Ho! Ho! Ho! NAIT presents ‘The 12 story ideas of Christmas’
Are your Christmas and year-end story ideas getting a frosty reception? Here are 12 suggestions and experts to assist you. Whether it’s tips on budgeting for the holidays, learning to skate or making realistic New Year’s resolutions, ‘yule’ find value in the insights our experts provide.
1. NAIT’s animal blood bank in need of donations
Just like humans, canine blood supplies run low over the holidays. To address this, NAIT’s animal blood bank is holding a blood drive at Main Campus on Dec. 19, and is in need of four-legged donors. The polytechnic provides approximately 25% of the nation’s canine blood supply, and is the only satellite collection site in Alberta for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank. To learn more, contact Michelle Spurway with NAIT’s Animal Health Technology program at 780.491.3138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Budgeting for Christmas and paying down the holiday bills.
The cost of all those Christmas presents and festive gatherings can add up quickly. Tannya McBride, a finance instructor in NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, offers expert advice on how to budget for the season, deal with post-holiday debt and avoid over-spending. To read some of Tannya’s tips, click here. Tannya can be reached at 780.378.2842 or email@example.com. Tannya is available after Dec. 10.
3. First Canadian Christmas
Hundreds of NAIT international students will celebrate their first Canadian Christmas. These students are available to talk about the experience and cultural differences. Interviews can be arranged by Carla Lawson, international student advisor at NAIT. Carla can be reached at 780.378.6959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Restaurant etiquette: the dos and don’ts
Whether at the office Christmas party or celebrating with family and friends, dining out is a part of the holiday season. What is proper restaurant etiquette? Is 15 per cent still the standard for tips? How can you make life easier for your waiter? Susan Lauder – an instructor in the Hospitality Management program - has these answers and more. For example, she suggests not stacking your plates when you’re done eating (waiters prefer to do this themselves). Susan can be reached at 780.491.1397 or email@example.com
5. Picking the perfect wines, beers and spirits for seasonal gatherings
Red or white? What’s best – a $15 bottle of wine or a $30 bottle? Sam Wall has some great tips on how to pick the right wines, beers and spirits for your festive gatherings. Sam is an instructor in NAIT’s School of Hospitality. She can be reached at 780.491.3902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Turducken? Yes, please!
It’s the ultimate holiday entrée: deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, stuffed into a deboned turkey. Daniel Brasileiro, with NAIT’s Culinary Arts program, has expert tips for making this dish at home this Christmas. Daniel can be reached at 780.491.3050 or email@example.com.
7. The BEST Christmas pudding
A traditional English dish, Christmas pudding is making a comeback on this side of the pond. Josh Ward, with NAIT’s Culinary Arts program, has tips for putting a new and delicious spin on this seasonal favourite. Josh can be reached at 780.491.3167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. New Year’s resolutions: Small changes make a big difference
Every year many of us make New Year’s resolutions to lead healthier lives. We may vow to start running, lose weight or eat better. The problem is lifestyle changes like these can be difficult to achieve without a little practice. Start small, says Kate Andrews, an instructor with the Personal Fitness Trainer program. She has expert advice on how small activities and challenges can provide you with the tools necessary to make bigger lifestyle changes. Kate can be reached at 780.471.8716 or email@example.com
9. Exercising outdoors in winter
More Canadians are running and cycling in winter. Dr. Ken Riess, an instructor in NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, has pointers for continuing these activities safely in snow and ice conditions. Ken is also a certified clinical exercise physiologist. Ken can be reached at 780.491.3920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Learn to skate (and play hockey) at any age
What better way to beat the winter blues than to strap on a pair of skates and hit the ice. Deanna Martin, head coach of the Ooks women’s hockey team, along with her players, have tips on how to skate, become a better hockey player and be more confident on the ice. Their tips are applicable for any age. Under Deanna’s direction, the Ooks women’s hockey team has won three consecutive provincial championships. Deanna can be reached at 780.471.855, 780.690.8904 or email@example.com.
11. The hottest video games
Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5: Guardians or Assassins Creed Syndicate? Who better to ask than up-and-coming video game developers in NAIT’s Digital Media and IT (DMIT) program? Teams of students and their instructors are ready to discuss and demonstrate this year’s hottest video games. Steve Chattargoon, DMIT chair, can coordinate student availabilities. Please note students are only available until Dec. 15. Steve can be reached at 780.819.9683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Say cheese! Taking the best holiday photos and camera-buying tips.
Shaun Scade, an instructor in the Photographic Technology program, has valuable tips on how to take better photos this Christmas. He offers expert advice on selecting lenses, proper framing, choosing appropriate backgrounds and more. Shaun can also offer camera-buying tips. Shaun can be reached at 780.471.8567 or email@example.com.
Please note most experts are available only until Dec. 22, unless otherwise noted or other arrangements are made. NAIT is closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 to Jan 3.
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