January 12, 2012

In this issue

Books for Ethiopa

We did it! Over the month of December the library collected over 1300 book donations from the GPRC community - not too shabby compared with last year’s already impressive 900! In partnership with ANSO and the Grande Prairie Rotary Club, the books will be donated to Jigjiga University in Ethiopia. Thank you everyone for your generous donations! ~ Submitted by Colleen MacKinnon

Science Open House Success

The GPRC Science Open House was held again this year on December 9th. "Our faculty has worked very hard to put this day together and to make it fun", says Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics & Research. She believes that it is the enthusiam of the instructors and department staff members that the high school students come in contact with at this event which convinces students to pursue science studies at GPRC. Congratulations to the staff & faculty who participated in this year's Science Open House, making it yet another engaging and exciting experience for students throughout the region.
Once again, the annual GPRC Science Open House a great success! The final count put us at just over 400 (although more were registered) high school students from the surrounding area in attendance. The high schools that joined us this year were Peace River High School, Chetwynd High School, St. Thomas More Catholic School (Fairview), Fairview High School, Sexsmith Secondary School, GP Composite High School, Peace Wapiti Academy, and Beaverlodge Regional High.

Highlights included Libero Ficocelli's opening presentation on Robotics which had the high school students very engaged. There were four Math presentations (first time!) which brought in some interest too. Thanks to Jean Reston and Koreen Kerswell who gave a presentation on the Bachelor of Education in Science.

The Science Department could not have pulled off such a fantastic event without the help of each one of you. ~ Submitted by Sheila Lock

Con Ed News Update

Check out the 2012 GPRC Continuing Education Course Guide available in the publication stations around the College or in the Con Ed department. In addition to our many safety, driver training, and industrial equipment course offerings we have several courses that may also interest staff. Consider learning Spanish (Level 1) on Monday evenings (starting next week) or sign up to learn German or Japanese in September.

Pursue your personal interests with our NEW and exciting Sushi Making evening course! In just one evening, learn how to make California, dynamite, cucumber, and yam yum rolls from the owner of Sam’s Sushi! Please note the January date has changed to Monday, January 30th, and there are only 4 spots left! Classes are offered monthly though so sign up now!

Other personal interest offerings include an Introduction to Metal Art class, a Professional Photography program, and Scuba Diving! We also take registrations for Introduction to Palaeontology, a non-credit course giving you hands-on experience with unearthing dinosaur fossil beds.

Also remember that Continuing Education offers weekly First Aid/CPR courses and so much more. Check out the Guide today! ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae

Kudos Larry

I always liked the commercials that had the jingle “you are in good hands.” As the picture to the left testifies, we are in good hands with our Safety Officer, Larry McDonald. During the recent mild weather several people noticed water pooling outside the entrance to the main administration building of Fairview Campus. If it had frozen, someone could have taken a nasty fall. Larry obviously saw the problem and fixed it.  I have to tip my hat to you Larry for getting rid of a potential hazard and looking after all of us who use that door. The safety glasses are snazzy too! ~ Submitted by Don Watson

First Edition of GPRC Cookbook a Great Success!

In October 2011, Marian Pickup emailed Velda McKenzie-Diederich to ask if a GPRC cookbook had ever been suggested, or published as a fundraiser. Little did Marian know, Velda had been dreaming about a cookbook as well. Once they got their heads together, it was decided that they would go forward with their plan.

The response from staff and faculty was amazing and it was evident that many people were enthusiastic enough to type up multiple recipe submissions. In total, 215 recipes were submitted (from 76 contributors), which translates into a pretty respectable cookbook. A huge thank you to everyone who participated.

There were many late nights of typing, editing, and organizing, not to mention the stiff shoulders the days after hole punching and binding the booklets! Special thanks to Cate Sazwan for re-reading the entire book line by line and correcting scores of mistakes and to Cheryl Forseille & Karmen Patrick in Duplicating Services for donating their time to print the books in record time. Thanks also to the five Cover Contest entrants – congratulations to Dale Kardas for her submission being chosen as the cover for this edition of the GPRC Cookbook.

250 books were sold raising over $2000 for the Emergency Student Loan Fund on both Fairview and Grande Prairie campuses!  According to Financial Aid Coordinator Carla Basarab, there are countless students in dire financial need and funds like these can often make a difference between a student being successful or having to withdraw from studies. The fund is used to assist students in emergency situations by giving them short term loans or to purchase grocery gift cards so that students in need can purchase fresh produce, dairy, or baked goods which are not available through the The Room of Plenty on campus.

Carla was thrilled when Velda contacted her to let her know that they planned on donating the proceeds to the Emergency Student Loan Fund. "I commend Velda and Marian for their huge effort and commitment in getting this project off the ground and through to completion in such a short time period. My sincere thanks to everyone who purchased and took part in creating this cookbook. I am delighted by the generosity displayed by our GPRC family.”

Velda McKenzie-Diederich and Marian Pickup present a cheque for $2000 from the proceeds of the GPRC Cookbook to Carla Basarab.

Marketing Strategies Class Gives Back

This year's Marketing Strategies Class raised a total of $15,100 through the promotion and production of Peace Country Idol. Half of this amount will be used by the class to tour Las Vegas during Reading Week in February 2012. Business instructor Bill Corcoran will accompany them and the students will be visiting various businesses to learning about the marketing and business environment in a major commercial centre.

The other half of the proceeds - a total of $7,800 - was donated by the class to the Swan City Rotary Club for their Ethiopia Project. Three years ago, the government of Ethiopia built a modern health clinic in the village of Haro Dibe where Rotary has done a lot of work.  The clinic has plumbing and wash facilities throughout, but there is no electricity or running water in the village.  Two years ago, money from Peace Country Idol was used to install a roof water collection system and a cistern, so the clinic now has water, but it is carried by individual pails or donkey cart from the cistern to the clinic. This funds raised by this year's class are being used for to install an electric generator, an electric pump and pressure system, and the required piping to connect the cistern to the clinic so that the clinic would have actual running water.

Cibylla Rakestraw and the students from her Marketing Strategies Class present a cheque for $7800 to Chris Anderson and Felix Seiler (far right) from the Swan City Rotary Club.

Congrats Rene!

Congratulations to GPRC instructor, Dr. Rene Gadacz, for co-authoring "Aboriginal Peoples in Canada" which has just been published in its ninth edition. Gadacz and James S. Frideres began their collaboration on the book several years ago, after Gadacz was a graduate student at the University of Calgary, and a teaching assistant in one of the courses offered by Frideres. The book is being used in a University of Alberta Native Studies course which is part of the Teacher Education North (TEN) program at GPRC.

Student Emergency Fund Grows!

Beverley Candy, GPRC Marketing Manager,  (right) hands over four $25 gift certificates for the local IGA to Fran McGuire, Assistant Registrar. The gift certificates were donated to the Student Emergency Fund by Media Classified, one of many advertisers the College deals with.