On Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Cape Breton University Students’ Union (CBUSU) hosted its annual Honours Banquet to recognize the outstanding academic performance of Cape Breton University’s students.
“The Honours Banquet is a very important way for Cape Breton University to celebrate our commitment to academic excellence. Achieving Dean’s List status is a significant achievement for any student, and so I commend every Honoree for their hard work and dedication to their studies. The banquet will be wonderful event which I know will be enjoyed by all” says CBU President Dr. David Wheeler.
This academic year over 300 students, parents, peers and professors attended the Honours Banquet where students received certificates citing their achievement. Greetings came from CBU President Dr. David Wheeler, Students’ Union President Brandon Ellis and President of the CBU Alumni Association, Darlene Sponagle.
President of the CBUSU, Brandon Ellis, adds, "The Students' Union takes great pride in recognizing the students that have strived for academic excellence over the past year. We are looking forward to celebrating their successes with them."
The Board of Governors Award was presented to Cory Alexander George. The Board of Governors of Cape Breton University in 2001 established this award in recognition of academic excellence achieved by a first-year student.
Hosam Alarabi and Caitlin Bennett both received the Community Engagement Award. This recognizes their participation and engagement with the CBU community and the community-at-large.
The Creativity/Innovation Award was given to Dennis Curry, for his demonstration of originality, skill and the ability to use creative ideas.
The guest speaker for this year’s Honours Banquet was Ms. Jill McPherson, an alumna of CBU. Jill has worked all over the globe including Kenya, Northern Ireland and Mongolia, but recently returned home to work as a Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator with New Dawn.
All award recipients are on the Dean’s List, as it is a requirement for each award. Annually, approximately 400 students meet the academic standards to be on the university’s Dean’s List. To be considered for the Dean’s List, students must acquire an average of 80 per cent in all courses, without any failures.