CQUni’s newly-appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement and BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement Adrian Miller is a self-proclaimed geek. The Lord of the Rings enthusiast was born in Mareeba and raised in Innisfail and has family spread across North Queensland. After working at Charles Darwin University for the past year as PVC of Indigenous Leadership, Professor Miller recently relocated to Townsville with wife Selina and their two daughters (21 and 19). He’s passionate about making a difference and looks forward to influencing positive change in Indigenous education and research.
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Husband, father of three young girls and CQUni Paramedic Lecturer Ian De Jonge worked for the Queensland Ambulance Service for 10 years before taking on his current role at CQUniversity. Based at the Townsville Campus, Ian has been working with the University for six months and says he loves nothing more than teaching!
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CQUni Bachelor of Learning Management alumnus Shontelle Lewis is one of the hardest-working teachers in the Bundaberg region. Not only is she currently completing her Masters of Education at CQUni, she is also inspiring dozens of youngsters at Sharon State School through technology. Her work with the school children in the area of robotics recently earned her a Lego Education Teacher Award – an award granted to only one Australian teacher per year!
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He’s one of the main faces behind CQUni’s StaffNet and now we can all put a face to the mastermind. Nigel Stacey has been at CQUniversity in Townsville for just over 18 months and in that time has taken on a large-scale project, leading a core team to implement our staff intranet system. Born and bred in North Queensland, the senior IT analyst/developer is a keen cyclist and when not working, enjoys spending quality time outdoors.
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CQUni Mackay City student Bianca Webster is a very busy young woman. Not only is she in her final year of a Bachelor of Business/Arts dual degree, she also holds several other student representative roles, including CQUni Connect Assistant, Student Ambassador, and more recently, as a Student Mentor. She is also a CQUni Student Ambassador for the Australian HR Institute.
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CQUniversity Executive Assistant for VET Operations and Growth Lynn O’Connor is always full of motivation. When she’s not at her desk at the Rockhampton City Campus she’s heading outdoors for the latest adventure, camping or spending time with family and friends. One of her motto’s, “Be the best you can be”, is very close to CQUni’s slogan, “Be What You Want to Be” and no doubt helped her complete her Diploma of Business Administration last year.
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CQUniversity Bundaberg welcomes back Anne Braund after four years working with English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. Anne is teaching in the School of Access Education supporting literacy skill development with undergraduate, English second language and STEPS students. Anne has also developed a new unit to provide academic English support for our Research Higher Degree International students. Anne has a passion for supporting people’s success and she clearly gets a lot of enjoyment from seeing this happen.
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Born in South Africa, Shannon Delport gave up a busy job as a paramedic with Abu Dhabi Police and National Ambulance in the United Arab Emirates, to take on the position of Paramedic Science lecturer in Townsville. While she’s only been living in North Queensland for a short time, she’s already loving life in the tropics and hopes to call Townsville her forever home.
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As Senior IT co-ordinator at CQUni’s Brisbane campus, Matt Long is usually the go-to-guy when you have an IT-related problem. Although he’s a man of few words, he definitely has a sense of humour, which no doubt helps him and his team deal with massive logistical tasks, like assisting with the ongoing Brisbane Campus renovation project.
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CQUniversity Mackay City recently welcomed new Fitness Teacher Ashlee Battersby to the campus and she’s already hit the ground running, inspiring students to follow suit and achieve their career and health goals.
What is your favourite film or book of all time?
Remember the Titans, an Amercian college football film starring Denzel Washington.
What is the best thing about your CQUni campus?
I love the environment and the amount of training and support I have received from my team and the university.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
My friends and family – because their ongoing support inspires me to keep improving.
What do you love most about your role?
I love being a personal trainer and teaching the profession to others.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Life is too short – enjoy it!
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Go to the beach, or watch movies and sport.
If you had no responsibilities, where would you be right now?
Bora Bora, Tahiti.
What would be your last meal?
A jar of Nutella.