Important message regarding the Climate Change Day activities

Niagara College recognizes the profound challenges that climate change poses to our people and our planet, and encourages students who are available to have a voice in the Climate Change Day activities and demonstrations planned for September 27.

Niagara College is fortunate to have student leaders who are very engaged on climate change and environmental issues, who will also provide on-campus information and outreach at this time – recognizing that some students may not be available to attend off campus events.

Our academic operations will run as scheduled. Students who choose to miss classes or labs are encouraged to consult faculty on an individual basis.

Niagara College Teaching Brewery wins two medals at Ontario Brewing Awards

 

Student-crafted beers from the Niagara College Teaching Brewery continue to prove their mettle.

The NC Teaching Brewery, home to the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program – won two medals at the 2019 Golden Tap and Ontario Brewing Awards (OBA). Its popular Beer 101 Bitter and Beer 101 Strong won silver medals in the British Bitter and Strong British ale categories, respectively.

Winners were announced on September 23 in Toronto at an event hosted by Taps Media, held to celebrate the best of Ontario beer.

“Niagara College continues to lead the way in Ontario’s growing craft beer industry,” said Steve Gill, general manager of NC’s Learning Enterprises. “These medals are a testament to the applied education we offer our Brewmaster students, who gain hands-on experience crafting quality products that are earning provincial, national and international recognition, year after year.”

“Since its inception as Canada’s first Teaching Brewery, the Niagara College Teaching Brewery has played an important role in Ontario’s craft beer industry, educating our future brewers and equipping them with the skills they will need to succeed in this industry,” said Rob Engman, president of TAPS Media, parent company of the OBAs.

Brewmaster professor Jon Downing, who led the opening of more than 100 breweries around the world before bringing his expertise to NC prior to the launch of its Brewmaster program in 2010, noted that it has been a remarkable year for both Beer 101 Bitter and Beer 101 Strong; both won bronze at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards.

“This really does showcase the consistency and quality of our Brewmaster students, as different classes brewed each of these batches,” said Downing.

Both of the winning brews from the Teaching Brewery’s Beer 101 series have won numerous awards provincially, nationally and internationally.

Beer 101 Bitter is the can rollout of the Teaching Brewery’s Butler’s Bitter (available in bottles), originally crafted to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The traditional light bodied, smooth drinking English style Bitter with a 4.4% alcohol content, has won several medals, including:

  • United States Open Beer Championships – gold in 2018 a bronze in 2017, silver in 2015, bronze in 2013, and gold in 2012;
  • Canadian Brewing Awards – bronze in 2019, gold in 2013;
  • Ontario Brewing Awards – silver in 2017, and gold in 2013;
  • Dublin Beer Cup – silver in 2013; and
  • World Beer Cup – bronze in 2014.

Beer 101 Strong was first brewed as a version of the Teaching Brewery’s Christmas beer, Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale. In addition to its CBA medals, the 7.5% Scottish ale’s medals include:

  • Canadian Brewing Awards – bronze in 2019, silver in 2018;
  • Ontario Brewing Awards – gold in 2016, and gold in 2012; and
  • U.S. Open Beer Championships – bronze in 2019, gold in 2018, bronze in 2017, 2016 and 2011.

Golden Boot Award

Fourth semester Brewmaster student Aaron Duff was also in the limelight at the event, as the recipient of Taps Media’s Golden Boot Award. Duff won the Golden Boot for his German wheat beer, called ‘Roll the Weiss,’ that he crafted for his third term Canadian Brewing Association (CBA) Target Brew project. Third-term Brewmaster students were tasked with creating beers according to CBA standards, and submitting them for evaluation by CBA judges.

“It was the first recipe I have ever written up so it was very surprising that I won,” said Duff, who is from a small town near Creemore, Ontario and enrolled in the program with the hopes of working for an established brewery after graduation. “Winning this award was a good confidence boost.”

‘Roll of the Weiss’ was available for a limited time at the NC Teaching Brewery retail store in August, where a rotating selection of experimental brews created by students from their own recipes are featured alongside the Teaching Brewery’s popular labels.

