Alumni Forum 2009
Up to 100 alumni from as far afield as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the United Kingdom attended the University's inaugural Alumni Forum in early September.
The participants included University staff, alumni network representatives and current students.
The Forum was opened by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha, and provided a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from senior managers about the strategic direction of the University and the role of alumni within this vision.
Other Forum topics included: online communities; event management; best practice; and how to engage students in alumni programming.
Distinguished alumnus Dr Cheong Choong Kong, Chairman of OCBC Singapore, shared his knowledge and experience, as former CEO of Singapore Airlines, with staff and students from the Business School. During the Alumni Gala Dinner he also entertained guests with an amusing account of his acting career in Singapore including his role as a taxi driver in a sitcom.
The dinner was attended by over 170 alumni, including Dr Rex Lipman AC who was presented with his Distinguished Alumni Award by the Chancellor, the Hon John von Doussa QC.
The Alumni Forums are to be held biennially with the next Forum scheduled for September 2011.
STORY KIM HARVEY
1. Professor James McWha (Vice-Chancellor) and Mathew Thomas-Philip (West Malaysia Alumni)
2. Recruitment and Marketing Panel: L-R Joanne Barker (Director, International Office), Kiri Hagenus (Acting Manager, Prospective Students Office), Paul Preiss (Director, Marketing and Strategic Communications)
3. Lunch in the cloisters
4. McLaren Vale Winery Tour, L-R: Luke van Trigt (D&A Professions), Kelly Banwell (D&A Sciences), Dennis Muirhead (UK Alumni), Bug Tan (Singapore Alumni), Christina Tan (Singapore Alumni), Kim Harvey (D&A), Jen Clark (D&A), Lena Hadji (MBA Alumni), Hassan Bakos (Organising Committee), Ben Chan (Melbourne Alumni)
5. Ben Chan (Melbourne Alumni), Lena Hadji (MBA Alumni & Organising Committee), Hassan Bakos (Organising Committee), Jen Clark (D&A), Christina Tan and Leo Cheong (Singapore Alumni)
6. Dr Kaysorn Sumpowthong (Thailand Alumni) & Dr�Deborah Turnbull (Head, School of Psychology)
7. Back L-R: Hon John von Doussa QC (Chancellor), Lindsay McWha, Robyn Brown (Director D&A), Anne Cheong, Dr Cheong Choong Kong, Professor James McWha (Vice-Chancellor and President)
8. Jit Loh (Prospective Students Office), Chris Chong (West Malaysia Alumni), Jean Dong (Organising Committee & Golden Key), Erika Tan (Golden Key)
9. Thea Sarris (Architecture Alumni), Luke van Trigt (D&A Professions)