Sr Luka Jueneman receives Bishop Anthony Fisher OP Ethics Prize at Notre Dame


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Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond; Associate Professor Michael Wan; Dean of Sydney School of Medicine, Professor Christine Bennett; and Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Hayden Ramsay at the Sydney Academic Prize Giving Ceremony.

Sister Luka Jueneman has received the Bishop Anthony Fisher OP Ethics Prize at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s 2011 Academic Prize Giving ceremony for its Sydney Campus.

Sr Luka also received the Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Philosophy and Theology at the Prize Giving ceremony, an annual event celebrating the outstanding achievements of students and staff.

Each year, high achieving students and staff are acknowledged for their hard work and contribution to the Notre Dame community through the presentation of a variety of awards.

The 2011 University Medal was presented to Sydney School of Medicine graduate, Dr Megan Downing, who achieved the highest academic results in the University overall in 2011.

Third year Bachelor of Arts student John McCaughan was presented the Cardinal Pell Prize, for best performance in a Core Curriculum Unit.

Merit Scholarships for 2012 were awarded to the four incoming undergraduate students who demonstrated the most impressive academic performance at an HSC level. Recipients included John’s brotherCormac McCaughan, along with Camilla Brown, Jessica Kovacs and Isabella Smith.

The student from each School who achieved the highest academic performance in 2011 was presented the Vice Chancellor’s Medal. Recipients of this accolade included;Tegan Jardine from the School of Arts and Sciences; Olivia Cameron from the School of Business; Anthony Ndaira from the School of Education; Lucy Sharkey from the School of Law; Daniel Grasso from the School of Nursing; and Samantha Ennis and Richard Pow from the School of Medicine.

Whilst it has been a tradition to acknowledge student achievement, 2011 saw the Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond initiate a new Vice Chancellor’s Award which seeks to actively promote, recognise and reward excellence in teaching practices and learning outcomes in their different forms across all the University’s campuses.

"Excellence in teaching is integral to the Objects of The University of Notre Dame Australia," Professor Hammond said.

"The application process is rigorous, requiring the staff nominated by Executive Deans to be appraised by an advisory panel. The panel then makes their recommendations to the Vice Chancellor."

The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching was presented to Associate Professor Michael Wan. Associate Professor Wan is Head of Assessment at the School of Medicine, Sydney and has been an integral member of the School since it began in 2008. He was presented with the Teaching award for his role in the design, delivery and assessment of the Medical curriculum and his involvement in institutional benchmarking and accreditation standards.

Dean of the Sydney School of Medicine, Professor Christine Bennett said Associate Professor Wan’s commitment to the education of future doctors is exemplary.

"Associate Professor Michael Wan is one of our longest serving academics and the Vice-Chancellor’s award to him is well deserved," Professor Bennett said.

"Whether as an educator or a part of the team that designed and implemented a new curriculum, Michael is a wonderful asset to our academic team and a valued colleague. This accolade reflects the many dimensions of his contribution to the School since its inception."

Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond reflected that while the award recipients had been blessed with many talents, their awards celebrated the application of those talents which had brought each great success.

"Evenings such as this are beautiful ones at the University because we can celebrate, acknowledge and welcome the academic achievements of students, and formally recognise our excellent teachers," Professor Hammond said.

"Every person here has special gifts and talents; it’s what you do with them and how you use them that are really important. Tonight, we are not celebrating the talents that have been granted to you, we are celebrating what you have done with them."

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