NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Sept. 7

Hello NIC students! Welcome to the first week of Classes! I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. I hope you enjoyed Virtual Orientation sessions as much as we enjoyed creating them.

Student Life at Home

The Welcome to NIC Live Orientation Session is on Sept. 8. In this session, we offer a warm NIC welcome to all new students, in addition to a brief review of important orientation information — plus a chance to win prizes!

  • Sept. 8, 10:30 am - 12 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, 1-2:30 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:

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.


NIC Student Life is launching a new initiative this fall called Brave Space Conversations. Our first one-hour virtual panel discussion will be on Oct. 2, 2020 at noon and will be on the subject of Racism and Discrimination.

brave space is a place to come together to have healthy yet challenging dialogue around important issues facing students and global citizens today. A brave space is a place for the respectful sharing of thoughts so we can all gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives, encourage critical thinking and to learn from each other.

A panel member will be asked to respond to 3-4 questions (questions will be given prior to the session) from a moderator. The audience may have further questions during the Q&A. Student panel members will be offered a small honorarium and a letter confirming participation (great for your resume). Learn more at

If you would like to attend this Brave Space conversation as an audience member or to be on the panel, please email before September 11.


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

Telus is offering great deals on Internet and Pik TV™ for students. For more information visit

Please note that this is not an endorsement from NIC, we are simply providing this information to you, so you are aware of the discount available. NIC is not responsible for the services or products provided by Telus.


Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ Recruitment Conference goes digital! Start Out Conference!! Start Out is a first-of-its-kind digital conference where LGBTQ+ talent comes to meet some of Canada’s largest and most inclusive employers. Attendees will have a chance to attend workshops, build their networks, and learn about LGBTQ+ support in the workplace from employers who lead the charge. You will also have an opportunity to meet recruiters and land coveted jobs and internships with companies that value diversity and inclusion. The conference is held on Sept. 10-12, 2020. More info can be found on the link here.


Self-Care: Caution fatigue!!

As we begin the Fall term, few elements of some programs are offered in-person, so it is very important to be aware of caution fatigue. Caution fatigue is when you feel less interested to follow the advice about COVID-19 and are enticed to ease your attitude towards physical distancing and hand hygiene. BE CAREFUL! With the recent increase in the cases, our risk is not at zero. Here are some tips to fight caution fatigue and not letting it disrupt our progress:

  • Be aware of caution fatigue and accept it: Use caution fatigue awareness to our advantage by taking a selfless approach and continue following the expert recommendations on safety precautions
  • Practice self-care: This includes exercise, eating right, getting the sleep you need, and practicing self-compassion. These activities can be done at home and with members of your household.
  • Practice gratitude: Thinking differently about our situation are other ways to combat caution fatigue. The added time spent at home has given many of us a chance to connect with our children, to hone our skills in the kitchen, or to acquire new skills and hobbies. These kinds of achievements give us an opportunity to say, "Hey, I'm doing okay. I've got this."
  • Remind yourself: Though it is taking longer than we like or hope, this pandemic is temporary and will pass with life being back to normal.

-Dr. Andrea Piotrowski, 2020. Clinical Psychologist. Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. 

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 it 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 24-hour 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 the NIC Facebook page and click on “Groups”.


Healthy Eating - scroll down for another delicious recipe. Send us your healthy recipes via


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 (Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Alberni) will be open between 10 am and 2 pm Monday to Friday. Hours are subject to change depending on the most current Public Health Officer recommendations. Any changes to this 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. 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 10-2500KB, 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, you must do this, 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 in learning digitally by covering areas such as: What is digital learning? How can NIC-supported technologies support you during your studies? Other resources include 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 help 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 that you 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

Saucy Bean Baked Eggs

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
  • 400g can mixed bean salad, drained
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 50g thinly sliced smoked ham, torn
  • wholemeal rye bread, to serve (optional)


  • Tip the tomatoes and bean salad into an ovenproof frying pan or shallow flameproof casserole dish. Simmer for 10 mins, or until reduced. Stir in the spinach and cook for 5 mins more until wilted. 
  • Heat the grill to medium. Make four indentations in the mixture using the back of a spoon, then crack one egg in each. Nestle the ham in the mixture, then grill for 4-5 mins, or until the whites are set and the yolks runny. Serve with rye bread, if you like.

More Recipes at BBCGoodFood.

Media Contact
Christiana Wiens
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, North Island College
O: 250-334-5280 | C: 250-207-6946