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September

When: Thursday, September 25 at 1:00 PM to Nov 27
Where: Wave Room, Comox Valley Aquatic Centre
Cost: FREE!

If you're a North Island College student, you can enjoy 10 weeks of free yoga, starting Sept. 25! Join other students every Thursday afternoon from Sept. 25 to Nov. 27 in the Wave Room at CV Aquatic Centre. Class begins at 1 pm and all ranges of experience and ability are welcome.

Special thanks to Helen from Inspired Earth Projects for sharing her practice with us!

For more information, please contact Jessica at NISU, at 250-334-5000 ex. 4190. 

October

When: Wednesday, October 01 at 7:00 PM to Oct 02
Where: Crowne Isle Resort, ballroom

NIC Foundation award recipients are invited to attend a special reception with their family where they will have the opportunity to meet the generous members of our community who have made North Island College bursaries and scholarships possible.

This year, the NIC Foundation Awards Reception in the Comox Valley will be held on two separate evenings, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, beginning each night at 7 pm. These events will take place in the ballroom at Crowne Isle Resort. Guests are requested to attend their designated reception as noted in the reception letter.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.nic.bc.ca/foundation. To RSVP for this event, contact Erin Petersen at 250-334-5000 ex. 4039.

When: Thursday, October 02
Where: Campbell River campus

Check out a unique culinary experience at the Third Course Bistro, open every Thursday and Friday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm, from Oct. 2 to Nov.28.

Located at NIC’s Campbell River campus, the bistro tends to fill quickly, and reservations are recommended. The bistro showcases the skills of NIC's Culinary Arts students, who design the menu and prepare meals with the freshest seasonal products.

For more information or to make reservations at The Third Course Bistro, call 250-923-9708 or e-mail TheThirdCourse@nic.bc.ca

When: Thursday, October 02 at Noon
Where: In front of Discovery Hall, Comox Valley campus

NIC students, faculty, and community members are invited to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls across Canada.

The Vigil is part of the Sisters in Spirit campaign, a call to action for a national plan to end violence against aboriginal women, including an inquiry to investigate the over 1000 reported cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls across Canada. Some candles and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by NISU in collaboration with NIC Aboriginal Education.

When: Saturday, October 04 at 10:00 AM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: $34.65 for ElderCollege members
Course Code: CVEX-9000

Beginning Oct. 4, ElderCollege members are invited to participate in "The True North Strong and Free: Forging a Nation", a series of nine lectures which explore key events in Canadian history. The lectures will be held each Saturday at 10 am in the Stan Hagen Theatre at the Comox Valley campus. Lectures include:

Oct. 4 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: FROM ALLIES IN WAR TO “INDIANS” IN LAW with Dr. Jean Barman
Canada’s indigenous peoples initially acted as allies in times of war and in the fur trade but, as they lost their utility, they were consigned to irrelevancy. Their subjugation in the Indian Act of 1876, still in force, was a fundamental transformational moment.

Oct. 18 FROM WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE TO MODERN FEMINISM: CRITICAL CONNECTIONS with Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag
Canadian women’s suffrage campaigners made an historic demand for human rights, challenging women’s second-class status. Their fight against violence toward women and inequality in employment inspired later feminist waves that continue into the present.

Oct. 25 FROM SEA TO SEA TO SEA AND THE WATERWAYS THAT LINK THEM with Dr. Betty Donaldson
Canada is bounded on three sides by oceans and is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater lakes and longest rivers. Explore our epic maritime lineage, our voyageur heritage, and our greatest natural resource: our waterways.

Nov. 1 NEGOTIATING CANADA with Michel Ducharme
Confederation was the outcome of a progressive evolution that led the British colonies in North America on the path of nationhood. This lecture focuses on the causes of Confederation, the process by which it was achieved, and its implications and meaning.

Nov. 8 BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY: CANADA’S ROLE IN WORLD WAR I with Frank Frketich
In World War I, Canadian troops began by fighting as part of the British Army under British officers. By the end of the war, Canadian officers were generally leading Canadian troops into battle. Explore this change, how it came about, and its effects.

Nov. 15 THE LAST BEST WEST: SETTLING THE PRAIRIES, 1880–1930 with Dr. Cecilia Danysk
In the early twentieth century, settlers from many countries poured into the Canadian prairies to take up homesteads, find work, and build up towns and cities. Discover how their experiences changed the face of Canada.

Nov. 22 MEDICARE AND CANADIAN IDENTITY with Dr. Alvin Finkel
Explore the social policy underlying Canada’s development of universal medical insurance. In the 1940s, majorities in both Canada and the United States were in favour of single-payer universal medicare. Learn what led to the differences existing today.

