Outstanding contributions awarded on Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 3-4-2008

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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26 students were honoured for their outstanding work at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus annual Awards Ceremony held on 2 April 2008. The ceremony officially recognises the academic excellence and the strong sense of social justice amongst its students – characteristics which are fundamental to the University.

Jessica Sutton was this year’s recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Medal for the highest achieving undergraduate student in 2007. She also received the School of Health Sciences Award and was on the Vice Chancellors List for the third year running.

Ms Sutton will graduate in July after successfully completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. She plans to move on to post graduate studies and has recently accepted an offer to study a Masters of Pharmacy with UWA. She hopes to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field.

The recipient for the Vice Chancellor’s Medal for the highest achieving postgraduate student was Robert Haddad, a Philosophy and Theology student. Mr Haddad received his award on the Sydney Campus as part of their awards ceremony.

A further ten students were named on the VC’s list, with six of the 10 being students of Physiotherapy. Students from Arts and Sciences, Business and Nursing were also included.

Along with outstanding academic achievement, the Awards Ceremony also gives special recognition to outstanding community service. The family of the late Archbishop William Foley sponsor the award which recognises the contribution by a student to the University and to the wider community. Cameron Becsi, a third year Bachelor of Health and Physical Education student was the recipient.

Third year education student, Kym Jordan, was awarded the Brother Gerald T Faulkner award which acknowledged her contribution to the community through selfless community service.

The final award for the night was the Outstanding Lecturer Award which is an initiative developed by the Fremantle Campus Student Association. It recognises those lecturers who have had a positive influence on students throughout their studies. Law lecturer, Haydn Rigby, was the 2007 recipient.

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