ReuKnighted: Former Knights to reunite at Niagara College for alumni tailgate on Friday, Nov. 1

Niagara College is gearing up to welcome the spirit and enthusiasm of former Knights at the Welland Campus for ReuKnighted, the first alumni reunion of its kind. The weekend will kick off with a tailgate on Friday afternoon followed by a Knights basketball game, with festivities continuing into Saturday.

Tickets are still available and alumni are welcome to register for the event this Friday.

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 with appetizers and refreshments 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.”

The reunion weekend will continue into Saturday with the National Scholar Brunch and Hall of Fame induction in the morning, followed by a volleyball double-header in the afternoon. Tickets include game admission for both the Friday basketball and Saturday volleyball games.

“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 open at niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted.

The first 100 alumni to register will receive a special gift – an NC-branded alumni scarf – courtesy of Alumni Relations. All event proceeds support scholarships and bursaries for student athletes.

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

 

ReuKnighted: Former Knights to reunite at Niagara College for alumni tailgate on Friday, Nov. 1

Niagara College is gearing up to welcome the spirit and enthusiasm of former Knights at the Welland Campus for ReuKnighted, the first alumni reunion of its kind. The weekend will kick off with a tailgate on Friday afternoon followed by a Knights basketball game, with festivities continuing into Saturday.

Tickets are still available and alumni are welcome to register for the event this Friday.

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 with appetizers and refreshments 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.”

The reunion weekend will continue into Saturday with the National Scholar Brunch and Hall of Fame induction in the morning, followed by a volleyball double-header in the afternoon. Tickets include game admission for both the Friday basketball and Saturday volleyball games.

“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 open at niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted.

The first 100 alumni to register will receive a special gift – an NC-branded alumni scarf – courtesy of Alumni Relations. All event proceeds support scholarships and bursaries for student athletes.

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

 

ReuKnighted: Former Knights to reunite at Niagara College for alumni tailgate on Friday, Nov. 1

Niagara College is gearing up to welcome the spirit and enthusiasm of former Knights at the Welland Campus for ReuKnighted, the first alumni reunion of its kind. The weekend will kick off with a tailgate on Friday afternoon followed by a Knights basketball game, with festivities continuing into Saturday.

Tickets are still available and alumni are welcome to register for the event this Friday.

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 with appetizers and refreshments 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.”

The reunion weekend will continue into Saturday with the National Scholar Brunch and Hall of Fame induction in the morning, followed by a volleyball double-header in the afternoon. Tickets include game admission for both the Friday basketball and Saturday volleyball games.

“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 open at niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted.

The first 100 alumni to register will receive a special gift – an NC-branded alumni scarf – courtesy of Alumni Relations. All event proceeds support scholarships and bursaries for student athletes.

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: Former Knights to reunite at Niagara College for alumni tailgate on Friday, Nov. 1

Niagara College is gearing up to welcome the spirit and enthusiasm of former Knights at the Welland Campus for ReuKnighted, the first alumni reunion of its kind. The weekend will kick off with a tailgate on Friday afternoon followed by a Knights basketball game, with festivities continuing into Saturday.

Tickets are still available and alumni are welcome to register for the event this Friday.

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 with appetizers and refreshments 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.”

The reunion weekend will continue into Saturday with the National Scholar Brunch and Hall of Fame induction in the morning, followed by a volleyball double-header in the afternoon. Tickets include game admission for both the Friday basketball and Saturday volleyball games.

“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 open at niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted.

The first 100 alumni to register will receive a special gift – an NC-branded alumni scarf – courtesy of Alumni Relations. All event proceeds support scholarships and bursaries for student athletes.

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

 

Niagara College opens Marilyn I Walker Centre of Excellence in Visual Arts and Technology

Niagara College celebrates the official opening of the Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence in Visual Arts and Technology at the Welland Campus on October 29 with Norris Walker and Sheila Bonapace – husband and daughter of the late Marilyn Walker. They join NC administrators, staff, faculty and alumni in cutting a ceremonial ribbon comprised of printout images of Marilyn Walker’s quilts. Pictured from left: Chris Cicchino (faculty); Stephen Dominick (faculty); Vincent Shaikh (dean, School of Media, Trades and Technology); Sheila Bonapace, Norris Walker, Dan Patterson (NC president); Saundra Patterson (partner of college president); Linda Roote (associate dean, School of Media Studies); Tom Price (NCSAC president); and Game Development graduates Andres Coimbra Castedo, Emma Perretta, Andy Chiarelli, and Philip Ellis.  

