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Editors • Denis Brosnan & Rebecca McEwen Smith • Volume 9 • Issue 1

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Within The University of Queensland



Over the summer period close to $1.3 m was spent on refurbishing Thatcher/Dowling and $70,000 on the courtyard, including replacement of services and the raising of ground levels to protect them. A new apartment, now called the George C.O. McPherson Apartment, was opened beneath the kitchen and two visitor rooms were refurbished. It all looks fantastic and Cromwell probably has the best rooms on campus. Planning for Hancock is underway ly-created lounge of the new t. beginning with the replacement of the The kitchen and herson Apartmen George C.O. McP windows in July. It is hoped that the full internal refurbishment of Hancock will be completed by the end of January 2010. At this point the cupboard will be bare and all College reserves will have been spent. It is exciting that by the beginning of 2010 every wing (except Lockley) will have been refurbished, a Master Plan will be in place and much other essential work completed. Over the last 5 years, Cromwell has spent in excess of $5.6 million on capital items and refurbishment. All this has been done without borrowing, an extraordinary feat that has been achieved through a combination of careful management and cash flow generated through casual accommodation, conferences and Campus Lodge. The final phase, Hancock, may well cost another $1.3 million but even then we may just get through without debt. All this indicates the importance of casual accommodation, conferences and Campus Lodge for the wellbeing of the College. It also explains why casual and conference accommodation income is never included in the budget. With the operations of the College being covered by resident fees, all income from conference and casual accommodation can be fed into a reserve for major repairs and capital expenditure. The result is fantastic and you are welcome to come and see. If you want to look, call Rebecca McEwen Smith (3377 1232) and make an appointment.

What’s I nside

From the Principal


Master Plan


New members of the Board of Governors

Looking towards the bedroom of the new ly-created George C.O. McPherson Apartment

A Magazine for Old Collegians, Friends of Cromwell, Current Residents and their Families


Cromwell 2009


College Photos


Sun Protection Study


2010 Celebrations


Chit Chat Roundup




CROMWELL COLLEGE Walcott Street ST. LUCIA, QLD 4067 Ph: (07) 3377 1300 Fax: (07) 3377 1499 Email: Website: Mission Statement To provide a vibrant community for students in a caring Christian environment that enables them to grow in knowledge and character and the desire to serve. Vision Statement Accept diversity Create community Strive for excellence Pursue spiritual, academic, cultural and social maturity Serve Society Care for the environment. Coat Of Arms When the College was able to adopt its arms, it secured permission from the head of the Cromwell family to bear Oliver Cromwell’s personal arms, a lion argent rampant on a field of sable. Motto VBI SPIRITVS IBI LIBERTAS – This motto comes from the Latin version of the Second Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, Ch 3, Verse 17. “Now the Lord is Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Thanks Thank you to all the staff, students and Alumni who have been contributors to this issue of COCA News. Editors Denis Brosnan, Dean of Students & Rebecca McEwen Smith, Development Manager Graphic Design & Printing Westminster Printing 31 Stevenson Street PADDINGTON, QLD 4064 Collating & Distribution Work Solutions (Wesley Mission) P.O. Box 6402 FAIRFIELD GARDENS, QLD 4103

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Dear Friends, I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year period and that you were able to spend some great time with family and friends. An amazing 360 applications were made to the College throughout 2008 for a place this year. Unfortunately only 85 places were available and so it was not an easy task for Hugh and Denis to choose from the very high standard of applications that were completed. The majority of our 2009 Freshers arrived on Sunday 22nd February, all very eager to start their new lives as students and residents of Cromwell as most of you will have done before them. Parents were thankful to see them settled and probably a little bit apprehensive about what the next months would bring for their children. Some of the parents are Cromwell Alumni and that made Fresher Sunday just that little bit more special for me to meet them. We also have a number of siblings and relatives of present and former Crommies joining the Cromwell family again this year. From the resident’s perspective, ‘O’ Week and Closed Bunker are great introductions to life at Cromwell and I have been reliably informed that ‘Crommie Open Bunker’ has become renowned on the national residential colleges’ scene as one of the best events ever!!!!! This year there were over 2,000 students who came to sample a Cromwell party. Again we have four students from Dickinson College (founded in 1783) as well as two students from France, one from India, two from Singapore, one from Hong Kong, one from the People’s Republic of China and of course it would not be the same without a few from Zimbabwe and South Africa. Formal Dinners are well underway and Commencement Dinner this year was held on a Thursday so as not to clash (again!) with ICC Swimming Carnival. We have a great line-up of new speakers for Formal Dinners this year, including some Alumni and regulars from UQ. Among our Alumni speakers are the two new Alumni representatives on our Board of Governors,

