Tough Home Weekend for Wolves Men’s Basketball

Tough Home Weekend for Wolves Men’s Basketball

The GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team welcomed the Concordia Thunder to campus the first weekend back in ACAC Basketball action.

Friday night saw the Wolves jump out to an early lead, up 28-18 after the first quarter.  The Thunder bounced back in the second, outscoring the Wolves 32-12 to lead at half 50-40.  The Wolves responded in the second half by winning the third quarter 24-10.  The Thunder responded in the fourth, outscoring the Wolves 39-25.  The result was a Thunder victory, beating the Wolves 99-89.  Kenny Johnson was Player of the Game on Friday night with 40 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  Third year guard Alexander Joseph had another strong performance scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds.  First year guard Abdul Al-Tamimi scored 13 points and 3 rebounds in the defeat.

The Wolves and Thunder returned to action Saturday afternoon.  The teams had a fairly even first quarter, with the Wolves up 22-20.  The second quarter was very similar, with the Thunder winning the quarter 25-18 and leading at half 45-40.  The Thunder kept up the pace in the second half, winning the third quarter 24-21 and the fourth quarter 28-18.  The Thunder came away with a 97-79 victory.  The Wolves were lead by fifth year guard Kenny Johnson, who scored 40 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.  Second year forward Kellen Morris scored 19 points Jonathan Mueller scored 8 points in the game.

With the Thunder winning both games this weekend, The Wolves now have a 9-7 record.  This has the Wolves sitting fourth in the North division.  The Wolves now travel to Lloydminster to take on the Lakeland College Rustlers.  Both games can be watched online at

Future Present: GPRC Alumni & Colleagues Exhibition

Future Present: GPRC Alumni & Colleagues Exhibition

Join us tonight, January 26 for the opening reception of Future Present.

GPRC is excited to partner with The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in celebrating the College’s 50th anniversary with this special exhibition, curated by Faculty in the Fine Arts Department.

The exhibition will run January 26 to March 20 and will showcase artwork by past students, faculty and staff.

The concept for the art exhibition started during the College’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016-17. The show features 15 artists.

Let’s meet those artists now.

Dan Arberry studied Fine Art at GPRC for three years before finishing his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Calgary in 1998. He returned to Grande Prairie to give back to the arts community. Currently he teaches drawing at the Centre for Creative Arts and has been on the Board of Directors for eight years. In addition, Arberry helps others organize art exhibitions, mentors youth, and promotes the idea that art is for everyone.

Kasie Campbell is a visual artist working in Edmonton. Campbell’s work is provocative, combining elements of sculpture, photography, and installation into large scale arrangements. Her goal is to confuse notions of appeal with revolt and pleasure with disgust as well as generate a sense of empathy from the viewer. In 2015, Campbell won the Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Centre in New Jersey for her work Scopophilia. Two of her sculptures are currently on view at the City of Edmonton’s public art collection in Borden Park until 2019.

Fiona Connell moved to Grande Prairie in 1973 where she studied set design and costumes for theatre at GPRC. She finished her Bachelor of Fine Art (painting) at the University of Calgary and her Master of Fine Art (Painting/Mixed Media) at the University of Alberta. Connell’s series of works, Dwellings, examines the home as a symbol of life. Her choice of materials represents the concept of stereotypical ‘women’s work.’ These pieces are meant to create a starting point for the viewer to make connections of their own and awaken narratives for themselves.

Janet Farnquist completed her Visual Arts and Design Diploma at GPRC in 2015. She works in painting and sculpture and has participated in several group shows in the Peace Region. Her recent works in painting focus on the exploration of the subconscious mind. Farnquist currently resides in Grande Prairie where she is the Coordinator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.

Jennifer Ferris was born and raised in Grande Prairie and graduated with a diploma in Visual Arts and Design from GPRC in 2016. Her work is inspired by Canada, nature, and the places that she has visited throughout her life. Her goal is to capture and share the beauty of her home and the places around her.

Ashley Gaboury attended GPRC before receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 from the University of Lethbridge. Gaboury uses a variety of mediums including watercolor pencils, alcohol-based markers, acrylics, and mixed media. She is a professional artist and has established herself as an art instructor having previously worked as an instructor at the Prairie Art Gallery (now the AGGP).

