January 2015

RRCSA Meltdown Week

January 29, 2015 • Written by

The Red River College Students’ Association is excited to present to you Meltdown Week!  Meltdown Week runs from February 9 until February 13.

melt_down_cover_1Monday, February 9

There will be Hooters Wings in The Cave Lounge from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Come by the Cave during your lunch for a free soft drink and a few wings.  Be sure to pop a BALLOON and win a prize.  Quantities are limited so arrive early.  This event is for STUDENTS ONLY so please bring your student card.

There will also be Skating in the Evening at The Forks  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (1 Forks Market Road).  Enjoy the weather and the music, followed by some hot chocolate and an addictive bag of mini-donuts.   Free Vouchers for skate/ food combos will be supplied to a limited number of students who register in advance at an SA office!  First come, first served, so sign up ASAP (NDC-CM20 or EDC-P110).

Tuesday, February 10

On Tuesday there will be a Karaoke Contest in The Cave Lounge from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Come out, grab the mic and show us what you’ve got!  We have 100’s of songs ready to be sung by you and your classmates.  Whether you’re born to be a star, or just want to share a laugh with friends everyone is welcome!  There are no losers when it comes to Karaoke.  Make this noon hour the highlight of your day, see you in the cave. WIN $500 CASH!

In the evening there will be MTS Glow Bowling at Academy Lanes (394 Academy Road) from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Grab a fresh white tee, and a handful of highlighters!  For only $30 per team ($5 per person/ 6 people per team), you will receive a lane of bowling for approximately 2 hours (2 games), a large two bowling phototopping pizza, a pitcher of pop and a chance to win great prizes (best team uniforms/ themes)!  Register your team in advance at the SA office (NDC- CM20 or EDC- P110).  Be sure to show up at least 15 minutes early to get your shoes and be ready to get your bowl on right at 7:30 p.m.! Read More →

RRCSA Career Fair and Relaxation

January 29, 2015 • Written by

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RRCSA Career Fair

A reminder that on January 28 and 29 in the North Gym and Library Hallway at the Notre Dame Campus, the Red River College Students’ Association is pleased to bring you the Career Fair!   The career fair will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days.  At the Career Fair, both the gym and the hallway will be full of booths from different companies looking for Red River students and graduates to hire. There will be every type of company there from construction companies, to accounting firms, to government departments and everything in between so bring your resume and get hired!

Career fair guides are available in the SA offices and around campus, so keep your eyes open for tables with guides on them and pick one up early! In the guide you will find a list of things you can do to be best prepared for the Fair to be successful in your job hunt.

This event is open to students from all campuses. There will be a shuttle bus running between the Exchange District Campus, Notre Dame Campus, and the VIA Rail Language Training Centre both days.

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Meltdown Week

Coming up next from our programming department is Meltdown Week! The week of February 9 to 13 there will be events every day at the Notre Dame Campus, Exchange District Campus, and off campus for students to take part in and get a break and enjoy themselves.

There will be a kegger on Thursday, February 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in The Cave Lounge at the Notre Dame Campus. There will also be a poker tournament, glow bowling and other awesome events! Meltdown week guides will also be available at the SA offices, so pick one up as soon as possible to find out when the events are happening so you can attend.

Reading Week

Sounds like things are getting busy this time of year! Who is ready for reading week yet? If any students are interested in seeing a fall term reading week happen at Red River, please contact Lauren MacLean at sa_president@rrc.ca

 

Reflection Rooms Available For College Community

January 27, 2015 • Written by

PosterAs part of our ongoing efforts to support students, staff and faculty, we are pleased to let you know about the Reflection Rooms at Red River College.

These are spaces for personal or spiritual reflection, prayer, mediation, or individual contemplation.

The Reflection Rooms at Red River College are designed to be non-denominational spaces open to people of all religions, faiths, and/or spiritual practices. They can also be used for individuals who want a quiet space for a few minutes of down time. Accessing quiet spaces can be a valuable part of your healthy mind, healthy body strategy.

For quiet reflection, please visit:

  • Notre Dame Campus (Room A233)
  • The Roblin Centre (Room P207)
  • Language Training Centre (Please contact Jillian Hoogland at 204.945.8776 for room location)

The spaces are open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday. They are available for access afterhours, simply contact Security Services at either location and they will gladly open up the space for you.

