Winter Semester at GPRC Comes to a Close

In this issue

Homestay Opportunities

Heritage Summer Theatre Project

Great news - the Heritage Summer Theatre Project is ON!!
A joint project that has been cooking between GPRC's Drama Instructor, Annie Smith, Heather Schultz, Program Coordinator at the GP Museum, and Carla Wells, Programmer for Muskoseepi Park, is getting ready for production. The Heritage Summer Theatre Project will celebrate Grande Prairie's 50th Anniversary through creating and performing historically based vignettes of interesting people and events from the past 50 years. The hope is that this summer's project will be the first of an ongoing annual program.
The Grande Prairie Museum has received funding from Heritage Canada for three college students to work full-time for 10 weeks (June 2 to August 8) to create and implement the Heritage Summer Theatre Project. As well, GPRC has funding through the STEP program to employ a student as the project manager for 13 weeks at 30 hours/week (May 12 to August 8).
Auditions for the summer theatre positions will be held on April 30. There are a few paid positions available to students, but we also need students to volunteer their valuable time and energy. In addition, we are hoping to attract volunteer participants from the High Schools and the community at large.
It will be a crazy, creative summer - digging out stories from the past 50 years of GP's history and creating outdoor theatre to entertain community groups, tourists, and the general public. Watch for performances this July in the GPRC Theatre, Muskoseepi Park, and the GP Museum's Heritage Village.
Interested people should contact:  Annie Smith, GPRC Drama Instructor at 539-2882 or

Farewells & Welcomes

Please join the Library in welcoming Anna Gillis (formerly Galenza) to GPRC as our Instructional Designer, taking over from Joanne Stiles. Anna has started work today and will be working along-side Joanne until the end of the month. We are excited and pleased to have Anna join us. If you would like to reach her, her phone number is ext. 2937 and her email is
Joanne’s last day with the Library is April 30th. We will miss her expertise and all her contributions to the department and to the College. We wish you great success in all your new endeavours, Joanne! Best wishes!!

A Wee Primer about Strategic Enrolment Management

by Bill Corcoran

One of President Don’s major goals that he laid out in his budget presentation earlier this month was a commitment to Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM). But exactly what is SEM?
The AACRAO Consulting Group nicely summarizes the SEM as a series of coordinated strategies, tactics, and activities that:
Increase academic quality and student success
Achieve optimum enrolment numbers
Deliver top-quality service
Optimize financial opportunities
·        Build campus collaboration
The important thing to remember about SEM is that EVERY GPRC employee has a part. Sure, SEM is about recruiting students and providing quality student services, but it’s much, much more:

SEM is about offering courses and programs that students want to take.
SEM is about providing top quality instruction.
SEM is about answering phone and e-mail messages in a polite, timely, and  enthusiastic manner.
SEM is about having clean washrooms for the people who use our building.
SEM is about using our money wisely.
SEM is about speaking positively in the community about the many good things we do as the Peace Country’s leading post secondary institution.

SEM is about working together to serve the best interests of our students.


The bottom line is that without students, we don’t have a GPRC. And almost every one of our actions at work (and often times in the community) can affect a potential student’s (or influencer’s or donor’s) perception of this place. 

SSP 55 Update or “Nobody Leaves until they fill out a Registration Sheet!!!”

R & R Corner - Bill Corcoran

As of April 18, we’ve converted 33% of returning students applications to registrations. This isn’t too shabby, but we are a ways away from the 55% conversion goal by the end of the first week in May.
So now that exams are winding down, please remind any returning students to get in and get signed up for 2008-09 courses. Get it done before they escape for the summer!