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Keeping it "200": Meet banner students Moe Karkada and Nicole Dalrymple

- November 3, 2017

Dal 200 banner students Moe and Nicole.
Dal 200 banner students Moe and Nicole.

Signs of Dalhousie’s forthcoming 200th anniversary are, literally, blowing in the wind. The Dal 200 banner series, which can be found on lamp posts across campus (and was recently featured on the MacDonald Bridge), profiles exceptional Dal students from all of the university’s Faculties. In the weeks leading up to 2018, we’ll be sharing short Q&As with some of the featured students.

Learn more: dal200.ca

Manolhas “Moe” Karkada 

Fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences (Honours), Faculty of Science

Tell us a bit about yourself
I play forward on the Dalhousie Men’s Soccer Team. In addition, I am part of the Dalhousie MedLife chapter and traveled to Peru this past summer to volunteer at one of their mobile clinics. And then, there is my research interest. Currently, I am working on two projects at the QEII hospital. One involves radio imaging in Thyroid oncology and the other one involves histopathology in early breast cancer.

Career ambition?
At the end of high school, I was leaning towards a career in the Health Sciences and my undergraduate years have only reinforced my interest.  I plan to pursue this through the medical field.

What brought you to Dalhousie?
I grew up in Halifax, and it was important to me to go to a school close to home. Luckily for me, Dalhousie is well known for its excellent academics and collaborative research and that factored strongly into my decision.

What’s the best class you’ve taken at Dalhousie and why?
PHYL 3620- a lab-based course in Human Physiology. I enjoyed this course because I have a keen interest in understanding how the human body works and I was fortunate to have an excellent professor, who made this hands-on course so clinically relevant.

What do you think of your banner? Have you gotten any fun reactions to it?
I still find it amusing walking around and seeing my picture hung all over campus. I have had quite the animate reactions from a lot of my friends and I am constantly receiving photos of my banner.  

What does it mean to you for Dalhousie to celebrate its 200th anniversary?
I graduate this year; ours is the first batch of Medical Sciences students to graduate so it will be extra special to be joining thousands of proud alumni as Dalhousie marks a special milestone and celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Nicole Dalrymple

Second-year Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), Faculty of Management

Tell us a bit about yourself.
In my spare time, I volunteer with Home to Stay Dog Rescue and am passionate about animal rescue. I’ve previously worked in technology public relations in San Francisco, and am currently a student intern at the Dalhousie University Archives — I recently presented my research done there at Dalhousie’s “Right to Know” symposium.

Career ambition?
I would love to work with history from an information management standpoint, whether it be in archives (preferred), museums, or something else altogether.

What brought you to Dalhousie?
I’ve always lived in Halifax, and knew I wanted to stay there, so Dalhousie was perfect for me. I was drawn to Dal’s academic reputation, the practicum opportunities offered through the MLIS program, and the ability to work with Nova Scotia-specific history.

What’s the best class you’ve taken at Dalhousie and why?
That’s a hard one! For my MLIS, I’d say Archives taught by Patti Bannister. It focused on professional/real life lessons, and taught me so much about how to do my job. In my undergrad (a BA in History and Political Science from Dalhousie), anything taught by Christopher Bell! He knows his history and makes it all so incredibly interesting.

What do you think of your banner? Have you gotten any fun reactions to it?
I love seeing the banners around campus, and especially on the bridge! My favourite reactions include having a professor recognize me from them on the first day of class, and all my friends sending me pictures or selfies with them when they spot the banners “in the wild.”

What does it mean to you for Dalhousie to celebrate its 200th anniversary?
Dalhousie celebrating its 200th anniversary means that I get to be a part of a big moment in our history, from being on the banners to working at the Archives to just being on campus! Plus, now all my 2018 graduation gear will have an extra-cool memory.

More about Nicole: Journeys through the past (Dal News, July 2017)

Learn more about Dal’s 200th anniversary at dal200.ca


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