December 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

December 19, 2014 • Written by


The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Language Training Centre! After a week of collecting food for a struggling student, one class prepared 3 large boxes, wrapped in bright cheerful Christmas paper, and presented the boxes to the student during class. He was overwhelmed by his classmates’ kindness and by the wide variety of food items like pasta, rice, flour, peanut butter, salmon, turkey stuffing, and even candy for the children. The mood in the class was filled with generosity and gratitude as students made a presentation speech and a thank you speech. This  EAL (English as an Additional Language) class has proven that Christmas can bring out the best in us.

The staff and students of the LTC hope that this holiday spirit can be experienced this year. Look for and embrace any opportunities to both give and receive during this holiday season.

– Submitted by staff from Language Training Centre

2015 Winter Fitness Class Schedule Set

December 19, 2014 • Written by

Red River College Athletics and Recreation Services offers Group Fitness Programs suited to all interests and fitness levels. Our highly trained and enthusiastic instructors will lead you through a fun and challenging workout suited to you.

Registered Programs For 2015 Winter Term

boot campBoot Camps with Cameron on Mondays from 11:05am to 11:50am

Yoga with Amanda on Mondays from 4:15pm to 5:15pm and Thursdays from 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Rapid Revolution Spin with Lesley on Tuesdays from 11:05am to 11:50am.

Dynamic Core with Lesley on Tuesdays from 12:05pm to 12:50pm and Thursdays from 12:05pm to 12:50pm.

Zumba with Melissa on Wednesdays from 11:05am to 11:50am

Back Care with Andrea on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 4:45pm yoga

20/20 Stack Training with Lesley on Thursdays from 11:05pm to 11:50pm

Cardio Fusion with Ming on Fridays from 11:05 to 11:50

Soccer Boot Camp with Jordan on Fridays from 12:05 to 12:50

Regular classes will start January 19th and run until March 30th.

A “Free Week” of Classes will occur starting Monday January 12th. Classes will be held in their normal time slots and locations. A great way to try a new and different class before signing up!

Drop in cards for 5 or 10 classes per term can also be purchased. An unlimited Full Fitness Pass can also be purchased, allowing to attend as many classes as you want.


Registration Starts on Monday January 5th. To register for a class download the attached form, fill it out and take it to the Student Service Centre to make a payment. 2015 Winter Fitness Classes Registration Form


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Employer On-Campus: SaskTel

December 19, 2014 • Written by
Calling all Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Electronic and Network Technician and Network Technology students interested in a career with SaskTel.
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SaskTel invites all Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Electronic and Network Technician and Network Technology students to an information session! 

SaskTel is the leading full service communications provider in the Province of Saskatchewan, offering a wide range of communications products and services including voice, data, Internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. Based in Regina, SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,800 employees.

If you are interested in learning more about SaskTel, please attend the information session. Feel free to also review our website at

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CGA Manitoba Room – P107

Exchange District Campus

4:00 pm– 5:00 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.

Employer On-Campus: Public Service Commission of Canada

December 19, 2014 • Written by
Calling all full-time students interested in gaining work experience within the federal government.

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Govt of Canada

The Public Service Commission of Canada invites all full-time students interested in gaining work experience within the federal government to an information session!

Every year across Canada, students and graduates are hired through recruitment programs administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada.  One such program is the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).  It provides students with a wealth of opportunity and valuable work experience related to their field of study. If you are interested in learning more about FSWEP and our other recruitment programs, please attend the information session.

Stay connected with us!      Twitter: @jobs_gc    Web:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Black Lecture Theatre

Notre Dame Campus

12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

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.

Exam and Holiday Operating Hours

December 7, 2014 • Written by

During the exam and holidays the the North Gym, South Gym, Loft and EDC Fitness Facility operate under reduced hours due to exams being in the gyms and general College closures. The hours are as follows:

North Gym and Loft hours for exams and holidays

From December 12 to the 19th the North Gym and Loft will operate under reduced hours due to exams

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RRC Hosts 6th Annual International Futsal Tournament – Team ATO Takes Home the Win

December 5, 2014 • Written by

FutsalNov 2014 2FlippedOn Saturday, November 29th both the North and South Gym were full of futsal enthusiasts who came out to play in this year’s Annual International Futsal Tournament. The tournament is put on each year by the Athletics and Recreation Services in partnership with Diversity and Intercultural Services.

With an increase in both team and individual registrations, the tournament offered a smooth round-robin challenge to 10 teams made up of Red River College students representing all corners of campus life. With a large international student turn out, the college-wide event attracted students from regional campus, Stevenson aviation campus, the Language Training Centre, the Exchange District and Notre Dame Campuses. Teams representing countries such as Brazil, India, Germany and Armenia added a global flavor to the day.

The tournament boiled down to show off between team Farcelona and team ATO. Leading the final game, Team ATO took home the annual trophy, making their mark as the 2014-2015 champions. Big congratulations to Anderson Pires Pereira for winning this year’s tournament door prize.

The event is made possible by a combination of Red River Rebels events staff from the Athletics and Recreation Department and student volunteers from the Canadian Connection program. The students work hard to run a smooth operation, ensuring all players and spectators enjoy the day.

With an increase in our international student population, we look forward to seeing which teams and skills will take to the courts next year to play in RRC’s Annual International Futsal challenge.

Written by: Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator (EDC)

Finishing Strong

December 5, 2014 • Written by

Ford Ironman World Championship 13 October 2007In a 1982 Triathlon Ironman, the first place leader was meters away from the finish line when she stumbled, fell, stumbled, fell, was passed by the soon-to-be winner, and finally crawled to the finish line in second place.

