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Faculty Celebrates Excellence


8 May 2012

The Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, was the special guest at the annual prize and scholarship evening on Friday 4 May 2012, in MacLaurin Hall, for the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment. The Scholars' Reception recognises the excellence of high achievers from within the ranks of the undergraduate students with prizes and scholarships awarded for a range of achievements from performance in individual areas of study to overall performance in any one year.

This year, we presented first year scholarships which are awarded on academic performance in high school, community involvement and interest in agriculture, the ATAR and an interview. We also presented the winners of Rural Sustainability Scholarships offered specifically to rural and regional students with a passion for agriculture and sustainability, as well as the winners of the Environmental Sustainability Scholarships to students in the Bachelor of Environmental Systems.

Among the 240 guests was Mrs Susan Ashton.The James S Ashton Memorial Scholarship is a very special scholarship. It not only commemorates the achievements of Jamie Ashton who graduated with the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree specialising in Animal Production - but is designed to encourage others to make a significant commitment to Australian agriculture, as he had planned to do. In a tribute to him, his family and friends wished to perpetuate his memory through this initiative. This year's recipient is Hugh Stahel.

Mrs Ashton with this year's recipient Hugh Stahel
Mrs Ashton with this year's recipient Hugh Stahel

The Faculty congratulates all winners and thanks our donors, alumni and friends for their tremendous support. We also acknowledge the important contributions made by parents and teachers to the academic success of our students. To view the full list of award recipients in the Awards Program click here,

Immediately preceding the Scholars' Reception, more than 80 students graduated with degrees from PhDs to Bachelor degrees across the Faculty's full suite of degree programs this year. Professor Alex McBratney, BSc PhD DScAberdeen, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science in Agriculture at the Faculty Graduation ceremony and was the occasional speaker. The text of his Occasional Address can be downloaded under RELATED.

Professor Alex McBratney (3rd from the right) after his graduation in the company of Mark Adams, Stephen Cattle, Tony Koppi, Damien Field, Budiman Minasny and John Triantafilis
Professor Alex McBratney (3rd from the right) after his graduation in the company of Mark Adams, Stephen Cattle, Tony Koppi, Damien Field, Budiman Minasny and John Triantafilis

University Medals were awarded to Resource Economics graduates Georgina Snelling and Haydn Valle. Both were also 2011 Dean's List winners, and Haydn also took out the Bruce Davidson Prize in Resource Economics, and the John Neil Downing Memorial Prize in Practical Agriculture.

Professor Mark Adams presenting Georgina Snelling with her University Medal (L) and Associate Professor Stephen Cattle presenting Haydn Valle with his University Medal. (R)
Professor Mark Adams presenting Georgina Snelling with her University Medal (L) and Associate Professor Stephen Cattle presenting Haydn Valle with his University Medal. (R)

Congratulations to all our new graduates!


Contact: Ms Robyn Turner

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