Students' Association

Red Deer College

Outstanding students recognized
at RDC Convocation

Three outstanding students - Jessica Lohmann, Nirupama Raghavan and Maryanne McGrath - were recognized for their exceptional contributions to academics and to the community at Red Deer College's 52nd Convocation, Friday, June 3.

Outstanding Student Award

Maryanne McGrath, president of the Students' Association, received the Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award for her outstanding leadership and commitment to RDC.

“This Award acknowledges a student who has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the College and the community,” explained Holly Dickson, Chair of RDC’s Foundation Board. “With her passion for RDC and her extensive work to support the needs of both current and future students, Maryanne is a very deserving recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Student Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship presented by the RDC Foundation."

McGrath, who was the Students’ Association of Red Deer College President for 2015-16 and has been re-elected for the coming year, recently worked with her team to donate $500,000 to the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport. A strong advocate for RDC’s status change to a Polytechnic University, McGrath has also increased supports for student mental health and increased awareness regarding bullying and harassment.

Despite having a busy schedule as Students’ Association President, McGrath remains grounded in her roots as an undergraduate student, and she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and English.

Governor General's Academic Medal

Jessica Lohmann received the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level). She is the RDC student who had the highest academic standing this year after completing the final year of a diploma-level post-secondary program.

“The Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal represents outstanding scholarly achievement that speaks to dedication and hard work on the part of the student,” said Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President, Academic. “It is a privilege to see a deserving student be presented with this Award each year, and Jessica Lohmann’s academic record sets her apart, making her a worthy recipient of this medal.”

Lohmann is graduating from the Business Administration diploma program, with a major in Accounting. She has earned seven A+ grades and an overall GPA of 4.0. Lohmann will be continuing at RDC this fall in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program (offered at RDC, in collaboration with Mount Royal University), majoring in Accounting. Once she completes her degree, she intends to pursue her Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

U of C Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion

Nirupama Raghavan received the final student award of RDC’s 52nd Convocation, the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion.

“This medal is presented to a student in the Bachelor of Arts collaborative program at RDC, and it is given to the student with the highest academic achievement in the final year of his or her degree program,” Hanna explained. “Nirupama Raghavan excelled in her studies, and it is an honour to see her receive this Award.”

Raghavan is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Honours collaborative degree in English with a minor in History, and she achieved an overall GPA of 3.933, with nine A+ grades during the 2015-16 academic year. Her award represents the fifth year that the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion has been presented as part of RDC’s Convocation ceremonies.

Students' Association's donates $500,000
to Harris Centre

College allocates Train Station for SA use in recognition

Tuesday, April 5 was a special day for the Students’ Association of Red Deer College and the College itself.
It was a day celebrating the Students’ Association’s $500,000 donation to the Shaping our Future campaign and announcing the College’s recognition of that donation.

As was announced at the construction launch of the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport, the Students’ Association has committed $500,000 to facility expansion project. In recognition of this donation, the College has allocated the current Train Station which will be repurposed for use as a gathering and meeting area for the Association and its clubs and societies.

For the past 15 years, students have been investing a portion of their fees in the Building Trust Fund. This trust fund was established decades ago, as a savings account for future growth and the expansion of Students' Association services. The last time the Students’ Association accessed the building trust fund was in 2000, explained McGrath, when the Association expanded the Far Side and renovated its current offices and service areas. On March 1, the student body supported a motion to access this fund again.

“Student leaders carry the duty of honoring the decisions of past students, an obligation to build on those decisions in the present, and the responsibility of anticipating the needs of future students," explains Students' Association President Maryanne McGrath. “We have the students of past years to thank for paving the way to this moment. It was the effort of past Students’ Association leaders and members that has positioned our organization as it is today; in a position to further enrich the lives of our students."

Students’ Association President
receives national award

Students’ Association President Maryanne McGrath was recognized on the national stage recently when she received the Student Leadership Award of Excellence Gold from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

“I am endlessly thankful for the opportunities the College and the Students’ Association have granted me, allowing me to grow as a leader, student and person,” said McGrath. “When I was first elected as SARDC President, my goal was to help the students currently with me, plan for the students that will come after me and honour the students that came before me. I never anticipated recognition or praise for my efforts, and it’s an honour to be recognized through this national award.”

The Student Leadership Award of Excellence is presented annually to an outstanding, currently enrolled student leader who has made an exceptional contribution within the institution and within the communities it serves.

“Maryanne is a dedicated, highly motivated student leader who has been making tremendous contributions to Red Deer College since she became a student here in 2014,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “She is an exceptional leader, and we are so pleased to see her passion and her commitment to her role being acknowledged with this national award.

“As President of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College, Maryanne has led her team to undertake initiatives that are incredibly positive for students,” says Ward, adding that McGrath’s focus is on helping both current and future students.

These initiatives include the Students’ Association’s recent donation of $500,000 to the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport, as well as advocating for RDC’s change in status to a Polytechnic University.

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.

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