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June 15, 2010

Second class of Masters of Foods and Nutrition students graduate from Brescia

MScFn Grad 2010

London, ON – Brescia University College (BUC) celebrated the graduation of its second class of Masters of Science in Foods and Nutrition (MScFN) students at a ceremony on Monday.

Dr. Sharareh Hekmat, acting chair of the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences, welcomed the 13 graduates and their guests to the ceremony. “During your two years at Brescia, you’ve been involved in a variety of meaningful and high impact research in various areas of food and nutrition, such as community and clinical projects, as well as food sciences and food services research. You’ve been wonderful students and I’m sure that you’ll be excellent professionals in your field.”

Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal, shared words of pride and encouragement with the new alumnae. “For us convocation week, and this convocation ceremony today, are very special milestones. One of the things we know we do well is to develop leaders. Congratulations to this cohort of Brescia graduates who will lead wherever you go.”

Elisa Wilson, a mature student who graduated from the thesis stream of the program, addressed her classmates with a speech that included an endearing poem about the program faculty. “You all made us (Wilson and Cherie Dolmage, the second mature student in the thesis stream) feel knowledgeable and well-respected and you were a great help as we re-learned how to be students, write references, create Power Point presentations, and use the library resources.” Victoria Coates also spoke, as a graduate from the internship stream.

The graduates will be assuming roles in Community Health Centres as Diabetes dietitian educators; in hospitals as clinical dietitians in hemodialysis, pediatrics, and geriatric rehab; and in clinical positions in long-term care homes.

Undergraduate award recipients were also recognized at the ceremony. Congratulations to the following award-winning graduates:

Laura Francis won the Foods and Nutrition Award for graduating with the highest standing in the BSc Foods and Nutrition program in 2010. She will begin working on her MScFN in September.

Psychology graduate Elizabeth Sarma won the BUC Council of Trustees Gold Medal for highest standing in an Honours Program;

Corinne Bos earned the Merici Award in Arts and Social Science for earning the highest standing in an Honours Program in Arts and Social Science; her areas of concentration were Community Development and Family Studies;

Sociology major Rachel Smith was recognized with the Sister Felicitas Award for achieving the highest standing in a third or fourth year program;

Brescia is also pleased to celebrate Bethany Bell who received the Doris (Billie) L. Ransberry Memorial Medal for June 2010. This Award is granted by the University of Western Ontario to alegally blind student (including students enrolled with the affiliated university colleges) with the highest standing in the graduating year of any program. 

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at

For more information, please contact:

Erin Moody
Graduate Program Co-ordinator
Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28047