Happy New Year!

In this issue

Diamond Jubilee Medal Awarded

Several members of the College Community were recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal including Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO, and Leigh Goldie, Physical Education Instructor and Wolves Volleyball Coach. These prestigous awards are presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the province of Alberta as a whole. They have been recognized by the Office of the Premier for their passion and leadership. Congratulations to all!

GPRC Fine Arts Instructors Featured

Congratulations to GPRC Fine Arts Instructors Elisabeth Belliveau and Laura St. Pierre. They are both featured in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta opening this weekend in Edmonton.  Featuring 36 artists from nine Alberta communities, The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art explores the theme of post-regionalism in Alberta art.

Laura St. Pierre and a detail of her 8' x 24' photo "06.21" that is being exhibited.

Elisabeth Belliveau and one of the pieces she is exhibiting in 'Entre chien et loup' - a series of graphite drawings.

Phil Johnson Makes an Impression

Biology instructor Phil Johnson uses startling images and humourous delivery to capture the imagination of high school students at Science Open House each December. Kim Houlder, a teacher in Peace Wapiti School Division, recently reported the reaction of her students: “My kids thoroughly enjoyed coming to the Open House. They loved Dr. Johnson’s opening keynote so please pass the kudos on to him!”

Nursing Students Make Headlines

The  Health Council of Canada is challenging students across the country to enter their "Health Innovation Challenge"  by identifying current innovative practices in the Canadian health care system that are working. Three 4th year nursing students in Tina Haayer's Nursing 490 class took on that challenge for their class project and identified a program that they thought would greatly benefit Grande Prairie - especially the residents of the large rural area that is serviced by Grande Prairie's  primary health care services. Their proposal was for Alberta Health Care to implement a "Health Bus" - essentially a mobile primary health centre - similar to the successful model being used in the city of Saskatoon. The details of their proposal were outlined in a recent article they submitted to the Daily Herald Tribune.

4th year Nursing students Kenisha Constable, Tannis Donaldson, Lindsey Jones with Nursing Instructor, Tina Haayer.

Donation Update

David Dunsworth, Xerox Sales Agent (Micro Computers Plus Ltd.) presented GPRC with a cheque in the amount of $5,000. Jordan Pickup, Director of Information Technology, and Carmen Haakstad, VP External Relations accepted the donation, thanking Xerox for the support.

Grande Prairie RCMP Officer in Charge, Ray Noble, and the Archie Harvey Memorial Golf Tournament organizing committee, presented a cheque in the amount of $13,370 to the GPRC Alumni/Foundation. On behalf of the College, Joanne Ballance, GPRC Community Relations, accepted the cheque, which represents the past five years of support for two student bursaries at GPRC.

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 Kelly Socha, Instructor, Department of Nursing Education and Health Studies who fulfilled all the requirements of the Master of Nursing Program from the University of Southern Queensland.

• Thank you to Jennifer Thomas and Jordan Pickup for supporting visiting scholars, including access to facilities and resources.

• Thank you to everyone who made the 2012 Science Open House such a huge success: Dale Kardas and the organizing team, all the presenters, Lesley Spencer and her staff for providing a nice lunch, the Theatre staff for exceptional work in accommodating everyone, and to the Facilities crew for cafeteria set up and take down and to all of our volunteer tour guides and helpers.

• Also, a special note of thanks to Phil Johnson for his entertaining keynote address on strange, disturbing medical procedures and remedies still being used today.

• Congratulations to the 4th year N490 Nursing students for being published in the Daily Herald Tribune before the holidays in regards to their scholarly assignment and the Health Council of Canada Health Innovation Challenge. The challenge is a component of the Fall 4th year course, and this group of students sought out a solution to address health disparities in rural areas.

• Thank you to Cheryl Frank who orchestrated the donation of the 2012 Christmas Hamper at Fairview Campus. Your generous donations of time, money, IGA coupons, and the hamper, made a deserving family very happy of Christmas morning. Thank you to Annike Watts, Carole Arkinstall, Beverley Candy, Larry McDonald, and Shirley Green.

The Library's Books for Africa campaign collected 59 boxes of books, totaling almost 1200 books! They have been sent to a university library in Africa. Thank you to Catherine McIlroy for organizing this on the Library's behalf and sorting through the many donations, and a huge thank you to everyone that donated! To acknowledge our book donation from the College, Chris Anderson from the Swan City Rotary Club purchased a goat for a family in Ethiopia on our behalf. What a wonderful gift in return!

• Thank you for Jean Nordin and Kellan Eckstrom for for work updating the Credit Allocation Policy.

• Congratulations to the Fine Arts Department for being nominated for a 2012 Crime Prevention Award for their involvement with teaching their students the Virtues Program, and for the students' productions and performance of the Anti-Bullying plays.

• Congratulations to the Fine Arts Department who held a very successful Student For A Day on November 15th. Approximately 200 students attended the event and many schools provided positive feedback and appreciation.

• Congratulations to Weixing Tan and the positive promotion he was able to provide about the winter planting project.

• Job well done to the Academic Upgrading Department on their December issue of “Academic Upgrading News”. This newsletter is very professionaly done and contains valuable information about the Department and it’s events.

• Congratulations to Scott Johnson on the publication of his book “Translating Maya Hieroglyphs”. The book is available for pre-order on www.amazon.ca and will be released for distribution on May 17, 2013.

• Congratulations to Anna Lapointe on the publication of her book “Whitetail Shooting Gallery”. The book is available for ordering on www.amazon.ca and was released on October 15, 2012.