October 25, 2010
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 Friday, October 29 • Marketing Brown Bag session. Room 2038. 11:30 am to 1 pm • Rustlers volleyball versus GPRC, women at 6 pm, men at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 30 • Rustlers volleyball versus GPRC, women at 1 pm, men at 2:30 pm • Rustlers basketball versus Concordia, women at 6 pm, men at 7:30 pm
Vermilion campus Tuesday, October 26 • "Climate Change Basics: A Community Discussion" presentation. Alumni Hall Theatre. 10:30 to 11:45 am • Halloween Bake Sale hosted by the Child Development Centre. Bentley Building hallway outside of BB114. 1 to 3 pm
Thursday, October 28 • Marketing Brown Bag session. Fireside Room. 11:30 am to 1 pm
Tuesday, November 2 • Blood Donor Clinic. Gymnasium. 12:30 to 2:30 pm & 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Employee Recognition Awards Thursday, November 18 Come celebrate with your colleagues and recipients. Wine & Cheese reception, 6:15 pm; Awards ceremony, 7 pm. Congratulatory reception to follow. Vic Juba Community Theatre, Lloydminster campus. Tickets are available from HR.
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Lakeland discovery of Jurassic proportion Talk about being a little long in the tooth! A very large tooth that could be from a Daspletosaurus, a large carnivorous dinosaur that roamed southern Alberta and Montana, was discovered by Lakeland College students and staff during a field trip to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Park. The students, all members of the college’s outdoor recreation club were in the area of the park for the annual Badlands Tour and Fossil Hunt from Oct. 15 to 17, along with members of the Vermilion River Naturalists Society. The tooth was found in washed out material north of Drumheller in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, an area of land of soft bentonitic clay and sandstone that dates back about 68 million years. Chris Olsen, an environmental sciences instructor at the college, says the find is very exciting and rare. Environmental sciences student “The tooth was found projecting from a Jessie Lewis shows off what could be a rubble slope by Tim Schowalter,” says Daspletosaurus tooth found on a field trip Olsen. Schowalter, who is a sessional to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Park. wildlife and fisheries conservation instructor at the college and also a naturalist and amateur paleontologist, says it is a very large tooth that appears to be too robust for the large carnivorous dinosaur, the Albertosaurus, which are typically found in that area. Schowalter says, however, that it is similar to teeth of an animal called Daspletosaurus which is known from older rocks in Dinosaur Park and rocks of a similar age found in Montana. The Lakeland students carefully extracted the large tooth end and basal fragments under the direction of Schowalter. They brought it back to the college where Schowalter will work with the students to reconstruct the tooth’s portion that is fragmented and then to create a permanent display for it at the Vermilion campus. Daspletosaurus skeletons are rare and are known to be eight to nine metres long, says Schowalter. He adds the animal is closely related to the much larger Tyrannosaurus rex and some palaeontologists think the Daspletosaurus is the direct ancestor of the species. “Tyrannosaurus rex is found in the rocks overlying in the area where the tooth was found,” says Schowalter. “The serrated edged teeth of Daspletosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are thick and nearly circular in cross-section. These animals had exceedingly large powerful heads and jaws and are thought to have used their thick teeth to tear their prey apart into huge pieces. Massive gouges on the bones A penny is placed beside the tooth to show of their likely prey are known.” its comparable size.
