Keeping GPRC in the Know!

In this issue

H1N1 Update for GPRC

It is our responsibility as a College to clearly inform our students with important facts about their health and safety while on campus. A bookmark will soon be distributed to all students, staff and faculty as a handy source of information about H1N1 and contact information for Alberta Health Services, which is where everyone should go for full information. It is important that all representatives of GPRC present this information to our students.

The bookmark (both sides shown here) will be distributed in pdf format to all staff at both campuses on Friday, October 23rd and in hardcopy format to all students, staff and faculty early next week.

Excellence in People

At the September 2009 Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:
  • Nancy Campbell, Jean Nordin and staff for ensuring Academic Upgrading was offered at Fairview Campus
  • Leigh Goldie, recently chosen for the Olympic torch relay team
  • Congratulations to Elroy Deimert on his recently published book: ‘Pubs, Pulpits and Prairie Fires'.
  • Congratulations to Desh Mittra on his recently published book of Hindi Poetry.
  •  Appreciation extended to Jordan Pickup and Robert Cole for their assistance of the Library and working through the technical issues in order to have video conference functioning in time for classes on Sept. 3.
  • Appreciation is extended to the facilitators of the ISW Workshop: Cheryl King, Teresa Evans, Gwen Hoyseth, Colleen Holler, Bert Hunt, and Cibylla Rakestraw
  • Congratulations and thanks to Yvonne Peterson and everyone that supported and participated in the Alternative Building workshop and the collaborative effort with the Demmitt Cultural Society.
  • Appreciation is extended to the College staff for their patience and flexibility while the construction continues in the College.
  • Thank you and well done to Campus Operations for managing such a huge number of projects over the summer and fall months.
  • Appreciation to Bill Knudslien for his hard work to prepare Fairview Campus for a new academic year.
  • Congratulations to the staff in Fairview and Grande Prairie for a successful registration process. Many people pitched in to help out.
  • Circle of Aboriginal Students held a very successful welcoming celebration. Appreciation is extended to Kelly Benning, Darlene Cardinal, Helen Piper and Angie Crerar.
  • Thanks to Brad Mates, Emerson Drive and Friends and to Chris Boivin and her crew of volunteers for giving of their time to raise over $20,000 for the Fine Arts Department.
  • Thanks extended to the many volunteers from Fairview and Grande Prairie campuses that organized and manned booths in the Health and Wellness Conference: Rachelle Troendle, Yvonne Peterson, Megan Ryan-Walsh, Lynne Ness, Kelsey Hamer, Jodi Virr, Shawn Peyton, Jim Wohlgemuth, Lori Flem ing, Shaunna O’Sullivan, Karen Crosby-Rolston, Bonnie Hessler, Jodi Minton, Dorothy MacIntyre, Dori Tattrie, Jennifer Bain, Miranda Sallis, Matt Bain, Caryl Sallows, Joan Jacobson, Natalie Mayne, Shelley Tappen, Robyn Alford, Jane Howes, Ryan Peterson, Ellen Dalke, Bev Candy, Cheryl Frank
  • Academic Council bestowed upon past faculty member Janet Longmate Instructor Emeritus Status.

Sunrise Rotary

At this year's Scarecrow Festival, the Sunrise Rotary club raised funds by auctioning off an original scarecrow created by four of GPRC's Fine Arts students:  Heather Gunson, Kristin Currie, Robyn Termeer and Colin Cove.   Connie Korpan and Susan Bansgrove, both members of the Sunrise Rotary Club, worked with Fine Arts instructor, Ed Bader and his students to involve GPRC in this fundraising endeavor.

"Projects such as the Scarecrow festival benefit the local community, the greater community, and sometimes even the international community.  We are excited and proud to be able to sponsor this event on behalf of GPRC and showcase the work that these Fine Arts students have done."

The GPRC scarecrow was picked as one of the best and was put up for live auction. It bought in $700.00, which was the second highest bid (out of 41 scarecrows)!  The highest bid was a scarecrow that looked like the business owner of BJ's pub - their pub bought it for $900.00.

Recruitment Update

Recruitment just keeps going and going… Orientation and World Skills were a great start to the year. Since returning from Calgary we have been all over the Peace Region. This fall has been an exciting time to get the word out to the world. We are a comprehensive community institution with something for everyone! This week GPRC was host to 45 peace region guidance counselors, at our annual update on October 7th. The update is a great time to renew relationships with local teachers, and community organizations while promoting GPRC programs, Fairview College Campus and services available to the public on either campus. We even got a little publicity in the Dail;y Herald Tribune:

Events and places where you may have run into a GPRC recruiter include:
• Alberta Animal Health Tech Conference - Red Deer, AB
• NE B.C High School Visits – Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Hudson’s
  Hope, Tumbler Ridge
• Canadian Student Leadership Conference – Olds, AB
• Take Off and Fly Youth Conference - Grande Prairie
• Peace River School District 10 Staff PD Day – Grimshaw, AB
• Education Liaison Association of Alberta NW AB High School Tour – Whitecourt, High
  Prairie, Slave Lake, Donnelly, Valley View, GP Composite High School
• Career Wise – Grande Prairie
• Peace Wapiti Academy Staff PD Day – Grande Prairie

And breathe, it’s only October 22nd!

Special thanks to the GPRC Alumni/Foundation for sponsoring the Dell Laptop that was won by GPRC student Pamela Mulloy. The laptop was awarded during orientation as a prize for participating in at least three of the orientation events on September 1st, 2009. Pamela is very excited and grateful about winning the laptop, as she was frantically trying to save some extra cash to purchase one. Thanks again to the Foundation for making this happen!

Upcoming ON-CAMPUS events in Grande Prairie:

Student for a Day

October 26, 27, & 29
Contact Kelsey Hamer for more information.

MEET GPRC Open House

11am – 7pm October 28
Please contact your Recruitment Action Committee department rep or Megan Ryan-Walsh if you have any questions.