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

June 15, 2010

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


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

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