Students celebrate achievements

Students celebrate achievements

28 Jul 2009

Students from La Trobe University, Bendigo campus are gearing up for the Awards and Prizes ceremony at The Capital Theatre on Thursday 30 July 2009.

students Bendigo campus director, Andrew Skewes, says the Awards and Prizes ceremony is a time for celebration for students and an opportunity to acknowledge the support the University receives from Bendigo organisations and businesses.

‘We congratulate our award-winning students for their success and extend our appreciation to the many businesses and organisations in Bendigo that offer their support through these awards and scholarships,’ said Mr Skewes.

Mr Skewes said that industry scholarships provide students with financial support and practical experience during their study. He said that many of the students stay in the region to work once they qualify.

‘Scholarships help our students with their study expenses and give them on-the-job experience. The benefit to business and the community is that many of them then choose to live and work in the area after they graduate, a great outcome for all concerned,’ Mr Skewes said.

The response to the news from award winners has been a mixture of surprise, excitement and elation. ‘I was ecstatic, proud and very surprised to win because the award was never mentioned during the course,’ says David Luc, who received the Colgate-Palmolive Academic Award in Dentistry.

Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Amy Stratton received three awards and is delighted. ‘I’m pretty excited; it’s great to get a reward for all the hard work I put into my final year of study.’

Recipient of the DM Myers University Medal for the outstanding undergraduate student graduating from the Faculty of Education, Meg Webster, now teaches Grade 5 students at Swan Hill Primary School and is the LOTE (Languages Other Than English) coordinator. Meg was up against students from all campuses of La Trobe University for the award.

‘I was very, very surprised; I had no idea I was getting the medal until I graduated in May,’ says Meg.

Febri Soebagio is equally pleased at being awarded the City of Greater Bendigo Community Leadership Award. He volunteered his time to teach maths to the children of Burmese refugees. Febri is also the international student representative on the Bendigo Student Association committee. ‘I am excited and happy; I couldn’t believe I won the award,’ says Febri.

Georgina (Georgie) Daniel is another triple award winner. ‘I was very grateful to win the awards. I couldn’t believe it when I received the letters but I have always worked really, really hard through university.’

Georgie receives  the Kevin de Vries Pharmaceutical Care Award, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Prize and the SHPA (Society of Hospital Pharmists of Australia) Pharmacy Practice and Advanced Counselling Award.

Civil Engineering student, Jackson Renton, is a double award winner. Jackson is the recipient of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering Dean’s Scholarship of Academic Excellence, which is awarded to the most outstanding students enrolled in courses nominated by the Dean.

Jackson has also received the VicRoads civil engineering scholarship. Along with the financial support, the scholarship will also give Jackson the opportunity to work with VicRoads during his studies for up to 12 weeks a year.


INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
What?    The Awards and Prizes Ceremony
    
When?    5.15 pm (before the ceremony starts at 6pm), Thursday 30 July 2009
Where?     The Capital Theatre, View Street, Bendigo.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161
E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au

PLEASE SEE AWARDS BACKGROUND ON NEXT PAGE/…
 
AWARDS BACKGROUND

MEGAN (MEG) WEBSTER – FACULTY OF EDUCATION

DM Myers University Medal - Faculty of Education (all campuses)

Awarded to the outstanding undergraduate student graduating in each Faculty.  This award was inaugurated by a generous benefaction by the foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr David Milton Myers.   

CASSANDRA CHEESEMAN – FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation Scholarship and Roger Jalland Medal
   
Awarded by the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation to the most outstanding full-time student, following completion of their first year of study, who has successfully applied for entry into a University degree-level course at the La Trobe University Bendigo Campus via Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE articulation agreement.

FEBRIANSYAH (FEBRI) SOEBAGIO – FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

City of Greater Bendigo Community Leadership Award
   
Awarded to a Bendigo Campus Postgraduate student who has demonstrated exceptional community leadership in their area of study.

GEORGINA DANIEL- FACULTY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING

Kevin de Vries Pharmaceutical Care Award
   
Awarded to the student with the highest average mark in the fourth year subjects Pharmaceutical Care A and B.   

Pharmacy Guild of Australia Prize
   
Awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark across all four years of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.   

SHPA Pharmacy Practice and Advanced Counselling Award
   
Awarded to the student with the highest mark in the fourth year subject Pharmacy Practice and
Advanced Counselling.

JACKSON RENTON – FACULTY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING

Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering Dean's Scholarship of Academic Excellence
   
Awarded on academic merit to the most outstanding students enrolling in courses nominated by the Dean.   

VicRoads/La Trobe University Civil Engineering Internship
   
Awarded to outstanding students enrolled in the Bachelor of Civil Engineering course at La Trobe University Bendigo Campus.   

DAVID LUC, FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

The Colgate-Palmolive Academic Award in Dentistry
   
Awarded annually to the Bachelor of Health Sciences Dentistry/Master of Dentistry student who has achieved an outstanding academic record during the first year of the course.

Other award winners in the Faculty of Health Sciences include:

Nadia De Vecchi, Bendigo Health Award – undergrad nursing student, Bachelor of Nursing
Alanna Glenn, The Colgate-Palmolive Academic Award in Oral Health, Bachelor of Oral Health
Tracey Watson, Bendigo Community Health Services Award, Bachelor of Public Health
Nerida Hyett, LTU Alumni Ass. Bendigo Chapter Postgraduate Scholarship, Master of Public Health
Emily Taylor, Penfold Research Prize, Bachelor of Public Health


AMY STRATTON – FACULTY OF LAW AND MANAGEMENT

Dean's Medal (Regional)
   
Awarded to the Faculty's outstanding graduate from an undergraduate course based at La Trobe University Bendigo Campus.
   
CPA Australian Tertiary Award - Third Year
   
Awarded to the outstanding Bendigo student in the third year of the Bachelor of Commerce course.   

Faculty of Law and Management Dean’s Commendation Award - Undergraduate   
Awarded to an undergraduate student in recognition of their outstanding achievement by attaining an average mark over all subjects in a calendar year equivalent to 80 and above. (Amy received this award along with Jessica Bouchet-Girard, Amy Graham, Amy Green, Nicholas Guerra, Emily Rose Hamilton, Amber Kotzur, Christina MacDonald, Gary Mullens, Sereen Nassar, Georgina Pell, Nicole Pretty, Camille Rondot, Anne Southby, Leah Stevens and Allanie Yau).

 

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