Young Alumni

Charles Sturt University Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – Young Alumni

This award recognises extraordinary achievements of our new graduates across both the professional and service to community fields.  Nominees must be under the age of 35.


Name: Miss Tanya Hennessy
Career: Self employed

Tanya Hennessy is a 2021 media assassin. She has many strings to her bow, a skill taught to her at CSU. She's an award winning radio announcer, a celebrated and best selling author, a stand up comedian, a tv host, and a social media maven. Everything that Tanya does now, was taught to her at CSU Bathurst! Surviving though the lessons she learnt in W9 - about residence, kindness and mental toughness. Tanya is an excellent example of a CSU graduate thriving in the modern world of media and using a variety of technology to tell stories.

Tanya Hennessy

Highly Commended

Name: Miss Sophie Crebert
Career: Registered Nurse - Orange Health Service, NSW Health
Studies:2020, Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

My name is Sophie Crebert, I’m 23 years old and I graduated from CSU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Nursing and again in 2020 with a Graduate Diploma of Practice for which I was awarded an Executive Deans Award for Academic Excellence. I am a qualified Paramedic and work as a Registered Nurse currently in the Haematology/Oncology/Palliative department in Orange. During my work on the COVID-19 ward in 2020, I was nominated by a patient for Nurse of the Year, and shortly after was presented with a community recognition statement from the local member of parliament for being awarded Nursing Team of the Year for my local health district. In 2016, I joined St John and remain an active member today volunteering my time when able providing high-level healthcare at events like the Bathurst-1000, motocross, Bathurst 12-hour and many more as a volunteer RN/Paramedic.


This award recognises young alumni (under the age of 35) who are having an impact and inspiring others through their professional achievements or service to community.

Other criteria

  1. Applicants must be 35 years or younger in the year of the award.
  2. Alumni (local on international) who demonstrate:
    1. exceptional success in their chosen industry or field; and/or
    2. the significant positive impact they have had on their community.
  3. Alumni who demonstrate through their work, professional or community, alignment with one or all of the University’s values of insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring.
  • Process guidelines and policy


    The Alumni Award nominations will be assessed by an internal University committee.  Award recipients who have been nominated by someone else will be contacted to ensure they are happy to formally accept the nomination prior to formal advice being sent out.