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SLC Wins National Green Award

SLC has won the first ever Green Economy Builder Award from Green Economy Canada, a national organization working with community organizations to launch and grow Green Economy Hubs across Canada. The award was announced on Tuesday, November 5th at a ceremony held in Toronto, and was accepted by SLC’s director of Facility Management Services, Beth Sills.  

The Green Economy Builder Award recognizes an organization that has not only demonstrated leadership through its own organizational sustainability initiatives, but has also increased sustainability interest and action among its employees and in the wider community.  

 SLC is one of 250 businesses and organizations in Green Economy Canada and was nominated by Sustainable Kingston for the work that the college has done to integrate sustainability into its operations, academics and research as well as the community.  

Operationally, the college has demonstrated leadership by conducting tri-campus retrofits, integrating geothermal into its targeted 80,000 ft2 LEEDTM Gold Student Life and Innovative Centre as well as its targeted LEEDTM certified historically designated Centre for Behavioural Studies. To support sustainable transportation for students and employees, SLC offers a tri-campus carpool program, and at the Kingston campus, electric vehicle charging stations as well as a secured bike storage facility.  

At the academic and research level, the college has made a positive impact on the green economy through its Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) and Wind Turbine Technician programs as well as research conducted through the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC). The college has led low carbon forums in the community, has committed to sustainability in its new strategic plan, SLC in Five, targeting an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050.

“We’re so proud to receive this award,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “It’s recognition for the hard work the college has undertaken on sustainability initiatives and is also a reminder of our responsibility to continually strive to incorporate sustainable practices in all that we do.&rdquo

Our People: 

Submit Your Profile SLC!

We invite SLC staff and faculty to share information about themselves for publication in the newsletter next week. The goal is to help profile members of the SLC team and help us be better connected, as one college.   

Create your profile! Click here to access a SurveyMonkey form designed to help us introduce more members of the SLC team. Full-time, part-time, staff, faculty, no matter the campus, SLC’s team is made up of talented and committed people.  

 

Continuing “College Conversations” - an Update from Glenn Vollebregt

I want to thank everyone who attended our recent College Conversations events in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall. The level of engagement from our faculty and staff was great, and I was impressed with the questions posed, both at the meetings and via email before and after the sessions. Questions ranged from faculty timetable accommodations, to electronic textbooks, three-year degrees, and details about upcoming strategic initiatives.  

As mentioned at each College Conversation event, we are blending the President’s Advisory College Council (PACC) process with College Conversations. PACC was formed in 2015 as an initiative of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. It is intended to be a means for students and staff to provide input on matters of importance. To ensure the process is accessible and continuous, we are evolving to a system where questions and feedback can be submitted on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to make it easier for people to provide their thoughts and suggestions, and we look forward to using platforms such as College Conversations as a way for to gather feedback.   

Watch this space for further updates as the new process unfolds. In the meantime, and in between PACC engagement sessions, please email suggestions, questions, or comments to: gvollebregt@sl.on.ca and krajnovich@sl.on.ca who will collect questions and feedback and share it with the SLC community, either at the next PACC session or via updates in this newsletter.

Photo credit: Jim Elyot on Twitter

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Please join us for the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at each campus on Monday, November 11. 

Kingston - 10:40am, Gymnasium (seating on the floor & Bleachers)
Brockville - 10:30am, B108 (Marianne van Silfhout Gallery)
Cornwall -10:45am,  Aultsville Hall

 

 

Our Programs

Student Collaboration Develops New Simulation Game 

Project Management and Game Programing students in Cornwall have joined forces to deliver a new transportation dispatch simulation game that will support hands-on learning for Supply Chain Management students.  

The game will allow students to experience the results of their decisions, as they work towards generating revenue, making load choices, and experiencing business pitfalls such as loading the wrong equipment, or violating the hours of service regulations.  

“This has been a very good experience of collaborating with students from another program. I didn’t realize how big and significant it could become, but as we move forward, I feel more and more associated and responsible for this game,” said Program Management student, Anurag Yadav.  

Project Management students provided technical background information for the game, including types of equipment, costing and revenue models, lanes of travel, hours of service guidelines, while the Game Programing students are developing and writing code to bring the game to life. 

“This project has been possible due to the support of James Depuis, Program Coordinator and Professor, Majid Moghadam, Professor from the Game Program, Yves Poirier and Paul Lauzon from MiniMax Express, and Tom Greenwood from Dagama Systems Inc,” said Carla Kingston-Floyd, Program Coordinator and Professor.  

The prototype will be completed by December 13th and the final game will be released in April 2020. 

 

Our Students:

Celebrating International Education Week

SLC is excited to be celebrating International Education Week (IEW) from November 4-15. Various events and workshops will be running for all students, staff and faculty. We hope you can join us to celebrate, learn new skills or simply to get to know the International Office better! #IEWSLC 

What is International Education Week? 

