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Dal celebrates impactful students and societies

Dal celebrates impactful students and societies
Many students and societies were recognized at the third annual Impact Awards. (Photo by Ali Seglins via Dal Student Life)
written by Sabina Wex
March 31, 2014 11:10 am
Many students and societies were recognized at the third annual Impact Awards. (Photo by Ali Seglins via Dal Student Life)

Many students and societies were recognized at the third annual Impact Awards. (Photo by Ali Seglins via Dal Student Life)

The third annual Impact Awards were presented by Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) on Mar. 25. Students were admitted to the awards and dinner for free to recognize their peers’ achievements in academics, student life and community service and residence life.

Angela Hou was recognized with a Rising Star award for her work as the coordinator of Oxtalks, a monthly social justice discussion held at a local coffeehouse by Dal’s Oxfam chapter. Past topics have included women and the economy, and the recent Oxtalk on Mar. 27 focused on climate change and food security.

“Everyone’s welcome, but it’s mostly Oxfam people who show up,” Hou said. “But we do occasionally get some community members, and it’s pretty cool.”

Hou will continue to work with Oxfam. She’s also a current volunteer at South House and will represent the Dalhousie Arts and Social Sciences Society (DASS) on the International Development Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS) next year. During her reading week, she returned to her hometown of Vancouver to speak to high school students about coming to Dalhousie.DSU president Sagar Jha presented a welcome speech at the Awards, along with others by Dalhousie chancellor Fred Fountain and VP student services Bonnie Neuman.

Jha, who sat on the Impact Awards selection committee, reminded the audience that there are many impactful students who weren’t award recipients. One student who came to mind for him was Jessica Dempsey, who is a transgender rights and student loan activist.

“I know that she’s made this massive and profound impact on myself, the Dalhousie community and the Halifax community at large,” Jha said. “She did those things not for the award, but for the difference that she made.”

The Impact Awards showcased student talent in the breaks between the award categories. The Sikh Student Association performed a Bhangra dance, which is rooted in Punjab tradition. The 2014 Dal’s Got Talent winner Emily Ambrose sang, as did the president of the Dalhousie Association of Graduate Student (DAGS), Ana Vidovic. Dalhousie band Tiger Patrol performed, with their ukulele player Uytae Lee receiving an architecture and planning faculty leadership award and lead singer/guitarist George Woodhouse winning a Board of Governors Award.

“Congratulations to everyone who’s in the room, who’s outside of the room, for being a part of the Dalhousie culture,” said Jha during his speech, “which is to take action for action’s sake, and to make an impact not for an award, or a title, or a certain number of dollars reached, but to make an impact because it’s the right thing to do.”

All in all, 70 pennants were handed out for 32 different awards. Here is the entire list of winners via Dal News.

RISING STARS

Angela Hou, Arts and Social Sciences, Vancouver, B.C.
Caroline Merner, Arts and Social Sciences, Victoria, B.C.
Ntombi Nkiwane, Arts and Social Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa
Alyson Petsche, Engineering, Hamilton, Ont.
Maike van Niekerk, Health Professions, Corner Brook, N.L.

RESIDENCE LIFE LEADER AWARDS

Mohamed Assem, Science, Aleppo, Syria
Lauren Dickhout, Health Professions, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Bobby MacPherson, Arts and Social Sciences, Cedar Valley, Ont.
Kylie Marsh, Science, Moncton, N.B.
Ivan Slywka, Management, Lipton, Sask.
Layne Wilson, Arts and Social Sciences, Coaldale, Alta.

RESIDENCE LIFE IMPACT AWARDS

Caitlyn Playfair, Arts and Social Sciences, New Glasgow, N.S.
Kate Rumbolt, Science, Pasadena, N.L.

MOST IMPACTFUL RESIDENCE COUNCIL

Howe Hall

GREEN AWARD

David Foster, Science, Dartmouth, N.S.

STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Anuj Shah, Computer Science, Mumbai, India

DAL’S GOT TALENT WINNER

Emily Ambrose

MOST IMPACTFUL GENERAL OR SPECIAL INTEREST SOCIETY

Dalhousie Agricultural Association of Graduate Students (DAAGS)

MOST IMPACTFUL COMPETITIVE SPORTS SOCIETY

Dalhousie University Cheerleading

MOST IMPACTFUL NON-COMPETITIVE SPORTS SOCIETY

DalDance Society

MOST IMPACTFUL COMMUNITY-BASED SOCIETY

Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association (DFLA)

MOST IMPACTFUL CHARITABLE STUDENT SOCIETY

Engineers Without Borders – Dalhousie Chapter (EWB)

MOST IMPACTFUL LEVIED SOCIETY

Dalhousie Commerce Society

BEST DEPARTMENTAL SOCIETY

Dalhousie Engineering Graduate Society (DEGS)

MOST IMPACTFUL FACULTY SOCIETY

Dalhousie Science Society

MOST IMPACTFUL CULTURAL/SPIRITUAL SOCIETY

Dalhousie Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DCSSA)

INTRAMURAL LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD

Jenna Clarke, Law, Vancouver, B.C.

RECREATION LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD

Danica Cooley, Health Professions, Halifax, N.S.

TIGERS LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD

Kristy McGregor-Bales, Health Professions, Ottawa, Ont.

STUDENT WELLNESS LIVE WELL @ DAL AWARD

Andrew Watson, Health Professions, Wingham, Ont.

STUDENT ACTIVIST

Sheena Jamieson, Health Professions, Halifax, N.S.

TOP DSU COUNCIL MEMBER

Patrick Vistini, Management, Oakville, Ont.

DSU COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD FOR KING’S STUDENTS

Rowan Laird, Arts and Social Sciences, Vancouver, B.C.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Ranjith Kumar Murugesan, Engineering, India

DSU TEACHING AWARD

Michelle Coffin, Political Science
Finalist: Bruce Manion, Management

DSU CERTIFICATE OF DISTINCTION

Joel Cock, Health Professions, Pictou, N.S.
Nicole Droziak, Management, Calgary, Alta.
Blake Fleet, Management, Toronto, Ont.
Mark Grady, Engineering, Halifax, N.S.
Syed Abrar Hussain, Management, Salwa, Kuwait
Tommy Lieu, Science, Calgary, Alta.
Nick Little, Science, Moncton, N.B.
Bobby MacPherson, Arts and Social Sciences, Cedar Valley, Ont.
Ralph Redden, Science, Cole Harbour, N.S.
Ishika Sharma, Health Professions, Delhi, India
Tarah Truant, Management, Red Deer, Alta.

GOLD D

Justin Cooke, Engineering, Bedford, N.S.
Emily Davies, Management, Orillia, Ont.
Karthikeyan Damodara, Computer Science, Pondicherry, India
Chris Parent, Science, Saint John, N.B.
Alexa Reedman, Management, Owen Sound, Ont.
Becky Richter, Management, Huntsville, Ont.

FACULTY LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Architecture & Planning

Uytae Lee, Environment, Sustainability & Society (ESS) and Community Design, Langley, B.C.

Arts & Social Sciences

Taylor Quinn, International Development Studies, Vancouver, B.C.

Computer Science

Raghav Sampangi, PhD studies, Mysore, India

Engineering

Jessica LeNoble, Environmental Engineering, Kelowna, B.C.

Health Professions

Talia Orr, Nursing, Halifax N.S.

Law

James Foy, Vancouver, B.C.

Management

Becky Richter, Commerce, Huntsville, Ont.

Medicine

Leo Fares, Halifax, N.S.

Science

Emma Herrington, Neuroscience, Orillia, Ont.

LEVEL CHAN AWARD

Taylor Quinn, International Development Studies, Vancouver, B.C.

LILLY JU AWARD

Becky Richter, Commerce, Huntsville, Ont.

MALCOLM HONOUR AWARD

Alexa Reedman, Management, Owen Sound, Ont.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARDS

Ding Fan, Management, Tang Shan, China
Christopher (Kit) Moran, Science, Prince George, B.C.
Ishika Sharma, Health Professions, Delhi, India
Taylor Thompson, Management, Whitby, Ont.
Caitlin Urquhart, Law, Troy, Ont.
George Woodhouse, Arts and Social Sciences, Owen Sound, Ont.

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