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The list of staff & faculty recognitions is normally published in Insider, but this month the list is so extensive that we have created a link to the list instead:

Book Drive for Ethiopia

This Fall, the GPRC Library has been busy packing boxes of donations for a book drive for Ethiopian schools. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the organizer of this drive, continually collects books to be shipped to schools in Ethiopia and the library was contacted to contribute to this effort. Thanks to a large book donation made by Don Gnatiuk, the library has collected almost 1000 books to be given to the Rotary Club book drive.   - Submitted by Catherine Dean

Left to right are: Catherine Dean, Colleen MacKinnon, Don Gnatiuk, Ann Gish

Fundraiser for Demmitt Community Centre

Juno award winner Bill Bourne will be joined by Toronto guitar master, Pa Joe, for a special fundraising gala at GPRC's Douglas J. Cardinal Theatre on Friday, November 12th.  Bourne will arrive in Grande Prairie on the heels of releasing his newest album which features Pa Joe, who plays the jazzy Highlife-style Ghanaian guitar.

The event marks the premier of the Demmitt Cultural Society's third annual Borderline Cultural Series -  a fundraiser to complete the final stages of construction on Society's sustainable straw bale, timber frame cultural centre. In addition to the use of local timber, the building incorporates other sustainable features, including straw bale walls, composting toilets and passive solar heating. The Centre will not only require little upkeep and use fewer resources to build and maintain, but it will anchor the community with a lasting feeling of ownership, pride and integrity. The Centre promises to be a premier venue for live music in the Alberta Peace.

The timber framing phase of the project involved a partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus’ Sustainable Building Workshops Series. GPRC President and CEO Don Gnatiuk notes that the project fits with the college’s firm commitment to sustainability. “We are very excited to be a partner in this important community project. Through our Sustainable Building Workshops Series being offered at GPRC’s Fairview Campus we are able to play a role in these kinds of community initiatives that focus on environmental sustainability. At the same time, we are moving forward with our own Environmental Stewardship Plan and exposing our students to applied research and training opportunities in sustainable development. We are proud to be in a position where we are able to have a real impact in the evolving trend towards building sustainable communities.”

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception at 7pm. You can help the Society raise "Bale Money" by purchasing a bale sponsorship or a "Support Us" timber frame bent sponsorship during the reception. The evening also features a set by the acoustic duo of Cory Danyluk and Sarah Card, who will be returning to Grande Prairie after completing a recent tour in Germany.  Tickets are available at the Crystal Centre Box Office, online at or call 780 538 0387. To learn more about the project or to donate, visit

Timber frame of main hall area - August 2010

Timber frame with bale infill - September 2010

Exterior with stucco covered bale walls - October 2010

Homecoming 2010

A sincere and heartfelt Thank You! to everyone who participated in making Homecoming 2010 a success! During the week of October 15-24 a staggering 23 events were planned under the Homecoming 2010 banner and it is estimated that over 1,000 people attended one or more events at GPRC! I am so proud to work for an organization that is so collaborative and cooperative. Thanks again! - Joanne Ballance, Alumni Development Manager

Executive Director of Community Relations, Carmen Haakstad, welcomes GPRC alumnus, MP Chris Warkentin, to the opening reception of Homecoming week.

Open House Recap

Thank you to everyone that helped to make MEET GPRC Open House a huge success! Recruitment couldn’t do it without the participation and support of the Recruitment Action Committee, faculty, and staff! This year was amazing as the traffic was non-stop. I don’t think there was a break at all once the doors opened at noon. Student Services staff have processed approximately 188 applications from the day. WOW!

Some highlights for me are:

• Having a student I met last week at the LaCrete High School Career Fair travel all the way from High Level with her mother in tow.
• Hearing a group students comment when applying how “some guy had been to their art class and told them about Open House”.
• The overall camaraderie and energy that having the entire college – both campuses involved. Thanks again to everyone for their support, enthusiasm and passion for learning.
• 20 High school students applied for Connie Korpan’s Psych 1040
• The added excitement of evening Homecoming alumni events at Howlers. What a great day and evening!

It all helps in promoting Grande Prairie Regional College and helping people be able to make informed decisions about their education and future!! - Megan Ryan-Walsh

VP Academic, Susan Bansgrove checks out the equipment at the Harley Davidson Technician display.

Winner of Library Contest

Over the Month of October, the Library held a contest for Canadian Library Month. All faculty, staff and students were eligible to enter for a chance to win an iPod. Participants were asked to post or tweet to the Library’s Facebook or Twitter account, describing why they love the library. It was a difficult decision, deciding which proclamation of library love would take the cake, but in the end, the winner of the contest was Sydni Drysdale. Sydni is a student currently enrolled in Open Studies who wishes to pursue a career in education.

Sydni entered the Library Month contest via Facebook. She wrote:

“I love the GPRC Library because it is a place where I always know I can ask anyone for help, and that it’s a place where I know I can focus and accomplish my homework and study in the peaceful environment! Being able to use the computers at anytime needed is a huge bonus! Without the GPRC Library the college wouldn’t be the same. We wouldn’t be able to access the online databases for research or look for books in your huge selection! The Library is a key factor in having a smoothly run college!”

The library is very impressed with all the participants entries and is looking forward to planning another contest in the future!

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~ The GPRC Library team