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In this issue

Citizenship Court

by LeiLani Boucher

Grande Prairie Regional College is pleased once again to welcome new Canadians from Grande Prairie and the Region. GPRC is hosting the Citizenship Court in the D.J. Cardinal Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, May 22 at 11:00 am with an estimated 230 new Canadians receiving citizenship.  A small reception will follow in the concourse outside Bernie's.
Immigrant Settlement Services is a program hosted by GPRC and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Alberta Employment and Immigration.  We are located off campus at 9924 - 100 Avenue and help new (and sometimes not so new!) immigrants to Grande Prairie and area with settlement issues.  The ultimate reward for us is seeing the individuals and families we have helped or had contact with become a new Canadian. 
It's events like this that make me proud to be a Canadian and a GPRC employee.

Recruitment and Retention Corner

by Bill Corcoran

 Doing a good job in our own backyard
As you are no doubt aware, most of our students are local. But did you realize just how “local” they really are? Listed below are a few demographic gems taken from the report Distribution of 2006/07 GPRC Students compiled by Denise Thomson:
Grande Prairie 1106 (48.5%)
Alberta Peace Country 484 (21.2%)


142 (6.2%)
BC Peace Country 100 (4.3%)
Alberta Slave Lake Area 80 (3.5%)
Hinton/Jasper Area 53 (2.3%)
International 40 (1.7%)
Northwest Territories 40 (1.7%)
Calgary 32 (1.4%)
Yukon 8 (0.3%)
* Primarily distance ed / videoconference students
Grande Prairie Composite HS 82
St Joe's 53

Peace Wapiti Academy

Sexsmith Secondary 16
South Peace (Dawson Creek) 16
North Peace (Fort St. John) 11 (may be low?)
Harry Collinge (Hinton) 10
Spirit River Academy 10
So while GPRC is a “regional” college, we are also very much a “local” college. Doing good things (and being seen doing good things) in and around the City is crucial to our ongoing success.

River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Centre

GPRC's Katalin Ormay Joins Project Management Team

GPRC and the County of Grande Prairie signed a memorandum of understanding that enables an eight month secondment for Katalin Ormay. She is working half-time as Communications Director on the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Centre (RDDDC) Project Management Team. Paul McNeil, GPRC’s new palaeontology instructor is the CEO, Eve Lepinski is Funding Development Director of the Project.
The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Centre will not only become a world class tourist destination, but it will support palaeontological research and educational programs at all levels. It will also be an anchor point for a new tourism industry in Northwest Alberta. GPRC is playing an integral role as a collaborating partner in developing this exciting new initiative for our region.
Left to right are: Scott McAlpine, Dean of Arts, Education & Science; Katalin Ormay and Walter Pazkowski, County of Grande Prairie Economic Development Officer on the occasion of signing the MOU.

New SA Executive

As of May 1st, the new SA Executive have assumed their respective roles on Student Council.  You may have heard their names by now, but you may not seen their faces. Many of you will recognize the familiar smiling face of Rory Tarant who is entering his second term as SA President, but all other executive members are new to council. Left to right are: Jules LaPrairie, VP Lounge Programmer; Rory Tarant, SA President; Corry Lemire, VP Student Life; Jessica Bull, VP Internal.

Bernie's Summer Hours

Once Bernie's summer hours begin, panic often ensues for those of us who rely heavily on the services that Bernie's provides.  To ease your minds, here is a reminder of Bernie's summer hours of operation:

May 21 to June 27
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  8:00 am to 3:15 pm
Wednesdays:  8:00 am to 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
*Barbecue from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (weather permitting)

June 30 to August 4
Bernies and Pillars both closed.
(Students' Association will provide coffee, muffins,cookies, etc. during this dry spell!)

August 5 - 29
Wednesdays:  8:00 am to 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
*Barbecue from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (weather permitting)

September 2 - 5
Bernies & Pillars open for business (no Chef''s Corner)
September 8 - Both facilities open as per usual.