February 8

In this issue

National Sweater Day

February 9th is National Sweater Day!  The WWF, the GPRC Environment Committee and the GPRC Green Team is encouraging all Students, Staff and Faculty to “Turn down the heat and turn up the sweater.” If every Canadian turned down the heat this winter, it would be like removing 300,000 vehicles off the highways.

Show your support for the environment. In your department, office, classroom and home, turn down your thermostat on February 9th and fill the halls of GPRC with the craziest sweaters.

You can also ‘Book a Granny’ to call you or a friend to remind you about National Sweater Day.  Go to www.sweaterday.ca

Congratulations John!

John Dewar, a fourth year student in the Heavy Equipment Technician Program at the GPRC Fairview Campus, was recently awarded $2500 by Shell Canada and the HDDC (Heavy Duty Distributors Council). His application was one of six applications in Canada chosen for this award and he was the only recipient in Alberta. As part of his application, John was required to write an essay commenting on the pros and cons of using a Diesel Particulate Filter in his work as a Heavy Duty mechanic and how well it works within the industry itself. John was presented with the cheque last week by Troy White, Branch Manager of Fort Garry Industries located in Clairmont. Heavy Duty Equipment Instructor, Richard Smith, was also present to congratulate John on receiving this award.

Left to right are Richard Smith, John Dewar, and Troy White

Visit With Senator Dennis Patterson

Charter student and Distinguished Alumnus for 2011, Senator Dennis Patterson, hosted Don and Susan in his chambers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa recently while they were in the capital city attending the ACCC meetings.

Emerald Day at GPRC

The Alberta Emerald Foundation strives to recognize, celebrate and inspire environmental excellence in the province. In an effort to share Alberta’s environmental success stories and to inspire further action they have established the The Emerald Community Dialogue Series. After twenty year of holding all activities in Edmonton and Calgary, they are travelling to communities across the province to facilitate the sharing of environmental success stories as well as the discussion of environmental opportunities and challenges in each region.

Last week, the Emerald Foundation held it's inaugural "Emerald Day" in Grande Prairie and GPRC was the host facility. There were two events associated with Emerald Day -  an Open House with displays and environmental information sharing was held between 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Pillars and a Speakers’ Evening later that evening in the Alumni Lounge featuring keynote speaker and internationally known “eco‐celebrity”, Simon Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.

The day's events were well attended by community groups, members of the public, city council members, as well as staff, faculty and students. Grande Prairie Mayor, Bill Given,  was also in attendance to officially proclaim February 1st as "Emerald Day in Grande Prairie."

The event was well attended by members of the community,staff, faculty & students alike.

Kazem Mashkournia, Dean of Arts, Science & Upgrading and Chair of GPRC's Environment Committee welcomes the attendees to the afternoon event.

One of GPRC's environmental initiatives displays.

Several other environmentally conscious groups like The Green Grouch had displays at the event.

Executive Director of the Emerald Foundation, Emmy Stuebing, and Emerald Day Keynote Speaker, Simon Jackson.

GPRC's Emergency Preparedness Safety Officer and member of the GPRC Environment Committee, Nathaniel Smith engages with a community member.

GPRC Welcomes Students from Kansai Gaidai University

GPRC’s English as a Second Language program is very pleased to once again welcome a group of students from Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. This Japanese University has sent several groups to partake in our ESL program over the past two years. The current group of 13 students arrived on the February 6th intake day, and will be studying here for just over a month.

Kansai Gaidai University is located in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. It is a private university focusing on foreign language studies. Kansai is the proper name of the large region where it is located, which includes the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Gaidai is a contraction of Gaikokugo Daigaku, which literally means "foreign language university". Kansai Gaidai is known for its large Asian Studies program for international exchange students as well as for its Intensive English Studies program for Japanese students planning to study abroad.

This group of students made the following comments about why they chose to attend English as a Second Language at GPRC: "I hear this program is great"; "They are very kind to students"; "Good place to study English" ;"I searched on the internet and one said here is very good place to study."

Kansai University students arrive here to study three times a year, in spring, summer and fall. The students may be in their first year of University studies or finishing their final year (or anywhere in between). It’s a wonderful compliment to GPRC that they have chosen us for the overseas English study portion of their degree. We welcome these students, as well as our many other ESL students who travel here from around the world.  ~ Sumitted by Janelle MacRae

Students in Margaret Welwood’s ESL Level 1-3 class are having a great time learning English!

Wolves Wall of Fame

The installation of the Wolves Wall of Fame was recently completed! The funds for the development and installation for the Wall were provided through the PEAK renovation grant given to the department three years ago by Alberta Infrastructure.

The Wall of Fame recognizes people who have been instrumental to the development of the athletics at GPRC over the years. Inductees include coaches, athletes, instructors and prgram developers who have made significant contributions to the athletics program.

Many thanks to Joanne Ballance who assisted with the initial contacts with Brooks Recognition Systems, Leigh Goldie and Francois Fournier for their consultation on the design, and Dwayne Head for overseeing the project through to its completion.

Please take the time to view the Wall in person. It is truly an impressive testament to the legacy that the honourees have passed on to GPRC!