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NC MEDIA STUDENTS TO BROADCAST 2016 IIHF U18 WOMEN’S WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

As the world’s best under-18 women’s hockey players gather in St. Catharines for the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship this week, a group of students from Niagara College’s School of Media Studies will broadcast the international competition around the globe.

When the puck drops for the eight-country tournament this week, students and graduates from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) and Journalism programs will play a major role in broadcasting and reporting on the championship, which takes place at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.

BRTF students and graduates will handle both the production and on-air aspects of the broadcasts, which will be carried on Hockey Canada’s website, hockeycanada.ca. The students and grads will broadcast 17 games up to the gold medal game, which will be broadcast by TSN.

“We’re very grateful for the expertise that Niagara College’s students, grads and faculty have brought to this event – they’ll play a significant role in bringing this event to the world,” said Matt Hill, general manager of 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship. “This is just one example of the many partnerships and opportunities that this event has generated right here in Niagara.”

While NC broadcasting students produce up to 40 mobile TV productions and 10 live news magazine shows each year, the 2016 IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championships marks one of the highest production-value opportunities the program has ever had. Eight cameras will be used to broadcast each game, and the productions will mimic professional broadcasts as closely as possible.

“Incredible opportunities like this allow our students to showcase the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in a real-world setting,” said television production professor Peter VandenBerg. “Participating in a high-calibre event like this closes the gap between student and professional.”

“This is a great opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience that we wouldn’t get in a classroom or lab,” added Kalyna Taras of St. Catharines, a third-year BRTF student who will serve as producer of the broadcasts. “We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to do something on this scale – it will definitely give us a leg up as we prepare to enter the industry.”

The event is also a bit of a homecoming for NC graduates who will participate in the broadcasts. Nicco Cardarelli, a 2013 BRTF graduate who now works as a freelance broadcaster with Dome Productions and Rogers Communications will call the games, and Ashley Carney, a 2015 grad currently working with Bell Media will assist with broadcast interviews and game commentary.

“My time at Niagara College taught me the skills necessary to broadcast on the world stage,” said Cardarelli. “As a kid I dreamed of playing on Team Canada, and thanks to what I learned at Niagara College, I get to call the play-by-play for Team Canada.”

The championship will also provide a unique learning opportunity for students in the College’s Journalism program, who will file games stories, features and video over the course of the championship via niagara-news.com, a news site produced by students in the program. The students will also produce a special section of the print-version of the Niagara News, which will run Jan. 22.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our journalism students to work alongside professional journalists and international media,” said Journalism professor Charles Kopun. “They’ll be reporting live and in real time, filing stories, photos and video online. It’s invaluable experience and a great chance for networking.”

The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship takes place in St. Catharines Jan. 8-15 with games at the Meridian Centre and Seymour-Hannah Centre. Participating teams include Canada, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Russia and the Czech Republic. Niagara College is also a major sponsor of the event.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit www.niagaracollege.ca

OUR SISTERS IN SPIRIT: CURTAIN TO RISE ON STUDENT FILM NOV. 30

A student-created documentary that focuses on missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls will soon be in the spotlight at Niagara College.

The College’s Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL), and First Nations Inuit and Metis Student Services (FNIMSS) are hosting a special public screening of the documentary, Our Sisters in Spirit. The screening, to be held at the College’s Welland Campus on Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be followed by a question and answer period with the student filmmaker.

Writer, director and producer Nick Printup – who is a recent graduate of the College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program and currently enrolled in the International Business Management post-graduate program – need aimed at exploring the question of calling a national public inquiry to Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, or whether there may be a better approach. He launched the idea in his scriptwriting class in spring 2014. That fall, he pitched the idea of creating the documentary in his Film Production class, gaining support of his peers. While the College provides $1,600 for each film project in that class, Printup and his crew raised more than $12,500 after 30 days of online fundraising, to enhance the quality of the project, which was completed in July 2015.

The Welland resident, who is originally from Ottawa, is passionate about the topic due to his personal connection to nine victims, through his family, friends and communities. “It is an issue that directly affects everyone around me and it is a very real and scary subject,” said Printup. “I wanted to educate people on the issue and, most importantly, educate those who never heard of the issue before or have just come to learn about it.”

