October 2015

Complete our survey about Inclusive Campus Climate at Red River College!

October 29, 2015 • Written by

11118620053_bf5cc0a7d7_oThis year Red River College began a dialogue with our College community surrounding the RRC inclusive campus climate. Through a series of conversation circles, focus groups, and online surveys, both students and employees have the opportunity to share their thoughts about our responsibility in promoting and supporting respect and inclusiveness, and challenging racism and discrimination. 

At this time, we invite Red River College students to complete a short survey.  Your opinion matters and your information will be kept confidential and you are not personally identifiable. Participation is voluntary. Please click this link to complete the short five minute survey.

For more information about this initiative, you can contact:

Nora Sobel, A/Manager of Diversity and Intercultural Services at nsobel@rrc.ca.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important initiative!

Annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students: A Student’s Perspective

October 29, 2015 • Written by

Kate (right) and Sarah (left): Two LTC volunteers

About the author: Kate Alekseienko is a student at the Language Training Centre. She is taking classes in the Intensive English for International Students program. On the night of the Welcome Party, Kate volunteered as a student journalist to give her impressions of the party as well as to talk to other students about their experiences. The following is her article…



Annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students: How cool it was!

On the evening of Friday, October 23rd, groups of students and staff with their families and friends could be seen hurrying up to the Voyageur Restaurant at the Notre Dame Campus. The students, staff, family and friends all came together to celebrate the 11th Annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students – the College’s largest celebration of diversity on campus.

Inside we were given a warm welcome by representatives from Diversity and Intercultural Services and the International Education department. After checking in at the registration desk and donating to the Students’ Association Food Bank, we went into the party. The atmosphere was very nice and friendly. We could see big, beautiful tables, hear the entertainment and smell the aroma of fresh coffee coming from the bar.

At the beginning of the party, participants were greeted by Minister, Flor Marcelino, the President and CEO of Red River College, Paul Vogt, and the Vice-President External of the Students’ Association, Adam Taplin. The event was sponsored by the International Education department, Red River College Students’ Association and Diversity and Intercultural Services.

At the party, we saw a lot of people chatting, families getting to know each other and lots of laughter, joy and gladness. Since the first Welcome Party 11 years ago, participation numbers have grown and it’s not hard to see why!

We decided to talk with guests and ask them a few questions. We asked about the Welcome Party, with whom they came, what they like the most about this event and about their outfits. Here’s what they said:

Alina from Israel: “I am glad to have fun here. It`s my first Welcome Party. I came with my husband and my three daughters. Most of all, I like the music, performers, and the play land place for kids. I’m wearing a scarf. My mom, who lives in Russia, made it for me. The flowers symbolized prosperity and happiness.”  Alina


Ting and Hedy from China: “We are very happy and enjoying this party. Food, drinks, music-everything is cool. We came with our friend.”Tin and Hedy


Canxia from China: “This is the first Welcome Party in my life. I came with my friends from China. I like to dance. My outfit is called a “cheongsam”. It’s a fashion design from old China and it became popular again.”



Steven from China: “I came with my friends. I like the music and performances.”IMG_8329


Dario and Joana from Brazil: “We came to the party together. We like that so many different countries were represented by many students. We also enjoyed volunteering at the event. For us, it is the first and the most important step to put you on the right track to your program at the College.”new1   

This party was truly awesome. The participants had the opportunity to share cultural backgrounds, attend with family and friends and build community on campus.

by Kate Alex

Workshop for All RRC Students – Test Anxiety: Skills for Managing It

October 14, 2015 • Written by

This experiential workshop will explore various strategies for managing test anxiety such as breathing and visualization exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, negative thought stopping and grounding techniques. Space is limited, so registration is preferred.

Test anxiety 2To register please call 204.632.3966. At the same time, drop-ins are welcome if you decide last minute!  All students are welcome!

Thursday, October 15th – 4:00-5:00

E109 at the Notre Dame Campus

Keep Calm & Thrive

October 14, 2015 • Written by

A Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Drop-In Group

College got you stressed? Not enough fun or relaxation? Dreading Midterms?

Do you want to be better able to:

  • reduce stress?
  • improve sleep?
  • improve focus and concentration?
  • get better grades?
  • increase your sense of well- being?
  • Or… just spend some downtime with others?

If you answered yes to any of these, then this group is for you.

We will be talking about ways you can use mindfulness techniques anywhere (such as breathing and relaxation strategies), managing your inner critic, sleeping better and increasing your focus – while also doing a fun activity.

When: Wednesdays, October 14, 21, 28, and Nov 4. From 4:00-5:00pm

Where: The Cave

All students welcome, just drop in!!! For more information please contact: 204-632-3966

Grouping Together

October 14, 2015 • Written by
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Business Admin weekly math review session

Hi! Dayna Graham, your Academic Coach, here!

