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Selkirk Saints Host Super Bowl Bash
It's one of the biggest spectacles in sport and this Sunday the Selkirk Saints hockey team are getting in on the action. Players and team staff are hosting a Superbowl party at The Element in Castlegar that will act as an important fundraiser. Come watch the Seahawks and Broncos, have lunch, win prizes and enjoy some great football.—January 29, 2014
Students Encouraged to Take Flu Survey
The Selkirk College Nursing and GIS programs have teamed up on a research project aimed at mapping student trends when it comes to getting the flu shot. The survey is completely voluntary, but it's important that we spread the word about the opportunity to take part.—January 22, 2014
Nursing Students Host Annual Beans and Rice Dinner
The Selkirk College Nursing Program’s annual Beans and Rice extravaganza returns to Castlegar. This delicious, traditional Guatemalan dinner starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 7th in support of third-year Selkirk College nursing students who will be participating in a practice experience to Guatemala in the spring. —January 29, 2014
Help Castlegar Become Kraft Hockeyville
The title of Kraft Hockeyville 2014 is up for grabs and Castlegar is in the running, but the bid needs your help. The Selkirk Saints are helping lead the charge to make the effort a reality and the more enthusiasm we can build at Selkirk College, the better chance Castlegar will have in wearing the honour.—January 31, 2014
Big Staff Discovery Day Feb. 12
The Staff Discovery Day team (Staff Development and Wellness Committee) is getting ready for the big event to be held in Castlegar in February, 2014. The event will offer a range of courses on such broad topics as Teaching and Learning, Money Management, Health and Wellness, and Personal Development/Leadership. —October 23, 2013
Creative Writing 100 Comes to Trail
Almeda Glenn Miller has been tapping into student's creative passions for more than 15 years. The Selkirk educator now takes the popular Creative Writing 100 course to Trail for the first time. Let people know about this great opportunity to bring their creativity to life in this special offering.—February 11, 2014
International Scholarship Opportunities Available
Students who are interested in studying abroad have a couple of opportunities to make it more affordable with the help of two scholarships. The Kathleen Pinckney International Education Endowment Fund and the Irving K. Barber International Scholarship both have mid-February application deadlines so please let students know.—January 29, 2014
Take a Short Discovery Day Survey
Thanks to everybody who participated in Selkirk’s Staff Discovery Day. It was a fantastic event with wonderful workshops and plenty of team building. The Staff Development Committee would now like your feedback on your experience at yesterday’s Staff Discovery Day through a short survey.—February 13, 2014
College Has Fair Trade Designation
Selkirk joins the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Guelph to be among the first Canadian post-secondary institutions to achieve this distinguished designation. Selkirk College has become the first community college, and fourth post-secondary institution, in Canada.—January 20, 2014
New Bursary for Selkirk RHOT Students
A major hotel industry management company has created the Robert Leoppky Bursary which will award four Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program students $2,500 each at February's Bursary Tea. The bursary is the first step in an ongoing partnership with Selkirk College.—January 21, 2014
Saints Shoot for Top Spot in BCIHL
The Selkirk College Saints hockey team is heading into its most important game of the season this Saturday when they take on the Simon Fraser University Clan at the Castlegar Complex. With the post-season quickly approaching, the league's regular season title will be on the line.—February 18, 2014
Successful Applicants for the Innovation Fund
The Teaching and Learning Institute - Innovation Fund would like to announce the successful applicants for the fund as well as upcoming related workshops. Upcoming workshops will include Applied Research Grants Awarded; Innovation Grants Awarded and Applied Research open to all staff.—January 20, 2014
Ahead By Half a Century
College life can take on a family atmosphere and that was certainly the case earlier this month when Selkirk Electrical Program instructor Dave Briggeman was thrown a party on the Silver King Campus. If you have party or event to share on MySelkirk, we want to hear about it. Briggeman has been teaching since 2005.—January 31, 2014
Early Alert is Closed
Early Alert is an online referral system that enables instructors to identify, in the first 5 weeks of a new semester, students who are facing challenges in their courses or programs. Students referred to Early Alert will be contacted by e-mail and invited to meet with a member of the Student Access and Support Department.—February 11, 2014
Career & Education Fair Coming to The Pit
The Career & Education Fair will bring together employers, students and Selkirk College programs for a day of exploration. There will be plenty of opportunity for those looking for a dream career to survey options, and a chance for area businesses to touch base with future employers.—February 24, 2014
Piano Power Shines Spotlight on Keys
With an eye on inspiring the future generation of great musicians, Selkirk College Music & Technology Program instructor Gilles Parenteau is putting together a rare gathering of the community’s most talented keyboard mentors. Keyboard teachers will perform all together in Nelson at the end of February.—February 13, 2014
Mir Lecture Series Welcomes Chris Hedges
The Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series welcomes the Pulitzer Prize award winning journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges to Castlegar’s Brilliant Cultural Centre next week. Currently an educator and columnist for Thruthdig, Hedges will dive deep into the world of war he has witnessed for more than two decades.—February 18, 2014
A Closer Look at Student Adversity
In November, Selkirk's Teaching & Learning Institute put on a special TEDx event at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall. For those who missed it, the videos are now posted online and it's worth taking a look. If you want a better understanding of what challenges students deal with daily, this is your chance.—January 22, 2014
Cosmetology Salons Booking Appointments
If you're looking to get a glimpse of the future and want some great value, you should check out the Selkirk College Cosmetology Program salons on the Silver King Campus in Nelson. Both hairdressing and esthetics are now booking appointments so now is is the time to see what services they have to offer.—January 30, 2014
Webinar Looks Into Raising Retention Rates
Presenters from Noel-Levitz will discuss how student motivational assessments can help you identify which students are at risk, prioritize interventions, and make interventions more effective. Campus presenters from Worcester State University will also share their results and early intervention strategies.—February 25, 2014
Student Success Stories: Mike Southworth
Thanks to tremendous instructors, great facilities and incredible surroundings, Selkirk College grads are prepared to tackle all the new challenges and opportunities that await. In this latest Student Success Story, we catch up with Music & Technology Program alumnus Mike Southworth who is carving out a colourful career in Vancouver.—January 28, 2014
Huge Win for Saints on Alumni Night
Before a packed house at the Castlegar Recreation Complex, the Selkirk College Saints and Simon Fraser University Clan put on a thrilling night of hockey in a vital BCIHL match-up. Before a raucous crowd of more than 600 fans and a group of Saints alumni, the home side came away with a huge victory.—February 25, 2014
Call for Award Nominations
Graduation 2014 is closer than you think. The call has been sent out for nominations for the annual awards from the Board of Governors. This is your opportunity to put forward names of community members, alumni and retired educators for very special recognition on graduation day this coming Spring.—January 28, 2014
Saints Eye Return to BCIHL Championship Final
After finishing the 2013-14 regular season on a nine-game winning streak and grabbing first place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings in their final game, the Selkirk College Saints men's hockey team is looking to carry over their late-season success into a first round playoff match-up against TRU.—March 5, 2014
Learning Success Centre Loving New Location
The Learning Success Centre at the Castlegar Campus Library has settled into its new location after moving last year. The benefits of moving towards the learning commons approach has already shown tremendous benefits as more students are now accessing the services being provided.—February 6, 2014
Stay Healthy
