The Deakin Times - February 2014

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Welcome to the February 2014 issue of The Deakin Times - your monthly Deakin Alumni Community eNews bulletin.

This month we catch up with alumnus Aaron Sterns (1995) who is the co-writer of the new Australian horror film, Wolf Creek 2. Mr Sterns is also author of the just-released prequel novel Wolf Creek: Origin.

We also preview some of the top research stories and other news happening at Deakin including:

Statement from Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander on Alcoa

Nanobiotech investment headlines new wave of India agreements

Softening the impact - cartilage lubrication research breakthrough

Crossing zebrafish genes in a bid to better cancer treatment

There are also a number of professional development, reunion and networking events coming up soon in Geelong, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Indonesia and China that I encourage alumni in those regions to attend. Find out more.

Also a reminder that as part of Deakin's forty-year celebrations we are inviting all alumni to become involved with a number of exciting events and activities taking place over 2014,  including a touring memorabilia exhibition and nominations of prominent people who have helped shape Deakin's impressive history. Find out more.

If you have any feedback in relation to The Deakin Times please email the Deakin Central Alumni Office at   

With best wishes

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community News
Get Involved with Deakin 40th anniversary celebrations

Forty years ago Deakin was formally established with the Deakin Act of Parliament 1974.  To celebrate we're offering some initial ways that you can get involved in the festivities as an Alumni member. These include:

  1. Send your memorabilia suggestions for inclusion in an upcoming Deakin Exhibition which will tour all campuses.  The exhibition will be free to attend and open to the public.  Email pictures of your items for consideration to
  2. Nominate a Key Influencer at Deakin.

Details about more opportunities and events will be communicated to you soon.  Stay connected in the meantime via Deakin Facebook.

Change 100 Lives: The power to change is in your hands
As a Deakin Alumni member, you know better than anyone that a tertiary education has the power to shape lives and communities in many positives ways.  Read more.

Alumni in the news
Angela Moore (2003)
, who recently had her article A Medical Mishap published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 3.3 Winter 2013 by John Hopkins University U.S.A.

Calling Burwood Teachers College commencing class of 1964
There will be a reunion lunch on Friday 28 February commencing 1pm at Sage Restaurant, Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Deakin University for all alumni who commenced their study at BTC in 1964. RSVPs are essential to event coordinator Maree Haylock at

Deakin Commerce Alumni
Get the inside word about Deakin's largest alumni chapter including; activities, opportunities for engagement and how members can become involved. Find out more.

Deakin campuses to go smoke-free
From 10 March 2014, Deakin will be a smoke free environment. Find out more.

AustCham Future Leaders Program  The program is designed for students who have a long term passion for strengthening this relationship through their business or cultural pursuits with China. Applications close 21 February 2014. Find out more.

Events – what's coming up?
Deakin Commerce Alumni Networking Event
6.30pm-9.30pm, Wednesday 26 February 2014 @ The Boatbuilders Yard, 23 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne Victoria

Join our Deakin Commerce Alumni to kick off 2014 with a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues, staff and alumni. Numbers are limited - so register early to avoid disappointment. Register online to attend.

Psychology of High Performance in Sport, Business and Life - Seminar and Networking Event (ONLY A FEW SEATS REMAINING)
6.30pm-8.45pm, Wednesday 12 March 2014 @ Geelong Waterfront Campus, Deakin University, 1 Gheringhap Street Geelong Victoria

Presented by Alumnus and Performance Psychologist Richard Bennett, we take a look at some of the psychological high performance tools you can develop and use to assist you to reach your peak performance in business, sport or life in general. This free seminar will be followed by drinks and canapés. Numbers are strictly limited and RSVPs are essential by 6 March 2014 to

Can we prevent depression by improving diet? - Seminar and Networking Event (WAITLIST ONLY AVAILABLE)
6.30pm-8.45pm, Tuesday 25 March 2014 @ Melbourne City Centre Deakin University, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria
Deakin University Associate Professor Felice Jacka, provides an overview of the recent and compelling evidence from around the globe demonstrating the important role that diet plays in the common mental health problems, depression and anxiety, in children, adolescents and adults. This free seminar will be followed by drinks and canapés. Numbers are strictly limited and RSVPs are essential. Register for waitlist.

Burwood Teachers College 1964 Football Premiership Team 50 year Reunion
From 12 noon, Tuesday 15 April 2014 @ The Harp of Erin, 636, East Kew Victoria

Players and supporters are invited to come along and celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the famous 1964 BTC Football Premiership. For more information and to RSVP contact Trevor Rush at or PH 0419 460 637.

Our interstate professional development series of events will be held on the below dates. More details will be advertised soon.

Perth – 6.30pm-8.45pm, Wednesday 9 April 2014 @ Venue TBA

Brisbane - 6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 16 June 2014 @ Sofitel Brisbane Central

Adelaide – 6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 21 July 2014 @ The National Wine Centre of Australia

Sydney – 6.30pm-8.45pm, Thursday 21 August 2014 @ Venue TBA

Canberra – 6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 8 September 2014 @ Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Hobart – 6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 17 November 2014 @ Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Hong Kong
Deakin Hong Kong Alumni Chapter AGM Dinner Event (BOOKED OUT)

6.30pm-9.30pm, Saturday 22 February 2014, The YMCA of Hong Kong, Assembly Hall II, 4/F North,  41 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

2014 Australian Graduate Job Fair Indonesia
10am-4pm, Saturday 22 February 2013, Jakarta Indonesia

This annual event provides Deakin Alumni an opportunity to access Indonesian employment opportunities in a broad range of areas. The fair will include seminars on developing your career and professional skills. Find out more.

Deakin Alumni in China are encouraged to attend upcoming events through our corporate partner Australia China Alumni Association including:

Year of the Horse Welcome Back Drinks Beijing – 6.30pm-10pm, Tuesday 25 February 2014

ACAA & AustCham Shanghai Young Professional Drinks – 6.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 26 February 2014

Australian Alumni Evening in Xiamen – 6.30pm-8.30pm, Thursday 20 March 2014

Deakin University news

This month our research and general news stories include:

Nanobiotech investment headlines new wave of India agreements

Softening the impact - cartilage lubrication research breakthrough

Crossing zebrafish genes in a bid to better cancer treatment

For more research stories visit Deakin Research and for general University news visit the Deakin Newsroom.

Subscribe to Invenio To receive all the latest research news direct subscribe to Deakin's research newsletter Invenio.

Alumni services and benefits
Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary – take 10% off

Deakin Alumni members, their spouse and children can receive 10% off per unit on the cost of postgraduate studies on new award course enrolments for the life of the degree. Terms and conditions apply. Find out more.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)
GPAC offers Alumni members access to a great range of shows as part of the 2014 Deakin University Theatre Season and at significantly discounted prices. Find out more.

Lifebroker Insurance
Lifebroker offers Deakin Alumni members a discount on the cost of an insurance policy in the first year of membership by simply quoting "Deakin Alumni" either over the phone or online. Find out more.

Alumni in profile
This month we catch up with Aaron Sterns (1995) who is the co-writer of the newly released Australian horror film,Wolf Creek 2.

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