Putting students first earns awards

Geography and Commerce recognized for innovations

A senior writing instructor lauded for her tireless commitment to helping students succeed and a graduate student who spearheaded a drive for student health and dental benefits are among the winners of this year's student development awards.

English instructor Judy Brown and Psychology PhD candidate Candace Hofmann were named recipients of the Margaret Fulton Individual Award. The award recognizes individuals on campus who have made a significant contribution to students' lives.

"It's a lovely surprise," says Brown.

In addition to teaching, Brown spends up to 10 hours a week advising students. She also finds the time to recruit faculty members for Imagine UBC's year-long mentoring program for first-year students .

Hofmann worked on the Alma Mater Society/ Graduate Student Society Health and Dental Plan which was launched in January. Her efforts are cited as being instrumental.

The Geography Dept. received the Alfred Scow Undergraduate Program Award. Its proposed course, Geography 447, would see students perform fieldwork in the community.

The Faculty of Commerce MBA program received the Peter Larkin Graduate Program Award for its unique 15-month program, most notably a 13-week course which combines seven key business disciplines.

The Helen McCrae Student Service Award was given to the Alma Mater Society Tutoring Services and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Teaching Support Group.

Tutoring Services made improvements to its first-year tutoring services. Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a peer-teaching program and a Web site which allows teachers to share information, tools and techniques.

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

Established in 1998 by the Campus Advisory Board on Student Development (CABSD), they recognize contributions to the student experience and learning environment at UBC. The board comprises representatives from across campus.

Twenty-three nominations were submitted for the awards.