Please avoid spreading the flu, stay home when sick, avoid touching face, nose, eyes, use your forearm to cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. Wash hands as often as possible, use the purell sanitizer stations located throughout all campuses. Thanks for your attention to this important message.—January 10, 2014
Get Your Top Chef Tickets Before It Sells Out
The Sixth Annual Top Chef Nelson arrives to Selkirk College on March 13. Students invite the community to Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus for an evening of amazing tastes, fine wine and a spirited competition that will play out before your eyes. In the end, it’s you that chooses the evening’s top team.—March 3, 2014
TeckServ Internship Opportunities Available
A partnership between Teck Metals Ltd. Trail Operations and Selkirk College that has created an annual fund to provide support for a student to undertake a local community applied research project is looking for a summer research project and sponsoring organization. —March 3, 2014
College Pension Plan Makes Changes
Earlier this month, the College Pension Board of Trustees announced plan design changes to simplify and modernize the plan. It is important for plan members to be aware of these changes and how they may affect them. Please see the attached document in this item for more information on the changes.—February 25, 2014
KSA Ceramics Students Under Pressure
It's been a busy few months for students in the Kootenay Studio Arts and now the crew in the Ceramics Program are going public. From now until March 18, student work will be on display in the foyer entrance of the Victoria Street Campus in an exhibit being called Under Pressure.—March 5, 2014
BladeRunners Provides an Edge in Nakusp
The BladeRunners Program is now off and running in Nakusp with 10 eager participants. The program—which is run through Selkirk College—provides technical and field training in entry-level forestry work to youth participants facing challenges getting training or employment.—February 11, 2014
New Mileage Form Now Available
There has been an important change to how Selkirk staff can claim mileage. The finance department has created a new form which is now online and must be used from this point forward for all those college employees who make claims. You will find the link further into this detailed news release. —January 24, 2014
New Mileage Form Now Available
There has been an important change to how Selkirk staff can claim mileage. The finance department has created a new form which is now online and must be used from this point forward for all those college employees who make claims. You will find the link further into this detailed news release. —January 24, 2014
Special Quilt Added at Mir Centre
In order to recognize the generosity of its donors, the Mir Centre for Peace has fashioned a permanent tribute that’s custom made and uniquely fitting for the Castlegar landmark. The Mir Lecture Series Endowment Quilt was unveiled as the latest addition to the amazing array of items on the centre's walls.—January 31, 2014
Teck Serv Internship Brings Energy to East Shore
The Rural Alternative Energy & Resiliency report is written by former student Eva Snyder and a product of research she conducted this past summer. The report is made possible through a partnership between Selkirk, Yasodhara Ashram, the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, Teck Trail Operations and Community Connections.—February 21, 2014
Feedback and Development Workshops Set for March
Selkirk College established a Feedback and Development Program (FAD) in 2011 that provides a process for employee feedback, planning and sets the foundation for achieving and acknowledging excellence at work. There will be two FAD sessions this spring: one on the Castlegar Campus and one on the Silver King Campus in Nelson.—February 11, 2014
John Armstrong's Lengthy College Career Comes to Close
After almost 34 years with Selkirk College, John Armstrong has retired from his current position in Selkirk International. Armstrong started with Selkirk College in 1980 as an English Language Teacher in the ABE department in Castlegar and Trail. He will be by the office until March 14, stop by and say hello.—March 3, 2014
Russian SROAM Student Reflects on Sochi
In search of a new career far from the bustle of Moscow, Russian Ski Resort Operations & Management Program student Irina Smolina has found the right fit at Nelson's Tenth Street Campus. With the success of the Sochi Winter Olympics bolstering Russia's world presence, Smolina now looks forward to an exciting new life in the industry.—February 19, 2014
Take Time to Take On-Line Training
As part of the 2012/2013 provincial bargaining table discussions, all colleges in the public sector undertook a provincial initiative to provide Respectful Workplace Training for all employees. You have until March 31 to complete this on-line training so please take the time today to get it completed.—February 6, 2014
Saints Alumni Honoured at Special Night
It was a trip down memory lane last month at the Castlegar Recreation Complex as a dozen Selkirk College Saints hockey alumni from the 1970s gathered to swap stories and remember the old days. On February 22, the team put together the second annual Alumni Night to pay tribute to those who helped plant the current team’s roots.—March 3, 2014
Selkirk Launches New Employer Brand
Selkirk College is a great place to work and a new website is letting future employees know the benefits. Through partnership with the Regional Colleges of BC, Selkirk has joined the "it's good out here" employer brand aimed at bringing the best brightest to the West Kootenay-Boundary.—February 5, 2014
Music Students Set for Final Showcase Concerts
Students in the Selkirk College Music & Technology Program will take the stage starting Friday at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson. On the line is more than just a great show as the annual showcase concerts count towards final marks.—March 21, 2014
Check Out a Photo Gallery from Staff Discovery Day
It was a great day for education and team building at Selkirk College's Castlegar Campus on February 12. Staff Discovery Day brought together almost 200 staff for an enjoyable day of workshops and activities. A photo gallery of more than 20 images has now been posted on Facebook.—February 13, 2014
Words and Music Come Together in Perfect Harmony
April is National Poetry Month and Selkirk College writing instructor Almeda Glenn Miller and Business Administration student Melissa McCready are combining efforts to create a delicious metaphor. On Friday night at Nelson’s Kootenay Studio Arts, Miller will be performing poems set to music by McCready and Shannon Moldenhaur.—April 1, 2014
A Renewable Energy Education that Makes an Impact
Delving deep into solutions for a a healthier earth and stronger bottom line, Selkirk College offers its Renewable Energy Technology six-week program starting in May. The RET program covers theory and applied skills related to energy conservation, small hydro, wind energy, solar PV, solar thermal, ground source energy and biomass.—March 4, 2014
Start Thinking About Professional Development
The new fiscal year begins April 1, 2014 and with it comes the opportunity for Selkirk College to continue to support professional development for all employees. You can learn more about the new Professional Development application process by visiting the Professional Development Resources link.—February 25, 2014
Students Open a Whole New World
Cutting edge design, art, illustration and ideas will be on display in Nelson’s downtown starting Friday when the Selkirk College Digital Arts & New Media Program presents its year end student show. Students in the Tenth Street Campus-based program are getting set to unveil the best they have to offer in a new downtown venue.—April 1, 2014
Music Students Set to Take the Stage at Expressions
Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program students are getting ready to wrap up another school year, but not before leaving their mark on the town. Selkirk’s acoustic folk ensemble Sons and Daughters and Selkirk’s jazz ensemble Thea and the Fine Gentlemen will be taking the stage at Expressions in downtown Nelson on April 10.—April 2, 2014
Young Women Engage Offers PD Opportunity
Young Women Engage is a new learning opportunity designed to empower and support you to reach your full potential and take an active role in achieving your personal and professional goals. You will learn about the theory of emotional intelligence, explore and develop your personal leadership style.—March 21, 2014
Employee Volunteers Needed for Grad 2014
Come out and make our graduation celebration a success. This year's graduation ceremony will take place on the Castlegar Campus April 25. If you're interested in participating in the coordination of this event, please speak with your supervisor and forward your name and preferred assignment to Krista Mannle.—March 27, 2014
President Angus Graeme Offers Condolences
