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                         Wendy Makey                                                      Alumni of Distinction         8

                                                                    f e at u r e s
                   design and Production                                                  Reunion Weekend               27
                    Perspective Marketing
                                                                                          Mountaineer Weekend           31
             Terra Nova Imaging, John Guilfoyle,
                                                                                          Olympic Torchbearers          38
                 Daniel Banko, Simon Wilson
          Isabella-Rose Photography, Andrew Guild                                         Alumni Association
                                                                                          Celebrates 25 years           44
       Diana Zanin, Wendy Makey, Jay Robb, Lidia Siino,
 Al Craig, Lesley Hardsand, Helen Maddick, Darren Desmarais,
      Michael Regan, Marianne Wilson, Rosemary Marsh,
   Lynn James, Kristy Ryerson, Laurie Cahill, Rene VanGendt,                         Page 12
Brian Breckels, Martha Wallace, Lidia Siino, Al Craig, Rob Peace,
  Rebecca L. Wissenz, Steve Kosh, Karen Lavell, Kathy Inman
                                                                                     Three graduates of

                                                                                                                                                 cover story
                                                                                     Mohawk’s Television
                   editorial Advisory Board                                          Broadcasting Program
           Cathy Collins, Chief Development Officer
          Wendy Makey, Manager, Alumni Relations
                                                                                     have each won an Emmy
         Marilyn Gris, Manager, Student Recruitment                                  Award for best Technical
       Lidia Siino, Director, Alumni Association Council                             Team Remote in the
     Joanne Tansley, Director, Alumni Association Council
                 Kelly Dunham, Alumni Officer
                                                                                     Sports Broadcasting field.
                 Lidia Siino, Employment and                                         From left, Locke Eady, ‘03,
             Communications Specialist, MCACES                                       Robbie Lumsden, ‘98, and Byron Young, ‘04, received
                    content co-ordinator
                                                                                     this prestigious award for their hard work at the 2008
                       Kelly Dunham                                                  Beijing Olympics.
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                                                                        Mohawk alumni to
                                                                        shine in the decade

                                                                Rob MacIsaac
                                                                President, Mohawk college
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                                                                   While Mohawk alumni have made their mark for more than          highly educated workforce to create the industries of tomor-
                                                                40 years, this new decade will be your chance to shine.            row. The Province of Ontario predicts that seven out of 10 new
                                                                   Over the next 10 years, employers and communities will          jobs will require some postsecondary education. While high
                                                                be counting on you and your fellow Mohawk graduates more           school graduation and postsecondary participation rates are
                                                                than ever before to get the job done; and here’s why.              improving, there’s still a gap to close. And in Hamilton, half
                                                                   During the decade ahead, a record number of Baby Boom-          of all adults do not have any postsecondary education and a
                                                                ers will retire. As older workers call it a career, fewer young    quarter do not have a high school diploma. Retraining and up-
                                                                people will be joining the workforce. The Conference Board         skilling will be absolute priorities going forward.
                                                                of Canada is forecasting that labour demand will start to out-        We simply cannot build a prosperous or sustainable commu-
                                                                pace supply by the middle of the decade and set off critical la-   nity if people are getting left behind and employers can’t find
                                                                bour shortages. In Hamilton alone, there could be as many as       skilled workers to get the job done. A critical labour shortage
                                                                50,000 vacant jobs by 2016.                                        and growing skills gap could lead to a perverse scenario where
                                                                   Good help is about to get much harder to find. We’re already    we have jobs without people and people without jobs.
                                                                seeing evidence of that here at Mohawk. A job fair held back          Closing that divide is job one for Mohawk College and our
                                                                in February attracted the most employers we’ve seen in five        graduates. In the decade ahead, Mohawk will be a prime job
                                                                years and every one of those companies was hiring. The same        creating engine in our region. We will be teaching and train-
                                                                held true at our bi-annual Meet the Grad Night for Engineer-       ing the next generation of inventors, innovators and entrepre-
                                                                ing Technology students. The war for talent is heating up and      neurs. The next generation of small business owners, industry
                                                                employers who want the best and brightest are looking to Mo-       leaders and community builders.
                                                                hawk College.                                                         To renew and grow our region’s talent pool, Mohawk is mov-
                                                                   At the same time as labour shortages grow, a skills gap         ing forward on three strategic priorities of quality, sustainabil-
                                                                threatens to widen. Today’s global, knowledge-based econo-         ity and innovation. We are relentlessly focused on delivering
                                                                my is driven by technology and innovation. The most valu-          a quality education that is responsive to employer needs and
                                                                able resource and the hottest commodity in this economy is         ahead of industry trends. Along with quality teaching and su-
                                                                human capital. Now more than ever, people are the greatest         perior service, Mohawk will give students great places to learn,
                                                                competitive advantage for employers, communities and entire        collaborate and create. With renewal of our Stoney Creek and
                                                                countries.                                                         Fennell Campuses, Mohawk will have facilities that are as good
                                                                   Many of today’s students will have jobs and careers that        as our students and staff.
                                                                don’t yet exist. Twenty years ago, few of us could have imag-         As a college that is committed to the principles of sustain-
                                                                ined the power of Google, Facebook and Twitter. We didn’t          ability, we make decisions and measure our success against a
                                                                consider having a Global Positioning System in our hybrid          triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial ac-
                                                                cars, never mind on our iPhones.                                   countability. By living within our means today, Mohawk will
                                                                   So it’s no surprise that we will need a highly skilled and      be well positioned to seize tomorrow’s opportunities. We also

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recognize that Mohawk has a responsibility to the communi-                          Mohawk alumni will be at the forefront of creating jobs, wealth

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ties we serve and putting a College education within the reach                      and prosperity in our community.
of all students who have unlimited potential yet limited means                         It takes the power of partnerships to transform students into
is an absolute priority.                                                            highly skilled, future-ready graduates. Now more than ever, as
   With a focus on innovation, Mohawk will introduce new                            Mohawk alumni can make a real difference in your college and
and better ways of teaching and serving our students. We are                        in our community. From serving on program advisory com-
going to immerse our students in a culture of innovation and                        mittees and providing co-ops, field placements and jobs to
ignite a life-long spirit of entrepreneurship. When they gradu-                     investing in scholarships and bursaries and supporting the re-
ate and join the workforce, Mohawk alumni will have the drive                       newal of our campuses, you can help train the next generation
and determination, the self-discipline and self-confidence and                      of Mohawk alumni – a generation who will follow your lead
the courage and curiosity that are the hallmarks of all success-                    and continue your work in making our community an even
ful entrepreneurs. Whether starting new businesses or helping                       better and greater place to call home.
established companies to grow and move up the value chain,

                  2009 – 2011 SLATE OF OFFICERS

                                                                                                                                                               m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
                                       Diana Zanin, ‘80                                                    Dana McNamee, ‘06
                                       chAir                                                               Director
                                       Business Administration                                             Business Marketing

                                       Steve Marsh, ‘81                                                     Erin Kimbell, ‘07
                                       Vice chAir                                                           Director
                                       Law & Security                                                       Business Marketing

                                       Joanne Tansley, ‘04                                                 Ali Shahidi, ‘03
                                       Director                                                            Director
                                       office Administration                                               computer Science
                                       executive                                                           technology

                                       Sandra Ireland, ‘90                                                 Samara Bartels, ‘04
                                       Director                                                            Director
                                       Nursing                                                             Police Foundations

                                       Amos Key, ‘76                                                       Sandi Richardson, ‘71
                                       Director                                                            PASt chAir
                                       communication Arts                                                  early childhood education
                                       radio & television

                                       John Marshall, ‘71                                                  Alan Griffiths
                                       Director                                                            PreSiDeNt
                                       Mechanical Drafting                                                 Mohawk Students’
                                       technician                                                          Association

             the Alumni Association thanks these individuals for their valued contributions to Alumni activities, committees and meetings.
                                  on behalf of the Alumni of Mohawk college, we appreciate your dedication.

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                                                                                                                Meeting your needs as
                                                                                                                 we continue to grow

                                                                                                                                                               Diana Zanin
                                                                                                                                    chair, Mohawk college Alumni Association
m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e

                                                                   It’s a different time this 2010. Looking back over the last        Technology is the hallmark of our current generation; how
                                                                25 years, who would have foreseen the misfortunes of this          we use it for the next generation of Alumni will be of para-
                                                                economic breakdown? Or did we? It is much easier, though, to       mount importance. The Alumni Council is working diligently
                                                                deal with what we do know and that is that Mohawk College          to provide an Alumni website that is creative, accessible and
                                                                proves to be the economic engine of our local community and        reflects the requirement to meet the social as well as business
                                                                beyond. Many of us baby boomers are grappling with hard            needs of our Alumni.
                                                                decisions: “do I retire or not?” Or perhaps the question we           Over the next few months, the Alumni office, like it has
                                                                should be asking ourselves is, “can we?”                           on many other occasions, will reach out to many of you. In
                                                                   As Alumni, how will we ride the wave of the tsunami that we     addition to participating, but more importantly supporting
                                                                know is already here? Surely, I am not telling you something       our very successful Annual Golf Tournament and Alumni of
                                                                that you don’t already know. Rob MacIsaac, President of            Distinction Awards Night, we will be seeking your interest in
                                                                Mohawk College, states that Mohawk College will be the             becoming involved in program advisory committees, providing
                                                                prime job creating engine in our region as we face the largest     co-ops, field placements and jobs for current students.
                                                                disconnect of labour and skills.                                   Additionally, we will be providing opportunities to support
                                                                   Mohawk Alumni Association, like Mohawk College, aligns          students through investing in scholarships and bursaries that
                                                                itself with these strategic priorities: quality, innovation, and   will help our next generation of Mohawk Alumni.
                                                                sustainability. As the college focuses on introducing new             The Mohawk College Alumni Council will continue to
                                                                and better ways of teaching and serving existing students,         be the catalyst for a life long relationship between Mohawk
                                                                the Alumni Council is improving the way we can best meet           College and its Alumni. Join me and my council to ensure that
                                                                the needs of our Alumni. A recently conducted survey high-         these words do not go forgotten. We can, as a team, and with
                                                                lighted that Alumni want access to services with regard to job     your input and feedback, work together to make a difference, a
                                                                searching. As a result, we are currently investigating how we      real difference in our community and beyond.
                                                                can expand our access to the existing Job Centre at Mohawk
                                                                College, which offers career exploration, resume assistance        Your comments are welcome at
                                                                and assessment services. In regard to focusing on sustainabil-
                                                                ity, we continue to grow our current relationships with affin-
                                                                ity partners: Johnson Insurance, Bank of Montreal, Jostens,
                                                                                                                                     KEEP IN TOUCH!
                                                                                                                                     Keep your Alumni Record current and up-to-date!
                                                                Leader Frames, Upper James Toyota, Soft Moc, Campus Living
                                                                Centres and welcome our newest partnerships with Alumni              To update your Alumni Record, please contact:
                                                                Insurance Services, National/Enterprise and Alamo Car Rental,        Phone: 905-575-2258
                                                                National Group Mortgage and Advantage INtravel. Without the          Fax: 905-575-2443
                                                                support of our affinity partners Mohawk Alumni would not be          Email:
                                                                able to sustain the financial needs to provide representation to
                                                                our 85,000 alumni. Look for affinity details in this issue of In     Mohawk College Alumni Relations, Alumni House
                                                                Touch,visit our website at www.mohawkcollege/alumni or call          P.O. Box 2034
                                                                our Alumni office to assist with your needs.                         Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3T2

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Well, what are you waiting for?
The Mohawk Alumni Association is
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now accepting nominations for the
2010 Alumni of Distinction Awards.
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                                                                   ? ?
Nominations are due by June 11, 2010.

