Awards

Martin Singer Award for Dedication to Student Engagement

The Martin Singer Award for Dedication to Student Engagement was created to celebrate students who embody the fundamental virtues of SCOLAPS: integrity, service, and advocacy. The award honours a student actively involved in governance who advances the interests of SCOLAPS, and ultimately displays a commitment to “Excellence in Student Engagement.”

This student must show an outstanding dedication to deep appreciation for the student voice. Through his/her actions this person exceeds the duties of a SCOLAPS Executive or Senator, and also mentors others to carry on the strong tradition of SCOLAPS. Through their passion and commitment to student engagement this student will have made a unique contribution to SCOLAPS.

This award was named in honour of former Dean Martin Singer, a professor of Chinese History, and advocate for students. In his capacity as Dean of LA&PS from 2009-2015, Dr. Singer encouraged students to seek leadership roles inside and outside of the classroom. Most importantly, he recognized the need to foster engagement and a democratic consciousness through service to one’s community.

Award Criteria

One award will be distributed annually. To be eligible for this award a student must:

  • Be a current SCOLAPS member and in “good standing” as per the SCOLAPS’ Constitution
  • Have been a Councillor for the full academic year (September–April)
  • Embody leadership and initiative that serve as an example to all
  • Be dedicated to motivating others by nurturing leadership and fostering a sense of community
  • Assume the responsibility of student engagement through the advancement of SCOLAPS
  • Be a person of words and above all actions
2016-2017 Award Winners
  • Antonnia Kiana Blake
2014-2015 Award Winners
  • Sayjon Ariyarathnam
2012-2013 Award Winners
  • Roshan Udit
2011-2012 Award Winners
  • Ashley Naipaul
  • Juliano Pichini

Marilyn Lambert-Drache Award for Initiative in Governance

The Marilyn Lambert-Drache Award for Initiative in Governance was created to recognize a student whose steadfast commitment to governance upholds and furthers the interests of SCOLAPS.

Through their actions this person goes beyond the regular duties of a SCOLAPS Councillor. He/ she finds creative ways to strengthen SCOLAPS, while motivating other students to do the same.

The award was named in honour of Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache, a professor of French Studies, former Associate Dean Students LA&PS and the current Associate Vice-President International. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to support students who are interested in actively engaging themselves as leaders within the York community. Dr. Lambert-Drache has enthusiastically motivated students by providing opportunities to apply and foster leadership skills. Her tireless commitment to the student experience and her innovative approach to engaging students make her an ideal role model for student leaders in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Award Criteria

One award will be distributed annually. To be eligible for this award a student must:

  • Be a current SCOLAPS member and in “good standing” as per the SCOLAPS’ Constitution
  • Have been a Councillor for the full academic year (September-April)
  • Demonstrate that they have exceeded their regular duties as a Councillor and upheld the tradition of excellence within SCOLAPS
  • Embody the virtues of service, commitment, and dedication to SCOLAPS
  • Display their engagement in governance through active participation within SCOLAPS and the broader Faculty of LA&PS
  • Have a strong sense of self-motivation that has led to consistent involvement and significant contributions to SCOLAPS
  • Current Executive Members of SCOLAPS and Senators are ineligible for this award
2016-2017 Award Winner
  • Alamgir Khandwala
2015-2016 Award Winner
  • Mary Sweety Amalathas
2014-2015 Award Winner
  • Nadine Phyllis Wyczolkowski
2013-2014 Award Winner
  • Yi Zhang
2012-2013 Award Winner
  • Satnam Dosanjh
2011-2012 Award Winner
  • Khalid Shah Karim

Ian Greene Teaching Award

The Ian Greene Award for Teaching Excellence formally recognizes professors and teaching assistants (TAs) within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies who, like Professor Ian Greene, have immeasurably contributed to student life by being great teachers and leaders. The student-sponsored award aims to acknowledge the concern, commitment and dedication that such TAs and professors display in order to support and promote great teaching within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Moreover, it provides students with the opportunity to express who they deem to be the most successful candidates for higher learning.

Each year, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students nominate individual TAs and professors who they feel demonstrate teaching Excellence in three general areas of assessment: (1) Student learning experience, (2) teaching and learning Strategies and (3) mentoring. Two awards are given annually, ONE to a professor and ONE to a Teaching Assistant, teaching in a course delivered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

2017-2018 Award Winners
  • To be announced.
2015-2016 Award Winners
  • Michael Rochon, Professor
  • Behzad Mohammadi, Teaching Assistant
2014-2015 Award Winners
  • Teresa Abbruzzese, Professor
  • Dunja Baus, Teaching Assistant
2012-2013 Award Winners
  • Andrea Davis, Associate Professor
  • Craig Fortier, Teaching Assistant

SCOLAPS Award for Staff Contribution

This award was created in order to honour staff members who recognize the importance of student engagement in governance issues. Through their behaviour, both of these staff members encouraged and provided opportunities for SCOLAPS' councillors to become more involved and realize their full potential. Their interaction with SCOLAPS exceeds expectations of what would normally be expected from a staff member, and a strong awareness of student needs manifests in their conduct.

2016-2017 Award Winners
  • Timothy Hudson, Director, Strategic Communications, Office of the Dean
  • Bann Al-Soultani, Coordinator: Adjudications, Office of the Dean
2013-2014 Award Winners
  • Jairam Kallidumbil, Student Relations Assistant, SCLD
  • Collette Murray, External Coordinator, Office of the Dean
2012-2013 Award Winners
  • Lesa Cozzi, Senior Manager Faculty Governance/Secretary of Council
  • John McNamara, Web Communications Coordinator
2011-2012 Award Winners
  • Shirley Gossack, Manager of Student Engagement, Centre for Student Success
  • Diane Stadnicki, Special Events Coordinator, Centre for Student Success

SCOLAPS Award for Councillor Initiative

This award recognizes a student councillor in good standing who demonstrates excellence through steadfast commitment to upholding and furthering the interests of the Student council of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (SCOLAPS). Their level of engagement exceeds the regular duties of a SCOLAPS councillor and, through their attitude and actions, this person inspires others to become more involved and realize their full potential.

2016-2017 Award Winners
  • To be announced.

SCOLAPS Award for Councillor of the Month

This award recognizes a student councillor in good standing who demonstrates excellence through steadfast commitment to upholding and furthering the interests of the Student Council of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (SCOLAPS).

2017-2018 Award Winners
  • September: Shuyi Mai
  • October: Cory Lewis