NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - October 13

Hello NIC students!

We are pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. We are sharing some updated information, resources and upcoming events.

Student Life at Home

As of Tuesday October 6th, New Virtual Indigenous Student Lounge times are:
Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesdays 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Students can request the link by emailing

During each lounge time there will be at least 1 Elder in Residence and 1 Aboriginal Education Advisor available to support students.

BC Campus has launched regular drop-in session of Mindful/Meditation Mondays. These sessions are facilitated by guest counsellors from across the BC post-secondary system and will share new skills in becoming more mindful in our daily lives. Join this free event on October 19th from 9:30 am to 10:00 am PST. To register, please visit the link:

Student Life is offering a free workshop on October 14th from 12:00-1:30PM PST - STRENGTH BASED LEADERSHIP: LEARNING TO LEAD FROM WELL-BEING. Join Taryn Goodwin, CEO of Reframe Leadership Development, to learn about responsive communication, SMART goals, maintaining priorities, self-advocacy and more! To Register visit:

Registration ends October 13th at 4:00 PM PST.

Our Campus Life Assistants aka CLAs (Student Positions) are hosting second Virtual Hangout Session for Fall 2020 on Tuesday, October 20th, 12:00-1:00 PM (PDT). This is an opportunity for all students to connect with other fellow students outside their classroom. The conversation topic is Online College and Stress Managing Practices. To register for the session please visit:

Welcoming Communities Coalition of the Immigrant Welcome Centre is conducting a Needs Assessment survey with a chance to win a gift card. The survey is open till October 16, 2020. To get a chance to win a gift card, please participate in the survey by visiting:

Printing is now available at the Library and Computer Labs!

The Library & Learning Commons’ printers are available for printing and scanning during opening hours Monday to Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm and CV and CR computer labs from 12:00pm -4:00pm.

Printing is $0.10 for black and white printing and $0.20 for colour. Scanning is free.

Access to the printer is available by booking a computer space online or phoning your campus Library & Learning Commons.

For more information about your printing account visit Student Tech Services.

Self-Care: 3 Nature Therapy Exercises to Help You Live in the Now.

By Stephen McCabe.

“Nature is the best medicine for serenity. Peace. Calmness. Stillness. It’s good for the heart.” - Karen Madwell

“The term “nature therapy” is used interchangeably with the term “ecotherapy,” but they are referring to the same thing. In a nutshell, ecotherapy refers to therapies and activities that deliberately aim to improve our mental health and well-being through connecting with nature”. – Stephen McCabe.

“1. Look toward the new.

Take a walk somewhere you go often and give attention to your regular habits. Notice your walking habits closely: how you often pay attention to the same things in your environment without conscious awareness. Deliberately shift your attention elsewhere every time you notice you notice your attention going to a habitual place. What new things do you notice around you?

  1. Use your senses.

Find an outdoor space where you feel comfortable and safe. With your eyes closed, focus on your senses, especially tuning into sounds, smells, and the feeling of the air against your skin. Open your eyes after a few minutes and take in the color and sights all around you. How does it feel? (Please note, if you have any sensory impairments, simply adjust the task to work in the best way for you; this exercise can be effective with whatever senses you use.)

  1. Notice nature reclaiming space.

Take a city/town walk where there is lots of concrete and look for the weeds and wildflowers popping up through the pavement and walls. How often can you spot nature appearing through the cracks? How does it feel to notice it?”

  • Stephen McCabe, 2019.

To read the full article visit:

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.

Share with 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

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. 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:

Computer Bookings/Study Spaces 

Computer and Study spaces are available at the Library & Learning Commons each morning from 8:00am - 12:00pm, and in computer labs on the CV and CR campuses from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Click HERE to book your spot.

Borrowing Books & Videos

Students can borrow books and videos from the Library in two ways.

  1. Search the collection and place holds on items you’d like to borrow
  2. Call your campus library. HERE’s the phone number

We will contact you by email or phone to let you know when your items can be picked-up. Find out more HERE.

Borrowing Laptops

Laptops are available to borrow for 24 hours from the Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campus libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops can be picked-up Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm by visiting your campus Library and presenting your student card or photo ID. Find out more HERE.

The NIC bookstores at all three campuses (CV, CR, and PA) will be open between 10:00 – 2:00 Monday to Friday. This is of course dependent on the most current Public Health Officer recommendations. Any changes to this will be posted on the student portal and website when available. Textbook information for Fall is being regularly added - please continue to check the NIC Book Search for updates.

NIC educational, financial aid and Aboriginal education advisors are available for online drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 1-3pm PDT. For the online meeting link and directions on how to join these sessions,  email or for Aboriginal advising. Learn more at:

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:

Have you done any research, work, presentation that would be beneficial for other NIC students and would like us to 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

If you wish to respond or have any questions, please click here.

Healthy Eating

Chicken Cordon Bleu I

Servings: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes


  • 4 breast half, bone and skin removed - skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese 
  • 4 slices cooked ham 
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 7x11 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Sprinkle each piece of chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on top of each breast. Roll up each breast, and secure with a toothpick. Place in baking dish, and sprinkle chicken evenly with breadcrumbs
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from oven, and place 1/2 cheese slice on top of each breast. Return to oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove toothpicks and serve immediately.

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