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Prizes for top Alice students

By Patrick Nelson

Bachelor of Nursing student Gale McGuirk and lecturer Robin Cross Bachelor of Nursing student Gale McGuirk and lecturer Robin Cross

Charles Darwin University has tipped its hat to the class of 2015 with a prize-giving ceremony at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs.

Acting Director Central Australia Lyle Mellors said 70 students from all faculties had been nominated to receive prizes in recognition of their hard work and excellence.

“Prize-giving gives CDU staff an opportunity to join with students, family, sponsors and other sectors of the community to recognise that excellent education is a joint effort and that exceptional delivery, learning and service deserves to be rewarded,” Mr Mellors said.

“Thank you for choosing to study with us and thank you for rewarding us, as educators, with your hard work and dedication to your learning.”

Mr Mellors said that this year’s students had added to a tradition of tertiary education in the Centre that stretched back to the community college of the 1950s.

“This year we celebrated 50 years of vocational education and training in the NT and last year we celebrated 25 years of higher education in the NT.”

Mr Mellors said most CDU activity in Alice Springs centred on vocational education and training to meet the needs of a broad set of disciplines and interests that included trades, arts and hospitality. 

“There is also a small but growing higher education program in education, nursing, science and business and a small but strong research team.” 

CDU also announced the recipients of three scholarships and two grants under the Aspire Program for secondary school students.

“The purpose of this program is to raise the aspirations of secondary students to pursue tertiary study,” Mr Mellors said.

Eight members of staff for their length of service. They are: Christine Schlesinger, Hayley Tobin, Lesley Jury and Kally Ansell (10 years), Angelique McDonnell, Suzi Lyons and Kath Watson (15 years) and Lyle Mellors (30 years).