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Never Stand Still The Magazine for Alumni and Friends WINTER 2015 Issue 22 ALUMNI SURVEY Page 7 FROM SPITFIRES TO CONCORDE Page 16 GENOME EDITING OFFERS HOPE Page 9 Cover story I GAVE A GONSKI Page 22 ANNUAL ALUMNI AWARDS Alumna Dr Jacqueline Thomas develops alternative fuel from human waste Page 12 CONTENTS 09 THIS ISSUE 4 6 7 9 11 12 15 15 16 16 18 19 20 22 23 This could really help deforestation as currently virgin forest is cut down for charcoal ... and faecal sludge is something that could become valuable if there was a market for it. UNSW ALUMNA DR JACQUELINE THOMAS HIGHLIGHTS The latest on campus and beyond MESSAGE Jennie Lang Vice-President Advancement ALUMNI SURVEY What we learned about you RESEARCH Genome editing offers hope for a cure RESEARCH Beeke Wienert COVER STORY The Annual Alumni Awards 2014 2015 COVER STORY Dr Jacqueline Thomas IMPACT From Spitfires to Concorde INDIGENOUS GRADUATION Indigenous grads make the grade IN MEMORY Vale Dr Ben Chng Kee Cheong FAMILY TREE The Pow family PAGETURNERS I Gave a Gonski MESSAGE Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Director Alumni and External Engagement MESSAGE I PROFESSOR IAN JACOBS President and Vice-Chancellor t is a pleasure to introduce myself to the UNSW Alumni community in the first issue of UNSWorld during my time as President and ViceChancellor. I have had a busy and enjoyable start in post engaging with thousands of staff and students gathering information about UNSW consulting on future plans and enjoying this wonderful city. A key priority during my first six months has been undertaking an extensive consultation process with staff students and alumni on the components of our 2015-2025 strategy which will shape the next phase in the development of UNSW. Thousands of contributions to an initial call for ideas in March and April were synthesised in to a Green Paper released in June a discussion paper outlining strategic ideas and questions which flow from them. There has been a gratifyingly enthusiastic response to the Green Paper with feedback from over 3 000 staff and students via written submissions or attendance at meetings. The feedback is now being developed in to a White Paper which will be a statement of intent about key components of the full strategic plan to be published in October. Our full strategic plan will be designed to ensure that UNSW can capitalise on the enormous changes that are occurring in the higher education sector. We are developing plans for a bold innovative and ambitious agenda reflecting a conviction across our university community that UNSW has the potential to achieve great things during the next decade. Our consultation process has revealed overwhelming enthusiasm for three strategic priorities. First a drive for academic excellence in research and education which enhances the national and global reputation of UNSW. Second a passion for social engagement which improves lives through advancing equality diversity open debate and economic progress. Third a commitment to achieving a global impact through sharing our capability in research graduation. With this in mind we recently sent out an Alumni survey in order to find out more about our Alumni and how you can contribute to shaping the future direction of the University. The initial results were of great interest and you can read more about the survey results on pages 7 and 8. If you missed out on the survey it is not too late to contribute your views - we would like to hear from you. If you are doing important work in your field if your business Our full strategic plan will be to ensure that UNSW can capitalise on the enormous changes that are occurring in the higher education sector. We are developing plans for a bold innovative and ambitious agenda reflecting a conviction across our university community that UNSW has the potential to achieve great things during the next decade. and education in the highest quality partnerships with both developed and emerging societies. We will take forward an ambitious and challenging agenda. I am confident that within our academic student and alumni community we have the calibre of people needed to achieve our objectives and to mobilise the resources we require. An important component of our plans will be doing more to develop connections and interactions with UNSW alumni. We aim to further develop the sense of a UNSW community as a lifelong relationship starting as a student and continuing after has capacity for industry placements for students if you think your industry area could benefit from the work we are doing or if you have ideas and suggestions please do get in touch with us. Your input can help us to ensure that the work of UNSW is relevant to and can make a difference to our society. I look forward to working with many of you as we complete and start to implement an ambitious strategic plan. I hope that you enjoy this issue of UNSWorld your alumni magazine and in particular the cover story on our wonderful Alumni Award recipients. Alumni and External Engagement Office UNSW AUSTRALIA Sydney NSW 2052 Phone 61 2 9385 3279 Fax 61 2 9385 3278 Email alumni Director Alumni and External Engagement Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Editors Melinda Ham & Mike Hall Design Magnesium Media On the cover Dr Jacqueline Thomas Australia Post Print Post Approved PP 255003 07978 UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 CRICOS Provider No. 00098G UNSWorld Page 3 HIGHLIGHTS Dr Emma Barrett Isaac Donnelly Dr Renxun Chen Sean O Toole Professor Stuart Tangye D RECORD NUMBER OF FULBRIGHTS integrated psychological treatment for adolescent co-occurring traumatic stress and substance abuse. With his post-graduate scholarship Isaac Donnelly a current PhD student from UNSW s School of Mathematics and Statistics will investigate the mathematics of network science and apply it to help predict the rapid spread of infectious diseases on airline networks as well as minimise congestion on city roads. Dr Renxun Chen (BSc 08 GradCert 11 (Research Management & Commercial) PhD 12 (Chemistry)) of UNSW s School of Chemistry will use his post-doctoral scholarship to develop novel antimicrobial chemical coatings for biomedical devices and implants such as catheters stents and contact lenses. Infection from these devices results in high rates of death and disease. Sean O Toole (MA 92 (Australian Studies)) who works for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services will use his professional scholarship to strengthen the capability and career options for Aboriginal people working in the human services sector building on similar experiences of American Indigenous people. Finally UNSW Conjoint Associate Professor Stuart Tangye who works at the Garvan Institute will use his Fulbright Senior Scholarship to learn the latest genomesequencing technology and bioinformatics techniques to identify specific changes associated with immuno-deficient diseases. r Emma Barrett (BPsych 03 MPsych (For) 07 PhD 12 (Public Health & Community Medicine)) of UNSW s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is one of five UNSW students graduates and staff to receive a 2015 Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States. This year UNSW