The legacy of Marilyn Isabelle Walker continues to enrich lives and fulfil dreams at Niagara College.

On October 29, Niagara College announced a gift from the estate of artist and philanthropist Marilyn Walker at the official opening of the Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence in Visual Arts & Technology at its Welland Campus. Through her estate, Walker – known for her passion for the arts and for the Niagara community before her passing in 2015 – gifted Niagara College with $1 million for its visual arts and technology programming areas. Walker’s vision was to create a hub of learning, innovation and creativity at the College, building on strengths of its existing program base.

“We are tremendously grateful to the late Marilyn Walker for her generous gift which is an exciting investment in the future of visual arts and technology at our College,” said NC president Dan Patterson who, along with his wife Saundra, was a friend of Marilyn Walker’s. “Marilyn’s gift will contribute in a very meaningful way to the education of the future workforce in these sectors, making the Niagara community a more vibrant place to live, study and work.”

College president Dan Patterson announces a $1-million gift from the estate of artist and philanthropist Marilyn Walker at the official opening of the Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence in Visual Arts and Technology.

The Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence in Visual Arts & Technology includes several upgrades and renovations to the School of Media Studies, as well as new resources and equipment. A newly renovated collaborative space on the third floor of the Simcoe building – complete with a state-of-the-art video wall – marks the first of a four-phase project for the new Centre. Future phases will include the enhancement of four other classrooms; a resource room which includes new equipment  such as printers, 3D printers, and a die cutting machine; an upgraded client project room between two game design classrooms; new photographic equipment to support the Graphic Design program; and a classic studio with screen printing equipment and more. Funds will also be allocated to enhancing the student learning experience in the Voyageur wing for students in Media programs.

“Marilyn was an award-winning quilter, who used her hands to create – and now her legacy is helping our students do exactly that at NC, by enhancing hands-on learning opportunities within our School of Media,” said Linda Roote, associate dean, School of Media Studies. “Thanks to the purchase of new equipment such as a 3D printer, die cutters and silk-screening units, our students will gain tactile, hands-on experience as they transform their designs into a reality.”

Photography professor Stephen Dominick noted that Walker’s donation has enabled the program – currently celebrating its tenth year– to almost double the size of its teaching studio, as well as expand and update its studio gear. The additional space provides students with a superior teaching and learning environment, decreasing the number of students on each individual set from about six to less than four.

“These extensive upgrades have provided us with what I believe to be one of the most professionally equipped photography teaching studios in the province with the newest technologies in wireless strobes, light modifiers, rolling grip gear, portrait seating, a 72-inch HD TV for image critiques, and new iMac editing and teaching computers,” said Dominick.

A ‘gear cage’ in the new Photography space, has also opened the door for a consignment agreement with Nikon Canada who will be equipping the cage on a rotational basis with their flagship DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and with a wide range of prime lenses. “This gives our students unparalleled access to the newest and best professional photography gear currently available anywhere,” said Dominick.

Chris Cicchino, senior art director and project manager at the Fallsview Group as well as a NC School of Media faculty member and alumnus, applauded the new Centre. “This donation will benefit our teaching capabilities by being able to show students real-world machines and processes that they may encounter in their future careers,” he said. “The growing design industry calls for designers to have more education and experience, and to be more than just a graphic designer, to be highly capable in many fields of study. Graduating students will be in demand due to their higher skill level and foundational knowledge.”

“Many of the innovative, state of the art, modern spaces we have at our campuses have come from the generous donations from community philanthropists like Marilyn I. Walker,” said Tom Price, president of Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council. “These spaces are crucial to the applied, experiential and integrated learning that is vital to the core beliefs of Niagara College. Marilyn’s incredibly generous donation will not only help the students of today, but students for years and years to come.”

