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Business Team Makes Its Case!

The GPRC Team, aka US Dollar, competed in the Ninth Annual Alberta Deans of Business Case Competion in Red Deer. Our team placed third in Alberta. The case involved an immigrant entrepenteur, Shu Guo and her company Hi-Bridge Consulting Corporation which is the importer of Yanjing Beer into Canada. 

The teams were handed the case and then sequestered for over nine hours on Friday with no smart phones or other communication devices. They then  worked on PowerPoint slides. At six pm, the teams had to submit a flash drive containing their finalized PowerPoints. Team US Dollar then spent from 7:30pm to 1:30am preparing and fine tuning the presentation. At 11:00 am the team then presented its case to a panel of judges, and answered questions as posed by the judges.

Team US Dollar, alone of the thirteen teams competing, recommended that Shu Guo sell her business to either Molson Coors or to AnhaueserBusch InBev. Ms Guo could then devote her time to assisting other immigrant entrepenteurs developing and building their businesses.
Ms Guo, one of the judges, together with the author of the case were very impressed with the approach taken by our team.

Names were actually taken—various business and banking executives were in the audience for the presentations, and were taking notes. After the presentations, these executives then approached various students for one on one conversations and possible job recruiting.

Our team consisted of; Braden Armstrong, Mariah Braun, Lucas Hinks, Erin Hoffmann, Katey Pedersen, Advisers: Charles Backman, Doris Hoveland, Pat Coristine.

~submitted by Pat Coristine

Calling All Superheros!


Do you have what it takes.... to bowl a perfect virtual strike?

Students in GPRC BA2100 (Not for Profit Marketing and Public Relations) have joined forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters Grande Prairie to bring you a Wii Bowling Challenge.  Our mission: to raise funds and awareness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs. We know the College has the champions to make it happen!

Our theme: SuperheroesTotally cool right?

This fabulous tournament takes place April 9th from 11:30am to 1:00pm in GPRC's Howlers Lounge.

So gather your fellow Avengers - round up your Justice League and collect pledges for this wonderful cause. Registration takes place each Wednesday March 19th, 26th and April 2nd. You will find our registration table located in the Pillars Cafeteria from 11:30am-1:00pm. Just look for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Banner! 

The price to register for the Wii Bowling Challenge is just $5 dollars per person or $20 dollars per team of four. Registration fees will be waived for those who collect the minimum pledge amount. No team? No problem! Solo Supers can ally with other Supers.

So dig out your best cape - throw on your tightest tights, and virtual bowl for a wonderful cause on April 9th. If you require more information, check out our Facebook page or contact one of the event co-chairs:

Katey Pedersen kateypedersen@gmail.com  780-380-4338

Tim Gurlitz  tim.gurlitz@gmail.com

Noma Sibanda nomathembasibanda@yahoo.ca

Together Wii can make a difference!

~Submitted by Joanne Ballance, on behalf of the BA2100 organizing committee.

First of 2014 Graduates Cross the Stage!

Convocation was unprecedented with over 80 students on stage and the theatre overflowing. The MC was Brian Carreau, Chair/Instructor of Automotive Service Technician, Parts and Power Engineering. Susan Bansgrove attended as Acting President alongside, of course, Chris Laue, Dean/Campus Principal with many other Dignitaries and Academic Staff. 

Of the many attending, were graduates from the Transitional Vocational Adult Education Certificate, Animal Health Technology Diploma, Commercial Beekeeping Certificate, Harley Davidson® Technician Certificate, Heavy Equipment Service Technician Diploma, Pre-Employment Motorcycle Mechanic, Parts & Materials Technician Certificate, Power Engineering. 

From the Apprenticeships we had graduates from the Automotive Service Technician, Electrician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Millwright, Motorcycle Mechanic, Parts Technician, and Welder programs. 

The students chose the procession song of, “Best Day of My Life”, by American Authors. Kelsey Morrissey gave a heartfelt student address, thanking her classmates and instructors for a wonderful experience at GPRC Fairview. Directly following the ceremony was the President’s Tea from 4pm to 6pm. By all accounts Convocation 2014 was a huge success.

~submitted by Patricia Woronuk


GP Campus Seeking Valedictorian

Applications for valedictorian are due this Friday, March 14. If you have someone in your class who you feel would be a good valedictorian please encourage them to apply. Sometimes, students need a gentle nudge to help them feel they are worthy of applying. Any student who is full-time and eligible to graduate this year is welcome to apply.

We have yet to receive any applications so any assistance you can provide in promoting this award would be very much appreciated.