scooped a record number of Fulbright Scholarships which are awarded for post-graduate post-doctorate and professional study tying with Monash University for the highest number selected in Australia. Barrett will use the prestigious scholarship to collaborate with Professor Sudie Back at the Medical University of South Carolina to develop and test an UNSW WOMEN RECOGNISED P rofessor Minoti Apte (PhD 98) UNSW pancreatic cancer researcher and alumna has been named 2015 NSW Woman of the Year for her contributions to medical research tertiary education and the Indian community. Apte is director of the Pancreatic Research Group (since 2001) based at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research and is a world leader in alcohol-induced pancreatic injury and pancreatic cancer the fifth-leading cause of all cancer deaths in Australia. Alongside her impressive career successes Professor Apte is an active member of the Marathi Association of Sydney an organisation that serves Sydney s significant Indian population Premier Mike Baird said when presenting Apte with the award adding that her achievements inspire other women to follow in her footsteps. In her acceptance speech Apte focussed on the inequality and disadvantage women face when returning to work but emphasized that UNSW is an exception. UNSW is leading the way when it comes to family-friendly workplace arrangements and supporting women who want to balance family with pursuing a career in science academia or medical research she says. Professor Minoti Apte UNSW is leading the way when it comes to familyfriendly workplace arrangements and supporting women who want to balance family with pursuing a career... Jennifer Knox (BE 91 Naval Architecture) is another UNSW alumna to gain recognition recently selected as the first female Australian fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) in the UK and one of only six female fellows worldwide. Knox was the first naval architect to practise in Australia when she started 25 years ago. Jennifer Knox Page 4 UNSWorld HIGHLIGHTS UNSW HELPS TRAUMATISED REFUGEES UNSW JOB MARKET S MOST DESIRABLE GRADUATES Do you want to work for one of the most desirable companies in Australia Then go to UNSW. According to the professional networking site LinkedIn these companies hired UNSW graduates ahead of any other Australian university. LinkedIn identified the 30 most in-demand employers in 2015 based on LinkedIn member awareness of a company and engagement with that company s pages and employee profiles. RioTinto Google BHPBilliton Microsoft Leighton Qantas Apple Chevron LendLease and Thiess topped this list. These companies HR teams preferred to hire UNSW graduates over all other Australian university graduates which in order of preference after UNSW included University of Technology Sydney The University of Sydney Monash University and The University of Queensland. n innovative UNSW online education program designed to help traumatised refugees overcome the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has received a 450 000 grant from beyondblue. Tell Your Story is the first digital intervention of its kind produced through a partnership between the UNSW Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program Settlement Services International and the Black Dog Institute. The program provides an online education platform featuring video stories of refugee men who sought help for PTSD translated into Arabic Farsi and Tamil so they are accessible to many refugee viewers. The stories challenge common myths about mental health encouraging men to reach out for assistance and also tell their own story at the same time. A fellow refugees to tell your stories from your heart and mind so you can be free and lead a happy life he says. UNSW clinical psychologist and Program Director Dr Angela Nickerson says the prevalence of PTSD in refugees is five times higher than the general population in Australia. The negative beliefs that many men hold about their own PTSD symptoms are a key barrier to accessing evidence-based interventions. We hope this program will help them overcome this barrier says Nickerson. The digital intervention will include interactive activities to educate users about PTSD and support them to develop personalised plans for seeking help. In the introductory video a refugee named Narayan recalls the PTSD-related nightmares and flashbacks he experienced before he sought treatment. I encourage all my UNSWorld Page 5 MESSAGE am delighted to share with you two important initiatives that will soon come to life our first UNSW Alumni Entrepreneurs Forum and a special competition ahead of the fundraising appeal to ensure the long-overdue redevelopment of our beloved Roundhouse. Having had the opportunity to meet alumni across many countries the idea of an entrepreneurs forum grew and plans are now underway to hold the first-ever Enterpreneurs Forum in the USA on 24 and 25 June next year. We hope to attract social business and technical entrepreneur alumni who have successfully launched start-up companies in different parts of the world. For many of our UNSW graduates the Roundhouse the first building at UNSW and in Australia dedicated to the student experience holds a unique place in their memories of student days. Many alumni affectionately recall meeting their lifelong partners here making lifetime friendships listening to the next big band or great debates having their first drink and attending international and Bacchus balls. When it was built in 1961 the Roundhouse was outside the square of traditional Page 6 UNSWorld I Above An old ticket to the 1978 Bacchus Ball ewl pene Roundhous that continues to drive UNSW today but the Roundhouse is currently looking unloved. I have had the privilege of taking a few of our international alumni on tours around it. They have commented that it is still in its original condition and appears musty and tired when compared to the rest of our campus which has a very modern feel. Interestingly the Roundhouse still plays an important role in student life. It is still the centre of their UNIverse but in desperate need of a facelift. We want future generations of students to experience an iconic Roundhouse which is the epicentre of student life creativity networks and start-ups. When they recall their days at UNSW as alumni we want them to think about 1961 JENNIE L ANG Vice-President Advancement university buildings reflecting UNSW s position as a pacesetter dedicated to the delivery of an exciting and contemporary student experience. It has been an amazing home for our students University has recently announced a major redevelopment of the Roundhouse and its precinct which still needs to be augmented by a significant fundraising appeal for both the Roundhouse and the student experience at UNSW. Whilst we still need to secure all the funding the work will revitalise the existing building create more student spaces and open the Roundhouse up as the gateway between Anzac Parade and the lower campus which adjoins the site of the new UNSW light-rail station. The Roundhouse holds many memories and stories and to celebrate its major rejuvenation we are launching a competition called Stories from the Roundhouse . We encourage you to enter by sending us your favourite