Students enriched by leadership and volunteer work

About 30 current La Trobe students will be recognised for their volunteer work at a ceremony on Monday 24 October 2011.

Rod Fyff, Andrew Skewes, staff and volunteers celebrate at the awards nightThe Student Enrichment end of year celebrations event will recognise the work that students have taken part in across a range of leadership, mentoring and community roles.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor, Councillor Rod Fyffe and La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus executive director, Andrew Skewes will speak at the event.

‘Volunteering is a way for students to engage with the wider campus and the local community,’ said Mr Skewes.

‘We have a range of programs that provide our students with the opportunity to experience leadership and volunteering roles both on and off campus.

‘Through their participation in these programs, students can gain additional skills over and above their degrees – skills that help them stand out when they apply for jobs as new graduates,’ he said.

Students from La Trobe’s Infinity Leadership Program, Student Career Mentoring Program and the La Trobe Awards will be recognised at the ceremony.

Student Engagement Officer, Abhishek Awasthi, said that each program offers unique opportunities for students to learn skills and feel empowered.

‘For example the Infinity Leadership Program involves engaging students in conferences and seminars with a range of high-profile speakers that discuss leadership. Through these presentations, students gain an insight into various professions and the journey that’s required to reach leadership status,’ said Mr Awasthi.

Student, Daniel Giles participated in this year’s Infinity Leadership Program. He was part of a group of four students who organised a trivia night to raise $4617 for Alpha Autism and the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre.

Mr Giles said that his journey has been one of transformation.

‘I found it a big learning curve. I learnt a lot of important lessons about team dynamics, effective communication and how to delegate.

‘I noticed at the start of the year that I was anxious at the thought of all the chaos that could ensue. But as it took place I leant to take it in my stride. The response from our sponsors and the community was very generous and I was very proud of our achievement at organising such a large and complicated trivia night,’ he added.

In addition to the 20 students who took part in the La Trobe Infinity Leadership program, 12 students will be recognised for their involvement in the La Trobe Career Mentoring Program.

‘This is a program in which students are mentored by an industry professional,’ said Mr Awasthi.

‘Each mentee works on a one-on-one basis with their mentor. Mentee and mentor are matched based on the interests and career aspirations of the student and the professional skills of the mentor and this helps the student to gain insights into the workplace and helps prepare them for their profession,’ he added

The La Trobe Infinity Leadership Awards program provides students with free professional training provided that they commit to volunteer work on or off campus.

The La Trobe Awards allow students to take their volunteer work to the next level, with a diverse range of classes and workshops on presentation and interpersonal skills.


Media Enquiries

Abhi Awasthi, Ph 5444 7794, M 0433 141 100 E


Tom O’Callaghan, Ph (03) 5444 7415 F (03) 5444 7526 M 0408 900 469 E