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UTS alumni honoured on Australia Day

28 January 2016

Seven UTS graduates have been recognised in the 2016 Australia Day honours roll for their wide-ranging contributions across community, sport, animal welfare, education and the communications industry. These esteemed members of the UTS alumni community have made a positive and far-reaching impact on our society through dedication, compassion and hard work.

“We are very proud to see this outstanding diverse group of UTS graduates being awarded Australia’s highest honours, and we would like to congratulate them on this incredible achievement,” said Professor Attila Brungs, UTS Vice-Chancellor.

“Social justice and the importance of using education to bring about real and lasting change are core values here at UTS – it is humbling to witness the impact our alumni are having around the world.”

CEO of the Football Federation Australia and former CEO of the National Rugby League, David Gallop (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, 1991), was recognised as a Member (AM) in the General Division for his significant service to sports administration, through executive roles with football and rugby league organisations, and to the community.

Furthermore, five UTS alumni received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for their contribution to our country, including:

  • Mignon Bonwick (Bachelor of Education in Special Education, 1996) for her service to homeless youth in Sydney, through her work at Key College, an independent high school for homeless youth run by Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets
  • Dr Leah Day (Doctor of Philosophy, 2011) for her service to community history
  • Dr Stephen Giugni (Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, 1986) for his service to the communications industry through research, and to volleyball
  • Kristina Vesk (Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, 1995) for her service to animal welfare organisations in her role as CEO of the Cat Protection Society
  • Elizabeth Wilson (Diploma in Teaching, 1981) for her service to the community, particularly through Toastmasters International

In addition, Melanie Rebane (Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Communication), 2008; Master of Arts in Communication Management, 2012) was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, for her commitment to delivering critical fire safety campaigns and enhancing community safety.

Former UTS Kuring-gai staff member, Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith, was also recognised, receiving the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to education as an academic and researcher, as an advocate for teacher professional learning, and as a mentor

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