NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Nov 23

Hello NIC students!

We are trying out a new format with our newsletter. From now on, we will give a quick overview of upcoming events at the start of the email followed by the on-going services that are available and all other sections that you have told us you enjoy, like our focus on self-care and our weekly recipes. Remember, if you have any ideas for content or any other feedback about our newsletter, please email us at

This Week at NIC:

Monday, November 23rd NIC Counsellors will be hosting a one-hour lunch session from 12:00-1:00pm PDT focusing on study skills and helping students overcome some of the challenges associated with digital learning. To attend this session please use the link here:

Monday, November 23rd Math Study Skills Workshop, hosted by the Library and Learning Commons from 4:30-5:00pm on BlueJeans. To register go to

Tuesday, November 24th Citation Workshop, hosted by the Library and Learning commons at 10:00am PDT. This workshop 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:

Tuesday, November 24th Our Campus Life Assistants aka CLAs are hosting the third and final Virtual Hangout Session for Fall 2020 from 11:00-12:00pm PDTThis is an opportunity for all students to connect with other fellow students outside their classroom. The CLAs will be presenting on Self-care during exam time and winter safety tips. Here is the meeting link:

Tuesday, November 24th Intro to Paraphrasing and Summarizing Workshop, hosted by the Library and Learning Commons from 7:00-7:45pm PDT on BlueJeans. Learn and practice effective paraphrasing and summarizing techniques for your research assignments. To register go to

Wednesday, November 25th Brave Space Conversation: Gender-Based Violence

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

Wednesday, November 25th On-Going Supports and Services: Citation Workshop, hosted by the Library and Learning commons at 10:00am PDT. This workshop 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:

Ongoing Supports and Services

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:

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 - 4:00pm 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.

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


Does the cool and wet weather that we experience on Vancouver Island during the winter months effect you? Many people are affected by seasonal depression thanks to shorter days, cool temperatures, and rain-filled days. Here are some affordable ways to maintain positive mental health during the winter months:

  • 10-minute nature walk – despite the weather some fresh air and a walk in nature, even for a short period, is very beneficial
  • Invest in some warm/cozy gear – if you can stay warm while out in the elements you will be able to enjoy all nature offers, despite the weather. Local discount and thrifty stores will allow you to stay warm while on a budget
  • Care for plants – having plants in your home will brighten your day; just don’t forget to water them!
  • Meditate – meditation is a powerful tool that helps boost your emotional state. Simply google meditation techniques or check YouTube for ways to meditate.

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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

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Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin/Disha Salhan
Student Life Team

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Healthy Eating

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Cooking Time: 1 hr 30 min


  • 2 pounds broccoli (or one large package), thawed and drained
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and boned
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package of stuffing mix
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Bake chicken for 20-30 minutes, turning over halfway through. If desired, coat chicken in olive oil and season with salt and pepper before baking.  
  2. Place the broccoli in a well greased baking dish. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and spread over the broccoli.
  3. In a bowl, mix together soup and mayonnaise. If you think the mixture seems too thick, add a little milk. Pour over the chicken.
  4. Top with thin slices of the Velveeta. Sprinkle the stuffing mix over the cheese and drizzle the melted butter over the stuffing. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. 


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