February 2014

Freedom to Read Week

February 25, 2014 • Written by

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Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year it is from February 23-March 1, 2014.

Reference: http://www.freedomtoread.ca/

Censorship in Canada

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Would you like to see a list of the works that have been challenged in Canada
http://www.freedomtoread.ca/challenged-works/

Freedom to Read Week Video

This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.

Items in our Collection

You too can learn more about censorship by searching our library catalogue. Here are a few items that the Red River College Library currently has in it’s collection:

120 banned books : censorship histories of world literature
Throughout history, nations, peoples, and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual, and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these books has been proven time and time again, efforts are still in place today to suppress some of them. From Animal Farm to Ulysses, this book examines the struggle 120 of these works faced to be read.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=95189

Dear sir, I intend to burn your book : an anatomy of a book burning
In 2011, Canadian writer Lawrence Hill received an email from a man in the Netherlands stating that he intended to burn The Book of Negroes, Hill’s internationally acclaimed novel. Soon, the threat was international news, affecting Hill’s publishers and readers. In this provocative essay, Hill shares his private response to that moment and the controversy that followed, examing his reaction to the threat, while attempting to come to terms with the book burner’s motives and complaints.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=121454

forbiddenfruitForbidden fruit : banned, censored, and challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
From the New Testament to The Diary of Anne Frank to current objections to the Harry Potter series–dubbed the most frequently challenged books of the 21st century by the American Library Association–the tradition of banning, censoring, and challenging books has been remarkably enduring.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112230

Literature suppressed on political grounds
Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, religious institutions, and democratic governments alike have banned books thought to challenge their beliefs or question their activities. This book profiles the censorship of works banned because they were perceived as threats to governmental security or challenges to widely held political values, or simply because they presented truths embarassing to authorities.
Link: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=99785

Freedom To Read Week Display

At our downtown campus, at the John and Bonnie Buhler Library in the Roblin Centre, there is a Freedom to Read Week display, which includes many more related items from our collection.

Leadership Program for Diversity Ambassadors at the College

February 24, 2014 • Written by

Diversity Ambassadors with MargaritaThe Diversity Ambassadors, three international students volunteering for the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department are concluding a year of amazing work this week. Nipneet Butter (international student from India in the Applied Accounting Program), Yan Li (international student from China in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program), and Xiao Yue Jiao (Luna) (international student from China in the Business Administration Program) were the Diversity Ambassadors 2013-2014 cohort and it has been a real pleasure and honor having them be part of our team.

The Diversity Ambassadors Program was created with the idea of enhancing the overall student experience, promoting student success, and providing an opportunity for students to build leadership skills. Here are some of the benefits that the program offers:

  • Develop strong leadership, interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Ongoing training and support as students gain presentation and event planning skills and learn how to lead and facilitate peer group discussions and activities
  • Meet and learn from diverse people at the College and in the community
  • Make a difference by supporting new Red River College students
  • Make contacts and expand social and professional networks
  • Gain valuable professional volunteer experience that can be included in the students’ resumes
  • Receive an employment reference letter
  • Earn a $500 honorarium
  • Have lots of fun!

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Join the Wise Guy Millionaire’s Club

February 17, 2014 • Written by

glassesRRC’s Wise Guys have hit a million! As of this January, Red River College’s popular online math and science tutorials have garnered over a million views. (That’s right. A million views. That’s almost like, ahem, 12 platinum records.)

Really, it’s not surprising that the videos are so popular, after all they have been produced for the very specific needs of RRC students. For years the Wise Guys have given RRC students information they need, right when they need it. And that’s all year, 24/7.

What is surprising is that it’s not just RRC students watching Wise Guys. It turns out that the whole world is watching! In fact, people living in 179 different countries have tuned into videos that cover RRC course subjects such as Financial Accounting; Statistics; Fractions; Algebra; DC Electric Circuits; Physics and much more. We’re truly an international campus!

If you haven’t checked out Wise Guys yet, I’d suggest you get on board (and online!) now. Each video provides step-by-step instructions and demonstrations solving mathematical and scientific problems found in RRC programs.

The first Wise Guys video was uploaded in 2010 and the video bank has been growing ever since. We currently sit at hosting over 258 videos, and you can access them online for free at: http://www.youtube.com/rrcwiseguys.

And just who are these internationally famous tutors? (Drum roll please….) RRC’s beloved Wise Guys are:

The RRC Wise Guys

Check out their Wise Guys Tutoring blog!

And why are the videos so popular? Wise Guy Delaney Earthdancer says she increasingly sees students turning online when they need extra help.

“In-class instruction is valuable and necessary; however, students lost in the classroom and searching for other resources invariably go to the Internet. Throughout my years at Red River I have worked with countless students who have told me ‘Guess what, Delaney? I found this great site online that has really helped me with electrical, or circuits, or trigonometry, or algebra. The list goes on and on’.” 

And, as always, if you can’t find the help you need online you can always visit the Wise Guys in person at the Academic Success Centre.

 

You know how to do this!

February 13, 2014 • Written by

imagesCARMFKY5A note from Dayna Graham, your Academic Coach at the Academic Success Centre

Were you among the 111.5 million viewers who gathered to watch the Super Bowl this month?  If so, you may have your own thoughts and theories as to what happened during that first play mishap between Peyton Manning and Manny Ramirez.  Was it audience noise?  Was it miscommunication?  Was it pressure from the moment?

To replay the play and offer some insight, blogger Dom Cosentino writes:

“It was a simple shotgun snap, a routine maneuver Peyton Manning and Manny Ramirez have executed thousands of times together without a hiccup.  But on the first play from scrimmage at Super Bowl North Jersey, it was suddenly a complete train wreck.”

