Page 1

WINTER | 2013

Bond goes to Hollywood

Film and television comes alive as alumni make their mark in Tinseltown

In retrospect

Tom Ray talks Bond & business

Light work

Bond's research into arson

Good sport

A new diploma & fields to match


Win a $1000 travel voucher

Vice-Chancellor’s Letter



Campus & Careers

Hollywood calls

24  Sport facilities herald new era for Bond

Bond alumni shine bright against the lights of Tinseltown

26  Iconic School of Architecture takes shape 28  Mike Grenby gives back to students


40  Graduates link in to job opportunities

Dare to dream


The search is on for tomorrow's filmmakers

34  Alumni finds new home in Mongolia


38  Shaping up for health and fitness research 42  Class notes from around the world

Fighting fire Bond pioneers arson research across the country

Editorial enquiries Office of Development Bond University Gold Coast Queensland 4229, Australia Ph: +61 7 5595 4403

20 Legacy

Tom Ray talks business, beaches and his love of Bond


Editor: Jade Harrison Journalists: Rebecca Masters, Jade Harrison Design: Melissa Rudzyn

To join The Arch mailing list please email: To subscribe go to:

Contributors: Natalie Lane, Felicity Simpson Photography: Fotoforce

Publisher: Connect Custom Publishing a division of Business News Publications. PO Box 2154, Surfers Paradise. QLD. 4217


Above and beyond Much has been achieved over the first three months of this year. Several program changes, including some innovative new offerings, have been developed and these are being launched at various stages over the coming months. We have also recently launched a branding campaign centred on the theme ‘Come Together, Go Beyond’. The theme has been developed after 12 months of research and aims to celebrate the strong sense of community which provides the strength, courage and platform for our students and staff to achieve and go beyond. The campaign is a natural extension of ‘Bringing Ambition to Life’ and embeds the concept that people are capable of some extraordinary achievements if they are in the right environment. Our message is that the ingredients for such an environment can only be found at Bond. Other new program initiatives include the suite of diplomas that are being offered through Bond College. The first intake into these innovative programs will commence in May and our numbers at this stage are showing a solid first intake. These exciting initiatives also include some experimentation and projects in blended learning. In addition to these, however, we must strive to improve our existing programs. In this regard, a Working Group to review the undergraduate core curriculum is underway. A distinctive and unique core curriculum has the potential to distinguish both a Bond degree and a Bond graduate. Indeed, there is an increasing need to equip our graduates with exceptional skills to enable them to compete in a crowded global employment market. A contemporary core combined with personal and professional development activities, such as the Bond University Professional Practice Program and the

excellent work of the Career Development Centre, have the potential to further elevate the standing of our graduates. The University’s infrastructure remains in excellent shape. Despite the recent rain, steady progress had been made on the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture building which is due to open around July. The work on the playing fields is almost complete and the rugby stadium is now open. The new sports fields provide tremendous potential to engage our community and external stakeholders.

When it comes to community engagement, our music series (Live at Bond) continues to gain momentum with hundreds of people at this year’s concerts. These activities are important in sending a message to the community that Bond is very much part of the economic and social fabric of the Gold Coast.

We have already hosted a camp by one of the Super 15 rugby teams (the Bulls), and have several more teams camping this season. We will play host to both the Women's and Men's national Sevens teams. Our relationship with these teams is important as the sport will make its Olympic debut in Rio 2016 and will be a centrepiece of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The newly formed Bond Uni Breakers rugby team played its first home game in March in front of a 400-strong crowd.

Our students continue to astound me with their sense of community. Recent examples of their work in assisting in the local community include raising funds for the North Queensland floods, providing man-power for the clean-up at Laidley, and the school tutoring program. The focus on Bond being a vibrant centre for the community is a strategic priority, as we will be increasingly reliant upon the community for various kinds of support. Put simply, if we want the community to value and recognise Bond, then they must have an interest in our future.

The expansion of health sciences and its move to the Institute of Health & Sport at Robina is nearing completion of the first stage. The facility will be world class, and its location adjacent to the Robina Hospital, medical services, sports stadium and heavy rail line is ideal.

The annual campaign will soon be launched and I ask every alumnus, staff member and members of the Bond Community to consider giving. We are not-for-profit and the only university in Australia that does not receive a single cent in government support.

While the benefits of a healthy and vibrant campus are clear, sport has the potential to attract people to Bond, both at national and international levels. There's not a single US university that is known for its outstanding academic achievements that does not also have a vibrant sports program. While I recognise that the US culture is quite different, Australians are just as passionate about their sport. Sport and education is under-developed in our country and there is much potential for the University that gets the right model in place.

I wish to end on a note of thanks and recognition to all students, alumni, staff and the Bond Community for your continued support. Your dedication, work ethic, and strong sense of purpose and alignment to the mission of Bond make it a privilege to lead this fine institution.

PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD Vice-Chancellor and President 3




Appointment heralds new pathways and partnerships Bond is delighted with the appointment of Ms Catherine O’Sullivan to the newly created role, Pro Vice-Chancellor Pathways and Partnerships, to drive the University’s future. With 30 years of experience in senior management in State and Commonwealth Government roles, Bond believes she will be a great asset to the University. Most recently she was the State Manager in the Queensland State Office for Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations,

The diversity of education, government “ and community groups that she has worked

with means she is well-suited to drive Bond’s community and industry partnerships across Australia and beyond.

and was awarded Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2002. Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford says this appointment is significant for the new strategic direction Bond is taking. “The diversity of education, government and community groups that she has worked with means she is well suited to drive Bond’s community and industry partnerships across Australia and beyond,"says Professor Brailsford. It is this strategic thinking that attracted O'Sullivan to the role. “I think that it is laudable that a notfor-profit, private university can challenge the tertiary landscape in such a crowded public arena,” says O'Sullivan. Since starting in January, she has focused on flexible education opportunities and the ‘net value’ of sport as a vehicle for social change.

Bondies spread the festive spirit with camp for kids Bond students created the Christmas cheer for 25 special-needs children at the Bond University Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp in December. Merely days after final exams, students took full responsibility for the children’s wellbeing by organising and


supervising activities over four days. Co-convenor Kristy Merganovski says the camp provided an opportunity for students to give the children a fun experience while giving their parents and carers some much needed respite. “The interest has grown

remarkably since the initial camp five years ago and we are really proud of the Bondies wanting to give to the wider community,” she says. Sony Foundation Children’s holiday camp programs have been running since 1999 with 22 camps now in place across Australia.


Theatre re-named in thanks Bond University’s largest lecture theatre has been re-named the Basil Sellers Theatre in recognition of philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM and his contribution to the campus. After a successful career as a Chief Executive, Sellers has made major donations to the community, including the $100,000 annual Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Gold Coast City Gallery. Sellers has a long association with Bond University, dating back to 2004 when he provided funds to renovate the Cerum Theatre, which was named after a business Basil was involved with on the Gold Coast. Since the business is no longer operating, Bond thought it was fitting to re-name the theatre, which accommodates up to 500 students or guests. Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford says Sellers' generosity to the busiest theatre on campus has been greatly appreciated. “The theatre has also been widely used as a community resource hosting conferences and special events including a showcase of short films by Bond Film and Television students; the launch of the former Prime Minister The Hon John Howard’s biography; and for community events such as the launch of the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder,” says Professor Brailsford. Sellers has pledged $250,000 over five years to continue the upgrades to the theatre’s facilities.

Executive joins Bond Mr Ken Richardson has joined the Bond team as Executive Director, People, Planning and Strategy, bringing with him 15 years of research management experience. Richardson spent the past four years working at the University of Queensland and was part of the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercises in 2008. He believes that Australian students now want more flexible

educational opportunities and that Bond is ready to answer these calls. “Bond is uniquely positioned to respond to these challenges by building on its strong reputation for delivering a learning experience that is student focused and industry relevant,” he says. Richardson started in November 2012 and has already made a great contribution to the Bond community.

Bond law alumnus honoured with Oxford doctorate scholarship After graduating in 2009 with first class honours and two University medals, law/arts alumnus Kate Mitchell has added another prestigious award to her collection. The Sir John Monash Scholarship will allow her to study a Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University in the UK. The honour was given to her by Her Excellency, the GovernorGeneral, Quentin Bryce, at a ceremony in Sydney earlier this year. Mitchell hopes to use the opportunity at Oxford to explore international legal issues, and the balance between human rights promotion and international trade.

“It is a great privilege to be a part of the community of Sir John Monash Scholars who share a commitment to using their studies and research expertise to make a positive contribution to Australia and its region,” says Mitchell. Vice-Chancellor Professor Brailsford congratulated Mitchell on the esteemed scholarship. “We are very proud of Kate’s academic accomplishments, her passion for knowledge and her commitment to furthering her education,” says Professor Brailsford. Mitchell intends to return to Australia to practise international/ public law on completion of her DPhil at Oxford. 5


SPECIAL feature winter 2013


University drives bus violence research

the SCENEs

Bond is at the forefront of an Australian-first project that researches violence against bus drivers and violence on buses in general. The University will work closely with the Transport Workers Union, Surfside Buslines and TransLink with the ultimate goal of improving bus features to increase safety on public transport. Head of Operations of Surfside, Mr Les Manson, says the $100,000 project is long overdue not only in Queensland, but in Australia. “As an employer of over 600 bus drivers on the Gold Coast it is imperative we do everything to ensure their safety,” says Manson. “Bond University has an outstanding research program and I am sure the outcomes will benefit the Gold Coast community.”

Medical intern scoops up award Bond honours medallist 2012 London Paralympic gold medallist and IR/Law graduate, Annabelle Williams, has thanked Bond for its continuous support. Williams was on the Vice-Chancellor’s list in both 2007 and 2013 and has balanced studies and a sporting career to much success. “I feel so honoured to have such amazing support from Bond University,” she says. Williams was born with a congenital lower left limb deficiency, otherwise known as an arm amputee, but has never let this get in the way of her goals. She swam butterfly and won gold in the Women’s 4x100m medley relay, has set five world records, and served as captain for the Australian Paralympic swim team for two years. Bond hosted a pre-graduation reception on February 8 to recognise Williams’ fantastic achievements.

