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Become One of The Elite!

~submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

Business Trade Show

Today, Pillars cafeteria was home to the annual GPRC Student Business Plan Trade Show.  The annual event is an opportunity for current GPRC students to network with alumni and friends and to discuss their business plans in a trade show format.  Coffee and cookies were served to the numerous visitors, which included at least one capital investor who was overheard discussing future plans with a student!


CALM Tour Anything But!

On March 27th, Recruitment welcomed its first ever CALM class to the college for a tour. Students in grades 10 through 12 from Beaverlodge Regional High School stopped by to take in all that GPRC has to offer. The tour stopped at the recording studio, nursing department, and the science lab… where things got a little crazy!.

Thanks to Audrey Wells, Sunil Kunjachan, Rick Scott, Les Rawluk, Mike DiPasquale, and Shilo Watson for making the students’ experience here at GPRC one they’ll never forget!

Special thank you to Dr. Anna Lapointe for graciously welcoming a high school student from Wembley into one of her classes on April 2nd!

~submitted by Madison Warnock

GPRC Athletes Top Again!!

Danica Blasius

Tonya Dueck

The CCAA, our national organization for post-secondary college sports, has announced this year’s list of CCAA Academic All Canadians. The award is based on the student-athlete achieving all conference status and honors standings in the classroom. This is a tremendous feat and likely the highest award a student-athlete can attain. I am very pleased to inform you that 4 of your students have received this award- three of them did so with a 4.0 GPA! 

The award recipients are:

Danica Blasius – Soccer (Also played on the CCAA Silver Medal Volleyball Team)

Tonya Dueck – Volleyball (CCAA Silver medallist)

Riley Wallace – Cross Country Running (Also a member of the Men’s Basketball Team)

Jamie Wigmore – Cross Country Running and Indoor Track

Tonya and Jamie were also awarded the GPRC Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Jamie Wigmore

Riley Wallace

~submitted by François Fournier

GPRC Fairview Growing and Thriving!

A recent lunch meeting between representatives of the Town of Fairview and Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) provided an opportunity to tour some of the recently upgraded campus facilities and to share information about program successes.  Larry Davidson, CAO, Gord MacLeod, Mayor, and Larry Chorney, College Liaison representing the Town of Fairview were hosted by Don Gnatiuk, President and CEO of GPRC, and Chris Laue, Principal of GPRC Fairview and Dean of Trades, Agriculture and Environment.  The MD of Fairview were unable to accept the invitation.

Highlights of the visit included the Power Engineering Lab, new Steamfitter/Pipefitter lab, the Hawker Pavilion, and the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle mechanic shop and classrooms. 

The highly successful Power Engineering program has been running at capacity, and is anticipating substantial increases in student numbers for 2014-15.  Three new instructors have been hired, and will be delivering the program at both GPRC Fairview and GPRC Grande Prairie.  Both groups come to Fairview for the lab component of the program.

The first class to use the new steamfitter-pipefitter lab was the January 2014 intake.  The new facility has enabled GPRC to increase availability of Steamfitter-Pipefitter training. 

The Fourth Class Power Engineering Students have just returned from their practicums to finish their Fourth Class level and will be continuing into their Class 3A May 5- June 27. 

Next on the tour was the Hawker Pavilion, now operated by Swartzy Performance Horses in partnership with GPRC.  This has been a successful arrangement for both Swartzy and the College, and is adding several high-profile events to the community over the coming months.  The barn for the pavilion, also managed by Swartzy, provides various packages for horse boarding options and is being well-utilized. 

The group visited the Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Mechanic Trev Deeley Building where students are currently in week five of the 15-week session that finishes on June 13.  Guests got to see the students in action along with the new electronics of a recently-loaned H-D® Liquid Cooled Limited, complete with a Garmin GPS locator.  They were able to bring up the local gas stations in the area; the electronic functions of this machine can read and send emails as well as many other things. 

Great things are happening at GPRC Fairview, and the meeting underlined the strong connection between the College, the Town and surrounding area.  Programs are growing, facilities are being steadily upgraded, and the campus is thriving.

~submitted by Patricia Woronuk & Lynne Ness

How Are You Going To Sneak It In?

April 7th – 11th is Sneak It In Week. GPRC Fairview Recreation Department would like you to join us and “Sneak It In” all week at 12:15 PM. We will be meeting in the common area of the fitness centre to enjoy a nice outdoor walk around campus. If that time does not work for you, that is fine! Just make sure you sneak it in elsewhere. Here are some tips:

  • Wear sneakers to work
  • Walk to lunch
  • Park a few extra blocks away
  • Walk during coffee break
  • Take the stairs

All it takes it is a few minutes a day to get that heart to beat a little bit faster!

Those who participate will be entered in to win a Subway gift card. The more days you participate through the week, the more chances you have to win!

If you cannot make it at 12:15pm every day, send me an email to let me know how you managed to sneak it in and I will enter your name for you. Just let me know what you did and how long you did it for.

So what are you waiting for? #sneakitin

~submitted by Erin Weeks

Oh Those Puppy Days

That’s right, the Local SPCA has been working with Student Wellness again, and this time the dogs were in a classroom! Today, visitors were welcomed over the lunch hour, by D'eon, Skip and Mister along with volunteers from the SPCA. 

Puppies on campus has been a successful way for all students and staff members to pet, play and hug the little ones, bringing out smiles and melting away all the unwanted stresses, as everyone heads into the chaotic time of exams.

~submitted in part by Joel Thibault

Student Places at National College Finals Rodeo!

GPRC student Jesslyn Alhuire recently carried the GPRC flag at Canadian College Finals Rodeo in Edmonton March, where she was a competitor in the pole-bending event.  Jesslyn achieved an awesome 5th place finish! 

