NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Nov 9

Hello NIC students!

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

Please note, NIC campuses will be closed for Remembrance Day, November 11th.

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. More details to come in the next newsletter(s).

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 on Wednesday, November 25th from 12:00-1:30 PM PDT.

  • What is gender-based violence?
  • What has Canada’s history of gender-based violence taught us?
  • What can we all do to address and ultimately prevent gender-based violence?

If you would like to attend this Brave Space conversation, please email for a meeting link. In the meantime, 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.

The Port Alberni Campus Library is hiring! There are two student positions available, with flexible hours that will accommodate your class schedule. For more information please login to Career Central:, and send your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your class schedule to

The Know More Virtual Tour initiated by Health Canada continues to raise awareness on the opioid overdose crisis by providing program resources designed to educate students on the risks associated with problematic opioid use. To learn about the risks associated with opioid use interactive activities and test your knowledge through the activities questionnaire, please visit:

Self-Care: Tips to Save Money and Add to Your Financial Health.

  • Save with a side hustle: Make a list of your skills and passions and find ways to make extra income with those skills and passion of yours.
  • Put your monthly savings on autopilot: Set up an automatic transfer from one of your account to a designated savings account when your paycheck comes in and pay yourself first.
  • Save your pay raise: On your next pay raise, make sure to increase the amount you pay yourself first through automatic transfer to savings account.
  • Save money by removing or reducing your credit card numbers from online shops: This will make spending on unnecessary online purchases inconvenient and will reduce impulse buying.
  • Wait a while and save: Before buying something that you want but don’t need, wait a week or so. If you forget about that in that time, good for your financial health.
  • Have no spend days: Challenge yourself not to spend money on specific day or specific week of the month and put some effort into making your own coffee or lunch.
  • Score Saving on sale items: Buy groceries or household items in bulk at good prices that you will need. But, do not use this tip to buy discounted items that you do not need.
  • Maximize savings at your local Dollar Store: Mainstream retails stores can be unreasonably expensive at times, take advantage of great savings on necessary items at a Dollar Store.
  • Save money with a change jar: Save your spare change, place a jar/box in your house where everyone can put their spare change instead of leaving them lying around. When the jar is full exchange the coins for notes at your bank.

(Dollie, F., April 26, 2020)

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.

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:

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

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours


  • 4 lemons
  • 2-3 heads of garlic
  • 1 whole chicken 4 to 5 pounds
  • Fresh rosemary or any fresh herbs
  • All-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper


  • Cut garlic heads and lemons in half and lay in bottom of slow cooker.
  • Cut the bottoms off the lemons so they lay flat.
  • Add a sprig of rosemary, or any herbs.
  • Remove insides from chicken, rinse chicken and pat dry.
  • Season chicken well, inside and out, with all-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper.
  • Lay chicken on top of garlic and lemon slices and stuff the chicken with a garlic head cut in half, and a lemon cut in quarters.
  • Cover top of chicken with additional lemon slices and rosemary.
  • Turn slow cooker to high, and cook for about 4 hours, or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • Slow cooker cooking times vary.
  • Important: Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • When chicken has reached 165, turn off slow cooker and let chicken rest for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from slow cooker, carve and serve.
  • Liquid from slow cooker can be strained and served over chicken.

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