Accolades for U of G students, staff, course
University of Guelph students, a staff member and a distance education course have received recent honours from national and international organizations.
Jeanine Wallace, a third-year OAC student, won the 33rd annual Ambassador of the Fairs competition at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Wallace, who was representing the Fergus Fall Fair, was selected over 70 women and men who were winners of local fairs across Ontario. Finalists in the three-day competition last month were judged on their self-confidence, poise and knowledge of Canadian agriculture.
Wallace is a youth leader with her local 4-H beef club, is club president of the Eramosa Junior Farmers and was the 2003 winner of the Young Speakers for Agriculture competition. Her family is the seventh generation to live on their mixed farm just outside Elora.
BA honours students Emily Marie Di Sante and Leia Weaver are among 30 Canadians selected to receive competitive learning grants from the Canadian Bureau for International Education. The grants support study abroad and may be used for travel and living expenses.
Students are selected for the program based on their scholastic achievement, volunteer work and leadership activities. More than 350 people applied this year.
Di Sante, who is majoring in European studies, will attend school in France. Weaver, an international development major, is travelling to South Africa.
PhD student Katija Blaine won second place in the “Developing Scientists” competition at the 91st International Association of Food Protection annual meeting.
Blaine, who is studying crop science, gave an oral presentation on “The Development and Evaluation of a Food Safety Training Video for Agricultural Workers.” She competed against 70 other students at the conference, which was held in Arizona in August.
Elizabeth Forbes, co-ordinator of the food, nutrition and risk management diploma program at Kemptville College, has been named National Food Executive of the Year by the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals.
The award recognizes her dedication to the food industry and to educating future food-service professionals. Forbes has been a member of the association since 1989, serving as the faculty liaison for the Ottawa branch and as chair of student awards at the national level.
U of G’s distance education course Introductory Physics received the Teaching with Technology Award from the Council of Ontario Universities, Office for Partnership for Advanced Skills.
The course was developed by retired physics professor Jim Hunt in collaboration with Melanie Misanchuk of the Office of Open Learning. It was recognized for its innovation and creative use of technology and for using technology in teaching and learning strategies.