Roundhouse stories For many of our UNSW graduates the Roundhouse holds a unique place in their memories of student days. Many alumni affectionately recall meeting their lifelong partners here making lifetime friendships listening to the next big band... over the years a special place that celebrated our next generation of leaders entrepreneurs and people preparing to take on the world or shape the future aspirations characteristic of any of our graduates. This is still the philosophy their transformational student days with the same affection as alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. We want to bring back the buzz to the Roundhouse but with a dynamic and leading 21st-century look and feel. We are delighted that the recollections and pictures. We will use some of these stories during our Roundhouse Fundraising Appeal and others will feature in the newly refurbished Roundhouse building. See details at alumni.unsw. roundhousestories SURVEY Recently we put the call out for your help in filling out a survey with the aim to get to know you a bit better and find out what you want from us. This is what we learnt about you. There were 14 481 respondents from 120 countries. The top 10 countries were 1. Australia 11 493 2. Singapore 333 3. Hong Kong 313 4. USA 296 5. Malaysia 253 IMPACT OF UNSW UNSW Alumni Survey 75 % Improving critical thinking 67 % Preparing you for your career Advancing your career 56 % 1 2 3 BENEFITS GAINED FROM CONNECTION TO UNSW 6. Indonesia 236 7. China 232 8. United Kingdom 163 9. Thailand 112 10. New Zealand 90 Being associated with the University s reputation Respondents CONNECTED MOST TO ... Respondents AGE PROFILE & GENDER 25% 18% University as a whole Department School 17% 60 10% Faculty 9% Lecture(s) Professor(s) 6% Alumni Networks 4% Physical campus 3% Residential college 2% Student hub 1% Sports club(s) less than 30 25% 25% 46-60 58% Male Staying in contact with friends 33 % 30-45 42% Female Being part of the University community access to network of alumni staff and partners WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR ALUMNI COMMUNITY BECAUSE... You love being associated with UNSW. UNSWorld Page 7 ALUMNI SURVEY (Continued) TOP 5 THINGS YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM US ABOUT TOP 5 THINGS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING Lectures and seminars Career development or professional networking events Class or faculty reunions General social events Alumni receptions with key university staff 1 2 3 4 5 News from your Faculty or School University news and events Research developments Events Continuing education WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR ALUMNI COMMUNITY BECAUSE... You have an overall positive view of UNSW so much so that you recommend UNSW to family and friends. YOUR FEELINGS ON UNSW TRAVEL 70 % FITNESS & WELLBEING 53% VERY POSITIVE 92 % NEUTRAL 6% THE ARTS 41 % WHAT MAKES YOU TICK FAMILY ACTIVITIES 52% NEGATIVE WE TAKE PRIDE IN OUR ALUMNI COMMUNITY BECAUSE... Page 8 UNSWorld 1% UNSURE 1% FOOD & WINE 51% You have a real interest in the future direction of UNSW. Thank you to all alumni who participated in the Alumni Survey RESE ARCH The Dean of Science and his team at UNSW have taken a world-first step towards the cure of sickle cell anaemia writes Melinda Ham. GENOME EDITING OFFERS HOPE FOR SICKLE CELL CURE I m very excited about this says Professor Merlin Crossley Dean of Science. Of all the research I ve ever done this is the most generally applicable to other diseases plants and animals. A new age of genome editing is beginning now that single genes within our vast genome can be precisely cut and repaired. The work was published in Nature Communications in May and describes a project carried out in his laboratory at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS). Crossley and his five researchers used a brand-new technique of genome editing to introduce a naturally occurring genetic mutation that could help cure sickle anaemia (a disorder affecting haemoglobin-carrying red blood cells). This is when you introduce a specific DNA-cutting module along with a piece of repair DNA carrying the change you want to incorporate he explains. When the original DNA gets cut the cell replaces it with the donor DNA. UNSWorld Page 9 RESE ARCH Darning socks Crossley likens this technique of genome editing to darning socks The strategy is for the cell to grab any available spare DNA that seems to match the damaged DNA and to stitch it in as a replacement just as you might darn a red pair of socks with any red wool that you find lying about in the cupboard. Crossley and his researchers didn t invent the editing technique itself but they have shown in laboratory conditions that the mutation they introduced restored haemoglobin levels. It does this by switching on a dormant gene that is active in the womb (which babies use to get oxygen from their mother s blood) but turns off in most people after birth. About five per cent of the global population are healthy carriers of one defective adult haemoglobin gene for sickle cell anaemia. But when a child has both a mother and a father with those genes that s when they will develop sickle cell anaemia or thalassemia and face a life of blood transfusions and medication. About 300 000 babies are born Genome editing is also applicable to animals and crops. Using this technique we can introduce beneficial mutant genes to engineer better plants to feed the world create more efficient sheep and cattle resistant to disease. Below Professor Merlin Crossley with his team including Beeke Wienert and Stella Lee (left to right) every year with these genetic diseases most commonly in SouthEast Asia the Middle East and Africa and immigrants from those backgrounds in developed countries such as Australia according to the World Health Organisation. The UNSW researchers approach focuses on the fact that a small number of people with two damaged adult haemoglobin genes also have their foetal haemoglobin gene still switched on . This protects them and means they do not suffer the effects of sickle cell anaemia or thalassemia. So Crossley s team introduced this beneficial mutant gene and reproduced this effect in the laboratory. So far Crossley s team has not done this in human stem cells. If it does work effectively on a patient s cells and is safe Crossley says it will offer significant advantages over conventional gene therapy. Until now scientists have used genetic engineering to add new healthy genes called transgenes using viruses to herd them into a cell to stand in for the damaged ones in a plant animal or stem cell. With Crossley s genomeediting technique they don t need to introduce any new or artificial material. Instead they mimic what is a naturally occurring beneficial mutation. Depending how well this works in stem cells this technique could become a treatment for sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia within a decade Crossley says. His study was led by UNSW PhD student Beeke Wienert with colleagues at the University of Sydney the University of Melbourne Murdoch Children s Research Institute and Stanford University. Page 10 UNSWorld RESE ARCH Ethical issues Crossley stresses that using this technique offspring wouldn t inherit the