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April

When: Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 PM
Where: Tyee Lounge, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Attend an evening with author Kim Bannerman at the Comox Valley campus on April 15, 2014, as she launches her latest novel, The Tattooed Wolf. This reading, part of the Write Here Readers Series, begins at 7:30 pm in the Student Lounge, Tyee Building. Admission is free. 

Kim Bannerman has written four novels, including Bucket of Blood, a historical murder mystery based in the Comox Valley. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in publications across Europe, Australia, and North America, including Room of One's Own, Parabola, She's Shameless, Teen Angst Poetry, and The Girl at the End of the World. She currently resides in Cumberland.

For more information about Kim Bannerman's reading or NIC’s Write Here Readers Series, please contact Susan Auchterlonie at 250-334-5271.


"The author displays unusual and sometimes uncomfortable characters, and I care about them all, the significant players and the extras. If you like short, satisfying reads between your Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire, ten pound seat-raisers, then buy [The Tattooed Wolf]." - Joe Murphy, The Dragon Page

When: Thursday, April 17 at 1:00 PM
Where: Campbell River Campus
Cost: Free

Learn more about NIC's Metal Jewellery Design certificate from NIC’s program graduates!

Attend a free Open House on Thursday, April 17 from 1 to 3 pm in NIC's metal jewellery design studios at the Campbell River campus.  Meet students and instructors, view student work, and talk to them about equipment, skills, and techniques. Students will also have some pieces for sale.

You can also learn more about other jewellery courses and programs at NIC, including the Jewellery and Metal Arts Summer Sessions

Everyone’s invited! Enjoy refreshments, congratulate students, or just drop-in to say hello!

Find out more:
Contact: Julia Peters
250-923-9724

When: Tuesday, April 22
Where: Campbell River campus
Cost: $2,800

Prepare now for summer employment as a wildland firefighter during the Wildfire Crew Member Training program, a four-week training and certification program starting this April.

Develop essential knowledge in wildfire preparedness and operations.

Complete essential industry certifications: BC Forest Service Wildfire Management Branch (Basic Fire Suppression, Fire Entrapment Avoidance, Portable Pumps & Water Use, and Fire Communications), Industry Canada Radio Operator, Power Saw (Enform), and Alberta Firetack. Plus, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Dangerous Goods, Occupational First Aid, and more.

Qualify for entry level employment as a crew member on a BC Unit Crew, Alberta Firetack Crew, or Contract Fire Crew.

Program takes place from April 22 to May 16, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Campbell River campus. For more information or to register, contact Wendy Samaroden at 250-923-9728.

When: Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM
Where: Cafe Guido
Cost: Free

Attend an evening with author George Littlechild at Cafe Guido in Port Hardy on April 23, 2014, part of NIC's Write Here Readers Series. The reading begins at 7 pm and is free for everyone to attend.

George Littlechild was born in Alberta, the son of a Plains Cree mother and a Celtic father, and was raised by foster parents in Edmonton. George has exhibited in galleries around the world, and his art is in several important collections. Many of his paintings are inspired by the Cree concept of Wahkomkanak, which means “our ancestors.”

In addition to his artwork, he has also written and illustrated several children’s books, including This Land is My Land, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. His most recent book is The Spirit Giggles Within. He lives in Courtenay, BC.

For more information about George Littlechild's reading or NIC’s Write Here Readers Series, please contact Susan Auchterlonie at 250-334-5271.


"[The Spirit Giggles Within] demonstrates Littlechild’s determination. It’s a visual feast — a treat both for newcomers and those already aware of his concerns." - Candace Fertile, The Coastal Spectator

"Bold in size, color and image, [This Land is My Land] constitutes a stunning gallery of art by a Native American of singular vision... this volume offers itself as a bridge between the past's pain and the future's potential." - Publishers Weekly

When: Thursday, April 24 to Apr 25
Where: Ucluelet Aquarium, Ucluelet
Cost: Free

Explore how oceans have influenced humanity during this lively and educational workshop, held at the Ucluelet Aquarium . Four scientists will discuss how the ocean has served many purposes through human history, from energy to food production, and share their thoughts on how oceans have impacted our lives.  Topics include:

