Award winners improve students’ lives

The co-ordinator of a highly successful pilot work internship program for English
students is among 13 recent winners of the first student development awards.

The awards, initiated this year by the Campus Advisory Board on Student Development
(CABSD), recognize contributions made by individuals and programs to student
experience and the learning environment at UBC.

Julie Walchli convinced employers of English students’ abilities.

Since May, 12 students have been placed in a variety of paid four-month work
terms. Employers include the Workers’ Compensation Board, Ministry of Advanced
Education, and the Self-Counsel Press. The English Dept. program is scheduled
to go to the Board of Governors for final approval this fall.

“I share this award with English faculty members, the co-op students and the
employers because they worked with me, investing hours in the design of the
program,” says Walchli.

Walchli is one of four people to receive the Margaret Fulton Individual Award.

The award also goes to Asst. Human Kinetics Prof. Nestor Korchinsky,
a man the board describes as someone who “doesn’t just talk about changing the
campus — he makes it happen.”

Korchinsky is credited for leading the Live@UBC team that created seasonal
festivals of social events and activities on campus.

Former Linguistics Dept. secretary Carmen de Silva received a Fulton award
for establishing a welcome atmosphere in the Linguistics Dept.

Prof. David Holm, an associate dean in the Faculty of Science, was recognized
for providing sensible advice and sympathetic assistance to Science students.

The Alfred Scow Undergraduate Program Award goes to the Science One Program.

The multidisciplinary program, an intensive alternative to the standard first
year in Science, aims to give students a sense of being part of a community
of learners.

Electro-Mechanical Design, a five-year combined bachelor and master of Engineering
program, the first of its kind in Canada, is among the winners of the Peter
Larkin Graduate Program Award.

A second winner of the award is Green College, UBC’s first resident graduate
college, for providing a stimulating program to graduate students.

The Masters of Health Administration (MHA) Bridging program received the Larkin
award for its innovative alliance between UBC and the British Columbia Institute
of Technology.

Imagine UBC, the university’s campus-wide orientation program for first-year
students received one of five Helen McCrae Student Service awards.

Other McCrae awards went to: the Arts Academic Advising Office for responding
to the needs of Arts students through improved counselling, publications and
Web access; the International Student Services Office for offering critical
support to students making the transition to Canada; the Safer Campus Peer Education
Program for dealing with issues such as alcohol abuse, racial discrimination
and sexual assault through workshops and special events; and the Totem Park
Residence Association, an elected student council, for providing services and
programs to residents, and feedback to UBC on student housing issues.

The CABSD awards are named in honour of former members of the university community
who have made major contributions to student life at UBC.

Nominations were made by students, faculty and staff. Winners were selected
by the CABSD which includes representatives from across campus.