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Niagara College students on podium at annual Skills Ontario competition

Niagara College students and a faculty member were honoured at the recent Skills Ontario competition in Toronto.

On the podium at the May 1-3 competition in the medals were NC’s Dawsyn Pringle – gold for Hairstyling; Quentin Petkovich – gold for Culinary Arts; Tabitha Kreis – bronze in Baking; and, Jennifer Kenny – bronze in Aesthetics.

The Skills Ontario competition – the largest in Canada – took place at the Toronto Congress Centre and featured 68 skilled trades and technologies contests with 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools and colleges from across Ontario.

At the first Skills Ontario Alumni banquet, Julia Falvo, NC Hairstyling Program faculty member, was recognized for her outstanding work when she was presented with the first-ever Alumni Award of Excellence.

Falvo, the winner of numerous international, national and Skills Ontario competitions over the years (including most recently Progressive Women’s Cut and Style, fifth place, international competition in Seoul, South Korea in 2016), has brought the Skills Ontario competition experience “full circle and has dedicated personal time to work with any interested Niagara College students and trained them to prepare for competing,” said Jeffrey Murrell, NC associate dean, School of Trades.

“This award is important to me because it shows how hard work really does pay off,” said Falvo. “As a professor at Niagara College, I believe it is important to stay involved in everything the industry has to offer.

“Along with the alumni award, I am proud to have mentored Dawsyn. It is great to go back to your roots and give back.”

“Skills Ontario not only raises the level of awareness of the importance of skilled trades in Ontario through this great competition, it also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “We are proud of all our competitors and the staff and faculty who invest the time, expertise and interest to prepare students for the competition.”

Gary Torraville, associate dean, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, also added his congratulations to Institute students Petkovich and Kreis. “Both students exemplify the determination and passion for their craft that helped them succeed.”

Remarking on School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport winners Kenny and Pringle, Damian Goulbourne, associate dean said, “having students use their applied knowledge to accomplish this kind of personal success is very rewarding.”

Gold medalists are also eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition May 31 – June 4 in Winnipeg. Pringle with coach Falvo, and Petkovich, with mentor and chef Olaf Mertens, all from Niagara College, plan to compete at the Nationals.

“Those who compete at the Skills Ontario competition are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario,” said Gail Smyth, Skills Ontario executive director. “Because of the contribution from many industry, education and government partners, Skills Ontario is able to help prepare Ontario’s youth for a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow.”

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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Victoria Day hours 2017

Please note that Niagara College will be closed on Monday, May 22 for the Victoria Day statutory holiday with limited access to campus facilities.

Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

The NC Greenhouse will be open regular hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be hosting a plant sale during the long weekend.

The retail stores at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, and NC Teaching Brewery will be open regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Benchmark restaurant will be open Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner. It will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Bench To Go will be closed from Friday at 3 p.m. until it re-opens Tuesday at 8 a.m.

The NC Libraries and Learning Commons will be closed at both campuses on Monday. Please note: library e-resources are available 24-7 via www.niagaracollege.ca/library

NC Bookstores will be closed at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses.

Athletics facilities at the Welland and NOTL campuses will be closed on Monday.

The Employment and Training Solutions office at 1 St. Paul St. in St. Catharines will be closed on Monday. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy Victoria Day!

Horticulture students volunteer to help green Hospice Niagara

First year students in NC’s horticulture/landscape/greenhouse programs will spend their Wednesday morning – rain or shine – tending the garden at Hospice Niagara: The Stabler Centre.

“This is an opportunity for our students to not only be involved in practical application of horticulture, but to give of their time to a worthwhile not-for-profit organization in our community,” said professor Dena Gavin.

Approximately 50 students will be involved in the activities which include weeding, cultivating, and planting new materials – donated bv Trail’s End Garden Centre – at the St. Catharines’ site.

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.
DETAILS:

Plantings/garden maintenance by NC students at Hospice Niagara: The Stabler Centre (403 Ontario Street, Unit 2, St. Catharines), on Wednesday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., rain or shine.
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Niagara College student leader receives national award from CiCan


AliceMary Nakiwala finished her term as president of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) with official recognition of her leadership when she was presented with a 2017 Award of Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan).

The recipient of a bronze CiCan Student Excellence Award, Nakiwala was applauded for being an award-winning student, a valuable member of the College’s student life team, an eager contributor to campus life, and for her leadership with the NCSAC.

“It was my absolute privilege and honour to serve the students of Niagara College as the NCSAC president for the 2016-2017 academic year. This award was the perfect way to finish off my long four-year college life,” said Nakiwala. “Receiving a national award is not only humbling but also puts me in a position to appreciate myself and the hard work I have done while on NCSAC as president. I have accomplished far more than I ever thought I would possibly do.”

Award recipients were announced during CiCan’s annual conference on May 2 in Ottawa. CICan Awards of Excellence recognize best practices from institutions across the country, as well as individual leadership and achievements.

