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.
Discovery and Creation –Applied research, artistic work, visual art, literature, academic research, invention of a new technology.
Integration – Identifying patterns and trends, synthesizing existing information and ideas for new perspectives; interdisciplinary; cross-trades/professions
Practice – Increasing personal depth of knowledge and currency in one’s own profession/discipline/trade.
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.
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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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 theNational 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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.