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The Interesting Lives of McMaster Graduates: McMaster Alumni Awards 2018

Blog/NewsJune 1st 2018
Brian Zheng

Yesterday night, members of the McMaster Alumni Community gathered at L.R Wilson on McMaster Campus to celebrate the 2018 Alumni Awards.

A number of incredible individuals were at McMaster last night from the Arkells, doctor and transgender activist Bobbi Lancaster, founder of Empowerment Squared Leo Nupolu Johnson, Dragons Den winner Mark Scattolon and many more extraordinary alumni to be recognized for their contributions.


The McMaster University Alumni Gallery began in 1982, started by the McMaster Alumni Association, and was meant to help recognize outstanding achievements of McMaster graduates. As of 2018, there are currently 420 graduates inducted and feature a number of alumni who have lived incredibly interesting lives and represents how McMaster alumni can affect and bring about positive change to society. In addition to the gallery, the committee records interviews with each of the members.

The 2018 inductees are as follows:

Paula Claudino ’06
Meric Gertler ’77
Bobbi Lancaster ’73, ’78, ’80
Lynnette Madsen ’94
Alfredo C. Tan ’01
Robert Taylor ’76
Sabatino Vacca ’84, ’90


In addition to the inductees, a number of awards were given out during the evening. These awards and winners are:

Albert Lager Prizes for Student Initiative:
Shaarujaa Nadarajah
Ushma Purohit
Vanessa Raponi

Arch Awards:
Melody Adhami ’04, ’07
Arkells – Max Kerman ’08, Michael DeAngelis ’08, Nick Dika ’08
Mark Scattolon ’10
Adam Shoalts ’10

McMaster Alumni Community Impact Awards:
Patricia Saunders ’73
Orson Morrison ’96
Leo Nupolu Johnson ’11

Distinguished Service Award:
Quentin Broad ’86, ’88


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