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CMU student records announcements for the Canada Summer Games

CMU student Jason Friesen recorded PA announcements for the Canada Summer Games.

If you attend the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg this summer, chances are good that you’ll hear Jason Friesen’s voice.

This past spring, Jason recorded announcements that will be broadcast over the PA systems at venues throughout the games, which start tomorrow (Friday, July 28).

The announcements endorse the companies and organizations that are supporting the games, and also let spectators know things like where they can buy merchandise and how they can connect with the games on social media.

Jason, who completed his fourth year at CMU this past April, has some prior recording experience, thanks to taking the Media Workshop class with David Balzer, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media at CMU.

The class teaches students how to research, write, and record interview segments for broadcast on the radio and internet.

Jason worked with Balzer, recording engineer Darryl Neustaedter Barg, and Canada Summer Games Host Society media relations consultant Monique Lacoste to record the English version of the announcements at the studio in Mennonite Church Manitoba, which is located next to CMU’s Shaftesbury campus.

CMU students Emily Hamm, Jason Friesen, Thomas Friesen, and Canada Summer Games Host Society media relations consultant Monique Lacoste pose for a picture in the recording studio.

Recording the announcements was a fun experience, Jason says.

“It feels like a different level when it’s going to be broadcast in venues across Winnipeg and people from across Canada will hear it,” he says.

“It really makes you focus on what you’re saying and how you’re saying it, that you’re doing it right and doing it in a way that grabs people’s attention while they’re at these venues.”

Jason, who is majoring in Communications and Media, is an avid sports fan and a member of the CMU Blazers Men’s Volleyball team.

“Watching sports, you always hear these announcements going over the loudspeaker,” Jason says.

“That will be me now, I guess. It’s a dream come true in some senses—not one I had set my mind to, but it’s neat to take advantage of (the opportunity).”

CMU student Thomas Friesen has spent the past year working as one of five sports and venues coordinators for the Canada Summer Games.

The opportunity came about as a result of Thomas Friesen (no relation to Jason), a CMU student who has spent the past year working as a sports and venues coordinator for the Canada Summer Games Host Society.

In addition to coordinating the venues and volunteers for the volleyball, golf, basketball, and triathlon competitions, Thomas’s work has involved producing the content that will be broadcast over the PA systems at the games. (Read more about Thomas’s experience working for the Games here.)

Like Jason, Thomas is majoring in Communications and Media. He took the Media Workshop class during the winter 2016 semester, which sparked his interest in getting CMU involved when it came time to recording the announcements he needed for the games.

Thomas knew that working with David, Darryl, and Jason would result in a professional recording.

“Just to get CMU involved in that way seemed like a great idea,” Thomas says. “They did an awesome job. They sound great. It’s pretty cool to think we’ll have (a CMU student) being the English voice of the games.”

This year’s Canada Summer Games will include 16 sports and 250-plus events featuring more than 4,000 athletes.

Over 7,000 volunteers were recruited to make the games possible, and more than 20,000 visitors are expected at the events.

The games start this Friday and go until Sunday, August 13. It’s the 50th anniversary of the games.

For Thomas, a lifelong sports fan who has played soccer and volleyball with the CMU Blazers, working for the games has been a dream come true.

“One of the best things about it is just working with people in sport,” Thomas says.

He adds that the passion he’s encountered from his supervisors, colleagues, and the volunteers is palpable.

“That’s probably the coolest thing,” he says, “always seeing that passion everywhere we go.”

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CMU student recognized with Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

NickCzehrynEditedMost children haven’t even heard the word hemophilia, let alone know what it means. But at a young age, Nick Czehryn became familiar with the hereditary genetic disorder—which impairs the body’s ability to control blood clotting—because his father has it.

As a result, Czehryn and his family have been long-time volunteers with the Hemophilia Society’s Manitoba chapter. He can recall being nine or 10 years old, helping the society set up charity races.

His work with the Hemophilia Society is one of the reasons Czehryn was recognized earlier this year with a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, which aims to encourage Canadian youth who strive to emulate Terry Fox’s courage and determination by providing their communities and those in need with humanitarian service.

