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IMPACT accomplished: Celebrating great achievements in student life

- March 28, 2013

A view of the packed house at the 2013 IMPACT Awards (Alexandra Seglins photos)
A view of the packed house at the 2013 IMPACT Awards (Alexandra Seglins photos)

Society presidents. Activists. Entrepreneurs. Environmentalists. Community leaders.

The individual story of a Dalhousie IMPACT Award recipient would be inspiring enough on its own — students working hard outside of the classroom to make their university, their city and their world a better place.

It was the combined impact, though, of the more than 70 award recipients at Tuesday’s second-annual ceremony that hit hardest. Over the course of several hours, some of Dal’s most spectacular students from across all four campuses received personally engraved pennants, celebrating their contributions and leadership in academic life, student life and community service, and residence life.

The awards were co-presented by the Dalhousie Student Union and the university.



“You are ambitious, hard-working leaders,” said Fred Fountain, Dal’s chancellor, speaking to the crowd. “You making things happen, you make things work. You have impact… We notice. Dalhousie notices, Dalhousie appreciates, Dalhousie thanks you.”

DSU President Jamie Arron called the students “the best the university has to offer” and spoke to their qualities of “impatient optimism and change-making spirit.”

Hosted by students Melashini Auaduer and Danny Shanahan, the event featured music from Dal’s Got Talent competitors, a speech from Dean of Agriculture Harold Cook and award presentations that brought together student leaders with university administrators and faculty.

From the presentation of the Rising Star awards to kick off the evening, to five of Dalhousie’s most accomplished student leaders, all wearing Dal scarves, sharing the stage to receive their Governors’ Awards, it was a night none of the winners will soon forgot.

We’ll be sharing some of the award winners’ stories on Dal News in the weeks ahead. Below is the entire list of award recipients. Congrats to all!

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2013 IMPACT Award winners

RISING STAR AWARDS
Rising Star Awards are presented to first-, second- and third-year students who have best demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment, leadership, creativity, and initiative to the DSU, as well as to the campus and community at large.

Ali Calladine, Arts and Social Sciences, Whistler, B.C.
Andrea Civitarese, Science, Calgary, Alta.
Annie Hinton, Arts and Social Sciences, Strathroy, Ont.
Kudakwashe (Kuda) Ndadzungira, Health Professions, Zimbabwe
Alexis Stevenson, Computer Science, Dartmouth, N.S.


STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
The Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to the student who demonstrates excellence in generating a new idea or concept that has captured the attention of the community and demonstrates integrity aligned with their personal values.

Megan McCarthy, Management, Halifax, N.S.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR
The International Student of the Year Award is presented to the student who has demonstrated the highest level of excellence in leadership, engagement in the community, inspires others and is a respected voice for international students at Dalhousie.

Ding Fan, Management, Beijing, China


RESIDENCE LIFE IMPACT AWARDS
Residence Life Impact Awards are presented to a current member of each residence hall community at Dalhousie who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the residence community, leads by example, and goes above and beyond to support their peers.

Kevin Bradley
, Science, Richmond, B.C.
Lauren Dickhout, Health Professions, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Jessica Hill, Science, Stoney Creek, Ont.
Ahmed Lutfi, Science, Doha, Qatar
Rebecca Ocana, Science, Santa Carla, CA, U.S.A.
Brandi O'Keefe, Arts and Social Sciences, Ferryland, N.L.


RESIDENCE LIFE LEADER AWARDS

Residence Life Leader Awards are presented to a current residence student in each residence hall in a leadership position. They have best demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity and professionalism, they encourage and empower students to engage in student life, they lead by example, and they work to improve the life and community of the residence hall.

Andrew Cherubini, Arts and Social Sciences, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont.
Michael Fraser, Architecture and Planning, Summerside, P.E.I.
Kirby Hayes, Arts and Social Sciences, Mississauga, Ont.
Kate Mercier, Science, Casselman, Ont.
Randii Sullivan, Science, Dryden, Ont.
Katie Van Patter, Health Professions, London, Ont.


TOP RESIDENCE COUNCIL
The Top Residence Council award is presented to the Residence Council that has best demonstrated consistency in event planning and delivery, high participation and attendance of its membership, and sets an example for other student societies.

Howe Hall


BEST STUDENT SOCIETY

The Best Student Society Award is presented to a Dalhousie Student Society ratified with the DSU that has demonstrated the highest level of consistency in event planning and delivery, high participation and attendance of its membership, and sets an example for other student societies.

