MyCQU - Our members

Our members

Anna Towan
Chair

Anna is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts as an undergraduate student at CQUniversity via distance and moved to Cairns, Queensland, in October 2017, from South Australia. She is passionate about the long-term well-being of the environment, people and animals.

She is also an advocate for child abuse and shares awareness through social platforms. She believes children are our future generation who should be nurtured with love, understanding and patience so when they leave school and chase their dreams in the big world they will enact these positive characteristics.

In 2014, she participated in the Chancellor's Cup and her team won first place in the cricket even though she did not know anything about this sport her team leader was an excellent coach. It was the most fun she had ever had with all team members.

Her hunger for knowledge, her curiosity of understanding how things operate, and continuous self-improvement are her key reasons to why she is studying at CQUniversity, she yearns to be a valuable asset in all areas: academic, professional and personally. However, it is a consistent prayer of hers that she has common sense and lots of it because she thinks this is vital in society (it’s one thing acquiring knowledge, but; it takes wisdom when to use it!).

She is super excited to serve as the Chair of the Student Representative Council and loves being part of a good cause and grateful to be involved.

Contact: anna.towan@cqumail.com

Mark Taranto
Deputy Chair

Hello, my name is Mark Taranto your Deputy Chair SRC representative. I am a fellow student, studying a Bachelor a Physiotherapy Degree and can be found stressing in Building 34 on the Rockhampton North campus. I am always down for a chat and happy to raise any issues that my fellow students feel important.

For many of us, our university degree is a once in a lifetime experience and we should have the best academic and social support possible. I am passionate about fairness and equity, and simply wish to help my fellow students be the best they can be. I am not afraid to speak my mind, but am always willing to hear an opposite perspective.

Over the next two years, my focus goal is to improve mental health support for all students across CQUniversity. If you have any ideas on how to improve the Rockhampton Campuses or Yeppoon Study Centre, or issues regarding student life in general do not be afraid to pull me up or send me an email.

I am also currently Co-president and founder of the CQUniversity Physiotherapy Society. Outside of university life I enjoy being outside, hiking, on the beach or working up a sweat in the gym.

Contact: mark.taranto@cqumail.com

 

Alumni Representative

David James
Alumni Representative

I have a Bachelor of Hospitality Management from CQUni and have also completed three Post graduate units. Currently I work as a Professional Year Trainer for Navitas Education as well as doing consulting for a five star hotel in China. My relationship with China goes back 18 years when I first went to Beijing to teach English. I now go to China to work and travel for a few months on an annual basis. My passion for CQUniversity comes from the opportunity and support I was given during my studies and I hope to be involved in motivating future students to complete their study journey, dreams and aspirations.

Contact: david.james@cqumail.com


Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Central Highlands Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Central Highlands Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Indigenous Representative

April Cunningham
Indigenous Representative

Hi, my name is April Cunningham and I am a proud Noonuccal woman of the Quandamooka Nation from North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). I am proud and honoured to be the augural Indigenous Student Representative Council for CQUniversity.

I have a very intense passion for Indigenous Australian culture and intend to continuously represent and advocate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, doing and learning throughout my time on the council.

I wish to inspire, support and collaborate with you a shared understanding and awareness of our country’s finest cultures and bring forth acceptance and reconciliation. I am excited to begin this journey and look forward to sharing this with you.

Contact: april.cunningham@cqumail.com


Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


New South Wales Region Higher Education Student Representative

Sunil Gurung
New South Wales Region Higher Education Student Representative

To become a leader, we must work in a team to coordinate with each other, therefore becoming a student representative would be able to understand the beneficial needs and the problem of the students which I could understand the problematic occurring with the students.

I have worked as Social Workers in Leo Clubs for more than 3 years where all our teams would able to meet up at a point and plan out the requirement to solve the issues which are suffering by the locals that we able to help them and also gain the possibility of their hearts.

Contact: 12071134@cqumail.com


Postgraduate Distance Education Representative

Renee White
Postgraduate Distance Education Representative

I am currently studying a Masters of Project Management following a Bachelor of Public Health that I completed in 2016. I represented CQUniversity at the United Nations through a Global Voices scholarship, and as a mother of two from a rural town I am excited to represent my fellow distance students as their representative.

