University of Regina graduates recognized at annual alumni achievement awards program

News Release Release Date: October 1, 2011 12:00 p.m.

University of Regina alumni were recognized for their achievements in diverse fields during the seventh annual Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards (ACAA) gala held October 1. The event was the grand finale of the University's 2011 Alumni Homecoming Weekend. 

University of Regina alumnus Dr. Eric Grimson received the 2011 Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the many lives he has touched as a teacher and a researcher.

Grimson graduated with high honours from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics in 1975. After earning a PhD in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1980, he built his career there as a teacher and researcher. His research achievements at MIT include using computers for medical imaging, and developing systems that enable surgeons to perform less invasive surgeries.

Grimson's teaching has focused on undergraduate education, particularly introductory courses in computer science. He has taught more than 10,000 students and supervised close to 50 PhD students. He was appointed chancellor of MIT earlier this year.

Grimson says his years at the U of R helped him to grow intellectually, and gave him the confidence he needed to succeed at MIT.

"I was fortunate to have a set of inspiring faculty members who inspired me to aim high, who provided me with opportunities, and who fostered a strong sense of tackling challenging situations by reasoning from basic principles," he says.

Dr. Ross Mitchell BSc'86 (High Honours), MSc'89, received the award for Distinguished Professional Achievement for his pioneering research work into applying technology to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.

Bernadette Kollman BAdmin'86, received the Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service Award for her wide-ranging volunteer work at both the corporate and personal levels, and her leadership role in several organizations.

Twyla Meredith BAdmin'82, received the Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service, which recognizes her exceptional leadership and service to the University of Regina and the Alumni Association.

Rachel Mielke BAdmin'03, who turned a hobby into a successful, internationally known jewelry business in just a few years, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

The ACAA program was established in 2005 to celebrate alumni who have realized extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to the University of Regina and their communities. As part of the ACAA program, each recipient will return to the University for a mentoring session, which will give current students unique learning opportunities.

For complete biographies of all recipients visit the Alumni Relations website at: www.uregina.ca/alumni/acaa.htm