Selkirk College understands the tragic event in Calgary earlier this week can impact students on our campuses. Many staff and students have strong ties to Alberta and this upsetting incident reverberates at Selkirk College. For those wishing support in coping please contact the college counselling department.—April 16, 2014
AMEC Support for Selkirk Brings Special Touch
When Eric MacFarlane was in his mid-20s, life was going along according to plan. A good job as an auto mechanic, a young family and a promising future in the West Kootenay. Then an injury made the daily rigours of shop life too difficult and he was faced with the daunting prospect of changing careers.—March 11, 2014
What Captains Need to Know for Grad 2014
Graduation is only a couple weeks away and the committee putting together the big annual event is working hard putting together the details. Please note that the new time this year for the ceremony is 12:30 p.m. For those taking on the captain responsiblities, here are some important things to remember.—April 4, 2014
Students Celebrate First Day of Spring at -16C
As part of an annual Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program field trip, 10 students and two instructors spent March 20 and 21 in the Selkirk Wilderness Ski tenure near Meadow Creek in order to get hands-on experience for their Backcountry Risk Analysis and Mitigation II and Commercial Recreation Management courses.—April 7, 2014
Class of 2014 Valedictorian Chosen
Plant Operator Program student Hart Joron will join an elite club next week when he delivers the valedictory speech at the Selkirk College Graduation 2014 Ceremony on the Castlegar Campus. Joron will deliver the speech next Friday as the Class of 2014 valedictorian before more than 300 people.—April 17, 2014
New Line-Up in the Purchasing Department
The Selkirk College Purchasing Department now has a new line-up. Jocelyn Templeman is the new Buyer, replacing Stefanie Zaytsoff who has now moved on to a new chapter in her life – that of retirement. Lisa Maloff has accepted the new position of Purchasing Clerk and brings her bright enthusiasm to the position. —March 7, 2014
Seats Still Available for Rural Pre-Medicine Program
Selkirk College launched the Rural Pre-Medicine Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree Program late last year. The three-year program has received significant interest, but with a few seats left in the inaugural cohort the college will now accept applications until the end of April.—March 7, 2014
Selkirk International Looking for Homestay Hosts
Selkirk College is currently accepting applications for area residents interested in taking international students for homestays. The program offers lasting rewards for both the student and the families who offer to immerse these visiting young people into Canadian culture. Spread the word about this great opportunity.—March 26, 2014
Recognizing Dedicated Service to Selkirk College
The annual Selkirk College Employee Recognition Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 15 at the Faculty Lounge at the Castlegar Campus. The cocktail hour (cash bar) begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are on sale now and deadline for purchase is May 1.—April 6, 2014
Castlegar Cafeteria April Offerings
The Ripple Cafe on the Castlegar Campus is once again offering an amazing month of culinary delights. The crew at the campus cafeteria is serving up many great specials and other fuel to keep you going during this busy month. Check out all the details and the specifics on summer hours.—April 3, 2014
GIS Student Heading for Dream Internship in Rome
When Alexandra Winter began researching internships as part of her Geographic Information Systems Advanced Diploma, she dared to dream. Next week, Winter travels to Rome to begin a four-month stint with the exact organization she coveted -- the World Food Programme that operates under the umbrella of the United Nations.—April 8, 2014
Take Pride in the Best Years of Your Life
Like it or not, we are all aging. And as we get older, many women experience limitations and self-doubt. But what if age didn’t define you? What if now is the time you are meant to express the amazing woman you have spent decades becoming? Life coach Peggy Ness is offering a four-session class to provide strategies.—April 16, 2014
Something a Little Different this Summer
Ever wonder what all the fuss is about on the Salmo River Ranch every summer? To pull off the massive task of hosting the world famous festival just east of Salmo requires an army of volunteers. Festival organizers are reaching out to Selkirk College staff and students to take part in helping make it all happen.—April 21, 2014
Students Score Experience in Business Competition
Selkirk College Business Administration Program students matched skills cemented over the last few months at the Ninth Annual Business Competition. With students now preparing for winter semester final exams, the competition is a fun final project that tests their knowledge, ability to work with a team and initiative.—April 9, 2014
Kootenay Music Awards Feature Selkirk Flavour
The Selkirk College Music & Technology Program is looking to leave a mark on this year’s Kootenay Music Awards. Voting is now underway in the third annual event that honours the most talented performers from around the Kootenays. The online voting closes on April 30 with the awards evening set for May 9 at SpiritBar in Nelson.—April 24, 2014
John Adams to be Honoured at Grad 2014
Selkirk College will honour post-secondary pioneer and legend John Adams at Grad 2014. As the third person hired by Selkirk College during its germination in 1966, Adams was tasked with creating the now renowned Forest Technology Program. His 33-year career as an educator and department leader touched hundreds of lives.—April 22, 2014
Selkirk Student Wins BC Skills Gold
Amber Beckjord put an exclamation mark on her bright future when the 17-year-old Selkirk student captured a gold medal at the BC Skills Competition in Hairdressing. Cutting and styling against 30 of the most talented hairdressing students in the province, Beckjord turned enough heads in Vancouver to bring home the top prize.—April 16, 2014
New Course Offers Cooks Unique Opportunity
Selkirk College is offering cooks needing proper certification an opportunity to get a leg up this spring. With the British Columbia Industry Training Authority’s gap training now underway, Selkirk Instructor Simon Parr is offering a special Professional Cook 1 Challenge Course starting May 12. —May 4, 2014
Nursing Practicum Continues to Make a Difference
Nine Selkirk College Nursing Program students have arrived in Guatemala to promote health, develop skills and continue a partnership that has touched many lives for almost a decade. Over those years students have done their part to foster global understanding and made a difference.—May 5, 2014
Selkirk Signs Transfer Agreement with Royal Roads
Graduating Selkirk students in three Nelson-based Hospitality & Tourism programs will now have an opportunity to carry forward their education thanks to a new deal signed with Royal Roads University. After months of preparation, senior management has completed a memorandum of understanding with the Victoria-based university—April 30, 2014
Rural Pre-Medicine Program Receives CBT Support
Selkirk has received a $50,000 development grant from Columbia Basin Trust to support the implementation of its new Rural Pre-Medicine Program. The program was created as one piece of a long-term solution to the shortage of rural doctors by providing rural and aboriginal students with access to a pathway into medical school. —April 16, 2014
Forest Technology Students Experience West Coast
Selkirk College Forest Technology Program students deepened their understanding of British Columbia’s diverse terrain with a trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The annual field trip included 16 second-year students who spent a week hiking and exploring ecosystems outside the West Kootenay terrain where the program is based.—May 2, 2014
Cafeteria Open for Business in May
The Ripple Cafe in Castlegar and Glacier Cafe on Nelson's Silver King Campus will both be serving up tasty offerings this month. Hours for the Ripple Cafe in Castlegar will be Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours for the Glacier Cafe in Nelson will be Monday to Thurday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.—May 4, 2014
Learning Resource Funds Available
Applications are now being accepted for funding allocations under Selkirk College’s Learning Resource Fund. The fund comes from the Learning Resource Fee applied to student tuition and was established through a student referendum. Deadline for applications is May 30. This is a great opportunity for college staff within their departments.—May 12, 2014
Rural Pre-Medicine Program Receives Funding Boost
The Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program has received $1 million from the provincial government and the Doctors of BC. The funding will support the college in launching its new three-year program intended to provide more educational opportunities for rural and Aboriginal students interested in practising medicine.—May 5, 2014
Kekuli House Offers Affordable Summer Rental
It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic rural college setting. Perched on a plateau above the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers, Castlegar’s Selkirk College Campus offers a 360-degree view of the geographical wonders of the West Kootenay. Now visitors can book rooms at Kekuli House to take it all in this summer.—March 7, 2014
Gym Hours Changing for the Spring
With the Winter Semester now drawing to a close, the hours of operation for the recreation facilities on the Castlegar Campus and Tenth Street Campus (Nelson) are changing. Remember that the gym and weight room use is free for Selkirk College staff, only fitness classes have a minimal fee. Come and check it out.—April 17, 2014
Myler Wilkinson Wins Prestigious Award
Myler Wilkinson’s deep connection with one of the greatest short story writers in history has earned recognition and praise from a distinguished Canadian literary journal. In the Spring, 2014 edition of The Fiddlehead, the Selkirk College instructor was named the winner of the journal’s 23rd Annual Literary Contest for Best Short Fiction. —May 14, 2014
Summer of Ceramics Arrives to KSA
The Summer of Ceramics at Kootenay Studio Arts will bring the styles and teachings of four veteran clay artists to Nelson for a series of ceramics workshops over the next two months. The workshops will unite creative individuals at all levels for both weekend and week long workshops. The interactive courses will be led by working artists.—May 30, 2014
Raise Funds for Your Program at Gala 2014
The annual Selkirk College Gala is an opportunity to showcase the tremendous talent and spirit we have on all campuses. It’s a time to bring the community together for a special evening that helps boost the college’s image and raises funds for special projects. Proposals are now being accepted for taking on the task of the Gala auction.—May 13, 2014
Outstanding SEG Students Recognized
Four graduating Selkirk College students have been recognized for projects aimed at expanding knowledge in applied science. At last month’s convocation ceremony on the Castlegar Campus, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) presented the four students with its Student Excellence in Technology Awards.—May 27, 2014
Students Provide Safe Haven for Bats
Students in Selkirk College's Carpentry Foundation Program have helped provide safe shelter for an important creature of the West Kootenay night. Earlier this year students in the 24-week program started putting together a number of bat houses for the Kootenay Community Bat Project.—May 26, 2014
Big Thanks to Send for Annual Dinner Helpers
The annual Long Term Employee and Retiree Dinner was held Thursday, May 15 in the Staff Lounge at the Castlegar Campus. The evening was hosted by Selkirk’s HR Director Gary Leier. Selkirk President Angus Graeme and Board of Directors Chair Bruce Morrison delivered greetings and congratulatory messages.—May 28, 2014
Selkirk Awards $65,000 in Entrance Scholarships
Over the next couple weeks, Grade 12 students from high schools around the region will be crossing the stage in graduation ceremonies to mark the end of their secondary school careers. As part of the celebrations, Selkirk College will be awarding 50 entrance scholarships to students at 11 different schools.—May 26, 2014
Education Plan Strengthens Overall Vision
Selkirk College’s commitment to learners and a high quality post-secondary education experience has taken another step forward with the release of its Education Plan 2014-2018. As a major step in implementing the Selkirk College Strategic Plan 2013-2018, the Education Plan 2014-2018 sets priority actions.—May 5, 2014
A Closer Look at Indian Dance
Selkirk College international students are inviting the community to immerse themselves in ethnic Indian dance. On Thursday, Indian summer semester students are hosting “Rising Stars” in the gym at the Castlegar Campus. The Indian dance competition will feature “Bhangra,” “Giddha “and “Street Dance” in the crazy world of Indian dancing.—June 16, 2014
KSA Students Invite Community to Year End Show
Students in Selkirk College's Kootenay Studio Arts programs have been working diligently to finish projects in preparation for this weekend's Year-End Show and Sale in Nelson that will put their creative talents on display for the community to appreciate. The show starts Friday at 3 p.m.—June 18, 2014
Rural Pre-Med Student Travels to South Africa
Earlier this year Jesse McDonald was accepted into Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine Program and will be part of the new program’s first cohort. While searching out options for the summer break, the 23-year-old came across the Sinovoyu Caring Families Project currently being researched in South Africa and signed up to volunteer.—May 29, 2014
Instructors Recognized for Educational Contributions
The National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards recognize men and women who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. Instructors Michael Konkin, Elizabeth Lund, Rob Schwarzer, Joan Silvey and Rita Williams have been chosen for 2014. —May 5, 2014
Exam Competition Puts High School Students to the Test
For more than 15 years, School of University Arts & Sciences instructors have challenged secondary students in the competition that provides an opportunity for young scholars to take up to three exams in 11 different subjects at the Annual Scholarship High School Exam Competition on the Castlegar Campus.—June 2, 2014
Selkirk Provides Turning Point for Pop Star
With a number-one hit song in the United Kingdom and an incredible video that showcases her impressive talents, Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology alumnae Kiesza is riding high on her recent success and paying tribute to her roots in the Kootenays. She spoke about her time spent at Selkirk College last week.—May 15, 2014
Exam Competition Puts High School Students to the Test
For more than 15 years, School of University Arts & Sciences instructors have challenged secondary students in the competition that provides an opportunity for young scholars to take up to three exams in 11 different subjects at the Annual Scholarship High School Exam Competition on the Castlegar Campus.—June 2, 2014
Paying Tribute to College’s Heart and Soul
Selkirk College celebrated an incredible 887 years of service at the annual Employee Recognition Dinner. The event brought together a room full of current employees, retiring employees, retirees, board members and distinguished community leaders for an evening of dinner and entertaining speeches at the Faculty Lounge.—May 16, 2014
Selkirk Employees Respond in New Denver’s Time of Need
Members of the Selkirk College counselling department were part of a team of professionals who helped deal with the fallout after the horrible tragedy on Slocan Lake last month.With the tight-knit community of New Denver reeling in shock from the tragedy, counselors were in demand and three Selkirk employees answered the call.—June 3, 2014
KSA Adds More Depth to Programming
Find inspiration with new Studio Arts diploma. Pursue an education at Nelson's Kootenay Studio Arts with more pathways starting this September. Explore the new two-year diploma program or the Open Studio Advanced Certificate. After a collaborative review, KSA will begin new offerings starting this September. —May 20, 2014
KSA Adds More Depth to Programming
After a collaborative review that included input from current students, instructors, artists, community members and Selkirk College administration, KSA will begin new offerings starting this September. The major changes include the addition of a two-year diploma pathway and creation of an Open Studio Advanced Certificate.—May 20, 2014
Academic Calendar Provides Deeper Look at Choices
The Selkirk College 2014-2015 Academic Calendar cracks open a world of possibilities and provides an important guide for incoming students. With hundreds of course offerings from Selkirk’s 70-plus programs, the calendar is now available online and printed copies will be arriving at your campus locations over the coming weeks.—June 3, 2014
Glynn Woodburn Honoured with Excellence Award
Selkirk College Disability Service Coordinator Glynn Woodburn has been recognized for her outstanding dedication to students and passion for education by the Disability Resource Network with the 2014 Celebrate Excellence Award for Services. She received the award last month for making a difference in so many lives.—June 5, 2014
New Look for Castlegar Campus Entrance Coming Soon
The welcome mat at the Castlegar Campus will have a new look and feel starting in September. The new Castlegar Campus Welcome Centre broke ground last month and the entryway to the main building will be transformed both inside and out in order to meet the changing needs of the college community.—June 6, 2014
