March 19th: A Very Big Day at GPRC

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College Concert Series

Camerata Nordica

The finale of this year's College Concert series is March 16th with a performance by one of Sweden's leading chamber orchestras, Camerata Nordica.  Although this will be their first visit to Canada, this world-renowned string ensemble has performed extensively to the delight of audiences throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina for over 30 years.  This is their 8th US tour and Calgary and Grande Prairie are their only Canadian stops.

The ensemble is unique in the sense that they perform as a "camerata" - an orchestra without a conductor.  The 15 musicians are selected from the best among Nordic players and they always perform standing up in a circle, allowing for a dynamic musical experience.  Rave reviews they have received from audiences around the world attest to the uniqueness of their performance style.

"They are also outstandingly good, practised and magnetic in performance. Why magnetic? Because the empathy between the players is unique. They have no conductor and rely entirely upon mutual sensitivity, deeply felt mutual intentions and good old fashioned eye contact and body language.”   Musical Opinion, United Kingdom

Don't miss your chance to catch what promises to be a unique and inspiring musical experience.  Tickets are $50, available at the Crystal Centre Box Office and at the door on the night of the performance.  Tickets for all GPRC students and Conservatory students are available at only $15 each, so spread the word and encourage your students to expand their horizons by attending this world-class musical experience!  Please note that student tickets are only available by contacting calling Heather in the Conservatory at 539-2444.

March 19th - Mark Your Calendars!

GPRC will definitely be the place to be on Wednesday, March 19th. Our annual Open House is taking place from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the Scavenger Hunt to be eligible to win a fabulous gift basket!  In the process, you might discover something new about GPRC or maybe even get the chance to put a face to the name of that faculty or staff member you haven't met yet!

In conjunction with the GPRC Open House, the Fine Arts Department is hosting the annual Fine Arts Symposium, Creating New Horizons, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in Recital Hall L106.  Three GPRC alumni will be here to talk about their successful careers in the arts and there will be performances by current GPRC music and drama students throughout the course of the day Click here to see a full schedule of the day's events.  Pre-registration is required.

In addition...The GPRC Marketing students are holding their annual Leadership Conference for students in grades 11 & 12.  Renowned music producer, Sol Guy, is the special guest speaker for the day. Using the entertainment business as a tool for social change, Sol Guy inspires and empowers young people to improve the world around them. He translates a strong message of global interdependence to students using speech, video and music as unique vehicles for change.  Admission is free but pre-registration is required.

Recruitment Corner

by Bill Corcoran

2008-09 Re-Enrolment Drive - FEEL THE LOVE Fridays
In the enrolment marketing game, there are basically two ways to increase student numbers: a) attract new students or b) retain existing students. To date, the Recruiting Team has spent a great deal of time and effort on column A and not so much on column B. Times are changing.
FEEL THE LOVE Fridays is an initiative aimed at getting our current students to register for next year. Here’s how it works:
1) Students planning to return in Fall 2008 fill out a re-admission form and hand it in to Student Services.
2) Over the next three Fridays, we draw the name of one lucky returning student and they receive a $200 gift certificate from the GPRC Bookstore.
Pretty simple, huh? But remember, students need to get the Re-Admission forms into Student Services to be in on the draws.
Contest details and Re-Admission Forms are located throughout the building at the Thinking of GPRC? Start Here information banks.  Encourage any returning student you know to get their Re-Admission Form in – there is a draw this Friday.
Update: On Valentines Day, we kicked off our 2008-09 Re-enrolment Drive by giving out $3 gift cards to Bernies for students who re-enroled. By one o’clock, 101 returning students took us up on the offer, and we were well on our way towards reaching our goal.
As of Friday, Feb 29, we are at 424 re-enrolments. We have just over 125 more forms to get in to reach our target of 550 by the end of March.
Retention Tip
At the last RRAC meeting, Jill Thomson reminded us that Student Services can assist instructors in contacting students who are missing classes. Sometimes early intervention can help in retention. Also, Student Services can help with referrals to counseling for students who need a bit of extra help.