Honours Night 2021


Congratulations to all the Honours Night award winners!

It was congratulations all round for Richmond students at the University’s annual awards ceremony, Honours Night, which was held recently. The current restrictions meant that it was organised as a virtual event to recognise and celebrate outstanding student achievements at the University both in the classroom and through the University’s clubs and societies.

The full list of Award winners is on our website, here are some of the highlights:


Ethan Krabbendam was given the 2021 RIASA Leadership Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the culture of the student leadership team at RIASA.

Dr Colin Howley, RIASA Programme Director explained why the Award was made, “Ethan is highly deserving of this year’s RIASA Leadership Award. Within the Peer Leader role, Ethan is empathetic and willing to take extra time to understand personal circumstances impacting the lives of his peers, an especially admirable attribute during the recent challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Ethan has also demonstrated impressive mentoring abilities.  His commitment to the role now sets a high benchmark for future members of the RIASA student leadership team.”


Samantha Ferreira, who graduated in Fall 2020 with a BA in Economics, won the 2021 Dean Award, given to the upperclassman who has had a positive impact on campus.

Sam won the Award for her work in several roles.

As a Peer Mentor, she helped students transition to university during Orientation week and through the Transitions classes. She was later promoted to Peer Mentor Coordinator and drew from her previous experience to guide new student staff, lead meetings and coordinate any initiatives within the scheme.

Sam was also a Peer Tutor, supporting students one-on-one with their coursework.

Jamie Macleod, Associate Dean of Student Leadership, said, “As a member of the TEDxRAIUL committee, Sam worked alongside other students to produce a successful event in Spring 2020. This is no small feat, and it was thanks to her determination alongside the others that is came to fruition.

On top of all of that, Sam served as Treasurer for SGA for a year overseeing the Student Government budget and was part of the SGA Executive Team.  Sam is already sorely missed, even though she only graduated this past Fall. She was an incredible asset to the Richmond community.


And finally the winner of the Allison Cole-Stutz Award, given to a student of any year who has been strongly engaged with student life, is Haly Brill, studying an MA in International Relations at Richmond.

Dr Cole-Stutz, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, outlines why the award was given, “Haly hit the ground running when she started at Richmond, rejuvenating Dance Club and has consistently hosted weekly themed dance meetings since it restarted earlier this year. She is creative and mixes up the sessions offering a variety of options – keeping everyone on their toes! 

During Health and Wellness Week, Haly was one of the first students to take part in our Instagram takeover leading us through her daily wellness routine. She also participated in International Night, providing a lovely dance recording that we were able to share alongside contributions from her peers.

Haly has participated in extracurricular events and is currently working through her Richmond Leadership Academy profile.


Click here for a full list of Honours Night Award Winners (pdf).