NC launches new athletics bus

Jan 19, 2010

Niagara College launched its new athletics bus January 19 during stops at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses.

Niagara College athletics has partnered with Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches to provide the Niagara College Knights varsity athletics teams with a bus they can call their own. The 56-seat coach is a travelling billboard for Niagara College and its athletics programs, with College logos and athletics action photos on the exterior. The bus has been designated for use by Niagara College’s varsity athletics teams for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season.

“This initiative presents a unique opportunity to raise Niagara College’s profile province-wide as our student athletes travel to games and matches throughout Ontario,” said Niagara College Vice President of Student and Community Relations Sean Kennedy.

The bus is also available to College academic programs for field trips, and is available for charters through Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches when not in use by Niagara College.

More than 120 student athletes compete on Niagara College’s six varsity sports teams, which include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s volleyball. Niagara College athletics also includes seven tournament teams, including mens and women’s and mixed curling, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s indoor soccer. The Niagara Knights compete in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Western Region.



For more information, contact:

Ray Sarkis
Athletics and Recreation Coordinator
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7583

Niagara Knights athletes, with mascot Knightro, outside the Welland Campus

Niagara Knights athletes, with mascot Knightro, outside Welland Campus

Niagara Knights athletes at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Niagara Knights Athletes outside Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Ontario colleges continue to seek a negotiated settlement with OPSEU

Jan 14, 2010

(TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2010) – With its strike vote now completed, Ontario’s 24 colleges are urging the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) representing full-time faculty to return to the bargaining table and work to get a negotiated agreement.

The colleges have made an offer to faculty that increases salaries by eight per cent over four years and raises the maximum salary to $103,975, ensuring that Ontario college faculty members continue to be the best paid in Canada.

Dr. Rachael Donovan, the chair of the colleges’ bargaining team, said the colleges will be asking OPSEU to return to the bargaining table as soon as possible to work to avoid a strike.

“We are committed to negotiating a fair, affordable and practical settlement, which ensures that our students receive the highest quality of education possible,” Dr. Donovan said.

The initial results indicate that approximately 57 per cent of faculty voted in favour of a strike. Although this is a narrow vote in favour of a strike, the result still gives OPSEU a strike mandate and the ability to now call a strike at any time. However, Dr. Donovan said the priority has to be on reaching an agreement and averting a strike.

“The union must work with colleges to reach a fair, affordable and practical agreement,” said Dr. Donovan. “A strike mandate hasn’t made OPSEU’s positions any more affordable. It hasn’t given the colleges any more money.”

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Students launch Many Hands project

Jan 14, 2010

Niagara College students offered a sneak peek into this year’s Many Hands Project during a launch event Jan. 14. Renovation Technician-Construction and Event Management students were joined by Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn at In The Orchard (ITO) Programming for the Arts, this year’s recipient.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Many Hands Project provides needed renovations for a local non-profit organization.

As part of the Many Hands Committee, Event Management students plan all aspects of the project, including the selection process in choosing the recipient, obtaining sponsors, and volunteer recruitment and coordination. Students from construction programs assist the project by completing required renovations prior to the ‘unveiling day’ in April 2010. Canadian Tire Financial Services will again be the project’s lead sponsor.

ITO focuses on creating and providing innovative programs for youth, including “at-risk” youth in communities surrounding Fonthill, Ontario.

This year’s renovations will include the extending and upgrading of washroom facilities, rebuilding of a deck, replacing of doors, and interior structural enhancement to the art display and program activity areas.

The Event Management students are once again organizing several fundraising events to support the Many Hands Project, including:

“Dance the Night Away” – Come Dance the Night Away on Saturday, Feb. 6, with music from six memorable eras starting with the 50s at 7:00 p.m. and ending with a millennium celebration at midnight. Tickets are $25 per person. Prizes will be won for best dress, best dance and best costume. There will be a silent auction held throughout the evening. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Club Italia in Niagara Falls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“Taste the World” – Sample flavours from around the world, Saturday, Feb. 20, during a culinary event that will showcase a variety of food and entertainment from different countries around the world. Take your taste buds on a tour from the comforts of North American food to the exotic tastes of Asia, while satisfying your appetite. Tickets are $35 per person before Jan. 20, and $40 thereafter. Taste the world at the Feastivities Conference Centre in Welland, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Fashion in the Falls” – Get a glimpse of the newest trends during a charity fashion show, Saturday, Feb. 27. The event features a celebrity MC, live auction, refreshments, swag bags and fashion styles presented by some of Niagara’s top retailers. Tickets are $30 per person, or $160 for a table of six. The show takes place at the Best Western Beacon Harbourside Inn & Suites Conference Centre in Jordan. Doors to the event open at 6:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:30 pm.

“Wild West Whodunnit’ Murder Mystery” – Find your inner detective during a night of murder and mystery in the Wild West, Saturday, March 13. Be entertained, while enjoying a mysterious old western story line, a western-style dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person. Guests are invited to dress in the theme of the old Wild West. The mystery takes place at the Beechwood Golf & Country Club in Niagara Falls, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Visit for more information.

The Hospitality and Tourism Division of Niagara College offers Event Management as a one-year Graduate-Certificate program. Throughout the program students are prepared for careers in the planning, promotion and execution of special events in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors. Students are required to organize a number of events, including the Many Hands project. For more information on the Many Hands initiative, visit or call 905-641-2252, ext. 6404.


For more information, contact:

Shelley Merlo
Coordinator, Event Management Program
Niagara College
905-641-2252, ext. 4233

Niagara College welcomes largest intake of first-year January-start students: Orientation activities to run Jan.7-8

Jan 6, 2010

Niagara College welcomes its largest-ever intake of first-year January-start students this week, as close to 800 new students start their college career.

The students will get their first taste of college life during January Orientation, Jan. 7 and 8. On Jan. 7, students at the Welland Campus will have a welcome session from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Hamilton Room, followed by program information sessions. At the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Jan. 8, the welcome session runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Yerich Auditorium, with program information sessions from 11 a.m. to noon. A free lunch will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. in the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus Cafeteria, followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Karyn Gordon, one of North America’s leading authorities on youth/Generation Y. The presentation will be followed by a draw for a 42″ plasma television. Transportation between campuses will be provided for those wishing to attend the afternoon activities at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Most Niagara College programs offer accelerated January-start formats with semesters running into the summer. The winter semester also provides another intake for many competitive programs, offering flexibility to students upgrading their pre-admission requirements.

Applications for 2010 January-starts saw a 44 percent jump over last year. Full-time program classes start Monday, Jan. 11.

Limited spaces are still available for a wide range of programs. Students can enrol in a January-start program until Friday, Jan. 15. For more information, or to apply, contact the Admissions office by calling 905-735-2211, ext. 7619, apply in-person at either the Welland or Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus at the Admissions counter, or visit

With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched an unprecedented $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.


For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing and Communications
905 735-2211 ext. 7567
905 650-7820 (cell)


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