Congratulations to the brand new IM alumni! At the end of September another 32 joined our proud ranks. We wish you success and joy in this new stage of life.
For the first time ever, IM Alumni presented a graduation prize at the Graduation Ceremony on 26 September. As our key goals are networking and giving back, the prize reflected this. All year 3 IM students were asked to nominate one person from among their own year who “contributed most to the IM community” and to give their reason. There was an overwhelming response and 8 individuals received nominations for being class representatives, or serving on the Student Council, being a buddy to exchange students, being generally helpful with photocopying or support, organising events. The list was long and heartwarming. As dean Prof Antje Leukens said in her speech at the ceremony, the readiness to contribute and help is a key characteristic of IM students.
There was a clear winner – who received over 40% of the votes: Özlem Kösker. Some of the praises sung for her included “she was always very engaged in integrating the exchange students and organizing events/parties etc. She’s a very open-minded person and talked to everyone, no matter whether local student or from abroad. ” “As a Students Council member she really did an additional work and contributed to a better environment for all of us (guaranteed the exchange between visitings and locals). Furthermore, she also stayed at the students house (Franziskushaus) even when the event was already finished and helped cleaning up everything (while the others where already partying at the Terminus). I’ll give her my vote because she really deserves it!” and “indefatigable commitment for the community, both in-class and students council, where she put a lot of effort into the buddy system for incoming students.”
The prize of CHF 400 (which comes from fundraising events conducted by IM Alumni) was presented to Özlem by president of the board, Esin Cengiz (and handed over with a very big hug instead of a handshake as Özlem has also been helping the IM Alumni the last year in liaising with current students – so she was, as Esin said, even “one of us”).
Another proud IM moment was when Sabine Stucki received the official prize for best grade overall (5.6) in Communication – well done Sabine.