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Lacombe’s Mark DeWit is Boston Pizza Athlete of the Week

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Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Boston Pizza Athlete of the Week.

Mark DeWit – Kings Volleyball Hometown – Lacombe, AB Bachelor of Commerce (2nd year)

Mark DeWit had a strong weekend on the court for the Red Deer College Kings, helping them win silver at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship.  He was also named a CCAA Championship First Team All-star at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

In Friday’s three set sweep over the defending CCAA Champion Limoilou Titans (25-11, 25-21 and 25- 22), the Bachelor of Commerce student had three kills and one stuff block.  Then in the semi-final against the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners, the second-year middle elevated his play, totaling 11 kills, three stuffs, two digs and one assist, energizing the Kings over the Mariners in three sets (25-23, 25-20 and 26-24).  Mark was also named the Kings Player-of-the-Game for his tremendous performance.  In Saturday’s national final, the Fanshawe Falcons downed the RDC Kings in four sets (25-12, 25-13, 22-25 and 25-23).  The student-athlete from Lacombe played a key role again for the Kings, totaling six kills, four stuffs, one dig, one assist and one service ace.

This Week in RDC Athletics

This week the Red Deer College Kings Hockey team will compete against the MacEwan University Griffins in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey semi-final.

The RDC Indoor Track team will race at the ACAC Championships over two days in Calgary.

Kings Hockey | Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

The RDC Kings will open the best of three semi-final against the MacEwan University Griffins in Edmonton. The Kings will enter the series with some momentum. Prior to downing the Concordia University Thunder in straight games in the quarter-final, the Red Deer College Kings won six consecutive regular season contests, and eight of their past 10. MacEwan University received a bye to the semi-final because of their top two placement in the standings. In the Griffins’ past ten regular season games, they won six.

In the last regular season series on February 22 and 27, the RDC Kings defeated the Griffins in back-to-back games and outscored them by a total of 9-2. Dylan Thudium led both teams with four points (one goal and three assists). Arik Weersink was the winning goaltender in both contests. The Business Administration student from Lethbridge made 31 saves for a 3-0 shutout in Sylvan Lake. Then in Edmonton, the first-year Kings goaltender made 36 saves out of 38 shots (0.947) in the 6-2 victory.

The NAIT Ooks will face the SAIT Trojans in the other semi-final.

Kings Hockey | Friday, March 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDC Kings will host the Griffins for game two in Red Deer.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, March 16 | 6:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

If necessary, game three will be played in Edmonton.

RDC Indoor Track | March 15-16 | ACAC Championships | Repsol Sport Centre

The Red Deer College Indoor Track Team will run at the ACAC Championships in Calgary.
At the Running Room Grand Prix #2, there were many superb performances from RDC student- athletes.

Shayla Sklaruk was one of the top performers, placing first in the 300 m, 600 m and as part of the Queens 4 x 400 m relay team.

SAIT will host the two-day event.

For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca

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Brittany Lausen receives RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award 

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Providing advocacy and leadership for all students 

Student leadership and commitment are being celebrated at Red Deer  College, as Brittany Lausen is announced as the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award  recipient for 2021. 

The annual award recognizes a student whose actions have significantly enhanced RDC, whether  through governance, membership on committees or other meaningful contributions. Lausen was  nominated by her peers to receive the honour again this year due to her immense contributions to  student leadership at RDC and far beyond. 

“It’s very humbling to receive this award, and I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that being a  part of the Students’ Association and Red Deer College have provided, allowing me to be as involved  as I have been,” Lausen says. “I’m also very grateful to the amazing student leaders who I have  gotten to work with over the past six years, since I first became involved with the Education  Undergrad Society.” 

Lausen’s leadership has evolved and grown during her time at RDC, as she has played a key role on  the Students’ Association Executive Team, serving as the VP Community & Wellness in 2018/2019  and as President for the past two years. She has also been on RDC’s Academic Council for three  years and has served as a student representative on RDC’s Board of Governors since 2019, in  addition to myriad other volunteering, committees and initiatives at the College. 

“Red Deer College is fortunate to have Brittany as one of our students, and the RDC Foundation is  pleased to provide her with the outstanding student award for 2021,” says Kevin Beattie, RDC  Foundation Board Chair. “Her continuing dedication and commitment to her fellow students and to the  College exemplifies why she is so deserving of the award. Brittany’s selfless hard work in representing and advocating on behalf of her peers and also the College benefits the entire RDC  community. We can think of no better candidate to receive the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student  Award.” 

In addition to Lausen’s work and leadership at RDC, she has also dedicated time to representing  students across the province. Through her role with the Students’ Association, she became part of  the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), where – as the longest serving student leader in the  province – she was unanimously elected to be Chair in June 2020.  

For Lausen, it is important to engage in governance at the provincial level to influence policies and  affect change for future students. “It’s about what you, as a student leader, can do to make sure that  the students who come after you have the best time possible in post-secondary,” she says. “To me, it  is so meaningful knowing that the advocacy you do today will potentially impact the lives of future  students for years to come.” 

