Awards recognize student leadership

Jun 26, 2003, vol. 27, no. 5
By Diane Luckow



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Reza Pourvali (left) winner of this year's Judy Kelly humanitarian award.


Each year, SFU acknowledges those students whose leadership and volunteer efforts help to make the campus a special place.

Brett Gilley, a graduate student in the earth sciences program, wins the 2003 Roger Welch alumni prize for leadership, citizenship and dedication in service to the university. Gilley has been actively involved in several university student unions, including serving two terms in the Simon Fraser student society. He is also an avid volunteer with Let's Talk Science. A teaching assistant for the past five semesters, Gilley is also a trained facilitator for the instructional skills workshop offered through the learning and instructional development centre (LIDC) and assisted in delivery of the certificate program in university teaching and learning, a year-long LIDC program.

Engineering student Eric Hennessey's goal is to light up the world. The founder of the SFU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Hennessey is working to assist international development projects that will improve quality of life for people in developing nations. He has brought speakers to SFU and organized many awareness-building activities. His personal project is to help bring light into the homes of some of the two billion people who do not have electricity.

Hennessey, who also holds a grade point average of 4.08 out of a possible 4.33, wins this year's William A. (Bill) Stewart volunteer leadership award for making a significant contribution to the development and improvement of campus community life.

Amber Louis, an academic standout in the department of economics, volunteers both on campus and off and is this year's winner of the Robert Brown award for outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service to the university. Louis is a major force in Out on Campus, regularly staffing the on-campus centre and organizing numerous events to reduce discrimination and increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people on campus and in society. She has also made valuable contributions to FarmFolk/CityFolk, a non-profit organization working on issues related to food democracy, farming, social justice, health and the environment.

A devoted student in molecular biology and biochemistry, Reza Pourvali is active in the department's student union and is the elected student member on six SFU senate committees. For the past two years, he has helped to organize an annual Christmas clothing and food drive. Off campus, he volunteers at a care centre for seniors and at Burnaby hospital. A past winner of the SFU alumni award for outstanding student leadership, he is this year's winner of the Judy Kelly humanitarian award.

Paulus Lukito's efforts to raise the profile of international students in the faculty of business administration, coupled with his off-campus activities as a Big Brother and as a volunteer network administrator for Vancouver's CommunityNet, have earned him the Eileen Purkiss memorial award for special contributions to the social and cultural exchange and development of international students at SFU.

As president of the SFU water polo team, fundraising coordinator for SFU's Terry Fox day, and a tireless supporter of kinesiology events, Sarah Manske has made significant leadership contributions to SFU. She is recognized with the Ted Sinnott memorial award for voluntary contributions to the university which reflect the goodwill generated by the late Ted Sinnott. Manske graduates this semester with the highest grade point average (4.06) in kinesiology.

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