Campus News Briefs

Wesmen players, coach clean up awards

Two Wesmen women’s volleyball team members and their coach received awards at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Association (CIS) women’s volleyball championship banquet in Hamilton, Ont. Ozana Nikolic, an 18-year-old biology student and left side on the starting lineup, won the rookie of the year award after a phenomenal season earned her a place on Canada West’s second all-star team. Lauren Sears, the team captain and fifth-year middle, was named the First Team All-Canadian after a finishing in the top 10 in multiple Canada West statistics. Coach Diane Scott was named coach of the year.

U of W alumni and a Pulitzer-winning play at MTC

A handful of U of W alumni are part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play now playing at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts is a critically acclaimed dark comedy located in the heart of America and about a dysfunctional family, dealing with addiction, personal difficulties and a death. Martha Henry will be playing the role of the matriarch accompanied by U of W alumni Julia Arkos, Melanie Dean, Samantha Hill, Steven Ratzlaff and Cory Wojcik. Director Ann Hodges is also a U of W grad. For the Oklahoma drawl, Shannon Vickers, a voice professor at U of W, has been coaching the cast. For times, prices and more information visit

SOMA Café moving

The Soma Café will be moving to the first floor of Lockhart Hall. The café will take over the space that is currently housing Café Bodhi. Since opening in the Duckworth Centre in 2008, Soma has been a place for students and faculty to grab fair trade coffee and homemade snacks.  However, the financial viability of Soma has been a contentious issue in the UWSA, losing money every year since opening. By relocating to a more central area the café will be easily accessible and will have one less competitor by replacing Café Bodhi. The UWSA and the university are still working out details of the move. Check the UWSA website for updates.

U of W finance and economics students set high standard

A group of U of W business students recently competed in a global competition in Calgary. Darrell Menzies, Michael Kurtas, Kyle Tran, Tsai Wei Li and Ravneet Grewal traveled to Calgary to compete in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Research Challenge. The global competition tests the analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills of university students. Each university has a team of three to five students who analyze the same company, write an equity research report, and present their findings before a panel of industry experts and CFA professionals. The U of W group was one of six teams out of 11 that completed the challenge.

Inaugural bursary awarded

The University of Winnipeg has awarded its inaugural Waapshki Pinaysee Inini White Thunderbird Man bursary to Shauna Fontaine. Fontaine, a third-year student double majoring in indigenous studies and history, is a single mother of three who serves on the Aboriginal Student Council/University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. The bursary, worth $2,000, is awarded to a Sagkeeng First Nation full-time student pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies. Fontaine decided to go back to school after working as a manager in a footwear store, according to a university release. Fontaine plans to earn her master’s in Indigenous Governance and a PhD in history. She wants to teach at a university one day. Sagkeeng is located 120 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Published in Volume 66, Number 23 of The Uniter (March 14, 2012)

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