RDC Media Release Regarding ACAC

On Wednesday, November 4 Red Deer College released a statement regarding ACAC for the 2020/2021 season.

Read the media release:
Media Release – ACAC members withdraw from remainder of 2020-21 Athletics season

CANCELLED: Perspectives Speaker Series: “Are Celebrities Killing Us? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash”

Please note that this event has been cancelled.

RDC and your SA believe in the importance of dialogue and analysis when it comes to current events. Perspectives: Canada in the World is a series of public lectures featuring internationally recognized speakers talking about issues that are important to our community and beyond. Our fascinating guests are sure to spark your intellectual curiosity.

Our upcoming guest is Timothy Caulfield, speaking about, “Are Celebrities Killing Us? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash”
Professor of Health Law & Science Policy | Author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
7:00 pm | RDC Arts Centre, Mainstage 

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and a research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.

Over the past several years, Caulfield has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have allowed him to publish more than 350 articles and book chapters. His research focuses on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues. The recipient of numerous academic and writing awards, Caulfield is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Caulfield also writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. His most recent book is The Vaccination Picture. He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning, hit documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries and was previously streamed on Netflix.

Tickets: $25 | rdc.ab.ca/tickets

Tickets on sale now! Buy your tickets online now or buy at the door. The ticket booth will open at 6:00 pm.

Loving Your Unloved Parts

Join Riley Lawson as she talks about the importance of self-acceptance, building trust with yourself, and how to operate from your Higher Self to make aligned decisions/take aligned actions.

Date: Thursday, January 9th
Room: 2601 (Main Campus)
Time: 4:00 p.m. (approximately 1 hour)
Supplies: Just you AND a pen!
Refreshments: will be provided

Notice to the Membership

DRAG SHOW with 4Q + 2 Special Queens


To kick off 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, let’s first have a night of fabulous fun! Join 4Q’s very own DD Fierce & Sparkle Emotion with special guests Ruby Hymen and Olivia Leads on November 20th for an evening of drag entertainment. The best part? Ticket sales support our student food bank! You can get yours at the SA Office or at the door with a minimum $5 donation.


For more details, please contact your Vice President Community & Wellness, Jessica Hennelly, at [email protected]

You’re Invited: President Installation Ceremony

The Red Deer College Board of Governors invites you to the installation of RDC’s 11th President, Dr. Peter Nunoda.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Ceremony: 3:00 pm
Mainstage | RDC Arts Centre
Reception to follow in the Arts Centre Foyer

Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration. Complimentary parking is available in the West Public Parking Lot on RDC’s main campus.

Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting

The Students’ Association would like to invite all Members to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will take place on Wednesday, October 30th at 12:00 p.m. in the Far Side Bar & Grill.

Agenda Items Include:
– Release of 2018-2019
Annual Report
– 2019/2020 Execute Council Mid-Term Reports
– Proposed Bylaw Amendments

From the President’s Desk

Welcome from RDC’s new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda

Welcome to Red Deer College! Whether you are coming here for the first time or continuing in your program, we’re so happy to have you here.

Like many of you, I’m new to RDC, as I officially started in my position as President on September 3. I am honoured to be your new President, because I believe in what this College is and in what it will become as Red Deer University. It is a pillar in this community that can change the lives of students and people from across the region.

I have dedicated my career to post-secondary education, as I have more than 30 years working in this sector as a faculty member, researcher and administrator. I’m passionate about being a leader and an educator, which allows me to be part of the journey as you, our students, grow personally and professionally.

I strongly believe in the value of post-secondary education, and I place great importance on a college education, specifically, because it helps to prepare students for the work force. In my family, all three of my children are currently in post-secondary, and my middle daughter is a great example of the importance of a college education. She started in a Bachelor of Science program, but was concerned about her job prospects. She then transferred to a Laboratory Sciences Technologist Diploma and has had great success in this program, including an amazing co-op experience.

Her journey demonstrates the need to have a wide range of programs and opportunities for students, and that’s something I’m so proud of at RDC – and it’s also something we will continue in the future. We’re on a very exciting path to become Red Deer University and, as we do this, we will be a unique university.

We’ll keep the range of credentials that we currently have, and we’ll also add our own degrees that are meaningful for students in this region. We want you to gain applied and hands-on knowledge, no matter what program you are in. As we develop our own degrees, we will always keep the ideas of experiential learning, practicums and co-ops in mind, because these are critical pieces of your education that will allow you to transition seamlessly into the work force.

As we plan for RDC’s future, we absolutely want to hear from you, and we will have students at the table for the conversations that shape the university of our future. I look forward to working with our Students’ Association and with students from across the College as we make this institution an even greater place to learn and to start the next chapter in your lives.

I wish you all well as you start your classes and enjoy the excitement that a new term brings. I also look forward to meeting you in the halls and at events across our campuses.

Dr. Peter Nunoda is President of Red Deer College

From the President’s Desk

You are the reason RDC exists

This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. He has a strong background from his work at post-secondary institutions across Canada, and he is committed to supporting you, our students.

As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.

Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. Countless students added their voices to this ask, and you were heard. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our institution and region will grow and prosper.

Because of you, our campuses are welcoming, dynamic and growing. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence clad in solar panels and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.

These facilities are here for our students. Without you, there would be no need, and without you, they would just be buildings. It is what happens within the walls of RDC that makes me the most proud, as you bring the energy and determination and passion to succeed.

Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more students can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. You have spoken up and said you need even more possibilities, even more opportunities to take programs that will lead to meaningful careers, and we have been listening. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our University transition.

Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.

I have always been reluctant to share my story, but I did recently at Convocation, and I will now, because it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.

I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.

I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.

Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many others who might have helped you along the way, I went to University. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.

It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.

It is because of you and it is for you that RDC exists. At this College – soon to be University – second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for allowing me to be part of your College. Being part of RDC’s journey, and watching thousands of you graduate each year has brought me great joy and fulfillment.

Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College.

Your 2019-2020 Student Executive Team has been Elected!

On March 28th, Red Deer College students elected their 2019-2020 Students’ Association student executives in the annual general election!

The team consists of:

  • President Brittany Lausen,
  • Vice President Academic Esther Schilling (resigned- November 2019),
  • Vice President Operations David Anderson, and
  • Vice President Community & Wellness Jessica Hennelly (resigned- January 2020).

All newly elected members of executive council will take office on May 1st.

“We are grateful for those students who took the time to participate in this election, either by voting, attending forums, or expressing their priorities,” said outgoing President Chaise Combs.

“I’m especially appreciative of this year’s candidates. It takes real courage to put oneself out there and campaign while maintaining a focus on academics. The hard work they all put in demonstrates how passionate they are about their education and the future of Red Deer University. I have the utmost confidence in this team.”

The current executive team (Chaise Combs, President; Esther Schilling, Vice President Academic; Brittany Lausen, Vice President Community & Wellness) will remain in office until April 30th.