genetic changes made to the cells. At the same time he says that his research would never involve engineering human embryos (especially because it is unethical and illegal in Australia) but rather focus on curing diseases and conditions such as HIV. This ethical dimension is significant he adds and currently the topic of heated debate in the international scientific community especially in light of recent controversial Chinese research published in April this year. In this study lead author Junjiu Huang from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou made headlines globally claiming his team had edited DNA in the nuclei of human embryos for the very first time. In an interview Huang admitted that both the world s foremost scientific journals Nature and Science had rejected his research paper partly for ethical reasons. Huang s team experimented on 86 one-cell human embryos all collected from IVF clinics which had chromosomal defects and could not develop into babies. But his results published in a little-known European journal called Protein and Cell were not spectacular only four of the embryos were successfully modified. A few months earlier in an opinion piece published in Nature in March some of the world s leading genetic scientists had already called for a moratorium on gene-editing research in cells that can form human embryos. Rather than genetically engineering humans Crossley argues researchers could also tackle the world hunger crisis. Genome editing is also applicable to animals and crops he says. Using this technique we can introduce beneficial mutant genes to engineer better plants to feed the world create more efficient sheep and cattle resistant to disease. Crossley says that with this method scientists will now be able to target and repair specific diseases and dimensions of flora and fauna with a single targeted and permanent change although they will not be able to deal with destructive diseases such as cancers using this method. B BEEKE WIENERT case the experiment took just about two months from start to finish with great results. Wienert remembers the moment when she told Crossley. I had kept it quiet and then Merlin was having a meeting with us and I presented my findings to the team. He turned to me and said That is truly amazing . He was very excited after studying genomes for more than 20 years that we had made this breakthrough. Wienert will continue to do more genome-editing on other diseases using the same technique in Crossley s lab and hopes to submit her PhD thesis in about one and a half years. eeke Wienert is the PhD student who actually performed the genomeediting technique in Crossley s lab. The 29-year-old German student who completed her earlier degrees at the Universities of Muenster and Oldenburg had already spent five months on an Australian exchange before coming to do her PhD at UNSW. And only 24 months into her doctorate she is genuinely thrilled with her groundbreaking results. I wasn t expecting it to go so well she says. I had not practised genome editing before in Merlin s lab and usually you have to try and try again when testing a new technique. But in this UNSWorld Page 11 Opposite page back row from left Professor Ian Jacobs (Vice-Chancellor) Dr Bronwyn Gould Chancellor David Gonski James Hoa Phuc Nguen Peter Hearl. Front row from left Dr Jacqueline Thomas Glenn Keys Dr Maha Sinnathamby Bob Dwyer Dr Luca Belgiorno-Nettis The Annual Alumni Awards 2 0 1 4 2 0 1 5 O Page 12 UNSWorld Keep striving and never give up was something of a recurring theme at this year s Alumni Awards dinner held to honour UNSW graduates who have made an outstanding contribution to the community writes Melinda Ham. years of graduation spanned half a century from 1962 to 2012 received the 2014 2015 awards. All of them had forged remarkable careers made outstanding contributions to the community and felt that being part of UNSW was a lifelong identity said Professor Ian Jacobs UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor. Reading through the list of recipients gave him a glow of pride. n a mid-May evening under an illuminated marquee on the lawns of Alumni Park more than 180 guests gathered for the Alumni Awards dinner an annual event to honour a select few graduates of science law arts engineering design medicine and business. Eleven former students whose COVER STORY Never give up Chancellor David Gonski read the citation for Dr Maha Sinnathamby (BE 66) winner of the Design Engineering and Sustainability Award and said that he and Jacobs believed that Sinnathamby was one of Australia s greatest minds . In his acceptance speech Sinnathamby spoke about his humble beginnings growing up in a village outside Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with no electricity and little running water studying under a kerosene lamp. When he came to Australia to study civil engineering at UNSW Sinnathamby said he struggled to survive driving taxis at night and on weekends. After graduating he worked as an engineer for a decade including a placement with the World Bank and then ventured into property development. I learned the art of overcoming failures Sinnathamby said. It is failures that make you strong. If you fail once if you fail twice just keep going never never give up. Tomorrow is going to be a better day. In 1992 he and his business partner bought 2 860 hectares southwest of Brisbane and in the ensuing 20 years created Greater Springfield Australia s newest city. The development has won accolades including the 2010 International Real Estate Federation s World s Best Master Planned Community. The city has attracted more than 11 billion in public and private investment. P H O T O I L L U S T R AT I O N I VA N C H O W UNSWorld Page 13 COVER STORY Left Professor Mark Hoffman Dean UNSW Engineering Dr Maha Sinnathamby Chancellor David Gonski. Above Peter Hearl It is failures that make you strong. If you fail once if you fail twice just keep going never never give up. Tomorrow is going to be a better day. D R M A H A S I N N AT H A M B Y Another accomplished award recipient this time in the International Alumni Volunteer category was Peter Hearl (BCom 73) applauded for his pivotal involvement with UNSW s American alumni community. Hearl was the honorary Chairman of the US-based UNSW Study Abroad-Friends and US Alumni Inc. until 2014. He and his wife also sponsor three scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students to study in the US and for a reciprocal exchange. Hearl talked fondly of his time at UNSW an enthusiasm he said all the Alumni Award recipients share. Every one of the folk that have spoken here tonight have an incredible passion about their particular avenue of endeavour but especially they have a passion for this place we call UNSW he said. Hearl is currently a Non-Executive Passion for UNSW Director (NED) of Telstra Ltd and an NED of global wine company Treasury Wine Estates. He began his career three decades ago in the oil industry with Esso Australia Ltd a subsidiary of Exxon. At his retirement in 2008 Hearl was global Chief Operating & Development Officer for Yum Brands. The Medicine and Health Award winner Dr Bronwyn Gould (MB BS 76 DipPaed 87 MPM 00) also recalled her UNSW student days The 70s were a great time to be here