Issue 10
Monday, 03 December 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Nhulunbuy celebrates: (from left) Gary Yunupingu, Gavin Webb, Dwain Wunungmurra, Martie Rarrkalmuma, Fabian Wunungmurra, Michael Mununggurritj, Sharon Georgonicas, Sharon Gurruwiwi, Dima Burarrwanga, Barbara Cram and Polly Smart
Nhulunbuy celebrates: (from left) Gary Yunupingu, Gavin Webb, Dwain Wunungmurra, Martie Rarrkalmuma, Fabian Wunungmurra, Michael Mununggurritj, Sharon Georgonicas, Sharon Gurruwiwi, Dima Burarrwanga, Barbara Cram and Polly Smart

Regional centres celebrate top year

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University has honoured its regional and remote students with end-of-year celebrations in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Katherine.

Alice Springs Campus Director Lyle Mellors said that 65 high-achieving students were acknowledged for academic excellence at a prize-giving event in the Red Centre.

“Some of the students are completing their studies through distance and on-line learning, others by travelling to town for training and others by attending programs in their own workplace or on-site at Alice campus,” Mr Mellors said.

“Whichever way they study, we recognise the hard work and effort that each student has made toward their own learning.”

Mr Mellors said 2018 had been a milestone year in Alice Springs, punctuated by several key events including the Knowledge Intersections II Symposium, the Indigenous Valedictory ceremony and Graduation.

“In August we welcomed the internationally renowned philosopher Professor Daniel Dennett who delivered the Charles Darwin Oration. We also hosted Automotive’s Flying Spanners competition, Hair and Beauty’s Time to Shine pageant and facilitated the renaming of a sports oval in honour of former Campus Director the late Paul ‘Fizzer’ Fitzsimons.”

Meanwhile in Nhulunbuy, the efforts of 32 graduates from north-east Arnhem Land were acknowledged at an achievement award ceremony at the Walkabout Lodge. Campus Administrator Polly Smart said it was pleasing to see a high representation from the Gulkula Regional Training Centre.

Ms Smart said the Adrian Wagg Memorial Training Awards to recognise outstanding achievement by a Yolngu apprentice, trainee or vocational student were presented to Billie Yunupingu (High Commendation) and Ramsey Gurruwiwi (Encouragement).

Katherine hosted a celebration of achievement to acknowledge the 146 locals who completed courses in 2018, which included the town’s first CDU PhD graduate, Dr Alice Mitchell.

Campus Administrator Vicki Williams said highlights this year included Early Childhood Lecturer Chrissy Zelley’s win as NT VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year, and subsequent nomination as a finalist at the Australian Training Awards.

Tourism and Hospitality Lecturer Donna Wiggins was congratulated for her win in the Katherine Chamber of Commerce community services awards.

Ms Williams said that long-term Business Studies Lecturer Chris Dixon was warmly farewelled after a long career in adult education that took him to almost every community in the region.

And in Tennant Creek, staff celebrated with a group of Night Patrol graduates who work for the Barkly Regional Council. Their efforts drew praise from local Mayor Steve Edgington, who complimented the 17 graduates on their “significant achievement”.