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Awards Ceremonies 2014

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The 2014 Social Science Awards night was once again held at the historic Arts and Letters Club (14 Elm Street)

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Opening Ceremonies

Dr. Marcia Moshé, Associate Dean Students and Undergraduate Studies, opens the evening ceremonies.

Dr. Marcia Moshé

Dean of Arts, Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau welcomes students, their families, faculty and staff.

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau

Provost and Vice-President Academic, Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, delivers opening remarks congratulating all the award winners.

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi

Provost and Vice-President Academic, Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, delivers opening remarks congratulating all the award winners.

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi

Excellence Awards

Carla Cassidy Award

The Carla Cassidy Award recognizes an eligible fourth year student enrolled in a full-time Arts program with the highest CGPA across the Faculty of Arts, through 6 semesters of study.  The recipient must also demonstrate financial need. Students with the highest CGPA at the end of the sixth semester and preregistered to take at least four billing units in the upcoming fall semester will be identified and invited to apply to the award.

Dr. Carla Cassidy, former Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and former (interim) Vice President Research and Innovation, announces the prize and its recipient.

Dr. Carla Cassidy

Former Dean of Arts, Dr. Carla Cassidy presents the Carla Cassidy Award to Criminology Student Omar Abou El Hassan.

Omar Abou El Hassan and Dr. Carla Cassidy

Angela Ross Award

The Angela Ross Award aims to provide financial assistance and to recognize the academic achievement of a full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate program at Ryerson University who demonstrates service for justice and equality within the Ryerson community, or the community at large.

This award was established in honour and in memory of Angela Ross. Angela began as an employee of the University. She became Chief Steward and eventually President of OPSEU Local 596. She helped organize The Canadian Union of Educational Workers (CUEW) which later joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). She was the first and only Staff Representative for CUPE Local 3904 and was recognized for her commitment to equity and social justice at the University and within the larger community.

Joseph Zboralski, President CUPE Local 3904, and long time Sessional Instructor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, speaks to the prize and its recipient.

Joseph Zboralski

Criminology student Anisa Hassan receives the Angela Ross Award from CUPE3904 President Joseph Zboralski.

Anisa Hassan and Joseph Zboralski

Program-specific Awards

Dr. Sorpong Peou, Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, introduces the program-specific awards, and speaks to their recipients.

Dr. Sorpong Peou

Dr. Sorpong Peou, Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, introduces the program-specific awards, and speaks to their recipients.

Dr. Sorpong Peou

Solly Patel Essay Prize

The Solly Patel Essay Prize was created to honour a former Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, who retired in 1996 and died in 2006. Faculty teaching any Politics or Public Administration course may nominate for the award an essay by any student in any Ryerson program in which the main essay is on a topic related to political or social theory. Nominations are adjudicated by the Awards Committee of the Department of Politics and Public Administration.

Dr. Anver Saloojee, a friend and colleague of Solly Patel, and a long-time faculty member in the Department of Politics and Public Presentation speaks about the essay prize.

Dr. Anver Saloojee

Mitchell Demars was selected to receive the Solly Patel Essay Prize for his essay ("The Philosopher Kings: The Implications of Inequality in The Republic") submitted in POG235: Western Political Thought, but was unable to attend the Awards ceremony.

Solly Patel Memorial Entrance Scholarship

The Solly Patel Memorial Entrance Award was created in 2009 to honour the memory of Solly Patel, who was a faculty member in the Department of Politics and School of Public Administration (as it then was), and served a term as the Department Chair in the 1980s.  Solly Patel retired in 1996, after 29 years of dedicated and distinguished service to Ryerson, and returned to South Africa, where he died on 30 March 2006 at age 71 years.  The endowed award was made possible through a generous donation by his sister, Khatija Patel.

The awards recognize the academic achievement and aptitude of up to two students entering their first year of study in Politics and Governance or Public Administration and Governance, and who are enrolled in a minimum of three (3) courses.

Dr. Anver Saloojee, a friend and colleague of Solly Patel, and a long-time faculty member in the Department of Politics and Public Presentation speaks about the entrance scholarship made possible by Solly’s sister Khatija.

Dr. Anver Saloojee

Deluxce Patterson was selected to receive the Solly Patel Entrance Scholarship for 2014 entrance, but was unable to attend the Awards ceremony.

Hicks Morley Scholarship in Politics and Governance

The Hicks Morley Scholarships, made possible by a generous donation from the law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, recognize the academic excellence of two students entering their third year of study in Politics and Governance based on their performance in the second year of study. The scholarships also recognize the students’ contributions to the program, to the University, and to their peers.

Stephanie Kalinowski, partner in the law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, chats with Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, the Dean of Arts. 

Stephanie Kalinowski, Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau

Stephanie Kalinowski, partner in the law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, speaks to the Award and to its recipients

Stephanie Kalinowski

Stephanie Kalinowski, partner in the law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, presents one of two Hicks Morley Scholarships to Michael Opatowski.

