November 2014

Moustache Month

November 26, 2014 • Written by

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Movember is in full swing at Red River College’s own Language Training Centre. There are moustaches where there were none before – on faces, workstations, classrooms and fingers (for those who want to sport it, but can’t/won’t grow it). There is even an LTC team on the official Movember website that has so far raised over $700 for the cause.

What exactly is Movember? It is a fundraising and awareness campaign that started back in 2003 in Australia. It has been gaining momentum and popularity ever since; it’s now in 21 countries. The aim is to raise funds and start discussions about issues surrounding men’s health such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The rules are simple: on November 1st you have to shave your face, and for the remainder of the month grow a stylish ‘stache. No goatees, beards, soul patches, etc. The idea is that when someone asks you about your moustache, you pass on the information on what you’re raising awareness for. This is particularly important as men are often reluctant to take action when they do not feel physically or mentally well.

Movember is all around us, and so are the concerns surrounding men’s health. So start a conversation and help to create awareness of men’s health issues.

Submitted by Logan Brunette, Intensive English for International Students (IEIS) Instructor, RRC’s Language Training Centre

⇒ Check out the Language Training Centre’s microsite ( to find out more about life at LTC and its communication programs for international students and permanent residents.

Engaging Students by asking the “Big Questions”

November 25, 2014 • Written by


What makes some college teachers great teachers? This is the central question Ken Bain asks in his well-researched book What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard, 2004). In planning their courses, Bain argues, the best college teachers ask their students large questions to win devotion to the goals of the class. He calls them intellectual promises. Bain gives the example of a teacher of twentieth-century U.S. history who poses the following big question to students: “Can people control their own destiny, or do forces beyond their control determine their fate?”

Learners want to be asked these kinds of questions by their instructors. So, in a very modest attempt to borrow a technique of the best college teachers discussed in Bain’s book, I tried to create some of my own large questions when planning a new course in Communication for Business and Finance (a program offered to international students at the Language Training Centre). One of these questions was “To whom is business responsible?” I thought this was a central question and one that a student soon entering an academic program in International Business or Business Administration would find to be of great value. Read More →

Peace Award

November 21, 2014 • Written by

bannerThe Peace Award honours the courage, strength and determination of students who were forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence and have shown perseverance in reaching their educational goals, while overcoming challenges and adapting to a new life in Canada.

Two Awards of $1,000 each

Screening Criteria for Participants:

  • Must be a RRC student in a full-time academic program
  • Must be graduating anytime between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015
  • Have immigrated to Canada as a refugees/refugee claimants*

*Note: First consideration will be given to individuals who have immigrated to Canada in the past 7 years

Applicants must submit a minimum of a 1,000 word description of their story/experience:

  • Their adjustment and experience to living and learning in Canada
  • Why they decided to study their current program at RRC
  • How the Peace Award will help them succeed in reaching their career and life goals

All applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 8, 2015

All submissions will be evaluated by a panel and the successful applicants will be notified directly.

For more information or to apply, please click here or contact Michelle Johnson, Mentorship Program Coordinator at 204-632-3847 or

Building a Community Where Students Belong

November 21, 2014 • Written by

Students at the Diversity CentreHello everyone! Let me introduce the Diversity Centre, a place where diversity is celebrated.  The Diversity Centre is located at D208 Notre Dame Campus and is a gathering place for all students to meet with others from around the world and share stories and experiences.  The Centre provides a unique multicultural space to build positive connections and community at the college.

Here is what Prabhjot Singh Gill, a Business Administration student, shared about his experience at the Centre: “The Diversity Centre is one of the mostly lovely places since I have joined this college.  It is our favorite past-time, a place where we rest, eat, talk, study and meet new people.” For Girish Arora, another Business Administration student, “this space has also acted as a stress buster for us.”

I believe that it is important to be a friendly face that communicates to students the message: You belong here!  It is essential to smile, welcome students, and create an environment where they could feel at home.

“The Diversity Centre has been a wonderful place to interact and make memories that will be everlasting”, said Gurmukh Singh Bhamra, also from the Business Administration program.

Red River College is a great place to build community and establish strong relationships, and building a welcoming college community for the students starts with you and me. We can all engage with students, slow down, and be present. As we witness our students flourish, we know that they are the reason we are here.

Written by Margarita Natcheva, Immigrant Student Advisor, Diversity and Intercultural Services.

