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Mastering the Flute at Yale

Anouvong Liensavanh (B Mus (Hons) 2008)

Graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours in 2008, Anouvong received numerous awards throughout his study, culminating in the great honour of being awarded a two year scholarship to study his Masters at Yale.

One of the highlights of his Masters degree was the opportunity to teach undergraduates at Yale - Anouvong gained immense pride from seeing his own students excel, solidifying his resolve to be an educator in his career.

Anouvong has been awarded a Doctoral placement with Carol Wincenc, Professor of Flute at SUNY Stony Brook and The Juilliard School which he will defer until 2013. Until then he will be based in New York City and New Haven freelancing, teaching and continuing his association with Yale through its community outreach program.


Anna Butterss (B Music (Hons) 2012) won the Most Outstanding Honours Jazz Student at the 2012 Jazz Awards. Anna was awarded the $2000 Intercontinental Adelaide Award on the basis of her Honours studies in 2011.

Julia Jenkins (Grad Cert Food Writing 2012) won the 2012 Penny's Hill/Adelaide Review Prize for Food Writing. The 2009 Masterchef finalist and co-proprietor of Melbourne restaurant, Josie Bones, received the highest marks in Food Writing A and B as part of a Graduate Certificate in Food Writing.


Kerry Halupka (BE (Mechatronic) 2011) received a Pride of Australia medal in the Young Leader category for her achievements as a volunteer in India for Unite for Sight.

Brian Li (B Com (Acc) 2011) was recognised as the inaugural Young Professional of the Year at the Hong Kong Australia Business Association Awards.

Jahan Penny-Dimri (Dip Instrumental Mus 2011, LLB 2011) received a personal invitation by the British Fencing Association to fence in the London Men's Open Foil Tournament in London in June 2012.


Alex Copper (B Oen 2010), was lured south by Tasmania's 'elegant' wines and now hopes to expand the range of cool-climate varieties grown in that state.


Christopher Arblaster (B Int St 2009, B Media 2009) and Joel Parsons (B Media 2009, LLB 2012) won the reBrand SA 'People's Choice' Award with their short video campaign South Australia, Look Closer.

Ryan Edwards (B Sc 2009, BE (Civil & Env) 2009) has been accepted into Princeton University, USA where he will study for a Master of Science in Engineering in the Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Program. He will also be working with the Subsurface Hydrology Research Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr Sam Stranks (BA 2007, BSc (Hons) 2007), the University's 101st Rhodes Scholar, has finished his PhD at Oxford and is continuing the work as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College.

Tammy Chau (BE (Mechatronic) 2007, B Ma and Comp Sc 2007) won the DTC Defence Industry Member Young Achiever Award for excelling in building a career in the defence industry.

Emily Cock (BA Hons 2007), PhD candidate in the Discipline of English, won the University of Adelaide final of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).

Andrew Dansie (M Env St 2005) has been offered a full Clarendon Scholarship to undertake a D.Phil. at Oxford University. The scholarship covers three years of tuition and full college fees as well as living expenses.

James Kitching (Dip Lang 2005, B Int St 2005, B Int St (Hons) 2006, LL B 2008) is the first South Australian to complete the prestigious FIFA Master course and is now working as a lawyer with the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur.

Mark Ainslie (BE (Elec), BA 2004) graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in Engineering and was awarded 1st prize in the Engineering and Physical Science category at the Association of British Turkish Academics (ABTA) Doctoral Researcher Awards held at University College London. Mark has also been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship.

Associate Professor Lisa Stamp (Ph D (Med) 2004) was awarded the Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal in recognition of her outstanding research performance at the University of Otago. Researching and teaching at the University of Otago's Christchurch campus, Associate Professor Stamp is also a consultant rheumatologist at Christchurch Hospital.

Dr Darryl Leong (MBBS 2000, M Pub Hlth 2010, PhD (Med) 2011) and Hany Abed (current PhD candidate) have been selected as finalists in the Samuel A. Levine Young Clinical Investigator Award, to be announced at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association later this year.

Dr Russell Brinkworth (PhD (Bio Sc) 2004, Grad Cert Ed (Higher Ed) 2008) was named one of the Tall Poppies of Science for 2012.


Dr Paul Iji (PhD (Ag Sc) 1999) received a Captain of Industry Award as one of the 100 Most Influential African Australians at a ceremony in the Sydney Opera House. Dr Iji, a Nigerian by birth, is an Associate Professor of Poultry Science and the Postgraduate Coordinator of the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, Australia.

Dr Natalie Williams (B Mus 1999 (Hons)) was recently appointed to a teaching position at the University of Georgia, as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition for the 2012-13 academic year. Natalie will be joining the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, based at the university.


Bill Jackson (BE (Elec) 1988) is the new National President of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA) and was recognised in the Association's category of Engineers Australia's annual Top 100 publication.

Dr Peter Leech (BA 1987, B Mus 1990, Grad Dip Musicology 1996) has recorded a CD with his choir, Harmonia Sacra, released internationally on the Nimbus label in June 2012.

Dr Tim Harcourt (B Ec (Hons) 1987) has been appointed an Adviser on International Engagement by Premier Jay Weatherill.

Professor Jim Barber (PhD (Psychology) 1986) was appointed the Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of New England in 2010.

John Douglas (BE (Hons) 1984), Coffey Managing Director, was recognised in the Consulting category of Engineers Australia's annual Top 100 publication.

Keith Nugent (BSc (Hons) 1981) has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at La Trobe University, to take up his post mid-January 2013.

Peter Kuhlmann (Ass Dip Farm Mgmt 1980) who farms near Ceduna on the State's west coast, was named Farmer of the Year at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.


Robbie Davis (B Ag Sc 1978, MBA 1995) is the new Chief Executive Officer of Potatoes South Australia.

Jim Hallion (BE (Civil) (Hons) 1976) was recognised in the Public Service category of Engineers Australia's annual Top 100 publication. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in 2012.

Tim George (LLB 1972) has been appointed as Australia's next Ambassador to Mexico, with non-resident accreditation to Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.


Professor Noel Fidge (BSc (Hons) 1961, PhD1965) wrote and directed the play, The Garden of Money, which combines the glories of the lieder tradition - the song as a work of art delivered entirely acoustically by beautiful voices and virtuoso piano accompaniment.

Current Staff

Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman has won the Early Career STEM Educator - Tertiary Teaching category at this year's South Australian Science Excellence Awards. Dr Buisman-Pijlman is Lecturer in Addiction Studies with the Discipline of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (School of Medical Sciences).

Allan Carrington (Online Development Team, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)) and Dr Linda Westphalen (Lecturer, School of Education) have been recognised for their teaching expertise with prestigious $10,000 Citation Awards announced by the Federal Government for developing innovative teaching models which improve student learning.

Professor Dmitri Kavetski (School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering), Dr Matthew Gilliham and Dr Kerry Wilkinson (both from the Waite Research Institute and School of Agriculture, Food and Wine) were named Tall Poppies of Science for 2012. The awards acknowledge outstanding work by early career researchers and the significance of their research to the broader community.

Former Staff

Dr Bill Gammage AM, former History academic at the University of Adelaide (1977-1996), has won the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History for his work The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, at the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

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