A glimpse at Glenn's week Welcome to winter! With each passing year, time seems to go a bit quicker. We’ve already had graduation ceremonies for a platoon of firefighters and the first intake of welder and heavy equipment apprentices. Now just two months before Christmas. There is not much to tell you about from my last two weeks as I was vacationing (unless you want to see my pictures). It felt strange being away from the college in October – the first time in 29 years. It was great to get back and feel the energy around our campuses as we work with our largest class in our history. Lakeland’s construction projects are moving along nicely although they are certainly causing some issues (noise and odor) in adjacent areas of the campus. Thank you all for your forbearance as we bring these improvements to completion. As Jeff Dustow indicated recently, we will accommodate our students and staff as much as we can by moving classes and offices. And speaking of construction, the estimated completion times for our capital projects are as follows: • Trades mezzanine, October 2010 • Water treatment facility at the Emergency Training Centre, October 2010 • Student Activity Centre (The Shack), October 2010 • High voltage distribution, December 2010 • Child Development Centre, December 2010 • Closed circuit security system, January 2011 • Fire alarm panel upgrades, January 2011 • Applied Engineering Building, February 2011 A busy couple of weeks coming up include: • Long service appreciation luncheons at Vermilion and Lloydminster • Meeting with Moa Nickel delegates from Cuba about more training opportunities • The college’s board of governors meeting • Meeting with Dion McGrath and Ted Amendt from Saskatchewan Advanced Education • Saskatchewan Premier’s Dinner at Lloydminster (as a guest of our vice chair) • Touring Deputy Minister Trimbee, ADM Harrison and Director Waisman from Alberta Advanced Education and Technology around our campuses • Meeting with the Lloydminster campus Student Executive Council • Council of Presidents meetings at Calgary Keep up the good work everyone. Lakeland is doing great because of it.
Dinner theatre, anyone? It’s certain to be a real thriller. Lakeland College’s performing arts department is presenting its sixth annual dinner theatre at the Vermilion campus’s Alumni Hall Theatre Nov. 19 and 20, and at the Lloydminster campus Nov. 26 and 27. “The Woman In Black” written by author Susan Hill follows the footsteps of the classic ghost story following the tradition of Charles Dickens and M.R James, Henry James and Edith Wharton. “It is not a horror story or a tale of terror, yet the events build up to a horrifying climax and instill a sense of fear,” says Lindsay Richards of the performing arts department. The play adapted by Stephen Mallatratt relies on atmosphere, a vivid sense of place, hints and glimpses and suggestions, shadowy occurrences, and what is heard and sometimes half-seen. “Mallatratt’s version remains entirely true to the book itself and uses much of Hill’s own descriptive writing and dialogue, while transforming the novel into a totally gripping piece of theatre,” explains Richards. This year’s production stars Lakeland’s very own Matt Newman (who many people will remember in last year’s production as Manolo in “The Odd Couple” and Canadian actor Frank C. Turner. It is produced and directed by Jeremy Laurence, performing arts coordinator. Tickets are $45 (dinner and show). Lakeland College staff members will receive a staff discount when they purchase their tickets by calling ext. 5780. Tickets for the public are available from the Vic Juba Community Theatre box office or Fantasy Flowers in Vermilion.
Glenn Charlesworth President, Lakeland College
What’s new in marketing and enrolment Ever wonder what marketing and enrolment management staff are working on? Find out during brown bag sessions Oct. 28 in the Fireside Room at the Vermilion campus and Oct. 29 in Room 2038 at the Lloydminster campus. Stop by between 11:30 am and 1 pm. Website redevelopment, Facebook campaigns, communication with prospective students, and recruitment’s school visit schedule are a few of the topics that will be discussed during the come-and-go sessions. For more information, contact Colleen Symes at ext. 8544.
A Lakeland minute Minutes from the Sept. 23 and the Oct. 7 Executive Team meetings are now posted in Public Folders. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Executive Suite at ext. 8514.
School and Career Counsellor Workshop Monday, December 13, 10 am – 3 pm Lakeland College, Lloydminster campus, Room 2038 Commonwealth Lecture Theatre Lakeland College invites school and career counsellors to this workshop. Get the latest information on admissions processes, scholarships and new programs not only at Lakeland College, but also SIAST, University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Nov. 19 to Lorena Donkin at 780 853 8821 or email lorena.donkin@ lakelandcollege.ca
New student video contest Here’s something that may blow you away. Make a video telling the world what renewable energy means for the future and you could win some great prizes. The new video contest lets high school and college students explain an aspect of renewable energy science or technology in a creative, quirky format. Anyone wanting to enter the contest should submit a 90-second video before Dec. 3. Winners will be selected by a judging panel. Videos will be posted on YouTube for people to view and vote for their favourite video in a people’s choice category. All winners will be announced Jan. 31, 2011. Prizes including iPod sound docks, video cameras, electronic store gift cards and cash. The contest is supported by the college’s centre for sustainable innovation (CSI). Co-sponsors include the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Alberta Rural Development Network, Alberta HUB, Lloydminster Economic Development Authority and Future Shop. For details, visit www. lakelandcollege.ca/ energize_the_future.
