NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Nov 16

Hello NIC students!

Hope you had a good reading break and had some time to relax and take care of yourself. 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

NIC Student Technical Services have new hours of service for NIC students. Technical services will now be available on Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm. Learn more about Student Technical Services at:

Have you registered yet for the Beyond 2020 - Vancouver Island Career & Connections Fair?

Student registrations are limited and going fast so save your spot and REGISTER TODAY for this first ever multi-institutional regional virtual event with Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, and Royal Roads University on November 19th, 2020 from 10:00-4:00 PM. Be ready to meet with 100+ employers, industry partners, alumni and non-profit associations across all industry sectors about current and future work-integrated learning and career opportunities. Click here for more information. Download the Student Support Guidebook to get tips on how to use the virtual platform and complete your profile

Our Campus Life Assistants aka CLAs (Student Positions) are hosting third and last Virtual Hangout Session for Fall 2020 on Tuesday, November 24th. This is an opportunity for all students to connect with other fellow students outside their classroom. The CLA’s will be presenting on Self-care during exam time and winter safety tips. Here is the meeting link:

Student Life is organizing another Brave Space session on Gender-Based Violence on the first day of The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

i.e. November 25th from 12:00-1:30 PM PDT. The session will begin with defining gender-based violence, as well as expand on the definition of gender. Panelists will be asked several questions related to Canada’s history of gender-based violence, and we will discuss what we can do to address and prevent gender-based violence in our communities. You will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions at the end of the session. To register for the event, please send an email to Please learn more about The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence at:

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.

 Do you have a story or know a friend who has a story worth sharing with others? About their journey to North Island College. We would like to invite you to participate in our Students of NIC Campaign. Examples of previous students who have participated can be accessed here:

The purpose of this campaign is to share stories of students and their journey to NIC in their own words. Normally, we would do this with an interview, which can be set up through BlueJeans. Another option would be for you to write your story out and send it to us via email to  The story is intended to be raw and authentic, so we don’t do much editing.

After the interview, we normally take a picture, we try to identify a good photo shot based on what comes out in your story. In this case, you might want to send a selfie somewhere that is important to you while ensuring your safety with social distancing of course. We would then share your story on North Island College Facebook and Instagram pages. Let us know if you are interested and send us an email with your story or requesting an interview through phone or BlueJeans. If you have any questions, please send us an email at

Self-Care: Short body scan meditation called Body Asleep, Mind Awake.

For this week’s self care, we are sharing a body scan guided meditation recorded by NIC counsellor, Janet Beggs, called ‘Body Asleep, Mind Awake’. It aims to help our bodies relax while keeping our minds gently alert but free of worries adapted from a version of Eric Harrison’s ‘Teach Yourself to Meditate’. Click here to listen and practice this short (13 minute) guided meditation.

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”.

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

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

Supports and Services

NIC Library is offering Citation Workshops on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm until end of November. These workshops will help you learn the basics of citing! Discuss formatting, creating a reference list and in-text citations. Bring along your questions! To register visit:

NIC Counsellors will be hosting one-hour weekly lunch sessions on Mondays, from 12:00-1:00 PM (PST) until November 23rd, focusing on study skills and helping our students to overcome some of the challenges associated with digital learning. To attend this session please use the link here:

Printing/Computer Bookings/Study Spaces/ Borrowing Books, Videos, and Laptops are available at the Library and Computer Lab.

Computer and Study spaces are available at the Library & Learning Commons from Monday to Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm and in the Computer Lab from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Click HERE to book your spot or call your campus library. HERE’s the phone number. Printing and scanning during opening hours Monday to Friday 8:00am – 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.

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


Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes


  • Package of no-precook lasagna sheets
  • 600ml Carton of creamy tomato soup (about 2.5 cups)
  • About 1 cup of precooked lentils
  • 190g jar of green pesto (about 7oz)
  • A couple handfuls of cheese


  • Pre heat the oven to 180C / 350F
  • You don't need to precook or premix anything. Just layer it all up cold.
  • Pour a bit of the soup on the bottom of the pan and add the first layer of pasta sheets. My layers went like this: tomato soup topped with lentils / pesto / REPEAT / a topping made with the rest of the tomato soup, a sprinkling of cheese and the last dollops of pesto
  • Cover the pan and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes.


  • Please note that this recipe suits a smaller lasagna tray or even a brownie pan. If you want to use a full-size deep lasagna pan, you will need to double the ingredients.
  • This is easily made vegan using vegan soup and pesto and replacing the cheese layer with crispy breadcrumbs or vegan parmesan!

More at: HappyVeggieKitchen