Student Newsletter - February 6

Hello NIC students,

The Student Life team continues to collaborate with other NIC departments, NISU and local community partners to bring information about supports available to you in your community. We welcome your feedback; if you have comments you’d like to share with us, please send us an email at 😊


Monday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 12 - Go By Bike Week
Thursday, Feb. 9 – NISU Lunch, Port Alberni, 11:30 – 12:30 Roger Street, 12 – 1 pm Tebo
Friday, Feb. 10 - Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit courses
Friday, Feb. 10 – CV Foundry Social Club, 3 – 5 pm, every Friday, 575 10th St, Courtenay
Saturday, Feb. 11 - Comox Valley Curling Icebreaker Welcome League, learn how to curl, 3- 4 pm, everyone welcome, $10


#WinterGoByBikeWeek is just around the corner: February 6-12!

Join the challenge on your own or create a team with friends or colleagues to win some great prizes! Register for free at 
Check out some winter riding resources and make sure to log all your kilometers biked during Winter GoByBike Week to be entered into a prize draw for great prizes.

NISU Lunch, Port Alberni Campus

Come and join NISU and fellow students for a free lunch!
Thursday, Feb 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Roger Street, Port Alberni main campus
12 – 1 pm at the Tebo Centre, Port Alberni 
Everyone is welcome, gluten-free and vegetarian options available
For more information contact

Foundry Social Club

The Foundry in Courtenay is starting a social club for youth ages 17 – 24 for people looking to meet people. Come hang out. Free for all. Drop in for board games, trivia, crafts, and snacks.
Every Friday, 3 – 5 pm, Foundry in Courtenay, 575 10th Street. Ph: 250-338-734.

Comox Valley Curling Centre Drop-in program  - try curling, no strings attached!

Comox Valley Curling Centre have announced its new Icebreaker Welcome League! For a purple bill you can get a safety orientation and a quick introduction to curling, and get into a fun mini-game! The Icebreaker Welcome program runs from 3:00 to 4:30 pm on Saturday, Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 25. Come to any or all the sessions. All curling equipment is provided; you will need to wear clean indoor-specific footwear (runners & gym shoes= yes, street shoes= no) and clean stretchable debris-free clothing to participate. Space is limited to the first 48 people for each session. You can drop in between 2:30 and 3:00 pm on each of the days, or to reserve a spot you can register and pay here:

February 11:
February 25:

Booking appointments with Advisors and Navigators: process changing

As of mid-February, students wanting to book an appointment with an Advisor can do this directly from their myNIC portal under the “Advising” heading. The ‘Book an Advising Appointment’ page will be removed from the NIC website, with the exception of one button on the Indigenous Navigators page. NIC will replace the current public-facing access to the booking system with an email and phone number that will connect students with Enrollment Services Representatives in Student Services.


Veggie and sausage skillet


3 sliced veggie or meat sausages
2 cubed potatoes 
1 chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper
2 tablespoons of oil
Garlic powder, dried herbs, salt & pepper to taste


In a large skillet, fry the potatoes in oil until they begin to soften. Add the onion and bell pepper, cook for 5 more minutes and set aside. Fry the sausage in a separate pan until no pink is showing. Drain excess oil if needed. Add the sausages and seasonings to the veggies and cook until the ingredients are combined and hot.  Serve as a meal for breakfast lunch or dinner. 😊 


Contact NIC’s Early Assist for personal or academic campus and community supports.
For emergencies call 911 or the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. You can also visit Here2Talk.
NIC Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling, disability services and much more.

Library & Learning Commons ( Academic Supports at LLC:

•    Research Support: Learn to build effective search strategies, choose and evaluate resources, cite and avoid plagiarism.
•    Writing Support: Work one-on-one with NIC faculty to develop your writing skills and receive feedback on your writing assignments.
•    Math Support: Spend time working on all levels of math problems with support from NIC math faculty.
•    Peer Tutoring: Discover new approaches to studying and learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
•    Student Technical Services: Helping students understand and utilize technologies to support their studies.


Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? If you’d like to recognize someone’s expertise, support, or kindness that contributed to your success, please fill out our recognition form.  We will send the nominee an anonymous thank you on your behalf including your comment(s).

Please keep in touch by emailing or Student Life Facebook or Student Life Instagram page. We welcome your feedback!

Lela Kulesh, Rachel Birch, Mez Jiwaji - your Student Life team