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GPRC Places High In The Rankings

RESEARCH Infosource published Canada's Innovation Leaders 2013 on November 8, and GPRC is well ranked in Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges of 2013. Grande Prairie Regional College is ranked #1 for growth, #3 for research intensity, and #15 for research funding.  This is a remarkable change from our 46th place ranking last year, and is credited in part to the establishment of the National Bee Diagnostic Centre one year ago.

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Battle of the Blenders!

Iron Chef makes its way to GPRC! GPRC PEAK Students are organizing a friendly competition in hopes of educating students and staff about the benefits and ease of making healthy food choices. This is a culinary challenge that will encourage GPRC students and instructors to consume more produce by conveniently incorporating them into smoothies and salads.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday, November 27th from 11:30am to 1pm in Pillars Cafeteria. Judges will be critiquing the contestant's meals based on convenience, presentation, taste, originality and nutrition.

This is open to all students and staff of GPRC, so if you'd like to participate as a contestant, take a look through the registration package and submit the forms to by Nov. 20th.

Enjoy, and good luck to all participants!

~ submitted by Joel Thibault

Bursary Application Now Available!

Please be advised that our bursaries are now open for application.  There is only one application form to apply for over 160 bursaries!  Bursaries are mostly based on financial need and we encourage all students to apply for bursaries!  (what student doesn’t have financial need after all?)

·Students must be registered full-time in both semesters, unless otherwise stated in criteria

·Bursary application deadline is December 6, 2013

·Please only apply for those bursaries for which you meet ALL criteria

The paper application and booklet can be found on the Financial Aid portion of the GPRC website and links are included here for your convenience.

~ submitted by Carla Basarab

GPRC Travels To The Great White North

What a way to end the year! I travelled to Yellowknife, NT from November 4th to the 7th for a few days of recruitment in the great white north. Yellowknife was covered in ice and a frosty -13°C but that didn’t stop me from spreading the message about our fine college. Not even my GPS could stop me! It took me to a post office instead of a school – turns out they’ve got a P.O. Box there and not miniature letterbox size classrooms. I attended 3 different schools while there. I spoke with students and parents at St. Patrick Catholic High School’s Grad Night, set up 2 lunch time tables at St. Pat’s as well as at Sir John Franklin High School, and did 4 CALM class presentations at K’alemi Dene School and Sir John. Several students expressed an interest in many of our programs at GPRC, some had already applied, and some were already accepted! Overall, Yellowknife was an awesome opportunity for recruitment at GPRC and I look forward to returning. 

~ submitted by Madison Warnock, Education Ambassador

Halloween at GPRC

Halloween was not lost on the souls of GPRC! There were lots of little superheros and princesses in the GP Campus hallways, as the Building Blocks Daycare brought the children over for some trick or treating. Many departments also got into the spirit by dressing up for the day, and the staff of the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre held a costume parade in the theatre. There were many prizes given out, and a such a time was had by all, that they are already thinking about next year!


Room O' Plenty Drive

As most of you know, Student Services maintains the Room O’ Plenty Student Food Bank. We have had a very busy two months: since September 1 we have assisted 24 adults and 32 children!  Students are very appreciative of this service and at this time we are running out of stock.  All donations are greatly appreciated of course, but at this time, we are in need of the following specific items:

Crackers (Saltines) Chef Boyardee
Alpha Ghetti Cream of Mushroom Soup
Pastas Canned Vegetables
Cereal/ Oatmeal Juice boxes
Pudding Canned Meats
Canned Fruit Feminine Hygiene Products
Hamburger Helper Packaged noodles/rice side dishes
Condiments Peanut Butter/ Jam

Any questions related to the food bank can be directed to Financial Aid.  We would like to thank the college community in advance for your support!  Without your generosity we wouldn’t have such a successful service for students! ~ submitted by Carla Basarab

SPCA Visitors

On November 6, Shine and Goldie stopped by to pay a visit to students and staff at the Grande Prairie Campus. Shine and Goldie along with SPCA volunteers, made the rounds bringing smiles and laughter to many who took a little time to relax and pet the dogs.

They will be coming around again today, so come out, say hi, and take a little stress out of your day!

XC Wolves Shine at CCAA Cross Country Nationals

Second year runner Jamie Wigmore took on the top female college runners in Canada on Saturday, and fell just short of the top prize.

Competing in the 2013 CCAA Cross Country Running Championships in Toronto, Wigmore ran at or near the front of the womens 5 km race until the final 500m when she fell off the pace. She finished in 5th spot, 15 seconds behind the lead trio.

Based on her top 7 finish, Wigmore was named a First Team Tournament All Star.  Teammates Amanda Patteson and Kayla Hardy also had strong runs, placing 33rd and 42nd respectively.  Christie Shepherd (52nd), Kirsten Manz (69th), and ToriFurstenwerth (81st) were the other Wolves finishers in the womens 5 km. Collectively, the Wolves women placed 6th in the team standings, two spots higher than in the 2012 CCAA meet.

On the men's side of things, as he's done all year, Hayden Hollowell led the Wolves mens team with an 18th place individual finish, 15 spots better than his placing at last year's Nationals. The Wolves men were the 14th best team on the day.  Other Wolves competing included Riley Wallace (32nd), Ian Keefe (100th), Vaughn Marillier (102nd), andDylan Zambonelli (106th).

~ submitted by Bill Corcoran


Wendy Saban and Superintendant Ray Noble present Don Gnatiuk and Carmen Haakstad with a cheque from the annual Archie Harvey Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds support annual bursaries at GPRC for students who are family members of the RCMP.

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 Robert Hunt! As a result of personal contributions to the geoscience profession, Dr. Hunt has earned the prestigious designation of “Fellow” by Geoscientists Canada.

• Congratulations to Wolves XC Runner Jamie Wigmore on her 5th place finish at the CCAA XCountry Nationals in Toronto, and being named a First Team Tournament All Star! Way to go Jamie!