Mater’s Medical Intern of the Year (2012) was awarded to Bond Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery graduate, Dr Sasha Mealing. Fellow Bondy colleague Jessica McDonald was also one of the four nominees for the prestigious award. Director of Learning & Development at Mater Health Services Donna Bonney says both the girls stood out from the crowd in their intern years. “Sasha demonstrates an exceptional level of patient accountability and responsibility to do the best for her patients. Patients love her,"says Dr Bonney. Dr Mealing says she was extremely honoured and elated at winning the award. “The skills I learnt during my studies at Bond University – particularly those taught by Clinical Professor Martin Elly about communications skills, behavioural medicine and graded assertiveness – meant I was prepared to handle any patient situation that arose.” She has secured a role as Junior Health Officer this year, and plans to follow her passion by applying for Paediatrics College.

PhD student dives into SUP research Bond University researchers are keen to uncover the long-term health benefits of the popular watersport Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Ten-time Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race winner Jamie Mitchell, and 2012 World SUP Champion Travis Grant are both lending their paddle to the study. A hybrid of surfing and paddling, it’s experienced a swell of support in recent years and is being described as one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In a 10-week SUP program, participants


will be monitored both in the water and in the laboratory, through gas analysis, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing. Lead researcher and PhD student Ben Schram says very little research has been done into the sport. "As with any new sport, we are interested in what it takes to succeed,” says Schram. “Our intention is to put some evidence behind the anecdotal claims of fitness, strength and balance benefits and uncover what physiological changes can occur in the long term.”

From multi-million dollar film budgets and Box-Office hits, to red carpet and celebrities – Bond alumni are finding success in the film and television capital of the world. 7

winter 2013

From the hallowed grounds of Bond, to the bright lights of LA, a few alumni are embracing Hollywood life and making a mark in the film and TV industry in the process. A $50 million dollar Hollywood budget and a number-one Box-Office hit is something most aspiring film and television students at Bond can only dream of. But for alumnus Tommy Wirkola, that big dream has become a reality. In fact a number of graduates from Bond’s Film and Television degree have made their mark in the big smoke and bright lights of LA, including Deborah Read who has produced The Oscars, and Cass Grundy who’s working on Kathy Griffin’s TV show. However it’s Wirkola – and his latest triumph, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – who is paving the way. Mixing blood, guts and humour, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters stars Hollywood heavyweights Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. The film bumped Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained from the top spot, and reached number one on the Box Office during its opening weekend in Australia in January 2013. Despite mixed criticism, the movie went on to gross more than $55 million collectively at the Box Office in Australia. While the razzle dazzle of big figures and red carpet glamour is de rigueur now for Wirkola, his beginnings were much more humble. In fact, his Hansel and Gretel success story reads a bit like a Hollywood script itself. 8

Born and raised in Norway, Wirkola flew to Australia and spent two-and-a-half years studying at Bond University’s Film and Television school. It was here, on campus, that the idea for the film was borne. He reflects on the time he verbalised the Hansel and Gretel film idea for the first time. “I hope that my fellow professors from Bond go to see it [the movie] because that’s where I pitched it for the first time,” he says. “We had a pitching class, and my teacher was pretending to be a Hollywood producer, and you have a minute each to pitch to him. “So I went in to him and said, ‘OK, so Hansel and Gretel, 15 years later after the ginger bread incident, grow up and become bounty hunters for witches’. “He said to me, ‘Tommy don’t ever speak of this again until you’re in front of a Hollywood producer and I guarantee you will sell it’,"Wirkola explains. “That was really good advice. He was


smart. I kept my mouth shut for six years until I had the chance to pitch it.” Wirkola says the tale of Hansel and Gretel impacted him as a child. “It was my favourite fairytale growing up and I had it on a cassette and I listened to it when I went to bed – which probably wasn’t a good idea because it gave me nightmares. People forget how scary those stories are and how violent they are. You know, you can hear the witch screaming, crawling inside the oven, trying to get out, and burning alive. It just stuck with me.” So, how exactly did he take his good idea and his Bond degree all the way to Hollywood? Wirkola’s independent film about Nazi zombies called Dead Snow screened at Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and caught the eye of Kevin Messick, a producer who works for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. McKay told Wirkola’s agent to meet with them in LA. “Adam asked my agent to make sure

"I hope that my fellow professors from Bond go to see it because that's where I pitched it for the first time. He said to me 'Tommy, don't ever speak of this again until you are in front of a Hollywood producer'."


Joe Seer /



they were the first people I met when I came here [LA]. My first meeting, my first day was with those guys and I pitched Hansel and Gretel to them. They took me to Paramount the day after,” he recalls. Wirkola says working with the likes of Will Ferrell was a great opportunity, and he jokes about his negotiations with Ferrell to make a cameo appearance in Anchorman 2. But when it comes to working alongside McKay and Ferrell, Wirkola says there was great synergy. “They knew what kind of movie I wanted to make from day one. They understood that. And I liked the idea of that and they are great producers.” With his Bond experience and a couple of independent films to his name, Wirkola’s movie got the nod from Paramount Films, along with a hefty budget to play with. In a recent interview with Shock, Wirkola claims that working with a Hollywood budget was challenging. “It’s so big and there’s so much money involved and so many people involved. The pre-production and shooting went very smooth but the post-production was very new to me and how they do things here with testing and the studio. “Before I went off to shoot in Germany, they said ‘Tommy, go crazy, that’s why we’re doing this movie’. It was also strange to have so many opinions and the test screening phase was something I didn’t expect. But in the end we would end up with a movie everybody was happy with.” It wasn’t only the crew who were happy with the movie. While the critics gave it varying reviews, the Box Office loved it. Released on the cusp of The Oscars, Wirkola will have to sit tight to see if he’ll be walking the red carpet at next year’s Academy Awards. But when it comes to rolling out the red carpet, it’s fellow Bond alumnus Deborah Read who’s made her mark behind the scenes at The Oscars. Shortly after finishing her Film and Television 9

winter 2013


“I had completed a four-month full-time internship at CBS News whilst at Bond and worked as a Production Coordinator for MTV Australia in Sydney straight out of Bond. After a year at MTV, I thought I had enough skills to try and land a job in LA. So once I had my visa and finances in check I boarded the flight from Brisbane. “I had only one friend in LA who I had worked with at MTV Australia. So the experience of finding my feet, finding a job and finding new amazing friends was one of the most incredible times in my life.” After 100 emails, and various meetings, Gundry met up with David Martin, the Director of Production and Management USA. He hired her and she started on a production the next week. Over the past 14 months, she’s been busy working on Rove LA, and now Kathy. “We have celebrity guests on the couch

Joe Seer /

Featureflash /

studies at Bond University, Read headed to LA and has spent the last decade establishing herself as an esteemed writer, producer and director. Her extensive list of broadcasting projects includes a very long stint at The Oscars, along with prime-time events such as The Superbowl Half-Times, The MTV Video Music Awards, The Grammy’s and The Golden Globes. In 2006, she was one of eight women selected for the prestigious American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW). More recently, Read has been working on TV shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as a Segment Producer. Following closely in her footsteps is Cassandra (Cass) Gundry, a freshfaced, recently graduated Bond Film and Television student who, at the age of just 23, is already making an impression in LA. She’s currently working as a Production Coordinator for Kathy Griffin’s weekly talk show on Bravo (Arena) and before that was working on Rove McManus’ US show Rove LA at Warner Bros. At such a young age, Gundry took a few risks and they have certainly paid off. She initially flew to LA by herself and stayed in a hostel while she tried to find a job. However it was the internship she did while studying at Bond that gave her the confidence and assurance to move to the US. “The internship with CBS News in Washington DC set up through Bond has been an unbelievable help as it gave me a glimpse into the industry. I really knew during my internship that I wanted to work in television in the US. This experience was unbelievable, it taught me more than I could ever imagine and it really allowed me to get involved and create content that I was proud of.

each week and part of my job is to interact with them. I have always been a huge fan of Kathy Griffin and her stand-up shows and her hit reality show My Life on the D-List, so it was really an honour to be asked to work with her. She is truly a remarkable boss, she has us over to her house for dinner and invites the office to her famous Lifetime Movie Parties.” Gundry says there’s a lot of work in LA for producers in TV and film, but you have to meet the right people and make some good contacts. With stars in her eyes, she has big things planned for the future. “I have a lot of long-term career goals. I want to sell and run my own show, write a book and potentially start my own production company. I love working in production and right now I am dedicated to learning as much as I can and meeting as many people so I can make my goals a reality.”

egd /

Below: Jeremy Renner; middle: Cass Gundry on set; Right: Gemma Arterton

Second TV Logie Award for Strauss When it comes to success in the film and television industry, you don’t necessarily have to reach for the likes of LA and Hollywood to make your mark. In April, Bond Film and Television alumnus Sam Strauss picked up a coveted TV Logie award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program for her ABCTV series Dance Academy. This is the second time Strauss has picked up the gong, her first Logie was awarded after the show initially aired in 2010. Dance Academy was inspired by a short film she made when she was a student at Bond University, and the idea reared its head a few years after she finished and was working in casting. Her and a colleague, Joanna Werner both discovered they had the same idea – to create a series set at an elite ballet school. From there, Dance Academy was borne and funded thanks to a generous budget of $10.5 million provided by Screen Australia. The series follows the trials and tribulations of an Outback teenager who earns a place in the fictional National Academy of Dance. Filming on the third season is scheduled to begin soon. 11

SPECIAL feature winter 2013

Hollywood THE


al trade paper and He’s written for Hollywood’s quintessenti built a career in analysis of the film industry. Bond University Professor Marcus Breen shares his view of Hollywood… from the outsid e. The Hollywood Reporter was Hollywood’s first daily entertainment industry trade paper, founded in 1930. Controversial, prescient and powerful, it quickly became the definitive voice of the industry, shaping desire, setting trends and ultimately driving culture. More than 80 years since conception, the multi-platform brand currently consists of an oversized weekly magazine, seasonal special reports, glossies, international newsletters, a website, a mobile-optimised site, a digital daily iPad app and events. For an entertainment writer, there are few higher pinnacles. “It was really just a matter of being in the right place at the right time,” says Bond University Professor of Communication and Media Marcus Breen. “Out of the blue the Editor of The Hollywood Reporter contacted me and asked if I’d like to work for them.” At the time, Professor Breen had become known as a specialist within the film and television industry in Melbourne, writing for a number of Australian newspapers as well as international publications. Stemming from a deep love of cinema and art, he had amassed a valuable network of contacts and had a considerable depth of knowledge. In his own words, he “knew


where all the bodies were buried.” “I was basically being engaged to provide them with whatever news I could on any developments in the film and television industry in Australia but with a focus on Victoria,” he explains. “There were two or three of us that were operating in a similar capacity, gathering whatever news and information we could for either the daily version of the magazine or the international weekly version which is where most of my stories appeared.” The experience gave Professor Breen a broad understanding of how the industry works, where the Australian film industry sits within a global context, and how important film and television is to democracy and the fundamentals of a free society. He also knows what makes a great film and says it’s not the special effects. “The fundamentals of what drives a good television show and what drives good cinema is ideas,” he explains. “The question is where do the ideas come from? They don’t come from thin air. Deep questions about human nature and about what makes it possible to get through each day are really the kind of questions that are answered within cinema and within art.