Through her province-wide perspective, Lausen also recognized a need for Western Canadian  students to be better represented at the federal level. As part of her work with ASEC, she was elected  to sit as one of the founding members of the Federal Student Advocacy Alliance. This Alliance, representing ASEC, BC Federation of Students and Sask Polytechnic Students’ Association, allows  students from the three western provinces to have a greater voice in advocacy issues at the national  level.  

From national to local issues, Lausen has tirelessly worked to benefit the student experience. During  her most recent term as Students’ Association President, she takes great pride in how the SA  Executive and Council advocated for degrees, ensuring that the students of RDC and the people of  central Alberta’s voices were heard. Lausen, herself, also had the opportunity to be part of Alberta  2030, the post-secondary review led by the Government of Alberta. She represented students from  across Alberta and was able to bring the RDC students’ perspective to the province’s new post secondary strategic direction.  

“Brittany has continually demonstrated strong leadership in representing post-secondary students at  all levels,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “In her two years on RDC’s Board of Governors  and through her work with the Students’ Association, I have gained a great appreciation for her  collaborative approach and also her determination to do what is best for students at RDC and for  post-secondary students across the province. During her time at RDC, she gained a strong understanding of governance and student needs, and that has served RDC’s students well for many  years.”  

Now, as Lausen looks to the future, she is excited to graduate in April 2022 with her Bachelor of  Business Administration in General Management, with minors in Finance and Economics, from  RDC’s collaborative degree with Mount Royal University. She is currently interning with Amazon and  hopes to accept a position with the company pending completion of her degree. She is also looking to  continue her educational journey by attaining a Master’s degree, either in Public Policy or Public  Administration, which would build on her extensive experience in leadership and governance. 

When she reflects on her time at RDC, she is thankful for the privilege to serve students. “I am so  grateful to the students of Red Deer College for trusting me for the past three years to be one of their  elected representatives,” she says. “It has truly made my time at post-secondary, and it is something I  will miss dearly.”  

About the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award: This scholarship is given to a student  who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment through participation in and  contribution to Red Deer College. The student may have participated in governance and/or College  committees, social or athletic activities while on campus. The scholarship is donated by the Red Deer  College Foundation.

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RDC awards Danny Rode with Honorary Degree – Brittany van Vlaanderen earns Governor General’s Academic Medal

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RDC celebrates graduates and award recipients from class of 2021 Red Deer, June 3, 2021 – On June 4, 2021, Red Deer College will celebrate the graduates from its

57th Convocation through a virtual ceremony.

“Convocation is always such an important and emotional time, and that is especially true this year,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, President. “These graduates made the choice to participate and to complete their education, despite formidable odds and circumstances that were undoubtedly different than they had envisioned. By rising to the challenge and earning their credential, each of these graduates has shown incredible resiliency and dedication, and I hope they are truly proud of all they have achieved.”

As part of the virtual ceremony for Convocation 2021, RDC is announcing two special award recipients. Brittany van Vlaanderen is receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) for her academic excellence. Brittany graduated with a Social Work diploma, and she earned a GPA of 4.0 and four grades of A+ in the final year of her program.

RDC is continuing an important tradition this year, with the granting of an Honorary Degree to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of social, cultural or economic development in a way that has had significant impact on RDC, central Alberta and beyond. Danny Rode is the seventh recipient of the Honorary Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in recognition of his 50-year career as a sports journalist, where he has shown astounding commitment to RDC Athletics and our student-athletes, helping to place RDC on the map as one of the best colleges in Canada.

“Recognizing special award recipients is always a meaningful part of Convocation celebrations, and I would like to personally congratulate both of these individuals,” says Nunoda. “Brittany van Vlaanderen has demonstrated excellence and success of the highest level in her program, which is a tremendous way to transition to the next phase of her life and career.”

“Danny Rode, our Honorary Degree recipient, has spent five decades sharing the stories of our student-athletes, coaches and teams. He has earned the reputation as someone who has never missed a home game – in 50 years – which is unheard of, and speaks volumes to his unparalleled dedication to athletics and this community.”

This Convocation represents another special milestone for the College, as the 1,619 graduates from 2021 represent the final class from Red Deer College, before it transitions to exciting future as Red Deer Polytechnic.

“There is no question that this Convocation is special on several levels,” Nunoda says. “I truly wish that we could gather this year and that I could shake the hands of each and every graduate, so I could tell them how proud I am. Given the circumstances, we have put in every effort to ensure graduates feel our pride and a sense of community through the virtual ceremony and our social media celebration. The class of 2021 represents a milestone in the history of our institution, and they now transition to being an essential part of our vibrant group of alumni.”

The virtual ceremony for RDC’s 57th Convocation, as well as a virtual ceremony celebrating the Class of 2020, are each available at rdc.ab.ca/convocation. The College will be celebrating graduates on our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) throughout the early part of June 2021.

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