4 August 2011

From the Director

Thanks to the huge number of alumni who completed the alumni survey – a detailed analysis of the responses is being undertaken presently, and your input via the survey will be of great assistance to us in planning the future course of our alumni activities for the next two or three years. Early indications are that there is a demand for activities based around professional and industry groupings and professional development, with email and the e newsletter as preferred communications vehicles, and interaction with academic staff, other alumni and business people high on the list.

Congratulations to Tony Galliford in Canberra winner of the iPad – we will be in touch about presenting this to you.

Meanwhile you will see below that there is much happening including alumni events in London and Copenhagen, and the opportunity to be involved on Open Days.

Diané Ranck

Alumni news

Flinders graduate appointed Ambassador

Neil Mules AO (BA Hons ’77 DipEd ’79) has been appointed Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands and will be Australia’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, diplomatic representative to the Permanent Court of Arbitration and in a number of international legal bodies located in The Hague including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and other specialist legal tribunals. Neil is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and was most recently Australian Ambassador to Brazil. He has previously served as Ambassador to Mexico and Iraq with earlier postings to Vietnam, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, and Brazil. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in April 2004 for his outstanding service as Australia’s representative in Iraq, and was the University’s Convocation Medallist in 2005.

China relationship strengthened

The relationship between Flinders University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and China’s Central South University and Flinders University’s Faculty of Science & Engineering and Hunan Universities has been strengthened, with a successful grant awarded by the Australia-China Council. From a competitive round of more than 200 applications, Professor Chris Franco and Professor Nico Voelcker were successful in receiving funding of 24,200, which will go towards promoting the joint research centre project between Flinders, Central South and Hunan universities. Discussions in late October will focus on identified critical issues of environmental sustainability and propose collaborative flagship research projects to address these issues.

Alumni Event - London

Flinders together with the Combined SA Universities Alumni UK/Europe is hosting an event in London 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Thursday 29 September on the theme of “Obesity and Body Image” featuring speakers from all three SA universities and beyond. The formal proceedings will be followed a networking reception.

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Alumni Dinner – Copenhagen

The IRU group is hosting a combined alumni (Flinders, La Trobe, Murdoch, Griffith, James Cook, Charles Darwin) in Copenhagen on Saturday 17 September next. The dinner is open to alumni and partners and all Flinders alumni in Denmark, Norway and Sweden will receive an invitation. Other alumni who might be visiting the Scandanavian area at that time will be welcome to attend – please contact Geoff Sauer for details.

Explore what’s on your mind at Flinders Open Days

You already know Flinders is a great place to study. So why not consider undertaking a postgraduate course with us, or showing someone you know what they can get out of becoming a student at Flinders? Flinders University Open Days are on Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August from 10am to 4pm.

Start your day at the HUB, where you can access information about our wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses before heading off on one of our campus tours. With course information sessions, interactive displays and demonstrations happening across the campus, as well as plenty of entertainment and giveaways, there’s something for everyone at Flinders Open Days. For more information and to download an Open Days program go to: www.flinders.edu.au/openday

Alumni on Open Days

Interested in sharing your experiences and talking to potential students ? Alumni who would like to assist on Open Days and could be available for a few hours on the two days should contact Geoff Sauer tel (08) 8201 2511.

Alumni Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Convocation Medal and Distinguished Alumni Awards which recognize outstanding and significant contributions by Flinders alumni. The Rules for each award and the past recipients are available on the web at Medal and Awards. For more information and nomination forms, please contact Geoff Sauer tel +61 8 8201 2511.  

A Sense for Humanity – the ethical thought of Raymond Gaita

On the occasion of Gaita’s retirement from the positions of Professor of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London and Foundation Professor of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University, a conference hosted by Flinders University will explore the broad influence of Gaita’s work, including in such fields as philosophy, politics, social work, psychology law and literature, as well as in public ethical debate more generally. The influence of his ethical thought extends through his various writings, including his acclaimed biography of his father, Romulus, My Father, well beyond academic philosophy to many researchers working in other disciplines and to many more members of the hard-thinking educated public.

