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February 19, 2011


A publication of Lakeland College

Vermilion • Lloydminster

Our MISSION To inspire our learners to realize their individual potential. Our VISION To achieve educational excellence in a people-centred environment. Our VALUES are Respect, Safety, Trust, Pride, Ethics, Quality and Accountability.

Upcoming Events Lloydminster campus Tuesday, February 22 • Chili sale. $3/bowl. A fundraiser hosted by the Lakeland College Bowlers to support Lloydminster Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Main floor hallway near Student Services. Noon to 1 pm

Wednesday, February 23 • Staff Funspiel. Lloydminster Curling Club. 1 to 4 pm

Friday, February 25 • "The Saskatchewan 7." A lecture by John Jacob Karwandy of hand built violins & violas. $10/person. Room 1115. 7 to 9 pm

Vermilion campus Friday, February 25 & Saturday, February 26 • "The Mayor of Hamelin." A presentation of the Performing Arts department. Tickets $10/adult, $5/16 years & younger. Alumni Hall Theatre. Curtain rises Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm

Monday, Feb. 28 • Program Information Session. Fireside Room. 7 to 9 pm. Everyone welcome. High school students, parents & people looking for career options. Call Recruitment at 780 853 8789 or 1 800 661 6490 for details.

Friday, March 4 • Professional Bull Riding. Hosted by the Lakeland College Rodeo Club. Indoor Riding Arena. Advance tickets $15/adult, $5/16 years & under. Show starts at 7 pm

is published biweekly from September to May by the department of Advancement for staff and members of the college community. Submissions regarding college news and initiatives are welcome and published at the editor's discretion. The deadline for submission is Thursday at noon prior to the publication date. The Lakeland Link is available in Outlook's Public Folders and online at

Lakeland interior design students continue to shine in industry competitions. (Left to right) Jessica Leasak, Jenna Nibourg, Laura Underwood, Dani Rau, Lisa Godwin and Kelsey Guenter are part of the latest group of students to be recognized in student design competitions hosted by General Electric and the NKBA.

New transfer agreement opens doors for Lakeland interior design students wanting a bachelor degree A bachelor’s degree in interior design is now possible for Lakeland College students thanks to a new transfer agreement with the Arts Institute of California—Los Angeles. The Arts Institute of California offers post-secondary education programs in the areas of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts. In addition to its Los Angeles location, the Arts Institute has schools in Orange County, Sacramento and San Francisco. Its interior design program, which leads to a bachelor of science degree, is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The new agreement between Lakeland and the Arts Institute of California came into effect in January. It is the first step in Lakeland College’s strategy to globalize its interior design technology program which will result in enhanced educational opportunities in major industry locations for students. “Lakeland’s two-year diploma program produces graduates who are very talented but who need additional opportunities to pursue a degree,” says Alice WainwrightStewart, vice president, Academic, Innovation and Research, at Lakeland College. “Because the Arts Institute of California recognizes that Lakeland’s program is comprehensive, academically advanced and aligned with industry standards, our students will be able to receive transfer credit for course work they’ve completed at Lakeland.” Another advantage for Lakeland students who will be able to transfer to the Arts Institute of California is the proximity to several major creative industries. “Because the Arts Institute of California is located in Los Angeles, it has industry and company connections that allow its students to access technology and equipment that develops at such a fast pace. This helps students to stay on top of industry demands and trends,” says Wainwright-Stewart. Continued on page 2

New transfer agreement for interior design Continued from page 1 With the addition of a new transfer agreement, Lakeland College’s interior design technology program continues to be recognized as a leader in the design industry. Last year, it received the Excellence in Education Award from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the industry gold standard. Several students from Lakeland College’s interior design program have also made headlines in Canada and the United States. Last month, five of its second-year students were finalists in a North American student competition for kitchen and bath design hosted by the NKBA. Another student, Jenna Nibourg, received a $1,000 scholarship in a design competition hosted by General Electric. This is the ninth consecutive year that Lakeland students have placed in design competitions against students at other Canadian and American colleges and universities. As working professionals, Lakeland grads have also been recognized by industry. Rebecca Stewart, a 1996 Lakeland grad, received the Premier’s Design Award of Excellence from the Saskatchewan Design Council. Work by Kristen Veenstra, another 2006 grad, was featured in a 2009 issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine.

Tasty fundraiser Matt Merilainen bought a cupcake from Janelle Tkachuk during the Lloydminster campus Students’ Association cupcake sale Feb. 10. During the week, the SA sold cupcakes, Crush-Grams and Heart O’Grams to raise more than $200 for Canfar.

Well EAR Ned recognition for leadership Alan Park, representing the Employee Attraction and Retention Network (EARN), recently presented Lakeland College President Glenn Charlesworth with an EARN Achievement Award for leadership in business management. EARN was established by Alberta Employment and Immigration and membership consists primarily of human resources professionals. They meet monthly in Lloydminster to network and discuss best practices.

