Prepare ahead for potential transit strike in Hamilton 1

Max Brown, the President of the Mohawk Students’ Association, and I have sent the following note to our students, faculty and staff.

Unionized workers with the Hamilton Street Railway voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike mandate last night. A strike or lockout will not happen until April 9th at the earliest.

We hope the union and the City of Hamilton will reach an agreement on a new contract so buses continue running for our students, faculty and staff.

If there is a transit strike or lockout, it will remain business as usual at Mohawk. Classes, tests and exams will not be postponed or rescheduled.

Please consider planning ahead if you rely on public transit. Talk with family, classmates and co-workers about sharing rides to and from campus. Our Sustainability Office, through a partnership with Smart Commute, offers a free carpool ride matching service for students, faculty and staff needing, or wanting to offer, rides to and from Mohawk. You can sign up and complete your commuter profile at


Mohawk Students’ Association President Max Brown

Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie

Kudos: Mohawk hosts National Basketball Championship Reply

Congratulations to everyone who helped organize and run the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s National Men’s Basketball Championship last weekend. A lot of work went into planning and preparing for this event, and based on the feedback it was worth the effort.

I want to thank the organizing committee and all of the volunteers who helped over the 4 days. You did an amazing job of welcoming the teams, their staff and supporters to our college and you represented us well on the national stage.

I also want to congratulate our Mohawk Mountaineers Men’s Basketball Team. The end result wasn’t what you had hoped for but you played hard and made Mohawk proud. The same can be said for all our varsity athletes in 2015. We are proud of how you’ve represented Mohawk.

Below is a small sample of some of the feedback we’ve received from the tournament:

“I wanted to thank you all very much for your outstanding hospitality last week. It was a truly memorable event that will stay with the students for a lifetime. From the venue, to the hotel to the great volunteers, it was something special and you guys did an amazing job pulling it all together!”

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to say thank you for your efforts at the 2015 CCAA National Men’s Basketball Championships. The entire Mohawk staff put on an outstanding show, in which your institution and the entire OCAA in the shone on the biggest stage of CCAA sport.”

“Thanks so much for a wonderful championship! We had a great time and it was a first class event.”

Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who supported the tournament:


Doug Gilson, Ashely Claxton, Allyson Claxton, Peter Claxton,Mitchell Dunham, Jacob Makey, Taite Cleland, Grace Mathews, Cassie Eckert, Riley Mcenhill, Victoria Ligaj, Megan Muir, Charlotte Huitema, Chantal Baker, Tammy Cox, Martin Chu, Kris Clowater, Madison Elliott, Gissela Membreno, Allen Alderton, Sikauder Singh, Ajaypal Singh, Prabhjot Kaur, Ali  Al-Jalili, Chelsea Kouzouha, Ioan Pop, Muhammad Khalid, Casey Smith, Natalie Boucher, Anthony Raike, Taylor Mannette, Alex Kennedy, Ashley Sousa, Ashley Tilli-Raposo, Lydia Condie, Gurpreet Randhawa, Bojan Gagic, Alicia Pereria, Grant Swoffer, Ripandeep Kaur, Kinjal Ben Patel, Jaclyn Stones, Colleen Fawler, Nicole Spadafora, Natasha Pasetto, Navneet Kaur, Krishna Patel, Ahmed Shahzeb, Doug Parry, Jak Mair, Klaudia Wikowska, Tammy Cox, Jordan Kanowitz, Rachelle Abella, Kate Arbour, Abi Arnold, Jessica Van, Jahnelle Morgan – Geddes, Marko Apostolski, Wendy Makey, Shelley Lang, Diana Kurbanova, Sabrian Fevez, Marck Ferracuti, David Wilson, Carolyn Crnac, Megan Campbell, Bill Price, Meg Reid, Marcine Blake, Sandra Ball, Natalie Fisher, Careena Browne, Stef  Hrymak, JenJen  Abella, Jax Douse, Jacob  Binkosky, Ben Tonin, Paulina Ochrin, Katie  Double, Kam Cumbrebatch, Christian Delorme, Julia Randazzo, Victoria Claire, Monique Duarte, Braeden Rumple, Sandeep Kaur, Holly Scime

Organizing Committee:

Michelle Ball, Alex Paris, Matthew Schnarr, Terri Deline, Bernetta Scime, Al Craig, Pat Hanson, Steve Mikalauskas, Mary Hrycay, Kelvin Lee, Kelly Dunham, Debra Pearson, Sean Coffey, Vanessa Jones

Minor Officials Table Staff:

Marc Bradley, Janzen Calaoa, Mario Frances, Jeremy Helsdon, Rory O’Toole


Jennifer Somerville, Brian Truman, Kelsie Stunden, Jennifer Biczel, Brittany Galan, Rodger Bramwell

Student Photographers:

Greg Cannon, Andrew Simpson, Maria Rosa Bouchard, Haley Eisnor, Robert Lamanes, Becky Kristiansen,Cassandra Goupil, Nicole Horst, Leslie Hoang

