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Alumni on the move

What's new with you?

If you've recently changed jobs, been promoted, moved interstate or overseas, got married, we want to hear about it! Share your good news with your fellow alumni by emailing us 50 words or less, including your name, degree and graduation year.

Send it to or call +61 8 8303 5800. High quality photos are also welcome (300dpi).


Sean Williams [MA (Creat Writ) 2005] has been awarded the 2009 Peter McNamara Award for Excellence for achievement in creative writing. The prize was presented at the Ditmar Awards, a series of awards held annually since 1969 to recognise achievements in Australian Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. A Creative Writing PhD candidate, Sean has achieved success overseas writing and publishing five very different books, one of which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Another was the novel he wrote for his MA in Creative Writing at university. He lives in Adelaide with his wife, Amanda Nettelbeck, who is an Associate Professor in the English Discipline at the University of Adelaide.

Kimberley Mann [MA (Creat Writ) 2003] currently works as a therapeutic counsellor and has enjoyed much success in her career as a published writer, reviewer and poet. Her poetry has won prizes and been published in journals, newspapers and in books. Kim has co-edited two books, co-written and produced two short plays and was commissioned to co-write a libretto performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, Kim won a Longlines Prose Masterclass with Peter Bishop and in 2008, was selected for a second Fellowship at Varuna Writer's Centre in the Blue Mountains. Her first book, a collection of poetry titled Awake During Anaesthetic, was launched at The Sydney Writers' Festival in May and also at the Melbourne Poetry Festival OVERLOAD in September 2009.

Patrick Clifford [MBA 2005] has been elected to the South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) Council. SACOME works with industry and government to help an exciting sector reach its full potential and maximise social and economic benefits while meeting environmental objectives. Following completion of his work with Oz Minerals on the Prominent Hill project, Patrick is also now Project Manager with Ironclad Mining Ltd, developing new iron ore mines on the Eyre Peninsula.


Dr Celia Chen [MBBS 1998] is currently working at Flinders Medical Centre. Dr Chen has received the NICS-MSRA Betty Cuthbert Fellowship to improve the management of optic neuritis in people with multiple sclerosis. The two-year program provides NICS Fellows with funding, new skills, networks and knowledge to help bridge an important gap in the delivery of health care. Dr Chen will develop information tools about the symptoms and treatment options for optic neuritis to help ensure people with MS make informed decisions about their care.

Dr Tania Crotti [B Health Sc 1996, B Health Sc (Hons) 1997, PhD (Med) 2002] After several successful years abroad, including five years at Harvard University, Dr Crotti has returned to Adelaide and taken up a position as a medical researcher in the Medical Faculty (Pathology Discipline) at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Charles Mullighan [MBBS (Hons) 1993, MsC (University of London) 1997, MD 1998] is an Assistant Member in the Pathology Department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the US and has been named a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Selected by The Pew Charitable Trusts as one of 17 of the country's most promising early-career scientists, Dr Mullighan will receive $240,000 over four years to support his research into leukaemia, the genetics of disease susceptibility and the genetic determinants.

Melinda Dodson [B Arch St 1991, B Arch St (Hons) 1995] is the youngest person ever to be appointed National President of the Australian Institute of Architects. Melinda is the 70th National President and only the second woman to hold the office in the Institute's 79-year history. Her career began in Adelaide and she recently joined GHD Architects in Canberra as its Principal Architect.


The Hon Shane Stone AC, QC [Grad Dip Ed Admin (SACAE) 1980, LLB UniMelb, ANU 1980] has enjoyed an illustrious career in politics and the legal profession, after originally training as a teacher. Before going to the Victorian Bar he served as Associate to Sir Edward Woodward AC OBE in the Federal Court of Australia. Shane is a former President of the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party (1986-89), member of the Northern Territory Parliament (1990-2000), Cabinet Minister and Chief Minister (1990-2000). On leaving the Chief Ministership Shane was elected Federal President of the Liberal Party (1999) during the Howard Government. He chaired the successful 2001 federal election campaign and the historic fourth general election victory on 9 October 2004. In 2006 Shane was conferred a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his service to politics.