Jason Ogilvie, Jesse Wakefield and Lucas Vanassem won iTunes cards at the event to launch the CSI video contest at the Vermilion campus Oct. 19.
Angela Hewson was one of over 320 students who applied to Lakeland College during the college's Open House Oct. 19 and 20 at the Vermilion and Lloydminster campuses respectively.
Record number of program applications at Open House They came by the busload, carload and vanload. Based on comments recieved from visitors to Lakeland College’s 2010 Open House and Career Fair, it was a huge success. Prospective students and their parents, teachers and school counsellors arrived early and by the busload and carload, says Nicole Richard, recruitment supervisor. Visitors travelled from throughout Alberta including Hinton, Fort McMurray, Westlock, Barrhead and Morinville and several towns in the college’s surrounding region. Saskatchewan residents came from several communities including Saskatoon, Tisdale, Rosetown and Vanscoy. In total, 321 new applications for programs beginning in the fall of 2011 were received during the event. This smashes the record set during last year’s event of 251. Everyone who applied in person or online during Open House did not have to pay the $65 application fee. Their names were also entered into a draw for an iPad. The lucky winners of the iPads were Peter Martens of Two Hills and Alexandrai Bakken of Bonnyville. Registration tables were also busy with prospective students. At the Lloydminster campus, 257 prospective students registered while 192 registered at the Vermilion campus. Many of these on-campus visitors brought parents and family members, or came as part of a school group. Richard adds that the success of Open House can be attributed to the outstanding effort of everyone working together to showcase the college’s program, facilities, friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. “Thank you to everyone who helped in the planning and hosting our 2010 Open House & Career Fair. Everyone High school students and visitors were from frontline staff, faculty, student invited to "try a trade" during the college's ambassadors and students helped Open House at various stations hosted reinforce Lakeland’s reputation as a by instructors in the college's eight quality institution,” says Richard. apprenticeship training programs.
Life's work of SLP instructor recognized with U of A alumni award education consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. When did you realize that this was the area of work that you wanted to pursue. Any “aha moments” in your life’s history?
Linda Cundy, an instructor in the sign language interpretation (SLP) program was honoured last month with the Alumni Recognition Award from her alma mater, the University of Alberta. She graduated from the U of A’s Faculty of Education with an MED in 1988. During her career spanning 34 years and preceded with her involvement in leadership activities as a student in high school at home in Indiana, U.S., and at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., she continues to be a strong advocate for the betterment of lives for people in the Deaf community. Today, she is also a vibrant instructor in Lakeland’s sign language interpretation program and continues to be a role model for many students in the program as well as others she comes in contact with. Meet Linda Cundy. What has been your experience in working with the Deaf community?
I was born in Indiana and attended Indiana School for the Deaf. Later, I graduated from Gallaudet University in 1974. I came to Canada simply because my then newly-wedded husband is a Canadian and we both got job offers in Alberta. We both were employed at Alberta School for the Deaf starting in 1976. I first taught junior high and senior high, later I taught elementary school. I was offered to try consulting work with Edmonton Public Schools - Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services (ERECS). Presently I am an
When I was 17 years old, I was the camp secretary for Deaf Youth Leadership Camp in Pennsylvania. I was in charge of administrative duties for the camp director and staff for four weeks. I knew at that time that I would be interested in a “teaching” type of career and that I would go to Gallaudet University. I came back to the leadership camp for four more summers; one of which I was the recreation director with one of the major responsibilities being to organize and lead a three-day canoe trip in Minnesota. My huge “aha moment” was realizing that I have the ability to lead and influence youngsters to discover their own potential and return to schools better students than they were before the summer camp program. I also learned at that time I enjoy public speaking, facilitating workshops and organizing events. As an instructor, I’m sure you give your students a lot of their own “aha moments” but what have been the most memorable learning experiences or lessons for you?