TV Broadcast Students

Jacob Morris, Kevin Ferreira, Kody Dickson, Megan Amlinger, Luke Curtis, Juan Arrieche, Dylan Duguay, Felecia White, Brad Cole, Jacob Heimbuch, Shane Grant, Connor Moffat, Diego Fernandez, Wyndham Sperryn, Masud Nazer, Liam Dunlop, Kyle Ryan, Cole Taylor, Billy Stefanidis, Cameron Chappel, David Harris, Katie Chatten, Michael Cruz, Rhys Magurie, Breanna Orgar, Nolan Banman, Kana Reavie, Brian Costie, John Bruchal, Cameron McKay, Alexandra Harrington, Matthew Douglin, Pat Mcintosh, Austin Chaffe

National Anthem Singers

Leah Korkowski, Jessie Faiazza and Rosalie Vandervegte



Take an hour for Earth Hour Reply

This Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global sustainability movement that includes millions of participants around the world. Participation is easy, simply turn off the lights for one hour on Saturday night.

Mohawk will be participating in this year’s event. Where it’s safe to do so, Security will be turning out the lights at the Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses in support of Earth Hour.

Please consider taking part at home or wherever you may be Saturday evening. It may even be a good time to treat someone you love to a dinner by candlelight.

If you do participate in Earth Hour, snap a photo and send it to the Sustainability Office. The most creative entries will receive a Sustainability Office prize pack and will be featured in the April edition of the Mohawk Sustainability E-Newsletter. Email your pictures to or share on twitter with @sustainablemoco.

Kudos: Two Mohawk students are finalists for an integrated communication award Reply

EMA Award students

Advertising students Caitlin Cassidy and Katlynn Gwalchmai are finalists in the Emerge Media Awards. Photo courtesy Rafael Ferriera

Congratulations to Advertising and Marketing Communication Management students Caitlin Cassidy and Katlynn Gwalchmai.

Caitlin and Katlynn are both finalists for the Emerge Media Awards in the category of Integrated Communication. The Emerge Media Awards aim to showcase and celebrate the achievements of journalism, media studies and communication students in Canada.

There are three finalists for the award. They were chosen by a panel of 31 leading industry professionals who evaluated nearly 130 submissions from 20 post-secondary institutions across Canada in categories of Written Word, Audio Storytelling, Digital Design, Videography, Photography and Integrated Communication.

As finalists Caitlin and Katlynn will be evaluated against two other teams; one from Ryerson University and one from the University of Toronto to determine an award winner.  They’ll find out if they won on April 20.

I wish them both well and hope for good news in April.

Got my “Reality Cheque” this week 1

A photo of Mohawk President Ron McKerlie using the Reality Cheque tool.

Congratulations and a job well done to Mohawk’s MoMoney crew. This week I had the opportunity to try the “Reality Cheque” game that the team developed for Mohawk students and I was very impressed. What’s more, I was happy to learn that we are probably the only college in North America that has a tool like this. This is something to be proud of. We’ll be looking at ways that we can share this with other schools. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out at:

What’s your favourite thing to share about Mohawk? Reply

Over the last several weeks the President’s Office has had the pleasure of hosting many of our local municipal, provincial and federal politicians as they’ve toured our campus to learn more about the exciting work our College is doing in areas such as Applied Research and Aboriginal education.

Just this week, I welcomed Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green. The response is always same and usually goes something like: “I had no idea that all of this is happening at Mohawk”.

What I want to know is this. When you talk to your family, friends or coworkers about Mohawk what are you most proud of? What example(s) do you give when bragging about your College?

Please take a moment to complete the poll below, and always feel free to leave a comment and add to that list if you think we’ve missed something.

Kudos: Mohawk’s Matt Fennell named Player of the Year by the CCAA Reply

Congratulations to Mohawk’s Matt Fennell this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Player of the Year.

I had the pleasure of watching Matt receive the award at the CCAA’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday. It was a welcome surprise and a great way to kick off the CCAA National Men’s Basketball Tournament which we’re hosting at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.

The Mountaineers and Mohawk are very proud of Matt and we wish him and the team well as they go for the national title this week. Be sure to come out and watch the Mountaineers take on the Vancouver Island University tonight at 8:30 in the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre.

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure visits Mohawk Reply

_DSC7703-sMinister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid visited our Fennell Campus Wednesday morning. Minister Duguid met with students, faculty and staff at our Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre before sitting down with some of Mohawk’s industry partners in the President’s Office.


Special thanks to ECE prof Melodie Spencer Reply

Thank you to Professor Melodie Spencer and her Early Childhood Education class. Last Friday, Melodie invited me to visit her class where the students were learning to use observation to adapt activities to suit children’s needs. It’s always great to see how our students learn and I want to thank Melodie and her students for inviting me to join them. Below are some photos from my visit to Melodie’s class.

Last Friday I had the pleasure of  joining Melodie  Spencer's Early Childhood Education class where they were learning to use observation to adapt activities to student's needs.

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