Humber College celebrated both students and faculty in the Seventh Semester at North campus on Monday as they hosted a groovy 1960’s themed night in honour of Humber’s 50th anniversary for the 33rd annual Student Appreciation Awards banquet.
The Student Appreciation Awards were established to recognize students, faculty, staff and administrators who exemplify dedication and excellence. This year, the event was coordinated by second year Public Relations students and sponsored by IGNITE.
“We recognize students, faculty and administrators who do an amazing job within the Humber community,” said chair of the event, Tuwauna Hibbert.
Nominees can be recognized for social or cultural contribution, athletic achievements, or peer mentoring and support.
Awards are given in such categories as Volunteer of the Year, Student Spirit or Ignite Club of the Year.
Current IGNITE Vice President, Ammar Abdul-Raheem did not disclose how much funding the event received from student government but said, “We need to do more as a community in appreciating our students.”
The hip night started off with popular songs from the 1960’s covered by a local indie pop rock band, Jammer’s Waffle House, as the crowd trickled in.
Attendees were encouraged to dress according to the 1960’s theme as a costume contest was held towards the end of the night. Guests were also greeted with a photo booth station replete with props from the 1960’s era.
A student nominated professor Sara Nickelson White for an Appreciation Award for giving her support during her father’s battle with cancer. After the student’s father passed, White asked her at the funeral, “Can we hug?” Last night when White went up to receive her award, she asked her student, “Can we hug?” and they both hugged and cried together on stage.
Performances throughout the night by musicians Taylor Adams and Jessie Bower kept the night lively between award presentations and Steve Luxton closed the night covering Otis Redding’s The Dock of the Bay.