|Wednesday, May 20, 2009||Grande Prairie Regional College|
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The Second Coming of Spring?
In this issue
Congratulations to Kelly Coulter, who won the internal appeal campaign prize of a gift card at the Keg and two tickets to the Summer Solstice Concert on July 19 at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre. A special THANK YOU to all the faculty, staff and board members who have contributed to the campaign so far. Your generosity and commitment to our students is evident.
- Joanne Ballance, GPRC Alumni Development Manager
On behalf of the Executive Team, GPRC President, Don Gnatiuk, recognized the following individuals and departments for their recent achievements at April's Board of Governors meeting:
Three members of the Palaeontological Society of the Peace (PSP), Bert Hunt, Engineering Instructor, Desh Mittra, Geology Instructor, and Katalin Ormay, Library Technician and Geologist, spent the week of May 4th in Edmonton digging for dinosaurs. They accepted the invitation of Dr. Phil Currie and Dr. Eva Koppelhus to join their University of Alberta Palaeontology 400 Field Course at the Edmonton Hadrosaur Bonebed.
The trio spent the week as part of a group of 12 students who were busy uncovering, plaster jacketing and removing dinosaur bones. The time was well spent learning new skills and discussing exploration strategies with Dr. Currie as they planned for his upcoming field work near Grande Prairie in the second half of July.
The Hadrosaur bones uncovered were the largest ever seen in Alberta, according to Dr. Phil Currie. These Edmontosaurus bones represent the earliest citizens of Edmonton and the first Edmontosaurus bones found in Edmonton! Our GPRC palaeo amateurs also had a chance to visit the Vertebrate Palaeontology Department at the University with graduate student Tetsuto Miyashita as tour guide. (Miyashita and Federico Fanti just published a peer reviewed scientific paper on a new dinosaur nesting site in the Kleskun Hill Park near Grande Prairie). The trio also visited the Preparation Laboratory where material from the Wapiti River Bonebed is now being prepared.
Funds to enable this preparation work were donated to GPRC by Talisman Energy earlier this year. With this week of palaeontology excavation under their belt, Hunt, Mittra and Ormay earned partial credit towards completing this U of A palaeontology course. They together have accumulated well over 50 years of experience and knowledge of the Palaeontology of the Peace. They will be continuing to support palaeontological exploration and excavation in our Region this summer.
Bert Hunt, Desh Mittra and Katalin Ormay at the Dinosaur Dig in Edmonton
In front of the Styracosaurus at the U of A Kat with Susan Kagan, fossil preparator
May 2, 2009 proved once again that GPRC has the best staff and faculty. Not only do they care about our students they care about each other and our community.
The South Peace Chapter of the MS Society would like to thank the following GPRC staff and faculty for their team contribution of $7,349.00 raised as by the team Ryan’s Hope. The team would also like to thank all GPRC staff that contributed to the funds raised. Thank you!
• Carla Basarab
• Suzanne Dunn
• Erin Gonci
• Kelsey Hamer
• Amy Johnson
• Brenda Lindquist
• Lorraine Prafke
• Rae-Lynn Shaughnessy
• Megan Ryan-Walsh