Inaugural Outstanding Alumni Awards winners announced

Published: Wednesday 30th September 2015

ACU has crowned the best of our outstanding graduates in our inaugural Alumni Awards. Associate director, Student Recruitment and External Relations, Maureen Frame said the awards highlight brilliant graduates who have made exceptional professional, academic and community achievements. “The winners are the embodiment of our Mission and are our strongest advocates and ambassadors,” Ms Frame said.

The winners of the 2015 Alumni Awards are: 

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Penny Daly for Community Leadership: has become a champion for the rights of refugees working on Christmas Island, Manus Island and Nauru. Penny has built on her experience taking a leadership role by establishing her own organisation that helps refugees in need. 


Dr Sarah Miller for Community Engagement: has received international acclaim for her community engagement work as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.  Sarah’s most recent humanitarian work was on deployment in Syria where her role was as the Mental Health Adviser to the ICRC delegation to make an assessment of the mental health needs of the staff and population following the enduring crisis.


Jessica Hansson our Young Alumni: pursues her passion of working with people with spinal cord injury and is committed to growing her expertise and experience in exercise physiology. She is currently a lecturer at ACU’s Melbourne Campus in charge of Masters of Neurological Analysis and Prescription and a Senior Exercise Physiologist at Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA). 


Sr Geraldine Michael, Sr Pricilla John Baptist, Sr Anushala Alexander and Sr Virgini Edwardrajah from Sri Lanka for our International contribution award.  All the sisters work in many outreach programs where they provide medical treatment and pastoral care to civilians who were wounded or traumatised in the local conflict in Sri Lanka. They have set up and teach the Diploma of Nursing and provide a nurturing and supportive study and living environment for these young students.

The judging panel also praised three Highly Commended recipients: Bradley Moggridge for Community Leadership, Dan Colquhoun for Community Engagement and Bwe Thay as an outstanding Young Alumni

The awards were open to all graduates from ACU and our predecessor institutions, with a common requirement that nominees have demonstrated evidence of attributes aligned with the ACU Mission, namely being ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good.

The 2015 Awards ceremony is scheduled for 13 October in North Sydney and will be hosted by the Vice-Chancellor. 

“ACU will continue to come together as a community to celebrate its core strengths and, as such, the ceremony will be held across different ACU campuses in future years,” Ms Frame said.

For more information check out the Alumni Awards website