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Achievements Celebrated at 2010 Alumni Dinner

November 25, 2010

2010 Alumni Dinner

Several decades’ worth of accolades and achievements were celebrated in style last week, as former students and current faculty — along with a host of community partners — gathered at Red River College’s 2010 Alumni Dinner.

The event — held Friday, Nov. 19th at The Fairmont Winnipeg — gave those in attendance a chance to pay tribute to their peers, among them entrepreneur John Gale, the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Gale, a 1980 graduate of RRC's Mechanical Engineering Technology program, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of a diamond drill bit that revolutionized the drilling industry in the mid-1980s. He’s currently overseeing a development plan that aims to turn the city of Kenora into a world-class business and tourist destination.

“It was definitely the most successful alumni dinner to date,” says Dale Oughton, RRC’s Alumni Coordinator, of the event, which drew more than 400 attendees.

“John Gale had the entire room in stitches, He was absolutely priceless, and very eloquent.”

As always, the event helped RRC raise awareness of its Alumni Program, the purpose of which — as Oughton explains — is to maintain relationships between the College and the graduates, while celebrating the achievements of alumni.

Emceed by Creative Communications instructor Steve Vogelsang, the event also featured tributes to RRC students Nikki Brown and Andre-John Camara, winners of this year’s Alumni Spirit Awards.

Money raised by the event will be used to support RRC’s Alumni Scholarships. A portion of the funds raised will also go towards the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, the rooftop deck of which will be reserved for Alumni Association functions.

RRC Staffers Bring the Heat at Inaugural Chili Cup

November 22, 2010

Chili Cup
From left: Mario de Negri, Al Richards and Ryan Ratushniak, winners of RRC's inaugural Chili Cup.

Staff and faculty at Red River College found a novel way to beat the winter blues last week, by engaging in some five-alarm fun at the College's first-ever Chili Cup.

The cook-off, held Nov. 16th at RRC's Notre Dame Campus, saw 13 teams putting their culinary skills to the test. Upwards of 150 students and staff members took part in the "tasting" component of the event, which helped to raise nearly $400 for RRC's Students' Association Food Bank.

The event boasted two award categories: the President's Choice Award (determined by Stephanie Forsyth, Cathy Rushton and John Reimers), and the Chili Cup Award (determined by the tasters).

The competition was close, but in the end, the following teams emerged victorious:

Chili Cup (First Place): Rebels Burning Fire Chili — Ryan Ratushniak, Mario de Negri, Al Richards and Dan Gilbert. The Rebels' chili wowed the tasters with its unique flavour and surprising undercurrent of cinnamon. It'll be served up in the voyageur Dining Room on Thu., Nov. 25th — aka "A Chili Day in November."

Chili Cup (Second Place): Tammy's Revenge — Tammy Kowerko

Chili Cup (Third Place): Piementas de Chili Caliente — Garry Giesbrecht

President's Choice: 33 Miners Trapped in Chili — Colin Fast

Congratulations also go out to staff and students at RRC's Winkler Campus, who also participated in the event. With six entries, the Winkler competition was similarly fierce, but the aptly named El Scorcho dish (courtesy of Shane Dubyk) eventually took the top prize.



Rebels Player Earns MCAC Honour

November 19, 2010

A member of the Red River College Rebels was named Male Athlete of the Week by the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) on Nov. 16, 2010.

Mike Kozoway, a starter on the Rebels mens' volleyball team, was honoured for his excellent play. In a recent match against Assiniboine Community College, Kozoway had seven kills on 12 attempts, with only one attack error for a 58% kill percentage and a 50% attack efficiency. He also had a team-high five blocks.

The Rebels will battle to retain first place in the MCAC with two matches against a fellow undefeated squad, the 3-0 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers, on Fri., Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Both matches will take place at RRC's Notre Dame Campus.

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Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus

November 17, 2010

The Board of Governors of Red River College is proud to announce that In recognition of former Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin, the College’s buildings at 160 Princess Street will be renamed The Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus.

