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Never Stand Still The Magazine for Alumni and Friends December 2014 Issue 21 CHANGING OF THE GUARD Page 12 Cover story HUMANISING DESIGN Page 7 Alumnus David Hurley talks about tolerance and his path to the topmost job in NSW THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA Page 9 GIVING IN YOUR LIFETIME Page 15 A CRUSSHING SUCCESS Page 22 CONTENTS NTS 09 THIS ISSUE 4 6 7 9 10 12 20 15 16 17 19 20 22 I think it s made me a very tolerant person. You have some sense of where people are coming from on the other side of the fence... other points of view driven by historical and cultural perceptions. NSW GOVERNOR AND U N S W A L U M N U S D AV I D H U R L E Y 12 HIGHLIGHTS The latest on campus and beyond MESSAGE Jennie Lang Vice-President Advancement THEN & NOW Humanising Design RESEARCH The Fight Against Ebola RESEARCH Bright Future for Medical Research and Teaching COVER STORY Changing of the Guard Alumnus David Hurley talks about his path from Chief of the Australian Defence Forces to NSW Governor IMPACT Giving in Your Lifetime IMPACT A Decade of Nura Gili GLOBAL CONNECTIONS Events Honorary Doctorates IN MEMORY Vale Dr Helen Armstrong UNSW FAMILY TREE The Chow Family Tree PAGETURNERS A Crusshing Success 23 MESSAGE Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Director Alumni and Community Engagement MESSAGE A FREDERICK G HILMER President and Vice-Chancellor warm welcome to the December 2014 issue of UNSWorld the bi-annual magazine that keeps our alumni and other friends around the world updated on developments at UNSW. We can look back on a very good 12 months despite the uncertainty surrounding the federal government s proposed changes to the sector. Our enrolments both domestic and international have remained strong we have moved up in the various international rankings and our academics continue to distinguish themselves in research breakthroughs grants and awards. In the last six months we ve seen the official opening of the revamped UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA) campus in Paddington and the rebuilt Kensington Colleges. A moving feature of the Paddington opening was the official naming of the Nick Waterlow Gallery in memory of the curator who was an inspirational colleague and friend to so many. As many of you would be aware I will be stepping down as Vice-Chancellor in January after more than eight wonderful years. It was obvious when I first took on the job that we needed to devote much more time and energy to the relationship between the university and its alumni and I thought it timely to reflect in my final message to you on how that relationship has developed. Like most Australian universities we had lost contact with many of our alumni and we were failing to involve our graduates in ways that would most benefit the institution. We ve made a concerted effort to re-establish contact with our thousands of alumni in Australia and overseas including more regular local and regional alumni events. Many of you will have served on the Advisory Boards we established for each of our faculties your advice and assistance have been invaluable. Earlier this year we set up the Global Circle remind me that the university has welcomed students from every background. They were also an opportunity to get together with a great group of people and play some memorable golf But I confess to one frustration and that s the lack of voices raised in support of our universities. University funding has been sliced and diced in almost every federal budget in recent years and yet the level of public outrage is minimal. Universities are a critical part of the social and I believe that one of the most valuable things you can do as alumni is to act as public advocates for your universities whether it s a letter to the editor or if you re in a position in business industry or the professions to mobilise public opinion. of Friends consisting of directors and trustees of our foundations in Australia the United States Hong Kong and the United Kingdom as well as major donors. I m pleased to say that the proportion of alumni who donate to the university has tripled from two to six per cent which is still low but hopefully will continue to improve. Certainly one of the joys of being Vice-Chancellor is having the opportunity to meet our alumni hear their stories of studying at UNSW and what the university has meant to them. I have attended hundreds of alumni events and they always serve to economic fabric of our country but it seems we have to keep reminding our politicians of that fact. I believe that one of the most valuable things you can do as alumni is to act as public advocates for your universities whether it s a letter to the editor or if you re in a position in business industry or the professions to mobilise public opinion. I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during my time as ViceChancellor. I know you will extend a generous welcome to the new Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs who I m sure will be keen to meet as many of you as possible. Alumni and Community Engagement Office UNSW AUSTRALIA Sydney NSW 2052 Phone 61 2 9385 3279 Fax 61 2 9385 3278 Email alumni Director Alumni and Community Engagement Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Editors Melinda Ham & Mike Hall Design Magnesium Media On the cover NSW Governor David Hurley. Photo by Rob Tuckwell. Australia Post Print Post Approved PP 255003 07978 UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 CRICOS Provider No. 00098G UNSWorld Page 3 HIGHLIGHTS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO FUND CHAIR FOR MODERN IRISH STUDIES NSW has launched a campaign to raise 4 million so that an endowed Chair for Modern Irish Studies can continue in perpetuity. Funding for the current Chair held by Professor R n n McDonald runs out in April 2015. McDonald announced the new campaign in September at a dinner at Star City hosted by the Australia Ireland Fund and attended by the former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese. The dinner itself raised 62 000 towards the campaign. McAleese s attendance at the black-tie dinner marked 16 years since she first launched a fundraising campaign at the Sydney Opera House for UNSW s Chair in Modern Irish Studies which promotes scholarly interest in Ireland and Irish-Australia. Voted in as the head of state of the Republic of Ireland in 1997 McAleese was re-elected unopposed in 2004. She reflected on Ireland s recent experiences at an in conversation discussion U event at UNSW with McDonald before the dinner telling the 600-strong audience that the 1998 Good Friday Agreement marked the most significant milestone in both her career and the Northern Ireland peace process. At the same time global lessons could be drawn from Ireland s resolution she said. People need to be deeply embedded in a situation to really understand it for instance we can t relate Northern Ireland to Iraq. But we need to learn not to reach for the gun the bullet the push or the shove but to begin with a sophisticated range of responses to difficult situations. Since the establishment of the current Chair of Modern Irish Studies more than four years ago Australian students have had the opportunity to study Irish culture and history as part of their degree program and UNSW has attracted high-calibre graduate students to undertake higher degrees in Irish studies. We need to learn not to reach for the gun the bullet the push or the shove but to begin with a sophisticated range of responses to difficult situations. FORMER PRESIDENT OF IRELAND D R M A R Y M c A L E E S E . (ABOVE LEFT) During his tenure McDonald has hosted three major international conferences including in December 2013 The Ends of Ireland the largest academic gathering in Irish studies in the southern hemisphere that year. He has also made UNSW s Irish Studies more outward facing with public lectures and seminars on diverse topics from the history of encounters of Irish settlers with indigenous Australians to Irish musical cultures to the Irish economic crisis. In mid 2015 UNSW will hold an academic symposium marking poet WB Yeats 150th birthday. UNSW WOMEN WIN AWARDS U Page 4 UNSWorld Professor Michelle Haber Professor Maree Teesson Dr Claire Wakefield NSW women have been winning awards in the last few months. Professor Michelle Haber the Executive Director of the Children s Cancer Institute at the UNSW Lowy Cancer Research Centre won the 2014 Cancer Institute NSW Premier s Award for Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year. Her groundbreaking research has increased survival rates of children with cancer. Four other UNSW academics also won awards Associate Professor John Pimanda also from the Lowy Cancer Research Centre Conjoint Professor Michael Friedlander Dr Claire Wakefield and PhD student Ursula Sansom-Daly. Meanwhile The Australian Financial Review and Westpac listed Elizabeth Broderick (BA LLB 84) Commissioner for Sex and Age Discrimination at the Australian Human Rights Commission as the overall winner of Australia s 100 Women of Influence for 2014. UNSW Professor Maree Teesson was also on the list. Teesson is the director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the UNSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. HIGHLIGHTS ALUMNI IN SILK The NSW Bar Association has selected two UNSW law graduates to join the prestigious ranks of the silks the Queen s Counsels and Senior Counsels who are acknowledged as the state s top barristers. Gabrielle Bashir niece of Dame Marie Bashir the former governor of NSW was one of only three women who made the list of 18 new silks for 2014. Of the 375 silks in NSW only 9.8 per cent are women. However of the 2267 practising barristers in the state one in five are female. Gabrielle Bashir (BA LLB 95) joined the Bar in 2000 and has appeared in all criminal jurisdictions in NSW. One of her highest profile clients was Gordon Wood who with her help successfully appealed against his conviction of murdering his model girlfriend Caroline Byrne. The other UNSW graduate chosen for silk was Jeremy Morris (BA LLB 90) who was admitted to the Bar in 1995. His practice includes commercial litigation trade practices criminal common law professional indemnity inquests and equity matters both in NSW and interstate. Before he became a barrister Morris worked as a commercial litigation solicitor at Abbott Tout Russell Kennedy. A AUSTRALIA S OLDEST AND NEWEST DESIGN SCHOOL This is an exciting development in our proud history as a powerhouse of art and design higher education and a key contributor to the artistic and creative life of Sydney. UNSW Art & Design has a focus on media innovation and emerging technologies and has initiated research programs in immersive interactive environments visualisation holography robotics art and politics indigenous knowledge and global issues all housed within the National Institute for Experimental Arts on the site. We are Australia s oldest and newest art and design school no-one else can claim that said the school s dean Professor Ross Harley at the September event. He thanked the school s visionary supporters and pointed to the many achievements of its students and extraordinary alumni and staff over the years. Artists and designer alumni include l numerous Venice Biennale representatives including l l l rt teaching at UNSW traces its origins back 180 years to the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in 1833. And as the practice of art has transformed over the centuries so have the facilities teaching it. The UNSW Art & Design Campus in Paddington [known as the College of Fine Arts until July 2014] relaunched in September after a 58 million redevelopment. It now boasts museum-standard galleries and labs for creative robotics holography and 3D visualisation digital media and photography. Designed around a central courtyard the complex includes audio-visual studios and the Black Box a flexible space for complex media production. UNSW Art & Design s new name affirms the faculty s 25-year connection to the University and reflects decades of teaching and research leadership in design said UNSW Chancellor David Gonski when he launched the new campus with Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer. l l l l Hany Armanious Shaun Gladwell Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy two-time Archibald-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton current MFA student and winner of the 2014 Archibald Prize Fiona Lowry artists and designers Trent Jansen Jonathan Jones Janet Laurence and Reg Mombassa artist and curator Brenda L Croft the founders of Dinosaur Designs animator Philip To filmmaker Rowan Woods The campus relaunch also included the opening of the Body Image exhibition at UNSW Galleries the first in the Signs of Life program which uses creative expression to explain specialised scientific fields. Body Image brought together art animation and medical science to take viewers on a compelling journey inside the human body. UNSWorld Page 5 MESSAGE I t has been such an amazing year for UNSW and I m pleased to say we end 2014 in great shape. From our international ranking results and research breakthroughs to the impressive achievements of our star academics students and alumni our reputation as a leading global university continues to rise. The inspiring work of our students in particular gives us many reasons to be excited about the future. While there are too many success stories to list here a few stand out as shining examples of academic excellence and the creativity innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of our students many of whom aren t waiting until they graduate to start marking their mark. Take UNSW Sunswift Australia s top solar car racing team as a case in point. The team of engineering students was officially recognised as the new world record holders for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres with the new mark of 106.9 km h set by the team in July. The previous speed record of 73 km h had stood for 26 years. Sunswift s current vehicle eVe is the fifth to be built and raced since the team was founded nearly two decades ago. As the team s project director third-year engineering student Hayden Smith said It s JENNIE L ANG Vice-President Advancement not often you can confidently say you made history before you have even graduated. The next step in the Sunswift journey is to put eVe within reach of the average driver by converting the design from a concept car to a roadregistered coupe. Our students have had another great year in winning prestigious scholarships. For the second year in a row UNSW has won the state s Oxford Rhodes Scholarship. Arts Law graduate Sean Lau will explore the role of Christian ethics in public issues such as responses to child abuse and climate change. He is the second UNSW Law alumnus in two years to win the award. We are also among the best performing universities in the New Colombo Plan scholarship scheme with 11 students selected this year for the most prestigious fellowships valued at 67 000 each. The Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government and aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific region in Australia. Our students will spend up to one year in their host country having demonstrated academic excellence a strong commitment to engaging with the region and the character to represent Australia with distinction. And we reached a new milestone for UNSW this month with the graduation of six indigenous medical students the largest ever group in one year. of our wonderful international alumni receive well-deserved honorary degrees with Fong Fui (FF) Wong receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Business and Eddy Sariaatmadja an Honorary Doctorate of The University. I encourage you to visit the UNSW Newsroom [www.unsw. newsroom] to see more of these great stories. A number of alumni and Global Circle members attended the University s Gala Town and Gown dinner in November for our outgoing President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer. And what a memorable For the second year in a row UNSW has won the state s Oxford Rhodes Scholarship. All graduations are proud days but this one the last for 2014 was particularly special watching our students step into the next exciting phase of their lives as doctors knowing there will be many more of their peers to follow. UNSW has produced more indigenous doctors than any other university. I congratulate the Faculty of Medicine for its vision and commitment and I acknowledge the generous support provided by the Balnaves Foundation through its Indigenous Medical Scholarships and the Shalom Gamarada program which provides residential scholarships. I also enjoyed seeing two celebration it was. As I wrote in the tribute book Fred Hilmer was the perfect person at the right time to put UNSW on an incredible upward trajectory. He has worked tirelessly to engage alumni and the broader UNSW community. On Fred s watch we certainly never stood still The UNSW community wish him all the very best and we look forward to welcoming our new Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs when he takes up the post in February. As we transition into a new era for the University I look forward to sharing with you the many exciting developments ahead. Invitation Annual Gandhi Oration to be delivered by Ms Ela Gandhi granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. Date 30 January 2015 Venue Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW Kensington Campus For more information and to register visit The 2015 Gandhi Oration is proudly sponsored by TATA Consultancy Services (TCS). Page 6 UNSWorld THEN & NOW Above Terry Spinolo (at right) receiving the Best International Leisure and Best International Retail awards at the International Property Awards in Dubai Top right Playing bass (at right) with his UNSW band in 1973 Right Motorcycling through Sweden in 1974 Humanising design Terry Spinolo recalls the stepping stones of his career from Hendrix-inspired guitarist at UNSW to international award-winning architect. By Melinda Ham. S ome of Terry Spinolo s fondest memories of being a student at UNSW in the 1970s are playing bass guitar in a rock band with a group of friends performing at various balls at Unisearch House. Like my mates we all thought we were Jimi Hendrix says the multi-award winning architect who is now managing director of his own international architecture practice Inarc Design run from Hong Kong and with commercial and residential clients across Europe and Asia. The oldest of two sons of Italian immigrant parents both of whom had come to Australia as children after WWI Spinolo spent his primary school years in several coastal towns in Queensland. His family moved to Sydney when he was 10 years old and he was enrolled in the Marist Brothers Marcellin College Randwick. He d been passionate about making things drawing and painting from an early age. Both my grandparents and parents had a creative streak he says. My father was a construction manager for a major oil company and a great welder and my mother was an accomplished patternmaker and dress designer. She learned the arts and crafts from her mother who had been a seamstress back in northern Italy. At UNSW studying a Bachelor of Architecture Spinolo loved the stimulating environment particularly the studio sessions and mixing with students from multicultural backgrounds. As well as playing in his band he was also involved in the Scouts and joined a karate club gaining his third degree black belt. In his fourth year Spinolo took five months off to do practical experience in Europe and ended up travelling by motorcycle across the continent having the time of his life. A friend and I convinced UNSW that we were going to UNSWorld Page 7 THEN & NOW study different building forms and styles in Europe from Spain to Czechoslovakia from Sweden to Italy he says. What we didn t tell them was that we spent all our hard-earned cash on buying two amazing BMW R900 motorcycles and travelling 30 000km. I think we did come back to Australia and write a bit of a paper on architecture but it was an incredible experience. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Architecture in 1974 and a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1977 Spinolo spent a year renovating his parents house and was then selected for a much coveted position working with the Government Architects NSW. His job for the next three years was to redevelop St Vincent s Hospital in Darlinghurst working under the principal architect Lindsay Kelly to design a new intensive care unit and operating theatres. It was here that he met the eminent cardiac I observed the surgeons doing the operations but also the nurses who nursed the patients back to life both equally important... I realised that it was the same in architecture. It was not only about solving the technical problems but working with the human element. surgeon Dr Victor Chang (who was tragically murdered in 1991). When I was introduced to Dr Chang he told me immediately to gown up so I could see first-hand how hospitals operate. So there I was peering over his shoulder while he did open-heart surgery Spinolo recalls. Working at the hospital taught Spinolo lessons that he later applied to architecture. I observed the surgeons doing the operations but also the nurses who nursed the patients back to life both equally important he says. I realised that it was the same in architecture. It was not only about solving the technical problems but working with the human element. At the age of 30 after finishing his professional training Spinolo moved to Hong Kong where he worked with various firms as a senior architect. He launched his own practice Inarc Design Asia in 1988. Over the past 26 years his business has worked on projects including corporate headquarters exclusive clubs and luxury villas. In the last five years Spinolo s practice has won 17 International Property Awards for interiors and architecture for projects in Hong Kong the Philippines France Myanmar and China. In 2013 Inarc Design won the highly prized Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) Quality Award for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). In December at the World s Finals of The International Property Awards 2014-2015 in Dubai Inarc Design won Best International Leisure and Best International Retail Awards. Recently Spinolo reconnected with UNSW through his mentor and good friend Bob Chung and he is now a director of the UNSW Hong Kong Foundation Board. The Spinolo family shares a few connections at UNSW. Paul Spinolo Terry s brother is a UNSW Bachelor of Building 79 alumnus and is Group General Manager with APP. And when Paul talked to construction management students at a BE BBQ with the Boss his whole family came to listen. Alexandra Spinolo Paul s daughter is also a UNSW alumnus Bachelor of Economics 12 alumnus and Terry and Paul s father worked at UNSW for many years. Small world TOWN & GOWN T Chancellor David Gonski surrounded by honoured guests and honorary degree recipients he annual Town and Gown Dinner held on November 17 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse celebrated the extraordinary achievements of UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer. The guests included General David Hurley the Governor of NSW and his wife Linda Hurley the NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli representing the premier of New South Wales and three former vice-chancellors as well as business leaders a true measure of the respect held for both Hilmer and UNSW. UNSW Chancellor David Gonski conferred an honorary Doctor of Science on the Vice-Chancellor and an honorary Doctor of the University on Hilmer s wife Claire. During the last eight years Claire Hilmer has shown unwavering and dedicated support for UNSW hosting many dinners at the Hilmer home and accompanying her husband to events locally and overseas. Page8 UNSWorld RESE ARCH One of Australia s leading health academics was the first to question Ebola guidelines for health workers writes Melinda Ham. THE FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA I n a publication in early September UNSW s Professor Raina MacIntyre challenged World Health Organization guidelines for health workers dealing with the Ebola virus. The head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine together with colleagues from UNSW South Africa and the US argued for greater protection than existing guidelines by WHO the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other countries recommended. Our research found that respirators were far superior and masks provided no protection at all she says. And it is concerning to me that we are dealing with Ebola a disease which has a fatality rate of 50-90 per cent and yet the WHO is not recommending the most cautious approach using respirators. It reflects an apparently low priority of the occupational health and safety of health workers. So far 500 health workers have contracted the virus and more than half have died treating Ebola patients in the worst outbreak on record. MacIntyre who has conducted the world s largest randomised controlled trials of respirators and surgical masks argues that the WHO should change its guidelines. MacIntyre s criticism of the WHO guidelines was published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies and the Conversation website and has gone viral through media outlets around the globe. MacIntyre wrote that Ebola is a very poorly studied infection compared to other infections such as influenza and the sum of the evidence shows uncertainty about transmission. She argued that while the predominant mode of transmission is contact some animal studies and past outbreaks showed that the deadly virus may be spread by respiratory aerosols. In addition MacIntyre said it was a glaring inconsistency that lab researchers studying Ebola in a controlled sterile environment are required to wear full protective gear yet health workers in the nonsterile surround of a hospital are not. Hospitals are very contaminated environments where people vomit and there s lots of blood where bacteria and viruses can spread easily she says. Not wearing respirators doesn t make any sense it has no logic. MacIntyre s views were vindicated in October when the Above Laboratory examination of Ebola. Scientist takes blood pipette and microscope studies in biological samples Right Professor Raina MacIntyre CDC changed its guidelines independently and adopted her recommendations. Many other organisations across Europe and Asia which are sending health workers to the front line have followed suit. I stuck my neck out and spoke out when others were afraid to do so but at the same time I ve been hugely supported by many others around the world she says. I am in public health to prevent the spread of disease and protect people s health. I will not stand by in silence when I feel there is a risk to people s safety around something that can be corrected. MacIntyre completed a medical degree at the University of Sydney in 1987 then a Master and PhD at ANU working as a professor at Sydney before she came to UNSW in 2008. I brought several of my team members with me and now we have built SPHCM up to have a strong public health and infectious disease epidemiology program she says. The School has 50-70 full-time staff 160 PhD students and 600 Masters students and a specialisation in infectious diseases. UNSWorld Page 9 RESE ARCH Main photo by Brett Boardman courtesy of lahznimmo architects and Wilson Architects Below left to right Professor Nick Hawkins Head School of Medical Sciences (also UNSW MBBS alumnus 1984) The Honourable Peter Dutton Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer Professor Peter Smith Dean of UNSW Medicine The new Wallace Wurth building and state-of-the-art facilities herald a new era of world-class medical research at UNSW. BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND TEACHING he Honourable Peter Dutton the federal government s Minister for Health officially opened the 140 million redevelopment of the Wallace Wurth Building in November. The transformed and expanded building home to UNSW Medicine and The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society now boasts teaching learning and research spaces equal to any in the world. At the opening Dutton said innovative health and medical research is a key driver of better health care and outcomes. This state-of-the-art building will be full of people with passion and drive to improve the health of the nation and all Australians stand to benefit from ongoing investments in medical research he said. Queen Elizabeth II opened the original Wallace Wurth Building named in honour of UNSW s first president and T chancellor in 1963. Today s redevelopment creates almost twice as much floor space and provides laboratories equipped with the latest technology. Students will benefit from flexible teaching spaces designed to support collaborative 21st-century learning styles. The entire facility including The Kirby Institute can now service more than 1250 students and 750 research staff. The Dean of UNSW Medicine Professor Peter Smith says students and staff are delighted with the new facilities. UNSW Medicine can now proudly offer its students and researchers an inspiring superbly appointed and contemporary environment in which to learn and make discoveries Smith stated. The first stage of the Wallace Wurth redevelopment was completed in 2013 and Page 10 UNSWorld RESE ARCH MEDICAL RESEARCHERS CHANGING LIVES DR SIMON GRAHAM R brought The Kirby Institute onto UNSW s Kensington campus for the first time. With UNSW Medicine also in the Wallace Wurth Building the Lowy Cancer Research Centre next door and a nearby Biological Sciences Building scheduled for completion in 2017 UNSW s upper campus is set to become a biomedical research and teaching precinct of international significance. The precinct s location close to premier hospital facilities will support the rapid translation of research into clinical trials and provide researchers clinicians and students with new opportunities to be at the forefront of advances in patient treatment. UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer believes that the new facilities will encourage productive collaboration between disciplines. It will further boost the University s STI testing in Aboriginal communities. international reputation as a research leader in these fields he notes. The Kirby Institute redevelopment was funded by the federal and NSW governments and UNSW with significant contributions from donors including international organisation The Atlantic Philanthropies. The modernisation of medical sciences at Wallace Wurth was funded by UNSW. Multi-award winning firms lahznimmo architects and Wilson Architects designed the buildings. At the recent Master Builders Association State Awards the Wallace Wurth Building won the Award for Excellence in Construction for Tertiary Buildings over 20 million. If you are interested in supporting medical research at UNSW please email Trish O Brien trish.obrien unsw. esearch by Dr Simon Aboriginal Medical Services six Graham a Narrunga in NSW two in Victoria and two man from the Yorke in the Northern Territory. Peninsula in South We built trust with the Australia is helping increase communities they were doing testing rates of sexually the work on the ground and transmitted infections (STIs) in I did the number crunching Aboriginal communities. and research component and His doctoral research provided training Graham led four Aboriginal Medical explains. This empowered Services in regional NSW to them to make their own triple the percentage of young decisions of what action to people tested for STIs and take a process which hopefully identify double the number of increases the sustainability of chlamydia infections within changes made in the clinic. 12 months. The overall Only about seven strategy was to Top Dr Simon per cent of people Graham (at left) offer STI testing to under the age of anyone who walked with Professor Peter Smith 30 are tested for into the clinic but Dean of UNSW chlamydia in Australia. they developed other Medicine The project led by strategies such as Graham increased this testing young women to 22 per cent and empowered who came in to talk about clinic staff to increase testing contraception have Pap and improve management of smears or were pregnant STIs as part of routine clinical and for men who had football practice. injuries or cough and colds. I feel strongly that The clinics also revealed a research with Aboriginal quite unexpected difference in communities should aim disease distribution national to improve a situation STI surveillance reports very and not just describe high rates of gonorrhoea a problem because among indigenous people in this doesn t help the SA WA and NT. However community in any in the Aboriginal Medical way says Graham UNSW Services in NSW we found Medicine s second indigenous very low infection rates of PhD graduate. gonorrhoea below one per After the project s success cent Graham says. it expanded to include 10 Melinda Ham UNSWorld Page 11 COVER STORY CHANGING THE GUARD OF THE Melinda Ham speaks to alumnus David Hurley about learning and tolerance and his path to the topmost office in New South Wales. combined military and liberal university education and four decades in the army on five continents helped sculpt the man who is now formal head of state in New South Wales. The David Hurley who grew up in the 1950s in the shadows of the Port Kembla steelworks in October became His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret d) 38th Governor of the state. Some might expect such a man to have a fixed world view far from it. Graduating from the Royal Military College (RMC) at Duntroon near Canberra at the same time as completing a liberal arts degree at UNSW (BA Mil 75) Hurley went on to gain a wealth of international experience from Europe during the Cold War to Somalia in 1993 to military college in the US during the 1996 presidential elections to Australia s military involvement in East Timor s independence. You should never think of the military as being straitjacketed in their minds he says. With the combination of the two institutions UNSW and RMC people often scratch their heads and say how can these two cultures co-exist military and liberal education. One of the things I take away is that they are quite compatible. A His education combined with the international experience that followed taught him many lessons. I think it s made me a very tolerant person Hurley says. You have some sense of where people are coming from on the other side of the fence what s driving them and to be amenable to a discussion about the issue rather than criticising them. There are other points of view driven by historical and cultural perceptions. Living in Malaysia as an advisor embedded with an infantry battalion had a lasting impact on Hurley. He grew to love the country its culture and people whom he says share with Australians a commitment to volunteerism and community. It was my first real exposure to Islam. I ve seen the moderate face of Islam. I ve worked and played alongside Muslims he says. Now as we deal with issues globally and at home with concerns about Islam where it s heading and that sort of thing I don t get overly alarmed. There are aspects in our society (in Australia) that would alarm me as well. Other points of view The early years Born in 1953 and growing up in the beachside suburb of Warrawong Hurley comes from what he calls an average Australian family. His father worked in the Commonwealth Rolling Mills as a foreman and his mother in retail. He attended public primary and high school in Port Kembla where more than half of his classmates were new Australians. He achieved enough marks to enrol in university Page 12 UNSWorld His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley Governor of NSW at Government House Sydney PORTRAIT BY ROB TUCKWELL where he dreamed of studying archaeology but knew his family could never afford it. I didn t think about joining the military until quite late until I was in the final years of schooling. It wasn t a great passion that I wanted to be a soldier all my life he says and he had no driving sense of patriotism. But even at that early stage Hurley was pragmatic. He had enjoyed school cadets and quite admired the lifestyle of an army officer so he applied and was accepted into RMC. He joined at a pivotal time when UNSW had only just started providing officers the We don t have to worry about the future of Australia... We have some brilliant young people coming behind us. That s one thing I ve seen over 40 years. It s been a constant... opportunity to get a university degree. In that period in the late 60s and early 70s there was a growing recognition that we needed to have tertiary education for army officers when that wasn t the case previously Hurley says. So from 1972 to 1975 he concurrently studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies through UNSW in Canberra majoring in Mathematics and Government. The highlight of his university years was sport. He played intervarsity rugby for UNSW and entered rowing regattas against the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. UNSWorld Page 13 COVER STORY Overseas exchanges After completing his training Hurley joined the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He participated in various overseas exchanges first with the British army and in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in the early 80s being stationed in West Germany. When he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and in command of 1RAR Hurley led Operation SOLACE into Somalia in 1993 the first time the ADF had sent a battalion overseas since Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his service. For us it was quite a startling change which reinforced and underlined for me a lot about the Australian character he says. It showed the pragmatism and professionalism of the ADF. I was very impressed by our young people who were in difficult situations and saw a lot of people starving. Every morning when we arrived there would be new bodies out on the road waiting to be picked up. The Hurley family From left to right Marcus Hurley Amelia Hurley (BA Media 12) David Hurley Linda Hurley Caitlin Hurley (BA BSc 09) university education was paramount for all officers and he consistently pushed for higher educational opportunities in the ranks. In 2013 UNSW awarded him an Alumni Award. Brilliant young people Listen then think then do In 1999 after his promotion to Brigadier Hurley assumed command of the 1st Brigade in Darwin supporting the Australianled operation in East Timor. It s exciting quite a privilege when a country is growing and you get to be there from day one and how you can help he says. Throughout his career the main thing he says he has learned is listen then think and do . Over the next decade he held various senior positions in the ADF based in Canberra. He rose up the ranks to finally head the Force in 2011. One of his mantras was that Now as NSW Governor Hurley says he s redeploying his organisational social and communication skills and Australian knowledge while understanding the difference between influence and authority . Chancellor David Gonski believes that Hurley is one of our first graduates to become NSW Governor. I know it is a superb choice as he is an outstanding person he says. Hurley s priority is to travel throughout NSW particularly in rural areas learning about the issues communities face. I ll set myself up in a town and then hub and spoke from there going out to the regions so I can invest time he says. Hurley also wants to support innovation industry technology engineering and science education and promote inclusiveness and diversity particularly in mental health indigenous youth development and women s equality. And the Governor is optimistic about the unfolding years. We have some brilliant young people coming behind us. That s one thing I ve seen over 40 years. It s been a constant... I ve seen them work under the most stressful situations and triumph and I ve seen their humanity and industriousness. I ve seen their innovation and I don t think we have a worry. Looking back on his own experience Hurley hopes he s acted with compassion and understanding. When you are thrown into those sorts of situations you can be the ugly Australian or the learning Australian I hope I have been the latter. KOKODA SECRET REVEALED In her new book Kokoda Secret Ian Hutchison Australian Hero (Eora Press 2014) historian Susan Ramage (BA 78) offers a fresh look at the life of her father the lauded war hero Colonel Ian Hutchison. Ramage reveals the events which shaped Hutchison preparing him for commanding roles in WWII and the Korean War. Her research also uncovers new evidence on her father s crucial victory on the Kokoda Trail and casts light on the Syrian Campaign the Aitape-Wewak Campaign and the War Crime Trials in New Guinea. The book was launched by Lieutenant-General Ken Gillespie AC DSC CSM Chair of NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council in the presence of His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret d). The book is available online at Page 14 UNSWorld P H O T O B Y R O H A N K E L LY IMPACT Giving in your lifetime j Donors passionate about education bequeath funds to UNSW in their wills to help students long into the future. In 2002 Lawrence told UNSW that she was leaving a bequest to the university valued at about 1 million. At the luncheon students on scholarships funded by bequest donors sat at each of the seven tables. Four students were recipients of the Howard Bequest Awards in Chemistry in recognition of the late Harold Theodore Clyde Howard while two had received the Stephen Robjohns Rural Engineering Scholarship and one the Stephen Robjohns Science Scholarship. Two students Laura Jeffress in her third year of a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Dan Altman a second-year student majoring in mathematics thanked the guests for giving them the opportunity to focus in-depth on the subjects they loved. im (JB) Douglas joined UNSW s teaching staff in 1949. He had a passion for education. Although he retired officially in 1983 he remained active academically for another 25 years retaining an office and the title of Emeritus Associate Professor of Statistics at UNSW. Douglas mentored and supervised many postgraduate students in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and in May 2003 the university awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science. Dad believed that education was fundamentally important that it should be available to all says his daughter Jan. He also believed that education has intrinsic value and does not need to be justified by some perceived future monetary or commercial return. In his will Douglas bequeathed funds to UNSW to establish a scholarship named after his wife Alma. The Alma Douglas Scholarship in Statistics provides 6000 a year to a student studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) for the duration of their degree. Dad was acknowledging the substantial contribution Mum made to his academic work both by keeping family life organised and by hosting gatherings of colleagues students and visits of overseas academics says Jan. When Alma died in 2007 she also left a provision in Jim Douglas (second from left) receiving his Honorary Degree in 2003 Shown from left William Dunsmuir Douglas Jessica Milner Davis (Pro-Chancellor UNSW) David Griffiths and Eric Sowey her will for a bequest to the university which became the Alma Douglas Prize for Level 3 Statistics awarded to the student with the best performance in third-year statistics courses in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The Douglas family are among many notable groups and individuals including alumni staff and friends who have left bequests to UNSW and given generous donations. UNSW Chancellor David Gonski honoured 48 guests at a special luncheon held in October in the Council Chamber of the Chancellery. He thanked these donors and acknowledged them as trend setters a group of like-minded people who share a passion to support UNSW in the future. The Chancellor drew particular attention to Anita Lawrence (BArch 55 MArch 57) who was a trail blazer for women he said. She was UNSW s first female graduate in architecture first female University medallist and the first long-serving female staff member in the School of Architecture. Dad believed that education should be available to all... that education has intrinsic value and does not need to be justified by some perceived future monetary or commercial return. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LEAVING A GIFT TO UNSW IN YOUR WILL Please contact Janet Hall Development Manager Future Giving UNSW Foundation phone 61 2 9385 0532 j.e.hall UNSWorld Page 15 IMPACT UNSW s indigenous program awards current students and celebrates alumni achievements over 10 years. A decade of Nura Gili and the Shalom Gamarada Award. Sandy Hollway Chair of the ITNewcom Foundation currently sponsors two Indigenous scholarship students. We think that the prominence of successful Indigenous Australians in these engine rooms of the economy will have a major impact on the position of Indigenous people generally in Australia he says. Nura Gili s student intake has consistently increased and it now provides support to more than 400 Indigenous students delivering five aspirational programs three pathway programs and a major and minor of Indigenous studies. UNSW s Medical Faculty has the highest number of Indigenous medical students in Australia and there is also a strong Indigenous cohort in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and UNSW Law. UNSW established one of the first university N ura Gili UNSW s Indigenous Program Unit celebrated its 10th anniversary at an annual awards night in October recognising an impressive list of students and firsts among Indigenous alumni. Our approach today is underpinned by a determination to provide high-level academic support and above all else we genuinely care about each and every student. When students succeed we all succeed said Nura Gili Student Services Manager Mick Peachey at the event. This year 28 students received awards including two undergraduate awards from each faculty an Excellence Award for academic merit and a Spirit Award to recognise persistence resilience academic growth and attitude. Nura Gili also had its own Burbuga Birrung Rising Star awards. A number of awards were sponsored by industry partners including the Indigenous Accountants Rock Award the John Holland Spirit Award for engineering Above UNSW School of Business and Indigenous Accountants Rock Awards (from left) Deputy Dean Professor Mark Uncles Leanne Howard Makenzie Russel Owen Walsh Ben Eisikovich Rebecca Harcourt (progam manager for Indigenous Business Education) and Adrian Williams (Indigenous Accountants Australia member) UNSW Indigenous Alumni Pat O Shane Australia s first Indigenous barrister first woman and Indigenous person to be appointed head of a government department (head of NSW Aboriginal Affairs). The late Bob Bellear the first Indigenous judge. Damian Miller Australia s ambassador to Denmark the first Indigenous head of an overseas mission. Associate Professor Kelvin Kong Australia s first Indigenous surgeon. Professor Paul Chandler the first Indigenous dean of a mainstream faculty at an Australian university (Dean of Education at the University of Wollongong in 2007). Award-winning artists include Gordon Hookey Brenda L Croft Frances Belle Parker Clinton Nain Brook Andrew Teho Ropeyarn and Lucy Simpson. student centres for Indigenous students in NSW in the mid1980s and an Aboriginal Student Support Program in 1987 later known as the Aboriginal Education Program. Nura Gili was born in 2004 Nura means place and Gili means fire light in the Eora language. In 2012 Nura Gili moved into its new home at Balnaves Place thanks to a 1.5 million donation from the Balnaves Foundation. In his closing address Nura Gili s director Dr Reuben Bolt reflected on the future of Indigenous students at the University. It is a very exciting time for Nura Gili and UNSW as we look forward to a new wave of graduating lawyers doctors academics accountants scientists artists and more who will be better placed to make a contribution he said. Page 16 UNSWorld GLOBAL CONNECTIONS V ANNUAL ASIA ALUMNI AND FRIENDS RECEPTIONS BEIJING ice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer hosted the annual Asia Alumni and Friends receptions in Hong Kong Singapore Kuala Lumpur Shanghai and Beijing in September 2014. Alumni attending the events had valuable opportunities to network with each other. Throughout the year our international volunteer alumni networks working in partnership with UNSW also held other local get-togethers in their cities. The Alumni Host program offered to new international students in Sydney is one program that these volunteer networks are interested in emulating. When international students return to their home countries after studying at UNSW for a number of years many alumni would love to help these students build their networks. HONG KONG HONG KONG SHANGHAI KUALA LUMPUR For more information about the Alumni Host program visit SINGAPORE UNSWorld Page 17 GLOBAL CONNECTIONS Honorary doctorates UNSW recognised two of its eminent international graduates with the highest honour the University can bestow at a graduation ceremony held in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium on November 14. Dr Fong Fui Wong Singapore at the honorary degree conferral Raden Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja Indonesia with former prime minister Paul Keating FONG FUI WONG F RADEN KUSNADI SARIAATMADJA company. In the 1980s and 1990s he bought struggling companies fixed them and sold them. It was an approach that gained him the moniker The Restorer and businesses he rescued included Myanmar Airways International Sunshine Allied Investment Ltd and Boustead Singapore. Fong is actively involved in UNSW Alumni s Singapore Chapter and the UNSW Singapore Advisory Council. FF s son Yu Loon Wong is also a graduate. ong Fui FF Wong (BE (Chem) 69) grew up on a rubber plantation in Johor Malaysia becoming a tree tapper at the age of seven. He taught himself English by studying 10 words a day and rising early to listen to the BBC on the radio. His family used their life savings to allow FF to study at UNSW. He graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. In 1973 he launched his own chemical engineering A chance meeting with the head of the Australian Embassy in Indonesia brought Raden Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja (BE (Civil) 79 MEngSc 81) to Australia to study at UNSW in the late 1970s. In 1979 Sariaatmadja graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and then two years later with a Master of Engineering. An entrepreneur in technology media and telecommunications he founded PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi in 1982 and PT Abhimata Citra Abadi. He also holds the positions of president director and director of PT Perusahaan Perkebunan London Sumatra Indonesia and is the commissioner of PT Surya Citra Media and PT Surya Citra Televisi. Two of his brothers and two of his four children are also UNSW graduates. MAKE YOUR MARK IN ALUMNI PARK JOIN more than 70 eminent alumni from Australia Hong Kong Indonesia Malaysia Singapore and the Unites States and be one of 200 founding donors to ALUMNI PARK to be permanently represented on the feature wall. The transformation of the UNSW Kensington campus is truly remarkable and one of the most exciting features will be ALUMNI PARK providing a an exciting new green space which will be of benefit to future and current students alumni and friends returning to visit their alma mater. A gift of at least 10 000 paid over 4 instalments of 2 500 will see you join this great group of supporters. For further information please contact Stergitsa on s.zamagias Page 18 UNSWorld Mr Richard Alcock Mr Mark Baillie Mr John Bailye Mr Robert Barry Mr Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM Ms Laurie Berg Dr Phillip Brenner Mr Robert Cameron AO Mr John Camilleri Mr Paul Cave AM Dr Ben Chng Dr Tina Clifton Mr Roger Corbett AO Mr George Forster Mrs Kathryn Greiner AO Dr Holly Forsyth Mr David Friedlander Mr Steven Glanz Mr David Gonski AC Miss Kate Gonski Mrs Kerry Gonski Mr Michael Gonski Dr Catherine Harris AO PSM Mr Peter Hearl Dr Kok Tong Ho Mr James Hooke Mrs Jennifer Horder Dr Lucy Hughes-Turnbull AO Dr Wallace King AO Mr Jeremy Kinross Dato David Koh Dr Jimmy Koh PBM Mr Geoffrey Levy AO Dr ThaiKer Liu Dr Ronald Lu Dr James Mackie Mrs Elizabeth Maher Professor Ken Maher Mr Ron Malek Mr Robert Mansfield AO Ms Karen Martin Mrs Catherine Mason Dr Peter Mason AM Mrs Christine McNamee Liddy AO Mrs Helen Moore Mr Nicholas Moore Mr Bruce Morgan Dr Irene Moss AO Emeritus Professor John Niland AC Ms Jacqueline O Brien Dr Daniel Petre AO Mr Julian Reynolds Ms Maxine Rich Mr Peter Ritchie AO Mr Paul Robertson AM Ms Charmaine Roth Mr John Roth Mr Stanley Roth AO Ms Deborah Samuels Dr Jacqueline Samuels Dr Selina Samuels Mr Alvin Sariaatmadja Mr Eddy Sariaatmadja Miss Eliza Sariaatmadja Ms Jillian Segal AM Mr Ian Simmonds Dr Colin Sutton Dato Elaine Teh Associate Professor Charlie Teo AM Professor Robyn Ward AM Associate Professor Orli Wargon OAM Mr Albert Wong IN MEMORY VALE DR HELEN ARMSTRONG 1968 2014 r Helen Armstrong (BSc 93 PhD 06) a mathematics researcher and lecturer at UNSW died in October after a short illness. Armstrong was born in August 1968 the fourth of five children growing up on acreage on the NSW Central Coast where her father was a dentist. One of her brothers John Armstrong (BE 85 MEngSc 92) recalls his sister s passion for horses music and mathematics from an early age. After travelling and working in Europe after high school she enrolled at UNSW in the late 1980s in a Mathematics degree graduating with first class honours (BSc 93). Helen had a sharp mind and a fierce determination in combination this was a formidable force that we will all remember says Professor Bruce Henry head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The sense of community in the school is not unlike that of a family. Helen was part of our family. As well as academia Armstrong was also active in other aspects of university life. As the cultural affairs chairperson at the UNSW Union she secured private funding for Orientation Week activities as well as developing a public relations program to promote Union events which boosted students attendance by more than 30 per cent. On graduating she was astonished to discover just how employable she was. With a mathematics degree you can do anything because mathematics teaches you how to think not what to think she wrote on the Australian Mathematics Society website in 2007. She was snapped up by the global strategic consultancy D Left Helen Armstrong Above Helen (at right) with community leader Noel Pearson during her time with the Cape York Partnership Boston Consulting Group. After a few years there Armstrong left to run the Australian office of a legal and scientific publisher and then moved to Cazenove a London stockbroker as telecommunications and IT analyst. In 2001 she returned to UNSW to pursue a doctorate in causal modelling in statistics and began teaching in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Again she was active in the university co-ordinating the UNSW Food Co-operative and putting in place new accounting management staffing and training systems. When she d completed her PhD Armstrong volunteered for two years with Cape York Partnership founded by indigenous leader Noel Pearson for two years. Her role was to research and then implement the organisation s accounting audit and software procedures. I remember Helen very well from her time volunteering with us. She was a very generous completely smart and humorous contributor says Pearson. Her work with us was so valuable as it was a time when we most needed support from smart people like her. The projects that she helped us out on have been seminal in our reform agenda. From 2008 2012 Armstrong was again part of the School of Mathematics and Statistics as a lecturer and tutor in mathematics statistics and computing. UNSWorld Page 19 UNSW FAMILY TREE The Chow Hu family HU CHIU PHING BSc (Chem) 1969 Hui Sen Leng Cousin CHOW YEW ON BE (Mech) 1966 WONG MONG HONG BE (Chem) 1968 HU CHIU FONG BSc (Chem) 1968 DipEd 1969 CHOW YEW KEE BE (Elec) 1969 ROBERT ONG BOON LING BE (Civil) 1959 Uncle CHOW KHAY LOON ANTHONY BE (Comp) 1994 WONG LING HONG BE (Chem) 2002 CHRISTINA TANG BE (Chem) 2005 MEngSc 2005 JACKSON HUI BSurv 1990 CHOW YOONG SIEN YVONNE BE (Chem) 1994 PhD (Biotech) 1999 ONG CHIN SOON ERNEST BE (Elec) 1997 CHOW KHAY KID BE (Comp) 1995 Winnie Hui Sister FRANK YAN MBBS BSc 1994 CHOW CHING YEE BCom 1996 C how Yoong Sien Yvonne (BE (Chemical) 94 PhD (Biotech 99) has an astounding family connection with UNSW. Since 1959 28 members of her extended family who now live in Malaysia Singapore Hong Kong and Australia have attended the university. I can t really speak for everyone but my parents and I came to UNSW because it has a very high reputation in Asia and my mum and dad as graduates wouldn t let me consider any other Australian university says Yvonne who now lives in Singapore with her husband Ong Chin Soon Ernest (BE (Elec) 97) and three children. Yvonne s parents Chow Yew Kee (BE (Elec) 69) and Hu Chiu Fong (BSc (Chem) 68 DipEd 69) met at UNSW and Yvonne fell in love with her future husband here too. I think that many of my relatives met their future husbands CONNIE HUI BSc (Food Sci) 1993 BCom 1993 Page 20 UNSWorld All information supplied by Yvonne Chow LISA HUI or wives at UNSW she says. My dad s family was very poor so as a student he had to save money and stay in shared accommodation with other students. I guess there were lots of opportunities to get to know each other Her uncle Fong Voon Seng (BSc (Chem) 71 GDip (Bio Chem Eng) 72) used ping pong as an icebreaker. It s the sport that I am most passionate about he says. And through this game I made friends with Australians who played. We met regularly at the sports centre and organised the University Table Tennis team which participated in the intervarsity games. Their most significant match was against the visiting Chinese national team in 1973 during the Cold War. This was the beginning of the famous Ping Pong Diplomacy an event really unforgettable and meaningful he says. family Fong family CHOW PHOOI FONG BSc (Math) 1973 DipEd 1974 FONG VOON SENG BSc (Chem) 1971 GDip (BiochemEng 1972) Uncle TAN WING GIAP TONY BE (Civil) 1979 FONG KIEW PIN BCom (Fin Acc Syst) 1982 FONG KIEW CHEE BA (Econ) 1976 DipEd. 1977 MCom 1992 CHOW YEW HUNG BE (Elec) 1975 MEngSc 1977 CHOW YEW MUN BE (Elec) 1977 TSUI WEI MING BCom (Fin) 2004 YAP YIN YAN ANNABEL BCom (Acc) 2004 TAN SEAN-YOUNG BCom (Fin Econ) 2008 SHARON CHOW BSc (Biotech) 2004 Dip Innovation Management 2004 A Gradua io Left Yvonne Chow and Ernest Ong Ernes Gradua io Above Yvonne Chow and Ernest Ong A Famil Ga herin Front row (from left) Sharon Chow Chloe and Kate Ong (Yvonne and Ernest s daughters). Middle row John and Ernest Ong. Back row (from left) Wife of Chow Yew Hung daughter of Chow Yew Hung Yvonne Chow Above Chow Phooi Fong (at left) with Fong Voon Seng and Fong Kiew Chee at their graduation UNSWorld Page 21 PAGETURNERS C An alumnus in London tells Melinda Ham how he went about building a juice bar chain into an award-winning business. front line with customers sweeping the floor cleaning the machines taking out rubbish. After analysing the trouble spots Fung added 30 per cent efficiency to the food production process and introduced other cost-saving measures while also putting in place a customer-focused people culture . My job was stabilising the ship and then we could grow he says. Under Fung s stewardship Crussh weathered the recession and grew from seven to 26 outlets in London today selling not only smoothies and juices but also wraps salads soups and more substantial healthy takeaway meals many with an Asian flair. Although Fung was born in Hong Kong he spent his later childhood in Canberra and then took a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in manufacturing at UNSW through the Co-op Scholarship program. During his studies he undertook work placements at Kellogg s Qantas Hawker de Havilland and Smith s Chips. I enjoyed my time at UNSW so much that I spent eight years of my life there he says with a laugh. His most recent project is writing a recipe book. After years of customers begging him to reveal the secrets of his smoothies and juices Fung finally caved in and authored Crussh Juices Smoothies and Boosters (Duncan Baird London 2013) available on Amazon. Historically we were quite protective about our recipes he says. But then there have been all these celebrity chefs publishing their recipe books. So we thought it was a good time to get ours out there too. Fung s book is a real bible for people interested in healthy eating explaining the benefits of juicing and eating raw foods their vitamins and minerals as well as super foods. During the recession there was a decline in healthy eating as people went back to traditional comfort foods says Fung. But now there is a culture change in the UK about how people approach food. Crussh made it on the 2014 15 list of Britain s CoolBrands and won the Lunch British Smoothie Championships 2011 12. Find out more about Crussh at and buy the book at A CRUSSHING SUCCESS hristopher Fung s favourite drink is the Crussh detox made of cactus lime pineapple banana and frozen yoghurt. The cactus is like aloe vera so it s a very interesting one. Then the lime with its skin on gives a very bitter taste but there s still the sweetness of the pineapple. Fung (BE (Manufacturing) 95 MSc (Ind Design) 99) is the managing director of Crussh a highly successful chain of British health-food and juice bars. Its founder James Learmond established the first Crussh juice bar in 1998 at the height of the juice and smoothie fad. Five years later Fung came onboard. I have always loved food from growing up in Asia and then Australia with the natural produce and mixing Eastern and Western cuisine. I thought there was a real gap in the market when I came to London. But James was already doing it so I joined him. But first Fung had to turn Crussh around because it was losing money. So he went undercover working in the back office in the kitchens on the Chris special UNSW YELLOW SMOOTHIE 3 organic apples juiced (or 150ml pure organic apple juice) banana cup frozen natural organic yoghurt 1 slice rockmelon (without peel ) mango 1 apricot pitted passionfruit 1 tsp bee pollen 1 tsp chia seeds Put all ingredients in a blender and whizz it up. You ll get the best results if you cut and freeze the rockmelon mango and apricot overnight as it stays thick and cold when blended. Page 22 UNSWorld MESSAGE lease meet CLANCY UNSW s official lion mascot. He is named after Sir John Clancy Chancellor from 1960-1970 a highly-regarded public servant and Supreme Court judge. Congratulations to Rachel Stanic (BA 12) winner of the naming competition and thank you to the hundreds of alumni who participated and made suggestions. It is fitting that the lion is named after such an important figure in the University s history and the Sir John Clancy Auditorium is also the place that all graduands enter to receive their testamur. ow in our sixth year of the Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Scholarship Appeal an idea first introduced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer we are closer to reaching a milestone of 3 million raised in pledges and gifts. This support continues P STERGITS A Z AMAGIA S-HILL Director Alumni and Community Engagement to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students to study at UNSW. Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution. This is a terrific achievement made possible by many thousands of generous donors. The impact of your gift lasts a lifetime. If you are still interested in making a gift it is not too late scholarships are offered in January 2015. You will find a donation form inside the magazine or just go online to VCAppeal. n November I was delighted to meet Dr Christina Hart a very generous supporter of the Appeal. Christina funded a full scholarship in honour of her late father Antoni Karbowiak. Together we met Jasmine Drayton from Ballina in northern NSW a current first-year student and recipient of the scholarship. A planned brief catch-up lasted for over an hour as we chatted about the subjects Jasmine was taking upcoming exams college life and so much more. Jasmine is certainly a high achiever. C N I W ongratulations to Scientia Professor Martin Green and his team for their breakthrough results in solar energy research. They have shown it is possible to convert over 40 per cent of the sunlight hitting a solar panel into electricity the highest efficiency ever recorded. e need your help. In 2015 we are conducting a survey. It will help us more effectively engage with you and other alumni. We hope you can spare some time to participate. All the best for the holiday season Stegs CLANCY the UNSW mascot with graduating students UNSWorld Page 23 We are searching for graduate family stories to share with our students and graduates. To share your UNSW Family Tree visit My UNSW family tree It s not too late to support the 2014 Vice-Chancellor s Scholarship Appeal Never Stand Still I was lucky enough to be offered a scholarship in 2011 from the ViceChancellor s Annual Telephone Appeal. Growing up in a regional city I always knew I wanted to study at UNSW and being offered the scholarship helped make my dream possible. 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