Saints’ Coach Jeff Dubois Moves On
The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program has announced the departure of head coach Jeff Dubois, who has accepted a position as the head coach and general manager of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Dubois guided the Saints to back-to-back league championships in 2013 and 2014.—June 26, 2014
Summer Science and Art Camps for Kids
With school out, Selkirk College is offering kids an opportunity to get their summer off to a fun start with camps in the Boundary. Science Instructor Christine Carlson is putting on a series of science camps and for those kids more interested in art, there will be two day-long camps running under the guidance of instructor Cindy Alblas.—June 17, 2014
Selkirk Helping Provide Forest Industry Building Blocks
Selkirk College is joining the Community Forest Societies in Nakusp and Kaslo in helping foster solutions to pressing training needs in the region’s forest industry by partnering with stakeholders who have identified gaps. At the end of May, loggers identified a number of key elements to a successful training program.—June 18, 2014
BCGEU Faculty Members Ratify Agreements
On July 14 the Provincial Government issued the below press release for distribution to the media under the headline: "BCGEU faculty at Okanagan and Selkirk Colleges ratify agreements." See the full press release from the provincial government and the details of the five-year agreement.—July 16, 2014
Dr. Delia Roberts Launches New Citation Program
A safe and healthy workplace is a reality within reach of every organization regardless of its size and Selkirk College biology instructor Dr. Delia Roberts is getting set to share her knowledge on how it can be achieved. Starting this fall, Selkirk College will be offering a citation in Integrated Worksite Health & Safety.—June 27, 2014
Janzen Returns to Mir Centre
Randy Janzen is back in the Mir Centre for Peace chair.Last year Janzen released his position as chair of the Mir Centre for Peace. Administration took the opportunity to review and renew the programming offered at the centre. Part of that review was a full day retreat with advisory committee members and an outside facilitator.—June 29, 2014
Word Processing Centre Renewed and Renamed
Changes are underway for the Word Processing Centre on Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus. Aimed at streamlining internal processes and workflow for the production of educational materials and policies, the position of Educational Documents and Publications Clerk has been created. LaVerne Popoff will fill this role.—June 29, 2014
KSA Adds Depth to Columbia Basin Culture Tour
The Kootenay Studio Arts Campus will open its doors to the public as part of the annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour which takes place on August 9 and 10. This free, self-guided event allows the public to explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites, some of which are not normally open for the public.—July 30, 2014
Silver King Celebrates Gold
For a half century, students educated on the post-secondary campus high above Nelson have contributed to building communities across the West Kootenay and beyond. This month the Selkirk College Silver King Campus marks 50 years by looking back and steaming ahead to its next 50.—June 27, 2014
SCOPE Award Winners Announced
Selkirk College’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 awards. The purpose of the SCOPE awards is to recognize and promote professional excellence. Faculty and staff are nominated for the awards by students and peers.—June 29, 2014
Fine Woodworking Students Leave Mark on Capitol
The Capitol Theatre’s $200,000 facelift includes a number of external, internal, technical and theatre system upgrades that is breathing new life into the important historic building that’s a cornerstone of the region’s cultural scene. As part of the project they found plenty of helping hands in the Fine Woodworking Program.—July 9, 2014
Summer Camps for Kids Opens Up New Worlds
Packing more than 30 years of teaching experience, Elizabeth Cunningham moved to Nelson last summer from Eden Mills, Ontario. Jumping feet first into the community, Cunningham is offering two summer camps for children between August 18 and 22. Both camps offer exciting opportunities for children.—July 10, 2014
Important Information for Those About to Retire
If you are retiring between now and January 1, 2015 you will be interested in reading the below announcement. The Municipal Pension Plan will be revising the pension option factor tables - this does not impact how a member’s basic (normal) pension is calculated. Check out this valuable information.—July 16, 2014
Pension Contribution Rate Has Increased
To ensure the Municipal Pension Plan continues to be healthy and sustainable in the future, a contribution rate increase of 1.4 per cent went into effect July 1, 2014. Plan members and employers will share this contribution rate increase. Both member and employer rates will increase 0.7 per cent of pensionable salary.—July 16, 2014
Professional Aviation Program Canceled
After spending several months attempting to find a fiscally sustainable way to deliver the Professional Aviation Program into the future, Selkirk College has made the difficult decision to cancel the program.—July 23, 2014
Selkirk College Saints Hire Bench Boss
The Selkirk College Saints hockey team have announced this week that Castlegar-raised Alex Evin is stepping from assistant coach to head coach for the upcoming 2014-15 BCIHL season. He will replace Jeff Dubois, who moved to the Creston Valley Thunder of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) earlier this summer.—July 14, 2014
Selkirk Student Reaches Out to Rural Seniors
Nelson CARES Society and the Age Friendly Community Initiative have hired a Selkirk College student intern for a research and outreach project called Reaching Out. As the name suggests, the project that will “reach out” to isolated rural seniors to talk with them about their concerns, challenges, and service needs.—July 16, 2014
New Employee Welcome Coming Next Week
It's been another amazing summer in the West Kootenay-Boundary and there's still many more moments left. Another exciting school year is right around the corner and the engines are starting to pump again as we prepare for the Fall Semester and the New Employee Welcome is an important part of getting it all rolling. —August 13, 2014
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
It's time to think about chilled beverages rather than a chill in the air, but the Staff Development & Wellness Committee is asking you to take a quick pause from the spectacular summer that is upon us to help out with a little survey. Please take time to answer two simple questions, it will consume less than a minute of your time.—July 7, 2014
Get Connected Needs Ambassadors
Get Connected" planning is well underway for another fabulous & fun orientation day during the first week of the Fall Term--September 2 in Castlegar and September 3 in Nelson--between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. As in previous years, organizers are looking for "Selkirk Ambassadors" to help out with execution of the day's event.—July 4, 2014
Get Connected Approaches
A reminder that we will once again be celebrating with new and returning students during the Get Connected - College Orientation events. Castlegar's event happens September 2 starting at 8 a.m. The Nelson Campuses get together at Mary Hall on September 3 at 11 a.m. Please let all students know this is happening!—August 15, 2014
Capture Selkirk Pride This Summer
With so many Selkirk College staffers splintering off in all different directions for adventures big and small over the next two months, the marketing/communications team wants you to show us some Selkirk Pride and keep your co-workers posted on the places you roam. Send us your great summer shots and include yourself in the photo! —June 27, 2014
Selkirk Getting Set to Host BC TEAL Conference
Selkirk College will host the BC TEAL Interior Regional Conference in October and organizers are jumping into the planning. BC Teal—The Association of B.C. Teachers of English as an Additional Language—is dedicated to the growth and development of the profession of English language teaching.—August 15, 2014
Manulife Glitch Sorted Out
For all staff members who are part of the Manulife Group Benefits and deal with their claims online, take a few moments to get briefed on a recent security issue that was discovered with the company's online processing. Very few were impacted, but this will provide you with answers to any questions that you may have regarding the issue.—August 13, 2014
Co-Op Students Take On Graveyard Project
As part of the Ootischenia Doukhobor Cemetery’s restoration project, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre was contacted to help with the tricky task of ensuring grave markers were returned to the proper resting place. Using GIS technology, a pair of Selkirk College co-op students completed the important project last month.—July 29, 2014