~submitted by Carla Basarab

Spirit Seekers Youth Conference 2014

This past weekend saw a record number of 225 youth delegates, along with visitors, friends and family descend on the GPRC gym for the 15th Annual Spirit Seekers Youth Conference. The purpose of the event is to assist youth in appreciating their inner gifts and achieve their life goals. It is geared toward Aboriginal youth, however is open to all youth aged 11-29.

This year’s conference theme was “Trust Your Path”. The festivities began on Friday evening with the workshop registration, followed by the Opening Ceremony. The workshops began after breakfast, and ran for most of the day on Saturday. The Aboriginal Youth Role Mode Awards were given out at the feast, and the evening finished with a traditional round dance and music celebration.

The Aboriginal Youth Role Model Awards ceremony, honoured 16 young people for their pursuit of excellence in their local communities. Plaques were awarded for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, community service, career, creativity, health, culture and heritage. Each junior and senior category had eight recipients from different Aboriginal communities in northern and western Canada.

The awards ceremony was a pefect ending to an very successful conference, according to Delaine Lambert-English, who has co-ordinated the event since 2009.

~Taken in part from DHT's Elizabeth McSheffrey, March 9, 2014. Photos submitted by Amanda Ferguson.

Wolves Women 2nd Best In Canada!!

Your GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Team defeated Humber College in their first match, by a score of 3 games to 0 in their opening round Friday, at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals. The Player of the Game was Tonya Dueck. Tonya is an ACAC All Conference Team member, an ACAC Championship All Star and is being nominated for the CCAA Academic All Canadian. This last award is based on achieving Honors Status and making an all-conference team. Tonya had a 4.0 GPA in her Fall Semester.

It was an all Alberta final at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals. Your GPRC Wolves faced the Red Deer College Queens in the Gold Medal match. Red Deer started the tournament ranked 3rd while GPRC was ranked 5th. Red Deer won the Gold while the Wolves won the Silver. The last time the Wolves won a CCAA Silver was in 2000/01! The team represented our College very well and performed great. Congratulations to Coach John Slauenwhite, his staff and a remarkable team. Click here for more photos!

~ submitted by François Fournier

President's Awards Luncheon

Grande Prairie Regional College annually recognizes members of the community for contributions to excellence in education. The awards program was established in 2004, and the awards honouring volunteers, alumni and community builders are the most prestigious presented by the College. This year's event was held on March 4 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Those honoured were:

Distinguished Volunteer Award - Tom Pura Steps to the Greater Alumni Award - Ryan Pomeroy
Alumni Award of Excellence - Jon Goldie & Mike Lauzon  Distinguished Alumni Award - Bridget Hennigar (accepted via video)
Board of Governors Award of Distinction - Fred and Ruth Estlin

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful service you give to your community and this College! Read the full news release.

GPRC and GPFC Keep Working Together!

Merle White, President, Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association and Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics and Research, sign the agreement

Kelly Benning, Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, signs the agreement

Grande Prairie Regional College has partnered with the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre (GPFC) to take a new step forward in Aboriginal relations. To kick off the Spirit Seekers Conferene last Friday, the two groups signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will set the stage for their interaction over the next few years. 

GPRC is the only institution in Canada that has an on campus Friendship Centre, providing students with services, support and recreational activities. The agreement signifies a commitment to expand the college’s Aboriginal services to stewardship areas across the province.

Nelson Mayer, President, National Association of Friendship Centres, receives a gift from Susan Bansgrove

Susan Bansgrove is presented with a gift from Merle White

“We’ll be exploring what opportunities there are to extend our relationship with the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre in those regions and perhaps with other Friendship Centres that might exist in those towns,” said Susan Bansgrove. "What once was once a local relationship is going provincial, and the college staff couldn’t happier!"

~ Taken in part from DHT's Elizabeth McSheffrey March 5, 2014

The Planking Challenge Was Met!

The plankers slowly walked in to meet their fate. Shortly after noon, they laid it all out on the floor of the Douglas J Cardinal theatre while waiting for time keeper Don Gnatiuk to start the clock. Everyone lasted well over a minute, after which they started dropping one by one.

It came down to a test of resistance between John Rowe and Paul Oostra, with John giving in after an impressive 2 minutes and 38 seconds. Congratulations to Paul on his winning time of 2 minutes and 40 seconds! Paul was awarded the inaugural planking trophy, hand made by his closest competitor. All participants had lots of fun, and some candy didn't hurt the mood either! We hope to make it bigger and better next time, so start practicing now!!

Student Services Gets A Break!

Student Services entered 104.7 Free FM’s Dial-a-donut contest and won Co-op Donuts and Coffee for the whole office. Here is a picture of most of us with Shawna from 104.7 Free FM. Look how happy everyone is…..just give us free food!

