Kitchen and Bath Design students take home awards

Published on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

Award-winning Kitchen and Bath Design students
Georgian’s Kitchen and Bath Design students did well in the National Kitchen and Bath Association Ontario Student Design competition. Winners are Nadine Goralchuk, left, Zou Yixuan, Dean Suessmann, Jen Porter, and Iryna Tiuftiaieva.

Five of Georgian’s Kitchen and Bath Design students are finalists in the third annual National Kitchen and Bath Association Ontario Student Design competition.

Awards were handed out on April 22, with Nadine Goralchuk capturing first place, Iryna  taking second and Jen Porter coming in third. Zou Yixuan and Dean Suessmann received honourable mentions for their work. Continue reading

Student entrepreneurs vie for awards

Published on Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

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Culinary Management students Patricia Di Chiara, Emily Behm and Trisha Speakman came up with the business idea of creating a nut-free chocolate spread.

Students who created their business “Luisella” proved they weren’t nuts to design a chocolate spread after it earned them first place and $2,000 in the annual Georgian Den Competition at the Barrie Campus on April 10.

Culinary Management students Patricia Di Chiara, Emily Behm and Trisha Speakman came up with the business idea of creating a nut-free chocolate spread after Patricia’s family moved to Canada from Italy and her children could not take their beloved chocolate spread to school due to nut allergies.

The idea was a hit with judges made up of industry professionals, such as Kent Smith, owner/operator of Michael & Marion’s restaurant, Scott Kennedy from the IoT (Internet of Things) division of Rogers and Michael Lalonde, co-owner of Innovative Automation.

Luisella was one of about 30 student-led businesses from the Hospitality and Business programs that showcased the business idea they cultivated over the semester in a tradeshow held in the Holland Lounge in Georgian’s Automotive Building. The top six groups earned a spot in the final round of Georgian Den and competed for one of the four cash earning positions.

Hospitality student Chantal DeGaust’s business idea, “Veda,” placed second ($1,500); “In-Line Sports,” created by Recreation students Alexander Grove, Melissa Paoletti, Ashley Clubine and Daniel Harrison placed third ($1,000); and “B-Map,” the business idea created by Hospitality students Ryan Chevrefils, Anthony Cucullo, Tyler Stevens, Evan Good and Felisha Gravel came in fourth place ($500).

All of the students were in the Entrepreneurship for Small Business course.

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Volunteer’s dolls help brighten lives of Dominican children

Published on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.
Ina Wood has made these Izzy dolls for a couple of years for Georgian Nursing students to take on their annual volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic.

Meet Ina Wood. Ina is an 80-plus-year-old dynamo who has been working diligently on these cute “Izzy” dolls for the Georgian nursing trip to San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. She found out about the good work done  by Georgian students through Alicia Sedgwick. Sedgwick is a Nursing professor in the School of Health, Wellness and Sciences, and is a friend of Ina’s daughter.

Those who know Ina’s passion for good causes know that she puts a lot of care and effort into projects she believes in. Georgian students and faculty will be passing out the dolls to children when they travel to the Caribbean nation on the college’s annual volunteer medical working trip in May.

The dolls have always been a big hit, says Sedgwick.

“We use these dolls to give to the local children, both male and female, who come to our clinics,” she said. “The children love them.”

The annual trip has grown over the years to include not only nursing students, but also students from various health disciplines and medical professionals from throughout the community, bringing much-needed health care to thousands of people in the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic.

This year, 29 students are going on the 10-day trip, from a variety of programs including Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  Practical Nursing, Personal Support workers,   Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. Six leaders are also going.

“This trip is a service learning opportunity for students interested in acquiring trans-cultural skills,” said Sedgwick. “Our goal is for students and faculty to recognize, understand and appreciate cultural similarities and differences between Canada and the Dominican Republic. It is also an example of an inter-professional project that has had a major impact on our students.”

 

Georgian students, staff and community partners showcase research, innovation and scholarship

Published on Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team's room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian's second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.
Computer Programmer Analyst student Ben Dunn demonstrates his team’s room-scale virtual reality simulator at Georgian’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus.

What do a robotic exoskeleton, clamp force measuring system, and room-scale virtual reality simulator have in common? They’re all innovative products created and developed by Georgian students.

Dozens of students from a variety of program areas joined Georgian faculty and community partners in presenting their ideas and projects at the college’s second annual Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day, held April 11 at the Barrie Campus. Continue reading

Chartwells grant helps Growing Georgian blossom this summer

Published on Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

Avery Konda, Georgian College Student Association President (Barrie Campus) and a founder of Growing Georgian, said he is thrilled to have such strong support from Chartwells.
Avery Konda, Georgian College Student Association President (Barrie Campus) and a founder of Growing Georgian.

Growing Georgian – a student-led initiative aimed at getting ecologically produced, local food onto the plates of Georgian students – has received a $5,000 boost from Chartwells.

The grant is being provided under the Chartwells’ Campus Projects program, which aims to encourage students to work together with Chartwells to turn their innovative ideas into tangible action that positively contributes to sustainable food services on campus. Continue reading

Georgian College offers new trauma awareness skills course at Barrie Campus

Published on Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

Paramedic students and faculty working outsidePrepare yourself for trauma. That’s the focus of a new, part-time Georgian College course, aimed at first responders and others working in occupations where they may be exposed to trauma – or have already experienced trauma.

