Happy Holidays!

This is the last issue of Insider before our Christmas break and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Looking forward to many great things for GPRC and our College community in 2008!

In this issue

Computer Gaming Alive & Well at GPRC!

If there was any doubt in anyone's mind that computer gaming was a growing trend, GPRC's recent GameXpo proved that the interest in the industry is alive and kicking!  The third annual Computer Expo was a "tremendous success" with attendance of over 230 participants for the Friday presentations and nearly 200 competitors in the various tournaments on Saturday.  Industry professionals from "Backbone Entertainment" and "Hermitworks" were on hand to give lectures and demos, the focus of which were on the process of creating computer games, the future of the industry, viable career paths and possible job and entrepreneurial opportunities.  A panel of gaming experts from Edmonton's Bioware Corp attended via video conference.  It was obvious that the attendees at the conference were eager to ask questions, as arms were waving throughout the theatre.  Kudos to Libero Ficocelli and his team for pulling off another very successful GameXpo!

 

                                                                                                                                    

Day of Remembrance

GPRC partnered with the City of Grande Prairie to host the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6th.  A Candelight Commemoration was held at noon and began with a moment of silence after which the names of each of the 14 women were read aloud and a white rose was placed on a table lit with 14 tealights. City Alderman, Dan Wong and Executive Director of Community Relations, Carmen Haakstad, commented on the issue of violence against women as still being a huge problem of in our society.  GPRC English Literature Instructor, Louise Saldana facilitated the day's events, including an evening panel discussion at which several community members participated.

 

 

Some Christmas Cheer From Chartwells

Lyle from Chartwells at GPRC made a generous donation to the Students' Association for their annual Christmas Hamper program.  Accepting the cheque on behalf of the SA was Amber Amy, VP of Student Life.

                        

Thanks Santa!

A huge "Thank You" to the Employees Association for hosting another wonderful Children's Christmas Party on December 1st.  A special thank you also to Santa for taking the time to hand out presents.  Even the little ones like Carla Basarab's new baby boy, Zack, were captivated by Santa's presence!