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RDC's monthly alumni e-newsletter, Spotlight, is your direct link to the news, events and opportunities that connect our alumni to each other, to our community and to our College. Update your contact information here, and we'll deliver the email digest directly to your inbox every month. 

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Screen shot from virtual meetingAlumni News

February 2021

Collaborating to serve our learners 

The RDC Foundation and RDC Alumni Association Boards of Directors met virtually on February 8 to discuss collaborative activities to support Red Deer College learners. These two groups of community leaders share some common goals. Over the next few years, the Boards are committed to working together to support RDC students through scholarships and by promoting Red Deer College.

We're looking forward to sharing this exciting work with you as it develops!


RDC Alumni Business Directory

New businesses added to the RDC Alumni Business Directory! Have you submitted your business yet? We’ve loved learning more about the work you’ve done since graduation, and we’re proud to support your success.

Add your business to the directory here.


Western Canadian Administrative Conference 2021

March 10 and 11

The Calgary, Edmonton & Red Deer Branches of the Association of Administrative Professionals have collaborated to bring the annual Western Canadian Administrative Conference online. Connect with other professionals in this informative and engaging virtual event. Alumni of the Administrative Professional, Legal Assistant, and Business Administration programs will find this conference especially useful. For more information on the conference, or to register, click here.

For more information on the Canadian Association of Administrative Professionals, including how to join the Red Deer Branch visit

Alumni Events

February 2021

A student cycling on campusRDC Strategic Planning Stakeholder Sessions

This summer, you shared your ideas on the future of work and the future of post-secondary education in our Strategic Planning survey. As we continue with that work, we’re looking for your input to inform RDC’s strategic plan. Alumni are an important part of this conversation, and you represent a unique intersection of stakeholders. As business owners and decision makers, you know the skills and experiences students need to have to be successful. You’re parents of students and potential students. You’ve been here, so you know what we do well and what we could improve. As we look toward the future, you know what matters most to your community, your neighbourhood, your industry and your family.

Join us for one or more of our virtual workshop sessions, which focus on RDC’s transformation of the learner experience and programs of the future. Key questions will explore our ideal future state and generate themes and tangible ideas for the way forward as we develop RDC’s new responsive strategic plan. Register here.

  • Learner Experience | Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30PM
  • Learner Experience | Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
  • Programs of the Future | Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Programs of the Future | Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

If you have questions, or for more information, contact katelyn [dot] ruiz [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (subject: Spotlight%20-%20RDC%20Strategic%20Planning%20Sessions) (Katelyn Ruiz.)

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Join us for a free Lunch & Learn Virtual Workshop

What do we do in RDC’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing- Technology Access Centre? Leading edge equipment, expert technicians, and a network of partners help business owners and innovators bring big ideas to life. If you have questions about design and manufacturing, get a closer look at what we do by registering for one of these free, virtual Lunch & Learn workshops at

  • Intellectual Property 101 – with Angela Keuling | Feb 23 | 12 pm
  • Going from Manual Labor to Automation – A virtual hands-on experiment | Mar 9 | 12 pm

Learn more at


Get Nostalgic!

RDC Alumni are celebrating their accomplishments by looking back on how far they’ve come. Join us by sharing How it Started and How it’s Going on social media:

  1. CCarley Misanchukreate a post on your preferred social platform
  2. Include one photo of yourself in your College days
  3. Add a photo of yourself or your life now
  4. Use the caption: “How it started / How it’s going”
  5. Tag @reddeercollege and @rdcalumni

Need some inspiration?

Love and Marriage:

  • How it started: a photo of you and your partner when you were dating
  • How it’s going: a photo of your adorable kids


  • How it started: a photo of yourself studying
  • How it’s going: a photo of yourself at work


  • How it started: a photo of yourself playing College soccer
  • How it’s going: a photo of yourself coaching your child’s team

Tag us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Sheila Musgrove promotional photoAlumni Stories 

February 2021

Don't wait to get your ducks in a row | Read more 

In a presentation last week, Sheila Musgrove (Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2015; Legal Assistant, 1998) shared some unique and inspiring ideas for finding mentorship moments and lessons in unexpected places. In this short blog post, our hosts, Sonia and Michelle, reflect on some of the highlights.


Natalie PaetzLeading with humility| Read more

Natalie Paetz is a business and community leader. Read more about the things she's learned in her near-twenty-year career in new home construction. Her leadership is marked by a willingness to ask questions and to listen. 

Join us on Feb 24, when Natalie shares some of her wisdom an experience in our next free Global Insights webinar. 


College News

February 2021

Darren GrahamRDC Coaches share words of wisdom

Are you following RDC Athletics on social media? Each Wednesday, RDC coaches share a word of advice that has inspired them.

This week, RDC alum and Kings Basketball Head Coach, Darren Graham shares one of his favorite quotes: "Success is peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction and knowing you've made the effort, do the best of what you're capable." - John Wooden.

“I appreciate John Wooden's faith, his winning legacy and his inclusive and relevant definition of success,” says Darren. As a championship-winning athlete and coach, as a student and a teacher, Darren’s wisdom inspires us to work hard and give our best in everything we do. For your weekly motivation, follow RDC Athletics on Facebook or Instagram 


Dale Gust poses with the certificatesRDC's Engineering Technologies program receive accreditation certificatses

On January 28, Red Deer College hosted a virtual event in which we were presented Certificates of Accreditation for our Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs by Technology Accreditation Canada. Accreditation not only indicates that RDC's programs meet national standards, but it also allows graduates a direct route to professional designations, and it provides national and international recognition. These certificates were presented to Dale Gust, Associate Dean of the School of Trades and Technologies, by Richard Stamper, Executive Director for Technology Accreditation Canada. The event was attended by Joel Gingrich, Dean of the School of Trades and Technologies, and faculty and students of the Engineering Technology programs.

This event proudly celebrates the accreditation announcements made last year. Learn more about these programs and accreditations here:

Give Back

February 2021

Bleed Green

Get ready for a new type of competition... The BLEED GREEN challenge!

Kiara photoIn partnership with Canadian Blood Services, RDC Kings and Queens teams are rolling up their sleeves to support Red Deer Hospital patients by donating blood.

You can join the challenge! Support your favorite team by booking an appointment to donate between February 22 and 26. To participate, you must register your Canadian Blood Services account under your RDC athletic team of choice. The easiest way to do this is to book online, and join the “Red Deer College – Queens/Kings SPORT” partner account. For detailed instructions,alumni [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (subject: How%20do%20I%20join%20the%20Bleed%20Green%20challenge%3F) ( email us. )We would be happy to help you support this great cause.

Contribute to Kiara’s student research project

How has the global pandemic affected your well-being? That's what Kiara, a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts Psychology student, is looking to find out.

Kiara, under the supervision of her professor, Dr. Anomi Bearden, is seeking the help of our community to participate in her survey, "The Effects of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic on Coping and Well-Being." Kiara's research will assess the impact of various lifestyle aspects on coping, mental health, and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and closes on February 20. If interested, please complete Kiara's survey here.
















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