Red River College unveils Manitoba’s first rapid charger for electric vehicles

March 25, 2015

_99A4408_smRed River College is giving Manitoba’s electric vehicle (EV) owners a boost, via the recently installed and operational Level 3 (30kW DC) quick charging station, the first of its kind in the province and one of only two dozen or so across Canada.

Drivers of Level 3-compliant EVs – including Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, and Teslas – can now drop by the College’s Notre Dame Campus to charge up, while contributing to research on the charger’s performance in Manitoba’s climate.

“With the installation of this new charger, we continue to play a leading role in Manitoba’s green transportation future,” says David Rew, interim RRC president. “This rapid charging station is another key element in our Mobility from Green Energy Initiative and a logical next step in our vehicle technology research program.”

Level 3 stations can charge an EV to at least an 80 per cent charge in 15-30 minutes; this is compared to a 220/240V Level 2 charger, which can take four to six hours to get to full charge, or an 110/120V Level 1 charger (like those found around your house), which can take about 24 hours.

“There are currently no other rapid charging stations of this level in a climate as diverse as Winnipeg’s,” says Ray Hoemsen, director of Applied Research and Commercialization at Red River College. “The effect on both the lithium ion battery and vehicle performance when utilizing rapid charging in extreme winter weather is still unknown.”

The new charging station will be handy for compliant EV owners – especially those traveling from out of town – who need a quick boost to make it to their next destination. Read More →

RRC instructor named Chef of the Year by Canadian Culinary Federation

March 23, 2015

Tim AppletonCongratulations to Red River College instructor Tim Appleton, who was recently named Chef of the Year by the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC).

An instructor in RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Appleton (shown above, third from left) has been an active member of the Winnipeg Chefs Association for years, and has been involved in the CCFCC at both the board and national level.

The Chef of the Year Award recognizes a deserving chef who has demonstrated both commitment to (and involvement in) the CCFCC Winnipeg Branch, as well as the community in general.

The award is voted on by a committee within the CCFCC, based on nominations brought forward by membership. The CCFCC is Canada’s national association for chefs and cooks, with 40 branches throughout the country providing links between industry and career development.

March Madness: RRC Students’ Association has pub nights, karaoke jams and global get-togethers on tap

March 12, 2015

499A2669You know what they say about March: In like a lamb, out like a linebacker. (Out like a line dancer? Lion tamer? Something like that.)

Anyway, March is well underway, the snow is starting to melt, and as always, the Red River College Students’ Association has a full slate of activities on tap to help students and staff celebrate spring.

From pub nights and karaoke jams to cultural showcases from around the world, there’s no shortage of seasonal events in store. See below for details, or visit for more.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night

Tuesday, March 17
Kings Head Pub
Cover: $5

Sample from the Kings Head’s extensive selection of draft beer, while enjoying sets by local Celt-rockers Dust Rhinos and Celtic Way. Read More →

RRC partners with local food processor startup to win Best New Product award at industry gala

March 11, 2015

15616372574_077c3d51e9_zA series of innovative dishes created by Red River College’s lead research chef have been named Best New Product by the Manitoba Food Processor’s Association (MFPA).

The dishes — created by RRC Chef Brad Gray (above right), using ingredients from Canadian Prairie Garden Puree (CPGP) — won over the judges’ hearts, minds and taste buds at the MFPA’s annual awards gala on Feb. 25.

“I think the judges were most impressed with the versatility of vegetable purees,” said Chef Gray of the dishes, made possible through CPGP technology that transforms non-GMO, Manitoba-sourced crops into additive- and preservative-free purees.

“When you think vegetable puree, tasty mac n’ cheese and chocolate cake aren’t typically the first things to come to mind.”

But those are exactly the dishes Chef Gray created to showcase the versatility, quality and flavours of CPGP’s purees: a gingered carrot mac n’ cheese and a beet chocolate cake parfait with carrot sabayon, Saskatoon sauce and milk chocolate ganache.

“This is an excellent demonstration of the role the College plays in Manitoba’s food research and development ecosystem,” said Ray Hoemsen, Director of Applied Research and Commercialization (AR&C) at RRC.

“We challenge our research chefs and students to showcase the commercial potential of food products created by innovative local producers.” Read More →

Sign up now: technology, sports and culinary camps for kids

March 10, 2015

IMG_1055It could be a while before it’s warm enough for tents and trailers, but here at Red River College, camp season is already in full swing.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll host a number of specialized camps and workshops designed specifically for younger students interested in exploring the following areas:

Electronic/Electrical Engineering Technology

First up are the Saturday Kids Kamps offered by RRC’s Electronic and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. From now until April 4, students in Grades 7 and 8 can take part in day-long sessions that introduce them to basic concepts and theory, while also giving them the chance to put their new knowledge into practice through fun activities and assignments.

In the Electronic Technology camps (9 a.m.-noon at the Roblin Centre), kids learn about basic electrical concepts such as voltage, current and resistance; work with lab instruments like digital multimeters and oscilloscopes; and study pitch, volume and timbre by observing sounds created by guitars and amplifiers.

In the Electrical Engineering Technology camps (1-4 p.m. at Notre Dame Campus), kids are introduced to robotics and robotic programming via the Lego NXT-G system. After learning about sensors and actuator functions, they’ll work in groups to program solutions to increasingly difficult problems, before building their own robots using a selection of available materials.