Czehryn’s volunteer work doesn’t end with the Hemophilia Society. He is involved with the worship band at his church, Windsor Park United, where he is also a Sunday School teacher. He has also given his time volunteering for SOAR Heartland, a drop in centre for children, and as a camp counselor and lifeguard at Luther Village.

As a student at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI), Czehryn participated in mission trips to Winnipeg’s inner city areas, was a member of Youth in Philanthropy, and was the co-president of the student council. Athletically, Czehryn is an avid soccer player, badminton player, and swimmer.

“I’m really thankful that I ended up getting the Terry Fox award,” says Czehryn, who is currently in his second year of a Psychology degree at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).

“It’s been a great opportunity, and it’s also made it possible for me to do things like play soccer and get involved in other things because it takes a lot of the financial pressure off. It makes more room for doing more volunteer stuff and athletics, and getting involved in that kind of way.”

After graduating from MBCI in 2012, Czehryn was accepted to a different university, but ultimately chose to come to CMU because it would allow him to play soccer, a sport he’s played since he was five years old.

“It’s been a ton of fun playing on the team. It’s been the best soccer team experience I’ve had in my life.”

Czehryn also enjoys CMU’s community life and small class sizes.

“I really enjoy being in a class where there isn’t 200 people and you’re not a number to the prof—especially in the first and second year courses, it’s been nice to have relationships with the profs, be able to ask questions, and get useful feedback from the get-go,” he says.

“I also like the community aspect of CMU. It’s not come to school, go to class, go home—you can come, you can hang out, you know the people here, and it’s a lot of fun.”

In addition to his school and athletic commitments, Czehryn still makes time to volunteer with the Hemophilia Society. After he graduates from CMU, he plans to go to medical school and become a doctor—a plan that was inspired at least in part by his father’s hemophilia.

When he was young, Czehryn always asked his parents about his father’s blood disorder, wondering things like, “Why is dad different? Why can’t he do certain things?”

That inquisitive nature has stayed with him.

“Through all that learning I did when I was younger, it got me really interested in how the body works … why things don’t work, that kind of stuff,” Czehryn says. “And from there, it just kept building as I’ve grown up.”

“Hopefully after med school I’ll be able to make a difference in some way.”

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CMU student athletes achieve academic excellence

When Danielle Klassen has a moment of free time to study, she uses every minute of it.

Klassen is one of 14 CMU students who achieved a 4.0 GPA in a full-time course load while also competing on a CMU athletics team.

“Balancing school and sports can definitely be a challenge,” says Klassen, a first-year student from Calgary who attends Foothills Mennonite Church.

“(This past semester) I had to make sure I was using my time efficiently. I also made an effort to try to get assignments done ahead of time instead of leaving them to the night before.”DanielleKlassen1

The time commitment needed for things like practices, games, and traveling for tournaments can be substantial.

But the time and dedication needed to excel at both academic and athletic pursuits points to more than just an ability to work hard.

According to Russell Willms, CMU’s Director of Athletics, such abilities tend to translate well outside the CMU world, pointing to strength of character and ability to succeed after a student has long since graduated.

“The time, energy and attention that we have witnessed this year is a testament to the dedication of these students,” says Willms.

Nick Czehryn just completed his first year at CMU with a 4.0 GPA, while playing for the CMU Blazers soccer team.

Although achieving the athletic-academic balance is challenging for Czehryn, the rewards outweigh the costs.

“There’s a high level of play, and good competition. Everyone’s excited to be there, and achieving a good balance isn’t as hard as I thought it might be. I enjoy being together with my team.”

Klassen also appreciates the time spent with her teammates.

“It is a priceless gift to be able to pay with girls who can be focused on the accomplishments of others as well as their own achievements,” she says.