Recipients will receive their award at
the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner
in January, 2011.
                                                                            Dynamite Dinner for
                                                                          2009 Alumni of Distinction
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                                                          Written by Rebecca L. Wissenz

                                                                                                                                               The evening was simply splendid! The Alumni Association
                                                                                                                                            pulled out all the stops in hosting the 2009 Alumni of
                                                                                                                                            Distinction Awards Dinner at Michelangelos on January 21,
                                                                                                                                               Recipients and their families were treated to a beautiful pre-
                                                                                                                                            dinner reception, complete with champagne, hors d’oeuves,
                                                                                                                                            music and a photo shoot. As a very proud wife of a recipient, I
                                                                                                                                            was impressed and touched that such consideration and care
           m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e

                                                                                                                                            was shown to the six recipients and their families, too.
                                                                                                                                               Every award winner received the message, loud and clear,
                                                                                                                                            that their ongoing contributions to their communities are very
                                                                                                                                            much appreciated and that they are held in high regard indeed,
                                                                                                                                            for the things they have accomplished since graduating from
                                                                                                                                            Mohawk College.
                                                                                                                                               Annette Hamm deftly guided us through the evening with
                                                                                                                                            grace and charm. While we enjoyed a delicious prime-rib
                                                                                                                                            dinner, we watched truly professional video vignettes about
                                                                                                                                            each of the recipients. Filmed and produced by Tweedle
                                                      Rebecca Wissenz and Bill Kelly                                                        Productions in advance of the evening, the videos were
                                                                                                                                            entertaining, informative, and introspective about these truly
                                                                                                                                            fabulous individuals.
                                                                                                                                                                           After receiving their beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                        award, each recipient followed
                                                                                                                                                                        with a heartwarming and inspi-
                                                                                                                                                                        rational address. Their speeches
                                                                                                                                                                        made us laugh a lot, and tear up
                                                                                                                                                                        a little too. The six award winners
                                                                                                                                                                        were as unique as their stories were
                                                                                                                                                                           We left this wonderful event
                                                                                                                                                                        knowing full well why Bill Kelly,
                                                                                                                                                                        Cathy Cardy, Gord Lewis, Sarah
                                                                                                                                                                        Moir, Karyn Callaghan and
                                                                                                                                                                        Susan Gregoroff were named
                                                                                                                                                                        the very worthy recipients
                                                                                                                                                                        of      Mohawk’s       Alumni      of
                                                                                                                                                                        Distinction Awards. This highly
                                                                                                                                                                        respected institution of higher
                                                                                                                                                                        learning has an incredible legacy
                                                                                                                                                                        in these distinguished Alumni and
                                                                                                                                                                        the many that have come before
                                                    Sitting; Ali Shadidi, ‘03, Ben Bartels, ‘01, Samara Bartels, ’04, past recipient cathy Wellwood, ’99. Standing: past
                                                    recipient Don MacVicar, ‘04 , past recipient Ward Dilse, ’86, Shannon Dilse, Jay Robb and Ken Wallis.

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                                                                       thank you: Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

                                                                                                     Event Sponsor: Johnson Insurance

                                                                                                                                        Wine Sponsor:
                                                                       Recipient & Past Recipient Reception Sponsor:                    national Group Mortgage
                                                                                        Michelangelo Banquet Centre
                                                                                                                                        Photography Sponsor:
                                                                                                                                        Data Media
1. Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of consumer Services. 2. Past
recipients John Lafferty, ‘76 and John Marshall, ‘71. 3. Lori                               Life Size Photo Sponsor:                    Floral Sponsor:
Moulden, Lisa Scott, and past recipient ted Scott, ‘88. 4. Past                                     Bank of Montreal                    Mary’s Flowers
recipient, Brenda Flaherty, ‘80, Kathy hays, and past recipient,
Patti Leonard, ‘76. 5. Sitting: Ernie Eberhard, Governor, Pat                                                                           Entertainment Sponsor:
McKay, past recipient, Diana Zanin, ‘80, President Rob Ma-                                                                              Jostens
cisaac. Standing: Emcee Annette hamm, ‘87, MSA President,
Alan Griffiths, ‘09, Fran Agnew and Maureen Adamson. 6.                                    AV Equipment Sponsor:                        Coat Check Sponsor:
Past recipient, Diane Barrafato, ‘80, and Angela Gravelle.                 Mohawk College Public Safety and Security                    Mohawk College Enterprise

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                                                                                                                                           Services for Alumni
                                                    Services for Alumni
                                                                                                                                                                          Satisfied with

                                                                           And the Survey Says…
                                                                                  Satisfied with                                                                          Unsatisfied with
                                                                                  Services                                                                                Services

                                                                                  Unsatisfied with
                                                    Mohawk graduates Services high marks for the services offered by Alumni Relations
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                                                                                                                                                     Alumni by Graduating Year
                                                                                                                            the location, programming, quality and overall value of the
                                                                                                                            experience.                 Completing Survey
                                                             Alumni by Graduating Year                                         Survey results also showed that four out of 10 alumni stay
                                                                Completing Survey                                           connected with one to three fellow alumni after graduation.
                                                                                                                            Recent graduates are more likely to stay connected with even     200
                                                                                                                            more alumni through social media such as Facebook, text          199
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                                                                                                            2000-2009       messaging and email.
                                                                                                                               Informed and In Touch are keeping alumni connected with
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                                                                                                                            Mohawk, with 28 per cent of recent graduates and 44 per cent
                                                                                                            1980-1989       of 20th century graduates receiving and reading the Informed
                                                                                                            1967-1979       e-newsletter, and 75 per cent of recent graduates and 92 per
                                                                                                                            cent of 20th century grads receiving and reading In Touch, the
                                                                                                                            bi-annual magazine.
                                                         In the Fall of 2009, Mohawk graduates were invited to fill
                                                      out an online survey and give feedback about their awareness,
                                                      satisfaction and interest levels with Alumni Association
                                                                                                                                     Programming, Quality and
                                                      programming and services. A cross section of Alumni from                            Value of Events
                                          Programming, Quality and
                                                      varying graduation years provided input.

                                               Value of Events
                                                         “The survey gives us another way to stay connected and
                                                      be responsive to the needs of Mohawk alumni,” says Wendy                                                            Satisfied
                                                                                                                                                                          Satisfied with
                                                      Makey, Manager of Alumni Relations.                                                                                 Services
                                                         According to survey results, 90 per cent of Mohawk Alumni
                                                                                   Satisfied with
                                                      are satisfied with services offered by the Alumni Association,
                                                                                   Services                                                                               Unsatisfied with
                                                      from diploma frames, home, auto & travel insurance and                                                              Services
                                                      Jostens rings to the Bank of Montreal Affinity Mastercard,
                                                                                   Unsatisfied with
                                                      merchandise, clothing and access to the Mohawk Job Centre.
                                                         And 90 per cent of alumni who have attended events,
                                                      such as the annual Alumni of Distinction Awards and
                                                      Homecoming celebrations, report being satisfied with with
                                                                                                                               Going forward, Wendy Makey says the survey results
                                                                                                                            highlighted an opportunity to further enhance the Alumni
                                                                   Services for Alumni                                      Association website and to communicate more often and in
                                                                                                                            more ways with Mohawk’s over 85,000 alumni.
                                                                                                                               An example of increased communications is the Informed
                                                                                                                            e-newsletter, which has moved to a monthly distribution
                                                                                                     Satisfied with
                                                                                                     Services               rather than a quarterly piece. To keep up-to-date on pro-
                                                                                                                            grams, services, events and activities offered by your Alumni
                                                                                                     Unsatisfied with       Association via Informed, please update your email address
                                                                                                     Services               with the Alumni Relations Office at
                                                                                                                            or call 905.575.2080.
                                                                                                                               As well, the alumni website –

                                                                             Alumni by Graduating Year
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                                                                                Completing Survey
                                                                                                            Did not indicate

           Respondents Place of                                                Respondents by Age
                                                                                                                  Under 25

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                                             Ontario                                                              25-30
                                             Outside Ontario                                                      31-40
                                             Outside Canada                                                       41-50
                                             Did not indicate                                                     50+

– has been transformed into an interactive and engaging site        the home page to encourage Alumni to stay connected.
where graduates can easily navigate to find information on             Thank you to all graduates who took the time to complete

                                                                                                                                  m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
benefits, services, awards, events and activities. Links to Alum-   the 2009 survey. Your feedback, input and comments will
             Respondents by Age
ni Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts can be found on          assist the Alumni Association in planning for the future.

                                                   Under 25

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                                                                               Former Mohawk students
                                                                                   win Emmy gold
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                                                               By Rob Peace
                                                               News Editor, The Satellite

                                                                Hard work, determination and solid academic training pays
                                                                Three former Mohawk College students, Emmy awards in
                                                             hand, can prove it.
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                                                                Locke Eady, Byron Young and Robbie Lumsden are graduates
                                                             of Mohawk’s Television Broadcasting program. They have won
                                                             the coveted golden statuette for their work at the 2008 Summer
                                                             Olympics in Beijing. They, with the rest of their technical
                                                             team at NBC, were nominated and won in the Outstanding
                                                             Technical Team Remote category.
                                                                “I was throttled. Blown away,” said Lumsden at the
                                                             recognition gala at Hamilton’s Westside Concert Theatre. “It
                                                             is something that is talked about in the industry, winning an
                                                             Emmy award, so I felt extremely fortunate to have actually
                                                             won one. I feel blessed and privileged.”
                                                                Brooke Eady is the president of Broadcast Services
                                                             International Inc. (BSI), a family-run company based in
                                                             Burlington for which her brother is a Partner and the Vice
                                                             President of Operations. Lumsden is her step brother. Young
                                                             is a close friend and a co-worker within the industry, and has
                                                             been friends with her brother since high school.
                                                                “We hire both Lumsden and Young frequently as
                                                             independent contractors on our productions,” she said. “My        Emmy party held in november.
                                                             father Jim Eady is CEO and founder of BSI, and works full-
                                                             time for NBC Olympics Inc. as the Senior On-site Technical       capacity since the Athens Olympics, and with each event they
                                                             Manager. He hired all three as part of his NBC Technical team    become a stronger team. They are all thrilled, yet very humble
                                                             for the Beijing Olympics. They have all worked very hard for     and very modest.”
                                                             their recognition. They have been working together in this          Brooke and Locke’s father, Jim Eady, is no stranger to the
                                                                                                                              pomp and circumstance that comes along with such an
                                                                                                                              achievement. He has won a total of seven Emmy Awards – five
                                                                                                                              of which in the same category that his son was recognized in
                                                                                                                              this year. He joined the three winners in Beijing as the On Site
                                                                                                                              Technical Manager with NBC. He said that the three have been
                                                                                                                              very focused for a long time on what they wanted to do with
                                                                                                                              their college training, and that very soon after their graduation
                                                                                                                              from Mohawk, they took over BSI with their own peer group.
                                                                                                                                 “The guys were really stoked,” says Jim. “They had no idea
                                                                                                                              until they won. I hadn’t even told them that their names had
                                                                                                                              been put forward for the award. Many people are nominated.
                                                                                                                              Few win.”

                                                               celebrating with Emmys in hand.