From those who know Students, faculty and community members were invited to a discussion hosted by the EDFX 200 Introduction to the Profession of Teaching class to take part in a panel discussion that addressed the characteristics of effective teachers. The discussion was moderated by university transfer instructor Kelly Mutter. Panel members were Dr. Don Duncan, an educational consultant, Dr. Michael Diachuk, director of Lloydminster Public School Division, Doug Robertson, director of Lloydminster Catholic School Division, Angie Musyj, elementary school teacher and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for teaching excellence, Cardell Musyj, principal of the online School of Hope, and Dave McLennan, principal of E.S. Laird School. The session was held Feb. 10 at the Lloydminster campus. Over 70 people attended the panel discussion including many current and future teachers. The event was recorded digitally and will be made available via a podcast.

A Lakeland first as it hosts a Canadian Emergency Management College course The Canadian government has identified as a priority the strengthening of a national response capability for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) terrorist incidents. Since the early 2000s, the Canadian Emergency Management College (CEMC) in Ottawa has led the development and the delivery of a comprehensive CBRNE first-responder training program. In May, as a result of close cooperation between Lakeland College, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the CEMC, a CEMC course at Lakeland College in Vermilion. This is the first time a CEMC course will be offered in a location outside of Ottawa. The CEMC’s reconnaissance team led by Susan Hughes scoped Lakeland’s training fields and its layout, equipment and student accommodations on Feb. 10. The team was impressed with what Lakeland and Vermilion has to offer to trainees. The course is at an intermediate level and is for personnel who may be required to intervene in a CBRNE incident. Topics

ETC's Kirk McInroy, Chris Senaratne and Jullie Andersen with the CEMC team of Tom Sand, Jim Reid, Susan Hughes, Guy Desnoyers, David Rolston, Jeff Young and Bruce Bell.

to be addressed will include recognizing CBRNE incidents, protective equipment, detection instruments, decontamination, medical response, and overall site coordination and management. The course pilot at Lakeland, which will

run May 9 to 20, has an impressive list of participants including 15 hazardous materials technicians, six forensic identification specialists, six explosives technicians and 15 emergency medical services technicians.

ETC’s water treatment and reuse facility earns award of excellence in environmental category The company that designed and constructed Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre’s new water treatment and reuse facility received a major award last week. Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd. received the Award of Excellence – Environmental during the Consulting Engineers of Alberta annual Showcase Awards last Friday at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. Kirk McInroy, technical service manager at the Emergency Training Centre, attended the award ceremony and was pleased to see Associated Engineering Alberta win the award. “We’re very happy with the facility they designed and constructed for us. It’s improved the quality of the water we reuse which ultimately reduces the wear and tear on our props and equipment. They did a great job,” says McInroy. The project began in 2005. Associated Engineering first analyzed the quality of the runoff water and then determined a treatment process. The recommended treatment combined proven processes including air stripping, clarification, filtration and granular activated carbon adsorption. Once the treatment process was finalized, the Associated Engineering team worked with contractors Eco-

The 30 x 6.6 metre facility arrived at ETC's training field last July. The facility is able to clean up to 350,000 litres of water a day.

Technica and Oncore Services to build a portable water treatment and reuse facility. The 30 x 6.6 metre facility was built in Edmonton and transported last July to the college’s training field in Vermilion. The facility is able to clean up to 350,000 litres of water a day. The judges had many positive comments about the project. “The team displayed

outstanding technical and managerial excellence in creating an innovative, efficient, cost-effective, transportable and expandable solution. This project demonstrated a high degree of dedication to meeting the client’s shifting needs.” Lakeland College received a $2.5 million grant from the Government of Alberta to purchase the system.

A Lakeland minute Available in Outlook’s Public Folders are minutes from the Jan. 13, 2011 Executive Committee meeting.

Hard work pays off with double the scholarships More applause for instructor Susan Brazeau who recently learned that she received a second scholarship. Nominated by Athabasca University’s graduate department, Brazeau received the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Achievement Scholarship valued at $3600. Brazeau is a student in AU’s master of arts program and is an instructor in Lakeland’s human services department.

Evening info sessions to be held in communities For the fourth consecutive year, Servus Credit Union is sponsoring Lakeland College’s team in the Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition. Servus Credit Union representatives Roxanne Booth and Marcy Lovberg presented team captain Launa Burgess (centre) with a cheque during the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Mixer Feb. 9 at the Lloydminster campus. Also pictured are team members Taylor Weighill, Renee Toms, Misha O’Donnell and Ryan Verboom. Missing from photo is faculty advisor Doreen Der.