Nov. 29 VISIONS AND GAMES: MAKING CANADA’S CONSTITUTION  with Patrick Smith
Canada’s constitution is a product of bold visions and political games; it is also part of a process that has spanned centuries and is not yet in any way complete.

Dec. 6 CANADA’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES, PAST AND PRESENT with Dr. Herb Grubel
Who were the immigrants who entered Canada during the last 150 years and how have they contributed to the country’s growth? Learn about early immigration and the government policies that generated it and review the radically new policies of the 1980s and their profound effects.

The price to members for the Lecture Series is $34.65. Annual ElderCollege membership fee is $11.20. For more information about joining, please visit the Comox Valley ElderCollege.

As some registered members may not be able to attend each week, empty seats may be available. ElderCollege members may pay $10.00 on a first-come basis for any seats not filled. For those members who are registered, it is recommended that they be seated at least ten minutes prior to the beginning of the lecture so that empty seats can be made available.

For more information, phone 250-334-5000 ex. 4602 or email eldercollegeCV@nic.bc.ca.

When: Monday, October 06 at 10:00 AM
Where: Mt. Waddington Regional Campus
Cost: Free

Everyone is invited to join faculty, staff and students at the Mt. Waddington Regional Campus on Monday, Oct. 6 for Open House & Orientation.

  • Tour the facilities,
  • Learn about courses and programs,
  • Meet instructors and fellow students,
  • Get to know your Student Union,
  • Participate in fun events, and
  • Enjoy a free BBQ!

The Open House & Orientation begins at 10 am, and runs until 2 pm at the Mt. Waddington Regional Campus, located at 9300 Trustee Road, Port Hardy. For more information, contact Naida Brochie at 250-949-7912 ext. 2811.

When: Tuesday, October 07 at Noon
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

North Island College and Emily Carr University are pleased to present Michael Campbell, as part of its Fall 2014 Artist Talk lecture series. 

Michael Campbell’s artwork combines images of everyday life with cultural and domestic forms. Recent video installations present implied narrative fictions that merge obsolete technologies, remote landscapes, purposeless inventions, suburban boredom, bad sci-fi films, utopic schemes, adolescent fantasy and handmade tools.

Sculpture, ambient audio, found objects and digital video are combined into sprawling installations that reintroduce the ordinary as extraordinary. Past video sequences have included floating tents on Baffin Island, a circling flashlight over Las Vegas, and a burning canoe at dawn in the Muskoka River, Ontario. He has exhibited in France, Germany, Japan and across Canada. Campbell is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Lethbridge; he keeps a studio on Hornby Island and in Sauve, France.

The Artist Talk Lecture Series invites students and the public to participate in a free 50-minute lecture at the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC's Comox Valley campus. Lectures start at noon, every other Tuesday, from October 7 to November 18, 2014.

For more information about the Art Talk Series, please contact Sara Vipond at 250-334-5000 ext. 4100.

When: Wednesday, October 08 at 7:00 PM
Where: Cafeteria, Campbell River campus

NIC Foundation award recipients are invited to attend a special reception with their family where they will have the opportunity to meet the generous members of our community who have made North Island College bursaries and scholarships possible.

All are welcome to attend the NIC Foundation Awards Reception in the cafeteria at the Campbell River campus on Oct. 8, beginning at 7 pm.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.nic.bc.ca/foundation. To RSVP for this event, contact Erin Petersen at 250-334-5000 ex. 4039.

When: Wednesday, October 15 at 2:30 PM
Where: DIS 204, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Are you a business or tourism and hospitality management student? Discover how you can participate in the Disney International program this year!

On Wednesday, Oct. 15 meet a representitive from the University of California Riverside, who will share information and answer questions about the Disney International program.

NIC is one of six Canadian post-secondary institutions to take part in Disney International's Academic Exchange program, which offers business, tourism and hospitality management students a unique opportunity to earn paid Co-op work experience at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Students travel to the University of California Riverside and study for two weeks, earning either a Management or Hospitality Management certificate before traveling to Florida for additional classes and applied work experience.

This free event takes place from 2:30 to 4 pm in Discovery Hall, Room 204.

