Impact Award Finalists

Congratulations to all our finalists in the Southern Cross University Impact Awards.

We received an overwhelming 112 nominations across all categories, shining a light on the diverse and meaningful ways our staff and alumni are making an impact through their work.  

Award recipients will be revealed at the gala awards event on 30 October 2019, which will inspire, delight and surprise attendees.

Award recipients in each category will receive $1,000 towards professional development activities.


Staff Impact Award Finalists

Professional Service

  • Wanda De Verelle-Hill, Centre for Teaching and Learning, for her work with Student Success, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, and the School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Celine De Bellis and Gemma Speers, Student Engagement and Retention, Kurt Otto and Julian Smith, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Schelly Gardner, Technology Services for creating the Student Portal on Blackboard 
  • Bronwen Graydon, Vicki Wood, Jo Pethick, Emily Pather, Yuki Irie, Giulie Fowler, SCU College, for their work in the administration team supporting SCU College students
  • Jacoba Van Crugten, School of Health and Human Sciences, for her contributions to the Bioscience Technical team
  • Sophie Andrews, HR Services, for her work on the University’s Employee Wellness program

Student Experience

  • Dr Nicola Whiteing, School of Health and Human Sciences, and Suzie Grissell, Careers and Employability, for improving nursing graduate employability and outcomes 
  • Tanya St Clair Honey, Skye Ravenscroft, Talli Allen, University Library, for the introduction and management of the Library Chat Service 
  • Penny Leonard, Ann-Maree Wilkinson and Jo Young, Student Outreach, for improving student orientation 
  • Bianca White, Student Outreach, Julian Smith, Amadeus Bell-Todd, Callan Brine and Colette Giltrap, Centre for Teaching and Learning, for creating the Unit Warm Up
  • Celine De Bellis and Gemma Speers, Student Engagement and Retention, Kurt Otto, Julian Smith, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Schelly Gardner, Technology Services for creating the Student Portal on Blackboard 

Teaching Excellence

  • Dr Leticia Anderson, for her teaching in the School of Arts and Social Sciences 
  • Dr Lisa Jacka, for her teaching in the School of Education
  • Assoc Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, for her teaching in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering
  • Dr Desirée Kozlowski, for her teaching in the School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Dr Joanne Oakes, for her teaching in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Research Partnership

  • Prof. Bradley Eyre, Dr Dirk Erler, Dr Naomi Wells and Dr Judith Rosentreter, Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, Assoc. Prof. Matt Hipsey, The University of Western Australia and Dr Paul Maxwell, Healthy Land and Waterfor their research partnership with Healthy Land and Water spanning 24 years
  • Dr Lynne Mcpherson, School of Arts and Social Sciences, for her research partnership with the Australian Childhood Foundation and others in the field of children’s wellbeing and childhood trauma
  • Assoc. Prof. Terry Rose, Southern Cross Plant Science, for his research partnerships in the area of primary industries and added-value production
  • Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau, Southern Cross GeoScience, for his achievements in research, leadership, and strong partnership initiative
  • Dr Christian Swann, School of Health and Human Sciences, Stewart Vella, University of Wollongong, Owen Brigstock-Barron, Movember Foundation, for Ahead of the Game, an evidence-based mental health intervention

Early Career Research

  • Dr Kirstine Shrubsole, School of Health and Human Sciences, for her research in the field of speech pathology 
  • Dr Naomi Wells, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for her research in the field of biogeochemsistry 
  • Dr Christopher Stevens, School of Health and Human Sciences, for his research in the field of exercise and sports science 
  • Dr Kathomi Gatwiri, School of Arts and Social Sciences, for her research in the field of African women's and children's health and wellbeing
  • Dr Judith Andrea Rosentreter, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for her research in the field of coastal biogeochemistry

Community Impact

  • Dr Gregory Peel Smith, School of Arts and Social Sciences, for his impact in the fields of out-of-home care and homelessness 
  • Assoc. Prof. David Lloyd, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for his work with Save Indonesian Endangered Species (SIES)
  • Janine Dunleavy, Sheldon Harrington, Tali Abraham, Fintan Magee, Virginia Ingham, Aunty Irene Harrington, and Prof. Norm Sheehan, GNIBI, and Marisa Snow, Lismore Quadrangle, Craig Walsh, Artist, and Brett Canning, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, for the design and production of creative work, Dungarimba Wandarahn (Lismore place of learning)
  • Dr Kristin den Exter, Partnerships, Assoc. Prof. Adele Wessell, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Brett Adlington, Claudie Frock and Sarah Harvey, Lismore Regional Gallery, for the production of Thursday Night Live! 
  • James Tucker, Prof. Isaac Santos, and Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Paul Butcher, National Marine Science Centre, for their research on the burial of whale carcasses on Australian beaches

Social Justice

  • Nicola Best, Victoria Drury, Simone Balzer, Jimzeena LeCerf, Stephen Garvey, Cathy Burton, Equity and Diversity Office, for the Schools Outreach Program that encourages wider participation in post-school studies
  • Dr Louise Whitaker, Dr Mandy Hughes, Prof. Barbara Rugendyke, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Jane Gustus-Callanan and Roslyn Felsch, Anglicare North Coast, for  3Es to Freedom program that empowers refugee and migrant women

