* The call for proposals has been extended until January 20, 2017 *

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John Abbott College is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Learning Specialists Association of Canada’s (LSAC) National Conference. 2017 National Conference May 29 – 31.

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Tec de Monterrey Students Graduate!

On Thursday Dec 15, a graduation celebration was held in the Agora in honour of our 77 students from the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. These students successfully completed the Academic Immersion Program run through the International Programs Office. They were all smiles as they received their certificates and shared a very special moment looking back on their semester.
Host families, friends, staff and faculty were present to celebrate with the students and wish them well on their future endeavors. The students are now official John Abbott alumni and will always be welcome at JAC!

Islander Sports News

Swim Team Remains Dominant

In the Isles only home meet of the year the ladies dominated the pool with a 144.5 point win over second place St Jerome. The guys defeated Maisonneuve by 62.5 points to keep the record perfect for both teams. The season is far from over as this only concludes 3 of 8 meets in the year. The team will be on break until the New Year when they travel to Vieux Montreal on the 27th of January.

Women’s Dominate the Boomerang and Play OT with Lionel Groulx

Paced by a hat trick from Hailey Burns, the Isles overpowered the Andre Laurendeau Boomerang winning the game 6-1. Burns added an assist to round out her 4 point night. Juliana Classen also had 4 points with 1 goal and 3 assists. Aube Racine gave up 1 goal on 19 shots faced.

With less than 24 hours to turn it around, the team was off to Lionel Groulx to face the Nordiques. Classen picked up her second goal of the weekend assisted by Julia D’Alleva and Burns. A late goal by the Nordiques put the game into overtime, with Lionel Groulx taking the win in the shootout.

Women’s Basketball Could not Recover from a Slow Start

The women’s basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Friday night when they dropped a 53-43 decision to Montmorency. The Nomades dominated the first half, taking an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and a 37-13 margin at halftime. They extended the lead to 47-22 after 30 minutes of play before the Islanders came to life in the fourth quarter, outscoring the visitors 21-6.  Rikki Blumenfeld led John Abbott with 14 points while Aliyah Alford chipped in with 11.

Men’s Basketball Fall to League Leaders

The men’s basketball team hosted the first place Montmorency Nomades to end their first half of the season. The Nomades took a commanding 49-29 lead to end the half. However, the Isles battled the Nomades and won the third quarter 20-15, but Montmorency still led 64-49.

The Isles made another run but could not sustain the effort and lost the game by a final score of 91-71.

Top performers were Elie. Mouyal with 21 points, Adam Pace and Jordan Thornhill had 13 apiece.

Islander Sports News

Men’s Basketball Could not Sustain their Quick Start

Last Friday night the Isles were on the road to Edouard Montpetit. The first quarter favoured the Isles, who took it by a score of 16-13. The next quarter saw the table turn as Edouard bounced back, winning that quarter 18-10, to take the halftime lead 31-26.

The Isles could not get much going in the third quarter losing falling further behind by a score of 56-44. Abbott made a run in the fourth, but poor shooting from the line and behind the arc cost the Isles the game. The final score was 76-62.

Top performers were Elie Mouyal with 18 points and 11 rebounds; Jordan Thornhill 10 and 8 and rookie Olivier St. Pierre 7 and 10. With the result John Abbott and Edouard Montpetit flip in the standings, with the Isles now holding on to the last playoff spot in 6th place.

Women’s Volleyball Have a Tough Road Ahead.

The Islanders started their day off slowly losing their first two matchups in close games to Montmorency (25-21, 25-20) and André Grasset (25-22, 25-21). Both matches could have gone either way, but the Isles did not play to their potential which resulted in the losses. An easy win over Dawson (25-11, 25-18) set up a must win game against Brébeuf to stay in Section B. The Isles were not able to seize the opportunity and dropped the match in straight sets 25-21, 25-19.

Serve reception was the major problem on the day with a team 1.74 Serve Receive Ratio (SRR), the only player finishing with a decent SRR was Maxime Simoneau with a 2.06. Maxime finished with 25 kills, 35% kill efficiency , Hayley Nesbitt struggled on serve receive but led the team on offense with 29 kills, 41% Kill efficiency and 5 stuff blocks. Marjorie St Louis was the best server on the day with 8 aces, 100% serving and 52 assists. Natasha Fracassi led the team in blocking with 9 stuff blocks and 27 total blocks.

