Alumni Stories

The Power of Giving

Written by JNelson41 on December 2, 2019

"Hi there! My name is Elysha Snider, and I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in English in June of 2018 through Red Deer College’s collaborative program with the University of Calgary.To give you a bit of background about myself, I was born and raised in Southern California. While I was in school in Los Angeles, I met a guy, fell in love, and yada yada yada, wound up immigrating to...

Change Makers

Written by JNelson41 on December 2, 2019

Students in the Donald School of Business are giving back in a big way as part of the Enactus club. Enactus is a social entrepreneurship community, which engages post-secondary students with industry to create solutions for social issues. These community development projects are identified and developed entirely by Enactus club members, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and with the...

The Work of Making Art

Written by JNelson41 on September 19, 2019

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Braden Scheck’s (Fine Arts Diploma, 2012) exciting career in visual effects is taking off! As part of Moving Picture Company (MPC), Scheck worked on the visual effects team for eleven projects, including credited work on four feature films. This winter, Scheck took a position with Sony Pictures Imageworks, and worked as Visual Effects Coordinator for MIB: International. ...

Changing Course

Written by JNelson41 on September 19, 2019

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It’s never too late to change course in life, and even though you may have some fears involved in a return to an educational institution, the risk can be well worth it. Another success story brought to you by Red Deer College’s Media Studies and Professional Communication program is Rachel Snethun. Now an Ad Fund Coordinator for Chatters, she was working as a medical office assistant not too long...

Dr. Duane D. Smethurst - RDC's 2010 Distinguished Alum

Written by JNelson41 on August 22, 2019

Dr. Duane D. Smethurst grew up in Red Deer and has had a life-long love for sports and wellness. From coaching hockey or ringette to taking care of his patients, Duane continuously gives to improve the lives of those around him.He graduated from the RDC Pre-Chiropractic program and continued on to Palmer College in Iowa where he received his Doctorate with Honours. Since central Alberta was still...

Lt. Col Jay Janzen - RDC's 2009 Distinguished Alum

Written by JNelson41 on August 22, 2019

Lietenant-Colonel Jay Janzen joined the Canadian Forces in 1990 after a year at RDC in the Bachelor of Arts University Transfer program. After a keen recommendation from his professor, he applied to the Royal Roads Military College where he completed his degree and was named “Top Army Officer Cadet”.Upon being commissioned, Jay completed his Armoured Officer training at the Combat Training Centre...

Tim Gitzel - RDC's 2007 Distinguished Alum

Written by JNelson41 on August 22, 2019

With a successful career in the uranium mining industry that has allowed him to travel the globe, Tim Gitzel was excited to return to the place where he laid the foundation for his success, Red Deer College, to accept the prestigious RDC Distinguished Alumni Award. At RDC's 43rd Convocation Ceremony, Gitzel accepted the award and delivered an inspiring speech to graduates.Gitzel...

Melody Davidson - RDC's 2006 Distinguished Alum

Written by JNelson41 on August 22, 2019

She led the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to a gold medal in Turin during the 2006 Winter Olympics, and later that same year, Melody Davidson was recognized for her efforts by her alma mater, receiving the 2006 Red Deer College Distinguished Alumni Award.  Since recieving this award, Davidson has gone on to lead Canada's National Women's Team to Olympic Gold in Vancouver 2010 and a...

Randy Harper - RDC's 2014 Distinguished Alum

Written by JNelson41 on August 22, 2019

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award was bestowed on a visionary leader in the recycling industry as part of RDC’s milestone 50th Convocation ceremonies. Randy Harper, who enrolled at the College in 1968, was recognized for his public service and professional achievement.Randy realized from a young age that post-secondary studies would enable him to take over the family business and he enrolled at...

Tony Kulbisky - RDC's 2005 Distinguished Alum

Written by JNelson41 on August 22, 2019

The Red Deer College Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Tony Kulbisky as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015.Mr. Kulbisky is a graduate of the Recreation Administration program (1985). At the time he recieved the Distinguished Alumni Award, we worked as the Director of Corporate Services for Woodlands County based in Whitecourt, Alberta. Through Tony’s leadership...

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