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The CQUniversity Opal Awards - Excellence in Engagement

The CQUniversity Opal Awards for Excellence in Engagement recognise and encourage outstanding engagement by CQUniversity staff and students with the community, as well as internally within CQUniversity.

This year, CQUniversity is proud to announce that the 2017 Awards include a new Social Innovation category for staff, as well as students.

The award categories open to CQUniversity staff members are:

  • Engaged Education and Training;
  • Engaged Research and Innovation;
  • Engaged Service;
  • Social Innovation (nomination form); and
  • Engaged Internal Service.

The award categories open to CQUniversity students are:

Please see the Excellence in Engagement Awards Procedure for further details, including selection criteria and nomination process.

Email engagement@cqu.edu.au or phone (07) 4940 7406 for more information.

2016 OPAL AWARDS RESULTS

ENGAGED EDUCATION AND TRAINING

WINNER

Annual Inter Emergency Services Multi-Casualty Exercise 2013-2015 by Paul Oliveri and Anthony Weber

FINALISTS

CQUniversity Drone Races by Linda Pfeiffer, Dr Benjamin Taylor and Ashfaque Chowdhury

PEACHQld (TRIMKids) Program by Dr Susan Williams and Reegan Bickey

OTHER NOMINEES

Clinical Placement in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Carl Legros

Bachelor of Oral Health Rural Clinic Placement by Leonie Short

Professional Development Training Program – Cairns by Mark Franks

"The Courage to Care" Readers Theatre Project by Margaret Mcallister, Donna Brien, Wendy Flanagan, Virginia Howie and Joanne Dargusch

Townsville Flexible Learning Centre by Claudio Favero

Community Sports Projects by Betul Sekendiz

Seagrass Restoration Community Engagement Project by Emma Jackson and Hannah Wilson

CQUniversity School Business Challenge by Martin Turner, Gordon Stewart, Lee Di Milia, Tim Whan, Anna Farmer, Maree Franettovich, Robert Grose and Karen Mcpherson

ENGAGED RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

WINNER

Late night competition and jetlag prior to the 2016 Olympic Games - Australian Olympic Swimming Team by Dr Charli Sargent and Prof Greg Roach

FINALISTS

iCARE Project  by Prof Margaret Mcallister, Prof Bruce Knight and Lucy Sargent

Visitors' Perceptions of Crowding in Whitsunday Tourism Locations by Dr Bruce Prideaux, Dr Anja Pabel and Michelle Thompson

OTHER NOMINEES

Co-operation in Development, by Lily Li

International Benchmarking of Longitudinal Train Dynamics Simulators by Maksym Spiryagin, Qing Wu and Colin Cole

ENGAGED SERVICE

WINNER

CQ Spinal Assessment & Rehabilitation Service (CQSARS):  a physiotherapy referral pathway with the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital by Samantha Swain, Dr Anthony Schneiders and Helen Bourne

FINALISTS

Outbound Nursing Studies – Singapore by Marina Cousins and Lucy Jiang

Jennifer Bassett, Prof Leone Hinton, Anthony Welch, Justine Connor, Teresa Sullivan and Lina Ma

‘LACE’ - Language and Cultural Exchange: Community Outreach Project for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Recent Migrants by Ruth O'Neill, Gabriela Toth, Edward Pember, Kaye Sutton, June Sanderson, David Beddoe and Robert Puffett

OTHER NOMINEES

Co-operation in Development by Olav Muurlink

International Engagement, Research and Innovation in Nepal by Wendy Hillman

RU OK Day by Kim Harrington, Sara Barnbaum and Alicia-Maree Ferry

Central Queensland Regional Titration Competition by Heather Smyth, Victoria Vicente-Beckett, Leanne Voss, Emma Vizgoft and Reegan Bickey

Meet the Business Leaders by Robyn Collins and Maree Franettovich

The Inclusion and Accessibility Service Champtions inclusive edcuation for students living with disability across the CQUniversity footprint by Natalie Vonthien, Enid Bunt, Michelle Broad, Janet Cook, Sharleen Keleher and Cate Rooney

Headspace Yarn Safe Video by Steven Pace, Jodie Connolly and Donna Robinson

ROCQ Program by Joy Smith, Erin Daly, Bianca Webster, Christie Wishart, Courtney Maynard, Daniel Hicks, Emma Power, Georgia Tulloch, Jonathan Still, Katherine Smith, Laura Burrows, Leslie Lowe, Lincoln Roberts, Maria Madueno, Sarah Christmass, Ryli Campio-Ettles, Natash Alderson, Kerry-Anne Watson, Alexander Maggacis, James Hoffman and Sally Dorrstein

Australian Resuscitation Council Queensland Branch by Darryl Clare

ENGAGED INTERNAL SERVICE

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION

Priscilla Stevens-Guiney, Narelle Pearse, Anita Anderson, Lynda Woodman, Sonia Steyn, Katrina O’Sullivan, Sharyn Millar, Andrew Sinnamon, Renee Potter, Sunny Mantri, Cyrus Bharda, Erin Daly, Susan Arnold and Rachel Lamb.

OTHER NOMINEES

Simon Bartlem, Kerry Skett, Josh Batts, Derek Jones, Madison Minns, Peter Vanheck, Greg Chapman, Colette Le Page, Joanne Perry, Rebecca Mclellan, Megan O’Rourke, David Andrews, Justin McSherry, Lauro Azambuja, Chris Bergman, Mark Western, Bruce Young and Michael Gregory.

ENGAGED SERVICE LEARNING (STUDENTS)

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Project Fiji by Claire Kelly

Startup Weekend and Mentor Blaze by Jodie Stanley

Get Your Health In Check by Jodie Stanley

CQUniversity Business and Law Students Develop Festival Spirit (Bundaberg Rum) by Caitlin Turnbull, Virginia Stenner, Sam Roberts, Ryan Paul, Amanda Brocklehurst and William Brosnan

Community Engagement and Volunteer Activities by Melissa Parter

Do Not Disturb by Catherine Gamble and Lisa Brummel

10,000 Steps Challenge – Walk Around CQU Campuses Challenge by Jodie-Lee Nowland, Toni Heaton, Tamika Rhoden and Jessica Beutel

Dream Big Project by Jessica Kahl, Angela Tsai, Mattison Rose, Matthew White, Connor Lawson, Liam Turner, Lauren Keleher, Robert McKone and Shayne Blanchfield

Co-Tutelle by Chunsheng Li

A Holistic Approach to Accountability: Measuring Outcomes of Economic Development Funding in Northern Canadian Aboriginal Communities by Dr Pawan Chugh

Robert Fisher Pro Bono Law Clinic by Vivian Hoy, Justin French, Katrina Hicks and Joshua Morgan

2016 MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

Engaged students, staff applauded at CQUniversity Australia Opal Awards

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