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April
2011
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Media release: Mohawk Students' Association donates $1 million to support renovation work

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GIVING STUDENTS GREAT PLACES TO LEARN AT MOHAWK: Mohawk College President Rob MacIsaac thanks Mohawk Students' Association President Kat Cullen for the MSA's $1 million donation to support ongoing renovations to the college's largest and oldest campus.


MOHAWK STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION DONATES $1 MILLION TO COLLEGE


Hamilton – The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) is donating $1 million to give students more places and better spaces to learn at the college’s Fennell Campus.


The MSA is donating the surplus from its operations in the Student Centre, which include the Arnie pub, Campus Den store and food services.  The annual donation of $250,000 over the next four years will support ongoing renovations at Mohawk’s largest campus.


The MSA, which represents Mohawk’s 16,000 full-time and apprentice students and part-time day students, delivers a wide range of services including a student food bank and emergency loan program, legal services, credit and debt counseling, a health and dental plan and a discount transit pass.


“The Mohawk Students’ Association is supporting the college’s efforts to improve the campus and give students a place they’re comfortable in and proud to call home,” says MSA President Kat Cullen. In addition to the $1 million donation to support the renewal of the Fennell Campus, the MSA is also carrying out a $1 million renovation to the Arnie pub over the spring and summer.


“The MSA is making a leadership gift that will make a real difference for generations of students,” says Mohawk College President Rob MacIsaac. “The donation by the MSA will go directly to improving the quality of facilities for students. Our goal is to have quality facilities that are equal to the calibre of our faculty and staff.”


A new outdoor plaza to be created next to the MSA Student Centre will be named in recognition of the association's investment in the Fennell Campus.


Campus renovations to date have included the new Mohawk Learning Exchange with a two-storey library and suite of classrooms. Other work has included renovations to the cafeteria and a wing of the campus used by students in Mohawk’s School of Community Studies. Work is now underway to convert the former library into a new one-stop centre for student services and more classroom renovations are planned throughout the spring and summer.