Issue 9
Monday, 05 November 2018
Charles Darwin University
Aman Kathed is presented with the Harry Edmonds Award by the Head of IHD, Dr Philip Mosely
Aman Kathed is presented with the Harry Edmonds Award by the Head of IHD, Dr Philip Mosely

International House Darwin residents recognised

International House Darwin (IHD) students recently donned the good gear for their annual Ball and awards presentation.

The annual Ball was an opportunity to celebrate and recognise CDU’s on-campus residential community.

Home to more than 200 students representing 40 different nationalities, IHD is part of a worldwide network of student accommodation facilities.

The International Houses (IH) concept began in 1909 when New Yorker Harry Edmonds struck up a conversation with a Chinese student on the street. Upon hearing the student had not had a conversation with anyone since arriving three weeks before, an aghast Edmonds went about creating a sense of community for international students. The first IH opened in New York just after WWI.

To honour the work of Harry Edmonds, IHD presents an award each year in his name.

This year’s winner is Aman Kathed, who is completing a Masters in IT (software engineering) and is due to graduate at the end of this year.

Head of IHD, Dr Philip Mosely said the Harry Edmonds award recognised Aman as someone in the IHD community who particularly embodied the kindness, compassion, friendliness and warmth that characterised the award’s namesake.

The Resident of the Year award recognises the efforts of an individual who exemplifies positive engagement in the community. Selected by fellow residents, this year’s award went to Rahul Vokerla. Rahul is also completing a Master of IT (software engineering) and is likewise due to graduate at the end of 2018.

Dr Mosely described Rahul as “one of our finest residents. He is empathic, supportive and always prepared to solve problems for fellow residents.”

Congratulations also go to Cameron Hunter, who was recognised with the Community Service award, to Hooman Mehdizadeh Rad, who received the Community Spirit award, and to Maryann Quek, who was presented with the Community Support Award.

Dr Mosely congratulated award winners and all residents for making IHD such a supportive and considerate community.

“We have a great group of residents. They treat one another with respect and seek to look out for one another. The concept of International Houses has stood the test of time and proof of that lies right here in Darwin,” he said.