BU Marks International Women’s Day with a Salute to Exceptional Female Students

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posted March 8, 2012

BRANDON, MB — To mark International Women’s Day, professors have selected 17 remarkable women students to be honoured during a campus celebration organized by the BU Status of Women Review Committee. They range in age. Their fields of interest vary. They all excel in their studies and have all earned multiple scholarships and other academic distinctions. What makes each of these women shine even more are their activities beyond the classroom.

  • Natalie Bohrn (Jazz Music Performance – bass): freelance columnist and volunteer;
  • Laura Brandon (Anthropology/Archeology and Native Studies): wife and mother of three, campus and community volunteer;
  • Kirsty Cameron (Creative Arts): mother, winner of writing contests, campus volunteer;
  • Krista Curry (Master of Education): wife and mother of four, published writer, superintendant of Border Land School Division;
  • Alyssa Cuthbert (Biology – biomedicine): accomplished musician, community volunteer;
  • Alise Gaiser (Biology – biomedicine): community volunteer;
  • Chelsey Hiebert (Music Performance – oboe): Bobcat basketball team member, Academic All Canadian, music instructor;
  • Hannah Mazier (Biology – biomedicine): campus and community volunteer, active club member, tutor;
  • Darla Palmer (Biology – biomedicine): medical technician/corporal in the Canadian Forces Army Reserves, campus and community volunteer (including for the Souris Fire Department as an EM Technician);
  • Shantelle Rank (Psychiatric Nursing): community volunteer, co-leader of the Suicide Survivor Young Adult Support Group;
  • Julia Redfern (Biology – biomedicine): published research assistant, actor/singer in community productions;
  • Jaryn Ruether (Nursing): Bobcat volleyball team captain, campus volunteer;
  • Ericka Serrano (Master of Education): Spanish instructor, founder of the Brandon Latina Women’s Association, advocate and community volunteer;
  • Carly Swain (Music Education): campus and community volunteer;
  • Tina Thomas (Biology – biomedicine – and Psychology): medical assistant/private with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, community and campus volunteer,
  • Tammy Turner (Nursing): wife and mother of three, lactation consultant;
  • Melissa Wishart (Biology): accomplished musician, lifeguard, campus and community volunteer.

“We are blessed with this extraordinary and diverse group of talented and exceptional women students. It is wonderful that the Brandon University Status of Women Committee has chosen to recognize and honour them on International Women’s Day,” said University President Deborah Poff.

To read more about these accomplished women, please visit https://www.brandonu.ca/womens-week/ .

For more information, please contact:

Joanne F. Villeneuve
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762



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