will help us fine-tune our skills.”

To learn more about the three year process of bringing this gorgeous instrument to GPRC’s Collins Recital Hall stage, check out the news article on our website.

“It’s been a long process of research to find the perfect piano for GPRC, so to see it finally on our stage is really exciting,” says Carmen Gorgichuk, GPRC Fine Arts Instructor.

You can also check out the photos on GPRC’s Facebook page to see the steps the piano had to go through before being allowed to play. 

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The Beautiful Steinway Model D, 9-foot Concert Grand Piano

 

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GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 26, 2016

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 26, 2016

14470469_1821636618086125_167255975094392344_nKailey Bratland

Program: Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: 
Hythe, AB
High School: 
Beaverlodge High School

A 2016 graduate of Beaverlodge High School, Kailey Bratland enters her rookie season with the Cross Country Wolves with big goals. Bratland recorded a 9th place finish in last year’s Provincial High School Cross Country Championships on the Wolves home course at the Wapiti Nordic ski trails. She hopes for similar success this year as the ACAC Cross Country Championships are again being hosted at Wapiti Nordic.
Hailing from Hythe, AB, Bratland aspires to become the second most famous Wolves runner from that storied town, after Wolves legend Hayden “Sanchez” Hollowell.

 

14470469_1821636761419444_7729993573676948767_nAndrea Snider 

Program: Business Administration

After a 13 year hiatus, Andrea Snider resumes her post secondary cross country running career with the 2016-17 Wolves. Snider spent two seasons on the roster of the NCAA Division 1 Dartmouth College prior to coming to GPRC.

In her first ACAC race in Vermilion, Snider led the Wolves by placed 3rd among the college runners. Individually, she is aiming for an all conference selection this fall.

 

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Ambassador Creations

Ambassador Creations

Check out the awesome creations, GPRC Education Ambassadors have been making to earn points for their teams in the Ambassador Cup.

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You can catch Crafts with Danielle every Wednesday in September during Community Hour from 11:30-1 p.m.

Next week: Dream Catchers!

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