ALUMNI NETWORK PORTAL UPDATES
Check out the new updates on the Alumni Network Portal and see how easy it is to view friends-of-friends, create your own blogs, or link your Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn account to your profile!
The new profile feature gives community members the ability to create engaging profile pages with unique and dynamic content from around the web, all accessible from one place. For example, members can now directly embed their Facebook™, MySpace® or LinkedIn® badges, content from their Flickr™ account, Google™ Gadgets or videos from YouTube along with over 400 pre-defined news feeds directly onto their profile page.
Network and keep in touch with classmates with the new friends feature. Quickly and easily send notes, share photos and reconnect using e-mail. Also our friends-of-friends system provides infinite networking opportunities through the following features:
- Customizable presentation
- Instantly see who is online
- Send e-mail, write notes, or view friends' photos
- "Add to Friends List" generates an invitation
Personal Blogging System
The built-in blogging system gives members the tools they need to write, publish, and promote blogs. Some of the features include the ability to:
- Create multiple blogs
- Use editor to create, edit, and post
- Bookmark with sites like Stumble Upon
- Tag, comment, or forward to a friend
- Subscribe via e-mail or RSS
Haven't logged in yet? Check out the NEW Alumni Network Portal. Go to http://alumni.bond.edu.au to create your profile!
BONDIES ON THE MOVE
Bondies featured this month include Gunnar Larson (053), Michael Kuzilny (962) and Kate Gibson (972).
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Gunnar Larson (053)
Bond Alumnus, Gunnar Larson's company NetworkGlobal.tv have joined forces with Broadway Magazine to launch Broadway.tv.
The new web site features a state-of-the-art video platform, and for the first time offers a web 2.0 experience to Broadway ticket buyers around the globe. Broadway.tv allows users to watch highlights of current Broadway shows, upload video reviews, send BroadwayGrams to their favorite productions, purchase tickets and plan travel worldwide.
Broadway.tv brings the interactive theatre experience to an entirely new level. There is simply nothing else like it. People interested in Chicago, Spring Awakening, Mary Poppins, or The Little Mermaid can experience parts of those shows and actually interact with those productions on-line at Broadway.tv."
"This is truly the future of Broadway on-line," says Christopher Moore, Editor-In-Chief of Broadway Magazine, which provides content for the new site. "Broadway is everywhere, and NetworkGlobal.tv successfully reaches a global audience.
"Broadway.tv offers users a total solution for travel research about Broadway," says Gunnar Larson, President of NetworkGlobal.TV and On-line Publisher of Broadway.tv . "With dynamic and original video content including Broadway show previews and reviews, the site also provides online booking engines which offer travelers the best possible deals and discounted rates on hotel rooms, last-minute vacation packages, car rentals, airline tickets and, of course, tickets to Broadway productions in New York City and around the country."
NetworkGlobal.tv is the Internet’s leading video media network. Focused on creating a worldwide community and providing users with unparalleled information rich video content. NetworkGlobal.tv's channel portfolio is diverse and includes, OZtralia.tv, BMI.tv, BodyArchitect.tv, BodyArchitect.com, the Virtu clothing line and now Broadway.tv.
"NetworkGlobal.tv’s mission is to create the global standard for inspiring, entertaining and dynamically information rich video content on the Internet" says Gunnar Larson.
Michael Kulziny (962)
Success: You can make it! How young people can choose confidence and succeed is the latest book by Michael Kuzilny (962) and a must-have for any young person aged 14-24, as well as for parents, grandparents, school teachers, youth workers; indeed anyone who wishes to influence the lives of young adults for the better.
This self-help book is packed with practical wisdom on improving self image, building effective and caring relationships based on excellent communication, resisting peer pressure, the importance of goals, issues of the law, and realising one’s potential. The style is entertaining and interactive with a range of tips, check lists, case studies and life stories to inspire and motivate teens to become the super achievers that they can be.
