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September brought the start of another academic year with increased enrolment in the Technology and Visual Arts portfolio. It has been a very busy semester with many great things happening across our areas, including the launch of new and renewed programs, convocation, open house, and hosting and participation in many great events. Thank you to the faculty, staff and administrators that continue to support academic excellence and student success. As we near the end of the semester. I wish everyone a well-deserved safe and happy holiday with family and friends.
Come out and be inspired by student projects that focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Sponsored by the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, this open event welcomes all and highlights student ideas, projects, and portfolio work from Georgian’s Technology and Visual Arts academic program areas.  Prizes and scholarships will be awarded.  The Innovation Showcase promises to be an exciting event and one you won’t want to miss.  The Showcase opens at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 in the Campus Gallery, D Building. Remarks and awards take place at 6:30 p.m.; Showcase closes at 7 p.m.
85-year-old lithographic rocks make fascinating printmaking project
Christina MacBean, a Fine Arts-Advanced student, belongs to an international lithography group on Facebook and came across a posting from James Wiley in Coshocton, Ohio, indicating he was selling a number of lithographic rocks used in commercial printing that he had unearthed while landscaping. “I got chills when I saw the post on Facebook,” says MacBean. “At first I thought it was a hoax.” She contacted James and then travelled to Ohio to examine the rocks. Wiley had unearthed over 1,000 rocks in a 14 x 10, six-foot-deep hole in a cistern on his property. James did some research and found out his property was located on the site of American Art Works (AAW), a specialty advertising company best known for its popular Coca-Cola trays. Limestone rocks were used to make the items and was a very cost-effective way to print in the late 1800s and early 1900s. MacBean chose 14 rocks to purchase and she figures she travelled back with around 1,000 pounds of limestone in her vehicle. She brought back a rock used to print the iconic Coca-Cola artwork. Christina is currently trying to clean one of the rocks to see if she can get an image to roll up and print in the Barrie Campus printmaking studio. She discovered printmaking when she entered the Fine Arts program at Georgian and loves all aspects of it.
Upfront Analytics interviews Professor Tim Krywulak, RAP
Market research industry leader, Upfront Analytics, recently interviewed Tim Krywulak. Tim is the Program Co-ordinator in our post-graduate Research Analyst program, and has been involved with education for nearly his entire career, starting with a Masters in History from University of Regina, followed by a Ph.D. in Canadian History from Carleton University. Tim has published a number of research papers, which can be seen on
The Conference Board of Canada’s website. He shared his insights into trends in the world of market research, and talked about challenges facing the industry and how Georgian’s program stays relevant to students and employers. 

FutureMusic TBA symposium host
In November, Georgian is hosted the FutureMusic TBA, which is a unique symposium that explores the intersections of Technology, Business and Art, as they fuse and muse together to create a new form and format. The event featured speakers from Canada and around the world, live and via SKYPE. The symposium gathered together leading minds with a combined pulse on the next music and media revolution destined to change the world. The event was in partnership with the Central Ontario Music Council. It was a one-of-a-kind symposium with an innovative thought leadership forum with performances from tomorrow's biggest names in music.
Georgian congratulates WorldSkills competitor Tyler Magri
Recent graduate Tyler Magri competed in the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, testing himself against other new vocational talent from across the globe in the CNC Milling category. He worked hard, kept his head in the game, and built lasting connections with other competitors. He was a great ambassador for his hometown of Innisfil, his school, and his country. Tyler said “The experience itself was great. Just to be part of the best of the best in the world was amazing.” He hopes he’ll be able to transfer the knowledge and skills he gained to future Georgian College CNC competitors.