Ms Megan Long and His Honour, Justice John Logan, RFD. We also have to tell you of the sad news of the death of Alumna and Board Member, Ms Louise Bortolotto in December. See page 6 for more details. I would also like to make you aware of our big celebrations for 2010 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the formal institution of the College on 26th April, 1950. Celebrations will take place on 3rd & 4th July, the first weekend of the University’s Winter Inter-Semester recess. We will be sharing our celebrations with The University of Queensland next year as they celebrate their Centenary and amongst other events, will also be holding Alumni reunions on that same weekend. We hope as many of our Alumni and Friends who are able can attend these celebrations. Of course, we will require help in the next twelve months to make it a great success and would like to hear from anyone who can volunteer some of their time to achieve this. Please contact me if you are able to help in any way. Until next time, keep well and keep in touch. Regards

Rebecca McEwen Smith Development Manager Cromwell College Walcott Street, ST. LUCIA, QLD 4067 AUSTRALIA Ph: (07) 3377 1232 Fax: 07 3377 1499 Email:

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The Board is not content with refurbishment alone. It is planning for the future. At a full meeting on the 25th February, it agreed to accept a footprint for future development and approve the funds to allow elevations and necessary concept plans to be developed to progress the plan to the University Senate. The Senate must approve this plan before any further development can be considered. The footprint is similar to those previously mentioned but, following the creative advice of our Architect, Libby WatsonBrown, some variations have been made. The version that has been accepted by the Board can be seen on the next page. It will also soon be posted on our College Web Site (

The Master Plan explained The plan consists of three parts. The first is the development of a set of selfcatered town houses on Carmody Road. These can be built in stages and are based on a high quality prefabricated structure that can be lifted onto the site. This project increases income and can be funded by debt. However, with the cost of money for commercial developments very high (due to high margins for risk being imposed), 100% borrowing in the current circumstances is barely viable and the College will either have to wait until the commercial margins come down, or fresh reserves are accumulated or equity is provided through bequests or donations. Once the Senate approves the plan, the College will be encouraging donations or bequests to be given. The Board of Governors will be open to naming each town house after its primary benefactor or a name its primary benefactor desires. The second part of the Master Plan consists of a new resident wing. This wing will run at right angles to Lockley and create a new quadrangle. The numbers in the fully-catered section of the College will not be increased by this building as the intent is to empty Lockley, Steele-Craik Lodge and Cromwell Cottage of residents.

In time, the Cottage and Steele-Craik Lodge will be demolished to make way for the new developments. As part of this process, the Board will have to consider how they wish to retain the Steele-Craik name. The Lockley Wing will revert partly to visitor accommodation with the bottom floor being used for other purposes.

As this project will produce only limited additional income, it will require significant equity from accumulated reserves, donations and bequests.

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The last phase of the Master Plan, and the most difficult to achieve, begins with the removal of all the fill that currently runs on the south eastern edge of the College from Hood St to Carmody Road and the building of a partly underground car park (the south-eastern edge will be open). On top of this development there will be an additional hall (the size of a basketball court) that can double as a location for functions and conferences requiring large open space or large auditorium areas. There will also be the opportunity to build other buildings on this site. With the University developing all the area east of the College, this will provide an opportunity to make a new front door or entrance to the College that leads straight out to a new, highly developed University campus precinct. This project will be the most expensive and produce little guaranteed income and will require serious equity through donations, bequests and accumulated reserves if it is to be completed. Much has been accomplished; much is yet to be done. Support our annual giving, think of the College in your will and, if you have the capacity, consider donating to the College sufficient equity to turn these wonderful plans into reality.

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Cromwell Board of Governors -New Members for 2009 A number of new members have been added to the Board of Cromwell College in recent months. Two are Alumni, elected by the existing Board members; two are elected by the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod; and two are representatives of the 2009 Cromwell Students’ Association. The final new face is the new Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, who in that position is the official Visitor to the College.

the Student Association and Senior. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Education, Megan moved from College to Far North Queensland and became heavily involved in education for Indigenous Cape York.

The Honourable Justice John Logan, RFD and Ms Megan Long are our two new Alumni members, Dr. Lindsay Farrell and Dr. Joe Goodall are the Uniting Church representatives, Gavin Edgley and Daniel Campbell will be representing the students and Reverend Bruce Johnson is the new Queensland Moderator of the Uniting Church.

After spending 5 years there, 2 of those years as a Deputy Principal, working across communities including Weipa, Napranum, Aurukun and Mapoon, Megan relocated to the Sunshine Coast as Deputy Principal of Kawana Waters State College. She has worked as an independent consultant in education, accounting and business solutions and has a strong background in leadership capacity building.

The Honourable Justice John Alexander Logan RFD was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in September 2007. He is a member of the Uniting Church in Australia. Justice Logan graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws. In 1978, his final year at the University, he was a resident of Cromwell College. He received a College Blue for debating in that year. Justice Logan was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1980. He was then working in the Commonwealth Crown Solicitor’s office in Brisbane. He commenced private practice at the Queensland Bar in 1984 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999. Justice Logan was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in the Australian Army Reserve in 1976. He held the rank of major in that corps before transferring to the Standby Reserve. He was awarded the Reserve Force Decoration (RFD) in 1993 in respect of his military service. Ms Megan Long attended Cromwell from 1997-2000 and during that time held the positions of Treasurer, President of

Megan is currently employed by the Department of Education, Training & the Arts as their International Operations Manager. On being asked the reason for becoming a Board member, Megan replied, “Cromwell College provided me with a safe, fun and supportive home to transition into adulthood. I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 years (yes 4) at College, the lifelong friends I made, the memorable social activities, the sporting endeavours and support in academic success.   “More recently my background in secondary education makes me acutely aware of the scarcity of university accommodation.  Every year I hear stories of those who ‘missed out’ and I hope by joining the Board I can support Cromwell College being a preferred option for accommodation, to enable future students access to university living options, and to scaffold for the fabulous college experience for all future Cromwellians.” Dr. Lindsay Farrell was born in Brisbane and apart from various stints overseas, Brisbane has been home. Lindsay is Head of the School of Arts and Sciences at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane campus. Previous to this he was Head of Art at the Anglican Church Grammar School and St Peters Lutheran College. He has studied and worked overseas in the UK and Canada and has a PhD from Griffith University. He has a research interest in visual art and spirituality and has researched

art in religious schools and institutions. He maintains his own art practice as a painter, exhibiting in Australia and overseas. Lindsay and his wife Ann have four adult children. They have a keen interest in university life and young people, and in recent years have been neighbours of the College. They enjoy meeting and talking with Cromwell students and staff. Dr. Joe Goodall has been involved with education, church and community affairs since the late 1960s. He has degrees in Arts and Educational Studies as well as a Diploma of Teaching and is a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of history. Joe was appointed Foundation Principal of Flagstone State School, Jimboomba, in 1997 and still holds that position. He was also seconded to help establish the Flagstone State Community College in 2001. He began as a classroom teacher in 1976 and served at a number of schools before taking on more senior roles at Corinda, Moggill and Esk Primary Schools. Dr. Goodall has been a member of the Brisbane YMCA since 1969 and has served in various capacities, including Board member since 1986 and two terms as President. He was made a life member in 2001. Joe has also served on the National Board and is currently Chairperson of the State Council. His support of the YMCA and his interest in History led him to publish the monograph, ‘Brisbane YMCA history: The challenge of the time’. Dr Goodall has also been a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church, Bardon since 1982, is currently Chairperson and

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has served in a number of capacities for the church since then. He has also served twice as the Moderator of the Queensland Congregational Fellowship and once as the Moderator of the Congregational Federation of Australia. Joe’s wife Meredith is also a teacher and they have three adult children. Prior to coming to Cromwell in 2007 Gavin ‘Badger’ Edgley attended the Sunshine Coast Grammar School where he was School Captain and a Prefect in his final year, and achieved an OP1. He is now in his third and final year of a Bachelor of Business degree at QUT, majoring in Marketing and Finance. His is an accelerated program under a Corporate Partners in Excellence Scholarship. As part of this scholarship, he undertakes two semesters of work experience in marketing with sponsoring organisations. During first semester last year, Gavin worked on a variety of marketing projects at Sunsuper, and this semester he is tackling the Strategic Communications and Marketing (SCAM) unit at the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. He studies two courses during these semesters, and takes on a 25% overload during normal semesters. Gavin was a finalist in QUT’s Queensland Business Icon competition in both 2007 and 2008. In his fresher year, Gavin was awarded Best Team Member on the Men’s 8 rowing team. In second year, he was ‘O’ Week Convenor, the Board of Governors Representative, achieved second place in the ICC Oratory competition and represented Cromwell at the 2008 National Association of Australian University Colleges (NAAUC) conference. He carried out an elaborate campaign to become President of the Students’ Association in 2009, and is the Senior of Bottom Thatcher. Gavin could very well be the College’s first President from QUT. (Please let me know if anyone can refute or confirm that claim.) Gavin says that he loves Cromwell life. “I often get keen for the traditions that make Cromwell unique; freshers holding hands and skipping in ‘O’ Week, the girls lining up for days to get their partner for ball, fresher jobs, cupping, room chops, dancefest practice,

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the overwhelming support we always have at sporting and cultural events, and the fact that freshers can’t vote at OGMs but still have to go. I really can’t imagine uni life being any other way.” After ‘Crominating’ this, his last year at Cromwell and completing his degree, Gavin aspires to work in the exciting world of marketing fast-moving consumer goods. Mr. Daniel ‘Hoobs’ Campbell, born in Brisbane, is from the small town of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. He is 20 years old and was involved in student government in various forms throughout primary and high school. Daniel says he is a political scientist with enormous interest in domestic political issues, international relations and social and ethical philosophy. He decided to apply to Cromwell back in 2006 because it appeared to be the warmest, community-minded and academically stimulating environment of all the colleges. Since then he has grown to love this place, and is passionately committed to helping preserve and improve the college so future generations can have the sort of experiences he has had.

