Bendigo La Trobe staff win university awards

STAFF at La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus have been awarded the Vice Chancellors Service Award, and the University’s award for community engagement.

It’s really all about rolling up your sleeves and letting your words and deeds speak for themselves - Sue Gillett

The awards recognise work promoting, organising and delivering the Bendigo Writers Festival.

Presented by La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, the awards recognised the strength of work in community engagement by staff in supporting the festival.

Professor Dewar said the award recognised people who had gone "above and beyond" in their roles at the university.

"This is an important step towards realising La Trobe University’s vision of making Bendigo a university city," he said.

The University sponsored the Bendigo Writers Festival in several ways.

Its inaugural keynote address with prominent author and political commentator David Marr, was in conversation with La Trobe University Senior Lecturer in Strategic Communication, Dr Sue Gillett.

Dr Gillett, who accepted the award, was also on the foundational Festival management committee with Bendigo Campus director Robert Stephenson and senior manager of regional operations, Veronica Hall, and on the programming committee with lecturer in education, Sarah Mayor Cox.

‘It’s really all about rolling up your sleeves and letting your words and deeds speak for themselves,'' Dr Gillett said. 

"The festival offered an opportunity for the university to link with the community, provide valuable educational opportunities for students and rewarding real work experience. 

"It is also a huge vote of confidence in the quality of our students who worked hard to make the event a success.''

Bendigo-based strategic communication students had project-based work integrated into the festival through blogs and tweeting.

Much of their work appeared in the Bendigo Advertiser.

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