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GREATadministrator 2017

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has designated the week of February 27 to March 3 as a time for the university community to show its appreciation for all Graduate Administrators and the important role they play in supporting graduate studies at the University of Calgary.

What makes your administrator GREAT?

Students, faculty and staff: please take a moment and share with us what makes your administrator(s) great. You can provide your comments below, or on social media using the hashtags #GREATadministrator #UCalgary. GPAs are welcome to post what they find most rewarding about their work with graduate students.


Submitted by Marie Fraser on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 5:49am

What makes Christine and Karen great administrators of our graduate program is their understanding. They understand the rules and can explain them to graduate students and faculty. They are also understanding of the individual situations each of us are in. Thank you, Karen and Christine!

Submitted by Jonathan Yang on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:25am

Thanks for all that you do for Neuroscience, Lesley! You have a great smile and a cheerful personality. It's always a joy to see you!

Submitted by Ahmed Abdelaziz on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:32pm

Dear Christine and Karen,

I really can't find words to express my gratitude and appreciations for you both. You always very helpful, kind, patient and energetic. I appreciate your support and answering or resolving my issues very smoothly and quickly. You both are great and caring about others. we are lucky in the BioSci department to have such a wonderful two Graduate Administrators like you.
Thank you so much :)

Submitted by Joseph on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:19pm

Thanks for every helps that you provided to us. You kindly and patiently answer our questions and helps our administrative problems. Thanks

Submitted by Brenna Stanford on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:58am

To Christine and Karen,

You two are amazing! Always there to provide me with answers to my many questions and help guide me through my MSc. Appreciate you and everything you do for us!

Submitted by Diana Law on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:41am

I would like to express gratitude and admiration for all the graduate program administrators who work at Graduate Science Education:
Darlene (Community Health Sciences),
Kiran (Medical Sciences),
Lesley (Neuroscience),
Marion (Biochem & Molecular Biology/Gastrointestinal Sciences/Immunology/Microbiology and Infectious Diseases),
Michelle (Leaders in Medicine),
Sabrina (Biomedical Technology/Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences/Pathologists' Assistant).

Each day, they come to work motivated and ready to help students. They do an enormous amount of work (such as gather applications for admissions and scholarships, set up thesis defenses and candidacy exams, and communicate constantly with students to help them) without breaking down or breaking a sweat.

The service they provide to students is nurturing, helpful, and informative. Without these GPAs, GSE would not be the same.

Thank you very much for all of your efforts and passion! You all make a HUGE difference! :)

Submitted by Connor Westersund on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:40am

Always helpful and kind, I am glad to have them as a resource and as a support system while I complete my Masters degree.

Thank you for all that you do!

Submitted by Qiong Wang on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:10am

I don't remember how many times I went to Arthur for help and information, and I always find him helpful, patient, and supportive. Thank you Arthur for your great help! I really appreciate it!

Submitted by Kavan Motazedi on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 9:49am

Arthur, Suha, and Jamie are the amazing people that always go above and beyond to help graduate students and the department of chemical and petroleum engineering. They are the glue that holds the graduate program together. Their patience, knowledge, helpfulness and positive attitude is exemplary. They are meticulous in their jobs and are also amazing human beings. It's not easy to find words that can describe how great they are. Arthur, Suha, and Jamie, THANK YOU so much for all your help.

Submitted by Haydee on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 9:04am

Thanks to Christine and Karen in BioScience for their amazing job with graduate students, they are always willing to help, Thanks for all that you do!! #GREATadministrator #UCalgary

Submitted by Megan on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 8:29am

Thank you for always having the answers to (all of) my questions! FGS GPOs and GSOs are the best!

Submitted by Tom St.Denis on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:04pm

Megan Freeman is an extraordinary administrator and one of the nicest people in the building. She had an immediate answer for every problem that I brought to her, and ironed out problems I didn't even know I had. And all of this with a terrific smile. Thank you, Megan.

Submitted by ENGO on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:21pm

We like to thank the staff at the International Student Services for helping the graduate students with their many immigration inquiries.

Submitted by ENGO on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:14pm

A huge thanks to the staff at FGS! We appreciate all the work, time and craziness you all deal with everyday.

Submitted by Ritika on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:57pm

I wish to thank Megan for all her hard work and being so prompt to answer student inquiries. She is great and amazingly cool! Thank you for clicking photographs during the rundle summit 2017 conference in Kananaskis. That was so cool!! :D

Submitted by Gill on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:46pm

I get to work with just about every GPA at one time or another. Sometimes the issues are complex and difficult. This is a group of expert, thoughtful, caring and very hard working people and we can almost always find a way to make the right thing happen!
Every day I also work with the teams of administrators in FGS who have exactly the same attributes! We are so lucky at University of Calgary to have this caliber of staff who come to work every day to help our students navigate their programs successfully - Thank you.

Submitted by Michael Ata on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:54am

Merrit is consistently helpful and accommodating to all who have the pleasure to work with her. Thank you for always being there for us!

Submitted by Evgeny on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:19am

I would like to appreciate the help of our graduate program administrators Arthur, Suha and Jamie. You make our life at University of Calgary much easier.
Thank you for your time and best wishes!

Submitted by Prince Afrim on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:26am

I could write a whole chapter about how amazing Merrit (graduate administrator at the Department of Economics) is. Right from my application through my admission till now, she has been helpful in every way possible. I love how prompt she responds to emails and the diligence with which she does her work. I never miss a notice from the department and I am grateful for that.
I want to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to you and let you know you are an amazing person. I am very glad to have met you and known you.

Submitted by Mohammad Hossai... on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 9:17am

I just don't know where to start and where to end this. I just know that whatever happens, I know where to go and find my answers, I know there is support from people who are so busy and still make time for explaining things to me and make my life and my research easy. I have been here for over 6 years and I can say for sure, you guys and girls are amazing. I wish I could write a few more paragraph but still it wouldn't express how much I appreciate what you are doing.

Submitted by Lei HOU on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:54pm

It is my honor to express my appreciation for Carole's administrative work and sincere help. Since my application, Carole had helped me a lot. Her replies were always clear and useful. You can gain the efficient and direct solutions regarding the problems of funding, courses, conferences and even the students' office desk. She is very patient and friendly, which makes you feel comfortable to discuss something with her. In my case, as an international student, her timely and wonderful help brings me the sweet experiences to feel at home in my department. Meanwhile, I think she is a good assistant to our graduate program director, Prof. Srivastava. With both of their fantastic efforts, I feel super lucky to have the chance to study at the University of Calgary. Thank you so much, Carole.

Submitted by JACKIE on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:48pm


Submitted by Lisa Hughes on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:45pm

Thank you, Rachel Blake, for everything you do.

Submitted by Ana on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:22pm

Paulina, thanks for being an amazing and extraordinary administrator ever! You are always supporting us at the geography department in a good way. I feel so grateful to you for taking time to answer so many questions. You always show patience, guidance and understanding.

Submitted by Mohammad Ahmadi on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:17am

Thank you once again for your help and everything you have done.
I really appreciate that.

Submitted by Arthur on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 9:08am

It is a pleasure helping students (prospective, new, continuing and students who are about to graduate) in our department. Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. They mean a lot. Another thank you for bearing with us during the September and January peak periods.

Don't hesitate to consult us (drop-in and e-mail) if you have questions on your academic requirements. We are happy to help everyone!

Submitted by Samaneh on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 7:22am

I highly appreciate Suha and Arthur's work and effort to help me dealing with my problems and concerns in school. One great thing about them is they reply emails in less than 24 hours (Usually in less than 2 hours) which is amazing. I can imagine how busy they are dealing with administration day-to-day work; talking to students, as well as non-students seeking admission; attending meetings ... but still replying emails so quick, providing you with the solution or addressing your concerns.
That's a great job.
Thank you so much.

Submitted by Tega on Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:25pm

Suha & Arthur are simply the greatest!
Starting from when I was seeking admission with the Dept. of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering up until today, they have been amazing and ever ready to address my concerns and questions. From dealing with course registration to addressing why my grade is not showing....and everything in between, they have been present. And so, I'd like to say a thousand thank-yous to them!

Tega O.

Submitted by Yan Xiang on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:15pm

Thank you June, Monica and Barbara for being such great administrators in Geomatics Engineering. You are nice, approachable, supportive and patient.

A big thanks to June. You are always ready there to help no matter how trivial the thing is. You helped me stay in the program. You helped me apply scholarship. You helped me get refunded after conferences. You helped me how to wipe out and copy...
Monica's British accent and her laugh live up the department atmosphere. Thanks for your explanation about requirements and details on any activity, and help open the door whenever I lock myself out.
Barbara has the rich experience from industry. She brought new energy to my department.
It is you who make my graduate study wonderful.

Submitted by Mohamed Ahmed on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:26pm

Thank you, Paulina, for your kind assistance and amazing support for all graduate students in the Geography Department. You are the BEST :)

Submitted by Rosy Dabas on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 2:34pm

Dear Kiran,
Thank you for always helping me and advising me when I need you. I appreciate that you every time I face a problem, you came to my rescue. It has been over three years that you are my graduate administrator and I cannot thank you enough for being amazing at your job. Your professionalism and troubleshooting skills have made my grad school experience far easier than I thought.

Submitted by Ahmad on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:09am

Thank you Arthur and Suha,
It would be very difficult for me to manage through all of my academic tasks if it was not for your persistent help and support.
Thanks a million.

Submitted by Wanqiang Xiong on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 8:59pm

Thank you very much for your help to me!

Submitted by Jaya Dixit on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 4:35pm

Thank you so much, June, for your amazing work with graduate students. I've heard such great comments from students about your kindness, your attentive listening and your supportive action. Thank you for all that you do!

Submitted by June Au Yeung on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:08pm

Thanks Jaya. You've been a great help. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the students when they don't know where else to go. You've been a great addition to FGS.

Submitted by Ehsan Hosseini on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:22pm

I'd personally like to appreciate Suha, Arthur, and Jamie for their time devotion and contribution to the CPE graduate students. Every time I needed their help, they welcomed me in their office and took time to listen and respond to my questions. Without a doubt, they are valuable assets for the grad students especially when it comes to their cooperation with the scholarships applications. Thank you all three.

Submitted by Mansour Tijani on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:30pm

Dear Arthur, Suha, and Jamie
Thank you for helping me throughout my MSc and PhD degrees.
I couldn't find a word that expressed my gratitude the way I wanted. I need a word that gives a big hug to all of you!
Thank You - Mansour

Submitted by Ross Arnold on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:07pm

I've had to contact them many, many times over my time here, and they've always been extremely fast to help me out. They seem to have all the answers, are always willing to help, and never lose patience with the number of questions us grad students have. Thanks for being so dependable for all of us!

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