The Deakin Times - August 2012

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Welcome to the August 2012 issue of The Deakin Times - your monthly Alumni eNews service.

In this issue, find out about Deakin’s research findings into male obesity, read how kids are improving their motor skills by playing interactive video games, read about Deakin’s research into junior AFL football and how migrants are an untapped resource in the formation of Australia’s global relations policies.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to complete our triennial Deakin Alumni Survey for your chance to win one of two travel vouchers valued at $500 each. Your survey feedback will be invaluable in helping us shape the development of the Deakin Alumni program both now and into the future.

I also encourage you to get involved in the various events coming up over the next month in places like Geelong, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Singapore as part of DeakinWeek, Deakin Open Day 2012 and our annual Alumni events program.

Lastly, congratulations to all our Deakin Olympians who represented their country so well in London over the past few weeks and we wish our Paralympians all the very best as they begin their quest for gold later this month.

Best wishes

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community news
Alumni Survey 2012 – win a travel voucher
We are seeking your feedback on the Deakin Alumni Community. So please take a few minutes to complete our Deakin Alumni Community survey and enter into our free prize draw to win one of two travel vouchers worth $500 each. The survey and competition runs until 29 August 2012. Visit Deakin Alumni Survey 2012.

Deakin Open Days 2012
Are you are looking at undertaking further study soon? Then come along to Deakin Open Day at Geelong, Burwood or Warrnambool during August and find out about our courses, flexible study options, fees and how to apply. For more information including dates and times visit Deakin Open Day 2012.

DeakinWeek 2012
DeakinWeek runs from 3-7 September 2012 and is a showcase of bright ideas, creative thinking, innovative teaching and leading research. It is also an opportunity to engage in conversation, debate and network with like-minded thinkers and experts.

Deakin Alumni are invited to take part in lectures, panel discussions, forums and events to be held across our campuses and their surrounding communities including Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. All events are free of charge. For a full program of events and activities visit DeakinWeek 2012.

Workshop for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Deakin University’s Graduate School of Business is presenting the 2nd 2012 WOFIE program at the Melbourne Burwood Campus from 5-9 November 2012 titled Developing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Not- For-Profit (NFP) sector.

So if you have an involvement with a NFP organisation who you think would benefit from the application of Deakin postgraduate student thinking through this event, please consider providing a challenge for the teams to address. To find out more visit WOFIE 2012.

Call for Alumni in the resources sector
Deakin seeks to make contact with any Alumni who are currently working in the Resources Sector in a HR or education and training role to assist with research into providing postgraduate level training in remote and regional locations.  If you are able to assist, please contact Mr Alistair McCosh on 03 5563 3113 or email

Postgraduate Information Evenings
Come to one of our Postgraduate Information Nights and find out why Deakin is the right choice for your postgraduate study. Registration is essential. To RSVP visit Postgraduate Information Night. Events will be held on the below dates:

4pm-7pm, Thursday 27 September 2012
Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne Victoria

5pm-7pm, Tuesday 9 October 2012
Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building lb, 70 Elgar Rd, Burwood Victoria

Deakin Commerce Alumni Charity Ball
Catch up on all the news and photos from the highly successful Deakin Commerce Alumni Charity Ball held recently in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne that saw over $1500 raised for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation at Charity Ball 2012.

Good to hear from…
Jeff Rowley (2010), who has launched a limited edition collection of surfing photographs in collaboration with surf photographers Tim McKenna and Stuart Gibson titled The Moment. A portion of all sales proceeds will be donated to Australian children's charity Cottage by the Sea. For more information visit

Tim Hawken (2004), who has released his second novel I Am Satan. The controversially titled book is the sequel to his 2011 cult hit Hellbound. For more information visit

Cal Viney (2011), who has been awarded a prestigious 2012 Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Top Deakin University news stories

Migrants' home connections the untapped resource in Australia's global relations

Kids who play interactive video games have better motor skills

Are public attitudes stopping obese men from making healthy life changes?

GPS trackers to help Deakin researchers find if modified junior football rules effective

For more Deakin University news stories visit Deakin Newsroom.

Events – What’s coming up?
Writers at Deakin -'Living on the Fringe'
6.30pm-8.30pm, Thursday 30 August 2012, Deakin Library, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood Victoria
As part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, Deakin's Faculty of Arts and Education is proud to host Writers at Deakin. This free event will feature award winning international authors David Vann (author of Dirt) and Barbara Demick (Nothing to Envy: Love, Life and Death in North Korea) together with Deakin's Amy Nethery to discuss 'Living on the Fringe', the plight of those living precarious lives. To RSVP visit Writers at Deakin.

Does healthier and wealthier make your happier? - Seminar and Networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Wednesday 19 September 2012, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne Victoria
Deakin's Personal Chair in Psychology, Professor Robert Cummins will give you an expert insight into the concept of work-life balance, quality of life, subjective well-being, happiness and satisfaction. This free seminar will be followed by drinks and canapés, so you can network with other Deakin Alumni. You are welcome to bring one guest. RSVPs are essential by 14 September 2012 or unless earlier booked out. RSVP at or telephone 03 9246 8254.

Keep the dates free…
Geelong – 5 December 2012
Melbourne 10 December 2012

The Art of Effective Body Language - Seminar and networking evening (some seats still remaining)
6.30pm - 8.45pm, Tuesday 28 August 2012, Duxton 2 Room, Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Tce, Perth Western Australia
Presented by David Alssema, Director of Paramount Training and Development, this free seminar will give you an understanding of the keys to effective communication and why body language is the secret weapon to develop a good rapport. RSVPs are essential by 21 August or unless earlier booked out. RSVP at

Engage Team and Customers for Better Business Outcomes - Seminar and Networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 10 September 2012, Treasury Room, InterContinental Hotel, Level 1, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
Former CEO of Westpac Financial Services and Business growth expert Mr Ken Wright from, will explore the qualities that an effective leader requires to be an effective manager. Learn how to better develop your communication and motivation skills to obtain better overall productivity in business. This event is free of charge. Guests welcome. RSVPs are essential by 3 September or until earlier booked out. RSVP at

Keep the dates free…
Hobart TAS – 22 October 2012
Brisbane QLD – 14 November 2012

SMa Security Management Seminar – Singapore
7pm, Thursday 23 August 2012, SMa City Campus, 410 North Bridge Road, Singapore
SMa Institute of Higher Learning, which is an Institution member of AAS, is having a Security Management Guest Talk and Preview Seminar and Deakin Alumni are invited to come along to this free event. Special guest speaker is Professor Nara Srinivasan. To RSVP email Tan Serene at by 21 August 2012.

Alumni in profile
This month we catch up with a successful graduate working in the fascinating field of Kinesiology.

Moira Dempsey - Bachelor of Social Science 1978 (WIAE)

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