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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GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

Hundreds of young athletes flooded into the GPRC Wolves gymnasium to collect their Zone ID’s in preparation for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games being held in Grande Prairie, July 19 – 22. The games welcome over 2,500 athletes from all over Alberta to the Peace Region and feature 13 sports, with the GPRC gymnasium hosting 21 basketball games, including Boy’s Bronze and Gold medal games this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips who is heavily involved with Wolves Athletics, is the Zone 8 (Peace Country) Zone Chef and looks forward to the games. He says the various events will highlight what is available in Grande Prairie adding “not many smaller communities are fortunate enough to have access to the many quality facilities we have. I think the athletes will be surprised at what we have to offer.”

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips.

Phillips who has athletes participating in football, track and field, triathlon and mountain biking, is excited to see his, and other athletes compete at an elite level, adding that “because I’m new in the community, this will be a great opportunity to meet volunteers, coaches, athletes and supporters from the Peace Country. As the point contact for Zone 8, I also get to network with other Zones which strengthens our relationships province wide.”

As an avid football fan, Phillips will be keeping a close eye on those games, saying that “there is some tough competition out there. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who bought home Gold last year in Division 1 Provincials will be competing in the Beach Volleyball event.

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who brought home provincial gold in Division 1 last season, are competing in the Beach Volleyball event and will represent Zone 8 as flag bearers at the opening celebrations which take place July 19, 2018 at Philip J. Currie Museum. With a pre-show at 6 p.m., the opening ceremony launches the games which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The GPRC Gymnasium will be the host of the basketball events which kick off Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with boys Zone 3 (Calgary) vs. Zone 1 (Sunny South) on court 1, and boys Zone 6 (Edmonton) vs. Zone 4 (Parkland) on court 2. The gold medal game is slated to take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

To learn more about the 2018 Alberta Summer Games click here.

View Basketball schedule here.

View games website here.

 

 

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Last May, GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott visited Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia in May 2017.

Check out their adventures here.

Recently, Holmesglen got to return the favour and join us in Grande Prairie for a visit.

Andree Gamble and Debra Kiegaldie from Holmesglen Nursing Department located in Melbourne, Australia arrived at GPRC earlier this month after a roughly 30-hour plane ride as part of an exchange program with the College. This trip was both of their first times to Canada.

Debra Kiegaldie (L) and Andree Gamble from Melbourne, Australia’s Holmesglen Institute.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2020, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both institutions having hospitals on college-owned land.

On their agenda was getting to meet and discuss further opportunities with the College’s Executive team and Nursing Department along with getting to sit in on the some of the current accelerated Nursing courses happening over the summer at the College.

Gamble, an Undergraduate Coordinator at Holmesglen, discussed how much she enjoyed sitting in on one of GPRC’s classes.

“The cohort of students was outstanding and so welcoming of me,” said Gamble. “I think it would be good for our students to experience the smaller class sizes and likewise for the Grande Prairie students.”

Class sizes at GPRC are quite a bit smaller than those at Holmesglen, with a 56-student intake as opposed to Holmesglen’s approximately 600 students in two Nursing programs (a two-year Diploma program and a three-year Bachelor’s degree.)

A major goal of this budding partnership is to start an exchange program that would involve students and faculty.

“It would be good for our students and also the students in Grande Prairie to see how similar we are in terms of health care and access to health care,” said Gamble. “Our students live in a big city, so access to medical care of any description is really quite close. Here it is a different environment. This is a regional centre.”

Visiting the College’s On-Campus Friendship Centre.

Kiegaldie, an associate professor at Holmesglen Institute, said that would be great experience for their students.

“We talk to our students a lot about a global view on health. This would be an opportunity to expand their thinking and their understanding of what it means to work in another country,” she said.

The faculty from both institutions discussed the potential benefits of a faculty member accompanying the two or three students who would be partaking in the exchange to create a sense of comfort and continue to expand the sharing of knowledge.

“Faculty exchanges are beneficial because we can pick up on the little things that have been implemented successfully at GPRC and see if they would work for us and likewise,” said Kiegaldie.

At this early planning stage, discussions are around having students from Grande Prairie visit Holmesglen in April and students from Australia visit GPRC in October.

A tour of the College’s National Bee Diagnostics Centre.

Before Andree and Debra departed on their trip home, they for sure got the Alberta-tourist experience. The ladies toured Banff and Lake Louise and saw a bear, got a picture with the Big Beaver in Beaverlodge, viewed the expansion project at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre and—their favourite activity—got to ride in a chuckwagon!

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” said Gamble. “It was the ultimate experience!”

Debra and Andree experiencing a chuckwagon for the first time!

A huge thank you to Andree and Debra for joining us at GPRC. We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in the near future.

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Mariah Kyllo and Danja Fredrickson to the Women’s Soccer program.

Mariah Kyllo joins the pack for the 2018/19 season.

Mariah, who captained Team Alberta at the 2017 North American Indigenous games in Toronto is a skillful and strong player. According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, Mariah has a booming shot and he is delighted she has chosen to continue her soccer career with the Wolves. She chose GPRC because of the soccer program and its coaching staff, and looks forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and reuniting with old friends and teammates.

Welcome to the pack, Danja!

Hailing from Surrey, BC, Danja wanted to play soccer through post-secondary, and playing with the Wolves is a great opportunity to compete at a higher level.

She chose GPRC because of the Kinesiology program and looks forward to meeting and playing with new team mates.

The four-time MVP for North Surrey Secondary School, and Guildford Athletic Club back-to-back District Champion, Danja has a great skill set and a good attitude to the game, according to Head Coach Chris Morgan.

He believes that her new surroundings will allow her to flourish as a player.

Welcome to the pack, ladies!

Spring Lineup: GPRC Sport, Fitness & Wellness

Spring Lineup: GPRC Sport, Fitness & Wellness

GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness (SFW) is committed to providing essential programs, education and services to support good health and vitality to our students, staff and the entire community.

Spring has officially sprung!

The spring lineup is here at GPRC SFW and will run from April 23 to June 29; totaling 10-weeks of classes.

 

Want to know more?

Check out the description of each class on the SFW website here.

 

Individuals who want to get in on the action can either register for a specific class or purchase a SFW Punch Card at the Fitness Centre for $120 for 10 uses.

Let’s get those summer bods ready!

For more information, call Joel at (780) 539-2436 or email, JThibault@GPRC.ab.ca