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101 reasons to celebrate from 2008-09

A professor who helps college students get research published in an international medical journal, an applied research project that puts students and graduates at the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care and a project that has dramatically improved service to students are 2009 Mohawk Innovation Award recipients.

Medical Radiation Sonography Professor Darrin Cournoyea, Mohawk’s Electronic Health Records Project Team and the College’s Exemption Process Team were recognized for their leadership in innovation during the annual Mohawk President’s Breakfast this morning. The awards were presented before an audience of 650 staff, student leaders, alumni, retirees and other college partners.

“Mohawk is committed to finding new and even better ways of teaching and serving students through innovation,” says President Rob MacIsaac. “This year’s recipients have created incredible value for our students and our college partners.”

Darrin Cournoyea Professor Darrin Cournoyea (left) was recognized for mentoring two teams of Medical Radiation Sciences students who turned semester-long research projects into published articles in The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Few undergraduate students at any college or university have research published in international journals.

EHR project Mohawk’s Electronic Health Records Team was honoured for engaging students and recent graduates on a groundbreaking applied research project in the emerging field of health informatics. Students, graduates and faculty are building and testing software to securely store, share and access online patient records from anywhere in Canada. From left: Brian Minaji, Duane Bender, Justin Fyfe, Mark Yendt, Jaspinder Singh with President Rob MacIsaac and Chief Innovation Officer Ted Scott.

Exemption process team The College’s Exemption Process Team was recognized for automating the process for requesting, reviewing and approving student exemptions from courses, reducing average wait times from 26 days to eight days and eliminating approximately 200 days of work previously spent handling and processing paper-based requests. From left: Rob McInnis, Rosemarie  DeRubeis, Coline MacEachern, Mary Male, Catharine Cunningham, Kristin Bolstad and Kathy Hayes. 

With a vision of being internationally renowned for an innovation culture and highly skilled, future ready graduates who will drive tomorrow’s opportunities, Mohawk has identified innovation, quality and sustainability as the College’s three strategic priorities.

The Mohawk Innovation Awards were introduced in 2008, with the College’s Course Outline Team receiving the inaugural award. The awards recognize staff who add value to students and differentiate the College through introducing new or improved programs, services or processes.

Mohawk College annually serves 10,500 full-time, 4,000 apprenticeship, and 324 international students as well as 42,000 Continuing Education registrants at the Fennell Campus, Mohawk Brantford, the Mohawk STARRT Institute and the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences.