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Daily Roundup

May 11, 2020

Looking Ahead: A message from our Interim President & CEO

On Friday, May 8, Dr. Christine Watson discussed scenario planning for the future, and re-affirmed how the safety of our College community remains our top priority.

How I completed my diploma during a pandemic: a student’s story

Guest post by RRC student, Stuart Maddocks

The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the hardest experiences I have faced as a student. It disrupted my routine of having to leave my home to sit in a classroom with my friends and classmates. Additionally, being at home made me more distracted than I would be in the classroom. To overcome these challenges, I had a few strategies to help me get through the rest of my program. Here are some highlights of the methods I used to complete my final year as a Red River College Library and Information Technology student.

Read more »

Students: What skills will be in high demand after the pandemic?

You might be thinking of ways to improve your professional self while we are on lockdown due to COVID-19. But which skills should you prioritize?

Bernard Marr, Contributor with Forbes.com, highlights 8 job skills that are likely to be in high demand in a post-coronavirus world:

8 Job Skills To Succeed In A Post-Coronavirus World

For more information and employment resources, visit Student Employment Services at rrc.ca/ses. Contact us at jobcentre@rrc.ca to book a virtual meeting with an Employment Advisor for assistance with your job search!

Wellbeing for the Week

Brought to you by RRC’s Recreation Services.

Daily Roundup

May 8, 2020

Instructors partner with local makers and hobbyists to fight COVID-19

Faculty at Red River College have stepped up to help produce ‘ear savers’ for Manitoba’s frontline workers.

Rob Ataman, Serge Broeska, Jesse Jamison and Nino Caldarola — all instructors in RRC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Technician programs — each volunteered to bring home one of the College’s four 3D printers, which are capable of producing the pieces. Ear savers are plastic adapters worn at the back of the head to hold medical masks in place and eliminate strain, irritation and blisters caused by elastic straps.

Read the full story »

Internship, co-op and work opportunities via ASPIRE

ASPIRE is open to all full-time students attending post-secondary institutions in Canada who are legally able to work and are returning to school the following semester.

Find out more »

Questions? Contact  jobcentre@rrc.ca

Diversity Training for Students via WebEx

In response to COVID-19 and as part of the College’s academic continuity efforts, the Academic Success Centre is now offering Diversity Training workshops for students via WebEx. The Diversity Training program offers a series of one-hour interactive workshops .

To request a Diversity Training workshop for your students, please contact Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, at nsobel@rrc.ca.

Where’s Watson?

Students in the IT risk management course are paying close attention as organizations rely on business continuity plans during COVID-19. Dr. Christine Watson, our Interim President & CEO, speaks with an instructor who shares how the pandemic unexpectedly serves as a real-life example students can learn from.

Daily Roundup

May 7, 2020

Province of Manitoba boosts bursary funding for post-secondary students

The province will match all funds raised by universities and colleges for the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI) for the 2020-21 academic year, dollar for dollar, instead of with one dollar for every two dollars raised or donated privately.

The separate Manitoba Bursary program, which provides up-front financial support to students in need, has been increased by $1.8 million for 2020-21 to put a total of $17.3 million into the hands of students as they begin their studies.

The province says it aims to better ensure students receive financial supports amid fundraising challenges faced by post-secondary institutions due to the pandemic.

Read the announcement »

Beyond the book: RRC Library Services turns the page on remote delivery

When the COVID-19 virus struck and campuses closed mid-March, RRC Library Services staff were already up to speed, armed with equipment, reliable online databases and systems, and a strong team ethos that made switching to remote service delivery as easy as flipping a page.

Read the story »

Join the Baking Revolution

Staying at home during COVID-19 has given rise to a surge in home baking. Bettina Allen of RRC’s Library Services has compiled a selection of tantalizing e-resources inspired by baking, so put on your apron, grab a rolling pin, and check them out.

FF@4 session today

FF@4 is a chance for faculty, and staff who work with students, to get together for a casual check-in and conversation about teaching for learning. We take our lead from who shows up: No obligation. No pressure. Just an enjoyable way to end the day with your peers. Click on the link to join the session at 4 p.m. today.

