2010 - 2011 Both Sides of the Brain profiles

2010 - 2011 Both Sides of the Brain profiles


Deanna Ida

BA, Business Communication.
Media analyst, human rights advocate.
Goals: Scrutinize the media. Enlighten the public.

Deanna Ida looks for the message behind the message.

The Business Communications graduate is driven to know how people and media communicate with each other, including how messages that are left unsaid shape our opinions. And she’s constantly scrutinizing news reports for the spin or hidden agenda.

When not in school, Deanna helps out at the family’s downtown convenience store where she regularly meets people living with various hardships. That interaction, and her observations of oppression on her travels, have strengthened her interest in human rights advocacy.

Her goal is a career in law.

“As a prospective lawyer with my background in communications and interest in social advocacy, I believe I can create change.”

John Henhawk

Bachelor of Business Administration. Spirit of Brock medallist.
Aboriginal rights advocate, poet and musician.
Goals: Remember his roots. Lead the pack.

John Henhawk earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree because it presented more career opportunities than another program he considered.

A member of the Wolf Clan family of the People of the Flint Nation, John overcame serious challenges to acquiring a post-secondary education. But acquire it he did, and in spectacular fashion, receiving one of the university’s prestigious Spirit of Brock medals.

While at Brock, John was a teaching assistant and a member of the Aboriginal Student Association. When he researched on his own the history of Canada’s Aboriginal people, “it helped me to realize that I must pass this knowledge on.”

Today he is the youth co-ordinator of the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative.

“I will be forever grateful to my Brock professors. They bring their heart to their work. It isn’t just a job to them."

Cavelle Schmid

Bachelor of Arts, Tourism and Environment.
International volunteer, Gaelic football player.
Goals: Learn from Namibia. Advance human development.

Cavelle Schmid was a general arts undergrad when a trip to Namibia changed her life.

As a participant in one of many travel programs offered at Brock, Cavelle worked in an AIDS orphanage and soup kitchen.

So powerful was the African experience that Cavelle focused her academic interests in the Tourism and Environment program at Brock, and has been accepted into the Master of Science program of Well-being and Human Development at the University of Bath in the U.K.

Cavelle’s ultimate goal is to work at the United Nations to develop policy and programs that will help to advance human development.

When not pursuing her interest in equality and social justice, Cavelle was a volunteer in residence, plays soccer and Gaelic football in the summer and volunteered for the Special Needs Activity Program at Brock.

Julia Kropeit

Bachelor of Business Administration.
Dual-degree program with Brock and EBS Germany.
Goals: Master graduate school. Master world travel.

Julia Kropeit was one of Brock’s first international students to take advantage of the Faculty of Business’s dual degree undergraduate program.

When she’s finished, Julia will have a Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management from EBS in Germany.

As a student here, Julia helped organize a 10-member team so Brock could participate for the first time in the Harvard World Model UN in Taipei. About 1,900 students from 50 countries engaged in discussions centred on world trade issues.

“Brock has a helpful and open culture. I had a really good experience with the professors and I loved the seminar system.”

Kristina Wamboldt

Major: Mathematics.
Math tutor, dancer, dramatic artist.
Goals: Embrace math’s logic. Stretch creative muscles.
When Kristina Wamboldt finishes her undergraduate career, she’ll have two degrees — a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education.

It doesn’t stop there. While her first teachable is mathematics, her second teachable is physics.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake undergrad tutors students from her old high school, which may not be that surprising. When she attended high school, Kristina was a Rotary Medalist (contributions to school) and also won the Governor General Academic Medal (recognized by both peers and teachers).

She also stretches the other side of her brain by studying drama, visual arts and dance.

“If you like to debate and to learn, you’ll love the seminar system. And at Brock, you’re not just a number, you’re a person.”

Ellen Robb

PhD candidate in Biological Sciences.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, Graduate Students’ Association leader.
Volunteer, musician, cyclist.
Goals: Decode red wine. Destroy cancer.
It was music’s loss but science’s gain.

PhD student Ellen Robb was well into an undergraduate degree in Music at Brock when she switched into Biological Sciences. The rest is history.

“That I love chemistry was a complete surprise to me.”

Ellen researches the cellular mechanisms responsible for the health benefits of resveratrol, an active ingredient found in red wine. Along the way she’s picked up some prestigious awards, including the Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship that came with $150,000 in research funding over three years and recognizes her as one of this country’s most promising doctoral students.

Under her leadership, Ellen helped to establish and expand the Graduate Students’ Association at Brock, and learned much about all aspects of university life.

Caitlin Munn

Major: Concurrent Education (BEd and BA)
Swimmer, volunteer, museum guide.
Goals: Dive into teaching. Bring history to life.