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CMU Receives Federal Government Funding for Resurfacing of Gymnasium Floor

(Via Canada’s Economic Action Plan News Release)

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – Today, the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

CMU student athletes are joined by Terry Schellenberg (CMU VP, External), the Honourable Steven Fletcher (Minister of State, Transport), and John Unger (CMU VP, Administration & Finance)
CMU student athletes are joined by Terry Schellenberg (CMU VP, External), the Honourable Steven Fletcher (Minister of State, Transport), and John Unger (CMU VP, Administration & Finance)

“I am proud to see Canadian Mennonite University benefit from our Government’s support for local infrastructure,” said Minister Fletcher. “Investments such as this highlight our Government’s commitment to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity of Winnipeg and all Canadian communities for many years to come.”

The Harper Government’s investment of $8,262 has allowed Canadian Mennonite University to resurface the flooring in its gymnasium. The renovations are not only benefitting CMU students, but also over 40 community groups who use this highly-booked recreational venue in south-west Winnipeg.

“Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) acknowledges the critical role that student athletic involvement plays in building character, community and engagement within our university life,” said Terry Schellenberg, CMU Vice President, External. “We are deeply grateful for the funding provided through the Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund to enhance our athletic facilities. A refurbished gymnasium floor will be of immense benefit to our students and the many teams and groups from the broader community who use our athletic facilities.”

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

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Championship Repeat at Western Canadians

Winners of the 2010 Western Canadian College Volleyball Championships in Saskatoon, the CMU women’s volleyball team entered the 2011 championships as the team-to-beat November 25- 26  in Olds, Alberta and proved themselves to be as good as it gets in Western Canada.

The 2011 women’s field consisted of thirteen teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Along with the Blazers, Assiniboine Community College and the University of St-Boniface represented the Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference in Olds.

The Blazers cruised through their pool matches, defeating Palliser College (SK), Ambrose University College (AB), St. Mary’s University College (AB), and Selkirk College (BC) all in straight sets to advance to the medal-round.

In Saturday’s playoffs, CMU made short-work of Brandon’s ACC and then defeated Prairie Bible Institute (AB) 2-0 (25:18, 25:21) to advance to the final against King’s University College of Edmonton.

With the gold-medal on the line CMU again showed their pedigree, giving a strong team effort and getting a 9 kill performance from defending MCAC MVP Evelyn Kampen and 6 kills from middle Breanne Giesbrecht in support, on way to a 2-0 (25:22, 25:18) championship victory.

Released December 2, 2011

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Sports Camp Kicks Off Summer Programs

The fun is officially under way this week as CMU Sports Camps kicked off their summer programming.

The bike campers have been ‘spinning their wheels’ at the inaugural Blazer Bike Camp, learning safety and maintenance tips, all while touring the scenic trails of the Assiniboine Forest to such destinations as the Children’s Garden at Assiniboine Park and Fort Whyte Alive. Later in the week, working with Instructor Thomas Epp, the bike campers tested their new skills on CMU’s cyclocross challenge course.

“Afternoon campers have learned new skills and been challenged with a multitude of sports,” says CMU Athletics Director Russell Willms. “Beach volleyball, kick-ball, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball are just some of the sports that have been highlighted.” Of course, the greatest daily challenge has been “Win it in a Minute,” based on the popular television game show and organized by CMU summer camp co-directors Maraleigh Short and Evelyn Kampen.

Next week Junior High Campers will take over the gymnasium to develop their skills and meet new friends at our volleyball and basketball camps. Current CMU athletes Clare Schellenberg and Jacob Miller are two of the talented coaches that will work with these aspiring, young athletes. High Performance Evening Basketball camp for Senior High begins next Monday night. This camp hopes to work more closely with young athletes to refine skills and get plenty of practice with a smaller group that allows for more individual coaching.

Our final week of camp features Senior High Volleyball and Basketball day camps and an evening High Performance Volleyball camp. Day Campers will enjoy the fun of volleyball and basketball, while practicing their skills in a supportive yet competitive environment. Our “Pass It On” camp theme will be a significant part of camp, challenging campers to make a difference in the places they find themselves. High Performance Camps feature two of our CMU Blazers varsity coaches, Andrea Charbonneau and Mark Kliewer.

