Making the grade, meeting deadlines, and other great dilemmas

March 21, 2014 • Written by

It’s a push to get to the end of the term. The stress is mounting as you face a pile of assignments and tests, accompanied by anxiety about how to get everything done and actually attain your goals for success. See below for some short videos geared toward students like you. A few small changes in how you study and handle your time can make a big difference!

VIDEO SERIES FEATURE: Academic success: smart tips for serious students

This video series features five videos, each about 10 minutes long and divided
into bite-sized segments. It’s so easy to get a little inspiration on the go!
Just click on the image and you’ll be taken to the Library catalogue.  Then
click the “play” link.  You will be asked to log in though the Library Proxy
Service with your RRC username and password to view. The series is also
available on DVD, at Media Services in the NDC Library on DVD.

Studying and test-taking

Studying and test-taking
Studying and test-taking

Researching, reading, and writing

Researching, reading, and writing
Researching, reading, and writing

Time management

Time management
Time management

 Active listening and note-taking

Active listening and note-taking
Active listening and note-taking

 Values and goals

Values and goals
Values and goals

RRC Library is here to help you

Red River College Library staff want to help you succeed. Come by for a visit or contact us by phone or email with any questions you have to ask us.

NEW DATE!!!! Winnipeg Football Club -Wade Miller-NDC

March 17, 2014 • Written by

Winnipeg Football Club logo

NEW DATE!!!!                 NEW DATE!!!!                 NEW DATE!!!!

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Winnipeg Football Club event with Wade Miller initially scheduled for Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 12 noon.

The Winnipeg Football Club invites all Business students to an information session.

 Bring your resume and meet Wade Miller as he discusses employment opportunities available with the Club.

Learn more about the Winnipeg Football Club at


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Black Lecture Theatre – GM-41  Notre Dame Campus

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending please register online at:


Limited Space available so sign up early!

Employer on Campus -CIBC

March 14, 2014 • Written by


CIBC invites all Business Administration – Finance students to an information session!

As one of Canada’s largest employers, CIBC offers a variety of career opportunities. Our people are the key to achieving our vision of being the leader in client relationships, which is why we work hard to create an environment where all employees can excel.

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

Notre Dame Campus Session

Monday, March 24, 2014

D‐102A – 2055 Notre Dame

Come & Go

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

(refreshments provided)


Exchange District Campus Session

Thursday, March 27, 2014

W411 ‐ 160 Princess Street

Come & Go

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

(refreshments provided)

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at:


Red River College hosts 5th Annual International Futsal Tournament

March 13, 2014 • Written by

Winner Team Armania GermanyA total of 12 teams came out on Saturday, March 8th to participate in this year’s Annual International Futsal tournament. A combination of students from various Red River College campuses met in the North Gym at 9:00 am on Saturday to play. For some, it was the first indoor game ever played.

With representation from countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Armenia, India and Congo, the tournament attracted over 100 students from various backgrounds with different levels of skill. The round robin style tournament allowed for a futsal packed day of 18 minute matches, giving all teams plenty of playing time.

As this was an opportunity for all students, players had the options to register as a team or an individual. This year, three Free Agents teams were created to accommodate individual registrations.

The final game between teams Free Agents #3 and Arminia Germany was an exciting match. Taking the lead and defeating two time tournament champions Maples FCArminia Germany became this year’s International Futsal Tournament champions. In the final match, they defeated Free Agents #3 with a final score of 5-3.

The tournament is offered every year and is organized in partnership by the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department and Athletics and Recreation Services. The tournament would not be made possible without the help of student volunteers who provided a complementary concession for players, organized team prizes and team registration.

Written by Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator, Diversity and Immigrant Student Support.

The Winnipeg Football Club is hiring!!

March 5, 2014 • Written by

Winnipeg Football Club logo

The Winnipeg Football Club is hiring!!

The Winnipeg Football Club invites all Business students to an information session.

Bring your resume and meet Wade Miller as he discusses employment opportunities available with the Club.

Learn more about the Winnipeg Football Club at

Exchange District Campus Information Session

Monday, March 10, 2014
Great West Life Lecture Theatre – A104
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.


