The Student Union of the University of Oulu annually awards honorary academic decorations to individuals, who have worked hard for the good life of the students. Nominations were requested from the student societies in the University of Oulu, and the decision on the awards to be granted was made by OYY’s executive Board on 23th of February 2021. The awards were handed out on 28th of February at the Annos 61 anniversary celebrations, which was this year organized remotely.
Janne Hakkarainen was awarded the highest-level recognition, Badge of Honour. During his significant career as a student active, he was a member of the Student Council from 2009 to 2015, of which in 2013 he first served as Vice Chair of the Council and then as the Chair. He has represented students in, among others, the University Collegium. In 2015, Hakkarainen started working as the Student Union’s communications specialist, and also served as Deputy Secretary General in 2019. He played a big role in ensuring that the good practices and information was passed forward to new Board Members and other active students, and thus helped the Student Union to develop in the field of supervising the students’ interests. Even in challenging situations, he worked hard and supported others. Hakkarainen has been a member of the Oulu City Council since 2012, and has been an important link between the Student Union and the city’s decision-making. Hakkarainen currently works as a communications specialist at the University of Oulu.
The traditional Coolest Teacher-award was handed in the OYY’s Annos 61 anniversary event. It was awarded to Katja Sutela. Sutela was described as an inspiring and supporting teacher, whose teaching methods are practical and positive, and who supports students when they are having hard times. Sutela was chosen among 65 teachers who were nominated by their students.
Honorary Academic Decorations awarded in the anniversary celebrations:
Badge of Honour
First class medal
Second class medal
Gioia Sandler Bruno
Third class medal