Student Newsletter - September 6

Hello NIC students,

Welcome to the 2022 Fall term at NIC! We are excited to welcome you back to campus and look forward to connecting with you throughout the year. There are lots of events going on so please keep reading for more information about what is being offered.


Tuesday, September 6 – First day of Fall term. All fees must be paid in full & prerequisites met by 4 pm
Tuesday, September 6 – Comox Valley, Campbell River & Port Alberni in-person Orientation events
Wednesday, September 7 – Comox Valley, Campbell River & Port Alberni in-person Orientation events
Thursday, September 8 – Mixalakwila in-person Orientation welcome event
Saturday, September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day


Visit our Orientation page for all the details on upcoming in-person and virtual events.

Advising and Student Employment Services Drop-Ins

If you have an urgent advising question, there are drop-in sessions at the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Alberni campuses to help. Advising is here to support you at NIC! Advisors have drop-ins to help with questions during school start-up; it’s a great way to get short or urgent questions answered.  Here’s how: 

Education and/or Financial Aid Advising

Sept. 1–15 from 9 am to 4 pm

You can call us at 1.800.715.0914 x.4993 or email us at

Employment Advising 

- Face-to-face drop-in Sept. 7 at the Comox Valley campus in Discovery Hall, Room 115

- Face-to-face drop in Sept. 8 at the Campbell River campus in Student Services

- Or call us at 250.334.5076 or email us at


Call for Nominations – PAID student positions available on the Board of Governors and Education Council

Interested in running for a student position on the Board of Governors or Education Council? Paid student positions are available; two on the Board of Governors and four on the Education Council. You can serve on both at the same time. The term of office for student representatives is one year.  Students receive an honorarium of $100 per meeting for participating in monthly meetings of the Education Council. Honoraria for service on the Board of Governors is $2,000 per year. For more information and nomination forms, go to your myNIC account under Announcements. Completed nomination forms should be emailed to: no later than 4 pm on Friday, Sept. 16.

 Campus Life Assistants

Would you like to work with Student Life to develop projects, plan events or create posts for social media? Do you want to gain valuable experience that you can add to your resume? NIC Student Life is looking to hire Campus Life Assistants. Email us at to find out more.


Pan Fried Zucchini Patties

This is a great way to make use of zucchini that’s available for a low cost at many local farm stands.  It’s vegetarian, gluten free and can be made vegan.  Try these for a dinner side dish and bring left-overs for lunch.


2 cups shredded zucchini
2 eggs (omit for vegan)
½ cup sliced onion
½ cup grated cheese of choice (omit for vegan)
2/3 cup breadcrumbs (gluten free crumbs available)
2 tablespoons rice flour
Salt & pepper to taste
¼ cup of vegetable oil for frying


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and add more flour if needed.  Use your hands or two spoons to form golf ball sized balls.  Heat vegetable oil and press balls in to pan to make patties.  Cook until light brown on both sides and serve hot or cold.


Contact NIC’s Early Assist service at 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, accommodations for disability and much more.

Come down to the Library & Learning Commons to find your perfect spot to study, borrow a laptop, print your documents or just say hi! Academic Supports at the 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