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At SCOLAPS, we know how important the actions of one passionate person can be to create change. Each year, we take the time to celebrate members of SCOLAPS who go above and beyond to make a difference in their roles, and members of the LA&PS community who made a positive impact for SCOLAPS and LA&PS students.

Find the full details on our awards for students, staff, faculty and alumni below.

Learn about our awards!


Ian Greene Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence

The Ian Greene Award for Teaching Excellence formally recognizes professors and teaching assistants (TAs) within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies who, like Professor Ian Greene, have immeasurably contributed to student life by being great teachers and leaders. The student-sponsored award aims to acknowledge the concern, commitment and dedication that such TAs and professors display in order to support and promote great teaching within the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Moreover, it provides students with the opportunity to express who they deem to be the most successful candidates for higher learning.

Each year, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies students nominate individual TAs and professors who they feel demonstrate teaching Excellence in three general areas of assessment: (1) Student learning experience, (2) teaching and learning Strategies and (3) mentoring. Two awards are given annually, ONE to a professor and ONE to a Teaching Assistant, teaching in a course delivered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Learn more about the Ian Greene Teaching Award.

2018-2019

  • Paul Angelo Brienza, Professor
  • Grace Barakat, Teaching Assistant

2017-2018

  • Dunja Baus, Professor
  • Sarah Akhtar, Teaching Assistant

2015-2016

  • Michael Rochon, Professor
  • Behzad Mohammadi, Teaching Assistant

2014-2015

  • Teresa Abbruzzese, Professor
  • Dunja Baus, Teaching Assistant

2012-2013

  • Andrea Davis, Associate Professor
  • Craig Fortier, Teaching Assistant

Marilyn Lambert-Drache Award for Initiative in Governance

The Marilyn Lambert-Drache Award for Initiative in Governance is created to recognize a student whose steadfast commitment to governance upholds and furthers the interests of SCOLAPS.

Through their actions this person goes beyond the regular duties of a SCOLAPS Councillor. He/she finds creative ways to strengthen SCOLAPS, while motivating other students to do the same.

The award was named in honour of Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache, a professor of French Studies, former Associate Dean, Students LA&PS and the current Associate Vice-President International. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to support students who are interested in actively engaging themselves as leaders within the York community. Dr. Lambert-Drache has enthusiastically motivated students by providing opportunities to apply and foster leadership skills. Her tireless commitment to the student experience and her innovative approach to engaging students make her an ideal role model for student leaders in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

One award will be distributed annually. To be eligible for this award a student must:

  • Be a current SCOLAPS member and in “good standing” as per the SCOLAPS’ Constitution
  • Have been a Councillor for the full academic year (September-April)
  • Demonstrate that they have exceeded their regular duties as a Councillor and upheld the tradition of excellence within SCOLAPS
  • Embody the virtues of service, commitment, and dedication to SCOLAPS
  • Display their engagement in governance through active participation within SCOLAPS and the broader Faculty of LA&PS
  • Have a strong sense of self-motivation that has led to consistent involvement and significant contributions to SCOLAPS
  • Selection committee members are ineligible for this award

2018-2019

  • Amanat Khullar

2017-2018

  • Amanat Khullar

2016-2017

  • Alamgir Khandwala

2015-2016

  • Mary Sweety Amalathas

2014-2015

  • Nadine Phyllis Wyczolkowski

2013-2014

  • Yi Zhang

2012-2013

  • Satnam Dosanjh

2011-2012

  • Khalid Shah Karim

Martin Singer Award for Dedication to Student Engagement

The Martin Singer Award for Dedication to Student Engagement was created to celebrate students who embody the fundamental virtues of SCOLAPS: integrity, service, and advocacy. The Martin Singer Award for Dedication to Student Engagement recognizes a member of the Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (SCOLAPS) whose work in governance and in advancing the interests of SCOLAPS displays a commitment to excellence in student engagement. The award honors a member who has made a unique contribution to the development of the council and demonstrated a deep appreciation for the student's voice. The recipient has not only been a strong voice for students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies but has mentored others to carry on the strong tradition of SCOLAPS.

This award was named in honour of former Dean Martin Singer, a professor of Chinese History, and advocate for students. In his capacity as Dean of LA&PS from 2009-2015, Dr. Singer encouraged students to seek leadership roles inside and outside of the classroom. Most importantly, he recognized the need to foster engagement and a democratic consciousness through service to one’s community.