Congregation before taking up the role of Moderator of the Queensland Synod in October 2008. Bruce has a passion to see The Uniting Church become an effective agent for unity among all Christian churches and for the Christian faith to help shape a more compassionate and generous community in which all people are respected and affirmed. Bruce is married to Heather (who is a school teacher) and they have three adult children. He is a keen follower of any sport and enjoys finding time to do woodwork, having made most of the furniture in their home.

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Daniel says he nominated for the Board of Governors Student Representative position because he wanted to be able to serve College; to give back something since it has given him so much. The Rev. Bruce Johnson grew up in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast at Yandina and attended Nambour State High School. Leaving school in 1970 Bruce entered an apprenticeship to become a Dental Technician and went on to work for an orthodontist until responding to a sense of call into full time ministry. Obtaining adult matriculation, Bruce enrolled at The University of Queensland, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Religious Studies and Language and Communication. Bruce entered Trinity Theological College in 1981 and was ordained as a Minister of The Word in The Uniting Church in Australia in Rockhampton in 1984. Bruce has served The Uniting Church in Central Queensland in Clermont/Capella Parish, Gladstone Parish and then as Presbytery Chairperson. Moving to Brisbane in 2001 he served Broadwater Road

It is with great sadness that we advise you of another death in the Cromwell family. Ms Louise Bortolotto suddenly collapsed and died in December whilst attending her father’s funeral in Townsville. Louise was a solicitor and Alumna of the College (1984-1987) who was appointed to the Cromwell College Board as a COCA representative on the 27th October 2004. She served on the Forward Planning Committee, Finance Committee, and Property Committee and when elected Secretary of the Board of Governors on the 31st October 2007, she became a Trustee of the College. Her brother Michael is also a Cromwell Alumnus – 1981-1982 Our sincere condolences go out to her family.



The Promise As a resident of Cromwell College I promise to respect others, build community and welcome visitors.

The overwhelming interest in Cromwell from over 360 initial applicants for 2009 resulted in just 85 new faces being added to the Cromwell family. Among them are a number who already have a link to the College through their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins and even grandparents. Fresher Sunday was again a stimulating day of meeting new residents and their families and matching them up with their Senior, corridor and room. The welcoming committee of the 2009 Seniors and Student Executive members greeted each of the new families with rousing applause as they entered Cromwell. And as always everyone pitched in to make sure that all bags and belongings were dutifully carried to the new ‘home away from home’ of their owners.

I will strive to do my best, live a balanced life, serve others and care for the environment in which I live.

9 Attending Commencement Dinner 200 ell, Farr say Lind – Mr. Ben de Jong, Dr. Ms Megan Long, Dr. Joe Goodall and Rev. Dr. Hugh Begbie

Eight of the new Cromwell members have parents who are Alumni: Lydia Death and mother Ann (1976-1979), Kieran Evans and father Michael (1974-1977), Andrew McLean and father Greg (1971), Isaac Schultz and father Roger (1976-1978) and mother Diane (1978-1979), Caitlin See and father David (1976-1977), Victoria Sing and father John (1967-1968), Will Skinner and mother Deb (1973), and Renae White and mother Sonja (1982-1984). A number of other ‘Crommie’ families also have new members here this year; the Day family (Katherine), the Faulkners (Alexander), the Hancocks (Linda), the Miskins (Lachlan), the Palmers (Mitchell) and the Van der Werffs (Ross). Another two positions have been added to the list of Seniors for 2009; a Senior Mentor and a Senior Tutor. Both roles have been filled by fourth year residents. Bridget McNee is Senior Mentor and in this role, Chairs the weekly Seniors meetings and, having been a Senior herself in 2008, acts as ‘Den Mother’ to the other Seniors. In the role of Senior Tutor is Daniel Hayes who helps to co-ordinate the tutorial groups with the Dean of Students, Denis Brosnan and the Academic Visitor to the College, Dale Mason. Commencement Dinner was held on Thursday 12th March this year. Rev. Dr. Begbie was keynote speaker and the 2009 Freshers were formally received into the Cromwell family after signing the register and as a group taking their official College promise to uphold the traditions and expectations of them as Cromwell College residents.

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ae White and mum Sonja

Finally I promise, in the presence of this gathering, to enjoy my freedom in a mature and responsible way that maintains the reputation of the College and is thoughtful towards others.