When I was in high school, I had the fortune of having amazing teachers, both Deaf and hearing who believed in us and empowered us to take lead roles in athletics, student body organizations and clubs. My natural talent in emceeing was discovered when I was 15 years old; ever since I have been asked to M.C. many events. My Deaf parents were also influential in instilling pride in ourselves. My parents were involved in the Deaf community, too. I suppose it is in the genetics! How do Lakeland’s program and students help to serve or enhance the Deaf community?
Back in 2003, I was on the task force seeking institutions that might be interested in implementing an American Sign Language interpreting program and we worked hard to raise awareness about the need for ASL interpreter training in Alberta. We are indebted to Lakeland College for taking the initiative to add a new program to its faculty. As a result
of Lakeland’s visionary action, we are getting a new influx of certified ASL interpreters that will increase the supply to meet the demand for communication access on all aspects of Deaf lives: family, education, employment, health, social services and law. The SLP program is able to respond to Deaf’s need to keep up with technology such as video relay interpreting. Now we are able to keep abreast of the societal changes imposed on people. Away from work, what do you like to do? Any hobbies, projects or community involvement?
Reading is my pastime; I could read all day if I allowed myself! I still am active in numerous boards so the tasks related to organizations or agencies take up lots of my spare time. Now that I have a two-year-old grandson, I seem to read a bit less as I prefer to spend time with him. It is so precious to watch him grow; time does not stop so I have to pause my activities sometimes. What does receiving the alumni award mean to you? How do you define success or accomplishment?
Deaf people are often misunderstood, neglected and overlooked merely because we do not use the same language as the majority; so receiving the award brings a huge joy to the Deaf community as they feel they have won along with me in the act of recognition of any Deaf individual. Whenever a Deaf person is recognized for good work, everyone in the Deaf community shares the award. Therefore we all receive the award together. What lies ahead for you in the future? Any personal goals, places you want to go, projects you want to take on in the next five to 10 years?
With our own place in Mexico, I am in process of making connections with schools/programs for the Deaf in Mexico so that I could volunteer my time with young Deaf Mexicans while I vacation there in winters. I will also take more time to expand my business with my sisters, Hatrak Sisters Enterprises (www. hatraksisters.com), which is dedicated to working with families and professionals to help Deaf children become literate, independent and self-sufficient citizens.
Lakeland College’s first cohort of sign language interpretation (SLP) students convocated in May 2010. The next intake of students is January 2011. The SLP diploma program is 18 months in length and is delivered at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The program provides a range of live-the-learning opportunities for students to use their skills outside the classroom during supervised fieldwork, immersion and a 12-week practicum. For more information, go to www.lakelandcollege.ca/programs/ human_services
CIRA rodeo season begins
Instructor Al Motely prepares to dish out more than perhaps his colleague Peter Walsh can handle during the Ag Tour Club fundraiser at the Vermilion campus last Wednesday.
Ag Tour Club holds fundraising events for Belize trip Students in Lakeland College’s Ag Tour Club have started fundraising for their spring trip to Belize. This year, 34 students are members of this popular club and come from a range of programs at the college including crop technology, environmental sciences (environmental monitoring and protection major and the environmental conservation and reclamation major), animal health technology, early learning and child care, animal science technology, veterinary medical assistant and agribusiness. During their time in Belize, the students will visit a sugar cane factory, a sugar refinery, the Mayan Ruins, a coffee bean plantation and various banana and fruit farms. They will also have time to go on a zipline through the jungle and try snorkeling. The majority of their stay will be in Orange Walk Town, the second largest town in Belize with a population of 20,000 people. They also plan to visit Rodney and Stewart Dyck, both agricultural sciences alumni who returned to their native country of Belize following their convocation from Lakeland. Rodney is a graduate of the crop technology and Stewart is an animal science technology grad. They now live in the town of Blue Creek and raise cattle, rice and corn. In a somewhat messy affair, the Ag Tour Club held its first fundraiser Oct. 20. The event featured sumo wrestling, a pie-in-the-face throw, car smashing and steak supper. The event raised $500 which will be used to cover trip costs. The Ag Tour Club will also host the Halloween Corn Maze Oct. 29 to 31. Come out and have a spooky time!
