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Mount Allison’s top students honoured at annual Grad, MOSAIC Banquets
2011-03-31 11:29:20

Members of Mount Allison University’s Class of 2011 celebrated some of their own during the annual Grad Banquet held in March. Several major awards were handed out recognizing students’ community involvement at the final recognition event before Convocation ceremonies in May.

Sam Gregg-Wallace (Goderich, ON) is this year’s recipient of the Don Norton Award, honouring the top graduating male student who makes the greatest contribution to university life. Currently serving as the Students’ Administrative Council’s (SAC) President and President of the New Brunswick Student Alliance, Gregg-Wallace has been involved with the SAC throughout his time at Mount Allison. He also volunteered with the University’s SMILE (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) program, and participated in intramural sports. Gregg-Wallace spent his third-year studying abroad at American University in Washington, DC as a Killam Fellow through Mount Allison’s exchange program. He will graduate with a BA honours in political science and a minor in Canadian Studies this spring.

Sacha Nadeau (Dalhousie, New Brunswick) received the Frances S. Allison Award this year, the top honour to a graduating female student who represents outstanding achievement academically and in other areas including sports, class projects, service to the University, development of character, and leadership. Nadeau, who will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts (honours) in May, has been involved in many organizations and committees on campus including roles as a residence councilor, house president, tour ambassador, SAC committee member, psychology society executive, psychology teacher's assistant, Leadership Mount Allison co-facilitator, Shinerama member and Orientation chair."

Graeme Bousada (Carleton Place, ON) received the Gil Latter Memorial Award, awarded to a student who has volunteered their time and demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Sackville community. Bousada, who is working towards his Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies has been involved in a number of environmentally-charged projects. Along with fellow members of his environmental issues seminar, Bousada has focused on development of an expanded Farmers’ Market Plan for the Town of Sackville. Students have researched the experience of other Farmers’ Markets to learn from them, and recently organized several community consultation meetings to find ways to make the popular market more sustainable. Bousada worked at Nature’s Route Farm in Point de Bute completing a summer internship. He was also featured in Conduct Becoming’s ninth annual compilation album “Here Is Me,” which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Gold A Awards, awarded to graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the university community, were also presented at the Grad Banquet. This year’s recipients are:

Alanna Khattar (Sydney, NS)

Cindy Ochieng (New Minas, NS)

Nicole Robichaud (Saint John, NB)

Nathan Walker (Whitehorse, YT)

Mount Allison also handed out 25 University Leadership Certificates to select graduating students for their extensive co-curricular involvement on campus and in the local Sackville community as well as departmental awards.

The annual MOSAIC banquet, also held in March, celebrated some of Mount Allison’s outstanding students from around the globe.

Eric Ochaya Okutho of Uganda and Xiaochen Fan of China received the Mount Allison Class of ’33 Award. To mark the 60th anniversary of their graduation, the Class of ’33 initiated this project to reward first, second, or third year Mount Allison international students for their contributions to enriching the University community through participation and leadership in University life. Ochaya Okutho is a fine arts student who has been described by his peers as a ‘hard-working and passionate individual.’ A member of both the fine arts society and MOSAIC, he has used his artistic talents to help promote international student issues and multiculturalism on campus. Fan, a Commerce student, has been involved the World Bazaar, MOSAIC, and the Chinese Students’ Association. She is currently a peer tutor for international students and worked to promote multiculturalism at Salem Elementary School for the past two years.

Nutjaree ‘Net’ Chamaplin, an Arts student from Thailand, is the recipient of the Barritt-Marshall Award, awarded annually to an international student who has contributed the most to cross-cultural understanding and activities that benefit other international students at Mount Allison. The award was named after the Honourable Robert V. Barritt and the Honourable Ralph O. Marshall, graduates of the Class of ’50. Chamaplin is president of MOSAIC and during her time at Mount Allison she organized a fund raiser for the flood relief in Pakistan, conceptualized an anti-racism campaign on campus, was one of the nominees for Global Youth Ambassador in New Brunswick and revamped the campus multicultural society. She also served as International Orientation Chair (2009-2010) and is the head mentor in a Mount Allison program that pairs international students with upper-year students to facilitate their adjustment to the University community. Chamaplin also co-hosts a show promoting Asian music on CHMA, Mount Allison’s community radio station.

Photo caption: Several Mount Allison students were honoured for their commitments and activities in the University and surrounding community. Pictured in the back row, (l-r) are: Net Chamaplin, Barritt-Marshall Award winner; Nicole Robichaud, Gold A recipient; Sacha Nadeau, winner of the Frances S. Allison Award; Alanna Khattar, Gold A Award recipient; and Cindy Ochieng, Gold A Award recipient. In the front are: Nathan Walker, Gold A Award recipient; and Sam Gregg-Wallace, Don Norton Award winner for 2011.

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