Mental health week creates positive atmosphere

Students can face a lot of pressure and stress in their academic and personal lives as they try to balance numerous stressors including deadlines, loneliness, tuition costs, exams, anxiety and more.

Current studies indicate the three most common factors affecting academic performance are stress, sleep difficulties and anxiety. The Students’ Association wants to help change that for RDC students so it will be hosting a number of Mental Health related events throughout the coming months.

The recent Mental Health Week, a week dedicated to stress reduction and creating a positive atmosphere in which mental health can be explored and enhanced, was the first of these events. Activities during Mental Health Week included a variety of events on both campuses.

One of the highlights of the week was Mental Health Awareness Day. The day, presented by the Students’ Association in partnership with RDC’s Campus Recreation, Counselling & Career Centre, and Health, Safety & Wellness Centre, featured a number of stress relieving events including Tea Talks, Oxygen Bar, Food for Thought Free Lunch (with support from the RDC Cook Apprentice program) and a Hot Pot Studio pottery activity. The Students’ Association’s Mental Health mascot was also seen buzzing around the halls.

In 2013-2014, the Students’ Association introduced a Mental Health Initiative aimed at promoting a positive atmosphere at Red Deer College in which mental health can be explored and enhanced. The initiative will bring mental health information to the forefront for students, with the objective of helping the campus community identify the role of mental health in an individual’s well-being.

The initiative is supported by funding from the Alberta Campus Mental Health Initiative Fund (ACMHI).

Give a Little: RDC’s first ever Annual Day of Giving

RDC students, staff and faculty are being challenged to ‘Give a Little’ in support of the RDC Emergency Bursary Fund. This fund, administered by Student Services, is intended to assist students experiencing a financial shortfall due to unforeseen circumstances or expenses.

Sometimes, this shortfall can mean a difference of finishing their program, or not. Last year, 29 students received $40,000 in assistance. But think how much more we could do if we all were to give a little? Help us raise $10,000 to help students in need!

RDC’s first ever Annual Day of Giving takes place Friday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Forum. Free Taco-In-A-Bag and live music from 12 to1 p.m.

Donations to the Give a Little campaign will be accepted in person, online, or at cash cans throughout campus at various food providers.

For more information, call 403-342-3175 or visit www.rdc.ab.ca/givealittle

Brought to you by: RDC Fund Development, KIN Campus Club, and the Students’ Association.

 

Student food bank here to help

 

With winter just around the corner, many students are finding their funds are running low. Students face the continued struggle of making ends meet — often working one or more part-time jobs while being a full-time student. Sometimes even that isn’t enough.

“It’s unfortunate students need to access the SA Food Bank, but it is a valuable resource and service for them, especially at a time when they should be focusing on school and not the stress of everyday life,” said Anne Cooper, SA food bank coordinator.

The SA Student Food Bank has always enjoyed outstanding support from the Red Deer College community — its staff, faculty, students and supporters.

“On behalf of the Students’ Association Student Food Bank, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year,” said Cooper.

“We appreciate the support we have received from faculty, departments, student groups/clubs, Red Deer City Food Bank Society, numerous individuals and special events on campus. Every donation — no matter how large or how small — makes a difference.

“The special events held by different groups on campus help out in two ways — not only do they bring in donations, they also help increase awareness of the Student Food Bank.”

Stocking the Cupboards
The Student Food Bank needs non-perishable items like peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, tomato sauce, rice, cereal, fruit juice. There are some things people may not think to donate, but are just as essential, like hygiene items.

While every donation is appreciated there are some items which are not of high demand at the SA Student Food Bank. Items like baby formula, baby food and diapers are not as necessary. If those items are required the Red Deer Food Bank can help the Student Food Bank meet those needs.

Donations of unopened, non-perishable food items can be placed in the Food Bank collection box located by the main gym or dropped off at the Students’ Association office.

The Student Food Bank also accepts cash donations. These cash donations are used to purchase food vouchers. Cash donations can be dropped off at the Students’ Association office or placed in the Student Food Bank ‘Soup Cans’ at The Patch, Quiznos, Extreme Pita, The Marketplace, The Far Side Bar & Grill and The Lift.

“With the vouchers our students can purchase perishable groceries like fresh fruit, vegetable, milk, bread and meat.”

Emergency hampers
If you have need of an emergency hamper please call the Student Funding & Awards Office at 403-342-3254 or drop by their office in Room 1101. Clients are required to be a member of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. Additional services offered by the Red Deer College Student Funding & Awards Office include assistance with budgeting and emergency financial assistance.

The SA food bank is open to any questions, comments or suggestions you may have. Drop by and speak with Anne Cooper at the Students’ Association office or email [email protected]

 

Free access to Red Deer Public Library for all RDC students

Did you know that all members of the RDC community have free access to all branches of Red Deer Public Library?

