The culmination of hours of study, assignments and exams for more than 1050 students was celebrated in August at UniSA mid-year graduation ceremonies.
Four ceremonies were held at the Adelaide Convention Centre where family and friends watched loved ones graduate and celebrated their hard work.
Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd told graduands they were part of the one-third of the population who has been given the gift of education that comes with an obligation to make the world a better place.
“You are about to enter the world with fascinating challenges and great career opportunities,” Prof Lloyd said.
“You have been taught how to be ready for tomorrow … and how to learn and keep learning.
“I ask that you keep that flame burning and soak up as much learning as you can, now and for the rest of your lives.”
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Eight honorary awards were presented at the ceremonies, recognising exceptional achievement and acknowledging significant and eminent contributions to scholarship, professional practice and service to the University and its community.
Highly respected Narungga-Kaurna elder, Kevin O’Loughlin OAM, was acknowledged for his contribution to Aboriginal education over 50 years, with an Honorary Doctorate.
Educator, storyteller and cultural consultant – affectionately known to many as Uncle Dookie – O’Loughlin has been a champion for cultural understanding and the value of Aboriginal knowledges.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the University was proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of an Aboriginal leader who has given so much to students, staff and the community.
“Kevin is well-known and loved for his generosity in teaching of Aboriginal culture to students and staff in our Divisions of Information Technology, Environment and Engineering; and Business,” Prof Lloyd said.
One of Australia’s most distinguished military officers, retired Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UniSA for outstanding service to the community.
The former head of Australia’s defence force oversaw military operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in 2011 and going on to lead Australia’s efforts to respond to two aviation disasters involving Malaysia Airlines in 2014.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said Sir Angus’s celebrated military career and his unstinting service to Australia was an inspiration to all.
“Sir Angus’s service to his country has been exceptional, across so many different fields. Not only has he served the military with distinction – his leadership skills have proved invaluable in so many other areas,” Prof Lloyd said.
One of Australia’s most respected judges and an expert in Native Title, the Honourable John Mansfield AM, was recognised for his commitment and service to the law, judiciary and wider community.
Sworn in as a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia in September 1996, Mansfield served for nearly 20 years on the bench before retiring in August last year.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the Honorary Doctorate acknowledged not only Mansfield’s enduring commitment to the University but also his significant contribution to legal education and to building stronger societies.
“John’s leadership and service to the law has been exceptional, both at UniSA and across local and international communities,” Prof Lloyd said.
Emeritus Professor David Corkindale has been a leader in marketing and management at UniSA and a senior marketing scientist with its Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science.
During his career at UniSA, Prof Corkindale has held a number of roles including leading the marketing discipline, which culminated in the foundation of the School of Marketing and the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, now considered an international authority on marketing by many of the world’s biggest brands.
He was part of the team that gained one of the first research grants to develop programs in marketing and exporting for small and midsized wineries – the seed of what was to become UniSA’s global research leadership in wine marketing.
Emeritus Professor Kerin O’Dea, AO, was recognised for her work in health research.
Former Director of the University’s Sansom Institute for Health Research, and now Professor of Nutrition and Population Health at UniSA’s Centre for Population Health Research, Prof O’Dea has made major contributions to understanding the relationship between diet and chronic diseases, particularly Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
She has spent many years researching diet and chronic disease in Indigenous Australians, and undertook novel research on the health impacts of traditional diet and lifestyle on Aboriginal people – discovering beneficial health impacts.
She has also been a strong advocate of the health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet, has warned of the risks of high sugar convenience foods and drinks, and worked actively as a Board member of Outback Stores to develop a better economic model for healthy food supply to remote Aboriginal communities.
An international leader in adult and vocational education research and now an adjunct professor at UniSA, Emeritus Professor Roger Harris is co-leader of the Leadership, Teaching and Learning Research Group, one of the research clusters within the Centre for Research in Education, as well as being a member of the Professorial Group in the School of Education.
He was also director of the national consortium on vocational education and training research.
Prof Harris edited the Australian Journal of Adult Learning for almost 23 years, bringing the journal to international recognition and rating.
His 42-year career at UniSA in vocational teacher education and research focused on training reform, workplace learning and professional development.
In 2008 his work was recognised with the inaugural award – VET Researcher of the Year – at the Australian Training Awards.
Retired Professor of Writing and Communication, Director of International programs in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, and Director of the Narratives of War Research group, Emeritus Professor Claire Woods led a teaching team to develop the successful BA (Professional Writing and Communication).
She was awarded the national award for University Teacher of the Year in Arts and Humanities and the Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year in 2000.
Emeritus Professor Woods established UniSA’s Narratives of War Research Group examining stories of war through interdisciplinary focus through literature, writing, film, theatre and music.
Recently retired Executive Director of Human Resources Ruth Blenkiron, was acknowledged for her service to UniSA by being made a Fellow of the University.
One of her notable achievements was to lead the establishment of a centralised recruitment service as the foundation for the creation of a culture of excellence at UniSA.
By building a whole-of-institution notion of preferred staff attributes – she worked tirelessly to progress the development of a culture of enterprise at UniSA.