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University of Regina celebrates excellence at its largest spring convocation ceremonies

News Release Release Date: June 4, 2013 10:00 a.m.

The University of Regina’s 39th annual spring convocation on June 5, 6 and 7 will celebrate the outstanding achievements of 1,875 graduates. This is the largest convocation to date. Ceremonies will be held at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, starting at 2 p.m. each day.

In all, 16 students will be presented with awards for academic excellence and commitment to community service.

The University of Regina's President's Medal is awarded at each convocation to a student receiving a first degree who has shown academic excellence as well as major leadership in and commitment to extra-curricular activities. The recipient of the medal for the 2013 Spring Convocation is Jenel Markwart. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Education Elementary through Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) with Great Distinction. Markwart is also receiving an overall evaluation of Outstanding on her elementary education internship placement.

The recipient of the Governor General's Academic Gold Medal, which recognizes the most outstanding academic performance of a graduate student, is Cassidy McFadzean, who graduates with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English degree. She has been the recipient of numerous graduate awards and scholarships, including the Dr. Morris Shumiatcher Scholarship in English and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship.

The Governor General's Academic Silver Medal is awarded to the undergraduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a bachelor's degree program. The recipient is Laurie Berglund who is also this year's winner of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Prize. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Elementary with Great Distinction.

Additional student award winners who demonstrated high academic achievement and a deep commitment to their community are:

Ye Zhou - Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal

Richard Boulding - Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal in Geoscience

Roxanne Olynyk – Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal

Gabrielle Dufresne – Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Medal

Leslie-Ann Kroeker - James M. Minifie Award in Journalism

Breanna Grill - Leon Goldman Scholarship

Andrea Echeverria – President Donald O. Wells Medal in Engineering

Roxanne Korpan - S.E Stewart Award in Arts

Isabella Hugel - University Medal

Stephanie Kaczmer - University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies

Alexander Fischer - University Prize in Social Work

Joylyn Roberts - University Prize in Social Work

Stuart Beatch - W.A. Riddell Award in Fine Arts


BACKGROUNDER
Spring Convocation platform recipients

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal
Ye Zhou

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) Gold Medal is awarded annually to a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who has shown both leadership and academic excellence.

Zhou graduates with an average of 91 per cent, an outstanding achievement in Engineering and Applied Science. Zhou was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards and was on the Dean’s Honour List for five consecutive semesters.

Her final-year project team was selected to represent the University of Regina and present the final project titled “DBPs in Drinking Water” at the 2013 Canadian Society of Civil Engineering National Capstone Competition.

In addition to her high level of academic excellence, Zhou distinguished herself significantly as a volunteer and leader in both the University community and the community of Regina. Among her many volunteer activities, Zhou served as a Resident Assistant in College West and as a certified Emergency Warden and Lifesaver for the residence. She headed the Charity Committee of the Residence Community Council and assisted in planning a number of charity events, including a food drive for the Regina and District Food Bank. In 2012, she also headed and organized a CANFAR fundraiser in support of AIDS research. The event was rated in the top 15 among all Canadian university CANFAR events that year. Zhou’s volunteer activities also extended to UR International, the Career Centre, the U of R Ambassador team, and the Peer Disciplinary Committee.

Zhou is also an active member of U of R’s Engineers Without Borders chapter, the U of R Campus Lions Club, and the Chinese Students’ Ping Pong Club. In addition to her volunteer work, Zhou also worked for two years as a Student Assistant in Parking Services on campus.

Zhou is extremely well-rounded in her interests, as well. She is athletic and is an accomplished musician, both as a singer and a flautist. She also recently joined the H and C Casting Company and has worked as a background extra. She also maintains a strong interest in languages, taking extra time in her academics to study French.


Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Gold Medal in Geoscience
Richard Boulding

The award is presented to a student graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Geology who has shown remarkable academic achievement, leadership qualities, and contributed to the student activities within the Department of Geology.

Boulding’s academic record was the highest average among graduating students this year.

His academic excellence has been recognized by the many awards that he received from the University of Regina, industry and geological societies. He was awarded the Five-year Terry Fox Humanitarian Award in 2006, the GAC student prize in 2009 and Academic Silver Prize in Spring/Summer 2011. Recently, he won the John Lewry Award in Geology.

During his studies, Boulding has been involved in many student activities conducted by the D.M. Kent Club. He is a member of the executive leaders of the Paleontology Club that connects the University and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, promoting paleontology within Saskatchewan and abroad.

To balance his busy academic life and research, Boulding has spent his summers as a geological assistant for the Saskatchewan Geological Survey and a paleontological assistant at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and the Peace Region Paleontological Research Centre where he is undertaking a wide scale examination of the fauna and depositional environments of the Eastend Formation across Saskatchewan.

Boulding’s life-long goal is to gain a deeper understanding of geology by pursuing a master’s degree in paleontology and sedimentology in the Department of Geology at the University of Regina.


Leon Goldman Scholarship
Breanna Grill

The Leon Goldman Scholarship is awarded to the most distinguished graduate of the Faculty of Business Administration receiving a first degree at the Spring Convocation. This scholarship was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gleiberman and family to honour Mrs. Gleiberman’s father, Mr. Leon Goldman, on his 75th birthday.

