Brock FAHS celebrates the success of top students

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Brock FAHS celebrates the success of top students

Published on December 06 2013


Tanya Verbeek

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS) held the annual Dean’s Honour Roll Reception at Alphie’s on the morning of Dec 5th, 2013.

The festivities were led by the newly appointed Interim Dean in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, James Mandigo.

“The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is working to make the world a healthier place to live, and the hard work of our students demonstrates how we can truly make a difference” Said Mandigo.

As the first guest speaker, Tanya Verbeek shared her journey to become a three-time Olympic medalist representing Canada in women’s wrestling.

She spoke from her own experience and offered up a few words of wisdom to a room full of honour roll recipients.

“Whether you are an athlete, student or professional, success requires patience, belief and that relentless stubborn type of motivated personality to never give up”, said Tanya Verbeek, who graduated with a Bachelor of Recreation Studies (’00) along with two degrees in Education (BEd ’03, Med’06).

The second guest speaker is no stranger to hard work, or academic excellence. Rebecca MaPherson was the first PhD student to graduate from start to finish in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

MacPherson was recently recognized nationally for her work in exercise and muscle research. She was chosen to be one of four finalists in the graduate student research showcase at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) 2013 annual conference. A competition she would later go on to win, after delivering an excellent research presentation at a conference that attracted nearly 700 delegates.

As MacPherson explains, “the key to graduate student success is to find something that you are passionate about and a good fit your personality along with your research interests”.

Over 585 students were recognized for their academic excellence in achieving a level of honours in their program. Those in attendance were presented with honour roll certificates that serve as a reminder to continually work to make the world a better place to live through academic and personal success.

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Brock Fahs