Culinary students serve up pre-holiday cheer at Siloam Mission

December 15, 2014

siloam holidayStudents from Red River College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts served up a pre-holiday feast to guests at Siloam Mission today, preparing hundreds of turkey dinners donated by the Manitoba Turkey Producers and Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Ltd.

Under the guidance of Culinary Arts instructors Chef Scott Ball and Chef Gordon Bailey, students cooked and served approximately 18 turkeys (more than 400 pounds worth), along with traditional vegetable side dishes, sauces, gravy and dessert.

The students prepared the meals for approximately 600 Siloam guests, then served them alongside a host of local dignitaries, including Kevin Chief, Minister of Jobs and Economy, Mayor Brian Bowman (above, far right) and David Rew, Interim RRC President (above, second from right)

“The holiday season can be particularly hard on those in our community experiencing homelessness and poverty. They do not have the resources to enjoy a Christmas feast,” says Floyd Perras, Executive Director of Siloam Mission. “We are grateful to have these students share their skills and passion. Red River College, the Manitoba Turkey Producers, and Grannies are bridging the gap to build a stronger, more compassionate community here in Winnipeg’s inner city.” Read More →

Construction and Engineering students honoured at annual Technology Awards Reception

December 12, 2014

Paul Charette Year 2 Civil Engineering and Construction Management  Awards 2Students from the College’s School of Construction and Engineering Technologies were honoured last month, at RRC’s annual Technology Awards Reception.

Held Nov. 27, the event brought together donors, related College staff, and student award recipients from RRC’s Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering Technology programs. Over the years, the event has expanded from 62 awards to 114; the reception is held each November to coincide with National Technology Month.

Awards and scholarships are presented based on a range of criteria, including academic excellence, good character, strong work ethic, leadership qualities, and active involvement in the community.

See below for a sampling of some of this year’s winners. (Click on photos to enlarge.) Read More →

College welcomes delegation from Hebei Institute of Foreign Languages in China

December 9, 2014

JCF_0585_CROPRed River College’s International Education office met with a high-profile delegation from Hebei, China this week, to discuss potential partnerships in the field of early childhood education.

On Tue., Dec. 9, the College welcomed delegates from the Hebei Institute of Foreign Languages (in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei, China), as well as government officials from Qinhuangdao City.

The delegation consisted of:

  • Ding, Guosheng: President, Hebei Institute of Foreign Languages (HIFL)
  • Shan, Yingchun: Associate Director, Department of Early Childhood, HIFL
  • Wang, Jingyan: Associate Director, Department of International Studies, HIFL
  • Lian, Ruyuan: Deputy Mayor of Qinhuangdao City
  • Yang, Xuegong: Director, Qinhuangdao Department of Education

With support and direction from International Education, RRC is building innovative partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the world, including those in China, India, South America and Europe.

Agreements such as the one discussed with HIFL this week often result in joint partnerships, exchange programs, and new ways of collaborating to meet the mutual interests of both partner institutions.

BIT students partner with city archives to bring Winnipeg’s history into focus

December 8, 2014

Box-P4-File-5Winnipeg’s rich photographic history is now more accessible than ever, thanks to collaboration between the city and students from Red River College’s Business Information Technology (BIT) program.

Winnipeg in FOCUS is a new web-based application that allows users to search and view photographs and other graphic materials held by the City of Winnipeg Archives. The web app is the product of a partnership between RRC, the city’s Archives, and the city’s Corporate IT department.

In January 2014, RRC students in the BIT Industry Project course began developing an app to improve access to the Archive’s collection of photos. Functional requirements were provided by the Archives; technical mentorship and design services were provided by Corporate IT.

Materials held by the Archives capture moments in the city’s development. Many were taken by civic employees in the course of their work documenting projects or program delivery, though the collection also includes individual photos and collections donated to the Archives.

“[They] have much to show us about ourselves, our government, and the history of the natural and built environment from 1974,” reads the city’s website. “These images are a powerful record of change and growth.”

Currently, Winnipeg in FOCUS includes only a fraction of the thousands of images in the Archive’s holdings, though content will be added as resources allow.

Click here to learn more about the initiative, or to search the database.

Above photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Archives: Winnipeg looking west from the tower of City Hall, September 5, 1900. Present site of Red River College’s Princess Street campus.

