December 17, 2010
A publication of Lakeland College
Vermilion • Lloydminster
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Upcoming Events Lloydminster campus Friday, January 7 • Rustlers Volleyball vs SAIT. Gymnasium. Women play at 6 pm; men at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 8 • Rustlers Volleyball vs SAIT. Gymnasium. Women play at 1 pm; men at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, January 19 • Dala. Known as the darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala brings a mix of harmonies and acoustic pop to the stage. Tickets are available at the VJCT box ofﬁce or online. Special $5 ticket price for high school and Lakeland College students. 7:30 pm
Friday, January 21 • Rustlers Basketball vs Augustana University College. Gymnasium. Women play at 6 pm; men at 7:30 pm
Vermilion campus Monday, January 31 • Capstone presentation by students completing the Bachelor of Applied Science: Environmental Management program. Opening remarks in the Alumni Hall Theatre; concurrent sessions in the Alumni Hall Theatre, MB 129 and136. 9 am to 4 pm
Holiday Closure Lakeland College will be closed for the Christmas Break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 inclusive. The college will re-open and classes will resume January 4, 2011.
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Tamara Himmelspach and other students at Lloydminster high schools will be able to take Lakeland College courses before they complete their Grade 12 year starting January 2011.
Lloyd high school students able to take college courses The list of course electives for students at Lloydminster high schools just got a lot longer. Thanks to new agreements between Lakeland College and the Lloydminster Public and Lloydminster Catholic school divisions, Grade 12 students are now able to take university transfer courses at Lakeland’s Lloydminster campus. Michael Diachuk, director of education at Lloydminster Public School Division, says taking college courses while in high school offers students a number of advantages. “I think it will help ease the high school to college transition. It also allows students to explore different subject areas so they can get a taste of different career paths,” he says. Diachuk also notes that some students complete the bulk of their high school credits in two and a half years so it’s feasible for them to start college classes in January. Doug Robertson, director of education for the Lloydminster Catholic School Division, says this is a great opportunity for students. “It provides an opportunity for our students to become familiar with a post-secondary institution and enhances their Grade 12 studies with college-level courses,” he says. Tamara Himmelspach, a Grade 12 student at Holy Rosary High School, will start an art history course at Lakeland in January. Her goal is to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) and she believes completing this course–a course she’d have to take at ACAD–will improve her chances of being accepted. “If I do get accepted, it will be nice to have one of the courses done so my workload won’t be as heavy,” she says. History, political science, native studies, music, art history, physical education, and drama are a few of the course options available for high school students, says Judy Sarsons, dean of Lakeland’s School of Arts, Science, Business and Academic Services. continued on page 2
A word from Glenn's office Merry Christmas Lakeland! What a busy and productive semester it has been and I’m sure we can all use a break. I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday season with lots of turkey and eggnog. The last few weeks heading into Christmas have been very productive. I had two occasions to speak with Saskatchewan officials about Lakeland College and our message is certainly getting through. I don’t think there is anybody left in the Saskatchewan government who does not know about the great work that Lakeland is doing for Saskatchewan students. The meetings with Campus Alberta Strategic Directions Committee and Minister Doug Horner went well. The tight fiscal message was reinforced but it does not look like there will be any cuts. System collaboration was also stressed by Glenn Charlesworth the minister as a critical tool going forward. Lakeland College president Our land acquisition is finally complete. It took almost a year to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s. It is a welcome addition to our asset base and will benefit students for generations to come. My thanks goes to Ralph Troschke, vice president of student and college services, for his perseverance in moving this transaction along. The last couple of weeks have also seen some groundbreaking partnerships with the Lloydminster Public and Catholic school divisions. Program deans Judy Sarsons and Bert Samuelson are working with the school divisions to create seamless transitions from high school to college that will allow students to take college courses while still enrolled in high school. Bert is also looking at ways to use high school facilities to deliver college level trades programming. I spent a couple of days in Ottawa, Ont., this month meeting with members of parliament and cabinet ministers. The key messages were around more college research dollars and improved accessibility, particularly for disadvantaged students. I was also able to sit in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chair in parliament. This Friday, I meet with Trent Keough, the new president of Portage College. Trent is a progressive kind of guy and I look forward to working with him to see what we can accomplish together. In closing, have a great Christmas. All the best to you and your families. See you in 2011.
Lloyd high school students cont'd from page 1 “I think this is a great opportunity for high school students as it will introduce them to the demands of college-level course work,” she says. Providing high school students with the opportunity to take courses at Lakeland may help the college increase enrolment. “We want the students to meet instructors, talk to students and get comfortable on campus. Hopefully they’ll one day become full-time Lakeland students,” says Glenn Charlesworth, president of Lakeland College. In addition to university transfer courses, Lakeland is discussing with both school divisions other programming options that may be of interest to high school students.
'Tis the season to be jolly Staff and guests enjoyed some holiday cheer at Christmas socials hosted by the Senior Planning Team at the Lloydminster campus last Thursday and the Vermilion campus yesterday. Pictured left are Jeremy Laurence and Lindsay Richards (decked out with festive necklace bobbles) of the peforming arts department at the Lloydminster campus. Eating around the Christmas tree Lakeland staffers Kim Eremko, Amanda Dinisyk and Lorraine Serhienko enjoy the food and the company at the Vermilion campus social.
