Insider February 2, 2011

In this issue

Acting Jean

Last Friday, Gord Pellerin demonstrated that he is really getting into his role as Acting Dean of Student Experience.  He came to work sporting a Calgary Flames jersery which prompted a more fitting title:  Acting "Jean" of Student Experience!

Thanks Encana!

Encana has donated 380 hard hats to the Power Engineering program at GPRC Fairview campus. Don Rowan, Community Relations advisor for Encana was on campus Wednesday, January 26, 2011 to present these new hardhats to Brent Boutilier, Instructor for Power Engineering.

Go Scott!

Scott Lefebvre, currently a student in the GPRC Transitional Vocational Certificate program at the Fairview campus, will be participating in the provincial Special Olympics on February 12th and 13th in Edmonton and Leduc.

While attending Peace Wapiti High School in Grande Prairie, a coach encouraged Scott to participate in the Special Olympics. He joined the soccer team and they placed 2nd overall. In February, Scott will attend again, this time as a member of a Grande Prairie floor hockey team.  Scott is quite athletic and involves himself in whatever activities and sporting events he can. During his first weeks at the College in September, he ran in the Fairview Terry Fox Run.

Special Olympics Alberta is an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. Through Special Olympics, athletes develop sport skills, social skills, and self esteem which assist them in becoming actively involved in recreational, educational and employment opportunities in their communities. - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

GPRC Website Visitors

Are you curious about who visits the GPRC website?
It may interest you to know that there were 123,749 visits in the past month, and 29.41% of those were new visitors.  117,535 visitors found us from 385 cities and towns in Canada:  Grande Prairie - 92,071; Edmonton - 10,344; Calgary -  3,691; Yellowknife - 431; Prince George - 420; Red Deer - 405; Peace River - 368; Fairview - 30; Hinton - 326; High Level - 66.  Visitors spend an average of 2.31 minutes on our site, and visit 3.07 pages while they are here.  There were a total of 1,347,803 visitors to <>  in  2010.

These statistics are accessible through Google Analytics.

Recruitment Notes from the Road

As January comes to a close, the engine is running and Megan Ryan-Walsh & Gord Ivey are getting ready to hit the road. Upcoming events for the month of February include trips to: Fox Creek, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, and Cold Lake. We will also be doing CALM 10 presentations at Grande Prairie Composite High School, Peace Wapiti Academy, Beaverlodge Regional High School and Sexsmith Secondary School.

March promises to be just as busy, most importantly be sure to save the date: March 30, 2011 2-6pm in Grande Prairie - we will be hosting COLLEGE DAY Open House. For more information check in with your Recruitment Action Committee Representative.      - Submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

GPRC Going Green

GPRC is Going Green! We must all work together to achieve our goal of Carbon Neutral by 2020.

In the 2009/10 academic year, we used 4.4 MILLION sheets of paper (3.9 million sheets were from office/classroom copier use and the rest came from Duplicating Services).

Can we save more files electronically and resist the desire for hard copies? If hard copies are needed, can we use double-sided instead?

We have a challenge and an environmental responsibility facing us. Do an Act of Green today! Your personal decisions to reduce, reuse and recycle do make a difference.

Check out for information about green initiatives at GPRC.

Excellence in People

At the January 2011 Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:

• Congratulations to the Nursing Department for receiving ARDN funding for their project called Collaborative Learning Space: Enhancing Rural Education and Health Care.

• Appreciation is extended to the following people who assisted with the GPRC Fairview Campus Santa Claus Parade float, The Perfect Gift: the float was driven by Harley-Davidson® Technician Instructor Peter Sellers; Patricia & Shaun Woronuk and Rorey Sellers tossed candy; Harley-Davidson® Technician program students Darren Vernon, Myles Anderson, Derek Pekrul and Alex Mallette handed out raffle postcards and candy canes; Santa’s helper Wally Besler; 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.

The Fairview Campus Library staff decorated and entered a wreath in 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.

• GPRC recognizes Nursing Faculty Melanie Hamilton and Louise Rawluk for attending the National Association of Woman’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) conference in Montreal, and presenting on Nursing Inquiry in Action: Bridging Education and Research.

• The GPRC Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra are commended for their beautiful performances over the Christmas season. Appreciation is extended to the staff and faculty of the GPRC Fine Arts Department and Conservatory for their commitment to these valuable cultural assets in our community.

• Congratulations again to GPRC Wolves athlete Fiona Benson for earning a place on the Canadian National Junior Cross Country Running Team. Fiona raced in Guelph, Ontario finishing 7th in a field of 188 junior women who represent the best 19 and under runners in the Nation. This follows her 1st place finish at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Nationals two weeks ago. Fiona will be travelling to Trinidad and Tobago in February to compete against the best junior runners from the U.S. and the Caribbean. This race is a qualifier for the World Junior Championships in Spain in March.

• Appreciation is extended to the organizers of the GPRC Christmas Parties at both Fairview and Grande Prairie campuses.

• Thank you to Bernie Matlock, Jean Nordin, and the Disability Resources staff for their assistance to the Human Resources Department. While their mandate is to assist students, their expertise has been very valuable in working through employee issues as well.

• Executive recognizes with sympathy the passing of Bernie Swanson’s father, as well as the sudden passing of Public School Board Superintendent Chris Gonnet.

• Congratulations to Laura Hancharuk for fulfilling the requirements of the master of applied science, sports coaching program, through the university of Queensland, Australia.

• Congratulations to Ken Housego for having an article on Yoga, its history, popularity and benefits published in Her Magazine.