Elise Pundyk Third-year BFA Major: Art History/Museum Studies
It was a high school trip to Paris that sparked Elise Pundyk’s interest in art history and museum studies. “Through this experience I was drawn to museums and their role in the preservation of history,” she says. “The program at uLethbridge offers a unique chance to study art history and museum studies simultaneously, which is great because it brings both of my interests together.” Now in her third year, Elise says her fondest memory is from the opening reception of the first exhibition that she played a role in curating. “It was so rewarding to see the weeks of preparation come together and people
gathering to celebrate one another’s work,” she says. “This was a special moment as I felt a part of the greater arts community that is on campus and within the city of Lethbridge.” Looking back, Elise offers words of advice to future students: “Don’t pass up the opportunities presented to you. Take as much out of this experience as you can because this is a time where you are surrounded by people who encourage and support you as you strive to reach your fullest potential. Immerse yourself in the community and all it has to offer.”
Trishell Provost Second-year Pre-BA/BEd Majors: Kinesiology and Physical Education A mature student and a mother, Trishell Provost is nothing short of amazing. After completing a diploma, she came to uLethbridge through The First Nations’ Transition Program. Now at the end of her second year, her hard work and dedication are reflected in her GPA and the long list of scholarships she’s received. Working on a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, Trishell’s goal is to understand the body at a physical level, especially how it pertains to children and the elderly. She’s taking her learning to the research lab, where she has digitized video data, arranged workplace visits for assessments and helped write research abstracts.
“It was definitely extraordinary to see my name on research posters and papers. In the back of my mind I would tell myself, ‘Yep, you did that; be proud of yourself!’” she says. Through her coursework, Trishell realized not much research has been done on physical activity with FNMI people. She’d like to fill that gap one day.
“My eventual goal is to bring programs to the reserve that will engage youth in physical activities. I hope it will become self-sustaining in the long run so that older youth will mentor their younger counterparts. I also plan to bring elders and youth together so that youth can encourage elders to be active and the elders can reconnect youth to their culture and language.”