Holiday hours at Red River College

December 8, 2014

Red River College will again operate this year on restricted holiday hours, effective noon on Wed., Dec. 24, 2014. Regular hours of operation will resume at 7am on Mon., Jan. 5, 2015.

During the break, general access to the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses will be limited to the following hours:

Date Time
Dec. 24, 2014 Regular hours until noon
Dec. 25-26, 2014 Closed – no access
Dec. 27-31, 2014 8am – 4pm
Jan. 1, 2015 Closed – no access
Jan. 2, 2015 8am – 4pm
Jan. 5, 2015 Regular hours resume at 7am

During the above hours, computer lab access at the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses will be limited to the classroom labs listed below. Students who are in one of the designated labs prior to closure will be given a four-hour grace period (until 4pm or 8pm, depending on day) to complete their studies or project before being asked to leave.

Notre Dame Campus Labs
  • D315 – PC Lab
  • A423 – GIS PC Lab
  • A226 – EET PC Lab
  • B110F – Civil Technology PC Lab
Roblin Centre Labs
  • A106 – PC Lab
  • W412 – Creative Arts Mac Lab
  • W102 – Creative Arts PC Lab
  • W512 – 3D Computer Graphics PC Lab

Entry to the Notre Dame Campus during restricted hours will be permitted via the East Plaza door of Building C. Entry to the Roblin Centre will be permitted through the North Atrium doors.

Sign-in and sign-out procedures will be in effect. Identification will be required for admission. Staff and students are advised to carry their Red River College identification cards.

The Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre will be closed to students during the holiday break. Other campus locations will issue separate memos with respect to their hours of operation.

RRC hosts lunch-hour blitz to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 5, 2014

IMG_3702Red River College’s Disability and Community Support program and its Diversity and Intercultural Services department came together this week to raise awareness of the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

On Wed., Dec 3, students and staff gathered in the Library hallway at the Notre Dame Campus, where they offered passers-by holiday baking. Others fanned out across campus, distributing stickers and bookmarks with powerful messages.

The bookmarks were made to address how societal attitudes can present a barrier to those faced by people with disabilities in achieving full acceptance and integration in society. They offered ideas for appropriate and respectful language related to disabilities, while also addressing less respectful terminology.

“The goal of the event was to raise awareness about local issues such as Manitoba’s Accessibility legislation,” says Cheryl Martens, lead instructor of Disability and Community Support. “By connecting with the RRC community face-to-face, we hoped to focus on awareness on a local, global and personal level.” Read More →

CreComm students receive bursaries from Eric & Jack Wells Foundation

December 3, 2014

WellsBursaryWinnersA pair of Red River College students pursuing careers in journalism received a recent financial boost from two of their chosen profession’s late legends.

Second-year Creative Communications students Eva Wasney and Jade Markus each received $500 bursaries last month from the Eric & Jack Wells Foundation, established in 1994 by the families of the late Eric Wells (former Winnipeg Tribune editor and CJOB commentator) and “Cactus” Jack Wells, a ground-breaking Canadian sportscaster.

The bursaries were presented by Megan Wells — daughter of Eric and president of the foundation’s board.

“I know that my father and Uncle Jack would have been very happy to know that both of you will be following in their footsteps,” said Megan, shown above (centre) with Markus (left) and Wasney. “They both encouraged young people to get into — and stay in — the business.”

Wasney (who like Markus is majoring in journalism at RRC), says the support for CreComm students is always welcome, as the program is very demanding and includes a lot of work outside of classroom time.

“I live on my own — I can’t work as often as I need to,” says Wasney. “Having scholarships and bursaries in place is very helpful so I can focus on improving my skills and being a better journalist, not worrying about how to support myself.”

“Living with your parents isn’t an option for everyone,” Markus adds. “It’s really good [that] an option like this exists for students.”

The Eric and Jack Wells Foundation has given more than $70,000 in cash awards and bursaries to 100-plus CreComm students over the past 20 years. The Foundation’s awards for excellence in journalism will be announced in the spring.

Click here for more information about RRC’s Creative Communications program.

RRC shutterbug named Manitoba’s Photographer of the Year

December 2, 2014

M344-3_The world is my stageIf a picture really is worth a thousand words, then Red River College instructor Rodney Braun has a lot to say.

A Professional Photography instructor at the College for nearly four years, Braun was recently named Manitoba’s Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

The award was based on a sampling of four photos submitted to a panel of industry peers from across Canada. The submissions (see above example) showcase Braun’s talents as a portrait photographer; together with his wife, he runs Eve Studios, where he specializes in beauty and nude art photography for women.

