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Campus NEWS

GROWING DONOR SUPPORT HELPS STUDENTS EXCEL Increasing donor support of Lakeland College’s student awards program is enabling more students to take the lead.

CARE GRADS HELP ECOSYSTEMS SURVIVE AND THRIVE By Mother Nature’s design, ecosystems are resilient. But with the increase in ecosystem disturbances caused by human activities such as mining, road construction, urban sprawl, oil and gas development, and agriculture, it’s crucial that there are people with specialized skills to help protect and restore ecosystems. Ecosystems are the focus of Lakeland College’s conservation and restoration ecology (CARE) major based at the Vermilion campus. “We focus on how ecosystems function. Students learn about the various elements of an ecosystem such as plants, animals, water, and soils,” says Robin Lagroix-McLean, program head of CARE. Students graduate with the skills to help organizations and businesses minimize and manage ecosystem disturbance. Graduates also understand the process of renewing and restoring an ecosystem after it’s been degraded, damaged or destroyed. “You can’t restore a habitat if you don’t know who uses it – who lives, eats, and sleeps there,” says Lagroix-McLean. One of the more specialized courses in the CARE major is riparian and wetland management. It’s a course that Lagroix-McLean believes is more important than ever due to the implementation of the new Alberta Wetland Policy which focuses on protecting, managing and restoring Alberta’s wetlands. “Our focus on wetlands is one of the strengths of the CARE major,” says Lagroix-McLean. CARE is one of four environmental sciences diploma majors offered at Lakeland College’s Vermilion campus.

A total of 896 recipients were recognized with awards, bursaries and scholarships valued at $1,013,658 in March during Lakeland’s donor award celebrations. Fifteen new awards were presented for the first time. In addition to the students recognized with awards, scholarships and bursaries at the celebrations, 486 Lakeland students benefited from the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program, which distributed $242,366 in scholarships to eligible Saskatchewan high school grads. And there are still more awards to be presented to students before the 2015-16 academic year is done. In total, more than $1.3 million in awards, scholarships and bursaries is expected to be distributed among 1,440 Lakeland students this academic year, thanks to the generosity of longstanding donors and that of first-time donors.

2016 PRESIDENT’S GALA A SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS Friends of Lakeland College united in celebration of student success and helped to raise more than $30,000 for awards, scholarships and bursaries at the 2016 President’s Gala. Though the final numbers are still being tallied from the event, organizers are grateful for the incredible support garnered at the fourth annual President’s Gala on April 8. In the months leading up to the President’s Gala, students exercised their skills by providing live and silent auction items. Stephanie Wakefield, a university transfer pre-veterinary medicine student, and Lucas Tetreault, a heavy oil power engineering student, emceed the program. Students also welcomed guests, served the meal and assisted with the overall program. “This event is a tremendous opportunity for our college friends to find out what we mean when we say our students are in the lead,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College.

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Lakeland College 411 Spring 2016  

The 411 is a quarterly newsletter designed for high school counsellors and career counsellors to keep them abreast of anything new at Lakela...

Lakeland College 411 Spring 2016  

The 411 is a quarterly newsletter designed for high school counsellors and career counsellors to keep them abreast of anything new at Lakela...