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

Vacant
Alumni Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

Andrew King
Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

As a full-time, mature age student at the Cairns Campus, I understand a range of student experiences.  In 2015 I completed the STEPS program to prepare for a business degree and I commenced this degree in term one 2016.  I appreciate how daunting university study can be for some students and I would like to be a voice for school leavers and also people who may not have entered university straight out of high school.

Teamwork is also a passion of mine.  I have worked in management positions within the hospitality industry and I believe this has developed my interpersonal and problem solving abilities.  I believe that success requires a team effort approach.

Contact: s0274267@cqumail.com


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

Thomas Kirchner
Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

My name is Tom Kirchner and I’m enrolled in a Bachelor of Business by Distance and I’m currently the Store Manager at Gladstone Betta. I’ve been a student at CQU since 2011 and my passion was highlighted enrolling in my second degree in 2014. My first tenure at CQU was a Bachelor of Music in Rockhampton. My knowledge of the university study modes is quite comprehensive as I’ve personally experienced both.

The last two years I’ve been the chairman on the Gladstone Regional Youth Council. Since 2016 I’ve been a committee member on the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For the last 12 months I’ve been on the Regional Community Consultative Committee; Chaired by Professor John Rolfe from CQU. Due to my first degree I've volunteered my time for the local BAM markets organizing music for 4 years. This year I was also awarded the highly commended award for young retailers in Australia.

These commitments I make outside of my study and working 6 days a week running a successful business, show my commitment to my community and the groups I’m involved in.

Contact: thomas.kirchner@cqumail.com


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

Paigen-Ann Hunter
Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

I am a current Bachelor of Law Student living in Mackay, Queensland. During my time at CQUniversity I have been actively engaged in university events, as well as volunteering 2 days a week in a legal setting. I am very passionate about improving the rights of women and children. I will be completing my degree with honours and when graduated I plan to practice family law.

If you see me around either Mackay Campuses, feel free to have a chat. I am very approachable and listen to the needs of all students. I also give great recommendations on local cafes as I enjoy a good coffee.

Contact: paigen-ann.hunter@cqumail.com


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

Vacant
Postgraduate Distance Education Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


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

Vacant
Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

Roselyn Woods
Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

I am completing my STEPS program this year, so with one subject left i feel I have the time to assist other STEPS Students transition into Uni life and gain the knowledge that they need to complete an undergrad program

I look forward to meeting you all, most days you will find me in the CQU library or a local coffee shop. As a student you can not get enough coffee in your diet.

Contact: roselyn.woods@cqumail.com


South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

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Contact: src@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

Natasha Bing
Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

My name is Tash and I’m a third year Bachelor of Laws student with a keen interest in continuing postgraduate studies in Law, Social Innovation and/or Linguistics. Like many CQU students, I study by distance, I’m also mature aged and a mum of 4. Before deciding to study I had a reasonably successful management career, I’ve also owned a Kumon Education Centre and volunteered for a variety of organisations as a counsellor and coach and I currently volunteer at a community legal centre.

Advocating for the rights, wellbeing and success of others is something I’ve done naturally, whether in the workplace or in my personal life. I guess that is why I am drawn to a career in Law and this role as a Student Representative. If I can be of assistance as your representative, please come and find me. I am often at the Noosa campus, either in the common room or the library (usually studying!).

Many thanks!

Contact: natasha.bing@cqumail.com


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

Grant Sheean
Undergraduate Distance Education Student Representative

I’m a current first year Law student based in Brisbane with a background in workplace safety and Defence.

My biggest achievement is waking up every morning, although I did win Maths Champion at Orelia Primary School in Year 6 and still hold the Royal Australian Navy record for 50m freestyle. Both equally huge accolades.

I’m passionate about education and believe it has the potential to solve so many problems. Although I didn’t say it, I did learn firsthand that an education is a better safeguard to liberty than a standing army.

I’d really like to be a serious advocate for all distance students at CQU. Our distance from campus and our remote location shouldn’t put us at any disadvantage, or prevent us from partaking in the entire University experience.

One day, it would be great to say, “That person there, who was just elected to a great position. They studied at CQU and I was their Distance Education representative………”

Contact: grant.sheean@cqumail.com


Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

Vacant
Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

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Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


University Council Nominee

Shirish Pandey
University Council Nominee

Shirish was a class representative in his college while completing his bachelor degree at Pokhara University. He was committed to solving all the problems and issues faced by the students in his college. He was also a banker at Siddhartha Bank Limited in Nepal. Shirish is currently studying a Master of Professional Accounting at the University’s Sydney campus, where he also works as a student Peer Advisor. In addition to that, he is newly elected student member of the university council. He is focused and determined to make a positive difference for the betterment of CQ University.

Contact: shirish.pandey@cqumail.com


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