May 2016

College Internet Connection Maintenance

May 25, 2016 • Written by
Information Technology Solutions will be performing equipment and network maintenance to the College internet connection. This work will be completed on Friday, May 27. Work will begin at 5:00pm and should be completed by 7:00pm.
During this maintenance window there will be interruptions to internet resources from within the College and access to College hosted resources from the internet.
If you have any questions or concerns, please submit a caselog at https://me.rrc.mb.ca/CaseLog/Login.aspx

Career, Education and Settlement Immigrant Fair

May 20, 2016 • Written by

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Our first Winnipeg-based Career, Education and Settlement Immigrant Fair is coming to the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown (288 Portage Ave.) on Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offering a unique and exciting environment for immigrants who are looking for information and inspiration as they search for jobs, go back to school and settle into their new home. Free admission!

Building on the success of similar events held in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax, the Winnipeg fair will feature:

  • diverse exhibitors, including employers, education institutes and social service agencies
  • interactive activities like a Resumé Clinic where you can get one-on-one free advice
  • inspirational speakers’ lineup, including keynote speaker Nadia Kidwai, Tikaram Adhikari and Segun Olude. See the full lineup.

Pre-registration for the event is now open.

Did you know…

May 11, 2016 • Written by

Did you know that all ESL/EAL (English as a second/additional language) students studying within an academic program at RRC can access 1 hour/week of ESL tutoring for the duration of their academic program?

ESL tutors:

  • are trained ESL teachers who work one-on-one with students
  • use your program material and assignments in the tutoring session
  • help you understand your assignment instructions and work more quickly and efficiently
  • help you find your errors yourself, and to develop strategies to prevent future errors.

What can an ESL tutor help you with? Click here to find out!

How can you request an ESL tutor?

  1. Contact Kaleigh Quinn
    ESL Specialist, Academic Success Centre
    Phone: 204.631-3472 (M/W/F) or 204.631.3365 (T/Th)
    Email: kquinn@rrc.ca
  1. Complete the online Tutor Request Form 
  2. Drop into the Academic Success Centre:
    Notre Dame Campus: Room D106E
    Exchange District Campus: Room P210K

If you have any questions, please contact Kaleigh at kquinn@rrc.ca!

Join the ESL Conversation Group!

May 11, 2016 • Written by

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Join the ESL Conversation Group! 

The Academic Success Centre is offering ESL Conversation Groups for ESL/EAL students at both the Exchange District Campus and Notre Dame Campus over the spring and summer. Participate in these sessions, and develop and practice the communication skills you need for success in your college program and the workforce, to network with students in other academic programs, and to have fun! Sessions will be interactive, engaging and dynamic, and are available to all students at RRC with a CLB 7+!

Spring & Summer Conversation Group Sessions:

Notre Dame Campus:

  • Room: D205
  • Times: 11:00am – 12:00pm & 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Dates:
    Friday, May 20
    Friday, June 3, 17
    Friday, July 15, 29
    Friday, August 12

Exchange District Campus:

  • Room: P304
  • Times: 12:00pm – 1:00pm & 4:00 – 5:00pm
  • Dates:
    Tuesday, May 17, May 31
    Tuesday, June 14, 28
    Tuesday, July 12, 26
    Tuesday, August 9

For more information, contact Kaleigh Quinn: kquinn@rrc.ca or 204.631.3472.

We hope to see you there!

 

RED Forum – Important Student Information

May 9, 2016 • Written by

This is a reminder that all classes will be cancelled on Friday May 13, 2016, (unless otherwise indicated by your program,) in order for Red River College to host the RED Forum – A day for all RRC employees.

RED Forum is a one-day professional development event that will focus on Relationships, Education, and Direction, and will take place entirely at the Notre Dame Campus. For more information on the RED Forum, you can visit www.rrc.ca/redforum

In addition to classes being cancelled, the following areas will be closed:

  • Notre Dame Library
  • The Campus Store
  • The Print Shoppe
  • The Buffalo and Voyageur Cafeteria
  • Otto’s
  • Tim Hortons
  • The Cave
  • The Ox
  • Student Services Centre and Registrar’s Office

All services will re-open for student use on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

If you have any questions, please speak with your instructor, class rep, or the program coordinator for your program area.

Red River College’s Student Email is getting a new look!