Alumni Impact Award Finalists

Alumnus of the Year

  • Katarzyna Jolanta Loubet for her work at Heartfelt House that supports and empowers adult survivors who have experienced childhood sexual abuse
  • Ashok Lavasa for his contributions through civil service in India to address issues of environment, forests and climate change 
  • Neale Robert Sutton for his work at Humanihut that provides lightweight, emergency shelters
  • Dr John Huia Webb for his work at Bahrain Polytechnic and supporting the education of Bahraini women
  • Dr Richard Finlay-Jones for his work on wind and solar projects and reducing Australian greenhouse emissions

Young Alumnus of the Year

  • Maddy Rose Braddon for her community leadership to address issues affecting the environment and Lismore community
  • Layla Buckley for her work at Feros Care and their 'Fearless Films' project
  • Holly Millican for her work at South Grafton High School and developing a thriving Mathematics tutoring program
  • Matthew Wittemeier for his work at INFORM Institut für Operations Research and Management – a leading Artificial Intelligence software company
  • Ronny Susanto for his advocacy for social justice, human rights and progressive causes

International Alumnus of the Year

  • Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi for his contributions to the Iranian music industry and work at InterContinental Concerts
  • Haroon Akhtar Ali for his work at Bank of South Pacific and community contributions with Rotary Club of Suva Fiji
  • Ashok Lavasa for his contributions through civil service in India to address issues of environment, forests and climate change
  • Dr John Huia Webb for his work at Bahrain Polytechnic and supporting the education of Bahraini women
  • Dr James Daan Adam for his community contributions and work at Citra Bangsa University Foundation, Indonesia

Congratulations to all Impact Award nominees


Staff Impact Award Individual Nominees

  • Ahmed Thabet, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for Early Career Research
  • Dr Anna Scott, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for Student Experience
  • Celine De Bellis, Student Engagement and Retention, for Student Experience
  • Dr Christina Aggar, School of Health and Human Sciences, for Research Partnership
  • Debbe Allen, Strategic Projects, for Community Impact and Professional Service 
  • Fraser Perrott, Future Students Team, for Professional Service
  • Grant Gordon, Campus Services, for Professional Service
  • Janelle Hancock, SCU Health Clinic, for Professional Service
  • Dr Jeremy Novak, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for Professional Service, Teaching Excellence and Student Experience
  • Dr Jerry Vanclay, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for Professional Service
  • Dr Kate Neale, Centre for Children and Young People, for Early Career Research
  • Dr Lauren Porter, School of Arts and Social Sciences, for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr Leigh Carriage, School of Arts and Social Sciences, for Professional Service
  • Libby Pownall, University Library, for Professional Service
  • Dr Michael Whelan, School of Environment, Science and Engineering, for Student Experience
  • Dr Mike Climstein, School of Health and Human Sciences, for Teaching Excellence
  • Mitch Jones, Technology Services, for Professional Service
  • Dr Paul Orrock, School of Health and Human Sciences, for Professional Service
  • Rodney Douglass, School of Arts and Social Sciences, for Professional Service
  • Stephan Soule, National Marine Science Centre, for Community Impact 
  • Sue White, School of Business and Tourism, for Professional Service
  • Sue Treacy, School of Health and Human Sciences, for Student Experience 
  • Tazuko McLaren OAM, SCU College and International Office, for Community Impact
  • Will Davis, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australians, for Teaching Excellence 
  • Professor William MacNeil, School of Law and Justice, for Community Impact 

 

Staff Impact Award Team Nominees

  • Agricultural Department, Environmental Analysis Laboratory: Joshua Harris, Brody Flew, Alex Smith, Jack O'Sullivan, Kris Saville, Joe Howard, Selina Luhrs, Molly Thurlow, Sonia Jackson, Mae Clark, for Professional Service
  • Careers and Employability: Leanne Baker, Suzie Grissell, Gina Werner, Nicole Foldes, Joseph Donnelly, Caitlin Burcher, Samantha Kilmartin, Kate Brinsmead, for Student Experience 
  • The Graduate School: Helen Wolton, Jill Townsend, Carmel Morrison, Amanda Simmons, for Professional Service
  • Guido van Helten Mural Project Team: Katie O'Rourke, Jessica Nelson, Jeremy Austin, Daniel Cook, Graham Stannard, Alan Hughes, Michael Moynihan, Jonatan Lundmark, Allan Morris, for Professional Service
  • Production Services: Brendan Waters, Eric Easton, Jeremy Austin, for Professional Service 
  • Secretariat: Vicki Baxter-Wright, Julie Glass, Tracy Manning, Elizabeth Kelleher, Belinda Atkinson, for Professional Service 

 

Alumni Impact Award Nominees

  • Adam Perrotta for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Dr Balqees Messabi for International Alumnus of the Year
  • Bing Ling Lam for International Alumnus of the Year
  • Brea Marshall for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Christopher Stokoe for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Duc Lo for International Alumnus of the Year
  • Elizabeth Shoesmith for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Glenn Payne for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Hannah Laurence for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Hayley Steer for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Inkah Fischer for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Dr Karen Stanton for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Dr Le Thi Kim Anh for International Alumnus of the Year
  • Linh Nguyen for International Alumnus of the Year
  • Liz Jeremy for Alumnus of the Year
  • Dr Luke Daniel for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Marion Conrow for Alumnus of the Year
  • Mark Anderson for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Megan Piper for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Rachael Muller for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Robbie Clark for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Said Rafiie for Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Tammy Guest for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Tania Goodacre for Alumnus of the Year 
  • Vani Nades for Alumnus of the Year 

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