The College’s FNMISS department was involved in the project from its inception. Aboriginal student success advisor Bernadette O’Grady-Bomberry recalled preparing for the first Sisters in Spirit vigil held at the College, when Printup counted nine women he had known that had become statistics. “That is nine women removed from their families – nine sisters no more, nine grandmothers no more, nine mothers, nine daughters-no more,” she said. “We listened when Nick was discouraged, disheartened, and needed a sounding board. We encouraged, we sympathized. We heard.”

Now that the labour has come to fruition, she noted that the screening comes with a sense of vicarious accomplishment and a sense of something just being realized. “This movement to recognize our missing and murdered women has become noticed by mainstream Canada,” she said. “The inquiry has been promised and is awaited. But we are still, missing our Sisters in Spirit.”

“The issue of our missing and murdered Aboriginal women is important for our local communities as well as Canada, and it is great to see Niagara College students addressing this issue in a profound and deeply meaningful way,” said Jeff Sinclair, community engagement coordinator for CSEL. “The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership is proud to provide support to the student filmmakers and First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Services to bring this film to our on-campus and broader communities.”

The experience of documentary filmmaking led Printup to pursue education in business after graduating from the College’s Broadcasting program earlier this year. “The most rewarding experience about this project, for me, has been the ability to utilize my education as a tool to help my communities, my people and my family; and the opportunity to do more and take physical action to make a change, create awareness and educate the general public on a serious human rights issue,” he said.

Those interested in attending the screening on Nov. 30 may reserve seats online athttps://getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca/form/start/8483 or contact Jeff Sinclair at 906-641-2252 ext. 4610 (leave a message with your name and number of attendees).

For more details about the film visit www.oursistersinspirit.com.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit http://NiagaraCollege.ca.

 

Curtain rises on student-created documentary Oct. 31

Five Niagara College students will soon see a film they created premiere on the big screen.

Inspiring Potential, an autism awareness documentary they created for Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter, will be featured for a one-time screening at Landmark Cinema in St. Catharines on Oct. 31. The 30-minute documentary aims to help viewers understand autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by explaining it through the personal stories of five local families.

Representatives from Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter approached Niagara College earlier this year with the idea of making a short documentary as part of its autism awareness campaign. A team of students in their third year of the College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program, took on the project with enthusiasm as part of a class corporate video project. The team included Kalyna Taras (producer), Jenna Silta (director), Mark Ventresca (camera operator), Brad Curran (audio) and Mac Kropf (editor).

Taras, 23, said the experience was an amazing opportunity for her and the team of students. “We always knew the goal was to have this shown on the big screen which raised our standards and expectations for ourselves and this doc,” said Taras. “I’m most looking forward to the reactions from the five families in the film but also how this will affect the community – both ASD community and local community.”

“This is exactly the type of project we like our students to become involved in; working with members of the local community and creating a production that, in this case, wonderfully documents the lives of children and their families as they address autism,” said Broadcasting professor Bill Boehlen. “This project is a perfect opportunity for our students to create a high quality production for a real-world client and to work with local families whose lives have been affected by autism.”

Taras, a St. Catharines resident, noted that the project not only offered valuable experience in her chosen field but gave her an opportunity to make a difference in her hometown. “Being local, I love contributing and giving back to my community, and this has been a great way to do so,” she said. “I am so proud of my whole team and the work we’ve been able to do for the Autism Society. Doing the project and meeting these families has inspired me to be more involved in non-profits in my community, and to continue creating content that is meaningful to me and has an impact on lives.”

Jordan Shaw, communications and volunteer coordinator for Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter, said the final product exceeded their expectations. “The team of students who created this documentary were amazing to work with on this project. They have been professional and kind, and right from day one they have put their heart and soul into this film,” said Shaw. “We are so grateful for their dedication and enthusiasm and appreciate all the work they have done to help raise awareness about ASD in the Niagara region.”

The documentary premiere wraps up National Autism Awareness Month, and Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter’s Burst the Bubble: Understanding Autism campaign. According to Shaw, more than 5,000 people in the Niagara region have been diagnosed with ASD – a lifelong neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people and the world around them.

“We want people in the community to see this film and come to better understand the lives of families that have been touched by ASD,” said Shaw. “We want people to be aware of the challenges families face on a daily basis, but also to realize that with support, these challenges can be overcome and every individual can have the opportunity to realize their potential. One in 94 people in Canada are diagnosed with ASD and it is by learning about autism that our community can become a more accepting and supportive place for all individuals.”

To learn more about ASD or support the work of Autism Ontario – Niagara Region Chapter, please visit www.autismontario.com/niagara.

