NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - March 8

Hello NIC Students! 

March 8th is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge – learn more here! See below for upcoming NIC events including leadership talk by Kwame Osei and information on graduation!


  • Fri, April. 2, 2021: College Closed – Good Friday
  • Mon, April. 5, 2021: College Closed – Easter Monday
  • Tues, April. 6, 2021: Last week of classes for Winter term
  • Sat, April. 10, 2021 – Fri, April. 23, 2021: Winter final exams
  • Tues, April. 27, 2021: NIC Foundation Awards Application Deadline
  • Thurs, April. 29, 2021 – Fri, April. 30, 2021: International student orientation


  • Thriving in Action. Join NIC Counsellors on Monday, March. 8 from 12 – 1 pm as they discuss Getting Rid of Unhealthy Habits this week to help you thrive! Please email to register.
  • Artist Talk: Scott Amos. The NIC Artist Talk Series invites contemporary Canadian artists to speak about their professional art practice and this week welcomes Scott Amos to share about his interactive sculptures on Thurs, March. 11 at 6 pm. Register online at 
  • Intercultural Learning. NIC, Aurora College and the College of New Caledonia are partnering on a Global Mobility Engagement Online project – bringing together peer mentors with students interested in studying abroad for the chance to ask questions and learn more about the process. Register online to learn about Exchange Student Perspectives on Fri, March. 12 from 5 – 6:30 pm.
  • Go Green social media contest. Campuses across the world are going green to celebrate Ireland's St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Now you can join in the fun on Instagram for an online contest hosted by Education in Ireland for a chance to win prizes. Learn more.

  • Leadership Speaker Event – Student Life is thrilled to announce that on Thursday, March 18th from 2 – 3 pm NIC will be welcoming speaker Kwame Osei for a virtual presentation titled “The Power of Choice”. In this presentation, Kwame outlines how the decisions in his life no matter how substantial or minuscule they may have seemed be at the time ultimately played a role in determining his destiny. Kwame shares stories from his life to drive home this message. The decisions we make accumulate over time whether it means simply choosing to be positive in the face of adversity or embracing diversity and inclusion, the bottom line is we all have a choice. To register for this event email
  • Brave Spaces: Climate Change. As a continuation of the Brave Spaces sessions, this month we will be focusing on climate change with a discussion on the ongoing effects of long-term changes to our climate, including an exploration of global and local impacts. This virtual event will take place on Thurs, March 25. From 12 – 1 pm. Email to register.
  • NIC Graduation. NIC students from 2020/21 & 2019/20 academic years - it's time to celebrate with regalia & pictures to mark your academic milestone. For more information and details on grad photos, visit the graduation webpage.

IMPORTANT NOTE - In order to receive your credential, you must complete the Application for Credential form and email it to

  • Office of Global Engagement Focus Group. OGE is looking to connect with students to attend a series of webinars/focus groups to provide insight on challenges and barriers perceived in considering taking on a Study Abroad experience. There are going to be 5 sessions, one session per week, scheduled on Fridays at 11:000am for 1.5hours/session. For these sessions we are offering a $20 gift certificate to each participant attending the full session and filling out a very short survey at the end of each session. For students who commit to the entire webinar series, we will offer the opportunity to enter their name in a draw for a grand prize of $500. For more information visit:

For more details please connect with Romana Pasca at


  • Comox Valley Campus – Construction Notice. The Ministry of Transportation & Highways is preparing to install a signalized pedestrian-controlled crosswalk at the Ryan Road entrance of the Comox Valley campus. Please plan on utilizing the Lerwick Road entrance for all access to the college during this work for the upcoming weeks.


  • NIC Bookstore Update – The Comox Valley Campus Bookstore is open from 10 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday for students. The store is now set up to allow for everyone to line up inside Tyee out of the rain where you can view some of the great merchandise and supplies the bookstore has available – including those cozy NIC hoodies! 
  • Emergency Assistance Funds - Sometimes emergencies happen that are outside of a student’s control or the best advance planning. NIC’s may be able to assist with financial support in the form of a bursary to help with emergencies. This funding does not need to be paid back and may be available to assist with books, transportation, childcare, supplies, groceries and other essentials. Contact a financial aid advisor to find out more.  Book online here.

 Here is the first of a series of weekly animated tips on how to boost your “financial health”.

Watch Video #1 here.

Watch Video #2 here.

Watch Video #3 here. 

  • NIC Student Technical Services are available on Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm, Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Student Technical team has also scheduled virtual drop-in hours from Monday to Saturday for the month of January.To learn about the drop-in times and how to contact the team, please visit
  • North Island Students' Union is back with Virtual Office Hours. This is an opportunity to ask questions, receive swag, and build connections. To access the link, download the NISU app. Would you like a Student Planner? Available by mail, connect with your Students’ Union at to learn more.  
  • Have a quick question? Email and an advisor will get back to you asap. Be sure to leave your student number, email and phone number with your request.
  • NIC Library & Learning Commons is open for students to pick up holds and laptops, book study rooms, use the computers, and print. Visit to find out what hours your library is open. Research and Writing supports are available online every day. Find out more at
  • Book a Peer Tutor through the Library & Learning Commons! Tutors are available for Nursing, Business, English, Math, Science, Digital Design, Psychology, Spanish & study skills. Book your Peer Tutor online now!
  • Learn Anywhere. NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you to be a successful digital learner by covering topics such as: What is digital learning? and How can I use NIC-supported technologies during your studies? Students can also access a list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today’s world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists.


  • Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? Perhaps someone’s expertise, support or kindness has made all the difference to your success, or maybe just made you smile. If you would like to recognize the contribution of an instructor or staff member, fill out our recognition form. We will send the nominee a thank you on your behalf including your comment(s). Please note – you will remain anonymous.


  • Do you or does a friend have a story worth sharing with others about their journey to North Island College? We would like to invite you to participate in our Students of NIC Campaign. Examples of previous students who have participated can be accessed here. 

The purpose of this campaign is to share authentic stories of students and their journey to NIC in their own words. Normally, we would do this with an interview, which can be set up through BlueJeans. Another option would be for you to write your story out and send it to us via email. We would then share your story on NIC's Facebook and Instagram pages. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please send us an email at


  • NIC Counsellingis available to all NIC students! You can find information on NIC's counselling services, along with links to community supports, including 24-hour crisis lines, on NIC's Counselling page.
  • NIC Student Life Facebook Group & Instagram– join now to connect with us, share your views and stay updated on events and information on student life at NIC. Go to the NIC Facebook page and click on 'Groups.'  Share on social how your’re taking care of yourself and tag NIC on Facebook and Instagram or send us an email at and we will share on your behalf. #WeAreNICe #Thrive #NICatHome
  • Healthy Recipes. Check out Student Eats for easy and affordable healthy recipes that you can make in-between study sessions! You can also fin tips for healthy eating through Canada’s Food Guide.

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”

 – G.D. Anderson

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team

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