UOW graduate recognised for role in career development activities

Feb 17, 2003

Six delegates from the University of Wollongong Golden Key International Honour Society attended the 2003 Golden Key Asia-Pacific Conference held at Sydney’s Star City Casino from 6-9 February.

The Conference attracted over 170 delegates from chapters around Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, providing them with an opportunity to exchange ideas on community service projects and career development activities.

Several delegates were also recognised for their commitment to leadership, community service and academic achievement.
Maree Costello, 2002 President of the University of Wollongong Golden Key chapter, was awarded the Regional Student Leader Award at the Student Achievement Breakfast on 7 February. Ms Costello, 23, graduated from the University last year with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law degree, gaining First Class Honours in Law. She was recognised for her role in organising the Inaugural Illawarra Graduate Careers Fair.

The Careers Fair attracted 29 local businesses to the University on 8 May last year, and was the first Tertiary-based Careers Fair that sought to link local business opportunities with students studying in the region.

Ms Costello said that she was humbled in receiving this award because ‘there are so many inspiring leaders within the Asia-Pacific.’ The University of Wollongong chapter was also recognised for its Executive’s work on the Careers Fair, winning the Best New Chapter Activity Award.

As one of the host chapters of the Conference, the University of Wollongong generously sponsored the Career Development Luncheon on 7 February, where Pro-Vice Chancellor Ah Chung Tsoi gave an address and where Professor John Hewson gave a keynote speech. Mr. Martin Smith, from the University of Wollongong Careers Service, also spoke at the Luncheon as a member of a Careers Panel.


UOW delegates to the 2003 Golden Key Asia Pacific Conference, from left to right, included Elizabeth Martin, Diana Nestorovska, Esther Arunga, Maree Costello and Rebecca Gollings.

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