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May Days at GPRC
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This year's recipients of the Distinguished Employee Award were announced at the Employee Recognition Awards on May 9th (Fariview Campus) and May 16th (Grande Prairie Campus). Doug Frattini (left), Accounting Instructor and former Chair of the Department of Business and Fred Walkley (right), Welding Instructor at the Fairview Campus. Congratulation to both deserving award recipients!
The GPRC Board of Governors held its April Board meeting in the West Yellowhead stewardship region, at the Hinton Learning Centre. Accompanied by members of the GPRC Executive and members of the media in person and via video conference from Grande Prairie and Fairview, Renée LaBoucane and the staff made the event a great success.
The Board plans to continue holding meetings in the stewardship regions including Fairview in September 2013, and West Yellowhead in April 2014.
At the 30th annual Alberta Services for Students Conference (ASSC) hosted by Lakeland College in Lloydminster last week, GPRC's Carla Basarab was presented with one of three prestigious awards - the Dean Stetson Service Award. This award is peer nominated and the recipient is then selected by the Provincial Planning Committee made up of representatives from various post-secondary institutions in Alberta.
The Dean Stetson Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of (1) long-term service to students (ten years or greater) and (2) an outstanding contribution to the development of excellence in student services within the province of Alberta. Nominees will have demonstrated exceptional service to students (totaling ten or more years) and significant achievement in one or more of the following areas:
Shawnna McClelland, Carla Basarb, Gord Pellerin from Student Services.
Graduates Joshua Irwin and Jennifer Zingre were the featured speakers at Convocation 2013, providing the Valedictory and Salutatory addresses on behalf of fellow graduates to an audience of some 1500. 208 graduates participated in Convocation ceremonies this year: 43 certificates, 69 diplomas, 3 Bachelor of Social Work (UC), 18 various Baccalaureate (AU), 36 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (UA), and 39 Bachelor of Education (UA). A platform party of 69 including Board of Governors, Executive Team, Special Guests and Faculty were prsent in honour of the students.
The Beth Sheehan Salutatorian Award is presented annually to a student with excellent academic standing, who is completing a baccalaureate degree on campus at GPRC. Jennifer Zingre, the 2013 recipient of the Salutatorian Award, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is offered at GPRC in collaboration with the University of Alberta.
The ceremonies were streamed live on our website, with 37 viewers in Canada, 4 in the US, and 1 in Switzerland. Congratulations Graduates 2013!
The Music Teachers Workshop, May 12th, was hosted by our local chapter of music teachers, Grande Prairie Music Teachers Association and was attended by 13 teachers from Grande Prairie. We received funding from ARMTA (Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association) and APTA (Alberta Piano Teachers' Association) and support from the Fine Arts Department to provide facilities in the Collins Recital Hall. Dr. Magda Adamek, a very distinguished pianist, was our guest lecturer from Edmonton.
It was a very busy two days hosting a GPRC booth at the Peace Region Petroleum Show, May 15th and 16th. What a success! The booth representatives, Janelle MacRae and Ross Young, and Leigh Roberts from Continuing Education, Charles Sanderson from Trades, and Lloyd Sherk from the CRI were kept very busy chatting to thousands of people about all that GPRC has to offer. The attendance at this show is estimated to be approximately 10,000 people: Read more about the attendance at the Petroleum Show.
This show was a huge success for GPRC and definitely one we should continue to be involved in for years to come. One great comment I received from a woman who works for Meyers Norris Penny was: "It’s great to see the GPRC have a presence at the show and be involved in the industry that is such a big part of our community." ~ Submittted by Janelle MacRae
The Students' Association held their annual Awards Evening on May 3. Each year, they give out two awards - one to a faculty member and one to a staff member. Matt Bain, an instructor in the Physicial Education, Athletics and Kinesiology Department, was this year's recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. This coveted award is student-nominated, and designed to recognize and honour educators who promote excellence in their post-secondary institutions; and who encourage a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students. Matt was chosen from an impressive group of 17 other nominated instructors!
Recently appointed SA President, Lydia Sadiq, and outgoing SA President, Jenna Backer, present Matt Bain with his award.
The Most Student-Centred Staff Award was presented to Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics and Research. This award recognizes a GPRC staff member who always goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve students. The individuals recognized by this award are truly dedicated to the students of GPRC. They display a strong sense of student-centeredness. "Susan Bansgrove has shown her strong commitment to the betterment of students as a whole. Susan puts in long hours, and is always quick to reply. She is an individual that will always have the students best interest at heart.”
