Poll – So how do you manage stress? Reply

Here’s how I manage stress, courtesy of the Mohawk Minute video booth. So how do you lower your stress level?


Kudos: KPI survey posters showcase talents of Mohawk Graphic Design students 1

Graphic Design student Andrew West's Pencil Man poster

Graphic Design student Andrew West’s Pencil Man poster promoting our KPI survey.

We’ve once again recruited Mohawk Graphic Design students to help promote and raise awareness about the Province’s annual Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey. Second year students took on the poster contest as part of their Integrated Art Class. Professor Leif Peng then selected posters created by four students. You’ll see the posters around all of our campuses.

Congratulations to Andrew West, Jacob Skowronski-Schultz, Mark Arman and Sandra Seman.

The KPI survey is underway until Feb. 13. Mohawk has ranked first for overall student satisfaction among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for the past four years.

KPI Poster Jacob Skowronski-Schultz Truth

KPI Poster Andrew West Pencil Man

KPI Poster Sandra Seman Express

KPI Poster Mark Arman Space

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Graphic Design student Mark Arman’s Space poster promoting our annual KPI survey.

Kudos: Breaking down barriers with Mental Health in Motion Reply

A new team launched an important initiative this Wednesday at Mohawk. Our Mental Health in Motion team has a goal of breaking down barriers to mental health on campus and in our community through year-round awareness, promotion and recognition events. Thanks to the team of Professors Nick Petrella and Chantal Szpak, Nurse Health Promoter Glenda Dela Cruz and Louisa Drost,  Director of Health, Counseling and Accessibility for launching this initiative. There are also 40 student leaders and ambassadors who are volunteering their time to provide invaluable peer-to-peer support.

I want to give special thanks to Nick for finding the courage to share his story with students here at Mohawk and in the community. I had the privilege of interviewing Nick for an In the Studio podcast earlier this month and nick was also featured in The Hamilton Spectator.

Kudos: Thanking everyone who thanked our students this week Reply

Slinging pies falls under other duties as assigned. I appreciated the opportunity to thank our students for choosing Mohawk and making this the most satisfying job of my career.

Slinging pies falls under other duties as assigned. I appreciated the opportunity to serve pizza and personally thank our students for choosing Mohawk.

While we appreciate our students year-round, we pulled out all the stops this week with events and giveaways at all three of our campuses. A very big thank you to everyone who thanked our students and made our Student Appreciation Week such a resounding success. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from students. Special thanks are in order to Michelle Ball, our Director of Student Engagement and Athletics plus an all-star team of students and staff.

From IAHS:

Lindsay Dyment, Paul Armstrong, Blair Goodman, John Day

Our student volunteers Amie Simpson, Rachel Da Cunha, Mackenzie Lawrence, Kayla Wilson and Thomas O’Handley

And the staff working in

  • Student Engagement
  • Mohawk Students Association
  • Peer Tutoring/Peer Writing Centre
  • Full Time Academic Support Area
  • CE Academic Support Area
  • Centre for Professional Development
  • Building Services
  • Student Services
  • Pre-Placement Office
  • Library
  • Students’ Athletics Committee

From our Stoney Creek Campus:

Amy Petsche, Jaime Harris, Debra Pearson, Dave Waddington

Student volunteers Cody Strong, Jarrod Zeliznak, Alex Wilson, Gord Morin and Hannah MacKinnon

And staff working in

  • Chartwells
  • Mohawk Students’ Association
  • Student Engagement
  • Accessible Learning Services
  • Student Success
  • Co-op
  • Library
  • Security
  • Bookstore

At our Fennell Campus:

Debra Pearson, Tony Thoma, Wayne Poirier, Christine Bradaric-Baus, Deborah Brown, Trish Loomis, Rachel Matthews and Marilyn Micucci

Student volunteers Josie Moorehead, Danielle Watson, Neng Wang, Aria D’alimonte, Hongxia Chen, Dana Pittman, Yaxu Li, Garmima Kaul, Deseree Parrish-Campbell, Uzma Uzma, Diana Kurbanova, James Colbert, Jamil Jiwani, Ashley Groot and Careena Browne

And the staff working in:

  • Student Services
  • Learning Support Centre
  • One Card Office
  • Library – bizHUB
  • Library@Fennell
  • School of Business
  • Student Engagement
  • Athletics
  • Counselling/ALS
  • President’s Office
  • Language and Culture Centre
  • Justice and Wellness
  • School of Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Journalism and Broadcast Television
  • Alternative Testing Centre
  • Campus Stores
  • Mohawk Students Association
  • Student Engagement
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Scotia Bank
  • Residence

I also want to thank Scott Merwin and our Marketing and Recruitment Team for promoting the week online, on campus and in the community, including in the Hamilton Spectator.

