Congratulations to our Class of 2020 award recipients

July 14, 2020 | Campus Life
Congratulations to each of our student award winners. We’re very proud of their many contributions and achievements, and we can’t wait to see what they will do next.

President’s Medal for Academic Excellence and Student Leadership

The President’s Medal recognizes students for their exemplary combination of academic achievement and contribution to the betterment of MacEwan University. Medal recipients are graduates who demonstrate the best qualities of a MacEwan student by maintaining a high grade point average while demonstrating leadership through active participation in university-wide committees, groups, organizations or extra-curricular activities. One medal may be awarded to a graduating student in a certificate or diploma program and one medal to a graduating student in a degree program.


I never expected to play very much when I started playing soccer for MacEwan, but with the support of an amazing team, I ended up representing my university and my country at the 2019 World University Games. Following the Canadian flag into a stadium packed with tens of thousands of people was breathtaking, and putting on a Team Canada jersey to take my first steps onto the field in Italy was a moment I will never forget.

Playing soccer has been a huge part of my university experience – I’ve met lifelong friends who pushed me beyond my own expectations and challenged me to become a better person.

But the school side of things was a bit of a bumpy road in the beginning. During my first biology lab, I was confused and overwhelmed and intimidated by everything. I went home that day and told my mom that I needed to drop out of school and find something easier. It’s funny to look back now and realize that all we really did that first day was use a microscope. Since then, I’ve done some really cool experiments, including genetically engineering E. coli to glow in the dark. And I discovered my interest in genetics and molecular biology.

Thinking back on those early days at MacEwan – and the self-doubt that came with them – I realize now that you should never let someone else tell you what you are or aren’t capable of. It’s something I will keep in mind as I plan to attend medical school and become a doctor one day.

– Jamie Erickson, Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences

Jamie was the university’s Female Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years (a MacEwan first), and volunteered hundreds of hours with organizations such as Free Footie and the Cross Cancer Institute.


From a young age, I had quite a few health issues. I tried many different approaches and found that acupuncture, which is a key therapy in Chinese medicine, really helped. This inspired me to become an acupuncturist so that I could help other people improve their health and quality of life.

I've also always been interested in research. In the West, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are relatively new professions, so there isn't much research about them. I really wanted to contribute to our field so I conducted an undergraduate student research project during my time at MacEwan.

In my research project, one of the key questions I investigated was how well the acupuncture profession is suited to the context of modern Canada. Currently, our acupuncture education covers a wide range of diseases, particularly those that were common in the past century in China. Yet in Canada, people tend to seek acupuncture for a smaller, more specific range of problems, such as musculoskeletal conditions, fertility care and mental health. My research examined potential opportunities to make acupuncture education more relevant to these demands so that our profession can better serve the healthcare needs of Canadians.

Even though I have graduated, my studies are far from over. I received the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program scholarship to continue my studies at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. In the future, I hope to practice in an interdisciplinary clinic setting where I can collaborate with other health-care providers. I think that when we bring our own unique skill sets to the table and work together, we can enhance the treatment results and achieve better patient outcomes.

– Brenda Le, Acupuncture Diploma

Governor General’s Silver Medal (Degree)

The Governor General’s Silver Medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall academic standing based on their Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) in a degree-level program. This medal is awarded at Spring Convocation.

  • Samuel Neumann, Faculty of Arts and Science

Governor General’s Bronze Medal (Diploma)

The Collegiate Bronze medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall academic standing based on their Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) in a diploma-level program (minimum two-year, full-time duration). This medal is awarded at Spring Convocation.

  • Allison Williams, School of Business

Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence

The Dean’s Medal is each faculty or school’s highest academic honour. Each dean may award one medal to a graduating student in a certificate or diploma program and one medal to a graduating student in a degree program. Medal recipients are recognized by the dean for their exemplary success in meeting the learning challenges and academic requirements of their programs of study.

  • Melissa Banks, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Laura Wunderli, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Josephine Junas-Grant, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Amanda Strachan, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
  • Madison Woloszyn, Faculty of Health and Community Studies
  • Shyann Kelndorfer, Faculty of Nursing
  • Shannon Hubley, Faculty of Nursing
  • Gil Andrew Sta. Cruz Mendoza, School of Business
  • Rebecca Tripp, School of Business



Meet the Class of 2020

Close to 60 graduates share the moments, memories and milestones that stand out most.

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