Community Engagement

Inaugural Indigenous Student Awards Night

We honoured and celebrated the academic achievements of Indigenous students at our inaugural Indigenous Undergraduate Student Awards night held on 31 October 2017. The awards acknowledged the efforts our students make to succeed in their studies.

Academic awards were presented to students from each of JCU’s six Colleges and the Diploma of Higher Education. Two 'Spirit Awards' were presented to students who had shown exceptional strength and resilience to overcome setbacks and persist with their studies.

These awards are designed to reward and encourage Indigenous students’ efforts to persist and succeed. The celebration provides an inspiring showcase to other Indigenous students and to our many supporters across the JCU community, the Indigenous community, across education, Industry and government sectors, and the community at large.

Award recipients

College of Arts, Society and Education

Irene Robinson (Cairns) – Bachelor of Arts

Jaime Ahwang (Cairns) – Bachelor of Social Work

College of Business, Law and Governance

Ben Toborek (External) – Bachelor of Business

Kylie Arlidge (Cairns) – Bachelor of Laws

College of Science and Engineering

Shenade Muller (Townsville) – Bachelor of Science

Hetty McLaughlin (Townsville) – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

College of Healthcare Sciences

Clarissa Marrinan (Townsville) – Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery

Jefferson Mobbs (Cairns) – Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

College of Medicine and Dentistry

Sapphire Watkinson (Townsville) – Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery

Liam White (Cairns) – Bachelor of Dental Surgery

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Nicole Quin (Townsville) – Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Diploma of Higher Education

Joanne Kaczmarek (Townsville)

Corey Quinlan (Townsville)

Spirit Award

Phillip Obah (Townsville) – Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Business

James Leftwich (Cairns) – Bachelor of Business

Through our individual cultural heritage we are connected to our traditional groups and have a responsibility and commitment to engage with and contribute to supporting the aspirations of our people.

As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples and those who work alongside us we have an obligation to ensure that the voice of the community is heard and listened to within the university. We achieve this through our numerous family, community and organisational connections and obligations, our teaching and learning and research work, and our advisory and support role within the greater community.