Michael Kuzilny has a life story of success. Since graduating with a Bond Law degree 8 years ago, his experience began as an ex-cop turned prominent defense lawyer, starting his own legal firm, MK LAW, then as a legal commenter, TV presenter, and now author. There is not much Michael hasn’t seen in his 20 years of work with teenagers in the criminal justice system.
"At high school you’re taught facts and figures, but little attention is given to teaching a positive attitude. I want to rectify that," Michael says.
For more information please contact: Michael Kuzilny at email@example.com or 041 555 7011.
Kate Gibson (972)
Since graduating with a Bond Law/Arts degree, Kate Gibson was employed by Minter Ellison and was admitted as a solicitor in 2001. Wanting to view a different side of the world, she then went to the Australian Mission to the UN in New York and was awarded the Commonwealth Chevening Scholarship to Cambridge University. After graduating with an LLM Kate went to The Hague to work as a Clerk to Judge Slade at the International Criminal Court.
Kate was then asked to join the Defence Team of Général Gratien Kabiligi – the former head of military operations of the Rwandan Armed Forces, who was on trial at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (Right with the Général and her team).
Kate’s most interesting post has been Rwanda, which lasted over two and a half years. She travelled around Africa meeting witnesses and collecting evidence, and was part of the team that presented General Gratien Kabiligi’s defence before the international tribunal.
Kate is now living in The Hague, and is working for Judge Shahabuddeen of the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and is in her second year of a PhD in international criminal justice.
Read about Sir Richard Branson's last minute visit to Bond University! Also read about the new Melbourne Alumni Chapter that has been established and the Alumni Chapter Events in Beijing and Shanghai.
Virgin's boss, Sir Richard Branson, made a last minute visit to
University yesterday for an innovative business discussion with Bond students, Alumni and staff. The event, organised by the student Bond Investment Group, was attended by over 600 people in the Cerum Theatre.
The forum, led by Bond student & Director of the Bond Investment Group, Brandon Sowers, was Q & A style, giving the attendees an opportunity to ask Sir Richard Branson questions. Bond Alumnus and Sir Richard’s right hand man, David Baxby, also spoke at the forum about his time at Bond and how he got to where he is now.
The British entrepreneur told a packed auditorium that his biggest thrill in business at the moment was the creation of five space shuttles that will eventually take paying passengers into orbit.
“One day maybe, we’d love to set up in Australia,” Sir Richard said.
A new Melbourne Alumni Chapter has been established and will be organising their first event soon! The Melbourne Chapter committee members, Matthew Cam, Sam Marash, Tim Codrington and Justin Tilley would like to welcome alumni to the Melbourne Chapter and look forward to meeting everyone at the exciting events this year! If you would like to join this Chapter, please log onto the Alumni Network Portal and go to My Profile and update your chapter membership. We hope you enjoy the Chapter events this year!
Bond University Associate Professor, Dr. Xiaowen Tian, hosted an intimate evening at the Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant in Beijing in February. The guests enjoyed getting together with old and new found friends. It was a great way to start the alumni year. Another Beijing event will be planned for April/May so keep an eye out for the event details! If you would like to receive information about the China chapter, please log onto the Alumni Network Portal and update your contact details.
A small group of Bond Alumni joined Associate Professor, Dr. Xiaowen Tian for a dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai. The night was close and personal and was enjoyed by all who attended. Another Shanghai event will be planned for April/May. If you would like to be informed of events in China, please update your contact details in the Alumni Network Portal.
LAW ALUMNUS RUNS LEGAL AID FOR COMMUNITY IN SUDAN
Law/International Relations alumnus, Kirsten Hagen, has spent the past 12 months in Sudan with the United Nations Development Program, running a legal aid network for Sudanese lawyers.
In addition to providing legal assistance to displaced and disadvantaged people, Kirsten’s role included working on gender-based violence under criminal and Sharia law. In this capacity, she ran workshops on women’s rights for community members, paralegals and women’s health workers on responding to rape, domestic violence and other gender-based issues.
The recipient of a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship in 1996, Kirsten completed her double degree in four years, taking time out to do an internship at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, volunteer work in India and the international rounds of the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC.
Since graduating in 2000, she has worked for Mallesons Stephen Jaques Solicitors in Melbourne, as Youth Representative for the Australian Mission to the UN General Assembly in New York and as Pro-Bono Coordinator for Mallesons in
She also found time to set up the Refugee and Immigration Legal Support (RAILS) project for the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, complete an international law LLM at Cambridge, undertake an internship with the UN’s High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, volunteered with African and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in
Cairo, and has just completed a year with the United Nations Development Program in Darfur, Sudan as a Rule of Law officer.
Kirsten has always been an advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and throughout the world. This passion, combined with her studies in Arabic and her work with Sudanese refugees in Egypt, makes her well-equipped for her most recent role.
Kirsten and her colleagues face many difficulties, not the least of which is the general lack of security in Darfur and, as a result, the lack of access to many areas outside of major cities. Despite the risks humanitarian workers take living in a conflict-affected area such as Darfur, as expatriates they are lucky, because they are able to leave the country should they need or wish to. However, they are inspired by the courage of the nationals they work with, who take far greater risks, given the highly politicised nature of their work and the fact that they are not able to simply leave the country should the situation become too dangerous.
Of course she misses some things that we take for granted on the Gold Coast. Such as water! There’s plenty of sand, but no oceans lapping the edges of Darfur and no swimming pools, just dry creek beds ("Wadis") for 9 months of the year. Sudan is also a ‘dry country’, meaning no alcohol, so there are no bars either and minimal avenues for stress relief.
What made life easier for Kirsten was the presence of friends and colleagues, and the great support they give to each other, as well as some surprising extra-curricular activities, including regular salsa classes and Friday brunches (Friday being the day of rest for Northern Sudan).
Now that she has spent a year in Darfur, Kirsten will be moving on, and is looking at other options in Africa and the Middle East. She plans to keep working in the areas of protection, human rights, and/or rule of law work in conflict or post conflict contexts.
Kirsten(left), with some of her team.
NEW MASTERS PROGRAMS FOR THE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Business is offering two new masters programs from May 2008.
The Master of Marketing is a specialised program that will prepare students for senior level positions in marketing management, services marketing, brand/ product management, market research and marketing communication.
The Master of Finance will groom students with a business background for careers in investment banking, stockbroking, foreign exchange trading, commercial lending and portfolio management. Finance students will gain the competitive edge with simulated trading experience in the Macquarie Trading Room. This state of the art facility is equipped with dual screen technology displaying live and streamed data from Reuters 3000 and Bloomberg professional.
Dean’s Scholarships of up to 40% of tuition fees are available for the new Master of Marketing and Master of Finance programs.
The Master of Marketing and Master of Finance programs can also be combined with the Master of Business Administration program, enabling students to complete a double masters program in five semesters (one year and eight months) of full time study.
For more information on the Master of Marketing or Master of Finance programs or the double degrees MBA/ Master of Marketing or MBA/ Master of Finance please contact the Office of Admissions.
PARTNERING WITH INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER WORLD CLASS RESEARCH
Bond University, with its strong reputation for delivering quality education, is now confirming its place as a research partner of choice by providing world class research services to industry.
Bond is advancing its research activities at break-neck speed, with a staggering 87% increase in external research funding recorded over the previous year.
In the same period, the University also announced its first multi-disciplinary research centre, was awarded its first commercialisation grant, and experienced a record number of Higher Degree Research student enrolments.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research at Bond University, Professor Chris Del Mar, says that research is an integral part of Bond’s success.
"With a research profile ranging from cutting edge to intensely practical projects, Bond University is at the forefront of ‘new thinking’, developing innovative solutions to real world problems," Professor Del Mar said.
"Our success is built on devising workable solutions, tailored to suit the specific requirements of our regional, national and global industry and government partners," he said.
The University’s burgeoning research portfolio facilitated the establishment of three University Research Centres last year, in the fields of forensics, health informatics and sports.
"Each Centre combines the expertise of two or more Faculties, allowing for collaborative research ventures among our Academics and creating a vigorous research culture," Professor Del Mar said.
Professor Del Mar pointed to the University’s interdisciplinary Research Centre for Forensic Excellence, established in September 2007, as an example.
"The Centre combines expertise from Bond’s Faculties of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences and Medicine, so it encompasses all aspects of forensic studies," he said.
"Patron of the Centre is the Honourable Justice Michael Kirby, of the High Court of Australia, and Advisory Board members include well known individuals such as the Director of the Australian Federal Police Forensic Services, a senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Senior Director of Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services."
He said the primary purpose of the Centre would be to undertake research encompassing all aspects of forensic studies and facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the various stakeholders in the forensics process – from the laboratory to the courtroom.
"We will be assisting all those engaged in forensic disciplines to begin speaking in a common language, replacing what currently appears to be a ‘dialogue of the deaf’ between specialists who have no obvious common ground.
"Perhaps it is unrealistic to expect to be able to fully educate lawyers in the mysteries of molecular biology or forensic psychology, (and vice versa), but we feel there is much to gain from inviting an exchange of perspectives in a mutually supportive environment," he said.
The new Centre for Forensic Excellence joins a rapidly growing portfolio of University-wide, and Faculty-based Research Centres at Bond University, that offer expertise on topics ranging from New Media and Education to Global Trade and Finance.
The extensive expertise and technological resources that exist at Bond University are made accessible to industry and government through the Bond University Research and Consultancy Services (BURCS).
"BURCS provides the link to researchers who can help with providing innovative, timely solutions to business problems or investigating R&D opportunities," Professor Del Mar said.
Services offered by Bond University include:
Contract or commercial research
Testing and analysis
Expert witness opinion
Identification and preparation of research funding applications
Student projects and internships
For further information about Bond University’s research activities and services, contact BURCS on (07) 5595 1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOND ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOOL OF HOTEL, RESORT AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Bond University has announced a new School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management that, in partnership with Marriott International, will offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs from January 2009.
Head of School, Professor Elizabeth Roberts, (pictured left with Chancellor Trevor C Rowe, AM), says the new programs have been developed in response to critical shortages for qualified management professionals in the hotel and tourism industry both in Australia, and internationally.
"Hospitality and tourism is now the world’s largest industry, employing one in every nine people world-wide and generating around four trillion dollars annually," she said.
"Business at this scale requires managers with highly advanced analytical and management skills, and the demand for these professionals is currently far exceeding the supply of qualified graduates.
"We have developed niche Bachelor and Masters-level programs that will equip graduates with specific knowledge in the area of revenue management to enhance their career outcomes. There are no other programs like these in Australia," Professor Roberts said.
Also unique to Bond University’s School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management is its industry partnership with globally recognised hotel and resort operator, Marriott International.
On the Gold Coast for the launch of the new School, Executive Vice President for Marriott International Inc. (Asia, Pacific and Australia), Mr Geoff Garside, welcomed the partnership.
"The School’s mission is to develop world class hospitality professionals who will be the hotel and tourism leaders of the future. The Australian and international hotel and tourism industry stand to benefit greatly from this initiative, and Marriott International is proud to serve as the School’s inaugural industry partner.
"We have many Australians in our leadership ranks around Asia and believe that our support to the School will assist in ensuring that the industry needs and the school curriculum are closely aligned.
"We look forward to a strong and long partnership," Mr Garside said.
Professor Roberts said the School’s association with Marriott International would result in tangible outcomes for Bond’s Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management students both during and after their studies.
"It will be a huge asset for our students to have the opportunity to undertake work placement with such a highly regarded hotel chain that is so well recognised around the world," she said.
Professor Roberts added that in addition to completing compulsory work placement, students will also be challenged to develop the "conceptual, analytical, technical and interpersonal skills that they will need to compete in the international hotel and tourism industry."
"Building upon a framework of core business subjects, the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees will be highly specialised in the areas of finance, revenue management, asset management, and marketing.
