being able to pursue their interests on an equal footing. And he was a great believer in challenging us to think outside the square and justify our thinking with a bit of rationality and objectivity, rather than being emotive. “He’d always play devil’s advocate and debate with me to make sure that if I was making a claim or building an argument, I would pause, reflect and ask myself, ‘Why am I making that comment?’ “For me, that’s part of what being an academic is about: always asking questions, challenging yourself and others to seek and provide that evidence for what’s informing your thinking.”
Support and recognition
For Lyn education is about so much more than the discipline being studied or the qualification itself.
Professor Lyn Angel presents The Angel Family Trust Scholarship to Hannah Johnston.
“It’s about the whole journey. Education opens so many doors and provides for much broader thinking about yourself, about life and the world in which we live. “Higher education in a supportive environment allows students to mature, build relationships, and understand how their mind can engage in ways that are bigger than the actual qualification.” Establishing these two scholarships is Lyn’s way of assisting in levelling the playing field and ensuring equal opportunity for study, no matter a student’s financial situation. “Not everybody is provided with the same opportunities for study. I’ve been very fortunate and I’ve never taken my opportunities for granted. “Our scholarships are not big but if they can supply a bit of financial support that helps a student through their studies to graduate and become good members of the community, then I’m thrilled with that. “Sometimes, scholarships are as much about recognition and knowing that someone believes in you as they are about the financial boost. I like to see people who genuinely have a passion or are keen to work hard be supported and provided with that recognition.” The reward for Lyn is simple. “It’s heart-warming to see the positive impact on the selfesteem of scholarship recipients – their self-confidence grows and they are able to say to their parents, ‘You won’t have to pay for my textbooks this year’ or ‘This will help with my placement’ or ‘Someone has recognised my potential and is backing me’. “Feeling like you are contributing to a student’s learning and, at the end of the day, contributing to the community, is what really resonates with me and with other donors. “I can see the difference that CSU and its students make in a community and I’m quite sure that by the time I retire, that that will not be the end of me and my family being involved with, and contributing to, the University.”
Value of education
In 1955, Dr Chalmers moved to Wagga Wagga having bought a local veterinary practice. Throughout his long and awardwinning career, he and his partners at the Wagga Wagga Veterinary Hospital gave many final-year veterinary students their introduction to large animal practice. An influential part of the veterinarian industry in the Riverina, Dr Chalmers was interested when he discovered CSU was planning its own veterinary science program. “When the course was being conceived, I was on the Veterinary Science Curriculum Development Committee. At that time, Dad was in a retirement village but had he had better health, he probably would have been on the committee instead of me. “With permission, I would take information from each meeting to my father and then I would bring his feedback to the next meeting. “The course had been running for three years when he died, so we thought that if we gave a scholarship in his honour to third-year students, every cohort of CSU vets would have had access to it. That was very meaningful to us; Dad would have understood!” Lyn credits her father for her own philanthropic approach, her sense of community and her profound appreciation of the value of education. “He was an amazing man. “He had three daughters and a son and he was a great believ