Barrie Arts Awards honour creative minds at Georgian
Max Lupo, an alumnus of Georgian’s Art and Design Fundamentals and Fine Arts – Advanced programs was recognized as the Emerging Artist of the year at the Barrie Arts Awards.  Hosted by the City of Barrie, the Barrie Arts Awards was held on Nov. 18 and highlighted the many successes found in Barrie’s arts community, recognizing the artists for their contribution to the city. “The Barrie Arts Awards is a wonderful event that recognizes contributions to the Barrie Arts community,” says Kevin Weaver, Dean, Technology and Visual Arts. “Georgian College is proud to be a part of the arts community…”.  Max Lupo is an emerging artist currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Arts, Media and Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2015, he had his first solo exhibition at the Campus Gallery at Georgian. He also had two solo shows at Verso Gallery in Toronto. Max is incredibly skilled in technology and electronics, inventing and fabricating devices such as The Automatic Affirmation Device. Max plays an important role in promoting and fostering the arts in Barrie. He is a founding member of Art in House, a community art gallery that celebrates art, creativity and community, and raises awareness for various forms of artistic expression, promoting local artists by providing exhibition space, as well as presenting art classes to children and youth.
In October, a unique summit was held at Georgian’s Barrie campus where registrants were able to work with award-winning world-class filmmakers such as Alex Shuper, Elan Mastai, Michael Dowse, Phillip Daniels, Shael Stolberg, Wyeth Clarkson and Wayne Clarkson.  Registrants to the Georgian College Filmmakers Summit had the opportunity to create an original film critiqued by these industry professionals and had a chance to show their film at the Barrie Film Festival.
Marine simulator recreates the night the Edmund Fitzgerald sank
40 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1975, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. The entire crew of 29 was lost. It's still the largest ship to have sunk in the Great Lakes. CTV commemorated the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew with a news cast featuring Georgian’s marine simulator and its manager, Jason Davenport. The simulator recreated the conditions from the night of the storm, including the view from the ship's bridge.

Congratulations to Aylan Couchie, Fine Arts graduate
It’s been a good year for recent Georgian Fine Arts grad Aylan Couchie. In the past few months, Aylan was named the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center as well as the Inaugural Barbara Laronde award from the Native Women in the Arts (NWIA). Recently, she was announced as the winner in a high-profile art competition for Pratt Homes. The piece will be called H.I.O. Big Chiefs – celebrating the people who first inhabited the Barrie area – and will be on the roof of Pratt Homes’ new building at 300 Essa Road. Four artists submitted proposals for largescale pieces to adorn the top of a new building on Essa Road in Barrie. The pieces will be visible from most corners of the city and will be lit up at night. Community members voted to choose Aylan’s proposal. While at Georgian, Aylan was considered a student leader. She showed her work in exhibitions on campus, in local galleries and internationally. She organized “Who NEW?! Barrie’s Downtown Art Crawl” as well as a student art sale. She received the title of Grand Champion in the Butter Sculpting Competition at the Royal Winter Fair – a title which earned her a segment on the Rick Mercer Report.

Green Energy Doors Open
Georgian hosted Green Energy Doors Open – a province-wide event showcasing sustainable energy projects in local communities – at the Barrie Campus on Oct. 2. “The Green Energy Doors Open event allows the community to learn about sustainable programs and technologies happening right in their backyard,” says Ron Sky, faculty, Engineering and Environmental Technologies. “The event also allows Georgian and other industry partners to showcase state-of-the-art green technologies.” Visitors had the opportunity to learn about the amazing technologies Georgian has on campus, including the solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station, hybrid and full electric vehicles, and the geothermal heated building.

Georgian receives EHRC award
Georgian College is the recipient of the innovation in HR Practices – Educational/Training Institution 2015 Award from Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). This award was established to recognize and celebrate, at the national level, an educational or training institution that has developed or implemented curriculum, educational or training programs that address the workforce supply needs of the electricity industry by ensuring that students and/or employees have the required skill sets.
Two Great Lakes shipping companies invest $1.5 million in Georgian marine facility
Algoma Central Corporation announced in November it will donate $1 million in support of Georgian College’s new Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre. Algoma owns and operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry-bulk carriers and product tankers operating on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway. A long-time supporter of Georgian’s marine programs, the Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre will be named in the company’s honour. Captain Scott Bravener, President of Lower Lakes Towing and Grand River Navigation, is well acquainted with marine training at Georgian College as an alumnus of the Marine Technology – Navigation program. On behalf of the company that he co-founded, he announced Lower Lakes Towing will contribute $500,000 toward the development of the centre. The common area in the centre will be named in recognition of Lower Lakes Towing. The company is a subsidiary of Rand Logistics, Inc. which is a leading provider of bulk freight shipping services throughout the Great Lakes region. The Centre will be used by students (cadets) enrolled in Georgian’s marine programs and by working mariners. They will take introductory and advanced courses in firefighting, survival craft, life raft and immersion suit training, as well as first aid. Marine Emergency Duties training is mandatory for everyone who works aboard ships and must be renewed every five years. With these two gift announcements, Georgian has achieved its fundraising goal of $7.5 million to build the centre and adjacent fire training facility.
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