Employer on-Campus: WSP | Focus (lunch and learn and on-campus interviews)

November 18, 2014 • Written by

Calling all Geomatics Students to a Lunch & Learn session and On-Campus Interviews hosted by WSP | Focus 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Room E302, 12 noon – 1 pm

To attend please register at:


Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Room D102, 1:30 pm – 4 pm

Thursday, December 11, 2014, Room D102,  8 am – 3 pm

* Sign up for interview at Student Employment Office (D102)

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For additional information, contact Red River College’s Student Employment Services


Employer On-Campus: Tolko Industries

November 18, 2014 • Written by

Calling all Power, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering Technology students interested in a career with Tolko Industries.


Tolko Industries invites all Power, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering Technology students to an information session!

When you join Tolko Industries, you are signing on with an industry leader that has built success through three generations: over 3000 employees and growing. We provide a dynamic environment where people succeed. Our structure and culture encourage improvement, growth and change in an open environment. Each operation is empowered to stand on its own, supported by coordinated corporate services. We believe in and practice environmental sustainability. Feel free to review the website at

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Room A406 – Notre Dame Campus

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (refreshments provided)

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at:


 Limited space available so sign up early!

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For additional information, contact Red River College’s Student Employment Services.

Make Your Voice Heard! Complete your Student Evaluation of Instruction/Course Surveys

November 14, 2014 • Written by

Megaphone2Over the next several weeks, students whose courses end by December 31st will have an opportunity to give their feedback via a Student Evaluation of Instruction/Course Survey.

Why do it?

It’s your chance to tell us what you liked (or didn’t like) about each course and to offer your suggestions for improvement. By doing so, you will help improve the teaching and learning environment for yourself and others.

Is it confidential?

Your answers will be combined with all the other students from your course who reply. Your individual responses are not shared with anyone.

How does this work?

Check your student email. If you are taking one or more courses that end by December 31st, you should receive surveys links for each course. If you take a course delivered via LEARN, you may also be able to access the survey links there.

When should I complete the survey?

In most cases you will have an opportunity to complete the surveys during class time. However, you also can complete the surveys on your own.

Do you have a smartphone, laptop, or tablet?

The surveys are mobile friendly, so you can also access your student email and complete it on a mobile device. Of course, you can also do it on a home computer.


Send an email to if you have questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

RRC Students’ Association Movember and Ski/Snowboard Trip

November 14, 2014 • Written by

Sign up Your Moustache PosterNovember is Movember at the Students’ Association and we’re putting efforts into raising awareness about prostate cancer. Earlier this month we had our “Pop-Up” milk chugging contest and we saw some great milk moustaches.

Track your Movember progress by signing-up on MOVEMBER.COM & joining our Red River College network. Donations can be made through the website. Help grow our network by asking your classmates, friends, and family to join. Together we can help end prostate cancer!

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The next great Movember themed event is our Movember Beer Bash! Join us in celebrating a month of raising awareness on campus about prostate cancer in the Cave lounge with a bunch of friends. Best of all, the bar is open and the prices are student friendly all night.

When: Thursday, November 27, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Cave Lounge, Notre Dame Campus
Why: We like to party!

There will be best Moustache contests with 5 different categories (Ladies welcome to enter!) so no matter what your style there is a category for you. Prizes will be awarded to all winners of their respected category. Hope to see all of you MO Bros at the event! This is an 18+ event so be sure to bring your Government ID as well as your RRC student card! Read More →

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 13, 2014 • Written by

TDORNovember is a month in Canada and many other countries around the world, where we pause to remember those no longer with us.

On November the 11th, we pause to remember the veterans of war and peace keeping missions. Those men and women who served and those who gave their lives for freedom and liberty.

On November 20th, we pause to remember the victims of gender identity based violence. Those individuals who were attacked and or killed for seeking to express who they truly are. To live their lives in freedom and liberty.

Dayne Moyer from the group organizing this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance Event, states in a recent press release: “The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) originated as a reaction to the murder of Rita Hester, a young transgender woman of colour in the United States. The inaugural TDoR event in Winnipeg was held shortly after the murder of Divas Boulanger, an Indigenous transgender woman in our own city. Locally, TDoR has brought together hundreds of LGBTQ* community members and their allies in solidarity for those who experience this unacceptable reality. The reality that every day and a half, someone is murdered for living honestly. The reality that since 2008, there have been 1,509 reported transgender murders with countless additional cases having gone unreported. And finally, the reality that this hatred and violence transcends age, race, sexual identity, and socioeconomic standing.”

On behalf of the LGBTT* Initiative, I invite members of the Red River College community to gather with others to acknowledge this important day. The event will take place at Crossways in Common at 222 Furby Street with doors opening at 6:00 pm and the ceremony at 6:30 pm. This event is free and accessible to all and will have gender inclusive washrooms available. After the memorial, light refreshments will be served.

For more information on the event, please contact Dayne Moyer at 204-786-9790.

Written by Bradley West, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, Red River College.