February 2015

RRCSA Cram Night

February 27, 2015 • Written by

Hello everyone!  Are you stressed about exams?  The Red River College Students’ CRAM_NIGHTAssociation is happy to present to you Cram Night on Monday, March 2 from 2:00-5:00.  Relax a little bit and come by for some free food and drink.  It will be in The Cave at the Notre Dame Campus and in the Atrium at the Exchange District Campus.  Hope to see you there!

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He Ho to Festival We Go! – The Canadian Connection Program takes RRC Immigrant and International Students to the Festival du Voyageur

February 27, 2015 • Written by

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Written By: Student Integration Coordinator, Lauren Konrad

On Saturday, Feb 14th our RRC immigrant and international students got a chilling glimpse of a day in the life of a true French-Canadian Voyageur as we embarked on an outdoor excursion to Winnipeg’s own Festival du Voyageur. As part of the Canadian Connection Program with the Diversity and Intercultural Services department, over 50 students gathered at the Festival grounds to have a little fun on a -30 degree day.

Somewhere between the impressive ice sculptures, down-hill inner tubing and building maple syrup candy pops in le Cabane a Sucre, students quickly learned that Manitobans really do have outdoor fun down to an art. Students received lessons in ancient outdoor survival techniques and got a taste of true voyageur cuisine as they watched artisans prepare French split pea soup over an open fire. For many, it was their first time stepping foot in a traditional tipi and learning about the traditional ways of voyageur life.

Tours of Fort Gibralter took students back in time while teaching lessons on the old ways of the Red River dating back to the times of historical tobacco and fur trade. Sleigh rides and dog sledding were new activities and experiences for most. “I want to thank the College for letting me experience these great events”, said student program volunteer Shuangshuang Xiao. As a first time festival goer, Xiao was impressed by the uniqueness of the outdoor cultural event.

The day ended with a group gathering in the MTS Riviere Rouge Tent where students met to sample an assortment of French-style poutine dishes and experience the sounds of French Acadian Music. Intrigued to see the French side of Manitoba, students were eager to learn some basic French words and take part in a whole new type of Canadian cultural experience. Despite the cold, Red River College students showed up to discover their appreciation for  French- Canadian culture; combining cross-cultural learning with a lot of fun.

Focus and Distraction 

February 27, 2015 • Written by

By Mario De Negri

Fitness Coordinator, Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services

It’s come to that time of year where most of us have not only given up on our New Years resolutions but more importantly just recalled we had some. What’s so fascinating about this is that now that we have brought it back to the forefront of our thoughts, most, and I’m saying close to all of us will still not do anything about it.

So I ask what is it that would stop me from implementing an action towards that resolution I had. I would like to think its distraction. When I am focused and I know what I want I usually do what is necessary to get it.

For example the fact I haven’t eaten anything for breakfast today, and not really a lunch that when I get home I all I can do is focus on a way to eat or better yet the urgency to have to go to the bathroom keeps me pretty focused.stock-photo-the-word-focus-with-blurred-words-in-background-isolated-on-white-as-concept-for-business-ideas-137038271

I think distraction is the cause of non focus. Next time you have to go to the bathroom really bad try to get angry at something in your life that at other times makes you really angry and try to hold off on going to the bathroom. What will happen is that you might start to get the rise of anger but shortly following is the call of nature. So you can persist and keep focusing on getting angry but just around the corner is the sound of the tap being turned on. Eventually you will give in and accept and in that moment your focus won’t be of anger but of relief.

So does this work when not being forced? Try this; Start to pay attention to yourself. Watch to see how you react to things. You see something and it’s making you angry. That anger has taken over your whole body. Stop! Look at the anger. Say to yourself “I choose not to be angry” over and over and over again until one, you’ll say to yourself how stupid this is and that it doesn’t work which will keep enforcing the anger or two, you treat this mantra like the urgency of having to use the loo and you will experience change.

Anger cannot exist if the focus is on not being anger. Just as darkness cannot exist when light is focused on it. If we agree that focus will only exists if there is no distraction then we must continue to keep watching to see if we stay on track to what we want. When distractions arise like I have no time, it’s too late, I don’t know how to do it or whatever the distraction is you accept to yourself we must stop, see it for what it is, and go back to focus.

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Employer On-Campus: Walmart Canada

February 26, 2015 • Written by

Inviting all graduating business students interested in learning more about a career in management with Walmart Canada to an information session.  SES logo EOC

Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada invites all graduating business students interested in a career in management to an information session!

If you are interested in learning more about building a career in management with Walmart Canada, please attend the information session.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Room E308, Notre Dame Campus

12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

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

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 5, 2015.  Limited space available so sign up early!

