Insider April 14, 2011

In this issue

Animal Health Technology Update

GPRC’s Animal Health Technology program was a busy place the past several weeks. Twenty-three 2nd year students participated in the Fairview Convocation ceremony on March 12th, followed by a dinner at the Dunvegan Motor Inn. Then, it was straight into final exams and on to their work placements.

It was not all work and no fun though. Thanks in part to Access to the Future funding, 2nd year students and their instructors were able to attend the 83rd Annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas in February.

First year students are on campus for a bit longer finishing up their year before heading out to jobs and other adventures for the summer. The students have enjoyed listening to and participating in presentations by a number of animal health industry professionals, including Nettie Barr, equine behaviour specialist, and Jeff Hill, Livestock Welfare Specialist with Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development, and Leanne Barker of Canadian Canine Training as well as many industry representatives who have included GPRC in their clinic tours. With spring here, it’s also a busy time on the Campus Farm, with new lambs and calves enjoying the warm weather! This gives students the perfect opportunity for some hands-on experience.

If that wasn’t enough to keep them busy, this year is the program’s accreditation year. Every five years, all animal health technology programs in Canada must undergo a rigorous accreditation process regulated by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. They are also due this fall to be evaluated for ‘Good Animal Practice’ by Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and guided by the local Animal Care Committee. CCAC is Canada’s national peer review agency, responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the ethical use and care of animals used in science (including teaching).
- Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Origami Cranes

On March 30th, Sidhant Pamnani, a second-year Bachelor of Science student at GPRC, took it upon himself to organize a fundraiser in response to the recent devastation in Japan.  He called it the Thousand Origami Crane Project for Japan Earthquake Devastation.  According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish such as long life or recovery from illness.

He rallied the help of other GPRC students by setting up a Facebook Event page through which he invited all students to attend and spread the word. Over forty students took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the event and fold origami cranes throughout the course of the day. They surpassed their goal and folded over 1100 paper cranes, raising approximately $400 in donations on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross.

Sidhant's empathy for the people affected by the disaster inspired him to contact the local Red Cross office and obtain a Community Fundraiser Contract, which allowed him to organize this fundraiser and to also deposit Donation Boxes/Jars throughout the Campus.

With the help of the GPRC community, the Students' Association and the students themselves, Sidhant raised over a thousand dollars for the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami Relief effort.  When asked about the motivation behind such an endeavor, Sidhant said that he was deeply affected by the plight of the Japanese people and by the coverage of the events that he witnessed through the media. "I felt the need to do something but it was not feasible for me to actually go to Japan and help on the ground so I decided that this was the next best thing that I could do to support relief efforts currently under way".  Congratulations Sidhant!

Sidhant (far right) and other GPRC students folding and counting cranes.

Thank You Royal Purple

Six ladies from the Grande Prairie Royal Purple paid GPRC a visit last week to deliver a very generous gift. They presented a cheque in the amount of $25,000 to go towards bursaries for GPRC students.  Accepting the donation on behalf of GPRC were Carla Basarab, Financial Aid Coordinator at the Grande Prairie Campus, and Carmen Haakstad, VP External Affairs.

Royal Purple Representatives left to right are: Irene Martens, Bertha Melnyk, Barbara Childs, Anne Topley, Marion Shofner, and Rita Gallinger.

Excellence in People

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

Thank you Geoff Whittal for coordinating the judging process of the 55+ Games song submissions. The volunteer judges are Geoff Whittal, Chris McIntyre, Fay Bredeson, Joanne Porta, and Emily Bingemann.

• Athletic Awards:

Men’s Volleyball
Second Team All Conference – Phil Duffy

Women’s Basketball
Won ACAC Conference Championship for the first time since 1994-1995
First Team All Conference – Andria Carlyon
Second Team All Conference – Jaelle Buhler
Women’s Coach of the Year, North Division – Dave Waknuk
CCAA All Canadian and ACAC Basketball Player of the Year – Andria Carlyon

Women’s Volleyball

First Team All Conference – Kate Porta, Kacey Bowman
Coach of the Year – Ron Thomson; Ron is also the ACAC nominee to the CCAA Coach of the Year.

Cross Country Running:  Fiona Benson won a Silver medal at the international meet in Trinidad & Tobago. She was the top Canadian. Fiona traveled to Spain to compete in her first World Championship. She placed 64th in the world.

Women’s Curling team
won GOLD at ACAC Conference Championships in Vermillion. The team consists of lead - Sarah Balderston, second - Victoria Yanishewski, third - Jessica Henricks, skip - Stephanie Yanishewski, and spare - Chantal Dumont. Named to the ACAC All Conference team: Victoria Yanishewski.  Coaches: Caryl Sallows, Kurt Balderston, Raelynn Shaughnessy

With the Home Games season over, the following people are thanked for their assistance with hosting home games:

IT Department - Deanna, Paula, Andy, Mike,
for your continued assistance with our systems for reporting all our games.
Executive Offices – Noreen for all your assistance in obtaining licenses for us throughout the home games season and post season.
Student ServicesAmy for all you do with booking rooms for all the teams, and the referees and officials for these games.
Ovations - for making your services available at the kiosk at each home game.
GPRC Staff and Students for your attendance to all the games. Your continued support for the teams is outstanding and it is wonderful to see each of you cheering them on.
Fitness Centre - Dwayne & Staff for setting up, taking down and being available when needed.

Thank you to the following volunteers who assisted in the GPRC Fairview Campus Convocation ceremonies: Shannon Ball, Karen Lazorko, Ellen Dalke, Lyla Helle, Dianne Bedford, Gavin Winter, Kelly Rainer, Don Watson, Peter Sellars, Patricia Woronuk, Dianne Lund, Marie Coristine, Cheryl Frank, Shawnna McClelland, and Jean Nordin.

Thank you to the staff of Community Relations for their hard work in organizing the President’s Awards Reception.
Thank you to Kelly Benning, Melodie Wilton, and the GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students for planning and providing leadership at the Spirit Seekers Conference. This year’s theme was the acceptance of life, breaking unhealthy cycles and creating good, positive lives.

Congratulations to the student award recipients as student youth role models,
Senior Category:
Culture and Heritage: Kelly Gordon
Career & Employment: Miranda Recollect
Academic Excellence: Lynne Thomas
Academic Achievement: Marissa Barnett
Athletic Achievement: Jackie Benning
Arts, Music & Creativity: Kristen McArthur

Thank you to Natalie Amyotte, Laurie Nock, Carla Basarab and Dianne Bedford for reviewing the GPRC Code of Ethics on behalf of the College.

Thank you to Bert Hunt, Desh Mittra and Robin Sissons, for representing GPRC at the Palaeontological Society Symposium in Calgary.

Thank you to Kat Ormay, Medha Karnik and Annie Smith for their generous contribution to the Destination ImagiNation tournament on March 18th.

Thank you all of the organizers and participants of the wonderful Chili Challenge at Fairview Campus. It was a great event and just the perfect thing to cheer people up from the winter blahs.