We travelled the world in 2014 to connect with alumni near and far. This is an update on some of the major activities undertaken by our global alumni community of over 120,000 in more than 160 countries.
NEW YORK ALUMNI EVENT
Over 100 alumni and friends attended the alumni networking event at SoHo House New York in September. UOW alumnus Matt Bernson entertained the audience with a heartfelt speech on how his year on exchange at UOW was the game changer that led him down the path to becoming a renowned designer.
LONDON ALUMNI EVENT
70 alumni and friends joined Professor Paul Wellings CBE at an alumni reception held at the Haymarket Hotel in London in September.
SINGAPORE CHAPTER AND ALUMNI EVENT
With over 3,300 alumni, the busy Singapore Alumni Chapter hosted several activities in 2014 including a networking event in April and an event to welcome newly graduated students from both the SIM and PSB partner programs in October.
UOW DUBAI ALUMNI REUNION
More than 250 UOW Dubai alumni from across the University’s 21-year history reunited in March in a social event that also celebrated its 7,000 strong alumni community.
ALUMNI LEADERS DINNERS
Alumni who are leaders in their fields were invited to join the Vice-Chancellor at intimate dinners to discuss topics including the Curriculum Transformation Project. The Alumni Leaders Dinners were held in Sydney, San Francisco and New York City.
UOW DUBAI ALUMNI IFTAR
UOW Dubai hosted its annual Iftar dinner in July at the Conrad Hotel. The dinner brought together over 200 alumni to observe the Holy Month of Ramadan.
SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI EVENT
Alumni based in the San Francisco Bay Area joined UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE and other senior executives at an alumni dinner in Palo Alto in September. Watch a video of the function.
SUTHERLAND SHIRE ALUMNI EVENT
Alumni living in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire region gathered in November at the first alumni networking event in the area. They heard from fellow graduate Paul Vella, who spoke about how his passion for surfing and fun took him on his career journey.
CANBERRA ALUMNI EVENT
Alumni based in Canberra gathered alongside politicians and diplomats for the official launch of UOW’s Global Challenges multi disciplinary research program in June.
WOLLONGONG ALUMNI EVENT
Entrepreneur and alumnus Dr Tom Denniss entertained and inspired his fellow alumni in Wollongong in February with the story about his world record-breaking run around the world. He ran 26,232km in 622 days to raise funds for Oxfam, and likened himself to the film character Forrest Gump.
MELBOURNE ALUMNI EVENT
Alumni based in Melbourne gathered in September for a social event and to hear from alumnus and 2013 UOW Young Alumni Award winner Tristan Knowles OAM. He spoke about his journey from surviving childhood cancer to becoming a Paralympian and wheelchair basketball World Champion, and starting the Tristan Knowles Kids Cancer Foundation.
WELCOMING NEW HONORARY ALUMNI
In July, four Honorary Awards were conferred, with more to be conferred in December 2014:
- Mr John Borghetti LLD (Hons)
- Professor Jinghai Li DSc (Hons)
- Aunty Barbara Nicholson LLD (Hons)
- Emeritus Professor Rob Whelan
UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP AND ALUMNI AWARDS DINNER
At the second annual Gala Dinner held in Wollongong in October, University Fellowships were awarded to:
- Associate Professor Linchong Chorrojprasert
- Associate Professor Yvonne Kerr
- Ms Halina Majer
- Ms Lynn Woodley
UOW Alumni Award winners included:
- Outstanding Alumni Award: The Honourable Tashi Wangmo
- Young Alumni Award: Dr Teena Downton
- Community Service Alumni Award: Mr Grahame Gould
Watch an interview with the three UOW Alumni Award winners.
INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI AWARDS
In 2014, the UOW Alumni Relations Team nominated alumni for several international awards which recognise alumni from Australian universities living and working internationally. Congratulations to the following finalists:
China Alumni Awards
- Banking & Finance Award: Ms Sherry Zhu, Chief Financial Officer, Hearst Advertising China
- Corporate Achievement Award: Mr Greg Smith, Regional Director Asia Pacific, IRAP
Vietnam Alumni Awards
Business Leadership Award:
- Mr Ha Trung Hieu, Deputy Head, Vietnam Investment Development Group
- Mr Dang Thanh Hung, Marketing Director, Ariston Thermo Group
Malaysia Alumni Awards
Distinguished Alumni Award: Mr Ch’ng Huck Theng, President, Chtnetwork
UOW CELEBRATES ITS OLDEST GRADUATE
Sidney Chuck became UOW’s oldest ever graduate this year after completing an Arts degree at the Batemans Bay Campus at the age of 88.
GRADUATES SHARED THEIR MOMENT WITH #UOWALUMNI
We asked graduating students to snap, tag and share their special Graduation Day moments on social media with #uowalumni. We curated this graduation album on the alumni for all to share in the excitement.
CAMPUS CHAPTER AWARDS DESERVING STUDENTS
The Alumni Campus Chapter 2013 Scholarship Prize Night held in March awarded scholarships to two students faced with adversity, to the value of $6,000 each from funds raised by the Chapter through the Alumni Bookshop. A second Prize Night was held in October to award the 2014 Scholarship recipients.
The Campus Chapter has also awarded monetary prizes to final year students from all 22 Schools. The prizes are awarded to students in their final year who have achieved the highest weighted average mark throughout their degree.
HONORARY ALUMNI CHAPTER
This active and committed Chapter met regularly throughout 2014 to discuss ways to engage with, and advance the University. The annual Honorary Alumni Dinner held on campus in May provided an opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE and Chief Administrative Officer Melva Crouch CSM to speak with honorary alumni about the strategic priorities and future plans of the University.
VIETNAM CHAPTER AND ALUMNI EVENT
The newly established southern branch of the Vietnam Chapter represented UOW at the Vietnam Alumni Awards ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City in November.
THAILAND CHAPTER AND ALUMNI EVENT
The Thailand Chapter hosted its annual alumni and friends networking event in Bangkok in October with over 80 alumni in attendance.
MALAYSIA CHAPTER AND ALUMNI EVENT
The newly established UOW Malaysian Alumni Chapter hosted a dinner for over 100 alumni including newly graduated students from the UOW-INTI Laureate program in Kuala Lumpur in April.
SHOALHAVEN ALUMNI CHAPTER
The Shoalhaven Alumni Chapter met quarterly to discuss how to facilitate and enhance the networking of UOW alumni with an interest in the Shoalhaven Campus and region and also to enhance the University’s reputation in the local area through outward looking activities and fostering active community engagement projects.
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION CHAPTER
The Early Years Alumni Chapter has been very busy this year, coordinating opportunities for Early Years alumni to engage with the University and their peers. A number of meetings and dinners were held, with the aim of promoting lifelong connections between alumni and the University and supporting the next generation of teachers through networking and professional development opportunities.
ALUMNI MENTORING STUDENTS
Many opportunities were extended to alumni to return to campus and offer their advice and guidance to students. Some of the opportunities included keynote speaking and panellist participation in Career Readiness Conferences for students about to enter the workforce, imparting advice to students to develop their networking skills at Networking After 5 and being Judges in the UOW Illawarra Coal Science Fair. Many more opportunities will be present in 2015.
Take advantage of the range of benefits and opportunities available to you, including:
For details, visit uow.edu.au/alumni
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UOW ON THE ROAD IN 2015
Places we will be visiting include: Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Shoalhaven region, China, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States of America