Staff, students and their family members are invited to attend Red River College's annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students.
This year's celebration takes place Friday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Voyageur Dining Room at the Notre Dame Campus. As always, the Welcome event is hosted by RRC's Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department, with support from International Education and the RRC Students' Association.
The College-wide event will feature live music and entertainment, including performances by Punjab Dancers, Paradize Band, Evan Coffie and Yoslai. There will also be fun activities for kids, lots of dancing, and sample foods from around the world.
Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 16, 2012. To register online, visit this link. To sign up in person, visit the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support offices: Room D206 on the Notre Dame Campus, or Room 103 at the Exchange District Campus.
For more information, contact Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator, at 204-631-3345 or email@example.com.
As an instructor at Red River College’s Winkler Campus, she advocates for balanced health in heart, spirit, mind and body.
And as a counselor in the community of Roseau River First Nation, Violet Caibaiosai prescribes an increased awareness of culture and history as the treatment for deficiencies in both mental and physical health.
“One of the most important things would be recognizing what our history is, and then taking an honest look at that history,” says Caibaiosai, who’s taught Applied Counselling courses at Winkler Campus since 2009.
“It’s not always a pretty one, but it’s a difficult one, and it’s important that it be looked at. There’s always an understanding that comes from knowledge and that’s what my goal is, whether it’s in larger society or our own communities. Because people have become so fearful — not only of society, but of themselves.”
A former Ontario native who grew up on the north shore of Lake Huron, Caibaiosai was raised by her parents and grandparents — the latter having imparted the importance of spiritual strength by teaching her about the holistic, healing qualities of traditional medicine.
She incorporates a similar respect for tradition among her students at RRC, noting many who go on to be counsellors may need to draw on that cultural knowledge while working with — and alongside — First Nation residents throughout Manitoba and Canada.
“It’s important for others to understand that history that we have together as a nation,” says Caibaiosai. “There’s a bridge that has to be built, and part of what I do in the classroom is to build those bridges of understanding.” Read More →
Red River College will play host to the 2012 Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference (MCAC) Soccer Championships, running Oct. 20 and 21 at the Notre Dame Campus.
The RRC Rebels Men's team will kick off the tournament at their semi-final match against Providence University College at noon on Saturday. The Rebels Women's team will follow with their own semi-final game against Canadian Mennonite University at 2 p.m.
Ryan Ratushniak, Manager of Athletics and Recreation at RRC, says athletes on both teams are looking forward to the weekend, noting the College has made great strides with its soccer program since fielding teams for the first time in 2011. During last year's MCAC Championships, RRC's men's team finished second, while the women's team finished third.
"This is only our second year with soccer teams in the MCAC, so it is more challenging for us to compete with fully established programs," says Ratushniak.
"That said, our athletes are very skilled, and with the training they have undergone since the beginning of September, they're in a great position to compete for the MCAC Championship."
Click here for a full schedule of this weekend's matches, and here for more information about RRC's soccer program.
Red River College's winning streak continued at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Awards this month, where its safety and prevention efforts won Best Overall honours at both the national and provincial level.
The national award was handed out on Sept. 11, 2012, at the annual Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Conference in Niagara Falls, Ont. The provincial award was received on Sept. 17, at the Workers Compensation Board in Winnipeg.
"NAOSH Week provides us with a valuable opportunity to celebrate our ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving a safe and healthy workplace," said Daryl Nielsen (above, right), Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Services at RRC. "Our safety culture is promoted through senior management commitment, strong safety leadership and effective engagement with our employees, with a goal to instill the same commitment in our students to carry high standards and values into other workplaces."
This marks the second year in a row RRC has won a double-dose of honours, having picked up a national award in 2011 for "Best Representation of a Theme," and a provincial nod in the "Most Innovative" category.
Plans are already underway for next year's NAOSH Week, which will be celebrated across Canada May 5-11, 2013. Next year's theme is "Safety & Health: A Commitment for Life! Are You As Safe As You Think?"
RRC's Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committee, NAOSH Planning Committee and Environmental Health and Safety Services department wish to thank everyone who participated in NAOSH Week events, and who continue to demonstrate their commitment to safety in the workplace and at home.
