Announcing the Fall 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

November 18, 2019 | Science, Arts & Culture, Campus Life
If there is any measure of MacEwan’s success as a university, it’s our incredible alumni, who represent us in wide-ranging disciplines here in Edmonton and around the world.

That’s why every year we relish the opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our outstanding alumni, sharing their stories with our most recent grads and our entire community.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate accomplishments in areas such as community development, lifelong learning and business innovation. Recipients address the newest graduating class during MacEwan’s convocation ceremonies – passing on their hard-earned wisdom with those who will follow in their footsteps.

Here are the Fall 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Dr. Jennifer Lavers, Bachelor of Science Transfer, 2001


Dr. Jennifer Lavers is a lecturer in Marine Science at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Her research interests include understanding how marine apex predators, such as seabirds, can act as sentinels of ocean health, and translating this knowledge into outreach programs that engage the broader public in science and conservation. Jennifer's research, and that of her many graduate students, primarily focuses on plastic and associated chemicals as pollutants of aquatic ecosystems.

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Jennifer worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on remote islands in Hawaii and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in London, England. She completed the Bachelor of Science Transfer program at MacEwan University and her BSC at the University of Alberta, and her PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Nate Lueck, Music Diploma, 2006


Nathaniel (Nate) Lueck is a musician, composer and producer from Calgary, Alberta. Classically trained as both a pianist and a guitarist, he has over 10 years of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, playing numerous instruments for a wide variety of artists and shows including Tom Monks (Tokyo Police Club), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Ron Pope, as well as direct support for Lord Huron, Ted Nugent and Meatloaf. He has also played as a pit musician in multiple theatre productions, including Honestly Abe Off Broadway, as well as regional productions of Hair and RENT. He is currently the principal guitar II/mandolin chair for Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away.

Nathaniel is also a prolific writer, producer, arranger and sound designer, having composed and recorded music for television, radio and commercial clients such as AT&T and Man Made Music, and produced sample libraries for Loopmasters and LP24 Audio. He applies his expertise to many different musical roles ranging from sideman and soloist to musical director and technical consultant/programmer.


Know a MacEwan alum who is making a difference in their community or profession? Nominate them for a Distinguished Alumni Award.

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