Award winners improve students' lives

The co-ordinator of a highly successful pilot work internship program for English students is among 13 recent winners of the first student development awards.

The awards, initiated this year by the Campus Advisory Board on Student Development (CABSD), recognize contributions made by individuals and programs to student experience and the learning environment at UBC.

Julie Walchli convinced employers of English students' abilities.

Since May, 12 students have been placed in a variety of paid four-month work terms. Employers include the Workers' Compensation Board, Ministry of Advanced Education, and the Self-Counsel Press. The English Dept. program is scheduled to go to the Board of Governors for final approval this fall.

"I share this award with English faculty members, the co-op students and the employers because they worked with me, investing hours in the design of the program," says Walchli.

Walchli is one of four people to receive the Margaret Fulton Individual Award.

The award also goes to Asst. Human Kinetics Prof. Nestor Korchinsky,
a man the board describes as someone who "doesn't just talk about changing the campus -- he makes it happen."

Korchinsky is credited for leading the Live@UBC team that created seasonal festivals of social events and activities on campus.

Former Linguistics Dept. secretary Carmen de Silva received a Fulton award for establishing a welcome atmosphere in the Linguistics Dept.

Prof. David Holm, an associate dean in the Faculty of Science, was recognized for providing sensible advice and sympathetic assistance to Science students.

The Alfred Scow Undergraduate Program Award goes to the Science One Program.

The multidisciplinary program, an intensive alternative to the standard first year in Science, aims to give students a sense of being part of a community of learners.

Electro-Mechanical Design, a five-year combined bachelor and master of Engineering program, the first of its kind in Canada, is among the winners of the Peter Larkin Graduate Program Award.

A second winner of the award is Green College, UBC's first resident graduate college, for providing a stimulating program to graduate students.

The Masters of Health Administration (MHA) Bridging program received the Larkin award for its innovative alliance between UBC and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Imagine UBC, the university's campus-wide orientation program for first-year students received one of five Helen McCrae Student Service awards.

Other McCrae awards went to: the Arts Academic Advising Office for responding to the needs of Arts students through improved counselling, publications and Web access; the International Student Services Office for offering critical support to students making the transition to Canada; the Safer Campus Peer Education Program for dealing with issues such as alcohol abuse, racial discrimination and sexual assault through workshops and special events; and the Totem Park Residence Association, an elected student council, for providing services and programs to residents, and feedback to UBC on student housing issues.

The CABSD awards are named in honour of former members of the university community who have made major contributions to student life at UBC.

Nominations were made by students, faculty and staff. Winners were selected by the CABSD which includes representatives from across campus.