In addition to establishing the new Centre, a portion of Walker’s gift ($100,000) was endowed to provide an annual bursary to a student in their final year of study in one of the College’s visual art or technology programs – such as Art and Design Foundation, Graphic Design, Photography, or Game Development.  A portion ($150,000) was also endowed to support staffing for the Centre.

Over the years, Marilyn and Norris Walker have contributed generously to student success at NC by supporting scholarships and College fundraising events. In 2015, Walker Industries and the Walker family announced a $1.2 M contribution to the College’s Achieving Dreams Campaign, which supported its Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

A memorial bench in honour of Marilyn I. Walker was placed in the Wetlands Ridge trail, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, shortly after Walker’s death in 2015, next to a memorial bench placed years before in memory of her daughter, Jennifer.

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

Students helping students: Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project to support Education Foundation of Niagara

The Education Foundation of Niagara has been selected as the next recipient of Niagara College’s Many Hands Project.

The annual project, now in its 23rd year, is the hallmark of Niagara College’s Event Management (graduate certificate) program, which provides resources for much-needed programming to a different Niagara-based non-profit organization each year. Event Management students support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency.

“We are proud to support the Education Foundation of Niagara through this year’s Many Hands Project which will give our students an opportunity to help students within our community,” said Damian Goulbourne, associate dean of NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport. “Funds raised from this year’s Many Hands Project events will help young students pursue their studies and enrich their lives through education, and we are confident that this will have a long-term effect on enhancing our community in a positive and meaningful way.”

“We are incredibly grateful that students from the Many Hands Project have recognized and valued the work we are doing here at our foundation,” said Laura Byers, executive director of the Education Foundation of Niagara. “Support from the Many Hands Project demonstrates true leadership, and is a powerful role model of students giving back. Students that understand that investing in young students’ lives supports the success of future Niagara College students and the future prosperity of Niagara.”

As part of their studies throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, NC’s Event Management students will plan, manage and host three unique fundraising events to support the Education Foundation of Niagara. Events will include a Las Vegas-themed night, pop-culture trivia and burger festival.

“The Many Hands Project is an excellent example of experiential learning infused into the classroom,” said Christine Blane, NC professor and Event Management program coordinator. “Throughout the Project’s history, we have been able to help so many agencies across Niagara – from food banks and women’s shelters to building a rehabilitation space or investing in mental health resources – and we look forward to what our students will be able to achieve this year.”

Byers spoke of the impact the Many Hands Project is expected to have on the Education Foundation of Niagara.

“There is a widening gap between what we can afford to do and need to do and, as a result, the Many Hands Project support will ensure our students have access to all of the enriching opportunities a post-secondary education at Niagara College has to offer,” Byers said. “This project will change the trajectory of many students’ lives and we look forward to supporting the Many Hands Project in their events throughout the year.”

The recipient selection follows a process which began in June, when the College announced it was accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Many Hands Project.

The last recipient of the College’s 2018-2019 Many Hands Project was Pathstone Mental Health. Earlier this year, Event Management students raised more than $40,800 for Pathstone – $35,858 was raised by hosting a series of fundraising events, while $5,000 was donated by Canadian Tire Bank, a long-time sponsor and supporter of the Many Hands Project.

For more information about the Many Hands Project, visit niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.

The Education Foundation of Niagara is a registered charity whose mission is to support District School Board of Niagara students by engaging the community to provide needed funds and resources where government funding is not available. With support from its donors, it is able to address student financial and medical needs, and provide student bursaries that are designed to assist academically qualified students requiring financial assistance. Donations made in the form of student bursaries help open up doors for students looking to pursue post-secondary education and break down the financial barriers.  Visit https://efnniagara.dsbn.org/

Event Management is a one-year graduate certificate program at Niagara College that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment.

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

Niagara College celebrates 1,300 graduates at Fall 2019 Convocation

“Go confidently in your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” With those words, first spoken by Henry David Thoreau, Niagara College Dan Patterson gave his final words of advice to Niagara College graduates.

The two Fall 2019 Convocation ceremonies at the Welland Campus added nearly 1,300 new graduates to the class of 2019, and marked Patterson’s final convocation ceremonies as he prepares to step down as president of Niagara College. Over his 25 years at the college, Patterson has presided over 171 convocation ceremonies, and has shaken the hands of 71,058 proud Niagara College graduates as they crossed the convocation stage to receive their diplomas and degrees.

Niagara College President Dan Patterson shakes the hand of Electrician- Construction and Maintenance graduate Gregory Lundy, the last graduate to cross the stage at Patterson’s final convocation ceremony.

“I’m very proud to have been at the helm of one of the best educational institutions in the country for so many years,” said Patterson. “Convocation in particular has always been one of the highlights of my time here, and congratulating those seventy thousand graduates as they cross the stage has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.”

The morning ceremony celebrated approximately 600 new graduates from the School of Allied Health, School of Justice and Fitness, and School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies. Ann Buller, past-president of Centennial College, delivered a rousing convocation address to the graduates, and was awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies in recognition of her leadership in postsecondary education.

Niagara College president Dan Patterson presents Ann Buller, past-president of Centennial College, with an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies at the morning ceremony of Niagara College’s Fall 2019 Convocation. Buller also delivered the morning’s convocation address

In her address, Buller urged the new grads to use their Niagara College education to “better not only your own lives, but the lives of others.” She also touched on the unique contributions that college graduates can make toward a better world. “We college graduates are, by the nature of our learning and the attributes of our character, a collective driven to action,” she said. “The world needs powerful voices, with profound and practical solutions, and you can be that.”

The afternoon ceremony recognized approximately 700 new graduates from the School of Business and Management; School of Environment and Horticulture; School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; the Canadian Food and Wine Institute; School of Academic, Liberal and Access Studies; School of Technology; and School of Trades.

The ceremony also celebrated two prominent members of the Niagara community. Niagara business leader Vince DiCosimo, founder of Hospitality Fallsview Holdings (Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel, and Days Inn Fallsview Niagara Falls) was recognized with an Honorary Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Studies for his leadership in Niagara’s hospitality and tourism sectors.

Niagara College President presents Vince DiCosimo, founder of Hospitality Fallsview Holdings, with an Honorary Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Studies for his leadership in Niagara’s hospitality and tourism sectors at the afternoon ceremony of NC’s Fall 2019 Convocation

Shane Malcolm, executive director of Leadership Niagara, received a Distinguished Alumni Award. Malcolm, who graduated from NC’s Culinary Management (Co-op) program in 2011, and Bachelor of Applied Business Hospitality Operations Management program in 2014, is a former president of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (2014-2016) and was the College’s first international student to hold the position.

Malcolm also delivered the afternoon’s convocation address. He urged the graduates to look for the “evidences of success” in their lives – not least among them being their successful completion of their Niagara College education. “You are sitting in one of those very same moments. This is one of your many evidences of success.”

Malcolm, who came to Niagara College from his hometown in Montego Bay Jamaica, also used his own unexpected career progression – from an ambitious culinary student to executive director of a non-profit leadership development organization – to encourage graduates to embrace their own unexpected journeys toward success. “What success looks like is never as linear as we think it needs to be,” he said. “Success is not a destination; it’s a journey.”

“There is no greater force than the success you’re feeling right now,” he said.

Shane Malcolm, executive director of Leadership Niagara, delivered the convocation address at the afternoon ceremony of NC’s Fall 2019 Convocation. Malcolm was also the recipient of Niagara College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

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:

Andrew Korchok
Communications Consultant
Niagara College
Cell: 905 329-1642
akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales
Manager, Corporate Communications                                                                                                                                          
Office: 905 735-2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905 328-4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Halloween reminder: Culture is not a costume

Niagara College is reminding the college community to have a safe and respectful Halloween.

The Niagara College Student Administrative Council has launched a social media campaign to promote awareness about cultural appropriation leading up to Halloween. The campaign notes that “culture is not a costume.”

To evaluate whether a costume might be offensive, consider the following:

Significance: Does the costume resemble an item of clothing with religious, cultural or sacred significance? If you have to think about it twice, don’t do it.

