Previous award recipients include...
Jess Brady: The Award for Outstanding Contribution to University Life
Jess has been an awesome force throughout her whole time at FedUni, from day 1 throwing herself into as many different leadership, volunteer and support roles as available to her. Her variety of different roles extend across being a Mentor, Mentor Program Assistant, PASS leader, Student Academic Leader for the CLIPP office, managing the PE Society and netball team with great success, being a Team Manager and acting as a key student contact and organiser for the SUGs and AUGs, and more recently holding a position on the Student Senate as the Learning and Teaching student rep. Jess is always first to put her hand up to volunteer, whether it is blowing up balloons for uni ball or giving a student voice to the Social Inclusion Committee, she always goes the extra mile. Jess has a fabulous passion for people and seems to create community wherever she goes with her enthusiasm and great energy.
Harriet Madams: The Award for Outstanding Community Contribution
Harriet has clocked up close to 200 hours through her role as Chair on the Moving Mountains project which works to empower young people to speak out about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with it across the Northern Grampians shire. As part of this role Harriet created a range of learning resources to be used as part of interactive workshops with years 5 – 12 in 16 schools across the shire. In her 'spare time' she is also the Secretary of the Northern Grampians Youth Action Council. Eager and hungry to develop her knowledge and skills of volunteering and leadership, Harriet has recently attended the International Association of Volunteering Effort Youth conference on the Gold Coast.
Phil Robertson: The Unsung Hero Award
Phil has been the student chapter president for AUSIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) at FedUni the past 2 years and has reinvigorated the chapter during this time. He has increased student membership of the professional body, enhanced their visibility by organising on-campus events and training, and regularly takes groups of students to industry networking and training events. Under his leadership, the FedUni team placed 2nd out of 20 in the 2014 Australian Student Mining Games.
Cindy Gu: The International Star Award
Cindy was a member of the International Student Committee in 2014 and has been one of the most reliable members of the committee attending both orientation days and welcome events. Cindy stands out due to her commitment to volunteering though and has approached this office many times during the year wanting to know how she can assist more. She has assisted at Clean Up Day, Chat Clubs and FedUni Open Day. Cindy stands out to us for the enthusiastic assistance she gave FedUni after the arrival of over 30 Shenzhen students prior to orientation at mid-year. She contacted all the students via QQ and answered their questions about accommodation, etc. Cindy conducted tours around campus and Ballarat with the students and regularly updated this office about any issues and concerns that they had.
The Feds: Most Promising New Club/Society/Team
The Feds were created for 2014 in order to provide support and engagement activities for Mature Age students. Under some inspirational and hard-working leadership they have run a number of events this year from awareness- and fundraising barbecues to networking lunches. The Feds provide a great way for Mature-Age students (a traditionally hard to engage cohort) to socialise with and learn from each other. We have high hopes that the Feds will continue to support and engage Mature-Age students with university life in 2015.
FedUni Ultimate: Outstanding Club/Society/Team
The Ultimate Frisbee team have been among the University's most consistently high-achieving sports teams over the past few years. Regularly achieving impressive results at Southern and Australian Uni Games, many of their members also compete in the local league, as well as volunteering to coach school children into FedUni's next generation of Frisbee stars. Ultimate work closely with the University and are always among the first to volunteer to help at Uni events, free food giveaways etc, and are extremely professional in their operations. Their spirit, both within the team and towards opponents is an example of best practise to other team
Jason Walden: The Service To Sport Award
Jason has been President of the University Squash Club for the past two years, and has also been involved in the Cricket Club. In both of these cohorts, he has taken the initiative to recruit new members, arrange fixtures, events and competitions, fundraising etc. which has been a great vehicle to connect our diverse student body. He has been instrumental in sending a Squash team to Southern University Games the past 2 years, as well as encouraging weekly social participation – Social Squash regularly has 12 or more participants. He has also volunteered his time at various inter-University sporting events such as the Unity Shield and Battle of Ballarat