Dalhousie Students Offering Support


FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE AWARDS

PHILLIP STEAD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENT IN STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Phillip Stead was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agriculture College who devoted much of his personal and professional time to the advancement of Maritime agriculture. This award recognizes a student who, among other attributes, has demonstrated a significant and positive impact on campus and/or community life through leadership skills and initiative, has influenced the development of future leaders at the Agriculture Campus, and is recognized as a role model and an effective leader by peers, staff, and faculty.

Robyn McCallum, Animal Science, Tabusintak, N.B.

RISING LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award is for a first-year leader who has demonstrated outstanding spirit through involvement in campus life, and is regarded as an emerging leader in the AC community.

Tyler Jollimore, Plant Science, Portuguese Cove, N.S.

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEADERSHIP AWARD

This award recognizes an individual who has volunteered their time off campus unselfishly giving of themselves through involvement within the community while studying at the Agriculture Campus.

Genevieve Clark, Animal Science, Brookfield, N.S.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DISTINCTION AWARD

Each year the Agriculture Campus recognizes a student who distinguishes themselves as a natural leader on campus. This award celebrates an individual who has made a significant impact on campus, and recognizes their dedication to building community and helping those facing difficult times.

Liu Qi, Aquaculture, Fujian Province, China


INTRAMURAL LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD     

The Intramural Live Well @ Dal Award is presented to an intramural participant who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to Dalhousie's intramural program, exemplifies the role of intramurals in promoting student engagement, models positive leadership, and inspires others to get involved and have fun on campus.

Bryan Gray, Pharmacy, Thunder Bay, Ont.


RECREATION LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD
The Recreation Live Well @ Dal Award is presented to a sport club member who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to Dalhousie's sport club program, exemplifies the role of sport clubs in promoting student engagement, models positive leadership, and inspires others to get involved and have fun on campus.

Manoj Hariharan, Medicine, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


TIGERS LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD
The Tigers Live Well @ Dal award is presented to a varsity student-athlete who best demonstrates significant contributions to the community, has increased awareness at Dalhousie of a given charity or cause, and demonstrates positive leadership and inspires others to get involved.

Rebecca Haworth, Science, Waverley, N.S.


MOST CHARITABLE SOCIETY
The Most Charitable Society Award is presented to the top Dalhousie Student Society ratified with the DSU that has made a significant contribution to a charity, has demonstrated consistency in event planning and delivery, fundraising efforts and high attendance of their membership, sets an example for other student societies, and has increased awareness at Dalhousie of a given charity or cause.

Dalhousie Community Outreach


GREEN AWARD

The Green Award is presented to the student who has made the most significant contribution to improving awareness of environmental and sustainability issues at Dalhousie, and who best demonstrates passion and inspires others to make a difference.

Rob MacNeish, Arts and Social Sciences, Halifax, N.S.


CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION
Certificates of Distinction are awarded to students who demonstrate above-average contributions to campus life over the course of a university career based on a DSU-determined points system. Points are awarded for holding positions within the DSU—as members of Dalhousie societies, through residence leadership roles, and other extracurricular involvement.

Haley Augustine, Medicine, Halifax, N.S.
Michael Fraser, Architecture and Planning, Summerside, P.E.I.
Sharique Khan, Management, Karachi, Pakistan
Monica Khattar, Management, Sydney, N.S.
Aaron Merchant, Management, Toronto, Ont.
Evan Price, Management, Truro, N.S.
Andrew Swift, Arts and Social Sciences, Peterborough, Ont.
Katie Van Patter, Health Professions, London, Ont.
Shun Kai Yang, Science, Moncton, N.B.


GOLD Ds
Gold Ds are awarded to top Dalhousie students to recognize an elite level of involvement and achievement in campus life over the course of their university career. Students are ranked based on a points system with points being awarded for holding positions within the DSU, as members of Dalhousie societies, through residence leadership roles, and other extracurricular involvement. The committee may select a student for this award if the student has not achieved the requisite amount of points, yet has made outstanding extracurricular contributions in the community.

Ramz Aziz, Science, Karachi, Pakistan
Matt Bartley, Management, Amherst, N.S.
Nicole Crozier, Science, Bedford, N.S.
Rebecca Haworth, Science, Waverley, N.S.
Marissa Ley, Science, Sydney, N.S.
Chantelle McMullin, Science, Gardiner Mines, N.S.
Shannon Paine, Law, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.


