Dear Alumni

One of the most rewarding aspects of alumni relations is experiencing the affection that so many of our alumni hold for La Trobe. If recent alumni events in China are any indication, alumni pride is alive and kicking well beyond Australian shores.

Closer to home, as the asylum seeker debate continues to polarise the nation, it is with pleasure we bring you this month's alumni profile, Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM.  Kon is a passionate advocate for some of  Australia's most marginalised people and inspires us with his commitment to social justice.

On the subject of international politics, don't miss La Trobe's Centre for Dialogue Lecture 2011 Annual Lecture: The Decline of the West, for a sneak peak at the future world order.

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 Harbin Graduation Event 

Recently a delegation of La Trobe's senior staff attended alumni celebrations in China including the 10 year anniversary of the China Health Program in Harbin (in partnership with Harbin Medical School) and the launch dinner of the Beijing chapter. 

As our largest offshore alumni group it has been great to see such pride and support for La Trobe growing in China. The Harbin celebration included the graduation of nearly 200 students from the renowned Masters of Health Administration Program. The launch dinner in Beijing included a small group of locally-based alumni keen to start a program of Beijing alumni events.
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Fairley Lecture in SheppartonAndrew Fairley, Tim Mathieson, Mark Scott

La Trobe University Shepparton's annual Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation Lecture  was held on July 19.  ABC Managing Director Mark Scott addressed the crowd about ABC’s work in regional Australia and future plans beyond the digital divide. In attendance were special guests, Andrew Fairley of the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation as well as Tim Mathieson, partner of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former local Shepparton resident, pictured right (image courtesy of The Shepparton Advertiser).
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Overhauling your CV - time to call in a professional?

While most of us are aware of the critical importance of a well-crafted CV, there is still and abundance of poorly-presented, long-winded and boring CVs that fail to hit the mark. Given the importance of this document in advancing your career, it's worth investing the time and effort to ensure your CV adequately sells your skills and experience. Kelly Magowan presents the benefits of engaging a pro to put some polish on your CV. 
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Six Figures logoWritten by Kelly Magowan, alumna of La Trobe University and CEO of Six Figures.

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Recognition for Australia's first Islamic banking course Islamic woman 

Associate Professor Ishaq Bhatti of La Trobe University has been recognised by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) for developing Australia’s first ever Islamic banking and finance course designed according to Shariah law.
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Alumnus takes top nursing honourAndrew_standard

La Trobe University alumnus and Red Cross aid worker, Andrew Cameron, will receive one of the world’s highest nursing honours, the Florence Nightingale Medal, later this year. After completing a Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe in 1991, Andrew became involved with the New Zealand Red Cross and for the past seven years has worked extensively in demanding surroundings.
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What makes a 'lone wolf' terrorist?Dr Ramon Spaaij

In the wake of the recent tragic events in Norway, we take a look at La Trobe researcher, Dr Ramon Spaaij's study, The Enigma of Lone Wolf Terrorism which examines the methods and motivations of these perpetrators. The cases he has investigated have striking parallels with what we know so far about the Norway massacre's accused. 
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Nominations open for 2011 Australia China Alumni Awards  ACAA logo  

The Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) and CPA Australia are inviting nominations from Australian-educated university alumni who are now based in China and have made significant achievements in their field. Nominations close end of August. 
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Dr Yong CaiKon Karapanagiotidis OAM - BBSc 1994, LLB 1999

For a man not yet 40, Kon Karapanagiotidis' passion, activism and advocacy for asylum seekers is nothing short of inspiring. He is one of six alumni to be honoured this month in our 2010 Alumni Awards. This month we profile Kon's extraordinary achievements. In his own words...

"The issue of asylum seekers goes to the very heart of who we are as a nation. It is a test of our character and moral fabric as a country as to which path we choose. To date we have followed the path of fear and ignorance, the time to follow the path of justice and humanity has come."
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OTARC receives major donation from its founderchild with flower

Last month the founder and benefactor of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) at La Trobe, made a major donation in support of the cutting-edge autism research conducted at the centre.

The generous donation by Mrs Olga Tennison will ensure that OTARC continues to make important breakthroughs and developments in improving the lives of those with Autism Specific Disorders, and their families. 

Mrs Tennison’s gift follows hot on the heels of the news last month that the Centre has received a sizeable grant from the R E Ross Trust to establish an Early Diagnostic Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders at La Trobe University. 

Find out more about how you can support this and other La Trobe University projects.

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Decline of the West - Power Shift? Reality, Myths and Economists
Is China replacing the USA as world leader? La Trobe University's Centre for Dialogue's 2011 Annual Lecture features special guest speaker Professor Michael Cox, Chair in International Relations, from  the London School of Economics. Join us for this free event. RSVP required.

When: 7.15pm, Thurs 1 September
Where: St Michael’s Uniting Church, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne
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The Climate, Sustainability and Society Lectures
The first in a series of public lectures on this critical subject kicks off this month. The series will include lectures by leading thinkers presenting a range of approaches to sustainability and climate change.
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Singapore and KL Alumni Events
Planning is underway for a Singapore alumni event on 21 September and a Kuala Lumpur alumni event on 24 September. Invites coming your way soon.  To register your interest please email alumni events.

The Mahler Lecture
Special guest Peter Sarnak of Princeton University will lecture on chaos, quantum mechanics and number theory.

When: Tuesday 16 August 2011
Where: Szental Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University Bundoora campus
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Happiness Club in Hanoi
Hanoi-based alumni are invited to join a new Happiness Club.

When: Sunday 18 September
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If postgraduate study is on your radar for 2012 then we've got some great news for you!

September is postgraduate month at La Trobe, with a calendar jam-packed with events across multiple campuses to help you explore your postgrad options. 
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Mark ScottA Talk with Mark Scott - The ABC's Mark Scott talks about News of the World
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Mark StaniforthMarine Archaeology - Mark Staniforth on marine archaeology in Australia
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Jenny WebbBronze Age Burials in Cyprus  - Jennifer Webb on her work on bronze age burial graveyards
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Judith BrettFair Share - Judith Brett on country and city in Australia
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canola plantResearch at La Trobe University has provided new insight into how programmed cell death may be controlled in plants.
The work, led by plant biologist Professor Roger Parish, is reported in the latest issue of the international scientific journal, The Plant Cell, published by the American Society of Plant Biologists.
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20% of Dell all-in-one  desktops

This month's special offer from Dell to La Trobe alumni is a very generous 20% off all-in-one desktops.

*offer finishes end of August
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