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                                                                            everyone watches television. And we’re a part of that.”
                                                                               Coordinator of the Television Broadcasting program Ron
                                                                            Binns said recently, on behalf of the faculty that had a hand in
                                                                            training Eady, Young and Lumsden, that he is “pretty excited”
                                                                            that the former Mohawk students have gone on to enjoy such
                                                                            accolades within the television industry.

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                                                                               “It speaks to their drive and their success. We’re delighted
                                                                            to have been associated with them. They were all excellent
                                                                            students in the program. I want to be humble about it, but I
                                                                            think Mohawk should share a little bit of that success as well.”
                                                                               One man, still associated with the college, is for certain;
                                                                            Paul Gris, in addition to being a Mohawk College alum
                                                                            himself, is a part-time instructor in the Television Broadcasting
                                                                            program. He also won an Emmy Award this year for his work
                                                                            with NBC at the Summer Olympics last year in Beijing. He
                                                                            graduated in 2007, and a work placement at Molstar Sports

                                                                                                                                                     m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
                                                                            and Entertainment in his final year led to being employed
                                                                            there as a production assistant. Since 2005, he has run his own
                                                                            company as a freelance television producer and director.
                                                                               “I never really thought that a kid growing up in Burlington,
                                                                            Ontario was ever going to get sent to China to produce a venue
Paul Gris wearing the Gold Medal from the Men’s Volleyball, shortly after   and then win an Emmy. To me it was a huge deal. But the way
the championship game, which he produced for nBc.                           I feel that I earned it at all is that I was asked to go to Beijing. I
                                                                            was just proud to be a part of the NBC team.”
   He described that the working conditions the three men                      Gris said that his work on producing the indoor volleyball
endured while in China were less than optimal, and that the                 event in China was the last event to be televised on NBC prior
restrictive nature of the country sometimes made the simplest               to the closer. 34 million viewers tuned in to see the event that
of chores take days and required incredible patience. He said               he helped get on the air.
that is was also some of the most dangerous work that they                     “That’s the population of Canada. That’s not something
have ever done.                                                             that I ever could have dreamed of.”
   “Beijing was a very tough gig for the guys. Safety standards                He shares company with Eady, Young and Lumsden for an
there are not what we enjoy at home. They spent many nights                 Emmy win this year, but also for remaining modest about the
hanging under the lighting grids, trying to strap cameras to the            achievement.
roof only to have the entire place end up as one giant firestorm               “I haven’t publicized it,” says Gris. “I’m very proud about
in the first minutes of the Opening Ceremonies”, says Jim.                  what he and NBC did, but it was a team effort. I couldn’t have
“We are all glad that episode is behind us. In the end, the                 put myself in the position to win without our director, our
pictures were magnificent. They were leaders and not followers              camera crew, our great announcers and technical staff who all
in Beijing and that’s why they got the nod for the Emmy.”                   had to buy into the message.”
   Locke Eady said that since television broadcasting is his                   Largely, however, he knows that staying open to all
family business, it inspired him to follow in the same field. He            opportunities ultimately determines his success.
said that the classes he took at Mohawk College contributed                    “If someone comes to me with an opportunity, hopefully
to his accomplishments. Everything that he learned here,                    I’m smart enough to say I’ll take it. If I’ve got three people
he said, provided “the building blocks for a foundation to be               watching, or if I’ve got 3 million, 30 million - it doesn’t matter.
successful.”                                                                I don’t change what I’m doing. On a small show I don’t do less
   Eady’s two co-winners and alumni recognize the same.                     than I do on a big show.”
Lumsden said that “Mohawk gave a taste of every element                        Regarding that solid academic training noted earlier, Gris
of television, and it allowed me to get my hands on each                    won’t disagree.
portion.”                                                                      “Mohawk was able to teach me all of the fundamentals
   Young agrees, saying that the college gave him “a general                that I would ever need to get my first job, which is the most
appreciation for the field as a whole.”                                     important thing,” says Gris. “What I was able to learn here has
   He expanded on his chosen career path, and said that he                  helped me far past the first job.”
feels that the three of them “really make a difference. We’re                  These four Emmy winners are a testament to that.
not doctors saving lives or finding the cure to a disease, but

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                                                                      Bringing Together Education and
                                                                            Nature at Long Point
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                                                              By Kristy Ryerson, ‘07

                                                                                                                                                                                        Point World Biosphere
                                                                                                                                                                                        and Turkey Point Marsh
                                                                                                                                                                                        as well as a 40-foot repel!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Along with the canopy
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                                                                                                                                                                                        tours, you can rent kay-
                                                                                                                                                                                        aks and canoes for a full
                                                                                                                                                                                        or half day and enjoy all
                                                                                                                                                                                        that Lake Erie has to of-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Dave Pond who just
                                                                                                                                                                                        recently celebrated his
                                                                                                                                                                                        25 year reunion, is the
                                                                                                                                                                                        Co-Founder of Long
                                                                                                                                                                                        Point     Eco-Adventures
                                                                                                                                                                                        and graduated from
                                                                                                                                                                                        the Business program
                                                                                                                                                                                        at Mohawk College in
                                                                                                                                                                                        1984. As a student at
                                                                                                                                                                                        Mohawk, Dave took
                                                                                                                                                                                        a keen interest in the
                                                                                                                                                                                        finance and marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                        courses, which he found
                                                              Dave Pond, sitting on knee, with his Business Administration classmates from 1984.                                       to    be     “instrumental
                                                                                                                                                                                       programs”        in      his
                                                                                                                                                                                       education. He remarked
                                                                Imagine sitting in a kayak, the warm sun beating down                            that the marketing courses taught him to, “always have
                                                             on your face and listening to your paddle dip into the cool                         a plan and to work that plan.” Along the way he has taken
                                                             water, feeling the warm breeze rustle the trees and push past                       the key teachings of these courses and implemented them
                                                             your face as you zip through the Carolinian forest or looking                       into his business ventures as well as the development of the
                                                             into the clear night and counting each of the constellations.                       Eco-Adventures park. When asked what advice he would give
                                                             If any of these adventures sound exciting, then Long Point                          a student in the business program at Mohawk, he said that
                                                             Eco-Adventures in Norfolk County is the perfect destination                         students should, “have confidence in the education you are
                                                             for you!                                                                            getting and set your sights high as you go into the workforce.”
                                                                Five years in the making, from the purchase of the land to                          For Dave, Mohawk gave him the stepping stones to begin
                                                             the grand opening in July 2009, Long Point Eco-Adventures                           and continue a successful career. As well, he developed the
                                                             has been a popular destination for thrill seekers and nature lov-                   necessary tools to promote the five year project of making a
                                                             ers alike. In just one season, an impressive 4,000 people have                      truly unique Eco-Adventure experience for everyone to enjoy.
                                                             enjoyed the ziplines and canopy tours. The Eco-Adventure fea-                       His education taught him not to settle for less and to always
                                                             tures eight ziplines that travel through the Carolinian Forest,                     keep looking for the next business venture.
                                                             two sky bridges, 14 viewing platforms that overlook the Long                           Mr. Pond’s business philosophy has served him well in the

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business community he said one should, “always look through           on the internet for easy accessibility. This publication will give
the eyes of the consumer to ensure a positive experience for          Long Point Eco-Adventures international exposure that is sure to
them.” This has been clearly demonstrated in the wide variety         bring adventure seekers from all over!
of activities that Long Point Eco-Adventures offers to the public.       If feature covers and being published wasn’t enough, Long
Dave suggested one key aspect for the successful opening of           Point Eco-Adventures was also recognized by Mazda’s “Zoom

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any business: “finding the right partner to work with is critical     Zoom” newsletter and the Mazda Canada website. This past
and my business partner Mike McArthur has the same business           summer a group of Mazda Canada’s employees took the new
philosophies as I do and this makes working together easy.” When      2010 C-X7 to the park to see how it would handle and test out
asked what the future of Eco-Adventures holds, Dave responded         the new perks of a “greener” vehicle. Along with an article called,
they want “to provide a world class destination point in Norfolk      “Birds on a Wire,” a recording of the highlights of the trip can be
county that people from all over can enjoy.”                          seen in a short video on the “Zoom Zoom” website, which shows
   Recently, Long Point Eco-Adventures has received many awards       an overview of the activities they enjoyed.
including, “Entrepreneur of the Year from Norfolk County,”               Long Point Eco-Adventures has been very successful in their
which is “coordinated by Norfolk County’s Tourism & Economic          first year of business. Dave attributes much of his success to his
Development Division to honour enterprising people whose              wife Heather and two boys Eric and Scott who are very supportive

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businesses have made a difference in the municipality.” As well,      of the project. With all the support around them, we are sure
they are featured as an anchor for the Ministry of Tourism’s annual   to see great things from this local destination. As a graduate
Ontario Tourism’s Calendar for 2010. Another exciting privilege       from Mohawk College, Dave shows that goal setting, having
was the offer from Attractions Ontario’s magazine who selected        confidence in your abilities and always having a plan can lead you
them for a feature cover. This popular destination guide publishes    in the direction of life-fulfilling success.
over 100,000 copies and is circulated throughout Ontario and the
Great Lakes region on the Canadian and America boarder. For
those who are not in these regions, the magazine is also available

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                                                                                    Amazing MorAce Participants during Weeks of Welcome,
1   Men’s Alumni Basketball during Alumni Weekend.                             6    September 15, 2009

    President Macisaac and Fall 2009 convocation Speaker Albert Duwyn, ’78,
2   a graduate from the Architectural technology program.                      7    recreation Leadership class of 1984, Bernetta Scime, Kerry Baertsoen,
                                                                                    Mike Breuls and Mary Melymuka.

3   the Marcini Family (Ally, Marcy, ’95 and Len, ’96) popped by the holiday
    open house
                                                                               8    Alumni and Students at the hamilton Santa claus Parade

4   iKeA Bus trip during Weeks of Welcome                                      9    Students enjoying corn on the cob during MoStocK,
                                                                                    September 2009
                                                                                    Alumni, Students and Friends at the Mohawk college tents during the
5   Alumni council members enjoying the ti-cat game                            10   ti-cat Game on Labour Day

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                                                 Etiquette Dinner
  “The ABCs of Forks, Knives, and Toasting” was the focus of the Etiquette Dinner featuring instruction on business and
social etiquette on Tuesday, November 24th at Michelangelos Banquet Centre.
  It was a sold out event for Students, Alumni and Staff. The four-course dinner gave participants a chance to brush up on

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their table manners and learn tips that would help them enhance their careers and personal lives.
  Each fall the Etiquette Dinner is hosted by the Alumni Association, which helps participants feel more comfortable with
the mechanics and protocol of power lunches and business dinners. All participants dressed in semi-formal business attire
and our Alumni Council members served as table hosts, while Fatima Di Vantin guided us through the meal and answered

                               “I used to be so intimidated going                                 “I love dressing up. The hair, the
                            to upscale restaurants for work dinners                            nails, the shoes, and of course…the
                            as well as in my personal life; but after                          dress. There is only one problem about

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                            going to the etiquette dinner, I feel                              being a tomboy who likes fancy places;
                            much more comfortable.                                             I tend to eat as fast as I can with my
                               I wasn’t really sure what to expect                             elbows on the table. I think it is safe
                            in terms of atmosphere, but the                                    to say the Etiquette Dinner saved my
                            whole evening was very relaxed and                                 social future. As a Mohawk Students’
                            comfortable. We were served a delicious                            Association representative, I am often
                            four course meal. Fatima walked around                            invited to elegant social events to mix
   and gave us tips on everything from how to properly eat soup,        and mingle with college executives and community partners.
   what to do with your utensils after each course and whose job        It was an absolute pleasure to learn proper table etiquette
   it is to toast the host.                                             alongside my peers, alumni and college staff. The evening was
         Fatima worked hard to answer everyone’s questions              a total success and the MSA students at my table had so much
   throughout the evening; she was so inviting and non                  fun “snickering” at each other for making silly mistakes like
   judgemental, I even asked silly questions that I always wanted       putting your hands below the table, passing the salt without
   to know the answer to.                                               the pepper or scooping soup without using the windmill
       I had a great time, I would suggest the etiquette dinner         technique. Thank you to the Alumni Association who made
   to anyone. It is a fun night with great food and I learned so        the night such a success; I truly hope to see this fun and
   much! I am not sure if I will remember everything I learned,         educational event continue here at Mohawk College.”
   but at least I know how to pass the salt and pepper, PROPERLY.          Kat Cullen
   Do you?”                                                                Applied Arts Director
       Candice Gardner, ‘05                                                Mohawk Students’ Association

   Alumni polishing up their etiquette skills.                            Students and Alumni at the etiquette dinner.

