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About the Awards

Celebrating its 11th year, the James Cook University Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise graduates of the University, and its predecessor institutions, who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of endeavour at a local, state, national or international level.

  • Outstanding Alumni - Graduates of James Cook University and the Townsville College of Advanced Education and students of the University College of Townsville who graduated from the University of Queensland. One outstanding alumni is selected by each of JCU's six academic Colleges;
  • Outstanding Early Career Alumni - Graduates of James Cook University who are aged 35 or under at the time of nomination. One outstanding early career alumni is selected by each of JCU's six academic Colleges;
  • Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Award - one recipient chosen by JCU's Chancellor from all the recipients awarded an Outstanding Alumni Award within the current year.

Alumni: Graduates of James Cook University and the Townsville College of Advanced Education and students of the University College of Townsville who graduated from the University of Queensland.

Early Career: Graduates of James Cook University who are aged 35 years or younger at time of nomination.

The 2020 award was designed by local Townsville artist and JCU alumna Sue Tilley in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary, and 10 years of the Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Hard cut glass sheet and delicate powders are fused together to create colourful translucent pieces that capture the vibrant colours, power and movement of our local environment. Each piece is cold worked and fused, before being slumped over a hand-cut three dimensional representation of striking Licuala Grandis (Elegant Fan Palm), then mounted on a block of Australian hardwood. Drawing inspiration from the crystal clear waters, intense blue skies and warmth of the outback for the strong colours, the power of glass is its ability to capture the intensity of colour and the feeling of movement we see each day in nature. Glass is surprisingly strong yet easily shattered; a beautiful representation of the power and strength of nature, but also the delicate fragility of our ecosystem and all of its inherent elements.

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