Tim Heimdal completed a Fine Art Diploma at GPRC and continued his studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.  His work often displays figurative expression.  Heimdal started painting murals as one of his main modes of artistic expression in 1984.  He has designed and painted over 100 murals, over 100 sets for theatre events and exhibited paintings.  His work has been featured across Alberta, Canada, the US and Japan.

Dinosaur Tales

In 2005 Tim completed a series of murals for the Grande Prairie Heritage Museum expansion.  Roy Bickel, President of the Museum Board, told Tim he had a dream to build a dinosaur museum.  Tim replied that he would love to do a mural there.

Roy remembered his conversation with Tim and eight years later Tim was contracted to create a mural for the Aykroyd Family Theatre in the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, AB. Tim designed and painted Dinosaur Tales which he dedicates to the memory of visionary Roy Bickel.

Kenzie Housego attended GPRC and holds a Visual Communication certificate as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art (Print Media) from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her art practice involves mixed media, performance, fashion design, and wearable artwork. Housego is drawn to found objects and imagery with a sense of history, investigating narratives of a romanticized past as well as reflecting on stereotypical images of the feminine by highlighting contemporary modes of beauty and addressing the notions of the relationship between hunger and desire.

Katherine Moe was born and raised in Northern Alberta and attended GPRC to pursue her passion for the arts. She received her diploma for Visual Arts and Design in 2017. Her acrylic paintings use bold colours and large gestural strokes exploring texture and experimental techniques to create light. Her inspiration comes from a sense of nostalgia carried by sounds, patterns of light, or the waft of a fragrance.

Candace Sanderson studied Visual Arts and Design at GPRC in 1994 and developed a passion for sculpting with wood. Her creations consist of organic forms that are rich with colour and depth. Sanderson spends part of each year in British Columbia and her sculptures reflect the influences of Canada’s West Coast yet remain grounded in the Peace Region that shaped her youth.

Kiren Niki Sangra received a diploma in Visual Arts and Design from GPRC in 2002. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (Jewellery/Metals) in 2006, she returned to Grande Prairie and began working at the Centre for Creative Arts as the Creative Operations Coordinator. Sangra uses a variety of art media and mainly uses watercolor and acrylic paints in her art practice.

Marjorie Taylor graduated from the department of Fine Arts at GPRC in 1984. She became interested in Art History and was introduced to centuries of various art forms from many countries which became an inspiration in her paintings. She uses a variety of mediums in her artwork including acrylic, clay, wood, soapstone, and found objects. Taylor tries to expand boundaries and strives to perfect her techniques along her artistic journey.

Christina Wallwork is a Canadian artist from Peterborough, Ontario. She attended Nipissing University for Culture and Religion in North Bay, Ontario from 2005-2008 before completing her Visual Arts and Design diploma at GPRC. Her artistic process is one of self-discovery and expression. Her subjects focus on wildlife, nature, and spirituality and involve a variety of mediums including pastel, sumi ink, and acrylic paint. Wallwork currently lives in Grande Prairie where she works as a fine artist and a professional framer.

Lena Gilje fell in love with painting while studying Visual Arts and Design at GPRC and graduated in 2008. She earned her diploma from Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia and has launched an exciting art career that includes both mixed media and photography. Gilje has travelled and explored art and culture throughout Europe meeting many great people along her journey.

Chris Kinderwater completed a diploma in Visual Arts and Design from GPRC and Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Lethbridge as well as several other courses from the University of Calgary and Alberta College of Art and Design. His work focuses primarily on portrait painting and his goal is to strike a balance between precise detail and vague chaos while simultaneously portraying a recognizable face. Last year at Isabel Campbell Public School’s annual Pink Shirt Day “Guardians” assembly Kinderwater unveiled a painted portrait of the school’s namesake.

“We’re extremely proud of all the work done by the College’s Fine Arts department and we’re excited to showcase the accomplishments of our visual arts alumni with the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. This is truly an exciting opportunity for the community to see what our students, staff and faculty accomplish,” said Susan Bansgrove, GPRC Vice-President Academics and Research

Come on down and see for yourself.

The exhibition will run January 26 to March 20.


GPRC Makes Some Noise for Mental Health

GPRC Makes Some Noise for Mental Health

GPRC is gearing up to make some noise at the weekend’s volleyball match-up against the Lakeland Rustlers.

