Dear Alumni

Welcome to the July edition of Alumni e-news.

Firstly a big thank you to our alumni who gave generously to our first ever Annual Giving Appeal.  It's heartening to see such support for student scholarships from the La Trobe University community.

This month we also shine the spotlight on our most notable alumni and their achievements, with the announcement of  alumni included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, plus this year's Alumni Award recipients. Congratulations to all!

How far would you go to secure your dream job?  This month we profile John Madol, an African Australian graduate who changed his name to be accepted and to improve his chances of employment. Be sure to read his inspirational story.

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Alumni Awards recipients
Recent Events
Careers Corner
Feature Profile
La Trobe Foundation
Upcoming Events
Postgrad Studies
La Trobe International
Feature Partner
Lifestyle Benefits Program


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Congratulations!  Alumni Award
We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year's La Trobe University Alumni Awards. This year's recipients are amongst some of the most influential Australians of their generation.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Mr Bill Kelty AC
Mr Terry Moran AC
Ms Elizabeth Proust AO
Mr James Thomas
Dr Don Watson
Mr Garry Weaven    

Young Achiever Award
Dr Hala Raghib
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Annual Alumni Lecture Annual Alumni Lecture
Over 100 people attended the Annual Alumni Lecture on June 14 at the State Library of Victoria, celebrating 20 years of the La Trobe University Law School.  Joe Nieuwenhuizen, of Law Institute Victoria and one of our first law graduates presented Professional Misconduct: Lawyers on the Edge, examining the reasons why lawyers lose their way professionally.
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National Sorry Day at La TrobeIndigenous flag
On May 28 La Trobe University commemorated the 2012 National Sorry Day with a moving ceremony at Bundoora. Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar spoke on behalf of the University. Special guests and performances included Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, Senior Wurundjeri Elder, Nellie Green, and Archie Roach and Band.
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Job crafting: the concept and the benefitsKelly macGowan

According to a 2009 Gallup survey, 82% of Australian workers are not engaged with their work. This is obviously a problem from both an employee and a company perspective. It's estimated that this lack of engagement costs Australian companies between $33-$42 billion yearly. One proposed solution is the concept of 'job crafting'.
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Written by Kelly Magowan, La Trobe alumnus and careers coach and strategist


2012 Queen's Birthday Honours Queens Brithday Honours
Congratulations to our alumni and staff who were recently  admitted to the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours for their leadership and service to the community.  This year 14 individuals from the La Trobe University community were recongised for their outstanding contribution.
Find out who made the list

Strategic Plan - have your sayThe Agora
To adapt to the challenges of a rapidly changing higher education envrionment, a discussion paper, La Trobe: World-Ready 2017 has been released, with a proposed plan outlining La Trobe's strengths and resetting our aspirations for the future. We invite you to read the proposed plan and have your say in our future.
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More ways to connect with us Alumni Facebook 
Last month we launched La Trobe Alumni Facebook page.  Thanks for all those likes!  If you're on Facebook make sure you're part of the conversation - you never know who you might meet there.  Also a quick shout out to our loyal LinkedIn alumni community - now over 3700 strong.  We'd like to advise you of two new sub-groups - one for our European-based alumni and one for alumni in North America.


John family picJohn Madol - Bachelor of Commerce 2010

How far would you go to secure your dream job?  For alumnus John Madol it meant giving up his name.  From his early life as an orphan in a Kenyan refugee camp, to his career in finance at NAB, few people have achieved so much, starting with so little. He is a true La Trobe success story.

"I’m so proud of being a La Trobe graduate. From my life in a refugee camp and losing my parents in a war, I could never imagine that this could even be possible for me."
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Annual Giving Appeal  Update

La Trobe’s first Annual Giving Appeal was launched in the first week ofIndigenous teen June.  The campaign focussed on encouraging alumni support in three areas, namely:  the Sir Archibald Glenn Scholarship, the Bendigo Scholarship and the Indigenous Scholarship.   The response has been promising with over 80 gifts received to date. The Indigenous Scholarship has generated the most interest.  Following the increased fundraising activity, other offers of support have been flowing in, such as faculty-specific prizes and scholarships.  A big thank you to all who gave to this important initiative.

An official launch of the Indigenous Scholarship (supported by the La Trobe University Football Club in partnership with the Koori Academy of Excellence) will take place on 11 August 2012.

To find out more about giving to La Trobe University, contact Ric Fletcher, Head of Advancement on 03 9479 3168 or email


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Bendigo Downtown Lecture: History of Australian Folk Music
Peter Ellis AO shares his extensive knowledge of Australian folk music.

When: 6pm, Thursday 5 July
Where: La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo
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NAIDOC celebration event - A public screening of Fantome Island
Free public screening of Fantome Island – a story of one man’s incredible capacity for forgiveness and love.

When: 6pm, Wednesday 11 July
Where: Mildura campus
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The Dean's Public Lecture: Science solving global problems
La Trobe University’s Chancellor Adrienne E Clarke AC FAA FTSE will present the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering’s second Dean’s Public Lecture in Bendigo.

When: 6pm, Thursday 12 July
Where: Bendigo campus
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South Italy, Sicily and the Mediterranean: Cultural Interactions Conference

When: 17 - 21 July
Where: Museo Italiano, Carlton
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Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation Lecture
The Rejuvenation of Depressed Rural Economies.

When: 5.30pm, Wednesday 18 July
Where: The Eastbank Centre, Shepparton
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Mildura Writers' Festival - A Day at La Trobe
La Trobe University Mildura will host a day of Writers' Festival activities on campus with workshops and poetry readings by some of Australia's most well respected authors.

When: Saturday, 21 July
Where: Mildura campus
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Greek and Roman Cultural Interactions
Teacher Professional Development Day

When: Saturday, 21 July
Where: Museo Italiano, Carlton
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La Trobe in the City - Ancient Mediterranean Lecture Series
Informal lecture series on the ancient world.  Come to one or more classes.

When: 30 July - 4 September
Where: Museo Italiano, Carlton
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postgrad 2Islamic Finance  short course - Study online
With Islamic Finance now a $1.4 trillion-dollar global industry, La Trobe University will run a six-week intensive on-line professional development course from Monday 9 July 2012.

La Trobe's Islamic Finance Professional Development (IFPD) Certificate is the first of its kind in Australia and is now more accessible through online delivery.
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Harry ClarkeHow the Carbon Tax works -  Harry Clarke on the effects of pricing carbon
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Gillian ShepherdGreek Burials in Sicily - Gillian Shepherd on ancient burial practices
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Mick MalthouseA talk with Mick Malthouse - Malthouse on his upcoming contribution to La Trobe
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older manSafety, ageism and sex
Concerns about safety and ageism are needlessly denying elderly care home residents what is often one of their few remaining pleasures—the right to consensual sex.
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The Dean's Public Lecture: Science and its role in solving global problems
La Trobe University’s Chancellor Adrienne E Clarke AC FAA FTSE will present the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering’s second Dean’s Public Lecture in Bendigo.

When: 6pm, Thursday 12 July
Where: La Trobe Univeristy, Bendigo
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