Merry Christmas From Insider!

In this issue

The Grinch Makes an Appearance at GPRC

For their last class, the DR2320 (Topics in Acting: Voice) students decided to do "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" flash mobs around the college – at Pillars, Bernies, the Executive Suite, and Studio A. The original Dr. Seuss story is the final project in the course, exploring choral speaking and performance. On Sunday, December 9th, the class did 6 performances of this Christmas favourite at the GP Museum's Winter Event. This is the second year the class has performed at the museum to the delight of young and old alike.

The cast for How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 2012: Bryan Lentz as The Grinch, Neall Murphy as Max(ine) the dog, Lydia Sadiq, Annie Smith, Ryan Noskey, Kara Whillier, as Whos, and Tony Penton and Tahnia Greene as Narrators

Harley-Davidson® Student Receives Award

Eric Montgomery, a student in the Harley-Davidson® Technician program Fall 2012, is all smiles after finishing the three day practical testing and receiving the award for highest mark in Practical Testing sponsored by Acklands-Grainger. This is the first year for this award which recognizes hands-on excellence in the practical testing portion of the final exam. Pictured with Eric are Sara Wood, Account Manager, and Shandi Wigley, Branch Manager, from Acklands-Grainger, Peace River, AB. According to Wigley, this award will continue to be given out. ~ Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Stuff A Window Success

Thanks to the generosity of the GPRC Community, the "Stuff A Window" campaign, spearheaded by the staff of the GPRC Bookstore, was a resounding success! There were a total of 1462 items donated and the shelves in the Room of Plenty were replenished at at this crucial time of the year. A total of $100 gift cards and $60 cash was also donated.

Special thanks to Glennys Rycroft, Carolyn Laboucan and Chris Boivin who came up
with this unique way to help our students in need.

Thanks you to all the staff and faculty who rose to the occasion and donated items.
The winner of the department challenge was the Arts and Education Department!

Friendship Centre Bursaries

The recipients of the annual Native Trust Bursary through the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre were announced on December 12 at GPRC's on-campus Friendship Centre.

The GPFC has been supporting aboriginal students at GPRC for over forty years through their bursary awards program. This has been made possible in part through the generosity of an anonymous donor who established a Foundation Trust with the Friendship Centre. The Donations Committee, made up of Friendship Centre Board members, reviews each year's applications and choose 3 worthy applicants. This year's recpients are April Price (1st year Bachelor of Education), Ashley Walker (4th year Bachelor of Education) and Sonia L'Hirondelle (1st year Business Administration Certificate Program). Congratulations to all of this year's recipients!

Kelly Benning, Executive Director of the Grande Prairie
Friendship Centre, presents April Price with her bursary cheque.

Sonia L'Hirondelle receives her bursary award from Kelly Benning.

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.

• Congratulations to Dr. René R. Gadacz (Arts & Education, Sociology) who has recently been appointed to the Executive Board of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (U of Calgary) where he will serve a two year term as member-at-large. He will also assume duties as a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, published out of the University of Manitoba.

• Thank you to the Bookstore Staff for initiating the "stuff the window project" for the Room of Plenty. It has been a huge success. Thank you to everyone that contributed to this very valuable cause: 1,462 items were donated, including $100 gift cards and $60 cash. Well done everyone!

• Thank you to the teams of Alberta Infrastructure, Dialog Design, GPRC Executive and Grande Prairie Regional Health Centre (GPRHC) for making the GPRHC Community Information Sessions on Nov. 29 so successful. Your comments, your professionalism, and the hard work and dedication made the session happen. The impact that the completion of this project will have on the Grande Prairie and area communities will be tremendous; it will truly make a difference in the access to quality health care and education for the residents of this region. We are thrilled that the hospital has now been unveiled in such detail to the community; the community now can begin to visualize and understand the magnitude of the improvements our community will soon receive.

• Congratulations to the GPRC Athletic Department for being  nomination for a 2012 Crime Prevention Award for implementing the Compass Program - a program that will teach athletes to be leaders on our community through various mentorship ideas and involvement with the community on varying levels. It is an extraordinary program.

• Thank you to everyone who helped build the GPRC Christmas Parade Float in Fairview. It was an amazing team effort and it looked awesome! Special thanks to Garry Candy, Gaylord Toews and Annika Watts for getting the ball rolling on this project. Thanks also to the instructors and staff for their hard work and dedication, continuing to make our College recognized!

• Thank you to Chris Boivin for going above and beyond by contacting a textbook supplier regarding a textbook that was purchased by students ($170), but contained numerous errors. Chris was able to secure replacement copies of the book for the students and not cost the students more money. The books have since been recalled.

• Congratulations to the Fairview Campus Holiday Event Coordinating Committee for organizing a successful Christmas celebration and sleigh ride on Dec 8.