Notre Dame Business Graduate inspires current students

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 5-6-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

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An expert in organising major exhibitions for more than 15 thousand people shared her experiences with aspiring event managers.

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), Fremantle’s event management class had a visit from past student and current Everywoman Expo coordinator Nikki Tewes.

Ms Tewes graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business in 2002, majoring in Marketing and Management. She was invited by senior lecturer Tom Murrell to talk to the students about her important role with the Expo, a major event in the Western Australian calendar.

“I was very honoured and proud to be asked to come and do the talk. It was rewarding to know that my time at UNDA and my career was recognised as such an achievement,” said Ms Tewes.

She told the class that it was important to make contacts in the Marketing and Events business because she found the opportunities presented to her in the industry were often dominated by who she knew.

Ms Tewes shared with students the important role that her education at Notre Dame had played in preparing her to work as an events coordinator. Skills such as the ability to think strategically and to deliver a strong, clear and measurable message in marketing and promotional activities.

“I had some really positive feedback from the students; they were all very welcoming and asked plenty of questions. Many of them thanked me personally for coming in and I have a number of them who have put their name down to work with me in June,” said Ms Tewes.

Senior lecturer Tom Murrell said events management was one of the most popular and important units taught within the Bachelor of Marketing and Public Relations Degree.

“The events management industry in Australia started after the 1982 Commonwealth Games and is one of the fastest growing areas within the marketing and public relations profession. Because of this growth we are seeing strong demand internationally from graduates who have the project management skills to plan, implement and evaluate an event. This is why we foster a practical focus and strong links with industry and the presentation by Ms Tewes is just one example of the world class courses we offer through the School of Business at Notre Dame,” said Mr Murrell.