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The recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards are:

Ryan Darnell

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
Ryan Darnell

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business 2003
Executive Director, Facilities Management, Khidmah, Abu Dhabi

Not long after completing his studies, Ryan secured a job with Jones Lang LaSalle in Sydney as a Facilities Administrator. He was quickly promoted to Facilities Manager, taking on extra leadership assignments with clients such as Coca Cola Amatil, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. During this time, Ryan won several corporate awards, completed the Jones Lang LaSalle ‘Leaders of the Future Program’ and received his industry accreditation as a Facilities Manager.

  • Read Ryan Darnell's full profile

Katie Toney

Alumnus of the Year, Regional Achievement
Katie Toney 

Bachelor of Communication 2006
Online Presenter, 7 News Queensland

In 2005 Katie Toney (nee Blowers) began her journalism career with the 7 Network as a USC student intern. By the end of her final exams, she was employed as a cadet reporter in a full time role at the Bundaberg bureau. Over the last 10 years, Katie has reported on a variety of hard hitting and feature stories such as the Jayant Patel scandal, Daniel Morcombe’s murder, floods and cyclones.

  • Read Katie Toney's full profile

Alumnus of the Year, Rising Star
Scott Barker

Bachelor of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) 2006
Head of Performance Analysis, Brisbane Broncos

Scott was in the first intake of sport and exercise science students at USC in 1999. Around the same time, he wrote a letter to Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett offering his services at training and ended up volunteering there for two years, doing everything from holding up the tackle bags to filling water bottles.

  • Read Scott Barker's full profile

About the awards

The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards were introduced in 2005 as an annual awards program to recognise and acknowledge successful USC graduates.

Nominations are generally open each year from April to June, however information on graduate achievements or suggestions for future nominations are welcome at any time.

For more information refer to the Nomination Guidelines or contact Anita Edmonds, Alumni Relations Officer, via Email: alumni@usc.edu.au or Tel: +61 7 5459 4564.

Awards presentation

The awards are presented at the Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony, usually in September each year, at USC Sippy Downs.

Alumni, staff, benefactors and supporters of the University are invited to attend this social and inspiring event. An update on the University's latest developments is also provided.

Photos of the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony

Past recipients

Debbie Platz

Debbie Platz

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award
MBA 2004, GDEd 2011
  • Debbie Platz's profile
  • Chris Walker

    Dr Chris Walker

    Alumnus of the Year Award, Rising Star
    BSc(EnvSc) 2006, PhD 2012
  • Dr Chris Walker's profile
  • Bill Darby

    Bill Darby

    Alumnus of the Year Award, Regional Achievement
    GCBusAdmin 2006, MBA 2007
  • Bill Darby's profile

Photos of the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony

Dr Warish Ahmed

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award
Phd 2006
  • Dr Warish Ahmed's profile
  • Jessica Huddart

    Alumnus of the Year Award, Rising Star
    BA(Des&Mktg) 2006
  • Jessica Huddart's profile
  • Brendan Powell

    Alumnus of the Year Award, Regional Achievement
    MBA 2006
  • Brendan Powell's profile

Photos from the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony

Dr Amal Johnston

Outstanding Alumnus Award, research in plant biotechnology
MSc 2002
  • Dr Amal Johnston's profile
  • Jenny Morawska

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, executive leadership and management
    MBA 2000
  • Jenny Morawska's profile

Photos from the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony

Dr Laura Bray

Outstanding Alumnus Award, ocular tissue engineering research
BSc 2007
  • Dr Laura Bray's profile
  • Suzie Burford

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, international community development leadership
    BA(IntStud) 2005, BA(Hons) 2006
  • Suzie Burford's profile
  • Tristan Kurz

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, business and philanthropic leadership
    BBus 2004
  • Tristan Kurz's profile

Chris Raine

Chris Raine

Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
BA/BBus 2009
  • Chris Raine's profile
  • Dave Gilbert

    Dave Gilbert

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Business
    BBus(IntBus) 2006
  • Dave Gilbert's profile
  • Nubia Ramos

    Nubia Ramos

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Science, Health and Education
    BSc (BiomedSc) 2007, BSc(Hons) 2008, PhD 2011
  • Nubia Ramos' profile

Photos from the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony

Associate Professor Dr Gary Crew

Dr Gary Crew

Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
DCA 2005
  • Dr Gary Crew's profile
  • Dr PM Kam

    Dr PM Kam

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Business
    PhD 2008
  • Dr PM Kam's profile
  • Madonna Kennedy

    Madonna Kennedy

    Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Science, Health and Education
    BSc(PubHlth) 2001
  • Madonna Kennedy's profile

Jonty Bush with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Jonty Bush BBus 2002, Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Business

Jonty Bush was awarded 2009 Young Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council for her dedicated work on prevention initiatives and law reforms for homicide victims in her role as CEO of the Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group.

Keryn Jones

Keryn Jones BSocSc 2005, Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Keryn is a dedicated campaigner for social justice and ecological sustainability in her role as Councillor, Division 3, with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and previously as the Coordinator of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council.

Emily Orchard BSC2002 Outstanding Alumnus Award, Faculty of Science, Health and Education

Emily is the Senior Forensic Technician and Senior Occupational Health and Safety Consultant, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Emily was closely involved in the Victorian Bushfire Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) process in early 2009.

Dr Elke Hacker BSc 2002, BSc (Hons) 2003

Dr Elke Hacker received the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award for her research work into the genetics of melanoma cancer at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).

Dr Craig Hansen BSc(Public Health) 2002, BSc (Hons) 2003, PhD 2007

Dr Craig Hansen was recognised for his doctoral and postdoctoral research in epidemiology (the study of diseases in populations) which included field work in the South African township of Soweto. In December 2007 Craig commenced a post-doctoral fellowship with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Kristy Ellis (nee Munroe) BBus 2006

Kristy Ellis (nee Munroe) was recognised for her achievements in Surf Lifesaving on a local, national and international level. With both a University of the Sunshine Coast degree and multiple Australian and World Ironwoman Championship titles to her name, Kristy said she has now achieved many of her educational and sporting goals.

Marayke Jonkers BSocSc(CommWk) 2004, BA(Comn 2006)

The inaugural Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award was presented to medal-winning paralympian Marayke Jonkers in recognition of being named Queensland Young Achiever of the Year 2005. Marayke beat a field of 400 contenders.

Please note: this is archival information and may not reflect the recipients' current work details.

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