Created and implemented in 2015 by the SAIT Trojans Outreach Program, Make Some Noise for Mental Health has grown into an ACAC conference-wide awareness campaign to break stigmas around mental health. By involving student-athletes, Make Some Noise for Mental Health is intended to encourage empathy, understanding and open mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in their communities.

The award-winning campaign expanded to the 17 ACAC member institutions and 11 communities in 2016 and GPRC is so proud to be a part of this campaign again this year.

This year, the ACAC and  Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Alberta Division are once again excited to team up with RBC as the 2018 Make Some Noise for Mental Health presenting sponsor for the second consecutive year.

RBC has also supported GPRC and our students with the RBC Centre for Wellbeing on our Grande Prairie campus.

The RBC Centre for Student Wellbeing aligns with RBC’s commitment to mental health by providing resources to help students feel welcome, valued, confident, safe, and heard.

Resources through the Centre for Student Wellbeing such as the Peer Counselling Program, the Student Ambassador Program and the Elder in Residence Program are actively assisting students with issues that directly relate to their mental health and wellbeing. These resources are readily accessible free of charge on the Grande Prairie campus, and are continuously being evaluated and modified to ensure their continued effectiveness.

We are part of a community that cares, and this week in support of the #MakeSomeNoise for #MentalHealth our GPRC Wolves athletes will be howling for mental health awareness.

Join us in the GPRC gym and howl with the pack.

Friday, January 26
Women play at 6 p.m. followed by the Men at 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 27
Women play at 1 p.m. followed by the Men at 3 p.m.


Survival tips for the Winter Semester

Survival tips for the Winter Semester

Winter temperatures in Grande Prairie can reach up to -40 degrees Celsius which can mean that it takes a very special set of skills to keep on keeping on. The following tips is based on a college students experience on coping with the harsh weathers of GP during the winter semester of college

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Survival tips for the Winter Semester:

  1. Be warned, keep warm
  • The keyword here is layering. As a college student, you might not have the budget to buy new winter clothes and let’s face it winter clothes are expensive. It does not only save you money but it also allows you to adjust your clothing based on the temperature. However, sometimes cheaper isn’t always better, if you have any extra money laying around invest in winter clothes that can last for at least the duration of your stay in college.
  1. Be friendly to your classmates
  • Making friends helps you stay engaged in class plus in a case where you couldn’t go to your class because you have no transportation or any personal reasons, you can rely on your classmates to share their notes that day. Also, you won’t know when your car might need a booster, it’s good to be sure that you have a good relationship with your classmates when that happens.
  1. Catch up on sleep 
  • It’s usually dark and cloudy during the winter and this weather might be the perfect time to catch up on sleep. Having enough sleep can give you the energy that you will need in order to focus on your classes. Therefore, more sleep can mean better grades.
  1. Make use of the sunshine
  • We sometimes get a few sunny days during the winter therefor you should make sure that you will take advantage of those day so walk around and enjoy the sun.

The harsh temperatures of winter might be an extra challenge to our already stressful college life but it’s not going to go away any time soon so we might as well make sure that we make the best of it.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, John Raymund Nacis

Sports! Sports! Sports! Recreational and Competitive Leagues! Something for Everyone!

Sports! Sports! Sports! Recreational and Competitive Leagues! Something for Everyone!

It’s a new semester and our GPRC Campus Recreation staff are ready to kick it off strong.

Their recreational and competitive sport leagues offer something for everyone to ensure you get active and have fun all semester long.

Getting involved is easy.

Simply put a team together for one or more of our sport activities this Winter Semester and you’ll be eligible to have fun playing sports that you love, meet new people, break up your crazy school schedule and win some cool prizes along the way! The top finishing teams of a tournament or league will be awarded Championship T-Shirts courtesy of GPRC Campus Recreation!

Submit Team/Individual registration forms at the Fitness Centre.

The potential prizes for this semester haven’t been announced yet, so keep checking back for updates!

Current Campus Rec Intramural Activities:

  • Co-ed Volleyball: Tuesdays from 9-11 p.m.
  • Co-ed Dodgeball: Mondays from 9-11 p.m.
  • Co-ed & Men’s Basketball: Mondays from 9-11 p.m.

Visit the Campus Rec website for more details.

Check us out on Facebook: @GPRCSFW

Have a great semester! Get your teams together! We can’t wait to see you on the court!