Bringing their game
ount Allison University athletes were celebrated Mar. 29 at
the annual "Night of the Mounties" awards ceremony.
Caila Henderson and Mitchell Peters were named the female and male
Athletes of the Year.
Henderson had another outstanding season on the volleyball court,
winning her second consecutive Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association
(ACAA) first-team all-conference award and leading her team to another
playoff, the team's eighth consecutive championships appearance. She
was also a Golden A award winner at the grad banquet this year.
Peters won five medals -- including three gold -- at this year's Atlantic
University Sport (AUS) championships, making it clear why he has been
the swim team's MVP for three years running. He qualified for both
the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national standards and the
Olympic Trials, has been named an AUS all-star eight times in the past
four seasons, and has broken every Mount Allison freestyle record.
The Outstanding Senior Scholar Athlete Awards this year went
to Hockey Mountie Katelyn Morton and soccer midfielder Stuart
McAdam, while the Outstanding Senior Athletes were Badminton
Mounties Heather Murray and Justin Barkhouse.
Rookie of the Year honours went to Hockey and Soccer Mountie
Emily van Diepen, swimmer Marya Peters, and defensive lineman Jacob
LeBlanc, who also won the AUS Conference Rookie of the Year in foot-
ball and was a nominee for the top rookie in Canada.
new species of diatom named after Mount Allison
ount Allison alumni often go out of their way to pay hom-
age to their
alma mater, but Michael MacGillivary ('08, '12)
found a truly unique way to honour the University -- he
named a new species after it.
MacGillivary, who graduated with his Master's in biology this past
May, discovered three new species of diatom -- a type of single-celled
marine plant -- while doing research for his thesis. Part of the fun
of finding new species is getting to name them. MacGillivary chose
Paralia allisonii in honour of Mount Allison; Paralia ehrmanii after
James Ehrman, manager of the digital microscopy facility at Mount
Allison, who offered vital assistance throughout the project; and
Paralia crawfordii as a nod to Dr. Richard Crawford, a prominent
His findings were published in the journal
Botany this spring.
"I've spent about seven years at Mount Allison," MacGillivary says.
"Mount Allison has been very supportive of me. The Master's program
is small, but it affords students a lot of opportunity that you wouldn't
get at a bigger university. It gives you an opportunity to really get into
science and get a feel for it -- to be the top dog in the lab and have your
supervisor's full attention."
Paralia allisonii has a lot in common with its namesake. It is small -- it
would take about 1,000 of them side-by-side to cover a centimeter --
but it is mighty: diatoms form the basis of most marine food webs and
produce nearly 25 per cent of the oxygen we breathe. They are also great
travellers, found in the ballast water of ships around the world.