Alumni in the news

August 30, 2019 | Society, Arts & Culture, Business
From Amazing Racers and piano virtuosos to YouTube stars and award-winning artists, our alumni are making headlines here at home and around the world.

Racing for change

Amazing Race Canada competitors Dr. James Makokis, BSc (Transfer) ’01, and Anthony Johnson are representing Indigenous people and raising awareness of important issues — including missing and murdered Indigenous women — through the clothing they wear on the show.


UPDATE: Congratulations to our Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Dr. James Makokis and his partner Anthony Johnson – winners of #AmazingRaceCanada, Season 7!

Alumni new feature James Makokis

From Distinguished Alumni to Amazing Racer

MacEwan University was pleased to honour Dr. James Makokis by presenting him with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni award. 

Recognizing artistic excellence

Two MacEwan grads are regional winners of the BMO 1st Art! competition, which recognizes excellence in the visual arts among Canadian undergraduate artists. The Alberta region winner is Preston Pavlis (Fine Art ’18), and Cheyenne Rain LeGrande (Fine Art ’16) is the winner for the British Columbia region. Both received a $7,500 prize.

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Conquering China

This September, pianist Martin Mayer, Music ’11, will embark on a 20-city tour of China.

The Vancouver-based musician and composer is known for his instrumental fusion style, a symphonic blend of smooth jazz, classical, pop, rock and various styles of world music.

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Celebrating the Sterlings

Our alumni shone at the 2018/19 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, a celebration of excellence in professional theatre in Edmonton. 


Online phenom

Michael Tash, BCom ’17, has turned his marketing degree and his passion for gaming into a career as a streamer and YouTube content creator. From his home in Spruce Grove, Michael creates content for the 350,000 people who subscribe to his channel.

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Scoops of kindness

Paula Shyba, BA Transfer ’05, along with partners Nicole Bhar and Candyce Morris, serves up old-fashioned ice cream — and creates community — at their new Edmonton venture, Kind Ice Cream.

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