EIGHT University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast students have been rewarded for their high academic achievements with Golden Key International Honour Society memberships.
Affiliation is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university students in all fields of study based solely on their academic achievements.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas congratulated the USQ Fraser Coast 2014 cohort saying the University was proud of their achievements.
“These students can be proud they rank among the top 15% of 27,000 students currently studying with USQ at each of its four campuses and by distance education. It’s an extraordinary achievement,” Professor Thomas said.
USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer said Golden Key memberships offered the students great prospects for their careers.
“Networking opportunities through Golden Key offers great pathways to careers and makes students greater resources and more competitive as employees,” he said.
New Golden Key members from USQ Fraser Coast are Rebecca Dorzbach, Rex Flinn, Michele Ford, David Fulton, Jo-Anne Gilham, Nicole Henke, Jasmine Upton and Meredith Bond.
Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability) student Rex Flynn of Maryborough said he was “very excited” to be a member of such an elite organisation.
“This recognition means a lot to me,” Mr Flynn, 19, said. “At school I was an average student and didn’t get many of the awards. Now I’m at USQ, I love what I’m doing and here I am,” Mr Flynn said.
“My interest in environmental science goes way back to when I was little. Mum would send me out to the garden to pull out weeds and I saw how that made the plants look healthier so I picked up a liking for it and now it’s a passion.
“I hope the USQ degree will lead me to an environmental officer’s position here on the Fraser Coast.”
As an international honour society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement. With more than two million members, including honouraries such as Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel and Bill Clinton, Golden Key carries an esteemed legacy of achievement.
Campus executive manager awarded honourary status
A 2014 Golden Key accolade has also gone to USQ Fraser Coast Executive Manager Brett Langabeer who was bestowed with Honorary membership.
Honorary members are elected by Golden Key and are individuals who are active leaders on campus and in the community. They’re recognised as champions, role models and mentors.
USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas congratulated Mr Langabeer acknowledging his leadership to USQ Fraser Coast and the local community.
Photo: USQ Fraser Coast executive manager Brett Langabeer (right) congratulates the new Golden Key members: (back l-r) Rex Flinn and David Fulton; (front l-r) Jo-Anne Gilham, Nicole Henke, Jasmine Upton, Michele Ford and Rebecca Dorzbach. Absent: Meredith Bond.