“It’s an exceptional person that has that sensibility that seeks to communicate directly through cinema. It probably means that they’ve spent too much time watching TV, but they’ve been able to get it together and get off the couch as it were and ask those big questions, know where the ideas are, know how to unpack the ideas and present them to us in that beautiful form of either the small screen of television or in cinema.” Professor Breen says surprisingly, some of the most highly advanced screen writers are working on cartoons. The Simpsons is the longest-running scripted show in television history, and makes for more sophisticated viewing than many would assume. “Cultural capital is massive,” he says. “When you watch The Simpsons or you watch an episode of Family Guy you are watching some very sophisticated negotiation around values and ideas in society,” he says. “It’s because the people who are writing these things are extremely well educated in theory and in ideas of what it means to be human and to navigate your way through society. “For the cinema and the TV that really works – and really connects with human beings and really makes a contribution to the advancement of human interests – it seems to me that you’ve got to have good ideas.” But for all the good ideas in the world, the film industry remains a fickle beast. Professor Breen says some liken it to being "the business of the rich uncle" meaning few can expect to make a living as a filmmaker under ordinary conditions. Resources are also often limited in Australia. “To make a feature film in Australia and even to make a substantial documentary now you need some kind of international distribution, some kind of guarantee, not just out of Hollywood but anywhere in the world,” he says.

“While there’s a local or national formation around what it means to be an Australian filmmaker inevitably you have to recognise that you’re part of a global industry and be able to navigate your way through that as well. “For that reason it’s a very tough game, it’s a very tough industry.” When considered against the backdrop of a university, where law, medicine and science are often considered the pinnacles of academia, the humanities can be shadowed, however Professor Breen insists film and television studies contribute to good citizenship and democracy and shouldn’t be discredited. “The societies that progress, that advance the causes of their citizens are societies that have a diverse and broad-ranging set of interests that are reflected right across the spectrum,” he says. “Film and digital technologies are deeply immersive and help to produce and regenerate ideas which can be used and indeed applied in the harder sciences of law and medicine. “They can be used to explain better how the human body works, how legal activities can take place, how debates and arguments can be constructed, for instruction generally, so the importance of them shouldn’t be underestimated,” he warns. “The younger generation are almost engaged totally in that environment. For us not to understand and be capable of training younger people in how to be effective in developing those communications would seem to me to be a misdirection on the part of a university and on society.” As a society, we’re screening now more than ever. Whether it's a television, desktop monitor, tablet, mobile phone or the cinema; screens are deeply ingrained in our culture, making the ongoing contributions to film and television development increasingly pertinent.

A THRILL FOR FILM Working freelance means Adam Foster always has his hands full. But he relishes the juggling act. Currently working as a freelance screenwriter and script editor, the Bond alumnus has worked steadily since graduating from a Bachelor of Communications degree with majors in Film and Television and Criminology in 2000. His career highlights include working as a news editor for both Channel Seven and Channel Ten news in Australia and writing for two thrillers. Closure, released in February, is a film about a father who's struggling to find out who murdered his wife and child. Crawlspace, yet to be released in Australia, focuses on a special forces unit that comes under attack after being sent to infiltrate a top secret underground military compound. “When I left Bond I started writing scripts and working in corporate video work and editing. “Then I moved to Melbourne and got a couple of script options that I worked on for a while. After that I moved to LA before coming home to work for Channel 10 and [Channel] Seven as a news editor which was a highlight.” The trips to LA and networking in Melbourne paid off, giving Foster the necessary contacts for his work on both films as well as a knack for warming a crowd. “I went back and forth to LA a few times. It’s the heart of the film-making industry and helps you see how it really works. It really helped me as a writer to learn how to play the game,” says Adam. Foster says he’s still in touch with the group of students he studied alongside at Bond, and credits the University for the strength of his storytelling. “I think the main factor was that I really enjoyed the theory. A lot of film schools go straight into production and technical aspects, which is good, and Bond does that as well. But I did a lot of intensive theory on storytelling which has really helped my writing," he says. Foster is currently juggling a number of projects including multiple scripts as well as a pilot TV show. 13

winter 2013


An eye for

Bond has inspired Australian high school students to sharpen their filmmaking talents by offering a short film competition with a coveted prize. DR MICHAEL SERGI has built a career around nurturing talent. As Director of Film and Television at Bond University, he is surrounded by it. But it is the talent of some of the country’s youngest filmmakers that never ceases to astonish him. The Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is a short-film competition open to all Year 11 and 12 students across Australia. Hundreds of students submit films in a number of categories, with their eyes firmly set on the prestigious major prize – a full tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University. BUFTA is now in its 18th year and provides young talented filmmakers the opportunity to study at a leading institution. “We want to attract the best students to come and study here because talented students working with talented students is what we want,” says Dr Sergi. “If you have genuine filmmaking talent, BUFTA is an opportunity for you to showcase that talent and to get recognition, not only at the national level but also at the school level. "What that means is that, it provides an opportunity to dream.” Each year Bond University staff member Steve Guttormsen embarks on the BUFTA Roadshow, taking foundational film and television education to schools and classrooms around Australia, motivating students to enter the competition. According to Dr Sergi, this creative motivation is integral to a student’s development. “Every time a student makes a film or half makes a film, or sets out to make a film it’s a good thing,” he explains.


“It’s a goal to target, it’s something they can shoot for, dream about, talk about, something to have ambition about. Anything that motivates students to actually be creative, to be active, to engage in activity with their fellow students is good for them. “It’s good for education, it’s good for them pedagogically, and it’s good for them socially and developmentally.” Past BUFTA winner Eric So has had an enviable start to his career in film and television, working on major feature films just two years after graduating with a Bachelor of Film and Television. Currently living in Melbourne, he has worked on Mission Impossible 4, Happy Feet 2, Prometheus and is currently working on The Great Gatsby. The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, co-written and directed by Baz Lurhmann, will be released later this year and has been chosen to open the prestigious 66th Cannes Film Festival. “Bond has a really good understanding of the business side of the industry and even though we’re there to make pretty pictures and tell stories, Bond tells the students what is needed to excel in the field, rather than focusing on only the artistry,” explains So. “The scholarship has done a lot of great things for me. Essentially Bond was really

good at teaching us how to sell ourselves. “They seemed to be focused on the paths you can take to get a job. That was really helpful. It put me in the right mindset. I’ve managed to jump from gig to gig through word of mouth.” So says most students begin their degree with dreams of becoming a film producer or director. He says Bond University helps students make a reality of that dream by finding a niche that will help them to reach their goals. “The Bond program shows you a bit of everything which shows you what you’re good at,” he says. “At the moment I’m doing postproduction so I do a lot of graphics design and special effects. Ultimately my goal is to produce and direct my own productions and Bond showed me that if I was to sell myself as a producer and director in the future, I would need to be able to show my niche.” Submissions for this year's awards opened on April 29. Visit 15



Playing with fire

Humans have long fostered a primal relationship with fire. Our profound curiosity and innate fear is apparent everywhere from a child’s fascination with birthday candles; to the warmth a fireplace brings to a room; to the tragedy that befalls a community devastated by bushfire. This complex human relationship with fire is at the centre of groundbreaking research underway at Bond University.

16 17


Australia is a country that has seen firsthand, the devastating effects of fire. The severe and prolonged heatwave that hit Victoria in the final week of January 2009 caused hundreds of fires to break out across the state causing the death of 173 people. One of Australia’s worst natural disasters, the Black Saturday bushfires, are estimated to have cost more than $4 billion while the emotional toll on communities remains immeasurable. The 2009 Victoria Bushfires Royal Commission determined that at least four of the investigated Black Saturday bushfires were thought to be suspicious. Broader data suggests that about one-third of bushfires might be deliberately lit. The overwhelming impacts of deliberate firesetting are the fuel behind Bond University’s Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART). Established last year and led by Dr Rebekah Doley and Dr Katarina Fritzon, ACART is the first centre of its kind in Australia, designed to study deliberate firesetting and offer treatment interventions with the goal of reducing its impact on communities. Dr Rebekah Doley says that it is an unfortunate circumstance that these tragedies are providing the impetus for arson research in Australia. “I think that for many years there’s been a hidden cost of deliberate firesetting within our community,” Dr Doley explains. “The bushfires that we’ve endured in recent years have heightened the community’s awareness of how dangerous this particular behaviour is to all of us. “The community is saying to the government that something needs to be done, and while there is a lot of focus on investigation and prevention, a big area that hasn’t been explored adequately is the psychology of it. Not just why they start, but also why aren’t they stopping?” With almost 40 years of combined



research between them, Dr Doley and her colleagues have developed a theory that suggests there are a number of risk and vulnerability factors which speak to a person’s proclivity to light fires. While one firesetter may light fires as part of a smorgasbord of anti-social and criminal behaviours, another may light fires because it provides an emotional release. “If you’ve had a hard day and you’re exhausted you might decide you’re going home to a glass of red and that’s your emotional regulation. You might feel better after that. Some people will learn that firesetting for them has that same soothing characteristic,” says Dr Doley. “They are interested in the whole fire and its aftermath and all the trappings. It’s important to understand though that we’re not talking about pyromania. A pyromaniac is a diagnostic label that is applied to somebody who has an irresistible urge to light fires. The number of pyromaniacs we’re dealing with is really small, less than one per cent. “The arsonists that we’ve worked with over the years are people who, on the whole, say that they understand what they’re doing at the time that they commit the crime, they’re aware of the consequences, they understand the sanctions that might be applied to them and they do it anyway and they don’t feel remorse afterwards. That’s not someone that’s driven by an irresistible impulse.” There is currently minimal treatment available for deliberate firesetters who are convicted in Australia. While offenders may receive general treatment to develop problem-solving techniques and social skills and address anger management, there is nothing targeted to their firesetting behaviour. According to Dr Doley, determining the pathways that lead people into firesetting is integral to successful treatment. The treatment program developed by ACART is unique in that it can be tailored

