Starting university can be stressful, especially for students fresh out of high school. Fortunately for our undergraduates, Winnie Ng is on hand to help make the transition a little bit easier.
Ng has worked alongside Assistant Dean–Students Lynn Newman and fellow Advising and Recruitment Officer Joshua Robertson since 2004, helping to serve more than 1,100 undergraduate students each year. She advises them on everything from course registration to career options, and, as an alumna (BSc Dietetics, 2001), has first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a student in our Faculty.
That experience translates into some creative ideas for engaging our student body. This past spring, for example, Ng organized a special Amazing Race event for incoming undergrads during the campus-wide UBC Welcomes You day. She based the event on the popular reality TV game show The Amazing Race.
“I wanted to give our incoming students a fun introduction to our Faculty,” she said. “It was a good way to show them a clearer picture of what we’re all about.”
Each team was given a clue that directed them to a challenge site. First up was the culinary lab in our Food, Nutrition and Health (FNH) building, where teams were instructed to make a salad roll. After completing that task, they received another clue that led them to the next challenge.
It’s this type of out of the box thinking, as well as her strong connection with our students, that led Ng to receive the AMS and Alumni Associations Just Desserts Award earlier this year. This special award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Recipients are nominated by the students themselves, proof that Ng’s making a difference.
“Our students are doing great things,” added Ng. “I love talking to them about their experiences and I’m proud to be part of a Faculty that offers such amazing programs and learning opportunities.”