The Coke machine that gives out free cans of Coke for a hug was a big hit during Student Appreciation Day at our Fennell Campus.

The Coke machine that gives out free cans of Coke for a hug was a big hit during Student Appreciation Day at our Fennell Campus.

Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre gives competitive edge to our students and industry partners Reply

We officially opened our Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre at the Fennell Campus to a packed house of industry, government and education partners earlier this month. Our centre, with printers that can create metal and plastic parts and prototypes, is the only one of its kind in Ontario and just of one three in the country.

As Dean Tony Thoma said during the event, we opened our centre in direct response to industry demand for access to both leading-edge technology and our highly skilled faculty and students. We’re already working with 43 partners on applied research projects and we continue to get requests almost daily for projects both big and small. These projects give advanced manufacturers a competitive advantage in the marketplace and give our students a real competitive advantage in the job market.

During the opening, I talked with the CEO of a company based in Niagara Falls that was going to relocate south of the border to have access to 3D printers. The company’s cancelled those plans and kept their business in Ontario because their team is now working with our team at Mohawk.

I want to thank Tony, Member of Provincial Parliament and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation Daiene Vernile, Com Dev International Products President Mike Williams, Canada Foundation for Innovation Vice President of External Relations and Communications Pierre Normand and student Ross Mogridge for speaking at the event and underscoring the importance of having our centre in the manufacturing heartland of Canada.

I also want to thank the Ontario and Federal governments for each investing $720,000 in our centre. We’re already generating outstanding early returns on their investment.

You can watch a highlight reel of our official opening posted here.

Kudos: Mountaineers making their mark Reply

Our student athletes are having a banner year.

Three Mohawk College teams have moved up in weekly rankings announced on Tuesday by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Our men’s volleyball team went up one position this week in national rankings, from fifth to fourth. The Mountaineers, 12-1, maintained their top ranking in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.

Our men’s basketball squad ranks number six in Canada, up three spots from last week. The Mountaineers, with a 12-2 record, are second in the OCAA behind Humber at 12-1. Be sure to join me in cheering on the Mountaineers when Mohawk hosts the men’s basketball national championship presented by Budds’ BMW Hamilton March 18-21 in our David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.

And our women’s basketball team, with a 13-1 record, is number one in the OCAA.

Congratulations to our varsity athletes and thanks to all the coaches, assistants and trainers who have our students at the top of their game.

Kudos – Mohawk tour guides making a great impression Reply

We’ve extended an open invitation to our local municipal, provincial and federal politicians to pay us a visit.  So far, we’ve welcomed MP Wayne Marston, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, MPP Monique Taylor and Hamilton Councilors Lloyd Ferguson and Doug Conley to our Fennell campus. More tours at all our campuses are planned in the weeks and months ahead. Thanks to everyone who’s volunteered as tour guides during our stops at the Aboriginal Student Centre, the Harold Cummings Library and Collaboratory, our Energy Research Centre, MEDIC and our Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Advanced Manufacturing. You’re making a great impression and the pride in your work is hard to miss. “I had no idea that all of this is happening at Mohawk” is a recurring comment at the end of the tours.

Kudos: McKeil School of Business toy drive Reply

A very big thank you to chief elves Wayne Aubert, Janet Mannen and everyone who supported the McKeil School of Business toy drive for St. Ann Catholic Elementary in Hamilton’s lower city. Gifts were given to all 326 students during an assembly on the last day of school before Christmas holidays. The teachers received boxes of classroom supplies and prizes for their students. Donations were also dropped off at Mountain Kidz Klub. Special thanks to the crew at McKeil Marine for making the single largest donation to the toy drive and for joining our Advertising students in giving out gifts at St. Ann.

While the children may eventually forget what toys they received, they’ll always remember how it felt to know that so many people at Mohawk and in our community were thinking of them. There’s no doubt some of those children will some day graduate from Mohawk, give back to our community and follow up in the footsteps of Wayne, Janet, the crew at McKeil Marine and everyone who made the toy drive so successful.

In case you missed it, here’s a video of the toys being given to the children and proof that it’s better to give than to receive. You can also read about the toy drive in the Hamilton Spectator.