Duff will also receive a $2,598 cash award as part of Taps Media’s Golden Boot Scholarship for NC students. This is the sixth annual award TAPS has presented to a NC Brewmaster student for a winning competition brew.

“We are delighted to continue our scholarship support for the students in the Brewing program,” said Engman.

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit ncteachingbrewery.ca/

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; 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, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Julie Greco

Communications Consultant

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7368

Cell: 905 328 2532

jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Communications Manager

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7773

Cell: 905 328 4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Golf Classic is a hole in one for NC student athletes

Over 160 golfers spent a day on the green helping to raise an incredible $54,000 at the 18th annual Niagara College Golf Classic.

The sold-out event, held on Tuesday, September 17 at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club, raised funds in support of scholarships and bursaries for NC student-athletes.

Lequan Cseri-Hylton, a member of the men’s basketball team and general business student, spoke to participants about the impact that donor-funded scholarships and bursaries have for student-athletes who work hard on and off the court.

“On behalf of the entire athletic family at Niagara College, we are incredibly grateful for the community’s financial support throughout the school year,” said Cseri-Hylton. “This support impacts the lives of student-athletes tremendously, providing aid for tuition, books, groceries, bills, and other costly expenses.”

In addition to raising funds for scholarships and bursaries, the event also provided nearly 30 student volunteers with practical program-related experience. Students from NC’s event management program gained hands-on experience helping with logistics at the tournament, paramedic students offered blood pressure checks, esthetician students provided mini hand massages and athletes from the NC Knights varsity golf team provided clinic instruction to golfers before they teed off.

Participants were also treated to the best in food and beverage that NC has to offer. Lunch was provided by NC’s Bench-on-the-Go food truck and a selection of wine, ale, lager and cider tastings was offered from NC’s Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

To round off the NC experience, representatives from NC Research & Innovation, Sustainability and Career Services gave an overview of their current initiatives and projects.

The event concluded with a buffet dinner and awards ceremony where top golfers and winners of the tournament’s various competitions, including a putting challenge, longest drive competition, beat the NC student-athlete and a closest to the NC Keg competition, were honoured.

The tournament was supported by several sponsors including:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Rankin Construction and TD Insurance;
  • Presenting Media Sponsor: Niagara Dailies – St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, and Welland Tribune;
  • Ace Sponsor: CIBC;
  • Eagle Sponsors: Campus Living Centres, Chartwells, Commercial Cleaning Services, Cooper Wealth Management, and Meridian.

Save the date for the 19th annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Niagara author, filmmaker wins CIFF Best Screenplay award

Niagara College prof, alum hailed ‘one of the finest biblical screenwriters of our time’ 

Christopher Bessette is on a winning streak.

The multi-award-winning filmmaker, author, and part-time faculty member at Niagara College – as well as an alumnus – reeled in an award for the second consecutive year at the star-studded Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival (CIFF) in Toronto on September 15.

Bessette won Best Screenplay for his epic television series pilot Prophets & Kings, which is being developed with Lana King, former executive of Fox Broadcasting and the Hallmark Channel. His screenplay was selected over eight other nominations in that category.

Christopher Bessette holds his Best Screenplay award at CIFF 2019. Pictured from left: Jason Barbeck, festival director; Christopher Bessette, series creator, executive producer, Prophets & Kings; Lana King, executive producer, Prophets & Kings; and Rafael Kalamat, festival director. (CIFF PHOTO)

While he has earned many accolades over the course of his career, the latest CIFF award marks his first for screenwriting. Bessette noted that the award is very significant not only to him but to the Prophets & Kings project.

“When you stop to think they gave this to us at the beginning of the project, I believe the recognition illustrates this powerful story’s incredible potential,” said Bessette. “I think this is just the start of a massive wave that continues to build.”

CIFF festival directors Jason Barbeck and Rafael Kalamat applauded Bessette’s talent and achievement.