OH – SO – SPECIAL!

January 16, 2015 • Written by

Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services along with the Student Association are hosting three Intramural Special Events this year in a variety of sports. This is great way to meet new people, relieve stress and be active! All events cost $10.00 each, so this is an affordable way to get exercise and participate in some fun sports! Each event is open to all RRC staff and students. Door prizes and a player’s lounge are a part of every event.

To participate, print the 2015 Winter Intramurals Registration Form and take it to either The OX on Notre Dame Campus or The Mercantile in the Exchange Campus to register. Deadline to register for each event is the Wednesday prior to.

birdie copySaturday January 24- Rebels Badminton Classic
Location: North Gym
Time: 8am-4pm
Cost: $10 per person. Can enter as many categories as you wish
Categories: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles and Mixed Doubles

Saturday February 7th-Rebels Floor Hockey
Location: North and South Gyms
Time: 8am-4pm
Cost: $10 per person
Categories: Register as a team or a Free Agent. 5 players to a team including goalie.

Saturday March 21st- March Madness 3vs3 Basketball
Location: North
Time: 8am-4pm
Cost: $10 per person
Categories: Register as a team or a Free Agent. Men’s and Women’s Divisions. Max 5 players per team, 3 on the court at one time.

For further information please contact Athletics and Recreation Coordinator Cole Skinner at 632-2397 or coskinner@rrc.ca

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Inspired Students – LGBTT Awareness and Ally Project

January 15, 2015 • Written by

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Students choose Red River to learn the skills they need to have to secure the future they want! For many a big part of that future is living and working here, either in Manitoba or Canada. We all know that getting those opportunities requires not just technical skills or qualifications – it requires the ability to work well with others – often, with those who are very different than you are.

The best way to work well with others is to learn about yourself, about diversity and difference in a safe and supportive environment. That is where our LGBTT* Awareness and Ally Project can help!

The Awareness & Ally Project seeks to create a safer, welcoming, and supportive environment for LGBTT* people by helping to raise the awareness and understanding of gender and sexual diversity. It also provides an opportunity for those who wish to be proactive in helping to create a respectful environment at the College for LGBTT* people, their friends and families by becoming an Ally.  Becoming an Ally is simple and it means being a person who they can trust and with whom they can be open.

The 1-day Awareness & Ally Training provides participants and potential Allies with knowledge and tools to increase their understanding of gender and sexual diversity.

Over the years we have inspired and informed close to 300 Allies here at the College, a number of them were or are students.

Here is a recent quote from one student…

“It was such a great experience to have you speak in my class today, (Diversity & Inclusion) the presentation was awesome!! I took a lot away from it!
I was just emailing you to ask if I could participate in the parade with red river this year??…..along with that, your presentation inspired myself & a couple classmates to sign up for the Ally training in Feb!!” – Early Childhood Education Program

While students do need to secure permission from instructors to miss class for the session, many do and some even get credit for attending depending on the course you are in.

If you are looking to be inspired and informed around gender and sexual diversity, I invite you to consider attending the training on February 19 at the Roblin Centre. Register here!

Written by Bradley West, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, Diversity and Intercultural Services. For more information please e-mail bcwest@rrc.ca or call 204.632.2016.

RRCSA Career Fair and Trip

January 15, 2015 • Written by

The Red River College Students’ Association Career Fair is the place to be!

I’m sure that summer jobs and careers are on a lot of your minds!  That’s why we have our Career Fair this month for you.

  • Where: Notre Dame Campus- North Gym and Library Hallway
  • When: January 28 and 29
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 Career Fair SA

Come on down for your chance to meet great employers, make contacts and possibly find your dream job!

There will also be Career Fair guides out prior to the Career Fair (available the week of January 19) with a checklist included so you can get yourself prepared.  Additionally if you attend the Main Street or Exchange District Campus, a bus shuttle schedule will be in the Career Fair guide and the information will be posted around your campus.  If you are from the  Main Street Campus, please keep in mind there is a maximum of 20 students per shuttle bus.

And if you are in need of relaxation, you should sign up for the trip to Revelstoke taking place over February 13-21.   Take a break from studying and have some fun! Contact uwsnowboard@gmail.com if you are interested (please note the price for the trip is $670 now). See the poster below for information!

