On Thursday, January 26, 2012 four international students received a Salad King International Student Award. As a residence community, we are thrilled to highlight the work of Alexandre Brandt, a 3rd year film student and second year academic link is this year's recipient of the Peer Mentor Award.
The Salad King International Student Awards are sponsored by Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Linda Liu, owners of the popular Salad King Restaurant. The Salad King International Student Awards focus on recognizing international student leadership during their time at Ryerson. By establishing the annual Salad King International Student Awards, Ernest and Linda Liu demonstrate that Ryerson's neighbours can make a difference in the lives of international students.
Alexandre was recognized as a strong role model by both the Academic Link team as well his students. He displays that he cares deeply about his academic success and encourages others to take their academics seriously. He is passionate about art, good food and making others aware of his Swiss heritage and global experiences. He has an open heart and is willing to share stories about his life in Switzerland as well as his many travel adventures from around the world. He encourages his peers to dig deeper and feel inspired by what they do and who they are. Students have come to respect Alexandre for his opinions, creativity and support. This year, Alexandre has led several groups of Image Arts students to the AGO and ROM to assist them in gaining an early start on a project due in their second term. This summer, he will invite other students to join him in Italy at a music festival that he films annually to gain a rich experience abroad. In addition to his work in Student Housing Services, Alexandre also received the award for his scholastic achievements. His nomination was also supported by Professor Brian Damude, Chair of Image Arts, who spoke highly of this Alexandre's academic achievements over the course of the past two years.