MALCOLM HONOUR AWARD
The Malcolm Honour Awards recognize an elite level of involvement and achievement in campus life over the course of a university career.

Matt Bartley
, Management, Amherst, N.S.


TOP DSU COUNCIL MEMBER
The Top DSU Council Member Award is presented to the Councillor who has best exemplified a commitment to collaborative problem solving, active representation of their constituency, and initiative in the pursuit of innovation.

Kyle DeYoung, Law and Health Admin., Halifax, N.S.


STUDENT ACTIVIST
The Student Activist Award is presented to the Dalhousie student who demonstrates the highest level of passion and commitment to social justice, leads by example, inspires others, and acts with integrity.

Roslyn Chambers, Law, Halifax, N.S.


BEST DEPARTMENTAL SOCIETY
The Best Departmental Society Award is presented to the Departmental Society ratified with the DSU that has demonstrated the highest level of consistency in event planning and delivery, high participation and attendance of its membership, and sets an example for other student societies.

Biology Organization of Graduate Students (BOGS)



FACULTY LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Faculty Leadership Awards are presented to a student in good academic standing in each Dalhousie faculty. These students exemplify the highest level of passion for their discipline, take initiative in creating new opportunities, and encourage their peers to engage in faculty events. Faculty Leadership Award winners positively impact other students in their faculty and the reputation of their faculty at Dalhousie outside of the classroom.

ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING
Will Perkins
, Environmental Design Studies, Halifax, N.S.

ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Eleftherios Michalopoulos
, Spanish, Athens, Greece

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Leah Brown
, Halifax, N.S.

ENGINEERING
Elizabeth Croteau
, Industrial Engineering, Skeleton Lake, Ont.

HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Sarah Lutes
, Pharmacy, Halifax, N.S.

LAW
Christopher Keliher
, Dartmouth, N.S.

MANAGEMENT
Taylor Thompson
, Commerce, Janetville, Ont.

MEDICINE
Lucas Richardson
, Wolfville, N.S.

SCIENCE
Ramz Aziz
, Neuroscience, Karachi, Pakistan


BEST FACULTY SOCIETY

The Best Faculty Society Award is presented to the Faculty Society ratified with the DSU that has best demonstrated consistency in event planning and delivery, high participation and attendance of its membership, and sets an example for other student societies.

Dalhousie Undergraduate Engineering Society (DUES)

 

DSU TEACHING AWARD
The DSU Teaching Impact Award is given to a Dalhousie professor who has demonstrated a student-centered approach to teaching by going above and beyond for students and encouraging students to push the boundaries of their learning.

Dr. Keith Wilson, Family Medicine

FINALISTS:
Dr. Kevin Duffy, Psychology and Neuroscience
Mindy McCarville, Biology


DSU COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD FOR KING’S STUDENTS
The DSU Community Engagement Award is presented to the King’s student who is most highly engaged and takes on a leadership role at Dalhousie. This is the sister award to the KSU Community Engagement Award for Dalhousie students at King’s, which acknowledges the contribution of a Dalhousie student to the community at King’s College.

Alexandra Shoichet, Arts and Social Sciences, Toronto, Ont.


LILLI JU AWARD
The Lilly Ju Award is presented to the Dalhousie student who has made the most outstanding contribution to student advocacy and academic justice.

Katie Van Patter, Health Professions, London, Ont.


LEVEL CHAN AWARD

The Level Chan Award recognizes the Dalhousie student who has exhibited the most significant lifetime achievement of outstanding contribution to university life.

Johanna Goosen, Law, Delta, B.C.


BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARDS

The Governors’ Awards are the top student awards at Dalhousie University. They recognize students who contribute to the quality and vitality of the university and the achievement of its mission, through both their academic accomplishments and their involvement in campus life.

Up to four awards each year are awarded for exceptional contributions or leadership in such areas as university governance, development of a sense of community on campus, community service, internationalizing the campus, visual or performing arts, minority access, or athletics, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Ramz Aziz, Science, Karachi, Pakistan
Rebecca Haworth, Science, Waverley, N.S.
Marissa Nicole Ley, Science, Sydney, N.S. and Chantelle McMullin, Science, Gardiner Mines, N.S.
Paul Manning, Agriculture, Canning, N.S.
Aaron Wolf, Science, Antigonish, N.S.


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