RDC Athletics Recap – From Red Deer College Communications Team
Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week
1. Jill Stewart – Queens Cross Country Running
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma (3rd year)
This past Saturday, Jill Stewart had a tremendous performance to kick off the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Cross Country Running season at Running Room Grand Prix #1. The third-year student-athlete impressively completed the 6 km race in top spot among ACAC female runners (24:33) and helped lead the Red Deer College Queens to a first place finish as a team. The talented Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma student from Red Deer is one of the leaders on the Queens and consistently displays a strong work ethic as she strives to reach new personal bests.
2. Theoren Gill – Kings Soccer
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Bachelor of Education Elementary (3rd year)
Theoren Gill was a force in the Red Deer College Kings’ 6 – 0 victory over the Ambrose University Lions this past weekend. The third-year midfielder’s leadership skills were evident, positively reinforcing Head Coach Wade Groenewegen’s game plan to his teammates. Gill, a Bachelor of Education Elementary student, contributed two goals in the win and was praised after the game by Groenewegen for his effort and timely goals. The skilled student-athlete from Red Deer will be a key component of the Kings Soccer team this season, on and off the pitch.
This past weekend, four RDC teams had a tremendous start to the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season. The Red Deer College Queens & Kings Soccer teams earned convincing home victories over the Ambrose University Lions. The RDC Queens Cross Country Running team dominated with a first place finish in Edmonton, and the Kings placed second as a group.
Here is a summary of what happened this past week in RDC Athletics.
Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | RDC
The Red Deer College Queens defeated the Ambrose University Lions 4-1 in their home opener. Teryn Wright and Alisha Coules scored singles, and first-year Mikayla Fujimoto added a pair of goals in the victory.
Queens Head Coach Esad Elkaz appreciated the increased offensive output. “We talked about improving this year and we scored four goals in our first game today,” says Elkaz. “Obviously we have a lot of speed and improvement from last year – a lot more offence.”
Despite a solid win, Elkaz wants the Queens to keep evolving their game. “I’m still looking at improving the speed of our play,” says Elkaz. “That’s my goal for the future.”
Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | RDC
The RDC Kings controlled the game and earned a 6-0 victory over the Ambrose University Lions in their opening conference game of the season.
Both William Arcinegas and Timmo van Klaveren scored one goal for RDC. Colin Purnell and Theoren Gill contributed a pair of goals each.
The Kings Head Coach Wade Groenewegen appreciated Gill’s timely goals. “We don’t get our 6-0 result without those two important goals from Theo. He got the second and third goals, which are at key moments,” says Groenewegen. “All goals count the same on the scoresheet but they don’t all mean the same. The two goals he scored were ones that we needed.”
Cross Country Running | Saturday, September 8 | Concordia University of Edmonton
At Running Room Grand Prix #1, the RDC Queens, led by Red Deer’s Jill Stewart, took top spot.
Newcomer Daniel Szucs helped push the RDC Kings to a second place finish as a team, just behind the SAIT Trojans.
After a productive summer of training, Stewart looked strong over 6 kilometres and completed the course first among ACAC female runners in 24:33. Cross Country Running Head Coach Kari Elliott was thrilled with the opening race of the season. “I was very pleased with the effort and results today,” says Elliott. “We set goals before racing and many of the student-athletes achieved or passed those goals. Our runners looked sharp and it was a very positive start to the season.”
The Red Deer College Cross Country Running team will race in Calgary at Running Room Grand Prix #2. Jill Stewart and the Queens will look to repeat their first place performances, and the Kings will aim to push the SAIT Trojans for top spot. SAIT and St. Mary’s University will co-host the event.
Queens Hockey | Ice Breaker Tournament | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Friday, the RDC Queens and MacEwan University Griffins tied 3-3. The Red Deer College Queens defeated the Olds College Broncos 5-3 on Saturday. Later Saturday evening, the Queens earned a 3-1 victory over the SAIT Trojans.
Kings Hockey | Friday, September 7 | U of L
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, of U Sports, downed the RDC Kings 4-2 in exhibition. In a Saturday afternoon contest, the Pronghorns picked up a 5-3 win over the Kings.
For more information on RDC Athletics, schedules, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca
RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You
This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward
Because of You
This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.
As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.
Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.
Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.
Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.
Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.
I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.
I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.
I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.
Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.
It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.
It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.
It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.
Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC
Still a few spots left at RDC Summer Camp “experiences”
From RDC: RDC’s Summer Camps open new doors of possibilities for youth and teens
Red Deer College is welcoming youth and teens from across Alberta as they participate in more than 40 exciting and interactive Summer Camps on campus. The camps will be offered from July 2 until August 23, and there are opportunities covering a vast range of interests for participants ranging from 6 to 19 years old.
For the artistically inclined, SummerScapes is a comprehensive visual arts workshop that gives teens a chance to work with professional artists and study the core subjects of drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics.
From July 8 to 13, film students, video game designers and animation students will tell their stories as they work side-by-side with some of Alberta’s finest actors, filmmakers, programmers and instructors. In Film Camp, murder mystery films will be explored, as students learn how to produce, direct, shoot, write, act and edit their own short movies.
The teen camp, Video Game Design, allows students to collaborate with programmers and artists to create their own video games through writing and design. Students will learn story and character development, production, strategy and level designs, along with scripting, animation and more.
The Amination camp encourages teens to tell stories using Maya, the industry standard for high-end 3D computer animation, effects, and modelling. Students progress through motion and rendering exercises and finish with a collection of animations of their own design.
RDC also has a variety of youth camps, including URockGirl, which uses science and engineering to create fun hands-on projects like henna and mood bracelets. Other activity-based science camps include Junior Imagineers, which gives youth the opportunity to combine science and the power of the mind to learn magic tricks and techniques from a real magician.
Youth inspired to get cooking will appreciate Junior Chefs, where they get to use real industrial kitchens. Campers will learn cooking and baking techniques from Red Seal chefs, developing skills that will last a lifetime.
Those interested in many of the Sports camps, including basketball, conditioning, squash, sport academy and volleyball, will enjoy the world-class facilities in RDC’s vibrant and inclusive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Spots are still available in a variety of camps throughout the summer. For a complete list of camps and to register, visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.
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