May 24, 2012

In this issue

Academic Upgrading Awards

The Academic Upgrading Department held its Student Awards Celebration for the winter semester 2012 on April 30th.  At this event, a variety of awards are given to Academic Upgrading students acknowledging their achievements throughout the semester: Perfect Attendance Awards are given to any student with no absences in a course; Outstanding Effort Awards are given to students who display extraordinary effort in a course; Academic Excellence Awards recognize student who achieve a grade of A+ (90 or higher) in a course.

Three prestigious schlolarship awards were also given presented that day:
The Darren Stamp Memorial Award, the Kenneth Hamelin Memorial Award,
and the Student of the Year Award.

Susan Bansgrove presented the Kenneth Hamelin Memorial Award to
Melody McLeod. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated
a strong desire for self-improvement, has shown maturity and exhibits a
positive attitude.

Silvester Gansan received the Darren Stamp Memorial Award
which is awarded to a second year student and selection is based
on demonstrating a mature, positive attitude and significant academic
improvement. Mr. Gustav Stamp (left) and Kazem Mashkournia (right)
presented ths award to Silvester.

Don Gnatiuk presented Pam Durnford with the Student of the
Year Award. The student selected to receive this award shows
good academic performance, class spirit, leadership, and attendance.

Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients!

Convocation 2012

GPRC Grande Prairie Campus held its 2012 Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 5th.  It was another joyous occasion as family and friends of the 151 graduates in attendance cheered on their proud convocants as they each crossed the stage to accept their parchments.

Each year, the Paul J. Evaskevich Valedictorian Award is presented to the GPRC graduating student who demonstrates academic achievement, class spirit, leadership and community involvement. The nominees undergo a rigorous internal selection process for the honour of becoming the Valedictorian. This year's Valedictorian is April Price who has just completed two years of Academic Upgrading at GPRC and is proceeding into the Bachelor of Education TEN program.

Jackie Benning was the recipient of the Beth Sheehan Salutatorian Award. The Salutatorian is chosen annually from amoung the students completing baccalaureate degrees on campus at GPRC. Jackie is completing her fourth and final year in the Teacher Education North program. The nominees for this award also undergo a rigorous internal selection process and the recipient is chosen on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and contribution to the College and Community.

GPRC's 2012 Valedictorian, April Price, and Salutatorian, Jackie Benning.

Grade 7 Day: A Success Story

May 9, 2012 was a day like no other at GPRC. Over 350 Peace Region students participated in the first ever GPRC Grade 7 Day!

Students and chaperones were ushered through these hallowed halls of learning, and participated nine of a possible 21 faculty mini-lectures. As a group leader for Clairmont School, I know that my 23 students had a great time. As an audience they were engaged, well behaved, asked lots of questions and were having fun. As a group leader I also learned a few things about the college and our region that I can now add to my own campus tours.

One memorable conversation with Rick Scott in the biology lab affirmed that children of all ages are eager to learn and do remember what we share with them. Think about our new students this fall, and what their first experience with GPRC may have been. Was it the climbing wall, a musical performance, a guest lecture on spiders in their grade 2 class?

It was obvious that all of the faculty involved put a lot of thought into their sessions and are passionate about their area of specialization. Faculty took potentially overwhelming content and made it, accessible and enjoyable. An event like this is a special and essential experience, it does open minds and doors for a child considering whether or not they should finish high school. By sharing what GPRC is all about, how many lives were touched on May 9 and who will we see in the freshman class of 2017?  ~ Megan Ryan-Walsh    Photos: Susan Thompson

Don Gnatiuk greets the students in the gym                   Students are captivated by Les Rawluk's Chem demos

Metiman in the Nursing Sim Lab was a hit                        A group of students relax in between sessions

The students are treated to lunch                                      Heading to the residence to collect goodie bags

Employee Recognition 2012

The GPRC Employee Recognition Ceremonies were held on the Fairview Campus May 10th and on the Grande Prairie Campus May 17th. This event is hosted by Human Resources and it is an opportunity for the Board of Governors and Administration to recognize GPRC employees for their dedication and service to the College. Long Service Awards are given out and retirees are honoured for their dedication and committment over the years.

On the Grande Prairie Campus, the Students' Assocation also recognizes a faculty member with the SA Award for Excellence in Teaching - a student-nominated award.  Susan Beaumont, an instructor in Academic Upgrading, was this year's recipient.  For the first time this year, the Students' Assocation also recognized a staff member who demonstrated the core values of GPRC. Phil Gorman from Information Technology was the recipient of this award.

The highlight of the ceremony is the Distinguished Employee Award. The GPRC Distinguished Employee award has been presented annually since 2004, and honours an employee who exemplifies the core values of the College: Student-Centred, Accountability, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Passion. Nominations are invited from the College community and reviewed by a selection committee for each campus.

Congratulations to GPRC's Distinguished Employees 2012: Jennifer Thomas, Chair of the Library on the Grande Prairie Campus, and Lin Roy,  Administrative Support for Animal Health Technology and the Beekeeping Program in Fairview!

New Fitness Machine at GPRC Fairview Campus

Workers from Apple Fitness Store (Edmonton) work to install a new adjustable cable crossover machine at the GPRC Fitness Centre on Fairview Campus on May 15, 2012. The machine was purchased for the campus with the assistance of a Development Initiatives Grant (D.I.P) provide to GPRC by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks, and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF). GPRC is extremely grateful to the ASRPWF for its generous donation of $5000 to assist with the purchase of the new machine and hopes the new machine will be extremely beneficial to those students and community members who use the fitness facilities on Fairview campus. ~ Dwayne Head

Excellence in People

At each monthly Board of Governors meeting, staff and faculty recognitions are presented to the Board by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team. The following recognitions were presented at the April 2012 meeting:

• Congratulations to the recipient of the Students’ Association Excellence in Teaching Award: Susan Beaumont, from the Department of Academic Upgrading! The Excellence in Teaching Award is a student-nominated award designed to recognize instructors who have gone above and beyond in providing a positive and inclusive environment for all students. This year's nominees were: Ed Bader, Susan Beaumont, Shelley Brown, Tom Enders, Christine Frattini, Loren Jacula, Lorna Perry, Cibylla Rakestraw, Louise Rawluk, Kelly Socha, Theresa Suderman, Daryl White, and Jim Wohlgemuth

• Congratulations to Weixing Tan, on being nominated for an Alberta Emerald Award for outstanding individual efforts regarding a multi-pronged research project in the advancement of Pollution to Products (P2P).

• Congratulation to Jennifer Thomas, Craig Pfau, and Jason Fehr for the development of a new library navigation app for students to use their mobile devices to access library services and resources.

• Congratulations to instructor Duff Crerar who participated as a panel member with the Minister of Defence, Dr. Barry Cooper and Mr. Manning on the topic of “A Conservative Vision for Canada’s Armed Forces”, at the Manning Centre’s annual think tank conference in Ottawa March 8-10th.

• Congratulations to Steve Johnson, Heavy Equipment Program instructor, for completing the Fairview to Waterton National Park challenge that started in September. He completed all 1200 km on the treadmill.

• Thank you to everyone that assisted with the Fairview Campus Open House (College Day 2012).

• Thank you to Stewart Steinhauer for the loan of the sculpture ‘BearWoman Transformation’, and to Withers Trucking for assisting with its delivery. It is a beautiful addition to our campus.

• Congratulations to Gail Sherman and Diane Kinderwater, instructors in the Online Office Administration Program. The online program and these two instructors were named by student Rosanne Murphy as being instrumental in helping her earn her Office Administration Certificate online.