Alumni Newsletter


The Alumni Network Portal has now been launched! The Alumni Network Portal is an online community exclusive for you – our Bond graduates! Register now and create your profile to network with other Bondies, employers and staff members.

How to register:
  1. Go to
  2. Click the Welcome banner to go to your first time login
  3. Click the First Time Login link
  4. Follow the instructions to create your account

You should have received an email with your student number for your first time login. If you did not receive an email, or would like to have your student number resent to you, please email The Alumni Relations Office at

Happy bonding!

I look forward to seeing you in the Alumni Network Portal!

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Bondies featured this month include Sara Groen (001), Patricia Patanaporn (042) and Campbell Reynolds (973).

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Sara Groen (001)
Keep an eye out for Bond alumni, Sara Groen on Channel 7’s ‘It Takes Two’.

Now working as the weather presenter for Channel 7’s Sydney news team, Sara has been partnered with country music glamour boy, Adam Harvey in the popular celebrity sing-off.

Sara started her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in journalism, at Bond University in 2000. It wasn’t long, however, before she caught Channel 7’s eye and, in 2002, was offered a role as presenter and segment producer for national children’s program, Saturday Disney.

Two years later, she was lured over to Sydney Weekender, the popular travel lifestyle program presented by ex-cricketer, Mike Whitney.

Through all of this, Sara managed to juggle her TV commitments with finishing her degree at Monash University and taking acting classes.

In 2006, she scored a reporting role on Beyond Tomorrow which combined her journalistic and reporting skills with her love of travel. The show took her overseas to report on science and technology innovations in the USA, Canada and Brazil.

Having also covered many meteorological and environment stories, reporting on the weather was the next logical step and saw Sara join the Seven News team in January 2007.

If you feel moved to support Sara on ‘It Takes Two’ with your phone-in vote, you’ll be helping to raise money for her nominated charity – Camp Quality. Sara first became aware of the incredible work they do to help teenagers living with cancer when she attended some of their camps as a presenter on Saturday Disney.

Inspired by their emphasis on the importance of fun and laughter, and the support they provide to the kids and their families, she showed her on-going commitment by agreeing to become a Patron of Camp Quality last year.


Patricia Patanaport (042)
In February this year, Patrica Patanaporn (042), a Thai alumnus, will be teaching at Sripatum University, Chonburi Campus in Thailand, bringing a famous Australian historical story, Ned Kelly, to Thais.

"Now I’m teaching a subject called ‘Translation for Communication Arts’ so I think it is a great opportunity to introduce Australian history, lifestyle and culture to my students through a story about Ned Kelly, a famous Australian outlaw. The story is exciting so my students really enjoyed translating it into Thai. After translating the story, we performed a play so Thai audiences could enjoy and learn about this famous Australian history. Also, doing this activity with my students allowed me to reminisce my time when I was studying in Australia." Patrica said.

The show was performed by Communication Arts students on 1st February 2008 at Sripatum University, Chonburi Campus which attracted more than 100 people.

Campbell Reynolds (973)
In 2006, Campbell Reynolds (973) decided to compete in the Melbourne Osaka Yacht Race. On the 25th of March 2007, his yacht Esoterica was on the start line. A double handed, non stop 5500 Nautical mile race.

Forty three days later Campbell and his boat partner arrived safe and sound in Port Osaka. This event led them to making an enormous number of new contacts and meeting a number of ex-Bond students both in Melbourne and Japan. On a previous voyage aboard Dreamtime 1999, he was amazed at the number of international contacts he had made in his time at Bond, and as such met with fellow students all the way around the world.

Having just returned to the Gold Coast, Campbell’s focus now is to carry on running his own businesses Peak Developments and Seaview Developments.

This line of work enables him to balance financial targets and personal interests such as sailing.

His companies focus on commercial property developments including factories, medical practices and entertainment venues, housing restaurants, bars and nightclubs both here and in New Zealand.

Campbell hopes to compete in other major races including the Hamilton Island Regatta later in the year and also the Trans Atlantic Rally in 2015 to meet up with another Bondy living in the Cayman Islands!

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Read about the first Australia Alumni Awards Dinner in Jakarta. Also read about the Australia-China Alumni Association. 

Bond University School of Business Alumnus, Mr. Mukiat Sutikno, was awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Business Leadership at the inaugural Australian Alumni Awards gala dinner held in Jakarta on Saturday, February 16th.

Marketing Coordinator – International, Kara Fitzgerald, attended the gala awards dinner which is the Australian Embassy’s major public event in Indonesia for 2008, more than 600 Australian Alumni were in attendance. The Australian Alumni Awards gala dinner coincided with Austrade Study in Australia Exhibitions which were held in Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya from February 16th to 23rd.


Australia-China Alumni Association
The Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) is an inclusive organization, open to all Alumni of Australian Universities, who are living in China. The ACAA will serve as a high-profile umbrella organization with the aim of promoting Australian Education via the success of Alumni, and supporting Alumni in China through business and social networking, career development, etc. The ACAA will also support the development of strong sustainable individual University Alumni Chapters across China. 

To join or find out more information about this Association, please visit

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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.

The prestigious award was presented to Mr Sutikno in recognition of his rapid rise through the ranks of the Indonesian automotive industry and his strong business acumen, leadership and ethical business practices.

Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Bill Farmer, said; "It was just fantastic to see so many outstanding Alumni celebrating together at the first ever Australian Alumni Awards.

"The winners and all the finalists in each category have shown great leadership and achieved remarkable things in their respective fields and I am pleased to think their Australian education has contributed to their success."

The Australian Alumni Awards is the Australian Embassy’s major public event in Indonesia for 2008 and more than 600 Alumni attended. It is designed to acknowledge the contributions to Indonesia made by tens of thousands of Indonesians who have studied at Australian schools, universities and technical colleges.

After graduating from Bond University with a Master of International Management in 1996, Mr Sutikno stayed on in Australia, getting his first job as a Sales and Marketing Supervisor at the Indonesian Business and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The following year, he returned to Indonesia and started out in the automotive industry, working for General Motors Indonesia.

The promotions came quickly: after commencing as a Market Research and Sales Forecasting Manager in 1998, Mr Sutikno was appointed Business Planning Manager in 1998, and in 1999, he became Brand Manager for Opel and Chevrolet.

Then PT Astra International, the largest automotive group in Indonesia, came knocking on his door.

He was head-hunted to work as their Deputy Head of the Marketing Committee for Astra Motor III. At the same time, Mr Sutikno was also working for one of Astra’s brands, Peugeot, as head of their Planning and Communication Department, and progressed to head up the Sales and Marketing Division.

After six years with PT Astra and with a wealth of marketing experience under his belt, Mr Sutikno returned to General Motors Indonesia as Managing Director in April 2007, at the age of 35 and less than twelve years after graduating from Bond.

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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.

But the 21-year-old took it all in his stride, and with the support of the Faculty, this month graduated with his Bachelor of Laws.

A Geelong College graduate, Christopher moved from Melbourne to the Gold Coast in 2005 to study Law at Bond.

He says the ‘prestige factor’ played a big part in his decision to pack his bags and move north.

"Bond has a reputation for an amazing law program. I’d heard that everyone who comes out of Bond Law has so many possibilities and opportunities to choose from – and that has turned out to be true," he said.

In May 2006, Christopher decided to take up the opportunity to study a semester of his law degree abroad in Strasbourg, France.

It was while he was holidaying in the ski town of Tarbes that he took a five metre fall off a ski jump and broke his back – and his well laid plans took an unexpected turn.

"I’d crushed my vertebra by 30% and burst one of my lumbars on the outside. If it was to burst on the inside, I would have been a paraplegic – that was the difference. In that regards, I’m really quite lucky.

"I had to have a complex operation on my back to inject fluid into my spine. It’s a world class operation that is only available in two hospitals in the world – one being Strasbourg hospital. If I’d been in Australia, the surgery wouldn’t have been possible.

"When I got back to Australia, there was lots of rehabilitation to do. I’d lost nearly 10kg, needed physio twice a week and had a demanding exercise schedule – it was so tedious.

"But I knuckled down. Although it was difficult, I had a lot of support from the Faculty, particularly [Dean of Law] Duncan Bentley and Tina Hunter.

"I also decided that I needed some work experience to gain extra perspective on my studies, so I approached Bond Alumnus Derek Cronin, of Cronin Litigation. He took me on and has given me a lot of help.

"It was really challenging balancing the work experience, my law studies & the rehabilitation, but I’m so proud to have done it," Christopher said.

Christopher is now undertaking his Professional Legal Training course at (PLT) at Bond to be admitted as a legal practitioner.

"I really want to travel overseas to work, but need to get my grounding first, so I plan to work on the Gold Coast for a little bit before I head off.

"I never actually saw myself pursuing law, I had always thought I wanted to start my own business; but Bond’s really given me the passion for it. Now I really want to be a lawyer."

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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.

"Neither of us ever expected to study together let alone graduate together, so we are very excited," said Sue.

Graduating from a Bachelor of Business, Sue stood proudly by as her daughter Genevieve became Bond University’s first Master of Psychology (Forensic) graduate.

Sue said watching her daughter successfully progress through university as she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies inspired her to make the leap into tertiary education.

"I thought, gosh, I know I’m a lot older than Genevieve but I’m sure I can do it.

"As you mature you challenge and doubt yourself, and you think that maybe you can’t do it – the young ones are so enthusiastic and so clever.

"But then I realised the benefit of my business knowledge and work experience," Sue said.

Sue needn’t have worried about keeping up with her ‘Gen-Y’ classmates; along with successfully completing the requirements of her degree, she also appeared on the Dean’s List and received two Faculty awards: the Waterhouse Award for the Best Marketing Graduate and the Thomson Learning Australia Award for the Best Marketing Major.

She says while finding the time to return to study between raising a child and juggling her career was difficult, it was well worth it.

"I would encourage other mature age students to go back and study, especially with all the help and support offered by all the Bond Lecturers, staff and the library.

"It’s been challenging, but so rewarding," Sue said.

Daughter Genevieve said it wasn’t at all weird having mum on campus with her, rather, she welcomed the healthy competition it provided.

"It wasn’t us against each other, just us pushing each other to achieve our best", Genevieve said.

The Colling family joined the many other proud families and friends who attended the graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of their loved ones.

Valedictorians Elizabeth Scott (undergraduate) and Christine Oglethorpe (postgraduate) delivered stirring speeches to their fellow graduates; while the undergraduate and postgraduate Occasional Addresses, given by Bond University Council Member Mrs Kathryn Greiner AO and chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Mr Maurice Newman AC respectively, relayed some insightful advice to graduands as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives.

View our Graduation Photo Gallery

Read Elizabeth Scott’s Valedictory Address

Read Christine Oglethorpe’s Valedictory Address

Read Mrs Kathryn Greiner AO’s Undergraduate Occasional Address

Read Mr Maurice Newman AC’s Postgraduate Occasional Address

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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).

All seven of the inaugural graduates are now realising their ambition of studying at university, having commenced undergraduate degrees at Bond University this semester in programs such as Law, Criminology, Business, Journalism and Sustainable Development.

Nicholas Nigg was among those graduating and scooped an impressive seven of the ten awards available, including six Top of Class subject awards, and a special Director’s Award for Academic Excellence.

This, from a student who says he underperformed in High School.

"I hated school – I mucked around a lot. I knew I was a lot smarter than my grades showed and knew I could do better," Nicholas said.

After leaving High School, Nicholas spent six months working in trade labour before deciding to enrol in Bond College to pursue his ambition to study at university.

He says his success has been due largely to the open and relaxed learning environment of Bond College.

"It’s very different to High School. There was no teacher standing at the front yelling orders - it was more about interacting with each other and being treated like an adult.

"It brought out the best in me and made me want to learn and be involved in class.

"Now I’m studying a degree in Business and Finance and definitely feel prepared for my uni studies. Actually, I even feel one step ahead of others in my class who still have to get used to what it’s like to study at university," he said.

Delivering the Student Address at the ceremony, Nicholas thanked his teachers for helping him and his classmates to "perform at our optimum academic levels and achieve our best."

"The new program is definitely a great success and it would not have been as enjoyable without the people in it.

"Bond College gave us a second chance we will always be thankful for," Nicholas said.

Bond University Chancellor Mr Trevor C Rowe also addressed the graduating class, congratulating them on their achievements and speaking of the important role Bond College plays as a pathway to Bond University.

"As well as providing an alternative pathway to university entry, Bond College offers students the opportunity to step away from a traditional high school campus and prepares them for a university lifestyle," he said.

"The Foundation Program provides the skills necessary to survive and flourish in a university environment. It follows Bond’s tradition of offering small class sizes, engaging students and letting them share experiences.

"I congratulate you all on your enthusiasm and passion for learning and your successful transition to university," Mr Rowe said.

Bond College was established by Bond University in May 2007 to provide students with an alternative pathway to enter university by studying a Year 12 equivalent program.

Bond College’s rapidly growing reputation for quality has seen its enrolments in its Foundation Program swell significantly in 2008, with 64 new students commencing studies in the January semester this year.

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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.  

Congratulations to Deputy Dean of Law Professor Laurence Boulle on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM); "For service to the law, particularly in the fields of mediation, alternative dispute resolution and education, and as a contributor to legal publications."

A seasoned legal practitioner, Professor Boulle AM (pictured above) has worked tirelessly to improve mediation practices within Australia and, as a foundation staff member, has been helping Bond Law students to master the intricacies of the legal profession for 20 years.

Laurence Boulle taught at the Universities of Natal and Adelaide before joining Bond University in 1988. He has taught and worked at universities in Europe, Africa, North America and Australasia and his books on constitutional law, employment law, mediation and dispute resolution have been published in seven countries.

He served as Chair of the Federal Government's National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council from 1999 until 2003 and is currently a part-time member of the National Native Title Tribunal. He is accredited as a mediator of the Supreme Court of Queensland and conducts a private mediation practice.

Despite his success and his contribution to the field of law, Professor Boulle was taken aback when his efforts were recognised with the award.

"I was rather embarrassed actually, I wanted to find the nominator," he said.

"However, it's a great recognition of the place of mediation in Australia's justice system today."

Staff PhotoProfessor Paul Wilson has just been appointed to the list of experts for the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a consultant in forensic psychology and criminology. The court only appoints experts after a thorough and comprehensive vetting process.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.  The ICC is based on a treaty, joined by 105 countries.

The ICC is a court of last resort.  It will not act if a case is investigated or prosecuted by a national judicial system unless the national proceedings are not genuine, for example if formal proceedings were undertaken solely to shield a person from criminal responsibility.  In addition, the ICC only tries those accused of the gravest crimes.

Professor Wilson says he is delighted and humbled with his appointment. "I have admired and respected the work of the court for a number of years" he said. "Some of the work I have done in genocide and in miscarriages of justice will serve be useful for any work I do with the ICC in the future".

Professor Wilson, who frequently gives expert evidence in Australian criminal and civil courts, says that the experience with the ICC will be invaluable for teaching students at Bond in forensic psychology and criminology courses.

Tim JayAssistant Professor of Law Tim Jay has recently been recruited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to join its specialist reserve legal panel, operating from RAAF Base Amberley, Qld.  Panel members provide a wide variety of legal advice and assistance to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at all levels.  Tasks may involve anything from duties on a board of inquiry, accident investigation or court-martial, down to the making of a will or power of attorney for a serving member of the ADF.

Tim is no stranger to military service; before embarking on a legal career, he completed twenty years of service in the RAAF as an aeronautical engineer and pilot.  Tim flew operations on C-130E Hercules aircraft with No. 37 SQN, and became a captain on that aircraft type.

Tim rejoins the RAAF at his former rank of Squadron Leader.

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Postgraduate Sessions & Alumni Events

Bond University will be holding information sessions around Australia to highlight our extensive range of postgraduate degree and executive programs. As there will be numerous academics and Bond staff members in the area, we will also be holding alumni drinks after the sessions as an opportunity to get together with your Bondy friends.

We very much look forward to seeing you at one of the following sessions and post-event alumni drinks:

Date: Tuesday March 4
Time: 5.45pm to 7.30pm
Location: Hyde Park Inn
Post-Event Alumni Drinks: The Ivy,
320 - 330 George St, from 7:30pm

Date: Wednesday March 5 
Time: 5.45pm to 7.30pm
Location: Conrad Treasury
Post-Event Alumni Drinks: Premier Bar,
opposite Conrad Treasury, from 7:30pm

Gold Coast
Date: Tuesday March 18 
Time: 5.45pm to 7.30pm
Location: Bond University campus
Post-Event Alumni Drinks: Hotel CBD,
lounge bar, from 7:30pm

Date: Monday March 17
Time: 5.45pm to 7.30pm
Location: Novotel Melbourne on Collins
Post-Event Alumni Drinks: The Treasury Bar,
394 Collins St, from 7:30pm

To register, please email Francesca Dauwalder at

View invitation here

The most comprehensive tertiary studies event for all school leavers, mature age students and those seeking to further their career options, is on again. Visitors have the opportunity to meet with representatives and faculty members from every Queensland University, as well as from interstate and overseas. Also represented will be government agencies, defence forces, private colleges, student services and more.

Date: July 19- 20, 2008
Time: 10am- 4pm
Location: Exhibition Building, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

For more information, please visit Admission is free.

Beijing Alumni Event
Date: Friday 29 February, 2008
Time: 7:00pm
Location: 翡翠皇酒家
Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant
(in the Oriental Plaza Mall under Grand Hyatt Beijing)
北京分店东长安街1, 方广, BB82 号店

Please RSVP to Titan Liu at

Shanghai Alumni Event
Date: Friday 7 March, 2008
Time and Location TBA.

Please send your RSVP to Titan Liu at and a formal invitation will be sent to you with more event details.

G'day Vancouver Festival
Win a week in the Film School at Bond University!

As part of G'Day Vancouver Bond University, in conjunction with Tourism Australia and OzFlix, are pleased to announce a short film competition open to Canadian school and University students. The winner will be announced at the G'day Vancouver event on the 2-6 April 2008.

Topic: "Australians and Canadians are the same because...."
Length: No less than 2 minutes and no longer than 3 minutes
Applications: Applications can only be lodged online and close 5pm (AEST) 21 March 2008. 
Lodging Applications & Guidelines: 
Prize: The winner of the competition will receive a week at the Bond University Centre for Film and Television, along with a cash prize of $5,000(Aus) to support airfares, accommodation and associated expenses. The prize must be taken in 2008.

For more information click here:


All Upcoming Events

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Nicola Nardo (941)
Bachelor of Laws

Denis Callinan
Assistant Professor in Sports Management

We 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.

More than 1000 mourners 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.

We also remember Bond Alumnus, Nicola Nardo who passed away in early February. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.

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