Feedback is Always Welcomed and Encouraged
We are all so fortunate to work at a place where feedback is not only welcomed, it's encouraged. Starting in the fall, the HR department is offering an opportunity for you to engage. If you interested in discussing your current job, future career, enhancing your skills, developing your abilities this is your chance.—July 16, 2014
Experience New Cultures Through Homestay
An important part of Selkirk International is the homestay aspect of the experience for students who arrive to the West Kootenay-Boundary from around the globe. The homestay experience adds lasting memories for both sides of the relationship. Applications are now being accepted. Spread the word and spread the world!—July 16, 2014
Trades Programs Benefit from Province’s LNG Funding
As part of British Columbia's Skills for Jobs Blueprint, Selkirk College will receive funding for an additional 54 training spaces to increase access and help reduce waitlists for trades critical to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other industries. The funding will bolster welding, electrical and carpentry programs.—August 1, 2014
Unwind at Staff TGIF at Finley's in Nelson
A great evening is planned for Selkirk College staff on September 11 and the community is being invited to join in at Finley's Bar & Grill in Nelson. The special TGIF will be filled with music, laughter and as a bonus raise money for an important college partnership. Hope to see you there!—September 4, 2014
Strengthening Bonds with Métis Nation British Columbia
In late-June, Selkirk College administration, Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) officials and local Métis leaders met at the Gathering Place on the Castlegar Campus to officially endorse the Métis Learners Protocol which defines a pathway to strengthen the partnership.—August 7, 2014
Saints Begin Exhibition Season This Weekend
The Selkirk College Men's Hockey program will play their first exhibition games of the 2014-15 season this weekend in a home-and-home series against the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters. Selkirk will host the Smokies on Friday night at the Castlegar and District Community Complex at 7:00 p.m. and the Smokies will welcome the Saints on Saturday.—September 10, 2014
Lama Losang Samten Set to Share Experience
The warmth and beauty of the West Kootenay made a lasting impression on Lama Losang Samten when he visited last summer and now the venerable Buddhist Tibetan scholar, spiritual leader and artist says he’s looking forward to his return. He will be taking part in a Mir Centre for Peace event while in the region.—August 26, 2014
Touchstones Nelson Traces Early Years of KSA
Touchstones Nelson is taking visitors on a flashback to the 1960’s with the new exhibit Zeljko Kujundzic and the Early Years of the Kootenay School of the Arts. Explore Kujundzic’s diverse artistic practices and the history of the Kootenay School of the Arts (now Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College) through this unique exhibition.—August 12, 2014
Surplus Sale Offers Bargains
The Selkirk College Purchasing Department is having a surplus sale. There are many items available at no charge, for very reasonable first come-first served fixed prices and also a few higher end items for which bids are invited. Items available include a half ton pick-up truck, commercial washers & dryers, TV's and more.—August 19, 2014
Cafeterias and Gymnasiums Back for Fall Semester
The Fall Semester approaches and two important Selkirk College services are now back in action. The cafeterias on the Castlegar Campus, Silver King Campus and Tenth Street Campus will open to regular hours starting Monday (August 25). The gymnasiums on both the Castlegar Campus and Tenth Street Campus are both open for use.—August 22, 2014
Important Adjustment Made to Travel Policy
It has been just over six months since the new travel policy (#9400) was brought into practice and the Finance Team has had the opportunity to reflect on the process. The one question most commonly asked is around why employees were only granted 75 per cent of the advance. There has been a trial change made to the policy to address it. —August 13, 2014
Kleine Helping Build Peace in Israel and Palestine
Peace seems more distant than ever in Israel, but Selkirk College instructor Denis Kleine is forging ahead with a project he hopes will act as a symbol of what can be achieved in the future. With no end in sight to the struggle, earlier this month Kleine got started on a sculpture project that promotes peace.—August 1, 2014
Selkirk College Recognizes Difference Makers
Four Selkirk College instructors have been recognized for their professional excellence in the classroom and the college community. Each year, Selkirk’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) honours staff members who stand out. Nominated by students and peers, the SCOPE Awards are handed out for exceptional performance.—September 10, 2014
Music Faculty Take the Stage for Annual Concert
For a quarter century, instructors at from the Music & Technology Program have hit the stage to show they are more than just great teachers. The annual Faculty Concert is an opportunity for the program’s nine veteran musicians to start the school year off right with a show that spans musical styles and displays their considerable chops.—September 18, 2014
Help Enhance a Vibrant Workplace Experience
If you are looking to make a difference in the upcoming year, why not join the Staff Development & Wellness Committee? The crew behind important initiatives and events like TGIF, Staff Discovery Day and other wellness projects needs your ideas and enthusiasm to help make all this happen in the coming months.—August 15, 2014
If Retirement Nears, Check This Out
If you are a Municipal Pension Plan member and within five years of retiring, you will want to check out a seminar that’s coming to Nelson in October. The “Thinking About Retiring” seminar will provide important information including your pension options, determining your retirement income and online pension plan resources.—August 17, 2014
Selkirk International to Host BC TEAL Conference
Teaching English as an additional language is vital to commerce, community and creating conversations between cultures. This October, BC Teachers of an Additional Language will hold its 2014 Interior Regional Conference at the Tenth Street Campus. More than 100 teachers, administrators and community leaders will take in the one-day event.—September 3, 2014
Changes to Tuition Payment Method
As of September 2, 2014, Selkirk College will no longer be accepting credit cards for payments of tuition. Students are now able to pay their tuition and student fees through a third party service provider called Plastiq. Plastiq will process the payment on behalf of the student for a processing fee of 1.99%.—August 13, 2014
Charting the Course for a Great Year
Supervisors and frontline staff gathered at the Mir Centre for Peace. Working in groups within and across programs and campuses, participants donned a student’s perspective to document how we can offer even more to students. Leaders Day 2014 focused on exploring and discussing the meaning of “Exceptional Service.”—September 3, 2014
Janzen Travels to African Hot Spot
When Randy Janzen traveled to South Sudan in June, it wasn’t to report on the looming humanitarian crisis caused by famine and civil war in that country. On the contrary, the Peace Studies Program instructor wanted to learn more about an exciting project that seeks ways to reduce violence in this war-torn country on the brink of famine.—August 27, 2014
Silver King Campus Hosts Community Barbecue
The Silver King Campus 50th Birthday Barbecue will take place on Wednesday, October 8 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. All former students, staff and community supporters are invited to share in the celebration. Lunch, cake and refreshments will be served. All current staff and students on all campuses are invited to attend.—September 30, 2014
Saints Begin BCIHL Regular Season
The Selkirk College Saints began their BCIHL regular season on Friday at Eastern Washington University and former Saints defenceman Adam Makaroff was back on the bus, but this time not as a player. Makaroff joined the Saints coaching staff in August and has had an immediate impact on the bench and in the dressing room.—October 7, 2014
Peeling Back the Layers at Shambhala
Members of the Selkirk College team joined a weekend tour of the Shambhala Music Festival to get a peek at the annual event that attracts thousands to the Salmo River Ranch every August. The tour provided an insiders look at what it takes to pull off an event that attracts 11,000 electronic dance music fans to the region each summer.—August 14, 2014
Soaring Start to Semester at Scholarship Evening
