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Our People: 

Get to Know Your Colleagues – Department Profile

The “most read” section of the newsletter are staff profiles. Click here and get to know the people who make up the Marketing, Communications, and Recruitment team. Email communications@sl.on.ca to volunteer your department for a profile in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

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Programs:

SLC Students Advance to National Sales Competition Semi-Finals

A total of 55 business students from SLC will be competing in the semi-finals of the Great Canadian Sales Competition. This impressive number of competitors makes up 10% of the total number of students participating from colleges and universities across Canada. The contest runs September 2019 - April 2020.

Submissions came from second and third-year students in the marketing and business programs; students developed their sales pitches in careers class, B2B marketing class, as well as general business class. 

“We are were thrilled that 47 marketing students and eight general business students advanced to the semi-final round of the Great Canadian Sales Competition,” said Pam Armstrong, Coordinator of the Marketing programs. “There were 2300 applicants from 80+ post-secondary schools, of that, 25% of submissions advanced to the semi-finalist round and 10% are from SLC!”

For the semi-final round, students will create a two-minute video pitch on behalf of one of our sponsors which will be assigned on February 1st. 

There is only one more stage until the final round, with the grand prize being up to $10,000 for the winner. The competition is a great opportunity for students to meet with top employers. SLC semifinalists are participating in networking events in Toronto and Waterloo and students have already set up job interviews.

“Being a semi-finalist makes me proud and encourages me to push forward and try harder,” said Joshua Newhook, second-year Business Administration Marketing student. I wasn’t sure that I would make it through to the next round, but then I got the email, and I was so excited! Through GCSC, we are also getting a chance to attend networking events. Going to the GCSC event in Toronto made me want to give this competition my all and go for the win!”

About the Great Canadian Sales Competition

Canada’s biggest student contest, The Great Canadian Sales Competition (GCSC), offers business-to-business sales organizations a unique opportunity to connect their employment brand with students and make critical sales hires. Over the last 5 years, the GCSC has introduced and educated more than 11,000+ post-secondary students on sales as a potential career path and a critical business skill.

Innovative Cross-program Cultural Event

The School of Business in Kingston has built up on the foundation created at events in January and September, 2019 and repeated their “Cultural SLC” event last night on the Kingston campus.

The Cultural SLC event is designed to encourage intentional discussion about culture among first year students from the Business core, Office Administration, and SLC's new Project Management Graduate Certificate. The event took feedback from the two previous events and featured a significant portion of the agenda devoted to active listening and networking activities, to involve significantly more active learning.

“I came today to get a different perspective from all the diverse groups of people on campus,” said Ben Prager, first-year Business Administration Accounting student. “With such a wide array of nationalities, it’s important to learn how to be sensitive to different practices and ways of communicating so you’re not being offensive, even though you’re not intending to be.”

New this year, the agenda incorporated Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being through exercises led by SLC's Elder-in-Residence, Helena Neveu, who opened and closed the event. President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt discussed the new SLC value of Belonging, and the close to 250 students in attendance learned new skills and expanded their perspectives on what contributes to culture, and community.

Our Students:

Nursing Students Bring Fun and Games to Brockville Mental Health Centre Clients

Nursing students made life a little more fun for clients at the Brockville Mental Health Centre Forensic Treatment Unit after a successful "game drive" to collect new and used board games.

The five students involved in this initiative - Emily Bonnevie, Dakota Stowe, Emma Rutter, Sarah Sumara and Gillian Hodgson - were second year practical nursing students attending St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario and in the process of completing their eight-week clinical rotation.

The idea for the game drive came during one of their first clinical shifts: A client had asked to play Monopoly but the game they had on the floor was missing multiple pieces. Another floor in the hospital had the same game but it was already in use.

The students acted quickly as they did not have much time before the end of the semester. After obtaining approval from the hospital and the college, the students cre­ated informative posters to display around the hospital and their college and used social media to advertise the game drive.

"We also wanted input from the patients, so we decided to ask every patient on the two units we worked on for any games they wanted to see in particular," said the students.

In four weeks, they collected over five large garbage bags of new and used board games, puzzles, coloring and craft supplies, and old movies. People also made cash donations and donated brand-new games bought specifically for this fundraiser.

“We all decided to go into nursing to help others and make an impact on people's lives. In nursing school, we focus a lot on physical needs, but you don't realize how important the emotional needs impact overall health as well. Our clinical instructor Cheryl Johnston has inspired us in so many ways and her passion for the BMHC has impacted us to advocate more for our clients."

*This story has been re-printed with permission from BMHC.

Our Communities: 

Event and Banquet Services - Year in Review

Event and Banquet Services had a remarkable first year in their new service model. The small but mighty team has posted some incredible numbers as part of their 2018/2019 Year in Review!

 

SLC welcomed more than 33,000 visitors to events hosted on our campuses this year. That is a lot of first impressions and growth in SLC's network and community! These events have cumulatively raised more than $300,000 in sales to date for SLC.

 

Community Impact: 

 

Kingston $64,989
Brockville $5,856
Cornwall $23,950
*These figures represent "in kind" sponsorship by SLC of events, to help community partners defer costs.

 

Unique Events: 

 

63 unique internal events
149 unique Kingston events
22 unique Brockville events
26 unique Cornwall events
*Organizations that ran multiple sessions or events are counted as one "unique" event. 

If you have a question about an event or would like to refer SLC to a member of your network, to host an event on campus please use the intake form found here

 

Bell Let's Talk Day Basketball Double-Header in Kingston

 

Bell Let's Talk Day is Wednesday, January 29. As part of the Bell Let's Talk Day initiative, SLC Athletics will be hosted a varsity basketball double-header that evening in support of mental health. Staff, students, and community members attending the games will have chances to win lots of SLC and Bell Let's Talk prizing. The games are against Durham College at 6pm and 8pm. See you at the game!

 

 

 

Important Dates

January 29: Bell Let's Talk Day Basketball Double-Header, Kingston
January 31: Application to graduate deadline
February 1: Equal consideration date for applications to post-secondary programs starting Fall 2020
February 3-21: Formal KPI student survey
February 17: Family Day (no classes)
February 17-21: Break week – BScN & BBA programs
February 24-28: Break week *most programs