to an individual firesetter developed to suit their specific risk factors in an effort to truly understand their desire to light fires. Just 12 months since the centre’s inception, the ability to deliver communitybased treatment is an admirable achievement. “We wouldn’t have got to the point of being able to deliver treatment if we hadn’t done all of the work that we’ve done so far to better understand the psychology of firesetting,” Dr Doley says. “We now have a treatment program that’s community-based and one-on-one. It’s the first treatment that’s manualised and standardised so it’s delivered the same way each time by a clinician. “Where we want to take that next is to make it more generalised or group-based so it can be run in prisons. “We need to develop a program that is appropriate for a custodial environment and modify our program for the time frames and resourcing that’s available, and also to change it to incorporate group dynamics which we know are very effective for changing criminal attitudes.” The ongoing research of the centre will

focus on a number of associated issues, such as risk assessment, firesetting in Indigenous communities and firesetters with intellectual disabilities. “There is so much more work that can be done,"she says. "There is a really important contribution that we could make from the centre. Not only deliver treatment, not only make that treatment culturally sensitive, appropriate in custodial and community settings so it’s transportable and practical, but even more importantly perhaps, to also be able to assess somebody’s level of risk accurately and then to come up with appropriate strategies to monitor that person.” Dr Doley’s appreciation to Bond University is palpable. “For Bond to recognise our career paths and support us in that has been really important in enabling us to get this vision that we’ve had for many years off the ground,” she says. “For me personally, the philosophy that Bond has of supporting applied work really fits with my whole career. “It has been about doing research to provide answers to real world problems; to

provide sensible, practical solutions to real world concerns. That’s exactly what ACART is about. “We don’t research things without understanding how we’re going to use them in our next hands-on project. I think that Bond has that real flavour to it as well.” That philosophy is echoed by Bond University Director of Research Andrew Calder. “A big part of what Bond wants to do is have a role in the community,” he explains. “Our strategic plan talks about our ability to influence, our ability to show thought leadership, how we are coming up with new ideas, theories, methods that can be more broadly translated into general health and wellbeing. As the University develops its research strengths, arson and psychology-based research generally, is an area Mr Calder hopes will flourish. “Arson is something that’s topical and relevant which is why the research is so useful and certainly the response from a lot of the pilots has been that this is exactly what we need.

“What Rebekah has done well is built the centre organically by testing it in targeted ways and doing a lot in communities, building awareness and reputation. “The next step is to take that to the next level and more broadly apply the research.” 19



legacy Building A

Tom Ray didn’t always think he was cut out for university. As the son of late Gold Coast leisure property developer Brian Ray, he began studying at Bond University at a time in his life when he wasn’t sure what direction to take. Ironically, the University is now delicately weaved through almost every area of his life. Ray says he feels indebted to Bond for helping him discover his strengths. “There’s always a gratitude I’m going to feel for that opportunity,” he explains.


“Bond looks at its students as they come in and tries to find the strengths in those people and tries to transform those people during their time at the University into something they possibly didn’t believe they could be.” It is fair to say Ray has been dealt a hand he could never have predicted. He was left with the task of managing his family's development company Ray Group when his parents Brian and Kathy were killed in a plane crash in 2005 at Mount Hotham in Victoria. Brian had built a legacy of leisure resorts

A prominent Gold Coast property developer credits Bond to his ongoing success.

across Queensland and northern New South Wales and was a respected name on the Gold Coast. Ray, his brother Jack and sister Savannah were faced with inheriting the high-risk portfolio and guiding it through the economic storm that was to follow – the Global Financial Crisis. But it’s not only the family business that Ray has inherited. As he sips a coffee at a Nobby Beach café just metres from where he grew up, it is clear his father’s love of the

Gold Coast lifestyle and belief in private tertiary education have also been passed on. “My dad was always a very big believer in education for young people,” says Ray. “When Bond announced its intentions to start a university on the Gold Coast he got interested in it very early on and started to find out more about who was behind it and its philosophies. “He remained, until the day he died, a very passionate supporter of the Bond model and the Bond philosophy so it was

only natural that when the opportunity came for me to go to university he encouraged me to have a good look at it.” After first enrolling in a Bachelor of Commerce, Ray changed degrees to play to his strengths and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 1994. A few years later his father became a member of the University Council, a position he held until 2003. After Brian’s death, family friend Gary Bugden OAM, who served as Deputy

Chancellor of Bond University, became Executive Chairman of Ray Group. Bugden and Ray worked closely together, a relationship that fostered Ray’s increasing relationship with Bond University. After first joining the University’s cohort of alumni, Ray later joined the University Council in 2008. While his elected terms will come to a close next year, he insists his relationship with Bond can only continue to strengthen. “The circle of life continues because I’ve got two young boys, a three-year-old and a six-year-old and I keep telling them that they have to study hard. One day I’ll want to encourage them to perhaps go to Bond University,” he says. “It’s been a long relationship, one that goes through all members of my family. “My mum enrolled at Bond as well. She didn’t do a degree but she took some courses. We were actually there enrolled at the same time which was kinda cool,” he laughs. "I remember one particular class I’d be coming out of and she’d be waiting out the front to go into.” Both Jack and Savannah also studied at Bond University. Brian was the only family member who was never officially enrolled. “Dad never had a university degree and I think that was a reason as to why he thought it was such a great opportunity for us to do something that he had never had the opportunity to go through with,” says Ray. “I’m forever grateful to Bond, and I feel indebted to Bond, for caring when I wasn’t quite sure as to what I wanted to do. “I wonder whether or not that feeling is because the public universities don’t create the same feeling of community. At Bond you’re one of a few thousand students, which is very small by comparison to the other universities and there’s that sense that you feel a part of the place. You get to know everyone’s face around campus. “It’s a place that creates a kinship that goes beyond your studies there. You do forever feel like you were part of a community.” Ray is also the Chairman of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, which was 21


established in 2010 and aims to find a cure for paralysis. Gold Coast local Perry Cross was paralysed from the neck down at the age of 19 when a rugby tackle went wrong. Having been mates since school, Ray has watched Cross do extraordinary things and has done everything he can to help. A fully-ventilated C2 quadriplegic, Cross has written a book, studied at Bond University, visited the United Nations, convinced Christopher Reeve to fly again (in an aeroplane), and started his own foundation. His next goal? Walking. “Perry figures if he can solve his situation, he can solve this situation for everybody,” says Ray. “We asked who was doing medical research in South-East Queensland and we didn’t have to look far. Bond was looking for more ways it can be recognised for world-class research; Perry was looking for world-class researchers. “We’re about to graduate our first Bond PhD student and Perry’s pretty proud that he’s been able to fund her research and her thesis will be published world-wide and hopefully make that contribution to the body of knowledge that will one day get him out of the chair.” With so much of his life tied to the Gold Coast, it’s no wonder Ray can’t see himself leaving. “I think this place is fantastic,” he says.“I think it’s underestimated, particularly in the southern states. Don’t be fooled by our lifestyle orientation and the laid-back culture because this place has some fantastic people. “For the future for Ray Group, we’re doing things at our own scale, at our own pace. We’re doing more commercial projects and we’ve got plenty enough at the moment to keep us interested with a risk profile that allows us to sleep at night.” Looking into the future, Ray sees the Gold Coast continuing to grow, along with the demand for tertiary education.




in new grounds

A new era for the Breakers began at Don’s Tavern on campus, with more than 100 members, supporters and players celebrating the 2013 season launch in March. The first official milestone, since Bond University and the former Gold Coast Breakers Rugby Club partnered up, was emceed by Wallaby great and current student Tim Horan. After Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford and Club President Warren Carey presented the premier team with their jerseys, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate accepted the club’s honorary role as


"I think its going to be more and more important to be equipped with better levels of education in order to succeed in the world."

“The Gold Coast over the last few years has gone through a terrible time and some really, really clever people have not been so fortunate to have been able to get through like we have, but I think you’re going to start to see some of those people come back and rebuild themselves as the economy starts to pick up a bit,” he says. “I think its going to be more and more important to be equipped with better levels of education in order to succeed in the world. “Bond is already an important referral for

number one ticket-holder. Mr Tate says the partnership marks an exciting time ahead for the city. “The Gold Coast has produced some of Australia’s greatest rugby players, including former Wallaby captain Nathan Sharpe,” says Tate. “Realising the city’s rugby potential will support our Commonwealth Games preparation.” Home games will be played on Saturdays from midday on Bond’s recently upgraded main rugby field. Be a Bond Uni Breakers supporter this season and visit


information for stakeholder groups in the community like Gold Coast City Council and businesses like me. The University has an important role to play in being a community in which knowledge can be found and utilised. Its prominence and importance will continue to grow as the city grows. “The reasons people moved here 50 years ago – the beach, the lifestyle – that hasn’t changed and I don’t think it will change. People will continue to come here. The city will grow and I think Bond will grow with it.” 23


CAMPUS As Sport and Industry Development

Upgraded sporting facilities and a new Diploma of Sports Management Program makes Bond University a drawcard to elite athletes, and home to the largest community rugby facility on the Gold Coast.

