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:
Presented by Jania Chilima (Tanzania) to Mirela Koleva (Bulgaria) and Lebogang Mothibatsela (Botswana)
Presented by Kate Eales to Jovan Groen (Canada)
Presented by Salma Yarjani (Iran) to alumnus Paul Delaney '64
Presented by Fausta Capogna to "Kelvin" Zhi Feng Chen (China)
Presented by Giannetti George to Chris Allen (Jamaica), Chris Evelyn (Barbados), SK Hussain (Pakistan), Ricardo Tranjan (Brazil) and Daniel Ekman (United States).
Presented by Prof. David Morrison to Perry Thomas (St. Lucia)
Presented by Barbara Conolly to Adrian Samarasekare (Sri Lanka)
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)
Posted April 12, 2005