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Alumni eNEWS

Welcome to the April 2017 edition of the Alumni eNEWS , packed with the latest news and events.

April 2017
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Over 100 volunteers were matched with new international students at the Experience Adelaide welcome event

Through your dedicated University of Adelaide alumni team, there are many opportunities for you to stay connected with your alma mater. From attending events in the Alumni Breakfast Series ,  to becoming a career mentor for current students, by taking an active role in your alumni community you can really reap the benefits for your personal and professional development.

We recently welcomed 100 alumni volunteers to the Experience Adelaide program, which matches volunteers to new international students. Moving to a new country and getting to know a different culture can sometimes be quite daunting, so it’s great to hear that our alumni are there to help them to settle into their new life in Adelaide.


Please enjoy this edition and remember to stay connected.
Lisa Taplin
Manager, Alumni Relations

Help students take charge of their career
Do you remember what it was like to start your first job out of university? The challenges, the highlights and the lessons learned since then? Now you have the opportunity to share this knowledge by becoming a mentor and helping our students to prepare for their career. Find out more.
Become a friend of the library
The Friends of the Library network aims to promote and foster interest and support for the University's libraries. The network plays an important role in developing relationships with other libraries and cultural organisations and assisting with fundraising activities. If you are interested in helping out, they currently have three volunteer positions for committee members available. Find out more.
Alumni networks grow in Singapore
We recently welcomed 217 students to the alumni family, following the Singapore graduations. During our time in Singapore, we were delighted to host an alumni networking event with special guests including, the new High Commissioner to Singapore, Mr Bruce Gosper and Dr Steven Fang, the CEO of CordLife who spoke about 'disruptive technology'. View photos from the event.
Did a University scholarship make an impact on your life?
Kylie Do has a love of science and is keen to share this with others, which makes her double degree of Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Science an ideal fit for her. Receiving the Augustus Short scholarship has meant she is able to really focus on her studies and achieve her full potential. If receiving a scholarship has made an impact on your life, we'd love to hear from you. Share your story.
Engineering entrepreneur driving social change
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in 2005, Julian O’Shea has had an incredible career driving projects that create social change to improve the lives of many. A former Director of the Engineers Without Borders Institute, Julian built a movement of engineers, researchers and designers who delivered technical solutions to improve life for those in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Read more.
Campus life

International leader and one of our own engineering graduates, Professor Anton Middelberg, will be returning to the University to take up the position of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

In a career that started at the University of Adelaide and has taken him around the world, Professor Middelberg has built an outstanding reputation as a research leader and senior executive over more than 25 years.

Professor Middelberg's appointment will start on 31 July. Read more

In focus 

SA’s Scientist of the Year and Director of Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), Professor Alan Cooper, has recently placed the University in the global spotlight through the publication of two ground- breaking research papers.

Both papers had the rare honour of being published in the same edition of Nature and concerned different aspects of ancient DNA research. The first focused on dental plaque DNA from Neandertals and the second paper looked at the DNA from hair samples to show Aboriginal people have 50,000 years connection to country
Read more.


Win two tickets to the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

As part of the evening concert series, we have two tickets to give-away to the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra on 29 April, held in the beautiful Elder Hall.

In this concert, conductor Luke Dollman and flautist, Emily Fox will be performing exciting new work by Adelaide composer Anne Cawrse. 

The competition closes on 20 April, to enter visit the competition form.

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