The volunteer of the year award is presented to a student volunteer who has shown outstanding volunteerism and support of the SA. Whether through Students' Council, events or other services. This year's winner was Morgan Maxwell, a 4 year volunteer who always makes himself available to the SA, and has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and leadership among his peers.
The Peace Country UVS Partnership is hosting a demonstration day to give Peace Area residents and companies an opportunity to learn more about unmanned vehicle systems and their potential uses in industries in our region. Demonstrations will be at the Fairview Campus of GPRC and will include air, ground, blended ground/underwater, and underwater unmanned vehicles.
The event is open to anyone interested in this opportunity to:
At the end of the day, a mini-Trade Fair will allow guests an opportunity to talk directly to the Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) representatives.
The Peace Country UVS Partnership (PCUVSP) was formed in July 2012. Members of PCUVSP are the Town of Fairview, the Municipal District of Fairview, the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) School of Trades, Agriculture and Environment and the GPRC Centre for Research & Innovation (CRI). The mandate of the partnership is to inform Peace Country residents of the potential uses of UVS and to assist in the development of the UVS industry in the region with special attention to potential demonstration projects and business development in Fairview area communities.
There is no charge for this public demonstration day, but advance registration is required.
Congratulations to Keegan Winter, a grade 11 student from Fairview High School, who won GOLD in the Outdoor Power + Recreation Equipment category at the 21st annual Provincial Skills Canada Trades + Technology Competition held on May 15th + 16th at the Expo Centre in Edmonton. Keegan placed 1st among 12 other secondary school competitors from across Alberta in his competition, and was the only Gold Medallist from the Northwest Region out of the 700 total competitors taking part in this competition. Keegan will now compete as a member of Team Alberta at the National Skills Competition being held in Vancouver from June 5 - 8.
Proud dad, Gavin Winter, is an instructor in the Heavy Equipment Technician Program at GPRC Fairview Campus. Congratulations to the entire Winter family.
► Thank you to Megan Ryan-Walsh and all the faculty, staff and student volunteers who made Grade 7 day such a GREAT experience for 400 Grade 7 students and their teachers! This day would not be possible without the support from the GPRC community who volunteered their time to give mini lectures and act as group tour guides!
► Congratulations to Nursing Instructor Joan Cawthorn on the completion of her Masters of Nursing program from Athabasca University.
► Congratulations to Carla Basarab - the recipient of the 2013 Dean Stetson Service Award at this year’s Alberta Services for Students Conference (ASSC) held at Lakeland College in Lloydminster. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of long-term service to students (ten years or greater) and an outstanding contribution to the development of excellence in student services within the province of Alberta.
► A huge "Thank You" to Bethe Goldie who dedicated many hours to coordinate and Chair the Adapted Physical Activity Symposium held in partnership with GPRC, the Steadward Centre and the Eastlink Centre March 21-23. The symposium was a great success and attracted participants and presenters from across the province and Western Canada. Thank you also to the people and departments in the GPRC community who contributed to make the Adapted Physical Activity Symposium a success: Dwayne Head, Matt Clegg, Leigh Goldie, Chris Watson Jodi Peebles, Lynne Ness, Susan Thompson, Campus Operations, Finance, Dave Ticheler, Lesley Spencer, Chris Levoir, Shirley Pasieka.
► Congratulations to Grande Prairie Music Teachers Association and GPRC Music Instructor, Carmen Gorgichuk, who hosted a successful Music Teachers Workshop teaching workshop at GPRC last weekend. Special thanks to the Fine Arts Department and Chair, John Murray for their support.
26th Annual College Classic
Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club
Chrenek Dion & Associates
Fabcor 2001 Inc.
Fletcher Mudryk & Co.
Great Northern Casino/Service Plus Inns & Suites
Helix Engineering Ltd.
Kay McVey Smith & Carlstrom
Ken Sargent GMC Buick Ltd.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Willsey Davis & Co.
Wapiti Gravel Suppliers
Alberta Blue Cross
AON Hewitt Consulting
APEGA - Education Foundation
Carpet Superstores G.P.
Jade Cash ATM
Lee's Sheet Metal (1980) Ltd.
Northern Gateway Pipelines
Rural Discovery Destination Marketing Fund / Pomeroy Hotel
Reed Energy Group Inc.