Congratulations to the staff in Mohawk’s Sustainability Office for their hard work and effort in earning Mohawk a STARS (Silver) rating from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
The AASHE has more than 650 participants on six continents making the STARS program the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report on four areas: operations, academics, planning and administration and engagement. You can find out how Mohawk did in these areas by reading our STARS report on the AASHE site.
The STARS announcement comes the same week that Mohawk celebrated the opening of its community garden. The garden is a great example of how Mohawk is leading by example and creating opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and community partners to get directly involved in helping build and even more sustainable college.
Strengthening our leadership in sustainability is a strategic priority for Mohawk. Being recognized by the AASHE shows we’re delivering on our commitment.
Next Friday is the deadline for Mohawk’s employee recognition award nominations.
The Mohawk Awards of Excellence recognize faculty, staff and teams who go above and beyond in making our college a great place to learn and work.
We present up to 10 Awards of Excellence each year. All the recipients are then in the running for President’s Awards of Excellence.
It only takes a few minutes to make an online nomination. Mohawk’s Executive Group reviews all the nominees and has the difficult task of deciding who to recognize.
The awards are then presented before a full house during our annual President’s Breakfast in late August. Every recipient receives a framed award.
Last year, Awards of Excellence were presented to:
- Kathy Hicks for her outstanding work with students as the Collaboratory’s team lead
- Marla Robinson for her leadership in connecting our college with academically at-risk youth
- Robert Gerritsen for his mentoring of students in Mohawk’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre
- Melanie Graham for supporting Early Childhood Education students on their field placements
- Hetal Patel for her unwavering commitment to serving students in our School of Interdisciplinary Studies
- Our Control Room Team in Facilities and Property Development for keeping our campuses cool in the summer and warm in the winter (Tony Scime, Rob Daniel, Kevin Buttrum, Brad Jordan, Brian Fitz, Glen Wojnar, Nicolar D’Aurizio, Alan McKee, Mike Flikkema, Steve Currie and Chris Hutchinson)
- Karen Moore for her leadership and financial acumen in balancing Mohawk’s books
- Kelvin Lee who takes his passion for Mohawk on the road as a Mohawk recruiter
- Debra Pearson for consistently delivering outstanding programs and services for our students
- And the Mohawk Access Team for removing barriers to post-secondary education for young people from priority neighbourhoods
President’s Awards of Excellence were given to Marla Robinson, Karen Moore, Kelvin Lee and the Mohawk Access Team.
TSN 1150 is turning their radio station into a living lab for students in Mohawk’s Broadcasting Radio program.
Our students will get to host, research and write for a live sports talk show. Top students will be offered internships at the station and TSN 1150 on-air personalities will mentor students at the college.
This is the first sports broadcasting partnership of its kind in Canada.
At Mohawk, we have more than 1,000 partners who help us transform students into future ready graduates. Growing and strengthening collaboration and partnerships is one of the priorities in our new strategic plan.
Thanks to TSN 1150 for giving our students this one-of-a-kind opportunity and kudos to program coordinator Sam Cook for brokering Mohawk’s latest partnership.
Joanne Spadafora, Cindy Butler, Wayne Marshall and Linda Marshall have raised more than $2 million in support of skilled trades. The Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation at our Stoney Creek campus honours their late father.
We’ve spent the past few weeks in the company of very good friends who make a real difference for Mohawk students.
We hosted our 2nd annual Partnership Dinner with the crew from McKeil Marine and then celebrated the 10th annual Gerald Marshall Centre Benefit.
Both families have been outstanding supporters of our students and unabashed champions of our college. We are honoured to have the McKeil and Marshall family names attached to our Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses.
Proceeds from both sold-out events will help make a Mohawk education accessible to more people in our community and give our students new places to learn on campus.
The crew at McKeil Marine – led by Blair and Kathy McKeil – have been outstanding supporters of Mohawk students. They’ve invested in scholarships, bursaries and our Fennell campus renewal project while also mentoring our students.
Kudos to Nancy Christensen, Barb Toohey, Arelene Smith, Lindsay Dyment and all the Library and Nursing program faculty and staff who organized Nursing Week celebrations for students at our Institute for Applied Health Sciences.
And, as always, thank you for the work you do in educating and serving the next generation of Mohawk graduates who will provide exemplary nursing care in our community.
Mohawk’s CitySchool and our Sustainability Office teamed up with the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre to launch an after-school Sprouts program for kids in Hamilton’s North End.
Over nine weeks, the students learned about environmental stewardship and social entrepreneurship by growing plants. The students are now selling their seedlings in the community and made a stop yesterday at Mohawk’s Fennell campus.
Thanks to the Mohawk staff and our friends at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre for creating this unique opportunity.
And give the kids full marks for salesmanship. Their seedlings have now been planted in my garden at home.
Mohawk professor Nick Petrella and student Nadia Mastroianni have been recognized by our partners at St. Joseph’s Healthcare for their work as mental health ambassadors.
Nadia and Nick received St. Joseph’s Mental Health Spirit of Hope Awards before an audience of more than 400 people at the 4th annual Mental Health Morning sponsored by ArcelorMittal Dofasco.
The awards honour individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the mental health and addiction community. that have made significant contributions to the mental health care and/or addiction fields.
“The Spirit of Hope Award winners, and the nominees, have made significant contributions and work tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use,” says St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation President and CEO Sera Filice-Armenio. “They are an inspiration to all of us.”
Nick is a mental health first aid trainer and mental health ambassador at Mohawk and in the community. Nadia, a 19-year-old student in our Human Services Foundation program, was recognized for her leadership in tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness. This is the second award for Nadia, who also received the Social Inc. Celebration of Learning Award.
Congratulations Nadia and Nick on the well-deserved honours. You are an inspiration to all of us at Mohawk.
It’s not only students who graduate from Mohawk College.
Eighteen administrative staff have just successfully completed our third round of Future Ready Leadership training in partnership with Mohawk College Enterprise.
The program is made up of eight modules that deliver a mix of theory, practical application and experiential team-building. The aim of the program is to build and support a community of leaders at Mohawk. Staff are nominated by the Senior Leadership Team to take part in the program.
Teams supported Mohawk’s commitment in our strategic plan to be a leader in internationalization and global experiences by working on four projects:
- launching an international student buddy program
- sharing international alumni success stories
- hosting an international student for the holidays
- connecting international students with local entrepreneurs for mentorship
Congratulations to our latest Future Ready Leadership grads:
- Danielle Ambrosio
- Lynn Coleman
- Kelsey Crawford
- Laura D’Alessandro
- Emily Ecker
- Daniel Farr
- Jessica Hart
- Grant Hodson
- Thomas Jessome
- Wendy Makey
- Pearl Mendonca
- Kurt Muller
- Elizabeth Pietrantonio
- Anthony Salvatore
- Troy Sheeler
- Christine Sheldrake
- Chitresh Singh, and
- Krista Welsh
Special thanks to MCE and Mohawk team who organize and deliver our Future Ready Leadership program: Audie McCarthy, Donna Stevenson, Jack Grosvenor, Sandra Summerhayes, Karen Pashleigh, Carol Mushing and Gabriela VanDyken from Mohawk.
Congratulations to Karlo King, Rachel Hamilton and Matthew McDougall on winning 2016 Emerge Media Awards.
Karlo took first place in the videography category while Rachel finished second in the graphic / editorial design competition and Matthew took second place in the Advertising category.
The Emerge Media Awards showcase the achievements of journalism, media studies and communications students at colleges and universities in Canada.
The awards were presented during a dinner organized by the University of Guelph – Humber College 4th year public relations students.