Source: Consider the source of the costume. Does it come from a culture, race or identity that has been historically discriminated against or oppressed?

Stereotype: Does the costume attempt to replicate, imitate, or stereotype a different race or identity?

Remember: It is never OK to mock or imitate features from a different race or identity, regardless of the significance.

On-air personality and NC alumna Amy Audibert to return for ReuKnighted

Television host, reporter, colour analyst, basketball coach – Amy Audibert wears many hats.

An alumna from Niagara College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film (2012), Audibert returned home to study in Niagara after nearly a decade as a student and basketball player at the University of Miami. Today, Audibert – a Niagara Falls native – is well-respected in the world of sports media, having graced the networks of CBS Sports, NBATV, and NBATV Canada, among others, with her vibrant on-air persona. After years playing basketball with the Miami Hurricanes, her favourite place to be is on the court and in front of the camera.

It wasn’t until her homecoming that she realized that her passion for sport media and journalism had career potential. “When I found myself back home in Niagara, I started looking into the BRTF program,” said Audibert. “It didn’t take long to realize how fortunate I was to have a program of this caliber available locally.”

Audibert was a standout in her BRTF class, thriving in mobile productions and craving any opportunity to work on her on-air delivery. Her most memorable moment as an NC student? Helping to produce nation-wide coverage alongside her classmates for the NC-hosted 2011 CCAA Women’s Basketball Championships.

With her years of experience playing centre, Audibert took on the role of assistant coach with the Knights women’s basketball team in 2011-12 and the men’s basketball team in 2018-19 under head coach Phil Mosley. “There is no question that the Niagara College Knights set a high bar for their student athletes, but through the hard work of the students, coaches and administration there is unlimited potential to excel in the gym, classroom and for years to follow.”

“My time at NC really laid the foundation for my current broadcasting career. I was provided with a fantastic education but also built some great relationships with classmates and professors that I still lean on. The BRFT program is one of the most respected in Canada and there is truly something special when getting to work with fellow NC alumni in the field.”

Of her BRTF professors, Audibert cites Peter ‘Dutch’ Vandenberg as “one of my greatest mentors,” citing his encouragement of the many students who found success in the industry.

Audibert’s secret to success? Hard work and great mentors. “The best thing you can do – especially when cracking into an industry – is to put in the work and earn respect early and often. People recognize hard workers; that is always in our own control.”

On November 1, Audibert will be among the NC alumni who will take part in the inaugural ReuKnighted, a celebratory reunion event. “I am so excited to come back to NC and connect with friends, both new and old. I am most looking forward to spending time in my favourite place – the basketball gym – on a Friday evening to cheer on the Knights.”

Join us on November 1 to reconnect with former classmates and teammates. To register for ReuKnighted, visit: niagaracollege.ca/alumnirelations/reuknighted. Proceeds from ticket sales support scholarships and bursaries for NC student-athletes.

 

 

Staff announcement: Development and Alumni Relations

A message from Wendy Dueck, director, Development and Alumni Relations:

I’m delighted to announce that Erica Walters joined our Development & Alumni Relations team on October 21 as our new development officer – Scholarships & Bursaries. In this role, Erica is responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships with new and existing donors to support fundraising for scholarships and bursaries, helping to ensure ongoing financial support is available for our students. Erica is taking over this role from Helen Armstrong who retired in August.

Erica comes to us from the Brock University where she has been a Major Gifts Officer with the Advancement team. Erica was responsible for managing a major gift portfolio of almost 200 donors and prospective donors, building relationships and engaging donors in the life of the university to support priority fundraising needs, while helping donors fulfill their personal philanthropic goals.

Prior to that, Erica spent more than five years as the community engagement & development officer for McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Regional Campus, where she managed donor development, alumni relations, community engagement, marketing, communications, and events for the Niagara Regional Campus.

Erica also worked at Niagara College from 2010-12, supporting the dean of the Canadian Food & Wine Institute as a communications and business development officer, and has worked in marketing with Niagara Economic Development.

Erica is very community minded and dedicates significant personal service on the Board of Director’s of several local not-for-profit organizations, and has been recognized with a 40-under-40 award.

Please join me in welcoming Erica!