Isaac Schultz and fam ily friend Brian Farrow (Crom well 1977-1979)

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Caitlin See, father David and mother Kerry

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Sun Protection Study @ Cromwell During 2008 a number of Cromwell students agreed to take part in a study titled “Sun Protection Behaviour”. This study was conducted as part of a fourth year Honours project by UQ student, Lorna Hobbs, under the supervision of Dr. Winnifred Louis, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology. Lorna explains the purpose of the study and its outcomes below.

Purpose of the study The main aim of this study was to examine the role of norms, which are informal standards or rules that guide behaviour, in influencing intentions to use sun protection and reported sun protection behaviour (e.g. wearing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses). We used three theoretical models. The “theory of planned behaviour” (Ajzen, 1991) says that people will do a particular behaviour based on three factors: their favourable or unfavourable attitudes towards the behaviour; whether or not they think that important people in their life approve of their doing the behaviour (the ‘subjective norm’); and whether or not they feel they have control over the behaviour. The “Norm focus theory” (Cialdini, Reno, & Kallgren, 1990) says that two different types of norms are important descriptive norms (what other people do) and injunctive norms (what other people approve of ). Also, the “referent informational influence” model (Terry & Hogg, 1996) says that group level variables need to be measured as they are more important than individual factors (e.g. what other students think and do about sun protection could be more important than what family and non-uni friends do).

Predicting Sun Protection Overall According to the theory of planned behaviour, favourable attitudes, supportive significant others, and higher perceived control should increase sun-protection. We did find that participants who held more positive attitudes towards sun-protection reported greater intentions to engage in sun-protection, and engaged in more actual behaviour. Participants who held more positive attitudes towards sun-protection took more leaflets and sunscreen, in our study. When we looked at what significant others thought and did, there was no effect of injunctive norms (perceiving that significant others approve of sun-protection), but descriptive norms were important (if significant others used sun protection themselves, participants had stronger intentions to do the same). Unexpectedly, however, control wasn’t a factor. And we also found some demographic associations: older participants had higher intentions to use sunprotection, and women had higher intentions than men.

Results of Experimental Manipulations When participants were told that the majority of UQ students approve of sunprotection, participants reported significantly higher intentions to use sun-protection. But this was only true if people didn’t focus on the absence of actual behaviour among other university students.  If participants were told that the majority of UQ students approve of sun-protection but don’t actually engage in it themselves, then their own intentions didn’t increase.

As well as looking at the models from past research, we wanted to see if being reminded about failing to use sun protection in the past would influence intentions to use sun protection behaviour. Some research has shown that thinking about how you’ve not lived up to standards you believe in before now, makes you intend to do better. So we ran a study!

Also, we didn’t find any effects of the information about other students on behaviour, which was only predicted by participants’ favourable attitudes (as noted above). Finally, we studied the impact of reminding people about past failures to engage in sun-protection, but contrary to expectations there were no effects depending on whether we reminded them or not.

Demographic information about participants

Conclusion and Implications

One hundred and sixty-eight University of Queensland students completed the study in exchange for course credit in undergraduate psychology courses. Participants’ ages ranged from 17 to 50, although the majority were 21 or younger (average age = 19.73). Most participants (79%) were female.

Overall, the importance of looking at injunctive and descriptive norms together to investigate direct and interactive effects was supported in the present study. In particular, consistent with our own past research, we found that giving positive messages of approval in the context of negative information about a behaviour being uncommon is an ineffective change message, which is something we believe is important to consider.

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Looking at people’s significant others, it was their sun-protection behaviour (descriptive norm) not their approval of sun-protection (injunctive norm) which was important in shaping participants’ intentions. In addition, the value of looking at group level norms (e.g. for students) over and above the individualistic norms (e.g. of significant others) was supported in this study. The results of the study have a number of implications for future intervention campaigns aimed at increasing the use of sun-protection. First, the results suggest that the creation of more positive attitudes towards sun-protection may be important as a first step. Yet many people with positive attitudes fail to act.  Second, the results indicate that emphasis should be placed on fostering positive descriptive norms (what people actually do), rather than just relying on injunctive norms (what people should do). In this sense, it’s probably important to target groups for change, instead of individuals, because if individuals are in groups that are failing to act, it can create an inertia that undermines change messages.  Relatedly, sunprotection campaigns (and other campaigns) should avoid emphasising negative descriptive norms.  We think they do this to raise awareness of the scope of the problem (Australians are at risk of skin cancer) but it could be that emphasising that more and more people are using sun-protection is a message that has more positive impact than emphasising that lots of people are still not taking care of their skin.