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                                                                   Student group passes radio
                                                                      station over to college
around campus

                                                          Both sides are calling it a good deal as Mohawk College’s         in their first year and be in a situation where they’re in the on-
                                                       40-year-old radio station passes from the hands of its student       air chair, being broadcast on the airwaves, which is a huge deal
                                                       government and into the domain of the college itself.                for us.”
                                                          The station, once called CHMR and now known as Indi 101,             The change will also create many more curriculum links
                                                       covers a radius of about 50 kilometres broadcasting at 101.5         to programs such as music, advertising and public relations,
                                                       FM.                                                                  said Ken Wallis, Associate Dean of Media Studies. The faculty
                                                          After reviewing all of its services last summer, the Mohawk       becomes home to the station after April 30.
                                                       Students’ Association concluded the station’s listeners were            “At the College, we’re trying to build living labs, and this fits
                                                       mainly nonstudents in their 30s.                                     into that whole philosophy perfectly,” Wallis said.
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                                                          The Association also determined it needed to put more into           Listeners should not notice much of a change, he explained,
                                                       connecting to students with digital communication and social         since many of the same students who had volunteered at the
                                                       media, said president Alan Griffiths. “Turning over the station      station will now be at the controls as part of their course work.
                                                       frees up the resources to do that,” he said.                            Existing staff and other volunteers will also travel with the
                                                          At the same time, the College was looking for a better way        station as it moves from the student centre to its new home in
                                                       to get true airtime for its broadcasting students, who now do        the faculty.
                                                       much of their practical training on a closed-circuit campus             Wallis said the licence for the station makes it clear it is
                                                       station.                                                             open to all College students and it will remain that way. The
                                                          “There’s so much benefit to it,” said Sam Cook, Coordinator       station will continue to be operated by the Mohawk College
                                                       of Mohawk’s Radio Broadcasting program.                              Radio Corporation, which will be reconstituted to reflect the
                                                          “Students will actually be able to take what they’re learning     changeover.

                                                      Congratulations Donna Rawlin & Brad Bowman

                                                                                           Donna Rawlin, Associate Dean of Health Sciences at Mohawk College, is the 2010 recipient of the
                                                                                        Dorothy Wylie Graduate Fellowship Award from the Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario. The
                                                                                        network promotes the educational activities related to the professional development needs of nurse
                                                                                        leaders and promotes research activities related to nursing leadership issues. The Dorothy Wylie
                                                                                        Graduate Fellowship Award is given to a recipient who is studying on a full-time basis in a graduate
                                                                                        program in nursing or a related field and demonstrates significant interest in the area of nursing

                                                                                           Mohawk Professor Brad Bowman has received the FEF/AFS Distinguished Professor Award at
                                                                                        the 2009 Foundry Education Foundation’s College Industry Conference. The annual conference,
                                                                                        attended by executives, professors and students, is dedicated to metalcasting research and

                                                                                        Caption: FEF/AFS Distinguished Professor Award presented to Brad Bowman FEF Key Professor
                                                                                        Mohawk College (left) by Jerry Call the Executive Vice President of the American Foundry

                                                                                                                                                              Note: FEF Foundry Educational Foundation

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           Reunion Weekend
              Boat Cruise
                    Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Arnold “Arnie” Centre, Mohawk College & Hamilton Harbour

           4:00 pm – Celebration of the 25 Year Club
           and other milestones (1980, 1985, 2000, 2005)
           Tours, Registration and Cocktails
           5:30 pm – Transportation to Hamilton Harbour Tours
           6:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Boat Cruise and Dinner
           8:30 pm – Return to College
           Cost: $50.00
                       To Register call 905-575-2258

           Come Celebrate your milestone with us!

                                        Join us for Mohawk
                                         Day at the Ticats!

                                                Game time 6:30pm.
                                                   Touchdown for the Ticats!

      Ticats vs Saskatchewan
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                                                                     Meet Mohawk’s gold medal
                                                                            Dean Team
around campus

                                                        Mohawk has recruited a new team of Deans to further build and bolster the College’s connections with industry and community
                                                      partners. The Deans are also charged with the responsibility of keeping Mohawk responsive to employer needs and ahead of the
                                                      curve on industry trends. If you have any partnership-building ideas and opportunities, the Deans are always looking to connect
                                                      with Mohawk Alumni.

                                                                                   Paul                                                            Piero
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                                                                                   Armstrong                                                       Cherubini

                                                      Dean of Community & Urban Studies                                  Dean of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship
                                                      (                                  (
                                                         Paul, a Mohawk alumnus, has been with the College for 18          Piero joined Mohawk more than six years ago from the
                                                      years in progressive leadership roles. Most recently, Paul was    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities where he
                                                      Executive Dean at Brantford and successfully implemented a        served 10 years as a Program Coordinator. Under Piero’s
                                                      revitalization plan that grew enrolment to more than 2,000        leadership, apprentice enrolment has grown more than 50 per
                                                      students and moved 400 Human Services students to down-           cent, establishing Mohawk as Ontario’s largest apprenticeship
                                                      town Brantford.                                                   trainer.

                                                                                   Rick                                                           Dr. Nandini
                                                                                   Court                                                          Daljit
                                                      Dean of Business, Media & Entertainment                            Dean of Health Sciences
                                                      (                                      (
                                                         Rick joined Mohawk after a successful career in launching,       Nandini joined Mohawk from George Brown College where
                                                      growing and leading several successful business ventures.         she was a Director with the Faculty of Community Services and
                                                      Rick holds an MBA from McMaster University, where he also         Health Sciences. Nandini has also worked at Sheridan College
                                                      serves on the Advisory Council for the DeGroote School of         and the Ontario Provincial Police. Nandini holds a Doctorate in
                                                      Business. Rick is also Chair of the Board of Directors with the   Education, specializing in Educational Leadership, from Central
                                                      Art Gallery of Hamilton.                                          Michigan University.
                                                         Check out Rick’s blog at

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                            Rachel                                                           Ted
                            Matthews                                                         Scott

                                                                                                                                                                        around campus
Dean of Student Development                                     Chief Innovation Officer
(                              and Dean of Applied Research
   Rachel most recently served as Mohawk’s Director of
Student Services and Success Initiatives. A graduate of            Ted, a Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient, is an
McMaster and Brock’s M.Ed. program, Rachel has held             internationally renowned and award-winning researcher
progressive leadership roles at the College, including chair    and expert in ultrasound instrumentation. With funding
of Mohawk’s Student Success, Neighbourhood Committee            from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of
and Accessibility Planning teams. Rachel is working to          Canada, Ted helped establish the Mohawk Applied Research
develop a new student services model and centre at the          Centre in Health Informatics. Ted is also leading an initiative
Fennell Campus.

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                                                                to launch innovation projects within the College.

                            Tony                                                           Jim
                            Thoma                                                          Vanderveken
Dean of Engineering Technology                                  Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies
(                                   (

   A graduate of McMaster, Brock and Western, Tony is             Jim has held many leadership roles within Mohawk and
a licensed engineer who has served in senior leadership         most recently served as Director of Community Training
positions within industry, including Vice President of          Solutions and the Job Centre at Mohawk. Jim has led
Operations, Metalco Inc., and Global Technical Director         Mohawk’s Second Career Program and secured sustainable
at Westcast Industries. Tony currently serves on a Board        funding for Hamilton’s Job Prosperity Collaborative.
Committee with St. Joseph’s Healthcare and is a Director of
the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario.

Dean of Teaching, Learning and Quality
   Jo-Anne most recently served as Mohawk’s Director
of Academic, Teaching and Learning Services, providing
leadership to the College’s Library, Math Learning Centre and
Centre for Teaching and Learning. Together with her Library
team, Jo-Anne has received a Canadian Library Association
Innovation Technology Achievement Award.

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                                                                      Ira McDonald Construction Ltd
                                                                                     Mohawk college Enterprise - 2009 Partnership Award
around campus

                                                                                                                                 Mohawk College Enterprise is a separate corporation that
                                                                                                                              was established by the College to benefit both the College
                                                                                                                              and the community for the delivery of value-added corporate
                                                                                                                              training. Proceeds from the President’s Dinner and other events
                                                                                                                              MCE conducts are contributed toward a new “Innovation and
                                                                                                                              Entrepreneurship Fund” established at Mohawk College.
                                                                                                                                 Each year MCE presents partnership awards at the
                                                                                                                              President’s Dinner Partnership awards are presented
                                                                                                                              to businesses or corporations who have demonstrated
                                                                                                                              outstanding collaboration and support of Mohawk College
                                                                 Don Baxter, McE, Ron Worral, ‘95 and Kim Mccathy, ’97,
                                                                 ira McDonald construction and cheryl Jensen, VP Academics,
                                                                                                                              Enterprise’s initiatives.
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                                                                 Mohawk college.                                                 This year, in recognition of their outstanding contribution
                                                                                                                              to Infrastructure Development, particularly as it relates to
                                                               In celebration of our community partnerships, Mohawk           the construction of the new home for Mohawk College
                                                             College Enterprise (MCE) hosted the Second Annual Mohawk         Enterprise located at McMaster Innovation Park, Ira
                                                             President’s Dinner with keynote speaker, Kathy Bardswick,        McDonald Construction Ltd. was presented with the
                                                             President and CEO of The Co-operators and Vice Chair of          Mohawk College Enterprise 2009 Partnership Award.
                                                             the Conference Board of Canada. The Co-operators is a group         When time was of the essence and the decision to move into
                                                             of Canadian companies offering home, auto, life, group,          the Innovation Park was realized, the Team at IRA McDonald
                                                             commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment prod-       Construction, was there for MCE all the way. The Innovation
                                                             ucts and property development. Like Mohawk College, The          Park is a significant landmark in our community and it gives us
                                                             Co-operators has a long-standing commitment to the princi-       great pleasure at Mohawk College Enterprise to be part of such
                                                             ples of economic, social and environmental sustainability.       an exciting development project in the City of Hamilton.

