University of Calgary

What a way to end the year!

UToday HomeDecember 21, 2012

By Betty Rice

The Students’ Union executive presents cheque to President Michael Pinvidic of the Education Students’ Association as Dean of Education Dennis Sumara looks on. Photo by Gene BainesThe Students’ Union executive presents cheque to President Michael Pinvidic of the Education Students’ Association as Dean of Education Dennis Sumara looks on. Photo by Gene BainesIt’s wonderful to enjoy some good company and excellent food during the lunch hour on a cold and frosty afternoon just before the holidays. We all look forward to the opportunity to break bread with friends and co-workers, and to wish each other well as we wrap up the year. And that’s just what hundreds did last week at the Students’ Union annual holiday season buffet luncheon, held in the upstairs ballroom in Mac Hall on Dec. 13.

It was an amazing spread—ham, turkey and stuffing, salads and potatoes and vegetables, and some amazing sweet treats for dessert to finish off the meal.

It’s even sweeter when the luncheon comes along with a cheque for $1000.

Education Students’ Association (ESA) President Michael Pinvidic found himself in that position last Thursday when Students’ Union President Hardave Birk surprised the club with a check to recognize its efforts to build bridges between the ESA and the SU.

“We choose a faculty student association to give the gift to because we really value the work that these student groups do to build a strong community within their given faculty,” Birk explains. “They're an integral part of campus life and help develop a sense of pride for students in their faculty. Every year we just choose a different faculty where we have seen improvements.”

“This year the SU's relationship with the ESA has been particularly strong, especially since our education faculty rep, Alyssa Stacy, is also a VP with the ESA. Furthermore, we've been able to foster a stronger connection between the ESA and the Den for events to help build community within the faculty of Education.”

Pinvidic was caught by surprise by the honour, but says he’s more than happy to accept it, as the ESA can make great use of the gift. “The ESA is proud to have such a strong partnership and working relationship with the Students' Union. On behalf of the ESA, the students in the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Education itself - we thank you for this incredible honour. The funds received will go towards the ESA's student-led conference being held on Jan. 26, 2013.”