Artist and celebrity chef, Poh Ling Yeow, will be one of four winners to be honoured at UniSA’s inaugural Alumni Awards at a gala event on October 30 in the University’s historic Brookman Hall.
Poh’s career and contribution will be celebrated along with that of Chancellor of the University of Canberra, former Race Discrimination Commissioner, Kungarakan and Iwaidja tribal elder, Tom CalmaAO; company director and Chair of the Adelaide Football Club, Rob Chapman; and Olympic basketball player, coach and commentator, Rachel Sporn OAM.
On the eve of the University’s 25th birthday, the awards have been established as an annual recognition of the contribution that UniSA graduates make to their communities locally, nationally and internationally.
The awards are evaluated across five categories – Scholarship; Engagement; Social Justice; Sustainability; Innovation; Openness – with the winners having to achieve in at least three.
Congratulating the inaugural winners, UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the range and depth of the contributions made by UniSA alumni is breathtaking.
“Looking through the nominations this year was quite humbling, we just have so many worthy graduates working in such diverse capacities and making a difference at the most grass roots levels right through to significant leadership roles,” Prof Lloyd says.
“The four worthy recipients reflect that diversity and strength of achievement and the enterprising spirit that is a real hallmark of this university and its graduates.
“We attract and inspire the kind of people who challenge the norm, break out of the mould, commit to excellence and work with great passion to achieve their goals.
“Each and every one of this first group of award winners has faced challenges, unattainable goals, and hard choices and they have used their talents to reach success.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be able to acknowledge their efforts and their great contributions in this way.”