Looking back on 2018

Looking back on 2018

Looking back on 2018

Before the academic year starts, we’re celebrating some the best JCU moments of 2018.

Starting with a bang

Open day 2018 welcomed prospective students, parents, and caregivers to JCU Townsville, Cairns, and online with the inaugural virtual open day. Hands-on experiences were the highlight of the day, as future students operated medical simulation equipment, competed in teams to manage environmental catastrophes, and excavated archaeological treasures.

Cultivating future research

JCU College of Arts, Society, and Education hosted the second annual Higher Degree Research Conference. The theme of the student-led, interdisciplinary conference was ‘Zones of Convergence’, celebrating the dynamic and interwoven nature of research. A series of hands-on experiences covering career skills, reducing stress, presenting, and the academic book publishing process complemented the fantastic student presentations.

Celebrating alumni success

Two fantastic JCU Law alumni joined the judiciary in 2018. Mr Terry Betts became the first JCU Law graduate appointed to the federal judiciary. He was appointed as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Ms Viviana Keegan was appointed as Magistrate at the Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Developing global citizens

JCU Nursing and Midwifery students challenged their skills in a low-resource, cross-cultural environment, providing healthcare outreach to the people of remote Papua New Guinea. The hugely successful experience was a result of the inaugural partnership between JCU’s College of Healthcare Sciences and Youth with a Mission’s Medical Ship Initiative.

Serving regional Australia

Dr Renee Cremen (left) with Dr Emily Moody. Dr Cremen was recognised for her dedication and service to rural Australia.

JCU Medicine alumna Dr Renee Cremen received the Australian Rural Doctor of the Year Award. After graduating from JCU Dr Cremen stayed in the region to provide a much-needed permanent doctor to the town of Babinda and surrounds.

Inspiring the next generation

JCU College of Science and Engineering collaborated with St Patrick’s College Townsville to share STEM skills and inspire the next generation of scientists. The students had a blast as they learned about the secret lives of turtles and sharks, turned waste to water, and delved into the world of forensic science.

Recording our region

JCU Library expanded their special collection this year with the official launch of the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection. Sir Yonge was a distinguished marine zoologist who led the Great Barrier Reef Expedition of 1928-1929. The addition of Sir Yonge’s private library expands upon JCU special collections focus on North Queensland.

Supporting student leaders

Sisi Liu, Reuben George, Charlene Godfrica Trawen and Nicolás Younes Cárdenas attended at the national conference of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) as JCU delegates. Our delegates are helping to lead the way by identify the challenges of international students studying in Australia, and adding to the essential discussion around overcoming those challenges.

Collaborating with our community

Sheer joy marked JCU Townsville Fire's celebrations when they claimed the WNBL 2017/2018 championship.

JCU partnered with the Grass is Greener music festival once again to bring an epic home-grown lineup to the tropics. Festivalgoers danced up a storm to tunes from Safia, Luca Brasi, and Australian favourites The Jungle Giants just to name a few. It was also the year for sporting success in Basketball and Netball. JCU Townsville Fire claimed the WNBL championship for the 2017/2018 season. The Marlin Coast Marlins claimed the premiership undefeated in division 2 of the Queensland State Netball after a season of intense training, including a specialised strength and conditioning program designed by JCU Sport & Exercise Science.

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Published 5 Jun 2019