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

T2202A Education Tax Receipts are Now Available

February 26, 2015 • Written by
For income tax purposes, T2202A tax receipts are now available through HUB for the 2014 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:

Phone:
  • Full-time students 204-632-2327, toll free 1-800-903-7707
  • Part-time CE 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

Would you like to be a Diversity Ambassador?

February 23, 2015 • Written by

Would you like to be a Diversity Ambassador with Diversity and Intercultural Services at Red River College!!

Three Diversity Ambassador positions are available for current immigrant and international students in full-time academic programs. Diversity Ambassadors spend up to 100 hours of time over the year to share their experience, promote diversity on campus, provide peer-support and assist Diversity and Intercultural Services to organize events and activities. This program develops student leaders who are committed to promoting diversity and creating an inclusive environment at Red River College.

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Screening criteria for participants

  • Must be a current full-time immigrant or international student at Red River College who will return as a full-time student the following academic year
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural, communication and organization skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Interest in diversity and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Willingness to listen respectfully to different points of view and openness to self-reflection
  • Commitment to following through on assignments, meeting deadlines and performing tasks in a timely manner

Ambassadors receive a $500 honorarium at the end of the program.

Program commitment involves a May-April timeline.

Apply:  Diversity Ambassadors Program.

RRCSA at Open House – Thank You!

February 19, 2015 • Written by

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Hey everyone!  Just wanted to say a quick thank you to those of you who stopped by and said hello to the Red River College Students’ Association during the RRC Open House!  We hope that everyone enjoyed the free popcorn and soda and had a good time watching the movie marathon we had running in The Cave.

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Make note-making work for you

February 18, 2015 • Written by

RRC Staff tutor’s BA notes

Making one small change to our process can excel our progress

Last month at the pool, a new member jumped into my swimming lane – he was a new recruit in my Masters Swim Club.  His eagerness and dedication matched the other swimmers, however his pacing didn’t.  He seeded himself at the back of the pack and was constantly lapped.

His swim technique was fine and he was in excellent shape.

There is a fine line between offering a suggestion to help someone and in embarrassing them by overstepping your boundaries.

My swimmer friends and I talked about this and we all knew that he’d be much faster if he would change his swimwear, however we were all too timid to suggest it.  After a few weeks, he seemed to figure it out himself.  He came to the pool sporting a new swimsuit (one much more suited to swimming 2 km at a steady pace).

The results of this action were astounding!   No longer was he being lapped; he jumped to the front of the swim pack and led the entire set.

The message here is how:  one small change; one small deviation from your norm can make a significant change! Read More →

Important Dates for the RRCSA Elections!

February 12, 2015 • Written by

Hello everyone!  If you haven’t already heard, the Red River College Students’ Association (RRCSA) elections are fast approaching.  Below is a list of important dates to remember, whether you are running in the elections or wanting to see who the candidates are and making an informed vote!

  • Monday, February 2
    Elections 2014

    RRCSA Election Question & Answer Period 2014!

    • Nominations Open
  • Friday, February 27
    • Nominations Close 4 p.m.
  •  Monday, March 2
    • Candidate Information Session- SA Boardroom (Notre Dame Campus), 12:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 3
    •  Campaigning Starts & Candidates May Begin Captivating Students
  • Monday, March 16
    • Opening Speeches- The Roblin Cafeteria (Exchange District Campus), 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17
    • Opening Speeches- The Cave Lounge (Notre Dame Campus), 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23
    • The Projector Newspaper ‘Elections Issue’ on Stands
    • Question & Answer- The Roblin Cafeteria (Exchange District Campus), 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 24
    • Question & Answer- The Cave Lounge (Notre Dame Campus), 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27
    • Closing Speeches- The Roblin Cafeteria (Exchange District Campus), 11:00 a.m
    • Closing Speeches- The Cave Lounge (Notre Dame Campus), 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. – Thursday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. 
    • Online Voting Open
  • Thursday, April 2
    • Rock the Vote Kegger- The Cave Lounge (Notre Dame Campus), 3 – 7 p.m.
    • Online Voting Ends 3 p.m., Announce Winner at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions please feel free to come on down to the Students’ Association offices and we are happy to help you (CM20 at NDC and P110 at EDC)!  Also please note that the Student Association Board has voted not to run the U-Pass Referendum this year.

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Employer On-Campus: Walmart Canada

February 11, 2015 • Written by

Inviting all graduating business students interested in learning more about a career in management with Walmart Canada to an information session.  SES logo EOC

 

Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada invites all graduating business students interested in a career in management to an information session! 

If you are interested in learning more about building a career in management with Walmart Canada, please attend the information session. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Orange Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

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

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: February 18, 2015. Limited space available so sign up early!

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