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!

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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!

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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.

February 5, 2020! Don’t miss out!

What is happening on February 5, 2020? For Medicine Hat College Library, it seems like everything! And we are bringing it all here for you! From a special one time only event to our standard essential for the semester, check out the day we’ve got planned for MHC!

CBC Massey Lecturer, Tanya Talaga, will be speaking at the Eresman Theatre on main campus at 12-1PM. With her books, Seven Fallen Feathers and All my Relations: Finding a Path Forward, this renowned author is one you do not want to miss.

With topics of inter-generational trauma and its affects, the need and path towards finding reconciliation, and so much in between, Tanya Talaga is a dynamic speaker and story-teller, who will spark the discussion in all of us!

Register here today!

Following this special event is another that our college has come to look forward to each semester; Long Night Against Procrastination! LNAP Winter 2020 runs from 5PM until MIDNIGHT, with all the student services brought to you, after hours, to answer the questions you have as a student. It’s ALL-ACCESS till MIDNIGHT!

Focused on academic and mental health, each session and drop-in option is focused on giving/teaching students the resources and skills needed to be the most successful they can be. The night has so much to offer for every individual, whether you are a self-labeled procrastinator or the top of your class, looking for a quick study tip, and brush-up on APA, or an excuse to snuggle a puppy or work on that sun salutation that seems to have escaped progress since the weather turned cold.

Stay on or get back on track with this amazing night!

Pre-registration begins January 27! Find LNAP members at:

  • Monday, January 27 –> Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, January 28 –> B-Wing Hallway
  • Wednesday, January 29 –> Cafeteria
  • Thursday, January 30 –> B-Wing Hallway
  • Friday, January 31 –> Cafeteria
  • Monday, February 3 –> B-Wing Hallway
  • Tuesday, February 4 –> Cafeteria

Or, pre-register online, and check out the schedule to see what you are most interested in! Five sessions will be streaming to Brooks Campus, so all of our students can take part in the night’s events!

Get excited! With 10 days left, the count down is officially on!!

Because the Library is a Space for Everyone

On January 2nd, 2020 we launched our Because the Library is a Space for Everyone initiative. This statement is built out of our Library’s shared values of caring and respect, opening Library up as a place for anyone, for everyone, to find something they can take part in!

Whether hunkering down to study in one of our quiet spaces or our silent space in the room towards the back of the library, or looking to socialize and group work in our collaborative study spaces, or just looking to start a new interest by picking up a new book or tinkering with a new technology, we have the space for you!

From January 2nd through till February 7th, 2020, we are focusing the spotlight on you, the learner. Follow us on instagram @mhclibrary, take a selfie of yourself enjoying the Library and tag us to be entered in to win a gift card to the bookstore. We want to see what you value about the space, what you love most about the Library, and what you want to see more of!

And while we are talking about creating a welcoming environment for all, lets chat about another initiative, Food for Fines, happening from January 2nd through till February 7th.

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During this month long period, Library will offer the ability to pay for overdue fines with non-perishable food items. One item will equal $5.00 worth of overdue fines, and up to a maximum of $25.00 in overdue fines, per person, can be waived this way! All donations will be going to our SA’s Food Pantry, helping to assist students through the tough few months of Winter Semester.

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For more details on either initiative, come to the Library and talk to one of our lovely staff members. We can’t wait to see you!

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!

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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.

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

Fall 2019 Extended Hours

Finals are here! Whether you are studying for the big final, or working on your last assignment or paper for your class, the Library is here for you!

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On Sundays in December, Vera Bracken Library will be staying open an extra two hours! Come spend some time from 1:00PM to 10:00PM on:

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15

Still need a spot outside of the Vera Bracken Library’s regular and extended hours? Check out our blog post about Places to Study Outside of the Library! Each space is specially rated to address the biggest standard needs of students. Judge and choose for yourself the best option to fit you.

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International Education Week!

