Students and donors praised on Murdoch prize night

May 10, 2017

L-R: Jim Sharp, Sue Moore's husband Warren Tacey, daughter Jess, Martin van Aswegan, Sue Moore's son Sam and Professor Eeva Leinonen.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen paid tribute to the donors and students giving and receiving prizes at an annual Award Ceremony last night.

More than 80 prizes and scholarships were awarded to outstanding students from the Schools of Health Professions, Psychology and Exercise Science and Veterinary and Life Sciences at the event, which was held on the Perth campus.

Professor Leinonen said: “The prizes and scholarships recognise and inspire our students across all disciplines, but they would not happen without the considerable support and commitment from industry and personal donors. I would like to thank them all for their generosity.

“Having come from a modest home and been the recipient of a scholarship, I understand the positive impact such support can have.”

One of the new prizes at the ceremony was the Susan Moore Prize in Nature-Based Tourism, which was established by Murdoch University in honour of Professor Susan Moore, who sadly passed away late last year.

Professor Moore was a well-respected and internationally renowned researcher who created and led the Nature-Based Tourism Research Group. She also won awards for teaching and research achievements during her 21-year career at Murdoch.

Her family and close colleagues attended the ceremony to see student Martin van Aswegen win the inaugural award.

Martin van Aswegen said it was a true honour to receive a prize in the name of Professor Moore.

“I was fortunate to grow up near some marine hotspots in South Africa, New Zealand, and more recently Australia,” Martin said.

“These exposures have contributed to developing a passion for Nature-Based Tourism, and to me this means finding a way to strike a balance between experiencing all that nature has to offer with effective conservation and management strategies.”

Jim Sharp, Director General of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, which made a $5,000 contribution to the prize, also attended.

Donations to this prize and other University causes, can be made via the Support Murdoch website.

The Award Ceremony was one of three taking place in April and May that recognise Murdoch’s outstanding students across all disciplines and year levels.

All the latest news from Murdoch University can be read here.

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