Recap: 2022 Starlight Gala & GSA Award Winners

April 4, 2022 – (St. Catharines, ON)

Recap: 2022 Starlight Gala & GSA Award Winners

On Saturday, April 2, over 300 graduate students, alumni, members of senior administration and honorable guests joined the GSA at Club Roma for the annual Starlight Gala. In what can be claimed as the largest in-person event for graduate students in the history of Brock, this evening also marked twenty years of operation for the GSA. It truly was a night of celebration and community.

As pillar of the event’s ceremony, extraordinary individuals were recognized for their work, research, community service and dedication to the graduate student community. Congratulations to all:

GSA Award Winners:

Academic Excellence Award – Ardalan Eyni

Teaching Assistant of the Year – Lauren Nesbitt

Community and Engagement Award – Mariana Garrido de Castro

Volunteer of the Year Award – Neerav Vaidya and Emma Schmidt

Outstanding Graduate Mentorship Award – Hannah Charnock

President’s Award – Owen Angus-Yamada

Honorary Membership Inductees:

Jack M. Miller (2022 inductee, posthumous)

Marilyn Rose (2022 inductee, posthumous)

Christopher Yendt (2021 inductee)

GSA Ambassador – Class of 2022 Cohort:

Mario De Diviitis

Diana Huson

Russell Evans

Chris Ventura

Kithio Mwanzia

Amber Bramer

Jason Ribeiro

Mary-Louise Vanderlee

Gianluca Agostinelli

Scott Behie

Natalie Spadafora

Rebecca Macpherson

John Smol

Lisa Whittingham

Kiel Omerod

Ashleigh Miatello

Jess Vickruck

Daniel Antwi-Amoabeng

GRADFlix Winners:

Third Place and People’s Choice: Kim Uyeno

Second Place: Megan Pellow

First Place: Caitlyn Gallant

We want to especially thank our presenting sponsor, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, for their support in the development and execution of the Gala. We are excited to continue working together and collaborating as a way towards stronger engagement of graduate students.

We also want to thank our other sponsors and donors for their contributions to the Gala:

Platinum Sponsors

– Student VIP

– Brock University Alumni Association

– Drug Smart Pharmacy

Bronze Sponsors:

– BUSU, the Brock University Students’ Union

– The Office of the President

– CUPE Local 4207

Special thanks to:

– Brock Campus Store

– Brock Recreation

– Daily Grind Café

– Canadian Federation of Students

– Landmark Cinemas – Pen Centre

– HUB International

– Pen Financial

– Brock University Applied Disabilities Department

– Brock University Sociology Department

– Brock University Print and Digital Services

Special thanks to DJ Patty V for being both the master of ceremonies and DJ for the Gala’s reception, as well as Club Roma and their staff for helping bring the event to life and create a warm space for our attendees to enjoy the evening in.

To graduate students: we look forward to creating more memories with you – stay tuned for more programming and opportunities!


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