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Solar Eclipse Event

What happens when six passionate science students work toward a common goal? Well, the sky is the limit!

With the help of their Physics teacher and the coordinators of JAC SandBOX (student-centered innovation and entrepreneurial centre), the Stars and Stuff students have founded an astronomy club, and are planning a mega-event around the solar eclipse of August 21.

On the first day of school at John Abbott, there will be guest speakers, treats, information booths, live streaming from NASA and, of course, free solar glasses for students and staff (limited quantities). Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada plan to set up telescopes to show the various phases of the eclipse.

A partial view of the eclipse will be visible from the Oval between 1:20 and 3:50 p.m., weather permitting. JAC community members can use their break to go and check this out.

Solar glasses will also be available from Montreal public libraries.

Stars and Stuff team picture Aug 2017

Message for JAC grads in pre-university programs

A MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATES OF JOHN ABBOTT COLLEGE IN PRE-UNIVERSITY STUDIES

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

John Abbott College is launching a search for a graduate of the College holding a DEC in a program of pre-university studies who is not a member of the College staff to fill one (1) alumnus/alumna representative position for pre-university studies on its 19-member Board of Governors.

The Board is composed of members from various groups, including alumni.

The Board sets major College policies and looks toward the future academic and community aspirations of the College; the Board usually meets six to seven times a year, in the evenings. Members work in a voluntary capacity and alumni members generally serve for a three-year term.

If you are an alumnus/alumna in pre-university studies, are not a member of the College staff and are interested to serve on the Board of Governors, please submit your curriculum vitae no later than August 30, 2017 via e-mail to the attention of:

Ms. Voula Makris
Secretary General
John Abbott College
21275, Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3L9
voula.makris@johnabbott.qc.ca

The College encourages applications from qualified persons belonging to the following groups: women, aboriginal peoples, visible and ethnic minorities whose mother tongue is neither French nor English, and persons with disabilities. If you wish to do so, you may indicate whether you are a member of one of the aforementioned groups.

For more information, please call Rosanna Fortunato at 514-457-6610 x. 5281.

Chapeau les filles! Hats Off to You!

The Hats Off to You! Contest showcases the determination and work of young women enrolled in a vocational or technical training program leading to work in a traditionally male-dominated occupation. This year, the Fédération des cégeps presented a $ 2,000 scholarship to Christine Thibault from JAC’s Police Tech program during a special ceremony held on June 12 at the National Assembly.
The Fédération awards this prize annually to a student from a career program that distinguishes itself by its committed and passionate approach and its reflection on issues related to its field of study. Christine caught the jury’s attention for these reasons, and the fact that she proposes concrete ways to support and integrate women into traditionally male-dominated occupation.
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JOHN ABBOTT COLLEGE FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT

On June 5, the John Abbott College Foundation held the 15th edition of its annual fundraising golf tournament. Tournament co-chairs Serge Poirier, General Manager, Caisse Desjardins de l’Ouest-de-l’Île and Greg Foss, Alumnus and former John Abbott football player presented a cheque to John Abbott College for $ 50,000 net.

“We are incredibly grateful to all those who make this day possible: our title sponsor, Groupe Desjardins, major sponsors Ye Olde Orchard Pub, CAE Inc., Pepsi, the Student Union of John Abbott College, Aramark and Action Multi Sports, and the amazing team working behind the scenes making sure everyone has a great time,” said Judy Kelley, Chair of the John Abbott College Foundation. John Halpin, Director General of the College added, “…your support allows us to continue to offer a multitude of needed services to our students.”

Despite the wet weather, golfers enthusiastically took to the links of the renowned Beaconsfield Golf Club. Students and staff volunteers were on the course to offer demonstrations of their savoir faire, refreshments and cheers to the golfers. Good friends, colleagues and former teammates made this tournament one to remember for years.

The final tally for the 2017 Golf Tournament is very close to $60,000.

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(L-R Barth Gillan,JACF Director, Serge Poirier GM Caisse Desjardins de l’Ouest de l’Île, Judy Kelley Chair JACF Board, John Halpin DG JAC, Greg Foss Partner Ye Olde Orchard Pubs).

Dental Hygiene Student Volunteers Making a Difference

Students entering post-secondary education in Dental Hygiene look forward to the day when they can declare, “I am a Dental Hygienist.”(1) Choosing dental hygiene as their profession, completing studies and identifying with our national association are part of the emerging professional. “I educate and empower Canadians to embrace their oral health for better overall health and well-being.”(1)  [1]Staff and students from John Abbott College embraced these concepts on Saturday May 13, 2017 when, in partnership with the Canadian Alliance for Syrian Aid (CASA) and Red Cross, they had the unique opportunity to participate in a Dental Public Health event.

Twenty-one dental hygiene students and four faculty members offered Oral Hygiene Education and supported a free Clinical Screening completed by dentists. This event allowed our students to share knowledge while incorporating their communication and organizational skills. Students provided cultural familiarity as 10 spoke Arabic thereby facilitating initial questioning concerning oral pain and tooth sensitivity and delivering oral hygiene instruction. The power point presentation was prepared in both English and Arabic to allow the refugees the opportunity to more easily appreciate the material.

Faculty played a pivotal role throughout the day. Josee Tessier welcomed everyone and introduced the refugees to oral hygiene care.  The power point presentation included concepts of biofilm, hard deposits, as well as brushing, proximal surface cleaning options and mouth rinses.  Smoking cessation, nutritional guidance and an introduction to the oral/systemic link were featured. “It’s a good feeling to help the ones that are in need” commented Josee Tessier “I hope that this event is a start for a new path of heath public service. It is a first step in the accessibility to dental hygiene care.” Anila Hasko spoke next, having arrived in Canada 18 years ago as a political refugee.  She identified with the participants and offered her journey as an example of success. “It’s a new dream and I became a successful dental hygienist and I told them never to give up.”

