Student Success Stories


UFV Geography grad, Dan Huesken, featured in Maclean’s 2015 Guide to Jobs in Canada

Pictured punching GPS coordinates while perched above a topographical map of B.C.’s interior forest district, Huesken is featured prominently in Maclean’s magazine’s 2015 Guide to Jobs in Canada — an annual publication aimed at helping youth make ‘informed decisions about post-secondary education and career choices, from hot jobs to jobs of the future’. Read more. 

Internet’s a-buzz with UFV graduate’s beer bottle résumé

Well ahead of graduating from UFV’s Graphic and Digital Design diploma program, Brennan Gleason sent out a very unique résumé: his own home-brewed beer beautifully packaged as Résum-Ale. Holding four handsome bottles of 6.9-percent-alcohol beer, the packaging reads: “Visually pleasing, smooth and elegant with a bit of a wild side … and I’m not just talking about the beer.” Read more. 

Student Documentary on VA 390: Community Arts Practices

This short documentary on UFV's Visual Arts course, VA 390: Community Arts Practices, covers the process of creating projects, pitching them to a board for City of Abbotsford, getting approval of projects and the creation, implementation and installation of the works. Check it out!

1st year GDD student, Colton Floris, receives honorable mention in national competition 

Image of student's work  Colton Floris impressed the judges with "iMaGiNE" - an original interactive children's book design and story - in the Applied Arts scholarship category of the Graphic Design national scholarship competition. This project showcases exceptional writing, design, illustration and cross-platform media application. Colton’s submission was one out of 140 graphic design student entries from across Canada. Read more. 


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bethany Oros (2013) and Michelle Segovia (2012) have been accepted to law school.

Juliana Czek (2011) was hired as a Junior Policy Analyst with Foreign Affairs in Ottawa.

Jessica Hinz (2013) was accepted into the MA program at Simon Fraser University.

Political Science

Dylan Theissen won the Mike Meade Lower Division Essay Prize from the BC Political Studies Association.

Marin Beck, the 2013 Deans Medal winner in the Faculty of Arts, was accepted into three PhD programs and has opted to stay at Queen's, where she has been doing an MA, to continue her research in the areas of gender and immigration.


Jesse Kasprow (2014) will be attending University of Alberta Law School in the fall.

Robert Thiesen (2014) will be entering the Philosophy MA program at the University of Western Ontario in the fall.

Nathan Todd (2013) will be entering the Philosophy MA program at Ryerson University in the fall.

Alex Newby (2013) will be entering the Philosophy MA program at Brock University in the fall.

Curtis Robinson (2013) is currently in the Philosophy MA program at the University of Guelph.

Dwayne Ford (2013) is currently in the Philosophy MA program at Ryerson University.


Paul Brammer (2014) has been accepted in the University of Manchester’s History MA program with funding. Paul also won History’s URE Award and the Jack Gaston Award.

Sylvia Braun (2014) begins an MA in History at the University of Northampton September 2014.

Brett Pardy (2014) was accepted to several universities for graduate studies. He decided on Simon Fraser University’s MA in Communications program. He begins, with funding, September 2014.

Virginia Vandenburg (2013) is currently completing her MA in History at Queen’s University.

Drew Koehn (2012) begins an MA in History at the University of Victoria, September 2014. 

Social Cultural and Media Studies

Angela Ostrikoff (Sociology Major, Social Research Concentration) has been accepted to the MA program in Sociology at York University (Toronto).

Former student Cody Hall (Sociology/Anthropology Major) has been accepted to UBC Law School.

Jess Wind received offers, and funding packages from several universities, generating significant buzz along the way. She decided to attend Carleton University, with funding. She will be working on an MA in Media Studies.

Former student  Kristen Chaisson (Criminology/Sociology) has completed her MA in Sociology at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and is working in Kamloops as a Business development coordinator for an IT firm.

Kristianne Hendricks (Sociology, 2014) has already begun her MA work at Simon Fraser University. 

Caitlyn Therrien is starting her Masters of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Toronto in September 2014.

Anju Gill and her daughter Anecia Gill both started their Master of Arts at Simon Fraser University in May 2014.




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