Lots to do: scholarships, elections & more

It seems in the blink of an eye the year is almost over, but that’s what happens when you are busy having fun or having fun being busy.

Even though we are closing in on the end of the school year, that doesn’t mean things are slowing down. There are scholarships to apply for, elections to take part in, and next year to look forward to …

For those students who haven’t had the chance to apply for scholarships, there are tons of applications that are still open and there is no better time than right now to apply! Simply head to the RDC website

Another great opportunity RDC student is to become more involved with your Students’ Association — either on Council or as an executive. Nominations are open so stop by and the awesome staff would be happy to answer any and all questions. Don’t wait too long though, the nomination period closes March 13.

For those who haven’t noticed yet, the Students’ Association is gearing up the Canada Winter Games coming to Red Deer College February 2019. WAIT! That’s only one year away! If you have questions regarding how this will affect you or other students now is the time to start asking, if you haven’t already. Calendars for February, March and April 2018 line the hallway by the SA office; we don’t want anyone to be in the dark about how these four exciting weeks will play out.

Trying to write down all of the exciting things that I have been up to over the last couple months has been harder than I thought! I am enjoying the challenge from both my role as Vice President College Affairs as well as President, I believe that both roles have allowed me to grow professionally as well as personally. Plus, I discovered a new passion for Academics!

After the bi-election, the exec team hit the ground running. We have been striving to represent the students’ voice at every opportunity including at Academic Council, Policy Committee, Canada Winter Games Committee. It has been great experience being able to provide feedback on things such as Final Exam Policy, the academic schedule after the addition of the Fall reading break and the Sexual Violence Policy.
The Students’ Association has also hosted a number of fun and informative events. Some of my favourite events include learning about sexual health at Risqué Bingo, shredding away my problems during Mental Health Week and, of course, seeing the smiling faces of students picking up some free taco in a bag during the first week back in January!

As a whole, the SA has been working hard to present exciting new bylaws and easy-to-use information about where your fees are going. I look forward to finishing the year out alongside the other executives with more awareness events and exploring political endeavors.

This time of year I really get the urge to burst out of my office, which also makes me more accessible for students to provide their insight and feedback. I encourage any students to come chat when you see me ‘Out & About.’

My closing reminder is for students to get involved in any way possible. Not only is it fun and a great opportunity to network and make friends but there is also something to be said about the benefits to your studies when you are more engaged.

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: KASS SCHOLZE, SA PRESIDENT

Challenge continues: Be a blood donor

Hello fellow students!

How is the journey going? Have you thrived over the last six months? Or merely survived?

Either way, you have made it this far! Well done! You’ve made it to the home stretch and well, you can’t relax quite yet, you can count down the days until Reading Week.

Some information to put on your radar:

• Did you know that the Students’ Association, in cooperation with Canadian Blood Services, has a goal of collecting 800 blood donations this year? Follow these steps to join our challenge:

Next time you donate, register as a “Partner for Life” with the Students’ Association of Red Deer College:
– Visit https://blood.ca/en/blood/join-your-organization
– Use the Partner ID Number: REDD011471 (four letters, six numbers)

This is a one-time registration. Once registered, your past and future donations will automatically count toward the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. Invite your friends and family to donate with our team!

• From February 26 until March 2, Mental Health Week will be running between 11 and 2 daily! Each day will bring different activities and themes designed to help students de-stress, relax, and thrive!

• On February 28, join us in recognizing Pink Shirt Day!
“…bullying affects so many people physically, emotionally and mentally, we know there are many students, parents, schools and community members that want to know what they can do to help. Every contribution, whether it’s joining us in wearing pink on February 28, 2018 to show you’re taking a stand, or making an effort to practice kindness and acceptance … makes a difference, can change a life.”
– https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/get-involved

• The Students’ Association Issues Committee is looking for your feedback! This committee is chaired by the Vice President Operations. There are many issues and concerns students bring forward each year to the Students’ Association. It is the responsibility of this group to identify and respond to student concerns and campus safety issues. They will identify strategies to resolve issues and forward these recommendations to SA Executive and Students’ Association Council.  Any student may sit on this committee.

Issues Committee is seeking feedback on the Campus Store and the student experience. If you have any comments, please forward them to me at any time at [email protected]

I will leave you with a joke: There is nothing I hate more than grammar, oxford commas and missed opportunities.

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: MARIAN YOUNG, VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS

Upcoming events seek to foster inclusive, healthy, forward-thinking campus

Hey nerds! It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to connect. I hope your semesters are going well! Is it just me or was January one of the longest years of the decade?

I thought before I go on a rant about the many exciting events and campaigns on the horizon, I better recap some of the highlights of the semester so far!

