COVID Vaccine Clinic Hosted By Health Services
Health Services will be hosting another COVID vaccine clinic on Feb 4th in Room A116 from 9 AM until 3 PM. Appointments are required (there will be very limited availability to accommodate any walk-in appointments). Go to Red River College Polytechnic: Health Services (right sidebar) to book before Feb 3rd. Pfizer vaccine will only be offered in accordance with current Manitoba Health recommendations.
ThoughtExchange: Share your ideas for the Academic Plan
The Academic Plan ThoughtExchange is now live!
ThoughtExchanges helped shape the Strategic Plan, and we are leveraging this tool to engage the College community to share ideas and rate thoughts submitted by your peers, supporting the development of the Academic Plan.
The Academic Plan ThoughtExchange runs until February 18, so we invite you to check back frequently to see new thoughts, emerging themes, rate thoughts, and continue to add your ideas.
You can also help contribute to the process of developing the Academic Plan as well as the Research Plan by attending the upcoming virtual Roundtables:
Academic Plan Roundtable
Wednesday, Feb 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Dr. Christine Watson, Vice President, Academic and Research
- Valerie Shantz, Senior Strategic Advisor
Research Plan Roundtable
Thursday, Feb 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Dr. Christine Watson, Vice President, Academic and Research
- Dr. Simon Potter, Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation
Note: After registering, ensure you add the roundtables to your calendar by opening the attachment in your confirmation email.
We appreciate your thoughtful participation as we develop the Academic Plan and Research Plan, and look forward to insightful conversations ahead.
Coming Soon - Gender and Sexual Identities: Advancing Understanding and Inclusion course
On February 14, 2022, we will be launching the new and improved Gender and Sexual Identities: Advancing Understanding and Inclusion course.
This course has been updated to reflect the evolving and current conversations around gender and sexual identities and to provide an opportunity to learn and reflect upon how we can apply this learning to advance inclusion at RRC Polytech.
This new course will replace the Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) Awareness courses that are currently available for staff and faculty.
As previous course completions will NOT transfer over, prior to February 14, 2022, please ensure that:
- If you have previously completed a GSD course, save a copy of your course completion for future reference.
- If you are currently completing a GSD course, complete the course and save your course completion details. Alternatively, you may choose not to complete the course and wait for the release of the new course.
IT Solutions Network Maintenance
IT Solutions is planning a network maintenance window at the Princess building of The Roblin Centre campus to support ongoing network services, upgrades, and enhancements.
--Scheduled Maintenance Window--
Start: January 28th, 2022 @ 1600 hrs
Complete: January 28th, 2022 @ 1700 hrs
Though we do not expect a major service interruption, it is possible that users could experience a brief interruption to service.
- Affected services in Princess building will include, but are not limited to, file shares, email, VoIP phone, WiFi, and internet access.
Plans for this maintenance window are subject to change. This notice will be updated at https://www.rrc.ca/its/news/.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this maintenance window please submit an ITS Service Desk ticket here.
Winter 2022 Virtual Convocation Messages from Faculty and Staff
Join us in celebrating our newest group of graduates at the Winter 2022 Virtual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, February 24th at 3 p.m.
A highlight of our past convocation videos have been the warm congratulatory video messages from our staff, faculty, chairs, deans and senior leaders from across the College. These special messages add warmth and personality to the celebration as we continue in a virtual format and we hope you will take the time to submit a video to be included. Think of this as that moment you would normally take to speak to your students at the Concert Hall. This is our opportunity to send well wishes, offer advice and celebrate and share in this important milestone.
Please send your video message via Teams, OneDrive or WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Monday, January 31 at noon!
For more information about convocation please visit www.rrc.ca/convocation.
Coffee break with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
SLT members invite you to monthly virtual coffee breaks to share your thoughts, ask questions and get to know one another better. These coffee break sessions will be hosted by different combinations of 2 SLT members and will provide you the opportunity to be in small virtual groups to ensure you can deep dive on subjects that matter to you. In order to ensure that we keep the group sizes to a minimum we would ask that you please register through the links below – please note that each coffee session will have a maximum of 6 guests to ensure everyone can participate.
