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Top International Students Recognized

For their leadership and contributions to campus life, Trent University international students were recognized at the Trent International Program (TIP) Formal and Awards Banquet on April 2 in the Lady Eaton College Dining Hall. The event was named "Let Them Shine... On a Night to Remember".

"As the evening's emcee, Arthur Omaset, said, 'the TIP Formal is an opportunity for all of us to dress up in our fancy clothes and celebrate another year's successes.' It's also a great way for us to recognize some of the outstanding students who lead Trent's international community. Even though only a few are given special recognition, the cheers from their friends and peers let us all feel the pride, joy, and warmth of being a part of this extraordinary place where the world learns together," says TIP Director Michael Allcott.

Many special guests were on hand as 12 scholarships and awards were presented along with the Friends of TIP Award. President Bonnie Patterson opened the evening by welcoming the students with a toast recognizing the energy and enthusiasm they bring to Trent. 

Presentations were made to the Trent International Student Association's (TISA's) chair and executive members, as well as the chairs of each registered international club, including Trent African Caribbean Student Union (TACSU), Afrikan Council at Trent, Trent University Amnesty Int'l Action Group, Association for Baha'i Studies at Trent University, Chinese Students at Trent, Trent European Association (TEA), Hispanic Organization for Latin Awareness (HOLA), Trent Japanese Association, iHUB, Trent Muslim Student Association (TMSA), South Asians at Trent, South East Asians at Trent and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

After dinner, the following awards were presented: 

  • Hulcoop Cup - named in honor of Barb Hulcoop, a retired Trent staff member who opens up her home and her heart to international students. This award is given to a first year student in recognition of outstanding contributions to the international life of the University.

Presented by Jania Chilima (Tanzania) to Mirela Koleva (Bulgaria) and Lebogang Mothibatsela (Botswana)

  • Exchange Award - given to an exchange or year-abroad student who has contributed significantly to the promotion of study abroad and to the international life of the University.

Presented by Kate Eales to Jovan Groen (Canada)

  • Robert Campbell Friends of TIP Award recognizes a person from the faculty or staff or the larger Peterborough community who has enriched the international programming of the University and/or the experience of Trent's international students.

Presented by Salma Yarjani (Iran) to alumnus Paul Delaney '64

  • ESL Award: presented to someone in Trent/ESL who has made a positive contribution to the ESL program, and/or TIP, and/or the Trent University community, and/or the Peterborough community.

Presented by Fausta Capogna to "Kelvin" Zhi Feng Chen (China)

  • Karanja Njoroge Community Service Award is named in honor of the second Director of TIP. This award is given to a student in recognition of his/her active involvement in development education both at Trent University and in the wider community.

Presented by Giannetti George to Chris Allen (Jamaica), Chris Evelyn (Barbados), SK Hussain (Pakistan), Ricardo Tranjan (Brazil) and Daniel Ekman (United States).

  • David Morrison Award: given to an upper year student, usually in the graduating class, in recognition of substantial involvement at Trent University or with the Trent International Program and genuine devotion to the ideals of internationalization.

Presented by Prof. David Morrison to Perry Thomas (St. Lucia)

  • Leonard Conolly Award: named in honour of former Director of the Program in recognition of his active involvement in World University Service of Canada (WUSC). This award is given to a student to recognize outstanding commitment and contribution to the support of refugee students.

Presented by Barbara Conolly to Adrian Samarasekare (Sri Lanka)

  • Awards to recognize contributions from continuing students

Presented by Prof. Mike Allcott to Polina Pendeva (Bulgaria), Najim Dost (Afghanistan) Kori St. Cyr (Bahamas)

The Jack Matthews Award: named in honor of the founding Director of the Program who symbolizes international understanding in all his endeavors. This award is given to a graduating student to recognize outstanding commitment and contributions to internationalization, both locally and globally.

Presented by Vice President Susan Apostle-Clark to Joyce Chamas (Lebanon)

Photo 1: Michael Allcott and the recipients of Continuing International Student Award Kori St. Cyr and Najim Dost

Posted April 12, 2005

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