The Deakin Times - September 2012

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

In this issue, find out about how a new iPad app is being used to treat autistic children, read about Deakin’s current research into over fishing around the world, also find out about a Deakin academic’s campaign to stop Holocaust history being rewritten and read our interview with prominent Deakin academic Professor Fethi Mansouri about the new book, Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging.

You’ll also find details below about some interesting seminar events coming up in Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane along with our annual Postgraduate Information Evenings and also networking events to be held in Oman and the UAE.

Thanks also to nearly 3000 Alumni globally who responded to our recent 2012 Alumni Survey - your feedback will be invaluable to help guide the future development plans for your Alumni program. The results of the survey will be published on the Alumni website in the coming weeks.

Finally, congratulations to our Deakin Alumni and students who represented Australia at the recent London 2012 Paralympics and particularly to our medal winners including; Richard Colman OAM (2010) and current students Madeleine Hogan and Cobi Crispin.

Kind regards

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community News
Deakin Paralympians take London by storm
Deakin’s Paralympians have proudly and successfully represented Australia in style at the recent 2012 Paralympic Games held in London with several taking home medals. Special congratulations go to:

Richard Colman OAM (2010), who won Gold in the T53 800m Wheelchair Sprint and Bronze in the 400m Wheelchair Sprint and 4 X 400m Relay.

Cobi Crispin (student), who won Silver as part of the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.

Madeleine Hogan (student), who won Bronze in the Women’s F46 Javelin event by throwing a personal best of 38.85m.

For more information about our Deakin Paralympians’ achievements visit Deakin Spirit.

2012 Richard Searby Oration

The 2012 Richard Searby Oration will be held on Tuesday 25 September 2012 from 6.30 pm at BMW Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne and all Deakin Alumni are invited to attend. Dr Guy Debelle, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets), Reserve Bank of Australia, will deliver the 2012 oration entitled Credo et Fido: Credit and Trust. The oration will explore the importance of credit and trust within the financial system. To register for this free public event visit 2012 Richard Searby Oration.

iPad and Alumni Survey 2012 Competition winners
Congratulations to our recent Alumni iPad competition winners Brett Mathers (2011) and Rachael Spicer (2007) and also to our Alumni Survey Competition winners Tim Coombs (2012) and Guan Hoong Kang (2005) who each have won a $500 travel voucher.

Postgraduate Information Evenings
Come to one of our upcoming 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 details are:

5pm-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

Good to hear from…
Janelle Marsden-Boynton (1999) who with her husband, owns and runs the successful Boyntons Feathertop Winery in Bright Victoria. For information visit

Fiona McCallum (1999), who emailed us that her new novel Wattle Creek, has been selected as one of the Get Reading ‘50 Books You Can't Put Down’ for 2012. Visit for more information.

Rob Harle (2001), who has just released his second book of poetry, Mechanisms of Desire. For more information visit

d-magazine now online
d-magazine is now available to download online at d-magazine Issue 1, 2012.

Events – What’s coming up?
Does healthier and wealthier make your happier? - Seminar and Networking evening (BOOKED OUT)
6.30pm-8.45pm, Wednesday 19 September 2012, Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne Victoria

Keep the dates free…
Annual Geelong Alumni Christmas Networking event – 5 December 2012
Annual Melbourne Alumni Christmas Networking event - 10 December 2012

Engage Team and Customers for Better Business Outcomes - Seminar and Networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Monday 22 October 2012, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street Hobart Tasmania
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 develop your communication and motivation skills to obtain better productivity and profit in business. This event is free of charge. Guests welcome. RSVPs are essential by 15 October 2012. RSVP to Alastair at

The Cross Generational Workplace - Seminar and Networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Wednesday 14 November 2012, Sofitel Hotel, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane Queensland
How should we embrace and benefit from age diversity? Which generational habits and choices serve today's purposes? Senior Trainer Mr Kevin MacIsaac, from Paramount Training and Development, will explore all these issues and how we can keep different generations satisfied, motivated and productive in the workforce.

This seminar will be followed by drinks and canapés, so you can network with other Deakin Alumni. You are welcome to bring along one guest. RSVPs are essential by 6 November or until booked out. RSVP to Dorianne at

In honour of the visit to the Middle East by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Alex Chernov AC QC, and Mrs Elizabeth Chernov, the Commissioner for Victoria to the Middle East and North Africa, John Butler is inviting Deakin Alumni to two exclusive networking events. Event details are:

The Victorian Connection Alumni Networking Event - Oman
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 6 October 2012, Grand Hyatt Muscat, Afrah Ballroom 1 and 2 Shatti Al Qurm, Muscat, Oman

The Victorian Connection Alumni Networking Event – United Arab Emirates
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday 15 October 2012, Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah Spice Ballroom A Dubai, United Arab Emirates

RSVPs are essential by 30 September as places are strictly limited. Guests are asked to wear business attire or national dress. Light refreshments to be served. Please RSVP to

Visit Deakin Alumni events for a full listing of upcoming events.

Top Deakin University news stories

iPad app revolutionising therapy for autistic children 

Children and parents share common ground on sexuality education, project shows

Over fishing tips scales towards a fish population of slow growing, couch potatoes

New book on Muslims in the West aims to shift race relations debate

Deakin academic's campaign to prevent Holocaust history being rewritten

For more Deakin University news stories visit Deakin Newsroom.

Alumni services and benefits
Receive free Deakin Library membership for 12 months*
Deakin University Library offers discount memberships to Deakin University Alumni members globally. *First time Alumni Library members receive the first 12-months membership free. Download an application for at Deakin Alumni Library membership.

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

Deakin Award Appellations
Need to know what letters to place after your name on your business cards or email? Visit Deakin Award Appellations for a full listing of all Deakin’s degrees.

Deakin Alumni have access to a huge range of other services and benefits from providers such as: Thrifty Car Rental, My Coffee Shop, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BUPA, on campus YMCA Health Clubs and STA Travel to name a few. Visit Deakin Alumni Services and Benefits.

Alumni in profile
This month we catch up with a PhD candidate and award-winning academic working with the University of South Australia.

Kerre Willsher - Bachelor of Arts 1988 and Master of Health Science (Nursing) 2008

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