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President's Ball Reaches New Heights!

By Amanda Ash, GPRC's Special Events Coordinator

Community Relations is please to announce that a new record was achieved at this year’s President’s Ball!! Over $80,000 was raised!!  Proceeds from the President’s Ball 2007 will go towards improving student life on campus through creating quality common study areas that will have wireless internet connections, contemporary furniture and a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The October 20th event was sold out by October 1st creating another milestone. A huge sense of accomplishment was achieved even before the decorating began. The committee was energized and continued to work towards a wonderful event with that special French flair. Our guests were greeted by an accordion player in the concourse of the Crystal Gardens and as they made their way into “Paris, City of Lights” the GPRC Jazz Band dazzled us with Parisian music. 
 
Special touches made the evening a memorable one – a mime roamed the room, an artist sketched caricatures, Fine Arts students recreated a Van Gogh masterpiece and volunteers donning berets greeted guests with French phrases. A dinner of Cornish Game Hens and a delectable assortment of French pastries tempted everyone’s palette. Students from Monie Desmerais School of Dance performed the can-can just prior to the dance band taking the floor. 
Back by popular demand, The Urbanites took to the stage with enthusiasm and the dance floor was hopping!  During all of this excitement, guests had an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on live and silent auction items. The evening was a massive success and many are already anticipating next year’s event.
Congratulations to Chair, Dr. Eva Abbas and her organizing committee on a job well done!!  Support received from students, faculty and staff was phenomenal. Special thanks are extended to GPRC’s Marketing students and our Hospitality & Tourism students. Your assistance was above and beyond.
                               
Dr. Eva Abbas has agreed to chair next year’s Ball as well. Stay tuned for more surprises from Eva and her committee.
To view more photos from the Ball, check out our website:

Fine Arts Presents...

Monuments & Memories

The year 2007 marked the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Arras during the first or "great" war. To Canadians, this is known as the Battle of Vimy Ridge. A great deal has been written about Vimy - the battle, the effect on Canada's growth as a nation, and the memorial at Vimy Ridge itself.

Monuments and Memories is a look back at Vimy and other memorials in context of the broader role of War memorials as sites of remembrance and the construction of myths and memories. The perpetuation of memory through the private lives of soldiers and artists explores the personal aspect of public art.

As the last of the Vimy veterans passes away, we are left with written private memoirs which have helped created some of the myths of the great war. We are also left with a monument that has evolved and been repurposed in response to a changing culture. Unfortunately the great war was not the war that ended all wars as was hoped. Artists today are still called upon to respond to war through both private and public art.

This symposium is an attempt to explore both the past and present - the public and private response to war.  To view the day's schedule of events and presenters, please visit the GPRC website at:  https://www.gprc.ab.ca/events/display.html?ID=1197

GPRC Speakers Series - November 8th

Allan Harding MacKay, War Artist

In conjuction with the Fine Arts Department's Remembrance Day Conference, "Monuments & Memories", and with the support on the Prairie Art Gallery, the GPRC Speakers Series is pleased to present Allan Harding MacKay.   His presentation, "Double Bind" is a photographic and video account of his time spent in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2002 as part of the Canadian Forces Artist Program.  In 1993, he traveled to Somalia to document the role of Canadian soldiers as part of a humnitarian aid mission.  Profoundly effected by his experience as a war artist, Mr. MacKay will be screening "Double Bind" and discussing the conflicted relationship of war artists.

 "The term 'Double Bind' gets to the heart of the ambiguous, ambivalent and contradictory relationship experienced by creative artists when they encounter and make art from the death and destruction of war."

Notes From the Road

Megan Ryan-Walsh

Wow, is it really Halloween already?  October has come and gone and thankfully the snow has stayed away. Amber Williams and I headed to Fort Nelson, BC on October 16th and spoke to approximately 300 students ranging from grades 9 through 12.  Two of them have already applied to GPRC and will be attending "Student for a Day" on November 14th!

October 22 - 25 was a time for travel as well. Various folks from the Recruitment Team and Student Services attended career events in Grande Cache, Hines Creek, High Prairie, Peace River, and at Grande Prairie Composite High School. It was evident that many high schools are taking an increasingly active role in promoting post secondary education to their students. Peace River area schools actually called every parent of their grade 11 and 12 students to remind them about the evening event!

Road travel and extensive promotions are proving to pay off. So far, we have over 60 students registered for "Student for a Day" and 40 students are confirmed to attend the morning session of our college-wide Open House. Be prepared to have some new faces in your classes or at least to offer a smile or directions to any lost souls wandering our hallways!

GPRC Counselors' Update

Wrap-Up Notes

On October 24th, GPRC hosted the 2007 Counsellors’ Update. The College community and recruitment team welcomed recruiters from Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions and over forty educators from the peace region. This is a great chance to showcase GPRC and provide valuable information and support to Peace Region educators. Feedback confirms that the attendees find the event important and timely. We even had some first time representatives from Savanna, Worsely and Hudson’s Hope - a reminder that even the small communities are important to GPRC and vise a versa. The day went very well and the feedback was extremely positive. A huge "shout out" to all that helped make it a success! A special thank you the students from the Hospitality and Tourism Program for hosting a Martini Mixer at the end of the day in the Alumni Lounge.
   

Open House on Tap for November 14th

Amber Williams has been working very hard coordinating the Fall Open House on Wednesday, November 14. By this time, I’m sure she’s been around and visited your Department to find out what your plans are for the day. Open House will be an excellent opportunity to showcase what you do and why students should choose GPRC for their post secondary studies.