Alumni Award of Distinction
- Recognizes the significant contributions made by a Laurentian University graduate in his/her local community.
- Alumni are recognized for distinguished outstanding achievements at the regional, national or international level in the areas of service to humanity, volunteer work, community service, professional contributions or the advancement of knowledge.
- Recipients of this award have become a source of pride to Laurentian University and the Laurentian University Alumni Association.
- The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $750 in the name of the Alumni Award of Distinction recipient to a funding priority at Laurentian University designated by the recipient.
Alumni Young Leader Award
- Recognizes the outstanding achievements of a Laurentian University graduate under the age of 40.
- Young alumni are recognized for distinguished outstanding achievements at the regional, national or international level in the areas of service to humanity, volunteer work, community service, professional contributions or the advancement of knowledge.
- Recipients of this award become a source of pride to Laurentian University and the Laurentian University Alumni Association.
- The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of the Alumni Young Leader Award recipient to a funding priority at Laurentian University designated by the recipient.
Student Recognition Award
- Recognizes the outstanding achievements of a current Laurentian University student (must be enrolled full or part time when nominated).
- Students must show outstanding achievement by raising the profile of Laurentian University through their academic achievements, involvement in University community or alumni initiatives.
- Students must participate in Laurentian University events and clubs.
- Students must show Laurentian spirit.
- The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of the Student Recognition Award recipient to a funding priority at Laurentian University designated by the recipient.
Michelle Kennedy is from Oneida of the Thames First Nation and was raised in London, Ontario. She is a two-time Laurentian graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Indigenous Studies from 2015 and a Bachelor of Education, which she received this week. She will be back at Laurentian in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in Indigenous Relations.
In the past, her passion for teaching, learning, and serving the community has taken her to Moose Factory, Ontario, where she facilitated a reading camp with Indigenous children. Her experience on the island was so rewarding it fueled her to devote her time to connecting with Indigenous communities in a positive way. In 2014, she traveled to volunteer on the coast of Ecuador to teach English while living in the community for a month with a host familMs. Kennedy is a member of the Lady Vees Varsity Cross-Country and Track team at Laurentian University. In 2013, she received the Most Improved Award for Cross-Country as well as the Academic All-Star. She then went on to become the Female Most Valuable Player of the Cross-Country team in 2015. This year she was awarded the Coaches Award for the Cross-Country Team and the Graduating Athlete award. This past cross-country season was one of her best as she placed 19th in the province at the Ontario University Athletic Championships in Waterloo, Ontario.
Ms. Kennedy also volunteers her time at various track events in Sudbury and coaches with the Track North Athletic club. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation in the name of Michelle Kennedy to the Cross Country Running Fund.
Vanessa Di Feo is part of the 2015 graduating class with an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Theatre Arts and a minor in Italian Language and Culture. Vanessa was recognized on the Dean’s list each year of her degree. She also received a wide range of awards and scholarships including the Xstrata Nickel national scholarship and the Carolyn Fouriezos prize.
Vanessa was very involved in the Laurentian University community taking on roles as Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Writing Assistant and tutor. She also served as the Communications Secretary of LAWLU (the Law and Justice student organization) and as a writer of the Lambda. As part of her role as President of the Student Theatre Association, she founded and chaired the Annual Masquerade Ball for three years. She has recently travelled to Taiwan on a cultural exchange. In the fall of 2015, Vanessa will be attending law school. The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of Vanessa DiFeo to Laurentian University’s Women’s Centre.
Elizabeth Urso is a member of Laurentian University’s graduating class of 2014, having completed a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in English Literature and a minor in Law and Justice. She has been recognized on the Dean’s Honour list every year of her degree program and in 2012 was the recipient of the George M. Miller Proficiency Scholarship for achieving the highest academic standing after second year of a specialized Bachelor of Arts in English. Elizabeth is also an award-winning essayist, having won the Department of English’s Upper Year Essay writing prize in both 2012 and 2013.
Elizabeth has been an active volunteer. Between 20l2-2014 she was an active member of LAWLU, the Law & Justice student organization, and in her senior year, served as President of the organization. In this role, she has organized the first "Minute Mentoring" day for Law & Justice students to meet with legal and justice-related professionals in the local community, to find out more about their work, training pathways and potential future justice-related employment opportunities in the community.
She has assisted and undertaken a student leadership role at the 2012 and 2013 North Eastern Bar Association Annual Professional development conferences, and in 2013 and 2014 was a leader in organizing a two-day Field Trip for 20 students to Toronto, during which the group toured Osgoode Hall (Ontario Court of Appeal and Law Society of Upper Canada) and Ontario Courts of Justice. Students met with an Ontario Court of Justice judge, and in small groups attended and observed several court cases in progress, as well as the specialized Mental Health Court.
The Laurentian University Alumni Association will make a donation of $250 in the name of Elizabeth Urso to the Law and Justice program's student organization (LAWLU).