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MAY 2012
Dear alumni and friends

Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 2 June, and the University has a wide range of events to mark the occasion. Join us as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags are raised on the Clocktower flag pole, and take part in a free BBQ lunch whilst being entertained by students Alicia and Emily Johnson, who make up the duo “Ngaratya”. Why not plant a hand in Australia’s largest artwork, the Sea of Hands, while you’re there? Visit the Reconciliation Week events page to view the complete listing.

There is also a great range of talks, concerts, reunions and receptions over the coming weeks, see below for further details.

With kind regards
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni Relations and Events
SYDNEY NEWS
Historic University building recognised as part of Australia's heritage
A small octagonal timber building originally used by veterinary science lecturers when demonstrating to students on cows and horses has won a major heritage award from the National Trust of Australia.

A small octagonal timber building originally used by veterinary science lecturers when demonstrating to students on cows and horses has won a major heritage award from the National Trust of Australia.

The building was designed in 1920 by the University architect and first dean of the faculty of architecture, Professor Leslie Wilkinson, who named it the Round House despite its octagonal design.

The historically meticulous restoration by the heritage architects Clive Lucas, Stapleton & Partners saw the building awarded the 2012 National Trust of Australia Heritage award for the best small project in the corporate and government category.

The architects' work included restoring the wooden shingles on the roof, and repairing the damaged skylight and building's timber structure. A steel frame that had been installed in 1954 was also removed.

Historical photos were found to assist in recreating building details, such as the lantern leadlight, as accurately as possible.

"We were gratified to receive the award and very pleased that the University has done so much good work over the years looking after its buildings," said heritage architect Ian Stapleton.

The structure was designed to be "an 'observation box' for the vets to stand in the middle and work on animals such as cows," Stapleton says. "Students would stand on platforms around the building and look down into the well to watch."

Trevor Howells, a senior architecture lecturer at the University, alumnus and author of the book University of Sydney Architecture, nominates the Round House as his favourite building at the University.

"Why I am particularly pleased is that over a long period it fell into not only disuse but into disrepair: to see it win a heritage award is fantastic for the University and the long term survival of the building,” commented Howells.

The newly restored Round House will now once again be used by the Faculty of Veterinary Science for teaching and small group demonstrations. It will also be used for faculty celebrations and graduation and cocktail parties.
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What matters to you?
Last month people from all over the world told us what mattered to them by voting in our poll.  We received more than 9000 votes for our first five topics, and this month we have added five more.

Last month people from all over the world told us what mattered to them by voting in our poll.  We received more than 9000 votes for our first five topics, and this month we have added five more.

They are:
  • Educating tomorrow’s Indigenous leaders
  • Keeping politics honest
  • Solving climate change for future generations
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Advancing our relationships with China and the US.
Do these issues matter to you?

Go to sydney.edu.au/what-matters to join the conversation, follow the polls and share what you are passionate about by voting. We will keep you updated when we add new topics every month.

What matters to you, matters to us.
sydney.edu.au/what-matters
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2012 Tax Appeal
The Sydney Development Fund 2012 Tax Appeal has begun. This year, alumni and friends of the University will receive the ‘Today is the Day’ appeal letter that encourages everyone to support their preferred area of the University.

The Sydney Development Fund 2012 Tax Appeal has begun. This year, alumni and friends of the University will receive the ‘Today is the Day’ appeal letter that encourages everyone to support their preferred area of the University.

Every gift is important and that together we can make a difference in the lives of our students and researchers. 

The Tax Appeal was established as a key way for alumni and friends to make gifts to the University. These financial contributions support a wide range of initiatives:
  • Your gift to the 2012 Tax Appeal can support world-class research, enabling our people to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
  • You can enrich a student’s education and experience on campus, providing opportunities via scholarships and bursaries that change lives.
  • Through the generosity of alumni and friends we can tackle social disadvantage, identifying school-age students of promise from disadvantaged backgrounds and lighting their path to University.
  • You can promote the University’s cultural endowment via our outstanding library and museums collections.
  • Become a supporter of the University of Sydney Sport Foundation scholarship program, helping our sporting stars reach their full potential.
The options for becoming one of the University’s donors are many, and your gift of $2 or more made before 30th June 2012 can be claimed in this year’s tax return.

You can send your gift using the response form and Business Reply Envelope you will receive with the letter. Alternatively you can donate securely online or contact us on 02 8627 8818.

Alumni residing overseas will not receive a letter, however you can donate securely online or email us for further information.
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PhD student selected to meet Nobel Laureates
Grace Shephard, a PhD student in the School of Geosciences, will join early career research scientists from around the world for a special event featuring 25 Nobel Laureates.
Grace Shephard, a PhD student in the School of Geosciences, will join early career research scientists from around the world for a special event featuring 25 Nobel Laureates.

After being selected from a highly competitive field of international applicants Grace will attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany, which this year will focus on physics.

