|Wednesday, September 3, 2008||Grande Prairie Regional College|
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Plenty of Insider Information This Week!
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This year's College Community Barbecue on August 28th was another great success. As usual, it was a great chance for staff & faculty to muster and welcome the new members of the GPRC community. It is a great opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces after the summer break and before the Fall semester gets underway.
The traditional Brick Awards were handed out by the self-proclaimed team of GPRC dinosaurs - Bert Hunt, Jill Thomson and Jerry Petryshyn. This year's award recipients were:
Paul Rathke - The "Reaching the Peak" Award
The members of the Executive Committee at GPRC regularily recognize employees and departments who have exhibited excellence in their jobs and careers. The Commendations Report is presented to the GPRC Board of Governors by GPRC President, Don Gnatiuk. "Excellence in People" will be a regular column in upcoming editions of Insider.
Commendations to date:
It seems that everywhere you look on campus these days there is a construction or renovation project happening! We are making great strides toward a number of goals - and we’ll all be dodging work-in-progress for the next few months.
L-Wing/Sound Module: the project is being tendered now (Sept/08) with a completion target of Aug 15/09.
Howlers Reno: Most of the area will be usable in time for the Student Welcoming Celebration on September 16, and final completion of Howlers and the new Students’ Association offices is expected by December.
Executive Offices - Renovations are nearly complete. The new “portal” to the executive offices now opens from the concourse – and the renovation added two new offices in the existing space!
Student Housing phase V & VI: Excavation started in mid August and it is expected that the first of four pods (36 beds) & parking lot will be ready for June/09. The other three pods will follow with completion scheduled by Dec 2009.
Gym floor replacement: The defective gym floor has been replaced, and the long-awaited new bleachers have been installed. Completion is expected by Sept 17/08.
Weight room expansion: will be completed in conjunction with the L-wing project, with a target of August 15, 2009.
NLC portable complex: The old portable which was the Building Blocks day care for so many years has now been removed, and a new portable complex to house programs offered in Grande Prairie by our stewardship partner Northern Lakes College will be on that site by January, 2009.
So don’t walk under any ladders, don’t peek under any tarps, and always smile at our contractors - before we know it everything will be better than ever!
by Megan Ryan-Walsh
Orientation events on September 2nd went off without a hitch. Approximately 400 students participated in the Theatre Welcome and all of the Student Success Seminars were well attended. Thank you to all staff and faculty who helped to make orientation a success!
This Fall, the students are very engaged and excited and it is satisfying to see students taking advantage of tools the college is offering them. It is also fantastic to recognize a lot of the students - seeing new students that I have met either on the road, or at on campus an event such as Student for a Day is a very rewarding experience, and affirmation that recruitment is visible in the community! Proof that these activities are important and do make a difference when students are making decisions about their post secondary careers!
This Fall also marks the start of my third year here at the college, and some great new changes have taken place. As College Recruitment Manager, I am thrilled to welcome the latest addition to the college recruitment / student services team: Kelsey Hamer. Kelsey is a long time resident of the Grande Prairie area, is a graduate of Emily Carr with a BFA who had her start at GPRC’s Visual Arts program. She brings to the table great knowledge of the area and community, as well as excitement and passion for not only post secondary learning but GPRC itself!!
The Recruitment and Retention Action Committee (RRAC) is up and running for another year. While we have a full schedule ahead of us, College Open House is the next BIG item on the agenda. This year Open House will be held on Wednesday November 12, 2008 11am – 7pm. Details will be forthcoming…
Your RRAC representatives are:
Megan Ryan-Walsh, Chair - Student Services - Recruitment
Christine Frattini - Academic Upgrading
Raelynn Shaughnessy / Jim Wohlgemuth - Nursing
Cara Leaf - Office Administration
Elaine O’Hara - Human Resources
Kelly Benning - Student Services - Aboriginal Liaison
Jen Maclean - Library Services - Learning Centre
Kelsey Hamer - Student Services - Recruitment
Dianne McDonald - Arts and Education
Melissa Hunt - Workforce - ESL instructor
Janelle MacRae - Workforce Development
Theresa Suderman - Human Services - Teacher Assistant Program
Jessica Bull - Students' Association
Geoff Whittall / Joanne Porta - Fine Arts
Pat Caulfield-Fontaine - Early Learning and Child Care
Lynne Ness - Community Relations
Francois Fournier - P.E.A.K.
Cybilla Rakestraw - Business Administration
September 12 & 13
September 19 & 20