Fall Semester Off to a Busy Start

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Alumni Survey Now Open

Grande Prairie Regional College is conducting an alumni survey.  If you attended GPRC and would like to participate, simply click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Lrxbdk6xZ5sRKnd8XU62pQ_3d_3d or visit our home page and click on the Alumni Survey button.  Your survey responses will help identify how GPRC can create the services our alumni need and want. Complete the Alumni Survey before September 30th to include your viewpoint.

Orientation 2009

A GPRC Success Story!

On September 1 2009, a new generation of GPRC Students were welcomed into our halls. Don Gnatiuk, Michael O'Connor and Susan Bansgrove welcomed this new generation with warm and inspiring wishes, Doug Frattini kept the pace moving with light and airy comedic interludes, doing a spectacular job as emcee once again. Something that really stood out at Orientation this year was the number of students! Engaged and active students took part in information sessions, filled their College Passport by participating in the various activites, and packed the DJ Cardinal Performing Arts Centre. From my own orientation as a new GPRC student seven years ago, through numerous orientation events since, I have never witnessed the theatre so completely full of new students. It was inspiring for me as a recruiter, and a little shocking - so much so that I hurriedly snapped a few pictures on my cell phone!
                                                                                          - Kelsey Hamer

Glad to be a Grad!

Thank you to the faculty and staff who participated in the Glad to be a Grad button program during orientation. Your tremendous response and positive comments were much appreciated.                                                                      - Joanne Ballance

GPRC Alumna Barb Johnston proudly sports her button!

Fairview College Campus Welcome Back BBQ

On August 27th, staff and students of the Fairview College Campus were warmly welcomed to the 2009/2010 school year with a delicious barbecue. This year's event was hosted by Vice-President Fairview, Marg McCuaig-Boyd and organized by Dianne Lund. Marg acknowledged approximately 155 new and returning students and staff. Students from the Heavy Equipment Service and Power Engineering programs were on campus and, along with staff, enjoyed burgers, hotdogs, salads and ice cream treats. Special guests included Carmen Haakstad, Executive Director, Community Relations, and several executive members from the Academic Staff Association.
                                                                                Submitted by Cheryl Frank


Photos compliments of Fairview Post reporter, Chris Eakin.

GPRC College Community BBQ

Grande Prairie Regional College held its annual College Community Barbecue on August 20th. Over 300 staff and faculty members, along with some spouses, turned out for the event, held in the Theatre concourse and courtyard.  New staff and faculty members were warmly welcomed by the GPRC Executive Team: Don Gnatiuk, Susan Bansgrove, Ken Riley, Karen Scribner, and Carmen Haakstad.  Several members of the Board of Governors and the Alumni/Foundation Board were also in attendance.

The infamous "Brick Awards" were handed out to unsuspecting but deserving College employees as deemed appropriate by the selection committee. As per usual, the Students' Association hosted the "Liquid Lounge" and GPRC's very own in-the-house DJ, Heavy G, spun the tunes.





World Skills 2009

September 2 - 5, Calgary, Alberta

Well the dust has settled but the excitement has not ceased! This past week Grande Prairie Regional College was proudly represented in the Global Skills Village by it’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable recruitment team. This marks the first public event at which both Grande Prairie and Fairview Campuses worked together to showcase and promote all that GPRC and the Peace Region have to offer any potential student.

An international event, that found the recruitment team (Megan Ryan-Walsh, Gord Ivey, and Kelsey Hamer) promoting everything from degree completion to trades programs. There was never a dull (or quiet) moment as we met GPRC alumni, folks that used to live in the area and competitors from all over the world. Each day during the week there was an average of 20,000 Alberta high school students roving the Stampede Grounds eager for information and of course free stuff! Thousands of the Alberta Skills attendees were shuttled in just for the day. It was a pure delight to meet teachers and students from Peace River, Peace Wapiti Academy and the Composite High School in Calgary - they were all glad to see a familiar faces as well.

Evenings brought locals working in industry and the opportunity to drive home the message of GPRC as a Comprehensive Community College with something for everyone! In all a great event, and a great opportunity to really launch the new GPRC to the world!

A great start to a new recruitment season!       - Megan Ryan-Walsh

Busy booth at the event


Recruiters Kelsey Hamer and Gord Ivey