Source: University of Regina
Fall convocation honours 491 students
October 18, 2006
October 18, 2006
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Fall convocation honours 491 students
The University of Regina will present 491 students with degrees, diplomas
and certificates at its annual fall convocation at the Conexus Arts Centre
in Regina Oct. 21 at
During the ceremony, University of Saskatchewan President Peter MacKinnon
will be presented with an honorary doctorate of laws degree. MacKinnon has
recently finished a term as chair for the Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada and has played an integral role in securing the
reputation of the country’s educational institutions as leaders in the
Student awards honouring achievement will be presented to distinguished
students including Bernadette Nancy Hillier, who will be given the
University Prize in Social Work for earning the highest grade point average
among her graduating class. She is a Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation member
from the Amiskosakahikan (Beaver Lake) reserve 210, located 13 km from
Creighton, Saskatchewan and a great-grandmother of one child and a
grandmother to fourteen others.
The University will also confer degrees on 21 graduates from its Joint
International Degree program. This is one of the largest groups to graduate
from the program since its inception in 2001. Students in the program
complete the first two years of their post-secondary education at a foreign
university before finishing at the U of R. Noteworthy successes include
Hunan University student, Juan (Daisy) Gui, who will receive the University
Prize in Business Administration and Shandong University student, Qiong Wu,
who will receive the University Prize in Science.
The full list of awards presented is as follows:
Stacy Singer – President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award
The President’s Distinguished Graduate Student Award is presented to the
student deemed to have achieved an exceptional thesis, exhibition or
performance, and corresponding defence.
Singer graduated with a doctor of philosophy in biology at the spring 2006
convocation with an overall grade point average above 91 per cent. Singer
has also been awarded two NSERC – Natural Sciences and Engineering in
Research Council Post-Graduate Scholarships; one at the master’s level and
one for doctoral studies. She has also received numerous graduate
scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships from the Faculty of
Graduate Studies and Research, and a Graduate Student Scholarly Research
Megan Laurel Nell – President’s Medal
The President’s Medal is awarded at each spring and fall convocation 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.
Nell graduated with a bachelor of arts degree (great distinction) with a
major in English and minors in classical studies and music. She compliments
her academic achievements with volunteer activities including work as a
student ambassador, work as a tutor in subjects ranging from English to
physics and activities with the World University Service of Canada. She is
also a member of Jazz Regina, sung with many prominent choirs and competed
in various Regina music festivals.
Jason Ronald Guenther – Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) Prize
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) prize is awarded to a
distinguished member of the graduating class in the Faculty of Education who
does not hold another degree.
Guenther graduates with Great Distinction from the Bachelor of Education
Secondary Program with a major in Business Education. Through the duration
of his studies he has remained on the Dean’s List and has been the recipient
of the Academic Gold Scholarship for 2004 Spring/Fall and 2004 Fall. He has
also served as President of the Business Education Students Society (BESS)
in 2004, as Past President in 2005-06 and as the BESS representative for the
Saskatchewan business Teacher’s Association (SBTA).
Megan Laurel Nell – University Prize in Arts
The University Prize in Arts is presented each Fall Convocation to the most
distinguished student in the Faculty of Arts graduating with a first degree.
Nell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Great Distinction in English
with a cumulative grade point average above 88 per cent. Nell has also been
on the Dean’s List seven times, been the recipient of fourteen scholarships
and has been awarded the President’s Medal.
Juan (Daisy) Gui – University Prize in Business Administration
The University Prize in Business Administration is awarded to the most
distinguished student in the Faculty of Business Administration graduating
with a first degree.
Gui graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Great
Distinction. She is the first international student to be presented with
this award. She came to the University of Regina through the Joint
International program after finishing the first two years of post-secondary
at Hunan University. While enrolled in Hunan University she achieved an
average of 90 per cent and at the University of Regina she achieved an
average of more than 87 per cent.
Adam Jonathon Mack – University Prize in Engineering
The University Prize in Engineering is presented to the most distinguished
graduate in the Faculty of Engineering receiving a first degree.
Mack graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Systems
Engineering with Great Distinction. He has also been the recipient of
numerous University of Regina scholarships including two Centennial merit
Scholarships, one Academic Gold Scholarship, three Academic Silver
Scholarships and one Academic Silver Prize. Mack has been on the Dean’s
Honour List for seven semesters.
Lynsey Nicole MacInnis – University Prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies
The University prize in Kinesiology and Health Studies is awarded to the
most distinguished student of the graduating class in the Faculty of
Kinesiology and Health Studies.
MacInnis graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, specializing in fitness
and Lifestyle. Throughout her academic career MacInnis has continued to
demonstrate a strong performance in the classroom and has regularly appeared
on academic achievement lists and received numerous scholarships and awards.
She completed the fieldwork portion of her program with CBI Physio and
Rehabilitation in Regina, where she served as an integral part of the
Qiong Wu – University Prize in Science
The University Prize in Science is awarded to the most distinguished student
graduating with a first degree from the Faculty of Science.
Wu graduated from the Joint International Degree program with Shandong
University with a Bachelor of Science degree (Great Distinction) in Computer
Science with a Minor in Mathematics. She has been presented with numerous
awards for her academic achievements including an Academic Gold Scholarship,
an Academic Silver Scholarship, the John Spencer Middleton and Jack Spencer
Gordon Middleton Scholarship and the Canadian Information Processing Society
Bursary and Queen City Section Bursary. She has also been on the Dean’s
Honour List through the duration of her academic career.
Bernadette Nancy Hillier – University Prize in Social Work
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.
Hillier is a Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation member originating from the
Amiskosakahikan (Beaver Lake) reserve 210, located 13 km from Creighton,
Saskatchewan. She continues to devote a great deal of her time to the
community and in the past has both volunteered and worked casually for the
Women’s Resource Centre in Flin Flon, Manitoba and taught Cree and beadwork
at the Flin Flon Friendship Center.
In all, degrees, diplomas and certificates will be presented to 187 males
and 305 females by the faculties as follows:
Faculty of Arts –108
Faculty of Business Administration – 86
Centre for Continuing Education – 30
Faculty of Education – 30
Faculty of Engineering – 25
Faculty of Fine Arts – 5
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research – 109
Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies – 21
Faculty of Science – 25
Faculty of Social Work – 52
This raises the number of University of Regina alumni to almost 49,000.