“A scholar, a gentleman and a fantastic writer. Christopher Bessette and Lana King will make a huge splash in the film market when this project surfaces,” said Barbeck. “I am so excited to see this true to life historical story take shape.”

“It goes without saying that Christopher Bessette is one of the finest biblical screenplay writers of our time,” said Kalamat. “Prophets & Kings will be known as a classic masterpiece both in faith and secular media.”

Prophets & Kings is based on the story of King Ahab, Queen Jezebel, the prophet Elijah and historical characters found in the biblical text of Kings I and II. Its setting: 877 BC, where kingdoms rise and fall by epic battles with horses, chariots, swordsmen and archers, Corrupt leaders rule the divided nation of Samaria having forgotten their roots and the path that led them out of slavery to the promised land.

While he began penning the series last year, the inspiration behind it was more than 40 years in the making for Bessette, who has been reading a portion of the bible every day since he was 11 years old. He began writing the script, motivated to share the story in a way that it has never been told. Knowing that it could not fit into a two-hour movie time slot, Bessette wrote it as a dramatic television series with 30 one-hour episodes and plans are currently underway to shoot the series overseas.

“I knew it had to be seen as one long story,” he said. “That’s how the digital age of streaming and binge watching television shows has come of age, and made this story right for me.”

After submitting scripts for the first two episodes to CIFF, it was announced as a nominee for Best Screenplay in August. Bessette and King also took part in a movie industry panel at the film festival along with Sam Sorbo (Let There Be Light, Miracle In East Texas), Paul Lalonde (Cloud Ten Creative Services), and other special guests. International star Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves) was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award at the event.

It was a welcome return to CIFF for Bessette, who won Best Director at CIFF last year for his 2012 movie Trade of Innocents, which raises awareness about human trafficking, while cast member Mira Sorvino won Best Lead Actress for her starring role in the film.

Since Bessette graduated from Niagara College in 1984, the long-time Thorold resident has built a career as a multiple-award-winning filmmaker, motion picture writer/director/producer. His international career in the television and film industry has led him across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, as well as to Central America, Russia and Southeast Asia. In addition to Trade of Innocents (2012), Bessette directed The Enemy God (2008), which spans 50 years of an Amazonian tribe. He wrote, directed and produced the documentary Niagara: Thunder of the Waters (2016). His novel, The Mythamohre, was published in 2013.

Bessette has won three Best Director awards and 10 Best Picture Awards. His work has been viewed on screens around the world. In 2012, he was nominated by Niagara College for a Premier’s Award in Creative Arts and Design.

Since 2013, he been passing on his valuable skills and experience to the next generation of film and television industry professionals at Niagara College as a part-time faculty member. He currently teaches Directing for the Screen and Dramatic Scriptwriting.

For more info about Bessette, visit christopherbessette.com.

This year marked the third annual CIFF which drew a record number of over 570 attendees, and concluded with an award ceremony to announce winners from 178 submissions, 50 official selections, 30 screenings and 14 categories. For information visit www.cifflix.com.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; 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, spirits, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Julie Greco

Communications Consultant

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7368

Cell: 905 328-2532

jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales

Communications Manager

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7773

Cell: 905 328-4101

mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Ancient beverage gets a modern twist: Niagara College helps Royal Canadian Mead develop Ontario’s first pure session meads

Is mead ready for an urban revival? Hamilton-based Royal Canadian Mead thinks so, and with help from Niagara College, the company has introduced its contemporary twist on the fermented honey drink – known as the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage – ready to create a buzz with modern consumers.

In collaboration with NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre team, Royal Canadian Mead has produced a line of Canadian craft meads, the first pure session meads in Ontario.  Carbonated, refreshing and naturally gluten-free, the craft meads have a 5.6 percent alcohol content – half the alcohol content found in traditional meads.

The first release,  a hopped buckwheat called ‘Feels Like Friday’ hit shelves at the LCBO in June and is currently selling in 86  locations; while its second release, a Niagara peach named ‘ All Day Croquet’ was packaged in early August and released in bars and restaurants, with LCBO listings expected next spring.