Georgian College is collaborating with the Simcoe Trauma Recovery Clinic to provide a Trauma Awareness Skills (TASC) course. It’s an opportunity for students and professionals in high-stress fields to take action and prepare themselves. Typical occupations include paramedics, police, security officers, nurses, firefighters, social workers, military members, counsellors and others who may experience trauma in their professional lives.

The course runs May 27 and May 28, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barrie Campus.

The course follows a comprehensive, practical and trauma-informed curriculum that helps participants develop resiliency and emotional fitness. Participants will learn tools to equip themselves to better cope with trauma by recognizing the importance of stress reduction, self-awareness and peer support.

To register, visit Georgian College Part-time Studies or call 705.722.5149.

Georgian student to attend celebration of women’s right to vote

Published on Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

Advertising and Marketing Communications student Hunter Markle stands with her hand on her hip in the hallway of the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences
Georgian student Hunter Markle is one of only 107 young women chosen to participate in A Remarkable Assembly – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote in Ontario at Queen’s Park on April 12, 2017.

Hunter Markle, a student in the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at the Barrie Campus, is one of only 107 young women invited to participate in A Remarkable Assembly – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote in Ontario at Queen’s Park on April 12.

“As a 23-year-old woman, I am grateful for the rights that we have won, but I am mindful that full equality has not been achieved,” said Markle, who is also Vice President of External and Equity with the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA).

“I am also astutely aware that as a cisgendered, white-identified woman of middle-class standing that I have a lot of privilege within a Canadian colonial context, which means that I have a responsibility to use my voice to help contribute to a larger, sustainable change at the national, provincial and community level.”

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Ontario, women between the ages of 18 and 30 were invited to apply to take part in the event. Applicants had to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to and enthusiasm for active citizenship, democracy, governance and parliament through a written paper that answered the question: What does Emily Murphy’s quote, “Leaders today as never before” mean to them, as well as provide a letter of reference.

One woman from each electoral district in Ontario was chosen by the Legislative Assembly to attend the full day of activities. Markle will represent the Barrie-Innisfil riding currently held by Liberal MPP Ann Hoggarth.

The event will give participants the opportunity to meet prominent Ontario women and members of parliament, gain a behind-the-scenes experience of parliament, and network with like-minded women from across the province.

“I am excited for the insight and perspective I will be gaining from esteemed Ontario women and members of parliament that I can bring back as the student representative on the Board of Governors this year,” said Markle. “I am looking forward to meeting other young women and the conversations we will have, seeing what they’re doing on their campuses and communities, allowing their work to inspire me more.”

Markle will be a full-time student in Georgian’s Fundraising and Resource Development program in the fall. She joins Leah Fearman, another Fundraising student who was one of only 337 women across Canada chosen to participate in the International Women’s Day March on Parliament Hill on March 8.

Georgian students celebrate Colleges Week with three events focusing on 50th anniversary

Published on Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

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Georgian College students are celebrating Colleges Week by doing what they do best – learning from and contributing to our community.

Colleges Week is a national initiative and in Ontario, many institutions are organizing events that celebrate the 50th anniversary of the province’s college system.

Two groups of students from the Event Management program are hosting events filled with nostalgia and fun, while raising money for two separate charities.

The first is a fashion show, A Strut through the Ages, on April 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lion’s Gate Banquet Hall in Barrie. Models donning trends from the 60s through the 00s will walk the catwalk to the music of local rock band Cardinal Street. Other fun activities for guests include retro trivia, a candy bar and photo booth. Tickets range in price from $15 to $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. All funds raised will be donated to Cody’s House – Youth Mental Health Healing Centre and to scholarships for Georgian students.

“The best part of the project so far has been meeting new people, from the photography and culinary students who are involved to our student models. The more we talk about the event with everyone, the more we hear how much mental health impacts us all, so we are really proud to be supporting Cody’s House through our work,” says student Summer Miller.

On April 7, Dance the Golden Decades takes over Ascent Lounge in downtown Barrie from 6 to 10 p.m. In this team marathon, groups of four to 10 people will dance to everything from the Beatles to Beyoncé. There will be awards for the team raising the most money, best dressed and best dance moves. All funds raised will be donated to the RVH Child and Youth Mental Health program and Georgian College counselling and mental health and wellness services. There is a registration fee of $10 and teams are asked to register by March 31.

A third group of students has planned a celebration of the growth of multiculturalism at Georgian since its inception. From now until April 5, all Georgian students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to share their country of origin on an interactive digital map. With 1,500 international students from 60 countries, and many first generation Canadians, the college is rich in diversity. The map will be revealed on April 5 in front of the Segal International Centre. Participate at www.worldcomestogeorgian.ca.

These capstone projects are the culmination of everything students have learned in the Event Management graduate certificate program. They apply lessons about logistics, food and beverage, sponsorship, marketing, budgeting and more.

For more information about these events, including how to purchase tickets, go to www.georgiancollege.ca/celebrate50/events

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