                                                       Centenary and Mohawk                                      IS A B.S. OR M.B.A. IN YOUR FUTURE?
                                                      College form an educational
                                                            partnership …                                                                        I am very happy to be enrolled and half
                                                                                                                                                   way through my M.B.A. program at
                                                        Centenary College has a rich history of
                                                                                                                                                  Centenary College. I have found this
                                                         providing quality education for over
                                                                                                                                                program to be very flexible and rewarding
                                                           140 years and is U.S. accredited.
                                                                                                                                                    as I continue my career. Working
                                                                                                                                                   Full-Time can be challenging while
                                                      • CENTENARY COLLEGE offers BS and
                                                                                                                                                  taking courses at night, but Centenary
                                                        MBA fast-track degree completion
                                                        opportunities for Mohawk College graduates.                                              has allowed me to manage this difficult
                                                                                                                                                 task. The Professors and coordinators
                                                      • Business advanced diploma graduates                                                         have been excellent, and I am left
                                                        (three-year) earn your BS after 36 credits.                                              feeling empowered, self disciplined and
                                                      • Business post-graduate certificate graduates                                               enriched having started this program.
                                                        earn your MBA in as little as 18 additional                                                I encourage other students who are
                                                        credits – about 11 months online.                                                          interested in pursuing their M.B.A.
                                                      • Studies available online or in-residence.                                                   to go through Centenary College.

                                                                                                                                                          CARA STANTON:
                                                             For Additional Information                                                          Graduate of McMaster University in Labour
                                                           Contact: MR. RONALD BAYS                                                              Studies (2005) and Mohawk College, Human
                                                              (toll free) 1-877-236-4723                                                           Resources Manager Graduate Certificate
                                                                         Email:                                                                  program (2006) is currently enrolled with the
                                                                                                      Centenary College M.B.A. program.

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                                                                                                                                                                          around campus
                   Alumni and MCACES Join Forces to
                        Offer FREE Workshops
spRInG WoRKshops
Resume Writing for Beginners – May 12th
   If you’ve never created a resume, or it has been a long time since you needed to, consider attending this refresher workshop.
In this session we will look at basic resume styles and sections you could include to ensure your resume stands out.

Advanced Resume Writing – May 13th

                                                                                                                                    m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
  If you already have a resume, but would like to further target it, attend this session.
Learn how to create a strategic, targeted document utilizing your skills and strengths.

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  Location: Room F114, Fennell Campus

                                       To register, visit

                                               2010 Mountaineer Weekend
                                                Saturday, October 16th
                                                                     Alumni Basketball Games
                                                                      Alumni Volleyball Games
                                                               Campus Recreation Slo-Pitch Tournament
                                                                           SAC Reunion
                                                                          Athletics Social

                                                             Mark this date and join in on the fun!

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                                                          Legacy gift creates eight annual
                                                             Health Sciences bursaries
around campus

                                                                               A remarkable family has left an extraordinary legacy for
                                                                                       future generations of Mohawk students
                                                                                                                         Mohawk education within reach of students in the Practical
                                                                                                                         Nursing and Personal Support Worker programs.
                                                                                                                            Bill made the legacy gift to thank the Mohawk alumni who
                                                                                                                         cared for his family at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas, Ontario.
                                                                                                                         Bill’s wife Agnes became a resident at the long-term care
                                                                                                                         facility in 2003. In 2005, Bill and his daughter also moved to
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                                                                                                                         the Villa.
                                                                                                                            Bill, who had worked as a Stationary Engineer maintaining
                                                                                                                         boilers at Westinghouse, managed to build a nest egg through
                                                                                                                         shrewd investing and careful saving. Bill and Agnes wanted
                                                                                                                         to ensure their daughter, who had a learning disability and
                                                                                                                         hearing impairment, would always be provided for.
                                                         Barr Family (Agnes, Eleanor and Bill)                              Agnes passed away in January of 2008. Six months later,
                                                                                                                         Eleanor suffered a stroke and died unexpectedly on Christmas
                                                         When Bill Barr passed away last summer, he donated part         Eve. Bill passed away in June 2009.
                                                      of his estate to Mohawk College. Through a Government                 “They were always so thankful for the care they received
                                                      of Ontario matching program, the donation created a                here and for the opportunity for Eleanor to enjoy a really good
                                                      permanent endowment of more than $1 million. Interest              life here,” said Beverley Greenwood, a chaplain at St. Joseph’s.
                                                      from the endowment will fund eight annual bursaries named          “It became their home, and we became their family. Certainly
                                                      in memory of Bill’s daughter Eleanor. The bursaries will put a     they became an extension of ours as well.”

                                                                               Meet our new
                                                                        Chief Development Officer:
                                                                               Cathy Collins
                                                                                                        Mohawk welcomed Cathy Collins as the College’s new Chief Development
                                                                                                      Officer in November 2009. Cathy brings more than 20 years experience
                                                                                                      in educational fundraising to Mohawk, with positions at Mount Allison
                                                                                                      University, Nipissing University, York University, Sheridan College, Centennial
                                                                                                      College and McMaster University. At McMaster, Cathy was Associate Director
                                                                                                      of Research, University Advancement, where she was responsible for all
                                                                                                      aspects of Prospect Management, as well as implementing Performance and
                                                                                                      Benchmarking standards for their Capital Campaign. Over the course of
                                                                                                      her career, Cathy has provided leadership and expertise in Annual Funds,
                                                                                                      Alumni Marketing, Volunteer Management, Major Gifts, Planned Giving and
                                                                                                      Advocacy. Cathy has served as Campaign Director for three capital campaigns
                                                                                                      and assisted with five other campaigns in a variety of roles.

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Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation
        Accelerates Innovation

                                                                                                                                                                                                 around campus
By Lidia Siino, ‘02

                                                                                         these core values, which laid the groundwork for this
                                                                                         student training centre.
                                                                                            “When I look around this building, I feel so proud and
                                                                                         I see many things that remind me of my father and who
                                                                                         he was. From the colour of the floor to the bright lights
                                                                                         in the ceiling, I can see that a great deal of planning and
                                                                                         work went into the building and I know that our father

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                                                                                         would be proud,” says Wayne Marshall.
                                                                                            The two-storey centre is the new and expanded home
                                                                                         for Mohawk’s Truck and Coach Apprentice, Truck and
                                                                                         Trailer Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice Truck and Coach
                                                                                         Programs. Every student graduating from these programs
                                                                                         will be learning at a state-of-the-art facility.
                                                                                            “Mohawk College is a key driver of economic
                                                                                         prosperity and the prime job creating engine in the
                                                                                          Greater Hamilton region,” says Mohawk President Rob
 Marshall Siblings: Wayne Marshall, cindy Butler, Linda Marshall and Joanne Spadafora
                                                                                          MacIsaac. “Mohawk has added another cylinder to that
                                                                                          engine with the $2.9 million investment by the Province
                                                                                          of Ontario and the $1.8 million donation from the
    Gerald Marshall was a man who lived each day to the fullest.                   family and friends of Gerald Marshall.”
 His word and a solid handshake was the way he conducted                              More than 400 apprentices will train at this centre annually.
 business, recognizing a company is only as strong as the people                   Utilizing values of hard work, professional integrity and a job
 who work there.                                                                   well done, the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation is
    On Thursday February 4th, the essence of Gerald Marshall’s                     an illuminating representation of Mohawk’s commitment to
 success became the focus for the official opening of the Gerald                   student success while celebrating the late Gerald Marshall —
 Marshall Centre for Transportation. The Marshall family was                       an outstanding family man, business man, mentor and
 in great company as many supporters and friends reflected on                      friend.

   Ross Parker, professor, ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-       Gerald Marshall’s Grandchildren looking at their Marshall trucking Riggs
   Westdale, Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of consumer Services, and Mayor
   Fred Eisenberger taking part in “Start Your Engines,” the official opening
   of the Marshall centre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Job Centre
Attention Employers!
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•	      Recruit	graduates	from	over	120	full-time	and	
	       apprenticeship	programs
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                 MCACES Reaches a Milestone
                                                                                  utilized their passion for learning to demonstrate outstanding

                                                                                                                                                                                         around campus
                                                                                  leadership within the community.
                                                                                     As a lifelong learner, Alex Robertson is a Webmaster
                                                                                  Certificate graduate who has served on the MCACES Board of
                                                                                  Directors from 2001-2007. He has over 15 years of experience
                                                                                  volunteering for Special Olympics Hamilton as an executive
                                                                                  on their advisory board and currently coaches baseball and
                                                                                  basketball teams.
                                                                                     Alex would like to utilize this achievement as a message
                                                                                  to aspiring adult learners who may be afraid to start a new
                                                                                     “While it’s easy to become intimidated and talk yourself
                                                                                  out of taking courses, I encourage students to give themselves
                                                                                  time,” says Robertson. “The rewards from lifelong learning

                                                                                                                                                   m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
                                                                                  are far greater than the fears, and my initial apprehension
                                                                                  with taking courses is a perfect example.”
community Award winner Alex Robertson and the many advocates and supporters
of McAcES                                                                           For more information about programs and services
                                                                              that MCACES provides, and a full roster of celebratory
    On October 19, 2009, the Mohawk College Association of                    events, visit
 Continuing Education Students (MCACES) officially celebrated                   MCACES is the only Continuing Education Student Association
 its 25th anniversary. The year long festivities kicked-off with the          of its kind in Ontario and provides programs and services to
 celebration of the inaugural MCACES Community Awards. Long                   42,000 Continuing Education and Distance Education Students
 time MCACES veteran Alex Robertson was announced as the first                annually.
 ever MCACES Community Award recipient.
     “It’s a real thrill to honour Alex Roberston. He is a passionate
 lifelong learner who embodies our Association’s values of
 integrity, diversity, advocacy and accountability,” says Karen                                      Registration for spring/summer
 Lavell, Manager, Continuing Education Student Activities.                                            2010 CE Courses is now open!
    The MCACES Community Awards Program was developed as a                                          be sure to check out our catalogue
 means of celebrating Continuing Education graduates who have                                       with thousands of course offerings
                                                                                                         to suit your personal and

                    MCACES 2010                                                                            professional interests!
                    COMMUNITY AWARDS:
                    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
   Established in 2009, the Mohawk College Association of                     MohAWK stAFF AMbAssADoR:
Continuing Education Students (MCACES) Community Awards                         Awarded to a current staff member at Mohawk College who, in
Program celebrates exceptional graduates of Continuing Education              addition to demonstrating the values associated with MCACES and
at Mohawk College. Recipients demonstrate our Association’s                   Mohawk College, is an advocate for community enhancement.
values of integrity, diversity, accountability and advocacy within
their respective communities.                                                 oRGAnIZAtIonAl AMbAssADoR:
   Recipients of the MCACES Community Award are honoured                        Awarded to a community-based organization that hires and
from the following three categories:                                          supports the employment of Continuing Education graduates of
                                                                              Mohawk College.
CoMMunIty AMbAssADoR:                                                           Nominations for the September 2010 MCACES Community
  Awarded to an outstanding Continuing Education graduate                     Awards reception will be accepted until Friday, June 26.
who, through commitment, participation and leadership, adds                     The MCACES Community Award is a once-in-a-lifetime
value to their respective community.                                          achievement.
                                                                                If you know of worthy recipient(s), please contact us!