Last weekend, the Lakeland College rodeo team went to the first intercollegiate rodeo event of the year at Olds. Arriving in Olds to a locked-up arena Friday night and facing stock that had never been seen before by any of its members, it looked as though the odds were definitely against Lakeland come Saturday at 8:30 am for slack. Lakeland’s 35 competing members, as well as about 20 other Lakeland fans who made the trip, did their best to show off their talent. By the time the Saturday performance was over, the Lakeland team placed 26 times, dominating the barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping, and winning more than any other school. Sunday morning started a new day and the winning ways continued. The team placed 27 times, 10 placings over the next closest team. Once again on Sunday, Lakland’s pole benders were outstanding with other excellent showings in the tie down roping, goat tying and team roping. Congratulations to brothers Casey and Jesse Lawes, Sam Peters, Scott Guenthner, Jocelyne Wagner and Keifer Watt who all won a go-round in their events. Look for full rodeo results on the Rodeo Club bulletin board located in the Mead (Animal Science) Building. The club’s next rodeo will be the Fall Classic Rodeo, Nov. 6 and 7, at the Vermilion campus. Everyone is invited to come and cheer for our team and enjoy the dance Saturday night.
Guest shares opportunities in Kenya, South America Julia Simmonds from Travel Professionals International spoke to first and second year animal health technology students on Oct. 8 about an educational trip to South Africa and Kenya open to AHTs and veterinarians. During 20 to 22 days, trip participants will have opportunities to: • volunteer at the Kenya SPCA and help with mass spay/neuters and vaccination clinics • visit remote areas and towns to vaccinate and treat pets and livestock, which may include water buffalo and giraffe • Assist with wildlife capture, usually nuisance animals in need of relocation (lions, hyenas, elephants) • visit conservation parks, eg. cheetah breeding facility, wild dog breeding facility, raptor rehabilitation and reptile rehabilitation • witness the annual great migration • visit the University of Pretoria Simmons emphasized that while the trip is not a holiday, it is very educational and a great experience. Participants also help with cooking and cleaning. For more information, call the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at ext. 8592.
Timbits for testicles The Students' Association at the Lloydminster campus sold Timbits last Tuesday as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Pictured are SA executive members Tenille Christie and Tyson Lancaster. Way to "dough!"
International dining experience hosted by event coordinator students It was an international culinary experience last Thursday as students in the event coordinator program transformed their classroom at the Lloydminster campus into a little taste of Mexico, Italy and Switzerland. For an introduction to tourism project, students created and presented mock restaurants complete with an account of each group’s restaurant’s history, its relationship to its cultural setting and geographic location, as well as its clientele, décor and menu offerings. Students also had to prepare a food and beverage item from their menu to serve to their guests in their mock restaurant setting. The students’ restaurants included La Banda, Mexican cuisine; El Danté, Italian cuisine; and Fondumentals, Switzerland cuisine. Instructors Angela Minish and Laurie Harris along with their guest Brenda Bennett, owner of Glamour and Glitz, an event planning company in Lloydminster, were among the restaurants’ lucky clientele who enjoyed a tasty lunch of corn chips and lime and peach daiquiris for their appetizers, Caesar salad and lasagna for their entrée, and chocolate fondue for dessert. Bennett also helped prepare students for the project as a guest lecturer during one of their classes and provided them with restaurant decorative props such as table linens, runners, napkins and centre pieces. “Brenda played a crucial role in this assignment, providing the students with knowledge and expertise from her decorating business,” says Minish. “The students benefited from this project
Celebrating at La Banda Restaurant are (left to right): Hilary MacKenzie, Laurie Harris, Taylor Wilson, Kailey Bolzon, Brenda Bennett, Angela Minish, Jade Reichert, Aleanna Johnson and Lynzie Penner. The students based their restaurant inside a Mexican castillo (a.k.a. castle) located in the town square and decorated their table with colours commonly used in the Mexican culture.
