News for alumni, donors and friends
April 2014

Dear alumni and friends

This month the University is hosting a range of ANZAC events in remembrance of all those who fought and died in service, including a dawn service conducted by the Sydney University Regiment in the Quadrangle. Details are in the events section below.

To celebrate our partnership with TEDxSydney 2014, you can win tickets to TEDxSydney 2014 or vouchers from the Centre for Continuing Education simply by passing on a great lesson to share. Details on how to enter are available on the competition website.

The March edition of the Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM) is out now and features some incredible stories. Make sure you download the free SAM iPad app to get access to exclusive content and extra features.

Finally, a reminder that nominations for the 2014 Alumni Awards close on 24 April so please nominate and recognise a graduate who is making a difference.

Warm regards

Toula Lambros | Executive Manager, Alumni Relations
Division of Alumni and Development
Founding partner of $100 million Westpac scholarship fund
The University of Sydney has been announced as a founding partner of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, the single largest private education scholarship program in Australia’s history.

On Wednesday Westpac announced a one-off contribution of $100 million to fund about 100 scholarships every year in perpetuity. Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, welcomed the announcement:

“By helping universities to fund the pursuit of ideas that will shape the world in which we live, Westpac will help universities like Sydney remain at the forefront of teaching and research worldwide, and pursue discoveries that will benefit all Australians." Find out more.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students taste university life
Earlier this year, 209 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from across Australia spent a week at the University of Sydney's inaugural Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer Program.

The program brought students to the University to learn more about disciplines such as health, humanities and social science, architecture and the creative arts, music, natural science, and business. Hear their story and find out more.
Link between high birth weight and heart disease
Babies born with high birth weight may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, according to a University of Sydney study.

The research, published recently in the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology journal, was led by Dr Michael Skilton, from the University's Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders. Find out more.

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ANZAC Events
Gallipoli: The Battlefield
This illustrated lecture by Professor Tony Sagona will report succinctly on findings from four seasons of archaeological fieldwork conducted between 2010 and 2013 at the ANZAC battlefield.

When: Wednesday 9 April, 6.30-8.00pm
Where: Nicholson Museum
Cost: $32 ($25 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum)

Find out more and book.
ANZAC Day Dawn Service
Sydney University Regiment (SUR) will be conducting its annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Quadrangle in remembrance of all those who have fought and died in the service of our country. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tony Hoyer, would like to invite the University community and members of the public to attend this special occasion.

When: Friday 25 April, 5.30am
Where: The Quadrangle, the University of Sydney

To help us accomodate numbers for the event, please indicate your interest in attending.
Sydney Ideas: Remembering World War One in the Pacific
Overshadowed substantially by the western front, the Pacific theatre of World War One has not yet attracted the scholarship it deserves. For this Sydney Ideas panel, three researchers make a fascinating start on redressing the gap.

Friday 25 April, 5 - 6.30pm
Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School
Cost: Free, with registration requested

Find out more and book.

More events
07 Apr | Sydney Ideas: The Badgers Moved the Goalposts
09 Apr | Sydney Ideas: 19th Century Anthrax, Industry and Agriculture
09 Apr | Musicology Colloquium Series: Goetz Richter (Strings)
09 Apr | Golden Graduates Luncheon
10 Apr | Discovery of Novel Pathways in Cardiometabolic Diseases
14 Apr | SCM: The Stiff Gins - Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs
16 Apr | Sydney Ideas: 2014 Fulbright Oration
15 Apr | Sydney Ideas: Diary of a Foreign Minister
22 Apr | Sydney Ideas: Opening Up to Our Pacific Neighbours
23 Apr | Sydney Ideas: Thailand in Australia forum
25 Apr | Sydney Ideas: Remembering World War One in the Pacific
28 Apr | Sydney Ideas & CPC: Who's Afraid of the Nanny State?
30 Apr | Dr Karl: Game of Knowns
04 May | Sydney University Graduate Choir: The Salzburg connection
04 Jun | Sancta Sophia London Alumni and Friends reception
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Alumni in the news
Alumni win big at Advance Global Australian Awards
Three outstanding graduates were recently recognised for leading the way in their respective fields at the Advance Global Australian Awards. Overall winner and recipient of the Advanced Manufacturing award, Dr Christopher Boshuizen (BSc Hons ’01 PhD ‘07), was recognised for the unique work he performed while at Ames Research Center, and recently by the creation and success of the start-up Planet-Labs.
Saudi Arabia’s first female film-maker
Saudi Arabia’s first female film-maker and alum, Haifaa Al Mansour (MFs '09), discusses the conservative challenges she had to overcome while producing her debut, Wadjda. The ground-breaking film uncovers the hidden plight of Saudi Arabian women and was written as part of her master’s degree at the University. Find out more.
Australian Woman of the Year in the UK
Corporate Social Responsibility Lawyer and graduate, Sarah Ramwell (BA '05 LLB '07), was recently named QANTAS Australian Woman of the Year in the UK for her work focusing on pro bono, volunteering, environment and diversity, as well as her dedication to women's rights. Find out more.
ANZAC Events
Alumni in the news
TEDxSydney competition
SAM out now
Make a nomination: Alumni Awards
Investing in jazz musicians
Your favourite teacher
Exhibition: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook - The Village and Elsewhere
Regional event: Saudi Arabia
TEDxSydney competition
What is your greatest lesson to share? Pass it on to win.

To celebrate the University of Sydney’s partnership with TEDxSydney 2014, we are asking people to pass on their greatest lesson to share through two photo competitions.

Share your lesson via Instagram and you could win a double pass to TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House on 26 April or a $500 voucher for the Centre for Continuing Education.

Details on how to enter, prizes and full terms & conditions are available on the competition website.
SAM out now
The latest edition of SAM is out now, featuring a NASA astronaut turned academic, knitwear made from medical scans, an investigation into extreme diets, and much more.

Download the free iPad app and get access to a range of exclusive content and extra features.
Make a nomination: Alumni Awards
Know an inspiring graduate? Recognise their achievements in the 2014 Alumni Awards. The program honours both recent graduates and those well established in their careers.

Categories include sporting, international, PhD, professional and Indigenous achievement. Nominations close 24 April. Find out more and make a nomination.
Investing in jazz musicians
Young, talented jazz musicians can now apply for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s first jazz scholarship, thanks to the generosity of jazz lovers, Anthony and Sharon Lee.

The Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation Jazz Scholarships will support two postgraduate and five undergraduate students for the duration of their degrees. Find out more.
Your favourite teacher
SAM invites you to nominate your favourite lecturer, teacher or supervisor from your University days and send in a short description of what made that teacher so special, and their impact on you. Find out more.
Exhibition: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook - The Village and Elsewhere
The art of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook embraces three fields: Graphic art, installation including multi-channel video installations, and writing. Find out more.
Regional event: Saudi Arabia
Austrade will be hosting an Australian Alumni networking function at the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday 16 April at 7.30pm.

Please RSVP with contact details to by 10 April 2014.
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