Registered participants will receive a calendar hold for their session followed by an updated meeting notice closer to the date of the coffee break. Sessions will take place via MS Teams and will be 45 minutes in length.
You can register by clicking on the links attached to the dates listed above.
If you have any questions, please reach out to email@example.com.
We look forward to connecting with you!
Senior Leadership Team
HRIS Launch Postponed
The Human Resource team is modernizing our HR tools to better support employees, and are working on implementing a new Human Resource Information System (HRIS).
To ensure the new HRIS can carry out all the essential business functions the College requires, the project team needs additional time to perform testing. We have adjusted the project timeline from the initial launch date of February 12, 2022, and anticipate an additional three months may be required.
As we move through these changes, we’ll continue to update you on the training schedule and the HRIS project status.
For more information, read the full HRIS update on Staff Forum.
February LEARN Training Sessions
These training sessions will be held online via WebEx. Register for the training using the links below and you will be emailed a link to join the webinar.
- LEARN - Dropbox Tool Training - February 1, 2022
- LEARN - Gradebook Tool Training - February 2, 2022
- LEARN - Groups tool in LEARN - Feb 8th 2022
- LEARN - How to Grade and Publish Assignments/Quizzes Manually - February 15, 2022
- LEARN - Developing a Master in Learn - February 17, 2022
- Webex - Scheduling, Settings, and Managing Recordings - Feb 22nd 2022
- LEARN - Gradebook Tool Training - February 23, 2022
LEARN training sessions are offered through the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence. You can sign up for these sessions and more on the Faculty Development registration page or view a list of upcoming CLPE faculty development sessions.
In-Class Workshops on Academic Skills, Writing, Technology Literacy, Copyright, and more!
The Academic Success Centre (Library and Academic Services) offers in-class workshops for student cohorts at the request of faculty.
Our suite of workshops include Academic Skills, Writing Skills, and Technology Literacy Skills. The Library also offers workshops on Library Instruction and Copyright.
To request your in-class workshop(s), please click the links below:
- Academic Skills Workshops
- Writing Workshops
- Technology Literacy Workshops
- Library Instruction Workshops
- Copyright Workshops
- Hybrid LEARNing Modules - Facilitated Sessions
If you have questions about our in-class workshops, please send an email to Melissa Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced CINAHL: Nursing and Allied Health Database - Coming up on Library Lunch and Learn
Join us on Tuesday, February 1 at 12:15 for a demonstration of a powerful Nursing and Allied Health Database. Details below.
Advanced CINAHL: Nursing/Allied Health Database >> Click and Register
CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the core research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature with full-text coverage of 770 health journals! In this 30-minute talk, Rosemary Woodby demonstrates how to build better searches and utilize MeSH (Medical) Subject headings.
Boundaries in the Workplace
Join Pamela Villafranca (BSW, RSW), Mental Health Coordinator, as we learn about setting and understanding boundaries and how they help us care for our own mental health as we support students and colleagues. This session will focus on defining, understanding, and implementing boundaries while teaching and interacting with our students and colleagues.
Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Platform: MS Teams
To register, email Taryn Presley.
For more information, contact Claudius Soodeen.
Mite Achimowin: Heart Talk Recording Now Available
First Nations Women Expressions of Heart Health
Earlier this month, Dr. Lorena Fontaine joined us to share her research project mite achimowin: heart talk First Nations Women Expressions of Heart Health, which discusses the impacts of Residential School Intergenerational Trauma and Health Outcomes on Indigenous Women.
Dr. Fontaine has given permission for RRC Polytech staff and faculty to integrate these resources into their work and in the classroom.
Free Thrive Virtual Wellness Activities: Yoga, Lunch & Learn and Cooking
Are you finding time to create balance in your life with some self-care? Self-care isn't a luxury, it's essential to supporting good mental health. Self-care involves any intentional action that supports your well-being and can look different for everyone. That said, we have some THRIVE activities planned that promote relaxation, connection, movement, and creativity. All students and staff are invited to attend!
