June 21, 2012

In this issue

25th Annual College Classic

On June 1st, GPRC held the College Classic and celebrated 25 years of tradition, bringing together the College and the Community for a fun and philanthropic day of golf. Thanks to the generosity and support of hundreds of sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers we raised over $100,000 for the benefit of students at GPRC - a new record! THANK YOU!!  The funds raised at the Classic this year will establish an endowment to offer an annual award in the memory of Perky McCullough, and will support expanded learning spaces for students and community in our region.

Perky McCullough Leadership Award Established

On Friday, June 1st at the 25th Anniversary College Classic, Don Gnatiuk announced that the GPRC Alumni/Foundation has decided to establish an endowed award in memory of Perky McCullough – whose name has long been synonymous with sport and with the College Classic. $10,000 of the proceeds of the 2012 tournament will establish the endowment.

The fund will support annual leadership awards. The recipients will be students who have had significant involvement and outstanding leadership in the field of athletics as either an athlete or a volunteer, with demonstration of their commitment to athletics. This award is a very fitting tribute to Perky, whose contributions will endure in memory, and be annually recognized through this award.

Sons, Pat and Nolan McCullough, and Perky's husband, Bruce McCullough (pictured above) presented a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to match the endowment established by the Classic.

Future donations can be made by calling the GPRC Alumni/Foundation at 780.539.2021.

GPRC Hosts ACIFA 2012

The Academic Staff Association of GPRC has hosted an extremely successful annual ACIFA conference, and earned the accolades of some 250 attendees from across the province. Months of planning and preparation by the organizing committee, coupled with as spectacular location (Jasper Park Lodge!) and great entertainment were among the secrets to the success of this conference.

Chair Lorna Perry and her committee (Matt Bain, Sharon Barr, Emily Fraser, Nancy Fraser, Reddy Ganta, Dave Long, Dian McDonald, Laurie Nock, Kelly Rainer, Cibylla Rakestraw, Annie Smith and Tamara vanTassell) ensured a strong GPRC flavor for the event – everything from the goody bags including Peace Country honey with a GPRC label to the Wolves jerseys worn by committee members kept delegates mindful of the GPRC presence.

GPRC alumnus Gerald Auger was a keynote speaker, and sessions shared the expertise of several GPRC faculty. Leisure activities included fossil hunting with Kat Ormay and running with Bill Corcoran. Matt Bain emceed with his unique humorous flair and the entertainment featured a concert by Carmen Gorgichuk and Sally Jones, and dancing to the Dave and Long Road Band. Even Farley was in attendance.


The ASA is particularly grateful for the strong support of GPRC administration behind their efforts, and for the financial assistance from the President’s office and the Alumni/Foundation office to help enhance the event.

Ready to Ride in the Mountains

GPRC Continuing Education’s extremely popular Ready to Ride motorcycle safety course took the show on the road recently, offering courses in Jasper, Hinton, and Edson. The courses were very well received and student feedback was excellent! We were pleased to offer this course to GPRC’s Central West region, and hope to return next summer. This wasn’t the first time the Ready to Ride course has travelled, it was also offered in Grande Cache in May and has been offered in Fairview the past 3 summers. Look for Ready to Ride to continue being offered in GPRC Grande Prairie’s parking lot throughout the summer! ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae

Photo courtesy of the Hinton Parklander

Thank you Bernie!

Over the past several years, Bernie’s Coffee Shop has been collecting donations for the Room O’ Plenty.  Since Student Services began managing the on-campus food bank in November 2011, they have received over $500 from Bernie’s!  These funds are being used to purchase groceries, gift cards, and bus passes for students in need. Bernie was recently presented with a well deserved certificate of appreciation by staff of the Financial Aid office in Student Services.

Christine Gurlitz, Bernie Swanson, Sheila Moerkoert, Carla Basarab

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 June 2012 meeting:

• Congratulations to Senator Dennis Patterson, recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Provincial Award Celebrating Excellence.

• Congratulations to Grande Prairie and Peace Country participants who travelled to Tennessee to complete in the ‘Destination Imagination’ Challenge. All teams fared very well, and it was an exceptionally proud moment when the Brainstorm Troopers from St. Joes Catholic High School, after only their second year of competition, captured top prize in their challenge category and were recognized in front of 18,000 people from around the world.

• Congratulations to GPRC Nursing Instructor, Kelly Socha, who received a CARNA/TD Meloche Monnex Scholarship for Master’s Level studies awarded by the Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust (ARNET).

• Congratulations to the College Classic Organizing Committee, chaired by Brody Thomson, and the Community Relations Team: Joanne Ballance, Hazel Liley, Lynne Ness, Meghan Noftall, Susan Thompson for another extremely successful College Classic.

• Thank you to Carole Arkinstall, Ellen Dalke, Cheryl Frank, Don Watson and Patricia Woronuk for organizing the 2012 Employee Recognition Ceremony on the Fairview Campus.

• Thank you to Natalie Amyotte, Marian Mark, Tracy McLennan, Lynne Ness, Susan Thompson, Hazel Liley, and Ellen Dalke for organizing the 2012 Employee Recognition Ceremony on the Grande Prairie campus.

• Thank you to Laurie Nock for her three year commitment to the ASA. She has served  2 years,10 months as elected President and 2 months as Acting President.

• Congratulations to Lorna Perry and the 2012 ACIFA Conference Organizing Committee. GPRC is very proud to have been given the opportunity to host this year’s conference.

• Congratulations to Jennifer Thomas and the Education Technology Team who have been recognized by eCampus Alberta for developing the Online Course Development certificate program - a four-course certificate program for faculty to broaden their understanding of the instructional design process. This course is offered to all eCampus Alberta member institutions free of charge.

• Thank you to David Ticheler for his incredible awareness and expertise on the copyright issue, and keeping Executive well informed of the impacts to students.

• Thank you to Wendy McMillan for her commitment and passion on the GPRC Board of Governors. Wendy has completed her second two-year appointment to the Board. The Board is excited to welcome her replacement Bob Shmryuk.