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'Tis the Season
In order to accommodate the many recent submissions to Insider, a special edition will be published next week on December 15.
In this issue
The Fairview Campus Library staff decorated and entered a beautiful wreath for the Fairview & Area Palliative Care Society’s Annual Festival of Trees. The wreath was decorated in silver and white in recognition of the 60th (diamond) anniversary of Fairview Campus which occurs in 2011. Neos, the Library Cat, admires the wreath which raised $100 for this worthwhile cause!
After viewing all the amazing entries, the Library staff have issued a challenge to all Campus departments to come up with a creative and fitting entry for the Campus for next year. You’ve got a whole year to think about it. The Communications department will send out the call for volunteers early in November and sponsor the entry (within reason). So start coming up with all those great ideas!! - Submitted by Cheryl Frank
The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre has been supporting Aboriginal students at GPRC for over 40 years through their bursary awards program. This has been made possible in part through the generosity of an anonymous donor who established a Foundation Trust with the Friendship Centre forty years ago. This year's Donations Committee chose four GPRC students out of many deserving applicants: Kelly Gordon, a board member of the GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students and in her 1st year of Bachelor of Education; Kevin Natannah, Treasurer of the Circle of Aboriginal Students and in his 3rd year of Business Administration; Miranda Recollet, in her second year of studies at GPRC and entering the TEN Program; and Tara Belcourt, a 1st year Office Administration student at GPRC.
Kelly Gordon, Susan Bansgrove, VP Academic & Research, Kevin Natannah, Lindy Beauchamp-Chester, Executive Director of the GP Friendship Centre (missing from photo are award recipients Miranda Recollet and Tara Belcourt)
Several Fairview Campus staff put their heads and hands together and built The Perfect Gift float. What is the Perfect Gift, you ask...it’s a raffle ticket to win the 2010 Harley-Davidson® Softail® CROSS BONES motorcycle of course! The Perfect Gift float was driven by Peter Sellers, instructor, Harley-Davidson Technician and capably steered by a visitor from the North Pole (not who you think!). The Numb Bum polar bear was brought out of retirement to assist, last used in Fairview College Numb Bum motorcycle relay, he was more than ready!
Patricia and Shaun Woronuk and Rorey Sellers tossed candy to the children, and students Darren Vernon, Myles Anderson, Derek Pekrul and Alex Mallette from the Harley-Davidson® Technician program handed out raffle postcards and candy canes to the adults. Sitting on the bike was Santa’s helper (AKA Wally Besler). Several children watching the float go by were heard to say “it’s Santa!” and “look, Santa has a motorbike!”
Thanks go to float decorators: Joan MacAulay, Peter Sellers, Patricia Woronuk, Dianne Lund, Sue Sych, Louise Gillies and Cheryl Frank. Special thanks go to the students, staff and children who braved the elements to ride on and walk beside the float. It wouldn’t have happened without you!! - Submitted by Cheryl Frank
The kits have been delivered and the challenges issued. The excitement is building as thirteen departments/individuals start BUILDING! Contestants from both campuses are in the midst of manufacturing fabulous creations that we can only imagine...that is until the unveiling on Saturday, December 11th. Those attending the Christmas party on Saturday will be among the first to see and bid by silent auction on these amazing gingerbread structures. All proceeds raised will go towards the Fairview Campus Student Food Bank.
GPRC Trades Faculty and Rik Vandekerkhove, Dean of Trades, Agriculture and Environment, celebrate with December 2010’s 4th year Electricians and Millwrights as they complete their training at GPRC.
From December 9-18, the Grande Prairie Campus Library will be running a ‘Food for Fines’ program for students, staff, and faculty. We will accept any non-perishable food item in lieu of payment for library fines:
* One food item equals $1.00 in fines.
* Food items can be used on any NEOS overdue fine but NOT as payment for a lost book.
All food will be donated to GPRC’s Room of Plenty.
GPRC is Going Green! We must all work together to achieve our goal of Carbon Neutral by 2020. The College decreased its total waste from 9.8 (tonnage) in 2009 to 6.5 in 2010. The decrease is largely due to recycling – Congratulations! – but we must and can do more. We have a challenge and a environmental responsibility facing us. Do an Act of Green today! Your personal decisions to reduce, reuse and recycle do make a difference. For more ideas, visit www.onemillionactsofgreen.com
Music Instructor, John Murray, and members of the GPRC Concert Choir recently paid a surprise visit to the Executive Suite to serenade the office staff with some Christmas carols.
GPRC Fairview Campus Family Christmas Party
Fairview Campus Atrium
Doors open at 5:00 pm
Dinner 6:00 pm
Christmas Band Concert
7:30 pm DJ Cardinal Performing
Featuring the GPRC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Grande Prairie Composite High School Concert Band and Jazz Band, Peace Wapiti High School Concert Band, "Hot Ayre," and GPRC drama students directed by Annie Smith performing
"The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."
Proceeds from this concert go to the Salvation Army.
College Christmas Social
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Executive Suite E213
December 10, 11, 18
Encore Danceworks Presents
7:00 pm and 2:00 pm matinees on December 11 & 18
Ticket info to follow
Rankin Sisters "A Maritime Christmas"
Show Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets at Crystal Centre
Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans
Show Time: 8:00 pm
Tickets at Crystal Centre