Golden Key recipients Gavin Lynch, Sadan Adhikari, Rachael Brain, Kara Wise, Belinda Evans and Michelle Malki.
Golden Key recipients Gavin Lynch, Sadan Adhikari, Rachael Brain, Kara Wise, Belinda Evans and Michelle Malki. Jocelyn Watts

USQ students recognised for contributions, achievements

NINE University of Southern Queensland Fraser Coast students have been recognised for their academic achievements and community contributions.

USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer said the Phoenix Central Awards Ceremony held earlier in November acknowledged students' academic efforts by congratulating those invited to the USQ Golden Key International Honour Society.

"I congratulate our students Rachael Brain, Belinda Evans, Renee Irving, Gavin Lynch, Michelle Malki, Kara Wise and Sadan Adhikari on their addition to the USQ Golden Key International Honour Society," he said.

"The Golden Key is the world's largest academic honour society.

"Membership is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements.

"Since it was established, Golden Key has recognized more than 12 million undergraduate and graduate students for their intellectual achievements.

"The USQ chapter of Golden Key has more than 1000 alumni and current student members."

The ceremony, attended by USQ senior deputy vice-chancellor Janet Verbyla, also acknowledged students who this year completed the Phoenix Award, which formally recognised students who had participated in extra-curricular activities.

"Congratulations also go to Kacey Groundwater and Thomas Sugget on achieving their Phoenix Awards," Mr Langabeer said.

The Phoenix Award aims to assist students in becoming well-rounded graduates by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities that are necessary for the successful transition into the workplace.

"To qualify for the Phoenix Award, students must complete a range of activities including paid and volunteer work, and participate in cultural, academic, social and/or sporting clubs as well as undertake additional training such as first aid."

Kacey's activities included USQ Student Guild workshops and volunteer work at a local school, Police Youth Citizens Club and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

She worked as a volunteer research assistant, USQ Meet Up leader, and tutor and marker for Year 11 and 12 Maths B.

She was also a member of USQ Student Representative Council and USQ affiliated Anime and Gaming Club.

Thomas's activities included the USQ Student Guild, Student Forum, Meet-Up Leader program and president of the Student Representative Council.

He volunteered for the State Emergency Service, completed first aid and CPR training, became a Qualified Justice of the Peace, was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership program, and also worked in paid employment.

Thomas completed his Bachelor of Business in semester one this year and is undertaking six months of post-graduate study.

While completing his degree on campus, Thomas was selected for a worldwide two-year graduate program with mining company BHP Billiton, which he will start in 2014.

USQ senior deputy vice-chancellor Janet Verbyla presents Kacey Groundwater with her Phoenix Award.
USQ senior deputy vice-chancellor Janet Verbyla presents Kacey Groundwater with her Phoenix Award. Jocelyn Watts


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