The Deakin Times - February 2012

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

This year promises once again to be an exciting and active one for the Deakin Alumni program - now in its eighth year of operation and with over 40,000 active members globally.

Deakin continues to offer one of the largest arrays of benefits and services of any Australian institution. This year you will have access to over 100 events  around the world, plus over 30 different services and benefits currently on offer. Therefore I encourage you to be actively involved with the program over 2012 - whether it’s for career development, networking opportunities, Alumni volunteering opportunities, student mentoring or even further study.

Nominations are also now open for our annual Deakin Alumni Community Awards and I encourage you to nominate deserving Alumni for these prestigious Awards. Nominations close 1 June 2012.

I otherwise hope 2012 is a fantastic one for you and I look forward to hopefully hearing from you soon or even seeing you at some of our Alumni events this year.

Best wishes,

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community news
Alumni Awards 2012
Nominations are now open for the annual Deakin Alumni Awards and you are invited to nominate outstanding Alumni for these Awards. The Awards aim to recognise, acknowledge and promote prominent Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding successes. Nominations close 1 June 2012.

For more information visit Deakin University Alumni Awards.

Perth Alumni event – call for feedback
Deakin will be hold its inaugural Alumni networking and seminar event in Perth during August and the Central Alumni Office is seeking ideas from Alumni in the region for suitable CBD-located venues  and seminar themes. Email your feedback to the Central Alumni Office.

Deakin Alumni Frequently Asked Questions
The Deakin Alumni Community website has recently incorporated an Alumni FAQs section for our members, to help answer those common questions we receive in from Alumni. Visit Deakin Alumni FAQs.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2012
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is a social entrepreneurship competition aimed at creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led start-ups, in all countries and industries.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in years to come. To apply, fill out the application form at Applications close 13 March 2012.

Austrade News for Alumni
China Careers Fair – Shanghai 2012
Deakin has registered to participate in the Austrade China Careers Fair in Shanghai on 22 April 2012. This Australian Government initiative is a free Careers Fair featuring a wide range of corporates who are looking to meet with Chinese graduates of Australian universities.

2011 graduates from both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are eligible to attend this event. This is an excellent opportunity to network and discuss the key skills required to work in various organisations.  A seminar program will also feature. To attend, graduates must register their RSVP online.

Europe Alumni sought for profiling
Austrade are seeking high achieving Deakin graduates currently living and working in Europe, to profile on Yesterday Australia. Today?  To register your interest, email your details to Deakin International.

Events – What’s coming up?
Deakin University Postgraduate Information Night
5pm – 7pm, Tuesday 7 February 2012, Building I, Level 2, Melbourne Campus at Burwood, 221 Burwood Highway Burwood Victoria
Come to our Postgraduate Information Night and find out why Deakin is the right choice for your postgraduate study. RSVPs are essential. For more information visit Postgraduate Information Night.

Deakin School of Law 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
7pm-11pm, Saturday 18 February 2012, Deakin Waterfront Campus Geelong
Deakin Law Alumni are invited to this dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the School of Law commencing. Catch up with colleagues, old classmates, Deakin staff and friends. RSVPs are essential and close Monday 13 February 2012. Guests are welcome. Tickets are $75 pp. For more information and ticket sales visit 20 years of Deakin Law.

How to be an entrepreneur in your own organisation – Seminar and Networking Evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 5 March 2012, The Pier Geelong (on Cunningham Pier), 10 Western Beach Road, Geelong Victoria
Presented by Professor Howard Frederick, Professor of Entrepreneurship Education at Deakin University, you will learn about the concept of personal entrepreneurship and the strategies you can employ to help you develop a more successful entrepreneurial mindset and skill base to succeed in the corporate world.

The seminar will be followed by drinks and canapés. Guests are welcome. RSVPs are essential by 29 February or until booked out. RSVP to

For Alumni interstate keep the following event dates free. More details will follow soon.

Canberra ACT – TBA May 2012
Adelaide SA – 4 June 2012
Perth WA – 28 August 2012
Sydney NSW – 10 September 2012
Hobart TAS – TBA October 2012
Brisbane QLD – TBA November 2012

Australia China Alumni Association Beijing Ski Trip
8.00am-6pm, Saturday 4 February 2012, Huai Bei International Ski Resort, Beijing, China
ACAA is inviting all Deakin’s Beijing-based Alumni to come along.  Cost is 300 RMB (members) and 350 RMB (non members) and includes pick up, snacks on the bus, equipment hire and lunch. Please RSVP by Thursday, 2 February 2012. For more information visit ACAA Beijing Ski Trip.

Visit your Alumni events calendar for more details about other upcoming events.

Alumni services and benefits
Replacement testamurs and transcripts
For replacement copies of academic transcripts or testamurs email Deakin Customer Service with your request. Charges do apply. For more details visit transcripts and testamurs.

InterviewGold - job interview assistance tool online
InterviewGold is a free online job interview simulation tool that provides customised interview training. Learn or take a refresher on how to prepare for all stages of the job interview process. This invaluable resource is aimed at Alumni at any stage of their career. Visit InterviewGold to access the service.

Australian Chamber Orchestra
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is Australia’s leading orchestra. Deakin Alumni receive 10% off full price tickets by quoting the code word ‘MUSIC’ when ordering tickets. Under 30s receive a special ticket price of $38. For more information about upcoming concerts visit the ACO website.

Alumni Business Directory
Check out the Deakin Alumni Business Directory today for some great deals on offer from over 60 Alumni-run businesses around the globe.

Deakin Alumni have access to a large range of services and benefits from providers such as: BUPA, Thrifty Car Rental, My Coffee Shop, on campus YMCA Health Clubs and STA Travel. Visit Deakin Alumni Services and Benefits for more information.

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For more University news visit Deakin University Newsroom.

Alumni in the spotlight
This month we catch up with a successful Deakin graduate who is a successful author, businesswoman and academic in Sri Lanka.

Rozaine Cooray - Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) 2004

Tell us your story…
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