Accomplishments — March 2009

Carleton’s Alumni Services has won three 2009 Accolades Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II.

Carleton received a Gold for Alumni Relations Programming (Events category), a Silver for Special Events (Event Series category), and a Bronze for Best Practices in Alumni Relations (Four-Year Universities category), all for the university’s Great Grad Series.

The Great Grad Series was launched in winter 2008 to put the spotlight on some of Carleton’s graduates and to showcase their success. The speaker series was created as “phase 2” of the Great Grads virtual recognition program — an online “wall of fame” that profiles a searchable database of our most influential, enterprising and interesting alumni (http://alumni.carleton.ca/alumni/greatgrads.cfm). The entry was submitted by Nancy Lynn as director. The other participants were Mark Savenkoff, Heather Theoret, Trista Lynch-Black, Rose Crossett and Sarah Ripley. Congratulations to all.

The North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh and Carleton University jointly organized an international conference on Recent Development in Statistical Sciences in Bangladesh in December. The conference honoured Carleton’s A.K. Md. Ehsane Saleh, Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the development of statistical sciences through his pioneering research, outstanding supervision of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and exceptional professional services via organization of international symposia and editing special volumes, books and journals over the last four decades. About 200 delegates from 15 different countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan, Libya, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. participated in the conference. Most of the contributed papers were presented by young academics and researchers from various public and private universities in Bangladesh.

Second-year Carleton students Kristin Williams and Nicole Murphy are the first recipients of the Nicholas Leroux Memorial Bursary.

Williams is an English student with cerebral palsy from Grimsby Ontario and Murphy is a psychology student with cerebral palsy originally from Mississauga.

Nick Leroux of Brockville was a first-year Carleton student who received daily support from the Carleton Residence Attendant Services Program. The first of its kind in Canada, the program provides personal care assistance, available 24 hours a day, to facilitate students with disabilities living on campus and pursuing their education. Tragically, Nick passed away on March 12, 2007, at the Ottawa Heart Institute after a battle with Frederich’s Ataxia, a rare neuromuscular disorder that slowly affected his muscles and eventually his heart. He was 19 years old.

His parents, William and Lisa Leroux (Calvert), made the decision to assist other students with disabilities to have the same opportunities that their son pursued. The Nicholas Leroux Memorial Bursary was founded and the bulk of the contributions came from friends and family. Each dollar donated is matched by the Province of Ontario.

To contribute to the Nicholas Leroux Memorial Bursary, please visit http://carleton.ca/giving.

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