The next big milestone for Red Deer College is a new name, which will be unveiled next month.
The new title will be part of the college’s currently approved university status.
“Our next step will be our name change, and when our name changes, that’s actually when we will be running as a university,” Red Deer College president Joel Ward said Monday.
“Logos – we have done all that work – we will be ready to launch those with the name in February,” added Ward.
Ward will be presenting a single name to the school’s board.
“The board will approve the name at the board meeting in the middle of February,” he said.
The hope is the provincial government will then approve the name and grant permission to use it.
“Hopefully, the government will let us use it right away, but if they don’t, we will be ready to use it as soon as they enable us to do so.”
The naming announcement came the same day RDC unveiled its newest addition to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre: the BMO Financial Group Wellness Studio.
The financial group contributed $300,000 towards RDC’s Shaping Our Future campaign, and in return, the studio was named after the group for the next five years.
BMO’s John MacAulay said the bank got involved in the project because it was one of a kind.
“There aren’t a lot of projects of this scale, of this type, in communities like these… and in conjunction with the Winter Games, which are so important to this community,” said MacAulay on Monday.
Ward said when the Gary W. Harris Centre opened in August, the studio on the second floor of the building was still under construction.
The facility, a vital component of the Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone, is ideal for fitness classes, yoga and meditation.
Ward said there are about two or three classes every day in the studio, and that number will grow.
“We’ve sold 2,500 memberships in this facility already (since it opened),” he said.
Ward said RDC has been successful in engaging the community. He said there were several community sessions in November and December as the soon-to-be university looked to the public to help with a new name and brand.