Stephanie Kalinowski and Michael Opatowski

Stephanie Kalinowski, partner in the law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, presents one of two Hicks Morley Scholarships to Betina Borova.

Stephanie Kalinowski and Betina Borova

David Crombie Excellence Award in Politics and Governance

The David Crombie Excellence Award in Politics and Governance was created to honour the Honourable David Crombie, best known as a City of Toronto Councillor and Mayor, and as an MP and Cabinet Minister in the Government of Canada.  But before all that, he was one of the original faculty members in what is now the Department of Politics and Public Administration – and after all that he was Chancellor (and is now Chancellor Emeritus) of Ryerson University.

The David Crombie Award is awarded to a 4th year Politics and Governance student for academic excellence and contribution to the program and community.

Dr. Christopher Gore, Undergraduate Program Director for the Politics and Governance program, speaks to the award and its recipient.

Dr. Chris Gore, Undergraduate Program Director

Dr. Chris Gore, Undergraduate Program Director for the Politics and Governance program, presents the David Crombie Excellence Award in Politics and Governance to Annalise Huynh, a fourth year Politics and Governance student.

Dr. Chris Gore and Annalise Huynh

Course Awards

First Year Award

Dr. Carla Cassidy, former Chair of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and former (interim) Vice President Research and Innovation, announces the prize and its recipient.

The first year award is given to the student who has the best grades in POG100 and POG110.

Dr. Carla Cassidy

Second, Third, and Fourth Year Awards

Dr. Christopher Gore, Undergraduate Program Director of the Politics and Governance program, announces the prizes and their recipients.

Dr. Chris Gore

Third Year Award

Sumaya Almajthoob was selected to receive the Third Year Award for performance in 2013-14, and is shown here receiving the award from Dr. Christopher Gore, Undergraduate Program Director (Politics and Governance).

Sumaya Almajthoob and Dr. Chris Gore

First Year Award
Jagmeet Sra was selected to receive the First Year Award for performance in 2013-14, but was unable to attend the Awards ceremony. The first year award is given to the student who has the best grades in POG100 and POG110.

Second Year Award
Mitchell Demars was selected to receive the Second Year Award for performance in 2013-14, but was unable to attend the Awards ceremony. The second year award is given to the student who has the best grades in POG210, POG225, and POG230.

Third Year Award
Sumaya Almajthoob was selected to receive the Third Year Award for performance in 2013-14, and is shown in the photo above receiving the award from Dr. Christopher Gore, Undergraduate Program Director. The third year award is given to the student who has the best average across INP900, POG214, POG235, POG240, and POG320.

Fourth Year Award
Philip Rafalko was selected to receive the Fourth Year Award for performance in 2013-14, but was unable to attend the Awards ceremony. The fourth year award is given to the student who has the best average in 2 terms while taking 4 courses or more in each term.

Dean's List

The Dean’s List consists of students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.67 over a minimum of 4 courses in each term.

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Dean of the Faculty of Arts explains the Dean’s List and prepares to recognise those who are on it.

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Dean of Arts

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Dean of the Faculty of Arts prepares to present Certificates to students on the Dean’s List.  He is assisted by Kristy Kraemer (Criminology). 

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau and Kristy Kraemer

Dean's List (as of June 2014)

Sumaya Almajthoob

Sherif Bahgat

Betina Borova

Mathew Bukovac

Bianca Cirella

Gino De Vito

Mitchell Demars

Ahmet Er

Zachary Erickson-Henderson

Stephen Fleet

Adam Harding

Ana Hoxha

Giulia Ilacqua

Angela Licata

Tyler Alexander MacKinnon

Michael Opatowski

Jana Posavec

Philip Rafalko

Adam Robb

Benjamin Allen Stevens

Four (4) of the twenty (20) students on the Dean’s List for academic performance in 2013.  From Left: Dr. Sorpong Peou, Program Chair; Ana Hoxha, Betina Borova, Sumaya Almajthoob, Benjamin Allen Stevens, Dr. Christopher Gore, Undergraduate Program Director; Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

4 Dean's List recipients

Three of the twenty (20) students on the Dean’s List for academic performance in 2013.  From Left:  Michael Opatowski; Dr. Chris Gore, Undergraduate Program Director; Mathew Bukova, and Sherif Bahgat.

Michael Opatowski; Dr. Chris Gore, Undergraduate Program Director; Mathew Bukova, and Sherif Bahgat

Socializing

Anver Saloojee (L), Provost Mohamed Lachemi (centre) and Joseph Zboralski, President of CUPE Local 3904 (R) enjoy the opportunity to socialise.

Anver Saloojee, Mohamed Lachemi, Joseph Zboralski

Joseph Sweeney, Catering Manager of the Arts and Letters Club (L), Sonny Wong, Faculty of Arts Career Counsellor (centre), and Sharmaine McKenzie, Faculty of Arts Manager of Administration and Process Improvements (R).

Joseph Sweeney, Sonny Wong, and Sharmaine McKenzie