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GPRC Fine Arts Concerts

This is a busy time of year for everyone, and the GPRC Fine Arts Department is no exception! In celebration of the upcoming holiday season, they will be bringing some wonderful performances to the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre this week. 

The music begins with the GPRC Wind Ensemble. This concert will take place this Friday, November 29th at 7:30pm.
The GPRC Jazz Ensemble takes the stage on Monday, December 2, at 7:30pm. 
The GPRC Concert Choir will enchant the audience on Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available at the door. Adults $15, Students and Seniors $10. 

Visitor From Royal Roads

Our Tourism and Hopsitality Management students had a special visitor on Tuesday, November 26. Ted Wykes, an instructor with the School of Tourism and Hospitality at Royal Roads University in Victoria, came to speak to the students regarding continuing their program following GPRC. After meeting with student advisors in the morning, Mr. Wykes gave a presentation followed by a meet and greet after lunch. There was a good turnout and it was exciting to see how students can progress in this field once they've completed their coursework at GPRC.

GPRC Bookstore Renovations!

Fairview Campus

The bookstores on both the Grande Prairie and Fairview campuses were renovated in the past couple of weeks. Eveything is ahead of schedule and the new look is fresh and attractive! Sales had to be done through the "back door" so to speak, but students and staff were still able to purchase what they needed.

Grande Prairie Campus


Alumni Awards Nominations Open!

The GPRC Alumni/Foundation is accepting nominations for Alumni Awards.  These awards are presented at the President’s Awards Luncheon held annually in March.

Attached is the nomination package for three awards:

Distinguished Alumni Award: The most prestigious award of the GPRC Alumni/Foundation, this award was established to recognize GPRC alumni for outstanding accomplishments in their professions, and/or in service to their community, society or GPRC. The Distinguished Alumni is an example of alumni success for current and future GPRC students.

Steps to the Greater Award: Recognizes the outstanding achievements of GPRC alumni early in their careers or community service (within 12 years of receiving a GPRC credential).

Alumni Award of Excellence: Recognizes specific, recent accomplishments of GPRC alumni (in approximately the last 12 months prior to the nomination deadline). The accomplishments may take the form of local, national or international honors, major championships, appointments to high office, etc.

Nomination deadline is December 31, 2013.

If you have questions, contact: Joanne Ballance, CFRE

Moving Innovation Forward

The CRI has created a new Blog site focused on Moving Innovation Forward, and are also creating an opportunity for conversation of applied research and innovation topics as Dialogues.

The first Dialogue took place November 20 on the Grande Prairie campus and featured Dan Houser, GPRC’s first Visiting Scholar. Dan presented his research titled In Search of Community: The Social Dimensions of Industry Towns, to an audience of a dozen people. Dan is here studying the culture of the oil patch, and spoke about getting started with his research, coming to Grande Prairie and the connections he's made. Dan has immersed himself into the trades life, becoming employed with an electrical company in town, while doing his studies. 

Safety In the Workplace

The Parts & Materials Technician Students took the time out for Safety Analysis of a variety of Safety Hazards setup by Larry McDonald, Safety Emergencies Preparedness officer.
The mock Hazard Site, set up in the Atrium for Trades for a week, had students evaluate workplace safety hazards. It was set up for participants to:
  • Identify as many Hazards as they see
  • Suggest a corrective action for the Hazards identified
  • Rate the identified Hazards according to:
    • Probability of the Hazard occurring (from a supplied parameter table)
    • Severity of the Hazard if it should occur (from a supplied parameter table)

What's All The Buzz About?

Traditional bee house used by Slovenian beekeepers

The 43rd Congress of the International Federation of Beekeeper Associations, most frequently referred to as ‘Apimondia’ took place in the city of Kiev, Ukraine, September 29th to October 3rd. Dr. Carlos Castillo, Applied Scientist Manager of the National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) attended the event to present a talk on ‘Honey Bee Pheromones’, research he has worked on for the last four years, prior to joining GPRC. As part of his trip, he also visited the headquarters of the Slovenian Beekeeping Association in Lukovica, 20 km West of the capital city of Ljubljana. He was greatly impressed with their traditional way of keeping bees and the pride beekeepers have for their Carniolan bee, a protected natural treasure for Slovenians.

During the final part of his trip to Europe, Dr. Castillo visited the EU Reference Laboratory for Honey Bee Health at Antipolis, France, where he was shown the different diagnostic areas and procedures used in this laboratory and in Europe as a whole. These advancements will help to implement similar services for the Canadian beekeeping industry. He presented an overview of the NBDC since its conception, the present stage of development and future plans. This experience was of great value in guiding the focus for growth of the NBDC during the coming years.

-submitted by Dr. Carlos Castillo

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 the 2013 Marketing Strategies Class, and their Instructors and Mentors, for a very successful Peace Country Idol.  Funds raised will be presented to the Swan City Rotary Club to support projects in Southern Ethiopia.