Insider News October 26, 2012

In this issue

A Midsummer Night's Dream Ball

GPRC's 2012 President's Ball was held at the Crystal Centre on October 20th. The evening was filled with frolic and fancy - magical dancing faeries flitting about and delighting the guests, Boys' Choir table serenades, and the beautifully sparkling decor all gave the Ball an ambiance that was undeniably enchanting. In addition, there was face painting available, card readings by " Tatania" in the Faerie Bower, and stilt walkers - adding further to the whimsical nature of the evening.

The 500 guests were treated to a hearty 5-course feast, an exciting live & silent auction, and a night of dancing to the exceptional sound of the "Retrofitz" of Edmonton. Together the community raised over $80,000 to support our students!  Below are a few "teaser" photos - a more extensive photo gallery will be available on the GPRC website in the near future.

Congratulations to President's Ball Chair and GPRC Instructor, Sharron Barr, and her outstanding committee for executing this year's Ball to rave reviews: Lori Bombier, Chelsey Boyne, Whitney Card, Darcie Coulter, Derek Hall, Sharifi Houssain, Carly McLeod, Tina Nelson, Lynne Ness, Meghan Noftall, Gail Sherman, Susan Thompson, Patricia Trout, Carolyn Vasileiou.



Community Learning Day

Community Learning Day was a great day indeed: the annual Open House at GPRC Grande Prairie on October 24th was the setting for a special proclamation by City of Grande Prairie Mayor, Bill Given, formally establishing the fourth Wednesday of October as "Community Learning Day."

The Proclamation acknowledges the commitment of both the College and City government to strengthening a culture of learning in our region. The celebration of this commitment each year will continue to be an opportunity to our campuses and to work together to create opportunities in education for all.

All departments and programs had a great showing, and the excitement at GPRC was loud and clear. Planning for 2013 will be starting soon!

Grande Prairie Mayor, Bill Given, sat down to talk to some GPRC students at the event.


GPRC Signs MOU With MacEwan

On October 22nd, GPRC signed an Memorandum of Agreement with Grant MacEwan University which will allow GPRC students to transfer a block of 60 credits of Arts and Science courses to MacEwan University.  This means that GPRC students will no longer have their courses evaluated “course by course” for transfer to MacEwan - they will simply submit to MacEwan a transcript showing 60 transferable credits, allowing them to transfer easily and seamlessly.

GPRC Vice-President Academics and Research, Susan Bansgrove states, "It has been a pleasure working with Dr. Paterson-Weir and Dr. Shahram Manouchehri on this block transfer agreement. MacEwan University is a wonderful partner to GPRC and very supportive of developing further partnerships with us. It is our hope that we will have another partnership with MacEwan to announce in the new year."

(Pictured left to right) Dr. Janet Paterson-Weir, Provost of MacEwan, signing with Susan Bansgrove; Dr. Shahram Manouchehri, Dean of Arts and Science at MacEwan with Dr. Kazem Mashkournia, Dean of Arts, Science & Upgrading.

Minister Khan Visits GPRC

On October 17th, the Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education paid a visit to GPRC Grande Prairie. After meeting with the Board of Governors and the Executive Team, Honourable Stephen Khan was taken on a tour of the campus lead by Associate Registrar, Gord Pellerin.  Members of the GPRC student body, the Students' Association, and the Board accompanied him on the tour and he was happy to stop to interact with students along the way.

Shell Learning Lab Unveiled

The landscape at GPRC Fairview Campus was recently transformed when equipment and buildings from a former Shell Canada pilot project arrived and called the campus home.

Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO, and Malcolm Mayes, General Manager of Shell's In-Situ Operations, unveil the Shell Canada Learning Lab sign on-site at GPRC Fairview Campus.

Students in Power Engineering, instrument technicians and steam/pipe fitter programs at GPRC Fairview were on hand to help celebrate the official announcment of the Shell Canada Learning Lab installation on September 20. The lab provides students with the opportunity to learn practical skills in the setting they will encounter in future employment. Graduates will have the necessary training, skills and opportunities to start work in a variety of oil and gas related careers.

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 September 2012 meeting:

• Congratulations to recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals: Miriam Youngchief and Angie Crerar.

• Thank you to GPRC staff, particularly Katelin Ormay, who presented a one-day educational program on the Palaeontology Program to the Junior Forest Rangers and their leaders based in Grande Prairie. This fit well within the Junior Forest Rangers’ mandate of participating in a “seven-week summer work experience that allows an opportunity to explore career paths in forestry, natural resource management and earth sciences”. The leaders and the participants (who came from various parts of our Province) were much impressed by the experience and our college in general!

• Congratulations eCampusAlberta on their 10th year! GPRC is proud to be a member and appreciates the supports and resources provided by eCampusAlberta. Here’s to many more years to come!

• Congratulations to GPRC Instructor Franco Carlacci who was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Franco has been an Auxiliary Constable for 8 years and was one of twenty-two local RCMP members and employees who were recognized on Sept. 12 by Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta at a ceremony at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.