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                                                                                  Mountaineers on the Move
around campus

                                                         oCAA WoMEn’s CuRlInG tEAM ChAMpIons                                 oCAA RuGby ChAMpIonshIp
                                                                                                    Jenna Harrington’s
                                                                                                 rink from Mohawk
                                                                                                 College was clearly
                                                                                                 the class of the field in
                                                                                                 capturing the women’s
                                                                                                 title at the Ontario
                                                                                                 Colleges       Athletic
                                                                                                 Association Curling
             m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e

                                                                                                 in Sault Ste. Marie
                                                                                                 February 18-21. The
                                                                                                 Mountaineers didn’t
                                                                                                 lose a game en route
                                                         to the gold medal at the Soo Curlers Club. They went through
                                                         the round robin with a 6-0 record to earn a bye to the final,          Joel Clarke ran around the left side in the fourth minute
                                                         where they downed the Confederation Thunderhawks of                 of injury time for the winning try to give the Mohawk
                                                         Thunder Bay 8-3. Other members of the winning team                  Mountaineers a thrilling 16-15 victory over the Humber
                                                         included vice Jennifer Montgomery, second Christine Moore,          Hawks in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Division
                                                         lead Kendra Corbett and alternate Sarah McFarlane. The              One Rugby Championship at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham on
                                                         Mountaineers’ coach is Barry Macklin.                               November 14. The run by the rookie scrum half from Sarnia
                                                                                                                             St. Clair came just moments after Mohawk thought they had
                                                                                                                             scored, but were ruled into touch before reaching the goal
                                                                                                                                Alex Paris, ‘91 was named Division One Coach of the Year
                                                                                                                             for the second consecutive year and third overall. As well as
                                                                                                                             Clarke’s honours, Mohawk’s Steven Johnston was selected
                                                                                                                             Division One Player of the Year and Chris VanSickle was the
                                                                                                                             division’s Scoring Champion. Mountaineers Johnston and
                                                                                                                             Adam Davidson were both named Division One All-Stars.

                                                                                                                                    HAP HOLMAN BONSPIEL
                                                                                                                              Tailgate Zone 2009 Grey Cup Weekend

                                                                                                                               on november 2, Alumni, students and Friends gathered at
                                                                                                                              the Glendale Golf & Country Club for a great day of curling,
                                                                                                                              Grey Cup pool, food, networking, prizes and fun. the theme
                                                                                                                              for this year’s event was tAIlGAtE ZonE to capture the CFl’s
                                                                                                                              Grey Cup spirit.

                                                                                                                                 Join in on the fun next year as it will be held Grey Cup
                                                                                                                              Weekend. If you are interested, please contact laurie Cahill at
                                                                                                                     or call 90-7-229.

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     Mohawk Students’ Association
        Service Improvements

                                                                                                                                                                         around campus
                          As a service provider to our students of Mohawk College, the Mohawk Students’ Association
                        (MSA) works tirelessly to continuously improve, implement and develop services for our over
                        11,000 members. Over the past three months, the Mohawk Students’ Association has executed two
                        referendums both of which passed with overwhelming support. The Mohawk Students’ Association is
                        pleased to announce two new services that will begin in September, 2010.

hEAlth AnD DEntAl plAn                                             them with 8 months (Sept – April) of unlimited HSR service.
   We currently possess an “accidental” Health and Dental             We are proud that both of these initiatives were supported

                                                                                                                                   m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
plan which is available to our membership and included in the      by the students of Mohawk College as we believe both services
“Student Activity Fee.”                                            provide an excellent value to our membership.
   The new plan was approved in January, 2010, and will use           We will continue to work diligently on improving student
the provider of “Student Care” and “I have a Plan!”                services here on campus and look forward to constantly
   This plan is a mandatory fee of $154 per year which will be     supporting our students in innovative, effective ways!
added to tuition costs, but gives far greater coverage including
full health care, vision, dental and travel insurance.
   For more information on the plan, please visit and click “Mohawk College (MSA).”

hAMIlton stREEt RAIlWAy (hsR) bus pAss                                Calling all...
                                                                       PAST CLASS REPS
                                                                       If you were a Class Rep while at
                                                                       Mohawk, we are looking for you!
                                                                       now we would like you to be the
                                                                       CLASS CONNECTOR.
                                                                       Class Connector’s are volunteers
                                                                       who give input on alumni activities,
   The students spoke and we listened. Beginning in May,               help find lost members of their
2009, and continuing into the September 2009 semester,
                                                                       class and work to keep classmates
there were mentions of the need for a universal bus pass for
Mohawk students. After gathering the necessary signatures on           connected to Mohawk College.
a petition, a group of Mohawk students approached the MSA
to conduct a referendum on the validity of an HSR bus pass for
all full-time students.
                                                                       For more information on this
   In January, 2010, the referendum passed with over-
whelming support! Beginning in September, 2010, full time              program, please email
Mohawk students at the Fennell, IAHS and STARRT campuses
will be charged a $121.80 mandatory fee which will provide   

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                                                                     Grads with Glowing Hearts
around campus

                                                      by Kathy Inman, ‘89

                                                                                                                                                 torch, and to see Ron Foxcroft light the
                                                                                                                                                 caldron, knowing that the next morning
                                                                                                                                                 I’d be carrying that same flame. I got the
                                                                                                                                                 opportunity to chat with Ron prior to
                                                                                                                                                 being interviewed by cable 14 that evening,
                                                                                                                                                 and his words to me were to “enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                    That I did! It was early the next morning
                                                                                                                                                 (December 20th, at 7:30 a.m. to be exact)
                                                                                                                                                 when I was to join the other 19 or so
                                                                                                                                                 torchbearers at our collection point in
             m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e

                                                                                                                                                 Stoney Creek. There we met the Torch
                                                                                                                                                 Relay team and were given our torches
                                                                                                                                                 and briefed on the process to follow. We
                                                                                                                                                 boarded the bus and were on route to the
                                                                                                                                                 first drop off point. This was when we all got
                                                       Kathy inman, ‘89                                                                          a chance to hear about each other. There
                                                                                                                                               were people from hours away who had come
                                                          The Olympic Torch Relay was the furthest thing from my                               to Hamilton to do this; some won through
                                                       mind responding to a call from my Coca Cola district manager        writing essays, some by winning the Coca Cola contest, and
                                                       about an “exciting opportunity,” as his message stated. I just      others received the opportunity via other Olympic sponsors or
                                                       happened to be one of the fortunate (lucky) people to have          work contests. The feeling on the bus ride was one of sheer
                                                       been asked to participate, as opposed to trying to win a contest,   euphoria. There were people on the side of the road watching
                                                       write an essay, etc. Thus began my exciting journey of being        the shuttle bus go by, waving, cheering, being very proud to
                                                       an Olympic torchbearer! When I received my outfit and the           be Canadian. I personally still could not believe that I was
                                                       package explaining what would happen the day I was to carry         actually going to carry the Olympic flame very shortly. I
                                                       the torch, it became more of a reality. Up until then, I didn’t     thought that someone was going to pinch me and say “just
                                                       tell too many people or get too excited. On October 30, 2009        joking!!” As I mentioned this to one of the other torchbearers,
                                                       the Torch Relay began its 106 day journey across more than          it was interesting to find out that we were all pretty much going
                                                       45,000 km with 12,000                                                                                through the same emotions.
                                                       Canadians carrying the                                                                                The bus finally pulled up to my
                                                       Olympic Flame – and I was                                                                             route marker, and as I stepped
                                                       going to be one of them!                                                                              off the bus, and was greeted
                                                          As the days went by it was                                                                         by my family and friends, and
                                                       exciting to see the various                                                                           strangers that I had never met.
                                                       towns and cities that the                                                                             All of whom wanted to have
                                                       flame     passed      through,                                                                        their picture taken with me and
                                                       anticipating the day it was                                                                           the torch, kids were thrilled
                                                       my turn. Hamilton hosted                                                                              at the opportunity to be able
                                                       a community celebration                                                                               to hold it as well, what a thrill
                                                       the evening before I carried                                                                          that was to be able to share with
                                                       the torch.        Dressed in                                                                          them!
                                                       my torchbearer outfit, I                                                                                  As the Olympic Torch Relay
                                                       attended with my family;                                                                              convoy was approaching I was
                                                       it was exciting to be part of                                                                         instructed to take my place on
                                                       the festivities, talk to others                                                                       the road to receive the flame
                                                       who had just carried the                                                                              from the runner before me, (he

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                         around campus
                                                                                                                                                                                   m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
                                                                                              “on December 28th, in orangeville at 10:17 a.m. i carried the torch. i had
“Being one of only 12,000 canadians to carry the olympic torch on its
                                                                                              a wonderful experience and really excited to be a part of history!”
journey across canada was an amazing honour. As a proud canadian, i feel
                                                                                                                                                            - Justin harris ’95.
extremely privileged to have participated in the torch Relay. the excitement
shared with family, friends and complete strangers was truly special and will be
etched in my memory forever. Sincere thanks to coca cola for this once-in-a-                  next torchbearer, as I passed the flame to her, we high-fived,
lifetime opportunity.” - Michelle harkness, ’82.                                              hugged, and she went on her way. My flame was quickly
                                                                                              turned off and I was whisked away onto the return shuttle bus
was a young athlete from a local high school who                                                           to join the others that carried the torch before me,
got chosen by his principal). What happened                                                                where we shared our feelings and stories of our
next will be a moment that I will treasure and                                                             brief runs. The common thing we all shared that
remember always, as my torch received the                                                                  day was a wonderful feeling of being Canadian,
flame, I held my torch high into the air, waved                                                            and the knowledge that we have just been part
to everyone who came out to see me, and started                                                            of something amazing that has never been done
on my quick paced jog of 300 meters to the next                                                            before (to this magnitude). I now have the torch
torchbearer. It seemed like an eternity at the time,                                                       as a souvenir as a lasting memory of this event
but now looking back I think I ran too fast! (I tell                                                       and the hopes that one day my children may
people that the next time I carry the torch, I will                                                        aspire to be driven to live the Olympic dream.
go much slower) I recall several times just looking                                                         “With Glowing Hearts!”
up at that flame and thinking “Wow! This is amazing! I’m the                                    My thanks and gratitude go out to Coca Cola for this
only one carrying the Olympic flame at this moment in the                                     amazing opportunity!!
whole entire world!” Before I knew it, I was approaching the

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                                                        Grad Grapevine

                    eLSKe De ViSch eyBerGeN, ‘71                                       SteVe FicK, ‘83
                    SociAL SerVice WorKer                                              iNDuStriAL MAchiNiSt-hitc

                    New position with Shalem Mental health Network, as of              15 year old son, Kevin, 3 year old cat, Kiki, married 20 years to
                    February 2009. the WrapAround process has been adopted             my wonderful wife, Patty. 3 cars, 2000 sq. ft. house, etc, etc.
                    by the Board of Directors as a program under Shalem’s
                    Network of Services. our website is:
                                                                                       yVoNNe MiLLS, ‘83
                    ricK MALchoW, ‘73                                                  recreAtioN & LeADerShiP
                    BuSiNeSS ADMiNiStrAtioN
                                                                                       i quit my job, sold my condo, sold my car, packed up “my life”
                    retired after 34 years at the canada revenue Agency office in      in a u-haul and left for houston, texas almost 10 years ago. i
                    hamilton and moved north to cottage country.                       was married in 2003 and do not miss the snow (much)!

                    DAryL A GLoVer, ‘77                                                JAcKie creWS, 84
                    BuSiNeSS MArKetiNG                                                 BuSiNeSS ADMiNiStrAtioN

                    Due to auto job losses, i have started a new job doing fire        Just had our 25 year class reunion. At hamilton health we are
                    system inspections and installs.                                   implementing an electronic health record system over the next
                                                                                       3 years.

