• Michelle Fragar
    Michelle Fragar

    Michelle Fragar

    Bachelor of Business graduate

    Current role: Managing Director BRANDiT

    For Business graduate Michelle Fragar, the mark of a successful marketer and a career in business is not just about the bottom line; it’s about impact, leadership and what you can give back.

    In 2020, Michelle was named the Australian Marketing Institute’s Certified Practising Marketer of the Year, the peak professional benchmark for marketers in the Asia Pacific Region.

    In addition to her busy role as Founder and Managing Director of BRANDiT, a marketing agency based on the Gold Coast, Michelle also offers one-on-one consulting to small businesses.

    “When I left corporate, I thought I was going to help every small business out there and everything would be great, but then I realised that’s just not the way it works. So, this is my way of giving back, using my skills and expertise as a marketer and businesswoman.”

  • Eli Cook

    Eli Cook

    Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduate

    Current role: Primary School teacher Goonellabah Public School

    Southern Cross University Education graduate and Bundjalung language tutor Eli Cook brings both his culture and language into the classroom, incorporating stories and songs into teaching maths and other subjects.

    “Traditional education models fail many kids and especially Indigenous kids. I want to explore learning on Country and other options for teaching Indigenous kids to improve outcomes at school and their options for uni after school.

    It’s not only how Indigenous kids are taught though. I think there is a lot of room to improve how non-Indigenous students get taught about Indigenous people. Eventually I’d like to work on improving the curriculum in that way too.”

    Studying Education at Southern Cross was a formative experience for Eli. “The lecturers weren’t trying to churn out dozens of the same teacher. We were very much encouraged to find our own way, which I think is important. You need to bring your own strengths and personality to teaching, to find your own style, and be your own teacher. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.”

    Eli Cook
  • Marnie Atkins
    Marnie Atkins

    Marnie Atkins

    Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Honours) graduate

    Current Role: Engineer, Transport NSW

    In the second year of her degree, Marnie was offered a role as cadet engineer with Transport NSW in roadworks construction and maintenance.

    She was accepted into the Transport NSW two-year graduate program and began her role in transport modelling in 2021.

    “The best thing about studying at Southern Cross is the knowledgeable and diverse teaching staff, who facilitate great conversations in class, are always available for a chat, and who really prepared us to become leaders in the engineering field.

    Also, the facilities in Lismore are fantastic. It’s a new building so it has state-of-the-art engineering labs and teaching spaces.”

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