Notre Dame Campus Information Session

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Black Lecture Theatre – GM-41  
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending please register online at:

Please Note: If you have difficulty registering contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966.

Limited Space available so sign up early!

Ask Red – Spread the Word to End the Word

March 4, 2014 • Written by

Dear Red,

I’m a first year student and I need some help. My problem is that I am working on a group project with a couple other students from my class and there is this one guy who constantly uses the word ‘retard’ when he’s making jokes. He doesn’t direct it at anyone in particular and he seems like a nice guy for the most part but I hate that word! My group doesn’t know about this but I have a learning disability and it reminds me of the times I was picked on growing up.  What can I do? Should I just keep my mouth shut and mind my own business?

-Upset Groupie


Dear Upset Groupie,

You have every right to be upset! Words can hurt; especially when they touch on painful memories from our past. Working in a group can present many challenges but working with people who use derogatory and offensive language can be especially difficult.  Unfortunately the “r-word” has found a place in common language despite the fact that its use, casual or otherwise, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those that love them.

Read More →

Freedom to Read Week

February 25, 2014 • Written by


Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year it is from February 23-March 1, 2014.


Censorship in Canada

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Would you like to see a list of the works that have been challenged in Canada

Freedom to Read Week Video

This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.

Items in our Collection

You too can learn more about censorship by searching our library catalogue. Here are a few items that the Red River College Library currently has in it’s collection:

120 banned books : censorship histories of world literature
Throughout history, nations, peoples, and governments have censored writers and their works on political, religious, sexual, and social grounds. Although the literary merit of the majority of these books has been proven time and time again, efforts are still in place today to suppress some of them. From Animal Farm to Ulysses, this book examines the struggle 120 of these works faced to be read.

Dear sir, I intend to burn your book : an anatomy of a book burning
In 2011, Canadian writer Lawrence Hill received an email from a man in the Netherlands stating that he intended to burn The Book of Negroes, Hill’s internationally acclaimed novel. Soon, the threat was international news, affecting Hill’s publishers and readers. In this provocative essay, Hill shares his private response to that moment and the controversy that followed, examing his reaction to the threat, while attempting to come to terms with the book burner’s motives and complaints.

forbiddenfruitForbidden fruit : banned, censored, and challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
From the New Testament to The Diary of Anne Frank to current objections to the Harry Potter series–dubbed the most frequently challenged books of the 21st century by the American Library Association–the tradition of banning, censoring, and challenging books has been remarkably enduring.

Literature suppressed on political grounds
Throughout history, tyrants, totalitarian states, religious institutions, and democratic governments alike have banned books thought to challenge their beliefs or question their activities. This book profiles the censorship of works banned because they were perceived as threats to governmental security or challenges to widely held political values, or simply because they presented truths embarassing to authorities.

Freedom To Read Week Display

At our downtown campus, at the John and Bonnie Buhler Library in the Roblin Centre, there is a Freedom to Read Week display, which includes many more related items from our collection.

Leadership Program for Diversity Ambassadors at the College

February 24, 2014 • Written by

Diversity Ambassadors with MargaritaThe Diversity Ambassadors, three international students volunteering for the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department are concluding a year of amazing work this week. Nipneet Butter (international student from India in the Applied Accounting Program), Yan Li (international student from China in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program), and Xiao Yue Jiao (Luna) (international student from China in the Business Administration Program) were the Diversity Ambassadors 2013-2014 cohort and it has been a real pleasure and honor having them be part of our team.

The Diversity Ambassadors Program was created with the idea of enhancing the overall student experience, promoting student success, and providing an opportunity for students to build leadership skills. Here are some of the benefits that the program offers:

  • Develop strong leadership, interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Ongoing training and support as students gain presentation and event planning skills and learn how to lead and facilitate peer group discussions and activities
  • Meet and learn from diverse people at the College and in the community
  • Make a difference by supporting new Red River College students
  • Make contacts and expand social and professional networks
  • Gain valuable professional volunteer experience that can be included in the students’ resumes
  • Receive an employment reference letter
  • Earn a $500 honorarium
  • Have lots of fun!

