DC celebrates student athletes’ academic success

The Durham College (DC) athletic department hosted the seventh annual academic luncheon on April 5 celebrating the academic accomplishments of student athletes during the 2015-16 season.

This year the Lords had 23 student-athletes who were recognized with Ontario Colleges Athletic Association All-Academic awards.

The Bert Dejeet Memorial Scholastic Award was presented to Cailey Giorgi (women’s soccer – Police Foundations) and Alessio Del Gobbo (men’s basketball – Sport Business Management) for having the top overall grade point average (GPA) of all student-athletes at Durham.

Nicholas Axhorn of the men’s soccer team was the school’s lone Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Academic award winner. The CCAA award is prestigious as it recognizes excellence in academics and athletics. To achieve the honour, a student-athlete must be named to their respective provincial all-star team in a CCAA sport and must achieve honour roll status.

Along with the student-athletes, coaches, family, employees and members of the athletic department were in attendance for the academic luncheon.

DC will celebrate the 2015-16 season at the 46th annual Durham College athletic banquet that will take place Thursday, April 7 at the General W. Sikorski Polish Veterans Association Hall in Oshawa.

Awards Summary

Bert Dejeet Highest Overall GPA
Male: Alessio Del Gobbo – Men’s Basketball
Female: Cailey Giorgi – Women’s Soccer

CCAA All-Academic Award
Nicholas Axhorn – Men’s Soccer

Top Team GPA
Women’s Softball

OCAA All-Academic Awards
Men’s Baseball 
Kadeev Bembridge (Whitby, Ont.) – Human Resources
Riley Davies (Innisfil, Ont.) – Protection and Security
Dylan Harkness (Bowmanville, Ont.) – Victimology
Jack Lang (Pickering, Ont.) – Graphic Design

Women’s Softball
Courtney Hobbs (Oshawa, Ont.) – Police Foundations
Mackenzie Naccarato (Oshawa, Ont.) – Protection and Security
Caitlyn Omelanchuk (Whitby, Ont.) – Police Foundations
Tara Robinson (Mount Albert, Ont.) – Protection and Security

Men’s Basketball
Alessio Del Gobbo (North York, Ont.) – Sport Management

Women’s Basketball
Kaitlyn Cruickshank (Oshawa, Ont.) – General Arts
Samantha Dupont (Brantford, Ont.) – Fitness and Health Promotion
Courtney Harley (Cambridge, Ont.) – Biomedical Engineering Technology

Men’s Soccer
Trevor Stephens (Aurora, Ont.) – Sport Management
Connor Ackerman (Ajax, Ont.) – Recreation and Leisure Services
Nicholas Axhorn (Pickering, Ont.) – Social Services

Women’s Soccer
Samantha Anderson (Ajax, Ont.) – Fitness and Health Promotion
Jordan Beer (Courtice, Ont.) – Photography
Cailey Giorgi (Oshawa, Ont.) – Police Foundations
Krista Lagasse (Windsor, Ont.) – Firefighter

Men’s Volleyball
Kyle Conquer (Ajax, Ont.) – Business-Marketing
Damin Noss (Woodville, Ont.) – Community Services
Harrison Wood (Nebraska, U.S.) – Electrical Engineering
Andrew Wryghte (Trenton, Ont.) – Digital Video Production

Top GPA Per Team
Dylan Harkness – Baseball
Caitlyn Omelanchuk – Softball
Alessio Del Gobbo – Men’s Basketball
Kaitlyn Cruickshank – Women’s Basketball
Colin Jex – Golf
Conner Ackerman – Men’s Soccer
Cailey Giorgi – Women’s Soccer
Andrew Wryghte – Men’s Volleyball
Kristen Curtis – Women’s Volleyball

Students and Alumni benefit from Etiquette Dinner

The Durham College (DC) Alumni office with the wonderful support of the DC Alumni Association sponsored three very successful Etiquette Dinners throughout the 2015-2016 academic year with over 150 graduating students taking part.

Taking place at Bistro ’67, Fatima De Valentin, an etiquette consultant, walked guests through a full three-course meal with tips and dos and don’ts, for a fun-filled social learning experience.

“The etiquette dinner was a wonderful evening that mixed delicious food with an educational opportunity,” said Matisse Hamel-Nelis, Public Relations graduate and member of the Alumni Association, who attended the first-ever etiquette dinner as a student. “It was great to learn the various etiquette protocols along with my friends as it eased the tensions whenever we did make a mistake. “