UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 05 | Mar.
Students serve up sweet recognition
Awards recognize individuals' contributions to student growth and success,
says Alma Mater Society president
Some of UBC's unsung heroes have received Just Desserts
Awards in recognition
of their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.
"It's a two-way street," says Erfan Kazemi, president of the Alma
"These individuals do a lot to contribute to student growth and
is an opportunity to let them know how much we value their
In a student tradition begun in 1985, student societies across
faculty, staff and student award winners. This year there
are 21 recipients.
Marnie Craft takes great pride in "making people happy every second
Friday" in her role as payroll administrator for the AMS. It
is a position
she has held for the past 25 years.
"I love the challenge of continuously keeping up with new government rules and
regulations, the constantly evolving AMS, and the opportunity of
learning the new software for payroll computer systems," says Craft.
Watching the student executives and service coordinators grow to become much
more confident with their leadership skills is her favourite part of the job.
Andrew Tinka was recognized for his contribution to student life as
the president of the Engineering Physics Club and editor of the Engineering
Undergraduate Society newspaper, which he helped to rejuvenate this
"I'm honoured to be recognized for my efforts, but it really wasn't
such hard work -- I just tried to have as much fun as I could this year," says
the fifth-year Engineering student.
Tinka credits the hard work of a team of students who help to produce
NEUSpaper each month.
In his role as editor, he looks forward to reading the articles written by his
colleagues, as it's an opportunity to learn from different
Among the other faculty, staff and students to win Just Desserts
Awards are: Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. A. Bruce
instructor Peter Dickinson; Germanic Studies Prof. Emerita Marketa
Goetz-Stankiewicz, Geography Prof. Cole Harris; Political Science
lecturer Don MacInnis, English Prof. William New; History Asst.
Prof. Stephen Straker; Psychology Prof. Peter Suedfeld; Tara
Stewart, Graduate Students' Society; School of Human Kinetics
Cliff Storlund; Faculty of Law career development
Danielle Raymond; Pharmaceutical Sciences lecturer Colleen Brady;
former registrar Richard Spencer; Science Assoc. Dean
Microbiology lecturer Tracy Kion; Math Prof. Philip
lecturer Diane Oorebeek; Physics and Astronomy Assoc. Prof. Kristin
Schleich; and Microbiology lecturer Karen Smith.