Where’s Watson?

Business students are working on real projects with real companies thanks to a platform called Riipen. Christine speaks with an instructor who is leveraging this platform in addition to regular course work, giving students the opportunity to work with businesses across North America.

Daily Roundup

May 6, 2020

A message to RRC staff from incoming President & CEO Fred Meier

I am truly excited and humbled to be given an opportunity to join such an important institution here in Manitoba, and to have the opportunity to work alongside such talented, passionate and dedicated people who continue to move Red River College forward.

For more than 80 years, Red River College has played an instrumental role driving our economy, and I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to embrace that spirit of innovation that exists within the walls of every campus.

Read more »

A letter to RRC alumni from Riva Harrison

Red River College students need our help. I wanted to share why I chose to donate to the RRC COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund – and hope that my story will encourage you to do the same.

Read more »

Bump gets a boost from newfound home cooks

In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Winnipeg-based food entrepreneur James Battershill was set to launch a new consumer product co-developed in Red River College’s Prairie Research Kitchen. Then,  COVID-19 struck. Find out how a surge in home chefs had a surprising impact on the launch.

Read the story »

Where’s Watson?

Ashley Kosowan is a graduate of our Advanced Graphic Design Program and co-owner of Winnipeg’s popular bakery, Jenna Rae Cakes. Ashley tells us how her RRC training contributes to the bakery’s success, and shares how the business is running during the pandemic.

A message to RRC staff from incoming President & CEO Fred Meier

May 6, 2020

Good morning future co-workers!

I am truly excited and humbled to be given an opportunity to join such an important institution here in Manitoba, and to have the opportunity to work alongside such talented, passionate and dedicated people who continue to move Red River College forward.

For more than 80 years, Red River College has played an instrumental role driving our economy, and I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to embrace that spirit of innovation that exists within the walls of every campus.

As Manitoba starts to slowly emerge from the impacts of COVID-19, and we all begin adjusting to our “new normal”, we know that our work will be more important now than it ever was. We need to embrace the opportunity that is emerging from this pandemic. Now will be the time to leverage our creativity and ingenuity to build on the success of the College.

Without question, Red River College is guided by a strong leadership team, with a culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and a focus on creating the best outcomes for our students. I want to recognize Dr. Christine Watson and the entire leadership team for developing the College’s response to COVID–19. This is just one example of that culture and commitment.

I know, as we continue to get to know each other and move our institution forward, that we will build on that culture of innovation and work towards greater employee engagement. I look forward to working collaboratively with you to develop a plan for the College that reflects our shared vision and leverages our collective strengths.

I’m extremely fortunate and proud to join such an important Manitoba institution and I look forward to getting to know all of you and working with you this July.

For now, please continue to stay safe and healthy. Keep doing your part to support our students and each other, and flatten the curve.

See you soon.

Fred

Daily Roundup

May 5, 2020

Fred Meier, Incoming President & CEO, Red River College

Red River College announces new President & CEO

Today, Red River College’s Board of Governors announced that Fred Meier has accepted their offer to be the College’s next President & CEO starting July 6, 2020.

Following an exhaustive nation-wide search led by MNP, and guided by the Board’s selection committee, which captured important input from staff, students, faculty, and industry, the College’s Board of Governors made the unanimous decision to hire Meier for the organization’s top job.

Meier is Red River College’s sixth president & CEO. He has been appointed to a five-year term starting July 6, 2020.

Read the announcement »

RRC students need you

Red River College students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 need your help – please consider making a donation to the COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund.

Make a donation

Thank you to our donors

Together, we have helped contribute to more than $300,000 in donations and have been able to provide assistance to more than 300 students.

But there are still hundreds more students in need.

If making a donation isn’t possible for you at this time, please consider sharing information about the fund with your friends, family and networks to raise awareness about students in need.

