Fall Is Here!

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Wolves Soccer ranked top 5 in Canada!

The GPRC Wolves Soccer Teams have made history! 

For the first time ever, GPRC Wolves Soccer Teams have both made the top 5 in the country! The Women are ranked 3rd and the Men are ranked 5th. They are both ranked number 1 in the ACAC. To top it off, Danica Blasius will be announced as the ACAC Female Athlete of the Week. 

-submitted by François Fournier

The New World of Purchasing Requisitions

As you may have heard, a new online requisitioning system is being implemented at GPRC.   A few members of staff have been using and testing the new system for the past month or so, and Finance is now ready to get everyone else on board. Training schedules were issued in a message earlier this week.

No more paper requisitions, chasing down a supervisor for a signature, scanning invoices back and forth.  The new online system will significantly streamline the process and eliminate a significant amount of paper shuffling around the campus.  We are assured that the new system is very user-friendly, and that all of us will be able to learn the process in a quick 15-minute session.  All large purchases of goods and services should be made via the requisitioning process.

This was a huge project completed in collaboration between Finance and IT over the past few months. 

Efficient, accessible, and technologically up-to-date – GPRC is steadily improving systems and processes.  Congratulations to everyone who has helped get our requisition process online!

Elder in Residence

Welcome Elder in Residence Leonard Cardinal! 

GPRC is pleased to welcome Elder in Residence Leonard Cardinal to the College, where he will share his teachings and wisdom with students,faculty and staff.  The Elder in Residence position was created in 2010, a joint project of GPRC and the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre (GPFC).

The Elder in Residence program provides students with a consistent and approachable Elder who can help address the struggles of being a student and give guidance on how to incorporate the traditional life with the life of being a student.   Additionally, the Elder in Residence provides teachings about Aboriginal culture and spirituality, advising faculty and administration, and giving class presentations when invited to do so.

Leonard Cardinal has been an active community elder and a community lodge holder for over 20 years.  He has mentored many youth in his community; he has organized camps for up to 100 youth at Wabasca and at Rock Island.  He has worked as a special needs worker for Northland School Division, and with at-risk youth for Kweskipta Kipimatsowin Program (Turn your Life Around) through Bigstone Education Authority as Project Coordinator and Cultural Facilitator.

Students at GPRC benefit from the support and guidance of the Elder in Residence, who has the unique ability to holistically meet the needs of the student, offering support and guidance to the student and his/her family, as well as address spiritual needs through song and ceremony.  These are key elements of success for students.

GPRC warmly welcomes Elder Leonard Cardinal.

Technology Classrooms Complete!

The students are back and the new technology classrooms were ready just in time! Four new Video Conferencing rooms were designed with touch screen technology, interactive lectern, and widescreen LED televisions for far sight student display. New technology rooms also feature automatic dual powered screens, LED lights, and interactive data projectors providing an overall high tech student and instructor experience. Many thanks to the people in IT and Campus Ops for working tirelessly to make this happen on time. - submitted by Paula Backer

Student Wellness Zumba Spectacular

GPRC Student Wellness held its Fall Zumba Spectacular over the lunch hour on September 25. Zumba is a dance inspired exercise program that incorporates different latin dance moves with old fashioned aerobics. This FREE event, was open to all GPRC students and staff, of all fitness and skill levels. Mother nature had a wrench to throw in at the last minute, forcing the outdoor event into the Gym, but a great time was had by all!

Excellence In People

• ​Executive expressed a great deal of gratitude to the Facilities and IT staff in Fairview, Grande Prairie and West Yellowhead for working so hard to complete renovations in time for classes. 

• Executive recognizes the hard work of the team in Financial Services to complete the 2012-2013 year end audit

• Congratulations to the Web Development Content Team consisting of Joanne Ballance, Mark Nilsson, Lisa Hollis, Lynne Ness and Megan Ryan-Walsh.  The new community e-newsletter Inside-Out is amazing, and improvements continue to be implemented on the new website.

• Executive is proud of the Students' Association along with the Faculty Mentor Ali Al-Asadi, for successfully obtaining $40,000 in funding under the new Alberta Campus Mental Health Initiative to expand the mental health services offered at GPRC to a fully-staffed on-campus counselling centre.

• We would like to re-extend our congratulations to Mike DiPasquale for completing his Apple Certified Technical Coordinator certification. We inadvertently mislabelled his certification, in the last edition of Insider. Sorry Mike!