Published on 6 December 2013
Seven University of the Sunshine Coast staff have received USC Vice-Chancellor and President’s Awards for Excellence for their outstanding contributions to the University during 2013.
The awards recognise and reward USC employees who have gone above and beyond their duties in the areas of learning and teaching, research, engagement and service.
Awards for learning and teaching went to Associate Professor in Nursing Jennifer Rowe and Communications academic Irene Visser.
Dr Rowe was recognised for her exceptional contributions to improving the quality of learning, teaching and graduate outcomes at USC.
Ms Visser was honoured for improving student retention and addressing first-year attrition while also increasing the quality of USC’s learning, teaching and graduate outcomes.
Awards for research went to Professor of Agricultural Ecology Helen Wallace and Lecturer in Health Promotion Dr Florin Oprescu.
Dr Wallace was recognised for her excellence in research including securing publications, grant income and encouraging others to develop their research.
Dr Oprescu was rewarded for his impressive publication record and his contributions to research in health promotion education, health communication and injury prevention.
The award for engagement went to International Projects Group (IPG) Business and Development Manager Suzie Burford, for her work in helping IPG’s growth and development and winning grants totalling more than $5 million.
Awards for service went to Information Technology Services Business Systems Analysts Shane Argo and Ben Poole.
Both were honoured for their work in developing a new in-house web-based application, the Interim Results Module, which allows for the verification and ratification of all students’ final marks and grades.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill congratulated the award recipients.
— Jessica Halls