Read More →

Join the Wise Guy Millionaire’s Club

February 17, 2014 • Written by

glassesRRC’s Wise Guys have hit a million! As of this January, Red River College’s popular online math and science tutorials have garnered over a million views. (That’s right. A million views. That’s almost like, ahem, 12 platinum records.)

Really, it’s not surprising that the videos are so popular, after all they have been produced for the very specific needs of RRC students. For years the Wise Guys have given RRC students information they need, right when they need it. And that’s all year, 24/7.

What is surprising is that it’s not just RRC students watching Wise Guys. It turns out that the whole world is watching! In fact, people living in 179 different countries have tuned into videos that cover RRC course subjects such as Financial Accounting; Statistics; Fractions; Algebra; DC Electric Circuits; Physics and much more. We’re truly an international campus!

If you haven’t checked out Wise Guys yet, I’d suggest you get on board (and online!) now. Each video provides step-by-step instructions and demonstrations solving mathematical and scientific problems found in RRC programs.

The first Wise Guys video was uploaded in 2010 and the video bank has been growing ever since. We currently sit at hosting over 258 videos, and you can access them online for free at:

And just who are these internationally famous tutors? (Drum roll please….) RRC’s beloved Wise Guys are:

The RRC Wise Guys

Check out their Wise Guys Tutoring blog!

And why are the videos so popular? Wise Guy Delaney Earthdancer says she increasingly sees students turning online when they need extra help.

“In-class instruction is valuable and necessary; however, students lost in the classroom and searching for other resources invariably go to the Internet. Throughout my years at Red River I have worked with countless students who have told me ‘Guess what, Delaney? I found this great site online that has really helped me with electrical, or circuits, or trigonometry, or algebra. The list goes on and on’.” 

And, as always, if you can’t find the help you need online you can always visit the Wise Guys in person at the Academic Success Centre.


You know how to do this!

February 13, 2014 • Written by

imagesCARMFKY5A note from Dayna Graham, your Academic Coach at the Academic Success Centre

Were you among the 111.5 million viewers who gathered to watch the Super Bowl this month?  If so, you may have your own thoughts and theories as to what happened during that first play mishap between Peyton Manning and Manny Ramirez.  Was it audience noise?  Was it miscommunication?  Was it pressure from the moment?

To replay the play and offer some insight, blogger Dom Cosentino writes:

“It was a simple shotgun snap, a routine maneuver Peyton Manning and Manny Ramirez have executed thousands of times together without a hiccup.  But on the first play from scrimmage at Super Bowl North Jersey, it was suddenly a complete train wreck.”

Choking on routine maneuvers

Often, there is a clear cause and effect, an action and inaction, a reason “why.”  A notable point in our example is that the play was a “simple…routine maneuver.”  I think we can all attest to a skill we have where we are competent, comfortable and even excel at;  a skill which is second nature to us.  Perhaps you can do dosage calculations in your sleep, or you have well-developed basketball shooting skills, or you can create a flawless Crème Brule.  However, you drew a blank while writing your Nursing exam or you choked at the free-throw line, or your Crème Brule looked more like paper mache during a dinner party. 

So, what’s happening? 

In situations like these, the can-do instinct we’ve honed through years of practice is being silenced by overthinking.  Too much thought can derail the trained movement of our muscles and our capabilities.

When we are novice at something, we do need to think carefully of what we are doing; we need to learn and develop the skill through cognitive processes; through careful thought and intent.  However, once we know how to do something; once we’ve developed expertise in a particular skill or area, we need to simply trust ourselves.  Next time you come across something you know how to do here in college, put into play Courtney Helgo’s advice,

“try a little therapeutic distraction.  Say the alphabet backward when your yoga teacher orders you into the dreaded handstand….briefly engaging your conscious mind with something other than the task at hand can leave your instincts free to do their job.” 


Dom Cosentino/ The Star-Ledger February 03, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Helgoe, Courtney. “Gut Instincts You Shouldn’t Ignore.” Experience Life Nov. 2010: 66-70. Print.