Outstanding students recognised

Outstanding students recognised

02 Aug 2010

The achievements of some of La Trobe University’s outstanding students will tonight be recognised at the Awards and Prizes Ceremony at the Capital Theatre.

Bendigo campus director, Andrew Skewes, says the event is a celebration of success. ‘The awards recognise the high standard of work that students produce across the five faculties at the campus and the ceremony is our opportunity to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.’

Mr Skewes said the event also provides an opportunity to thank the many Bendigo individuals, organisations and businesses that support the University by providing the awards and scholarships.

‘The awards and scholarships provide students with financial support and practical experience part or all of their study period and we are most grateful for that support from the Bendigo community.’

‘I extend warm congratulations to all award and scholarship recipients and sincere thanks to our sponsors and supporters.’

REANNE KURNOF - winner of four awards

1)    Faculty of Law and Management Dean’s Commendation Award

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

2)    Bendigo Tourism Prize

Awarded to a student based at the Bendigo campus with the highest mark in the subject Destination Marketing and Management

3)    Bendigo Trust Prize

Awarded to the student based at La Trobe University Bendigo Campus with the highest mark in the subject Community Tourism

4)    Sport and Tourism and Hospitality Management Bendigo Campus Award – Third Year

Awarded  to a student with the highest total mark in third year of the Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality)


‘I was both shocked and excited (at winning the awards). The ceremony provides a great opportunity to network with those generous people in the industry who supported the awards,’ said Ms Kurnof.

‘It also provides me with an opportunity to catch up with my Bendigo uni friends after the ceremony as I don’t get back here that often.’*

‘I’m looking forward to having a full time job that will give me enough spare change to buy a new car. And of course finding a job that I enjoy and putting four-and-a-half years of uni to work and making a difference.’

‘I enjoyed having smaller class numbers which made it easier to learn. I had good relationships with the lecturers; they knew who I was. And I made lifelong friends both in my course and from living on campus. Studying at a regional campus suited me better and I felt more relaxed and at home than I would have if I was in Melbourne.’

* Reanne is from Cudgewa North, near Corryong, Victoria

NADIA DE VECCHI – winner of three awards

1)    History of Nursing Prize – Third Year

Awarded to the third year student who submits the highest marked assignments in selected subjects

2)    Royal College of Nursing, Australia High Achiever Award

Awarded to the student who has displayed outstanding academic and clinical performance during an undergraduate Nursing course

3)    The Northern District School of Nursing Graduates Association Award

Awarded to the student who displays outstanding academic achievement in the third year of an undergraduate nursing degree


Nadia said she couldn’t believe she’d won the awards.  

‘I’m currently working in mental health nursing, loving it and personally growing from the experience. I’m looking forward to finishing a post-graduate in this subject, and will continue with further study in near future.

‘I found the nursing course really inspiring and I had great lecturers who really know their subject and provide excellent motivation to excel in your career.’

ISOLDE – winner of two awards

1)    Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation Scholarship & Roger Jalland Medal

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

2)    R Robert Clark Memorial Award

Awarded by the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation to the most outstanding second year student undertaking the Bachelor of Arts full-time


‘I was astonished, surprised, and humbled to win these awards. As I had no idea about the awards it was wonderful to learn that all the hard work had been recognised.

‘There are several factors that have made studying at La Trobe Bendigo a pleasure. The first is the fact that it is a regional campus and easy to get to from home; second, the experience, knowledge, and professionalism of my lecturers; and third, the range of interesting subjects on offer which has enabled me to pursue a double major in philosophy and literature. Finally, I appreciated the support from student services without which I wouldn't be able to study.

‘I’m having a break from study now, but then I’ll look for something where I can use my new skills.’

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