Suggested References: Ajzen, I. (1991). The theory of planned behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 50, 179-211. Cialdini, R. B., Reno, R. R., & Kallgren, C. A. (1990). A focus theory of normative conduct: Recycling the concept of norms to reduce littering in public places. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 1015-1026. Terry, D. J., & Hogg, M. A. (1996). Group norms and the attitude-behavior relationship: A role for group identification. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22, 776-793. Thank you so much to all of the students who participated in the study. We really appreciate it! If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Louis at email We would be more than happy to hear from you. If you are interested in reading other similar studies on decision-making, please check out .


Cromwell College 60th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS 1950 - 2010 An invitation is extended to all Alumni and Friends of Cromwell College to attend a weekend of celebrations to observe the 60th Anniversary of the Formal Institution of Cromwell College on 26th April, 1950. When: 3rd & 4th July 2010 Where: Cromwell College & other Venues (to be advised)


interested Alumni & Friends to help organise the celebrations Would you like to be on the Planning Committee? Are you in contact with other Crommies? Do you have any photos to add to our memorabilia? Would you like to help setup on the day?

We need as many Alumni and Friends as possible to help make this another memorable occasion in the life of Cromwell College. For further information and offers of help, contact: Mrs. Rebecca McEwen Smith Development Manager Cromwell College Ph: (07) 3377 1300 Fax: (07) 3377 1499 Email: ** Please note that these celebrations will also coincide with Centenary Celebrations being held by The University of Queensland in 2010

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Round Up

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Cambridge Calling

I started at Cromwell in 1992, having followed the tradition of many other Alstonville High kids in coming to Cromwell. I studied occupational therapy, graduating in 1995, and was resident in Cromwell for the four years of my degree. On graduating, I obtained a job at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and worked there and then for CRS Toowong (Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service) until early 2000, after which I headed to London. I have been in the UK ever since, having met my British husband Oliver, a physicist, when we were both working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2001. Married in 2005, we now have 2 kids, William aged 2 and Genevieve aged 3 months. Life is busy! We continue to live in Cambridge. I left OT several years ago and have been working as a project manager for the NHS, although I am currently on maternity leave. We manage to get home to Oz every 18 months or so, and are hoping to move to Australia towards the end of 2009. I loved my time in Cromwell. The people were great, the experiences varied and the laughs endless. Someday I hope my kids might want to go to Cromwell too..... Katie Morrish (née Thompson) – (1992-1995)

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Studying in Melbourne After leaving Cromwell, I moved out with a couple of friends in St Lucia to finish my studies. I graduated from my Science degree and completed my Honours year with First Class Honours in 2007. I also attended a couple of national conferences; the Australian Insect Molecular Biology Conference (2006) and the Australian Virology Group Conference (2007)) with some of the research projects I completed in my undergraduate and Honours years. Since then I have moved down to Melbourne (March 2008) to start my PhD in Virology at La Trobe University and received an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to finance my studies for the next three years which was great. I am really enjoying my time down here. Melbourne is a beautiful city (if a little cold!) and the people are great. I’m also playing soccer for the La Trobe Women’s team in the Victorian State League 2 which is a whole lot of fun!  It was pretty surprising and exciting to receive a University of Queensland medal for my BSc (Hons) degree last July, and well worth the trip back to QLD for. Regards, Rebecca “Igloo” Ambrose (2004-2005)

Time flies when you’re having fun… “Hi all, Time flies and I find myself seven years out of college. Life has been full of fun and surprises and many blessings. What’s happened in the last few years? I am still living in Newcastle, NSW, but now with my husband, Simon!  “We were married on 23rd February, 2008 and had an incredible wedding day - lots of fun, lots of family and friends and lots of smiles all round! We went to Fiji for our honeymoon and would highly recommend Matamanoa Island to all!  “2009 has commenced with a bang. Simon moved his osteopathy business out of his house and into a commercial property so that it could continue to expand. It was a lot of work to get the office fitted out but it looks great and is going well. He now has 9 part-time staff working there from osteopaths to psychologists so it has been a huge learning curve in management - but he loves the challenge.  “I am still working as a Speech Pathologist at the Newcastle Calvary Mater Hospital and loving it! I am now also a conjoint at the university and have students on prac with me 3 days per week this year as well as teaching a clinic tutorial and neurogenic communication disorder lectures at the university - I really enjoy it! “We have also moved house (back to Simon’s place), have plans to renovate and are doing a parttime theology internship at our church this year. It’s shaping up to be a full but very fun year! We are looking forward to a holiday in the Blue Mountains for Easter.  “Other than that, we are constantly flying to QLD (my family) and VIC (Simon’s family) to catch up with family and give plenty of hugs to our beautiful niece and nephew! With more nieces and nephews on the way this year the trips are sure to increase!  “Hope this letter finds you all well and I’d love to hear from you at With love, Mel Ashley (née Stuart 2002).”

