Message from Dan Patterson: Exciting events in the days ahead

Dan PattersonOver the next few days, exciting events will take place that will shine a spotlight on Niagara College both here at home and across the country.

As we prepare to host the community at our Spring Open House on March 23, I’m also pleased to announce that our students will be featured on the Tuesday, March 26 episode of the Rick Mercer Report on CBC.

Mercer and his crew visited NC on March 11, and spent the day taping segments that featured students from our Canadian Food and Wine Institute. He learned brewing basics in our teaching brewery, had a lesson in vine pruning in our on-campus vineyards, learned about winemaking, and sampled our student-made products. We were delighted to host one of Canada’s most popular television personalities, and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to showcase our unique approach to applied learning to a national audience. I would like to thank the students, staff and faculty involved for representing Niagara College so well. The show airs on CBC at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. A viewing party will be held in The Armoury student centre at NOTL — doors open at 7 p.m., and Niagara College Teaching Winery wines, and Teaching Brewery beers are on the menu with special pricing. The episode will also be shown on the television screens in the Welland Campus Learning Commons.

The Spring Open House takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and combines our former VIP Days and Spring Showcase events. This is our opportunity to open our doors and invite prospective students, parents and the community inside and show them what we do and all that we can offer. It allows us to reach our successful applicants, secondary students, mature students and others returning to school, and demonstrate how Niagara College can be their path to success. At the same time, we’ll be showing the broader community some of the unique, exciting and important work we’re doing here at NC.

Our Spring Open House falls at a crucial time in our recruitment cycle, and it’s our chance to tip the balance for students who are considering Niagara College in their postsecondary plans. I know our academic and service areas have been working hard in preparation for this event, and I look forward to seeing the creative ways that our faculty and staff have come up with to highlight their areas, and tell the Niagara College story.

This event will offer something for everyone – information sessions, interactive displays and services fairs for prospective students; live entertainment; family activities; the products and services of our learning enterprises, including plant sales, tastings of our wine and beer, spa services, food and more. The Open House will be capped off with our own sold-out TEDx event, and speakers will include our own Dr. Mike Duncan and Dr. Marc Nantel.  I hope you will share this opportunity with your neighbours, family and friends and invite them to join us on Saturday. Full details are available online.

Also, CH Morning Live broadcasted live segments this morning from our Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to promote this event to viewers across southern Ontario. Segments highlighted different program areas, and also included pre-taped segments from the Welland Campus. If you missed it, you can see it here.

My thanks to those of you who have worked so hard to make these exciting events a success – I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Dan.

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