NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Aug. 31

Hello NIC students! I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. I hope you are finding Virtual Orientation live sessions helpful and are accessing the pre-recorded sessions.

Student Life at Home

Join Welcome to NIC Live Orientation Session: In this session, we offer a warm NIC welcome to all new students, in addition to a brief review of important orientation information, and a chance to win prizes!

  • September 8, 10:30-12:00 pm (PDT)

Link to join:

Meeting ID: 628 2999 1516 Passcode: 066265

OR, Dial by your location; Find your local number:

OR, Join by Skype for Business:

  • September 8, 1:00-2:30 pm (PDT)

Link to join:

Meeting ID: 640 2195 3131 Passcode: 406910

OR, Dial by your location; Find your local number:

OR, Join by Skype for Business:

 If you are a new international student, please make sure you visit the New International Student Orientation webpage.

For the chance to win a Chromebook, first watch the Win a Chromebook Competition presentation. Then, send your answers to the questions in an email to before 3 pm (PDT) on September 8, 2020.

For an additional chance to win a Chromebook, make sure you attend one of our Welcome to NIC live events on September 8.

Check out the Safe Start for Fall video from our Manager of Student Life, Dean Martin and learn some COVID-19 information and expectation when you are on campus.

Self-Care: How to get your sleep schedule on track?

With the start of a new term and first term for many of you, it is important to have a sleep schedule to help you get enough sleep during studies. Here are some tips:

  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine: for instance, take a warm bath, play some relaxing music, make sure the room is dark enough, the bed is comfortable, and the temperature is right for you.
  • Avoid eating or exercising too close to bedtime: food can make you uncomfortable just before bed and exercise can wake you up.
  • Get up and go to bed at the same time every day: be consistent with your routine and do not sleep in on weekends as that confuses your brain and makes it hard to create the routine.
  • Slowly adjust your bedtime: when planning to sleep early try slowly scaling back your bedtime until you reach the desired time. Sleep 15 minutes early every two to three days.
  • If you are tired, do not take a nap: exercise instead of sleeping when you feel like napping. Napping will make it harder to sleep at night at your scheduled time.
  • Stick with your schedule: follow your schedule strictly once you have achieved a consistent bedtime and wake up time. Straying away for one night can ruin your whole schedule.

To learn more visit:

Tell us how you are taking care of yourself at home. Share on social media and tag NIC on Facebook and Instagram OR send us an email at and we will share on your behalf.
#WeAreNICe #Thrive #NICatHome

If you need any support through this time, please reach out to us. You can find information on NIC's counselling services, along with links to community supports, including 24hr crisis lines, on NIC's Counselling page.

We encourage you to join our NIC Student Life Facebook group to connect with us, share your views and stay updated on events and information on student life at NIC. Go to NIC Facebook page and click on “Groups”.

Healthy Eating - scroll down for another delicious recipe. This week's recipe is shared by one of our students who has her own cookbooks! Send us your own healthy recipes to

Supports and Services

Campus Services and Spaces are operating with reduced hours or different delivery methods during the pandemic. Study spaces, computer labs and services are available at NIC this fall. To learn more about hours and services visit:

The NIC bookstores at all three campuses (CV, CR, and PA) will be open between 10 am and 2 pm, Monday to Friday, starting August 24, 2020. Hours may vary according to the most current Public Health Officer recommendations. Any changes to bookstore schedules will be posted on the student portal and website when available.

As a student, you are eligible to receive a student photo ID card. However, with social distancing restrictions currently in place, face-to-face services in Student Services are unavailable. But you can still get your photo ID card by mail. To do this, you will need to email, from your North Island College email address, a jpeg headshot between 10-2500 KB, and a clear copy of another photo ID (driver’s license, passport, BC ID, etc) to Once student services have received your jpeg headshot, they will produce your ID card and mail it to the current address on your NIC student record. If you have moved and not updated your address, please let us know, or the card will be sent to the wrong address.

Textbook information for Fall is being regularly added — please continue to check the NIC Book Search for updates. Text information is still being updated by faculty, so we recommend waiting until closer to the start date of your program to purchase the required materials.

Our Student Technical Service team is hosting drop-in sessions to answer any questions on how to use Blackboard or MyNIC. Use your computer or mobile device to connect! Learn more at:

Learn Anywhere: NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you be successful learning digitally by covering areas such as:  What is digital learning? How to be a digital learner while using NIC-supported technologies during your studies? 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. More details at

Have you done any research, work, or presentations that would be beneficial for other NIC students that we can share? Let us know by sending an email to

If there is information you'd like to see included in upcoming communications, or would like to share, please let us know at

Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin/Disha Salhan
Student Life Team

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Healthy Eating


Servings: 4


  • 10 ounces salmon, boneless, skinless
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons celery, minced
  • 1-ounce sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root, peeled, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Hoisin Sauce, see below
  • ¼ cup Dill Cucumber Sauce, see below


  1. Preheat oven broiler to 450 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with canola oil.
  2. In a food processor fitted with the s-blade, process the salmon, egg, celery, sweet onions, garlic, ginger root and Hoisin Sauce until blended.
  3. Form salmon mixture into 4 patties. Place on the baking sheet. Broil without turning for 9 minutes. Serve patties with the Dill Cucumber Sauce.

Hoisin Sauce

Makes: ¼ cup

  • 1-ounce sweet onion
  • ½ a clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ginger root, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish, prepared
  • 1 teaspoon capers, canned, drained

In a food processor fitted with the s-blade, process all the ingredients until emulsified.

Store the leftover Hoisin Sauce in the refrigerator.

Dill Cucumber Sauce

Makes: ¼ cup

  • 3 tablespoons soy-based yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed, snipped
  • 1 teaspoon sweet onion, minced

In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients.

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