The premiere of Inspiring Potential will be held at Landmark Cinema, St. Catharines on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10:45 a.m. It will begin with brief opening remarks and end with a presentation to the families and students who created the film. The movie is free for the public to attend, due to Landmark Cinema’s sponsorship of the screening.

For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-autism-awareness-documentary-premiere-tickets-19230673462

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

Niagara College helps industry embrace e-business solutions

With support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is ready once again to offer small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access to the College’s resources to provide e-business and technology adoption solutions.

Niagara College will work with as many as 20 local companies, thanks to $50,000 from OCE. Six vouchers are available for companies to access Technology Adoption projects that will focus on technology development and testing/validation activities to support innovation. The remaining 14 vouchers will focus on e-business solutions such as website development, online sales process, digital and social media, and customer relationship management.

“Our new website has greatly improved overall traffic to our retail store and is a huge asset for us,” notes Amy Bond, officer manager with Industrial Pump Solutions (industrialpumpsolutions.com). Bond’s Niagara Falls-based company worked with Research & Innovation last year to enhance its e-commerce capabilities. “Our customers can navigate through our website with ease, which has helped increase our overall sales.” As Ontario’s largest aftermarket and surplus pump inventory supplier, this new easy-to-navigate e-store is essential to their business, she adds.

“There are so many factors that are often affected by change, especially in keeping up with the competition,” says Jaqueline Waspe, executive chef and proprietor at Spring Manor Bed and Breakfast (springmanor.ca/). “Spring Manor’s website needed updating to showcase our amenities and what sets Spring Manor apart from the others.”

For each project, the Research & Innovation team – which includes Niagara College students, recent graduates, and expert faculty members from the New Media Web Design program – met with the industry partners several times during the project, assessing the business’s needs, proposing solutions, and then populating the pages with the relevant content.

“For the past few months we have been exchanging photos and text, and the team has been training me how to manage the site on my own. The site is linked to social media and has a reservation link for guests to inquire about booking a room,” says Waspe.

“Every company needs a strong web presence and e-business tools to compete in today’s increasingly digital world. Our research team has the right tools and talent to work with local companies to provide them with that competitive edge,” notes Marc Nantel, associate vice-president, Research & Innovation.

More information about the funding program, including details for potential industry partners, is available here: http://www.oce-ontario.org/programs/industry-academic-collaboration/collaboration-voucher-program/VEB. Companies interested in partnering with the Research & Innovation team may contact Kristine Canniff, industry liaison officer, atkcanniff@niagaracollege.ca, or 905-735-2211, ext. 7172.

Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption (VEBTA) program connects eligible companies with the expertise and resources available at Ontario colleges to help their business scale up the development, adoption and implementation of online tools and other technologies to drive innovation. These college projects will lead to new market opportunities for the business, which may include exports.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. They conduct projects that provide innovative solutions, such as producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products or processes for small- and medium-sized businesses. With funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies, students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. For more information, visitniagaracollege.ca/research.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

NC-Brock partnership a game-changer

Niagara College and Brock University have agreed to launch a unique partnership that will allow students to earn a Bachelor’s degree and an advanced diploma in game development in the space of four years.

Under the GAME program students will study at both institutions concurrently and earn both an advanced diploma in Game Development from Niagara College and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Game Design or a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Game Programming from Brock University.

Students in both the design and programming streams of the program will benefit from an educational partnership that combines the theoretical with the applied. The bachelor’s degree portion will provide a broad understanding of the creative and cultural context and history of games and the programs game platforms and design and production paradigms. The advanced diploma portion provides hands-on experience and applied skills in programming and design. As part of the shared curriculum students from both streams will work together in their fourth year on a team-based game development project.

“This is a great example of Niagara’s two postsecondary institutions coming together in a way that will benefit students and industry” said Niagara College’s vice president academic Steve Hudson Ph.D. “Students will acquire the theoretical knowledge and applied skills required to succeed in this burgeoning industry and these well-rounded graduates will drive further growth and innovation in the world of game development.”

“We’re extremely pleased to start offering this collaborative program. Niagara has established itself as a great place to do business for video game developers and that has meant a constant need for skilled designers and programmers” said Brock University Vice-President Academic Neil McCartney. “This new program will give students the best-possible training and set them up for a career in a growing industry.”

Both credentials will be earned over four years – a process that would normally take seven. The program has been in development since 2008 and will welcome its first cohort in September 2016.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.