Joan Vosen – honours for an education enthusiast

Long-time staffer and education enthusiast Joan Vosen was presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Victorian Governor last month for services to education.

Joan started with the faculty in 1984 and still holds a position at the University – in the robing room supervising the gowning of the Chancellor and other dignitaries and academic staff. She is also the State Administrator for Victoria for the Rhodes Scholarship.

With thirty years in the faculty behind her, Joan has covered a lot of ground using her expertise to handle the sensitive: keeping the cadaver register up to date for the Department of Anatomy; to the complicated: financial monitoring of research grants and trusts.

Joan was awarded the OAM in the Australia Day honours listing and was presented with the medal at Government House in September.

“I felt very, very humble and thrilled that my peers nominated me,” said Joan. “I enjoy what I am doing, I love looking after the candidates, students and working for the Rhodes team. I am happy!”

When asked what her most meaningful achievement working in education, the answer was unsurprisingly about helping students:

“I think my most meaningful achievement was helping the international post graduate students to obtain fee remission scholarships and scholarship stipends. Some international students lived close to the poverty line. It was lovely to see them graduate and quite a few would seek me out to say thank you for helping in a small way to achieve their goal.”

Congratulations to Joan for her achievements and for her ongoing commitment to helping talented students.

A full list of staff and alumni honours received in 2018 can be found at Alumni & Friends.

Pictured: Joan Vosen (far right) with the Governor, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC (centre). Also pictured is Joan's husband Graeme Vosen, and sons Ben and Matthew Forrest.