Chaka Zinyemba: one of the most spirited, intensely focused and yet, relaxed, people that I have ever met. His time at the U of A has brought a diverse range of experiences, and his 2012 year was much the same. Chaka has served as African Students’ Association President, a demanding role, and in so doing played an integral role in several events throughout the year. He did this while maintaining strong commitment to his personal health (he ran track for the Bears team during his first year).
In 2012, Chaka was one of the Faculty of Arts representatives on Students’ Council, and was provided with a councillor of the semester award for his excellence in this role. He also participated in the envisioning of an International Students’ Association, contributed to International Week as a performer and more. Veering away from student government and sports, Chaka was one of the few students selected to make a public talk to over 100+ audience members at the inaugural SU Undergraduate Research Symposium, and continued his research on smoke levels at public festivals into the 2012 year.
Chaka accomplished incredible things in 2012, but it is his spiritedness and care toward others that stands out in everything that he does.