Published on 14 April 2014
A Caloundra resident who excelled in his studies, career, sporting interests and community work – all at the same time – has been awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Chancellor’s Medal.
Manuel Barth, 22, received the award at USC’s Business graduation ceremony at 5pm on Thursday 10 April.
It was one of three Chancellor’s Medals to be presented at USC’s graduation ceremonies over 10-11 April. The medal is awarded to outstanding graduates who have contributed to the University or wider community and achieved a high academic level during their USC studies.
Manuel is already an accountant at BDO, formerly KPMG, after he secured part-time work at its Maroochydore office in the first year of his USC double degree in Business and Commerce (Accounting).
“I love the client contact,” he said. “It’s so rewarding to be helping businesses develop new solutions to accounting issues. I’m now intending to do the Institute of Chartered Accountants program and keep moving up the corporate ladder.”
Manuel, who graduated with a grade point average of 6.66 out of 7, said he was honoured to receive the USC Chancellor’s Medal.
The former Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year was the student representative on the USC Council for two years, served on various other University committees and was a past president of USC’s Golden Key International Honour Society Chapter.
He received the Poole Group Scholarship in Accounting, three bursaries from business people and a Faculty of Business bursary.
“USC’s Accounting program definitely lived up to expectation,” he said. “The material tied in well with the practical things I’m doing at work and the lecturers were really engaging and helpful.”
Named Mooloolaba’s Surf Life Saver of the Year in 2008-9, Manuel is still a patrol captain at Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club and a member of the Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesaving Jetski squad.
He competed at State and Australian surf rescue boat titles in 2008 and 2009 and continues training for upcoming events.
A former dux of Pacific Lutheran College, Manuel’s past community awards include the Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award, Multicultural Excellence Awards’ Youth of the Year and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
— Julie Schomberg