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eNews May 2011


Dear alumni

It is my pleasure to introduce this latest newsletter.

My first engagement as Vice-Chancellor, in the week before I officially took up my post, was a Foundation dinner where I was heartened to observe the closeness of the UTas community. Tasmanians, and UTas graduates, have a deep affection for the University manifest in the warm reception I have received from alumni that evening and those that I have met subsequently. In turn, of course, the university takes great pride in the accomplishments and contributions of its graduates. Together there is much that we can do to improve the educational experience of current and future generations, to contribute to intellectual, cultural and economic advancement, and to give back to the community that continues to support our endeavours.

A major activity over the rest of this year will be the development of a new strategic plan for UTas. I am keen to hear the thoughts of all our stakeholders and especially the graduates who contribute so much to our reputation and future. We seek to enhance our alumni networks here, around the country, and internationally and you will hear shortly of mechanisms by which you can contribute to our deliberations.

On that note, I will be hosting an alumni dinner in Hong Kong on the 21st of May and the Chancellor, Mr Damian Bugg, will be hosting a reception in London on the 26th of May. I hope alumni in both locations can find time to join us at this exciting time.

Kind regards
Peter Rathjen

P.S. You have been sent this eNewsletter as a friend or alumnus of UTAS


May alumni & friends offer



A double ticket is being given away to hear the band My Friend the Chocolate Cake. They will be performing at the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston on 15 May as part of their 'Stopping All Stations' tour and FIASCO album launch. To enter the draw to win these tickets, valued at over $30 each, simply login and update your contact details on our website by 8 May. Winner notified 9 May.




Vogel award winner

UTAS has another Vogel award winner. Rohan Wilson (BA Hons 1998) won the prestigious prize for his novel The Roving Party, about John Batman’s activities in Tasmania. He follows in the footsteps of novelist Danielle Wood (BA Hons 1994) who won in 2002. What a brilliant bunch of alumni we have.

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Is it a bomb?

UTAS researchers have developed new screening technology that can detect a homemade bomb in under 60 seconds. This is much faster than current equipment and could be used to screen people going into concerts or sporting events.

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Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year

The 2011 winner is Stas Shabala (BSc Hons 2003) who is an ARC Super Science Fellow in the Astrophysics and Environmental Geodesy groups at UTAS. He followed his studies at UTAS with a PhD at Cambridge and a research fellowship at Oxford. He comes from a ‘UTAS family’; congratulations Stas!

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Poet on tour

Ivy Alvarez (MA 2002) will tour Korea with two other poets. Hosted by Seoul Art Space during their two-week stay, the three poets will meet with their Korean counterparts, attend the Seoul International Forum for Literature and create new works based on their experiences. Ivy was born in the Philippines, grew up in Hobart and has lived in Wales since 2004.


Warrnambool alumni exhibition

Chantale Delrue (MFA 2006) has an exhibition titled ‘Imaginal Journeys’ exploring the connection between the natural environment and our ‘imaginal’ world. Opens 2.30-4.30pm 7 May, Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig Street.


Australian Graduate Survey reminder

The AGS of 2010 graduates has just commenced. Run by Graduate Careers Australia in association with UTAS, it asks about achievements in your career or further study since graduation and, most importantly, aims to identify the aspects of uni you valued most. You should have received an email about the survey on 15 April together with your login ID. Complete the survey by 30 June to enter a draw to win one of five $100 Amazon vouchers. For more info contact UTAS Survey Manager, Gheeta Krishnan at (03) 6324 3305 or Gheeta.Krishnan@utas.edu.au


Young alumni photo draw winner

Congratulations to James Chester (BA 2010) who won the draw for entering a photo for Alumni News magazine. James receives a $100 STA travel voucher. Young alumni, look out for our next competition in September and help us keep Alumni News fresh and young.





Alumni dinner – Hong Kong

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, will host an alumni dinner in Hong Kong on Saturday 21 May. We hope recent graduates and longstanding alumni will partake in what promises to be a wonderful evening . All functions are subsidised by UTAS Alumni. RSVP by 12 May.



Alumni reception – London

Our annual UK function will be held at Britain’s oldest sailing club, the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge. Chancellor Damian Bugg AM QC (LLB 1969) will host the reception with his wife Jenny on Thursday 26 May. Damian is a former Director of Public Prosecutions for Tasmania and former Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. Last year we had a really enjoyable reunion and I hope to see many of you there again. RSVP by 11 May.



The Japanese earthquake – public lecture Launceston

Professor Mike Coffin, UTAS’ new director of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, delivered the lecture ‘The great 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami’ to a capacity house in Hobart during April. One of Mike’s previous appointments was Professor of Submarine Geophysics at the University of Tokyo. His lecture was so interesting, UTAS Events have asked him to speak in the north on 12 May.

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Richard Selby Smith Oration – public lecture Hobart

Professor Alan Reid FACE will speak about ‘The national education agenda for schooling: Does it foster or inhibit equity?’ Alan is Professor of Education at the University of South Australia and is currently the national President-elect of the Australian College of Educators. Dinner afterwards if you wish, for which RSVPs are required.

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New UTAS events website

A much-improved, informative website has been developed at UTAS for public lectures, exhibitions and other events, so if you are a serial event-goer, visit www.events.utas.edu.au


Exhibitions galore

A statewide feast of art includes a Tim Moss exhibition (see image) at the Atrium Gallery, Cradle Coast, an exhibition of work relating to Tasmanian Waterways at the Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, and Tasdancing photomedia works by Jenimaro at the NEW Gallery, Newnham. Check links for dates.


Courses and Careers


Careers advice

Remember there is lifelong careers counselling available for alumni through UTAS. Meet with a qualified careers practitioner at the Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast campus if you're unsure about current direction or options. To make an appointment call Hobart (03) 6226 2697 or Launceston (03) 6324 3787 (for Newnham and Cradle Coast). Please let reception staff know if you'd prefer a phone chat rather than face-to-face.



Need help with HECS?

UTAS alumni HECS ‘scholarships’ have been introduced this year and are still available for second semester. They cover HECS for up to 25% study load in 2011, so whether you want to study a full degree, or just take one or two units, these could help you. Full details and eligibility criteria are available online or by phoning 1300 363 864. Many already taken up – be the next!

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UTAS at Melbourne expo

Are you thinking about adding to your qualifications? About changing your career? About postgraduate study? Visit the UTAS booth at the Melbourne Reinvent Your Career Expo on 18-19 June to talk about your options and how we can help to add an edge to your career.

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UTAS Alumni Calendar of Events - 2011

Launceston: The Japanese earthquake – public lecture
Lecture Theatre 9, Faculty of Arts Building, Newnham campus. 6pm 12 May.

Hobart: Richard Selby Smith Oration – public lecture
Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay campus. 6pm 12 May.

Hong Kong: Alumni dinner
Golden Bauhinia Cantonese Restaurant. 6.30 for 7.00pm 21 May.

London: Cocktail reception
Mountbatten Suite, Royal Thames Yacht Club. 6pm 26 May.

Where are you now?

Where are you now?

Moved house recently? Changed jobs? Please login to www.utasalumni.org.au and update your details with us. We'd be delighted if you emailed us your news, too: Melanie.Roome@utas.edu.au



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