Student Life Newsletter - November 28

Hello NIC students,

Watch for posts online and around campus about 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and how you can help or seek help. Stay warm with this week’s recipe for shepherd’s pie and curl up with a good book from the LLC. Please remember that if you need help, we are here for you at


Friday, Nov. 25 to Tuesday, Dec. 10 – 16  Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
Monday, Nov. 28 to Friday, Dec. 2 – Last week of fall classes
Monday, Nov. 28 to Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Finals Prep at the LLC
Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Winter Celebration; Free NIC-NISU lunch, CV campus, 11.30 am – 1 pm, Cafeteria
Thursday, Dec. 1 - Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental benefits for winter term
Thursday, Dec. 1 - Winter Celebration; Free NIC-NISU lunch, CR campus, 11.30 am – 12.45 pm, Student Commons


#16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Learn more about this international campaign here. Student Life is partnering with community organizations including the Campbell River & North Island Transition Society to raise awareness, provide information, and support survivors. We will be posting about how you can get involved on Student Life Facebook and Instagram pages; follow us for more information.

Winter Celebration: FREE NIC-NISU Lunches

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 11.30 am – 1 pm, Comox Valley campus cafeteria

Thursday, Dec. 1, 11.30 am – 12.45 pm, Campbell River campus Student Commons

All NIC students and employees welcome!

Finals Prep at the LLC (November 28th – December 14th)

The Library & Learning Commons is the perfect spot to study for upcoming finals. In addition to a being a quiet place where you can concentrate, the LLC, Student Life and NISU are also providing lots of study break activities. Come borrow a mindfulness kit, enjoy snacks and drinks, visit with a therapy dog, create handmade decorations or try your hand at origami. The Comox Valley library will be extending their hours and staying open until 8 pm.

LLC Holiday Book Bundles

Looking for some good reads over the holidays and not sure just what to pick up?

Let the LLC introduce you to some great new titles and authors! Simply complete this form telling us what types of books you are interested in and then library staff will select titles from the collection to suit your tastes. We will contact you when we have your books ready for you to pick up at the campus most convenient for you. Forms are due before Dec. 12 and books will be due back by Jan. 10, 2023. 

Call for participation in University of the Fraser Valley study

Dr. Emilio Landolfi, a professor in the School of Kinesiology at University of the Fraser Valley, invites you to take part in a project that explores people’s understanding of exercise addiction. Participants will be asked to attend ONE online focus – group discussion session for approximately 60 minutes. The discussion will be kept confidential. Please contact Emilio at to indicate interest.


Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe makes a whole meal for up to four people that’s warm, healthy and filling. This recipe can be altered by using non-dairy alternatives to cheese and milk and by using a vegan alternative to meat.

Prep time: 15 minutes, cook time: 1 hour, oven temperature: 350 degrees


1 Tbsp of oil

1 lb of lean ground beef or meat alternative

1 chopped onion

3 chopped carrots

4 chopped potatoes

3 Tbsp of ketchup or tomato paste

1 cup of beef or veggie stock

2 Tbsp milk or non-dairy milk

2 cups of frozen peas

½ cup of grated cheese

Salt and pepper to taste


Place the oil, meat, onion and carrots in a pan and saute until liquid is released and veggies are still firm. Add the ketchup and stock, and cook for 5 more minutes. Transfer to a baking dish and set aside. In a separate pot, boil or steam the potatoes until tender, then mash them with butter and milk. Put a layer of frozen peas over the meal. Then add a layer of mashed potatoes and top with grated cheese. Bake in the oven at 350 for a half hour. Serve and enjoy!


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.

Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling, disability services and much more.

The Library & Learning Commons (LLC) is your perfect spot to borrow a laptop, print a document, or just say hi! Academic Supports at LLC include: Research Support, Writing Support, Math Support, Peer Tutoring and Student Technical Services.


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 email or Student Life Facebook or Student Life Instagram page. We welcome your feedback!


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