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UPDATE: RDC scrambling to help students after University of Calgary suspends admission to collaborative degrees

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UPDATE:   While new students are not being accepted by U of C to begin classes at RDC in fall 2020, more than 100 current students who are attending RDC will be able to complete their degree at the College.

University of Calgary suspends admission to its collaborative degrees at Red Deer College

Students in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science affected

The University of Calgary (U of C) has informed its partners at Red Deer College (RDC) of a decision to cancel admission to its collaborative degree offerings. This decision affects U of C students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Sociology and Psychology) and Bachelor of Science (majoring in Psychology) who attend RDC.

“We are very disappointed with the University of Calgary’s decision,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, Red Deer College President. “Under these difficult circumstances, we are committed to working with the U of C and with our current students in the affected programs to ensure all students can successfully complete their degrees.”

At this time, the University of Calgary has committed to offering courses at RDC until April 2021.   While new students are not being accepted by U of C to begin classes at RDC in fall 2020, more than 100 current students who are attending RDC will be able to complete their degree at the College.

Red Deer College will continue to accept applications from new students who are able to complete the first two years of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and then complete their degrees by transferring to another post-secondary institution.

For the last two decades, collaborative degrees have provided RDC students the opportunity to complete their studies in Red Deer, while receiving their degree from a partner institution, such as the University of Calgary. Students enrolled in other collaborative degrees at RDC are unaffected.

“We know there is a demand for degree programs to be offered in central Alberta. We look forward to creating more opportunities for students as we begin to offer our own degrees as Red Deer University,” says Dr. Nunoda.

Red Deer College is moving swiftly to complete proposals to offer its first bachelor degrees in Arts, Education, Science (majoring in Biological Sciences) and Business Administration. Pending government approvals, students could begin classes in these degrees at Red Deer University as early as September 2021.

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Alberta confirms two patient deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant at Calgary hospital

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EDMONTON — A health official says two patients at Calgary’s Foothills hospital have died from the Delta variant of COVID-19 — and one had been fully immunized.

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the two patients, a man and a woman, were in their 80s, had significant co-morbidities and likely acquired the virus in the hospital.

One patient had received two doses of an mRNA vaccine, while the other had not been immunized.

They were among 23 hospital patients and staff who became infected with the Delta variant, one of the variants first identified in India.

Health experts have stressed that it is still possible to contract COVID-19 even with full immunization, but that the chances of severe outcomes drop significantly with vaccination.

The Delta variant is being watched carefully in Alberta, given it is now the dominant strain in the United Kingdom and, with its rapid transmission, is threatening plans there to reopen the economy and lift health restrictions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 17, 2021.

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Head coach Dave Dickenson rounds out his Calgary Stampeders staff for upcoming season

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CALGARY — Head coach Dave Dickenson rounded out his Calgary Stampeders staff for the 2021 season Thursday. 

Bob Slowik joins the Stampeders as a defensive assistant while T.J. Vernieri has been added as offensive assistant. Slowik served as the Montreal Alouettes’ defensive co-ordinator in 2019 while Vernieri spent two years as a receivers coach at Lycoming College, a Division III school in Williamsport, Pa.

Prior to coming north, Slowik spent over 20 years coaching in the NFL, including a combined 10 seasons as a defensive co-ordinator with the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.

The remainder of Calgary’s coaching staff consists of: special-teams co-ordinator/assistant head coach Mark Kilam; offensive co-ordinator/offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco; defensive co-ordinator Brent Monson; quarterbacks/running backs Marc Mueller; defensive backs coach/CFL draft co-ordinator Dwayne Cameron; defensive line coach Corey Mace; and receivers coach Marquay McDaniel.

“I am very excited to add Bob and T.J. to our coaching staff, they’re certainly a study in contrasts,” Dickenson said in a statement. “T.J. is an eager young coach just getting his feet wet in professional football and Bob certainly has a wealth of knowledge after more than three decades of coaching in the pros and college.

“This is a terrific opportunity to bring new ideas and voices into our coaching group and I know they will both be great additions to the team.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 17, 2021.

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