David Ellis [BE (Mech) (Hons) 1979] Upon graduating from the University of Adelaide, David gained his first work experience with an Adelaide engineering company before moving to Canada, where he now resides with his wife and two sons. David harbours a keen interest in flying and planes and was President of the Adelaide University Gliding Club in 1979 and 1980. He is currently a flight instructor and president of the Toronto Soaring Club.

Emilis Prelgauskas [B Arch 1973] Upon completing his degree from the University of Adelaide, Emilis gained experience in architectural practices and local government in Adelaide. Returning to the University in 1975 for postgraduate studies, he became a founding member of the Adelaide University Gliding Club (AUGC). His architectural thesis centred on a commercial-sized sport aviation development and he still maintains a keen interest in flying glider planes today, as well as running his own architecture firm.

Professor Ronald Gregg [B Ag Sc (Hons) 1978, PhD(UQ)] has been named Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Professor Gregg joined the University of Louisville in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and was soon named Director of the Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine DNA Core facility. In 2007 he earned the rank of full professor. Dr Gregg is internationally recognised for his research into the synaptic development of the retina and its relationship with night blindness. Dr Gregg is the author of more than 80 scientific papers and serves as a journal and scientific grant reviewer.

Dr Jeff Ellis [B Ag Sc 1975, B Ag Sc (Hons) 1977, PhD 1982] has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, London. The honour was awarded mainly for Dr Ellis' work on a flax disease, called flax rust . After graduating, Dr Ellis received two postdoctoral scholarships and joined the staff of CSIRO in 1984 where he continued his studies on flax rust and succeeded in cloning both the resistance gene from flax and the corresponding gene from the rust fungus.

Dr Ian Shankland [B Sc 1974, B Sc (Hons) 1975, Ph D 1980] has been named Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell Specialty Materials in Morristown, New Jersey and is responsible for the business group's technology organisation. In 2008 the Society of Chemical Industry awarded Dr Shankland the Perkin Medal, the most prestigious honour given in the chemical industry, recognising a scientist whose innovations have led to improvements in quality of life and the competitiveness of the US chemical industry. He is listed as an inventor on 50 US patents and has published numerous technical and scientific papers.


Lorraine McLoughlin (nee Penny) [BA (1968), Grad Dip Ed Admin (1980) Grad Dip CW (2004)] has written a book titled Barbara Robertson : An Australian artist's life. This significant biography gives recognition to Robertson, an 87-year-old South Australian artist who in the 1950s was twice hung in the Archibald and Sulman exhibitions. Lorraine has been an English teacher for 14 years and has written self study books on literature, journal articles on education and politics, policy documents, press releases and speeches. During a forum for the 2009 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, Lorraine was featured on a panel discussing the significance of Barbara Robertson's art.


Dr Raymond Crosby [MBBS 1940] recently celebrated his 100th birthday with about 50 family, friends and past patients at the Fullarton Community Centre. Dr Crosby was medical officer of health for the then Enfield Council from 1950-95. He practised medicine until 2001, retiring at the age of 92. During his career, he worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital with the Army Reserves in Broken Hill and Tasmania, and ran his own practice at Blair Athol until 1988. Dr Crosby's special interest was in dermatology and he was a clinical assistant in the Dermatology Department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for 15 years, and at the Women's and Children's Hospital for 10 years.

Sean Williams

Sean Williams
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Kimberley Mann

Kimberley Mann
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Dr Celia Chen

Dr Celia Chen
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Emilis Prelgauskas

Emilis Prelgauskas
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The Hon Shane Stone AC, QC

The Hon Shane Stone AC, QC
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David Ellis

David Ellis
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Dr Jeff Ellis
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Dr Jeff Ellis
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Dr Ian Shankland

Dr Ian Shankland
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Lorraine McLoughlin

Lorraine McLoughlin
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