- Created on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:59
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By UTSAV GUPTA
Two Chartwells staff members were transported to hospital from Niagara College’s Welland campus after an exhaust in the server/grill area of the cafeteria emitted heavy smoke around noon today.
Welland Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responders determined there was no fire.
Chartwells is the college’s food services provider. The server area was closed as a precaution, a college spokesperson said.
Shortly after the incident, fire team Captain Dan Marr said, “Some of the employees were cooking there and the overhead ventilation system malfunctioned momentarily. It seems to be working fine now. The fire prevention team is in there now and they will shut if off until the investigation finishes.”
“Two employees inhaled the smoke and were sent to the hospital.”
Anis Ahmed, a student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at the campus, said, “I was going for some work and suddenly I saw fire marshals and paramedics rushing.”
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 14:28
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By CHRISTOPHER GERICS
Ancient tradition was front and centre for the Niagara College Winemaking and Wine Business Management programs.
Niagara College’s Teaching Winery’s third annual grape stomping occurred this past week as students plucked and stomped the juicy grapes into a pulp preparing them for another award-winning concoction. The event was held Sept. 11 and Sept. 14 encouraging a modest crowd to attend.
Ron Giesbrecht, professor of both the Winemaking and Wine Business Management programs, says he believes the stomp is a great way for students to delve into the world of wine.
“We start with the origins of winemaking. It allows the students to essentially start with nothing but grape juice, and create something wonderful,” Giesbrecht says. The students picked their own grapes beforehand, taste testing them in order to check for sweetness.
“If the grapes are too green they may be too unripe, and if there is too much acidity it...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:03
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By COLIN BLAKELY
In 1992 Niagara College opened the aboriginal resource centre at the Welland campus.
The centre aimed to build a sense of community for all aboriginal students attending the college.
Twenty-three years later, the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus opened a centre of its own on June 3.
The purpose is to improve the experience for all students, and college administration says it considers the centre to be a good start.
Dan Patterson, the president of Niagara College, signed the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes.
The college will work to assist and serve its aboriginal students.
The document contains seven principles including a voluntary commitment to making Indigenous education a priority and building relationships to strengthen the college.
According to the college website, the principles are “suggestions” and the document is “aspirational.”
The centre was expected to provide aboriginal students with a connection to their culture, as well as an education. Three months later, in the...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:51
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By KEIOSHA SPARKS
Five days of fun, free food, friends and finding one’s comfort zone kicked off this term’s orientation. From the first-year students’ mixer to comedy night at The Core, Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council (SAC) offered a variety of things to do during the first week of school.
This semester, the college is seeking about 4800 first-year students are enrolled. Organizers estimated about 3500 attended orientation this term. The turnout numbers follow closely traditional participation.
The college is home to 24,000 students, with 9,000 being full-time and 15,000 being Continuing Education student. College administration organized program information sessions in which faculty welcomed students, provided overviews of expectations and encouraged them to seek help in finding rooms, getting organized and drawing on services for academic success.
Organizers said they stayed within their $9000 budget to cover events at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campuses.
Ali Koblinsky, the Student Experience Coordinator, explains how...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:01
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By COLIN BLAKELY
The new Niagara College website launched this week — and it’s compatible with all digital devices.
The redesigned site includes an improved navigation and content management system that will be available on all devices.
Dorita Pentesco, director of marketing, recruitment and communications, says, “The entire Niagara College website has been re-designed to modernize the look and feel.
“As well, it will provide increased functionality and improved design options.”
The goal was to make the site more effective for users – visitors, students and staff – and the college is “excited” to launch the new site, says Pentesco.
The college has run a number of tests on the site to find problems, and expected to find more upon release.
On Monday, Pentesco said, “The launch went well and the website is now available.
“I hope you are all enjoying the new design.”
The site gives visitors the option of providing feedback and reporting issues with...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:46
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By TANDI CHABWA
Out with the old, in with the new.
The renovation of The Armoury is a hit with students and staff as the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake [NOTL] campus celebrates the re-opening of the student centre.
Leased by Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council [SAC], the space was buzzing with excitement as students relaxed between classes.
“The Armoury has completely changed,” says Human Resources Management student Aquib Ansari. “In previous years it was always empty, there weren’t as many people.”
When asked if he would return, the answer was a resounding yes, which is exactly the answer SAC wants to hear.
“We want you to come and we want you to stay,” says Jennifer Olm, operations manager. “We’re not asking you to come in and get out; we want you to hang out. The whole point of us being here is to ensure that you guys have the most memorable moments, and safest moments,...
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By EUN JO
Business, creativity and technique. If you can do that here, you are prepared for the “real” world in the film and television industry.
Luke Hutton gave that message to his third-year film students as he joined the ranks of Niagara College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program early this term.
Hutton’s directing work includes drama, broadcast documentaries, music videos, reality TV and TV advertising.
His directing work on the police drama Rabbit Fall earned Hutton several industry award nominations, including the Director’s Guild of Canada’s best new series award. His work has screened at film festivals around the world.
Hutton holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Theatre and English from McGill University.
“I feel great about Niagara College,” says Hutton. “I’m really excited to be here.”
In the past two weeks, he notes...