Top students and staff honoured by Murdoch

August 25, 2017

Rewarding excellence: (L-R) Tailah Greenwood with City of Mandurah Mayor, Marina Vergone and Vice Chancellor, Eeva Leinonen

The achievements and academic excellence of Murdoch University students and staff from Mandurah and Rockingham were celebrated at a special ceremony last night.

Senior University leaders joined generous prize and scholarship donors and the Mayors of the Cities of Mandurah and Kwinana to congratulate winners in 13 student prize categories, six scholarships and two awards for staff at Murdoch’s Mandurah Campus.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Eeva Leinonen praised the winners and recipients and thanked the donors and partners for their generosity in recognising excellence.

“This year’s Mandurah Award Ceremony is our biggest yet and reflects the tremendous support of local organisations and individuals of our mission to provide educational opportunities for young people in the Peel, Kwinana and Rockingham areas,” Professor Leinonen said.

“We are passionate about equality of opportunity in education and we are actively engaging in various projects across the region to offer high quality educational, research and community experiences for our future and current students.”

The majority of the awards were for academic excellence in the undergraduate nursing course run at Mandurah.

Also rewarded were students from the Peel and Rockingham regions who excelled in Murdoch’s award-winning OnTrack program, a free 14-week course offering alternative pathways to Murdoch.

Students excel with the support of excellent teachers, and the nursing program’s highly skilled staff — Dr Zablon Njiru, Dr Martin Hopkins and Helen Wright — were acknowledged at the ceremony.

The recipient of the Contemporary Nursing Management of Mental Illness and Applied Psychology for Nursing Practice Award, Tailah Greenwood, delivered the Vote of Thanks on behalf of all the students at the ceremony.

Tailah has been supported throughout her time at Murdoch by scholarships from the City of Mandurah and the Peel Community Foundation. This enabled her to invest in textbooks and nursing scrubs, and gave her the time to volunteer for St John’s Ambulance and as a mentor for Murdoch first year students and Indigenous high school pupils.

She was also selected to attend the Humanitarian Affairs University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations in Thailand.

“This has been a highlight of the support Murdoch University has for its students,” said Tailah, who is currently in her third year of study.

“Murdoch propels its students to reach their full potential, to see the different perspectives of the world and to believe in themselves, that we can make a difference and promote change within our communities.

“Thanks to the donors, we can now broaden our experience and develop our personal and professional skills through clinical placements, volunteering, travel and research.”

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