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Master of Professional Studies

June 2, 2009

By Jeanette Maynes

Master of Professional StudiesRecently I graduated with more than 130 former students of the Fraser Coast University of Southern Queensland at the 2009 graduation ceremony held at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough. This was the largest number of graduands in the 11 year history of the Campus.

I was in the first group of students to ever graduate for the Masters of Professional Studies in Australia. This work place based post graduate degree was established on the Fraser Coast.

A big thank you to Graham Young (Campus Coordinator Faculty of Business) my tutor / mentor, I couldn’t have done it without you. Your guidance, knowledge and support was inspirational. Thanks for turning my light bulb on!!!

I would also like to thank Chris Foley (State Member for Maryborough) for taking the time to see me and explain some issues I had with my study more clearly to me. That was really appreciated, a big help and got me back on track!

The staff at USQ did a wonderful job of organising the event and making sure we all were in order and our correct positions throughout the ceremony.

This course is tailored to mature age student entry with  the RPL  (Recognition of Prior Learning) of four units available based on the writing of a Portfolio of your life experiences and knowledge to date……

Master of Professional Studies

Program focus

The Master of Professional Studies is designed to enable professionals to engage in the highest form of authentic learning: to study as they engage in real world, real time activity; and to combine their work and study in ways that lead to benefits for both the individual and the organisation.

Accordingly, the program aims to provide opportunities for professionals with the appropriate entry qualifications to gain post-graduate qualifications and enable them to critically review literature to address theoretical and practical questions and issues in their workplace field, and to design and implement projects to further investigate these questions and issues.

Hats off to USQ graduates (News; Fraser Coast Chronicle)…… click here to read more.

NEIS – New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

May 18, 2009

NEIS - New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

NEIS New Enterprise Incentive Scheme – providing new opportunities for growing business


When Hervey Bay’s Jeanette Maynes was made redundant in 2004 as marketing manager of a hospitality establishment, she had no idea it would be the best thing that had ever happened to her.

Forced to consider a new career path, Jeanette decided it was the right time to start her own business.

Now a 2008 Telstra Business Young Business Woman of the Year Finalist, Jeanette owes a part of her success to the team at Mission Australia’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) …….. click here to read more.

Thanks to Mission Employment Toowoomba especially David Rozynski!

ecoBiz eNews

April 16, 2009

ecoBiz News
Congratulations to new ecoBiz Partners!
ecoBiz would like to introduce Design House, our newest ecoBiz Partner. Design House have submitted their first re-assessment and achieved financial rewards through improving their eco-efficiency.

Savings of ecoBiz partners to date stands at GHG savings of 21,600 tonnes and 294 megalitres of water annually!

Design House
Design House are a graphic and web design company. Their eco-efficiency actions have included improved thermostat settings, the use of protective film on windows and environmentally aware behaviour in the office. This has led to an annual GHG reduction of 1.1 tonnes (CO2-e). A reduction in paper use has decreased office waste by 11 cubic metres per year.

Queensland Telstra Women’s Business Awards 2008

November 24, 2008

On Tuesday the 18th of November I attended a luncheon at the Sofitel in Brisbane for the Queensland Telstra Women’s Business Awards as I was a finalist for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Young Business Women’s Award.

It was amazing to be in a room with 500 of the most powerful business women in Queensland. Labor State MP Margaret Keech, Minister for Women was present standing in for Premier Anna Bligh. It was also lovely to catch up with Anne Fulwood who was MCing the event again.

Professor Paula Barrett, Director of Pathways Health and Research Centre, was named the 2008 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year. I had the pleasure of conversing with Paula the night before, she is a very motivated and inspirational woman;

Paula’s Queensland-based international consultancy-based clinic was founded in 2003, and provides resilience and life-skills programs to families and school communities. With a focus on coping with anxiety, depression, and stressful situations, Pathways Health and Research Centre’s internationally recognised programs provide a range of life-enhancing services for everyone from children to adults.

Half way through the presentations I had to go on stage to receive my Finalist Award, it’s all very nerve racking as you don’t know if you may make have to make a victory speech. Unfortunately I didn’t win this year but looked very glamorous thanks to the assistance of one of my clients. Julies Mobile Hair Salon services the Caboolture and Brisbane areas and comes to you, so it was fantastic to have my hair styled and makeup applied in the motel before the function.

To find out more on the awards please click here

Queensland Telstra Business Awards 2008

September 13, 2008

Queensland Telstra Business Awards 2008

Wow what a big night was had at the ballroom of the Sofitel in Brisbane for the Queensland 2008 Telstra Business Awards. Design House Fraser Coast was one of the 28 finalists out of over 4,500 applications statewide. Our host was Anne Fulwood and we were a Finalist in the Palm Micro-Business Award for businesses with five employees or fewer. We were first onstage for the evening to receive our Finalist Award.

Then the overall winner was announced and unfortunately we were unsuccessful this time but were extremely honoured just to be a Finalist and among all the other elite businesses and Finalists in the room.

A big ‘Congratulations’ to Mumentum who won the category and the two other finalists and River City Cruises.
I’m glad our category was announced first as I could then relax and enjoy the evening knowing I didn’t have to do a speech in front of 500 people! The food was delicious, the drinks flowed and the conversation lively and interesting. Afterwards I spoke with Anne Fulwood about her Media Consultancy Company and Lote Tuqiri who was staying at the Sofitel to play football today (Wallabies Vs the All Blacks) Go the Wallabies!


Great Design, Hard Work & Excellent Service Pays Off!

October 19, 2007

Great Design, Hard Work & Excellent Service Pays Off Design HouseLast night, I attended the Fraser Coast Business Awards at the Carriers Arms Hotel in Maryborough. Last year, at the same event Design House won the award for Other Services

This year, Design House came up again, to win the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce Special Commendation Award. As we went there with no expectations this was a prestigious award to win! I was impressed to see the other successful business owners / operators even some of our clients as it is wonderful to be recognised by your peers. A Big Congratulations to BOZMAC (Tilt Slide Truck Specialists) one of our clients, on their award as I personally know how hard they work on the growth of their business.

The food, service, presentation and organisation of the event were spot on, a job well done by Kerri Everingham from the Chronicle and the Carriers Arms in Maryborough. Unfortunately the directions to wait out the front for the bus home were not clear. As I waited at the front of the event with others, not out the front of the premises on the street, we were left behind in Maryborough! An amusing lesson learnt for next year, though I hope Hervey Bay may have the opportunity to host this event in 2008.

A big thank you to the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce, your support and acknowledgement of our business growth and achievements through this award is thoroughly appreciated and a great honour. I feel we had better consider the possibility of joining to show our support and appreciation for the community / business work the Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce performs in our area.