Not only did NATHouse win six awards at the annual Day and Faculty House Awards Ceremony hosted by the Division of Student Development (DSD) recently, but their Faculty Guardian, Dr Quenton Kritzinger, was also awarded as the Faculty Guardian of the Year. He also received this award in 2017.
NATHouse is the student body that represents undergraduate students in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
NATHouse made a clean sweep by winning the following awards: Faculty House Innovation Award, Excellence in Service Award, Webmaster of the Year Award, Culture Award, Most Improved Faculty House as well as Faculty House of the Year Award. Furthermore, the outgoing Chair of NATHouse, Christina Welgemoed, was awarded honorary colours for leadership and the rest of the Executive Committee (EC) was awarded merit certificates for leadership.
Dr Kritzinger had the following to say: “It is truly an honour to receive this award, and also rather humbling. I wish to express my gratitude to the NATHouse EC and sub-house EC's for their support and dedication in my endeavour to provide guidance to their structures. It has been a rewarding experience to have worked with such an amazing group of individuals, and to have seen each EC member grow and mature into remarkable young leaders. The students are essentially the heartbeat of the Faculty and University, and it was a pleasure to have served them as Guardian of NATHouse.”
The NATHouse EC also emphasised their support for Dr Kritzinger. One of the comments was as follows: “He shows a deep level of caring for each and every one of us – this is evident in the fact that he had individual meetings with every EC member to ensure that they were coping with the responsibilities of NATHouse as well as their social and academic lives. He also helped those in the EC who were battling with handling the workload by offering them counseling and aid where he could.” Other comments from NATHouse students supported these sentiments: “Dr Kritzinger is always hands-on with NATHouse activities. His guidance has been ever remarkable as he led us into the success of many of our Faculty house events.”
Prof Marietjie Potgieter, Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences was unequivocal in her praise for NATHouse: “I am delighted that the Division of Student Development acknowledged your hard work, commitment and exceptional leadership to lead your team to heights that I have not witnessed before in my seven years as Deputy Dean.” She also extended her congratulations to Dr Kritzinger: “I celebrate your achievement as guardian as well. What a fitting way to finish your term as guardian. Congratulations, you have a lot to be proud of!”