|Thursday, April 15, 2010||Grande Prairie Regional College|
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Plenty to Celebrate at GPRC
In this issue
The Excellence in Teaching Award was announced at a wine and cheese event hosted by the Students' Association on April 7th. This year's recipient is Sukhvir Sandhu, an instructor in the Academic Upgrading Department. She was not able to attend the awards ceremony but Insider caught up with her recently accepting her award from outgoing SA President, Chelsey Green. This coveted award is determined through nominations by the student body.
Members of next year's Students' Association Executive were sworn in at a wine and cheese reception on April 7th. Chris Scheller was voted in as the new SA president, Doug Sinclair has been elected VP Lounge Programmer, and Lisa Hildebrandt will hold the position of VP Student Life. The only returning member from last year's executive is Chantal Fontaine, VP Internal. The team is committed to communicating with GPRC students on both campuses and making student life on campus exciting and accessible to the student body. Morgan Krause was also awarded the Student Awareness Award, which is given the student who has volunteered the most time to the SA at various events and activities throughout the year.
Doug Sinclair & Chantal Fontaine receive their Morgan Krause accepts her award.
swearing in lollies.
The Circle of Aboriginal Students hosted their year-end celebration on April 8th at GPRC's Grande Prairie Campus. This annual event is always well attended by staff, faculty and community members. This year's keynote speaker was Joseph Redhead, also the recipient of this year's Distiguished Alumni Award announced at the President's Awards Luncheon on March 16. The opening prayer was lead by Elder Darlene Cardinal and the closing prayer was delivered Elder Loretta English. Opening remarks were given by GPRC President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk and Melodie Wilton from the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre. The CAS Executive gave each student a year-end gift which consisted of a dreamcatcher made by the G.P. Friendship Centre Youth Group (UMAYC), a dvd of the year's events, and a certificate of congratulations. The CAS Executive also presented the Educational Warrior Award to this year's recipient, Lorinda Goodswimmer from Sturgeon Lake First Nations. Entertainment was provided by the Bluebird Native Dance Troupe.
Keynote Speaker Joseph Redhead Bluebird Dancers
Darlene Cardinal, Susan Bansgrove,
and Lorinda Goodswimmer
Twelve hardy souls from the Transitional Vocational class at the Fairview Campus participated in a campus clean-up on April 12th. The students battled the cold and the wind to do their part to pick up litter on the grounds. Instructor Carol Dillon explained, “We try to teach the importance of becoming involved in your community through the unit on Volunteerism. Some of our students have volunteered on an individual basis, but most have not. Today’s activity was aimed at giving them that experience.” Also planned are guest speakers from the Fairview Fire Department and Scouts Club to share their volunteer experiences. Thank you from the whole Campus! Your efforts are appreciated. - Submitted by Cheryl Frank
With the end of the academic year quickly closing in on us, May and June tend to be great months for staff and in particular faculty to participate in professional development activities. The College will be delivering ALFA courses every week beginning May and ending June 11. All ten ALFA courses will be delivered during these weeks and two extra ALFA classes have also been scheduled for delivery in Fairview from May 18-21. Staff and Faculty from both campuses are free to travel to either campus to attend. The ALFA schedule for the new academic year will be released shortly.
There will also be an opportunity for staff to attend the Aboriginal Awareness Seminars facilitated by Elder Darlene Cardinal throughout April, May and June. Darlene is a GPRC Alumni, and the Owner of Dar Car Developments. She has been a Cultural Teacher and Cree Instructor since 1990 and was raised in a traditional home with cultural and traditional values. This seminar is a great opportunity to learn more about the Aboriginal culture. Open dialogue and questions will be welcomed throughout the seminar.
Starting off the next academic year will be the annual Professional Development (PD) Day. Both campuses will host PD Days for staff and faculty, and the PD Day Planning Committees are coming up with ideas to make this year's PD Days fun, educational, informative and an invigorating start to the new academic year. Staff and faculty are also invited to participate as presenters. PD Day provides an excellent forum to share your knowledge with colleagues.
Further to the standard PD opportunities offered internally at the College, the GPRC Insider will also be an additional forum to share information and generate discussion. Our staff and faculty have an immense wealth of knowledge and experience and Insider will provide everyone with an opportunity to share their knowledge within the College community. If you are interested in sharing what you have learned at a recent Conference, Workshop or other activity through the GPRC Insider please contact Marina Chondros. - Submitted by Marina Chondros
At the March Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team: