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CFWI dean is OHI gold educator of year

Niagara College’s Craig Youdale won the Gold Medal in Education from the Ontario Hostelry Institute.

Niagara College’s Craig Youdale, dean of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, won the Gold Medal in Education from the Ontario Hostelry Institute (OHI) on April 20 at the OHI’s annual Gold Awards dinner in Toronto.

Youdale is a leader in the food and beverage industry and oversees the academic programs at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The institute includes the successful student-driven teaching enterprises – NC’s Wine and Visitors’ Centre, NC Teaching Brewing, Benchmark Restaurant; and the upcoming Artisan Distillery. Youdale also led the NC’s culinary students to podium finishes in the International Culinary Olympics, and other prestigious competitive culinary events.

The OHI is an advocate and promoter of excellence in the food services and hospitality industry in Ontario and promotes excellence through its Gold Awards; Top 30 Under 30 Program; Culinary Foundation; Pastry Chef Award and scholarship program.

Youdale, cited by OHI for his “critically acclaimed achievements” demonstrated through his leadership not only for Ontario’s hospitality industry “but as an ambassador for Canada as well,” said he was humbled by the recognition.

“It is a privilege to be honoured by my peers and be in the company of leaders in our culinary industry,” said Youdale. “To be included in the company of talented people is very humbling. I am honoured.”

“The Ontario Hostelry Institute sets high stands for the profession, and it is very gratifying that the Institute chose to recognize Craig for his leadership,” said NC president Dan Patterson.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

Niagara College graphic grad students strut their designs

Niagara College graduate students check the proof of the invitation they designed for their end of year show. Their work can be seen by the public at a reception on Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.- 10 at TAG Art Gallery, St. Catharines.

Graduates of Niagara College’s three-year Graphic Design program will celebrate the end of the year by staging two separate shows of their impressive work this weekend.

The event – Niagara College Graphic Design (G)Rad Show – will start on Friday, April 21 at the TAG Art Gallery, downtown St. Catharines. Industry representatives from the creative fields will enjoy a private preview of the show before the show opens to the public on Saturday.

“This is an opportunity for our graduate students to not only prepare their work for a gallery-setting show, but to network with industry professionals from various creative fields,” said prof. Gail Taylor of NC’s School of Media Studies. “Creative professionals will be meeting with talented emerging designers.”

On Saturday, April 22, the show is open to the public from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.

WHAT/WHO:
Niagara College Graphic Design (G)Rad Show, work by graduate students of Niagara College’s School of Media Studies.

WHERE/WHEN:
Friday, April 21, TAG Art Gallery, 214 King Street, St. Catharines, for industry representatives; and on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the public.

Celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

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To view work by graduates, visit: http://ncgd.ca
tagartgallery.ca
For media information, please contact:
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Media advisor
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At the event, please see: Gail Taylor.

Niagara College student entrepreneurs vie for cash

Niagara College’s budding student entrepreneurs will vie for cash prizes in the second annual Entrepreneurship Challenge, hosted at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus this Thursday, April 20.

Three top prizes of $750, $500 and $250 will be offered to the top placing teams, with their presentations reviewed by a panel of judges. Eight teams – made up of three to four students from six programs – have been selected by their peers to compete in this unique Challenge. In addition to competing for prize money, all of the participating teams will have the opportunity to work with NCTakeoff to help bring their idea to fruition. (NCtakeoff is the College’s hub for entrepreneurial education).

WHO/WHAT:
2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge, Niagara College School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, and School of Business and Management students. Teams of three-four students will compete in 15-minute presentations, overseen by a panel of judges from NC and the community. The event is open to the community and all are invited to attend.

WHERE/WHEN:
Thursday, April 20, 4:30 p.m with prizes awarded at 8 p.m., Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, 135 Taylor Road, NOTL, Room W111.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.
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For media information, please contact:

Susan McConnell, Media advisor 905-641-2252 x 4330 Cell: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca
Nctakeoff.ca
At the event, please see: prof. Grant Fraser

Niagara College to sell Dunn Street property in Niagara Falls

As Niagara College focuses its programs and services at campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, the College announced today that it will soon list its Dunn Street property in Niagara Falls for sale.

As the College invests $65 million in campus redevelopment projects in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, the move will provide all Niagara College students access to an enhanced level of services, amenities and overall college experience.

“We feel the timing is right for this move,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “We are making significant investments at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses that are modernizing our learning environments, improving our facilities and enhancing the experience that we offer students. This creates an opportunity to move the programs that operated in Niagara Falls to the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, while providing the best possible facilities for teaching and learning.”

Projects that are completed or underway in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake include enhanced student services, student commons and learning commons projects at both campuses, enhanced classroom and lab spaces, a new cafeteria at Welland and a new fitness centre and gymnasium at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The sale will also generate savings and revenue that will be reinvested in learning resources and services that benefit all Niagara College students.

“While this decision is driven primarily by our commitment to our students, it also makes financial sense at a time when sound fiscal management is more important than ever,” said Patterson, “especially as new and improved spaces become available at our full-service Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.”

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

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Media advisor 905-641-2252 x 4330
Cell: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College students to unveil 20th Many Hands project at Hotel Dieu

Niagara College students and staff will host the 20th Annual ‘Reveal Day’ ceremony on Thursday, April 13 to officially unveil this year’s Many Hands Project: construction of The Marketplace at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines.

The Many Hands Project is an annual student-driven renovation program through NC’s Event Management and Construction Renovation Technician programs. Many Hands, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has raised money through sponsorships and four fundraising events that took place in March and April for The Marketplace project.

WHO:
Niagara College students and faculty from the Event Management and Construction Renovation Technicians programs; community partners of the 2017 Many Hands Project; Hotel Dieu Shaver staff and Board members; and local dignitaries.

WHAT:
Many Hands ‘Reveal Day’ to celebrate the official completion of the 20th Many Hands Project. Construction students began renovations of The Marketplace in January; Event Management students have held four major fund-raising events to fund the project. The Marketplace will be a space where therapists will help rehabilitate patients by recreating real-world challenges.

WHEN/WHERE:
Thursday, April 13, 9 a.m.-11 am at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, St. Catharines, in ‘The Marketplace.’
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Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

For media information, please contact:

Susan McConnell, Media advisor, 905-641-2252 x 4330; cell 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

At the event, please see Kathy Nitta, Chairperson, Many Hands project committee.
knitta1@ncstudents.niagaracollege.ca

What’s open/closed at Niagara College for Easter weekend

Niagara College will be closed on April 14 for Good Friday. Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses on April 14 must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

Note that the Niagara College Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery retail outlets will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Here’s a list of operating hours for our services and enterprises Easter Weekend:

NC Libraries: Closed Friday, open 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please note: library e-resources are available 24-7 via www.niagaracollege.ca/library

Cafeteria: Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bookstore: Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

NC Employment and Training Solutions (1 St. Paul St.): Closed Friday.

Niagara College Teaching Brewery/Teaching Winery retail outlets: Open Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Niagara College Greenhouse: Open Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Benchmark Restaurant: Closed Good Friday. Open Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Easter Sunday. Closed Monday.

Bench To Go: Closed Good Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Open Monday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Athletics/Recreation facilities: Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Student Centres and SAC offices: Closed.

Transit: Transit will not be running on Friday and will resume normal schedules on Monday.

Niagara College gaming students showcase ‘concept to creation’ video games at event

Niagara College Game development students will showcase their final video game projects for industry professionals on April 12 at the Welland campus.

The showcase features video games designed by students, from concept to completion.

“Niagara’s Game Development students continue to creatively and technically impress,” said Rick Goertz, program coordinator and professor. “We are also very excited to have students from the joint Niagara College/Brock University Game Programming and Game Design programs join our growing family of developers this year.”

The interactive end-of-year display is an opportunity for attendees to participate and play the games on display and meet the creators. There will also be an awards ceremony and refreshments.

Niagara College’s three-year Advanced Diploma in Games Development prepares students for careers in the digital and interactive media industry.

WHO: Niagara College and Brock University game development students, and staff.
WHERE: The Core, Welland campus of Niagara College, 100 Niagara College Blvd.
WHAT: Interactive display of video games by students, from concept to creation.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. (awards ceremony 8 p.m.). Free admission, open to students, family and friends, media, and industry professionals.

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Media inquiries, please contact:
Susan McConnell, Media advisor
905-641-2252 x 4330 Cell: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

National Dental Hygiene Week: Niagara College dental hygiene students offer free screenings for public and students

 

Niagara College (NC) senior students from NC’s Dental Hygiene program are hosting an event at the Welland campus on Tuesday to help others “brush up.”

As part of National Dental Hygiene Week students will be promoting oral health from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Applied Health Institute foyer, just inside the main door at the campus.

Visitors can experience a free comprehensive oral screening, gather information and advice about teeth brushing techniques including whitening, and learn about sugar substitutes, the dangers of sugar, smoking and oral cancer.

“Our profession is founded on advocacy,” said Alaina Gauthier, professor, NC’s School of Applied Health. “This event allows students to exercise this muscle and encourages them to experience what it is like to be part of a community outreach program.

“National Health Dental Hygiene Week is celebrated all over Canada, so it is always rewarding for students to see they are part of something bigger than what they do at Niagara College; it allows them to see the all-encompassing nature of their profession.”

The event will also include games, raffle prizes and giveaways.

WHO:
Niagara College Dental Hygiene program students, staff and community.