In bestowing this honour, the Board acknowledges the significant contribution Premier Roblin made to Manitoba’s post-secondary education system. While perhaps best known for the Winnipeg Floodway, Roblin also established Manitoba’s community colleges and regional secondary schools.

In the early 1990s Premier Roblin’s report, Post-Secondary Education in Manitoba: Doing Things Differently, laid the groundwork for an expansion of Manitoba’s college system that included enhancing the participation of Aboriginal people in post-secondary education. RRC’s significant growth over the past several years can be credited to the recommendations of the Roblin Report.

A ceremony to officially rename the building will be held in the near future, and at that time the name change will take effect.

Lighting Up History In the Exchange

November 9, 2010


Red River College has flipped the switch on a dramatic display that lights up one of Winnipeg’s most prominent heritage structures and serves as a preview of the exciting new energy coming to the Exchange District.

To launch its “Lighting Up History” capital campaign, the College installed an LED lighting system that covers the front of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (formerly the Union Bank Tower at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue) in a captivating field of blue and green light.

College officials say the display is symbolic of RRC’s efforts to bring this historic building back to life, after nearly two decades spent in darkness.

The $27-million Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will be a new home for RRC’s culinary, hospitality and tourism programs, and site of the College’s first-ever student residence. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2011.

At the lighting ceremony — attended by dozens of business leaders, community representatives and students — Andrew Paterson, President and CEO of Paterson GlobalFoods Inc., and Vice-President of The Paterson Foundation, announced the capital campaign has already reached 64% of its goal for fundraising from private sources.

Both Paterson and RRC President Stephanie Forsyth stressed the importance of this project to enhancing the learning environment for students, expanding capacity at the College, building new economic opportunities in the food and hospitality sector, and further revitalizing the Exchange District.

Rebels Remain Undefeated

November 8, 2010

The RRC men’s and women’s volleyball teams were in action this past weekend as Assiniboine Community College made the trip to Rebel’s Country.

Both teams extended their MCAC league record to 4-0 with straight set victories over the Cougars. The women’s team won their double header by scores of 25-15, 25-20, 26-24 and 25-18, 25-23, 25-21. The men won by scores of 25-5, 25-11, 25-12 and 25-8, 25-13, 25-23. The volleyball teams have some time to focus on their training as they will now enter a bye week.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will take over the court this weekend as they face Canadian Mennonite University at CMU on Friday before returning to RRC for a rematch on Saturday. The women tip off on Friday at 6:30pm followed by the men at 8:00pm. Saturday will see the women start the action off at 2:00pm, while the men’s action will follow at 3:30pm.

Come and cheer on your Rebels! Free admission for all students and staff by showing your RRC student or staff card at the door.

Fall Enrolment Hits Record High

November 8, 2010

Red River College welcomed more new faces than ever before this fall, as the number of full-time students at its eight Manitoba campuses jumped by 5.5%, setting a new enrolment record.

Growth took place across the college, including big jumps in Advanced Diploma (+15.1%) and Fast Track (+45.7%) enrolments.
The introduction of RRC’s first two degree programs, in Construction Management and Nursing, has also proven popular with new students.

"Degree programs allow students to obtain a more advanced level of technical training than is available in a traditional two-year diploma program," explained Ken Webb, RRC’s Vice-President of Academic & Research. "These programs have been developed in direct response to industry demand for more highly skilled graduates in certain occupational areas."

Full-time enrolment is also up 17.6% at RRC’s five regional campuses, located in Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Gimli, Winkler and Peguis/Fisher River.

Those figures should continue to increase in the years ahead, as a new campus under development in Portage la Prairie — located in the historic former Victoria School building — will allow the College to expand training opportunities in the Central Plains region.

While students are increasingly seeing the advantages of a college education — including hands-on learning, instructors with real-world experience and work placement opportunities — RRC officials say finding somewhere to put them all is a growing challenge.
"Red River College has been operating at close to full capacity for several years," said Webb. "We’ve been very creative in making use of our existing space, but to continue our critical role in supporting the growth of Manitoba industry, we are going to have to grow ourselves."