Grill has distinguished herself as an excellent student consistently receiving exceptional grades and maintaining term averages over 90 per cent almost every semester as well as consistently being named to the Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s List. She has received numerous scholarships and awards including the Academic Gold Scholarship, which is awarded to the top one per cent of students in the faculty.

Grill was a member of the Accounting Fellowship Program. She also participated in the Co-operative Education Program, and through it, her placement in a public accounting firm allowed her to confirm that accounting was the right path for her. Currently she works at MNP and plans to begin the Chartered Professional Accountant program this fall.

Grill is receiving her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an Accounting major, Great Distinction and a Co-operative Education Designation. Her program grade point average for Convocation was above 93 per cent.


Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal
Cassidy McFadzean

The Governor-General’s Academic Gold Medal recognizes the most outstanding academic performance of a graduate student.

McFadzean is graduating with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English degree. McFadzean is the top student to have graduated from the MA in Creative Writing and English since the inception of the program.

She has been the recipient of numerous graduate awards and scholarships, including the Dr. Morris Shumiatcher Scholarship in English and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Academically, McFadzean graduates with an average of over 90 per cent, placing her in the top two per cent of all English MA graduates. This is even more impressive considering she chose to write a thesis on perhaps the most intellectually-taxing poetic genre, the riddle.

McFadzean has published more than 11 poems in leading literary journals across Canada. Her MA thesis forms part of her first book of poetry, Farwell, published in 2012 by JackPine Press. She has also presented her work at numerous literary conferences in Saskatchewan.

Governor-General's Academic Silver Medal
and
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Prize
Laurie Berglund

The Governor-General's Academic Silver Medal is awarded at convocation to the most distinguished student graduating with a first degree and is based on academic excellence.

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) awards a prize to the most distinguished student of the graduating class in the Faculty of Education who does not hold another degree.

Laurie Berglund is graduating with a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education with Great Distinction. She completed her program through YNTEP, a partnership between the Faculty of Education and Yukon College.

She acquired many life experiences such as working as a preschool teacher, substitute teacher, and educational assistant, before beginning her program at Yukon College in 2010. During her studies, Berglund was the recipient of the Willoughby Scholarship (2012 Fall), Academic Gold Prize (2012 Spring/Summer), the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan Scholarship (2011 Fall), and the Academic Silver Scholarship (2011 Fall).


James M. Minifie Award in Journalism
Leslie-Ann Kroeker

The James M. Minifie Award is presented every Spring Convocation to the most outstanding graduate of the School of Journalism.

Kroeker graduates with an average above 84 per cent, and with four other scholarships, which include the Canadian Women’s Press Club Award, the CTV Journalistic Writing Scholarship, the Blue Sky Award and the Saskatchewan Innovation Undergraduate Scholarship.

Kroeker has also earned recognition for a job well done in her classes and while on internships, first in television at CBC Saskatchewan and later in print at the Moosomin World- Spectator.

Like James M. Minifie, who understood that journalism needs to be democracy's watchdog, Kroeker has proven herself a critical thinker and a reliable custodian of the public interest.

President’s Medal
Jenel Markwart

The President's Medal is awarded each year to an undergraduate student who exemplifies the highest degree of academic excellence, leadership, and service.

Markwart is graduating with a Bachelor of Education Elementary through SUNTEP (Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program) with Great Distinction. She also received an overall evaluation of Outstanding on her elementary education internship placement.

She has been honoured with many scholarships and awards; the Academic Gold Scholarship during each year of study at the University of Regina (2009-2012), the SUNTEP Community Contribution Award (2010), the Order of Gabriel Dumont Bronze Medal (2010), the Muriel Welwood Scholarship for Women in Education (2011 and 2012), and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Scholarship (2012).

Markwart has volunteered to mentor University of Regina students with intellectual disabilities through the Campus for All program. She has also tutored small children and helped them to improve their reading abilities through the Big Boost Tutor Program. She has a special interest in working with at-risk youth. She was a co-facilitator for YWCA Girls Space, a group that promotes healthy habits, the development of a healthy body image, and empowerment. In 2010, the YWCA Braided Journeys Program honoured Markwart with a Little Sister. She has taught the young woman to cook, balance a budget, and develop interests in educational and cultural events.

Markwart has made instrumental contributions to the Riel Métis Council Jigging Program – the use of traditional dance to teach youth about values inherent to the Métis culture.

She was chosen to be one of the Aboriginal youth models featured in the 2013 Proud Generation Calendar. The calendar features youth under the age of 30 who make significant cultural, educational and entrepreneurial impacts on their communities.

W.A. Riddell Award in Fine Arts
Stuart Beatch

The W.A. Riddell Award in Fine Arts is presented annually at Spring Convocation to the most distinguished student graduating with a first degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Beatch is graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education with Great Distinction. He was awarded two entrance scholarships when he began his academic career at the University of Regina. He later earned several other scholarships and was on the Dean’s Honours List every semester except for two. He was the winner of the University of Regina’s International Choral Composition Competition.

