Student Life Newsletter - February 13

Hello NIC students,

Spring is around the corner and we are happy to be on this journey with you.  If you need support, please reach out to us at; we would love to hear from you.


Monday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 17 - International Development Week
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – CARTI’s Seaweed SeriesSeaweed as Salmon Feed Seminar, online, 8 – 9 am
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, Feb. 15 - Winter exam schedule posted
Thursday, Feb. 16 - Artist Talk - Michelle Nguyen, Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus, 7 – 8 pm
Monday, Feb. 20 - Family Day, STAT, NIC closed
Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Friday, Feb. 24 Winter Reading Break


What is International Development Week? 

International Development Week (Feb 13 – 17) celebrates and acknowledges Canadian contributions to international development work. This February, join NIC’s Office of Global Engagement and hear from employees and students about their international projects and experiences. Listen to instructors talk about their international projects (online) and join face-to-face sessions with Elders-in-Residence at the Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campuses to learn more about the Indigenous languages and cultures. Click here for a list of events.

Seaweed as Salmon Food Seminar

Join another free, online seminar in CARTI’s Seaweed Series! Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023, 8 - 9 am, online via Teams. RSVP to to register. “Seaweed as Salmon Feed” will feature researcher Dr. Jorunn Skjermo from SINTEF, one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations.  Dr. Skjermo's research work is focused on using seaweed and brush worms, which are sustainable ingredients, as a feed source for protein-rich salmon food.

Winter 2023 Artist Talk series - Michelle Nguyen

Thursday, Feb 16, Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus, 7 – 8 pm, free. Visit this link for more info.
The Winter 2023 Artist Talk series brings engaging speakers to NIC to help foster student and professional artists in the community.

Booking appointments with Advisors and Navigators: the process is changing

In mid-February, access points to 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 ESRs. 

To book an appointment with an Advisor, students can make an appointment from their myNIC portal.

Tax Season

Are you wondering where to find your T2202A tax receipt? From February 28, you can download and print out your tax receipt from your myNIC portal. Go to your myNIC account, access the self-service menu, click on Financial Information, then Student Tax Information and select the receipt for 2022. Ta-da!

Intersectional Sexualized Violence Survey

BCcampus is conducting an environmental scan of existing sexualized violence resources that support international students in BC post-secondary institutions and identifying gaps that exist. If you would like to participate in this research and provide meaningful input and feedback, please complete this survey. If you have any questions about this work, contact Myra Kohler at



In honour of International Development Week and Valentine’s Day, here is a traditional Ukrainian soup recipe that will warm your tummy and is easy on the budget.


~    2 Tablespoons of oil    ~    4 cups of veggie or chicken broth
~    1 onion chopped    ~    2 cups of canned tomatoes
~    1 garlic clove chopped    ~    2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
~    2 celery stalks chopped    ~    1 Tablespoon of dried dill
~    4 medium beets chopped    ~    ½ teaspoon of dried allspice
~    2 cups cabbage chopped    ~    1 teaspoon of salt
~    3 medium potatoes chopped    ~    ½ teaspoon of pepper
~    2 carrots chopped    


In a food processor or using a knife, roughly grate or chop the vegetables. In a large pot, fry the onion, garlic and celery in oil. Once softened, add the broth and remaining vegetables and cook for 10 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, vinegar and seasonings and cook until the veggies are soft. Serve with a dollop of sour cream as garnish. 


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 effective search strategies, choose, evaluate, and cite sources, and avoid plagiarism.
•    Writing Support: work 1-on-1 with faculty to develop writing skills and receive feedback on assignments.
•    Math Support: Spend time working on all levels of math problems with support from math faculty.
•    Peer Tutoring: Discover new approaches to studying and learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
•    Student Technical Services: Help 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