Contributing to KPU Eagle spirit and pride

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Every semester, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students who have showed off their Eagle pride and contribute to the KPU community receive special recognition and a small monetary award.

Through the Student Life and Development Department, five students have been highlighted and commended for their notable displays of service, achievement and excellence. Recent recipients of the Eagle Spirit Award helped lead clubs, volunteered their time and initiated new opportunities for their fellow students. They also inspired others to take the reins and make a difference in their communities.

Dr. Betty Worobec, dean of KPU’s Faculty of Science, nominated brewing and brewery operations student Tom Morrison.

“Since Tom’s first day as a brewing student in the inaugural brewing cohort, he has been a reliable, exceptional leader among his peers. Tom’s positive and outgoing personality is an inspiration to those around him, and he is often encouraging others to get involved in activities outside of class,” she said.

Morrison organized 12 teams to participate in the annual HOPS Connect Cup, a brew competition for students at UBC, SFU and KPU. Morrison also formed a student club, the KPBrU Alcademics, which held a fundraiser at Dead Frog Brewery, and raised over $1,200 for a student scholarship.

Another recipient of the award was Rawan Ali, an active participant in many student-run organizations, including the Kwantlen Entrepreneurial Students Association (KESA), Toastmasters, ENACTUS and the Kwantlen Gaming Guild. Ali is also the founder and president of the ARTversity Club, a student-run club that promotes the performing arts through workshops that include singing, dancing and acting. Argel Monte de Ramos, another Eagle Spirit Award recipient, helped co-found the club.

All 25 students who were nominated regularly help build a KPU community of leaders, thinkers, and doers. Do you know a KPU student that inspires you? Nominate them for a Spring 2016 Eagle Spirit at​​

Students can be nominated by anyone at KPU- students or faculty- though they must be in good academic standing and enrolled at the time of their nomination. 

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