Student Newsletter - October 11

Hello NIC students,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend (gobble gobble) and spent some time outdoors enjoying the warmer-than-usual fall weather. Thrive Month is here, and we are excited to share all the great events we’ve organized for you ranging from forest bathing to enjoying a free lunch at our NIC campuses.


Tuesday, October 11 to Friday, October 14 - GoByBike - Join an NIC team and log your kilometres
Tuesday, October 11 – Turkey Drawing Contest, Snack & Relax in CR, Nat’l Coming Out Day, NISU Yoga
Thursday, October 13 – Lunch with NISU in CV & NIC Rec Sports Night
Friday, October 14 – NIC Fall exam schedule posted
Friday, October 14 – Forest Bathing with Mac Newton in CV
Friday, October 14 – Work Integrated Learning Student Career Connections Fair


October is Thrive Month so check out this schedule of events for more details!

NIC Student Life has teamed up with other organizations and NIC departments to offer a variety of Thrive events during the month of October to promote mental health literacy and encourage self-care. We hope you can find time to take part. 

National Coming Out Day

If you are interested in learning more about this national day of recognition, here is a quick read from

Did you know that there is a club you can connect with through NISU called GSRA?  If you want to talk to them in person, drop by their table at Snack & Relax between 10 am & 1 pm at the Campbell River Student Commons, or check out their Instagram account: gsra_club


Work Integrated Learning presents an Online Student Career Connections Fair

Are you interested in learning more about the world of work and meeting real people representing organizations in your community while also being able to win $ prizes just for talking to employers? REGISTER and plan to attend the online WIL Student Career Connections Fair – Friday, Oct 14 from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  

It’s never too early to prepare for your future!  For more information, and to see which companies want to meet you:

Want some help preparing for this event? There is a drop-in session happening this term every Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in Discovery Hall, room 115 at the Comox Valley campus. And don’t forget to stop by CareerCentral, our online hub has a TON of resources, events, a student job board and access to our online booking system where you can book 1:1 appointments anytime. Questions? Email:


Student Representatives on BoG and EdCo

We are pleased to announce that the following students have been elected to serve on the Board of Governors and Education Council:

Board of Governors

Jaewon Kim – Comox Valley campus
Sunny Thakur – Comox Valley campus

Education Council

Chamya Liyanage – Comox Valley campus
Vincent Michaud – Campbell River campus
Sukhwinder Singh – Port Alberni campus
Kudakwashe Wingwiri – Comox Valley campus

We had tremendous participation in this year’s elections and wish to extend a sincere thank you to all candidates for their interest in serving in these positions.


Here is a quick and easy way to make your own vegan/gluten free/protein rich dip that originates from the middle east?  You guessed it… HUMMUS!


1 ½ cups (or one 15-oz can) of drained chickpeas

1 clove of garlic (or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder)

¼ cup of lemon juice

½ teaspoon of ground cumin

¼ cup of tahini (or ground sesame seeds)

½ teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Optional ingredients: 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, ¼ cup of raisins, 1 tablespoon of parsley


Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth and serve with crackers, bread, pita, chips or fresh veggies such as carrots, celery or cauliflower.


Contact NIC’s Early Assist for access to 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, accommodations for disability 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. 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 would 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). We have received some wonderful messages which is proof that kindness counts.

Please keep in touch with us over the summer at: or our NIC Student Life Facebook or Instagram page.  We welcome your feedback!


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