Aboriginal Student Support Events – Exchange District Campus – October 2013

October 3, 2013 • Written by

8720042081_03d3215658_oThe Aboriginal Liaison from MB Student Aid will be at the Exchange District campus to present information and answer questions regarding student aid –  the process, how to apply, free money…!

MB Student Aid Presentation

  • Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
  • Aboriginal Support Centre P409
  • Exchange District Campus
  • 12pm –1pm


EDC Beading Club with Cheyenne & Monica

  • Wednesday, October 16th and 30th

Inuit Wall Hanging Making Workshop – with Elder Levinia Brown

  • Wednesday October 23rd, 2013
  • Wednesday November 6th, 2013
  • Exchange District Campus
  • Aboriginal Support Centre Room P409
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

EDC Winter Feast

  • Thursday, December 5th 2013
  • Aboriginal Support Centre Room P409
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

For more information on any of these events please contact Cheyenne Chartrand at 949-8506 or email chchartand@rrc.ca

If you think flu season is coming up…you’re right!

October 3, 2013 • Written by

Don't Get FluFlu, cold or stomach flu – which is it?

You may be wondering: Do I have the flu, or stomach flu, or just a cold? Contrary to popular belief, the “stomach flu”, which is the general term used to describe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, is not actually caused by influenza. Influenza is a respiratory virus, meaning it affects your lungs and chest, not your stomach.


Although they can seem similar, a common cold causes a runny/stuffy nose, sneezing, a sore throat and is much less serious than a flu. The greatest distinguishing factor between the two is the gradual onset of a cold as opposed to the sudden feeling of severe sickness caused by the flu. In fact, an influenza infection can sideline you from school and work for up to two weeks!

What is influenza then, and what is the big deal?

The “flu” (short for influenza) is caused by the influenza virus, which invades your nose, throat and lungs. This is also how the virus spreads from person to person. All the lovely folks you see coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose around you are victims to the virus’ diabolical strategy of infecting as many people as it can, as quickly as it can.

Picture this: You’re on a bus and someone has just sneezed beside you. You may not know this, but it’s likely you were unfortunate enough to inhale a good dose of your neighbour’s respiratory droplets. Depending on your health and immune status, you may be in for a rough ride of sudden onset fever (>38 *C), coughing, headaches, sore throat, runny nose, weakness and fatigue that can sometimes last two weeks or longer. Another characteristic feature of the flu, commonly described as the feeling of “getting hit by a truck”, is severe muscle and joint pain. It is also important to note that children may show somewhat different symptoms of influenza than adults (such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting), as well as the symptoms listed above.

Why a flu vaccine?

A flu vaccine is the best known way to prevent you from the most common types of flu. That being said, it does not provide a 100% guarantee that you will not get the flu. Find out why and how effective the flu vaccine is in our following blog!

Check out our following blogs to learn about how the flu vaccine is manufactured, benefits of getting the flu vaccine and more interesting information as well as flu clinic dates.

From Health Services Practicum Nursing Students Thomas and Alexis

Celebrate and support LGBTT* rights in October!

September 30, 2013 • Written by

8951933831_db3bea0255_b (landscape)October is a month with many opportunities to celebrate and support the LGBTT* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit) community. Coming Out Day (October 11), Spirit Day (October 17) and the Ally Week (October 21-25) provide a special time to reflect and advocate for LGBTT* rights and the value of diversity and inclusiveness, and to become Allies!

Coming Out Day (October 11): Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or as an ally.

A Resource Guide to Coming Out is a publication that acknowledges that the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion – from fear to euphoria, and is available at http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/resource-guide-to-coming-out. A Coming Out as a Straight Supporter guide is a resource intended to be a welcoming guide for straight supporters to build bridges of understanding when someone they know comes out to them, and is available at http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/straight-guide-to-lgbt-americans.

Spirit Day (October 17): People wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and to speak out against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.

Participants can take the Spirit Day pledge at www.glaad.org/spiritday and then wear purple on October 17 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.

Ally Week (October 21-25): Ally Week, taking place this year on October 21-25, is a week where people can engage in a dialogue about how everyone can work to become better Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment in schools.

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Student Employment Services – Employer on Campus events in October include:

September 30, 2013 • Written by

Notre Dame Campus

Mosaic (Tuesday, October 8, 2013)

TD Canada Trust (Tuesday, October 22, 2013)

Allstate (Thursday, October 24, 2013)

The North West Company (Wednesday, October 30, 2013)


Exchange District Campus

Fast Canadian Enterprise Ltd. (Monday, October 7, 2013)

TD Canada Trust (Thursday, October 24, 2013)

Allstate (Friday, October 25, 2013)

The North West Company (Tuesday, October 29, 2013)

For event information and registration visit Jobcentral.rrc.ca.

