Glendon’s Office of Student Services hosted the College’s annual celebration of its highest academic achievers at its September 28th Scholarship Reception.
Right: Bastien Boulay (centre) and friends
Glendon principal Kenneth McRoberts welcomed students and their families to this much-anticipated annual event and outlined the exciting new projects underway on the campus, most specifically the construction of the new building adjacent to York Hall, now in full swing. “The new building will open wonderful new opportunities for the Glendon community by providing state of the art facilities and extra space to accommodate our growing student population”, said McRoberts.
Left: L-r: Associate principal (student services) Rosanna Furgiuele, associate principal (academic and research) Françoise Mougeon, Glendon principal Kenneth McRoberts and York University registrar Joanna Duklas
Associate Principal Student Services Rosanna Furgiuele welcomed the event’s special guests: York University registrar Joanne Duklas; Living and Learning in Retirement (LLIR) executive members Pat Brodie and Karen Edson, whose organization is a dedicated and much-valued donor to Glendon student scholarships; director of Glendon Advancement Marie-Thérèse Chaput; and associate director of York Scholarships and Awards Peter Wilson.
Right: Helen Juhyjung (centre) and parents
“As I look around this room, I see so much potential, I see tomorrow’s leaders: professionals who will leave their imprint on our society, scientists whose research will revolutionize the world, diplomats who will dedicate their efforts to peace, politicians who will strive for justice and equality, educators who will develop the minds of a future generation, and writers who will write the great Canadian novel. You are the builders of a better tomorrow”, said Furgiuele. “You can become anything you want to be if you work hard enough, if you believe in yourself and if you are committed to your goals. As scholarship recipients, you have already shown that you have what it takes to succeed.”
Left: Lamia Nadfi
Furgiuele announced that Glendon’s scholarship winners represent students from across Canada and around the world, including an International Circle of Scholars winner from Nicaragua, and International Scholarship winners from Columbia, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other important scholarship winners include the Harris Steel Entrance Scholarship recipients from Quebec, and nine Bank of Montreal (BMO) Entrance Scholarship winners from across Canada. “Add these students to the several hundred scholarship winners from Ontario, including President’s scholarship winners, a Provost Scholarship winner, Continuing Student Scholarship winners and you can see that Glendon is a vibrant community of intellectually minded individuals”, added Furgiuele. “Glendon students have received over one million dollars in scholarships and bursaries so far. [This is] a truly great start to the academic year! ”
Right: Kristy Weenen (2nd on left); her mother (far left in photo); her aunt, York alumna Heather Parsons (on Kristy's left); and her grandparents
Scholarship winner, active community member and Glendon don Kristen Pennington next took the podium as the student speaker for the celebration. Pennington’s message was that students should be active on campus and have fun, while completing their studies. “When you graduate from Glendon, you might not remember the history lessons or math equations [you learned in class], but there is no doubt that you will remember the extracurricular activities in which you have participated.”
Left: L-r: LLIR executive members Pat Brody and Karen Edson with Glendon Student Financial Services manager Fiona Kay
Furgiuele suggested that students should take chances, try out new ideas and take advantage of all the opportunities offered. “I encourage you to be open to various kinds of learning. Make the universe your university”, concluded Furgiuele.
The celebration concluded with an opportunity to enjoy cake, as well as mix and mingle with other recipients in the warm, personal environment that is a Glendon hallmark.
Right: L-r: students Rachel Mclean and Brittany Leonard with Glendon Student Financial Services assistant Jessica Perkins
Article by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny