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FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable

I wish to advise that it is with sincere and deep regret that I have accepted Dean of Law, Professor Duncan Bentley’s resignation, which he has submitted following his appointment to a senior position at Curtin University. His last day at Bond will be 29 February 2008. 

Duncan commenced at Bond as an Assistant Professor of Law in January 1993. He became Dean of the (then) School of Law in August 2000 and added Pro Vice Chancellor – Teaching and Learning to his responsibilities in 2005. His contribution to Bond in his various roles over the last 15 years has been invaluable. I have certainly appreciated his advice and his support for me personally since my commencement just over 4 years ago.

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BOND AT BOND

Sue and Genevieve CollingThis month’s graduation ceremony was a mother - daughter affair for Bond University graduands Sue and Genevieve Colling.

The pair was among 430 graduating students to receive their degrees on Saturday 2nd February, and they couldn’t have been more thrilled.

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BOND COLLEGE CELEBRATES INAUGURAL GRADUATION

Bond College’s first cohort of students graduated on Friday 1 February, after successfully completing their Year 12 equivalent Foundation Program in just eight months (two semesters).

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WHAT MAKES A BAD BOSS?

A Bond University study will seek to determine the level and nature of bad leadership in business by seeking to define ‘what makes a bad boss’.

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CONQUERING A SLIPPERY SLOPE

Christopher JasekThe road to graduation for Bond Law graduate Christopher Jasek wasn’t always an easy one.

After fracturing his spine in a skiing accident while on Exchange in France, Christopher faced the challenge of balancing his demanding study schedule with months of surgery and rehabilitation.

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THE LISBON STRATEGY: HARNESSING GLOBALISATION FOR A STRONGER EUROPE 

His Excellency Bruno JulienAmbassador for the European Commission to Australia and New Zealand, His Excellency Mr Bruno Julien will be deliver a public lecture at Bond University on Wednesday, March 12, on the topic "The Lisbon Strategy: Harnessing Globalisation for a Stronger Europe".

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INDONESIAN ALUMNUS SCOOPS AWARD FOR BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

MutkiatBond Alumnus and Managing Director of General Motors Indonesia, Mr Mukiat Sutikno, has been awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Business Leadership at a gala awards dinner in Jakarta on February 16.

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ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOLADES

Laurence BoulleThis month we congratulate Professor Laurence Boulle AM, on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia; Professor Paul Wilson on his appointment as an expert for the International Criminal Court, and Assistant Professor Tim Jay on his recruitment to the Royal Australian Air Force’s specialist reserve legal panel. Well done to Laurence, Paul and Tim on these prestigious appointments.

If you have a success story you would like to share with the Bond community, please email kwelsh@bond.edu.au.

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IN REMEMBRANCE - DENIS CALLINAN, 1954 - 2008

Denis CallinanWe remember the compassion and generous spirit of former Assistant Professor in Sports Management Denis Callinan, who passed away on January 16, 2008, of a heart attack, at the age of 53.

Generosity Knew No Bounds

``SURF for Life'' -- it was the slogan of the Surfers Against Nuclear Destruction, the peace/environmental/charity group founded by Gold Coast lawyer and former Assistant Professor in Sports Management Denis Callinan in the early 1980s and which became, post-glasnost, the Surfers Against Nature's Destruction.

Surf for Life was also Mr Callinan's personal credo. Known as the surfing solicitor, he lived for the waves. But as his huge funeral service heard in January, he also lived to help others, especially those less fortunate.

Tributes from two former world surfing champions as well as Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Callinan's old Miami High schoolmate, Premier Anna Bligh, were a measure of the enormous love, goodwill and respect he commanded.

His death from a heart attack last week at the age of 53 sent shockwaves through the surfing and legal communities where he was revered for his passion and compassion.

More than 1000 mourners, including surf stars Mark Occhilupo, Joel Parkinson and Dean Morrison, packed Miami High's Great Hall to hear Mr Callinan eulogised as a man with an infectious zest for life and a generous spirit that knew no bounds.

The eldest of three siblings, Denis Terence Callinan was born in Brisbane but settled on the Gold Coast with his family as a child. Adventurous, fun-loving and determined, he was quickly dubbed Denis the Menace, his sister Ann recalled.

In 1968, his father Bill was appointed headmaster at Miami High where Denis attended school with the likes of Bligh and Wayne ``Rabbit'' Bartholomew, who went on to become world surfing champion.

Bill Callinan was a forward-thinking educator and it was probabl y with his son's cajoling that Miami High became the first school in Australia to adopt surfing -- now a multibillion-dollar industry -- as a school sport. Denis also persuaded his father to cut his mate Bartholomew some slack at school to allow him to follow his pro surfing dream.

Mr Callinan's love for the surf did not sidetrack him from studies and he was admitted as a solicitor in 1978.

He worked with various Gold Coast law firms and went on to specialise in family and sports law. He was a partner for 10 years in the firm Moynihan and Callinan at famed surf spot Burleigh Heads, a location which invariably allowed him to get in a wave before work.

``He set his daily schedule not so much by the clock but more so by the swell at Burleigh Point, which he could see from his office window,'' his former law partner, Justin Moynihan, recalled.

But despite often turning up late for meetings with his hair still wet from the surf, Mr Callinan would work into the night to make up the time. Mr Moynihan remembered his former colleague as a tenacious advocate with a compassionate streak that saw the firm take on more than its fair share of pro bono and cut-price work -- not to mention its sponsorship of many charity surfing events.

``That was the calibre of the man,'' Moynihan said.

``He had the knack of getting people to do things.

``He was never afraid to ask.''

Mr Callinan established community legal centres on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. He also set up the innovative Gold Coast Traffic Offenders Program -- a ``shock therapy'' scheme for first-time drink drivers who could receive reduced penalties in return for attending lectures from frontline emergency service workers.

He also lectured in sports law and management at the Gold Coast's Bond University.

In the early 1980s, he set up the Surfers Against Nuclear Destruction (SAND), which held a series of high-profile surfing tournaments to protest against the nuclear arms race.

Top surfers including Occhilupo took part and Mr Callinan persuaded Peter Garrett's band Midnight Oil to play at one event and Garrett later became SAND's patron.

With the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union, SAND became the Surfers Against Nature's Destruction, highlighting environmental causes and raising an estimated $1 million for charity through surfing events and functions.

``Denis was the people's champion,'' Mr Bartholomew said yesterday.

``(From an early age) he developed a very strong sense of justice and a very strong sense of doing the right thing. He gave 100 per cent effort and an extra 20 per cent in compassion.''

Mr Callinan was also an ardent traveller and made 29 trips to Hawaii where he ``surfed his brains out'', Bartholomew said.

He was close friends with Hawaiian surfing luminaries including surfboard shaper Dennis Pang and the late big-wave great Mark Foo.

He also travelled extensively in the Pacific, fearlessly surfing remote big-wave spots on his own.

Mr Callinan never married but always charmed the women in his life with flowers and a smile. Following his father's death, he made it a point to take his mother Joyce and Bartholomew's mother Betty to lunch every week.

He is survived by his mother, sister, brother Mark and partner Andrea McKay.

Obituary written by Greg Stolz, The Courier Mail.

Denis Callinan - "The Surfing Saint": www.deniscallinan.com

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BOND AT BOND

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WHAT MAKES A BAD BOSS?

CONQUERING A SLIPPERY SLOPE

THE LISBON STRATEGY: HARNESSING GLOBALISATION FOR A STRONGER EUROPE 

INDONESIAN ALUMNUS SCOOPS AWARD FOR BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOLADES

IN REMEMBRANCE - DENIS CALLINAN, 1954 - 2008

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FROM THE CHANCELLOR

Chancellor Mr Trevor C Rowe AMThere has been much criticism in the media of late of the Australian Higher Education sector failing to provide the necessary support, and apply the appropriate classroom strategies, to ensure inclusion of their international students. A recent study by researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne reported that more than two-thirds of foreign students in Australia feel lonely and isolated (The Australian, "Foreign students isolated, friendless", 5 Feb).

As Chancellor of Bond University, Australia’s most international university, I can say with great confidence that this is not the case at Bond University, where around half of our students hail from over 70 different countries.

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