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Daily Roundup

March 27, 2020

Welcome to our Daily Roundup, where we highlight today’s breaking news and share stories of Red River College students, instructors and staff rising to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Updates

Limit gatherings to 10 people

The Province of Manitoba announced today that it is limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises, including places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals.  This does not include any facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters. The measure is effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30.

Help coping with pandemic-related anxiety

The Province also announced today that it is launching an internet-based therapy program to help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be made available free of charge to all Manitobans 16 years or older in the coming weeks at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

RRC News

Spring 2020 Convocation is postponed

Red River College is working to keep its students, faculty and staff safe, and help limit the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to support students in their studies. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone spring convocation ceremonies that were planned for June 1 and 2, 2020.

Read the full message from Dr. Christine Watson, Interim President and CEO »

Changes to Intersession term

Due to social distancing requirements and the limitations placed on practicums, only the following courses will be offered during the Intersession term (May 11 to June 26, 2020): Programming 1, Programming 2, Statistics for BIT, Web Development 1, Introduction to Psychology.

College Community

Where’s Watson?

Dr. Christine Watson, our interim President and CEO, hosts a regular video series where she shares a behind-the-scenes look at what she’s up to on campus. This week, she reports from our Steinbach Campus:

Healing with cedar

Cedar, along with tobacco, sage and sweet grass, is one of four sacred medicines recognized in many Indigenous communities for ceremony and wellness. In particular, cedar is used for healing, restoring balance and protection against disease. On our blog, we talk about the healing properties of cedar and show you how to reap its many benefits.

New Resources

International Student FAQ

For answers to questions about COVID-19’s impact on your studies, travel, immigration, health insurance and future program intake, see our frequently asked questions for International Students

Changes to Intersession term

March 27, 2020

Due to social distancing requirements and the limitations placed on practicums, only the following courses will be offered during the Intersession term (May 11 to June 26, 2020):

  • Programming 1
  • Programming 2
  • Statistics for BIT
  • Web Development 1
  • Introduction to Psychology

Spring 2020 Convocation is postponed

March 27, 2020

A message from Dr. Christine Watson, Interim President and CEO

In this unprecedented time, Red River College is working to keep its students, faculty and staff safe, and help limit the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to support students in their studies.

As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone spring convocation ceremonies that were planned for June 1 and 2, 2020.

We know convocation is an important milestone for our students – it is for us too, a unique moment where we all come together in a College-wide celebration. It is one of my favourite events of the year and I appreciate how very important it is to our students. Please be assured we will have an opportunity to celebrate at convocation later in the year when it is safe to do so.

I also want to emphasize that while convocation ceremonies are postponed, students will still graduate when they have completed their programs and receive the parchments (degree, diploma, certificate) that they earned. This means eligible students still need to apply to graduate by the last day of the term in which they are graduating and can learn how to do so at rrc.ca/academics/convocation.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this challenging time. Together, we will find our way through this and celebrate when the time is right.

Take care and stay safe,

Dr. Christine Watson
Interim President and CEO

Daily Roundup

March 26, 2020

Welcome to the first of our Daily Roundups. We’ll be publishing these updates weekday afternoons to highlight news and stories about how our students, instructors, staff and community are rising to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Update

The Government of Canada yesterday issued an Emergency Order requiring all travellers returning from abroad to self-isolate, whether or not they have symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The order took effect at midnight last night.

The Province of Manitoba strongly advises all Manitobans to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including travel within Canada, and recommends that anyone who returns from any travel, including domestic travel, should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus for 14 days following their return.

RRC News

Updated campus access information

Although less staff are working on RRC campuses, we understand that some staff may need to gain access to their campus. In order to ensure that everyone is safe, we are requesting that if you or a group of staff are coming to campus to work, please email Security appropriate to your work location.
FIND OUT MORE »

Parking at our Notre Dame Campus

Beginning this Friday, March 27, staff who need to enter the Notre Dame Campus may park in the South Lot or East Lot (directly in front of the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre). All other staff and student parking lots will be closed for the foreseeable future.
FIND OUT MORE »

Video message from Elder Paul Guimond

Elder Paul Guimond has a video message for our College community to support us through this time.
WATCH NOW »

Pow Wow Postponed

We deeply regret that Red River College’s 20th Annual Graduation Pow Wow scheduled for May 8, 2020 will be postponed due social distancing requirements needed to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
FIND OUT MORE »

RRC welcomes back students – to virtual learning

On Monday, Red River College and its students took their first steps into virtual program delivery as courses resumed following a week-long study break.
READ MORE»

Red River College supports community fight against COVID-19

River College is dedicating student expertise and College resources to support the community-wide public health effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our province.
READ MORE »

Stay tuned!

Keep up with the latest news, and access staff and student resources and supports, at rrc.ca/coronavirus

Updated campus access information

March 26, 2020

Although less staff are working on RRC campuses, we understand that some staff may need to gain access to their campus. For safety and security reasons, it is important that we know when there is one or more staff person, including small groups, working on campus.

In order to ensure that everyone is safe, we are requesting that if you or a group of staff are coming to campus to work, please email Security appropriate to your work location.