Selkirk College celebrated student excellence and achievement at its annual Scholarship Evening. More than 350 students, donors, faculty and family members attended the special event that was held in the Castlegar Campus gymnasium. In total 275 awards, worth more than $175,000, was provided to help students reach their goals.—September 10, 2014
President’s Information Meetings Slated for October
Selkirk College President Angus Graeme will be holding his regular staff information meetings during the month of October. All staff is encouraged to come out and spend some time finding out the latest and asking questions. Please check out the dates and then mark in your calendar.—September 19, 2014
Saints Set to Raise the Banner
For the second time in as many years, the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team will proudly raise the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship banner to the rafters of the Castlegar Complex on Friday night. The Saints captured the 2013-14 title at home last March before a packed house at their home rink. —October 15, 2014
Explore a New Way to Manage Your Benefits
Did you know that Manulife just released a mobile app? Now you can manage your benefits on your smartphone or tablet. It's available in all app stores for all smartphone devices (Apple App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World and Windows Store). Learn more about it and check out a demo.—September 4, 2014
Faculty Put on Great Night of Music
Selkirk College Music & Technology Program instructors were amazing on Friday night at the annual Faculty Concert at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. From smooth jazz to program alumnae Kiesza’s mega-hit Hideaway to a rousing encore, the group entertained the sold out crowd.—September 30, 2014
Explore Recreation Options in Nelson
One of the amazing services for staff and students is the Selkirk College Recreation Department. In both Castlegar and Nelson there is ongoing and special events booked through the next two semesters. If you are regular or yet to jump right in, make sure you check out what is being offered right now.—September 19, 2014
Saints Come Out on Top in Wild Saturday Contest
Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Gonzales scored with just 0.2 remaining in regulation time to secure a 6-5 victory over the Eastern Washington University Eagles in a wild game at the Castlegar Recreation Complex Saturday night. The Saints are back in action in Castlegar this Saturday night against EWU.—October 29, 2014
Help Make Gala 2014 Awesome
The team behind this year’s Selkirk College Gala 2014 is gearing up for another great showcase of student talent at the annual event. They are now calling on all staff to lend a hand in enhancing an important element of the annual evening: the silent and live auction. The auction is being coordinated by the Selkirk Saints hockey team.—October 14, 2014
Come Check Out Your Future at Selkirk College
The annual Open House at the Castlegar Campus goes November 4th between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Secondary students from across the West Kootenay and Boundary are invited to come explore the more than 60 programs offered. Parents, high school teachers, career counsellors and all members of the public are invited.—October 27, 2014
Forestry Technology Program Selling Firewood
If you are looking to stock up on firewood for the upcoming winter, the students in the Selkirk College Forest Technology Program have your answer. As part of the group’s fundraising efforts for a coastal field trip this coming March, students have started to buck and split a truckload of firewood on the Castlegar Campus.—October 6, 2014
Saints Raise Championship Banner, Renew Hope with Win
A boisterous home crowd and pre-game banner raising ceremony fueled the Selkirk College Saints to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Friday night at the Castlegar Community Recreation Complex. It was the two-time defending BCIHL champion's first win of the regular season.—October 22, 2014
Hospitality Students Get Introduction to Fairmont Hotels
As students in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT), Hospitality and Professional Cooking programs dove into their second month of studies, a visit by the head of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise helped provide additional incentive to make good use of their time learning about the industry.—October 16, 2014
SCOPE Award Winners Honoured
More than 50 staff, family and friends came out on September 25 for the annual ceremony that officially recognizes the annual winners. Each year, Selkirk’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence honours staff members who stand out. Nominated by students and peers, the awards are handed out for exceptional performance.—October 5, 2014
Mir Lecture Series Presents Author Lawrence Hill
Selkirk College will welcome author Lawrence Hill to Nelson’s Mary Hall for a Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series on Friday, November 7. He will be speaking about his latest non-fiction book Blood: The Stuff of Life, engaging those in attendance in a lively discussion and going back into our nation’s less traveled history.—October 31, 2014
Saints Trump EWU for Third Straight Time
The defending BCIHL Champion Selkirk College Saints have proven they are tough to beat at home after defeating the Eastern Washington for the third straight time in as many games. Unlike in the previous week when a dramatic victory was earned in the final seconds, on Saturday night it was all Saints, all game.—November 4, 2014
Rural Pre-Medicine Students Off to Great Start
The first class of students in the Rural Pre-Medicine Program have begun their journey towards a life in health care and last month received a boost when a group of veteran physicians visited to the Castlegar Campus to provide encouragement.In mid-September the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues was in the region. —October 6, 2014
Save the Date for Discovery Day 2015
The annual Selkirk College Discovery Day may be a few months off, but now is the time to start thinking about this important day. This year's Discovery Day will take place on February 13, 2015 in Nelson with workshops and group events to bring the college community closer together in a fun-filled day.—October 14, 2014
Silver King Campus 50th Birthday Barbecue a Success
More than 400 people came out to the Selkirk College Silver King Campus 50th Birthday Barbecue on October 8th in Nelson. Former students, staff and community supporters joined current students and staff for hamburgers, smokies, refreshments and cake for the party that was held in the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program shop.—October 15, 2014
Saints Make Statement with Four Point Weekend
After an impressive home weekend where they took four points against rival Simon Fraser University, the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team is heading west looking to build on a four game winning streak. The two-time defending champions have made a statement over the last few weeks that they'll be in the mix for a third straight.—November 12, 2014
History Instructors Involved in Special Film Screening
A pair of Selkirk College history instructors are involved in a project that is bringing back a film that caused a huge stir in our region and across North America 60 years ago. Duff Sutherland and Takaia Larsen will be on a panel discussing the impact of the film in its original context and with regard to women's involvement.—November 13, 2014
Selkirk Student Helping Work Towards Peace in Burma
Htoo Paw grew up in an entirely different reality than her life today on Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus and she’s determined to ensure young women in Burma are not subjected to a similar plight. She will be speaking about her life on October 30 at a special Peace Cafe on the Castlegar Campus.—October 27, 2014
Selkirk College Sheds Light on Technology at GIS Day
Selkirk College is inviting you to view the earth in a whole different way. GIS Day is an internationally recognized event that demonstrates the power and importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in our everyday lives. On Wednesday, November 19, the School of Environment & Geomatics is hosting a GIS Day event.—November 5, 2014
New 2015 College Viewbook Now Available
The Marketing Department is pleased to announce the new Selkirk College Viewbook. As our primary piece of recruitment collateral given out to potential students, the Viewbook is used to showcase all programs, give students an overview of what it's like to be a Selkirk student.—September 19, 2014
Southam and Lund Deepen Knowledge in Massachusetts
Teaching & Learning Institute Coordinator Theresa Southam and Rural Pre-Medicine Program Coordinator Elizabeth Lund journeyed to Amherst College for the 2014 Teaching and Learning Center Grant Program Meeting. They were invited as recipients of a grant from the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.—October 15, 2014
Music Instructors Featured at Allison Girvan Concert
