Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic celebrates excellence at convocation

Students, faculty and an industry leader honoured at the Regina campus convocation

June 23, 2016 - Tomorrow Saskatchewan Polytechnic will celebrate the accomplishments of 350 graduates along with award recipients at the Regina campus convocations.

"We attract hard-working, resourceful and innovative students. Our graduates are exceptional," says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. "Convocation is a chance to look back on accomplishments and celebrate achievements. I'm proud of this year's graduates and award recipients."

Several graduates will be recognized for outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities.

The Outstanding Citizenship award will be given to Kendra Hoffarth, from the Early Childhood Education program. Kendra values a strong work ethic, volunteerism and giving back to the community. She is inspired daily by her little brother, Wyatt who has autism. Sara Vail from the New Media Communications program will be recognized with the Governor General's Academic Collegiate Bronze Medal for the highest average at Regina campus.

New this year, Saskatchewan Polytechnic sets out to recognize those faculty members who have gone above and beyond with a new award, Faculty Awards of Excellence: Teaching.

The new faculty award was developed to recognize excellence in service and innovation from faculty as a key factor in preparing our students for the next step in their career journey. Twana White, Practical Nursing instructor, will be recognized for her student-centred approach to foster success and inspire innovation.

"We are extremely fortunate to have faculty that are not only experts in their fields, but also leaders in education," says Dr. Anne Neufeld, provost and vice-president, academic. "Twana puts students' needs first and works hard to nurture positive relationships. She empowers students to take pride in their work and support one another throughout their time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic."

Sask Polytech will also be awarding an honorary diploma to Tim Young, general manager of Young's Equipment Inc. Tim mixes small town values with big city dreams, sharing his success with the communities Young's Equipment Inc. calls home. Under Tim's direction Young's Equipment Inc. fosters success for Sask Polytech students in the agricultural mechanic apprenticeship program through scholarships, work placements and future job opportunities. Tim's son and business partner, Sean, who is the assistant general manager at Young's Equipment Inc., will be accepting the honorary diploma on Tim's behalf.

Media are encouraged to attend the convocation ceremony.

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016  
Time: 1:00 p.m. ceremony
Location: Conexus Arts Centre in the Shumiatcher Theatre
200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina, SK

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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