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Fine Arts graduate wins international sculpture award

Published on Friday, Jun. 26, 2015

Fine Arts graduate Aylan Couchie has won the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015.
Fine Arts graduate Aylan Couchie has won the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015.

Georgian College Fine Arts alumna Aylan Couchie has won the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2015.
This is no small accomplishment, considering more than 952 works were submitted and the jury selected only 18 pieces from 423 student nominees.
Couchie knew being named a winner would be a long shot– considering the sheer number of entries –and she was fully expecting to receive a rejection letter. She was shocked to read she had been selected for her installation work, titled Sweat Lodge.
Winning the award means Couchie will be included in the “Grounds for Sculpture Fall/Winter Exhibition” October 2015 to March 2016 in Hamilton, NJ. She and her sculpture will also be featured in the October 2015 issue of Sculpture magazine.
In addition, she has been offered an opportunity to participate in a travelling exhibition and to apply for an ISC Residency in Switzerland with full sponsorship.
“I haven’t even begun to explore the possibilities and opportunities that this creates for me. To be sure, a six-month exhibition in New Jersey gets my work out of Canada and in front of a whole new audience that would have previously been inaccessible. The feature in the magazine, that’s an international audience. Who knows what will come of it, time will tell,” she said. Continue reading

Georgian co-hosting Women in the Marine Trades event July 18

Published on Thursday, Jun. 25, 2015

Marine engine repair is big business in central Ontario, and there’s lots of opportunity for women in the field.

That’s the message of this year’s FREE Women in the Marine Trades event. It takes place Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a full-service marina in Pefferlaw, Ontario.

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Owen Sound Marine Emergency Duties Centre gets the green light with major funding from federal and provincial governments

Published on Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015

Looking over renderings of the planned Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research building at Georgian College’s Owen Sound Campus are, from left, W. R. (Bill) Van Wyck, Past Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors; Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes; Board Chair Chris Gariepy; Larry Miller, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound; and Ann Hoggarth, MP Barrie. Miller and Hoggarth announced at a news conference in Owen Sound on Tuesday, June 23 that the federal and provincial governments will each contribute $1.96 million.
Looking over renderings of the planned Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research building at Georgian College’s Owen Sound Campus are, from left, W. R. (Bill) Van Wyck, Past Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors; Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes; Board Chair Chris Gariepy; Larry Miller, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound; and Ann Hoggarth, MPP Barrie. Miller and Hoggarth announced at a news conference in Owen Sound on Tuesday, June 23 that the federal and provincial governments will each contribute $1.96 million.

Georgian College’s Owen Sound Campus and the entire Grey-Bruce region are set to become the marine training centre of excellence in Ontario, following a major funding announcement by the federal and provincial governments in Owen Sound on June 23.

Bruce-Grey-Simcoe MP Larry Miller and Ann Hoggarth, MPP Barrie, announced that the federal and provincial governments will each contribute $1,960,259 towards this important project through the Small Communities Fund. This funding, together with $2 million pledged previously by Grey County council and anticipated donations from the marine industry, means that Georgian College will be able to proceed with the much-needed centre. Continue reading

Georgian marine programs showcased in Great Lakes exhibit

Published on Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015

Two men (one in naval uniform) and a woman talk in a fancy room surrounded by artwork.
Captain Colin MacNeil, co-ordinator of Georgian’s marine programs, talks to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and a guest. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Georgian showcased its Owen Sound Campus marine programs (Marine Technology Navigation,  Marine Engineering Technician and Marine Engineering Management) and mobile simulator this week at the launch of an art exhibit hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The exhibit, Identity: Art Inspired by the Great Lakes, was held in Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell’s suite at Queens Park. The exhibit  focuses on the important role the Great Lakes have played in shaping Ontario’s culture, identity and ecology.

The Owen Sound Campus and the entire Grey-Bruce region are set to become the marine training centre of excellence in Ontario, following a major funding announcement by the federal and provincial governments in Owen Sound on June 23. This funding, together with $2 million pledged previously by Grey County council and anticipated donations from the marine industry, means that Georgian College will be able to proceed with the much-needed centre. Read more about the Owen Sound Marine Emergency Duties Centre.

 

 

Georgian prof carries the torch for Pan Am Games

Published on Friday, Jun. 19, 2015

A man holding the Pan Am torch gets a hug from a woman.Joshua Barath, a faculty member who teaches in Community Safety programs at the Orillia Campus, had the opportunity of a lifetime when he was chosen to be a torchbearer in the Pan Am Torch Relay. The flame came through Orillia June 8.

Family and friends were there to cheer Joshua on as he ran down Mississauga St. and Campus Principal Mary O’Farrell-Bowers (pictured with Joshua) grabbed a quick picture before his big moment.

Grad Jon Montgomery encourages Georgian community to “dream big”

Published on Friday, Jun. 19, 2015

A man wearing a white shirt and tie stands in front of a podium.Georgian grad and honorary degree recipient Jon Montgomery keeps the crowd engaged with his stories of lessons learned and adventures in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He spoke to the Georgian community about his incredible career journey since graduation and why people should “dream big” to achieve their goals.

