Student Newsletter - January 10

Hello new and returning NIC students,

Welcome to the first week of classes! We hope you enjoyed the Winter 2022 Orientation Sessions hosted last week. If you were unable to attend the sessions, you can access the recording of those sessions. Please visit the Winter 2022 Orientation page and check out the recordings, upcoming sessions, and more.


  • Monday, Jan. 10 – First day of Winter term, winter classes begin
  • Monday, Jan. 10 - Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Welcome Booths at Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni, and Mixalakwila Campus
  • Friday, Jan. 14 – Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 19 – Last day to register, apply for a refund, change from credit to audit
  • Monday, Jan. 31 – Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter Term


  • Winter Orientation 2022. Join various orientation sessions planned for in January to support your transition into the new term and at NIC. These sessions are a great opportunity to learn about academic and personal supports offered at NIC and to meet fellow NIC students. To learn more, visit Winter 2022 Orientation page.

    Some of the Upcoming Winter Orientation 2022 Virtual Sessions are:

    Comox Valley Welcome Booth.
    Booth will be located inside Tyee Hall beside the Bookstore on Monday, January 10th and Tuesday, January 11th from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm PST

    Campbell River Welcome Booth - Booth will be located in the Student Commons near the main entrance on Monday, January 10th and Tuesday, January 11th from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm PST

    Port Alberni Welcome Booth. Booth will be located at Roger Street Campus, Main Entrance, on Monday, January 10th from 8:30-9:30 am PST.

    Mixalakwila (Port Hardy) - Community Welcome and Information Tent will be located at the Mixalakwila Campus on Thurs, January 6 from 12 pm - 3 pm PST

    Virtual Peer Drop-in Session. On Jan 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

    For a full list of sessions, visit the Winter 2022 Orientation page.                 


  • How can we be better? You could win $150 by completing this 5 mins survey on NIC’s career and employment services. Please share your feedback with us!

    All responses will remain anonymous and any student who completed the survey will then be eligible to enter the draw to win a $150 prize for the store of your choice – Walmart, Superstore or Winners. The survey will close on January 17, 2022 at 5 pm.

    More information on upcoming events, workshops and career resources can all be found on our work-integrated learning platform,

    If you have any questions, please contact
  • Student Leadership Team. NIC’s Student Leadership Team supports and develops skills in emerging leaders in a fun, dynamic and engaging way. The student leaders explore many aspects of leadership, acknowledging that everything we do has impacts locally and globally. Student leaders take part in leadership workshops and retreats, network with the community, help with college events and gain volunteer hours. Learn more about the NIC Student Leadership Team by emailing
  • *NEW* Study Abroad Scholarships & Virtual Exchange Opportunities for NIC Students. NIC has successfully secured funding for study abroad scholarships totalling more than $500,000 CAD. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities! Most eligible students can access around $5000 CAD, but, in certain circumstances, students can access up to $10,000 CAD. These funds will prioritize encouraging students that traditionally have not engaged in outbound mobility to travel and learn abroad: Indigenous students, low-income students, or students with disabilities.

NIC Study Abroad Opportunities for 2022:

  • Exchange Opportunities. Most program areas: possibilities in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, France, Romania, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam. Check the Outgoing exchange webpage for more details.
  • Virtual Exchange Opportunities. As part of virtual opportunities, students will be connecting with instructors and students located in Costa Rica, Japan and Belgium. Students will be able to work in culturally diverse teams, improve their intercultural communication skills, experience culturally diverse work environments.
  • Field School Jordan: Town of Nebo Archaeological Project, Costa Rica, Japan (follow-up to above virtual exchanges), and Hawaii - Indigenous Language Revitalization are other planned Field Schools for (2021/22 and 2022/23).

Interested in learning how you can participate? Contact NIC’s Office of Global Engagement at to find out how!


  • Library & Learning Commons. Visit the Library and Learning Commons (LLC) this semester for a quiet place to work, to access academic supports, or to just sit back and take a break.  At the LLC you can:
  • Academic Supports at LLC. Reach your goals this semester with help from our outstanding academic supports—available both in-person and online!
    • 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 writing learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
    • Student Technical Services Helping students understand and utilize technologies to support their studies.
    • Register in a variety of workshops to improve your research, writing, math, and tech skills.

  • Emergency Assistance Funds - Sometimes emergencies happen that are outside of a student’s control or the best planning.  NIC may be able to assist with financial support in the form of a bursary to help with emergencies.  This funding does not need to be paid back and may be available to assist with books, transportation, childcare, supplies, groceries, and other essentials. Contact a financial aid advisor to find out more. Book online here.
  • NIC Bookstores. NIC bookstores will be open for extended hours in January. Comox Valley and Campbell River bookstores will be open from Jan. 4 -21 from 9 am to 4 pm. The Port Alberni bookstore will be open from Jan. 4-14 from 9 am to 4 pm. After these dates, the stores will be going back to our regular posted hours of operation.
  • Learn Anywhere. NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you to be a successful digital learner by covering topics such as: What is digital learning? and How can I use NIC-supported technologies during my studies? Students can also access a list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today’s world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists.


  • COVID-19 Vaccination. The BC Government is encouraging all who are eligible to register for their COVID vaccine as soon as possible, this includes both domestic and international students. Visit the government website for information on eligibility and the registration process.
  • COVID-19 Restrictions. You can view the latest public health orders here. Masks in public indoor settings are now mandatory – this includes NIC campus buildings.


  • Fall 2021 Student Readiness Survey. Thank you to all students who participated in our fall 2021 Student Readiness Survey. Your feedback provides us with an invaluable source of information that helps us improve our services and enhance the student experience. Here is a summary of your feedback which we will be including in our planning as we work toward areas of improvement for current and future NIC students.
  • 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, fill out our recognition form. We will send the nominee a thank you on your behalf including your comment(s). Please note – you will remain anonymous.


  • Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook. Each week of the academic year comes with its unique challenges. The Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook was designed to provide you with at least one exercise that has proven to be effective in increasing life satisfaction, happiness, and resilience. Download the Student Weekly Workbook here.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

 – Lao Tzu

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team

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