Beatch plans to move to Edmonton and continue further studies in music composition at the University of Alberta.


S.E. Stewart Award in Arts
Roxanne Lee Korpan

The S.E. Stewart Award is presented each Spring Convocation to an outstanding student in the Faculty of Arts graduating with a first degree.

Korpan is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, with a major in Religious Studies. She earned an “A” in every course she has taken at the University of Regina. Her graduating average is above 92 per cent, so her degree is awarded with high honours.

As well as her outstanding academic achievements, she has been extensively involved with extra-curricular and community service, both on campus and off campus. She has assisted her peers as a teaching assistant, exam invigilator and was Chair of the Religious Studies Students’ Association. She also volunteers as a tutor to immigrant and refugee youth, and she teaches dancing to students with special needs.

University Medal
Isabella Hugel

The University Medal is presented annually at Spring Convocation to the most distinguished student – one who has achieved academic excellence in all courses completed during the previous twelve months with a minimum of 30 credit hours in two semesters.

Hugel is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, as well as participating in the Co-operative Education program. She has an average above 94 per cent, has received many scholarships and has been on the Dean’s List in Engineering and Applied Science, and in Science.

Through three work terms in the Co-operative Education program, she is gaining hands-on experience and making valuable connection with potential employers.

She has also helped with the MSI Computer Camp for Youth, designed to engage the technology interests and creativity of young people.

University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies
Stephanie Kaczmer

The University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies prize is awarded to the most distinguished student of the graduating class in the faculty.

Kaczmer graduated with Great Distinction earning a Bachelor of Kinesiology Studies with a major in Human Kinetics. Her combined program average was above 89 per cent and her major average was above 90 per cent.

She received the Academic Silver Scholarship four times and the Academic Gold Scholarship once. She has also received the Dr. Robert McCulloch Scholarship, Saskatchewan Innovation Undergraduate Scholarship and the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association Book Prize. She was frequently on the Dean’s Honours List.

University Prize in Social Work
Joylyn Roberts

The University Prize in Social Work is awarded to the most distinguished social work student achieving the highest grade point average among students graduating with a first degree in social work.

Raised in Dauphin, Manitoba, Roberts worked for a time in the insurance industry in Winnipeg before moving to Regina to attend the University. She is Vice-President and Social Justice Chair for the Social Work Students Society. She has worked as a child support worker, camp counselor, intern, teaching assistant, client advocate and research assistant.

For the past five years, she has volunteered as a youth leader for a drop-in at her church. She has also countered with the Red Tent Campaign, Christmas Wish List, Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, Upward Soccer Camp and World Vision.

University Prize in Science
Alexander Fischer

The University Prize in Science is awarded to the most distinguished student graduating with a first degree in science.

Fischer is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, minor in Mathematics, with Great Distinction.

He has been on the Dean’s List (Science and Engineering). He also received many scholarships, including Academic Gold Scholarship, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Engineering Prize, Centennial Merit Plus Scholarship, Elmer Shaw Entrance Scholarship, Peter C. Hein Memorial Scholarship in Physics, John Spence Middleton and Jack Spencer Gordon Middleton Scholarship, Reid Crowther Scholarship in Engineering, Saskatchewan Science Fair Scholarship, Saskatchewan Innovation Undergraduate Scholarship, SaskEnergy Scholarship and SaskPower Award.

Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Medal
Gabrielle Dufresne

The Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Medal is awarded to a Fine Arts student who has shown both academic achievement and leadership.

Dufresne is graduating with Distinction, with an average above 81 per cent, and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Theatre (Acting) and a minor in Anthropology. Her academic awards include the Fine Arts Entrance Scholarship in 2009, the Faculty of Fine Arts Scholarship in 2012 and the McConica Family Legacy Scholarship in Fine Arts in 2012.

She is involved in the Fransaskois community. She collaborated with other Fine Arts students to form the Split the Bill Film Troupe, where she and other students work across the disciplines to create something new and unique for our cultural landscape.

President Donald O. Wells Medal in Engineering
Andrea Valadez

The President Donald O. Wells Medal in Engineering is awarded to an outstanding student who has completed a final-year project in the areas of energy and environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Valadez’s group project was “An Integrated Process for Producing Potassium Sulphate from Mining Wastes.” Consideration for this award is through nomination by a member of the Engineering and Applied Science faculty. The recipient is selected based on overall academic achievement and outstanding performance in the development and presentation of the final project.

Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal
Roxanne Olynyk

The Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal is awarded to a student receiving a first degree with a minimum average of 80 per cent who has shown leadership in and commitment to extra-curricular activities.

Olynyk is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with Great Distinction and an Accounting major. Her average is above 87 per cent.

She has won numerous scholarships and awards and consistently being named to the Dean’s List. She was also a member of the Cougar’s volleyball team. She was captain of the junior team that won a bronze medal at the 21 and under provincial championships, representing Saskatchewan at the 2009 Canada Summer Games and giving back through camps and clients. With the Business Students’ Society, she served as Academic Coordinator, 5 Days for the Homeless Co-Chair, a volunteer tax preparer and Let’s Can Hunger project member.

 

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