International Literacy Day Challenge

“Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”

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International Literacy Day has been celebrated annually since 1967. It is a day where people recognize the importance of literacy and how it is a basic human right. The goal of International Literacy Day is to further the progress we are making to create a more literate and sustainable society. To this day approximately 773 million youth and adults are lacking basic literacy skills. Learning is a lifelong process, it does not stop when you become an adult, and there should always be an opportunity to further progress you literacy skills, no matter your age.

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Due to the pandemic, we have seen some literacy divide among people across the world. For example, adult learning programs were not included in the Education Response Plan to Covid-19, thus suspending them and halting adult learning, some children did not have access to the resources they needed to learn (ex: power, internet, etc.), and it amplified the pre-existing inequalities in accessing a good education and basic literary learning opportunities, due to literacy opportunities not being evening spread out among the nation. Covid-19 also amplified the digital divide society experiences as some people did not have access to the technology (computers) necessary to continue their learning.

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This year on September 8th, 2021 to celebrate International Literacy Day we will be focusing on a human-centered recovery, where we work to close the gap on literacy and digital divide. We will strive to create a more inclusive learning environment for all people, so that no one gets left behind, and everyone has the chance to further their learning in a way that they value.

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This year on international literacy day pull out a book or your electronic reading device and read for a bit. Your mind will thank you and you can take pride in knowing you are helping create a more literate and sustainable society.

On September 8th, 2021 join other MHC staff and students as we celebrate the International day of Literacy.

Open to all MHC faculty, staff and students, there will be a reading challenge from September 8-14, 2021 as we narrow the global digital divide and build a more literate and sustainable society. Sign up at the Student’s Association, either as a soloist or on a team (up to 4 people) and start READING! Make sure to keep track of minutes read as you spend this week finishing your latest novel or exploring a new book from our reading suggestions. Submit your reading form to the Student’s Association with all reading minutes at the end of the week for your chance to win some awesome prizes!

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Need some help choosing a book that’s right for you?! Take a look at our reading lists below, all items available in our library!

BOOK LISTS FOR YOU!

Challenge Me

  • Ulysses PR 6019 O9 U55 1960
  • Moby Dick PS 2384 M5 1999 or CD Audiobook PS 2384 M6 2009
  • The sound and the fury & : As I lay dying PS 3511 A86 S6 1946
  • Blood meridian PS 3563 C337 B58 2010
  • The Silmarillion PR 6039 O32 S5 2008
  • War and peace Online e-book
  • A tale of two cities PR 4571 A1 1949 OR Online e-book
  • The white racial frame : centuries of racial framing and counter-framing E184.A1 F395 2013
  • Shingwauk’s vision : a history of native residential schools E96.5 .M55 1996
  • Dune PS 3558 E7 D8 2005
  • One hundred years of solitude PQ 8180.17 A73 C513 2006
  • Heroes : the Greek myths reimagined BL783 .F77 2020

On The Go

  • Encyclopedia of Lies Online e-book
  • The Subtweet Online e-book
  • Here Goes Nothing Online e-book
  • Love after the end : an anthology of Two-spirit & Indigiqueer speculative fiction PN6120.92.G39 L68 2020
  • Malagash Online e-book
  • We all go back to the land : the who, why, and how of land acknowledgements Online e-book
  • Weak Planet : Literature and Assisted Survival Online e-book
  • Rebellion Online e-book
  • Shadow Warrior Online e-book
  • The House of One Thousand Eyes Online e-book
  • Alberta Views Online Magazine
  • The New Yorker Online Magazine

Knowledge Seekers

  • High achiever : the incredible true story of one addict’s double life HV5805.J46 A3 2019
  • The gun gap : the influence of gun ownership on political behavior and attitudes HV8059 .J67 2020
  • What difference does it make? : the journey of a soul survivor RC 464 F86 A3 1998
  • Himalaya : a human history DS485.H6 D68 2020
  • Quitter : a memoir of drinking, relapse, and recovery HV5293.B375 A3 2020
  • Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty HD9666.95.S23 K44 2021
  • Learning to love : arranged marriages and the British Indian diaspora HQ802 .P36 2021
  • The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business BF 335 D78 2012
  • Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail PS3619.T744 .Z46 2013
  • Social media and your brain : web-based communication is changing how we think and express ourselves Online e-book
  • We are displaced : my journey and stories from refugee girls around the world Curriculum Collection 371.822 Yous
  • The truth about luck : what I learned on my road trip with grandma HQ 759.9 R44 2013

I Don’t Like Reading But I Want To

  • Not Being on a Boat Online e-book
  • Sadie PZ7.S95397 Sad 2018
  • The marrow thieves PZ7.D54 Mar 2017
  • The tattooist of Auschwitz PR9639.4.M668 T38 2018
  • When the flood falls Online e-book
  • Friendship PS 3607 O94 F75 2014
  • The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy PR 6051 D3352 H57 2005
  • Gods behaving badly PR 6116 H45 G62 2007
  • All the light we cannot see PS 3604 O34 A77 2014
  • The innocents PS8555.R84 I55 2019
  • Small game hunting at the local coward gun club PS8605.O4479 S63 2019
  • The kingmaker’s daughter PR 6057 R386 K5 2012

Days Of Youth

  • The poet X : a novel PZ7.5.A35 Po 2018
  • Genesis begins again PZ7.1.W5456 Gen 2019
  • The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass Online e-book
  • The power PR6101.L43 P69 2017
  • The field guide to the North American teenager PZ7.1.P5165 Fie 2019
  • Five feet apart PZ7.1.L568 Fiv 2019
  • The king of jam sandwiches PZ7.W35 Kin 2020
  • A great and terrible beauty PZ 7 B7386 Gre 2003
  • Twilight PS 3613 E979 T84 2006
  • The Hunger Games PZ 7 C68 Hun 2009
  • Glass Town PN6737.G735 G53 2020
  • Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone PZ 7 R79835 Har1 1999

Canadian Authors

  • Jonny Appleseed PS8645.H5498 J66 2018
  • The sun and her flowers PS8621.A695 S86 2017
  • The heart goes last PS 8501 T82 H4 2015
  • The age of hope PS 8553 E665 A33 2012
  • Birdie PS 8623 I63 B57 2015
  • Daydreams of angels : stories PS 8579 N443 D3 2015
  • Tell PS 8567 T3 T44 2014
  • New women : short stories by Canadian women PS 8327 N49 1991
  • Dragons cry PS 8575 W37 D72 2000
  • The wild rose anthology of Alberta prose PS 8255 A4 W54 2003
  • An audience of chairs PS 8555 L355 A92 2006
  • A map of glass PS 8591 R68 M36 2005

Family Reads

  • Alma and how she got her name PZ7.1.M3745 Alm 2018
  • We are water protectors Curriculum Collection 813.6 Lin
  • Song for a whale PZ7.K29639 Son 2019
  • Hike PZ7.1.O86 Hik 2020
  • I am human : a book of empathy PZ7.1.V46 Iam 2018
  • Drawn together PZ7.1.L39 Dr 2018
  • Meet your family = Gikenim Giniigi’igoog Curriculum Collection 897 Bou
  • How to become an accidental activist Curriculum Collection 361.2092 Mac
  • When stars are scattered PN6727.J36 W54 2020
  • The thing about bees : a love letter PZ7.L32317 Thi 2019
  • Eyes that kiss in the corners PZ7.1.H596 Ey 2021
  • Greta and the giants : inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world PZ7.1.T83 Gre 2019

Where Are The Pictures

  • To kill a mockingbird : a graphic novel PN6737.F673 T6 2018
  • The Iliad : a graphic novel PN6727.H49 I44 2019
  • My brother’s husband PN6790.J33 T25 2017
  • Speak : the graphic novel PZ7.A54385 Sp 2018
  • My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel HV6515 .D47 2012
  • The great Gatsby : the graphic novel PN6737.F673 G74 2020
  • A game of thrones : the graphic novel PN 6727 A27 G35 2014 v. 3
  • Pride and prejudice and zombies : the graphic novel PN 6737 A87 G7 2010
  • The night wanderer : a graphic novel PN 6733 T39 N54 2013
  • Anne Frank’s diary : the graphic adaptation PN 6790.I753 F65 2018
  • Trinity : a graphic history of the first atomic bomb PN6733.F48 T75 2012
  • Stripmalling Online e-book

Crime and Mystery

  • The lake house PR9619.4.M74 L35 2015
  • The long way home PS 8631 E56 L6 2014
  • Drawing conclusions PS3562.E534 D73 2012
  • Medusa’s scream PE1126.N43 J33 2017
  • Bones are forever PS 3568 E476 B6 2012
  • I was here PZ7.F676 Iwa 2015
  • The racketeer PS 3557 R5355 R23 2013
  • The killer trail PS 8605 A737 K55 2014
  • Company Town PR9199.4.A886 C66 2016
  • The perfect murder PR6060.A472 P47 2014
  • Gone girl PS 3606 L935 G66 2012
  • Mystery Weekly Online Magazine
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It’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Week!

