BRRRR, Is It Really Only Fall?

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CAS Activities

Last week was a busy week for the Circle of Aboriginal Students who hosted many activites. The Welcoming Celebrations were held on Oct 2nd and even with the last day cancellation of Crystal Shawanda, we still had 170 people attend the concert.

At our first Clothing Swap, 50+ students received free clothing for themselves and/or their family. Donations came from the wonderful community of GPRC! The left over clothes were donated to the Friendship Centre clothing room.

Sisters In Spirit was once again proclaimed in the City of Grande Prairie; 65 for the walk and 138 at the vigil. With the rainy day, 65 walkers was a good turnout. Mayor Bill Given attended both the Welcoming Ceremony and Sisters In Spirit this year.         - submitted by Amanda Ferguson

Steinhauer Sculptures Find New Home

Over the next few days many of you will notice that the campus is missing some artwork from its grounds. The sculpture named “Eaglechild” is on the road today for a ceremonial installation scheduled for tomorrow at the Onion Lake Cree Nation.  The Onion Lake Cree Nation is a First Nations community that straddles the Alberta/Saskatchewan provincial border.  The sculpture will be installed at the Kihew Waciston Cree Immersion School.  Kihew Wachiston (which means eagle’s nest) offers a Cree language and culture immersion program. 

The sculpture named “Bear Woman Transformation”, which has been in the theatre concourse for the past couple of years, is moving to the Lando Gallery in Edmonton. 

The sculptures have been on loan to GPRC pending sale, and they will be missed!


Counsellors Update 2013

The 2013 GPRC Counsellors Update was a great way to kick off the “official” recruitment year. With over 30 Peace Region Guidance Counselors in attendance GPRC updates were shared and questions answered.  Presentations highlighting online registration for new students, mental health supports, Inside Out Newsletter, our GPRC Volunteer Program, GPRC Works Here initiative and the Prospective Student landing page were very well received!

Special Thanks to Madison Warnock, Mark Nilsson, Lisa Hollis, Lynne Ness, Derek Lynds, Brian Parlee, Susan Bansgrove, Cheryl Head and Darlene McDonald for their support in making this event a huge success!       - submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

Benefits From the Eastlink Centre

GPRC Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni are all eligible to receive a 20% discount on a fully paid membership at the City’s Eastlink Centre.  Visit the main desk at the centre with the following documents when requesting your member discount. This discount is offered to the GPRC community through the College's membership in the GP & District Chamber of Commerce.

Faculty/Staff: Photo ID and a pay slip (print from Matador and block out financial information)

Students:  College issued ID

Alumni: Letter of authentication (email to request)

Click here for more information on registration fees.

Free Tutoring at Friendship Centre

The On Campus Friendship Centre, room B205  is now offering free tutoring in the subjects of math, science and social, every Thursday from 4:30pm - 7:30pm. This is free to all GPRC students.

For more information please call the On Campus Friendship Centre at 780-539-2092.

GPRC Hosts Stamp Unveiling

GPRC, Fairview atrium was today the location for unveiling a new stamp. The celebration was hosted by the Canada Post Community Foundation.  Ezra Peters' (son of GPRC Instructor Jeremy Peters) stamp was chosen in a recent contest, and will now be printed on 3 million postage stamps. Proceeds will help support the work of non-profit children's charities and school programs across the country. For more information check out this link! - Submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Hawker Pavilion

GPRC is pleased to announce a partnership with Swartzy Performance Horses to operate the Hawker Pavilion (Horse Boarding Facilities and Indoor Riding Arena) located at the GPRC, Fairview.  The agreement, effective October 1, 2013, allows the College to continue providing the facility for community use without using resources intended for academic purposes.

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New Con Ed director

Please join us in welcoming Karsten Henriksen as our new director of Continuing Education. Karsten comes to us from Olds College, and is very happy to be in Grande Prairie, where he is closer to family. He brings a wealth of experience in post-secondary and continuing education and will have plenty of ideas to share here. Karsten is currently working on his Ph.D in Rural Development, through the University of Guelph.


Instructional Skills Workshop

This year's Instructional Skills Workshop was well attended. We would like to recognize those who taught at the workshop; Gwen Hoyseth, Doug Frattini (former-faculty), Cibylla Rakestraw, Bert Hunt, Teresa Evans, Daryl White, Tamara Van Tassell, and Cheryl King.

The Last Brick of 2013 Has Been Thrown!

The Annual Brick Awards, held this year on August 22, were missing one honouree... Chris Boivin received her Reminder Award (aka the Nag Award!) last evening in a small ceremony. 


Thank you to the many staff, faculty and community members who recently made donations in support of the GPRC Scholarship fund in memory of Mr. Ernie Radbourne. Mr. Radbourne passed away on Monday, September 16th 2013. Mr. Radbourne served GPRC as a member of the Board of Governors’ from June 1988 to June 1991 and was a huge supporter of Wolves’ athletics. 

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.

• We would like to recognize the following faculty members for their scholarship and research contributions: S. Redmond, T. VanTassell, D. Honan, V. Sheane, K. Crosby Rolston, C. Jordan, B. Rose, B. Townsend, T. King, L. Richard, K. Socha, S. Watson, A. Parmar

• Congratulations to Shirley Pasieka, currently serving as Vice-Chair, is Chair-Elect for the Alberta Deans of Business, 2014-15 term.

• We would like to extend appreciation to the following individuals for their contributions to eCA member institutions: Copyright Certification Course - Jennifer Thomas, David Ticheler and Anna GillisCollection of Free Tools for eLearning Development Anna Gillis.

• A big thank you to Kazem Mashkournia and everyone who volunteered their time to host Augustana day. This collaboration can only make us stronger heading into the future!