Fifty inspiring SFU alumni: Ryan Kitching, Elizabeth Brodovitch and Krista Muis

November 20, 2015

As part of SFU's celebrations to mark the University's 50th Anniversary, the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows asked graduate program staff, faculty and retirees to choose the top 50 most inspiring graduate students from the more than 22,000 who have earned graduate degrees from SFU in the last five decades. 

Ryan Kitching, MA ’12, international studies

Ryan Kitching is an analyst in pension policy with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the government department that manages the federal public service and oversees the effective and efficient use of public resources.

He helps manage a $158-billion pension plan for Canada’s 507,000 federal government employees, what he appreciates most about being a public servant is knowing there will always be ’next new thing.’

Elizabeth Brodovitch, MA ’00, French

Elizabeth Brodovitch is a retired faculty member of the School of Music at Vancouver Community College and a private diction coach.

An early pioneer in the field of lyrical diction, she has spent more than twenty years helping singers not only improve their pronunciation of classical languages, but also their ability to interpret the meaning of the words themselves.

Krista Muis, PhD ’04, education

Krista Muis is finding ways to make learning ABCs and 123s more exciting.

She is a faculty member in McGill University’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Canada Research Chair in Epistemic Cognition and Self-Regulated Learning.

Muis’s research focuses on what motivates students to engage with math and science material and how technology can be used to fuel their learning in those subjects.