NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Nov 30

Hello NIC students!

We hope that the recent rainy week(s) and COVID measures in place benefitted you and offered some time to relax, cozy up with a hot drink and a good read. We are pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. We are sharing some updated information, resources and upcoming events.

This Week at NIC:

Observing The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence from November 25th to December 10th. Please learn more about the 16 Days at:

Upcoming Supports and Services:

Tuesday December 8th Late Night Indigenous Advising Appointment: Make an appointment with one of our Indigenous Advisors in the evening, Dec 8 between 4-8pm. Learn more at:

Friday, December 11th forms due for Grab and Go Book Bundles: Looking for some good reads over the holidays? The NIC Library & Learning Commons will create a bundle of books especially for you!

All you need to do is complete the form on the link: and tell the Library what you are interested in. Our library staff will pick books from our collection to suit your tastes. You will be contacted when your books ready for you to pick up, at the campus of your choice. Complete the form before December 11 to get your book bundle in time for the holidays. Books will be due back by January 8th, 2021.

Bring an Elder or support person: The NIC Library & Learning Commons welcomes you to bring an Elder or other support member to your Research, Writing, and Math Support sessions. Let the Library know when booking your appointment, if you wish to bring someone with you.

Thank an instructor/Staff Member

Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? Perhaps someone’s expertise, support or kindness has made all the difference to your success, or maybe just made you smile. If you would like to recognize the contribution of an instructor or staff member, please email with their name and the reason for your nomination. We will send the nominee a thank you card on your behalf including your comment(s). Please note – you will remain anonymous.

Ongoing Supports and Services:

Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19: Services are available for British Columbians who are experiencing mental health challenges, such as anxiety or depression, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the link to access the 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 - 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.

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


With strict COVID measures put in place, once again some of us are feeling and stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic. Here are some coping strategies that may help: 

  • Accept and validate your feelings, understanding that stress and anxiety are normal during challenging times.
  • Recognize what’s within your control and focus on those factors to try to mitigate the stress.
  • Remember that this is temporary and will pass.
  • Take care of your health by eating and sleeping well, exercising, and meditating.
  • Make time for yourself with activities you enjoy that are free from COVID-19-related topics.
  • Stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues while still practicing physical distancing.
  • Reach out for help by talking to your supervisor or seeking professional support.
  • Monitor your substance use and pay attention to what triggers it.

Learn more at:

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

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

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Healthy Eating

Ravioli and Spinach Lasagna

Servings: 12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1-pound italian sausage
  • 12 ounces baby spinach
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 20 ounces refrigerated cheese ravioli
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • P Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, crumble and cook sausage until browned.
  • Add spinach and stir together until wilted.
  • In 9x13 pan, ladle enough pasta sauce to cover bottom of pan.
  • Arrange a single layer of ravioli to cover bottom of pan. Cover with 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and layer remaining cheese ravioli on top.
  • Spread sausage and spinach mixture evenly over ravioli.
  • Poor remaining marinara sauce over sausage and spinach and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until warmed through and bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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