~ submitted by Tanya Kinderwater

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.

• A HUGE thank you to Cari Foster and the organizing committee of the 2014 President's Awards Luncheon for an incredible job well done! These awards are the most prestigious given by the College, and you made this special day, even more so!

• Congratulations to Wolves Women's Basketball player Kelly O’Hallahan who was named to the ACAC All Conference First Team North. She was second in the balloting and just missed receiving the nod as CCAA All Canadian.

• Congratulations to Wolves Women's Volleyball players Tonya Dueck on being named to the ACAC All Conference First team, and Kate Porta on her appointment to the ACAC All Conference Second team. Both ladies have also been named as CCAA First Team All Stars!

• Congratulations to Wolves Men's Basketball players Jordan Teo and Michael Clemons for achieving places on the ACAC All Conference Second Team North.

• Congratulations to Wolves Women's Volleyball player Hailey Lazenby, CCAA Second Team All Star!

• Thank you to Tamara Van Tassell and Joan Cawthorn for their presentations at the Western and Northwestern Region College and Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN) in Winnipeg last week. Together they presented The Safety Screen: An Evaluation Tool, while Tamara also presented with Dr. Joanne Olson from U of A on their joint research project An Undergraduate Programs Review: A Collaborative Look at Student and Faculty Perspectives Across Diverse Groups in Four Geographic Locations.

• Congratulations to Danica Blasius (Women’s Soccer), Tonya Dueck (Women’s Volleyball), Jamie Wigmore (Cross Country Running), and Riley Wallace (Cross Country Running), our CCAA Academic All Canadians nominees for this year! 

• Further congratulations to Wolves runner Jamie Wigmore as the second-year athlete amassed three gold medals and a bronze in the two-day ACAC Indoor Track and Field Championship meet in Edmonton. She had personal best times and Wolves school records in both the 1500m and 400m events. Wigmore finished the indoor season unbeaten against ACAC competition, winning a total of 5 individual races in three different meets. For her efforts, she was named the winner of the ACAC Indoor Track Grand Prix. She has also been named ACAC Athlete of the Week!

• Congratulations to 2014 Business Case team members Braden Armstrong, Mariah Braun, Lucas Hinks, Erin Hoffmann, Katey Pedersen, Advisers: Charles Backman, Doris Hoveland, Pat Coristine for placing third at the ninth annual Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition in Red Deer! 

• Congratulations to Men's Volleyball player Michael Cepuch on winning the ACAC Rookie of the Year award!

• Congratulations to Men's Volleyball player Devon Goodvin, on him nomination to the ACAC All Conference First Team!

• Many thanks to the volunteers and participants of Fairview Campus Convocation 2014. This past Saturday was a beautiful day and a huge success with over 80 graduates on the stage and the theatre overflowing.  Many people participated in the success of Convocation this year, including Shannon Ball, Susan Bansgrove, Brian Carreau, Marie Coristine, Fairview Campus Services, Melanie Kirby, Sarah Koning, Jennie Smeenk, Chris Laue, Dianne Lund, Jean Nordin, Shawnna McClelland, John Rowe, Lydia Sadiq, Peter Sellers, Mary Starnes, Sue Sych, Gavin Winter, Lisa Hollis & Patricia Woronuk. We'd also like to thank the members of the Board of Governors as well as Academics and Dignitaries who helped make this day so special.

• Exceptional job Michelle MacArthur for bringing together our community, students and departments with her "Play in a Day". Participating were 5 playwrights, 5 directors and 14 actors, which gave us 5 plays to showcase that evening! Michelle has brought something new and fresh to our College, in keeping with our values of being Community and Student focused.

• Congratulations to the recipients of our 2014 President's Awards. The annual luncheon was held at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre on Tuesday March 4th. Honoured were; Alumni Award of Excellence recipients Jon Goldie and Mike Lauzon; Steps to the Greater Alumni Award, Ryan Pomeroy;  Distinguished Alumni Award, Bridget Hennigar; Distinguished Volunteer Award, Tom Pura; Board of Governors Award of Distinction, Fred and Ruth Estlin. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful service you give to your community and this College!

• Welcome Mr. Ali Al-Asadi to the position of Chair of The Department of Arts and EducationAli brings many years of experience in teaching  psychology as well as a wide range of expertise in many other areas. A huge “thank you” to Dr. Connie Korpan for her service to the Department of Arts and Education.

• Thank you to David Ticheler for his diligence in ensuring GPRC’s awareness and compliance with the Canadian copyright laws.