Contact: renee.white@cqumail.com


Postgraduate International Student Representative

Abhiram Kondreddi
Postgraduate International Student Representative

I am doing masters in project management in CQ university. I am currently in my second semester. I am very passionate about serving the university and helping my fellowmen with their problems in the university. I completed my bachelors in VIT university, INDIA. I did bachelors in civil engineering.

In my university I have been part of many clubs and societies which I am passionate about. I co-ordinated many events during cultural festivals and organised events during technical festivals. I worked as quantitative engineer in Hyderabad for past 3 years. There are many things international students here in CQ university struggle with after arriving here in Australia. I experienced few hardships when it came to assignments, adjusting to the atmosphere and understanding the policies and procedures. Although I may not be able to help you completely with the assignments I would point you in the right direction.

I look forward to serve everyone and the university to best of my abilities.

Contact: abhiram.kondreddi@cqumail.com


Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

Maria Madueno
Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

Currently, I am undertaking my PhD in Exercise and Sports Science and I’m investigating the influence of internal workloads, external workloads, and sleep behaviour on overuse injury risk in elite basketball players. I never thought I would go to university after deferring, taking a gap year post-high school and deciding not to go to university. However, attending CQUniversity has changed my life and I want to help students unlock their potential and do something they are passionate about for work/career.

Additionally, my passion for learning has led me to be part of the CQUni Connect team, where we deliver knowledge to public high school students across all year levels about options at TAFE, university, and the workforce post-high school.

My undergraduate degree was a mixture of internal and distance modes and I live 40 minutes away from my closest campus, so I understand the commitment, discipline, and time-management skills required. However, I am still trying to find a balance between work, study, and time off, but I love what I do!

My educational journey so far:

2008 Rockhampton State High School

2013 STEPS

2016 Bachelor of Medical Science (Nutrition and Exercise and Sports Science)

2017 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Contact: maria.madueno@cqumail.com


Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

Hamish Clarkson
Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

Greetings, I am Hamish Clarkson and I am currently studying STEPS at the Bundaberg Campus. After completing this course I am planning to study science and/or medicine. I compete in strength athletics, more commonly known as strongman competitions as well as the Highland games and Medieval combat tournaments. As big and scary as I may seem I can assure you I am very friendly and always willing to help. My aim in the SRC is to build stronger bonds between the students, staff and faculty of CQU and to contribute as much of my time and effort as I can in making a difference to the CQU campus community. So if you see me around you are most welcome to say hello.

Contact: hamish.clarkson@cqumail.com


South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Emily Bryson
South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Hello, I’m Emily and I am passionate about sustainability and transforming waste into resources. Earlier this year, I participated in the City of Adelaide’s Community Leaders in Sustainability program where I co-designed a project to help educate university students on easy and affordable ways to reduce their carbon footprint. I love gardens, crafting, snacks, naps, and most of all, dogs!

In 2016, I joined the CQU community while studying the inaugural Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design. I’m currently doing a Master of Applied Science by research and where I’m investigating the feasibility of composting dog poo for use on edible gardens.

As a distance student, I understand the challenge of feeling isolated from lecturers, resources and fellow classmates. Fortunately, the other Adelaide-based permaculture students and I formed a close study group and friendships that made our overall experience so much more rewarding. Now that I’m doing research, I look forward to getting to know more of the locals studying at Appleton and helping us stay connected to the broader CQU community.

Contact: e.bryson@cqu.edu.au


South East Queensland Higher Education Student Representative

Kabir Dulal
South East Queensland Higher Education Student Representative

I am Kabir Dulal from Nepal. I have done my Engineering in Information Science and Engineering from Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology in Bangalore, India. I worked as developer in MAC WEB Solution for year and half. I also worked as JAVA lecture for two years in Nepal.

I am looking forward to make learning environment for students the best they could have ever imagined. I am very friendly person so, all the students can feel free to ask me for any assistance they require.

Together we can make CQU great place for the students to study.

Contact: kabir.dulal@cqumail.com


Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Tertiary Enabling Program Representative

Vacant
Tertiary Enabling Program Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

Rhianna Wood
Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing as a distance student.  I have been studying at CQUniversity for six months and have had a very positive experience that I would like to share with others.

