News

Big award a sneaky secret

Jennifer Rees Brown receives her University Medal from Chancellor, The Honourable John Robert Arthur Dowd, AO QC.
Jennifer Rees Brown receives her University Medal from Chancellor, The Honourable John Robert Arthur Dowd, AO QC. Robin Wright

WHEN Jennifer Rees Brown gathered her family together at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus for today's graduation ceremony, she was holding on to a big secret.

Some weeks back the new Honours in Psychology student from the School of Health and Human Sciences learned she was among 14 University Medal recipients but hid the news until the presentation.

"The letter came in advance but I decided not to tell anyone so that it would be a surprise," Ms Rees Brown revealed.

"It was a big shock to them but a lovely moment."

Adding to the occasion was the honour of delivering the graduate students' address to the guests which included Chancellor of Southern Cross University, the Hon John Dowd AO QC.

The University Medal is an annual prize to recognise academic excellence.

The Medal is awarded to students who have completed a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours and demonstrated a very high standard of academic achievement at all times.

For Ms Rees Brown, her greatest pleasure was having her parents, husband and children in the audience.

"My parents came up from Port Macquarie to make it three generations in attendance," she said.

"They were amazed when I went back to study so many years after leaving school but overall this has been a real joy."

2012 Southern Cross University Medal winners

School of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Julie-Ann Paredes
  • School of Education
  • Hella Anne Bennett
  • Matthew David Neal
  • Shaun Hardy
  • School of Environmental Science and Management
  • Glenn James McMellon
  • Niels Nando Rueegger
  • Helen Fiona Smith
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Anja Margaret Draper
  • Jeffrey Hodgins
  • Kristen Yvonne Holdsworth
  • Jennifer Anne Rees Brown
  • Lisa Therese Skinner
  • School of Law and Justice
  • Kim Michelle Galvin
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Rodney William Caldicott

Topics:  psychology, southern cross university



The family who makes fine music

THREE GENERATIONS: Coffs Harbour City Orchestra musicians, Tim, Stephanie and Ruth Egan.

The family who makes fine music

Maserati caught flying up Pac Hwy upgrade

The newly opened Nambucca to Urunga Pacific Hwy upgrade appears to be a favourite spot for speeding drivers.

The new stretch of highway is fast becoming a race track

Police call for witnesses to motorcycle crash

Nsw police Highway Patrol.06 April 2015Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate

POLICE are seeking witnesses after a Pacific Hwy crash at Bonville

Latest deals and offers

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

A home rich in history looking for a new owner

HISTORY: The circa 1920s home is being sold for the first time in 90 years.

Circa 1920s home being sold for the first time in 90 years