While mead is one of the fastest-growing alcoholic beverages in the United States, Royal Canadian Mead set its sights on growing the industry and becoming a leader in the session mead category in Canada, where there are only a handful of meaderies across the country.

“We wanted to introduce people to the category of mead, but we wanted to meet them halfway,” said Royal Canadian Mead president Matt Gibson. “People are already enjoying session beers and dry ciders, so we wanted to put mead in that same frame of reference. It’s light, crisp and very crushable.”

The crisp, Canadian meads are brewed in Hamilton using modern techniques and were developed after more than a year of prototyping and innovation.

Royal Canadian Mead turned to the College’s CFWI Innovation Centre for help in recipe development. NC is not only home to an award-winning Research & Innovation Division, but the College’s trailblazing Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is home to  Canada’s first commercial  Teaching Winery, Teaching Brewery, and  Teaching Distillery, as well as  Eastern Canada’s first Commercial Beekeeping program with actively managed hives on campus.

“We knew from Niagara College’s reputation that they had the experience and tools to help turn what was in our heads into a reality,” said Gibson. “We thought the College’s unique breadth of knowledge of honey, bee-keeping, brewing, and winemaking would all be useful tools to create our final product.”

“We were proud to work alongside Royal Canadian Mead on this project, which not only supported innovation in the beverage industry, but offered valuable hands-on learning opportunities to our students,” said  Marc Nantel, PhD, NC’s vice president of Research, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives.

The College’s CFWI Innovation Centre first conducted exploratory research and competitive market analysis. They discovered a main demographic of urban professionals ages 25 to 40, who enjoy food, fine dining, exploring new things, and are seeking the new and unique. They also found a sub-set of target consumers: gluten-free shoppers and low-sugar/healthier alcohol drinkers.

The research team then brought in faculty and staff from the College’s wine and Commercial Beekeeping programs to assist with recipe development. They collaborated with Royal Canadian Mead to establish parameters for a first exploratory phase recipe development, which involved nearly 30 different products, then through two more development phases before honing in on four recipes. In addition to a series of batch trials, and product testing with chemical and sensory analysis, the research team conducted parallel business development work provided by the NC beekeeping/honey experts. All recipes used 100 percent Ontario-produced honey and adjuncts, such as fruit and hops.

The research project concluded with four session meads, all with distinct flavours, produced: Hopped Buckwheat (Feels Like Friday), Niagara Peach (All Day Croquet), Ontario Cherry (Quarter Life Crisis), Ontario Wildflower (Awkward Dinner).

For College winemaker and instructor Gavin Robertson, who led the research team, this was a chance to explore a new fermented beverage category. “While I had experimented with honey ferments on a small scale in the past for fun, this was an opportunity to approach mead production in a really systematic way, from the hive up,” said Robertson.

“Royal Canadian Mead was an amazing company to work with in that they understood the unique dynamics involved with working with student researchers and they really encouraged them to think broadly and creatively about the possible formulations, and used the project as a two-way educational opportunity that was effective in achieving our goals in the end,” added Robertson. “It’s so great to see all of the work by so many people result in well-received, commercial products.”

As a student in the Winery and Viticulture Technician program, Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Emily Royal was a research assistant who worked on the project during a five-month period in 2018. She helped to create the recipe for mead fermentations while conducting trials of different locally-sourced honey, and researched Niagara College-grown hop varieties and stone fruit infusions to add to the mead ferment for complexity and balance. Now that she has graduated and works at a Niagara winery, Royal continues to value the experience she gained.

“I feel that my contribution to this research project provided an incredible opportunity to experience and experiment with different types of mead, honeys, yeast and fermentation variables while creating a recipe for desired marketable beverages,” said Royal. “There is such a feeling of pride when you see something you worked on in a team, where all the work and effort you put into it is now a finished product with a label and a story.”

The research project was made possible with funding by the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s College Voucher for Technology Adoption (CVTA) program.

