KPU celebrates student achievements in leadership and service

Fri, May 29, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Now that’s the spirit!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) celebrated 43 outstanding contributors to campus life and the community at the Celebration of Leadership and Service recently.

Twenty-five students received the Contribution to Student Life Award for their generosity within the KPU community, 10 students received the Giving Back Citizenship Award to recognize their voluntary leadership in the community, and eight students were nominated by faculty, staff and their peers for contributions to KPU spirit.

"The leadership and inspiration that these students demonstrate enrich our learning environment in so many ways," said Theresa Voorsluys, KPU’s service learning co-ordinator with the student life and development department.

Recipients from arts, business,design, health and science were recognized for their contributions to club leadership, committees, the new student orientation team and various programs aimed at assisting their student peers and partners in the community. Each award recipient has held a volunteer position for at least one year, while juggling their studies at KPU and maintaining a solid academic standing.

Opening the celebration, KPU Chancellor Dr. George Melville noted the common theme of dedication, philanthropy, teamwork and passion in the biographies of the student award winners.

The evening ended with a performance by Rick “Big Love” Kumar and Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu – known together as the Class Kings – who have served as the rap ambassadors of the English program at KPU. They first began presenting in introductory creative writing classes at KPU. With great reviews from professors and students, they soon branched out to other university English classes and most recently, to high school English classes.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at

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