Having sex? Not having sex? It’s February, the Looooooove month, so lets talk about IT! (; Sexual and Reproductive Health!

We all have to worry about it, and the time to learn more is just around the corner! February 10-14, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We know that when it comes to coitus some people get queasy and some people get giggly. Nevertheless, sex is an important topic. Luckily for you, the SA can help you out!

Let’s talk about sex. [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/sexual-health-week-2020/

What do we mean when we say sexual health? We mean a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality- with yourself and/or with others. Let’s be serious for a minute. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences. Free of coercion, discrimination and violence. I mean –> CONSENT <– here, people!! Want it simpler? Watch this Tea consent  or this Cycling through Consent. Yea, they’re pretty obvious and to the point eh? Good. You get it now.

Did you know- thanks to over 30 different bacteria, viruses and parasites- more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired EVERY DAY? STIs can have serious reproductive health consequences beyond the immediate impact of the infection itself (e.g., infertility or mother-to-child transmission). So, if you’re not going to sack it, go home and whack it!

Paterson, Jennifer. (2014, December 2). Thinking about sex [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://radssite.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/thinking-about-sex/

Even if you are not sexually active be sure to still join us in talking about sexual and reproductive health! Learn information on how to ensure you stay healthy in the meantime and once you become sexually active! Sexual health involves more than sexual behaviour. We will have whiteboards placed around the college starting today, February 10th, where you can answer questions and read statistics. Make sure you also check out our sexual health fair on Wednesday February 12th, and you do not want to miss our Naughty Banger Bingo on Thursday February 13th for a chance to win some awesome XXX prizes!

And remember – no glove, no love.

Welcome Back Y’all!

Aaaaand we’re back! A little bit groggy and nostalgic about leaving behind a sense of holiday freedom, but happy to re-establish a new and healthy routine! Let’s face it, those sweets and savories gave us more than a few ideas for New Year’s resolutions. But every year it’s the same song and dance, after a few weeks we are suddenly unmotivated and can’t seem to hop back into the motivation station. The trick is finding something simple that we can maintain to get us on track this New Year. Come check out the SA Office, we are here to help with just that!

Quickmemes. (n.d.). One does not simply keep their New Year’s resolutions [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://sayingimages.com/new-years-resolution-meme/

In our SA office we are all about YOU, the students! Need a hand navigating the college campus? We can direct you. Want to find out about services offered on campus and from us? We can tell you. Want to know quiet places to study alone or communal places to hang out? We have answers. Need to rent a locker? We are happy to help. Curious about the Health and Dental Plan? We offer that!  OR do you just want a bit of down time and a puzzle or coloring sheet? We have those too.

Imgflip. (2017). Buddy the Elf meme [Online Image]. Retrieved from https://imgflip.com/i/2037pi

We’ll be hanging out. Every day. In F113. Across from Crave.

Fall Reading Break’s Top 3 Tips

Wahooooo – it’s Fall Reading Break! I don’t know about y’all, but if you’re anywhere near as tired as we are, then this break couldn’t come at a better time. In fact, did you know that the SAMHC advocated for this break for 5 WHOLE YEARS to get it into the MHC calendar? It was hard work but so worth it – and we’re just as thrilled to be reaping the rewards with everyone else 😀

While everyone is off campus getting some needed rest and relaxation, we figured it might be good to give 3 of our top ways to beat procrastination and de-stress over break to help make the most of it!

