Celebrating NSCAD: "An incredible place to study, to work and to create."
September 22, 2011

NSCAD student Hangama Atiqullo (centre) with Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis and NSCAD President David B. Smith. (Photo: T-SANG ARTISTIC INDUSTRIES)

Distinguished faculty, staff and students were recognized during the President’s Convocation ceremony, held Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Port Campus.

David B. Smith, president of NSCAD University, took advantage of the occasion to thank members of the NSCAD community for making NSCAD “such an incredible place to study, to work and to create.”

“I don’t need to tell you that NSCAD is a wonderful institution. And the reason for this can be found as you look around the room at your colleagues,” he said. “It is each and every one of you that makes NSCAD as great as it is—and I am profoundly honoured to serve as your president. “

Highlights from the ceremony included awards for longstanding service to:  Mary MacLachlan and Nick Webb in Historical and Critical Studies, Joann Reynolds Farmer with the School of Extended Studies, Brian Crabbe with Facilities Management, Bruce Barber in Media Arts, and Janice Demings in Graduate Studies.

Walter Ostrom, who began at NSCAD in 1969 and retired in 2008, was named Professor Emeritus. He was joined on stage for a photo op with others who share the title, Professor Emeritus Garry Neill Kennedy and Professor Emeritus Dennis Young.

James Moy, provost and vice-president, presented the Faculty Research and Creative Practice Award to Gene Daniels, chair of Foundation Studies. A designer, Professor Daniels has been developing the “eHome,” a modular home shelter for victims of natural disasters throughout the world. He is looking forward to an upcoming sabbatical during which he will further refine the design and build a full-scale prototype.

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteerism Medal to Hangama Atiqullo. Originally from Afghanistan, the fourth-year student is an active volunteer who has given her time to organizations including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre, the Multicultural Festival and United Way.

“Volunteerism is a way I can thank Canada,” said Hangama. “And it is my pleasure to help.”

Student Aaron Sinclair accepted the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence from Christine Holzer-Hunt, dean of undergraduate studies. The award goes to a student in their fourth year with an exceptionally high grade point average.

“I’m lucky and blessed,” said Aaron, described by Professor Holzer-Hunt as a “relentless worker.” “I think we’ve got a pretty good thing going here.”

president-aaron350  Dean of Undergraduate Studies Christine Holzer-Hunt with fourth-year student Aaron Sinclair, honored with the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. (Photo: T-SANG ARTISTIC INDUSTRIES)