Last chance for a local couple to have dream wedding

Sep 22, 2010

It’s still not too late for one lucky couple from the Niagara Region to have a dream wedding thanks to the unique Wedding Bells Project, organized by Niagara College’s Event Management students.

After successfully planning a wedding earlier this year, students will again take on the stress and time requirements of wedding planning for a lucky Niagara couple for 2010/11. Now in its fifth year, the project is part of the applied component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program.

“From day one the planners understood our vision and what we wanted for our wedding,” said last year’s lucky couple, Kendra and Erick. “The committee, along with our extraordinary sponsors, gave us the wedding of our dreams and exceeded our expectations.”

Couples will delegate tasks related to the wedding day, which will take place between February and early April 2011. Eligible couples work with a planning committee on key decisions, responsibilities and standards. Students will work within any budget amount provided by the couple. In addition to the wedding, students will also take on the responsibility of planning one ancillary activity (e.g., rehearsal dinner, wedding shower, etc.) to be agreed on between the selected couple and the wedding planning committee.

The extended deadline for applications is Monday, September 27, 2010. For further information and application forms, visit or email Janet Jakobsen, Event Management Professor and Faculty Supervisor for the Wedding Bells Project, at

Event Management is a one-year Graduate Certificate program and part of Niagara College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Administration. The program prepares students for careers in the planning, promotion and execution of special events in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors. As part of the program, students organize a number of events, including Wedding Bells and the Many Hands Project. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

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

Application deadline for 2011 Many Hands Project Sept. 27

Sep 22, 2010

The application deadline is just around the corner for the student-led 2011 Many Hands Project, which allows a local charitable organization to enhance, improve and renovate its facilities with the help of Niagara College’s Many Hands Committee, composed of Event Management students and aided by Construction Studies students.

Last year’s project resulted in a successful renovation of the In the Orchard (ITO) Programming Centre for Youth in Fonthill. ITO focuses on creating and providing innovative programs for youth, including those considered “at-risk,” in communities surrounding Fonthill. The renovations included the extending and upgrading of washroom facilities, replacing of doors and windows, building of a new staircase to connect the basement to the main level, resurfacing of concrete flooring, and enhancing the interior structure of program activity areas and art display.

As in years past, students will plan all aspects of the project, which will take place during winter 2011. The lead (and founding) sponsor of the Many Hands Project is Canadian Tire Financial Services.

Applications are still being accepted from local not-for-profit community organizations for the 2011 Many Hands Project. The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, September 27, 2010.

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara Region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Selection of the project will be determined through the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

Now in its fourteenth year, Many Hands is a community-driven project organized by Niagara College students as part of the Event Management Graduate Certificate program together with Construction Studies students, who complete the renovations. Students assist a not-for-profit organization by enhancing, improving and renovating their facility.

For further information and application forms, please visit


For more information, contact:

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

Historic Niagara/Brock game to open College’s Athletic Centre, support United Way

Sep 22, 2010

Niagara College will officially open its brand-new Athletic Centre with a historic matchup between the Niagara College Knights and Brock University Badgers men’s basketball teams.

The first annual Peninsula Hoops Classic will take place Wednesday, September 29, with all proceeds going to the United Way of South Niagara. In subsequent years, the venue will alternate between Niagara College and Brock University.

“Niagara College and Brock University have a great working relationship in academics and student services, and we are very excited to build a strong and long-lasting partnership in varsity sports,” said Ray Sarkis, Niagara College’s Coordinator of Athletics and Recreation.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the grand opening of Niagara College’s new Athletic Centre,” said Brock University’s Athletic Director Chris Critelli. “The support our athletic departments show in giving back to the community speaks volumes, as this is just one of many events supported by our student athletes and coaches.”

While both Brock University and Niagara College have historically had strong basketball programs, the teams have never met on the court. Making the game a reality is due in large part to the efforts of Sarkis, Critelli, Niagara College Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Atkin and Brock University Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Rootes. A strong desire on both sides to support an essential community organization was key to moving the idea forward.

“We are thoroughly thrilled to be a part of this historic event and know that it will be sold out,” said Peter Papp, Executive Director of the United Way of South Niagara. “Hats off to Niagara College and Brock University for their community commitment to the United Way in Niagara.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tip-off is at 7 p.m., at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for college, university and high school students and $2 for children aged 13 and under. All tickets will be sold at the door. Parking is free.

Refreshments will be available in The Core, the Niagara College Student Administrative Council’s (SAC) new student centre, adjacent to the Athletic Centre. A portion of the proceeds from concession sales will also be donated to the United Way.

The Niagara College Knights have competed in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association since the 1969/70 season. The Men’s Basketball program has won three Bronze Medals in its 41-year history. Currently, there are six Varsity Sports Teams at Niagara – Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, and Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, along with seven tournament sports: Men’s and Women’s and Mixed Curling, Men’s and Women’s Golf, and Men’s and Women’s Indoor Soccer.

This season, the Knights have a new home in the Athletic Centre at the Welland Campus – a key part of the College’s $90 million campus redevelopment.

Brock University has a rich tradition of athletic excellence. In its 43-year history, the Badgers have captured 28 national and 53 provincial championships. Brock currently offers 24 varsity sports, which includes 13 men’s and 11 women’s programs.


For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
905-735-2211, ext. 7567

Shawn Whiteley
Sports Information & Marketing Coordinator
Brock University
905-688-5550, ext. 4506

Peter Papp
Executive Director
United Way of South Niagara


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