Student awards at Mildura campus
Rural students often think they are not getting as good a quality tertiary education as their metropolitan counterparts and that rural teaching is somehow not of equal quality.
This image was well and truly dispelled yesterday with an impressive line up of awards handed out to six students undertaking studies in Social Work at La Trobe University’s Mildura Campus.
Last night the Mayor of Mildura Cr John Arnold, Cr Sharon Peart and Deputy Mayor Cr Vernon Knight, who is also an Adjunct Professor at the Mildura Campus, together with 60 members of local human service organisations and industry, La Trobe University Social Work students and staff attended a prize giving and awards ceremony at Gallery 25 in Mildura. The Mildura Campus Executive Director, Mr. Kent Farrell welcomed visitors and official guests and said, “It is so pleasing to have this opportunity to help celebrate the achievements of staff and students in the region”.
Associate Dean, Division of Allied Health, Professor Karen Dodd together with Associate Professor Margarita Frederico, Head of the School of Social Work & Social Policy were delighted to acknowledge students Anne Webster and Glenda Underhill who have been selected to participate in the European Union Summer School on Human Rights in Canberra in December.
These Mildura students are two of only 20 students from Australian universities who have been accepted in the School. This is a remarkable achievement as most of the students applying have either Honours or Masters level while Anne and Glenda are just completing year two at Mildura campus. Their grades were so high and their applications so impressive that they were accepted in to the program. Glenda and Anne are excited about studying and presenting at the Human Rights School as well as looking forward to attending a reception at the French Embassy.
Grant Doxey, Tegan Lang and Seher Ozonal were also acknowledged for being the first Social Work students to be accepted into an Honours program at the Mildura Campus.
When completed, their research will assist local organisations across the district to plan and offer better services to families, in particular families from non-English speaking backgrounds and to those affected by the drought.
Seher was also presented with an award for outstanding leadership qualities and her extra curricular work with Turkish school children and their families.
For more information and photos of the students, contact Paula Bruce, Coordinator BSW, Mildura Campus T: 5051 4012 E: firstname.lastname@example.org