"Essentially, our Bachelor Program is designed to attract students who want a university-level business management degree, but who aspire to a career in the hotel and tourism industry and want to stand out from the crowd," she said.
The new School will complement the existing Schools within Bond University’s Faculty of Business, Technology and Sustainable Development, with students able to use their elective subjects to gain an insight into topics such as sustainability.
"Our connection with Bond’s School of Sustainable Development will provide enormous opportunities to our students who want to gain an edge in the industry," Professor Roberts said.
"Hotel and tourism operators are increasingly looking to minimise their impact on the environment. Take, for example, all the work that has been done in the area of water conservation by Gold Coast theme parks such as Wet and Wild and Dreamworld.
"There is a huge environmental component to this program that will really appeal to Generation Y, as well as their future employers," she said.
Program offerings from the Bond University School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management, from January 2009, will be as follows:
Undergraduate: 2 years full-time (6 semesters*)
Postgraduate: 1 year full-time (3 semesters*)
*Bond University has a three semester-per-year schedule that allows students to fast-track their studies.
See photos from the launch.
STATE FORUM TO DEVELOP RENTAL AFFORDABILITY ACTION PLAN FOR QUEENSLAND
Bond University will facilitate and host a Rental Affordability Financiers Forum today (Thursday, March 27), which aims to prepare an action plan to build 1,000 new, affordable rental homes in Queensland by 2010.
Federal Minister for Housing The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP will address the forum, that will bring together local government, leading not-for-profit housing providers, major banks and developers to discuss an ‘agenda for action’ to achieve the Rudd government’s promise to build 100,000 new homes for low-income Australians over the next decade.
Discussions will centre on how to implement the government’s $600 million-plus National Rental Affordability Scheme, designed to encourage investment in cheap housing, with Mr Rudd keen for Queensland to take the lead.
The forum will be facilitated by Head of the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development and one of Australia’s top housing affordability experts, Professor George Earl.
Professor Earl said the aim of the forum is to achieve agreement on how to move forward in addressing Australia’s Housing Rental Affordability Crisis.
"With over one million Australians now spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent or a mortgage, the government recognises there is a need for urgent action," Professor Earl said.
Professor Earl said there were a number of issues he expects the forum will address, including concerns over the rate of return and limited capital gain for low income housing investors, taxation allowance complexities, and the reluctance of major banks to invest in cheap housing.
He said the government recognised the necessity for an independent authority to facilitate the national forum, given the vested interests of some of the parties participating.
"Bond University was the obvious choice given our unmatched expertise in the area of housing affordability and our recent research in this area," he said.
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 www.tsxpo.org. Admission is free.
Bond Business Leaders Forum
Bond University offers an exclusive series of presentations from some of the most respected and high profile Australian and International business leaders on campus throughout the year.
Date: Wednesday 14 May, 2008
Location: Bond University
To be placed on the mailing list, please visit http://www.bond.edu.au/about/faculties/bus/blf/index.html.
Beijing Alumni Event
Date: Friday 2nd May, 2008
Location: My Humble House Restaurant
(1/F, West Bldg 3, Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing next to Grand Hyatt Beijing) w31
RSVP: Please send in your reservations to Titan Liu at email@example.com.
Shanghai Alumni Event
Date: Wednesday 23rd April, 2008
Unit 2, House 11, North Block Xintiandi, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, Xin Tian Di
181112 (Near Madang Lu, Metro Line 1 Huangpi Nan Lu Station)
RSVP: Please send in your reservations to Titan Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Upcoming Events
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To add your event to the calendar, contact Lana Gibson at email@example.com.
Bond Alumnus, Cameron Prebble (982) has recently passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
Send in news of your wedding, engagement, births and other special news. Email the Alumni Relations Office
Mohd Idham Yasser Suleiman (011) is married and has his 1st child, Ameir Aqil Yasser, 7 months old.
Siska Gartika Suleiman (981) recently married Bondy,
Anas Kamarulzaman (943).
Vinaya Natarajan (013) was recently married to Kushal Thatuskar earlier this month.