October 5, 2011

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October is Canadian Library Month!

To celebrate, the library is having weekly draws to win great prizes! To enter, all you have to do is spread the library love!

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• The draws are open to all students, staff & faculty!
• Four draws will be held over the month of October!
• Prizes: $15.00 iTunes gift cards! not too shabby!

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Grande Prairie Campus Professional Development Day “Dream to Be…”

A great kick start to the Academic year was had by all that attended the GP Campus “Dream to Be…” Professional Development Day on August 25, 2011. Matthew Bain hit the ground “dancing” rather than running as emcee and woke many of us up with his (or Doug Frattini’s) “So You Think You Can Dance” audition! With over 30 concurrent sessions for participants to choose from, PD Day had a great and varied mix of sessions that ranged from general interest topics such as flower arranging, cooking and basic automotive courses, to technological sessions and sessions on pedagogy and research.

The College also had the good fortune of having Lesra Martin as our inspirational keynote for the day. Lesra explained to the crowd how through “Hope, Heart and the Human Spirit”, he made the journey from an illiterate youth to a successful lawyer. Living with many of the same challenges that our students may face, Lesra and the Canadians that helped him, are an example of how even strangers can help someone overcome their challenges and achieve their dreams in life. To put this thought into practice, Lesra has also provided us with copies of his book “The Power of A Promise”. The book is on sale for $15 through the Human Resource Department (GP Campus) with $5 of each book sold being donated to the GP Campus Emergency Student Loan account.

Staff and faculty were also very generous in donating their time to be on the Planning Committee and to be Presenters on the day. As a start to the year, Professional Development Day provides us with great opportunities to relax, laugh and learn with our colleagues. Most importantly this year, I hope it reminded us that we can all play a part in helping someone achieve their goal of whatever they dream to be…  ~ Submitted by Marina Chondros    Photos by Paula Backer & Cate Sazwan

 
Lesra Martin captivated the audience with his story   GPRC's Matt Bain emceed & entertained!

 
Elaine White and Paula Backer display their creations at the Flower Arranging PD session

 
Chef Gavin and Mona Grace making meringue during the PD Day Cooking Class.

Fairview 55 Plus Summer Games July 21-24, 2011

GPRC was a proud supporter of the Fairview 55 Plus Summer Games providing planning assistance, venues for events and activities, sleeping quarters for participants and a host of volunteers. 1200 people came to Fairview during the Games and there were almost as many volunteers. Here are a few photos of the GPRC Fairview Campus staff & faculty who either volunteered or participated in the Games.  - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

  
Instructor Steve Johnson (left)                                Dave Burgess, Yvonne Peterson, Joan King

  
Staff member Marie Hemstock (middle)             Dianne Lund & Foundation Board member Gwen Tegart

    
Instructor Bob Walsh                                        Instructor Kris Hvamb and his son taking a break!

President of ACAD Visits GPRC

Dr. Daniel Doz, President of the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), recently paid a visit to GPRC with ACAD's Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations, Melissa Trono.

 
Melissa Trono, Dr. Daniel Doz, Don Gnatiuk and Carmen Haakstaad.

One Million Miles

Glen Turple, at 83 years young, has racked up 960,000 miles of motorcycle riding and plans to reach one million before he dies. That's not all that makes this motorcycle rider special. This year marks 62 years that he has been in the motorcycle business and 55 years for Turple Brothers Ltd., co-founded with his late brother Rex. Theirs was the first motorcycle sales and repair shop in Alberta and it has flourished despite the ever-increasing competition. Mr. Turple visited the Fairview campus last week and toured the motorcycle shops. When the Motorcycle Mechanic program was first thought of, he was one of its first supporters. Appropriately, Bruce Barclay, the program’s first instructor and developer of the motorcycle mechanic program, accompanied Glen on the tour along with program Chair, Wally Besler.  ~ Submitted by Cheryl Frank


Bruce Barclay, Glen Turple and Wally Besler

HET Training

In keeping with a long standing tradition at Fairview College of building teaching aids, we have created two much needed projects; one for hydraulic brake training and another for air brake training.

Firstly, the hydraulic brake training for Heavy Equipment, previously done on pickup trucks, now will be done on a school bus chassis, with most of the body removed. Our entire class of students will, in working pairs, remove, measure, diagnose, re-install and test working heavy axle brakes fastened to the frame for easy access and explanation. Three separate brake circuits will enable students to work at their own speed on equipment much better suited to the Heavy Equipment trade. In addition, most types of parking brakes are modeled functioning on the deck.

On the air brake trainer (2005 KWT800), donated by Halliburton Canada, we have removed the damaged cab/hood and instead have installed a control panel for air brake driver controls operated from the shop floor which completely replaces the need for a running truck-tractor. With this unit we can simply hook to shop air, and in the comfort of the shop, manoeuvre through the air brake testing, diagnostics and repair of the previous fully functional truck-tractor running in the rear shop yard in cold weather. This is ideal, as we no longer need to work in the cold or cold start the truck. The rear differentials and drive line are still in place and utilized by the 4th Year apprentices in the same time frame as our usage.