Four instructors in the Selkirk College Professional Music & Technology Program will join acclaimed Nelson singer Allison Girvan on stage at the Capitol Theatre on November 20. Girvan is married to Selkirk music program instructor Don Madonald who produced and played on her latest offering Fishing By the Light of the Ancestors.—November 12, 2014
Take Advantage of the Earthtub
The Selkirk College Castlegar Campus has been actively dealing with organic waste produced at the college since 2011 with an “Earthtub” composting program, which was partially in response to an estimate that found 2.9 tonnes of food waste were produced annually by the college. Now is the time to utilize this important resource.—October 31, 2014
The World Converges in The Pit in Castlegar
Selkirk College will be shrinking the world at the Castlegar Campus on November 20 when students and staff celebrate International Education Week. Canada joins more than 100 countries from around world in marking the week which runs November 17 to November 21. Selkirk will be hosting its annual Intercultural Fair in The Pit.—November 10, 2014
Mir Centre for Peace Series Takes On Important Issues
Bringing important peace and social justice issues to the forefront in the region, the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace has embarked on a new season of lectures and peace cafés. Since 2007, the Mir Lecture Series and Mir Peace Cafés have brought a diverse selection of local and international speakers to the West Kootenay-Boundary.—September 18, 2014
Selkirk International Awards New Scholarship
The Selkirk College International Department capped off its successful hosting of the BC TEAL Interior Regional Conference earlier this month by awarding the first ever John Armstrong International Student Scholarship. The first annual scholarship was presented to current Business Administration Program student Grace Kwanghui Jeong.—October 16, 2014
Forest Industry Giant Reaches Out to Students
Selkirk College Forest Technology Program alumnus Jean Christie returned to her roots on the Castlegar Campus earlier this month in hopes of finding eager recruits to join her on the industry frontlines with West Fraser Timber.Christie is a rising star within her company and the industry, graduating from Selkirk College in 2010.—October 22, 2014
Gala 2014 Celebrates Community Partnerships
Selkirk College will showcase student talent and celebrate community partnerships at the annual Gala 2014. This year’s gala theme is Partnerships in Success and the college is inviting all its supporters to join in the special evening at Nelson’s Mary Hall on November 22. Invite your friends and enjoy a great evening out.—November 3, 2014
Tuition-Free Training Offered Through CEWT
Responding to specific needs in the region, Selkirk College has partnered with the federal and provincial governments in launching two tuition-free programs to get unemployed and under-employed residents the training they need to be job ready in Professional Driver Training or Safety in Resource Industry (Forestry Training).—October 30, 2014
Selkirk Digs Deeper into Opportunities for Rural Policy
Selkirk has entered a partnership with leading post-secondary institutions from around the world in a project that aims to enhance prosperity in rural regions. Brandon University was recently awarded a seven-year $2.5 million grant from the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to lead the project. —October 29, 2014
Advisory Committee Provides Depth for RHOT Program
An annual visit to Nelson by tourism industry leaders helped Selkirk College faculty and students connect with the current trends and future opportunities. The Resort & Hotel Management Program is a vital training ground for those eyeing a career in a dynamic industry. The nine-member committee spent two days on campus in late-October.—November 6, 2014
Saints Host Victoria This Weekend
The Selkirk College Saints will be shooting for a strong finish to the first half of the season this weekend when they take on the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar Recreation Centre. The defending BCIHL champions are getting set to head into the Christmas break and currently sit six points out of first place.—November 25, 2014
Children’s Winter Holiday Party Planning Has Begun
Do you have children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren who would like to attend the college-wide Children's Winter Holiday Party at the Castlegar Campus? The party is open to all Selkirk College employees, retirees and their families. It will take place on Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm in the Pit. —October 15, 2014
KSA Hosts Annual Winter Show & Sale
The annual Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) Winter Show & Sale is about more than just finding great treasures for under the tree. It’s about connecting with the artists and craftspeople that put their heart into the items they produce. On December 5 and 6, Selkirk College is inviting the community to the KSA campus to browse and buy.—December 1, 2014
Transitional Training Students Help Book Campaign
The students in Castlegar's Transitional Training program will play Santa's elves in the first half of December by taking part in the Book Under Every Tree campaign. Between December 1 and 15, people are asked to donate new or gently used books for a Christmas food hamper. The bin is set up in the Castlegar Campus Library.—November 27, 2014
Music Students Celebrate End of Semester at Spiritbar
Contemporary Music & Technology Program students are capping the first half of the school year with an end of semester bash that strikes a chord of bringing attention to affordable housing in the Nelson community. Four student-based bands will take the stage at Nelson’s Spiritbar on December 11 with an eclectic mix of music.—December 3, 2014
Wilkinson’s “The Duel” Published in Numéro Cinq
Selkirk College English Instructor Myler Wilkinson’s short story that follows two famous Russian authors to their tragic end has found its way into a highly respected online international journal. In the current issue of Numéro Cinq, Wilkinson’s story “The Duel” is one of the featured works.—November 12, 2014
Streetcar #23 Reborn on Silver King Campus
Now in its 50th year of providing quality trades training and career programs, the Selkirk College Silver King Campus has a rich history and many stories to be told. One of the more high profile tales is how the college played a major role in the restoration of a cherished Nelson attraction.—October 6, 2014
Trees of Sharing set up on four campuses
As with past years, Selkirk College will be supporting the Community Harvest Food Bank and Salvation Army in their efforts to fill hampers for families in our area. With these hampers will go toys for the kids. Over the past few years, college employees have donated an overwhelming amount of toys and gifts to the Tree of Sharing.—December 1, 2014
Tenth Street Bistro a Great Destination
The Tenth Street Bistro is a great place to grab a light snack, a quick lunch or a perfect beverage. Located in the residence on Nelson's Tenth Street Campus, the bistro has recently opened its doors to the general public. With the beautiful glass enclosed common space serving as the backdrop, check out the great food at great prices.—November 12, 2014
Castlegar Campus Hosts World Showcase
Hundreds of students, staff and special guests gathered in The Pit to take in the sights, sounds, tastes and trivia of the many different cultures represented at Selkirk College. Put on by Selkirk International, the Intercultural Fair featured food from around the world, colourful dance, demonstrations and interactive games.—December 3, 2014
Saints Earn 'A' in Pre-Christmas Lethbridge Test
The student athletes on the two-time defending BCIHL champion Selkirk College Saints added another test to their busy early-December schedule with a trip east to see how they'd stack up against a CIS team loaded with major junior graduates in Lethbridge. The result was a pair of impressive efforts and outcomes.—December 2, 2014
Wishing All a Healthy and Happy 2015
The Selkirk College hockey team wrapped up its first half of the BCIHL regular season with a pair of overtime wins which should secure their spot on Santa's Nice List. —December 2, 2014
Turning Onto Science With Quantum Leaps
Breaking down barriers and boosting interest in science for girls was the focus of the Quantum Leaps event held at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus earlier this semester. Organized by KAST in partnership with the college, Quantum Leaps brought out more than 80 girls in Grades 10 to 12 for an evening of workshops and speakers.—December 7, 2014
New Chair Chosen for Industry & Trades Training
There will be a change at Nelson’s Silver King Campus early next year when Rob Schwarzer takes the helm of the School of Industry & Trades Training. Once students return to the shops at the 50-year-old campus, current chair of Industry & Trades Training Dan Obradovic will pass the work gloves to Schwarzer.—November 14, 2014