Graduated: Bachelor of Arts with Honours, 2015
Program: Major in History, Minor in Religions and Cultures
Why I am unique: I have a passion for music and sports! I was formally in a band that toured across Eastern Canada and also provided on-air sports reports for the Kawartha Lakes Radio Station.
What I love about Nipissing: The tight-knit community, beautiful campus, small class sizes, and the relationships I have made with my professors. Knowing your professors on a first name basis and interacting with them inside and outside of the university cannot be undervalued. Plus, enjoying a coffee (or adult beverage) with them at the local pub is also fun!
Name: Kyle Weatherall
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts, 2017
Program: Combined Concentration of Philosophy and Political Science
Why I am unique: I was a member of the inaugural lacrosse team during my first year of study in 2012. We went on to receive admittance into the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA). During my last two years of study I captained the team and we made the playoffs for the first time in 2016.
What I love about Nipissing: Everything! But seriously, it is difficult to put into words the experiences that this incredible place provides. The land and the people are rich in providing opportunities for student to grow and manifest the life they’ve dreamt about.
Name: John Picard
Graduated: Master of Arts, 2013 & Bachelor of Arts with Honours, 2012
Program: History with a minor in French
Why I am unique: I was published during my undergrad in a peer-reviewed journal, alongside Dr. Nestar Russell.
What I love about Nipissing: The opportunity to work closely with my professors and the interest they take in their students. Because of the interest professors took in me, I had a lot of opportunities in my undergrad that I would not have had elsewhere.
Name: Meagan McLellan
Graduated: Bachelor of Business Administration, 2008 and Business Administration Diploma, 2006
Program: Human Resources Management
Why I am unique: After graduation I moved out west to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry before returning to my home town of North Bay.
What I love about Nipissing: Hands down, the people and the environment. I enjoy having the opportunity to talk to prospective students and their supporters about my experience at Nipissing and all it has to offer. Where else can you go for a quick snowshoe trek through the trails between classes? Also, we offer a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Scholarship, how cool is that?
Name: Sarah Marinelli
Graduated: Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2016, Bachelor of Arts, 2014, Diploma in Integrated Marketing Communication, 2012
Program: Marketing and Fine Arts
Why I am unique: I'm curious about everything, and have taken classes from just about every discipline within the University; from Computer Science to Criminology.
What I love about Nipissing: Because of the close relationships between the professors, the university, and the community I've had the chance to show my artwork in several local galleries and even at a conference in Toronto!
Name: Valerie Edmunds
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts with Honours and Bachelor of Education, 2011
Program: Geography with a minor in History
Why I am unique: My love of nature and being outdoors has lead to exploring much of North Bay with my sisters (who also came to Nipissing).
What I love about Nipissing: Having the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of the university community. I was shy in high school, but at Nipissing I was able to come out of my shell by volunteering on and off campus and meeting new people in class and at events.
Name: Dawn Lamothe
Graduated: Bachelor of Arts Honours
Program: Combined Concentration of Gender Equality and Social Justice, and Social Welfare and Social Development with a minor in Fine Arts
Why I am unique: I don't think I go a day without laughing! I try to find the humour and positive in every situation. I have learned people will never forget how you made them feel, and a little kindness and respect goes a long way.
What I love about Nipissing: We are so fortunate to live on this beautiful land that is Nipissing First Nation territory. I can't imagine how different my life could have been if I did not choose to go to Nipissing. I have made lifelong friendships here at Nipissing, had opportunities to meet great mentors culturally, and the relationships you forge with faculty does not compare to larger institutions. Since graduating, GESJ faculty have continued to mentor and share relevant opportunities with me. They have been partners on research grants, supported urban Indigenous community initiatives I have lead, and check in to learn and celebrate successes. Now that I am in Enji giigdoyang, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, I hope I can help to guide and welcome students in the same way. Please stop by our office in F215!