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Niagara College International Staff Connect | August 2019

(Vol. 4, Issue 12)

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As part of our Be NC Ready Campaign for incoming students, we have two short videos that were debuted in our "Be NC Ready Live" Facebook show.
Part 1. We asked some of our recent grads to share some advice for new students. This is what they had to say.
Part 2. We asked some of our recent grads to share some advice for new students. This is what they had to say.

Word from the Watercooler

"I am very happy to let you know that Quinn Michael Dobsi was born on July 20th, over one week late! 

We're all doing well and look forward to bringing him in to see everyone soon. Thank you to everyone for their well wishes over the past few weeks!

Please pass this message along to everyone! “-

Kelsey, Mike and Quinn
Matt and Lindsay Marois are celebrating the birth of their healthy twin boys, Parker Ray (6.5lbs) and Lincoln James (7lbs). Congratulations Matt and Lindsay!
Click here to check out Joanne Maltby’s feature in the InsideNC article Q&A with NC’s Big Move Ride Team.


Message from Dan Patterson: NC agrees to purchase Niagara Corporate Business Centre

As our campus space needs continue to grow and evolve, I am pleased to advise that Niagara College has agreed to purchase the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (NCBC), which is adjacent to our Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and home to Niagara College offices that were previously leased.

The Niagara Corporate Business Centre is a 33-acre property that includes a three-story, 82,000 square-foot building that is home to external businesses and agencies, as well as the offices for the Niagara College International, Corporate Communications, Development and Alumni Relations departments.

Niagara College is scheduled to assume ownership of the NCBC on August 23. Current building operations at the property will continue unchanged. The current overflow parking lot located on the NCBC property will remain.

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Message from John F.T. Scott, Chair, Niagara College Board of Governors: Board of Governors retains executive search firm Phelps in presidential search process

This note is a follow-up to the May 28, 2019 announcement of the conclusion of Dr. Dan Patterson’s tenure as President of Niagara College. The Board of Governors holds the responsibility for the recruitment and selection of the next leader of the College.

In that vein, I am pleased to share with you that, following a robust process involving a Request for Proposals together with subsequent interviews, the Board of Governors has retained the services of Phelps – an executive search and leadership advisory firm – to assist in the search.

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Message from Steve Hudson: Celebrate Dave Taylor's Retirement Monday, August 26

As was previously announced, Dave Taylor will be completing his 33 years of service with Niagara College at the end of August. He has been the associate vice president Academic and Learner Services for the last two years, supporting both the academic delivery of programs as well as ensuring that athletics and recreation services for students are well developed.

Dave has made life-long friendships here at the College and I know he will be missed. Please join us in wishing him well as he heads into the next phase of his journey.

Date: Monday, August 26

Time: 3 5 p.m.

Location: NOTL Campus, W212

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NC Staff, faculty: Apply now to lead a Be World Ready International Field Study trip in winter 2020

The Be World Ready (BWR) team is inviting NC faculty and staff to apply to lead an International Field Study (IFS) trip for winter 2020 term. All trips take place during winter break week, February 22 to March 1. Applications are being accepted until August 30, 2019.

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Message from Ralph Scholz, director, Facility Management Services: Two new managers joing Facilities Management Services

I’d like to take a moment to introduce two new additions to the FMS team, who have joined us following Tom Mussari’s move to his new position as Facilities Operation Manager at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

This June, Nicholas Yamich began in his role of manager of projects and planning. Nicholas will be taking a leadership role in our FMS projects and planning department working closely with Bart Lanni and Tanera DeBeau.

Please join me in welcoming these two new FMS managers to the Niagara College community.

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Student Services: New Student Assistants

We have 9 new Student Assistants who are already preparing for the Fall Term.

They completed a full day of training on Saturday July 20th and are starting their “shadowing” shifts this week.

When you see them at the front, please welcome them and introduce yourself for them to become more familiar with each campus.

Student Services: New Welland Student Services Administrator

A huge thank you to Nancy Avolio and Patricia for making sure our frontline in Welland was serviced without disruption as we completed our recruitment process for Emily Moar’s backfill. I am pleased to announce that Jack Dam is our successful candidate for this position. Jack is very excited to be returning to our frontline in S100. Jack’s most recent role in our department has been with our Inquiry Response Team. Prior to joining IRT Jack was a Student Assistant at both the WC and NOTL offices. This year he graduated from NC’s Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management diploma. Jack is fluent in Vietnamese, Russian, Ukranian, and English. His transition to the front desk will begin Tuesday, August 6th.

Message from Global Education and Partnerships: Staff Update

The Global Education and Partnerships (GEP) team is growing with the addition of four new students working out of NCBC. Please help us in welcoming:

Dominic Kawei

Dominic is currently enrolled in the International Business Management program at NC. Previously, he completed his undergraduate degree in Film Studies. His career interests include Videographer, Film Director, Digital Content Creator, Social Media Content Creator and Digital Content Marketer. Through his IBM internship, Dominic is working with GEP as a Videographer Intern. His responsibilities involve creating marketing video content that showcase GEP projects and programs.

Reuben Plance

Reuben holds a B.A in Political Science and Information Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Master of Philosophy in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo, Norway. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Education (Social and Cultural Context Stream) at the Faculty of Education, Brock University. His research focuses on access to an equitable and inclusive Technical and Vocational Education in Canada. Reuben is passionate about global education and international development and wants to become a Global Education Specialist. Reuben is assisting GEP on the Malawi Decentralization project as a Project Support Officer.

Andrew Holub

Andrew is a 4th year NC student pursuing a BBA in International Commerce and Global Development. His plan for the next few years includes gaining valuable work experience, applying to business schools for his MBA, and then building a career in the finance sector, specifically within investment banking. As a part of GEP, Andrew – Global Project Assistant – is conducting market research. Specifically, he is performing environmental scans, competitor analyses, and a SWOT analysis, ultimately identifying major trends in the TVET space for GEP to consider.

Alejandro Montoya Palacio

Alejandro is currently studying at NC in the Hospitality and Tourism Management postgraduate program. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad EAFIT Colombia and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management from Universidad de

Medellin Colombia. Alejandro has over 15 years of experience working in the commercial field in Colombia, as well as owning a coffee shop and operating his own real estate business. Alejandro is supporting GEP as a Global Project Assistant on the Latin American projects.

Thank you,

GEP Team


(In Case You Missed it)
Save the Date for Niagara Day 2019
FedDev Ontario supports expansion of Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation
NC's first sustainability plan takes root
Community Celebration for President Dan Patterson Nov. 22
Renovations at Welland Campus Library and Learning Commons update
Parking permit registration for 2019-2020 begins Aug 1
Please direct all media inquiries and other external communications to International’s communications consultant, Julie Greco.  
Julie can be reached at 905-735-2211 x 7368, or via email

Student Success

For this month's student success story, please see the "Featured" article section for our video from recent grads.

Staff Updates

The NC International team is always growing! Additions (or moves) help Niagara College provide a greater level of support to our partners around the world and enhance our recruitment activities as well as strengthen our international partnerships.

Jack Dam - Welland Student Services Administrator

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