Lots of News From Both GPRC Campuses!

In this issue

The GPRC Community Steps Up

Anonymous Donors Help Student in Need

Early last week, one of our Financial Aid Team members was approached by a student who had no beds for herself or for her children ages 11, 8, 4, and 2. They had been sleeping on the floor for over seven months and she was wondering if we knew of a place that provided beds and bedding for families in need. This student has been able to succeed academically despite facing many challenges in her personal life.  I told her we would see what we could find for her. I thought I would send a message out on our “fun-l” list server to see if anyone had an extra bed or bedding that they would be willing to donate to this student in need.

Within 30 minutes of sending the message I received over 12 messages from people willing to donate bedding and blow up mattresses. Much to my surprise and delight I also had an anonymous donor come forward who wanted to purchase brand new beds for the entire family. This donor went out and bought two twin beds, a set of bunk beds, and a double bed. After that donation, we had two other people who went out and purchased brand new bedding for the beds. While we were delivering the beds, we had another person come forward with over $250 worth of groceries to deliver to the family as well.

I was quite overwhelmed by the generosity of the staff of this institution. Please join me in thanking these people for their contributions.
                                                              - Submitted by Carla Basarab

Fourth-Year Electrical Apprenticeship Program Grads

On November 27, Grande Prairie Regional College celebrated the first class to graduate from GPRC's four-year Electrical Apprenticeship program.  These 24 students are now ready to write Provincial examinations for journeyman status.  Each grad was presented with a GPRC hat and pin, a GPRC portfolio, and a group photo to commemorate the occasion. Proud electrical instructors Norm Driver, Charles Sanderson, Dan Parks, and Glyn Axworthy were there to congratulate each graduate. Dr. Rik Vandekerkhove, Dean, School of Trades, Agriculture and Environment was also part of the congratulatory ceremony.

Fairview Campus Donates Santa’s Ride

Santa rode in high style as the GPRC Fairview College Campus wagon pulled by Don Gannon’s team of horses at the Fairview Santa Claus Parade held the evening of November 30th. Many thanks to the team of staff volunteers who decorated the wagon for the Parade: Gord Ivey, Shannon Ball, Lyla Helle, Shannon Glas, Gaylord Toews and Fran McGuire.                                 - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

How to Get a Harley for $100!

Buy a ticket on the 22nd Annual Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Raffle and you could win the awesome 2009 Night Rod Special! This raffle supports students in the Harley-Davidson® Technician program, with all proceeds going towards enhancement of the HD program. Be the first in line for tickets when they arrive, call 1-888-999-7882 or 780-835-6600 to reserve your ticket!

Motley Crue Guitar Raffle

On Monday, November 30th, the students in Cybilla Rakstraw's Personal Selling class (BA2070) got to reap the rewards of weeks of selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for the United Way. Their fundraising goal was $5000 but they exceeded that by over eight hundred dollars!

A Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by the members of the band Motley Crue and donated by Brad Mates of Emerson Drive was the raffle prize.  Proceeds were presented to Gladys Blackmore of the GP & District United Way as a directed donation to the University of Alberta in support of the "Brad Mates Drive for Research" fund for Parkinson's Disease research.

Jerry Petryshyn, Dean of Health, Wellness and Career Studies, was on hand to draw the winning ticket and to congratulate the students on their hard work in making the raffle a success.

Jerry took a moment to relive his days as a band member!

Academic Upgrading Awards

Access to the Future Fund in Action

A celebratory tea was held on November 18th to honor ten students who were awarded the AUD Mature Student Award. The tea included invited guests of the recipients and some GPRC staff members. These awards were created through the Access to the Future Fund.  Recipients of these awards of $700 each have to meet the following criteria: self-funded, successfully completed three core AUD courses in the previous semester, and returning to GPRC. This award was handed out last semester for the first time and will be continuing for several more semesters. Congratulations award winners Tanya Gaede, Brittany Goldthorpe, Chanele Langevin, Mitchell Ness, Cy Thompson, Nathaniel Wu, Patricia Anest, Jordan Hallowes, Alex Murray, and Kody Haughli.           - Submitted by Arlene Loewen


Hybrid Training for Fairview Instructor

Sandy Rendle, Automotive Service Technician instructor at Fairview Campus, just returned from a week-long training session in Providence, Rhode Island and Summerset, Massachusetts. While at the Automotive Career Development Centre (ACDC), he and other technicians, instructors and business owners from around the world, received intensive hands-on training in special techniques required to work on hybrid vehicles (his days started at 7:30 am and continued until 8:30 pm!).


Sandy is looking forward to sharing his new knowledge and may teach these specialized training courses through Continuing Education and full-time programs. “Hybrid vehicles are coming, and we need to be aware of all that they have to offer as well as the safety aspect due to the high voltage they produce.” These courses will not only be tailored for mechanics and autobody service people, but also for first responders so they are equipped to deal with accidents involving hybrid vehicles.
                                                                  - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

During their down-time, students were treated to a “polar bear” swim
in the ocean and a lobster feast!

Kudos to Gord!

Gord Ivey, recruiter for GPRC Fairview College Campus and former counselor, teacher and coach at Fairview High School will be receiving the Award of Merit from the Alberta Schools Athletic Association in recognition of his significant involvement with high school athletics during his teaching career. Gord was nominated by the NorthWest Zone of the ASAA and the award will be presented at the annual meeting in Red Deer this weekend. Congratulations Gord!
                                                                            - Submitted by Beverley Candy