Manager at Bond University, Brett Richardson’s passion is somewhat overwhelming as he explains the University’s goal of becoming one of the most premier sporting facilities in the region. And this goal is within kicking distance. Over the past 12 months, the University’s sporting facilities have been undergoing a major facelift. In fact, more than $1 million has been spent on upgrading and laser-levelling the surfaces of the rugby and AFL fields alone. This follows the construction of 2200-capacity stadium seating around the rugby fields, and 600-capacity stadium seating around the AFL fields. Along with railings, new scoreboards and various other enhancements, the upgrade has also included the installation of stadium lighting, an added feature that will now lure night matches and evening training sessions. In a move that positions the University as a leading sporting facility, these upgrades coincide with the introduction of the Diploma of Sports Management, a program that will create a real pathway for elite athletes to study at Bond. Richardson says the upgrades were a necessity. “There’s a need for community sport and to increase facilities because we are attracting elite athletes to come to Bond, so there’s a need to upgrade the facilities. “In launching the Diploma of Sports Management program at Bond – which is targeted at elite athletes of all sports, particularly football codes – Bond can provide a pathway for elite athletes


"Through a range of internships, honours and PhD projects, Bond is securing its name as an academic community in sport."

coming from Year 12 through to university, so they can study and compete at an elite level while studying here at Bond.” Once complete, Bond’s sporting facilities will play host to elite sportspeople and a number of premium sporting events. It will also play host to Australian Rugby Union team Gold Coast Breakers, and Bond will work closely with a number of teams from around the globe. “With our high performance sporting academia, we work with several key national and international sporting teams. Through a range of internships, honours and PhD projects, Bond is securing its name as an academic community in sport.” To fit the requirements of an approved

AFL Field • Now laser-levelled and the same size as the MCG • Fully fenced to 1.3m surrounding the fields • New lights with LED technology

facility, the rugby field has had an additional building constructed which features a kitchen, canteen, offices and a meeting room, while the original clubhouse has been transformed into official home-and-away changerooms. These facilities can now cope with more elite athletes, and larger-scale games. “We don’t need to necessarily host state and national competition at Bond, but it would be great to host community sport on a larger scale to support our collegiate schools and local sporting clubs,” says Richardson. “Twelve months ago, the facility was nearly un-playable, and now, to be of an international standard is just awesome.”



with eight lamps per pole •N  ew scoreboard, two new coaches boxes •G  rand stand seating for approximately 600

rugby Field • Now fully laser-levelled • Fully fenced to 1.3m surrounding the fields • New lights featuring LED technology with eight lamps per pole • New scoreboards, two new coaches boxes • Grand stand seating for approximately 2200



• Changerooms renovated and reconfigured as QAFL and QRU requirement for hosting teams at Bond • Home-and-away changerooms with showers, lockers and toilets • Administration building: Existing building relocated to Sport precinct including commercial kitchen, VIP/multi-purpose meeting room, two offices 25


The acclaimed Soheil Abedian School of Architecture should be completed by July.

Artist's impressions


changes Bond’s

landscape A new phase of construction at Bond’s most anticipated building is adding further dimensions to the campus landscape. Currently under construction, Bond University’s Soheil Abedian School of Architecture is starting to take shape, with its distinguishing design catching the eye of everyone on campus. The iconic scoop at the front which aligns the building with the street is now in place, along with the major roof structures. The internationally acclaimed design is the result of collaboration between Cook Robothan Architectural Bureau, London (CRAB), Populous and Brit Andresen. Once complete, the sustainable building will herald a new era of architect graduates that are qualified in holistic sustainable architecture of an international standard. Students will be able to experience the benefits of a sustainably designed building as classes will also be held in the School of Sustainable Development building – which has a six-star design rating.


The exceptional facility is the result of a generous gift from Bond University alumnus parent, and long-time supporter Dr Soheil Abedian. While initial plans earmarked the opening for early 2013, Vice-President of Administration, John Le Lievre, says three months of seasonal storms on the Gold Coast has put construction on hold at times over the summer. “Notwithstanding that, we should shortly see the building achieve a lockup stage,” says Le Lievre. With mass flooding and high rainfalls in South-East Queensland over the last 12 months, the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture is now on track for completion by July this year.

A CULTURE of giving A dedicated group of students is working to foster an appreciation of philanthropy, as the University continues to thrive on community support. The advancement of any private institution relies on building a culture of giving, spirit and community. At Bond University, iconic buildings and facilities such as the Macquarie Trading Room, the School of Sustainable Development, the ADCO Ampitheatre, Alumni Court and the soon to be completed Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, have all been built on a strong foundation of philanthropic support. However, often students are unaware that many of the facilities they enjoy were not, in fact, paid for out of student fees, but by the generosity of individuals and corporations. The Bond University Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) was established as a platform for students to develop a culture of philanthropy and promote an appreciation of the impact of donations to the University. In cooperation with the University and the Student Association, the council allocates funds from alumni, staff, parents, government, community and students to capitals works projects and student support programs. The council also aims to create a culture of affiliation, developing a sense of pride in being associated with the University.

SPC chair Alan White is currently studying a Masters of International Relations and Business and joined the SPC in 2011, to inspire students to leave Bond in a better place than they found it. He believes fostering a special gratitude in students during their time at Bond will result in higher levels of alumni engagement, participation and giving. "I'm so proud to be a part of Bond when I see so many students striving to do more, to give back, to ensure they leave a lasting legacy,"he says. "As the SPC has grown, so too has the wonderful attitude in which our new students undertake the idea of philanthropy and I am constantly in awe of each and every single one of them." The council has over 350 active members and raises $50,000 each year in merchandise sales. Current projects include a number of campus initiatives, as well as community programs and volunteer work across the Gold Coast. The inaugural 2013 Graduation Gift program allows students to give back to Bond University the moment they become alumni, by leaving a combined parting gift. This year’s gift, the Table of Ambition,

will be a large sandstone outdoor meeting table where students can gather and gain inspiration while surrounded by the University’s iconic sandstone. Another initiative, the annual Kununurra Project links Bond University students with Save the Children, an NGO that focuses on assisting rural and Indigenous communities. The program was first run in 2011 and is scheduled again for later this year. In 2011, fourteen students were stationed in the East Kimberley’s, Kununurra, Wyndham and Kalumburu, where they ran school holiday programs for the benefit of the children in these communities. White says giving back to the community is a high priority for the council. "Our university is founded on the simple ideal that collectively, we can all make a difference when we work together," White explains. "This is the principle of the SPC too and it's important we harness the passion and ambition of Bondies and quantify that into something that does good for an institution that provides us with so much." For more information visit 27


Paying it forward Lecturers and staFF at Bond University have the pleasure of teaching thousands of students who go on to graduate, develop esteemed careers and diligently climb the corporate ladder of success. In fact, over the past 24 years, Bond University has established itself as a breeding ground for some of the country’s most promising business leaders. And as the students finish their degrees, leave the campus nest and spread their wings in the workforce, the staff at Bond get to relish in their graduates’ success – something which Assistant Professor of Communication and Media, Mike Grenby, says is very rewarding. “There’s an ongoing satisfaction you get when you hear from students months and even years later – letters or emails that often start out, ‘You probably don’t remember me but I took your class in 1999...’and then go on to say how much what the student learned has helped in her or his personal as well as professional life," he explains. “These are the contacts a lecturer treasures, the true gold in teaching, to know you as a lecturer made a positive difference in somebody’s life. And for every student who takes the trouble to write, you know many others feel the same way.”

A generous donation of $30,000 has helped kickstart this year's annual fundraising event. As a passionate advocate for public speaking and lecturer for the core subject, Mike Grenby has taught almost 5000 students in public speaking and journalism in his time at Bond. Grenby, who says that teaching is one of the most important careers in the world today, recently made a generous $30,000 contribution to the Bond Academic Support Fund, which is part of the Annual Fund. As an independent, not-for-profit institution, the University has a number of support programs in place to make the academic journey more accessible, and as a result it relies on donations from alumni and contributors. Established in 2010, this annual fundraising campaign provides the University with research grants, resources scholarships, student support and new buildings. On May 20, the fundraising will officially begin for 2013, as students hit the phones and attempt to encourage donations for the cause. Grenby’s contribution, which will be matched by the University, will go towards the Academic Support Fund, which provides

laptops, text books and financial support to students in need. “The Academic Support Fund supports those students who need just a little extra financial assistance to help them get the most out of their Bond experience,” he says. “When I was doing my Masters at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, I ran out of money about three months before the end of my degree. I didn’t really want to turn to my parents for help – they had already done so much for me – but thanks to Columbia, which gave me both a nonrepayable bursary and a loan – I was able to graduate. “I could never repay the individuals who had contributed to the Columbia fund which provided the money I needed, but, thanks to an unexpected windfall, I can now pay it forward and help future generations of students... who in turn will hopefully help others, and so on.” The annual fundraising event is held from 20 May until 20 June.


Show your


Hopes are high that a simple message can help deliver more than $150,000 in vital funding for Bond students. THE generosity and support of alumni and the community is the lifeblood of Bond University, helping students as they strive for excellence in their studies. The Bond University Annual Fund exists so supporters can show their personal commitment and have a direct impact on the future success of students. Director of Development and External Relations Brett Walker says the appeal message for the 2013 campaign is simple – Giving for Tomorrow’s Education. The funding goal this year is $150,000. Each student who benefits from a funding initiative will receive materials that highlight how they have benefited from the support of the Bond alumni and community. “The programs funded by the appeal reinforce and highlight how alumni gifts, and gifts from members of the Bond community, are making a real and immediate difference to the lives and aspirations of students and Bond,” says Walker. “It is important the recipients of any funding understand the process that delivered that support.” The 2013 Annual Fund will be segmented into three categories: Student Experience, Research Grants and the Building Fund.

Student experience

Mike Grenby (below, centre) with his public speaking students


Under the Student Opportunity Fund, financial support is set aside for students who are seeking support for activities that will enhance their learning and employment opportunities while the Academic

Support Fund supplies textbook and laptop bursaries. Another integral arm of the student experience is both academic and sporting scholarships. The Bond University Alumni Scholarships assist alumni by providing financial support that enables them to undertake postgraduate study at the world’s finest universities, appropriate to their field of study. The Sport Scholarship Fund helps elite athletes juggle their sporting career commitments with their studies and the Bond Elite Sports Program provides a flexible and supportive environment for them. In addition, the Elite Athlete Fund provides a small amount of funding to support elite athletes with travel and equipment to actively participate in national and international competitions.

Research grants To provide assistance to Higher Degree Research students, it is planned to make two $5000 grants which students can apply for and use to support their studies through the purchase of textbooks, travel to conferences, or general assistance with living costs. In support of Bond’s increasing focus on research, the Annual Fund will also support the provision of academic research grants to enable innovative research ideas to be developed to the point where they become attractive to external funders.

Building fund Bond has embarked on the redevelopment of its sporting facilities. The sporting fields have been reconfigured to accommodate international standard fields for rugby, cricket and Australian football under lights. Further redevelopment of the sporting facilities will attract sporting teams and spectators creating an exciting atmosphere for both players and spectators.

