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RDC faculty recognized for scholarly work

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  • Red Deer, October 16, 2017 – At Red Deer College, faculty are frequently involved in an extensive range of scholarly activity beyond their instructional duties. On October 19, four RDC faculty members will be celebrated at the Recognition of Scholarly Activity Awards.

    The award recipients, who are being recognized for scholarly activities completed in 2016, include:

    • Dr. Heather Marcovitch | Articles, The Yellow Book: Reshaping the Fin de Siėcle and OscarWilde at the Shaw Festival (Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)
    • Candi Raudebaugh and Kristen Gulbransen | Interprofessional Communities of Practice: Fostering Resilience in Post-Secondary Students (shared collaboration)
    • Leanne Vig | Workshop Roundtable Discussion: Classroom Activities and Two Conference Presentations: Innovative Strategies for Teaching Financial Accounting in a College Setting (co-presented with Randy Nicholls) and Intro to Accounting: Smarties ActivityEach year, a jury comprised of members from the Recognition of Scholarly Activity committee selects the recipient from applications submitted by faculty members. Applications are assessed on innovation, creativity, originality, influence, acclaim and breadth of dissemination. In 2006, RDC and the Faculty Association created an annual fund of $10,000 to recognize significant scholarly undertakings by faculty members.About RDC: For over 50 years RDC has been proudly serving our learners and our communities. RDC offers more than 100 different programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs) to 7,500 full- and part-time credit students and more than 36,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. Named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta’s most innovative organizations for the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, RDC is a key location for applied and industry-led research. Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway.

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    Red Deer College begins it’s transition to university

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  • This article was first published as a column by RDC President & CEO Joel Ward in the Red Deer Advocate on April 7, 2018

    On March 1, the Decision was rendered. To a capacity audience, Premier Rachel Notley and Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt, announced that RDC has been given
    approval to transition to become a recognized university.

    The decision to enable degree-granting, and the creation of a pathway to full University status will impact the economic, social and cultural growth of our region in ways we cannot
    yet imagine. The decision acknowledges the growth, and evolution, of RDC as a mature academic institution. Our history of delivering collaborative degrees for over 25 years is a
    testament to our capacity to do more, and do more we will. So, what kind of University will we become and how long will it take? To serve our learners, our communities, and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, we are defining ourselves as a Comprehensive Regional Teaching University. This means we will continue to do everything we do now, with the addition of granting our own degrees.

    We will continue to offer trades, certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates and applied degrees, as well as collaborative degrees with our other University partners. And we will grant our own degrees – ones that make sense for our region and complement our current programs. With a focus on applied learning, students will practice what they learn to solve real-world problems through co-ops, practicums, and projects that connect them to businesses, industry and not-for-profit sectors. With an emphasis on work integrated learning, students will become innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers with the communication skills necessary to navigate an increasingly complex world.

    As we determine what new degrees, certificates and diplomas our region will need we must consider the needs of our communities. Clearly though, STEM (science, technology,
    engineering and math) programs will be considered. We will continue with degrees in education, nursing, business, as well as social sciences and the humanities. As our region
    grows we will grow with it and we will create programs that support and enhance diversification and prepare students for the jobs of the future.

    The transition will take time – we estimate it will take approximately three to five years to complete the necessary work to become a recognized university. As we begin the work of
    transitioning to University status, we know we will need to be patient, thorough, and inclusive as we map the path. We established a transition team to work with the Government and the Ministry of Advanced Education to begin the work in earnest. We are grateful for the support of the Government of Alberta, including Premier Notley, Minister Schmidt and our local MLAs, Barb Miller and Kim Schreiner.

    On behalf of RDC, I wish to acknowledge and thank our current and past students, our faculty and staff, and our communities and partners for your unwavering support of this College and our quest to achieve degree-granting status. The decades of work you put in, and the support you’ve shown, led to a decision that will impact our region for generations to come.


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    St. Joseph High School teams up with Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation to shine a light on mental health

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  • The St. Joseph High School Grad Committee hosted “Restaurant Takeover” at State & Main (Red Deer South) to raise money for their Grad Service Project and to bring awareness to mental health issues. The night featured “celebrity waiters” including Ken Foster, Supt. Red Deer RCMP,  Lloyd Lewis, HLCol 41 Signal Regiment, Ken McMullen, Fire Chief, Damian Lagrange, Deputy Fire Chief, St. Joseph High School Principal, Mr. Graeme Daniel, and Vice-Principals, Mr. Ian Stan and Mrs. Teresa Borchers.

    The evening also supported the efforts of the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation, created in 2015 after Lindsey Kathleen More tragically took her life at the age of 22. Prior to her sudden passing and after a string of suicides at community high schools, Lindsey wanted to help those who were suffering in silence, as she did. Honouring her wishes, and to help keep Lindsey’s legacy of love and laughter alive, the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation was formed.

    Developed by her parents Rick and Cindy More, the foundation supports those suffering from mental illness through high-impact programs. Since then, Smiles Thru Lindsey has raised over $100,000 thanks to generous citizens, businesses, and donors.

     

     

     

     


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