Competitors must qualify for the CCFR by accumulating points at rodeos across Western Canada throughout the year while maintaining a minimum grade point average in their studies. As members of the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, competitors are held to strict standards and practices regarding competition and sportsmanship in rodeo.

Congratulations Jesslyn!! Thanks for respresenting GPRC!!

The Power of Giving

John A. McLay of JMC Consulting Ltd., Edmonton, AB, visited GPRC Fairview on April 8th, to donate six of his books, “Practical Management for Plant Turnarounds”, to the Power Engineering Program.  Three books will go to each Campus, one for the instructors and two for the students.  Individuals in the Power Engineering Program are taught about being Plant Operators from the Panglobal Texts, and John McLay’s books will help supplement information about shutdown/maintenance and plant turnarounds.  McLay’s books are recognized world-wide and John’s time and donation are greatly appreciated.

Wii Bowled For Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Students in BA2100 - Not for Profit Marketing and Public Relations held a successful event at Howler's Lounge today, in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Grande Prairie.  The Wii Bowling Challenge was held for the purpose of the raising funds and awareness for the organization.  It was a fun-filled event that saw several teams of either 2 or 4 people compete for prizes.  All money raised will remain in Grande Prairie.

~submitted by Joanne Ballance

Ben Heppner Performance Cancelled

Grande Prairie Regional College and Grande Prairie Live Theatre regret to announce that the much-anticipated Ben Heppner Concert which was cancelled on March 30, 2014 will not be rescheduled in the near future.

Mr. Heppner is ill and unable to complete his Spring tour.  Efforts to bring Mr. Heppner to Grande Prairie will continue, but at this time we are unable to schedule a date due to his previous commitments.

Therefore GPLT offers a full refund to all ticket holders. Take your tickets to the Grande Prairie Live Theatre Box Office to receive your refund.

We wish Mr. Heppner a speedy recovery.

College Classic

It's that time of year again! The 27th Annual College Classic will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014. Sponsorships have been selling well, and there are only a few spots left!
Online registration for players/teams opens at 10:00am on Monday, April 14, 2014. These spaces are limited and sell out quickly, so make sure to register your team early! Visit our webpage for all the details. If you are interested in volunteering, please watch for the opportunities as they come up after April 15, 2014.


Last issue, we had a feature on student recruitment in which we thanked Dan Bruce for his participation in the motorcycle shows. While we do thank Mr Bruce for all of his contributions, he brought to our attention that it was in fact Daniel McRann who attended the event. Thank you Mr McRann for your involvement with the shows, and our sincere apologies for missing you the first time!

GPRC Student Places in ACCC Art Contest

ACCC put out a call to member institutions to submit student artwork to decorate the ACCC Secretariat office space in the beautiful Château Laurier in Ottawa. We have received amazing submissions which reflects an enormous amount of talent.
Congratulations to Patrick Evans for his ‘Transformations of the Inner Self’, which was selected for 2nd prize!  In addition to the $300 prize, Patrick’s piece, along with the other two winners, will be showcased at ACCC’s Conference and on ACCC’s website. We will also be producing a publication showcasing all the art submissions which will be available online.
All the students' artwork will be showcased on ACCC’s walls where they will be viewed by many. There is so much wonderful talent! As mentioned above, they will be included in the publication on ACCC’s website.
~The Association of Community Colleges (ACCC) Art Committee

Online Registration Is Here!

There may still be snow on the ground, but that is not holding Student Services back!  We have officially seen the beginning buds of online registration!

We flicked the switch at 10am on April 1, to allow continuing students, in most programs, the ability to register themselves in their courses for 2014-2015!  The first student registered at 10:02am!

The exceptions for online registration are Transitional Vocational and Academic Upgrading programs.  International, distance and part time students are also not able to register online at this time.

Congratulations and thank you to the many staff that helped make this dream become a reality including Cheryl Head, Anita Mallick, Jordan Pickup, Tanya Kinderwater, Jennifer McLean, Gordon Pellerin and Darlene MacDonald.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding online registration, please contact either Cheryl Head or Tanya Kinderwater.

~submitted by Jean Nordin

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 Dr. Les Rawluk, who has been selected as the Chair of the Science Department for another two- year term, beginning August 15, 2014.

• Congratulations and thank you to Cheryl Head, Anita Mallick, Jordan Pickup, Tanya Kinderwater, Jennifer McLean, Gordon Pellerin and Darlene MacDonald who helped make online registration a reality.

• Congratulations to Mr. John Murray, who has been selected as the Chair of Fine Arts Department for another two- year term, beginning August 15, 2014.

• Congratulations to Danica Blasius – Soccer (also played on the CCAA Silver Medal Volleyball Team)Tonya Dueck – Volleyball (CCAA Silver medallist)Riley Wallace – Cross Country Running (also a member of the Men’s Basketball Team) and Jamie Wigmore – Cross Country Running & Indoor Trackon their awards as CCAA Academic All Canadians - the highest award a student-athlete can attain.

Thank you to all that attended the AUPE AGM Thursday, April 3, 2014! Your new executive for Chapter 07/071 is: Chair - Monica Macdonald, Vice-Chair - Kerry Cleave, Secretary/Treasurer - Lin Roy, Local 071 Council representative - Dan Litke, and Alterntate - Shannon Ball, Area Council -   Shannon Ball, Madonna Woolridge, Bargaining - Phil Kolodychuk, Louise Gillies, Shannon Ball; Alternates: Kerry Cleave, Lisa Osterhold, Faye Ewing, Convention (October 2014) Nominees - Phil Kolodychuk, Alternates - Kerry Cleave, Erika Thompson.