  • The Fukashima disaster and Radiation in the Pacific Ocean: What does it mean for British Columbia? presented by Dr. Jay Cullen, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria 
  • The West Coast Wave Initiative: A strategic approach to wave energy development, presented Dr. Bradley Buckham, Institute of Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria 
  • Greening of the Blue Revolution: A global need for sustainable aquaculture, presented by Dr. Stephen Cross, NSERC Inudstrial Research Chair for Sustainable Aquaculture, North Island College 
  • Reconciling the Divorce between Nature and Humanity: An ocean's health perspective, presented by Dr. Craig Stephen, DVM PhD, Centre for Coastal Health (Nanaimo) and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Beginning on the evening of April 24, this weekend workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore ideas of sustainability, public health, and current marine-based research. Lectures will take place on April 24 and 25, and those who wish to stay an extra day are invited to join Jim Martin, founder of the Wild Pacific Trail, on a walk through old growth forest on April 26. This event is hosted by North Island College, with contribution by Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

Admission is free but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, please contact Christine Boyer at 250-334-5000 ext. 4244.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, North Island College is able to offer students in excess of $230,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year.  The deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.

To view available scholarships and bursaries, and to apply online, visit Awards.

Questions? Please contact Erin Petersen at  250-334-5000 x 4039.


 

May

When: Friday, May 02 to May 23
Where: Shadbolt Studio, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Join NIC staff and students in celebrating the best works NIC's Fine Arts diploma students have to offer.

The Fine Arts Diploma Graduation Exhibition opens at the Shadbolt Studio on May 2, with the reception starting at 7 pm. Meet the artists and enjoy a remarkable selection of works that display the talent of this year's students.

The exhibition will run May 2 to May 23, and the gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Additional exhibits for the Emily Carr degree students will be held May 9 to June 21 at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. Professional Photography students will exhibit their work starting June 6 at the Courtenay and District Museum Gallery.

When: Monday, May 05 to May 29
Where: Campbell River Campus, Metal Jewellery Design Studios, Room D209
Cost: $545
Course Code: GENI 1215

Join jewellery designer Kurt Tunkl in an open studio format in the metal jewellery studio at the Campbell River campus this May.

Use the equipment and tools in the well-equipped NIC studios to work on your jewellery projects, while getting expert guidance and tips from Kurt. The Open Studio is available Monday to Thursday, May 5 to 29th, 2014 (excluding May 19th) from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Work side by side with your peers in a supportive, creative environment. Access more than 75 hours of studio time, using a variety of electric and hand tools, work benches and reference materials.

Please note:

  • Participants must have some experience in jewellery making and design; suitable for students who have taken one or more of the NIC Metal Jewellery courses/programs including the part-time Silver Jewellery Making course OR the Metal Jewellery Design certificate OR the summer Jewellery and Metal Arts workshops.
  • Students must supply their own materials and consumables for their projects.

Register here, using the course code GENI 1215.

Questions? Contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724 or email Julia.peters@nic.bc.ca.

  

 

 

When: Friday, May 09 to May 21
Where: Comox Valley Art Gallery
Cost: Free

The Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition for Emily Carr degree students begins May 9 at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. The opening reception runs from 7 to 9 pm.

The exhibition will run from May 9 to June 21, and the gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. 

Additional exhibits for the Fine Arts diploma students will be held May 2 to May 23 at the Shadbolt Studio, Comox Valley campus. Professional Photography students exhibit their work starting June 6 at the Courtenay and District Museum Gallery.

Eligible students must register to graduate. Visit www.nic.bc.ca/graduation for more information and for the registration form.

When: Wednesday, May 21 at 9:00 AM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Join a free screening and discussion of 'The Kill Team', provided as part of the Institute of War & Peace courses.  

During this award-winning documentary, go behind closed doors to discover the riveting story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing.  Afterwards, participate in a discussion and exploration of the film's themes, perspective, and purpose.

This plenary session will take place from 9 to 11 am in the Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus, and is open to members of the public and students.  Free to attend.