Team Lakeland prepares for Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition Lakeland College’s team has been selected and preparation is underway for the sixth annual Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition. Team captain Launa Burgess of Imperial, Sask., and teammates Renee Toms and Taylor Weighill of Lloydminster, Misha O’Donnell of Turtleford, Sask., and Ryan Verboom of Saskatoon, Sask. will represent Lakeland College in the competition in Red Deer next month. Team members were selected based on a variety of criteria including academic standing, public speaking ability, case management experience, and ability to work in a team environment. “The team is made up of dynamic personalities,” says faculty advisor Doreen Der. “Each member brings unique attributes that create a synergy.” The academic background of the team is quite diverse. Burgess and O’Donnell are second year students in the business administration diploma program, Toms is a second year student in the professional accounting program, Weighill is a second year student in the management diploma program, and Verboom is a third year student in the bachelor of commerce program. “We each have our own academic backgrounds, life experiences, knowledge and perspectives to draw on. We work well together. As a group one of our biggest strengths is our communication with one another,” says Burgess. For the fourth consecutive year, Lakeland’s team is sponsored by Servus Credit Union. “We appreciate the support we continue to receive from Servus Credit Union. Their sponsorship makes it possible for our students to take part in the competition,” says Der. The Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition is March 24-26 at Red Deer College and features teams from 14 post-secondary institutions. There is a reception March 24 and the competition starts at 8:30 am the following day. Teams receive a business case and then spend nine and a half hours brainstorming a solution and preparing a presentation. The next day they have 12 minutes to present their work to a panel of judges and spectators. The presentation is followed by a five minute question and answer session. “We’ll have a set amount of time in a pressure-filled environment to come up with a solution and then complete a presentation in a room with as many as 150 people. I think this will be a great experience for all of us,” says Verboom.

Parents, teachers, high school students or anyone looking to enter a post-secondary educational program should attend one of the evening info sessions scheduled in one of several communities. Sessions will be held in Fort Saskatchewan, Lloydminster and Wainwright. For dates and more locations yet to be added, go to

Little hosts welcome the prez Reegan Drury, Lukas Myshaniuk, Hunter Grinder and Jackson Maier along with other children at the college's Child Development Centre at the Vermilion campus played host to Glenn Charlesworth, college president during their morning snack time on Wednesday. They all enjoyed a healthy treat of french toast, cantalope and milk.

Lakeland staffer curls at provincial championship If you’re looking for someone to join your team for the upcoming staff curling bonspiel, you should recruit Kara Johnston, continuing education business facilitator at the Lloydminster campus. Johnston, a seasoned competitive curlier, threw third stones as a member of the Dana Ferguson rink at the Alberta women’s curling championship held Jan. 26 to 30 in Camrose. The team faced defending champion Val Sweeting, Heather Nedohin and other topranked teams in the province including Olympian Cheryl Bernard and Shannon Kleibrink, all trying to earn the right to represent Alberta in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. This is the first year for Johnston as a member of the “Fergie Four” however she has curled with the rink’s second Marie Miller for five years previously. She also curled with Nedohin second Jessica Miller when Miller skipped a rink at the 2008 provincial championship in Wainwright. Despite the newness of the Ferguson team, they were able to have strong performances throughout the week. They were even labelled as the competition’s potential Cinderella story by media and spectators.

Lakeland's Kara Johnston threw third stones as a member of Dana Ferguson's rink at the Alberta women's curling championship Jan. 26 to 30 at Camrose.

“It was great to have the crowd behind you and it helped to reduce a lot of the pressure on us,” says Johnston. But, alas, a fairytale ending was not to be as they were defeated by Heather Nedohin in the three/four game in playoff round. With her competitive curling season over for the year, Johnston says she’s pondering what may lie ahead in the future. “Of all the teams that I’ve curled with,

this team probably has the most potential. There are some goals that I have not yet accomplished as a curler so it will be interesting to see where things go,” says Johnston who adds that before the event, she was considering retiring from competitive play but is now reconsidering. “It’s a pretty intense schedule but there are a lot of reasons to stay in the game. We’ll see what happens after the Scotties and later in the spring,” she says.

Lakeland College Enviro Club's first-ever GreenSpiel a rockin' success! Lakeland College’s Enviro Club hosted a successful and fun GreenSpiel fundraiser at the Vermilion Curling Rink Jan. 21 and 22. The idea came from first year environmental sciences student and club member Colby Oracheski. Entered were 20 teams of staff, students, visitors and alumni. Each team played three games with the top teams advancing to the A and B finals. Congratulations to teams Treena and Alumni ’08. Saturday evening’s events included a dance, a game of Name That Tune, and karaoke. The students volunteered their time to run the event. Sponsorship by the Irma Curling Club helped the club with start-up costs. Thanks to Craig Pederson Entertainment for Saturday night’s fun. Curling rink staffers were also supportive and thanks to them for working with us. Photos of the event are posted on the Enviro Club’s website, www. Funds raised will support various enviro club projects. The club recently donated $500 to support the purchase of a windmill for the Vermilion Provincial Park trout pond.