IEW is an annual celebration that has been celebrated globally since 2000. IEW showcases the impact that international education has in preparing students for the world and supports international engagement efforts at home and abroad. 

Events

November 4-15 (tri-campus) 

Photo Contest: Open to all students, staff, faculty and administration. Let us know what belonging means to you! Enter to win an SLC sweater and a $100 Mastercard gift card. Click here for more information and entrance requirements.

November 6 (Brockville Campus, Room 109) 

Intercultural Competence Workshop for students from 10:00am-12:00pm.  

November 7 (Cornwall Campus, Room M2790) 

Intercultural Competence Workshop for students from 10:00am-12:00pm 

November 12 (Kingston Campus, Room 12010, tri-campus by Skype)  

International Office Q&A Panel for staff and faculty from 12:00-1:00pm. Join us for updates and to have your questions answered. Note: For those in Brockville and Cornwall, the Skype link will be shared closer to the date.  

November 13 (Kingston Campus) 

Internationalization Initiative & Teaching Strategies for a Diverse Classroom for faculty (staff also welcome to join) from 12:00-1:00pm (Room 33080).   

November 14 (Kingston Campus) 

ESL Perspectives and Classroom Tips for faculty (staff are welcome and encouraged to attend) from 12:00-1:00pm (Room 11650) 

Study Abroad, SLC’s Multifaith Chaplain and ISKA booths for students from 12:00-1:00pm in the cafeteria.  

Intercultural Competence Workshop for students from 1:00-3:00pm (Room 33300).  

November 15 (Kingston Campus, Cafeteria)  

‘Treats and Beats’ from 12:00-1:00pm: Join us in the cafeteria for treats and music from around the world! 

The international office is always looking for ideas, campus partners and students to get involved with these events and others. Please contact Richard Webster at rwebster@sl.on.ca or ext. 1829 if you would like to be involved or run a related event. 

Our Communities: 

Brockville Campus to get a Hand from Local Artist 

SLC’s Brockville campus will be the new home of “Ascension,” a nine-foot fibreglass sculpture of a hand by local artist David Sheridan. Digging on campus for the installation will begin during the week of November 11-15, with a dedication ceremony to be held in the spring. 

The sculpture was donated by Sheridan to the City of Brockville, but when a suitable location wasn’t found, he and SLC agreed that the installing it on campus would ensure its visibility and accessibility to the Brockville community. 
 
The creation of “Ascension” was funded by Built Right Utility Bodies (Murray Golledge) as a gift for the local community. Sheridan’s wife, Diane Godwin-Sheridan, has been part-time faculty at the SLC for the past 30 years, and Sheridan has been teaching oil painting at the college for the past two years. Murray Golledge and his son, both owners of Built Right, represent two generations of St. Lawrence College graduates.                  

The unveiling ceremony will take place in the spring 2020, and will acknowledge the following: 

Randy Burke, Excavation 

Brandon Campbell P. Eng, Eastern Engineering 

Bob Castle, St. Lawrence Concrete 

The City of Brockville 

Joe Farella, Excavation, 

Murray Golledge, Built Right Utility Bodies 

Steve Golledge, Built Right Utility Bodies 

Jeff Earle, Grounds Master Landscaping 

Rod Jones, Thousand Islands Secondary School   

Dave Sheridan, Artist 

Ted Ward, Built Right Utility Bodies 

Ann Zigman from Zigman Metals 

About the Artist 

David Sheridan has spent his career as an art teacher for the Upper Canada District School Board. He was entrusted with many community projects supported by community sponsors. The projects resulted in Sheridan and his students being awarded a number of provincial and national awards and official recognition by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006.  

Conference Offers Rare Chance to Hear Inspirational Story from Syrian Refugee to Canada 

The Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference is taking place next Thursday, November 14 at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, with pre-conference events beginning on the 13th.   

The conference features keynote speaker Tareq Hadhad, a Syrian refugee to Canada who founded Peace by Chocolate after his business was destroyed in a bombing that forced his family to flee the civil war. 

As well, sessions will include:  
  • The future of local food in Eastern Ontario  
  • Building a local food business 
  • Agri-tourism trends and opportunities 
  • Welcome Newcomer Food Entrepreneurs in rural places 
  • Funding and Financing for Local Food Projects 
  • The Municipal Role in Agriculture Economic Development 
  • First Nations Food and Community Projects 
  • Innovation in Retail and Public Sector Food Service 
  • Workforce Solutions for Local Food 
  • Regional Food Policy Organizations: updates and best practices  

The student rate is $30. Please encourage your students to attend and make arrangements for missed classes.   

Registration

Students should go to the bottom of the page and under the “single day pass” enter the promo code 'studentfood'.  

For more information on the conference: www.eastontlocalfood.com.