Victoria University annual alumni awards were held last night at Victoria University’s City Flinders campus. The awards recognise leadership, integrity and excellence, and acknowledge the recipients' contribution to the community and to Victoria University.
Mr. Paul Constantinou, Chairman and CEO of Quest Serviced Apartments, won the Distinguished Alumni Award which is the highest profile award.
Paul has more than 35 years experience and is one of Australia’s true hospitality professionals. He studied a Diploma of Catering and Hotel Management at Footscray Institute now Victoria University. In1988 he founded Quest, which has become Australia’s largest and most successful serviced apartment group. Paul has given up much of his time to mentor young people and has provided work placements for VU hospitality students. He has received many awards in his career that acknowledge his dedication and integrity including Ernst and Young’s Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and HM Magazine Australasian Hotelier of the Year in 2012.
Outstanding Alumni Service Award (two Awards given)
Dr Campbell Rose has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) (Physical Education and Recreation) and a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Victoria University. He is currently Chief Executive of VicTrack which manages Victoria’s railway and tram based assets.
After representing Australia in yachting at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Campbell brought his sporting success and entrepreneurial skills to many organisations including the Victorian Yachting Council and the Melbourne Major Events Company. In 2002 he joined the Western Bulldogs as Chief Executive and managed a major turnaround for the club that included the redevelopment of Whitten Oval. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs formalised their partnership with Victoria University reflecting Campbell’s strong commitment to education, and to the use of sport as a vehicle to address economic and social disadvantage. He received an Honorary Doctorate from VU in 2005 for his services to sport, sports administration and the community.
Mr. Seah Kim Swee has a Master of Business in Professional Accounting from Victoria University and has demonstrated a strong commitment to VU alumni and the broader Singapore community.
Kim Swee is not only a proud Singaporean but a proud Australian graduate and celebrates this connection. In 1997 he was instrumental in developing the Singapore Chapter of the VU Alumni and dedicates enormous energy to raising the University’s profile in Singapore. He received the Australian Government’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award for his services to the broader Australian Alumni community, and VU recognised him as one of its 90 Legends during the University’s 90th anniversary celebrations.
Young Achiever Alumni Award
Well known women’s golfer Stacey Keating has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport Science in Golf) at Victoria University.
When Stacey was introduced to golf at age 12, she showed immediate promise, scoring her first hole-in-one and soon reducing her handicap to 8. She moved to Melbourne at 18 to take her game to the next level and enrol at Victoria University. Stacey was named VU’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2010 for her many outstanding sporting achievements. In 2006, she won her first nationally ranked tournament. Since turning professional in 2010, Stacey has won the French Open and the Spanish Open in 2012, and was one of only five Australians to contest the 2013 US Women’s Open.
Outstanding Student Alumni Award (two awards given)
Brittany Tolson is studying a Bachelor of Laws at Victoria University.
Brittany has excelled in her academic and professional pursuits since her first year at Victoria Law School (VLS). Her academic excellence was rewarded in 2012 when she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society which recognises the top 15 per cent of university students worldwide. As a legal assistant to a distinguished Melbourne barrister, Brittany has effectively and consistently raised the profile of the VLS among barristers at the Victorian Bar. She also participates in the VLS’s mentoring program and is strongly involved in the Law Students’ Society. Her passion for community service is demonstrated at Community Support Frankston and Peninsula Community Centre.
Jacinta Carroll is studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement at Victoria University.
As the current under 21 world champion Jacinta is among the world’s top water-skiers, as well as being an outstanding student. Since joining the sport at age 10 and setting a goal to become a world champion at age 14, Jacinta has been determined to be the best in all she does. She was named Victoria University’s 2012 Female Athlete of the Year for her sporting achievements, VU’s highest sporting accolade. In June 2013, Jacinta won the 54th US Masters Waterski and Wakeboard Tournament. Despite the considerable training she puts in to remain at the top of her sport, Jacinta is ably fulfilling the academic requirements for her degree with plans to pursue postgraduate studies.
This awards program is recognition of VU alumni who have imbued the spirit of Victoria University, have demonstrated behaviours that exemplify respect and excellence, and who have excelled in all spheres of society.
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