                    PAuL MAyheW, ‘81                                                   MArie L. croNiN (Nee McGrAth), ‘84
                    DAtA ProceSSiNG                                                    rADioLoGicAL techNoLoGy

                    For the past 10 years, i have been working as a DB2 Database       Just transferred to edmonton from esquimalt this month. Spent
                    consultant in the toronto area. i enjoy my life in oakville with   eight months overseas last year, working in Multi-National
                    my wife crystal and 6 year old son cameron.                        hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Working with other
                      i send out hello’s to all my classmates and wish everyone the    nations was an amazing experience.
                                                                                       ALViN L. JohNSoN, ‘84
                                                                                       iNDuStriAL eNGiNeeriNG techNoLoGy
                    Peter SPiSKe, ‘81
                    MAteriALS eNGiNeeriNG techNoLoGy                                   Global SAP implementation across corporate. oldest son
                                                                                       graduating from St. Mary’s university in halifax, N.S., younger
                    After 24 years in Manufacturing, i went back to the university     son wants to attend Mohawk.
                    of Victoria and completed the computer Based information
                    Systems program through Distance ed. i’m now doing volunteer       SteVeN J. cArey, ‘85
                    work for the Distance ed department and looking for work           BuSiNeSS ADMiNiStrAtioN
                    in the computer or Manufacturing industry using my Lean/6-
                    Sigma training. Anyone with openings? Find me on LinkediN.

                                                                                                              completed the 2009 chicago Marathon
                    JohN A. currAN, ‘82                                                                       in under four hours. i am an instructor at
                    rADioLoGicAL techNoLoGy                                                                   the running room for running clinics.

                    Living in oshawa, disabled with arthritis. currently a church
                    volunteer. thinking of getting a degree in history.

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LANA LANG NAGLe, ‘88                                                       MANyoN Lue-KiM, ‘95
BuSiNeSS ADMiNiStrAtioN                                                    NurSiNG

in addition to being the full-time Business Development coordinator        After working 11 years in the canadian Arctic, specifically all
with the chamber of commerce Brantford Brant, i also set up                across Nunavut, working in 2-5 nurse stations, i have a new job
mortgages for family & friends in my role as Mortgage Agent for            working at home in thunder Bay, ontario. Just started my new job
connect2Mortgages.                                                         1 1/2 weeks ago and enjoying it thus far. hi to my fellow grad
                                                                           colleagues at the Brantford Site 1991-1994.

ANDy BroWN, ‘89                                                            JoeL teLFer, ‘96
coMMuNity PLANNiNG & DeVeLoPMeNt                                           iNDuStriAL WooDWorKiNG techNiqueS

Graduated in 1989 from Municipal Planning and Development.                 i have been a high school woodwork teacher since 2004 here in
Graduated Brock university with a Bsc in environmental Planning            trinidad and tobago after operating my woodwork business since
and international Policy. Vice President and Senior Principal of           1997. i recently celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary and my
Wardrop engineering prior to its January 2009 acquisition by               first son is off to centennial college in September 2009.
Pasedena-based tetra tech corporation. recently elected chairman
of the canada-Minnesota Business council. Lives in Minneapolis,
Minnesota with wife Allison.
                                                                           chriStiNA LoureNco (Nee ciccAGLioNe), ‘98
                                                                           LeGAL oFFice ADMiNiStrAtioN

StePheN V. couLSoN, ‘95
BroADcAStiNG tV & coMMuNicAtioN MeDiA
                                                                                                     We got married! christina Lourenco
                                                having left the Weather                              (nee ciccaglione), Legal office
                                                Network where i was                                  Administration and ted Lourenco,
                                                working as producer/                                 Architectural technology 2001.
                                                director, i moved to the
                                                Netherlands to work
                                                for the united Nations
                                                on the international
                                                War crimes tribunal        DANieL cuMerLAto, ‘99
for the former yugoslavia. We televise the trials around the world.        coMPuter ScieNce techNiciAN - NetWorKiNG &
it’s really great being able to help bring justice to victims and          hArDWAre
bring criminals to justice. it is a fantastic job in a beautiful city,
the hague, Netherlands. i’m living the dream here in europe.               i now run a tourism business called haunted hamilton - we run
Weekend trips to France and italy, great benefits and a job i can          Ghost Walks and paranormal - style events in hamilton and
be proud to do. it all started when i applied to Mohawk. Best of           Niagara. Websites are and
luck all.                                                        

                                                                           heAther MccLeLLAN, ‘01
cheryL M. DicKSoN (Nee KoWALczyK), ‘95                                     BroADcAStiNG rADio & coMMuNicAtioNS MeDiA
LAW & Security ADMiNiStrAtioN

i have been a correctional officer for 13 years now and i have                                                i am engaged to another
been married for over six years with two lovely children ages 16                                              Mohawk Alumni, Mike Beale
and 6.                                                                                                        (Law & Security, ‘07). We are
                                                                                                              getting married in october

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                   rAchoNA MezA (Nee roBiNS), ‘02                                       ANDreA BoNiLLA, ‘05
                   NurSiNG                                                              ArchitecturAL techNoLoGy

                   i was married 7/7/2007 on a beach in Santa Monica,                   i’m currently working at the head office of West 49, a
                   california to Mark Meza. currently living in california.             skateboard, fashion and apparel retailer with over 120 stores
                   Previously was living in Mesa, Arizona and worked for county         across canada. i work in the Store Development department as
                   hospital at Desert Vista in behavioural health court-ordered         a Project Manager. My department is responsible for the design
                   treatment for three years.                                           and construction of all new stores and renovations. i spend about
                                                                                        one week per month travelling across the country touring stores,
                                                                                        performing site inspections and turning-over/opening new and
                   JeNNiFer BAuLD, ‘03                                                  newly renovated stores. i never thought i could combine my love
                   trAVeL & touriSM                                                     of fashion and action sports, with my education and training in
                                                                                        Architectural technology and construction...but when i found this
                   currently i am a stay-at-home mom of a little 16-month-old boy. i    job i knew i had struck gold. Not to mention that i get to wear
                   have been married for three years.                                   jeans and hoodies to work every day!

                   rAJiNDer SiDhu, ‘03                                                  MirANDA Kett, ‘06
                   GrAPhic DeSiGN ProDuctioN                                            ADVertiSiNG

                                          For the last five years, i have been          i just accepted the Graphic Designer position at View Magazine
                                          working at GJA communications, a              in hamilton, ontario and am having a lot of fun!
                                          marketing communications agency
                                          focusing on branding, advertising, web
                                          and multimedia. i started off as a junior     ANiBAL cerMeNo VeLASquez, ‘08
                                          graphic designer and moved up to Sr.          trAVeL & touriSM
                                          Artistic Director. i now have creative and
                                          strategic influence on all projects created                                    thanks to the preparation i
                                          by the agency.                                                                 received at Mohawk college
                                                                                                                         and the assistance and guidance
                                                                                                                         of the international Student
                   chriStoPher StuBBS, ‘03                                                                               Department during the length of
                   LAW & Security ADMiNiStrAtioN                                                                         my program, i was able to find
                                                                                                                         a successful job path. Shortly
                   currently preparing and training to deploy to Afghanistan with                                        after i graduated i got an exciting
                   the canadian Forces in 2010.                                                                          job offer in the province of
                                                                                                                         Saskatchewan that has allowed
                                                                                                                         me to see canada and get to
                                                                                        know more about this country. i have had the opportunity to gain
                   ANNA GriSt (Nee roBiNS), ‘04                                         important experience dealing with clients worldwide at the same
                   GrAPhic DeSiGN                                                       time that i have been able to enhance my communication skills
                                                                                        and build a foundation for a successful career. As an international
                   Andrew Grist (electrical                                             student at Mohawk college i can state that this institution has
                   engineering, ‘03) and i are                                          offered me the guidance, support and confidence that i needed to
                   celebrating our fifth wedding                                        build not only a career but also a new life in a new country.
                   anniversary in october. i have
                   been working (part-time as both                                      ciNziA ANtoNeLLi, ‘09
                   a newspaper ad designer and                                          PrActicAL NurSiNG
                   a freelance graphic designer
                   & photographer) in the Niagara area since 2005 (including            recently graduated from the Practical Nursing Program and
                   spending 2007 in england as part of Andrew’s career path). We        applied through the hFo for a position in Mental health at
                   purchased our first home this past September.                        JBMh. Within a couple of days, i was notified that i was the
                                                                                        successful candidate for that position and area. i am very excited

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to serve our community for those in need. i think what i like most       SteVeN FieLD, ‘09
about nursing is that one is privileged to become a part of people’s     touriSM AND trAVeL
lives in that moment that they need someone the most to care for
them.                                                                    i just graduated with my
                                                                         two year diploma college
                                                                         program in my 44th year of
LouiSe ArBic, ‘09                                                        my life. i can’t tell you what an
chiLD & youth WorKer                                                     experience it is, and only hope
                                                                         that my 14 year old daughter
i recently secured a full-time permanent position with charlton          uses me as a role model. Seeing
hall as a child and youth counsellor! the staff has been amazing         that it is never too late to go to
with welcoming me to the team and it only took three months after        school and continue learning
graduation to get a full-time job. i’m really excited with all the       and succeed!
changes and starting to feel like a grown up (sort of).

                                                                         MAriA-criSti ViLLALBA, ‘08
MohAMMAD ArShAD h. ALVi, ‘09                                             ArchitecturAL techNoLoGy
trANSPortAtioN eNGiNeeriNG techNoLoGy
                                                                         i have been working for little over
                                                                         a year with the same Architect and
                                 i recently joined Mto and found         things are going well. i am grateful
                                 that Mto is the best place for          for Mohawk college’s co-op
                                 new graduates to start their            program that pushed me to find this
                                 career. Plenty of opportunities are     job in the first place and gave me
                                 available for career advancement        the necessary experience to help
                                 and training in a wonderful,            me land it. on a personal note my
                                 professional environment of             husband and i have bought our
                                 teamwork.                               first house, but of course everyone
                                                                         from Mohawk that keeps in touch
                                                                         through Facebook already knows
SyeD choWDury, ‘09                                                       that!

i will be applying for canadian citizenship in 2010.                     FAN zhANG, ‘09
                                                                         eLectricAL eNGiNeeriNG- coNtroL

iNGriD cioBotAru, ‘09                                                    Mohawk college has the best co-op programs among all the
oFFice ADMiNiStrAtioN- LeGAL                                             colleges. My special thanks to Victoria Smart for her hard work
                                                                         and dedication to students. i love my new career, and i am
i will be attending university in the fall and am going to be studying   recommending Mohawk college co-op programs to other students.
Political Science and hope to go to Law School.

