December 8, 2011

In this issue

GPRC Fairview Gives Back!

Patricia Woronuk was the chief Elf and came up with the idea of decorating an electric fireplace as a donation to the Festival of Trees that took place in Fairview at the end of November. The fireplace and decorations were purchased through the Communication Department’s Community Sponsorship dollars and a number of staff contributed goodies to fill the his and hers stockings. The Fairview & Area Palliative Care Society was the recipient of $480. ~ Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Elves: (Back row, left to right) Chris Laue, Dianne Lund, Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Karen Litke, Carla Dacyk (Front row, left to right) Cheryl Frank, Sue Sych, Carol Ruether, Patricia Woronuk, Carole Arkinstall.

Congratulations CAS!

Each year the GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students participates in The Festival of Trees by creating a display. They see this as an opportunity to give back to the community of Grande Prairie.  This year’s theme captivates the design for the new tipi that will be erected in early spring 2012. The design encompasses many traditional teachings such as; wolves howling at the moon and it’s thirteen phases, green for Mother Earth, and a ring of beautiful blue water with fish in the water. The entire display is 100% edible! This year the CAS has placed first place in the category of organizations and individuals. ~ Written by: Amanda Ferguson, On Campus Outreach Worker

Farewell Anderson Hall

The demolition of Anderson Hall, the 28-year-old student residence at GPRC, took place during the first couple weeks of November. Since the decision to close Anderson Hall was made in June of this year, crews have been busy finding new homes for any usable furnishings or appliances, windows and doors. Truckload after truckload has been hauled away to be donated, sold, or repurposed.

Many items were donated to the City of Grande Prairie housing program, and the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre. Furnishings and kitchen items were donated to students in off-campus housing. While Anderson Hall was being prepared for demolition, the units provided excellent training locations for Firefighting and RCMP training exercises which are possible only in vacant buildings.

Thanks to everyone who made this project run smoothly and efficiently - especially Housing Manager, Kim Richardson, Housing Maintenance worker, Allen MacFarlane and Nathaniel Smith, Emergency Preparedness Safety Officer.

The final moments of Anderson Hall were swift and dramatic.

                                Housing Manager Kim Richardson and her
                                right hand man, Housing Maintenance Worker
                                Allen MacFarlane post-demolition.

Tribute to Dr. Henry Anderson

On November 28th at a reception hosted by the Alumni/Foundation, over 80 donors and supporters joined the Anderson family in a tribute to GPRC’s first President Dr. Henry Anderson. As an enduring legacy to the first College President who served as President from 1966 to 1981, the ring road from the by-pass to 106 Avenue was officially named Henry Anderson Drive. Following the reception and announcement, the attendees took in the Jazz Ensemble concert conducted by Dr. Robert Howey.

Dr. Henry Anderson's son, Norman Anderson, and his family travelled to Grande Prairie from Calgary for the event. Left to right are: Norman, Lauren, Alida, Erik and Sandra Anderson.

Professional Leave 2012-13

The Board of Governors met Thursday, November 24th and passed a motion approving the recommendations of the Professional Leave with Financial Assistance Committee.

Approved for 12-month leaves during the 2012-2013 academic year, in alphabetical order, are:
• Edward Bader, Fine Arts
• Dorothy Dooley, Nursing Education and Health Studies
• Teresa Evans, Nursing Education and Health Studies
• Bethe Goldie, Physical Education, Athletics and Kinesiology
• Cara Leaf, Office Administration
• Laurie Nock, Arts and Education

GPRC Book Drive

Tis the season of giving! Donate your used books to the GPRC Book Drive!

This year the GPRC Library, in partnership with the Grande Prairie Rotary Club, will be collecting donated books to send to the university
in Somalia.

Over the month of December, please bring your book donations to the circulation desk at the library (GP or Fairview). To help us out, please include a note indicating the subject area of each book Eg. Geography, sociology, history, literature, etc.

Last year the library donated over 900 books. Can we beat that this year? Let’s make it happen!

All books will be accepted. If not needed by the university they will be given to other schools in need.
~The Library

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Student/Alumni Job Postings on GPRC Website

The Human Resources department at GPRC has launched a brand-new service for current and former students – job postings on the GPRC website. The service is also welcomed by employers in the area, who can now directly reach potential applicants with the appropriate skills and training.

Potential employers have been quick to take advantage of the service, and already a wide variety of postings have been submitted – everything from business professionals to warehouse staff. The response is gratifying to GPRC's Executive Director of Human Resources, Karen Scribner, who says the goal was to help students find part-time or summer work, and to help new graduates and alumni find opportunities in their fields of expertise.

To check it out, go to and click on “student postings.” Employers may submit job postings to

Thank You All Peace

Thank you to alumnus Kelly Chalmers, current chair of the GPRC Alumni/Foundation and President of All Peace Protection, for a generous donation of $25,000 in support of student life on campus at GPRC.

United Way at GPRC

Well done GPRC and the United Way Internal Campaign Committee! We raised $25,830.58, which was a little short of last year’s total, but still something to be very proud of nonetheless.

Our campaign started off in late September. The weekly 50/50 draws began the week of Oct 7. Committee members walked around the college every Wednesday with tickets; tickets were also sold at a table in the concourse. During the last Wednesday of the campaign, President Don Gnatiuk and Shirley Pasieka, Dean of School of Health Wellness and Career Studies participated in selling 50/50 tickets. Their walk around the college resulted in the largest draw, won by Continuing Education Executive Assistant, Shari Johnson.


Thanks to everyone who took part in our 50/50 ticket event this year by selling, walking around, making posters and purchasing tickets.

Once again, we held a highly successful Silent Auction during the week of Oct. 3rd. This year Fairview Campus participated in the auction. Thanks to everyone for their great donations. It would be impossible to host such an event without all our contributors. Thanks also to everyone who bid on the auction items.

Our campaign also included another successful United Way Craft & Bake Sale, which was held on Oct 26. The number of crafts and baking donated increases every year! Thanks again to all who brought baking and crafts to sell. Our United Way Piggy Banks were placed strategically around the college and again this year we had another successful Piggy Bank Drive. The United Way Steak Luncheon on October 31st was the final event that brought the campaign to a close.

The Pledge Form Campaign held though out the month of October included draws every Friday. Many incentives were available to anyone who wished to enter into the pledge draw by filling in an internal pledge form. Coffee cards for a free cup of coffee were available for those who filled out a pledge form at the 50/50 tables. A free steak lunch was also available to those who filled out a pledge form during the lunch. Thanks again to everyone for your pledges. Your contributions were critical to the success of the campaign.

This year we had an exciting addition to this year’s campaign with our pledge form challenge. GPRC competed against Mount Royal University College and Red Deer College and whoever had the greatest % of pledge forms completed would be the winner. This year’s results were: Red Deer College 20.5%, GPRC 20.3%, Mount Royal 8.9%.

Our Campaign members from Fairview and Grande Prairie are: Patricia Woronuk, Carole Arkinstall, Don Watson, Sue Sych, Maureen Clark, Marian Mark, Natalie Amyotte, Tanya Ray, Catherine Dean, Marina Chondros, Jean Reston, Wanda Moen, Gaitane Gilje, Megan Blachford, Velda McKenzie-Deiderich, Angela Scribner, Wendy Emery, Heather Mathieson, Connie Korpan, Lori Fleming.

Thank you again to everyone for being such a great committee. You have all been tremendous giving of your time. We have once again put together a great campaign to be proud of. Thanks so much for providing your time. (To view more photos from this year's campaign please visit the HR webpage

Lori Fleming and Connie Korpan
Co-Chairs, GPRC United Way Internal Campaign Committee