Choking on routine maneuvers

Often, there is a clear cause and effect, an action and inaction, a reason “why.”  A notable point in our example is that the play was a “simple…routine maneuver.”  I think we can all attest to a skill we have where we are competent, comfortable and even excel at;  a skill which is second nature to us.  Perhaps you can do dosage calculations in your sleep, or you have well-developed basketball shooting skills, or you can create a flawless Crème Brule.  However, you drew a blank while writing your Nursing exam or you choked at the free-throw line, or your Crème Brule looked more like paper mache during a dinner party. 

So, what’s happening? 

In situations like these, the can-do instinct we’ve honed through years of practice is being silenced by overthinking.  Too much thought can derail the trained movement of our muscles and our capabilities.

When we are novice at something, we do need to think carefully of what we are doing; we need to learn and develop the skill through cognitive processes; through careful thought and intent.  However, once we know how to do something; once we’ve developed expertise in a particular skill or area, we need to simply trust ourselves.  Next time you come across something you know how to do here in college, put into play Courtney Helgo’s advice,

“try a little therapeutic distraction.  Say the alphabet backward when your yoga teacher orders you into the dreaded handstand….briefly engaging your conscious mind with something other than the task at hand can leave your instincts free to do their job.” 

Sources

Dom Cosentino/NJ.com The Star-Ledger February 03, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Helgoe, Courtney. “Gut Instincts You Shouldn’t Ignore.” Experience Life Nov. 2010: 66-70. Print.

T2202A Tax Receipts Available at the End of February

February 11, 2014 • Written by

For income tax purposes, T2202A tax receipts will be available through your WebAdvisor account at the end of February 2014 for the 2013 calendar year. T2202As are only available online and are not mailed out by the College.

If you have any questions about your T2202A please contact us:

E-Mail: Full-time students register@rrc.ca Part-time C+DE students cde@rrc.ca Regional students – please contact your campus
Phone: Full-time students 204-632-2327, toll free 1-800-903-7707 Part-time C+DE students 204-694-1789, toll free 1-866-242-7073 Regional students – please contact your campus
In-person: Student Service Centre, D101, Notre Dame Campus Student Service Centre, P104, Exchange District Campus Regional students – please contact your campus

Looking for work? Student Employment Services can help!

February 10, 2014 • Written by

imagesR09FE4DULooking for work? Student Employment Services can help!

Red River College’s Student Employment Services is available to assist you with job-seeking strategies, cover letter and resume writing, interview preparation, and access to current job postings on RRC’s own internal job posting site – JobCentral.

Contact Student Employment Services for additional information:

Notre Dame Campus

D102- 2055 Notre Dame Avenue

Phone: 204.632.3966| Fax: 204.694.4835 | TTY: 204.632.2010

Exchange District Campus

P206-160 Princess Street

Phone: 204.949.8368| Fax: 204.949.9186 | TTY: 204.949.8504

 

Email: jobcentre@rrc.ca

On the web: rrc.ca/ses

View job postings: jobcentral.rrc.ca

 

 

 

Employer on Campus Event – Enterprise Holdings -Exchange District Campus

February 3, 2014 • Written by

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Enterprise Holdings invites all Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Commerce Industry Sales and Marketing students to an information session at the Exchange District Campus

Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in North America…and we are family-owned. We operate a fleet of over 1 million vehicles and last year generated revenues in excess of $12 billion. Our employees are ambitious, customer service-driven, team-oriented and believe in working hard while having fun.

If you are interested in learning more about our Management Trainee position, please attend the information session. Feel free to also review our website at www.go.enterprise.com/canada

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

P107, Exchange District Campus

1:00 – 2:00 pm (lunch and door prize provided)

 or

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

P107, Exchange District Campus

2:00 – 3:00 pm (lunch and door prize provided)

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

Please Note: If you have difficulty registering contact Employment Services at 632-3966. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION February 7, 2014. Limited Space available so sign up early!

Employer on Campus Event – Enterprise Holdings -Notre Dame Campus

February 3, 2014 • Written by

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Enterprise Holdings invites all Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Commerce Industry Sales and Marketing students to an information session at the Notre Dame Campus. 

Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in North America…and we are family-owned. We operate a fleet of over 1 million vehicles and last year generated revenues in excess of $12 billion. Our employees are ambitious, customer service-driven, team-oriented and believe in working hard while having fun.

If you are interested in learning more about our Management Trainee position, please attend the information session. Feel free to also review our website at www.go.enterprise.com/canada.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Green Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (lunch and door prize provided)

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

Please Note: If you have difficulty registering contact Employment Services at 632-3966. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION March 10, 2014.  Limited Space available so sign up early!

Employer on Campus Event – Manitoba Government

February 3, 2014 • Written by

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The Civil Service Commission (Manitoba Government) invites all Red River College Students to an information session!

The Civil Service Commission is responsible for the development and delivery of the corporate employment equity programs throughout the Manitoba government. We are looking for resumes from members of the four equity groups, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with a disability. Through our outreach efforts, to post-secondary schools, we hope to gather resumes from professionally skilled candidates who are interested in working for the Manitoba government.

Exchange District Campus

Thursday, February 13, 2014

P107 – CGA Room

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

or

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(Please feel free to bring your lunch)

Notre Dame Campus

Thursday, February 27, 2014

White Lecture Theatre

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

or

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

(Please feel free to bring your lunch)

If you are interested in attending one of the information sessions please register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

Please Note: If you have difficulty registering contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: February 11, 2014

Limited Space available so sign up early!