With the drop to Section C the Islanders will look to finish the season off strong in order to give themselves a chance to make the Regionals. The Isles currently sit in 9th place but will need to move back to Section B in the New Year to keep their playoff hopes alive. In order to better prepare, they will be going to Quebec City Jan 6-8 to compete in the Coupe de l’Est Invitational tournament.

Busy Friday on Campus

This Friday (Dec 2nd) will see John Abbott host 4 home events. A basketball double header versus Montmorency with the women tipping off at 19h00, followed by the men at 21h00. Hockey will be facing Andre Laurendeau with puck drop at 19h20. The swim team will be hosting their only meet of the year, with races slated to begin at 19h30.


Book Launch at John Abbott College – Patrick Burger

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC – November 17, 2016 – Patrick Burger, PhD, English Literature teacher at John Abbott College recently launched On the Precipice of Facism: The Mythic and Political in the Work of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Jünger.

Inspired while on a trip to Germany in 2002, Burger decided on the topic of his thesis which would eventually become this trilingual work that speaks to the “key role narrative plays in the scripting of human destiny,” ( visited November 17, 2016).

The book was published in 2015 and officially launched this month among colleagues and friends at John Abbott College. Described by author and advisor Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kurz: “[T]his dissertation is unquestionably an original and masterful — sometimes too masterful — scholarly accomplishment, which develops its thesis methodically, richly and productively.”

Burger, a popular teacher for the last nineteen years, says with a smile: “every utterance, every cultural event is tied to a larger narrative.”

This thought provoking book is available at

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes 6500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.


Islander Sports News

Men’s Volleyball Leading the Pack

With the conclusion of the Fall semester’s games the Islanders find themselves in first place overall after a successful 4-0 result in their only home tournament of the year. They started off the day with straight sets victories over Brebeuf (25-21, 25-22) and St Jerome (25-22, 25-17). Against Marianopolis it was a tighter game going to three sets 26-24, 24-26, 15-6. This set up a must win scenario versus Montmorency to claim top spot on the day. In a very even match up the Isles won 25-22, 20-25, 15-11.

The Isles now sit atop the standings at the midway point of the season with 26 points, 5 points up on Montmorency and St Jerome. The two-headed monster of Markus Nitka and Justin Pemberton led the way on offence with 34 and 33 kills respectively. They also helped anchor a solid serve reception game alongside Tyler Tweedie Smith. Setter Simon Dufour was able to run a balanced offence that saw every hitter record a kill.

League action resumes in January with 3 tournaments before the Conference Championships on March 19th. The Isles have already qualified for the 8 team playoff and cannot be lower than the 6th seed. The focus is to now fine tune their game and win the regular season banner.

Women’s Basketball on top of their Game

The Islanders women’s basketball team improved their league record to 5-0 with a pair of road wins this weekend. They defeated Ahuntsic 74-22 Friday night and then recorded a 70-56 victory over Edouard Montpetit Sunday afternoon. John Abbott will face their biggest test of the season next Friday, December 2nd when they host the 5-1 Montmorency Nomades.

Aliyah Jobe led a well balanced scoring attack with 16 points while Rikki-Lee Blumenfeld and Kelly Corsi added 12 points apiece. Corsi connected on all four of her three-point attempts. All ten players were able to contribute on the score sheet.

On Sunday Jobe once again led the way as she had a game-high 19 points while Andrea Batrla chipped in with 16 and Zoe Arvanitis netted 10 points.

Hockey Playing Well

This past Friday, the hockey team was facing the Dawson Blues at home for the last time in the regular season. Despite a very good game, the Islanders lost 1-0. The team outshot Dawson 33-23 which is a first in recent memory.

With a bye this week the Isles look to prepare for back-to-back games on December 2nd and 3rd. The team is headed in the right direction and is playing good hockey!

Men’s Basketball Lose to Top Ranked Brebeuf

The Islanders were on the road to face the Dynamiques of Brebeuf who are currently ranked #5 in Canada. The Isles had their best offensive output of the year but could not keep pace with Brebeuf losing 108-81. Leading the way for John Abbott were Dylan Cruickshank with 21 points and Adam Pace with 16 points.

Currently in 5th place their next game will be at 6th place Edouard Montpetit this Friday November 25th at 21h00.