  • Exercise – Exercise is not only proven to help lift your mood but it’s also a great way to help boost your ability to get back to work when you’re struggling with a paper or study guide. Best of all, if you’re in town still, the gym at MHC is free to students – all you need to show is your campus ID!
  • Connect – Connection is one of the major keys to happiness. Take time over the break if you’re home to reconnect with family and friends or if you’re still in the Hat, get out and get into our vibrant community. Whether it’s for a coffee or even a short walk, connecting in some way will make you ready to tackle those assignments with a fresh brain!
  • Treat Yo’ Self – As famously stated on Parks And Recreation, you gotta treat yo’ self every so often! Channel your inner Donna and Tom and go do something you LOVE! Even if it’s just taking the time to watch your favorite movie or read a few chapters of your favorite book, a little treat will go a long way to helping you de-stress and that’s really what this break is designed for!

Now get out there and enjoy the break – we’re packed and ready for a little R&R ourselves ;D

Get Connected Through Your SA!

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are changing colors as the last few days of summer wind down and we all go back to campus! Luckily, here at the SAMHC we have five helpful tips and tricks to share with you to make sure that this is your best year ever at Medicine Hat College!

  • Number one, did you know that the SAMHC has an app?!? It’s true! Download it today for easy connections with your classmates, to be kept in the loop on all the awesome events that are happening on campus (and in the library!) and to organize your class schedule too!!
  • You know what’s a drag – lugging around a winter jacket and boots in the colder months of the year! Don’t fall victim to the winter blues, come in the SAMHC and rent a locker to store your coat and more. Just please, remember to clean out all your food ;D
  • Number three is one of the best services that we offer as the Students’ Association – and it’s all about the Health and Dental Plan. In order to ensure that students don’t drop out of college because of medical bills, we got you covered with our extensive H&D plan. Pop by today or hop onto www.studentbenefits.ca to see all the awesome things you’re now covered for as a full time, domestic student!
  • Number four on the docket is a service that we love providing to students in need and is our Campus Food Cupboard! If you’re experiencing food insecurity because of short funds, come and see us for access to food right here on campus!
  • And last but certainly not least, no college experience is complete without some fun and that’s just what our Ping-Pong tables are made for! Located in the Den, the Ping-Pong tables are free for students and are a great way to hang out and relieve some of that college stress!

And there you have it, our 5 best tips to help get your year starting off great! Don’t forget to grab the app and remember to get involved to make the most of your MHC experience!!

Celebrating Amazing Women for International Women’s Day

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GIF via: Boutte, Angele Young. “International Women’s Day.” Secondlineblog. 8 March 2018. Retrieved on 01 March 2019 from: https://secondlineblog.org/2018/03/international-womens-day/

Inspirational people come in all shapes, sizes and genders – but with International Women’s Day coming up on March 8th, 2019 we want to help illuminate the glories of women past, present and future.

With the theme of #BalanceforBetter, this year’s IWD2019 is all about celebrating women’s achievements throughout history while calling for a more equal world at the same time. To join in on the festivities, we at the SAMHC office will be hosting an interactive display designed to revel in the wonder of the incredible women at Medicine Hat College and beyond!

Running for a three-day blitz from March 6th to March 8th,  our display will take students, staff and faculty on a historical journey through the eyes of the women who helped write the pages of history. Alongside the archival anecdotes of some of the most influential ladies that have walked the planet, we will have space for those on campus to write the praises for the women in their present lives that share their light, joy, strength and bravery daily.

Everyone is welcome and we hope that together we can create change to make a world that is balanced for the better!

 

 

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day – A Springboard for Mental Health Awareness

bellletstalkThere’s no doubt about it – talking about mental health can be hard! Sometimes unsure of where to start or what to say, people take the easiest road out and say nothing at all. Luckily, there’s an easy way to start changing this unfortunate turn of events and it’s all thanks to Bell Let’s Talk Day – happening this Wednesday, January 30th, 2019!

With the advent of Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, we’ve been able to open the doors to an easy conversation all about mental health. And, while talking about mental health is what Bell Let’s Talk is all about, it begs the question of how do we keep the momentum going year round?

Fortunately, with this year’s poster, Bell has us covered once again! Keep reading to discover how you can #endthestigma!

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“Get Help.” Bell Let’s Talk, letstalk.bell.ca/en/get-help. Accessed January 28, 2019.

 

1. Language Matters – Take a minute and reflect on what your word choices are. Is there a better way to say something than “crazy?” Words can hurt, be mindful of your choices!

2. Be Kind – Everyone can be fighting a hard battle, and we may not get to know what that battle is. So be kind to others and to yourself.