Hockey Night for Ivan Trades instructor Ivan Cusack was the lucky winner of a draw for two tickets to the Dec. 10 Edmonton Oilers game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The tickets were courtesy of Johnson Inc., the college's benefits consultant, and presented by Keith Passey, the college's HR director. The Oilers too were winners and won the game in a shoot out by a score of 4 to 3.
A Lakeland minute Available in Outlook’s Public Folders are minutes from the Executive Team meeting held Nov. 16.
Lakeland student Tyler Bear sits with his recording equipment in his college dorm.
Rapper Lakeland student strikes a beat while training When Tyler Bear moved into residence at the Vermilion campus this fall, he hauled in bedding, groceries, his welding helmet and a mini-recording studio. The first year welding apprentice brought along a laptop that’s loaded with recording software along with a microphone, headset, mixer and amp so he can continue recording the rap music he writes and sells. He’s recorded two CDs, Story of My Life in 2008 and Network to Getwork which was completed earlier this year. Bear–who is known in rap circles as Crown P–is doing so well with his music that he was invited to perform at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg, Man., in November. “I was nervous but it was a great opportunity for me. There were probably about 400 people there and I met some great industry people, like (country singer) Shane Yellowbird,” says Bear. Originally from Meadow Lake, Sask., Bear has been creating beats and writing rap music for six years. He likes the writing side more than performing. “I’m extremely shy so I get nervous each time I perform but if I don’t perform, I won’t sell my music,” he says, noting that he’s performed at hip hop shows throughout Western Canada. Bear sells the beats he’s produced and has also written about 200 songs to date, including one he wrote last month for his girlfriend. “I write about things that are going on in my life. I rap a lot about my own personal struggles and about Aboriginal youth and also make references to things happening in politics and the world,” he says. Bear doesn’t yet make enough money to pursue music full-time, which is why he’s at Lakeland. “I have my fourth class power engineering and I’ve been welding for the past two years in Fort McMurray,” he says. Once he’s done his first year of technical training, Bear’s not sure if he’ll return to Fort McMurray or look for work in Lloydminster. Wherever he ends up, he knows he’ll have his recording equipment with him. “I’m not sure if I’ll still be rapping when I’m 50 but I love the production side. I could produce music for the rest of my lifem” says Bear.
Trades skills competition set for spring Tool-savvy high school students will want to circle April 21, 2011, on their calendars for the Lakeland Regional Skills Canada Competition. The event will be held at the college’s Vermilion campus. Competition categories include electrical, carpentry, culinary, welding, auto mechanics, and new this year, cabinetmaking. The competition is open to Grades 10 to 12 students from the Battle River, Buffalo Trail, East Central Alberta Catholic, Elk Island Catholic, Elk Island Public, Greater North Central Francophone, Lloydminster Public, Lloydminster Catholic and St. Paul School divisions as well as the Cornerstone Christian Academy of Camrose. Watch www.lakelandcollege.ca/trades for more details.
Remembering Cam Macfarlane Lakeland College lost one of its own this month. Cam Macfarlane, an instructor in the college’s carpentry department, passed away Dec. 3, 2010, after a hard-fought battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. Cam joined the college in 1982. In 2007, he was honoured as a 25-year long service award recipient. During his time at Lakeland, he played an instrumental role in helping students succeed with their studies and apprenticeship training. Outside of the classroom, he offered his time, skills and talent to support students in other ways. Recently for the environmental sciences program, he built display cases to showcase student projects in the Vermilion Provincial Park’s CN Station, and played a major role in helping to rebuild the trailer for the Rustlers’ crew rowing team. He is also fondly remembered as one of the founding members of the college’s original staff hockey team, the MacAttacks, which was first formed in 1987. Cam’s contribution to the college, his students and the community will be forever remembered with the establishment of the Cameron Macfarlane Memorial Fund. Anyone wanting to contribute to the fund may contact the college’s Fund Development office at ext. 5732.
Treats from sweets Lakeland hosts high school teachers/counsellors at workshop Over 30 teachers and counsellors from Alberta and Saskatchewan high schools and school divisions attended a Counsellors' Workshop Monday hosted by Lakeland College's marketing and enrolment department at the Lloydminster campus. Other post-secondary institutions on hand were the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and SIAST. Pictured (left) are Roxanne Smart-Garden from North Battleford Comprehensive High School with Phil Ollenburg from the U of R. At right Lakeland's Phil Allen enjoys a coffee with Holy Rosary High School staff Dale Howland and Doug Abrosimoff.
Who could resist a tasty treat from this crew? Addyson Hoglander, Hunter Marriott and Cole Krys and their little companions at the college's Child Development Centre at the Vermilon campus held their annual Christmas bake sale last Thursday. They also raffled a gingerbread house and a gingerbread train that the children helped to construct and decorate. The lucky winners were Cathy MacKenzie in the marketing department and instructor Al Motley.