The students were energized, empathetic and enthusiastic to share their knowledge.  Comments included “I would like to THANK YOU for giving me this great opportunity because today was the first day that I was able to use my knowledge to help others” or “I was surprised that very few of them were aware on how to brush.  Most were very attentive and eager to know and learn.”  Josee wrote to the students “The profession of dental hygiene will shine because of YOU.” To facilitate continued oral self-care and inform them of the availability of professional services, the refugees were given a ‘parting gift’ that included a toothbrush and paste, dental floss, mouth rinse, a summary card with oral hygiene reminders and contact information for dental facilities. McGill University and Université de Montréal were recommended for complex dental treatment and three Dental Hygiene colleges (English and French) for preventive treatment.

The Syrian refugees were very appreciative of the professional services provided and repeatedly thanked our students.  It was a memorable event – for everyone!

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Christine Fambely DH, Cert. in Health Ed., B.A., M.Ed.

christinef@johnabbott.qc.ca

[1] D’Aoust Angie, Oh Canada CDHA Spring 2014 Forging Our Professional Identity p. 11.

FRQNT AWARD – 2 winners from JAC

Yu Qi Feng and Camille Pigeon have each been awarded a $5000 summer internship research award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Yu Qi Feng is an Honours Science student with an interest in Bioengineering and this award will allow her to work in Professor Terry Hébert’s laboratory at McGill University on “The use of conformational biosensors to understand G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling” for 10 weeks this summer.

Camille Pigeon is also a Science student and will be working in Associate Professor Louis Cuccia’s  lab at Concordia University on “The chiral crystallization of strontium formate dehydrate”. This opportunity will allow her to pursue her passion for Chemistry.

Dr. Roberta Šilerová, JAC Chemistry Professor was instrumental in finding the stage locations and assisting the two JAC finalists in putting together their successful applications. Forty-five JAC students responded to the call for this award – the internal application process was coordinated by Teresa Hackett, JAC Research Officer and Joanne Ross, Manager, Program Deans’ Office.

HOD Inductees

JOHN ABBOTT HALL OF DISTINCTION

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec – May 26, 2017 – Recognizing those who have made an unforgettable impression on John Abbott College and beyond is a tradition that began just last year. Those nominated to the Hall of Distinction are alumni, employees, and friends of the College.

The 2017 alumni honorees unveiled Thursday, May 25, span three decades while the employees represent over 150 years of service to the College.

The nine people selected for this honour personify the dedication and hard work that has shaped
John Abbott College in so many different ways.

“It is such a rewarding experience to hear the stories of all these great people. It makes us all truly proud to be a part of this wonderful institution,” said John Halpin, Director General of the College.

The following are the 2017 inductees:

EMPLOYEES
Léonce Boudreau               Director of Student Services
John Howes                       First Academic Dean
Rabab Naqvi                       Launched the Library Technology program
Lois Siegel                          Taught English and Film, award winning filmmaker
Bill Tierney                          Founding member of the English department

ALUMNI
Jennifer Ditchburn            Social Science ’92
David McAusland             Social Science ‘73
Anne Montminy                Sciences ‘95
Alexander Weil                 Science ‘03

Celebrated yesterday at a private event; families, friends and colleagues raised their glasses in honour of these impressive individuals.

Picture (L to R): Bill Tierney, Rabab Naqvi, Lois Siegel, David McAusland, Jennifer Ditchburn, Anne Montminy, Alexander Weil.

JAC Biopharmaceutical Production Technology

Posters presented by JAC Biopharmaceutical Production Technology faculty and students at 2017 Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences annual conference “From Innovation to Patient Solution”.

Faculty and students from JAC Biopharmaceutical Production Technology participated in the Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences annual conference May 10-12.

Five students presented 3 posters entitled:

1. Formulation and scale-up manufacturing of starch based spray dried microcapsules as drug delivery and taste masking device
2. Influence of physical factors on quality attribute of scored tablets
3. Preparation and characterization of Albumin microcapsules using interfacial cross-linking technique

The projects presented got very interesting responses.

GORDON BROWN APPOINTED ACADEMIC DEAN OF JOHN ABBOTT COLLEGE

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, May 23, 2017 – The Board of Governors of John Abbott College is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Gordon Brown as the new Academic Dean, effective August 1, 2017.

Mr Brown comes to John Abbott from Champlain College – St. Lawrence in Quebec City. Currently Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, he spent 20 years teaching Business Administration and Political Science. Over the years, he has served as department and program coordinator, member of the Champlain Board of Governors and member of the campus and college Academic Councils. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Chartered Accountant with the Office of the Auditor General of New Brunswick. Mr. Brown has Bachelor degrees in Engineering and in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick and in Music from Université Laval. He also holds two graduate degrees: a Master of Arts in Political Science from Université Laval and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s.

“Following the unanimous recommendation from the selection committee and Academic Council, the Board of Governors is thrilled with Mr Brown’s appointment,” says Guylaine Audet, Chair of the Board of Governors. “Gordon’s vast knowledge of Québec’s education system, especially at the CEGEP level, makes him the obvious choice for the job.”

Mr Brown’s appointment follows the retirement of Erich Schmedt, who is stepping down after serving as Academic Dean for eight years. “Many great projects were completed during Erich’s tenure. We thank him for his dedication and wish him well in all his future projects,” added Guylaine Audet.