Acadia Graduate Student Events for March 2 – March 15

Good Afternoon Acadia Graduate Students,

Hope everyone had a great February – I can hardly believe it’s March already! Here’s what’s up with for Graduate Students at Acadia in the next two weeks:

First off: A HUGE THANK YOU is being sent out to all those graduate and undergraduate students who took part in AGSA’s 2nd Annual Conference this past weekend. Shout out to Stephanie Bethune who was voted “Best Speaker” at the conference – great work! AGSA was incredibly impressed by the wide range of research happening on and off the Acadia Campus, and Acadia is sure lucky to have this many amazing researchers working under it’s name. Great work!

AGSA would also like to thank all those who came out to our wine and cheese fundraiser “In Vino Veritas” – it was an awesome evening drinking Avondale Sky wine, eating delicious cheese from FoxHill Cheese House, and jamming and dancing to Saltgrass & The Valley All Star Band in the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. All in all, it was a pretty jam packed Academic and fun weekend, and thanks to all those who were involved!

A special thank you to the Acadia Students Union for granting AGSA with some funds to run the Conference this year through the Wellness Fund. We couldn’t have done it without it!

And one last thank you – to the entire AGSA team: Lyndsay Sprado (President); Kathleen Smith (Science Rep); Joshua Budish (Professional Studies Rep); Diego Garcia (Arts Rep); Counsellors at large: Sara Klapstein; Krista Kroeninger; Jonathan Pippy, Amanda Loder. The work you have done this weekend, and over the course of the entire Academic year thus far is awe-inspiring. The hours of volunteer work and thought and action put forward by this team this year has made this conference and fundraiser one for the books. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

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TOWN HALL WITH THE HONORABLE SCOTT BRISON

The Honourable Scott Brison,  our local Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants will be visiting Acadia University for a town hall, providing students, faculty, and staff with a unique opportunity to discuss federal issues with the man who represents them on Parliament Hill.

Mr. Brison will be visiting Acadia on Wednesday March 4th at 6:00 pm. The event’s location has been changed and will be held in Michener Lounge. Catering will also be provided.

ASU LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Do you know a student who has been a great leader this year?

Student Leadership Award Nominations open tomorrow!

Pick up nomination forms at the Info Desk in SUB, or attached to this email.

This year, AGSA is happy to announce that GRADUATE STUDENT OF THE YEAR and TA (Teachers Assistant) OF THE YEAR have been added to the nomination options.

Every year, the ASU recognizes the top professors at our institution. Acadia is known for its fine professors, and this award provides an opportunity for students to showcase the best that Acadia has to offer. The ASU Teaching Recognition Awards are awarded to Professors who are known for their outstanding in-class teaching ability, as well as their dedication to the development of their students.

Any professor or instructor may be nominated. They must be nominated by a student, of whom it is their responsibility to submit the name of the professor, as well as a write-up about the reason for the nomination. Completed nomination forms should be handed in to the info desk.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Created in 1981, The Athenaeum and Associated Alumni of Acadia University Student of the Year Award recognizes an Acadia student who has excelled throughout their time at Acadia and embodies the Acadia Spirit. The award is presented annually to a nominee who has contributed to the Acadia and Wolfville communities through their extracurricular and/or academic activities, and has worked to further the Acadia Spirit.

Nominees must be full-time students. Preference will be given to students who will be graduating in May of the current academic year.

Nominees should show good academic standing, although academic achievement is not the sole determining factor.

Completed nomination forms must be returned in a sealed envelope to one of the following locations:

Information Desk, Students’ Union Centre (ATTENTION: ALICIA ROMKEY)

Fountain Commons Room #139 (ATTENTION: OONAGH PROUDFOOT)

Applications may include letters of reference and other supporting materials, such as resumes and unofficial transcripts.

Nomination Deadline: Noon on March 30.

CULTURAL CELEBRATION

On the 7th of March, 2015, the Acadia international community, hailing from 54 different countries, will come together to represent their nations and celebrate the increasingly eminent global integration of today and unite in a way that not only breaks boundaries, but merges them and spreads acceptance and love. There will be performances from various cultures, shows put on to display the variety of cultures we have in our very own community, a photo contest, different cuisines from around the world, and a cash bar.

So bring your friends and family, put on your best cultural wear (or don’t, it’s all about acceptance) and come to Fountain Commons at 6:30 on March 7th and celebrate Acadia’s unity in diversity with us. Tickets are 10$ for students and 15$ for everyone else. It isn’t often that a place as small as Wolfville, built up equally by the local community and the Acadia family, houses so many different cultures and the opportunity to immerse oneself in them and grow exponentially as global citizens, so don’t miss this one! It’s going to be a beautiful night, and we want you to share it with us.

As always, AGSA is here if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, from our website: http://theagsa.ca/

Or email me at agsapresident@acadiau.ca

Lyndsay