We started off the semester with a successful New Student Orientation followed by a Nuts & Bolts Mixer in the Far Side Bar & Grill in which student groups and other interested college students got together to network and search for their match!

Secondly, we collaborated with Campus Rec, RDC Athletics, Residence, and the Counselling and Career Centre to pull off a whole week of mental health initiatives. The number of students we had the pleasure of engaging with both in person and online blew my mind completely. What a great opportunity to bring awareness to the resources available on campus.

To kick-off February, we thought we would give some of you salacious young college couples some assistance for Valentine’s Day by throwing our third annual Risqué Bingo event! As part of our Sexual Health campaign, we partnered with SWERVE (Sexual Wellness, Empowerment, Respect, and Violence Education) to bring awareness around consent and best sexual practices. The turnout was great and a lot of people left with a few extra toys to spice up their love lives.

No wonder January felt so long! It was jam-packed with awesome initiatives led by your Students’ Association.

So what can we expect in the future?

Well, when it comes to community and wellness, I’m your guy! After Reading Week, we will return with a lot more mental health initiatives led by your SA in partnership with various college departments, student groups, and community organizations.

We also have an anti-bullying campaign in the form of Pink Shirt Day, several mindfulness initiatives, Eco Day, Car Smash (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like), and much more!

Together, we can foster an inclusive, healthy, and forward-thinking environment on campus. Stay tuned to our social media for more info, look for our posters in the halls, or stop by the office anytime to chat!

Until then, best of luck on your midterms and remember to practice self-care.

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: CHAISE COMBS, VICE PRESIDENT STUDENT LIFE

Election Time!

Are you a leader? Are you an advocate? Run with us!

The Students’ Association is a student-led non-profit organization that focuses on representing and advocating for Red Deer College students. The Students’ Association also provides programs and services that enhance student life on campus.

When we say “student-led”, we’re serious.

Your Students’ Association is governed by 12 Councillors who are full-time students on campus and represented by four student Executives (President, Vice President Operations, Vice President Academic, and Vice President Community & Wellness).

If you’re a leader and an advocate, you can be a Councillor or an Executive! Nominations opened February 1, 2018. The nomination package can be picked up at the Students’ Association office. Nominations close March 13 at 4 p.m.

For more info on the specific job descriptions, please visit the SA Website, refer the SA Bylaws, or meet with the Elections Officer!

If running for any of the available positions is not your thing, don’t worry! There are other opportunities available within the Students’ Association that you’d probably be interested in such as volunteering or joining one of the committees. We encourage anyone who is a leader or an advocate to get involved, hone those skills, and be able to contribute to the College community!

 

ARTICLE AUTHOR: MARTIN CRUZ, ELECTIONS OFFICER

Student recognition nominations open

Believe it or not – it is Student Recognition Event time!

The committee had their initial meeting and are planning another gala event.

This is all about recognizing those outstanding students at Red Deer College who go above and beyond normal expectations.

This award is not about academic excellence or super athletics. This award is for students who volunteer, who give of their time selflessly to help others, who contribute positively to college culture.

If you know someone who fits that bill – nominate them for the award. Do not procrastinate.

The form is online and you can access it at rdc.ab.ca/recognition. Remember, the more information you give about the individual the more likely the committee will look seriously at their nomination. One sentence saying how wonderful they are will not do the job.

Expert tip: You might want to complete the write up on a Word document and cut and paste it into the online form.

Election season begins at the Students’ Association

Are you a leader? Are you an advocate? Run with us!

The Students’ Association is a student-led non-profit organization that focuses on representing and advocating for Red Deer College students. The Students’ Association also provides programs and services that enhance student life on campus.

When we say “student-led”, we’re serious. Your Students’ Association is governed by 12 Councillors who are full-time students on campus and represented by four student Executives (President, Vice President Operations, Vice President Academic, and Vice President Community & Wellness).

If you’re a leader and an advocate, you can be a Councillor or an Executive! Nominations opened February 1, 2018 – and if you’re unsure, please come see Martin Cruz, Elections Officer at the Students’ Association Offices. Nominations close March 13 at 4 p.m.

As a Councillor, attending meetings will become a norm. Students’ Association Council is expected to meet at least twice during the summer months and bi-weekly between September and April. Councillors are also required to sit on at least two Council Committees within the Students’ Association. But don’t worry! The Chairperson for the committees will try to schedule meetings that accommodate everyone’s schedule.

No experience is required. Joining Council is a great opportunity for those looking to learn about governance, discover how a non-profit organization operates, acquire knowledge of finances, meet new people, or for those who care about the student life on campus! There will be training, teambuilding, and most importantly, time for newly-elected Councillors to ask questions.