In total, seven Australian young scientists were chosen to attend the meetings, with Grace the only scientist selected from NSW.

Professor Brian Schmidt, the Australian astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2011, will present the first lecture.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have been run every year since 1951, and bring scientists under the age of 35 together with Nobel Laureates to exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks.

Grace was selected along with 550 young scientists from around the world from over 20,000 nominations made by more than 60 countries. The top 550 scientists were chosen for their scientific achievements, research records and merits.

"I feel very fortunate to have been selected," said Grace. "Falling in the last year of my PhD this meeting will provide a unique and enriching platform to exchange ideas with fellow students and academics, both in my field of geophysics and in the wider scientific disciplines."

"My research in geophysics requires an understanding of physical processes including mantle rheology, viscosity and mineral phase transitions. I am modelling both surface and deep Earth processes over millions of years, including mantle convection, plate tectonics and surface uplift and subsidence," explained Grace.

In addition to her PhD, Grace also completed her Bachelor of Advanced Science with first class honours in geophysics at the University of Sydney and won the University Medal for her honours research.
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In other news ...
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SYDNEY EVENTS
7 May   |  Cocktail Hour: Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano 2
9 May   |  Sydney Ideas: Reflections on cultural identity
9 May   |  Talk: The state of social work
10 May |  Sydney Connections Breakfast: Anna Rose
10 May |  Talk: Reflections of an Antarctic explorer
11 May |  Sport: Blue & Gold hockey luncheon
14 May |  Sydney Ideas: Flock of Dodos film screening
16 May |  Creative links: Postgraduate roundtable event
16 May |  Sydney Science Forum 2012: Dr Karl's Brain Food
16 May |  Sydney Writers' Festival event: The Sons of Clovis
16 May |  Sydney Ideas: Future global food security
17 May |  Talk: The state of Indigenous Australian literature
17 May |  Mandelbaum House alumni and student trivia night
18 May |  Pharmacy research innovations dinner 2012: Cancer
19 May |  Conservatorium Open Academy: Rising stars
21 May |  Sydney Ideas: Developments in China's civil society
22 May |  Talk: Exhibiting contemporary art - World perspectives
23 May |  Distinguished Speakers Program: Prof Lawrence Gostin
23 May |  Veterinary science alumni cocktail reception
24 May |  Sydney Connections Breakfast: The Hon Michael Kirby
24 May |  Talk: Shu Cheen Yu - 'My music journey'
28 May |  Reconciliation Week begins
31 May |  Education Heresies colloquia: Evidence-based policy
31 May |  Insights 2012: Silence, power, catastrophe
1 Jun   |  Conductors' Series: Symphony orchestra and choir
2 Jun   |  Conservatorium Open Academy: Rising stars
2 Jun   |  'Meet the Cast': Exclusive alumni event
2 Jun   |  Talk: Rome with Ovid - A city of poetry
4 Jun   |  Cocktail Hour - The song of the guitar
8 Jun   |  Sport: Blue & Gold soccer football dinner


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CONTENTS
Sydney news
Sydney events
Sydney Connections Breakfasts
Sydney Ideas
Regional events
Calling nursing alumni
Social media
SYDNEY CONNECTIONS BREAKFASTS
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Our 2012 series of Connections Breakfasts will feature orations from five University of Sydney alumni that are sure to get your mind ticking.

The series kicks off next week with a talk from environmentalist and author, Anna Rose, who will reveal how to change the mind of a climate sceptic, plus former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Michael Kirby, will speak for the first time about his friendship with Roddy Meagher. Register online to reserve your seat at the breakfast table.

SYDNEY IDEAS
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Want insight? Hear directly from the experts at Sydney Ideas, the University's program of free evening lectures, forums and debates.

First up this month, hear distinguished Professors of Anthropology Jean and John Comaroff speak, plus a panel of experts will discuss the debate over evolution vs. intelligent design. Find out more.
REGIONAL EVENTS
Jakarta | 12 May
Alumni drinks

Hangzhou | 13 May
Walk and lunch

Hong Kong | 16 May
Alumni drinks

London | 24 May
USUKAA spring reception

Canberra | 8 June
Alumni drinks
CALLING NURSING ALUMNI
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We are calling for volunteers among our alumni who would be willing to be a mentor for newly graduated students as they make the transition from classroom to the workplace.
We are calling for volunteers among our alumni who would be willing to be a mentor for newly graduated students as they make that transition from classroom to the workplace.

Even though graduating students have had 900 hours clinical experience throughout their study, making the transition to full time work can sometimes be a bit daunting. Mentoring won’t be a big commitment. You would just be a friendly ‘go to’ person who remembers what it’s like being new! And you will be formally recognised as a volunteer of the University of Sydney.

Find out more
about our new graduates and how you can support them.

If you would like to be available to mentor new graduates, register your interest here.
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