“The recipients of our awards of excellence embody the best that colleges and institutes have to offer in a variety of sectors and disciplines,” said CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “They are examples of innovation and dedication that make our institutions proud and contribute to the vibrant and welcoming culture found on campuses across Canada.”

Born in Uganda, Nakiwala moved to Canada in 2013 to attend the College’s Graphic Design program, from which she graduated in June 2016. As the College’s 2016-17 SAC president, she was the first to be elected by the student body, rather than voted in by the SAC board of directors. Prior to being president, she served as executive vice president on the Welland Campus Board of Directors.

Nakiwala, who lives in St. Catharines, is proud of the fact that she was part of the board which launched the Rise and Shine breakfast program, which offers all students a free healthy breakfast twice a week at the College. As president, she followed in the footsteps of her predecessors by making it a priority to advocate for transit and she was pleased to see the new GO bus stop recently located at the NOTL campus.

“My experience at Niagara College has been amazing. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the opportunities Niagara College has given me,” she said. “There is nothing special about me, it’s just the fact that I grabbed every opportunity that I was presented with, like any regular NC student.”

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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Niagara College research chair receives five-year renewal

Mike Duncan will continue his role as Industrial Research chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies for the next five years.

With a rising global population, there is a need to produce more food, more efficiently. What will the future farm look like? How much automation versus manpower will be present? How will farmers utilize new technology?

These are just some of the questions that Niagara College’s Mike Duncan will continue to answer for the next five years, thanks to a $1 million grant from the federal government. The announcement was made today in Ottawa by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, as part of $37.4 million in new funding for projects at colleges, institutes and CÉGEPs across Canada to support applied research and development activities with industry partners.

The NC grant is a renewal from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), for the Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Precision Agriculture & Environmental Technologies. Duncan, who has a PhD in Agricultural Physics, was awarded the first college-level Industrial Research Chair five years ago, through NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program.

Duncan is recognized as a world leader in precision agriculture, which involves the analysis and processing of big data to give growers the tools to farm smarter. He is the principal researcher for precision agriculture work in the Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre at NC.

The funding will allow Duncan and his team – comprised of computer programming and GIS students, researchers and recent graduates – to continue developing tools to support and leverage technologies for the modern Canadian farm business to prosper.

“The last five years have been assembling the data and the tools to learn as much as we can about precision ag, and, in doing so, carving out a niche in Canada,” said Duncan.

Included in this work is an expansion of NC’s Research Crop Portal and more research into wireless technology farming.

“We’re excited to have this five-year mandate from NSERC to enable Mike and his team to broaden and formalize the work begun several years ago,” said Marc Nantel, NC’s associate vice-president, Research & Innovation.

Duncan is the architect and leader of the Research Crop Portal, an interactive web-tool for farmers and consultants to access precision agriculture technologies. The data sources include farming partners, and sensor tools and prototypes developed in-house. Expanding the crop portal will allow farmers and scientists alike not only more flexibility to visualize and verify their data, but to also have the capability to set and control their own algorithms.

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.

NSERC invests more than $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Such investments deliver discoveries – valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges, and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology. The federal agency also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows.
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Niagara College’s 50th anniversary gala to celebrate past, present and future in food, refreshments and fun

Marking its 50th anniversary throughout 2017, Niagara College’s major 50th anniversary gala event of the year will be held Saturday, May 6 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus where food and refreshments will come together with music and reminiscing to celebrate this significant milestone.

Over 300 community leaders, educators and fans will gather together to dine and relish NC’s continued success as a pre-emptive college in Ontario.

The ‘Celebrate Niagara’ gala will be hosted by NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute with a dinner that will be “second to none,” said Institute dean Craig Youdale.

Featuring a menu framed around the region’s delicious foods, the sold-out crowd will enjoy a trip down memory lane, entertainment by a live band, and NC’s own famous brands of wine and beer, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration – with a couple of surprises along the way, promised Youdale.

“This is an opportunity not only for a nod to the success the College has enjoyed, but a chance for our chefs to inspire guests with a special menu and evening,” said Youdale. “We are looking forward to showing our guests a terrific evening.”

Media photo op

Members of the media will have an opportunity to preview of some of the special desserts being prepared for the dinner will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 11:45 a.m  at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

WHAT/WHO:

Canadian Food and Wine Institute of Niagara College’s 50th anniversary gala dinner, May 6.

Preview for media: Tuesday, May 2, 11:45 a.m., Room (cooking lab) 115, meet at Bench to Go Restaurant, with free parking in restaurant lot directly in front of building (sharp right turn past parking lot guard house on Niagara-on-the-Lake campus). Brief introduction and comments by Dean Craig Youdale; demonstration of dessert decorating; sampling; opportunity for photos.

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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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
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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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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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