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                                                                Mohawk College Alumni
                                                               Association 25 Year History
lo o k i n g b a c k

                                                             by Lynn James, ‘80

                                                                                                  On November 11, 1960,         had passed a report to the Student’s Union Corporation (SUC)
                                                                                               five people from the Hamilton    as early as 1979 urging it to form an official college alumni
                                                                                               Institute     of    Technology   department. Mitminger, who was President of the college
                                                                                               formed the first college alumni  in 1980, had suggested that the SUC establish a new alumni
                                                                                               association. With the help       association and assist with the start-up funding. In 1981, Cal
                    m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e

                                                                                               of faculty advisor, Mr. Sam      Haddad, now Dean of Students, submitted a memo to Keith
                                                                                               Mitminger, it formally invited a McIntyre, then acting President and ex-officio chairman of the
                                                                                               member from the then Student     SUC, in further support of the SRC initiative. His investigations
                                                                                               Association Council to attend    had shown that other colleges, like Mohawk, were beginning
                                                              meetings and a constitution was struck; but nothing remains       the process of establishing official alumni offices rather than
                                                              of this first endeavour. Then, in 1970, with the creation of the  performing the duties as part of another department.
                                                              new Mohawk College, the graduates of the former HIT struggled        To investigate and discuss the possibilities, in 1982, an Ad
                                                              to retain close ties with their alma mater and the association    Hoc Committee was formed of staff, faculty, and selected
                                                              was reformed. Its first president                                                                 alumni. In their final report
                                                              was Al Arnold, a graduate and               “Thanks to the efforts of 18                          to the Board of Governors
                                                              faculty of the earlier Hamilton
                                                                                                     dedicated volunteers, representing in February 1984 they state,
                                                              Institute of Technology. Mr.                                                                      “The committee members are
                                                              Arnold and his committee were          all sectors of the Mohawk College confident that the seeds have
                                                              the original supporters of the         community, the groundwork upon been sown for the creation of
                                                              first student centre, and that                                                                    the finest Alumni Association
                                                                                                      which a vibrant, effective Alumni
                                                              famous spot, the Arnold Centre,                                                                   in the Ontario Community
                                                              was named in his honour after               Association can be built …”                           College System at Mohawk
                                                              his death in 1971. The centre,                                                                    College.” Its interim board
                                                              originally the old root cellar,        - Mohawk College Alumni Association Ad                     was chosen from alumni
                                                              was renovated in 1972 to serve Hoc Committee, Final Draft, February 1984 who already had experience
                                                              as the original “Arnold Centre.”                                                                  establishing various alumni
                                                              With the completion of the                                                                        chapters, as well as former
                                                              Student Centre in 1985, the Arnold Centre was relocated and       student leaders. Headed by Jim Miller (Nursing ’77), the new
                                                              is now known by its more intimate name, “The Arnie.” The          association set about establishing its priorities in the form of a
                                                              historic root cellar was renamed “The Cellar.”
                                                                 But without the support of the college infrastructure, this
                                                              fledgling association disbanded in 1976. Without a true
                                                              alumni association, the faculty program chairman became
                                                              responsible for information on their various alumni. With
                                                              the hiring of Cal Haddad in 1978 as Chair of the new Student
                                                              Activities Department, the college attempted to create a means
                                                              to keep track of the growing number of alumni, but it proved
                                                              to be next to impossible. The graduate base was growing by the
                                                              thousands each year − what was needed was a dedicated office,
                                                              designed for the purpose.
                                                                 Meanwhile, the Student’s Representative Council (SRC)

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                               constitution.                         equipment in various academic and technological programs.
                                  John Bruce became the first        It’s highly successful Annual Fund Campaign, which ran from
                               alumni officer in an Ontario          January to April 1988, contributed over $17,500 to refurbish
                               college to hire a full-time alumni    classrooms and labs with much needed equipment.
                               staff. With a $30,000 start-up           With the Student Centre opening ceremonies under its belt,
                               SUC grant, $30,000 from the           the association began its next major event, Homecoming ’87,

                                                                                                                                                                               lo o k i n g b a c k
                               college, and a lot of plain old       that celebrated Mohawk’s 21st year or “coming of age” and
                               hard work, John and the interim       included a 500 pound, 21 layer birthday cake.
                               board began to plan a strategy            The 25th anniversary of the college was celebrated in 1991,
                               that would create an association      and the alumni department was particularly active organizing
                               that would be a source of support     events – even commissioning a special reserve wine that was
                               to its alumni, as well as for college served at the SRC/SAC dinner they helped organize with the
                               advisory committees, bursaries,       Student’s Athletics Committee. Another big hit, “Blue Jay
and fundraising for special projects. By the conclusion of 1985,     Days,” invited Mohawk alumni to celebrate at the Skydome in
it was ready with a new constitution adopted and approved by         Toronto and enjoy a baseball game while watching the Blue Jays’
the SUC and the Board of Governors.                                  mascot rub tail feathers with their own “Mo the Hawk,” mascot

                                                                                                                                         m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e
   During that first year, it secured $10,000 in pledges from        of Mohawk’s Mountaineers. Even an anniversary Alumni
its inaugural telemarketing                                                                            Directory was in production.
program, the proceeds of which                   “There is a great college                             The Board members of the day
went      towards     refurbishing
                                                        named Mohawk;                                  were so intimately involved
Alumni Hall complete with                                                                              in programming events that
access to the new Student                 Whose alumni department does                                 year, one of its directors,
Centre. It would provide a quiet                much more than squawk.                                 Mel Leggat, wrote a poem
lounge space as well as another
                                        With board members in hand, they about it. Golf tournaments,
potential source of income. The                                                                        homecomings, convocation
next year, John became a regular                  did what was planned,                                speakers,    advisory     board
contributor to the official                And here is an quick update on                              members, and representation
school newspaper, The Satellite,
                                                    what was so grand.”                                at college events were, and
informing the general student                                                                          continue to be, the heart and
population about the growth                                                                            soul of the association.
of the association and actively         - Mel Leggat, from his Alumni poem, 1992                          Josie Bufalino-Jasek became
promoting its activities and                                                                           the Alumni Officer in 1989.
services to those who were looking to graduation.                    As an alumna of the Business Administration Program, and an
   In the initial planning stages of the Student Centre, the SUC     active member of student government herself, she was chosen
would accommodate the alumni department. Since much                  to replace John Bruce when he resigned to take another position
of the financing for the centre had come from past student           in the private sector. Josie continued the work of promoting
activity fees that had been invested in the development              the Alumni Association within the college, and representing
fund, now, as alumni, they could reap some of the benefits           its interests to the SUC. With help from Wendy Charlong, then
of that investment. It was John, a task force from the college       a Director on the Alumni board and now the Student Services
administration, and representatives from the SRC, who                Coordinator for the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA);
planned the opening ceremonies for the centre.                       and Rose Charmee, then the Records Coordinator and later
   Foremost in the strategic plan was to track down the              the Acting Alumni Manager in 2002; they concentrated their
thousands of graduates with whom the college had lost                efforts on establishing the 25 Year Club in 1992. Every October,
contact. With fundraising as its primary consideration at the        the association hosts about 200 alumni from all over North
time, the alumni department used many sources to conduct             America and the world. A celebration with dinner, dancing,
regular phone contacts and surveys. Paid trackers, students,         fun and games allows many old friends and classmates to
and volunteer alumni were all recruited to make calls to the         reunite, reacquaint, and search the graffiti on the walls of “The
thousands of graduates that the college produced every year.         Cellar” (traditionally, those who return as alumni sign a brick
Together with the start-up budget and various fundraising            in one of rear alcoves).
efforts, the alumni department shared much of its wealth with           Due to their efforts and that of the alumni’s Board of
the full-time students of the college by establishing and adding     Directors, Mohawk’s Alumni Association became the first to
to scholarships and bursaries and contributing to badly needed       introduce affinity programs for its alumni. A concept well-

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                                                             known in university circles, Bank of Montreal’s Mosaik®          being provided by the provincial government and with its
                                                             Mastercard® became the first affinity credit card created for    new president, Mary-Lynn West Moynes, it embarked on a
                                                             an Ontario college and was especially designed to integrate      new expansion plan for Fennell Campus – the iWing. The
                                                             Wray Provo’s magnificent red-tailed hawk on the front. Provo     Alumni department was also realigned. With a new manager,
                                                             created a print of the hawk and donated it; proceeds of the sale Linda Marshall, new, expanded office space in J-Wing, and a
                                                             of limited edition prints go to the alumni association. Together new administrative staff, the alumni department became an
lo o k i n g b a c k

                                                             with the Mainway Insurance Affinity Program, these affinity      integral part of the college’s highly successful development
                                                             programs continued to serve as fundraisers for the alumni        team. In Touch, which began with its premiere issue in the
                                                             department, the Mohawk College Foundation, and as services       spring of 1984, was revamped under an advisory committee of
                                                             to the many graduates of the college.                            alumni board members, and launched in the spring of 2004 to
                                                                In 1995, the Province of Ontario created the Premier’s        coincide with the Alumni Association’s 20th anniversary.
                                                             Awards to recognize the contributions of graduates of college       In 2005, Linda Marshall was ready to resume her duties
                                                             programs. To coincide with this, the Alumni Association created  in Corporate Services, and Wendy Makey, an alumnus of
                                                             the “Alumni of Distinction”                                                                       the Recreation Leadership
                                                             awards where, each year,                “…So listen close as you hear my                          program and a diversity of
                                                             alumni are selected from each
                                                                                                   tale, the tale of my faithful quest, to disciplines of Continuing
                    m o h aW k a l u m n i m a g a z i n e

                                                             of the four faculties who in turn,                                                                Education Certificates, was
                                                             become Mohawk’s candidates. find you alumni of Mohawk College brought on board as the new
                                                             The college proudly displays                 to fill our ‘lost souls’ list…”                      manager. Joining her was
                                                             pictures of these candidates on                                                                   Kelly Dunham, a graduate
                                                             “The Wall of Distinction” in the                                                                  of the Office Administration
                                                                                                         - Jade Sinclair, “Life of a Tracker”,
                                                             front lobby of Fennell campus                                                                     program. It was an exciting
                                                             where students, staff, faculty and
                                                                                                                  In Touch Winter 2000                         and challenging transition
                                                             visitors alike can see among its                                                                  that brought about the
                                                             ranks a few well known Hamiltonians like Connie Smith of the     Annual Golf Classic tournament, Homecoming Weekend,
                                                             former CHTV and former Police Chief Brian Mullen along with      and moving the Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner off
                                                             prominent local businessmen like Tony Battaglia of Westpark      campus to build this event into a community celebration. And
                                                             Developments Inc. To date, seven of the selected alumni have     when the J-Wing was closed down for repairs after a flood, the
                                                             gone on to be awarded Premier status, second only to Sheridan    Alumni Relations Office was happily rescued by the MSA, and
                                                             College, with a corresponding $5,000 contribution to the         temporarily moved to the Student Centre in the G-Wing.
                                                             OSOTF scholarship fund on behalf of each award winner that          With the college’s expansion continuing and the alumni
                                                             assists new, incoming, full-time students.                       registry expanding by nearly 5,000 graduates every year, the
                                                                At one time, Mohawk College alumni were defined as            department was rapidly running out of space. At the suggestion
                                                             graduates of full-time diploma programs, but in 1995, its        of Mary-Lynn West-Moynes, the department was finally moved
                                                             membership expanded to include those who have graduated          into a real home of its own – Alumni House. The new alumni
                                                             from diploma and certificate programs through continuing         administrative residence is an actual house located on Fennell
                                                             education.                                                       Avenue near our neighbours, Hillfield-Strathallen school. For
                                                                As a new millennium arrived, Mohawk College took              some years it had been used as temporary shelter and storage
                                                             advantage of the unique investment opportunities that were       and was renovated by the college to suit the association’s ever
                                                                                                                              growing needs.
                                                                                                                                 The Alumni Board of Directors saw this as a good time to
                                                                                                                              engage in its own strategic process possessing a good balance
                                                                                                                              of relatively new graduates and grads with history and
                                                                                                                              commitment to the association. With the college’s support,
                                                                                                                              and a full two years dedicated to the process, the board decided
                                                                                                                              in 2008 that alumni would be best served if they reformed into
                                                                                                                              the Alumni Advisory Council.
                                                                                                                                 Part of this change prompted a greater focus on the current
                                                                                                                              student population. New initiatives are constantly being
                                                                                                                              embarked on so that graduating students know that they will
                                                                                                                              take Mohawk College with them wherever they may go in the

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                               MOHAWK COLLEGE ALUMNI
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                                                                     • 145,000 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer annually.**
                                                                     • 40,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year.*

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                                                          Sources: *Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2004. **National Cancer Institute of Canada: Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2004.

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Recovery times can be long and expenses, medical and otherwise, can easily add up to thousands of dollars. Mohawk College
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