This project is just one example of innovation from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre which has a new home within the Marotta Family Innovation Complex at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. The new Complex, which opened in early September 2019, is poised to make great strides in the agri-food industry. View Sept. 3 news release here.

Royal Canadian Mead is a new venture from food and beverage enterprise New Skew. The Toronto-based food innovation company owns and operates a portfolio of craft food brands.

New Skew is a Toronto-based food innovation company, which owns and operates a portfolio of craft food brands. Founded in 2017 by Alex Yurek, New Skew comprises a team of former advisors to consumer food brands who recognize the dearth of innovation in the food and beverage category.

Celebrating 20 years of research excellence, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors 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, visit ncinnovation.ca

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; 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, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries please contact:

 

Julie Greco

Niagara College

Communications Consultant

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7368

Cell: 905 328 2532

jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

 

Matthew Gibson

President – Royal Canadian Mead

(647) 965-7289

matt@royalcanadianmead.com

Where are they now? Find out here:

In addition to providing solutions to business and key industry partners through applied research projects and technical services, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division also supports the development of hundreds of students and graduates each year. We wanted to share the success stories of these NC graduates who have put their innovative and specialized knowledge into action in new, exciting careers.

To celebrate their post-NC successes, we have launched a new section of our website filled with profiles, called Alumni.

These NC alumni all share something in common: they’ve all been part of the Research & Innovation team, having the opportunity to work alongside expert faculty, staff and industry partners, supported by leading-edge facilities, technology, and equipment – all to prepare them for real-world professions.

Each has spent time as either a co-op Research Assistant or as a graduate hired as a Research Associate, and all in diverse roles across R&I’s division, conducting applied research or technical services for industry partners from the food and beverage, agriculture and environment, advanced manufacturing, business and commercialization, and digital media sectors.

They were able to interact with industry partners to help develop prototypes, evaluate new technologies, improve products and processes and create new recipes. They had the opportunity to work on real-life applied research projects and technical services, with real-life deadlines, budgets, and deliverables.

For Justin Vigneux, from the Renewable Energy Technician program, the experience in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre helped prepare him in all his positions since graduating from NC in 2013. “It was the first chance that I had to experience project-based employment where we had to sit and meet on a regular basis to keep everyone on the team up-to-date,” says Vigneux. “It also introduced me to things like budgeting, deadlines, and experimental troubleshooting.”

More recently, Ankita Mathkar, a 2018 graduate of the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program, says she learned what research and development was like in the “real world” from her time at the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre. “R&I was a fast-paced place to work, with all the projects coming in and deadlines sneaking up daily,” she says. “Most importantly, I was able to make connections with various influential people and suppliers that still come in handy.”

We invite you to spend some time and learn where these graduates have gone on to pursue. As you’ll read, there’s unanimous agreement that, in addition to their education, the real-world experience gained at R&I has played a pivotal role in preparing them in their current careers. Some were hired by the very industry partner they worked with while at R&I, while others took their knowledge base to the dream job in their field.

To the current and future R&I alumni, we encourage you to GET IN TOUCH with us and share your success story!

 

ReuKnighted: Calling all past Niagara College Knights for alumni tailgate on November 1

On Friday, November 1, former Knights will reign on Niagara College’s Welland Campus for ReuKnighted, the first alumni reunion of its kind.

Former Knights athletes, and alumni from NC’s Broadcasting – Radio Television and Film, and Sport Management programs, will come together for an exclusive tailgate party beginning at 4:30 p.m. in The Core, hosted by the Alumni Relations team. The indoor tailgate will be followed by the men’s and women’s basketball home-opener games in NC’s Athletic Centre. An after-party featuring entertainment will follow.

“We’re excited to welcome alumni back to Niagara College,” said Michele O’Keefe, associate director, Athletics and Recreation. “Alumni are integral to NC Knights tradition and ReuKnighted is our way to celebrate and engage them.”

“ReuKnighted is a great opportunity for alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with former classmates, teammates, faculty, and friends of Niagara College,” said Jana Boniferro, NC alumni engagement officer. “We’re very excited to host members of our alumni community and look forward to getting ‘reuKnighted’ as we help cheer on our NC Knights.”

