Forsyth: "Voting Is Essential Homework"

October 3, 2011

The first weeks of a new semester can be hectic times, so it might be easy for students to lose track of a critical event that's occurring this Fall: the 2011 provincial election.

While it may be tempting to disregard the issues facing our province, it is an important time to consider how the many decisions made by our provincial government directly impact a student’s life. The province funds transportation systems that students use to get to campus, regulates the rent on their apartments, determines the minimum wage for their part-time jobs, and even sets operating rules for their favourite pubs or restaurants.

Unfortunately, many students don’t seem to make that connection, and decide not to participate in our democratic process. In a typical election, over half of all people aged 18-29 do not cast a ballot. An even smaller number listen to debates, attend candidate forums, or volunteer with political parties. Read More →

RRC Rebels Men's Volleyball Team Wins CMU Challenge Cup

September 26, 2011

After a perfect 2010/11 season that saw them go 14-0, with just four set losses, the Red River College Rebels men’s volleyball team did one better this weekend, dismantling a talented squad from Alberta in the CMU Challenge Cup final.

The CMU Challenge Cup, a non-MCAC tournament which took place on campus at Winnipeg’s Canadian Mennonite University, featured two men’s teams who will take the court in MCAC action this year: the Red River College Rebels and the CMU Blazers.

It also saw talented teams in the eventual-finalist Lakeland Rustlers from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and the Lakehead Thunderwolves, a club team from the Thunder Bay school.

Red River College defeated Lakeland in straight sets in both the final and the round robin match between the two. Lakeland has nine Manitobans on their roster.

“Defeating Lakeland was great for our program and the conference,” said Dan Gilbert, head coach of the Red River men’s volleyball team. “With dozens of Manitobans currently playing college volleyball elsewhere, this shows that many players are still looking abroad for something that may be available in their own back yard.” Read More →

New Manager Joins RRC's Winkler Campus

September 22, 2011

Red River College is pleased to welcome Keith Doerksen as the new Manager of its Winkler Campus.

Doerksen, a longtime resident of the Morden-Winkler area, takes over for former campus manager Isabel Bright (now Chair of Life Sciences at RRC), and relieves Joanne Gonda, who's been serving as Acting Manager since Bright's departure over the summer. Read More →

RRC Opens New Portage la Prairie Campus

September 22, 2011

Red River College has a brand new home in Portage la Prairie.

The newly-opened Portage campus, located at 32 5th St. S.E. (the former site of Victoria School, built in 1916), doesn't just provide far more space than the former site, it also seeks to improve accessibility issues for students from the city and surrounding area.

The College has maintained a presence in Portage for years, but for the last decade, the campus itself has been located just outside the city — approximately six kilometres away, at nearby Southport.

"There's no bus service in Portage, so the only way that students without their own vehicles could get out (to Southport) was by cab," says Campus Manager Lori-Ann Grenkow. Read More →

RRC Supports International Day of Peace

September 19, 2011

Red River College is proud to recognize International Day of Peace: September 21. RRC is also a proud supporter of the International Day of Peace Concert, Winnipeg — which will be held on Friday, September 23 at The Forks.

International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001, the United Nations unanimously established September 21 as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The free concert honouring International Day of Peace will take place at the Forks Market Canopy, from 6-9pm on September 23rd. It will feature a performance by Sierra Noble, along with special guests Lisa Marie Tucker, Sheena Grobb, Melvin Star, and others.

For more information, click here.

RRC Instructors Helping To Educate Voters

September 9, 2011

A pair of Red River College instructors have launched a new website aimed at helping Manitoba voters make an informed choice in the upcoming election.

Earlier this week, RRC instructors Kyle Geske and Jody Gillis — also the co-founders of Open Democracy Manitoba — launched ManitobaElection.ca, a comprehensive resource for information on the pending provincial election.

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Rebels Athletics Hires Four New Coaches

August 31, 2011

With the collegiate sports season gearing up, and the launch of its new soccer program, Red River College has added four new coaches to its athletics department this fall. Doug Lawrie and Paul Thompson will coach women's and men's soccer, respectively, while Jaenas Pangilinan  will coach women's basketball and Lea Romanchuk will coach women's volleyball.

"With their experience and enthusiasm, our new coaches will definitely play a key role in leading our Rebels teams to great success," said Ryan Ratushniak, Red River College Director of Athletics.

For more information on RRC Rebels Athletics, visit www.rrc.ca/athletics

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RRC and StandardAero Honoured for Contributions to Technology and Training

August 31, 2011

Red River College and StandardAero have been named recipients of the 2011 John Convey Innovation Award, for the contributions to training and technological development made possible by the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT).

Awarded by ASM International (formerly the American Society for Metals), the annual honour recognizes companies for their contribution to furthering the development of the materials engineering industry in Canada.

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