Spaces are limited, but it is not too late to get in on the fun! Email SportsCamps@cmu.ca to ask about registration or phone 487-3300 for more information.

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota. CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics(ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is an accredited Christian university offering undergraduate degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology, and church ministries, and master degrees in theological studies and Christian ministry. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) . Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through Outtatown, CMU’s adventure and discipleship program.
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Student Athletes Honoured for Scholastic Achievements

Fr. row, l-r.: Scholar-Athletes Bethany Abrahamson, Nina Schroeder, Jaime Semchuk, Josh Ewert; back row l.-r., Jacob Miller, Holly Goossen, David Epp, Josh Krueger, Graeme Leaver. Missing Justin Rempel & Erin Sawatsky.

72% of Athletes Earn “Scholar –Athlete” Title
Members of the CMU varsity athletics teams recently gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 2010-2011 – a year that saw the Blazers achieve some new personal bests. At a banquet held March 20 to recognize annual athletic achievements, most worthy of note was the academic performance of the current team of CMU athletes.

“We were pleasantly surprised to see our current group of student-athletes achieve an even higher academic performance than last year,” raved CMU Director of Athletics Russell Willms. “In 2010, we recognized 69% of our team members for achieving the title of “Scholar-Athlete” as instituted by the MCAC for student-athletes that achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. We led the conference last year with that total, and I would hasten to guess that we will do the same in 2011.”

This year, 54 of 75 CMU student athletes achieved Scholar-Athlete recognition, improving to 72%. “This statistic is very worthy of recognition,” said Willms, who informed guests that the national average of scholar athletes recognized by colleges and universities across Canada is approximately 24%. “This shows that CMU student-athletes are applying themselves whole-heartedly to their studies and finding success in the classroom. It is something that we are truly proud of.”

The Blazers formally recognized 11 student-athletes that achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher – a true standard of academic excellence.

Other major award winners were Evelyn Kampen and Todd Reimer, who were recognized as the female and male Athletes of the Year for their outstanding performances on the CMU volleyball teams.

Carrera Lamoureux and Wyatt Anders were honoured as female and male Rookies of the Year, for their contributions to the CMU basketball teams in their first seasons. Nina Schroeder of the women’s basketball teams was recognized for a second-consecutive year with the Trailblazer Award, recognizing excellence in team leadership and community service.

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference , CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota. CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is an accredited Christian university offering undergraduate degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology, and church ministries, and master degrees in theological studies and Christian ministry. CMU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) . Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,700 students at its Shaftesbury Campus in Southwest Winnipeg, at Menno Simons College in downtown Winnipeg, and enrolled through Outtatown, CMU’s adventure and discipleship program.

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For Blazer information, contact:

Athletics Director Russell Willms – rwillms@cmu.ca

For CMU information and photographs, contact:
Communications and Marketing Director Nadine Kampen – nkampen@cmu.ca

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CMU Blazer Evelyn Kampen Named MCAC Volleyball League MVP

CMU Women’s Volleyball Team Captain Evelyn Kampen has been named two-time MCAC League Most Valuable Player in volleyball regular season play.

A forth-year player with two years’ experience playing with CMU in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference and two years in the CIS league with BC’s Trinity Western University, at age 21 Kampen is a skilled and seasoned player who brings leadership to her team.

“We’re proud of Evelyn’s accomplishments and appreciate the consistent high quality of play that Evelyn brings to the game and to our league,” says CMU Women’s Volleyball Coach Andrea Charbonneau.

Kampen has earned a number of honours in her sport.  Career highlights include gold in 2010 and now silver in 2011 in MCAC league play with CMU; MVP Final 4 title in 2010 and, among pre-CMU highlights, gold with Team Manitoba at Canada’s national championships for women 17&under.  A resident of North Kildonan in Winnipeg, Evelyn played for River East Kodiaks during her high school years.

A Communications & Media major at CMU, Kampen enjoys coaching young athletes. She presently coaches a 14&under girls’ club team and in summer 2010 instructed at CMU’s summer Sports Camp along with CMU setter Kathleen Vitt.  With the CMU volleyball season now over, Kampen looks forward to playing summer beach volleyball.