For more information, contact:
Treena Nadon
250-334-5076

 

“I met people from across the world. This experience has made the opportunity to travel around the world something real for me.” - Kyle Hiltz, Business Administration student

“Disney’s marketing machine is second to none. It was amazing to learn how much is involved behind the scenes, to see it from the inside.  I discovered many of my own limitations and strengths.  I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in communications.” - Pat Wagar, Business Administration student

When: Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
Where: Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay
Cost: Free

Join Matt Rader as he reads from his new short story collection 'What I Want to Tell Goes Like This' (Nightwood Editions). As part of the Write Here Reader Series hosted by North Island College, the reading will take place at the Comox Valley Art Gallery on Saturday, October 18 starting at 7 pm.

In What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, Rader explores the indeterminate echo of history by weaving tales of Vancouver Island's turbulent labour history, including the shooting death of infamous union organizer Albert “Ginger" Goodwin, with present-day stories of people living in the same landscape.

Matt Rader is author of three books of poems: A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle over the River Arno (House of Anansi, 2011), Living Things (Nightwood Editions, 2008) and Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

For more information about this event and future readings, please visit the Write Here Readers Series.

When: Tuesday, October 21 at Noon
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

North Island College and Emily Carr University are pleased to present Nancy Bleck, as part of its Fall 2014 Artist Talk lecture series.

Currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nancy Bleck is from Toronto, Ontario, and a daughter of immigrants from Berlin, Germany. She holds a BFA, MA, is an educator at Emily Carr University, and explorer of ecological, collaborative, and socially engaged art practices. Co-founder of the Uts'am/Witness project (1997- 2007), she was honoured with the Squamish name ‘Slanay Sp'ak'wus’. A hardcover book titled 'Picturing Transformation, Newx-ayanstut', showcasing her photography over fifteen years, was released in Fall 2013. She is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction award in the category of Arts, Culture and Design (2007). Nancy is developing new work for the German Biennale of Art and Sustainability, to be exhibited in Hamburg for the International Year of Solis (2015).

The Artist Talk Lecture Series invites students and the public to participate in a free 50-minute lecture at the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC's Comox Valley campus. Lectures start at noon, every other Tuesday, from October 7 to November 18, 2014.

For more information about the series, please contact Sara Vipond at 250-334-5000 ext. 4100.

When: Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Attend an evening with author Kim Bannerman at the Comox Valley campus on Oct. 23, 2014, as she launches her latest novel, Mark of the Magpie, the sequel to her 2011 historical murder mystery, Bucket of Blood. This reading, part of the Write Here Readers Series, begins at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus. Admission is free.

Kim Bannerman is the author of four novels, and her short stories have appeared in publications such as She's Shameless (Tightrope Press, 2009), Teen Angst Poetry (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), Elan (Wingate Press, 2005), Wolf Girls (Hic Dragones Press, 2013), The Girl at the End of the World (FoxSpirit Press, 2014), In the Company of Animals (Nimbus Press, 2014), and the upcoming anthology In An Undiscovered Country (FoxSpirit Press, 2015). She currently resides in Cumberland.

For more information about this event and future readings, please visit the Write Here Readers Series.

November

When: Tuesday, November 04 at Noon
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

North Island College and Emily Carr University are pleased to present Sandra Semchuk, as part of its Fall 2014 Artist Talk lecture series.

As a partner in Treaties, member of the settler culture and widow of Cree orator and co-collaborator, James Nicholas, Semchuk works with photography, video and dialogue to disrupt myths that have shaped settler relations to First Nations. She considers the larger more - than human world, flora and fauna to glimpse possible relationships between the indigenous and the non-indigenous. She incorporates lenticular imagery, video including 3D technologies and most recently, vocables and overtone singing to converse across constructed boundaries. Her works have shown at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fotofeis in Scotland; the Museu D'art Contemporani in Barcelona, Spain, Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa and at the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford. Semchuk is completing a book on Ukrainians in Canada: The Stories Were Not Told, Stories and Photographs from Canada’s First Internment Camps, 1914 - 1920. She teaches at Emily Carr University and for the Emily Carr External Degree program at North Island College.

The Artist Talk Lecture Series invites students and the public to participate in a free 50-minute lecture at the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC's Comox Valley campus. Lectures start at noon, every other Tuesday, from October 7 to November 18, 2014.

For more information about the Art Talk Series, please contact Sara Vipond at 250-334-5000 ext. 4100.

 

When: Wednesday, November 05 at 7:00 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

All are invited to attend a reading by Ian Weir, an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist, at the Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus. This reading, part of the Write Here Readers Series, begins at 7 pm and admission is free.

Ian Weir is the author of Daniel O’Thunder (D&M Publishers Inc, 2009) and three young adult books, and has written extensively for television, including over 100 episodes for nearly two dozen series, ranging from ReBoot to Flashpoint. He was the executive producer of the acclaimed crime-thriller Dragon Boys, a CBC mini-series that first aired in 2007. Amongst his awards and nominations, he has won two Geminis, four Leos and a Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.

