Published on 30 September 2013
A former American swimmer turned Doctor of Business and a Japanese reality TV star turned local tourism marketer will each receive the University of the Sunshine Coast’s highest award for a graduating student.
Business PhD graduand David Fleischman, 31, of Valdora, and Bachelor of Business graduand Iori Forsyth, 24, of Nambour, will receive Chancellor’s Medals at the USC Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 3 October.
The medals recognise high academic achievement as well as outstanding contributions to University life and/or the wider community.
Chancellor John Dobson, who will present the awards at the ceremony between 5pm and 7pm at the USC Sports Stadium, said both recipients demonstrated a passion for helping students make the most of their experience at University.
David, who attended the University of Georgia on a swimming scholarship, first graduated from USC with a Master of International Business in 2008 and now lectures on campus in marketing.
“I wanted to do my PhD on marketing international education via community engagement to enhance the experiences of other International students,” said the keen surfer.
“The Chancellor’s medal is a huge honour and I’m thankful for my family and the USC community who have given me the support and opportunities to pursue my goals.”
Iori this year gained her dream job as marketing assistant at Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd, where she did an internship as part of her degree majoring in International Business and minoring in Marketing.
“I love my job promoting the Sunshine Coast and every day I’m using what I learnt at USC. It was the perfect environment for gaining knowledge and experience in business and marketing,” she said.
“It’s a great honour to have my achievements recognised with this award.”
Iori, who is starring in a long-running reality TV show called ‘The Big Family’ – the Japanese equivalent of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ – writes popular blogs about her life on the Sunshine Coast.
One blog was the result of her success in this year’s national ‘Best Job on Campus’ competition, run through The Co-op. She was one of five Australians selected as a Co-op Campus Ambassador to help first-year students settle into University life.
Iori has volunteered with youth organisation Fusion Sunshine Coast and with Enactus USC as a Social Media Coordinator. She was also on the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Liaison Committee.
Chancellor John Dobson said David had provided exceptional support to USC through both research and service, combining his experience as an International student with his desire to develop the University community.
The Chancellor also praised Iori’s valuable and diverse contributions to USC and the wider community, including volunteering her time and skills to help students integrate into university life.
— Julie Schomberg