Campus Security Contact:

Note: If you have a group of staff working on a campus, then only one person from this group needs to report in on behalf of everyone.

Please note that access to RRC campuses is now limited to certain entrances. Should staff/faculty require access for work-related purposes, and should students need to briefly access their lockers, they must enter through the following areas:

Exchange District Campus

All EDC buildings are locked. Staff can access buildings by using their swipe cards at the following designated entrances:

  • Roblin Centre: North and South main atrium doors
  • Paterson GlobalFoods Institute: Main Street entrance only
  • Language Training Centre: no swipe card access – security officer posted at 3rd floor entrance
  • ACE Project Space: card swipe access on 5th floor (security officer posted at entrance)

Notre Dame Campus

Building C doors on both the East and West side will be open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Staff and students will be able to enter through the follow card access exterior doors:

  • All Building T entrances
  • Building M: North West door and South West door
  • Building B: North East door
  • Only staff working in Building Z and CARSI will continue to enter those areas with their cards
  • After hours and weekends: Building C East side entrance

Update to Parking at the Notre Dame Campus

March 25, 2020

Beginning this Friday, March 27 staff who need to enter the Notre Dame Campus may park in the South Lot or East Lot (directly in front of the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre).

All other staff and student parking lots will be closed for the foreseeable future.

The South Lot and East Lot will be scramble parking, and were selected for their close proximity to the College’s primary entrances during this period of limited access. Assigned parking will not apply for the time being.

Please remember to bring your swipe card if you are entering through the front entrance of STTC and to check in with security, by visiting room C-115 or emailing aking@rrc.ca and/or kewalker@rrc.ca when you arrive and leave.

Please contact parking@rrc.ca with any questions.

Video Message from Elder Paul Guimond

March 25, 2020

Elder Paul Guimond has a video message for our College community to support us through this time. Click here to watch. Miigwech (thank you) Elder Paul!

The Indigenous Student Support department may not be able to offer a physical space right now to support Indigenous students college-wide, but we will continue to strive to offer academic and cultural supports to make students feel safe and supported. Current Online Indigenous Student Supports and messages from our Elders-in-Residence can be found at rrc.ca/indigenous/supports/online-supports

20th Annual Pow Wow Postponed

March 24, 2020

We deeply regret to inform you Red River College’s 20th Annual Graduation Pow Wow that was to be held on May 8, 2020 will be postponed due to the recent recommendations made by public authorities to increase social distancing to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

This event has been a point of pride for RRC for nearly 20 years and has been a tremendous way to honour, celebrate, and make Indigenous culture more accessible for the College community. Although we are saddened by this change, we are hopeful that we will be able to join together to celebrate our Indigenous students and the journey they are on in the near future.

We would like to acknowledge the time and efforts of our Elders, staff and community members who have been putting in great effort to plan this special day.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rhonda Monkman, Events Coordinator, at rmonkman90@rrc.ca

Miigwetch (thank you) in advance for your understanding.

Updated advisory on travel within Canada

March 23, 2020

The Province of Manitoba announced this morning that it strongly advises all Manitobans to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including travel within Canada.

Public health officials also recommend that anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic, should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus for 14 days following their return.

If you are returning from travel, please contact RRC Health Services by calling 204.632.2238 to let us know that you are self-isolating.

For more information, please visit:

Welcome back, Red River College students

March 23, 2020

Like us, you find yourselves today in strange new territory. These past few weeks have been scary, confusing, overwhelming times for all of us. To say we’ve missed you might sound trite, but the hallways of our campuses have never been emptier.

Luckily, three of our greatest strengths as a College community are resilience, agility and innovation. RRC leadership, faculty and staff came together last week to put those strengths to work in developing alternative forms of program delivery. Even if the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible for you to join us in our classrooms, we can still come together to teach and learn in other ways.

If they haven’t already, your instructors and program leads will reach out to you today to outline how your classes with them will be conducted for the time being. Each class is different, and so is each approach to alternative program delivery. We’re doing everything we can to make this work under challenging and ever-changing circumstances — which means we may not have it perfect just yet. We ask for your patience as we work through the next few weeks.

You have concerns, and we’ve been listening to them. Some of you are worried about access to laptops, or excelling in a digital environment. We’re taking those factors into consideration as we look to find innovative and creative solutions to help you achieve your academic goals, and we will be following-up with your shortly with more specific information about how we’re going to support you and help you with those specific needs that you’ve brought to our attention.

This week, we’re going to release additional supports and information in Student News, to better support you through this transition, Student News is now sent daily at 10 a.m. so please and keep an eye out for that information as it will be posted later this week.

As always, if you have questions related to your program, please speak to your instructors and program chairs. If you have a question or want to know more about RRC’s response to COVID-19, visit www.rrc.ca/coronavirus to learn more.

These may be trying times, but the compassion and creativity we’ve seen from our community gives us great hope that we will not only get through our current challenges, but emerge stronger than ever.

We’re glad to have you back.

Aileen Najduch
Acting Vice-President, Academic

RaeAnn Thibeault
Executive Director, Academic