Through a unique partnership with RDC Library, RDC students, faculty, and staff can freely borrow from RDPL’s vast collection of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, graphic novels, video games, and original artwork.

For RDC students, simply prove that you’re currently registered at RDC. Show your schedule on paper or on your phone to the staff at the Circulation Desk of any RDPL branch. Your iCard will be your RDPL library card.

Red Deer Public Library has three branches: Downtown (main), Dawe, and the newly opened Timberlands branch. The Downtown branch will be particularly convenient for DSB students as well as for those using public transit (as it’s located across the street from the transit terminal, Sorensen Station). For more information about RDPL, visit their website at rdpl.org.

Talk to RDC Library staff if you need more information.

SA Councilors speak and advocate on behalf of students

Students’ Association Winter Council — the highest governing body of the SA — has been set. All major decisions are made by Council, which consists of 12 Councilors and the current Students’ Association Executive Council.

Councilors represent the students and have the responsibility to speak up and advocate on behalf of the student body. Student Council meetings are held every second Monday and are open to the students of Red Deer College.

Your 2014-2015 SA Council
• Daniel Jackman
• Patti Lapointe
• Jordyn Saxton
• Brady Podloski
• Robert Raincock
• Alannah Clayton
• Diane Richard
• Frans Badenhorst
• Kelly Lockhart
• April Massie
• Austin McGrath, Ex-officio
• Erik Elilngson, Board of Governors Representative
• Evan Lintick, Vice President College Affairs
• Jhymylyn (Jaime) Miranda, Vice President Student Life
• Rebecca Tootoosis, Vice President Operations
• Bailey Daines, SA President

Student Council plays important role at RDC

Things are gearing up here as we head into election season at the Students’ Association. Nominations for your Students’ Association Student Council closed at 4 p.m. Sept. 23.

Make sure to keep your eyes open from Sept. 24 to 30 as campaigning gets underway. The candidates will be informing you why Student Council is important and they should be your voice on Council and what makes them a great choice to be a student leader and representative.

Council is many things, but to summarize, it is a group of students elected from the larger student body who represent their peers on campus. It is the highest governing body of the Students’ Association, and thus directs how we operate. Finally, Student Council is a  group of students who want to make a difference and affect change for the betterment of Red Deer College and all students on this Campus. Council member bringing forward concerns of students and inform students of issues on campus that will affect them. They also help run events to engage students.

All of this work is important because student representation ensures that students are taken into account when decisions are made on campus. Without this voice, the College is not going to know what students really want and remain accountable to the primary stakeholders of this institution.

Upcoming Council events include a Student Council Forum in the Library North Nook today (Sept. 25) at 4:30 p.m. Come out and learn how Council’s work impacts students at Red Deer College. Students at the Donald School of Business (RDC’s downtown campus) will also have an opportunity to learn about Council at an event Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.

And lastly, remember every voice counts. Exercising your democratic right is something that should be done every opportunity you can.

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: REBECCA TOOTOOSIS, VP OPERATIONS

YOUR Students’ Association: here to represent and serve the students

Hello RDC Students! Welcome to what is sure to be a crazy, yet exciting year at Red Deer College. My name is Bailey Daines and I’m YOUR Students’ Association President for 2014/2015.

For some of you who are returning, it may feel like you are simply coming home after a long summer vacation.  Okay sorry, “short” summer vacation, because after all, this is Alberta. For others, this may be your first time on a busy campus, with everyone looking as if they’ve got this place figured out. The truth is, you’re not alone.

My first year at RDC I spent most of my time back and forth to classes, wandering the hallways with what felt like a backpack of bricks, and in all honesty I didn’t get the college’s tag line “When you get here, you understand.”

While that slogan still perplexes me, this is what I do understand:  There is way more support and opportunities on this campus than I could have ever imagined.

The SA truly is here to represent students and create a quality post-secondary experience, and this year is no exception. The in-front and behind-the-scenes work for our businesses, representation, and services we provide for students, all exist to support you.

It’s never lost on me that the Students’ Association exists because of you, and for you. YOU are the true bosses on campus and this is YOUR post-secondary experience.

With that said, your voice and your involvement is important! You’re already a member and opportunities await! So GRAB this experience by the … books, and make your time at RDC a truly memorable journey!

Come and check out your Students’ Association, pick up a handbook (coupons galore!), and see what we’re all about.

Again, welcome to RDC, thank you for making it this far down the article, and I’ll hopefully be seeing you soon!

Warmest Welcome,
Bailey Daines
Students’ Association President

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: BAILEY DAINES, SA PRESIDENT

Extra-curricular activities: Add some spice to your college experience

Hello new and returning students,

It’s a brand new year full of excitement and learning! I’m here to inform you about some of the amazing ways you can get involved on campus this year. You may think there’s not enough time to participate in the extra-curricular stuff, but you’d be surprised.

