Students and staff at Red River College pledged to continue serving as sustainability leaders this week, during activities timed to coincide with Earth Day celebrations taking place the world over.
On Monday, April 23 (one day after the actual Earth Day), RRC held a "State of Sustainability" forum to inform the College community of the results of a recent environmental assessment.
Over the past year, RRC became the first Manitoba institution to take part in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive process to measure post-secondary sustainability performance — including operations, academics, social outreach and long term planning — and to benchmark those results against other post-secondary institutions.
College officials also launched Sustainability 365, a one-year work plan that outlines 42 specific and measurable targets to advance sustainability, including developing a Green Catering program, enhancing sustainability awareness through faculty development, and forming a Paper Reduction Task Force. Staff and students were invited to make their own sustainability pledges, by setting eco-friendly targets they plan to achieve within the coming year. Read More →
From left: Vida Reader (2012 Conference Committee Co-Chair, PMI Manitoba), Debbie Wilgosh (President, PMI Manitoba), Kirk Johnson (Program Manager, IT and Professional Studies, RRC), and RRC grad Scott Hinkson.
Red River College alum Scott Hinkson has been honoured by RRC and PMI Manitoba, having received a $1,000 student achievement award at the organization's annual conference last week.
Hinkson, who earned his Project Management certificate through RRC's School of Continuing and Distance Education in November 2011, works as a project manager for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. But he's also well-known in certain local circles as an acclaimed singer and songwriter.
"Every year, we ask all of the Project Management instructors to nominate a student for this award based on a combination of academics and attitude," says Kirk Johnson, RRC's Program Manager, I.T. and Professional Studies. "This year, the clear winner was more than just a good student — he's actually an all-out rock star!" Read More →
Back Row (L to R): David Clarke, Michael Farris, Daryl Nielsen, Jason McMaster, Matt Miles, Christopher Bryan; Front Row (L to R):Pat Wherrett, Nancy Alexander, Faye Bychuk (holding award), Chris Kwasniowski, Jo-Anne Spencer, Mike Arsenault
Red River College's Online Safety and Health Orientation program has earned an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM).
The College received the Organizational Health & Safety Award at the HRMAM's 10th Annual Excellence in Leadership Awards Gala, held March 14, 2012, at the Victoria Inn. A number of RRC departments were involved in the creation and implementation of the online orientation program, including the Teaching Learning Technology Centre (TLTC), I.T. Solutions, Environmental Health and Safety Services, and Human Resources.
"Through an innovative training application of an 'Online Safety and Health Orientation' — which was deemed essential/required learning — new and existing employees are provided with important baseline safety information that helps them carry out their duties and responsibilities," says Nancy Alexander, Vice-President, Human Resource Services & Sustainability at RRC.
"The program was launched in December 2009, and over 80% of permanent employees have completed the training, with all new employees completing within their first 10 days of employment."
The HRMAM represents more than 1,100 diverse human resources and business professionals throughout Manitoba. Click here for more info.
Red River College graphic design instructor Randall Butterfield spent time in Scotland and France in recent years. A series of his paintings, which depict the European landscapes he observed, is on display at the Fleet Galleries from March 12 - 30.
Click here to learn more about the show, titled Montpeyroux: Paintings of France & Europe.
Click here for more info on the Graphic Design program at RRC.
Local wine expert Gary Hewitt (third from left), with (from left) Graham Thompson, Dean of Business and Applied Arts at RRC; RRC President Stephanie Forsyth; Banville & Jones President Tina Jones, and RRC Hospitality Chair John Reimers.
Local wine expert Gary Hewitt will soon be heading Down Under to learn more about the Australian wine industry, having won a prestigious scholarship rewarding achievement in wine studies throughout the world.
Hewitt, the senior buyer and educator at Banville & Jones Wine Co., graduated last month with the prestigious Diploma in Wines and Spirits from the London, England-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust© (WSET©). Even more impressive, Hewitt is the Canadian recipient of the Wines of Australia Scholarship, an expenses-paid study trip to Australia for the five highest-performing international graduates from mainland Europe, Canada, U.S.A., Ireland and Asia Pacific.
