NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Sept 28

Hello NIC students!

I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. I hope you are taking some time for yourself despite the busy study schedule. We are sharing some upcoming events for you to engage with others outside your class.

Student Life at Home

Orange Shirt Day is coming on Wednesday, September 30th Learn more about Orange Shirt Day with Phyills Webstad. Participate and show your support by wearing orange on September 30th! Every child matters!!

We are delighted to have designated the week of October 5th as Mental Health Week at NIC. We have planned a series of events throughout the week of October 5-9th. Some of the main events are Okanagan Charter Event- Launch with the President, Keynote Speaker Event, and a Photo Contest. More details will be shared closer to the week through an email to your NIC email.

Mental Health Week Photo Contest, if you are interested, take a picture of something that nurtures your mental health and send it between October 5-9, 2020. We will share your picture on our social media pages and posts and you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a Chromebook!

Reminder: You can still participate in the Brave Space Conversations. Our first 1-hour virtual panel discussion will be on October 2, 2020 at 12 noon and will be on the subject of Systemic Racism.

  • What is systemic racism?
  • What can we do as individuals and a College to end systemic racism?
  • How can we continue to raise awareness and keep alive conversations about racial tensions that move us closer to “living” diversity, equity, and inclusion?

If you would like to attend this Brave Space conversation, please email by October 1 for a meeting link

Learn more at:

One in ten women students sexually assaulted in a postsecondary setting. “Based on the Survey on Individual Safety in the Postsecondary Student Population (SISPSP) About 1 in 10 (11%) students who identify as women at Canadian postsecondary schools were sexually assaulted in a postsecondary setting in 2019, compared with 4% of students who identify as men. The majority (71%) of students witnessed or experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours—either on or off campus, or in an online situation that involved students or other people associated with the school. More women (45%) than men (32%) personally experienced these kinds of behaviours, which include inappropriate verbal or non-verbal communication, sexually explicit materials, and physical contact or suggested sexual relations”. – Statistics Canada,2020

If you, or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, know that it is not your fault and that there are options available for you. If you notice suspicious activity or are worried for your personal safety, seek help. Most importantly, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t please visit the link to know your options:

NIC’s SEXUALIZED VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE Policy, please visit the link to familiarize yourself with the policy if you need any help with the policy please send us an email at and we will connect you with the right contact.

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.

Do you have questions about Health and Dental Plan? Please email September 30 is the deadline to opt out of the Health and Dental Plan. For more information please visit:

The Library & Learning Commons is OPEN

What does your study space look like? Is the kitchen table or your bedroom not cutting it? Are you looking for a quiet space to study with reliable Wi-Fi?

The Library & Learning Commons is open and ready to welcome you!

Computer Bookings 

Computer spaces are available at the Library & Learning Commons each morning from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Click HERE to book your spot.

Study Spaces

Study spaces are available in the Library & Learning Commons each morning from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Bookings of 2 hours a day can be made up to 1 week in advance. There is a maximum of 1 person per space. Click HERE to book your space.

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.

Self-Care: There’s Nothing Wrong with You (or anyone)

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. You are playing the game of life as best you know how and trying to get better every day.
  2. You make mistakes like everyone else, which allows you to learn as you go.
  3. You’re unique, whether you’re introverted or outgoing, book smart or street smart, creative or technical……the list goes on and on. 
  4. There’s no such thing as the way youshouldbe.
  5. You will never becomesomeone—you aresomeone right now.
  6. If someone hurts you, you don’t deserve it.
  7. You feel emotions and respond to them.
  8. You have a pulse right now, and it’s your choice what you do with it.
  9. You choose what you think is best, or else you wouldn’t choose it.

                                         -  By Lori Deschene, 2019

 To learn more visit:

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:

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:

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 area 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, 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

Shrimp with Scallions and Crispy Potatoes

Servings: 4

Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 baking potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound large peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Add potatoes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 12 to 14 minutes. Add scallion whites and cook 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate (reserve skillet).
  • Add remaining teaspoon oil, shrimp, and curry powder to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Return potatoes and scallion whites to skillet and toss with shrimp; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with scallion greens.

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