The Deakin Times - December 2013

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Welcome to the December 2013 issue of The Deakin Times - your monthly Deakin Alumni Community eNews bulletin.

This month read about all the research and other news happening at Deakin including:

Governor-General sees carbon fibre research in action at Deakin in Geelong

Report showcases impact of art galleries on communities

Women find the cycle of life not all it's cracked up to be when getting back on their bikes

Also read about Deakin’s Change 100 Lives – a campaign to enable students to access, participate and achieve a higher education.

This month we also catch up with commerce graduate Patrick Downes (2007), who describes his fascinating journey from the world of business to become Founder and Editor of Snow Travel Magazine.

A reminder too that Alumni members, their spouse and children can now apply to receive 10% off their postgraduate course fees on new enrolments during Trimester 1, 2014 – Trimester 2, 2015 inclusive. Conditions apply. Apply today at Alumni Postgraduate Course Fees Bursary.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and our Alumni globally for your great support of the Deakin Alumni Community program in 2013 and wish you and your family a safe and happy festive season.

Best wishes

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community News
Werribee Learning Centre to open in 2014
Opening in 2014, the Werribee Learning Centre will offer courses and foster awareness of programs offered by Deakin and The Gordon. Find out more.

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.

Waurn Ponds Student Residents Reunion held in November
Former students who lived on campus at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus over the 1970s and 80s gathered recently to catch up and recall times past. Find out more.

Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary
Deakin Alumni members, their spouse and children can apply online to receive 10% off per unit on the cost of postgraduate studies on new award course enrolments during Trimester 1, 2014 to Trimester 3, 2015 inclusive, for the life of the degree. *Terms and conditions apply. Find out more.

Alumni in the news
Tia Mitsis (2012) is seeking Deakin Alumni to tell their story for her book about graduate outcomes. If you are a graduate who is not working in their field of study and would like to tell your story email

New Humanitarian Assistance postgraduate degree
Deakin’s new Master of Humanitarian Assistance degree provides the opportunity for those working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector to gain an industry-relevant, formal qualification. Find out more and apply.

Austrade seeking Deakin Alumni success stories in Taiwan
Austrade is seeking Taiwanese Deakin Alumni success stories to promote the value of an Australian education as part of various promotional communication platforms. For more information email Austrade at Submissions are required by 31 January 2014.

Stay in touch with us via Deakin social media
Catch up on all the posts, news, clips and event photos from around the University and your Alumni Community on Deakin social media.

Events – what’s coming up?
Hong Kong
Deakin Hong Kong Alumni Chapter Launch and Networking Event
6.30pm-9pm, Saturday 21 December 2013, Shore Restaurant and Bar, 3/F & 4/F, The L Place, 139 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Over cocktails and canapés, come along and celebrate the grand official opening of our new Deakin Hong Kong Alumni Chapter with other Deakin Alumni from the region. Download an event flyer.

Numbers are limited so RSVPs are essential by 17 December 2013 (unless booked out prior) to

Deakin Alumni in China are encouraged to attend these upcoming events organised by our corporate partner Australia China Alumni Association:

AustCham and ACAA's Big Aussie Christmas Beijing - 6.30pm-9.30pm, Friday 13 December 2013

ACAA Shanghai Christmas Party - 7pm-9pm, Saturday 14 December 2013

ACAA/AustCham Shanghai Young Professionals Drinks - 6.30pm-9.30pm, Thursday 19 December 2013

ACAA/ACYA Christmas Party Nanjing - 8pm-10pm, Friday 20 December 2013

AustCham Christmas Party Chengdu - 6.30pm-8.30pm, Friday 20 December 2013

2014 Australian Graduate Job Fair Indonesia - save the date
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.

Visit Deakin Alumni events for details about other upcoming events.

Deakin University news
This month our research and general news stories include:

Governor-General sees carbon fibre research in action at Deakin in Geelong

Report showcases impact of art galleries on communities

Helping migrant youth become part of Australian society needs more than sport, report argues

Women find the cycle of life not all it's cracked up to be when getting back on their bikes

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

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Alumni services and benefits
Alumni Career Mentoring Program
The Deakin Alumni Career Mentoring Program has now been expanded to enable Alumni to Alumni mentoring. This service is free of charge and available to Alumni around the world. For more information visit Deakin Alumni Career Mentoring Program. offers Deakin Alumni members an exclusive 10% discount on hotel reservations in over 140 countries. For more information visit Deakin Alumni offer.

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.

Thrifty Car Rental
Need a rental vehicle for your holidays? Thrifty Car Rental offers Deakin Alumni members special discount rates Australia-wide for private rentals for both passenger and commercial vehicles. Find out more.

Deakin Alumni have access to a large range of services and benefits. For more details visit Deakin Alumni Services and Benefits.

Alumni in profile
This month we catch up with commerce graduate Patrick Downes (2007) - Founder and Editor of Snow Travel Magazine.

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12th December 2013