May 6, 2016 • Written by

Changes to Student Email are coming on May 16, 2016

On May 16, Red River College is rolling out a new Student Email system (powered by Office 365), which will enable you to access your email, contacts, and calendar from virtually anywhere. Stay in sync and on schedule with Outlook, and coordinate more effectively with classmates and Instructors. The new Student Email will not change how you send email from Learn, but it will provide additional communication enhancements to you.

You’ll be sent further information regarding this change to your current student email.

Student Email will not be available from 4pm on Friday, May 13 until 10pm on Sunday, May 15 while we perform the upgrade.

Network Outage Stevenson Aviation Winnipeg Campus – Wednesday May 4, 2016

May 3, 2016 • Written by
I.T. Solutions will be performing network equipment upgrades limited to the Stevenson Aviation Winnipeg Campus, the details are as follows:
  • Date work will be done:  Wednesday May 4, 2016
  • Start Time:  17:00 (5:00pm)
  • Duration of outage:  3 hours
  • The affected areas will be:  Stevenson Aviation Winnipeg Campus
The outage will result in no phone service, no internet services, no access to shared drives, and no wireless in the affected areas.
If you have any questions or concerns please submit a Caselog at:https://hub.rrc.ca/CASELOG

Diversity and Intercultural Services Celebrates Volunteerism on Campus

May 3, 2016 • Written by
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The RRC WUSC Local Committee (Student Refugee Program). Photo Credit: Digital Media Design Student, Prathamesh Madia.

On Wednesday, April 13th, members of the Diversity and Intercultural Services Department gathered to celebrate volunteerism on Campus at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Mixer. As part of the national recognition week, the department dedicated the evening to acknowledging student and staff volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Over 100 student and staff members attended the event. Volunteers were greeted with a pink flower as a small token of appreciation. The formal part of the evening highlighted outstanding volunteers and various departmental award recipients.

In the Intercultural Mentorship Program there was lots to celebrate. Over 300 participants successfully completed the Program this year having made a world of difference: in their partner’s life and on campus contributing to a more diverse, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Three Awards were offered this year to 3 partnerships representative of the “mentorship spirit”: Elizabeth Glaseman and Candy Pham demonstrated a willingness to learn, a sense of adventure, and an ability to have fun that have opened them up to new experiences while sharing from their own; Leonardo Celis Borrero and Benjamin McDonald have truly stepped out of their comfort zones and enhanced their intercultural understanding in a way that transformed their lives and helped them become more comfortable with themselves and each other; Paulo Arruda and Gemma Gibb have shown a lot of genuine interest in the other person and respect towards the partnership with an attitude of exploration and discussion, a love for learning and spirit of mutual support.

In addition, four Step Out Of Your Box Awards were presented to students who have explored dimensions of diversity different from their own and produced leave-behind projects to promote diversity or benefitting their organization. Hospitality and Tourism Management students Yuan Chen and Shanshan Long have volunteered with IRCOM and consciously and constantly challenged stereotypes around issues facing the refugee community in Winnipeg. Through their work they have manifested creativity in new and unique circumstances and have contributed to building a more diverse community. Another HTM student, Star Wang, has emerged as an outstanding planner, writer and public speaker and, upon volunteering with The Great Wall Project has contributed to bringing diversity to the forefront of Winnipeg culture and arts arena. Finally, Jacqueline Dormer of the Educational Assistant Program has made a difference into the lives of Manitoba living with disabilities through her work at St Amant. She has learnt that “we are all different and we cannot be defined by our differences” and has surely left a mark on all those she has worked with.

To continue, in an effort to support refugee students and to invite to self-reflection, exploration and goal-setting that facilitate settlement and integration, the Diversity and Intercultural Services at Red River College is presenting and annual Peace Award to current students in full-time academic programs who enter Canada as refugees or refugee claimants. This year’s $1,000 Peace Award recognizes Yves Ngendahimana for his strength and determination and for demonstrating perseverance in reaching his educational goals while overcoming challenges and adapting to a new life in Canada. Coming from a personal understanding of political conflicts and the role biased and corrupt businesses play in economic downfall, Yves is committed to using the knowledge and skills he acquired in RRC’s Applied Accounting Program to start a business revolution in Africa and the world at large. He takes it one step at a time and plans to use the award to pay for his tuition for his next step which is doing Business Administration with a major in Marketing.

A small reception followed which included light refreshments and Brazilian music by Marco Castillo.

The evening was captured nicely as participants got silly and took part in a fun-filled photo booth. To view the online gallery click here.

Thank you to all volunteers who took part in our programs and services this year. Your contributions truly do make a world of a difference.