International Education Week (IEW) is celebrated by over 100 different countries on the third week of November.

This year MHC has planned a host of events to follow in the last week of November to celebrate IEW .

The purpose of IEW is to highlight programs and activities on campus that have an international component and opportunities for community collaboration. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/international-education-week.aspx for more information!

So far for this year we have the following planned:

  • November 23 – ‘Korea Night’ – will be hosted at the student residence community room, organized and hosted by the SA Diversity Club (TENTATIVE)
  • November 25 – ‘Celebration of Colors’, 4:30pm – 6:30pm in the Crowfoot Room –An awareness event around India and Indian culture. Join our students in an opportunity to share their culture over dinner, music and presentations. Ticketed event $12 each.  
  • November 26 – ‘Open Dialogue: Culture Exchange’ in the glass enclosure in the Vera Bracken Library  – Anonymous questions boxes will be set up around campus in November, students staff and faculty can submit questions they have related to cultural diversity on campus and in the community in the box. The questions will be discussed on November 26 a the informal session, all are welcome.
  • November 27 – ‘Wellness Wednesdays, what does mental health look like/mean to you?’ in the cafeteria hallway – We will be asking students, both international and domestic to answer this question. The idea is to get a range of responses to show the diverse responses from students across campus.
  • November 25 – 29 “refuge Canada Display, in the Cuboid – In Partnership with the Esplanade and Refuge Canada we will have an interactive raft display on campus to promote the Refuge Canada exhibition.

Needing more outside this week of events? Let’s talk about the International Resource Room!

Are you an international student who sometimes feels like this?

…but you want to feel like this?

International students studying in Canada face many challenges. Our goal in the International Resource Room is to help international students in mainstream programming succeed in their new educational environment. In order to support students on this journey, we’re available Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 3:30 in B368. In addition to the drop-in service, we offer sessions to help you take your studies to the next level. Topics include:  

  • Organizing a paragraph
  • Introductions and Conclusions
  • Sentence Structure
  • Studying and Test Taking Tips
  • APA
  • Planning assignments

Be sure to come up to the third floor above the library to room B368 and say hello!

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

November and Careers. What’s the Connection?

The month of November is associated with remembering those who fought for the freedom of Canadians. A time where we honour our veterans on Remembrance Day and proudly display our poppies on November 11 as a sign of our respect and thanks. And we do have a lot to be thankful for in ‘the land of the True North Strong and Free’. For it is that very freedom that has allowed us to choose our own path and be who we want to be.

Sometimes the idea of choosing our own path is intimidating to students. What if we choose wrong? But that’s the simple beauty of freedom. You have plenty of choices and options and opportunities to try and try again until you find what fits and feels authentic to who you are.

November is also Canada Career Month. Because of the freedom afforded to Canadians, you have possibilities to explore and services to help you identify your strengths and interests, articulate your personal and career goals, and help you discover opportunities that match. And whether you realize it or not, these activities greatly contribute to your career development.

The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (2012) defines career development as a “lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and preferred future”(1). This puts you in the driver’s seat to navigate your path in whatever way feels most comfortable for you. You have the freedom to make choices along the way that will affect the direction your career will take.

One way to ensure that you are making informed choices is to invest some time considering your career development and researching options. It is interesting to note that Statistics Canada says the average age of retirement is 63.5 years old (2). From the moment you first start working until the day you retire, you may have invested thousands of hours in the labour force. By comparison, how much time do you actually invest in thinking about your career development and in researching your interests, educational options, and career possibilities?

Canada Career Month is about fostering awareness of career development and reminding Canadians that they are in the driver’s seat. We have the freedom to make choices about the kind of life we want and we have access to services and supports to enhance our quality of life. As we explore the possibilities available to us, let us honour and remember those who paved the way by embracing our right to choose, investing our time in making informed choices, finding our career purpose, and creating a life well lived.

