The Wollotuka Institute embarked on a new initiative to re-connect with Indigenous graduates of UoN. They hosted a symposium in 2009. Developing lifelong relationships between Indigenous graduates and UoN is Kunnar's goal. Strong relationships will facilitate the development of Indigenous knowledge, cultural teachings, spiritual awakening, and Community collaborations that will be recognised and celebrated by global audiences.
Indigenous Alumni Award
The inaugural Indigenous Alumni Award was presented to Dr Jacquelyne Hughes who is completing a PhD studying obesity and diabetes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Dr Hughes graduated from the University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Medicine.
President of Alumni, Brian Kennaugh says each of the winners inspires others who may be completing their degrees or contemplating careers.
“Each winner has a story of professional excellence, innovation or creativity and each has contributed to society in a powerful way,” Mr Kennaugh said.
“The Alumni Awards remind us of the strong platform and quality of education provided by The University of Newcastle, whose graduates continue to lead and influence in their chosen fields.
“As a group of your peers and on behalf of the University and the region we serve, Alumni congratulates the winners in 2010.”View Presentation Images...
Dr Jaquelyne Hughes (B Medicine 2000) is the inaugural recipient of the Indigenous Alumni Award.
The Indigenous Alumni Award is to recognise outstanding achievement and/or contribution made by an indigenous graduate in their chosen field, demonstrating initative and excellence.
Dr Hughes was one of two Indigeous doctors awarded the Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) for the first time.