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Algonquin Reads Author Event

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Zoe Whittall

On Friday March 11, we welcomed Award winning author, Zoe Whittall to Algonquin College, for her reading and Q&A session. We were delighted to see so many people in attendance, coming from different areas of the college. 

Zoe Whittall read three passages from her book, Holding Still for as long as possible and then answered questions from the audience. And there were a lot of questions!  One student was amazed, and perhaps discouraged, that Ms Whittall’s novel had gone through around 25 drafts!  Sobering words, that we can’t all become award winning authors over night.  It is always interesting to learn about the writing process, when you love to read books. How do these authors come up with these ideas? How do they make sure they get the words right? It was interesting to learn about the mechanics of writing too. Ms Whittall described the process in great detail, about going through her manuscript many times taking out certain parts, adding certain parts, giving her book to others to read it over to see if the voices sounds credible.   It was a great and informative event and we hope to host more authors in the future.

Thanks to the Algonquin Reads team for making it happen, especially Joanne McDonald, Catrina McBride, Cecelia Taylor, Marni Squire, and Joan Callaghan.  Thanks also to the Professional Writing professors, Nathan Greenfield and Ian Roy for bringing their classes to this event.

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Algonquin Employees Celebrate Wellness Week!

Wellness Week

Photo by Tara Shapransky, Algonquin Times

Algonquin College employees celebrated Canada’s Healthy Workplace from 1 – 5 November, 2010 with 230 participants registered in 21 well attended workshops.  The Centre for Organizational Learning together with Algonquin’s wellness partners planned the event around the wellness themes of “healthy mind”, “healthy body” and “healthy workplace”.  Internal and external facilitators led a wide variety of workshops including “Improving Immunity with Nutrition”, “Office Ergonomics”, “Cartooning for Stress Relief/Fun/Relaxation”, “Move & Rejuvenate in Your Workspace”, “Classical Feng Shui”, “Photography for the Soul” and “Help Get Your Children from High School to a Career”.  Algonquin’s benefits provider, Sun Life Financial also delivered a few workshops including “New Homes, New Needs”, “Transition & Change” and “Retirement Planning”.  Various fitness workshops were held including “Yoga”, “Zumba”, and Read more…

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2010 Art ShowFaculty of Arts, Media and Design Art Show
Wednesday, November 10th
T102
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

What started out as a small art show to exhibit the works of Design Studies faculty has blossomed into a full fledge creative event including artists, musicians, writers and singers.
On Wednesday November 10th, the Faculty of Arts Media and Design will hold its 4th Annual Art Show. The show features the work of staff and teachers. Exhibits run the gamut from board games to intricate oil paintings. One impromptu addition last year was a musical submission from Television professor Randy Dash and Dean Russell Mills – before long singers were coaxed to join the duo on stage.
The show has now developed not only an audience, but a long list of exhibitors. This year a harpist and poet will join the mix as well as some digital art from faculty.
The informal vibe is enticing and it’s a great way to see art the way it is meant to be enjoyed.
Where they find the time to create is anybody’s guess – but the teachers and staff in the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design produce some of the most innovative art you will ever see.
This free event takes place in T102 and runs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wine and cheese is served and the hospitality flows.

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