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December 2011

Vice-Chancellor's Welcome

As this is my last eNewsletter as Vice-Chancellor, I want to confirm what a privilege it has been to lead this University – an institution with such a strong history of support for the social and economic well-being of our State, and which has played such an important part in the personal growth and development of generations of young Western Australians.

I am confident that the University is well placed – and in good hands – to move forward to achieve our bold ambition of joining globally-excellent universities in the top 50 in the world by 2050.

Our University’s motto is “Seek Wisdom”. I would like to thank all of you – alumni, friends, colleagues and associates – for having joined me over many years in working to ensure that the wisdom we seek helps create a better and more civilised society.

I also wish you a safe and pleasant festive season ahead and the very best for the future.

Alan Robson
Vice-Chancellor

In this issue:
Crawley campus shines for CHOGM
Geoscience Foundation
Festival sparkles for a diamond anniversary
UWA and UQ lead international mining centre
Memories of UWA
Robson and Chaney appointments
Achievers
London calling
Currie Hall celebrates 50 years
Convocation elections
Coming events

Crawley campus shines for CHOGM

Prime Ministers, Presidents, the Governor-General and the Duke of Edinburgh headed the list of hundreds of CHOGM visitors to the Crawley campus.

 

Geoscience Foundation

The appointment of Dr Steven Mickelthwaite to the Hammond Nisbet Fellowship was announced at a recent UWA Geoscience Foundation event. The position was named in honour of two brilliant exploration geologists, Dr Bruce Nisbet and Dr Rod Hammond. The gathering celebrated the continuing vision of inspiring and mentoring generations of explorationists.

 

Festival sparkles for a diamond anniversary

Four world and 23 Australian premieres are some of the highlights of the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival - the first program for Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway.

 

UWA and UQ lead international mining centre

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland are to lead an international mining centre to facilitate greater prosperity for developing nations.

 

Memories of UWA

In celebration of our Centenary in 2013 we're collecting anecdotes from alumni, staff, students and visitors to this University. Perhaps you have some vivid memories of working in student radio or Guild politics? Maybe you performed in a play or sold papers for PROSH? Maybe you have a story or two to tell about living in a residential college or a funny anecdote? To encourage your participation in this Share a UWA Memory, there are great prizes to be won.

 

Robson and Chaney appointments

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson’s next challenge will be to chair a panel overseeing quality standards in the university sector while Chancellor Dr Michael Chaney will chair a new Education Advisory Council to provide advice to the Australian Government on the challenges and opportunities facing international education.

 

Achievers

UWA medical researcher Rachel Paterson has been named WA's 2012 Rhodes Scholar, Electrical Engineering and Commerce graduate Ananth (Dev) Tayal, has been awarded the 2012 Menzies Engineering Scholarship and UWA graduate Tim Minchin has received a top British theatre award for his West End production Matilda The Musical.

 

London calling

More than 140 enthusiastic alumni and special guests gathered to network and catch up with developments at UWA at the annual London alumni reception at The Royal Society in Pall Mall. David McKinlay, Chair of Friends of UWA in the UK, introduced the Chancellor Dr Michael Chaney who spoke at length about the Vice-Chancellor’s inspiring leadership.

 

Currie Hall celebrates 50 years

The University of Western Australia's residential college Currie Hall has celebrated 50 years since it was named after the University's second Vice-Chancellor, Sir George Currie.

 

Convocation elections

Graduates interested in nominating for the positions of Warden or Deputy Warden of Convocation or to be a member of the Council of Convocation can obtain a nomination form by contacting the Convocation Officer on +618 6488 1336 or convocation@uwa.edu.au. All UWA graduates are automatically members of Convocation, the UWA Graduates’ Association, and are entitled to vote and/or nominate for positions in these elections. Nominations for the elections are open until 5.00pm Friday 13 January 2012.

 

Coming events

You can keep up to date with 2012 events by checking regularly on alumniConnect. In addition to Faculty and School reunions the 2012 schedule for alumni events currently includes:

 
 

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