Hilary MacKenzie prepares a table at the El Dante Italian restaurant, her mock restaurant created for her Introduction to Tourism class, as her classmate A. J. Styles lines up the musical selections to create the mood.
by being able to gain some hands on experience to supplement the theory that they have learned in class.” Student Hilary MacKenzie who hails from Sheet Harbour, N.S., says the project helped her gain better insight about what she wants to do after she graduates. “The project was a great experience and a lot of fun,” says MacKenzie. “It has reaffirmed my enthusiasm for wanting to work in the hospitality industry.” The students will have another opportunity to live-the-learning next month as they help organize the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation Gala which will be held Nov. 5 in the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre.
Instructor Angela Minish tries out the fondue at "Fondumentals."
Regular season underway Lakeland Rustlers volleyball teams had their home opener on the weekend at the Lloydminster campus as they hosted the Concordia Thunder. Both the women's and the men's teams defeated their opponents three games to zero in a gym full of cheering fans including this face-painted pair (below) Morgan and Natalie Symes. The Rustlers basketball teams also opened their regular season during the weekend against the NAIT Ooks.
Lakeland's Rustlers women’s crew reigns as 2010 provincial rowing champions Eleven members of Lakeland’s Rustlers crew were in Calgary Oct. 15 to compete in the University of Calgary Head Races and the Alberta University Rowing Association (AURA) championship. In the day’s first event, the Rustlers novice men’s quad finished second to the U of C’s “A” crew in a close race, but beat the University of Alberta’s and the U of C’s “B” crew. With a time of 20:33 minutes, the crew of Morgan Husereau, David Stirling, Tyler Mullen and Richard Ellens, were only 25 seconds behind the winners in the five km head race. In the second launch, the Rustlers novice women’s quad won their event with a time of 25:51 minutes over U of A and U of C crews. The crew of Lindsay Stanko, Megan McAndrew, Caitlin January and Megan Arnemann had to row a very clean race in challenging conditions with choppy water to get to the podium.
In the seniors double event, April Stanko and Dianne Philipsen faced the most difficult water conditions of the day. With waves verging on white caps, officials were forced to cancel the singles race, and after a coaches meeting, it was decided to allow the doubles race to proceed. Despite the conditions, the women managed a respectable row finishing fifth. The highlight of the day was the AURA championship which featured 1,500 m lane races with varsity crews facing off in a head-to-head format. This was a new type of race for the Rustlers crew involving a shorter distance but with much higher stroke rates and increased intensity. In the novice women’s 8+ event the three boat final had crews from the U of A, U of C and Lakeland College. In what turned out to be the closest race of the day, Lakeland’s crew of Lindsay Stanko, Megan McAndrew, Megan
Arnemann, Caitlin January, April Stanko, Dianne Philipsen, Jennelle Russell and a recruit from the U of A raced neck and neck for the entire 1,500 m with the other two boats. With a late surge the Rustler women took the lead in the last five strokes to edge the U of C by less than a second. Overall the day was a huge success for Lakeland who made themselves known as a force to be reckoned with as a result of the Rustlers teams strong showing in the head races and championship. On a special note coach Peter Walsh was asked by the U of A coaches to recruit Lakeland College rowers for composite crews at the Western Canadian University Rowing Championship in Fort Langley, B.C. on Oct 23. If this works out, it will be a great opportunity for some Rustlers crew members to take their rowing to the next level.
Nearing the finish line in the 1,500 m event, Lakeland's novice women’s 8+ (front) surges ahead of the U of C crew to claim victory.