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Campus News : October 2012
The Federal Government has honoured some of the University of Wollongong's most inspiring academic and professional staff with prestigious Citation Awards for their efforts to enrich student learning. The Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans in September announced the 152 university academics and professional staff across the country recognised through the government's Australian Awards for University Teaching or developing innovative programs to improve student experiences and learning. UOW's Citation Award recipients were: • Dr Honglin Chen (Education) -- for innovative and scholarly contributions to building learning communities in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that promote participation and diversity; • Dr Grace McCarthy (Sydney Business School) -- for using a coaching approach to inspire a love of learning among students and colleagues; • Professor Fazel Naghdy (Informatics) -- for sustained endeavours in educational leadership and curriculum design to foster the development of individuals and build dynamic learning communities within and beyond Informatics; • Dr Sarah O'Shea (Education) -- for sustained commitment to student transition to university and educational equity in order to facilitate a culture of engagement; • Mr Sasha Nikolic (Informatics) -- for increasing the quality of the student learning experience in engineering laboratories by taking a holistic approach to resource and staff development; and • Think Spatial (team leader Dr Laurie Chisholm, Heidi Brown and Dr Marji Puotinen, Science) -- for integrating teaching and research approaches to applied spatial science to empower student learning across the undergraduate-postgraduate continuum. BG GOVT HONOURS INSPIRING STAFF 4 CONNECT :UOW OCTOBER 2012 CONNECT: NEWS BUILDING NAMED TO HONOUR FORMER V-C RECOGNITION SET IN STONE Former UOW Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton said he felt "deeply honoured but also extremely humbled" that the University had decided to name a building after him. Professor Sutton left an indelible imprint in his 21 years at the University including almost 17 years as Vice-Chancellor from 1995-2011. Among his significant achievements was championing the development, approval and establishment of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) which opened in 2010 in a $30 million state-of the-art building. The University Council decided to recognise Professor Sutton's pivotal role in IHMRI's development by naming IHMRI's headquarters the Gerard Sutton Building. IHMRI grew from Professor Sutton's vision to improve the health outcomes in the Illawarra community by maximising and growing health and medical research funding in the region and building research capacity at the University, among the region's clinicians and within the area health service. The dedication ceremony in August also featured the unveiling of a portrait of Professor Sutton painted by nationally-acclaimed portrait artist Mathew Lynn. Welcoming guests to the event, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said he deeply admired Professor Sutton's contribution to UOW, referring to the transformation of the main campus and the Innovation Campus as a "monumental achievement". Professor Wellings said he could not think of a more fitting tribute than the building dedication as Professor Sutton had a real passion for improving the delivery of health services in the region. Chancellor Jillian Broadbent performed the official dedication of the building and portrait unveiling on behalf of the University Council. The Chancellor acknowledged Professor Sutton's pivotal roles in establishing IHMRI and the Graduate School of Medicine. With his wife, Sylvia, and other members of his family watching on Professor Sutton said : "I am deeply honoured but also extremely humbled because once a building is named after you the building remains well past your lifetime. And it's a great delight to me that it's the IHMRI building as it is a building that links the University with the entire city." Professor Sutton said there were a number of people who helped see IHMRI come to fruition and their names could also be on this building. He made particular reference to the foresight of the Pro Vice- Chancellor (Health) Professor Don Iverson. And he highlighted how the then Minister for the Illawarra and now Innovation Campus Director David Campbell lobbied the then NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, to gain funding for the building. Last December UOW conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Science on the retiring Vice-Chancellor and admitted him as an Emeritus Professor. Professor Sutton has already received national recognition with the awards of Officer of the Order of Australia and the Australian Centenary Medal. BG Top: Professor Gerard Sutton shares the building dedication ceremony in his honour with his wife Sylvia, daughters Julie and Cheryl, son-in-law Craig and grandchildren Kirrily, Ashlee and Lauren. Above: Professor Sutton and artist Mathew Lynn with the portrait of UOW's former Vice-Chancellor.
CONNECT:UOW July 2012