Writing in Chilly London Janet Gover resided at Cromwell in 1976/77. She left after earning a place as a cadet journalist at BTQ 7 News in Brisbane - one of a very small group of female television reporters at the time. Her journalistic career took her to Sydney, then on to Hong Kong and London, where she now lives. In recent years, she has been a consultant advising broadcasters in the Middle East, Europe and Africa about new technology for television production. She has just released her first novel ‘The Famer Needs A Wife’ in the UK and Australia. “I still remember the abject terror of my first day at Cromwell. “I was a girl from a tiny bush town who had no place in the ‘big smoke’ that was Brisbane – and even less place in the hallowed halls of a university. “I got over that pretty quickly. “I have always been a terrible swat - and I just loved the idea of attending University. Cromwell offered new Janet signing books at the Lon friends and new experiences. My room in top North don launch of her book had a window that looked out at a Jacaranda tree and infinite possibilities in my future. There was so much to learn - and it didn’t all come out of text books. In fact, there’s a photo from my Cromwell days of some non-bookish activity on my website “It didn’t take long to figure out that I could make my own place wherever I wanted to be. “I’ve lived and worked in dozens of countries since then. As a TV journalist, I moved to Hong Kong, and then to London, where I now live. As a consultant in TV production technology and workflows, I have worked all through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. “Through all these years and all these places, that sense of finding my own place has stayed with me. “I’m now into my third career- this time writing fiction. Sense ns at her couple of fa of place remains central to everything I write. When I moved to Janet with a ook launch London, I started writing short fiction about a land that seemed London b very strange to my Australian eyes. After a few years in the UK, I now sometimes write about how strange Australia looks to English eyes. I like to write light-hearted romantic adventures. Particularly in these difficult times, a little escapism is a good thing. “In my first romantic novel, The Farmer Needs A Wife, I’ve taken people from vastly different places and thrown them together – just to see who could fall in love. What fun that was! “At the moment, all my novels are being set in Australia – but who knows. From my window in London, I look out at a snowy street and infinite possibilities for the future.” Janet Gover

The Farmer Needs a Wife, out now from Little Black Dress. ment for Janet’s book, but as I This is an unashamedly blatant advertise ’t think she would mind if we know the editor of this magazine, I didn Crommie family. the of all spread the word about it amongst by Little Black Dress in January “The farmer needs a Wife’ (published ch and is available from all good Mar in ralia 2009) was released in Aust e on internet booksellers. It’s bookstores and pretty much worldwid The book, ‘The Farmer Needs an. Germ also soon to be translated into chilly old London, but is set in A Wife’, was written in my home in beach to the outback. There are Australia, in various locations from the y.” Janet Gover ersit Univ at even some references to life

Congratulations to... Andrew (1993 – 1998) & Joanne (née Page) (1994-1997) Cousins, who welcomed their baby boy, James Alexander, into the world on 1st December 2008, weighing 10 pounds 12 ounces.

Tracey Shallue (1996- 1998) and Simon Gillett (1996-1998) who tied the knot in New Zealand on 20th March. Apparently there were a few Crommies invited to attend the ceremony, so hopefully I might be able to obtain a few photos for the next edition of COCA News.

Lookin’ good from the Isa Howdie Cromwell!! It’s Kojack here. I just thought I’d take this opportunity to say a big ‘G’day’ to all you Crommies, both past and present, and let everyone know what I’m up to out here in this big ol’ world. Well, yep, I finally graduated at the end of 2008 – a qualified veterinary surgeon… well that’s what it says on paper anyway! I’m working as a rural mixed practitioner at North West Veterinary Clinic up in Mount Isa. Yeah, I enjoyed my time studying in ‘Brisvegas’, but I sure didn’t need any convincing to head back to the bush! There are 5 vets in our practice and we all share the horse, cat, dog, goat, bird, roo, bearded dragon and cattle work from Boulia, Mornington Island, the Eastern stations in the Northern Territory and Julia Creek… including everywhere in-between of course. My partner, Peter, and I live in ‘The Isa’ itself, a city of 23,000 people with a massive underground mine that sits smack bang in the middle of it. Peter is a Field Service Diesel Fitter for Hastings Deering, Mt Isa, so he covers pretty much the same area as our vet clinic. I’m loving it out here so far. You may not think so, but there’s a heap to see and do… camping, fishing, water skiing, four-wheel-driving, etc. It’s a harsh, yet beautiful landscape, so everyone should put in on their list of places to visit. If you come out in August, you can come to the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere! Righto, that’s about all that’s new in the ‘world of Kojack’. I’d love to hear what others are up to. My email is if you ever want to say G’day. Take care out there all you Crommies. See ya’s round like rissoles. ‘Kojack’ (aka Katrina Price, Crommie resident - 2003-2005).

