The month so far

Photo of Mae Louise & Prime Minister Trudeau
Mae Louise & Prime Minister Trudeau

by Paul Vogt, RRC President & CEO

Well, we’re halfway through February, which has just 28 days but often feels like the longest month in the calendar.   So here is some cheerful news from around the College – plus a few feel-good photos.

On the last day of January Prime Minister Trudeau visited our downtown campus to meet with his Youth Advisory Council.   College Elder Mae Louise Campbell, who opened and closed the Council meetings, also had a quiet moment with the Prime Minister. As a memento of his visit to Red River, the Prime Minister, who is a fan of the late Gord Downie, was given a print made in tribute to Downie by RRC Advanced Graphic Design graduate, Adria Warren.

Photo of Gord Downie print
Gord Downie print

On February 2nd I joined Kerri Korabelnikov and staff and students from our Language Training Centre for some ice skating at the Forks.  Many of the LTC students were lacing on the blades for the first time but, as always, were game to enjoy another “Canadian” experience.

Also on February 2nd the Nursing Faculty held its applied research day where students did a fantastic job of presenting their research from class assignments.

On February 5th and 6th we had our two winter convocation ceremonies at the Concert Hall, which were notable for the excellent talks given by our alumni speakers, Dwayne Bird and Norman Pastorin, and the “world premiere” of a new video made in-house at RRC.  Check it out.

Speaking of our media efforts, some will have noticed photo and video shoots taking place in RRC classrooms and labs over the past couple of weeks, which have been led by Bill Acheson and his team.  The visuals will be used to support our new fundraising campaign based on the theme, “RRC works.”  The public launch of the campaign is scheduled for a few months from now but I won’t be giving anything away to say that (like our billboards) it’s all about the students.

On February 7th Dr. Jim Strong from the National Microbiology Lab gave a presentation on his work on Ebola outbreaks to a well-attended Lunch & Learn session at NDC.  On February 8ththe Directions Conference provided a professional development and networking opportunity for some 500 students – kicked off by an engaging keynote from Skip the Dishes CEO (and major employer of RRC graduates) Josh Simair.

Over the weekend, Red River faculty and staff turned out in force to support the Main Street Project’s “Runway to Change” Fashion Show.  The Fashion Show, which features clients and staff from the Main Street Project, was launched two years ago as a class project by RRC Creative Communications Students, Madelaine Lapointe and Ashley Tokaruk.

Photo of Runway to Change

Then, earlier this week, we were excited to hear that our Marketing team, made up of RRC students McKenzie Wainwright, Kelsey Gillespie, Felipe Matoso Gomes and Dylan Murray, placed 4th out of 24 teams in the prestigious Vanier Challenge competition in Montreal.

The thing that all of the notable events above have in common is that they represent a great deal of ‘above and beyond’ effort put in by RRC faculty and staff.  Thanks to all who contributed.

And just think:  February has been a great month so far, and we’re only halfway through!


Paul Vogt  President & CEO
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology
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