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Capilano University business student wins Mercer Scholarship for HR Excellence

Capilano University business degree student, Mairin Platt, has won the 2010 Mercer Scholarship for HR Excellence.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Fourth-year Capilano University business degree student, Mairin Platt, has been awarded the 2010 Mercer Scholarship Award for Human Resources Excellence. Platt was chosen from among the top applicants from members of B.C.’s academic Benefits Consortium that offer HR programs. 

“I am honoured to receive the Mercer Scholarship, which will aid me immensely in continuing my education at Capilano University,” said Platt, a North Vancouver resident. “My experience in the business degree program has encouraged me to pursue a career in HR and the Mercer award will help me succeed in this goal.”

Applicants were given a particularly challenging case study and asked to describe, based on their classroom learning, how they would manage the HR situation presented to them. The responses were judged by Mercer, a global company providing business and human resource consulting, outsourcing, and investment services.

“Mairin Platt is an amazing young woman with enormous potential,” says Catherine Vertesi, Capilano University’s vice-president education, management and international programs. “Her receiving this award is a testament to the quality of teaching and the hard work of our learners here at Capilano.”

Platt, who will collect a $2,500 cheque for her win, said she had some help along the way.

“I have to thank Kathryn Taft, my instructor in the Capilano School of Business, for encouraging me to apply for the Mercer Scholarship” she explained. “She has been a great inspiration to me. I’m also grateful to my family for a lifetime of support and for offering me a great many opportunities for personal development.”

Capilano University offers a number of business-related undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma and certificate programs through the Faculty of Business. These programs enable students to establish a critical link between their employment-related classroom learning and real employment. For more information visit www.capilanou.ca/programs/professional

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca



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