Annual awards ceremony (Issue 26, 2010)

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La Trobe Golden Key committee members Adam Kaucki, Matthew Gardner and Steve Birch with their award

La Trobe University students and staff were recognised for their campus and community service achievements at the Golden Key Asia Pacific Conference in Sydney.


The Golden Key International Honour Society, the world’s largest invitation-only organisation for high-achieving students, awarded the La Trobe University Chapter two out of only a handful of awards at the annual Conference Presentation Ceremony at Sydney’s University of Technology on 30 January. La Trobe International Executive Manager, International Relations, Mr Leon Lyell, was recognised for his sustained support to the La Trobe Golden Key Chapter and for his ongoing service to the organisation by winning the Regional Advisor of the Year Award.

La Trobe also walked away with the Community Service Award, for its innovative Homework Club program. Piloted in 2009, the Homework Club involved La Trobe Golden Key members tutoring and mentoring secondary students from Banksia La Trobe Secondary College. A joint initiative of La Trobe Golden Key and La Trobe’s Equality and Diversity Centre, the highly successful program has been distilled into an easy-to-follow model to be replicated by other universities.

La Trobe Golden Key President Matthew Gardner and Vice-President Adam Kaucki delivered a workshop on the Homework Club to delegates at the Conference and they are now preparing to assist similar clubs opening around the country.

La Trobe Golden Key has inducted over 8 000 members at the University in eleven years. The chapter has an active on-campus executive committee and provides a range of programs and events each year to engage students, alumni and staff across all campuses and disciplines.