After 10 plus hours of racing, it was the last 2 minutes that challenged her the most. But – she made it. Congratulations on how far you’ve come!

Finals are a few weeks away and you’ve had a long haul up till now.  You’ve navigated the first weeks of college life, attended full day courses, kept up with copious amounts of reading, worked diligently on assignments and papers, worked with your peers on group projects and reached the other side of mid-terms.

Sometimes it’s near the end of our journey when we need the most motivation; something to give us that one last surge to the finish line. To stay strong, consider the tips below:

        • Recognize the importance of performance. Be proud of the work you do. Surprise yourself in the quality of your product.
        • Look to those that inspire you. Surround yourself with peers who value their college experience and who challenge you through modeling to always ‘do better.’
        • Support your peers. Working on a team project? Quality and performance has an upward spiraling effect. Do your part well and others will follow suit. Support the other members of your group.
        • Amplify your attention and interest in class. Go to class with a prior understanding of what you’ll be doing and come with curiosity and gratitude for what you’ll learn.
        • Be counterintuitive about taking breaks. When you are at your busiest, take some time to get fresh air or enjoy a local event. Even when you’re on a deadline ensure you eat lunch with a real live person instead of with an electronic device. Give your mind a break. The key is being responsible.
        • Be Professional. For essays, reports and projects spend time on the presentation. A professional-looking report will be noticed!
    • Get help when needed, and know where you can find help. If you are taking math-based courses, supplement your understanding by watching the RRC’s Wise Guys Math Videos at Test yourself on what you learn.
  • Do more today. Before the day is over, do one more thing you were saving until tomorrow. If you do this, you’ll find that you are stronger than procrastination.
  • Do more today, but do one thing right now. Give your full attention and care and thought to this one thing.


    ASC Staff tutor, Charanjit Singh, with BA students – Gurkaran Kaur and Anika Maria

Get a Grip This Winter with Winter Tires

December 5, 2014 • Written by

Q: Should I purchase a set of winter tires if I plan to drive in Winnipeg this winter?

A: Experts say “yes”. Winter tires, also known as snow tires are designed for winter conditions below 7°C. They are made of a rubber compound that is softer than other tires and therefore flexes better in cold temperatures. By comparison, all-season are not as effective as winter tires or “all-weather tires”, because they use a harder rubber compound that doesn’t work as well in lower temperatures. Also, winter tires have special treads and more sipes (slits) to increase traction in snow.


Q: Do I need to buy four winter tires or only two?

A: Experts advise drivers to always install winter tires as a set of four as only two winter tires (either front or back) will adversely affect the way the car handles. Most people mount their winter tires on a separate set of wheels because changing over a set of wheels twice a year is easier and faster than changing the tires themselves.

Q: How do I know which tires are winter tires?

A: In Canada, a 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) symbol on the tire means that the tires meet specific snow traction performance requirements and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions.


Q: What about air pressure in my winter tires?

A: Check the air pressure in your winter tires frequently during the winter months as tire pressure drops as temperatures fall.


Extra facts:

  • Winter tires are mandatory in the province of Quebec from December 15 – March 15.
  • Manitoba Public Insurance has a Winter Tire Program that provides low interest financing which can be used for the purchase of qualifying winter tires and associated costs. Find out more.⇒

Sources: – Advice for Owners

Wikipedia – Snow tire

Transport Canada – Motor Vehicle Safety

Not flipping out? Maybe it’s time.

December 5, 2014 • Written by


Are you and your classmates yawning in the classroom? Are your instructors constantly calling certain students to attention? Maybe it’s time for RRC instructors to look into the concept of a flipped classroom.

The concept of flipped classrooms has been around for years, but it is growing in popularity now. Technology has crept into our lives and is here to stay. Why not use it to our advantage?

As Wylie Wong explains in his article, Colleges Go Proactive with Flipped Classrooms, “In a flipped classroom, professors don’t lecture in class. Students watch recordings of lectures online as homework. They learn the material on their own time, freeing up class time for collaborative activities, such as group projects and classroom discussions.” This is an excellent technique to encourage student participation in the classroom. It is especially valuable to us English language instructors at the Language Training Centre, where we want our international and immigrant students to use the language as much as possible.

Steve Kolowich, in his article, Exploding the Lecture, explores one way to implement this concept in the classroom. He mentions that even meticulous students can have trouble concentrating for more than 15 minutes. Recording the lectures in mini segments can help the students go at their own pace. The next day the students can be asked questions about the concepts covered in the previous night’s lectures. For the remainder of the class, the instructor can allow for class discussions and applying these concepts in case studies. This not only makes for a very lively classroom experience, but also permits us, as instructors, to address the higher order skills of Bloom’s Taxonomy – the application, the evaluation, and the creation.

The concept of a flipped classroom is a shift from the traditional teacher-led classroom and can be a challenge for both teacher and student. However, implemented effectively, it can definitely prove beneficial to students.

Submitted by Navnish Sidhu, 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.

Having trouble with the new Student Evaluation of Instruction/Course system?

December 4, 2014 • Written by

FrustratedFaceAre you having difficulties with the Student Evaluation of Instruction/Course system? Have you received too many invitations? Or are you unable to access the surveys?

We are having some unexpected technical difficulties that staff are working hard to fix.  We launched our new Student Evaluation of Instruction/Course system in November.  Any students with courses ending after November 20th, 2014 were sent email invitations asking for feedback on their courses and instructors. Unfortunately, on December 3rd, we had an issue where students received more than the usual one email reminder and we sincerely apologize for this.

We ask for your patience while we work out these technical issues. If you have any questions about the Student Evaluation of Instruction/Course, please send an email to and we will respond as soon as possible.

Ashley Blackman (Director, Research and Planning)