There are three events associated with the conference which are open to the public:

Wednesday, 17 August, 7.00 Film Screening: Romulus, My Father, followed by a Q&A with Raimond Gaita and screenwriter Nick Drake.

Thursday, 18 August, 5.00pm Round table discussion of Gaita's memoir Romulus, My Father, with J.M. Coetzee, Anne Manne, Nick Drake and Michael Heyward.

Friday, 19 August, 6:00pm Public lecture: "To civilize the City; Or, The University and the City", Professor Raimond Gaita, chaired by Robert Manne

Registration is required

Sidney Myer Rural Lecture 2011 - Rural Leadership Needs Cultural Change for a Sustainable Future

Wednesday 7 September 2011 6:15PM - 7:15PM
Matthew Flinders Theatre, Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park

The first lecture in a series of four. Speaker Miriam Silva, General Manager Commercial Operations at Elders will speak about cultural change needing to occur in leadership in rural Australia for there to be a sustainable future. Miriam is currently responsible for commercial operations across Elders Limited business on a national level, including driving and delivering two major projects, Go To Client (re-focusing Elders around the client) and Operational Excellence (process standardisation). Miriam has more than 20 years experience across multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals, banking and agribusiness, managing large and geographically diverse teams.

Admission is free but registration essential.

Latest offers and benefits

State Theatre Company – Chekhov’s Three Sisters

One of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Chekhov’s tragi-comic masterpiece of provincial claustrophobia and the frustrations of small town life has a universally resounding appeal. At once grave and joyous, thrillingly recognisable and deeply moving, it tells its story with courage, compassion and humour.

Special offer: The first 4 people to respond by email will receive a double pass to opening night (Tuesday 9 August 2011) at the Dunstan Playhouse to see the show plus pre-show and interval hospitality, and post–show party.

Download Alumni offer

Hopgood Theatre – James Morrison Quintet

James Morrison, Australia’s most internationally renowned accomplished mulit instrumentalist brings his famous quintet included renowned Australian jazz singer Emma Pask to the Hopgood Theatre at Noarlunga for one night only – Saturday 6 August 2011 at 8.00pm. Bookings: call (08) 8207 3977 or on-line

Special offer: the first person to respond by email will receive a double pass to the performance. You must be able to attend on 6 August.

Flinders ONEfitness : 12 week Health Me Challenge.

From health checks including blood pressure, blood glucose, weight and body fat to strength, cardiorespiratory and posture we will test, educate and motivate across the 12 week program to help you improve these. Members only, and the member with the greatest % overall improvement receives a 12 month membership. Only $20.

For more information please contact, Wendy Gower at Flinders ONE fitness 8201 2842.

Travel offer for alumni

As a preferred travel partner for Flinders University, Phil Hoffmann Corporate Travel has extended its Flinders University Leisure Travel Deal to our alumni!   Book your next holiday at Phil Hoffmann Travel (7 branches) and receive the following benefits for being a Flinders graduate. 20% off of International Travel Insurance and 1 free transfer from home to the airport - quote code “HolidayFlinders” (conditions apply). For bookings simply contact Lynne Martin, telephone (08) 8350 5722 who will be delighted help you plan your next holiday.

Phil Hoffmann Corporate Travel provides a complete travel management service. For more details on cost savings for corporate travel please contact Lauren Hoysted 08 8179 9666.

Alumni e-Library

For $33 (GST inclusive) per annum, Alumni can have access to: 5000 full text electronic journals indexes to an additional 5000 journals  in a wide range of subject areas. The collection has a particularly strong coverage of the Health Sciences, Humanities and Social and Behavioural Sciences. In addition, for $20, subject to the Library's borrowing rules, subscribers are entitled to borrow up to 20 books at any one time.  For more information, contact Peter Mason, Lending Services Librarian in the Central Library on (08) 8201 3705.


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