Issue 21
Monday, 04 December 2017
Charles Darwin University
Susana Lu-Dizon has won the Ryan Family Award
Susana Lu-Dizon has won the Ryan Family Award

VC recognises dedicated and talented staff

By Leanne Miles

A record number of staff were recognised for their outstanding dedication during the Vice-Chancellor’s end-of-year awards ceremony held on Casuarina campus.

Awards were presented to academic, professional, research and general staff for their exceptional contributions exceeding the normal requirements of their positions and advancing the university’s strategic goals.

The prestigious Ryan Family Award was shared by Susana Lu-Dizon from the School of VET Community and Children’s Services for her professionalism in running the IELTS Test Centre for more than a decade, Ms Betty Ah Kit from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership for her long contribution to the spirit and culture of the University and Bandana Koirala from the Office of Library Services for her commitment to innovative approaches to supporting information literacy.

Winners of Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for:

Exceptional Performance by General Staff – Sam Hall from ITMS for his outstanding dedication and innovation towards improving the accessibility and security of technology.

Exceptional Performance by a team – School of Engineering and IT A2+ Team of Asma Rehman Khan and Anita Pettit for their use of social media to successfully attract and engage international students.

Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning – Adriana Stibral from the School of Health for her approaches that are supportive and inclusive of a diverse student body and Dr Aurora Scheelings from the School of Creative Arts and Humanities for her contribution to enhance student development, learning or research. The OnlinePASS@CDU Team from the School of Academic Language and Learning was also awarded for the team’s innovative and effective approaches to online and flexible learning, teaching and training.

Exceptional Performance in Research Outstanding Individual Researcher Award – Dr Tom Wilson of the Northern Institute.

Exceptional Research Team Award – Menzies School of Health Research Melioidosis Team.

Emerging Researcher Award – shared by Dr Gabrielle McCallum from Menzies School of Health Research and Dr Andrew Taylor from the Northern Institute.

As part of the ceremony 91 staff received Long Service Recognition Awards for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.

The winners of individual awards received $3000 and teams received $10,000 to be used for professional development.