ReuKnighted is a family-friendly, ticketed event, and a chance to reconnect with former classmates and teammates. Registration is now open at niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted.

The first 100 alumni to register will receive a special gift, courtesy of Alumni Relations.

Being the first alumni reunion of its kind, NC is considering future events to engage the wider alumni community, numbering over 90,000 worldwide.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; 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, spirits, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Julie Greco
Communications Consultant
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7368
Cell: 905 328-2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Michael Wales
Communications Manager
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7773
Cell: 905 328-4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

 

ReuKnighted: Calling all past NC Knights for alumni tailgate on November 1

Staff and faculty who are NC alumni are invited to join the fun! Registration is now open.

On Friday, November 1, former Knights will reign on Niagara College’s Welland Campus for ReuKnighted, the first alumni reunion of its kind.

Alumni Relations and Athletics and Recreation are pleased to invite NC alumni who work and teach at the College to join former Knights athletes and graduates of NC’s Broadcasting – Radio Television and Film, and Sport Management programs, for an exclusive tailgate party beginning at 4:30 p.m. in The Core.

The indoor tailgate will be followed by the men’s and women’s basketball home-opener games in NC’s Athletics Centre. An after-party featuring entertainment will follow.

“We’re excited to welcome alumni back to Niagara College,” said Michele O’Keefe, associate director, Athletics and Recreation. “Alumni are integral to NC Knights tradition and ReuKnighted is our way to celebrate and engage them.”

“ReuKnighted is a great opportunity for alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with former classmates, teammates, faculty, and friends of Niagara College,” said Jana Boniferro, NC alumni engagement officer. “We’re very excited to host members of our alumni community and look forward to getting ‘ReuKnighted’ as we help cheer on our NC Knights.”

ReuKnighted is a family-friendly, ticketed event and a chance to reconnect with former classmates and teammates. Registration is now open at niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted.

The first 100 alumni to register will receive a special gift, courtesy of Alumni Relations.

Being the first alumni reunion of its kind, NC is considering future events to engage the wider alumni community, numbering over 90,000 worldwide.

Alumni Relations and Athletics and Recreation look forward to seeing staff and faculty there!

Edible Toronto features NC as ‘A college of thirsts and firsts’

Prepare to feast your eyes on Edible Toronto’s September / October 2019 issue.

Hot off the press, the education-themed issue shines the spotlight on Niagara College, featuring an article entitled,  ‘A College of Thirsts and Firsts: The Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College is leading the pack in education-to-industry programs’ (pages 36-40),

Written by Niagara-based writer Tiffany Mayer, the article showcases the trailblazing food and beverage education at NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute as well as research from the CFWI Innovation Centre. It includes statements from CFWI dean Craig Youdale, general manager of the Learning Enterprises Steve Gill, CFWI Innovation Centre manager Lyndon Ashton,  Brewmaster professor Jon Downing, and recent Artisan Distilling graduate Michael Bright. The article also offers stunning visuals from the College’s Teaching Winery and vineyards,  Teaching Brewery and Teaching Distilley, taken by local photographer Aaron Lynett.

In addition to the article itself, the Table of Contents feature a  full-page photo of rum dripping from a still at the Teaching Distillery and is mentioned prominently in the Letter from the Editor (page 4).

“For those seeking a more advanced culinary education, you don’t have to look further than Niagara-on-the-Lake, where Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute is leading the charge in viticulture, brewing and distilling – food and drink industries that are booming in Ontario,” said managing editor Alexandra Sienkiewicz, in her Letter from the Editor.