I’m here to tell you that, yes, those experiences do take time out of studying and you may not feel like you have the energy after class, but at the end of the day the experiences you get from being involved are worth it.

I know that sounds somewhat cliché, however, employers are looking for more than the fact you passed a course or completed a program, they are looking to see what makes you stand out and what you’ve been a part of outside the classroom.

So without preaching any further, here are some opportunities you should take advantage of:

1) SA Council- This is the highest governing body of your Students’ Association. Through an election, 12 students are chosen to represent their peers. They bring forward concerns of the students and also make sure that students are informed about matters that affect them. It is NOT like your typical high school council. SA Council is a much larger, very influential, and essential component in influencing the environment here at Red Deer College. Council is open to all students and we encourage you to get involved.

2) Academic Council- This is the highest governing body on campus that overlooks all of the policy and curriculum. If you want to influence any policies on campus that affect students this is the place for you.

If you want to get involved, nominations for these councils open on Sept. 16. Should you need more information before making a decision please contact me, Rebecca Tootoosis, at [email protected] or 403-356-4977.

That being said, there are other opportunities besides these Councils. If you are interested in volunteering and not putting in quite as much time, we always appreciate help with our events and activities. There are also a variety of student groups on campus that you can contribute to.

I hope you all take advantage of the multiple extra-curricular activities that are offered and have an amazing year.

Rebecca Tootoosis
VP Operations

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: REBECCA TOOTOOSIS, VP OPERATIONS

On Point & On Time: What’s next for the Students’ Association?

First of all, I would like to say thank you to the Election candidates, their campaign teams, the Chief Returning Officer, SA Staff and of course, our many volunteers for their hard work during Elections Week!

The enthusiasm and camaraderie that was displayed only proves what the Students’ Association is all about.

Now that the elections are over, it is time for the outgoing and incoming student executives to work on determining the next steps the Students’ Association will take to ensure continued success in advocacy, representation, and services the SA provides.

Continuity is key to an organization’s success; we are committed to ensuring the Association continues to build on the foundation of advocacy and representation, not just within the College but also throughout the province.

This year, together with Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), the lobby group that we belong to, we lobbied the government for transparency with tuition and the mandatory non-instructional fees (outside the classroom materials) we pay, long-term funding for mental health in ALL post-secondary institutions, consistent student representation for all committees, and lastly, transferability.

The College is gearing up to changing into a school model starting July 1, 2014. An information session for students, led by Brad Donaldson, Vice President Academic was held March 12 informing the students about the upcoming change and answering students’ questions. To learn more about the School Model Implementation, please visit the Students’ Association website: www.sardc.ab.ca. The Students’ Association would like to thank Brad Donaldson and his team for taking time to answer students’ questions and concerns.

Congratulations to all the new upcoming student executives and we’re excited to be working with you!

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: MARTIN CRUZ, SA PRESIDENT

Health plan coverage continues until August 31

Student Benefits Plan … Did You Know

Health and dental plan coverage continues until August 31; it does not end at the completion of the school year. The new benefit year commences September 1.

Dental benefits

If you have not had your annual dental check up and will be away from Central Alberta for the summer, phone Concept Dental at 403-347-2377 and make an appointment now. To receive dental benefits, you must use Concept Dental. Your RDC student number is all you need; no claim forms are required unless you are referred to a specialist by Concept Dental.

The dental benefit is $750 per patient, per insurance year.

  • Diagnostic and Preventative (annual exam) includes polishing, one unit of scaling and medically necessary x-rays once per benefit year, fluoride for dependent children up to age 15 once per benefit year, pit and fissure sealants for dependent children up to age 16 – one replacement per tooth, per lifetime, on permanent molars only at 100 percent
  • Minor Restorative includes Fillings, Space Maintainers, Denture Repairs, relining, rebasing and tissue conditioning at 80 percent.
  • Oral Surgery limited to two wisdom teeth per benefit year at 50 percent.
  • Endodontic – root canals at 50 percent.
  • Periodontic – up to six additional units of scaling/root planning per benefit year at 50 percent.
  • Major restorative services such as crowns, bridges and dentures at 15 percent, once every five benefit years.

Tax tip

Did you know that your extended health and dental plan premiums are tax deductible ?

You can add the premiums to other medical expenses if you incurred health-related expenses, such as vision care, when you calculate tax credits. Retain a copy of the tuition invoice showing the health and dental fees and the statements attached to any reimbursement cheques from the insurance company, also receipts from Concept Dental.   Proof of medical expenses paid, need not be sent with your income tax submission, but must be kept in case you are audited.

For more information and a brochure outlining your Student Benefits Plan, Contact Renee Marcenko, Rm 2010A in the Students’ Association office, phone 403-356-4982, email [email protected], website: www.mystudentplan.ca

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: RENEE MARCENKO | STUDENT BENEFIT PLAN