Augustanian excellence recognized with major awards
Posted on June 29, 2015 by Christopher Thrall
They’re amazing and they’re ours: Glen Hvenegaard, Julian Forrest and Robert Brennan were presented with awards.
“Someone called them the Academy Awards for environmental contribution to the province,” chuckled Glen Hvenegaard about the Emerald Awards, which are given out by the Alberta Emerald Foundation every year in recognition of individuals or groups who have displayed outstanding environmental initiatives.
Hvenegaard, an environmental science and geography professor at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus, is part of the Camrose Wildlife and Greenspace Stewardship Project, which was established in 2002 and has been a runner up in the Community Group and Non-Profit Association category twice before.
“It’s a big deal, I think. And it’s something Camrose should celebrate,” he said, adding, “For our group it means a pat on the back, it means sort of re-energizing and keeping on what we’re doing, maybe redoubling our efforts, cranking our efforts to the next level.”
“One of the big accomplishments of the city and greenspace group working together was the approval for the Municipal Green Space Plan last year, so that sets a vision, sets priorities, sets objectives for green space and wildlife in the city. It probably makes sense that the award followed after that came through.”
Now that they have reached this milestone, Hvenegaard said that they have a few plans they’re aiming for in the future, including their flagship project, tracking the Purple Martin, which has evolved into an annual Purple Martin Festival at the Stoney Creek Centre.
“We’re tossing around a bunch of ideas and we’ll see how they play out. Maybe we could develop our own nature centre in Camrose. Maybe we could have some bigger connection with the school division to offer outdoor environmental ed programs using the nature centre. Maybe Camrose could be the Purple Martin capital of Canada or Alberta.”
For more information on the Camrose Wildlife and Greenspace Stewardship Project, go to www.camrose.ca/168/Wildlife-Greenspace-Stewardship.
Julian Forrest received the 4th annual Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize and a cheque for $10,000 for Perceptual Disorders (after Keret), a diptych painting commenting on contemporary society’s need for diversion or escape, and identities challenged by masculine/feminine roles found in pop culture such as media, comic books, TV, film, art and literature. Perceptual Disorders (after Keret) contains many of the subset themes found throughout the exhibit Perceptual Disorders by Julian Forrest, September 12 – October 26, 2014.
Forrest received his BFA from Mount Allison University and his MFA from the University of Alberta. He has received several awards and grants for his work, including a SSHRC Graduate Scholarship and three Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Awards, as well as creation grants from local, provincial and federal organizations. His paintings were included in the 2007 Alberta Biennial, and he is represented in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ permanent collection. Julian is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus. Forrest’s recent work focuses on disquieting moments in otherwise utopian settings. Place, the west, nostalgia, and masculine archetypes are key players in these narrative works.
The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon + Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC. It is a visual arts prize that celebrates a greater Edmonton Artist(s) who exhibited an art piece(s) in the greater Edmonton region in the calendar year 2014 and was nominated by a gallery or institution as the best from their exhibition year. Previous winners are Arlene Wasylynchuk, Paul Freeman and Brenda Draney.
Augustana’s New Media Specialist Robert Brennan was chosen as the winner of the University of Alberta’s 2015 Information Technology Ambassador Award.
The University of Alberta is committed to providing an excellent information technology (IT) environment that facilitates the University’s research, teaching, and administration agendas, to the benefit of faculty, staff and students. In recognition of the critical role that IT professionals play in making this a reality, the Office of the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Services & Technology) has created the Information Technology Ambassador Award. This award is intended to annually recognize one academic or non-academic person for demonstrating outstanding technology leadership to their unit and their contributions to the campus community.
Robert Brennan is a New Media Specialist for the University of Alberta Augustana Campus. He started his career with the University of Alberta in 2005 at the Faculty of Extension and a year later he joined TLS at Augustana Campus.
During his 10 years with the University, Robert has worked with leadership to develop new strategies around technology in the classroom and beyond. With his background in New Media, Robert worked with faculty to develop and teach a podcasting component that enabled students to create a video essay as one of their class assignments. He also works closely with Augustana’s Music Program to produce quality recital recordings for assessment and review.
In early 2014, Robert saw a need for technical training on his campus. With the support of leadership, he launched “DidUknow” to the Augustana Campus in order to fill that gap. Since that time, Robert has taught over 30 “DidUknow” sessions with more than 350 attendees. He has a vision that unites the University community through the collaborative use of technology tools, making tasks more productive and fulfilling.
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