"Wine knowledge is extremely valuable in today's market," says Tina Jones, president of Banville & Jones. "We are fortunate in Manitoba, and in Canada, to have someone of Gary's calibre leading our wine education programs."
In addition to his roles with Banville & Jones, Hewitt has also been instrumental in developing RRC's new Wine and Spirits Education Trust© workshops, delivered through RRC's School of Continuing and Distance Education, in conjunction with its School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Read More →
Red River College is hosting a speaker’s event today at the Exchange District Campus entitled “Standing Tall: A day dedicated to our stolen sisters.”
Across Canada every Valentine’s Day, memorial marches are held to honor the lives of missing and murdered women and their families. As part of this day we would like to invite you to learn about some of the work that is being done in this area, to participate in a safety presentation delivered by Winnipeg Police Services and to listen to teachings from Chickadee Richard on the sacredness of women.
The event is from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm In Room P107 (CGA Manitoba Room) at RRC's Exchange District Campus, located at 160 Princess Street. Room P409 will be reserved as a “smudge room” for the day. All are welcome.
For further info, contact:
Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations
Red River College Exchange District Campus
P210-J 160 Princess Street Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K9
T: (204) 949-8506 F: (204) 949-9186
Find out more about Aboriginal education at Red River College, as well as related programming and events at http://blogs.rrc.ca/aboriginal/
Red River College is pleased to congratulate the recipients of two awards in the Chemical and Biosciences Technology program: Susann Ohnstedt and Bryce Desender.
• Susann Ohnstedt received the Wilfred Dychuk Award, which is presented to a first-year student in the Chemical and Biosciences Technology program who demonstrates proficiency in the analytical chemistry laboratory. In the bottom left photo, Susann is shown (on right) with Isabel Bright, Chair of Life Sciences at Red River College.
• Bryce Desender received the Dr. Raymond Green Memorial Scholarship, which is presented to a second-year student in the Chemical and Biosciences Technology program as selected by committee. In the photo (bottom right), Bryce is shown with Mrs. Cynthia Johnstone, the widow of Dr. Raymond Green. Dr.Green was a former RRC employee and instructor in the program.
To learn more about RRC's Chemical Biosciences Technology program, click here.
Microsoft Corporation has recognized a Red River College instructor for using technology to forge social and cultural connections between high school students in Winnipeg and their counterparts in northern Manitoba.
Teacher Education instructor Eva Brown (shown) served as head of the Technology department for the River East Transcona School Division, for whom she developed a collaborative, cross-cultural exchange between Grade 12 students from River East Collegiate and Grade 11 students from Charles Sinclair School on the Fisher River Cree Nation.
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Four Red River College students will be flying to Montreal to test out their marketing chops against some of the best business students in the country.
Leah Rewucki, Robyn Grant, Marc Babaluk, and Thulise Mhlanga (shown above, from left to right) have all been selected to participate in the Vanier College National Marketing Case Competition, which will be held Feb. 10-12 at the Aeroport de Montreal Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Montreal.
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Red River College Continuing Studies instructor Ursula Neufeld has helped transform one of Main Street's most colourful landmarks into a similarly eclectic downtown showpiece, while at the same time providing a creative outlet for those struggling with mental illness, addiction and homelessness.
Neufeld, a local visual artist who teaches Early Childhood Education courses at RRC, has for the last two years served in a lead role on a community arts project launched by local artists at the Red Road Lodge, 631 Main St. (formerly the New Occidental Hotel, now a transitional housing complex for at-risk individuals).
The result is a stunning outdoor mosaic located on the Lodge's north-facing wall — one that's inspired by traditional Aboriginal teachings, but also reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the hundreds of people who've contributed to its completion.
"We wanted to do something beautiful for the neighbourhood — to share in the creative process with the people here," says Neufeld of the creative types behind Studio 631, an arts and culture resource housed within the Lodge. "But they didn't just want to do a painting — they wanted to do something different." Read More →