MARITIME PROVINCES HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION – Six MPHEC student photo & video contest winners announced at the April 30th, 2014 Commission meeting
May 1, 2014
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) is delighted to announce the six winners of its Student Photo & Video Contest: “The Student Experience.”
“Students provided us with a splendid glimpse into what they particularly value about their university experience here in the Maritimes,” said Mireille Duguay, Commission CEO, “I want to thank all those who took the time and effort to submit a photo or video for our contest.”
The first place winner of the photo contest is Christiane Whitehouse, Acadia University. Her stunning photo features three bright red doors paired with the following caption: “An education opens doors, and a quality education will open the right ones.”
The two photo contest runners up are: Paige Chisholm, St. Francis Xavier University and Colin Smith, Acadia University. Paige submitted a fantastic action shot from a frosh week water balloon fight. Colin’s photo captures the beauty and tranquility of a class canoe trip – it’s not hard to see why “one of [his] favourite classrooms is the outdoors.”
For the video contest, the first prize goes to Meaghan Wright, St. Francis Xavier University. Meaghan’s video features footage she took throughout the year. She explains: “The student experience is more than just academics and athletics – it’s about the people you meet, it’s about the leadership and it’s all about being involved.”
The two video contest runners up are: Dylan Lawrence and Marie Wright – both students at St. Francis Xavier University. Dylan’s video rounds up enthusiastic students who describe what they value most about their student experience. For Marie, the student experience is about “finding yourself” – in the university community, in academics and in athletics.
The winning photos and videos will be featured in MPHEC publications and presentations. They can all be viewed now on the Commission’s website: www.mphec.ca/general/photocontestwinners.aspx
“There was lots of variation across the submissions,” added Duguay, “some students emphasized the importance of a quality education, while others focused on the value of making new connections and participating in extracurricular activities or exchange programs. They really showcased the diversity of their experiences.”
The Commission met on April 30th at Cape Breton University. The Commission regularly meets on university campuses, on a rotating basis. This gives the Commission an opportunity to meet with university and student representatives across the Maritimes to keep up-to-date on current issues and activities at each institution.
The MPHEC was established in 1974. This year marks the Commission’s fortieth anniversary. The MPHEC is an arm’s length organization accountable to the ministers responsible for postsecondary education in the Maritimes. The Commission comprises 20 members representing universities, the public-at-large (including students), and the three Maritime governments. The Commission’s primary orientation in carrying out its duties is to give first consideration to improving and maintaining the best possible service to students as lifelong learners.
Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission