The Deakin Times - May 2012

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

Congratulations and welcome to over two thousand new Alumni members who graduated during our recent April ceremonies in Geelong – it is great to now have you in our ranks.

In this month’s issue, find out who will be Deakin’s next Honourary Doctorate recipient, read about Deakin research into gambling and reforms to pokie laws, hear why a Deakin researcher is concerned about the future direction of PNG and read about Deakin’s bold bid to build a state of the art engineering facility at Geelong Waurn Ponds campus. We also catch up with award-winning staff member Sean Jesudason and give you an update on all the latest Deakin Alumni Community membership facts and figures.

Also I wish to remind you that nominations for the Deakin Alumni of the Year Awards will remain open until 1 June 2012 and encourage you to nominate Alumni who you think would be worthy recipients of these prestigious awards.

I wish you a great month ahead.

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community news
Deakin Alumni Awards 2012
Nominations are now open for these prestigious annual awards - so make a nomination today. Nominations close 1 June 2012.

How well do you really know your Deakin Alumni Community?
Get the low down on Deakin's Alumni program including all the latest membership facts and figures.

Deakin Alumni Community coming to an interstate location near you...
Deakin Alumni networking and professional development events will be held all around Australia during 2012 so make sure you don’t miss out on some great networking opportunities.

Alumni in the news
Fiona McCallum (1999), who has recently released her third novel, Wattle Creek, published by Harlequin Enterprises Limited 2012. For more information visit

John Lamorie (2004), who recently became the first person to build a school and a restaurant out of newspaper as part of an environmental project in Taiwan.

Phillip Nielson (2011), who recently won a prestigious Boral Design Award 2011/12 for his architectural design of, Flamingo Lane. For more information about this winning project visit Boral Design Awards.

The first issue of Alumni magazine for 2012 will reach your mail box during June. So you don’t miss out on your copy, make sure you have a current mailing address registered with us by updating your details online at update my contact details today.

Willing and Able Mentoring (WAM) Program
Deakin’s new Dandenong Learning Hub has a small intake of students from disadvantaged and low SES backgrounds and Deakin Alumni from the Dandenong area are being sought by the Faculty of Health to be mentors to these students. For more information visit WAM.

Geelong Young Professionals – Networking event 23 May 2012
Deakin Alumni are invited to attend the GYP’s, upcoming seminar, Tristan Miller - 'that guy' who ran 52 international marathons in 52 weeks to be held at The Pier Geelong. RSVPs are essential by 16 May. Cost is $45 pp. For more information visit GYP 2012 events.

Top Deakin University news stories
Deakin to award former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby honorary doctorate

Gambling expert calls for government to act ethically and morally on pokie reform

Academic asks 'where is the international outcry?' as new index reveals poorest regions in PNG

Deakin lodges final EIF bid for engineering education facility at Waurn Ponds

Drama, passion, tears, performance captures the first year of beginning teachers

For more Deakin news visit Deakin University Newsroom.

Events – What’s coming up?
Deakin Postgraduate Information Night
Tuesday 15 May 2012 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm at Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus, Level 3, Building HD, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood.
Come to our Postgraduate Information Night and find out why Deakin is the right choice for your postgraduate study. Registration is essential, so to RSVP visit Postgraduate Information Night.

Deakin Commerce Alumni Professional Development and Networking Evening
6pm Wednesday 30 May 2012, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne
The Deakin Commerce Alumni Chapter cordially invites its members to its first Professional Development Event for 2012 entitled, Real Estate: Where in the property cycle are we?  Detailed event and speaker information can be found at Commerce Alumni event.

RSVPs by 21 May are essential as seating is limited.  RSVP to

Manufacturing in the Geelong Region: a future with innovation   - Seminar and Networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm Wednesday 20 June 2012, Peninsula Room, Four Points by Sheraton 12-14 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong Victoria
Presented by Iain Ralph from the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (VCAMM), this seminar will canvass the future of the Geelong region manufacturing sector and examine ways how local manufacturing industries can continue to operate successfully in a more competitive and relevant way. This event is free of charge. Guests welcome. RSVPs are essential by 13 June or until booked out. RSVP at

MBA Professional Development Series – The Business of Giving Back and Book Launch
From 1.30pm, Friday 6 July 2012, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria
MBA Alumni are invited to this special PD event to hear from a great array of guest speakers and also be on hand to see the book launch of 30 years of the Deakin MBA. For more information, including our line up of guest speakers download a MBA PD event flyer. RSVPs are essential to or PH 03 5227 1280.

Keep the dates free…
Warrnambool – 14 August 2012
Melbourne – 19 September 2012
Geelong – 5 December 2012
Melbourne 10 December 2012

Engage Team and Customers for Better Business Outcomes - Seminar and Networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 4 June 2012, The Gallery Room, National Wine Centre of Australia, Cnr Botanic and Hackney Rd, Adelaide, South Australia
Business growth expert Mr Ken Wright from and former CEO of Westpac Financial Services, will explore the qualities that an effective leader needs to be an effective manager. Learn how to better develop your communication and motivation skills to obtain better overall productivity results in business. This event is free of charge. Guests welcome. RSVPs are essential by 28 May or until booked out. RSVP at

Keep the dates free…
Canberra ACT – 25 July 2012
Perth WA – 28 August 2012
Sydney NSW – 10 September 2012
Hobart TAS – 22 October 2012
Brisbane QLD – 14 November 2012

Please visit Deakin Alumni events for more details.

Alumni in the spotlight
This month we catch up with an international award-winning Deakin staff member.

Sean Jesudason - Bachelor of Arts 2008

Tell us your story…
We are always seeking Alumni to profile in future issues of The Deakin Times. If you are interested in being profiled contact the Central Alumni Office to obtain a profile questionnaire.

Alumni services and benefits
Alumni Business Directory
Check out the Deakin Alumni Business Directory today for some great deals on offer from over 70 Alumni-run businesses.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)
GPAC offers Deakin Alumni an exclusive opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Alumni members can access tickets to a great range of shows during GPAC’s 2012 Alcoa Theatre Season in partnership with Deakin University, as well as Shaken + Stirred shows, at up to 40% off full adult prices. For more information visit Deakin Alumni GPAC tickets.

Wine Direct deals for Deakin Alumni
The Deakin Alumni Community in conjunction with to bring you the brands you love at very competitive prices.  For more information visit

Deakin Alumni have access to a huge range of services and benefits from providers such as: Thrifty Car Rental, My Coffee Shop, Brand Bureau, on campus YMCA Health Clubs and STA Travel. Visit Deakin Alumni Services and Benefits for a full listing.

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