TO DONATE ONLINE VISIT: Email the Office of Development & External Relations at development@ to request a donation form Call the Office of Development & External Relations on +61 7 5595 4403 to make a donation over the phone Or post your donation to: Office of Development & External Relations, University Drive, Bond University, QLD 4229




Bond University is pleased to announce that it is preparing for celebrations to mark the 25th Anniversary of Bond in 2014. A Gala Ball is scheduled for Saturday May 17, 2014 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, so please mark your calendars. More details and formal invitations will be announced in the near future through direct mail, website and social media. 29



time to


TOGETHER Despite being a private, independent university, Bond is a not-for-profit organisation, meaning funds are reinvested back into student life, development, and most recently – community engagement projects. Since 2011, Bond has dedicated resources into numerous community and cultural initiatives in the Gold Coast area. Events and forums, mentoring programs, and specialist services have meant Bond has become more actively involved in the local area, but also the Gold Coast community has been able to experience more of what Bond has to offer. Bond’s Community Engagement Manager Sharon Solyma has been at the forefront of these projects, and believes it’s all about building relationships in the community; a local and global focus. “Bond University makes an important contribution to the city’s community, cultural and economic life,” says Solyma. “The aims of the community engagement initiatives include promoting creative expression, business leadership and big ideas and contributing to thought leadership and topics or themes that matter.” In 2011/12, Bond and the community joined forces for a range of events inspiring a culture of synergy. 2013 is set to follow that lead.

30 31




live at bond

Scattered around the edges of Lake Orr, through the Arch Concourse and the Ornamental Lawns, Lakeside Festival hosts a collaboration of performers, market stalls, regional cuisine, fashion and art exhibitions – supporting and sharing local creativity. Over 7500 people attended the 2012 Roaring twenties festival, where Melissa Western’s Cabaret and Les Wilson’s Swing Force Big Band took to the ADCO Amphitheatre stage. Gold Coaster Lindy Charm brought along her Pop-up Vintage Salon and

With an online ocean of noise, aspiring artists can get drowned out, and existing artists are in constant competition. Now more than ever, live music is vital for the survival of musicians, but also gives fans the chance to keep that personal connection. Since its launch in 2011, Live at Bond has showcased an array of artists in the ADCO Amphitheatre. So far ‘roots’ performer Juzzie Smith, Celtic band Sunas, and

The Village Markets showcased local, and lovingly hand-crafted products. In the 2013 festival, coast culture will meet a Euro-gypsy theme. Local businesses, suppliers and talent will be involved in celebrating the coast’s affection for the bohemian and off-beat, while saluting European cultural heritage. Through Lakeside Festival, over the past 18 months, Bond feels it’s begun to fill a creative niche for live, outdoor entertainment for all ages – unparalleled by any in the area.

big band drummer John Morrison alongside Jazz singer Jacki Cooper have taken the Bond stage. Not only does Live at Bond support artists, but half of the day’s proceeds go to the Sunland Foundation charity. The Autumn 2013 series started in March with The Bamboos, then His Merry Men peformed in April, with Lil Fi & Fletch taking to the stage in May.

Bond Talks Bond has supported events and forums that have led the way for big ideas, discourse, debate and leadership development. In 2011, Bond Talks featured an ‘Exceptional Women in Research' theme while the 2012 forum focused on Gold Coast culture and branding. The Golden Opportunity forum was held in November, chaired by Bond’s Professor of Communication and Media Marcus Breen. The forum featured a panel of experts who gathered at the Gold Coast Arts Centre to brainstorm future plans for the Coast’s cultural economy and stir ideas in urban design, ICT and the arts. In July, a panel from the arts, Indigenous, sustainability and business communities came together to discuss and imagine opportunities for creatives, tourism, community, business and enterprising people across the region. The Re-Imagining the Gold Coast event also presented a screening of Kicking off The White Shoes, a documentary created by local filmmaker and cultural commentator Jeff Licence. Bond Talks also supports studentrun initiatives such as Bondstock, Bond Investment Group’s Women in Business and Titans of Industry.


Bond University Women's Network Bond is one of the main supporters and contributors to Bond University Women's Network (BUWN), and 2013 offers an exciting outlook of initiatives. To mark its 10th anniversary, some of Bond’s leading ladies will attend the International Women’s Day festival at

the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa. In July, BUWN will partner with BUSA to host a barbecue on campus in support of Destiny Rescue. An on-campus event is on the cards for September to celebrate the achievements of women within the Gold

Coast community. The following month, students, staff and alumni are invited to enter the Pink Triathlon on the Gold Coast, to raise funds for breast cancer research. Bond is immensely proud of BUWN, empowering and supporting women year round. 33

A HOME AWAY Allyson Seaborn has never been one to resist the call of adventure. The Bond alumnus moved to Mongolia last year and has been captivated by the stunning landscape, intriguing history, and welcoming people. The Bachelor of Laws she completed at Bond University has assisted her work as a writer for Mongolia’s largest English newspaper and helped her navigate a country in the midst of dramatic economic, political and social change. Here Seaborn explains to The ARCH that life really does happen when you’re busy making other plans. What were your career aspirations during your time at Bond University? I undertook a Bachelor of Laws degree at the beginning of 1990. The main reason I studied at Bond is because it has one of the best law schools in Australia. I cannot for the life of me remember where I left my car keys, but I can still remember my Bond University student ID number! I was quite certain I would be a lawyer for the rest of my life. Like so many of my fellow friends, however, I veered off the beaten


from home

The rugged landlocked plateau of Mongolia has stolen the heart of a Bond alumnus who dared to veer miles from the beaten track. track, always knowing that my law degree was a valuable asset in any chosen field. After I was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland I worked as a criminal lawyer. I never in a million years thought I would be living in Mongolia editing and writing for Mongolia’s largest English newspaper. I had planned on always being a lawyer in Brisbane, but as the saying goes, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to teach ESL (English as a second language) to students at Ulaanbaatar’s finest school, the American School of Ulaanbaatar.

What inspired you to move to Mongolia? I’ve always had the travel bug and a keen interest in visiting exotic places, so when my husband was offered a role with Leighton in Ulaanbaatar, there was no doubt about going on the adventure of a lifetime. When I was younger I read a remarkable book called Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski and I promised myself then that I would come to Mongolia one day. I was also very inspired by Ewan McGregor’s TV series Long Way Round. I knew I had to one day see Mongolia’s spectacular countryside with

my own eyes. It’s even more beautiful than I ever imagined it could be. The history of this country is also truly fascinating. You work for the largestselling English newspaper in the country, UB Post. How did this come about? Well, I have always loved writing and editing. I was published by the Weekend Australia Review, which gave me a boost of confidence and also had a weekly column in the Northwest Star Newspaper. When I arrived in Ulaanbaatar there were so many things I saw and felt I had to write about. The first article I had published here was an editorial called Teachers Breaking the Law about corporal punishment in Mongolian schools. It is against the law to hit kids in class, but it still happens. I was the Editor of the UB Post for nearly a year, but am really focusing on being their columnist now as it gives me time to do what I love most – write. I was recently invited to the State Great Khural (Parliament) to interview the

Chairman of the Mongolian Parliament – Chairman Enkhbold. It was a surreal experience and very exciting to be in such a grand building, seeing what goes on. Parliament House is a palatial building with an ominous monument of Genghis Khan (we call him Chinggis here) guarding it. What does your work involve on a day-to-day basis? I have two columns. One is called UB Expats where I interview foreign ambassadors, volunteers and businessmen. It has proven to be very popular. There is now talk of compiling a book of all of my interviews. People come to Mongolia for such a wide variety of reasons and their stories are fascinating. My other column is called Personal Viewpoint – A Mongolian Perspective. This is by far my favourite feature as I actually find Mongolians are far more interesting than foreigners. I’m now able to converse in broken Mongolian which makes it easier for me. This week I’m tracking down a

Mongolian cosmonaut who speaks very little English. Learning to speak Mongolian has been very handy- it also shows Mongolians I’m not a tourist. How are you involved in the community outside of your work? I’m a member of the International Women’s Association of Mongolia (IWAM) which does many wonderful things for people in need. I also regularly take my two kids to orphanages armed with boxes of fresh fruit and clothing. My kids have lived in a naïve and safe little bubble their whole lives. It’s important for them to see what’s really out there and to realize how lucky they are just to have the simple things in life. There is also a wonderful organization here called the Veloo Foundation which looks after families that make their living and clothe themselves with items scavenged from the rubbish dump. They are known as the 'children of the peak' and survive in the most appalling conditions. I’ve been to visit the children 35


The ARCH is giving

you the chance to

of the peak to help out with a group of teachers and students from the American School of Ulaanbaatar. You say you plan to stay in Mongolia indefinitely. What is it that keeps you there? It’s the people. Quite frankly the Mongolian people are amazing, robust, warm and charming. They are also very strong and brave as they’ve always had to live in such harsh conditions. Recently there was a large fire in our apartment building and four cars caught on fire and exploded. Plumes of black smoke enveloped our building and playground. My kids feared for their lives and were outside crying, but the Mongolian kids just acted like it was no problem. They were running around the playground still having fun like 'no worries we’ll be fine.' This country is also changing so rapidly. It’s in a period of great transition and I feel I’m part of history in the making. About twenty years ago Mongolia removed itself from the collapsing Soviet Union and since then, it has undergone the most astounding economic, political and social change. I regret not having come to Mongolia sooner. I should have been here in the '90s as soon as I graduated from Bond University! They call this country 'Munkh Khukh Tengriin Oron' – or the 'Land of Eternal


Blue Sky.' Even though I am often cursing the wind in minus 35 degree weather, hands and nose numb from the cold, sure enough the sun is always shining Apart from the spectacular scenery, I love the fact that adventure lurks around every corner – from dog sledding, to finding dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert to meeting former Mongolian top secret agents. That’s a long story I am still writing about. I spent an hour with an infamous, former spy as he described a kidnapping job he had to do. My car tire was popped and flattened about 80kms east of Ulaanbaatar by an 11th century iron arrow head dated to the time when Genghis Khan was uniting the Mongol Empire. It is one of my most treasured possessions. Not a week passes without me thinking “Did that just happen to me?” The opera and ballet here are also world class, not to mention the many talented local artists. I love the Naadam Festival in summer which includes wrestling, archery and horse-racing.  I also adore Mongolian food like mutton pancakes called Khushur. The Mongolian culture is so unique and enchanting, from the colourful and ornate clothing (deels) to the music, to the beautiful poems of Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj. There is also a wonderful holiday here called Tsagaan Sar in which

Mongolians celebrate the lunar new year. Many expats leave the country during Tsagaan Sar and I can’t understand it. It’s the best time to be in Mongolia! Right now I am half way through a translated version of “The Secret History of the Mongols” which is the oldest Mongolian text, written twenty years after Genghis Khan died. It tells about the birth of this nation and about the life of Genghis Khaan.    How have your studies at Bond University assisted you in your career? Having a Bachelor of Laws from Bond has opened many doors for me both personally and professionally. My degree has assisted me with my writing skills and interviewing techniques. It’s also given me a wide range of contacts around the world that I would not otherwise have. Having a law degree has been an invaluable education. I’m constantly applying things I learnt at Bond to my work in Ulaanbaatar. I see legal stories around every corner. There is a children’s prison just 300 metres from where I live. Surrounding this prison are luxury apartments – but these children are guarded inside by an ominous, archaic wall. Now there’s a story waiting to be told.

win a $1000 travel voucher

To celebrate Bond’s latest campaign 'Come Together, Go Beyond’, Bond University is giving alumni the chance to win a $1000 travel voucher, redeemable at any Student Flights or Flight Centre Limited retail store in Australia.