I believe that communication is an important element of the SRC role.  I am keen to take on a more active role on the Townsville campus and have recently joined the Campus Life Committee. Being an elected member of the SRC I look forward to assisting my peers, promoting CQUniversity (especially the Townsville campus) and meeting new people.

I am also an active member of RHINO (Rural Health in Northern Outback) which provides great clinical and social experience; available to all healthcare disciplines across campuses (Ask me how to join!).

I am very excited to be a part of the SRC team to ensure students are getting the best CQU experience possible so if you have any concerns please feel free to contact me!

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Undergraduate Distance Education Student Representative

Vacant
Undergraduate Distance Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

Vacant
Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


University Council Nominee

Vindhya Raj Pokharel
University Council Nominee

Vindhya is the elected Student Member on the Council. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and has experience working in a steel rolling mill project in Nepal and a wastewater treatment project overseas. He is currently studying a Master of Management for Engineers at the University's Sydney campus. Prior to being elected, Vindhya also worked as an Enrolment Assistant at the campus. He actively participates in various activities organised by the University, and his aspirations lie in assimilating to the CQUniversity work culture to drive its appeal to students.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


VET Student Representative

Paige McKenzie
VET Student Representative

I am honoured to have this opportunity to participate in the CQU community and the ability to give back to all my surrounding peers.  I have been successful in achieving the Sapphire Sports House Captain in my senior year of school, I have also wished to set a goal of becoming successful in the VET Representative position.  I am currently studying a Certificate III in Business Administration and hope to continue into a Cert IV straight after I complete my current course.

I look forward to what the future holds for me in the SRC.

Contact: paige.mckenzie@cqumail.com


Victoria Region Higher Education Student Representative

Danyal Lakzian
Victoria Region Higher Education Student Representative

A highly motivated and hardworking individual, who is studying Master of Information Technology at CQUniversity, Melbourne campus. I believe in unity on campus and giving everyone a fair chance and say despite their genders, nationalities, religions or beliefs.

Student Representative Council member plays an important role in representing students. Therefore, it is important to university students to have the suitable SRC member as their voice. I am ready to improve student experience throughout CQUni campuses and willing to be a part of student’s success. To create an enjoyable and nurturing environment for all On-campus and Distant students to flourish.

Contact: danyal.lakzian@cqumail.com


Western Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Mechele Negovetic
Western Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Hi, I am a mature aged student finally having the opportunity to begin my Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).  I have 6 children, 2 grand babies and work full time so it is a challenge but one that I am loving!  Working for the Geraldton Universities Centre in WA has given me the support I needed to take the first step and being a distance student,  having such a supportive network of other students, tutors and staff makes all the difference in creating a positive learning environment.

I live regional and love my small city life and hoping on completion of my degree that I can gain employment locally and give back to my community.  Hopefully my experience as a regional student can also help bring a different perspective to the needs of students in regional and rural locations.

I am so excited to be a part of the Student Representative Council and am looking forward to being able to contribute positively to the student experience and to represent WA.

Contact: mechele.negovetic@cqumail.com


Wide Bay Burnett Region Higher Education Student Representative

Sallyanne Caville
Wide Bay Burnett Region Higher Education Student Representative

My name is Sallyanne Caville and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree through the Bundaberg Campus. I really enjoy the degree, as I am able to assist people to continue and thrive in their daily lives by using my own attitudes and principles. I am also a current Swimming Instructor, working with people aged 4 months and over, but have a specific interest in instructing children who have been diagnosed with a disability. I am honoured to be able to work in the industry, for over 16 years, which has led to myself becoming a qualified lifeguard.

The CQUniversity has provided so much inspiration, support and opportunities for us as students that I feel privileged to be able to give back to the university community, by being a member of the Bundaberg Campus Life Committee (BCLC) assisting with events and social activities throughout the year. I am also involved with the Student Mentor program, which benefits so many new students. My commitment and involvement with the university has allowed my confidence and leadership skills to flourish and I can only imagine the paths of success it will lead me down.

Contact: sallyanne.caville@cqumail.com