Webb said the development of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute in the Exchange District — a new home for RRC’s culinary and hospitality programs and site of the College’ first student residence — will provide some much-needed new teaching space. However, he stresses the college must continue to work closely with industry and government to ensure the facilities are in place to meet the labour demands of the province.

Rebels Volleyball Teams Win Again

November 1, 2010

Both the Rebels men’s and women’s volleyball teams were victorious this past weekend against the College Universitaire de St. Boniface.

On Friday, the women started the night by winning 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) and the men followed with their own straight set victory (25-13, 25-20, 25-15). Saturday saw the women defeat CUSB 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-21), while the men were equally dominant as they also came out on top 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-18).

Both teams are undefeated in MCAC league play and will play host to ACC (Assiniboine Community College) on Saturday, Nov. 6th. The women play at 11:00am and 2:00pm, while the men’s matches will be at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. All Red River College staff and students are encouraged to attend. Free admission with your staff or student card!

Visit the Rebels Website for the entire season schedule, as well as the most up to date results.

Rebels Girls Volleyball Classic

October 22, 2010

Members of Red River College’s women’s volleyball team played mentor to up-and-comers from across the province last weekend, at the first ever Rebels Girls Volleyball Classic.

Held Oct. 16th and 17th at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus, the event drew eight middle school teams for a day-long tournament, followed by a day’s worth of coaching clinics and skills camps run by RRC coaching staff and players.

“It’s something we’ve really been looking forward to doing – using our athletics program to be more active in the community, and to raise the profile of college sports by reaching out and helping these teams and these coaches develop,” said Dan Gilbert, RRC’s Recreation Coordinator and Men’s Volleyball Coach.

Saturday’s tournament drew eight teams from seven Manitoba schools: Blumenort School (in Ritchot), Ecole Seven Oaks Middle School, Edmund Partridge Community School, Lincoln School, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, Powerview School (in Powerview) and Springs Christian Academy (who entered two teams). In between games, the RRC’s Rebels squared off against Providence College.

A follow-up tournament and skills camp for boys’ teams is scheduled for Nov. 20th and 21st, with 16 teams currently registered. Gilbert says last weekend’s tourney has already drawn high praise from participants.

“We’ve had a lot of very positive feedback from the schools involved, saying it was a great event for both the coaches and athletes,” he said.

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Strong Turnout at RRC Alumni Reception

October 1, 2010

Alumni Wine & Cheese

The achievements of Red River College grads were celebrated yesterday, as more than 150 former students gathered for the College’s second annual Alumni Wine & Cheese reception.

Held in the Loewen Atrium of RRC’s Exchange District Campus, the event gave grads a chance to get caught up with former classmates and instructors, and to shake hands with RRC’s newest President and C.E.O., British Columbia transplant Stephanie Forsyth.

“You are some of the living examples of the work this College has done,” said Forsyth, who for the last 10 years has served as president of Northwest Community College in B.C.

“We have graduates in every sector of the economy, and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.”

In her address, Forsyth gave reasons for her decision to join the RRC team, citing the College’s national reputation, its growing focus on research and its plans for expansion into other areas downtown.

Alumnus Ryan Garriock, owner and president of Garriock Insurance (and a member of RRC’s Alumni Advisory Board), spoke of the 100,000-plus College grads now working in all corners of the globe. 

Garriock also spoke of his excitement over efforts to convert downtown’s Union Bank Tower to the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (future home of RRC’s hospitality programs), before announcing the rooftop garden patio on the third floor of the finished building will be dedicated as an RRC alumni space.

Current and former RRC staff were on hand to provide tours of the Exchange District campus and to take donations for the Alumni Spirit Awards, which are awarded annually to recognize students’ commitment to their programs and to the College.


RRC Alumni Wine & Cheese from Red River College on Vimeo.