student activism social justice and a general atmosphere of an exciting new world. Gould has worked as a GP with vulnerable young people for 35 years. She established and provided on-site medical care at Lou s Place in Darlinghurst for homeless women and children. Gonski also commended the joint winners of the Sports and Sports Administration Award for their contribution to the sporting community. Bob Dwyer (BE 62) a former national rugby union coach who guided the Wallabies to victory in the 1991 Rugby World Cup was particularly applauded by Simon Poidevin an alumnus and former Wallaby who was in the audience. Alex Blackwell (BSc (Med) 08) the captain of the NSW Lend Lease Breakers cricket team is currently in London preparing for the Ashes series and did not attend but she received her award at a ceremony in London held in June. A culture of giving Many award recipients including Glenn Keys (BE 85 UNSW Canberra at ADFA) who won the Business and Innovation Award have also become philanthropists. Keys is the co-founder and executive director of Aspen Medical a global provider of outsourced healthcare. He has created a philanthropic foundation giving a significant percentage of the company s profits to charities. At the same time he also created and chairs Project Independence a housing program for people with intellectual disabilities which he launched this year. Dr Luca Belgiorno-Nettis (BSc (Arch) 78 BArch 80) who won the Social Impact Dr Bronwyn Gould Bob Dwyer Alex Blackwell Glenn Keys Dr Luca BelgiornoNettis Dr Melissa Chiu Page 14 UNSWorld ALUMNI AWARDS 2014 2015 and Public Policy Award is best known for supporting Australia s art and culture chairing the Sydney Biennale for 14 years. A decade ago he also established the New Democracy Foundation a not-for-profit research organisation focusing on political reform. Dr Melissa Chiu (MArtAdm 95) the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC won the Art and Culture Award. She is the founding Director of the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney a non-profit contemporary art centre promoting dialogue in the AsiaPacific between curators artists writers and filmmakers. She could not attend the awards. James Hoa Phuc Nguyen (BCom 04 LLB 04) was the final award recipient of the evening who jointly received the Young Alumni Award with Corrin Varady (BCom 06 MCom 08). Varady could not attend but his father Miklos also an alumnus received the award in his place. Corrin Varady has established the World Youth Education Trust which is building a fully digital gifted and talented school in Tanzania for 1000 students. He is also the African director of the African Digital Education Trust which has partnered with Virgin Galactic and Google Education to train teachers and students to use technology in the classroom. Nguyen is a legal counsel at Rabobank and also involved with UNSWLaw s alumni network and the Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship targeted at Southwestern Sydney students in financial need. Nguyen initiated an annual fundraising dinner now in its fourth year which has contributed substantially to the 450 000 raised to date with three scholarships endowed and two more in progress. When he addressed his fellow award recipients Nguyen encouraged them all to strive for even higher goals You are doing amazing things. Keep fighting the good fight. We believe in you and we believe in your vision. J DR JACQUELINE THOMAS James Hoa Phuc Nguyen Corrin Varady acqueline Thomas (BA 07 BSc(Hons) and field her role also involves scouting for 07 PhD 12) the Science and international funding and collaborators and Technology Alumni Award winner empowering young African researchers. became fascinated with microbiology as a In her decade studying at UNSW student in the science lab at North Sydney Thomas immersed herself in student Girls High. politics with the Student Guild the Student I was very excited that a whole Union helped organise fundraising microbial world existed in parallel to the events and worked behind the bar at the world we saw day-to-day she says. Roundhouse. As a postgraduate she was Little did she know that this early a tutor and mentor. She spent a year at the fascination would lead to United States Environmental three degrees at UNSW and Protection Agency in Above left to right a career in water research in Cincinnati supported by Paul Mnyiwa (technician) Tanzania. an American Australian Ramadhani Khalifa (technician) Dr Jacqueline Thomas aged 32 is Association Fellowship and Thomas Emmanual Mrimi now a senior scientist at the an Australian Postgraduate (research officer) Ifakara Health Institute East Award. Africa s largest independent After completing a double research institute. She s spent more than a Arts and Science degree and transitioning year working on household-level water and into Environmental Engineering for her faecal sludge treatment. doctorate Thomas started working on One team is using a process called water in remote Aboriginal communities. pyrolysis whereby agricultural waste and In 2013 she jumped at an opportunity to dried faecal sludge is burnt in the absence assist a non-governmental organisation of oxygen to create biochar. Their research bring affordable water sanitation and is exploring how biochar can replace hygiene technology to rural areas in traditional charcoal and may soon enable Tanzania. This led to her current work at a new energy source for households in the the Ifakara Health Institute. developing world. Thomas is particularly passionate about This could really help deforestation developing equal partnerships between as currently virgin forest is cut down for African and Western scientists so that charcoal Thomas says. And faecal both benefit. In many instances Western sludge is something that could become researchers make little investment in their valuable if there was a market for it. African relationships They come they use In addition to research work in the lab us get their data and they leave she says. UNSWorld Page 15 IMPACT Above Russ Baxter in WWII Right Russ Baxter with his grandson Chris Baxter (John Baxter s son) at the Temora airfield NSW John Russell Baxter left a significant bequest to the University after a career in aeronautical engineering that goes way back to the time he flew Spitfires during World War II writes Melinda Ham. From Spitfires to Concorde s children Roger and John Baxter have fond memories of taking the controls of a single-engine Piper Cherokee whilst flying from Bankstown airport near Sydney with their father John Russell Russ Baxter. At the time their dad was well into a career in aeronautical engineering and needed to maintain his hours to keep his commercial pilot s license. Russ didn t tell his sons the details of flying Spitfires in World War II until his later years although this early experience fuelled his passion for aircraft and led to an international career in aeronautical engineering. Although Russ never studied at UNSW his son John (BEng 75 (Mechanical) PhD 80) did becoming a mechanical engineer. Russ had a lot of respect for UNSW s engineering program and left the University a generous bequest totalling 1.5 million. Russ was part of a group of former WWII pilots who created the Spitfire Memorial Defence Fellowship at UNSW Canberra at ADFA which awarded its first scholarship in 2000 and has had 14 recipients since that time. The fellowships provide a perpetual memorial to the wartime contribution of the Spitfire and to those associated with the operation of this strategically important airplane. Research projects must aid the defence of Australia. Russ also established the Baxter Family Postgraduate Scholarship in 2003. A total of 15 000 annually is awarded for three years to a full-time PhD student in Engineering A Page 16 UNSWorld From left to right Robert Baxter (son of Roger Baxter) Roger Baxter Russ Baxter John Baxter Richard and Chris Baxter (John Baxter s sons) Medicine or Science. Father never wanted to talk about the war and the horrendous fact that when the Spitfire pilots set off into battle only half of them usually came back recalls Roger who trained at the University of Technology Sydney and became a mechanical engineer. In training in the bitterly cold winter in Quebec in 1943 about 10 to 15 per cent of pilots also died in accidents. It wasn t until he was in his 80s that we d press him and get a bit of the jigsaw and then another time another piece. Father never wanted to talk about the war and the horrendous fact that when the Spitfire pilots set off into battle only half of them usually came back. the occupation after the war and recalled flying low over the Brandenburg Gate in formation the Spitfire pilots were told to make a loud roar to let the Germans know who was now in charge. After the war Russ received a 1939-45 Star France & Germany Star Defence Medal and an Australian Service Medal. A career with planes Spitf ire escapades As a young man from Geelong just 20 years old Russ Baxter enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in October 1942. In a detailed interview given to the Spitfire Association shortly before his death Russ recounted how he didn t see action until June 1944 right after the D-Day invasion when he began flying regularly often at at low altitude over France and the Low Countries doing sweeps and bomber escorts. Only three months later having just escorted a group of American B26 bombers to destroy the bridge at Arnhem Russ faced an emergency on the way back to base. I noted that my oil pressure had dropped to zero so I called Mayday and was directed to Brussels for an emergency landing but my engine blew up on the way he said. Although he extinguished the flames Russ lifted a wing to avoid a pylon as he landed in a field. When I descended I tried to flare out for touchdown the aircraft mushed and struck the ground tail-first breaking the fuselage in half just behind the cockpit he said. Russ suffered a crushed spinal disc and was put in body plaster once he reached a field hospital. He wasn t fit to fly again until March 1945 just weeks before the end of the war. However he was involved in Russ had enlisted part-way through his aeronautical engineering degree at the University of Melbourne. He finished his degree at the University of Sydney in 1948. Russ postwar career kicked off at Trans Australia Airways (TAA) where he flew a DC3 as first officer on early morning flights between Essendon and Devonport King Island and Flinders Island bringing back loads of fresh apples. He later joined the Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL) in Fishermans Bend in Melbourne which became a division of the Commonwealth Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Among many projects he helped develop early visual landing aids for aircraft systems still in wide use around the world today. In the early 1960s Russ worked on assignment at de Havilland UK and also at British Aerospace Aerospatiale on their joint development of the Concorde supersonic jetliner at Bristol and Toulouse. I remember sitting up on the roof of the UNSW engineering building and watching the Concorde come in to land during test flights at Mascot John recalls proud that his dad had played a part in the development. In 1965 Russ joined Qantas engineering in Sydney and also spent time in Western Australia fire-spotting over the eucalypt forests in a Cessna 337. From 1972 he was Qantas engineering specialist representative at Boeing s Everett manufacturing plant based in Seattle USA. He became a private aeronautical engineering consultant in 1976 until his retirement in 1985. His sons describe him as a typical engineer ever methodical and precise . Find out more about leaving a gift to UNSW in your will. Email j.e.hall ROBERT SHEARER Scholarship recipient ince 2013 PhD student Robert Shearer has received the Baxter Family Postgraduate Scholarship. Working at the Garvan Institute in Darlinghurst he is researching how cells regulate their protein and how errors in this system might contribute to cancer growth. The real significance of the scholarship is that I can focus all my time on research and don t have to worry about a part-time job to pay my rent 29-year-old Shearer says. I am really grateful to the Baxter family as the scholarship has given me independence and made so much difference to my life. UNSWorld Page 17 S p22_ Then p22_Then & GRADUATION INDIGENOUS Now t was smiles all round on the University lawn when UNSW awarded three Indigenous students doctorates in mid-June. Dr Megan Williams from UNSW Medicine Associate Professor Sue Green from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and Cameron Fitzpatrick-Ramirez from the UNSW Business School all graduated. This is unheard of anywhere in the country said Professor Martin Nakata the Director of UNSW s Indigenous Programs Unit Nura Gili. Later this year Shane Ingrey a fourth PhD graduate in Biomedicine will join their ranks. This follows Dr Simon Graham s graduation with a doctorate in medicine late last year. Four Indigenous law students also graduated this June and Professor David Dixon Dean of Law commended their achievements. UNSW Law s Aboriginal graduates join a proud tradition of alumni who include Australia s first three judicial officers (the first Indigenous judge first Indigenous female barrister and first Indigenous federal I Three Indigenous students receive a PhD from UNSW following a record number of Indigenous graduates in all faculties last year. INDIGENOUS GRADUATES MAKE THE GRADE Above (left to right) Graduating Indigenous law students Dom Zahra Samara Hand Professor David Dixon Dean of UNSW Law Adam Goodes and students CarlieAnn Smart and Bianca Dufty. Above right Megan Williams court judge) he said. At the same ceremony former Australian of the Year and renowned AFL player Adam Goodes was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters the University s highest honour for his dedication to reconciliation and his distinguished service to the community . A total of 59 Indigenous students graduated from UNSW in 2014 across all faculties 18 more than in the previous year. This included six Indigenous doctors a record number of medical graduates. There are currently 49 students enrolled in the medical program at UNSW the highest number in the country. When I became dean of UNSW Medicine 10 years ago I said I wanted to make UNSW the leading medical school in the country training more indigenous doctors than any other medical school in Australia said Professor Peter Smith UNSW Medicine s Dean. And now we are doing that. Each student has been a residential scholar at Shalom College while three doctors have graduated from the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Medical Scholarship program and five more are currently supported. Khyarne Biles is one graduate now returning to Dubbo her hometown to begin her medical career. I am an outgoing proud and hardworking Aboriginal woman who is committed to making a difference to the health outcomes of my people she said. Murray Haar returning to do his internship in AlburyWodonga was indebted to the other graduates The support and friendship of my fellow Indigenous medical students had a resounding impact on my ability to succeed through the program we encouraged one another through some very tough and trying times and carried each other to the finish line. Above Professor Martin Nakata Nura Gili Director with PhD recipients Sue Green and Cameron Fitzpatrick-Ramirez. Left (left to right) Medical graduates Murray Haar Khyarne Biles Jessica Wade Professor Peter Smith Dean of UNSW Medicine Laura Fitzgerald Tyron Clayworth and Haylee Solomons Page 18 UNSWorld IN MEMORY VALE DR BEN CHNG KEE CHEONG W 1937 2015 WT Partnership has taken part in e were deeply saddened the dramatic expansion of building to hear that Dr Ben construction and civil engineering Chng (BBuild 67 projects in the Far East and South-East HonDUniv 10) died Asia. suddenly from a heart attack in Right up until his death Ben January 2015. was also the principal of MRBC Ben was a quiet achiever who Partnership Brunei a quantity loved his family and worked tirelessly surveying consultant to the Brunei for his local community and friends. Ministry of Development. He was one of our dearest graduates He was also deeply involved grateful for the opportunities his with his community at various UNSW qualifications afforded him times serving as a council member during his career. to the Singapore Cancer Society and Speaking during UNSW s 60th St. John s Ambulance Brigade as a Anniversary celebrations in 2009 president of Rotary Club of Ben said that his University Singapore-West (1975-1976) experience taught him many Above left Dr Ben and a chartered member of life lessons. At University I Chng with his Rotary Club of Sentosa. He learned not only about my wife Lily Above right was elected district governor area of specialisation but Dr Ben Chng for Rotary International also the value of tenacity and Lily and their District 3310 overseeing perseverance. The sound granddaughter Rotary Clubs in Singapore and education I received and Emily Malaysia (1994-1995). valuable experiences helped Over the years Ben and mould my character. his wife Lily were regular guests at the As a devoted alumnus of the annual Alumni Awards and Town and University he served as President of Gown dinners. At one event in 2009 he the UNSW Singapore Alumni Chapter. pulled up outside the Scientia Building In 2010 he was recognised with the in a pale blue Volkswagen Beetle University s highest honour Doctor similar to the one he drove during of the University honoris causa for his UNSW student days. Ben fondly his professional achievements and recounted a road trip he and Lily took extensive community work. to the Blue Mountains in his little Throughout his career with WT Beetle nearly five decades earlier. Partnership in Australia and Asia Because he had struggled Ben made significant contributions financially at UNSW Ben said he did to the building industry. Since its not want other students to face the establishment in 1962 in Singapore same hardship. As a private student who was not on a scholarship the financial burden to support myself meant that many sacrifices had to be made in terms of non-participation at social functions organised by the University or by student clubs he said. So Ben s memory will live on through the Lily and Dr Ben K C Chng Scholarship that enables Singaporean students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at UNSW s Built Environment Faculty. When Professor Alec Tzannes Dean of Built Environment awarded the scholarship at May s prize ceremony he said he was filled with both sadness and admiration. Ben was a distinguished alumnus and one of our first Singaporean students in what was then called the Bachelor of Building. Following the completion of his studies with us Ben returned to Singapore and enjoyed a long and very successful career. We will all remember Ben with great fondness as an outstanding yet humble and gracious man who did all he could to make a positive difference every day in his own quiet way. Ben is survived by Lily and their children John Joanne and Angeline and their partners and seven grandchildren. Written by Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Director Alumni and External Engagement UNSWorld Page 19 UNSW FAMILY TREE The Pow Kay family Below At my graduation. Pictured from left to right the Hon. Henry Tsang Aunty Donna me Aunty Sim and Aunty Irene PATRICK POW BE 69 (Industrial Engineering) DONNA TSANG (POW) THE HON. HENRY TSANG BArch 70 IRENE KAY (POW) BSc 72 DipEd 73 DON KAY BE 73 (Civil) MEngSc 83 JENNIFER KAY BA 69 DipEd 70 KAREN KAY BE 96 (Environmental Eng) PhD 06 (Environmental Eng) DARYL KAY LLB 98 BE 98 (Civil) STEPHANIE S STORY tephanie Pow is part of an extensive UNSW family tree that spans Australia Taiwan Hong Hong Kong and Malaysia. Eighteen members of her family graduated from the University over four decades gaining a total of 23 degrees two diplomas and two University medals. Stephanie herself won the University Medal in Finance in 2009. Her father (Elson Pow) and his siblings and parents emigrated from Taiwan to Australia in 1964. Stephanie s mother (Gek Poh Tong) and two of her siblings came to Australia from Malaysia in the 1970s to study at UNSW. Along with his two S Above My mum Poh Uncle Hoe and Aunty Sim Left My sister Cynthia s graduation (pictured with my dad) Page 20 UNSWorld family Stephanie Po w Tong family ELSON POW BCom 77 LLB 78 GEK POH POW (TONG) BCom 73 GEK SIM TONG BOpt 73 BENG HOE TONG BE 77 (Electrical) MCom 81 MARY TONG JOHN POW MCom 81 ELIZABETH POOLEY STEPHANIE POW BCom 09 BEN TONG BMedSc 11 EMILY POW BPlan 11 JOHN O CALLAGHAN BPlan 11 CYNTHIA POW BCom 13 RACHEL POW BA 12 BSW 12 brothers and a sister Elson also attended UNSW. He played inter-varsity volleyball and was selected for the Australian universities team in 1976. Stephanie s sister Cynthia carried on the family sporting tradition representing UNSW in the Eastern University Games in tennis. Stephanie s cousin Daryl Kay who won the University medal for Civil Engineering in 1998 met his wife Karen at UNSW. Karen is ambidextrous and legend has it that she used to simultaneously take two sets of notes for both of them Stephanie says. Her uncle Henry Tsang completed his Bachelor s degree in Architecture at This is my cousin Daryl (who won the uni medal for civil engineering in his year) and his wife and fellow UNSW alumna Karen UNSW and went on to become the first Asian-Australian Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. He was later NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment. While she was at UNSW Stephanie was one of the first students to receive a UNSW Finance Co-op Program scholarship. Once she began working in the finance industry as an intern she quickly realised that women were very much in the minority. I saw a need for more mentoring and support so I established Capital W Australia s first studentrun organisation for undergraduate women in business. Capital W today has 2 000 members she says. After graduation and four years at at UBS Investment Bank Stephanie won the NSW Premier s General Sir John Monash Scholarship in 2013. She is currently completing a Masters of Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and an MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. UNSWorld Page 21 PAGETURNERS I GAVE A GONSKI Below from left The Honourable Adrian Piccoli NSW Minister for Education with Chancellor David Gonski Lawyer investment banker company chairman corporate and government advisor UNSW Chancellor David Gonski chats to Melinda Ham about his new book. any people have asked David Gonski (BCom 76 LLB 77) to write his autobiography. He has consistently resisted saying his life is unworthy of such a book and he believes doing such a book would be arrogant in the extreme . Instead an editor encouraged him to publish 11 of his most poignant speeches over the past five years. They reveal a lot about the man his background his career and philanthropy. I Gave a Gonski Selected Speeches by David Gonski (Penguin 2015) was published in May. Gonski became a household name in 2010 when the then federal Minister of Education Julia Gillard asked him to chair a national Review of Funding for Schooling. I give a Gonski became the rallying cry for people who supported his recommendation for more than 5 billion of extra funding for schools. Hence the title of the book. Over the past four decades Gonski has held various roles M including corporate lawyer advisor to many of the top 20 ASX-listed companies and chair of not-for-profits such as the Art Gallery of NSW and the Sydney Theatre Company. He currently chairs Coca Cola Amatil Ltd and ANZ Bank and is UNSW Chancellor. Gonski critically and humbly assesses his career and combines this with the gentle wisdom he brings to the boards on which he serves. The book seeks to nudge his adopted country towards a more progressive direction on corporate governance doing business with Asia encouraging innovation and philanthropy and supporting education and gender equality. He recounts his family s heritage going back several generations in Europe and South Africa up to the 1961 Sharpeville Massacre. This was when his family immigrated to Sydney and his first speech charts the ensuing years in the context of the political and social changes he s witnessed. In 1972 the young Gonski started a five-year combined law and commerce degree at UNSW times he describes in the book as the happiest days of my life. I loved the freedom and lack of discipline. In an interview with UNSWorld UNSWorld Gonski adds I was very lucky to be at the university in the second year of the new law faculty. It was a very exciting period with some of our lectures held under trees and in breezy little huts near the Roundhouse. It was a wonderful feeling. The main highlight he said was listening to political commentators on the Library Lawn while eating sandwiches in the company of a young medical student Orli Wargon who later became an accomplished paediatric dermatologist and UNSW conjoint associate professor as well as Gonski s wife. Gonski holds his wife and his mother in high esteem. These women play a pivotal role in his life making him a vocal advocate for increased female representation on boards and gender equality in general a theme threading through many of his speeches. I ve been very influenced by women he says. Looking back on his career Gonski says he enjoyed chairing the Gonski Review and felt privileged to visit more than 30 schools across the state. But his favourite job remains at UNSW where he s officiated at the graduations of 60 000 students. I have loved being Chancellor of UNSW for so many years (since 2005). It s been a real prize and I ve loved every aspect of it he says. More than a dozen members of the Gonski and Wargon families have attended the University. ASPIRE Gonski has donated all the royalties of the book to UNSW outreach program ASPIRE which offers regional and city kids from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to get involved with UNSW inspiring them to go to university. ASPIRE works with 27 schools in Sydney and 30 in regional NSW and holds activities including on-campus visits university-student shadowing tester days work experience a student convention and residential camps in Sydney. Page 22 UNSWorld MESSAGE These young people had great conversations with alumni some were even offered employment while more than 670 alumni pledged their financial support for scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at UNSW. n an international front we are working together with our existing alumni chapters and networks in Singapore Hong Kong Jakarta Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur to introduce regular events in each city. These will include a Young Alumni Networking Drinks event with a young entrepreneurial speaker an Alumni Host Program for returning international graduates and a BrainFood lecture. STERGITS A Z AMAGIA S-HILL Director Alumni and External Engagement O A Make your mark on Alumni Park JOIN more than 70 eminent alumni from Australia Hong Kong Indonesia Malaysia Singapore and the United 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 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 four instalments of 2 500 will see you join this great group of supporters. For further information please contact Stergitsa on s.zamagias Mr Richard Alcock Mr Mark Baillie Mr John Bailye Mr Robert Barry Mr Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM Dr Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM Ms Laurie Berg Dr Phillip Brenner Mr Robert Cameron AO Mr John Camilleri Mr Nicholas Carney 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 Thai-Ker 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 Professor Gordon Parker AO 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 A D special thank you to all the graduates who participated in the largest Alumni Survey we have ever undertaken. We received a terrific response with close to 15 000 alumni from more than 120 countries taking the time to complete the survey. Your honest feedback is important to us particularly as we embark on the next phase of the UNSW Alumni Engagement Strategy. We have captured key facts from the survey on pages 7 and 8. uring the President and Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Scholarship Appeal in April and May we received nearly 300 000 in gifts and pledges. Current UNSW students contacted more than 2 500 graduates during the five-week telephone campaign. n a sporting front we wish cricketer Alexandra (Alex) Blackwell (BSc(Med) 08) and the Australian Women s Cricket squad all the very best in the Ashes series which began on 21 July. We were delighted to meet Alex and present her with the 2014 15 Alumni Award in London recently. All the best Stegs O re you living overseas We invite alumni to work with us to grow our international alumni networks. 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