News about our graduates....

Megan Hastie        Congratulations to Megan Hastie (BEd, 1986 and MEd 1991) who was recently awarded  a Teaching Excellence Award 2014, from the Australasian Association  of Distance Education Schools (AADES).   Megan attributes her win as being a reflection on the quality of education and training she  received at JCU.  Megan is currently based in Brisbane.


  Dr Campbell Costello (BVSc,2010 ) is doing participating as part of the veterinary team for the Mongol Derby, he is one of the lead characters in a documentary called "All the Wild Horses" (check out this great You-Tube video about the Horse Selection ) and read the story here
Congratulations to Tristan Savage (BTh (Hons) 2011) on the publication of his new SF action adventure book Rift Breaker (see review LitBlog here). Tristan is a recipient of the Kris Hembury encouragement award category of the Aurealis Award  and Black&Write Prize Winner in 2013.   Rift-Breaker Cover 


 John Griffin - Ambassador to Greece          John Griffin (BA (Hons), 1974), University Medalist and former St Paul's College resident, has been appointed the Ambassador to Greece, with non-residential responsibility for Bulgaria and Romania.   John previously served as Ambassador to Hungary 2011-2013. 


Gareth Nevin (BPlan, 2014) was one of seven recipients of the 2014 Minister's Town Planning Prize.  The prize recognizes innovative, practical approaches to real planning problems faced by local governments.  Gareth joined local Townsville firm Milford Planning Consultants in 2013.



Ranee Crosby (LLB, 2004) and 2010 Outstanding Early Career Alumna has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Townsville Port Authority.  Ranee also served on the 15th James Cook University Council.

Ranee Lee Crosby
Rhonda Sorensen (MBA, 2003) was recently named as runner up for the  2014 RIRDC Queensland Rural Women of the Year Award.  Rhonda wants to lead a Sustainable Small Farms Field Days project to encourage the dissemination and adoption of sustainable farm practices among smaller Australian landholders.  Congratulations Rhonda.  


Carmen Smith     Recent graduate Carmen Smith (BMmJourn, 2013), has won the ABC's  national  competition Heywire, which highlights the best and the brighest youth from across Australia. Carmen works at JCU on our Web and Social Media Team.  Her entry, The Colour In Between can be viewed at  Congratulations, Carmen.





Dr Kett Kennedy, former Professor of History, Head of the Department of History and Politics, and JCU staff member from 1975 to 1997, died at home in Charters Towers, from cancer, on Saturday 22 February 2014.


Emeritus Professor Barbara Hayes OAM passed away peacefully on Monday 17 March 2014 at the Palliative Care Unit of The Townsville Hospital.

The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences are setting up a prize in Barbara's memory.


   Emeritus Professor Barbara Hayes


Professor Michael Bonell, a JCU Lecturer in Geography between 1972 and 1992 has passed away in Paris in Friday 11 July 2014.  Professor Bonell left JCU to take up an appointment as the Chief of the Hydrological Processes and Climate Section of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences.  He also retained his connections with JCU as an Adjunct Professor.

A gathering will be held to remember Mike on Saturday 2 August in Room 011C, Ground Floor, Earth and Environmental Sciences Building (34).  Professor Bonell's JCU Colleagues have put together a short obituary for him.  [Read more]



Looking for:

David Wheeler (BEd(Secondary) 1979) is looking for a former classmate Jennifer (Jenny) Parkes.  Jenny, if you could contact the Alumni Office and we will pass on David's contact details.  



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