SECD responding to pandemic changes with accessibility

From our Behind the Scenes at RRC blog: As many institutions across Canada began the transition to online delivery, Red River College’s Science of Early Child Development team quickly provided additional access to keep students across the country on track.

Read the story »

Sun Life Financial Virtual Career Information Seminar

For students/new grads passionate about people and finances, Sun Life Financial is hosting a virtual career information event on becoming a financial advisor:

Presenter: Lorie Willms, Advisor Recruitment Consultant
Thursday, May 28, 2020 
4 pm to 5 pm
RSVP: lorie.willms@sunlife.com or 1-306-514-3382

Details will be provided upon RSVP.

Questions? Contact jobcentre@rrc.ca

ITS tips for working from home

RRC’s Information Technology Services (ITS) has published a handy guide for reaching out to them with technical issues and requests.

Read the guide »

ITS Tips for Working from Home

May 5, 2020

With staff, faculty, and students working from home, Red River College has implemented an IT Service Desk. The IT Service Desk team functions as the College’s first point of contact for technical issues and requests. The Service desk will resolve many issues over the phone and relay any issues that need further investigation or support to other IT service areas for resolution.

Please see the ITS Service Desk webpage to find all the help resources you will need in one location. Once you log on using your College user name and password, you can receive up-to-date information and alerts; browse self-help links; search the College’s knowledge base for answers to your specific questions; or request support using Case Log, telephone, and email links.

There are three ways for you to request support from the ITS Service Desk:

  1. Create a Case Log
    You can still create a Case Log yourself. The ITS Service Desk staff will receive your Case Log submission and contact you within 24 hours to begin resolving your issue.
  2. Call the ITS Service Desk
    You can call the ITS Service Desk on campus @ 2125 or off-campus @ 204-632-2125. An ITS Service Desk team member will record the details of your issue and create a Case Log to resolve the issue with you. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a voicemail with your name, the details of your issue, and a phone number that we can use to contact you.
  3. Email the ITS Service Desk
    You can email the ITS Service Desk at servicedesk@rrc.ca. An ITS Service Desk team member will contact you via email or phone within 24 hours and work to resolve the issue with you. When submitting an email, please provide as much detail as you can about your issue and provide a phone number that we can use to contact you.

The ITS Service Desk is available to help you Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 16:30.

Need IT help?

  • ITS Help Resources has many self-help categories designed to help you solve common IT issues. ITS adds new pages all the time, so visit this resource often!
  • ITS Service Desk is the webpage to visit if you have already explored the Help Resources pages and still cannot find the answer you are looking for. You can request help directly from an ITS team member, receive up-to-date IT information and alerts, and search the College’s knowledge base for answers to your specific questions.

Daily Roundup

May 4, 2020

Red River College campuses and facilities remain closed

While some Manitoba businesses and services are reopening today, Red River College campuses and facilities remain closed to staff, students, and the public. We are continuing to deliver academic programs and services online.

If you’re a student who requires access to campus buildings or facilities to retrieve toolboxes or items from lockers, please review our campus access procedures.

If you’re a College employee who requires access to campus buildings or facilities, please review the procedures for submitting a Campus Access Request.

Decisions about opening RRC campuses will be made in careful consultation with government and local health authorities, with a view toward protecting the health and safety of Red River College employees and students.

How to submit a grade change request online

Students, the process to request a grade change has moved online.

Find out more »

Video Message from Our Interim President & CEO

On May 1, Dr. Christine Watson congratulated students on completing the winter term, and thanked everyone in our College community for our ongoing efforts as we continue to work and plan for alternative learning delivery.

Paid internships available for students

Venture For Canada (VFC) is offering entrepreneurial work experiences to post-secondary students.

You are eligible if you are:

  • A full-time or a part-time post-secondary student
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or a Refugee
  • Interested in building the skills most valued in the future job market

For more information, visit ventureforcanada.ca or contact Student Employment Services at jobcentre@rrc.ca.

Apply now

Reminder: Annual Graphic Design Grad Show goes digital on May 7

This year’s annual Graphic Design Grad Show and sale take place May 7 on Instagram and on Facebook — where you can explore and interact with profiles and projects of each of the 36 graduating students of RRC’s graphic design diploma program.

