Articles tagged with: Spring Convocation

  • Richard Armacinski wins Dean’s Medal for Education

    Richard Armacinski’s years of hard work and dedication were rewarded on June 12, 2019, when he won the Dean’s Medal for Education and the Distinguished Graduating Student Award – Concurrent Intermediate/Senior at the Faculty of Education’s Convocation ceremonies.

    The Dean’s Medal is awarded to the graduate in each Faculty with the highest standing for a first honours degree and a first pass degree. Armacinski was also the recipient of the Don Galbraith Preservice Teacher Award of Excellence and the Alpha Delta Kappa International Award.

    “It is an honour, and I am so humbled to have received this award,” said Armacinski of winning the Dean’s Medal.

    “This success is not only mine, however. Without the guidance of my parents, family, friends and professors I would not be the person I am today.”

    Armacinski, who graduated from the Concurrent Teacher Education program, wasn’t always sure teaching was the right path for him. His mom worked as a Public Health Nurse in schools and inspired him with stories about teachers making a difference in the lives of students.

    “I came to realize that teaching was not a profession, rather a vocation and a calling to work with students in a capacity that will assist them to make solid life decisions, whereby they want to learn and come to school and utilize their gifts to their potential,” said Armacinski.

    With an older brother who had also attended Brock, Armacinski was familiar with the University’s community and scenic location as well as the opportunities offered to students.

    “I chose Brock for many reasons,” said Armacinski. “The Concurrent Education program has a reputation unlike any other university. The program provides students with great experiential learning where they can put theory into practice.”

    During his time as a Concurrent Teacher Education student, Armacinski was able to build lifelong friendships with his classmates in his two faculties. He also appreciated opportunities to get to know professors within small classes.

    “Everyone was always so welcoming and there was always an opportunity to ask for clarification and guidance when need be.”

    This support has been critical to Armacinski’s academic success. Achieving his academic goals meant many late nights working on assignments and studying on his own or with classmates.

    “I was very lucky to have a strong foundation set with a solid group of like-minded friends to get me through my challenges.”

    His dedication extended beyond the classroom as he balanced working and volunteering. Armacinski took part in the French Club at Brock and played intramural soccer. He also volunteered with the Brock Niagara French Contest and Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

    Armacinski will be returning to Brock in September to pursue a Master of Education (MEd) specializing in Administration and Leadership in Education.

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  • Spring Convocation 2019

    The Faculty of Education welcomed its newest graduates on June 12, 2019, with two Convocation ceremonies. Family, friends and the Brock community celebrated the successes of hundreds of students. During the ceremonies, several graduates were recognized for their achievements.

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  • Education graduate travels 12,000 km to pursue her dream career

    When she stepped off the plane in September 2018, Brock student Esther Wainaina had never been to Canada.

    Wainaina travelled more than 12,000 km from Kenya to enroll in Brock’s Masters Preparation Certificate in Education (MPCE) program in pursuit of a new career developing labour and education policy. She will graduate from the program on June 12, 2019.

    Like many of her classmates, Wainaina has had to adjust to a foreign culture and a new academic program, not to mention the Canadian winter.

    Unlike many of her peers, Wainaina also has had to balance being a full-time MPCE student with the day-to-day care of her three children while her husband remains in Kenya to work.

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  • Kimberly Radersma awarded graduate Spirit of Brock medal

    The Faculty of Education Convocation ceremonies on June 12 celebrated the achievements of the Faculty’s newest graduates.

    During the ceremonies, Spirit of Brock medals were awarded to an undergraduate and graduate student who have demonstrated the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, the University’s namesake. Kimberly Radersma was awarded the graduate Spirit of Brock medal for the Faculty of Education.Read more

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  • Lauren Saly wins undergraduate Spirit of Brock Medal

    Th Brock community gathered on June 12, 2019, to celebrate the newest Faculty of Education graduates. A highlight of the day’s ceremonies was the awarding of the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals to an undergraduate and graduate student who demonstrate the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, the University’s namesake. Lauren Saly won the Faculty of Education undergraduate award.Read more

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  • Teaching awards celebrate faculty and instructor excellence

    As the Brock community celebrates the successes of its newest graduates, Convocation also offers a moment to honour the contributions of faculty members and sessional instructors.

    In 2019, the Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes Shelley Griffin, Associate Professor, while Nancy Gallacher (BEd ’81, MEd ’89) has received the Faculty’s Sessional Teaching Award.Read more

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  • Meet our graduates: Richard Liu

    Consecutive Teacher Education (Junior/Intermediate)

    Richard Liu’s career path has taken some unexpected turns.

    After studying biochemistry and psychology at the University of Toronto, Liu found himself uncertain of his next steps.

    “I was profoundly lost after graduating from undergrad,” said Liu. “It took a while for me to step into the world and find my passion.”Read more

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  • Meet our graduates: Karen Bordonaro

    Bachelor of Education in Adult Education

    For Karen Bordonaro, graduating from the Bachelor of Education in Adult Education (ADED) marks her sixth degree.

    Bordonaro feels strongly about lifelong learning. A Liaison Librarian at Brock University, she already holds a PhD in Foreign and Second Language Education, an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Master of Library Science, an MA in German, and a BA in German and Spanish.Read more

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  • Meet our graduates: Charlene Hall

    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE)

    Charlene Hall has always wanted to be a teacher. After completing a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Hall took the next step towards her goal by enrolling in Brock’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) program.

    Hall used the BECE program to pursue her personal interests as well as her professional ambitions. At every opportunity, Hall opted for electives on Indigenous spirituality to learn more about her heritage.Read more

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  • Meet our graduates: Olivia Hodder

    Concurrent Teacher Education (Junior/Intermediate)

    For Olivia Hodder, coming to Brock taught her as much about herself as it did about being a great educator.

    “If I had to sum up my whole teaching experience it would be trying to solve some family history as well as trying to figure out who I am as a person and who I want to be as a teacher,” said Hodder, a Concurrent Teacher Education graduate.Read more

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