Ep. 8 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

March 18, 2019

Episode 8 - Host Elyse Pipitone talks with the organizers of Mohawk's popular Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition.

Each spring Matt Shelley, Mario Rojas and Peter Olynyk cap off the end of the academic year with a bridge-crunching competition for Mohawk students. Open to students from every program, the annual contest sees competitors build and test bridges made from popsicle sticks. There are rules to follow, but at its core the competition is a fun way to show students how structures behave under "pressure". For more information about the competition visit: http://popstick.mohawkcollege.ca/popstickframeset.html

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosted Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrated the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 7 Nicole LeClair

February 15, 2019

Episode 5 - Host Elyse Pipitone talks with Welding Instructor Nicole LeClair.

Nicole LeClair is an instructor in Mohawk's Welding program. She has more than 20 years in the welding industry, including nearly 15 years as a Territory Manager for a welding distributor. A true lifelong learner, Nicole makes time to mentor young people who are considering a career in the skilled trades. Recently she launched the Nicole LeClair Welding Bursary Award, which is aimed at encouraging students in Ontario to pursue welding at the postsecondary level. You can find out more about the bursary at www.easydonate.com/NicoleLeClair. You can also read about the Bursary at the Canadian Welding Bureau's website at https://www.cwbweldingfoundation.org/awards/nicole-leclair-welding-bursary-award

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosted Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrated the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 6 Jef Petrossi

January 15, 2019

Episode 5 - Host Elyse Pipitone talks with Professor Jef Petrossi.

Jef Petrossi is a creative advertising professor in Mohawk College’s Advertising Advanced Diploma program. Graduates from Jef’s program go on to work as copywriters and art directors for advertising agencies. Some of Jef’s former students have gone to work for some of North America’s best agencies such as BBDO (Canada’s Agency of the Year 2011), Taxi2, Saatchi & Saatchi, Proximity (Canada’s Video Agency of the Year 2011), Ogilvy and Lowe Roche. Jef's students are also known for winning lots of awards at prestigious national competitions. Elyse talks to Jef about why he works so hard to make sure every student gets an amazing experience.

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosts Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrates the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 5 Kelly Hoyt

December 18, 2018

Episode 5 - Host Elyse Pipitone talks with Professor Kelly Hoyt.

Kelly Hoyt is a Teaching and Learning Consultant with Mohawk's International Education department. She is also one of the leads on Global Experiences project at the college. This fall, Kelly travelled to Chalkida, Greece with two other Mohawk staff and 12 students to volunteer at the Ritsona Refugee Camp for 10 days. The camp sits 20 minutes away from the beautiful city of Chalkida. Formerly an air force base, the Ritsona Refugee Camp was funded by the United Arab Emirates and the Red Cross to address the influx of migrants that began entering Greece in 2015. Kelly and the students worked at the camp's distribution centre, which is managed by a not-for-profit called Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS). The centre provides camp residents with clean water, clothing, tea, and milk. Kelly and Elyse, who was also at the camp, talk about their experiences.

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosts Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrates the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Click here to download a transcript of this podcast: http://web.mohawkcollege.ca/announcements/Ep.5_KelleyHoyt.clean.pdf

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 4 Kevin Browne

November 30, 2018

Episode 4 - Host Elyse Pipitone talks with Professor and Outreach Coordinator Kevin Browne.

Kevin Browne is a Professor and Outreach Coordinator at Mohawk College. He is also the founder of Software Hamilton, an online portal for the regional start up and technology community. Kevin has organized community events such as the tech demo night DemoCamp, business hackathon Startup Weekend, and many more. Kevin completed his PhD in computer science at McMaster University in 2016. He is also a partner at CoMotion Group, a dual location co-working space hosting Hamilton's largest entrepreneurial community of over 100 freelancers, digital workers, and young professionals. Kevin co-founded the Hamilton Code Clubs program funded by the Hamilton Community Foundation to put lunch hour and after school learn-to-code clubs in Hamilton-area elementary schools, which has reached over 3,000 students since 2016.

Click on the following to download a transcript of this episode: http://web.mohawkcollege.ca/announcements/Ep._4_Extra_Mile_Podcast_Kevin_Browne_mixdown.clean.pdf

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosts Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrates the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 3 Bertha Skye

November 15, 2018

Episode 3 – Host Elyse Pipitone talks with Bertha Skye, an Elder in Residence with Indigenous Stutdent Services at Mohawk College. Mohawk also honoured Bertha with a Distinguished Fellow – Honorary Diploma in 2018.

Bertha Skye is of the Cree Nation, born in Northern Saskatchewan, and lives on Six Nations of the Grand River. Bertha serves as an Elder in Residence at Mohawk College where she provides learning in an Indigenous and holistic way by sharing stories, teachings, traditional crafts and cooking lessons. Her presence enhances students’ experience during their educational journey. Bertha’s guidance and kindness support students and staff in a meaningful way, helping to broaden the understanding of Indigenous culture and experience.

Click on the following to download a transcript of this episode: http://web.mohawkcollege.ca/announcements/Ep_3_The_Mohawk_Extra_Mile_Podcast_Bertha_Skye_mixdown.clean.pdf

For more on Indigenous Student Services visit: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/indigenous-students/programming-and-services/indigenous-student-services

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosts Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrates the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners.

 

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 2 Brian Willrich

October 10, 2018

Episode 2 – Host Elyse Pipitone talks with Brian Willrich, a and Everyday Hero Award recipient.

Brian mentors teams of students who script, shoot and edit videos for dozens of non-profits, community groups and start-ups every year.

A portfolio of the students’ work is posted here:

https://vimeo.com/user11460605

Requests for student video productions are made through The Agency at Mohawk College and then reviewed by Brian. More information on The Agency is available here:

https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/agency 

For more on Mohawk’s Broadcasting – Television and Communications Media 3-year diploma program, go to:

https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/programs/communication-arts/broadcasting-television-and-communications-media-651

Download a transcript of this podcast here: http://web.mohawkcollege.ca/announcements/Ep._2_The_Mohawk_Extra_Mile_Podcast_Brian_Willrich_clean.pdf

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosts Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrates the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners. 

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.

Ep. 1 Maria Bracalenti

October 10, 2018

Episode 1 – Host Elyse Pipitone talks with International Student Advisor Maria Bracalenti. Maria was the first employee to receive a Mohawk College Everyday Hero Award and was also recognized with a 2018 Mohawk Award of Excellence.

Volunteering her own time, Maria launched a coffee club that she continues to run for Mohawk’s international and domestic students.

Coffee Club runs every other Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the International Square (room J137) at Mohawk’s Fennell campus.

More details on the Coffee Club are posted at:

https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/student-life-at-mohawk/activities-and-student-leadership/events-for-students/coffee-club 

Click here to download a transcript of this podcast: http://web.mohawkcollege.ca/announcements/Ep._1_The_Mohawk_Extra_Mile_Podcast_Maria_Bracelenti.clean.pdf

Mohawk educates and serves more than 3,000 international students from over 80 countries.

Extra Mile host Elyse Pipitone is Mohawk’s Manager of International and Exchange Students and joined the college in 2011. Elyse also hosts Elyse in Wonderland, a radio show that celebrates the diverse cultures and storied lives of students, faculty, staff and community partners. 

Know someone who is going the extra mile for Mohawk College students? Send an email to extramile@mohawkcollege.ca.