WHAT:
National Dental Hygiene Week, an initiative of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. This year’s theme: ‘Oral Health for Total Health.’ The Oral Cancer Foundation is assisting the students by providing brochures and screening kits.

WHERE:
Welland campus, 100 Niagara College Blvd., Welland, Applied Health Institute foyer, main college entrance.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 11, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
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Media inquiries, please contact:
Susan McConnell
Media advisor
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Ontario marks 50th anniversary of college system, makes commemorative investment at Niagara College

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s College System, the province declared April 3 to 9, 2017 as Colleges Week and is making a new investment in each of Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges to enhance the student experience.

Ontario is providing $1,858,100 to help Niagara College deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

The funding will be used by Niagara College to invest in new technology, equipment and learning spaces that will enhance the student experience.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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“This investment will provide college students at Niagara College with state-of-the-art materials including specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
— Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality. This $50 million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”
— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

“The recognition by the Ontario government of the important and vital role colleges play in our communities across the province by granting this special 50th anniversary funding is appreciated,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “This investment in Niagara College’s students will help us to provide outstanding learning environments to allow our students to acquire the necessary advanced skills for employment in the future.”
— Dan Patterson, Niagara College President

 

QUICK FACTS

 Ontario is investing $48 million in capital funding for new equipment and learning resources and $2 million in the Northern Colleges Collaboration – a total of $50 million to mark the 50th anniversary.
 In September 2016, Colleges Ontario launched the Start of Something Amazing, a 15-month celebration of the college system’s 50th anniversary.
 In 2015-16, about 84 per cent of Ontario college graduates found work within six months of graduating.
 About 220,000 students are enrolled full time at Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges.
LEARN MORE

www.niagaracollege.ca
Ontario Colleges at 50: The Start of Something Amazing
Ontario’s colleges

CONTACT

Brian Foster
Office of Jim Bradley
MPP St. Catharines
Constituency Office
905-935-0018 c 905.933.6259

Susan McConnel
Niagara College
Media advisor
905.641.2252 x 4330
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

 

Brewnited Nations international flavour is theme for annual Project Brew fest by Niagara College students

Niagara College Brewmaster students are offering the public a taste of the world at their annual Project Brew festival: The Brewnited Nations.

The soon-to-be graduates of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be hosting the event this Friday at the Market Square in St. Catharines.

The event will offer a selection of 20 beers as well as a collaboration cask, hand-crafted by NC students at the Teaching Brewery.

The beer festival is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the college’s Teaching Brewery; and for graduating students to showcase what they have learned.

“Project Brew is the culmination of four semesters of learning for students. Not only do they design a recipe and create an original beer from scratch, they also plan and execute Project Brew to highlight the skills they have acquired during their time at Niagara College,” said faculty advisor April Tyrrell. “This fun community event is an excellent opportunity for students to promote themselves and their beer to the public.”

“It allows us to take responsibility and build a festival while learning about the many trials and tribulations that come into play while putting this together,” said the event’s student chair Brittany Ribalkin, who will be presenting a Biere de Garde at the event. “I believe that it will benefit me as students do all aspects of the brew from recipe design, to brewing the product, to the various lab tests, packaging and overall daily duties of the brewery. After all is said and done, we all work as a team to pull off an incredible event.”

While this will be the seventh Project Brew hosted by the Brewmaster program’s graduating students since the event was launched in April 2015, this is the first with a ‘Brewnited Nations’ theme. Ribalkin noted that the theme was chosen because many of the brews have ingredients and styles from different countries, offering a way new way for guests to enjoy various beers that the world has to offer.

The theme also struck a chord with students since there are several international classmates in the program from as far away as the United States, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea.

In addition to beer, guests at the event can enjoy entertainment from international dancers and participate in international games including Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

“We want our patrons to feel free to dress up and get into the theme of the event,” said Ribalkin.

Vendors at Project Brew will include the College’s Benchmark restaurant, The Smokin’ Buddha, and Eh Jose, as well as Signal Coffee Co.

Proceeds from Project Brew will benefit the Matt Soos Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually to a student in the College’s Brewmaster program who brews the best beer in the NC Annual Brewmaster competition. The scholarship is in honour of Matt Soos, a graduate of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who died in August, 2015 at the age of 26.

WHAT:
Brewnited Nations Project Brew, annual Niagara College student beer festival.

WHERE:
Market Square, 91 King Street, St. Catharines. Online advance tickets to the event are $20 ($17.50 group discounts are available). Tickets include entry to the event, a commemorative sample glass and four beer tokens. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25 or online (visit ncprojectbrew.ca) Guests must be 19 years of age or older (valid photo ID required) to attend.

WHEN:
Friday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
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For additional details visit ncprojectbrew.ca/

For media inquiries, please contact:
Susan McConnell, Media Advisor
905-641-2252 x 4330
c: 905-933-6259
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

For assistance at the event, please see Brittany Ribalkin.