To be in the running for this great prize, simply submit a photo that you think perfectly illustrates ‘Coming Together ’or ‘Going Beyond’. It may be a photo of your time at Bond or it may be a photo that depicts where Bond has taken you. To submit your photo and be in the running to win this fabulous prize, visit: Entries close June 14, 2013. A winner will be drawn at random from all entries. IMPORTANT INFORMATION All terms and conditions in relation to this competition can be found at competition Only one entry per person is permitted. The winner will be drawn randomly. The prize, as outlined in the terms and conditions, cannot be redeemed as cash. The competition closes on June 14, 2013. Only the winner will be notified. 37




required working with the industry and a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the same time, we decided on putting together a Linkage Grant Proposal to the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2011. After about a year`s hard work, our application was successful. The project is currently in its second year, and has already produced three research reports aimed at informing health and fitness professionals about their legal obligations and the risk of legal liability.


injury-free and safe

With a PhD, a great idea, a grant, and a research project underway, this Bond graduate is changing the face of the health and fitness industry, one chin-up at a time. Betul Sekendez has certainly been a busy woman since she arrived at Bond University from Turkey in 2008. With an international scholarship in tow, Sekendez went on to obtain a PhD in Sport Management in early 2012, specialising in risk management and minimisation of legal liability in the health and fitness industry. However her studies stimulated a multidisciplinary research project that was successful in gaining highly competitive Linkage Project funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) for effective risk management in the health and fitness industry. The three-year project is in its second year, and consists of Sekendez, four professors, two PhD students, a research assistant and support from partner organisations Fitness Australia and


Sports Medicine Australia. Now working as a lecturer in sport management at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, this intelligent, competitive body-shaping academic explains how it all began and how her research project will affect the way we interact within the health and fitness industry moving forward. How did this research project begin? As I finished the data collection and analysis of my research in the second year of my study at Bond, the need for proper risk management and standardisation in the health and fitness industry was evident. Around the same time the health and fitness industry was being scrutinized by the media for unsafe practices of

"I am one of the lucky researchers whose hobby is also their research area."

personal fitness trainers in Australia that had also resulted in recent legal liability cases. It was one of those 'Eureka!' moments, when I had the idea of a research project to develop benchmark risk management practices for effective legal and safety risk management in the health and fitness industry to reduce the risk of adverse health and injury outcomes. Who else is involved in the project? I approached Professor Patrick Keyzer, Director of the Research Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy at Bond University with my idea. Professor Keyzer strongly supported my idea and showed me the different paths that we could take to make my research idea come alive. As this research project

What will be the final outcome once this project is complete? This project is aimed at developing, in consultation with our industry partners and key stakeholders, new best practice benchmarks to improve safety in the fitness industry and reduce the risk of adverse health and injury outcomes; designing regulation and safety practices to advance the achievement of those benchmarks; and develop training materials for industry use related to those benchmarks, with the objective of increasing safety, reducing the risk of adverse health outcomes and injury, and decreasing the prospect of adverse legal liability outcomes. How will this affect the health and fitness industry in Australia? This project will help the health and fitness industry regain and maintain its reputation that is necessary to encourage individuals to participate in exercise and keep healthy without the fear of injury. How has your academic success integrated into your success as a competitive body builder? I have always maintained a work-life balance by making sure that I managed my time in such a way that I always


had enough time not only for work but my family, friends and ‘my hobbies’ as well. One of my biggest hobbies is body building and fitness. Over the last decade I have competed in numerous national and international body building and figure competitions. I was awarded Miss Turkey in bodybuilding for two consecutive years, and ranked 16th at the IFBB world championships. When I came to Bond University to do my PhD I never gave up my training routines and with the support from my family and friends I competed at several State and national figure competitions. I am one of the lucky researchers whose hobby is also their research area. Since the first casual job I got as a fitness instructor 16 years ago, I have been observing and analysing the ‘risks’ in health and fitness facilities. With the health and fitness industry rapidly growing, and waistlines continuously expanding, the industry is faced with a diverse target market whose needs and health risks are getting more complicated. Being actively involved in the health and fitness industry, and witnessing things that should or shouldn't have been done by fitness professionals and managers, has been motivating me to do my research in risk management in the health and fitness industry. What advice would you give TO others thinking of embarking on a research project? My advice for PhD candidates is to keep the work-life balance so as to maintain the links with their outer world and start thinking 'where do I go from here?', while the journey still continues and you have the opportunity to select your next destination to make a change in the world. 39





in to career opportunities

As professionals across the globe become interconnected like never before, graduates must ensure they're 'linked in' or risk being left behind.


Business cards are being rapidly phased out as professionals move online to the world’s largest networking tool, LinkedIn.

As GRADUATION looms, students look forward to finally putting their skills into practise, but transitioning into the workforce is often more difficult than anticipated. The job seeker world is rapidly changing and students must be prepared for an increasingly global and digital workforce. Business cards are being rapidly phased out as professionals move online to the world’s largest networking tool, LinkedIn. While Twitter is about posting short, witty ideas, and Facebook helps to stay in touch with friends, LinkedIn is now the main global source for connecting with professionals and companies. With 200 million active users, it’s quickly becoming the smart way to network and navigate the corporate world. Managing Director of LinkedIn Australia, Cliff Rosenberg says the social media platform is connecting talent with opportunity on a massive scale. “Social media is fundamentally changing the world; the way we live, the way we play, and, in the case of LinkedIn, the way the world works,” says Rosenberg. After witnessing the network’s incredible potential unfold over the past year, staff at Bond University’s Career Development Centre (CDC) were quick to jump on board. CDC General Manager Kirsty Mitchell has been creating tuition that best prepares students for the workforce. A large part of that includes LinkedIn. “More and more students were asking us about how to use LinkedIn and social media more effectively as a job-search tool,” she says. “Our workshops cover all elements of LinkedIn: the demographics of users, the various ways in which to use it, and how to develop an effective profile. We also cover social media etiquette and what not to do.” She says graduates just beginning their career journeys, as well as those already in the workforce, can create accounts to gain a competitive advantage for opportunities. “A professional profile maintains a consistent presence with up-to-date information. The job search tool allows seekers to actively follow companies of interest, and the networks enable them to build connections with those in their direct field.”


“I subscribe to the philosophy that we are all self-employed and as such we need to manage relationships effectively. Business cards are static, LinkedIn is dynamic.” While creating an account is simple, ensuring the profile information is presented in an effective manner requires both time and commitment. “The process of developing a profile forces a candidate to review, consider then present their employment, project and education history, prior to committing to a job search or their professional career,” says Mitchell. With the easy accessibility of the social media platform, many employers have begun using LinkedIn as a recruitment tool in place of traditional HR methods. “Employers are increasingly using LinkedIn as a means of attracting talent through advertising jobs, but also through the search talent feature – a very personal form of headhunting,” she says. The proof is in the pudding for software designer Nick Hodge who told News Limited that he was hired by computer giant Microsoft through LinkedIn connections. Hodge was offered the job after being endorsed for certain skills by his LinkedIn connection, well-known social media consultant, Nick Fang. However with many other social media sites available, it can be difficult to distinguish which personal and private matters are suitable across the platforms. “My advice is to assume all social media is in the public domain, to use LinkedIn as the professional profile and Facebook as private, ensuring privacy settings are set to strict,” says Mitchell. “Question the information. Would you be happy if this information or photo was on the front page of the local newspaper?” Mitchell insists LinkedIn is not a fad, and will continue to grow, as maintaining an online presence becomes increasingly important in a digital age. “It replicates the organic way we develop, expand and build relationships, but it’s an opportunity to connect with others that you might not otherwise be able to reach.” Alumni are welcome to attend CDC workshops and learn how to optimise opportunities through LinkedIn. Contact Kirsty on 41


class notes


Jason Shepherd completed his Bachelor of Commerce then began working life as a private contractor with Westpac and Societe General/Hambros. He is now a Director of a special situations team at ANZ, while living in Bondi, Sydney.


Sometimes it’s hard to stay in touch, particularly when friends are scattered around the world. Here’s what some fellow Bondies have been up to since they graduated, grouped according to class year. 2003

Kapil Gaur attended Bond 23 years ago for the Master of Business Administration program. After graduating, he headed to Nepal and started the first Nepal-Australia joint venture travel agency. It transformed into a Nepal-Australia helicopter company. In 1996 he ventured to Micronesia to work with USDA Rural Development, which led to his current job with a CPA firm in the US. Gaur says Bond was a main contributor to his international network and experience. “I’d love to hear from any Bond Alumni who can recall me, all the best to everyone.”

1993 Paul Chong graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, and ten years on he runs an investment company involved in hotel projects in Brisbane’s CBD.

1998 Ali Tinker has continued her studies, finishing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and starting her PhD program at the University of Colorado this year. She has two kids, Jack, seven, and Annie, five. She tries to return to the coast every few years.

