Voluntary Withdrawal by students
The College has extended its voluntary withdrawal date for students up to and including the last day of the term, prior to the administering of a final exam (where applicable). As term end dates can vary, students are responsible for making sure they know the exact dates for their specific program.
RRC’s current refund policy will apply. (https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/dates/)
The College is committed to helping those students who need to withdraw at this time complete their studies at a later date.
If your program normally permits only a limited number of VWs, that limited is lifted for the present term. Any VWs made during this term will not count towards the total number of VWs allowed by your program.
Voluntary withdrawals are not available to international students due to the requirements of their study permits.
RRC in the News: Disposable mask recycling program
To help keep people safe, RRC distributes more than 6,000 disposable masks every month to students, employees, or visitors on campus. Our Sustainability team recently launched a disposable mask recycling program to recycle masks like these and keep them out of the landfill.
Sara MacArthur, Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability spoke with Global News to share more about the program and break down how the recycling process works. Learn more and watch the news feature here.
Wear Your Kindness on Pink Shirt Day, TODAY!
Today, February 24th, is Pink Shirt Day across Canada--a day of bullying awareness, inclusion and lifting each other up in our workplaces and schools.
Pink Shirt Day started in Nova Scotia in 2007, when two grade 12 students took a stand against homophobia when a grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on his first day of school. The older students encouraged their classmates to wear pink shirts in solidarity with the younger student and by the end of the week, most of the school was wearing pink in a show of support.
We encourage you to sport your favourite shade of pink today to symbolize the inclusive, respectful atmosphere the College strives to create for all members of our community. More information on the Pink Shirt Day initiative can be found at https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/
Questions about the College’s diversity and inclusion initiatives can be directed to Pri Mediwake, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. For questions or concerns related to discrimination and harassment, contact Jess Spindler, Resource and Resolution Advisor.
Supports are also available through the RRC Mental Health Coordinator, RRC Counselling Services (for students), your manager, Human Resources, the Employee and Family Assistance Program (for employees) and RRC Elders-in-Residence.
School of Education, Arts & Sciences: Wayne Dixon’s Retirement
After many years at the College, first as an instructor, then coordinator, and now, as Chair of Math, Science and Communication, Wayne Dixon is retiring on February 26th, 2021.
For those who have had the pleasure of working with Wayne, you know him as getting the job done, his sense of humour, his above average IT skills, budgeting knowledge and love for RRC. Wayne has been actively involved in the last 3 years in forwarding the “Runway courses”, Common Core Communication courses (CSkills project), and most recently Mathematically Thinking project. In the past 3 years, Wayne has led the MSC department in working more collaboratively with other departments, focusing on quality programming as well as expanding the MSC team of talented educational professionals. His sense of humour has had us all laughing many times and lightened the day in some tough times, as well. Wayne has been an asset to the College over the years, as well as the School of Education, Arts and Science and MSC in the past 3 years. We wish Wayne well although he will be greatly missed.
We are excited to announce that Lauren Phillips, who competed in the process for the position, will be joining the MSC team as Chair. We anticipate Lauren to start her role in the Spring, with her official start date to be confirmed at a later date. Lauren is passionate about adult education and learning, with over ten years’ experience at RRC – as manager of the Academic Success Centre and Assessment Services, and previously as an immigrant student advisor. Outside RRC, Lauren has worked as a program coordinator for the Adult Language Training Branch, as an associate producer with CBC TV and Radio, and as a corporate communication instructor in Japan. Lauren is currently working on a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies through Athabasca University.
Please join us in celebrating Wayne, and officially welcoming Lauren into her new role at MSC. Further details will follow about Wayne’s retirement celebration – Laura McMillan will be contacting everyone with more details!
Staff Giveaway - Win a signed copy of "Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time"
To honour the incredible achievements of Gabriel Langlois, the recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Community Development, we are giving away 7 copies of the biography Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time by Daniel Perron, signed by both Gabriel and Daniel.
This giveaway is open to all RRC staff. To enter, simply send an email to email@example.com with your name and phone number. Indicate the contest in your email's subject line and you'll be entered in to our draw, taking place on Friday, February 26, at 4 p.m. CST.
Reminder: Vacation Carryover and Voluntary Reduced Work Week Deadline - February 26, 2021
The deadline to submit your requests for Vacation Carryover and the Voluntary Reduced Work Week program (for non-instructional staff only) is February 26, 2021. In order to submit a request, please log onto HUB, select the Maestro application icon, and click on Human Resource Services eForms. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resource Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essential Copyright Exceptions For Staff and Faculty - Fair Dealing Week
Happy Fair Dealing Week From the RRC Copyright Officer.
Have you assessed your course materials for copyright compliance? Knowing how to engage with Fair Dealing can help.
Fair Dealing Week is a time to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by the Fair Dealing provision of the Copyright act, celebrate successful stories, and explain this user right under the Copyright Act.
How can you participate in Fair Dealing week, and learn about this provision of the copyright act applies to you?
Join our Fair Dealing Session: Fair Dealing Week - Essential Copyright Exceptions For Staff and Faculty
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 11am-12 noon
Read the Blog Post: Library Blog - Fair Dealing Week 2021
Check out other Fair Dealing Week events: Fair Dealing Week 2021 Events Across Canada
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 - Rubrics and Dropbox – (Feb 24th 2021, Noon-1:30PM)
Winter 2021 LEARN training sessions offered through the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence. You can sign up for this session and more on the Faculty Development registration page or view a list of upcoming CLPE Spring faculty development sessions.
Mediasite Skills Refresher
Join Murray Toews and eTV staff for a live presentation and Q & A via WebEx. This is a refresher of the MediaSite Desktop Recorder and we will answer specific questions to improve your online video presentations.
“One on one” sessions can also be scheduled on either Tuesdays or Thursdays at the time of the refresher presentation.
- Wednesday, February 24 from 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, March 3 from 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, March 10 from 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, March 17 from 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, March 24 from 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, March 31 from 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.
Free virtual event: Challenging Workplace Norms for Better Roles and Opportunities
You’re invited! Ten Thousand Coffees is hosting a panel discussion on March 5, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. CST to celebrate International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #ChoosetoChallenge. Ten Thousand Coffees invites us all choose to challenge our workplace norms and build an environment where women can thrive. Join students and alumni across the country to hear from an illustrious group of women from major brands like RBC, adidas, and IBM.
The event is free and open to all Red River College staff, students, and alumni. You are invited to listen in as these experts discuss how women – and everyone – can thrive in the workplace. Register here.
Virtual Paint Night - THIS THURSDAY!
The RRC Students’ Association and RRC Healthy Minds Healthy College would like to invite students and staff to participate in a virtual paint night!
Join us Thursday, February 25 at 7 PM for a step-by-step painting tutorial. This event is suitable for all skill levels.
Student Counselling Services
RRC understands that personal well-being is critical to academic success and offers free counselling services for students. We also encourage students to subscribe to RRC’s Wellness Blog for helpful information on managing stress and anxiety and improved mental health during our current situation. If you would like information about Counselling Services and how to best support your students with personal or emotional concerns, please contact Mark Unruh, Acting Manager for Counselling Services at email@example.com