NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Oct 26

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

Student Life invites you to take part in the NIC Halloween Photo contest 2020. All you have to do is send us a picture of your Halloween costume by Friday, October 30th to and you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a prize! We will share your picture on our social media page. You can also send pictures of your kids and furry babies.

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:

Immigrant Welcome Centre invites you to take part in their Welcoming Communities Coalition Survey. This information will help them to identify gaps and overlaps in service delivery in order to ensure that their local programs and services are addressing critical needs of the community. To access survey, please visit the link:

Self-Care: Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Physical Activity not only help you feel stronger and better in your daily activities by reducing the amount of fat stored in your body, improving weight control, increasing good cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins or HDLs), decreasing bad cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins or LDLs), improving blood glucose balance and your body’s ability to use insulin, reducing blood pressure, and improving heart function and blood flow, but it also helps you feel better emotionally and mentally and increases your quality of life.

Physical Activity Decreases:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety (worry and fear)
  • Confusion
  • Depression (you’ll likely be better at preventing, reducing, and managing depression)
  • Headaches
  • Stress and tension (you’ll likely be able to cope better with stress)

Physical Activity Increases:

  • Assertiveness (being able to ask for what you need and make decisions)
  • Confidence and feeling able to do things
  • Emotional stability (less troubled by life’s challenges and disappointments)
  • Independence
  • Memory
  • Having a positive mood
  • Perception (better at noticing what’s going on around you)
  • Positive body image (feeling good about the way you look)
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Self-worth and self-esteem (feeling good about the way you see yourself)

HealthLinkBC, November 2016.

The above is a snip-it from an online source. To read the full article visit:

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.

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

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”.

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

Supports and Services

Printing is now available at the Library.

The Library & Learning Commons’ printers are available for 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.

Computer Bookings/Study Spaces 

Computer and Study spaces are available at the Library & Learning Commons from Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Click HERE to book your spot.

Borrowing Books & Videos

Students can borrow books and videos from the Library in two ways.

  1. Search the collection and place holds on items you’d like to borrow
  2. Call your campus library. HERE’s the phone number

We will contact you by email or phone to let you know when your items can be picked-up. Find out more HERE.

 Borrowing Laptops

Laptops are available to borrow for 24 hours from the Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campus libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops can be picked-up Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm by visiting your campus Library and presenting your student card or photo ID. Find out more HERE.

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:

Have you done any research, work, presentation that would be beneficial for other NIC students and would like us to share? Let us know by sending an email 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

If you wish to respond or have any questions, please click here.

Healthy Eating

Meatball Pasta Bake

Servings: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 16 oz. ziti/penne/rigatoni pasta
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1 lb. frozen, pre-cooked Italian meatballs or homemade meatballs
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, fresh/shredded

Optional: 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


  1. Cook the pasta until just before al dente
  2. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process
  3. Simmer the marinara sauce oven medium heat in the skillet. Add the meatballs to the skillet, coat them fully in the sauce and simmer about 5 minutes
  4. Combine meatballs and sauce with pasta and mix well
  5. Transfer to a 9×13 casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and is bubbly
  7. Dish and serve hot sprinkled with chopped fresh basil

More at: thecookingjar