Both camps are free of charge; click here for more information or to register. Read More →

RRC welcomes new Vice-President, Finance and Administration

March 2, 2015

Following a comprehensive search, Red River College is pleased to announce Debbie Frankel will take over the role of Vice-President, Finance and Administration, commencing May 19, 2015.

A Certified General Accountant, Frankel joins RRC from the Misericordia Health Centre, where she served as chief financial officer for the past three years, managing a large operating budget with a diverse area of responsibility that included finance, supply chain management, food services, plant services, security and parking and project coordination.

Frankel has an extensive financial background serving Manitoba’s healthcare industry. Her roles have included administrative director, director of finance, and chief administrative officer at the Grace Hospital, as well as director of finance for CancerCare Manitoba.

At RRC, she will serve as chief financial officer and treasurer for the Board of Governors. In her role, she will oversee all aspects of the current Finance and Administration portfolio.

“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Frankel to Red River College’s executive team,” said David Rew, Interim President and CEO. “Her skills and experience will be a tremendous asset to our organization. She brings the necessary expertise and leadership to the College in the areas of finance and administration and we are pleased to welcome such an accomplished and qualified individual to our team.”

CreComm student launches new book showcasing ‘extra-ordinary’ lives of Manitobans with Down syndrome

February 23, 2015

Jordan Power Author PhotoAn advertising student from Red River College’s Creative Communications program will showcase extraordinary stories about ordinary lives, when he launches a new book about Manitobans with Down syndrome this weekend.

Second-year student Jordan Power has spent the least year compiling stories of work, love and accomplishment into a series of eight profiles called Extra-Ordinary: Stories of Manitobans with Down Syndrome.

“They’re [stories] about getting fired and making friends. They’re about winning and losing and swimming and skiing. They’re about laughing and loving and looking forward to sex,” says Power, who’ll complete CreComm and receive a BA in Communications from the University of Winnipeg this spring.

“Everyone has a story to tell. You just have to ask.”

Among those profiled is Ruth Elizabeth Joseph, a student in RRC’s Academic and Career Essential Skills program, which launched last year with funding from the College’s Transforming Futures campaign.

Power will read passages from the book this Saturday at a launch and discussion from 7-8 p.m. at McNally Robinson. Proceeds from the new book, which Power wrote as part of his year-long Independent Professional Project (IPP), will be donated to the Manitoba Down Syndrome Society.

Click here to learn more about Extra-ordinary, and here for more on RRC’s Creative Communications program.

Graphic Design students work to beat the clock at annual fundraiser at The Forks

February 23, 2015

FORKS2The considerable talents of the College’s Graphic Design students will be on full display this weekend, during the program’s annual Art at the Forks fundraiser, in which students have just two days to create an original piece… in public.

On Fri. and Sat., Feb. 27 and 28, second-year design students will gather at The Forks Market to create (and complete!) new pieces using a variety of materials and media. The event concludes Saturday evening with a public viewing at 6 p.m., followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and an auction of the students’ works.

Tickets for the Saturday reception, which benefits both Winnipeg Harvest and the Graphic Design grad show fund, are available for $10 at The Forks on Feb. 27 and 28.

Click here for more info on the event, and here for more on RRC’s Graphic Design program.

History repeating: Rebels Basketball squads take MCAC championships for fourth consecutive year

February 17, 2015

RRCMB_championsFor the fourth year in a row, Red River College’s Rebels basketball teams have fought their way to the top of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championships.

In front of packed crowds at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) over the weekend, RRC’s women’s team took home their fourth straight title after defeating CMU 36-34, while the men’s team earned an unprecedented seventh-straight championship with a 65-35 win over Providence University College (PUC).

In past years, the Rebels have had success with high-powered offensive lineups that dominate their competition, but this year’s wins had more to do with defense. By allowing their opponents to earn just 87 points (combined) in the two championship games, both Rebels teams pushed their way to “a new chapter of their legacy through a physical, high-intensity brad of basketball that may not have shown up on the box score, but engraved their name on the trophy all the same,” according to the MCAC. Read More →

RRC launches new support program for student refugees

February 9, 2015

refugee-educationRed River College will soon begin providing hope and educational opportunities to student refugees in Winnipeg, thanks to a new humanitarian aid initiative launched in partnership with World University Services of Canada (WUSC).

The College’s newly announced Student Refugee Program will allow the RRC community to support one passionate and dedicated student per year, as they arrive in Canada as permanent residents to pursue post-secondary education.

Each year in Canada, similar Student Refugee Programs allow more than 55 student refugees to enter the country and begin their studies.

The program’s success is ensured by WUSC, whose members facilitate the overseas selection of the student refugees, place them at Canadian universities and colleges, and provide training and guidance to local WUSC committees. Each refugee is sponsored by a campus-based Local committee, whose members raise any necessary funds ahead of time, and provide students with at least 12 months of financial, social and academic support.

“In addition to the compelling nature of the program on humanitarian grounds alone, the Student Refugee Program is an extremely valuable way of promoting peace and social justice, facilitating learning and understanding, and establishing on-campus opportunities for all staff and students to become involved through volunteerism,” says Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator with RRC’s Diversity and Intercultural Services office.

The College’s first student refugee will arrive in Canada in August 2015. The student will be enrolled in RRC’s Applied Accounting program, and will live on-campus at the College’s student residence downtown. Read More →