Click here for more information about this year's awards, and here for more information about NAOSH Week.
Members of RRC's Plane Pull 2011 team.
Red River College is proud to play host to United Way Winnipeg's ninth annual Plane Pull.
The event, taking place Friday, Sept. 21, at RRC's Stevenson Campus, will draw more than 40 workplace teams, whose members will attempt to pull either a 191,000-lb Boeing 727 or a 90,000-lb DC-10. Red River College will have teams competing in the Plane Pull, so feel free to show your support!
The competition gets underway at 11a.m., following the announcement of this year's fundraising goal by United Way Campaign Chair Doug Finkbeiner.
Click here for more information on Plane Pull 2012.
Red River College's Student Services department will host an informational fair in the library hallway (mall level) of the Notre Dame Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Students are encouraged to come by to learn more about the services and supports available to them. They can also enter their names in draws for great prizes — just for stopping by the tables.
Representatives will be on hand from RRC's Academic Success Centre, Student Employment Services, Counselling & Accessibility Services, Academic Advising, Recreation Services, Health Services, International Education, Indigenous Education, Diversity & Immigrant Student Support Services, and the Red River College Students' Association.
Photo by Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press.
A Red River College instructor is one of two local artists paying tribute to the importance of libraries via a newly-unveiled public installation.
Darren Stebeleski, who teaches Graphic Design at RRC, is the visionary behind Sentinel of Truth, a public sculpture installation at Millennium Library Park that acts as a monument to libraries as defenders of freedom of speech.
The installation features text excerpts from 18 books — many by authors whose words have been censored or silenced — that are etched into recessed stainless steel panels set into a 50-metre steel wall.
"As a society, our ideas and our truths are ever fragile, open to corruption and attack through censorship," says Stebeleski of the work. "The existence of a free and open library guarantees their safety and their dissemination."
"Our stories are more than diversion; they are reflections of ourselves, explaining our lives to us. And our libraries are more than buildings that house books; they are unflagging shields protecting armouries of fearless truth. We must never fail to watch over them, as they watch over us."
According to Alison Gillmor, arts columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, "Stebeleski references the power and palpable physicality of books by using the solidity of steel. But he is also aware of the fragility of free speech ... With its changing nature, Sentinel reminds us that we can't take reading for granted."
Stebeleski's work is part of the Winnipeg Arts Council's public arts initiative, as is its accompanying installation — emptyful, by Vancouver artist/architect Bill Pechet. Both works were unveiled during a public opening on Aug. 15, 2012.
Click here for more information about Sentinel of Truth.
Congratulations to RRC student Tannis CochraneCook (Computer Applications for Business, Peguis-Fisher River Campus), whose efforts to set up a recycling program at Peguis First Nation have earned her a 2012 Spirit of the Earth Award from Manitoba Hydro.
CochraneCook first began advocating for environmentally-safe waste disposal practices while volunteering at the Peguis Landfill site in 2009. (Her motivation was simple: The landfill was located next to her home, and owners were burning materials rather than recycling them.)
She's since launched a community-wide recycling program at Peguis, for which now serves as Project Coordinator. In just two years, the program has proven so popular that an estimated 25% of businesses and residents on the reserve now recycle on a regular basis. Read More →
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Red River College is developing a Campus Master Plan to direct future planning and growth relating to sustainability, campus life, learning and relationships with the community.
We're interested in hearing your ideas and encourage you to let us know what you think by commenting on posts on our Community Forum blog.
Whether you're a current student, staff, faculty or alumni, we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Renovations continue at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, future home of Red River College's Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs.
Earlier this week, local media outlets were treated to a tour of the facility, which is scheduled to be operational by January 2013.
The $35-million makeover of the historic Union Bank Tower is considered one of downtown Winnipeg's most ambitious revitalization projects. Once complete, the new facility will boast state-of-the-art classroom and lab space, two street-level restaurants, a rooftop patio and garden, and seven floors of student residences.
Click here to see video footage of the progress at PGI, and here for the print version of the Winnipeg Free Press' coverage.