IT is key in business boom Mukund Chamria returned to India in 2004 after graduating with a Master of IT degree to work as a Solution Architect for KLG Systel Ltd. In 2007 he opened his own firm which is mainly involved in the import, sales and distribution of stationery needs, as well as baby accessories brands.


Today he is living in his home town Calcutta where the business is running successfully. “I have used my degree from Bond to modernise my company’s IT infrastructure.” He’s active in the blogosphere helping other budding engineers, and married Nisha Chamria in January this year.

1999 Gina Deb married fellow Bondy Jay Deb, and has been working as a global pricing analyst for Sandvik Mining.

2000 Henriette Bjorge has spent 2013 volunteering for the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan. The organisation ran the first ski event for Afghan women, and was a success. The ski project is part of the

alumni local tourism program, focused on creating sustainable rural livelihoods in the Bamiyan province.


Foreign policy


Julian Reder is nearing the completion of his research at the University of Hull that examines the mechanics of the Kremlin’s foreign policy decisions during the Medvedev presidency. Julian is currently on research leave for his doctoral dissertation in the United States, where he is conducting research at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Brown University Watson Institute of International Studies, Columbia University School of Public & International Affairs, New York University Centre for Global Studies, and the American Enterprise Institute. He still thinks about those days when he sat under the Arch and pondered the future.

Rachel Deane graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2004. She started work at the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) and is now a Senior Lawyer in their Sydney office, specialising in federal criminal prosecution and law enforcement litigation.

2002 Clementina Maione now lives in Joslin, South Australia, after completing a Bachelor of Laws

2003 Ryan Lillis works for Adobe Systems in San Francisco as a web consultant, but plans to move to the mountains in Colorado to work by correspondence. Carl Adam Cronstedt recently made the brave switch from accounting to painting and now lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where his solo exhibitions feature.

2004 Adrian Praljak graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and practises as a lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial advisory, and mergers and acquisitions.

Yawan Cui completed a Bachelor of Commerce, and now lives in Canberra while working for Mantra Group as the Area Financial Controller for ACT & Regional NSW. Mantra Group has more than 130 hotels, resorts and apartments across Australia and New Zealand, operating under the brands Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree.

2005 Matthew Lambert lives in Ontario,

Canada where he is a litigation lawyer at Ballachey Moore Beyer & Harrow LLP in Brantford. Barbel Abeling graduated with a Master of Laws (IP/IT and ecommerce) and lives in Hessen, Germany with her two young children. Di Tong completed a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Master of Accounting, and now works as a tax accountant at QGR Accountancy in Robina.


Inspiring women Rebecca Ordish (nee Steele) was recently awarded NSW Rotary Inspirational Woman of the Year for her work with Mitrataa Foundation, the organisation she founded with her husband in Nepal that empowers women through education and training. She graduated from Bond with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and specialised in intellectual property law for 10 years with various firms across Asia Pacific. In 2011 she moved to Nepal to start a children’s home, and formed Mitrataa. 43

WINTER 2013 Lars Isaksson completed 20 semesters at Bond, graduating with a PhD in Management (Global Business Strategy) as an extension to his Master of Business Administration and Master of International Business. He is now an Australian citizen, and father to Carl.

2006 Joseph Ross remained on the Gold Coast and is enjoying the lifestyle while working in Southport at HW Litigation. Claire Marshall has been working as a psychologist in both public health and private practice since graduating from

alumni Bond, however this has been on hold this year with the arrival of her first child.


Melbourne. She’s planning to head overseas during her next annual leave period.

Sam McDonald moved to Japan after completing a Bachelor of International Relations (Business), then relocated to Sydney.

Ike Kutlaca graduated with a Master of Laws in 112 then backpacked though Europe for three months, before accepting a position with Australian corporate law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Brittany Schulze graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery, and currently works in Brisbane as an intern at Mater Mother’s Hospital, hoping to specialise in Obstetrics.

Lynley Casey completed a two year internship after graduating from Bond and has since established her own psychology practice in Kingscliff NSW, called Kingscliff Psychology.

Anza Memon is loving her internship at Eastern Health in her hometown

Michael Youssef followed his graduation from Biomedical Science to enter the Medicine program at University of Notre Dame Sydney.


Liezel Roux didn’t want to leave Bond, and is now working in the marketing department, helping others bring their ambition to life. Bethany Ward-Smith went on to pursue a Master of International Public Health at the University of New South Wales. Once completed, she started an internship with the UNAIDS Office in Vientiane, Laos. She is now working closely with the UN and NGOs in Laos on a number of issues relating to HIV/AIDS.

2008 Ben Adivi met the woman of his dreams while studying at Bond. They have now been together for three years. Simone Mizkovsky recently moved to Melbourne to work at Corrs Chambers Westgarth after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Relations. Peter Thelwell specialises in franchising at a boutique law firm on the Gold Coast, and has begun the process of becoming a permanent resident.

A strong hold in banking Jess Martin received the Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Employee of the Year Award in 2012. She currently works as the Media Relations Manager Aust/NZ.


Maximilian Waid recently moved back to Europe to complete a fitness trainer degree, and plans to move to Canada in 2013. Camilla Freestone took a complete turn around after graduating from Bond with



Passion for fashion Legal ambition

Camilla Jayne studied Communications and Psychology at Bond then spent a few years working in NSW. In 2009 she pursued her true passion and established a women’s fashion label called Camilla Jayne. She sells her clothing internationally, runs a successful boutique, and a wholesale program for fashionable plus-size women.

Jake Tiver graduated from Bond with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance). He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2011, and has recently taken the head role in the Gold Coast office of Forbes Dowling Lawyers.

a Bachelor of Laws. In 2012 she travelled through Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and ended up in Cambodia. She has been there since, teaching English, and is in the process of setting up a not-for-profit school in Kampot which relies on international donations. “Although it’s a lot of work, helping the Khmer children to receive quality education is the most amazing thing I’ve ever been able to do,” she says. Patrick Aboud graduated with a Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development

(Urban Development and Sustainability) and was employed by Spring Financial Group in Sydney as a financial planner in 2011. After six months, Patrick founded and now runs a boutique personal training company in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs called Lifenergy, and is pursuing a Master of Commerce (Finance) and International Business at the University of Sydney. Sophia Seve works as a Child and Family Practitioner for Centracare where her team delivers psychoeducational programs

into the community and schools.

2009 Dimity Smith finished a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology then moved to Tamworth to work as a senior consultant for a vocational rehabilitation company called Konekt, while also running a private practice two days per week. Jena Wagner graduated with a Juris


Finding the balance Dini Martinez is expecting her second child as well as her Australian citizenship this month in Sydney. With three boys in the house, while teaching yoga classes and working as a Doula, Ayurvedic practitioner, she says this gives her the necessary balance for her life. 45

WINTER 2013 2010

Volunteering in Kenya Brittany Grant was given the opportunity to travel to Africa for six weeks, after graduating from Bond. She stayed on to volunteer at an orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya, for over eight months. She recently returned to Australia to start her graduate position with Accenture as a Technology Consultant, but plans to head back to Africa soon.

The ARCH Magazine now on iPad. Download it today

The ARCH Magazine App incorporates the same rich magazine content as the print edition, but value-added with embedded videos, high-resolution images and interactive features. To download the FREE iPad version of The ARCH Magazine: 1. Go to the App Store and search for ‘The ARCH Magazine’. 2. Download the free app to your iPad’s Newsstand

Doctor and has since been working at James Battin Law Office in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.

Meg Rylance lives in Sydney and is working for Shine Australia as an edit assistant on MasterChef series five.

Lachlan Mitchell went to Spain to assist with an altitude training camp with the AIS swimming squad. He is now doing his Honours research based in swimming training load and loves the work.

Stephanie Nielsen completed a Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Bond before becoming admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2012. She returned home to the US to work at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C. as a consular and passports officer.

Jason Oberhofer works as a development manager for an Australian company that distributes Equine/Veterinary Health Products and Light Agricultural equipment throughout the Pacific region. Elisa Canetti completed a Master of High Performance Science at Bond, and is now looking to continue on with Bond in her PhD. Jen Storey became the Associate Editor of Anthill Magazine in 2012 which launched SMART 100: Australia’s Smartest Inventions 2011/12 Kate Templer returned to Melbourne after graduating and is in the process of applying for research positions, with an interest in the Royal Children’s Hospital. Frida Bjuhr went home to Sweden after graduating as an MBA student, and now pursues a global career in Luxembourg.


Isabella Juncker completed a Bachelor of International Business and has since joined the Transactions & Restructuring team at KPMG Brazil where she works in debt advisory. Jenita Kamania graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Bond, and is now in her second year of a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. She misses the Bond campus as well as the Gold Coast weather since moving interstate.

in Oslo as a production assistant and TV photographer.

3. When the download is finished, tap The ARCH Magazine cover and follow the prompts to download your free digital copy.

Max Xin Ren moved to Cairns, where he runs a franchise business for building inspections like asbestos audits, fire safety audits and workplace health and safety.

Once inside the magazine, bookmark favourite pages and share stories and photographs through social media.

David Ma splits his time between Australia and Hong Kong for study and work commitments. He is currently studying a Master of Laws from the University of London (UCL & Queen Mary). Phil Gower has been job hunting for roles in sports management in the UK, or sponsorship within Australia. Dian Firtriyana completed a Master of Property Valuation at Bond University, and currently works for the Corruption Eradication Commission in the Indonesian Republic. She lives in Jakarta with her two daughters.

PLUS The magazine is also currently viewable on non-Apple tablets – including Android, Windows and BlackBerry – along with laptops, desktops and smartphones in an ‘app-free’ edition at the www. website.

WINTER | 2013

Bond GOES TO Hollywood

Film and television comes alive as alumni make their mark in Tinseltown

In retrospect

2010 Hilde Skjitskift Sonesen returned to Norway in 2011 after finishing a Bachelor of Film and Television. She now works for a production company


Tom Ray talks Bond & business

Light work

Bond's research into arson

Good sport

A new diploma & fields to match


Win a $1000 travel voucher

Claire Burton finished a criminology degree at Bond and continued her studies at Griffith University. Her five year old son just entered prep school. 47

The ARCH Magazine | Issue 9 | 2013 Winter  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you