He will be reading from his new book, Will Starling, which the National Post has described as “…one of the 25 most anticipated (Canadian) books of 2014”.
 
For more information about this event and future readings, please visit the Write Here Readers Series.

When: Thursday, November 06
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free
Course Code: GENI 5130

Find out more about NIC's Landscape Horticulture programs during a FREE information session on November 6 at the Comox Valley campus.

Learn how you can earn your Interprovincial (Red Seal) in the Island’s only apprenticeship training programs in landscape horticulture or prepare for entry-level employment with the Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals certificate. Even if you wish to grow your hobby as a recreational gardener, NIC’s programs provide applied knowledge to take your skills to the next level.

The information session will start at 6:30 pm. The session is free, but pre-registration is required.

Register in person at your local campus or, to register online, visit the course page and select the session you wish to attend. For more information, contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724.

Celebrate the decadence and glamour of the Roaring Twenties with this year's 'Great Gatsby'-themed Wine Festival. This fun and frolicsome event will take place at the Third Course Bistro, located at NIC's Campbell River campus on Friday, Nov. 14, and is hosted by the students and faculty of the Tourism & Hospitality Management program.

Starting at 7 pm, you'll enjoy wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, door prizes, wine and cheese seminars, live music, and much more. With complimentary driver services to places in Campbell River, guests can experience the evening with the knowledge that they’ll get home safely.

Tickets are $55 and will be available at Merecroft Village Liquor Store, Royal Coachman Liquor Store, Riptide Pub, as well as from the NIC bookstores at both the Campbell River and Comox Valley campuses. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 1.

For more information, contact 250-923-9708 or tourism@nic.bc.ca

When: Tuesday, November 18 at Noon
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

North Island College and Emily Carr University are pleased to present Sara Robichaud, as part of its Fall 2014 Artist Talk lecture series.

Farheen HaQ’s media based works explore cultural inscriptions of the body, ritual and gesture. She received her BA in International Development (1998) from the University of Toronto, her BEd (2000) from the University of Ottawa and her MFA in Visual Arts (2005) from York University. HaQ is actively involved in her community serving as a programming committee member for Open Space artist run centre. In 2014 she was Artist in Residence at Artemis Place Secondary, an alternative school for girls. HaQ taught at the Vancouver Island School of Art (2005 to 2006). She also works as an art educator delivering professional development workshops for teachers and educators. She curated the group exhibition Interscapes at Gallery 401 for the CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto, ON).

HaQ has exhibited her work in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally including New York, Paris, Buenos Aires, Lahore, Hungary, and Romania. Recent exhibitions include Fashionality at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2012, Collected Resonance at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2011, Pulse Interval at Open Space (Victoria, BC) in 2010, The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Talwar Gallery (New York City) in June 2009, and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair (Miami, FL) in December 2008. In 2014 HaQ was nominated for the Sobey Art Award.

The Artist Talk Lecture Series invites students and the public to participate in a free 50-minute lecture at the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC's Comox Valley campus. Lectures start at noon, every other Tuesday, from October 7 to November 18, 2014.

For more information about the Art Talk Series, please contact Sara Vipond at 250-334-5000 ext. 4100.

When: Tuesday, November 25
Where: Campbell River 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 the Hospital Unit Clerk certificate program.

You can also find out more about the Hospital Unit Clerk program at a FREE information session on November 25 at the Campbell River 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, November 26
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free
Course Code: GENI 8020

With NIC's Animal Care Aide certificate program, graduates gain the practical skills and knowledge needed for employment in veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and kennels.
 
If you're interested in becoming an Animal Care Aide, find out more about the program and meet your instructor at a free information session on November 26 at the Comox Valley campus. Session begins at 6:30 pm, and attendees must pre-register.
 
Register in person at your local campus or, to register online, visit the course page, click on "Online Registration Available", and use the course code GENI-8020.

December

When: Tuesday, December 02
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Find out more about NIC's Landscape Horticulture programs during a FREE information session on December 2 at the Comox Valley campus.

Learn how you can earn your Interprovincial (Red Seal) in the Island’s only apprenticeship training programs in landscape horticulture or prepare for entry-level employment with the Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals Certificate. Even if you wish to grow your hobby as a recreational gardener, NIC’s programs give you the skills you need.

The information session starts at 6:30 pm. The session is free, but pre-registration is required.

Register in person at your local campus or, to register online, visit the course page and select the session you wish to attend. For more information, contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724.

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