|Wednesday, September 5, 2007||Grande Prairie Regional College|
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Hallways Are Hopping!
Fall Semester at GPRC In Full Swing
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What a Great Day!
Kudos to Megan, Amber, Kelly, Bill, all the Orientation volunteers and the Student Services Team for making Orientation 2007 a resounding success! High School Liaison Coordinator, Megan Ryan-Walsh, provided the GPRC Insider with a brief rundown of some of the things that made yesterday's orientation an exciting day:
All around great turnout, great teamwork and great energy!!
Thanks to all who pitched in to make Orientation 2007 a GREAT SUCCESS!!
The annual College Community Barbecue on August 23rd was well attended by staff, faculty and spouses/significant others. New staff & faculty were introduced to the College community and members of the Board of Governors. Bert Hunt and his team of self-proclaimed "dinosaurs" made a special presentation to five long-standing College employees in acknowledgement of their respective contributions and committment to GPRC. Left to right are: John Webster (Campus Operations) - The Mortar Award; Eddie Chow (Campus Operations) - The Unrecognized Award; Sukumar Nayar (Fine Arts) - The Rock Award; Lane Borstad (Fine Arts) - The Duracell Award; and Som Pillay (Science) - The Focus Award.
To view more photos of the barbecue and the awards presentations, please visit the GPRC website photos galleries at: https://www.gprc.ab.ca/photos/
A Great Success!
GPRC's first ever college-wide Professional Development Day held on August 20th proved to be a success by all accounts. Plans are already underway for similar events in the near future. The day started with an audience participation performance by Rapid Fire Improv and ended with a wine tasting conducted by Al Lakusta with music provided by GPRC's resident DJ "Heavy G". Throughout the day, there were a wide variety of interesting and well-attended presentations. Don't forget to have your voice heard by providing feedback for next year's event to the Planning Committee c/o Wanda Moen in the President's Office.
By Bill Corcoran
The first meeting of the Recruitment and Retention Action Committee (RRAC) was held Tuesday, August 28th where many good ideas were generated and shared. RRAC is composed of reps from each College department and meets monthly to assist the Recruiting and Retention team with its various initiatives and events.
If you have a question, good idea, or otherwise random thought around recruitiment and retention, feel free to contact your department's RRAC member. The Department Reps are:
Academic Upgrading - Christine Frattini
Sept. 12th - Recital Series
Sept. 14 - 15
Sept 21 - 22
GP Life Long Learning Open House – Lions Learning Centre
World Suicide Prevention Day Booth – Muskoseepi Park
Surviving the City Trade Fair - GPRC
Student Welcoming Celebration - GPRC
(Hosted by the Circle of Aboriginal Students)
Prospects North Conference and high school visits – Yellowknife, NWT
Students sacrifice a lot to come to college – jobs, time with their family and friends, dollars for tuition and books, etc. After they made a big decision like this, it’s only human nature that they second guess what they’ve done. (Think of how you felt the day after you bought your first house or brand new car.)
So given that many students will be asking themselves “what the hell have I done, and will it be worth it?” you can help them through this self doubt by re-enforcing their decision to come to college. Give them the "You’ve made a good choice" speech.
One great way to do this is by showing them how education will help them reach their long term goal. Having a successful graduate tell his or her life story during an early class, or even during a Department Orientation, will do the trick quite nicely.
First impressions are important; take extra care to ensure that incoming students know that they’ve made a good choice.