Selkirk College students determinedly pushing towards the end of the winter semester hit pause to recognize outstanding achievement in the classroom over the last academic year.
The annual UAS Excellence Awards are handed out to celebrate students in the School of University Arts & Sciences for both masterful marks and fantastic effort. A total of 77 learners received awards in a plethora of study areas that include humanities, social sciences, sciences and applied sciences.
“We’d like to thank all the award recipients for being excellent and all the ways in which you have enriched the environment here,” said Leesa Dean, a Creative Writing Program instructor and coordinator of the School of University Arts & Sciences. “If you are receiving an award today, it’s because one of your instructors nominated you. They may have nominated you for your excellent grades, or for the incredible ways you grew and pushed yourself as a student in their class. Whatever the reason, you stood out to them. We hope you will take some time today to recognize your own achievements.”
The School of University Arts & Sciences has more than 100 university-level classes to choose from in 28 subject areas from history to economics, geology to engineering and almost everything in-between. A vital part of regional post-secondary since Selkirk College first opened its doors in 1966, students are provided interactive classes and experiential learning opportunities from an academic team of highly qualified instructors.
An affordable option with small class sizes, getting a terrific start on a four-year degree is the focus for most UAS students. British Columbia has one of the best transfer systems in North America, so students who start at Selkirk College can finish half of the academic requirements before moving onto larger degree granting universities for the final two years.
“We each face our own challenges in life and we each have our own strengths to overcome them,” said Jennah Al-Hanafy, who spoke on behalf of students at the UAS Awards ceremony on the Castlegar Campus. “What I hope to see is that we can make the most of this greatness, of this talent, of this passion, and that we can share our gifts. I am sure we all know there is space for so much improvement in this world, and I truly believe that we can make it better. It will be hard work, but if today proves anything, it’s that you are hard workers.”
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