The day before a running race there is not much you can physically do to increase your chance of success (cramming a track workout or a 30km run the night before is highly discouraged). However there are many things you can do to hurt yourself (see examples above).

The reasoning behind this is simple: all the distributed and focused training you’ve had the past several months have lead you to a place of readiness. Cramming a tough workout just before the race can tire your legs, depriving yourself of the rejuvenating rest your body needs to run its absolute best.  As a student it’s important to know that your brain is very much like a muscle – it builds knowledge through sustained practice and periods of rest.

Right now, time is on our side as we are still one week away from mid-terms, and though you are not on “the night before” track yet, you are on the tapering part. At this point, we are past the building phase and into the review phase.

This is when you review all that you’ve learned by recalling information, testing yourself and taking care of yourself. There is a large amount of research attesting to the benefits of  group review sessions. This is why the Academic Success Centre (ASC) has amped up our review sessions this week. Our staff tutors have worked hard to create practice questions and reviews for your math mid-terms.

Reviewing together with ASC staff tutor

Reviewing together with ASC staff tutor, Charanjit

We invite you to come to these workshops to review your course math concepts with new questions, and with peers who are just as eager as you to really dig deep into their learning. Updated workshops can be found at:


We look forward to hearing how these workshops are for you! Drop by the ASC anytime to give your input, feedback and suggestions! (D110 NDC, P210 EDC). And of course, let us know just how well you are doing as your success is our success! Happy uncramming!

In Recognition of Ally Week

October 9, 2015 • Written by
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Check out the window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort empowering students to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying, harassment and name-calling.

It is usually held in September or October, often coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11, and October also being LGBT History Month. The event started in October 2005 and has grown since. This year Ally Week takes place October 12-16, 2015.

The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. People across the country can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth.

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase LGBTT* awareness Library Services set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find additional information about the LGBTT* initiative at RRC. As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

List of Items: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

RRC Library Poster/Bookmark Contest

October 9, 2015 • Written by

prizesRRC Students! Show off your artistic talent by creating a Library poster or bookmark.

Contest Closes Friday 30 October 2015!

The poster or bookmark should represent one of our many services such as the Library databases, reference help, etc. (See the guidelines on our website for complete details). Need ideas? Unsure what we have? Ask our staff! They would be happy to show you anything from how to log into databases to requesting books from Exchange District or Notre Dame Libraries.

Keep in mind the winner(s) may find their creation is actually used by the Library for promotional purposes!

Please visit the blog post on the Library site for complete contest details!

Resume Booster: One size does not always fit all

October 9, 2015 • Written by

If only we could get the interviews we want by creating one perfect resume to submit to all employers, we would be done our job search in no time! But the reality is, we need to put the effort into researching our prospects and tailoring our applications for our job search to be effective.15874162256_96dcce2439_z

TalentEgg’s article, Prep Your Resume For Success During The Coming Year by Meghan Greaves, highlights the importance of research and producing a variety of resumes in a targeted approach to job search.

Read more about this article here: Prep Your Resume For Success During The Coming Year

Spend the time to customize each application so that employers are not tempted to chuck your resume to the trash.

Language Training Centre Student Receives Outstanding International Student Award

October 6, 2015 • Written by

kyna picture for articleIt is with great pleasure and pride that the Language Training Centre, along with Diversity and Intercultural Services and International Education, would like to announce that one of our very own students, Huiyu (Kyna) Wu, has received the Outstanding International Student Award (Language category) presented by the Manitoba Council for International Education and the Government of Manitoba. To be eligible for the award, the student must be in good academic standing, participate in activities both in and out of school and demonstrate a positive attitude.

Kyna studied English in the Intensive English for International Students program at the Language Training Centre from January to August 2015. During that time, she truly exemplified what it means to be an outstanding International Student. Beyond her perfect attendance and strong academic standing, she also went out of her way to look for ways to become more actively involved in the community. From volunteering at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup to hosting parties for her fellow classmates, Kyna’s kindness and generosity were felt far beyond the walls of the Language Training Centre.

‘I believe Kyna’s wonderful positive attitude has contributed to her success as well as those around her. She created an excellent rapport with each of her classmates. This should be noted because it is through unnoticed efforts like this that support systems are created—something that is necessary for an international student. Kyna hosted a party for all of her classmates after school, encouraged others to volunteer with her, and brought her positivity to the classroom every day’. (Logan Brunette, Instructor at the Language Training Centre)

This fall, Kyna continues her journey at Red River College in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. When asked what advice she would give to current students, she said, “You have to tell yourself that anything is possible if you try your best. You might run into problems like you fail one test. If you adjust your sad mood to a positive attitude, after a little while, you will see the sunshine”. 

Written by Jillian Hoogland, Student Integration Coordinator, Diversity and Intercultural Services. For more information, contact jhoogland@rrc.ca.