Alumni of the Year

Alumni of the year AwardsSouthern Cross University hosted our 2013 Alumni of the Year Awards in August this year. These annual awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of alumni, highlighting exceptional leadership, service to community and innovation.

If you are making an impact in your field of endeavour consider a nomination for the 2014 Alumni of the Year Awards.

For further information and details on how to nominate or be nominated please contact the Alumni Relations Manager on the details below:
Dan Sloan - Alumni Relations Manager 


E: alumni@scu.edu.au P: +61 (0)2 6626 9607

Below are our nominees and winners for the 2013 Alumni of the Year Awards.

2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

    Ben Hunter

    Ben Hunter

    While still a student Ben Hunter worked as an associate to a District Court judge. In 1995 he graduated with the Bachelor of Laws from SCU, and with a Master of Laws six years later from Kings College, London. Read more...

2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

    Rachael Muller

    Rachael Muller

    Rachael Muller graduated from Southern Cross University in 2009 with a Bachelor of
    Education. After completing her education degree Rachael was employed at the remote Aboriginal community Imanpa, located 250 kilometres from Alice Springs. Read more...

2013 Young Alumnus of the Year Nominees

    Lee Philipson

    Lee Philipson

    An aspiring screenwriter and director, Lee Philipson graduated with a Bachelor of Media from Southern Cross University in 2013. Lee is currently the Regional Marketing Manager for cinema group Birch Carroll and Coyle Limited, and also undertakes occasional work with the NBN News team in Coffs Harbour. Read more...
    Luke Gerard-Webb

    Luke Gerard-Webb

    Luke Gerard-Webb graduated with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music in 2002. Since his graduation Luke has packed a lifetime of achievement into a short career as a music engineer, producer and mixer, including work with Billy Ray Cyrus, indie rock band Kisschasy, Vanilla Ice, Australian Idol winners, and Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Brian Paturalski. Read more...

    Rhenan Nealon

    Rhenan Nealon

    Rhenan Nealon has two degrees from Southern Cross University. He was awarded the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology from SCU in 2013 after graduating with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2011. While studying in 2012, Rhenan co-founded and managed Momentum Sport and Exercise Science, which designs and supervises sport and exercise science programs for clients in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Read more...

    Linda Tillman

    Linda Tillman

    Linda Tillman graduated with the Bachelor of Business in Tourism from Southern Cross University in 2001. At 32 years of age Linda is the director of her own business, Tilma Management which specialises in regional tourism and events. Linda is also a director of the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) and the executive officer for Riverina Regional Tourism. Read more...

School of Arts and Social Sciences Nominees

    Jeff Barnard

    Jeff Barnard

    Jeff Barnard graduated with a Master of Community Development (Emergency
    Management) from Southern Cross University in 2012. Jeff is currently the Disaster Risk Management Officer for the Dominica Red Cross Society in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Read more...

    Jim Heam

    Jim Hearn

    A researcher, writer and chef, Jim Hearn graduated from Southern Cross University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours). Before studying at SCU Jim was the recipient of the Best Short Film Award, Sydney Fringe Festival in 1999 and recipient of the People’s Choice Award at the Tropfest Short Film Festival in 1997. Read more...

    Scott Trevelyan

    Scott Trevelyan

    Since Scott Trevelyan graduated from SCU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, he has exhibited his outstanding printmaking talent in various shows and collaborative projects in Australia and overseas. Scott uses various printmaking techniques as a cathartic tool to overcome the life-threatening injuries and severe acquired brain injury he sustained in a traumatic motorcycle accident in 2002. Read more...

School of Education Nominee

    Craig Ainsworth

    Craig Ainsworth

    Craig Ainsworth graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching from Southern Cross University in 1994 and is now a primary teacher at Westport Public School in Port Macquarie, NSW. During the past 10 years Craig has developed a highly successful chess program which has enhanced the educational outcomes for students from a low socio-economic community. Read more...

School of Environment, Science and Engineering Nominee

    Dr Joanne Wilson

    Dr Joanne Wilson

    Dr Joanne Wilson graduated with a PhD from the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University in 1998. Dr Wilson is an experienced coastal and marine ecologist who specialises in scientific studies that inform management. She has 25 years’ experience working in tropical and subtropical ecosystems including five years’ international experience leading reef conservation projects throughout eastern Indonesia Read more...

School of Health and Human Sciences Nominee

    Ann Schefe

    Ann Schefe

    Ann Schefe graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing in 1999 and returned to Southern Cross University to study a Master of Health Science, graduating with this award in 2004. Read more...

School of Law and Justice Nominees

    Julie Granger

    Julie Granger

    Julie Granger graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts double degree in 2001. Julie is one of only 10 Special Counsels in the litigation and dispute resolution team at the Sydney office of top tier law firm Clayton Utz and has more than 10 years’ experience assisting commercial clients to resolve their disputes. Read more...

    Leanne Minshull

    Leanne Minshull

    Since working as an intern at the Environmental Defender’s Office in Lismore NSW, Leanne Minshull has had a distinguished career, and is currently the Deputy Unit Head, Climate and Energy, Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, Holland.
    Leanne graduated from SCU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Laws and Justice. Read more...

Southern Cross Business School Nominees

    Dr Franco Gandolfi

    Dr Franco Gandolfi

    Dr Franco Gandolfi was born and raised in Switzerland where he studied commerce and banking at the Institute of Commerce and Economics. After earning his Masters degree in Switzerland he was offered a scholarship by the Swiss government to undertake further studies in Australia. Dr Gandolfi extended his qualifications by undertaking a Masters degree in Education with the University of Sydney before completing his Doctor of Business Administration with Southern Cross University in 2001. Read more...

    Roy Mumu

    Roy Mumu

    Roy Mumu graduated from Southern Cross University with the Master of Business
    Administration (MBA) in 2006 through the SCU Air Niugini MBA program. Roy is a registered engineer and government official in Papua New Guinea (PNG), currently occupying the position of Secretary of Transport for PNG. Read more...

    Dr Thirumalai Chandran

    Dr Thirumalai Chandran @ T Chandroo

    Dr Chandroo graduated from Southern Cross University in 2009 with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). In addition to his DBA from Southern Cross University Dr Chandroo has a PhD from Preston University in Wyoming, USA, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of East London. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom. Read more...

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Nominee

    Keith Baker

    Keith Baker

    Keith Baker graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Business in Tourism in 1993. He had been working in the tourism industry for some time as tourism manager for Inverell Shire Council. During this time he enrolled in an Associate Diploma of Administration (Tourism Management) and received the NSW Young Achiever in Tourism Award in 1988. Read more...