Biggest Loser contest returns to Lakeland
Ag students thank Monsanto Don Lobay and Jesse Hamonic of Monsanto were at the Vermilion campus Thursday to present first-year crop technology students with college jackets. Student Cory Laird is pictured in the front with Lobay and Hamonic as he approached Monsanto to sponsor half of the cost of the jackets. In appreciation of his efforts, Laird’s classmates chipped in to pay for his jacket.
The future looks a lot leaner for Lakeland staff. Come 2011, the “Biggest Loser, Lakeland Style!” offered by the Health Services team returns to the college beginning January 12 at the Vermilion campus and January 13 at the Lloydminster campus. Losing weight is a challenge and keeping it off can be an even bigger challenge. Anyone who wants to maintain a weight loss, lose more weight, or burn off a couple (or a few more) pounds that they may have gained back, is welcome to join the program. Newcomers and return participants alike can help each other to be healthy. All weights are kept confidential. This year’s program will also have a few rule changes from last year and more information will follow in January. So until then, from the Health Services staff, eat, drink and be merry this holiday season. Have a great Christmas and see you in January.
Lakeland College Dairy Club tour Manitoba Students and staff who are part of Lakeland College’s Dairy Club and a representative from United Livestock Systems recently toured six farms during a four day period for a unique live the learning experience. On the tour, the students learned about a wide range of housing, feeding and milking systems. The trip began Thursday, Nov. 25 with 17 Lakeland College students, staff member Blair Dow, and Ken Murray, a dairy farmer from the Wainwright area who helps the students on the college’s Student Managed Farm. Rob Savage of United Livestock Systems also joined the group. After leaving the Vermilion campus, the first stop on the road trip was at Balgonie, Sask., to visit Robella Holsteins. Robella Holsteins is the home of Dairy Club president Kenton Lindenbach. This family operation has many deep pedigree classified Holsteins. This tie-stall operation features a total mixed ration (TMR) system based on top quality forage grown on the farm. Students spent considerable time admiring the cows’ large frames and deep ribs that support their tremendous udders. Following refreshments in the milk house, the group boarded the bus for their first hotel stop at Moosomin, Sask. The first stop on Friday, Nov. 26 was at Swiss Dream Farm owned by Rejean Mathy of Brandon, Man. Swiss Dream Farm is one of the top Brown Swiss farms in North America and home to multiple excellent and very good quality cows. This tie-stall facility featured a track milk line that reduces labour requirements of workers. The farm also features a robotic panel that automatically mixes the TMR for the milking herd. The TMR is delivered to the cows by a motorized feed cart. Calves are fed using an automatic feeder that could feed whole milk or milk replacer. Friday’s second stop was at the modern 600 milking cow facility, Reidbow Dairy. This progressive dairy features a state-ofthe-art feeding system that is driven by a robotic panel that opens silo doors, starts silo unloaders and conveyers, and mixes rations that have previously been entered into a touch screen panel. Cows are Fleckveigh/Holstein cross, which are housed in a free stall and milked in a 50-cow rotary parlour. Waste on the farm is stored in a 6.2 million gallon slurrystore. Saturday, Nov. 27 started early with a
Members of Lakeland College's Dairy Club at Cottonwood Holsteins in Steinbach, Man.
stop at Grenkow Family Holsteins. This new free-stall barn features two Lely robots that milk 115 cows. This farm also has a slurrystore for waste and nutrient management. The farm decided on robots as a result of a labour shortage on the farm. The farm features a solar panel side wall that provides warm air for the ventilation system. The barn is also designed for future expansion that would include the addition of two more robotic milking units. Saturday’s second stop at Cottonwood Holsteins in Steinbach, Man., not only had robotic milking units, but also had robotic feeding. Imagine a barn where the feed comes to the operator instead of the operator going to the feed! This fully automated feeding system delivers forage to the milking cows six to nine times per day. Lactating cows also receive
supplemental grain in computer feeders. Cows are milked in two DeLaval robotic milking units. This quiet non-event barn produces 39 litres of milk per cow per day. The final dairy stop on Saturday was at Optimal Dairy. This farm features sand bedded free-stalls and high end cow comfort. The young couple that operates the farm recently renovated part of the barn to showcase some of their top cows. Evidence of cow comfort was very noticeable as a high per cent of the cows were lying down and ruminating during our entire visit. The Lakeland College Dairy Club would like to thank Gord Ross and Rob Savage of United Livestock Systems for sponsoring the trip as well as all the individual farms that hosted our group.
AHT students go to SAVT
AHT student Stacy Hobman learns how to block a cow for a C-section during a handson lab at the SAVT conference in Saskatoon as her classmate Jobie Ryzak looks on.
On Nov. 6 and 7, second-year students in the animal health technology (AHT) program attended the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists (SAVT) conference at Saskatoon. While in Saskatoon, the students had the opportunity to tour Prairie Diagnostic Services and VIDO Research Centre. They also attended lectures that addressed several topics relating to small and large animal issues. The students were also able to take part in wet labs at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.