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.

How ancient wisdom inspired modern-day business training

February 20, 2015

20150130_0093_smContemporary entrepreneurs have a lot in common with cavemen, says Scott MacAulay. This, according to the entrepreneurship expert, is why colleges and universities should rethink how they teach today’s business pioneers.

The people behind the best start-ups act on instinct and learn by doing — as their prehistoric predecessors did. Yet for years, business schools have focused on teaching aspiring entrepreneurs in the classroom, with their heads stuck in a book.

MacAulay, who spent years as an instructor with Red River College’s entrepreneurship program, wants to change this.

“Using the cavemen metaphor: you’ve got a scribe writing a book on how to hunt and that’s not how you do it,” he says. “[Instead] you go and you hunt. You go do the damn thing.” Read More →

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 →

Diego Mendoza and Pablo Steinberg awarded Lt.-Gov.’s Medals for Proficiency

February 9, 2015

Congratulations to the most recent recipients of Red River College’s Lieutenant-Governor’s Medals for Proficiency, awarded as part of our 2015 Winter Convocation ceremonies on Feb. 9 and 10.

Each year, a maximum of four Lt-.Gov.’s Medals are awarded to RRC students who best combine good character, academic and technical achievement, and involvement in College and/or community activities. This year’s winners are:

DIEGO FERNANDO MENDOZA, Chemical and Biosciences Technology

Diego MendozaA May 2014 graduate of the College’s Chemical and Biosciences Technology program, Diego Mendoza was born in El Salvador, and moved with his family to Canada in 1993, following years of civil unrest.

He graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma from Miles MacDonnell Collegiate in 2003, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Sciences degree with a major in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba.

After working in quality assurance for a local food company, he enrolled at RRC, where he hoped to gain further experience in analytical and laboratory work. As part of his program’s co-op education component, he landed his current job as a laboratory technician with the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste Department, where he monitors local industries to ensure proper waste treatment processes and environmental protections are in place. Read More →

CreComm student organizes winter walk to benefit water harvesting efforts in Tanzania

February 4, 2015

Playing with students from Qaru LamboA Red River College student is encouraging Winnipeggers to go for a walk next weekend —to help fund a rainwater-harvesting project at a school in Tanzania.

Bronwyn Fenn, a second-year Creative Communications student at RRC, is the leading force behind the Winnipeg for Water 6K, a walk and fun-run taking place Sun., Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at the North Kildonan Community Centre.

“I chose six kilometres because that’s the average distance women and children who live in areas with low access to water [have to] walk every day,” says Fenn, a Kildonan East Collegiate alum who first began raising funds for drought-stricken communities while in high school.

“All money raised is being combined with funds from Kildonan-East Collegiate, and will help build a rainwater harvesting project at Kiwasi Primary School in the Bunda district of Tanzania. The school is about four kilometres from a water source, which is shared with animals — so it’s not safe to drink.”

It’s Fenn’s hope that at least 100 participants will sign up for the walk, and that the event will raise enough money to build the same sort of rainwater harvesting system as the one provided to schools she visited in 2010, while fundraising on behalf of Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR). Read More →

Get a head start on employment at Career Fair 2015

January 26, 2015

Career Fair 2014Current students and soon-to-be-grads can get a head start on their job searches this week, at the Red River College Students’ Association’s annual Career Fair.

Taking place Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 28-29) at the Notre Dame Campus, the event gives RRC students a valuable opportunity to meet and network with leading employers from across Canada — and to learn more about the positions that await them after they graduate and enter the workforce.

More than 100 employers representing a wide range of industries will have a presence in the North Gym and nearby Library hallway during the event.

Shuttle service is available from RRC’s Roblin Centre and Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, and free job-seeking strategies are available from the College’s Student Employment Services office.

Click here for more information on Career Fair 2015.

Take me to the river: Culinary grad serves high-end winter fare at acclaimed outdoor restaurant

January 22, 2015

Don LaFrenais 2Don LaFrenais’ meals will soon be warming up Winnipeggers in the coolest of locations.

The 2007 Culinary Arts grad is one of 31 chefs taking part in this year’s RAW: almond, a pop-up restaurant situated on the frozen junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

Now in its third year, RAW: almond has earned praise from architects and food critics alike for its nature-inspired design — complete with tree-stump seating — and gourmet dishes. The recognition has begun to spread internationally, even recently catching the attention of the New York Times.

“It’s all just been incredible reception,” says LaFrenais, the 30-year-old sous chef at the Exchange District’s Deer + Almond. “I definitely have met a lot of chefs from some crazy places — chefs that have been really interested in what we’re doing. It’s been an incredible journey.”

The journey has indeed been a long one from LaFrenais’ first kitchen job — washing dishes and flipping pancakes at Perkins. After working in several restaurants around Winnipeg, he decided to turn a lifelong passion into a career and apply to the Culinary Arts program at Red River College. Read More →