Mid-Term Madness!

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StudentFliks Winner

GPRC's StudentFliks Contest crowned its first winner this week.  Amanda Syryda is the lucky winner of a $100 cash prize!  On hand to present  Amanda with her winnings was GPRC webmaster and host of the GPRC StudentFliks contest, Richard Podsada, and Recruitment Director extraordinaire, Bill Corcoran. 


Encourage your students to enter the contest running from September to February.  Each month, cash prizes will be awarded for the best submission.  Cash prize winners will also be eligible for a Grande Prize Draw at a special event in March.  To enter, students can log in and sumbit their 2 minute video depicting student life at GPRC:  www.gprc.ab.ca/studentfliks 

Audition Call!

Annie Smith, Drama Instructor in the Fine Arts Department at GPRC, is holding auditions for a production being held February 21st to the 23rd, 2008.  The play, "Unity (1918)" by Kevin Kerr, won the Goveror General's Award for Drama in 2002.  Kevin is the co-founder of the Electric Company, one of the most exciting theatre companies in Canada. 

GPRC Drama invites participation from anyone interested in working on the production.  They need all kinds of help besides actors: archival, costumes, props, make-up, techinical, musicians.  There are three copies of the play on reserve in the GPRC library.

Characters:            6 female roles, age range teen to 60’s
                                 3 male roles, age range teen to 30’s

Audition Dates     November 20, 21, 22
                                 7 to 9 pm in L104 (the Black Box)
Call Backs           November 23
                                 7 to 9 pm in L104 (the Black Box)
Contact Annie Smith in Fine Arts for more information about auditioning or helping out with other areas of the production:  539-2882.
Get full details about the play including a schedule of events surrounding the production at the GPRC Website.

Get Who in the What Now!

(A great contest for GPRC Staff/Students with a very confusing name)

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for an exciting new contest for staff/students. Get Who in the What Now will be an opportunity for GPRC staff and students to win prizes if they refer potential students to the College. Check the next issue of the GPRC Insider for more details.
(Note: Thanks to Matt Bain for coming up with the “creative” title for this epic contest.)

Recruitment Notes From the Road

By Megan Ryan-Walsh

September went by in the blink of an eye - recruitment activity has been both hectic and fruitful. "Points North" seemed to be the theme of my travels. Exhibiting at the Prospects North Conference in Yellowknife NWT with Bill Corcoran was combined with three days of visits to Yellowknife High Schools.
The staff and students at Sir John Franklin High School, St. Patrick's High School and the adult education class at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre welcomed me with open arms, and did all they could to assist me in getting my messages across: Stay in school, return to school and make GPRC your college of choice.  
Since my return to GP, opportunities for a little more "Northern Exposure" have developed and details will be forthcoming over the next while.  From September 26-28 Gordon Pellerin and I hit the pavement, stopping in at 13 Peace Region Schools wrapping up our travels at the 2007 Board of Governers Retreat in High Level. Again the warmth and enthusiasm we were met with was amazing, and did a lot to reinforce the importance of the College in the community.
Highlights of the Tour:
  • Meeting with six students from Zama City completing high school by correspondence High Level Learning Store. There is no high school in Zama and these girls are bussed in twice a week, ninety minutes each way! They had all been to college events at least once (Big Red!), or had a friend currently studying here.
  • Sept. 27th GPRC hosted an evening information session and spoke directly to about 25 students and parents. Ten amazing young women travelled from Ft. Vermillion (approx. a one hour drive) to meet with us and ask more specific questions. The rest of the people who stopped by were from High Level.
  • Several alumni, an elementary teacher and physiotherapsit from High Level, and an Occupational Therapist originally from Grimshaw met with us and spoke candidly to the students and parents in attendance about their extremely positive experiences at GPRC.
  • Sept. 28th the Board of Governers sat down and shared lunch and stories with students and the counselor from High Level Public School. This type of exposure is critical to alleviating some of the anxiety that can accompany the prospect of leaving the safety of high school and home town to pursue post secondary education. We brought back two applications for next fall!
The message was loud and clear: "we want to go to school in the Peace Region, Grande Prairie is close and familiar and we will to return to our communities when we are finished".
Megan Ryan-Walsh, High School Liaison Coordinator