When: Saturday, May 24 at 4:00 PM
Where: Campbell River campus
Cost: Free, Pre-registration Required
Course Code: GENI 1212

Join a free information session to learn about the variety of metal jewellery courses offered at NIC.  Meet instructors, ask questions, and discover more about jewellery making and design options, including:

Tour the well-equipped studio, discover more about the field of jewellery making and design, learn about jewellery-making equipment and tools, and see what past students have accomplished.  There is no cost to attend but registration is required. The information session will be held twice at the Campbell River campus. Choose to attend on Saturday, May 24th, from 4 to 5:30 pm, or choose to attend on Thursday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

To register, visit the Information Session page, click on "Online Registration Available", use the course code GENI-1212, and select which session you wish to attend. For more information, contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724.

When: Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30 PM
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free
Course Code: GENI-5110

Hospital Unit Clerks play a vital role in information management, administrative support and services in hospitals, medical offices, and care facilities. North Island College's Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate program prepares graduates to step directly into this busy, rewarding career. For more information, visit Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate program.

You can also find out more about the Hospital Unit Clerk program at a FREE information session Tuesday, May 27 at the Comox Valley campus. Ask questions, meet the instructors, and speak with student advisors to see if the Hospital Unit Clerk program is right for you.

This Information Session is free to attend, but registration is required. Register in person or visit the course page, click on "Online Registration Available", and use the course code GENI-5110.

When: Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley Campus
Cost: Free

Join students, staff, and members of the public for a discussion with Charlie Berkowitz, film maker, as part of NIC's Institute of War & Peace Course series. This event will take place on May 28 in the Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus, starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Filmmaker Charlie Berkowitz will discuss his journey as he created 'Odysseus in America', the awarding-winning documentary film based on psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay’s ground-breaking book. 'Odysseus in America' reveals the surprising parallels between Odysseus’ epic ten-year journey home from Troy— sung by Homer nearly 3,000 years ago — and events in the lives of today’s American combat veterans. Berkowitz is no stranger to trauma: he has been a member of the Emergency Medical Services in both California and New York, serving as a paramedic in Hell’s Kitchen, Harlem, and Brooklyn. He is a founding member of NYC Medics, a volunteer disaster relief team, and he has participated with NYCM in subsequent deployments to Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

 

 

The Institute of War & Peace courses, which begin in May 2014,  will provide a unique learning experience that brings students, faculty, and community together to explore the themes of war and peace.  For more information, please visit the Institute of War & Peace Courses, or contact Student Services at your nearest campus.

June

When: Thursday, June 05 at 6:30 PM
Where: Campbell River Campus
Cost: Free, Pre-registration Required
Course Code: GENI 1212

Join a free information session to learn about the variety of metal jewellery courses offered at NIC. Meet instructors, ask questions, and discover more about jewellery making and design options, including:

Tour the well-equipped studio, discover more about the field of jewellery making and design, learn about jewellery-making equipment and tools, and see what past students have accomplished. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. The information session will be held twice at the Campbell River campus. Choose to attend on Saturday, May 24th, from 4 to 5:30 pm, or choose to attend on Thursday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

To register, visit the Information Session page, click on "Online Registration Available", use the course code GENI-1212, and select which session you wish to attend. For more information, contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724.

When: Friday, June 06 to Jun 14
Where: Courtenay & District Museum, 207 Fourth St, Courtenay
Cost: Free

Join NIC professional photography students at the Courtenay and District Museum Gallery on Friday, June 6 for the opening of the 2014 Professional Photography Final Exhibition.

Graduates will display personal favourites as well as images created for their final portfolio review. Meet the photographers, hear their stories, and see the remarkable talent of this graduating class.

The opening begins at 7 pm and all members of the public are welcome. Admission is free.

The Professional Photography Final Exhibition Show will run from June 6 to June 14 in the second floor gallery of the museum. The Courtenay and District Museum and Archives is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm.

