28 May 2012
Honorary awards recognise lifetimes of service
RMIT University has presented three eminent Australians with Honorary Doctorates, its highest accolade and honour.
Miro Miletic was awarded a Doctor of Engineering (Aerospace) for his impressive record of leadership and achievement in both the Australian and international aerospace industries - with more than 20 years' experience with the aviation, aerospace and defence industries, he is highly regarded as an expert in his field.
Kaye Schofield was awarded a Doctor of Education for making and continuing to make significant contributions in both tertiary education and the community as a whole - she has a distinguished career in education spanning 40 years and her reach extends across Australia and overseas.
Terrence Francis was awarded a Doctor of Business for his notable record of experience and achievement in business over more than 30 years, including 20 years in corporate banking where he also worked as the managing director of licensed banks. He also served as a member of the RMIT Council for seven years.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the awarding of the degree honoris causa was made in recognition of the outstanding contributions by the recipients to their fields of work and the community.
"These three people have, in their respective fields, demonstrated a passionate and continuing commitment to improving the quality of people's lives and, by extension, the community at large.
"Today they join the list of eminent past recipients, a list that crosses geographical, cultural and professional divides, but is consistent in its acknowledgment of an outstanding personal contribution to our community," the Vice-Chancellor said.
Staff and students were also recognised at the ceremony for academic excellence and outstanding contributions to the University community.
The Francis Ormond Medal was presented to Ewald Van Laake in acknowledgement of staff commitment, dedication, excellence and exceptional service to the University.
Mr Van Laake began work at RMIT 25 years ago and is currently the Technical Services Coordinator in the School of Life and Physical Sciences.
The Ralph McIntosh Medal was presented to Professor Sylvester Abanteriba in acknowledgement of outstanding service to students. Professor Abanteriba is the Director of the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research program (RIIERP).
Other awards and prizes:
Beazley Award - Tegan Woodcock. Ms Woodcock, who was awarded a Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Pre-press) in 2011, had received the Lithographic Institute of Australia Victorian Award in 2011, which recognises the best graduate in Victoria from the three apprenticeship streams.
Institute Award (HE) - Jethro Kairys. Mr Kairys was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) with First Class Honours in 2011. He received a number of scholarships and prizes during his study at RMIT including the Australian Power Institute Bursary in 2008, the Ian Redmond Memorial Award for most outstanding student in 2009, the Boeing Award and Dyne Industries Award in 2010, and the Boeing Award in 2011.
Institute Award (VET) - Sara Crotty. Ms Crotty was awarded a Diploma of Visual Art in 2011 and has now transitioned into higher education, studying the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) at RMIT.
J N McNicol Prize - Ella Coley. Ms Coley was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) with Distinction. She was involved in many RMIT community and student leadership activities at RMIT including tutoring, mentoring, and organising events, such as first-year orientation and a ball.
Patricia Guthrie Memorial Award - Shyneth Paton. Ms Paton was awarded a Bachelor of Social Science (Environment) with Distinction. While at RMIT, she actively promoted engagement in environmental issues and developed extra curricular activities, including the RMIT Association of Debaters and the radio program, Tatak Pinoy, which promotes Filipino language and culture.
Graduating PhD students with Dr Ziggy Switkowski and Professor Margaret Gardner AO at the RMIT Graduation and Honorary Doctorates May ceremony in Storey Hall.
From left, Dr Ziggy Switkowski, Chancellor, RMIT; Honorary Doctorate recipients - Dr Terrence Francis, Dr Miro Miletic and Dr Kaye Schofield; and Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT.
RMIT's 2012 medal winners, back row from left, Beazley Award winner, Tegan Woodcock; Institute Award (VET) winner Ms Sara Crotty; Institute Award (HE) winner, Jethro Kairys; and the Patricia Guthrie Memorial Award winner, Shyneth Paton. Front row from left, J N McNicol Prize winner, Ms Ella Colley; Dr Ziggy Switkowski; Professor Margaret Gardner AO; Professor Sylvester Abanteriba, Ralph McIntosh Medal recipient; and Ewald Van Laake, Francis Ormond medal recipient.