“You always kind of hope you’re the best — but rarely do you find out you are,” quips Braun, who’s originally from Saskatoon but moved to Winnipeg with his family in 2000.

“It’s always good to hear that your peers consider you in that position!”

140923_Rodney_05_Ret-BBefore moving to Winnipeg, Braun (shown at left) worked with youth and as a paramedic, so he was well-prepared for the daily pressures that came with his job as an instructor.

He teaches a mix of disciplines — everything from portraiture to smartphone photography to marketing and project management — and says he’s happiest when he sees light bulbs (or should that be flashbulbs?) going off over his students’ heads.

“The most rewarding thing is seeing how excited students get when they learn a new skill,” he explains, “and then seeing them take that to the next level, where they can actually make money through that skill.”

RRC’s Professional Photography program is delivered through the School of Continuing Education. Click here for more information.

Ethics instructor releases new book exploring technology’s impact on the environment

November 27, 2014

Peter DentonRed River College instructor Peter Denton has released a new book exploring society’s obsession with technology, and its impact on the environment.

Technology and Sustainability is the fifth book for Denton, who teaches ethics, sustainability and technical communication at RRC. Published by Rocky Mountain Books, it challenges readers to re-imagine the ways they engage with technology, in the hopes of creating a better world for future generations.

From the publisher: “Technology is in our heads, not in our hands. If we don’t like what our technologies are doing to the world and to ourselves, then we all have both the power and the responsibility to make better choices today than we did yesterday. Technology and Sustainability redefines our relationship with technology and offers ways in which we can use these tools to make the world a better place through enlightened and positive engagements.”

In addition to his teaching role at RRC, Denton also serves as one of two civil society representatives for North America to the United Nations Environment Programme, and as an adjunct associate professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada and an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada.

His new book will appeal to anyone with an interest in technology, and in sustainable practices for improving the environment.

McNally Robinson will host a book launch for Denton on Fri., Nov. 28, at 7pm, while RRC will host a book signing on Tue., Dec. 2, at the Notre Dame Campus Library from 12:30-1:30pm.

Click here to learn more about Technology and Sustainability.

RRC-supported electric buses enter into service with Winnipeg Transit

November 27, 2014

electric busWinnipeg Transit will soon begin daily service using up to four battery-electric transit buses developed and designed by a consortium that includes researchers from Red River College .

The New Flyer Xcelsior® buses will be in daily operation on a 40-kilometre, two-hour route starting at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, making its way through the city centre to East Kildonan, and returning to the airport.

The route was chosen because its length, speeds and loads are typical of many central business district routes in Canada and the U.S., and because the Winnipeg Airports Authority permitted New Flyer to install a high-power charging station at the airport – a project that was completed in October 2014.

“We didn’t want an easy route,” says Paul Soubry, New Flyer’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We encouraged Winnipeg Transit to select a route that would showcase the technological capability of our Xcelsior battery-electric bus in a real life in-service situation that will experience a wide range of weather and traffic conditions.”

The project is a continuing collaboration between New Flyer, the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Red River College and Winnipeg Transit. The project team – which started the effort in May 2011 – received additional assistance in October 2012 when Sustainable Development Technology Canada announced funding of $3.4 million to take the project from prototype to full production and field demonstration, and in 2014 when Manitoba’s Vehicle Technology Centre provided an additional $94,000 for charging station development.

“This electric bus project is a key element in Manitoba’s Clean Energy Strategy and supports our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of effective, cost-efficient, renewable energy,” said Eric Robinson, Minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro. “Our innovative advancements in clean energy technologies have contributed to our placement as the first in Canada to employ the new, unique on-route rapid charging system, promoting affordable public transportation and electric vehicle knowledge which will create jobs.”

Zero-emission battery-electric propulsion transit buses are expected to significantly reduce green house gas and smog-causing criteria air contaminant emissions. In Manitoba, where the electrical grid is highly renewable (nearly 100 per cent of electricity is generated without burning fuel), the use of electric propulsion buses are expected to translate to an estimated reduction of 160 tonnes of green house gas emissions, per bus, per year.

“Red River College is proud to support community economic development as a participant in this project,” said David Rew, Interim RRC President. “Our instructors, staff and students have all contributed to the success of the consortium and we look forward to the zero emissions bus going into commercial use at many transit authorities across North America.”