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota.  CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

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Silver Lining to Golden Volleyball Weekend

Blazer Volleyball Teams Take Silver at MCAC Finals – CMU Athletes Named as MCAC All Conference Selections

There was a measure of accomplishment and a measure of disappointment in the weekend’s MCAC Final Four Championships at Red River College for the CMU volleyball teams, held March 4-5, 2011.

After a series of back and forth battles with the CUSB Voyageurs that stretch back several seasons, the CMU men entering as the #2 team made short work of their cross-river rivals from St-Boniface, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) to advance to Saturday’s gold medal match. The Blazers were led by Todd Reimer’s 11 kills and 3 digs and Josh Krueger’s 8 kills and 4 digs. It was a major accomplishment to play well under pressure for the CMU men and that confidence allowed Mark Kliewer’s 7-5 team to keep their foot on the pedal in Saturday’s gold medal match.

On the women’s side, CMU was the odds on favourite to comfortably cruise to a third-consecutive title. With a record of 15-1, the Blazers only loss of the season came in a tie-breaking set at Providence College in February. Their first-round opponents were Assiniboine Community College from Brandon. Despite dropping the third set 22-25, the Blazers had little trouble righting the ship in the fourth set to record a 3-1 victory and sail into the Saturday’s gold medal match – a meeting with the only team to tarnish their perfect season, Providence College.

A capacity crowd of more than 600 fans packed Red River College to witness the championship matches on Saturday evening. CMU’s women’s team jumped out to a 25-19 first set win on the back of some consistent serving from League MVP Evelyn Kampen, only to see Providence emerge in the second set with a 25-23 win. The two combatants exchanged wins in the third and fourth set, preparing the way for a monumental tie-break with the Championships hanging in the balance. Providence middle Victoria Ryshytylo, later selected tournament MVP, was the dominant figure in the final set, pushing the #3 ranked Freemen on to victory, while the defending-champions had to settle for silver.  Freemen’s Jessica Hamm and fourth-year Blazer Kirsten Hamm were named players of the game.

The men’s match was equally thrilling and high on confidence, CMU was certainly ready to challenge for gold. The three-time defending champions and undefeated Red River Rebels were a formidable opposition. The teams see-sawed through the first match, exchanging points, serves, and sideouts. The Rebels eventually emerged to take the first set 27-25 and a 1-0 lead. But the Blazers battled back. Great defense from Nick Reimer, Todd Reimer, and all-conference libero Josh Ewert, propelled CMU to a 25-21 win in a match delayed 15 minutes due to an on-court injury suffered by Rebel middle David Glass. Glass collided with a teammate at 17-18 and was not able to return to action until the third set. League MVP Tom Oosterveen provided the muscle for the Rebels down the stretch and despite the incredible defensive plays at the net and in the backrow, CMU was unable to get back on the front-foot. The Rebels took the third set 25-20 and the fourth set 25-15 to win gold on home court.  Rebel Tom Oosterveen and Blazer Todd Reimer were named players of the game.

Four CMU Athletes Named to All Conference Selections

Saturday’s awards ceremony saw MCAC name four CMU athletes to all conference selections: League MVP Evelyn Kampen (WVB), Clare Schellenberg (WVB), Josh Ewert (MVB), and Shawn Franz (MVB).

Competing in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, CMU plays in a league comprised of nine universities and colleges in Manitoba and Minnesota.  CMU is also a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). CMU Blazer teams compete in soccer, volleyball, and basketball from September to March, playing MCAC league games as well as a number of tournaments with universities and colleges in Canada and the US.

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Charbonneau and Schellenberg on SPORTS RADIO 1290

In advance of MCAC championship volleyball playoffs March 4 -5, “On the Sidelines” hosts Dr. Richard Tapper and Buck Pierce interview CMU Women’s Volleyball Coach Andrea Charbonneau and athlete Clare Schellenberg.  Audio clip provided courtesy of SPORTS RADIO 1290.

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