Student Newsletter - January 23

Hello NIC students,

The Student Life team is making the most of this wet coast weather by getting outside for invigorating walks and spending some quality time indoors doing things we enjoy. Maybe you are a fan of crafting or finding out about artists. Whatever it is that brings you joy, we hope you are making time between studying to take care of yourself. Here is some things going on in our communities that you can take part in.


Monday, January 23 – Bell Let’s Talk events – 10-11:30 am, Port Alberni campus (Roger Street) front entrance; 12-1 pm Port Alberni Tebo Centre main lobby    
Monday, January 23 – NISU Arts & Crafts Open House, CV campus, 7 pm, Tyee Hall Room 205
Wednesday, January 25 – Bell Let’s Talk events, 7:30-8:30 am, CV campus Trades Building; 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, CV campus, Tyee Hall, Student Lounge; 11:30 am - 1 pm CR campus cafeteria
Thursday, January 26 – Artist Talk with Gu Xiong, CV campus, 7 pm, Stan Hagen Theatre
Thursday, January 26 – NISU lunch 
Friday, January 27 – CV Foundry Social Club, 3-5 pm every Friday, 575 10th St., Courtenay


Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 25

Bell Let’s Talk Day is a wide-reaching program designed to break the silence around mental illness and support mental health all across Canada.  The annual day started in 2010 to promote mental health awareness, acceptance and action through four key pillars: fighting stigma, improving access to care, supporting world class research and leading by example in workplace mental health.

This year, Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 25. We are joining in and committing to take meaningful action to create positive change. 
Bell Let’s Talk events at NIC campuses:
Port Alberni campus (Jan. 23):  10 -11:30 am, Roger Street front entrance; 12-1pm Tebo Centre main lobby    
Comox Valley campus (Jan. 25): 7:30-8:30 am, CV Trades Building; 11:30 am -12:30 pm CV Tyee Hall, Student Lounge
Campbell River campus (Jan. 25): 11:30 am - 1 pm, CR cafeteria
Mixalakwila campus (Jan. 25): 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Student Lounge

NISU Arts & Crafts Club Open House

NISU will be hosting an open house for students interested in joining an Arts & Crafts Club. We will be meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 pm in Tyee Hall, Room 205. Tea and snacks, as well as crafting supplies will be provided. Any questions? Email or text/call 250-735-4598.

Weekend Hours and Evenings at the LLC – Comox Valley Campus

The Library & Learning Commons is the perfect place to meet up with friends to study, get help with assignments, or find a quiet spot to read and relax. Now you’ll be able to visit even longer!

Starting Monday, Jan. 23, the Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons will be open Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm, on Fridays from 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Check the LLC homepage for information on campus library schedules and upcoming events.

NIC Artist Talks Winter 2023

NIC's Fine Art department is excited to announce NIC Artist Talks Winter 2023! The talks are returning to in-person events at the Comox Valley campus!

Guest Artist: Gu Xiong
When: Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 7 pm
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall, Comox Valley campus

The event is free and everyone is welcome — bring a friend!

NISU Lunch 

Come and join NISU and fellow students for a free lunch! Details: 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Campbell River campus, Student Commons. Everyone is welcome, gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. For more information contact: 

Foundry Social Club

The Foundry in Courtenay is starting a free social club for youth ages 17-24 who are looking to meet new people. Come hang out! Drop in for board games, trivia, crafts, and snacks.

Details: Every Friday, 3-5 pm, Foundry in Courtenay, 575 10th St. Phone: 250-338-7341.


Did you miss out on the in-person or virtual orientation events? Not to worry, we have you covered! Watch videos about the supports and resources available to you at NIC, how to navigate NIC’s digital learning platforms, and what the North Island Students’ Union does for you.  You can also check out our “Meet Your Supporters” videos and find links to important information for NIC Students. Click here to check out Orientation-On-Demand.

Winter Clothing Drive

Free winter clothing is still available to students in need until the end of January. Winter clothing has been generously donated by NIC employees and is available at the Campbell River Commons and Comox Valley Student Lounge.  Please help yourself if you need warm winter clothing.


Baked Spaghetti


1/2 lb of ground meat or meat alternative
½ pkg of dry spaghetti noodles
1 jar of tomato sauce
1 cup of grated cheese


In a large pot, boil water for the pasta noodles. In a medium pot, fry the meat until no pink is showing. Drain excess oil if needed.  Cook the pasta noodles until el dente (fancy Italian for firm to the tooth) and drain. Transfer the noodles, meat and sauce to a casserole dish and cover with grated cheese. Bake at 375F for about 20 minutes. Eat with delight!


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

Come down to the LLC to find your perfect spot, borrow a laptop, print, or just say hi!

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).


Book an appointment here to chat to a member of the Student Life team here. Please keep in touch by email or through our Student Life Facebook or Instagram pages. We welcome your feedback!


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