One award will be distributed annually. To be eligible for this award a student must:

  • Be a current SCOLAPS member and in “good standing” as per the SCOLAPS’ Constitution
  • Have been a Councillor for the full academic year (September–April)
  • Embody leadership and initiative that serve as an example to all
  • Be dedicated to motivating others by nurturing leadership and fostering a sense of community
  • Assume the responsibility of student engagement through the advancement of SCOLAPS
  • Be a person of words and above all actions

2018-2019

  • Aqsa Khalid Khalil

2017-2018

  • Antonnia Kiana Blake

2016-2017

  • Antonnia Kiana Blake

2015-2016

  • Sayjon Ariyarathnam

2014-2015

  • Sayjon Ariyarathnam

2012-2013

  • Roshan Udit

2011-2012

  • Ashley Naipaul
  • Juliano Pichini

SCOLAPS Award for Staff Contribution

This award was created in order to honour staff members who recognize the importance of student engagement in governance issues. Through their behaviour, both of these staff members encouraged and provided opportunities for SCOLAPS' councillors to become more involved and realize their full potential. Their interaction with SCOLAPS exceeds expectations of what would normally be expected from a staff member, and a strong awareness of student needs manifests in their conduct.

2018-2019

  • Endra Sukhai, Faculty Liason Assistant, Office of the Dean
  • Emily Blyth, Coordinator: Adjudications, Office of the Dean

2017-2018

  • Bann Al-Soultani, Coordinator: Adjudications, Office of the Dean
  • Timothy Hudson, Director, Strategic Communications, Office of the Dean

2016-2017

  • Timothy Hudson, Director, Strategic Communications, Office of the Dean
  • Bann Al-Soultani, Coordinator: Adjudications, Office of the Dean

2013-2014

  • Jairam Kallidumbil, Student Relations Assistant, SCLD
  • Collette Murray, External Coordinator, Office of the Dean

2012-2013

  • Lesa Cozzi, Senior Manager Faculty Governance/Secretary of Council
  • John McNamara, Web Communications Coordinator

2011-2012

  • Shirley Gossack, Manager of Student Engagement, Centre for Student Success
  • Diane Stadnicki, Special Events Coordinator, Centre for Student Success

SCOLAPS Award for Councillor Participation

This award recognizes a student councilor in good standing who demonstrates excellence through steadfast commitment to upholding and further the interests of the Student Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (SCOLAPS).

2018-2019

  • Eva Ofosu-Amaah
  • Moshe Savitsky
  • Hammna Iftikhar
  • Deandre Sutherland
  • Hilda Matilda
  • Tamayah Edwards
  • Shakiba Abedini
  • Ramnit Poonia
  • Farhat Malik
  • Yordel Jackson
  • Mohammad Naser Akbar
  • Janvi Chorera
  • Rod Philpot
  • Roxana Jahani-Avaal
  • Michelle Cobblah
  • Trevor York
  • Emily Miller
  • Jinesh Patel
  • Keith William Davis
  • Zaina Nael
  • Areeg Bhalli
  • Ashok Kewlani
  • Sheel Achnani
  • Ridhima Malhotra
  • Deanna Shoosterman
  • Muhammad Shahmir Masood
  • Naemat Khurana


SCOLAPS Award for Councillor Initiative

This award recognizes a student councillor in good standing who demonstrates excellence through steadfast commitment to upholding and furthering the interests of the Student council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (SCOLAPS). Their level of engagement exceeds the regular duties of a SCOLAPS councillor and, through their attitude and actions, this person inspires others to become more involved and realize their full potential.

2018-2019

  • Ajay Rakhra
  • Amanat Khullar
  • Arshia Seifoillahi
  • Chris HaoRen Zeng
  • Lucas Amello
  • Leslie Quintanilla
  • Dylan Gruspier
  • Robert Cornell
  • Christina Mounts
  • Sandreen Porter
  • Alexander Bajic
  • Issa Abdi Jamaa
  • Aria Kamal

2017-2018

  • Sandreen Porter
  • Aqsa Khalil
  • ChrisHaoRan Zeng
  • Shubham Bansal
  • Amanat Khullar
  • Christina Mounts
  • Rakhra Ajay
  • Kendra Wilson
  • Mary Wojcicki
  • Hammna Iftikhar
  • Aria Kamal
  • Shuyi Mai
  • Noorin Pattni
  • Lisa Lynn Stewart
  • Rawi Asghar

SCOLAPS Award for Councillor of the Month

This award recognizes a student councillor in good standing who demonstrates excellence through steadfast commitment to upholding and furthering the interests of the Student Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (SCOLAPS).

2017-2018

  • September 2017: Shuyi Mai
  • October 2017: Cory Lewis
  • November 2017: Mary Wojcicki
  • January 2018: Keith Davis
  • February 2018: Noorin Pattni and Lisa Stewart
  • March 2018: Sandreen Porter

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