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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 16, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Residence Academic Partnership Award

Laurier's Residence Academic Partnership Award recognizes faculty members who support academic initiatives within the University's residences.  It is awarded to one faculty member each term. Previous winners include Julie Pong, academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts and Bob Sharpe, associate professor of geography.

2013 (Fall) Recipient


Jane Newland,
often spends evenings with students in La Maison Française, organizing academic activities such as exam review sessions and a reading club, as well as cultural events such as making a traditional Galette des Rois and game and cinema nights (in French, of course).  “We try to give students a broad range of activities, some practical for their studies and some that are more cultural," Newland reported.

2013 (Spring) Recipient


Laura Allan, has been involved with the Business & Economics Community (RLC) since its creation in 2009. As one of Laurier's themed residence environments designed to extend opportunities for learning and development into residence building communities, Laura visits the RLC to conduct question and answer sessions, mid-term and final exam prep courses and mentor first year students. "The RLCs are such a great idea and I have seen many strong students blossom in this engaging environment," Allan stated.

2012 Recipient


Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts volunteers, up to two hours weekly working with first-year students living in the Languages and Literature Residence Learning Community (RLC).  "Having the opportunity to work closely was a transformative experience," Rowinsky reported. Through 12 weeks, we have built a close community of learners. It has been a gift for me and I believe this is one of the most powerful experiences we can have with students if we want to inspire lives of leadership and purpose."