Don’t tell Caitlin Munn that history is dry and boring.

The “self-professed history nerd” has completed two degrees — a BA and a BEd (concurrent) — at Brock. Her practicum at the St. Catharines Museum, and later her summer employment and volunteer work, gave her the opportunity to watch kids’ eyes light up about history, especially when she explained the workings of the full scuba suit that was used during construction of the Welland Canal.

So it’s no surprise she hopes to focus on something like museum education, linking museums with school curriculum, when she enters her master’s program at Brock.

Caitlin’s interests don’t stop at the museum. She is equally at home in the pool as a swim instructor.

And diving right into life.

Dru Bernardo

Major: Nursing.
Hockey referee, father, aid to people in need.
Goals: Raise his daughter. Serve his country.
While serving at a military hospital in Afghanistan, Dru Bernardo saw what war can do to the human body. The decorated Canadian soldier was so impressed by the medical personnel who cared for wounded soldiers and civilians that he was convinced to study nursing upon his return to Canada.

The mature student, who juggles his studies with the responsibilities of fatherhood to baby Lydia, was attracted by the Brock University-Loyalist College collaborative nursing program, where students are involved in patient care right from the start.

“Everything you need to be a great nurse is right here at Brock.”

Once he’s completed his program, Dru will re-enter active duty as a nurse, though not necessarily in war zones.

Wherever he ends up, his trademark hugs will be sure to follow.

Dan Portanova

Music major; biology minor.
Habitat for Humanity volunteer, student residence leader.
Goals: Charm the ear. Stimulate the brain.

Dan Portanova is definitely a well-rounded individual.

He’s as comfortable performing in an orchestra as he is researching in a lab, studying blackfly behaviour in Algonquin Park or rebuilding homes in hurricane-shattered New Orleans.

Dan is a music major, specializing in the trumpet. He minors in biology. He chose Brock because it was the only university that guaranteed him the opportunity to study both science and music. His career aspirations include music therapy or writing movie scores.

Beyond his studies, Dan is a Residence Don and plays intramural sports. His New Orleans experience with Habitat for Humanity was so powerful that he plans to make international volunteer work a priority in his life.

No doubt about it — Dan hits the right notes.

Alex Gill

Major: Classics
Mountain biker, rock climber, archeologist.
Goals: Dig for relics. Unearth possibilities.

Alex Gill, who studies in the art and archeology stream of the Classics program, calls himself “a Cinderella story.”

Alex, who’ll graduate in June 2011, says he got mediocre grades in high school. After that he took one year of a college course that left him unsatisfied.

Then he discovered the Classics program at Brock.

“If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be deep-sea diving off the coast of Turkey looking for shipwrecks, or that I’d be on an archeological dig in Italy, or that I’d get a 98 per cent in Latin, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

Alex, who’s also passionate about cycling, ended up becoming president of the Brock University Archaeological Society.

“I’m not living vicariously through the Discovery Channel. I’m doing what I want to do.”

Shanique Friday

Bachelor of Accounting.
FIFA-qualifying soccer player. Poet.
Goals: Work with numbers. Paint with words.

Shanique Friday travelled all the way from Antigua to attend Brock’s Bachelor of Accounting program.

Accounting has always fascinated Shanique, and she studied it throughout high school. She was also an accomplished soccer player, earning a spot on the Antigua and Barbuda women’s national team that competed in the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

When Shanique was researching universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain and the Caribbean, she settled on Brock because it satisfied her academic goals.

Shanique said she “found herself” at Brock, helping her get over the anxiety of living in an unfamiliar country, and helping her discover her leadership skills. She was president of the Accounting Students’ Association, which gives students opportunities to gain valuable accounting experience with various not-for-profit organizations while still committed to their academic and professional development.

Shanique’s world isn’t all numbers. She uses the other side of her brain to write poetry.


You’ve likely seen striking images, like those above, as part of our ongoing recruitment and marketing program. The images, and the stories that go with them, show how Brock truly is for both sides of the brain.

In addition to ads in Maclean’s, including higher education supplements/issues, we’ll appear in the Globe and Mail’s University Report Card and various magazines.

We’ll have a strong online presence on various student sites. This is in addition to our Both Sides of the Brain photo booth and Facebook contest to encourage prospective students to join us at Brock. You may also see us in a theatre near you.

All of these efforts show what Brock is about — that we encourage students, faculty and staff to develop both sides of their brain, personally and academically, to become well-rounded individuals as unique as fingerprints.
And that’s why there’s a fingerprint in our logo. You’re not a number at Brock. And you can pick from a vast variety of programs and extracurricular activities to have a truly personalized experience.

As we say to our prospective students, “Dive in and unearth the possibilities.”