Jon’s presentation at the college was part of the President’s Thought Leadership Series at the Barrie Campus.

He is the host of the popular television show Amazing Race Canada, a gold medal Olympian, and a graduate of Georgian College’s Automotive Business School of Canada.

Read about Jon’s honorary degree here.

Jon Montgomery recognized with Honorary Degree at Barrie Campus convocation

Published on Friday, Jun. 19, 2015

Georgian Alumnus Jon Montgomery, centre, receives an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Board of Governors Chair Chris Gariepy.
Georgian Alumnus Jon Montgomery, centre, receives an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Board of Governors Chair Chris Gariepy.

Olympian, Georgian alumnus and host of The Amazing Race Canada – Jon Montgomery has an astounding resumé. Now, he can add an honorary degree from Georgian College to the list.
Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes presented Montgomery with the Georgian College Board of Governors’ Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree during convocation ceremonies at the Barrie Campus on June 18.
This morning, Montgomery will speak at a sold -out session of the President’s Thought Leadership Series at the Barrie Campus.
The honorary degree is presented to a recipient who has enhanced or promoted the college’s image and reputation in Ontario or elsewhere; made a significant contribution to society; and achieved noted accomplishments in a particular field of study or applied education.
Montgomery graduated from Georgian’s Business Administration – Automotive Marketing program in 2000. It was during his time at Georgian that he first heard the Olympics would be coming to Canada in 2010. Montgomery decided then that he wanted to attend as a competitor. The fact that he was not involved in any eligible winter sport or Olympic training program did not dissuade him from his dream. Continue reading

Celebrate Father’s Day at Kempenfelt Centre

Published on Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015

Treat your dad to a delicious barbecue lunch buffet by the bay on Sunday, June 21. The Kempenfelt Conference Centre has a put together an experience (and deal!) too good to pass up for just $18.99, plus tax.

Each father will receive a gift bag, 2-for-1 golf discount card and a ballot for a chance to win an incredible $500 gift basket from Shoppers Drug Mart, a Leadbetters prize basket or a foursome of golf from Simoro Golf Links.

Plus, each adult will receive a 25 per cent off lunch or dinner certificate for their next visit to the area’s only true lakefront dining room!

Check out the Father’s Day Brunch flyer for more information.

Nursing students help raise awareness in Transplant Trot

Published on Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015

A group of students and a young girl stand in front of a Georgian banner.For the second year, Practical Nursing students from the Owen Sound Campus volunteered at the Grey-Bruce Transplant Trot health station at Kelso Beach Park. The students handed out water, checked participants’ blood pressure and provided first aid to anyone needing medical care.

The Transplant Trot is a 5 km walk/run organized to grow organ and tissue donation awareness and celebrate life after transplant for organ and tissue recipients. Funds raised support the Canadian Transplant Association.

Gene Haas Foundation announces scholarships for Georgian’s skilled trades students

Published on Friday, Jun. 12, 2015

HGeorgian College student Tyler Magri (right) presents Dan Ferko, President, Sirco Machinery Company Ltd.,  with a custom engraved Gene Haas Foundation logo. Ferko announced a $36,000 donation to awards and scholarships for Georgian students on behalf of the foundation.  Magri millled the aluminum plaque on a Haas CNC machine.
Georgian College student Tyler Magri (right) presents Dan Ferko, President, Sirco Machinery Company Ltd., with a custom engraved Gene Haas Foundation logo. Ferko announced a $36,000 donation to awards and scholarships for Georgian students on behalf of the foundation. Magri millled the aluminum plaque on a Haas CNC machine.

The machining industry offers lucrative careers and the Gene Haas Foundation wants to help Georgian students who are pursuing this type of skills training.

Dan Ferko, President of Sirco Machinery Company Ltd., a Haas Factory Outlet, announced a donation of $36,000 for scholarships for students from the Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills program.

“Every day, we hear many of our customers lament the fact that they simply cannot find skilled personnel to operate their new CNC machine tools. We want to help change the incorrect perception that skilled trades are undesirable jobs. We’re proud to partner with Georgian College to support the next generation of advanced manufacturing professionals,” says Ferko, on behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation.

This is the second consecutive year the foundation has contributed to this scholarship fund, for a total of more than $80,000. Last year, 51 Georgian students who met the academic criteria received a scholarship.

One of them was Tyler Magri, who will be representing Canada at the World Skills Competition in Brazil this summer. After qualifying at the Skills Ontario and Skills Canada competitions, he will be the sole Canadian representative in the computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling category.

“The scholarship from the Gene Haas Foundation has really helped me out. I haven’t had much time for a part-time job since I’ve been training for the World Skills Competition. It’s helped me pay my tuition,” says Magri, who has been training up to 16 hours a week.

Magri’s favourite part of the program is the creativity he can apply.

“Every project has multiple paths to get to the finished product,” he says.

Kevin Weaver, Dean, Technology and Visual Arts, says partners such as Haas help strengthen Georgian’s program and attract top students like Magri.

“We are very grateful to the Gene Haas Foundation for helping us offer one of the best and largest manufacturing programs in the Ontario college system,” says Weaver.

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