Revelstoke Trip

Library Research Guides: Sources Tailored for You

January 15, 2015 • Written by

creative-108545_640Written assignments can seem like a chore. Getting started is the hardest part, though eventually you select a topic and decide on the kinds of sources you will use to conduct your research.

The Internet offers more than a galaxy of information, and you may not have the time or expertise to filter out which information is both relevant and reliable. Plus, there are valuable print and media resources that are available.

RRC Library Research Guides

Here at RRC Library, we have done some of this filtering and gathering for you. You will find of all kinds of sources conveniently organized in the RRC Library Research Guides.

Here’s what the Research Guides can do for you:

  • Get the ball rolling and guide your research
  • Help you pinpoint your topic
  • Lead you to relevant, reliable, and authoritative resources
  • Present a balance of print, media and online materials

Visit the guides at http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Subject-Guides.aspx.


Credit: Written by Linda Fox.  We are also indebted to Norman Beattie, coordinator of Public Services at RRC Library, for his enormous contribution to the production and management of the RRC Library Research Guides. Thank you, Norman!

Students’ Association Clubs and Elections

January 9, 2015 • Written by

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Welcome Back!

We hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season! It might be rough in the coming week or two to get back into the swing of things with classes starting again, but here are some things to help you relax.

Start or join a campus club!

Starting a club can help you to meet new people with a shared interest. You can start one of two types of club, and academic club or an interest based club. There are several benefits to each type of club:

Interest Based Club Academic Based Club
Minimum 5 members Minimum 8 members
Mandatory 3 signing authorities Mandatory 3 signing authorities
For a common activity

  1. IE) Table Top Gaming Club
For a class project

  1. IE) Entrepreneurship Practicum
Eligible for donations from the SA Not eligible for donations from the SA
Able to fundraise on campus Able to fundraise on campus
Able to write cheques from club account Able to write cheques from the club account
Free $30 printing credit with the SA Free $30 printing credit with the SA

Check out the poster boards around campus to see when the next club day is. On a club day, tables of all the active clubs will be set up in the Library Hallway at NDC or the Atrium at EDC. Interest based clubs are always open to new members, and it is easy to sign up on a club day!

Elections are coming up in March!

The SA Executive positions will be up for grabs starting in February, with elections taking place March 27th to April 2nd. These are paid positions that are awarded by elections of the SA membership. The Vice President External, Vice President Internal, and Vice President Academic work 20 hours a week starting May 4th for a whole calendar year. The President works 30 hours a week starting May 4th for a whole calendar year. These hours must be worked between 8:30 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday which means you cannot take a full time course load.

If you would like more information on the positions and how to campaign for them, come into the SA offices at CM-20 at NDC, or P110 at EDC. The current execs would love to talk about what we do and convince you to do it too!

Lunch & Learn: Career Fair – Strategies and Tips

January 8, 2015 • Written by

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You keep hearing about the RRC 2015 Career Fair and everyone says you should attend. But what are you supposed to do at a career fair?

Use this session to find out how to prepare for and what to expect at career fairs. Learn how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of your time, how to approach employers with an introduction that makes a good impression, and how to follow-up after the fair.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Notre Dame Campus
Room E302
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Deadline for registration: January 18, 2015
or
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Exchange District Campus
P107 – CGA Manitoba Room
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Deadline for registration: January 19, 2015


Register at http://connect.rrc.ca/ses
Space is limited so sign up early.

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

 

 

 

Intercultural Mentorship Program: Give, Gain, Grow. Be a Mentor !

January 8, 2015 • Written by

Jets coverThis is often a time of year when we reflect on the past, and make plans for the future.

As I take the time to reflect on the fall term coming to a close and the group of Intercultural Mentorship Program (IMP) participants, I am struck with a sense of awe and admiration. Over 322 Red River College students and staff participated in the IMP during the fall term by volunteering their time to make a difference in someone else’s life, and in turn, having the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally! Completing over 3,500 volunteer hours – and embracing the opportunity to grow globally while staying locally – says a great deal about the students and staff at RRC!

What is the IMP? The Intercultural Mentorship Program is a global-local mentor program that matches an immigrant or international student with a Canadian-raised student or staff member for an intercultural exchange, practice of communication skills, and friendship. The program is based on a model of equal mentorship, recognizing that there is mutual benefit, responsibility and commitment for both partners. It is a mentor partnership where everyone has something to give and something to gain. Read More →