2015 Excellence in Community Engagement Awards

Community Engaged Learning

Awarded

Dr Elizabeth Reimer: School of Arts and Social Sciences.
For assignment-based volunteering in community organisations to develop community engagement and practice competence from first year.

Shortlisted

Dr Elaine Jefford, Monica Carlon: School of Health and Human Sciences; Frances Guy, Justine Vescio, Belinda Newcombe: Mid North Coast Local Health District.
For raising SCU's midwifery profile in the community, through an innovative student led antenatal clinic for women within standard hospital models of care.

Dr Suzanne Hudson, Annie Baxter: School of Education. Vicki Myler: Duranbah Public School. Joshua Stephens: Ocean Shores Public School. Geoff Spargo: Byron Bay Public School. Linda Constable: Bogangar Public School. Jessica Smith: Murwillumbah East, Chris Mulherrin: St Joseph�fs Primary, Kathryn Leary: Lindisfarne.
For the School Community Integrated Learning (SCIL) pathway building teaching capacity through strong school-university partnerships and co-constructed program design.

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Community Engaged Research

Awarded

Dr Steven Purcell: School of Environment, Science & Engineering / National Marine Science Centre. Watisoni Lalavanua: Partners in Community Development Fiji, Karibanang Tamuera, Erietera Aram: Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources Development, Poasi Ngaluafe: Ministry of Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries Tonga, Simon Foale: James Cook University.
For engaging rural Pacific Island artisanal fishers in capacity building through postharvest processing and testing livelihood impacts.

Shortlisted

Associate Professor Stephen Smith, Tom Davis: School of Environment, Science & Engineering / National Marine Science Centre.
For eSlugging it out for science a citizen-science program documenting thebiodiversity of sea slugs in eastern Australia.

Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, David Rousell: School of Education.
For researching the diversity of awareness, attitudes and actions towards climate change with children and young people as co-researchers in their own communities.

Associate Professor Caroline Sullivan: School of Environment, Science & Engineering.
For conserving Lismore's globally significant biodiversity, by developing a tailor made capacity-building program for rural landholders.

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Community Impact

Awarded

Dr Symon Dworjanyn: School of Environment, Science & Engineering.
For creating a new seaweed aquaculture industry that supports 250 families in Eastern Indonesia's coastal communities.

Shortlisted

Rachel Callahan, Troy Irwin, Danielle Fisher: Equity and Diversity Office, Brian See: University of New England.
For creating and implementing a whole of community approach to improving higher education rates of students in the Clarence Valley.

Dr Chyrisse Heine: School of Health and Human Sciences.
For building the capacity of community based rehabilitation workers to provide speech pathology services to children and their families living in rural Cambodian communities.

Rachel Callahan, Jane Drury, Simone Balzer, Gail Greymorning, Stephen Garvey, Cathy Burton, Jimzeena Le Cerf: Equity and Diversity Office.
For developing partnerships with primary and high school students, their families and communities to improve participation rates of students who are underrepresented in higher education.

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Leadership

Awarded

Associate Professor Caroline Sullivan: School of Environment, Science & Engineering
For strengthening the science-policy interface with community-based research in the Richmond River Catchment

Shortlisted

Professor Matthew Marshall: School of Arts and Social Sciences.
For founding the Southern Cross Arts Festival and Artistic Directorship of 50 events by national and international artists on all three campuses of the university throughout 2015.

Professor Iain Graham: School of Health and Human Sciences.
For establishing new approaches to clinical and pedagogical research and learning by the evolution of an integrated community in order to support a 21st Century healthcare

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Partnership

Awarded

Clarence Valley Industry Education Forum.
For creating and implementing a whole of community approach to improving higher education rates of students in the Clarence Valley. Nominated by: Rachel Callahan, Equity and Diversity Office.

Shortlisted

Maternity Services, Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
For raising SCU's midwifery profile in the community, through an innovative student led antenatal clinic for women within standard hospital models of care. Nominated by: Dr Elaine Jefford, School of Health and Human Sciences.

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, Rous Water, Bexhill Public School..
For science and technology teacher education where teachers, academics, SCU students and the school community work together to explore and develop innovative teaching practices. Nominated by: Dr Marianne Logan, School of Education.

Partners in Community Development Fiji.
For engaging rural Pacific Island artisanal fishers in capacity building through postharvest processing and testing livelihood impacts.Nominated by: Dr Steven Purcell: School of Environment, Science & Engineering / National Marine Science Centre.

Combined Hunter Underwater Group.
For a citizen-science program documenting the biodiversity of sea slugs in eastern Australia. Nominated by: Associate Professor Stephen Smith, School of Environment, Science & Engineering/National Marine Science Centre.

Lismore City Council.
For conserving Lismore's globally significant biodiversity, by developing a tailor made capacity-building program for rural landholders. Nominated by: Dr Caroline Sullivan: School of Environment, Science & Engineering

iSim Centre Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
For strengthening partnerships with Southern Cross University and Mid North Coast Local Health District by facilitating collaborative learning to promote professional experiential learning through simulation, enhancing student experience in the Bachelor of Midwifery program. Nominated by: Monica Carlon, School of Health and Human Sciences.

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