Eyes are our business My partner Andy and I have moved to Bundaberg as licensees of The Optical Superstore. I have given up teaching for the moment - I was the head of language at West Moreton Anglican College for 4 years after moving home from Japan. We were both born and grew up in Bundaberg, but moved to go to uni when we were is a bit of a culture shock being back. We got married on 13th December last year at the Victoria Park Golf Complex and Honeymooned in Koh Samui, Thailand. Karen Mundt (1996-1997)

COCA News 2009 • Page 13

The 1972, 1973 & 1974 Reunion


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The Reunion for Alumni from the 1972, 1973 and 1974 years which was held on Saturday 29th November, 2008 to celebrate 35 years since Cromwell became co-ed, was a delightful journey back to an era of change. About 30 Alumni and spouses were able to attend with apologies from another twenty. The reunion was a fairly casual affair with lunch in the Dining Hall and some wonderful reminiscing, followed by a tour of the College.

Wong Shuo Yue Howey, (1999-2000), aka ‘Wong How Yue’, aka ‘Wongie’

Mr Ashby Utting, who was College Administrator in 1973 as well as College Alumnus (1962-1964) and member of the College’s Board of Governors, gave a brief insight into the College’s situation at the time. And although the decision to become co-ed may have given some of the Board members cause for concern at the time, the results have of course been outstanding.

Howey is Assistant Principal Engineer in ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pty Ltd, Singapore and Founder of WAKI Enterprise, Birdnest Farming Import & Export. Howey is keen to find his good friend & Lab Partner, Ashwin Prasad who graduated with him from electronics engineering in December 2000. We lost contact with Ashwin in 2004 so I don’t have any up-to-date contact details for him. If anyone knows where he might be could you please get in contact with me ( and I will forward the info onto Howey.

Some of the first Cromwell women who attended the Reunion included Debby Frawley, Susan Clarke, Leanne (nee Heidke) Betros, Robin (nee Myles) Harrison, Debra-lee (nee Bond) Best and Debra (nee Byrne) Skinner. 1973 also proved to have another spin-off for the College because the introduction of women meant that the Cromwell boys no longer had far to go to find a date and that led to some very permanent relationships being formed which the College has been benefiting from to this very day. But that is another story which I will also pursue (Relationships made @ Cromwell. Any stories about Cromwell romances may be forwarded to me as soon as possible). Of course the best thing about the Reunion is that old friendships have been rekindled and even those who were not able to make it have been put in touch with those who could.

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Susan Clarke &


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, Phil Berquier, Tim Whitn

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The First Annual


Cromwell College Reunion Melbourne Reunion

This reunion was organised by Daniel ‘Anti’ Taylor (2005-2007) and Jarrett ‘Luigi’ Owen (2004-2006) for Saturday 15th November last year at Bar 388 on Brunswick in the Valley. Dan says, “It went well! It was just Jarrett and I for the first hour which was getting scary, but once everyone turned up ‘fashionably late’ it picked up a lot. The crowd was mostly my year and about 5 to 6 years above me. Everyone seemed to have a good night and enjoyed catching up with everyone. We even had a few people come in from up north and from Sydney and Melbourne! “All in all, Jarrett and I were pretty happy with how it turned out and the feedback we received, so hopefully it might happen again in 2009!” There were some Alumni Contact Forms available at the Reunion. If you managed to pick one up, would you return it to the College so your details can be updated.

The 2008 Melbourne reunion was another small but lively get together for some of our Melbourne-based Crommies. The Reunion was again held at the Court House Hotel in North Melbourne as they had been so helpful and obliging when I was trying to organise the first reunion in 2007. Hugh and Denis were in Melbourne for the annual Association of Heads of Australian University Colleges and Halls Incorporated (AHAUCHI) conference and were delighted to catch up with those who could make it. And they were, George Alcorn (1956-1959), Julie King (1990-1993) and Geoff Brown (1990-1992), Melinda Stuart-Adams (nee Jericho) (1990-1992), Greg Matthews (2003-2005) and Phil Kearney (20032005). Apologies for the evening came from John Liesegang (1959), Colin Dowzer (19551957), Lester (1961-1963) and Desley Peters, Andrew Macrae (1989-1991), Moss (1987-1990) and Christine (nee Farr) (1988-1991) Siddle.

“Graduation is like being born - traumatic, but inevitable. It means you have to decide upon a profession that you can talk about at future social gatherings.” Lisa Birnbach, Author ‘A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing’, Editied by James Charlton (1994)

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Two of our songbirds Tessa Hayward & Kassi Kee performed at Commencement Dinner 2009

Gavin Edgley and Mike Stone learn the finer points of First Aid during ‘P’ Week

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for anything’ The ‘We’re ready the ‘P’ Week Troops courtesy of Training Corps

The ‘O’ Week Committee show us ‘How to do the 2009 Fresher Dance’

The Miskins show us how to wear ‘ugly sh irts’ at Closed Bunker

The Extended Cromwell Community Uniting in Friendship for the College Future

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