When: Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 PM
Where: Mt. Waddington Regional campus

Congratulations to our 2014 NIC graduates!  NIC's Mt. Waddington Regional Campus Graduation Ceremony will provide a memorable occasion for proud family members and friends, and allow graduates to celebrate their accomplishment with faculty and classmates.  The event begins at 6:30 pm, at the Mt. Waddington Regional campus.

For more information, contact Darin Bellham at 250-334-5038.

When: Tuesday, June 17 at 1:00 PM
Where: Alberni Athletic Hall

Congratulations to our 2014 NIC graduates! NIC's Port Alberni Graduation Ceremony will provide a memorable occasion for proud family members and friends, and allow graduates to celebrate their accomplishment with faculty and classmates. The event begins at 1 pm, at the Alberni Athletic Hall, 3727 Roger Street, Port Alberni.

When: Wednesday, June 18 from 9:00 AM to Jun 18 9:00 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Join a marathon screening of Claude Lanzmann's 9 1/2 hour documentary film, 'Shoah', which explores the Holocaust through the testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and German perpetrators, often secretly recorded using hidden cameras.

This plenary session is presented as part of the Institute of War & Peace course series. It is open to members of the public and students, and is free to attend.

"There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made." - Roger Ebert

 

When: Thursday, June 19 at 1:00 PM
Where: Comox Valley Sports Centre

Congratulations to our 2014 NIC graduates! NIC's Comox Valley Graduation Ceremony will provide a memorable occasion for proud family members and friends, and allow graduates to celebrate their accomplishment with faculty and classmates. The event begins at 1 pm, at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, 3001 Vanier Drive, Courtenay.

When: Tuesday, June 24 at 2:00 PM
Where: Tidemark Theatre

Congratulations to our 2014 NIC graduates! NIC's Campbell River Graduation Ceremony will provide a memorable occasion for proud family members and friends, and allow graduates to celebrate their accomplishment with faculty and classmates. The event begins at 2 pm at the Tidemark Theatre, 1220 Shoppers Row, Campbell River.

July

When: Friday, July 11 to Jul 29
Where: Campbell River campus

Learn new skills and techniques from a variety of talented designers and artists, working with both traditional and contemporary materials, during NIC's summer Jewellery and Metal Art courses. Take one course or all five!  Courses include:

Creating Jewellery and Small Sculpture With Low Tech Casting
When: July 11 to 13
Cost: $295, plus supplies
Course Code: JMA 015
Create wonderful wearable art using simple hand tools and a touch of imagination! Learn the basics of wire manipulation, including straightening, bending, wrapping, twisting, and forging to make earrings, pendants, neck hoops, and more.

Hollowform Rings
When: July 23 to 25
Cost: $349, plus supplies
Course Code: JMA 016
Rings are fun to make! Learn the essential skills to work with metal and create rings: shaping piercing, texturing, soldering and using the rolling mill.

Torch-Created Surfaces for Jewellery Making
When: July 26 to 29
Cost: $494, plus supplies
Course Code: JMA 017
Learn how to create textural surfaces using two different air-acetylene torch systems and alloys of precious metal. Gain experience with molecular changes in the metal, learn about melting points and alloys, and learn to better control the torch through traditional techniques of fusing, granulation and reticulation.

Introduction to the Art of Enameling
When: July 15 to 18
Cost: $424, plus supplies
Course Code: JMA 018
Explore the colourful art of enameling! Learn about the various types of enamels, which metals work best (and how to prepare them), enamel preparation and application techniques (sifting and wet inlay), and how to fire enamels with a kiln or a torch. We will explore traditional techniques such as sgraffito, champlevé, and basse taille, as well as contemporary "over-glaze" techniques.

Jewellery Making with Found Objects And Recycled Materials
When: July 19 to 21
Cost: $305, plus supplies
Course Code: JMA 019
Precious metals and gemstones have long been used for personal adornment, but so have alternative materials! Consider historic and contemporary examples - then work from a "3-D scrapbooking" perspective to design and create wearable pieces of personal significance, incorporating your own tiny treasures, recycled jewellery components, or even tin can imagery. 

For more information or to register, contact Julia Peters at  250-923-9724 or Student Services at your nearest NIC campus.

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