(1) Canadian Council for Career Development. (2012). Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Retrieved from Canadian Council for Career Development: https://cccda.org/the-career-development-profession/what-is-career-development/.

(2) Statistics Canada. (2019). Table 14-10-0060-01 Retirement age by class of worker, annual. Retrieved from Statistics Canada: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1410006001.

What a Long Night! Against Procrastination!

All that planning, and we are left in the wake of Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), with smiles on our faces! Why? Because you, the students, were in full force last night!

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The Library was packed, almost every seat filled, all white boards bearing the weight of erasable ink notes in blue, and black, and red…pink, and purple, and green… the list goes on and on!

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Popcorn was plentiful and snacks were everywhere to be had! And pizza! Well, that line-up was daunting, but we made it through everyone and there was even a bit of leftover for a second-round, which some of you gladly joined for! Studying really works up the appetite!

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The sessions were varied and new this year, and the LNAP team was able to stream seven of these sessions to our Brooks Campus for students there to participate in the event too!

Medicine Wheel activities, weighted blanket sleep clinics, nutritionist talks, and resiliency plans were all popular. The Therapy dogs and extra (long) friends were a real hit and, though I have thought hard about this point, I am not sure who enjoyed the experience more; the students getting to snuggle the dogs, or the dogs getting to snuggle the students?!

Whether it was in an academic session, a physical activity, or a mental health outlet, students accessed the front line services that are available to them year-round. The possibilities were endless and the options connected to students, making this night as successful as we could have ever hoped!

LNAP is more than just about conquering procrastination. This night is for any and all students throughout the course of the post-secondary education. This night is about connecting the students to those services that might make them just that little bit (or a lot) of difference to their lives.

LNAP is for everyone, every-time! We close the Fall 2019 event still riding the excitement and full bellies from last night, and eagerly anticipating the next LNAP coming to Medicine Hat College!

What are some sessions you would like to see for next time? Leave a comment!

You Are Invited To LNAP!

Are you a student at Medicine Hat College? LNAP is for you!

Pre-Register at: www.mhc.ab.ca/LNAP or at the pre-registration table!

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LNAP is the Long Night Against Procrastination, but what does that really mean? It means that we bring student services on site for that night to be accessed by you after their normal hours of work.

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Do you need to chat with the Academic Strategist on study tips? What about Writing Support to improve thesis development and paper structure? Do you have a question for Library’s Information Team on how to get started on research or how to make APA or MLA citations?

If the answer to any of these is yes, than LNAP is for you!

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What if you’re not a procrastinator? What if you have all of the above handled? I’m excited to say that the offerings don’t end there! Have you ever thought about how your mental health is affecting your academic health? One can affect the other and vice-versa, which is why it is essential to take care of both! In that, LNAP is for you!

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Nutrition and sleep hygiene can severely limit you if you’re not taking care, so why not take a session to gather tips on establishing good patterns in these areas! A talk on True Grit will help enforce resilience tools, creating a base for you to ground yourself on. Physical activities (Belly Dancing, Urban Poling, Yoga, and Zumba) throughout the night provide a welcomed break to the studying of the night, but also of the semester! The Zen Zone (Southwest Lounge in the Library) will have Medicine Wheel Activities at set times, and rock painting will occur all night. And then… there are the dogs!! Come hangout with our furry friends for a laugh, a cuddle, and maybe a puppy kiss or two!

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This is your invitation to an amazing night centered around the most important thing in our school. You, the students! LNAP is for you!

Pre-Register at: www.mhc.ab.ca/LNAP or in person on:

  • September 30 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 1 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 2 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 3 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 4 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 7 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (B-Wing Hallway)
  • October 8 – 11:30AM-1:00PM (Cafeteria)
  • October 9 – 5:00-8:00PM (Main Entrance MHC)
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Ps. Popcorn and Pizza will be there… Really, LNAP should could stand for the Long Night Around Popcorn, Pizza, Puppies, Positivity, and Power. LNAPPPPP!!!