The 5th annual CSU Study Centre Gala Dinner was held at the Luxor Function Centre in Melbourne on 22nd June. The night celebrated the achievements of CSU Study Centre students and also recognised the efforts of the lecturers and staff that contribute to the success of the Study Centre.
On 22nd June, the 5th annual CSU Study Centre Gala Dinner event was held at the Luxor Function Centre in Melbourne to congratulate CSU Study Centre award winning students.
Student academic recognition included Dean’s awards, academic achievement awards, and the student leadership awards. Lecturers were also awarded for ‘teaching excellence’.
This year saw 221 total award winners with 38 Dean's Awards, 149 Academic Achievement Awards, 1 Academic Excellence award for first year of IT, 25 teaching awards and 8 awards to the Student Representative Committee handed out on the night.
Alongside the formal presentation of certificates, the evening also featured a number of cultural performances delivered by the students and included a spectacular fire dancing exhibition and a guest appearance from a snake. There was also an inspiring address by CSU Study Centre Melbourne alumni, Mofei Yuan, who graduated in 2015 and who now has a successful career in logistics.
Finally, there was a heartfelt farewell presentation to Professor Ken Dillon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Administration) at Charles Sturt University and former chair of the Study Centre Management Committee, who will shortly be departing the university after an illustrious 25 year career. Study Group ANZ Managing Director Warren Jacobson recognised the enormous impact Professor Dillon had on the success of the Study Centres during his tenure and his passionate efforts to develop extracurricular activities, in particular the Study Centres cricket program.
‘It is a rare breed that is able to ascend to this level of success in both academic and administrative domains. Given the breadth of his responsibilities and how busy he is, his support for the Study Centres and his commitment to students is evidenced in his attendance here tonight’ said Mr Jacobson.
Professor Dillon was presented with a CSU Study Centres cricket shirt, signed by the team and encased in glass as a token of appreciation for his support.
The night then continued on with additional student performances and guests taking advantage of the celebratory atmosphere on the dance floor. It was a great evening, with yet another cohort of exceptional CSU Study Centre students receiving recognition for their hard work.