Yoga With Holly – A class for all levels. *Note, there is a new registration link for each yoga class.
Friday January 28th 12:00pm-12:30pm Register Here
Tuesday February 1st 4:00pm-4:30pm Register Here
Friday February 4th 12:00pm-12:30pm Register Here
Tuesday February 8th 4:00pm-4:30pm Register Here
Friday February 11th 12:00pm-12:30pm Register Here
Lunch & Learn- Connecting With Your Child Through Art - February 10th 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lindsay Ruddick, MSW, RSW, Social Worker and Family Therapist will present on the topic of attachment and connecting children in a personal or professional setting through art. Lindsay will demonstrate attachment-based art activities and explain how we can use them as we interact with the children in our lives. Participants (and kiddos) are more than welcome to participate in the art activities as you learn. Register Here
Suggested Material: Play Dough or Clay, Pencil and Paper, Markers or crayons
Date: February 10th
Platform: MS Teams
Cooking for Wellness – Thursday, February 10th
Show yourself some love by cooking a delicious and balanced meal. Learn how to make spring rolls while cooking alongside your instructor, Abby Legaspi. Register here.
All THRIVE events are offered through a partnership between the RRCSA and Healthy Minds Healthy College at no charge to participants and are open to staff, students, and faculty. Questions can be directed to Pamela Villafranca
Do you know a student who needs help using LEARN, Webex, MS Teams, HUB, or Office 365?
Do you have a student in your class who is struggling to find resources in LEARN, participate in their Webex classes, or collaborate in MS Teams? The Academic Success Centre (Library & Academic Services) has a suite of services to support students' technology literacy and skill development in the online environment.
Technology Literacy Supports:
- Tech Peer Tutors: We have experienced Peer Tutors who are available to meet virtually with students to help them learn how to use College-approved applications. Instructions on how to book an appointment with a Tech Peer Tutor can be found on our Tech Peer Tutors page. Students can also send an email to email@example.com if they require assistance with booking their first appointment.
- Workshop Recording: This "Introducing RRC Polytech Computer Applications" workshop recording provides an overview and basic skill development for using HUB, Office 365 (including Outlook), MS Teams, Webex, and LEARN.
- Technology Literacy Self-Enrollment Course: Students may enroll into this self-directed tutorial that provides basic skill development for using LEARN, HUB, Webex, MS Teams, and Office 365. The module features best practices and tips for using these collaborative apps and is designed to help students develop the foundational tech-skills needed to be successful online. Students can self-enroll into this tutorial here.
Get Job Search Ready Series: Resumes & Cover Letters
Get Job Search Ready is a comprehensive, interactive workshop series on the development of employment documents and skills for students, featuring employment presentations by the Student Employment Services (SES) team, supported by Academic Success Centre (ASC) workshops on complementary topics!
In the next 2 weeks, students can register for the Resumes and Cover Letters sessions below. These workshops will be designed for students in business-related programs.
Employment perspective with SES:
Language perspective with ASC:
- Language for Profile and Skill Statements (Resumes), Feb 8, 12pm
- Writing Strong Paragraphs (Cover Letters), Feb 10, 12pm
Note: Students are required to attend or watch the recordings of the SES workshops before attending the ASC workshops. Workshops complement the Math, Science and Communication's COMM-2172 Communication for the Workplace course.
Summer Employment with Manitoba Hydro - Apply by Jan 31
Manitoba Hydro is currently recruiting for over 250 full-time summer employment opportunities throughout Manitoba.
Students enrolled in academic programs that support MB Hydro's operational requirements are encouraged to apply. Jobs are available in a number of areas, including:
- information technology
- business administration
- general labour
To apply, submit a resumé and cover letter (saved as one file and named “lastname_firstname”) to firstname.lastname@example.org
The resume matching process begins February 1, 2022, for employment during the May to September work term.
For more information on eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit Manitoba Hydro’s Summer Student Program!
If you have any other questions about this opportunity, please contact RRC Polytech Student Employment Services at email@example.com