RRC Aboriginal Student Supports – September Events Calendar

September 13, 2013 • Written by


The Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations department has plenty of great events coming up in the next few weeks, including Women’s Full Moon Drumming, an info session on Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships, a Pipe Ceremony and Fall Feast to celebrate the equinox, and an opportunity to become part of the R-Crew.

Women’s Full Moon Drumming – September 17

Please join us in the Aboriginal Support Centre, room F205 on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for Women’s Full Moon Drumming with Elder, Mae Louise Campbell.

Although drums will be provided, feel free to bring your own drum. No past drumming experience or knowledge is necessary! All are welcome. If you have any questions, feel free to call Tracy Brant at 632-2106 or email: tbrant@rrc.ca.

Information Session on Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships for Aboriginal Students

Want to know more about awards and scholarships available to Aboriginal students?

Don’t know what the process is?  How do you apply?

Please mark your calendars to attend one of our information sessions.

Notre Dame Campus

  • Wednesday, September 18,
  • Aboriginal Support Centre, F205
  • 12pm – 1pm

Exchange District Campus

  • Wednesday, September 25
  • Room P415
  • 12pm – 1pm

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Student Employment Services – Tuesday Tip

September 9, 2013 • Written by

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Did you know that 70% of employers do the majority of their hiring in September?

Believe it or not…Employers are recruiting NOW for next year, temporary and permanent employment opportunities.

Top employers are hiring now and they want to hire RRC students and alumni! Check out JobCentral.rrc.ca to see what exciting opportunities and events await you!

A sample of current events posted on Job Central:

  • grad@Loblaw Program
  • Chop Hiring Fair
  • Employer On Campus – NDC – TD Canada Trust
  • Employer on Campus – EDC – TD Canada Trust
  • Retail Job Fair at Polo Park
  • Employer on Campus – EDC – Allstate
  • Employer on Campus – NDC – Allstate
  • Employer On Campus – NDC – North West Company
  • Employer On Campus – EDC – North West Company
  • Employer On Campus – EDC -Fast – Evening Mix and Mingle
  • Employer On Campus – EDC – Fast Canadian Enterprises Ltd.
  • Options Employment Services for Youth – Career Fair 2013
  • Healthcare Career Day
  • Career Exploration Week
  • Employer on Campus – NDC – Mosaic
  • Ability Axis Employment Expo

Did you know…..

August 28, 2013 • Written by

Did you know that Student Employment Services offers FREE assistance with:

  • Job-seeking strategies
  • Cover letter writing
  • Resume development
  • Interview preparation/mock interviews
  • Employment application forms

Make an appointment today to see how
Student Employment Services can
assist you!

Contact us at 204-632-3966 or e-mail jobcentre@rrc.ca to schedule an appointment!


Red River College Welcomes Students from Around the World

August 28, 2013 • Written by

Orientation Fall 2013As the summer winds down, one of the first signs of the start of the new term is the arrival of some of our newest students. Diversity and Immigrant Student Support in cooperation with International Education, offers a College Preparation and Orientation Program for international and immigrant students starting new academic programs each term. On August 20 and 21, we welcomed over 300 international and immigrant students for the Fall 2013 term at Red River College.

Although many of our international students have only recently arrived in Canada (one had landed in Winnipeg only hours before the first session!), most have been preparing for months … or even years … to come study at Red River College.

“For many of you, you may feel that you have finally arrived at the end of a long journey, but in many ways, your journey is just beginning. You will face many challenges during your time here, but we are here to support you.”  Norlan Page, Student Integration Coordinator – addressing new students

Full of mixers, lectures, presentations, and socializing, the day was built around the themes of Landing, Living, Linking, and Learning. After being welcomed to Red River College by the President and CEO Stephanie Forsyth, Vice President of Community Development Christine Crowe, and Dean of Student Services Cindee Laverge, participants had the opportunity to map out their own personal goals, learn how to navigate the Canadian academic environment and local community, share their own stories with one another, and hear advice from students who have first-hand experience studying and thriving in their Red River College programs.

Many participants felt empowered as new students at Red River College after obtaining helpful strategies for their first days at class and information about student services they can access during their time at the College.

“I got lots of information and now I’m pretty confident that I can be successful in my program. If I have any problem I know where to go and that I can get the proper help from all the staff.”  – Chandani, a student from India in the Aerospace Manufacturing Program at Stevenson Campus

“I need to just go home and review all the information myself. I think I’m very ready to start my studies, and I’m very happy to participate here.” Roja – Early Childhood Education Workplace Program where she will be spending part of the week on-campus and the rest of the time working in a local daycare.

