Business Alumni Update | Issue Twelve 2014
UniSA Young Gun elected to West Torrens City Council

Councillor Steven Rypp
Community involvement is the core of Steven’s life. Having been actively involved in Surf Life Saving and umpiring with the SANFL (South Australian National Football League) for many years, Steven decided to pursue his passion in a more meaningful way this year, and give something back to his community by running for Council.
Steven Rypp
After gathering a few close friends and developing a local campaign plan, Steven was able to door knock the entire Lockleys Ward (of around 3,500 houses) in eight short weeks. His hard work paid off, on 18 November 2014, Steven was sworn in as Councillor for the West Torrens City Council.

Steven has completed a Business double degree in Sport and Recreation Management as well as Tourism and Event Management and in 2013 finished his Bachelor of Management (Honours). His Honours Thesis focused on the relationships between motivation, involvement, overall satisfaction and loyalty of volunteers and surf sports competitors in Surf Life Saving Clubs throughout South Australia.
Craig Fabbian
Throughout his studies, Steven was an actively involved student. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Steven chose to enhance his skill set by volunteering his time as a Student Ambassador, enthusiastically advocating for UniSA. In addition to his duties as Student Ambassador, Steven took on a number of casual contract positions with the Port Adelaide Football Club, Surf Life Saving SA, and the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA).
Steven says, "Mentors have played an important role in my career so far. One of the best examples was during my time in the UniSA Business Career Mentor Program, I was able to work with some great industry leaders in my field to map out an early career plan, enhance my leadership skills and refine my CV."

His advice for young graduates starting out in their career revolves around getting involved. "Take the opportunities available to gain a competitive edge; accept casual roles in your field of interest take up volunteer work, travel overseas – do anything you can to become more employable and competitive among other graduates."

A condensed list of Steven’s achievements include:
  • Scholarship to sail on the Young Endeavour in 2013
  • Australian Institute of Emergency Services National Youth Volunteer Award in 2012
  • Nominated for the Community Spirit Award in the 2012 Pride of Australia Awards
  • Member of the Golden Key Honour Society
  • Active After-School Communities (AASC) Program; National and State Coaching Awards in 2010
  • South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Umpire
You can see what Steven's up to by 'liking' his Facebook page.

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