President and Vice-Chancellor's message

25 August 2017

Welcome to this August edition of dKin Times.

Earlier this month the Deakin Commerce Alumni Chapter celebrated their 10 year anniversary with guests including the founding Chapter President Mukund Narayanamurti. It is Deakin’s longest-running Alumni Chapter and for over 10 years has connected both seasoned executives and new graduates to the networking opportunities that have helped them succeed in their careers. We congratulate the Commerce Alumni Chapter and thank all the volunteer alumni committee members over its 10 years who have steered this chapter so very successfully.

I’d like to also take the opportunity to thank all Deakin’s volunteer alumni committee members past and present who have given their time so generously, sharing their valuable experience with current and prospective students. Deakin is grateful for the time, energy and enthusiasm you give in connecting and engaging Deakin with its alumni.

Deakin University has been strengthened over the years by a series of successful mergers with strong partners, each of whom have contributed to Deakin’s character. Recently, former employees from our ‘antecedent’ institutions Burwood Teachers College and Victoria College, attended an event at our Burwood Campus. Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education, Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, and Head of School of Education, Professor Christine Ure spoke to the group. Many were in awe of just how much Deakin has grown in the decades since amalgamation.

One recent change much welcomed by our current students is ‘Morgan’s Walk’, a safe, accessible walk that for the first time links both sides of Deakin’s Burwood campus. It is named after former Chancellor Mr David Morgan AO, who served as Deakin’s Chancellor for 10 years. The new pedestrian walkway across Gardiners Creek is absolutely stunning, a gorgeous tree top walk that provides a safe, accessible crossing for students, staff, cyclists, the elderly and parents with prams, those for whom those rickety and dangerous stairs have for far too long been an insurmountable barrier.

I do hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter – it’s an excellent read and a great way to keep in touch with your university.

Jane den Hollander AO
President and Vice-Chancellor

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