Spring is in the Air!

In this issue

Business Case Celebration

As many of you know, a group of GPRC Business students recently won first place in the fourth annual Business Case Competition in Edmonton, battling it out with other post-secondary institution from across Alberta.  What you may not know is that their success was formally acknowledged and celebrated at a wine and cheese reception hosted by the President's Office last week.  Friends and family members  were invited to meet some of the faculty and advisors who were involved in coaching the team and everyone was treated to a repeat performance of the the winning presentation in the President's Boardroom.  Kudos to everyone involved, and especially to the students who worked so hard to win the gold!

Left to right: Braden Donaldson, Nikki Thompson, Lindsey Frostad, Adrienne Cook, Jennie Straughan, Shawn Harrison

Alliance For Survival

The arrival of the STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) helicopter created plenty of excitement in parking lot A last week, and the “Alliance for Survival” event hosted in our Theatre was a very successful partnership of community, industry and education.  The event was staged as a partnership of Alliance pipeline, STARS air rescue and GPRC.  Celebrity teams of media, students, and administrators from the three organization engaged in a fun competition to help “patients” including the amazing new iStan, a human simulator with pulse, respiration, vocal responses and even bodily fluids.

The panel of judges included GPRC nursing instructor Deena Honan, STARS president and CEO Dr. Greg Powell of Calgary, and Alliance Pipeline Mike McGonagill from Michigan. (Deena was especially supportive of the efforts of the GPRC students on the teams.)  The event was highly popular with the theatre audience, and all the partners were very happy with the outcome – and with the support provided by everyone here at GPRC! 

The preschool children from the Children's Centre on campus were thrilled to have the opportunity to see a real helicopter land and the STARS personnel were kind enough to give them a closer look!

Excellence in Teaching

Last week, the Students' Association hosted a wine and cheese event to swear in the new SA Executive members and to announce this year's recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.  Ali Al-Asadi, an instructor in the department of Arts and Education at GPRC, was presented with this coveted award which is determined through nominations by the student body.

As the new executive was sworn in, it was also time to say goodbye to Rory Tarant who has served as President of the Students' Association for two years.  Rory will be missed by GPRC staff, faculty and students alike, but we wish him well in his future endeavors and the continuation of his post-secondary education at Lethbridge College and beyond!

Instructor Ali Al-Asadi receives the Excellence in Teaching Award from outgoing SA President, Rory Tarant.

College Pride Day May 1st

College Pride Day was conceived this time last year as a result of feedback gathered at the President’s Focus Group meetings.  Many of the staff and faculty commented on the condition of the building as well as the lack of opportunities to socialize with their fellow colleagues.  As a result, the College Pride Day was born and implemented by the Quick Fix Committee. 

The BBQ, sponsored by the Alumni Foundation Board, runs May 1st  from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the courtyard outside Bernie's giving people the opportunity to muster and fuel up for the day's activities.  In the afternoon, everyone is encouraged to spring clean their offices, hallways and common areas and to recycle as much as possible.  Then at 2:00 pm the "City Scrub" portion of the day occurs where everyone heads outside for approximately 20 minutes to pick up garbage along the north side of the building by the reservoir.

Special thanks to our disposal contractor “Prairie Disposal” for donating free of charge a 4 yard paper recycling bin, a 6 yard cardboard recycling bin, and 2 – 6 yard garbage bins for this event. 

Below are some photos taken at last year's event!



GPRC Instructor Awarded Scholarship

Congratulations to GPRC Instructor, Eva Abbas, who recently received a scholarship for a one week seminar in Berlin from June 21 to June 28, 2009.  This scholarship is awarded internationally to instructors in the field of Germanic studies by the Goethe Institute which is the cultural organization representing Germany all over the world.  The seminar deals with literary creations and literary life in contemporary Berlin.  It includes opportunities for the participants to meet and interview authors, publishers and journalists, to attend readings in literary venues as well as guided walks, all to explore the literary trends of Berlin since the fall of the wall.  The participants will also be introduced to innovative ways, using technology, for presenting literary texts in their lectures.  Another important aspect will be the exchange of teaching experiences among the participants.  Eva plans to use the knowledge she gains from the seminar in her new interdisciplinary course:  ID 2010: Interdisciplinary Topics in Culture: Paris- Berlin, a tale of two cities.  This course has just recently received university transfer status to the University of Alberta.

Spring Nurseries in Session

The Early Learning and Child Care Program at GPRC provides valuable hands-on experience for its students through the operation of the ELCC Spring Nurseries.  Two Spring Nursery programs are now in session; one on-campus and one in the basement of Building Blocks Daycare.  These programs are totally run by the students with assistance and guidance from the faculty.  This is an example of a wonderful, authentic and culminating experience for our Diploma students.
Dolly McArthur