3. Educate Yourself – There’s a lot of information out there about mental health and mental illness. Sleuth through it and get the facts so you can go forward, armed with knowledge!

4. Listen and Ask – Did you know that we can all talk about mental health? All we have to do is ask non-judgemental questions and actively listen to those around us. Mind blowing isn’t it? ;D

5. Talk About It – Now that you’re following all the other 4 steps as outlined above, it’s time to really break down the stigma and talk about what’s going on with your mental health. Be an advocate. Get out there and let the truth be known – we all have struggles, we all have mental health and we can all make a difference by joining the conversation!

 

 

Strong Hearts: Family Violence Prevention at MHC

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Happy November everyone! As some of you are hopefully aware, November is a very special month. Not only do we celebrate men’s health and awareness with Movember, but we also bring attention to healthy love and relationships with Family Violence Prevention.

Usually when people hear the terminology of “Family Violence Prevention” they’re not quite sure what exactly it entails, but they instantly seem to know that they certainly don’t know anyone who has any dealing with family violence, PERIOD! Sadly, we know from the statistics that there is an overwhelming number of people that have been affected by violence from someone they love. Whether it’s intimate partner abuse, neglect from a parent, or sexual assault, the numbers don’t lie – and they’re staggering! In an effort to help bring a voice to the countless people who are or have been affected by violence in their lives, we host an annual Family Violence Prevention week on campus to encourage this discussion to keep gaining momentum (and smash the stigma associated with it along the way)!

This year, we are particularly excited to bring our first-ever art show collaboration on campus thanks to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society and McMan Colour Me Free. Teaming up with these two amazing organizations, LGBTQ2+ students from our community have been invited to create works of art that express what healthy relationships mean to them. Giving a “snapshot” of what relationships can be like in the rainbow community, this art show tackles discrimination, outing, homelessness and abuse in the way of artistic expression and we couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it. The exhibit itself will be on display from November 27th to 29th in the Den with the opening party happening November 27th at 6PM.

There’s also a Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, November 28th from 11AM to 1PM in the Students’ Association Hallway. Thursday night from 5:30PM to 9PM we have the Medicine Hat Board Game Guy back at Crave to host a Friends & Family Game Night (all ages welcome! It’s FREE!).

For more information, or to help someone whom you know is experiencing violence, the Women’s Shelter Society website and directory can be found here: http://www.mhwss.ca/.

Stress Less at MHC

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It’s a new year and for both our new and returning students, the Fall semester can be a time of challenges and triumphs. To make sure that your year starts off right, we have a few tips from our VP Internal, Evelyn Schottner and our Health and Wellness Coordinator, Jaycene Mock.

Hi Everyone! Evelyn here – I’m your VP Internal. You can come visit me to help with all sorts of academic issues if they arise for you. I’m here to help guide you through academic appeals, discrimination issues, and general student rights. I really believe that the College should be a place where all students feel safe and included, and that’s really what my position — and the Students’ Association in general — is all about! I also want to remind students really quick that there is an important date coming up: November 21st, 2018 is the withdraw date. This means that this is the last day to withdraw from a class and have it show up as a “W” on your transcript instead of a failing grade. I would highly recommend talking to your academic advisor prior to this date to weigh out your options if you have a class or classes that you’re struggling in. Other than that, feel free to pop into the SAMHC office or email me at SA_Internal@mhc.ab.ca with any questions you might have! Have a great year everyone!

Changing gears just a little! Jaycene here, your friendly neighborhood Health and Wellness Coordinator. The Fall semester is just kicking off and already I’ve seen a few very stressed-out students. Taking care of yourself can sometimes fall off to the bottom of your priority list when life gets busy but reminder: self-care should always be a priority! As cheesy as it sound, it’s true that you can’t take care of anything if you have not been taking care of yourself. This looks different for each of us, but below is one of my favorite infographics from the masters at Buzzfeed! If you have anymore questions or need anything, again please feel free to pop into the SAMHC office or email me at SA_HWC@mhc.ab.ca. Also come out to our Stress Less Events on September 11th and 12th in the Den 😀

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Borges, Anna. “For Making Everyday A Little More Chill.” Buzzfeed. 16 July 2016. Retrieved on 07 September 2018 from: https://www.buzzfeed.com/annaborges/relaxation-charts?utm_term=.gpxXjo1Ne&sub=4308927_9196789