Celebrating Mental Health Week

May 4 to 10 is  Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is social connection. Connecting with other people in our communities doesn’t just feel good, it’s also good for our mental health. Good mental health, in turn, helps us to successfully learn and work. This week, we’ll share a variety of perspectives and resources from RRC community members on the Wellness Blog.

You’re also invited to attend a free webinar delivered by our friends at MindWell, featuring Jordan Friesen, M.O.T., from the Canadian Mental Health Association:

Mindfulness and the 5 Pillars of Learning for Mental Health in the Workplace
Date: Thursday, May 7
Time: Noon – 1pm
Topic: As the world finds itself in the midst of a global pandemic and organizations and individuals across the world learn how to adjust to a new way of working and living, prioritizing mental health in the workplace has become ever more important.

Register here »

Wellbeing for the Week

Visit RRC’s Recreation Services for more great resources to keep your mind, body and spirit active and healthy.

How to request a grade change online

May 4, 2020

To all Red River College students from the Registrar’s Office

Red River College recently announced new grading options to help ease the challenges you’re facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The options include changing a traditional letter grade you receive for your courses at the end of the current academic term to “Credit” or “Not Complete”.

The process to request a grade change can now be completed online:

  1. Open your Grade Report in HUB.
  2. Click on the Change to CR/NC button next to the course grade you wish to request to change. This button will also identify how many days you have left to make a change request.
  3. Before you can submit, you will be prompted to acknowledge that you understand the implications of the grade change request. You will not be able to submit until you confirm all items.
  4. It will take approximately 10 business days to review and process your request.
  5. If your request is still being processed, your Grade Report will indicate ***under review***
  6. If your request is complete, your Grade Report will indicate ***review complete***
  7. You will receive an email response to your RRC email account once your request has been completed.
  8. Your HUB Grade Report and official Transcript will be updated with the new grade, if approved.
  9. If your request has been denied, please contact your course instructor for further information.

Before submitting a grade change request, we strongly encourage you to please review the Grading Options info and FAQ and communicate with your Coordinator to find what a grade change means for your academic record.

Daily Roundup

May 1, 2020

Annual Graphic Design Grad Show goes digital May 7

Because of COVID-19, this year’s design grad show has moved to Instagram and on Facebook — where you can explore and interact with profiles and projects of each of the 36 graduating students of RRC’s graphic design diploma program.

Some of the students are also selling products they designed in the program. Visit their profiles for details.

While you’re at it, check out 2020.rrcdesignshow.ca soon for links to each student’s full online design portfolio. The website will also feature the grad portfolios of students in the Communication Design and Digital Media Design programs.

Find out more »

Maryanna Arendse, Academic Student Success Coach

Walking the Talk

Sit at your desk. Sit on your couch. Repeat. Sound familiar? On Behind the Scenes at RRC, Maryanna Arendse, Academic Student Success Coach at the College’s Portage Campus, talks about her mission to share resources for healthy living with students.

Read the story »

RRC Alumni: Rising to the Challenge

Our alumni continue to inspire us with the work they are doing to adapt their businesses, provide new services, and volunteer expertise to help those in need.

Read the latest good news stories »

Elder Wisdom

Elder Paul Guimond is thinking of our elderly and those who are sick, so he is singing a prayer song in Ojibwe. He sings for all of our relatives in the spirit world so they hear our voices and help us heal and stay safe.

Click here to watch »

Where’s Watson? Learning with LEGO!

Creative Communications grad Tyler Walsh gave the Prime Minister’s speech about COVID-19 for children a LEGO makeover. His stop-motion LEGO video went viral. Dr. Christine Watson, our interim President and CEO, asks Tyler how it all came to be and how the video is being used around the world.

Super Spuds

Elevate your next dinner with this #RRChomechef recipe: Chef Jon Royal’s Lemon Roasted Potatoes.

You can find the full video of the method up on our Instagram.