Print copies of the magazine are available in Niagara (while supplies last) at the following locations:

  • Balzac’s Coffee Roasters (223 King St., NOTL);
  • Craft Arts Market (160 St. Paul St., St. Catharines);
  • de la terre Bakery (3839 Main St., Jordan Station,);
  • Della Terra (221 Martindale Rd, St. Catharines, and 4725 Dorchester Rd., Niagara Falls);
  • Grand Oak Culinary Market (4600 Victoria Ave., Vineland Station);
  • Flat Rock Cellars (2727 Seventh Ave., Jordan Station);
  • Henry of Pelham (1469 Pelham Rd., St Catharines);
  • Oast House Brewers (2017 Niagara Stone Road, NOTL);
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery (1366 York Rd., St. Davids);
  • Rosewood Estates Winery (4352 Mountainview Rd., Beamsville);
  • Silversmith Brewing (1523 Niagara Stone Rd., Virgil);
  • Stratus Vineyards (2059 Niagara Stone Rd., NOTL);
  • The Good Earth Food and Wine (4556 Lincoln Ave., Beamsville);
  • The Peanut Mill (191 Welland Ave. St. Catharines);
  • The Yellow Pear (526 Lake St., St. Catharines); and
  • Upper Canada Cheese Company (4159 Jordan Rd, Jordan Station).

The digital edition of the magazine is not yet available but will be posted to the  Edible Toronto website at https://edibletoronto.ediblecommunities.com/.

 

 

Niagara College recognized as a top performer for sustainability

Students collect benthos samples from the weltand system at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Niagara College continues to shine among the STARS when it comes to sustainability.

The College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index. A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall, and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). With more than 900 participating institutions, STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance.

Listed among AAESHE’s top 10 performers from associate colleges, NC ranked ninth overall and earned a STARS silver rating. NC achieved a third place ranking in the area of Wellbeing and Work, with a score of 86.6%. Wellbeing and Work highlights how colleges and universities can bolster the strength of their communities through student and employee wellness, health and safety programs, and other benefits.

“We are happy to recognize Niagara College for its leadership in advancing sustainability,” said AASHE’s executive director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “I’m grateful for the work being done by this institution to help move society toward a more equitable and sustainable future.”

NC last submitted to STARS in 2016 and achievements noted in its submission letter included:

  • A reduction in overall absolute electricity consumption by almost two million kilowatt hours since 2013, and over four million kilowatt hours saved per year since 2013 as a result of energy conservation projects;
  • An increase in waste diversion rate of over 32% since 2009;
  • The  Greatest Greenhouse Gas Reduction award from Niagara Sustainability initiative in 2015;
  • The establishment of a formal partnership with General Motors St. Catharines facility, Earth Force, the District School Board of Niagara to facilitate the GM Global Rivers Environmental Education Network; and
  • The installation of two aquaponics systems, as a result of funding awarded from the Natural science and Engineering Research council of Canada.

NC sustainability advisor Taryn Wilkinson noted that the College has been working to develop a multi-campus sustainability program since 2009. Its numerous sustainability milestones include the installation of a solar array and geothermal heat pump in 2011; the implementation of a College-wide water bottle ban in 2012; its inaugural BioBlitz in 2015 (which continues annually), the opening of its Green Automotive Lab in 2016 and more. NC’s sustainability achievements include prestigious Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary certification at the NOTL Campus in 2017, and a STARS silver ratings in 2017 and 2018, and a STARS bronze rating in 2013

Building on its strong history of sustainability practices and achievements, NC is charting a course for an even greener future with the launch of its first official sustainability plan for 2019-2021. The plan sets out to engage the College community in sustainability on campus and to determine key priority areas, measurable targets and associated action items to meet those targets.  View NC’s 2019-2021 Sustainability Plan here.

“Niagara College will maintain its commitment to driving a horizontally and vertically-integrated culture of sustainability that goes beyond operations, to create living laboratories that facilitate experiential learning for students, employees and community members,” said Wilkinson, who is currently working on NC’s latest STARS submission. “Recognition from AASHE as a top performer, combined with our newly launched Sustainability Plan, helps demonstrate that.”

Niagara College’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website here.

 View the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index here.

About STARS

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. For more information, visit stars.aashe.org.

About AASHE

AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. AASHE works with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. Visit www.aashe.org.

 

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