When it comes to Executive Council, each office has different responsibilities and it varies from year-to-year with the on-going changes within the political and social landscape in post-secondary. As the official representatives of RDC students, all members of the Executive Council (President, Vice President Academic, Vice President Operations, and Vice President Community & Wellness) are the official lobbyists on behalf of the Students’ Association. They must also perform all their duties as outlined in the bylaws and policies to the best of their abilities with the interest of all Association members in mind.

For more info on the specific job descriptions, please visit the SA Website, refer the SA Bylaws, or meet with the Elections Officer!

If running for any of the available positions is not your thing, don’t worry! There are other opportunities available within the Students’ Association that you’d probably be interested in such as volunteering or joining one of the committees. We encourage anyone who is a leader or an advocate to get involved, hone those skills, and be able to contribute to the College community!

Awards Season at RDC: Nominate a student leader

Nominate a post-secondary  student, who demonstrates outstanding dedication and leadership to fellow students and to their community, for
a scholarship!

Application forms for the following awards are available at the RDC Student Funding & Awards Office (Room 1102), the Students’ Association Office (Room 2010) or the Donald School of Business (third Floor) or on the RDC website www.rdc.ab.ca/scholarships:

Students’ Association of Red Deer College Student of the Year Award
Value: $1000
Eligibility: Awarded to a student who has been enrolled in a full-time capacity.  Executives of the Association in the year considered will not be eligible.
Criteria: Awarded to the student who most demonstrates outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of student affairs. The recipient of this award will have performed at a level well above the requirements of that individual’s position.

Students’ Associationof Red Deer College – Terry Wood Scholarship
Value: $800
Eligibility: Student who is a member of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College.
Criteria: Student must have demonstrated personal growth and involvement leading to the betterment of the Students’ Association and its’ members.

Students’ Associationof Red Deer College Outstanding Dedication Award
Value: $500
Eligibility: Awarded to a Member of the Association. Executives of the Association in the year considered will not be eligible.
Criteria: Based on outstanding contribution and leadership in the field of student affairs.  The recipients of this award will have performed at a level well above and beyond the requirements of the individual’s position.

Students’ Association of Red Deer College Student Volunteer Award
Value: $300
Eligibility: Awarded to a Member of the Association.
Criteria: Based on volunteer activities that benefit the students of Red Deer College.

Students’ Association of Red Deer College Mental Health Initiatives Award
Value: $300
Eligibility: Awarded to a Member of the Association.
Criteria: Based on outstanding leadership in the area of mental health initiatives.
Application forms are available at the RDC Student Funding & Awards Office, the Students’ Association Office or the Donald School of Business or on our website www.rdc.ab.ca/scholarships:

Deadline for submission to the Student Funding Office is March 1. Contact Lisa Misanchuk for more information at 403-357-3641 or by email [email protected].

Reinstatement pending for French 203

In April 2015, Red Deer College eliminated all language programs due to budget constraints. The Students’ Association worked tirelessly to survey students and gather support from community members, some French courses were reinstated for the second half of 2015-2016 academic year.

Over the course of the two years, the College has been monitoring enrollments for French courses and noticed that there is a demand for additional courses. French Intermediate Level II (FREN 203) will be reinstated for Winter 2018, however, it is conditional upon enrollment of students.

Registration for FREN 203 will be available until December 15, 2017 through your Loop accounts. FREN 203 will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the upcoming semester.

For more information or questions, please contact me at [email protected] or stop by the SA Office in 2010, next to the Train Station

Kass Scholze
SA President

Used Bookstore accepting books for Winter term

Classes are nearing the end and holidays are approaching, but there is at least one more thing you need to do before you head off — find a new home for your used textbooks.

The SA Used Bookstore is a consignment bookstore operated by your Students’ Association. At the SA Used Bookstore, textbooks are placed on consignment by individual students and the SA sells them on their behalf.

Students who consign with the SA Used Bookstore receive payment, minus a small commission, once their books have sold.

Only books being used in the current term are accepted by the bookstore. Books being used in the winter term are being accepted now.

Semester bus pass reloads available

The semester pass, valid from January 1 to April 30, can lead to big savings. Students can save up to $100 a term by purchasing/reloading a semester pass. (Must be a registered RDC student to purchase and use pass.)

Simply head to the Students’ Association office to reload or purchase your semester bus pass. A reload costs $140, while a new semester pass costs $145. New semester bus passes can also be purchase at the Donald School of Business third floor information desk.

Students can also reload monthly passes and 12-ride cards at the Students’ Association office.