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Three honoured with Award for Excellence
A gifted accounting professor, an outstanding psychology researcher, and a dedicated dance educator and cultural advocate will be honoured June 1-3 when each is presented with the University of Regina Alumni Association Award for Excellence during the annual spring convocation at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts.

The Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Bryan Austin of the Faculty of Business Administration on June 1. On June 2, Heather Hadjistavropoulos of the Faculty of Arts will receive the Award for Excellence in Research. Ann Kipling Brown of the Faculty of Education will receive the Award for Excellence in Public Service on June 3. All ceremonies begin at 2 p.m.

The awards reflect the three primary roles of the University and are jointly funded by the Alumni Association and the University. Each winner will receive a framed certificate and a cash award of $1,000. Plaques listing previous award winners are displayed on campus.

Award for Excellence recipients

Bryan Austin - Excellence in Teaching
Bryan Austin is an expert in the field of accounting. His students benefit greatly from his expertise, his enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches, and his uncommon ability to explain complex concepts. Austin employs a pedagogical approach that encourages independent problem solving. Maclean's magazine consistently ranks him as a favourite professor at the University of Regina. He has also co-authored an introductory financial accounting textbook, adopted by many Canadian universities. Austin's contributions to teaching go beyond the achievements in his classroom. He was instrumental in creating additional accounting courses at the University of Regina, raising the profile of the program in the accounting profession. Austin was a pioneer in developing accounting courses for First Nations people. He also created the Youth Business Institute (YBI), a competition designed to teach skills in business decision making. His high level of skill in the accounting field is confirmed by the fact that all three Canadian professional accounting organizations have sought his involvement in their post-university programs. 

Heather Hadjistavropoulos - Excellence in Research
Heather Hadjistavropoulos has an outstanding record of achievement as a researcher and, in the first decade of her academic career, has quickly established herself nationally and internationally as a leading authority in the field of health psychology. Her research addresses two separate but convergent concerns: the assessment and treatment of health anxiety in individuals suffering from chronic or acute health conditions, and the patient, provider and system variables that contribute to the delivery of health care services. Her ground-breaking research strengthens the mission and reputation of the University of Regina as a leading institution in health research. Hadjistavropoulos's level of research productivity is unparalleled, with 40 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, six book chapters and invited reviews, two clinical manuals, and a large number of invited addresses, conference presentations and technical reports. She has also been extremely successful in securing external funding in support of her research. In her time at the University of Regina, she has been awarded around $3 million in research funding. Hadjistavropoulos has received numerous awards, including the Canadian Psychological Association's President's New Researcher Award, the Canadian Pain Society Early Investigator Award and the YWCA of Regina Women of Distinction Award for Health and Wellness. 

Ann Kipling Brown - Excellence in Public Service
Ann Kipling Brown is a cultural advocate, dance educator and artist who is committed to fostering cultural activities in the community - locally, nationally and internationally. She has developed new programs, resource materials and workshops for dance educators, taught dance classes for a wide range of participants, and collaborated with colleagues to promote the work of Saskatchewan choreographers, dancers and other artists. Kipling Brown is actively involved in educational outreach initiatives that support young artists in developing their professional careers, and community organizations that foster cultural engagement and activity across the lifespan. She has served as volunteer president of SaskCulture, chair of the 2000 Dance and Child International (daCi) Conference, volunteer president of Dance Saskatchewan Inc., and chair of the International Council of Kinetography Laban, and is currently the chair of the International Advocacy Organization Dance and the Child International. Kipling Brown has been recognized by the external community with the 2003 SaskCulture Volunteer Award and the 1992 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Art and Culture.