The masterful storyteller and teacher captivated graduands during convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies with stories from his own mental library. He told grads that these stories revealed that even in the last chapters of their lives, they can learn to do new things.
Author Alberto Manguel delves into life's library to tell a story during spring convocation ceremonies
Larissa Crawford, a double major in International Development Studies and Communication Studies, has won a 2015 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, which recognizes students who possess and express “ideals of courage, humanitarianism, service and compassion,” while pursuing “excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, health, and voluntary community service.”
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are a glittering celebration of Toronto talent in the performing arts. Numerous York U faculty and grads were nominated for major awards. One of the biggest winners was Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre), a Modern Times Stage Company/ Aluna Theatre co-production. It netted six awards, including outstanding production and direction by York University Theatre alumnus Soheil Parsa (BA ’89), founding co-artistic director of Modern Times.
One of York University’s most illustrious alumni from Glendon, David Collenette (BA ’69, MA ’04), former member of parliament, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree on June 20 in recognition of his decades of public service. In his remarks to graduands, he spoke about the power of Glendon’s bilingual and bicultural education.
“Think big or go home” were five words that Open Text Chair Tom Jenkins heard frequently during his final year of his MBA studies at York University. Since those days some 30 years ago, he has indeed thought big. Jenkins (MBA ’87), an entrepreneur, businessman, technology leader, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree during the Schulich School of Business convocation June 19.
As part of the Better Workplaces initiative and in response to the employee engagement survey, the University’s service recognition program has been expanded. The program will now recognize eligible employees for service awards for each five years of continuous, active service.
“As they play, children are exploring ideas that they are not yet totally sure about.They work out problems through play all the time, whether they build with blocks, do a puzzle, or practice on the climber,” said Helene Comay, early childhood educator, during convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Education.
Don't be afraid to stay away from comfort zones, Mark Lievonen advises grads during spring convocation
The value of a university education, Mark Lievonen told grads, aside from preparing them for their chosen paths, is that it offers the resources needed to adapt should they find themselves having to, or simply wishing to, take a different route.
The road ahead won’t be easy, but it will be rewarding, Schwartz told grads. “The time you spend building and enriching your community will enrich you, your families and even your work. By your commitment to community you will make our city, our province and country and beyond a better place. You have so much to contribute as future leaders,” he said.
Thirty-eight researchers at York University have been awarded more than $6.75 million in NSERC grants, while nine graduate students and one post-doctoral fellow have received a total of $384,000 in funding for scholarships and fellowships.