Team Alumni '08 is Reid Daley, Logan Beaumont, Jennnifer Garbutt and Cody Garbutt.

Students are also working on a green roof project for the Vermilion campus. Funds will continue to support a commitment to improve recycling efforts in campus dorms, as well as donations to the club’s future Green Living Scholarship for students who demonstrate lifestyles of sustainability and green living. Earlier this year, the club held a fall

Vermilion Park Shoreline cleanup and campus cleanup. Watch for registration forms for the 7th Annual Green Cup hockey fundraiser to be held April 1 to 3. Details are on the Enviro Club’s website. Anyone interested in joining the club or supporting its initiatives may contact faculty advisor Robin Lagroix-McLean or go to the website.

News from the School of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Joining UFA's Rob Dixon are Lakeland stock dog club members Evan Chalut, Dustin Coleman, Iva Grams, Samantha Andrew, Jobie Ryzak, Hope Eaton, Brooke Lowes, Shelby Wiebe, Breanna Bagshaw, Carly Robson and Juliet Kneeland. Sarah Van yken, a Lakeland alum who assists Deanna Krys with the club, is also pictured with the group.

New UFA partnership supports students with donation to the Stock Dog Club A new partnership between Lakeland College and the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) is already resulting in enhanced student experiences and supportive relationships. On Feb. 2, students in Lakeland College’s Stock Dog Club gathered to thank UFA for its very generous donation received in 2010 which will be used for kennel renovations. Rob Dixon, UFA member relations representative, was at the Vermilion campus to meet the students, hear a presentation about the Stock Dog Club, and learn about the kennel renovation project. The club also unveiled a sign that will be placed in the kennel compound recognizing UFA’s support. Pizza and mingling wrapped up the evening. UFA has been a long-standing supporter of Lakeland on many levels. Over the years, it has supported several agricultural student clubs with cash and prize donations for events, trips and other club activities. Because UFA recognizes the value of these investments, it hopes to better fund student clubs as a whole instead of making periodic investments throughout the year with the new partnership. Lakeland’s new partnership with UFA has several objectives. They are: • To engage the all agriculture clubs to submit proposals for funding. • To engage clubs to make plans for the year early and to set funding priorities and goals. • To educate students on how to request sponsorship and follow through with sponsor recognition and relationship building. • To teach the students about the importance of advertising and media relations relating to events. • To educate students about UFA and a potential employer. Rob Dixon, UFA member representative, • To strengthen and build the receives a sign from Hope Eaton, a member of relationship between UFA and the college's Stock Dog Club, that recognizes Lakeland College. UFA's recent donation and partnership.

Judging team competes in Quebec Four Lakeland College judging team members travelled to St. Anne de Bellevue, Que., for a competition at McGill Univesity’s Macdonald campus. They were Kenton Lindenbach, Garth Dinwoodie, Lindsey Grover and Hope Eaton and coach Lorraine Serhienko. The team arrived in Montreal Feb. 4. At the Macdonald campus, the Lakeland group stayed in Tadja Hall, Macdonald campus’s version of Alumni House. They also toured the campus and farm, and in the evening, were treated to supper with MacDonald campus faculty member Peter Enright. Saturday was spent judging many classes including beef and dairy heifers, goats, alpaca fiber, knitting, sweet potatoes, feed rations and beans. There were also oral reasons for many of these categories. At the awards banquet, Lakeland students placed first in knitting, sweet potatoes and goats, and first, second and overall first team in the feed rations class. On Sunday, the team said goodbye to Macdonald College and St. Anne de Bellevue and returned to Alberta with new friends made and memories of a time well had. Thanks to McGill University/ Macdonald College for hosting the Lakeland College’s judging team.

Green certificate testing & student campus tours Green certificate testing took place on the college farm Feb. 8 to 11. The warm weather made this hands-on test session much more enjoyable than the last session that took place in November. Attending February’s test session were 78 high school students from throughout northeastern Alberta. The furthest students came from Smoky Lake, Consort, Coronation, as well as Edmonton. The group from Consort School also toured the Emergency Training Centre as one of the students has registered there to attend classes. Two students from Lloydminster also took a campus tour. The Bawlf school group will tour the campus when they return to Vermilion for the third round of testing which will be held in May as one of their students is interesting in the college’s dairy course offerings. Thanks to the 13 industry representatives who tested the students and to Kristen Riddle and Lisa Bush of the college’s recruitment and enrolment department for conducting the campus tours.

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