CAMPUS BEAT T Students honoured for campus, community achievements at annual grad banquet community. This year’s recipients were Laura Boyd, Patrick Joyce, Stephen Spence, and Michael Watkins. he annual grad banquet was held in March with a number of major awards recognizing students’ academic achievements and community involvement. Drama student Jenifer Boyce received the Frances S. Allison Award, the top honour a female graduating student can receive. It recognizes outstanding achievement academically as well as in other areas. Biology student David Summerby-Murray received the Don Norton Memorial Award, which honours the top graduating male student who makes the greatest overall contribution to university life. Chemistry/math student Stephen Bradford collected the 2013 Charlie Hunter Award, presented to a student who has shown exemplary leadership and demonstrated commitment to student involvement and engagement. The 2013 Gil Latter Memorial Award, given to a student who has volunteered their time and demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Sackville community, went to global health and psychology student Chris Vizena. Caroline (Xiao Tong) Wong of Singapore collected the Barritt-Marshall Award, given annually to an individual who has actively and passionately worked to promote the quality of experience for international students. Four Gold A Awards were also presented, recognizing students who have made outstanding contributions to the university Some of the grad award winners at the annual alumni banquet. Front row (left to right): Pat Joyce, Jenifer Boyce, and Laura Boyd. Back row (left to right): Chris Vizena, Stephen Spence, Michael Watkins, David Summerby-Murray, and Stephen Bradford. TEDx Mount Allison talks highlight the value of education L eadership Mount Allison hosted its inaugural TEDx event this spring, featuring eight speakers from a variety of areas and backgrounds based on the theme of education. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The program is part of TED (technology, entertainment, design), a non-profit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. The TEDx Mount Allison event was organized entirely by students, with a committee of seven first-year students and three upper-year students serving as mentors. Several Allisonians were welcomed to campus as guest speakers, including: Noel Baldwin (’01), co-ordinator for post-secondary education at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada; Drew Dudley (’01), founder of Nuance Leadership; Mark Fry (’01), assistant director for the Art of Living Centre in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc and manager for the Canadian arm of Sri Sri Ayurveda; Peter Loewen (’02), assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto and one of the creators of Vote Compass; Mark Black (’00), founder of Adversus Communications and a heart and double-lung transplant recipient; and Alex Fancy (’61) award-winning Mount Allison professor emeritus, national 3M Teaching Fellow, and founding director of Tintamarre. 6 / Summer 2013 / RECORD