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The best four-letter word at RRC

August 28, 2013 • Written by


There’s no doubt about it, starting a new RRC program takes a lot of preparation. You need to buy supplies, plan your new (and intense!) daily schedule, and maybe take a sneak peek through your mountain of shiny new text books. This is all very good and necessary, but did you know that you could be ignoring one critical step, one that could determine your success at College?

It all comes down to a four letter word you should take time to get very familiar with.

Hope.  It’s a little word with a great deal of power. Amazingly, new research is showing that students who come to College with high levels of hope tend to get higher grades, are more likely to graduate, and have reduced anxiety levels overall. Better still, a person’s Hope Level has shown to be a better predictor of College success than High School grades, IQ tests and personality traits.

It’s called Hope Theory, and the results of these news studies are leading Colleges and Universities to provide supports to students that focus not only on content areas like math and language skills, but for attitudinal issues like self-concept and goal setting.

So what exactly is a person’s “Hope Level”, what’s it made of?

Well, let’s start with what it isn’t. Hope used in this context is not a simple dream of the future or an unreasonable belief of success. Instead, researchers describe a person’s level of Hope as being made of three components:

  1. being able to envision a goal;
  2. being able to predict obstacles; and,
  3. having ability to plan to overcome those obstacles.

At its basic level, a high hope level means that you have a clear idea of where you want to go, and how you’re going to get there.

So. How can you harness the power of hope to improve your performance at RRC? We have a few suggestions.

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When is the BEST time to see an EAL (English as an Additional Language) tutor?

August 28, 2013 • Written by


The Academic Success Centre offers free EAL tutoring to RRC students.

Here’s some advice from the on the best time to connect with a tutor.

  • Speaking Quickly.  Your instructor speaks really quickly and when she or he gives you instructions, you’re not really sure what the expectations are.
  • Taking Notes.  It’s hard to take notes in class.  Sometimes, you’re not really sure if the instructor is talking about an important main idea or is just giving an example, or extra details.    When you read your notes afterwards, they just look like one long list of important ideas, and they are not really useful for studying.
  • Speaking up. It’s the first few weeks of your program and you feel shy to speak up in class.   Sometimes you know the answer, but you don’t say anything.  Sometimes you have questions for the instructor, but you’re nervous about asking them.
  • Group work. You have to work in a small group to complete a project for class. One of the students in the group is kind of bossy and talks more than everybody else. You don’t agree with her opinion and you don’t want to follow her suggestions because you might get a low mark, but you don’t know how to tell her politely.
  • Managing your Time. You just don’t have time to do all the reading that the instructors assign.  What are you supposed to do?
  • Vocabulary.  There’s a lot of new vocabulary that you don’t understand.  Which words should you spend time learning, and which words are okay to forget about?   How can you learn the new vocabulary effectively, since you’re too busy to spend a lot of time on vocabulary study?
  • Writing. You’re not used to writing long assignments with many paragraphs.  How are you supposed to organize your ideas?
  • Copying and Citation. You handed in an assignment that you thought was pretty good.  You supported your ideas with lots of information from the textbook and other sources you found on the internet.  However, your instructor told you that you copied too much.   What should you do?

You may have heard the English phrase:  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  That means that if you can stop a problem before it starts, it is better than solving a problem after. The best time to see an EAL tutor is BEFORE a problem starts. When you start to feel confused or overwhelmed by anything in your class – that is the right time to see an EAL tutor.

An EAL tutor can help you with the situations in the examples above, and with many other situations, too. However, there are some things that an EAL tutor CAN’T do.

An EAL tutor can’t do your work for you.

If you bring your writing to a tutor, they can’t sit down and “fix” it for you.  Instead, they will show you where the most important errors are, and help YOU to fix them.

An EAL tutor can’t help you with everything if you don’t give them enough time. 

If you come in one week before your writing assignment is due and say “Please fix my grammar,” you may not be happy with the result.  If you have many problems, the EAL tutor will not have time to help you with everything.  They will have to choose the most important two or three errors to help you with.  There may still be many errors in your final assignment.

This is because the EAL tutor will not be “fixing” your errors alone.  He or she will be teaching YOU how to fix them.  This takes time!  If you want the EAL tutor to help you with your writing, it is especially important to come and see us as soon as you start to work on the assignment, so that the tutor has more time to help you.

We want to help you. 

We know from experience that the best way to help you is by teaching you how to do the work yourself.  Once you know how to find and correct your mistakes by yourself, you’ll be able to use that skill your whole life long.  That’s REAL help!

Submitted by Michelle Amaya-Torres, EAL Specialist at the Academic Success Centre