We are well pleased with our creations, and will enjoy the satisfaction of working on equipment which better meets our needs and can be modified for future changes. It can be noted that by utilizing mostly used parts, both projects were built far below budget. We applaud industry for the damaged truck donation and the local school division for the very reasonable purchase of the bus and miscellaneous parts from their inventory.

In the near future, once the two projects are fully implemented into our programs in 1st Year apprenticeship, we will finish, paint and decorate to suit GPRC Fairview Campus. - Submitted by John Stiles and Gaylord Toews


Heavy Equipment Technician Instructor John Stiles with students


Heavy Equipment Technician Instructors John Stiles and Gaylord Toews

President's Honour Roll Recipients

GPRC students who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the academic year, and successfully complete all courses including practica, are included in the President’s Honour Roll. As part of the recognition criteria, the names of students included in the President’s Honour Roll are reported to the College Board of Governors.
Chelsea AlbrechtLorne HoweyApril Price
Matthew AshbyKirsten IsherwoodKirsten Prysunka
Dana AspinAdelle JackmanBrock Randolph
Colette AugerCorinna JensenSean Reilly
Lisa BairdHyena JeonNicole Ribnick
Kelsey BakerParker JobinJenna Rosvold
Sarah BalderstonTeisha KendallMarcie Ruether
Levon BartaNancy KendrickJanine Russell
Tara BelcourtIsaiah KingJerlynn Rycroft
Kathrina BlimkieAshlee KoconElizabeth Sandford
Gabrielle BouletSandra KonashukAmy Schafer
Tannys BozdechDaniel KonderskiRebecca Schamehorn
Kara BuchinskiYana-Lee KratschatTyson Schartner
Kim BurgessMallory KroekerRobyn Schmidt
Tamara BurkhartEmily KrumpholzDonovan Schubert
Laura BurrisKaitlin KueflerDevon Sekora
Erin CarlstromNatalie LaBelleShawna Shannon
Kristine ChagnonMeagan LacosteShawn Shields
Tyler ClarkeMichelle LangeColby Siemens
Randy CoenKean LantiKatelyn Siggelkow
Claire CorcoranMichael LathamJenna Simon
Judy CornishKatrina LemkyJenna-Marie Smith
Breanna DaubertBrittany LindsayJessica Smith
Sydney DavenportShawn LittleRyan Smith
Seth DavisLisa LorenzVictoria Smith
Jenna DaweKim MacDougallHarry Sodergren
Adrien DechaineRyan MacKenzieDeon Sopko
Brendan DicksonStephanie MarcotteRebekah Spencer
Heather DicksonGuy MarquisRoger St. Pierre
Jennifer DixonKyle McCoyKarson Starkey
Kurt EngebretsonKristen McLaughlinAllyson Steinke
Linda FehrCyntia MeadesTami Stewart
Arran FergusonMelinda MelnychukDarren Stoupe
Sarah FergusonDonald MeursTonmoy Talukder
Lisa FicocelliLinzey MiceliDarryl Tetz
Cassandra FlettNicole MillsChantelle Therrien
Chantal FontaineKarlee MillsapKelli-Dawn Tiegen
Carla ForgieAshton MilroyHannah Tighe
Shawna FortinSinead MitchellAmanda Tollens
Stacey FrankShanti-Ann MittelstadtLauren Turner
Jamie GairdnerMarc MoreauSheila Unruh
Silvester GansanShelby MorrisonCaitlin Unsworth
Colleen GarlinskiDerek MosenkoChantelle Van Eecke
Laura GerowShelby MulcahyAmy Vanderbeek
Charmaine GillesRebecca Neustaeter-KlassenMegan Vince
Cayla GillisSteven NovakowskiRandi-Lyn Voss
Natalie GingellLacee O'ConnellDoran Walker
Sophia GouldChristianah OjeikereJustina Weenink
Karen GreavesChandra OliverDarcee Wendt
Michael GreberCorrie OpsahlJustin Willimont
Chrystal GrimleySidhant PamnaniDavid Wudkevich
Chelsey GruszieJoAnne ParkerTamara Yasinski
Kelly HagenFaye PartschChristopher Young
Miranda HaluszkaLeah PaslawskiElizabeth Young
Kirsten HansonKayla PatzerRobyn Young
Leisa HarderJennifer PaziukAmanda Zacharias
Eva HartmannKatharina PennerJosh Zacharias
Lindsey HeinricksAndrew PietschKara Zenner
Erin HoffmannLeslie PilotJennifer Zingre
Jessica HolowaychukRoberta Plantinga
Sara HorrocksKarina Pol