Red Deer College
Mental Health Week: November 23 to 27
Students can face a lot of pressure and stress in their academic and personal lives as they try to balance numerous stressors including deadlines, loneliness, tuition costs, exams, anxiety and more.
Current studies indicate the three most common factors affecting academic performance are stress, sleep difficulties and anxiety. The Students' Association wants to help change that for RDC students so it will be hosting a number of Mental Health related events throughout the coming months.
Mental Health Week, which runs November 23 to 27, is dedicated to stress reduction and creating a positive atmosphere in which mental health can be explored and enhanced. A number of fun and engaging events are planned to help address mental health on campus.
Mental Health Week Activities
Monday, November 23
- Pledge to Fight Stigma: Sign the pledge and stand up to stigma surrounding mental wellness and mental illness.
- Stick Stigma activity in the Forum
Tuesday, November 24
- Tea Talk in the Forum: Sit, relax, have some tea and meet some new people.
- Craft Table in the Forum: Take a break and unwind while creating something special.
Wednesday, November 25
- Oxygen Bar & Music in the Forum: Up your O2 levels and revitalize with music.
- Free lunch in the Forum: Two words - comfort food.
Thursday, November 26
- Craft Table in the Forum: Relax and unwind while creating something unique.
Friday, November 27
- Free continental-style breakfast @ 9 a.m. in the Far Side
- Free breakfast @ 10:30 a.m. at Donald School of Business
- Masquerade Party: Unmask stigma and celebrate mental health in the Far Side. Admission is $5 at the door (free with a food bank donation)
Mental Health Initiative
In 2013-2014, the Students' Association introduced a Mental Health Initiative aimed at promoting a positive atmosphere at Red Deer College in which mental health can be explored and enhanced. The initiative will bring mental health information to the forefront for students, with the objective of helping the campus community identify the role of mental health in an individual's well-being.
The initiative is supported by funding from the Alberta Campus Mental Health Initiative Fund (ACMHI).
Students’ Association supports Polytechnic University Model
In an unanimous vote held on October 29, Students’ Association Council endorsed Red Deer College’s request for a status change to a polytechnic university.
The Students’ Association is committed to the polytechnic university model, as proposed by Red Deer College. A polytechnic university model would see enhanced programming options for students and degree-granting status.
On October 30, Students’ Association President Maryanne McGrath submitted a letter of support for the polytechnic university to the Red Deer College Board of Governors.
“Students want to complete their degrees in Central Alberta and at Red Deer College,” says McGrath. “We come to Red Deer College because of small class sizes, a close campus community and faculty and staff that are invested our success.
“The polytechnic university model would support this, and allow Central Albertans access to degrees in fine arts, humanities, trades and technology, business, sciences, and education. If we complete our education in Central Alberta, we are more likely to stay in the region.”
The Students’ Association is committed to lobbying the government for a status change.
Looking to buy a bus pass at the Donald School of Business?
Monthly Student Transit Passes ($59) can be purchased at Sorenson Station Transit Terminal in downtown Red Deer. Sorenson Station Customer Service is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Monthly passes also available at the Students’ Association office as well as various locations throughout the city. Click here to find out where transit passes are available for purchase.
Winter SARDC Semester Pass
The winter SARDC Semester Pass (valid from January to April) will be available for purchase at the Donald School of Business. Sale dates and times will be announced shortly.
The winter SARDC Semester Pass will also be available for purchase at the Students' Association office.
Representation, Services, FUN!
The Students’ Association of Red Deer College plays an important role in your life at RDC. The SA advocates for and represents students, provides a myriad of important (and fun!) services and is one of the largest employers of students on campus!
If you have a question, concern, need some more information or want to become more active with your SA, stop by the SA office, call 403-342-3200 or send us an email!
Our mission: The Students’ Association of Red Deer College will enrich and enhance the quality of student life at Red Deer College by providing affordable and quality services, effective political representation and exciting opportunities for its members.