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Editors • Denis Brosnan & Rebecca McEwen Smith • Volume 6 •

Today marks a milestone that celebrates the culmination of three years of learning, growth and shared memories. At a moment such as this it is appropriate to reflect on years past, to examine what we have done and what we have learned. Today I have been given this challenging task, and I would like to thank the College for the opportunity to stand before my friends and reflect on our time together.

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Memories Friendships In an attempt to rise to the challenge, I started to think about where we have spent most of our time here at Cromwell. Four places came to my mind – the Dining Hall, the College Room, the common rooms and corridors and the lawns. If these walls could talk – what would they have to say?

The 2007 Valedictorians

First of all, let’s start with the Dining Hall. Three years ago we sat together in this very dining hall, we had no idea who our companions were, and no idea what amazing things this College had in store for us. We had no idea how many moments we would share in this exact room. Imagine how many times this Dining Hall would have seen us stumble in after a big night out for a hearty breakfast. Imagine how many times it would have heard the phrase “Ohh youu last night! You were so funny”! This Dining Hall would have seen us at every Mini Ball and At Home, in our ridiculous costumes, making memories with our friends. It would have seen us sweating it out in Dancefest practices, and it would know when dinner wasn’t perhaps as good as usual because of the line at the toaster. The Dining Hall would have seen the great traditions such as cupping continually upheld, and heard countless ‘tea’ ‘toast’ and drink calls. It would have seen the kitchen ladies cleaning around us in a polite attempt to get us to leave the dining hall and go back to our rooms. The dining hall would have heard many funny, embarrassing and stupid stories. We began our time at Cromwell in this room, and tonight we end it here. I’m sure this dining hall would feel privileged to have spent so much of our time with us, and shared with us so many wonderful memories. Next: the college room. This room certainly knows every intimate detail of our lives! It would have seen many a win-on, heard many interesting and embarrassing stories about each of us, and known exactly how much time we have spent procrastinating on DC. Just think of how much time we have spent just chilling in our room with our friends, simply chatting and enjoying each others’ company. The room has seen us collapse on our beds after an exhausting day at Uni. or a big night out. It would have seen us all cramming to get on the bed to watch the new Prison Break or Desperate Housewives and has seen many a wake-up call and practical joke. This room has seen us through a lot - it has seen us cry and seen us laugh. It has listened to many deep and meaningfuls and witnessed many encouraging hugs and conversations. This room has seen the heart of its Cromwellians. Then there are the corridors and common rooms. These walls are overwhelmed with loud noise, constantly having to put up with girls singing their hearts out and listening to terrible music when they are getting ready for a night out, or watch in dismay as the boys play poker continually! The corridor would have seen many a room crawl, a lot of mess, and known about every walk of shame!

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

What’s I nside

From the Principal


Youth Premier at Cromwell


Vale Yvonne Rogers


The Master Plan


2007 Valedictory Dinner


Qld Student Leadership Forum Chit Chat Roundup

8-9 10-12

Down Memory Lane


Staff News


It’s a Cultural Feast


International Dinner


Academic Dinner


Sporting Awards


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 surviving 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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The common room would have seen all of the costume making for bunker parties; all the late night tea and toast snacks and the hours spent watching Oprah and Dr Phil on cold roll day. It has seen posters being put up, and posters being taken down! Most of all however, these walls have truly witnessed how much of a ‘community’ we really are. They have seen corridors bond and friendships begin and grow stronger. They have seen the hard work done by each Senior in making sure their corridor is doing ok and seen us support and encourage each other. The common rooms and corridors know how much of a family we really are. Lastly: the lawns of Cromwell. North Lawn has seen us discover the joys of the day after in first year, has allowed us to make camp for ‘North Lawn sleepovers’ in second year, and has been the place we weren’t allowed to sit or walk on in third year. (It was so dry that there was scarcely any lawn to speak of.) Then there’s Thatcher Lawn - the original place for next-day parties; it would have seen us dancing around to Harry, throwing drinks on each other and soaking up the sun. It would have seen every roll call in “O” Week, seen us terrified of “Bait”, “Sly”, “Eden” and the rest of the “O” Week crew and then later seen us losing our voices in the past two “O” Weeks. Imagine the number of thongs these Lawns would have found, the number of cans they would have collected and the amount of paint, glitter and cardboard from all our costumes they would have seen. The Lawns would have watched us meet each other on that first afternoon and have since then seen friendships flourish, and


relationships begin. These Lawns have seen us laughing our heads off and having some of the best times of our lives. These Lawns have seen the true spirit of Cromwell. It is certainly true that if this college and its walls could talk, they could tell us a lot about ourselves. The college has seen us through so many memories, it has seen us grow up and it has seen us make ever lasting friendships. Through these memories we have matured together and had an enormous amount of fun. The best thing is however, that although we are leaving this college and won’t be creating any more memories inside these walls – we will still have each other. We know each other inside out, we have seen each other through the past three years and we will always remember and cherish the great times spent here. To those continuing your journey here –be involved in as much as you can and don’t ever forget that College is only what you make it. I encourage you to really make the most of this wonderful place – you won’t regret it. To the rest of the Valedictorians, it has been a great privilege to have experienced these last three years of college with you and I look forward to making new memories outside this wonderful place with you.

Emily Goldsmith President

2007 Student Association



Hi everyone, and welcome to the last edition of COCA News for 2007. When you receive this issue, we will all again be staring at another Christmas looming up in front of us and wondering where in the world the year has gone. I sometimes feel as though I’m on a merry-go-round that is getting faster and faster, especially now that I am back in the workforce, albeit part-time.

As always, second semester becomes a flurry of activity as end-of-year events begin to herald the end of the academic year. Academic, International, Cultural, Sporting Awards and Valedictory Dinners all come and go and students look to their final exams for the year. And then they go home to family or friends or maybe off on holiday or working. Life keeps flowing on and soon we will be getting ready for next year’s intake of Freshers. Thank you to all Alumni who have sent in their address updates and info for the magazines. It really is wonderful to hear from all of you and to read your stories. Please keep them coming.

I have always loved reading quotes and so I am intending to put a few in amongst the pages of each issue where there is space. They all come from a little book I bought many years ago titled, “A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing. 600 Wise and Witty Observations for Students, Teachers and Other Survivors of Higher Education”, edited by James Charlton. I hope you enjoy reading them. From all of us here at Cromwell, have a wonderful and safe festive season with whomever you are spending it. I look forward to keeping you all up-to-date- with life at Cromwell next year. Regards

Rebecca McEwen Smith Development Manager Cromwell College Ph: (07) 3377 1235 Fax: 07 3377 1499 Email:

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The writer of Ecclesiastes says: “There is nothing new under the sun.” This hieroglyphic extract from ancient Egypt makes clear that one of the endemic issues I deal with as Principal has been around for a long time. And again from the Bible: The People of Israel reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the Priest and the Prophet reel with strong drink; they are confused with wine; they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving judgement. All tables are covered with filthy vomit; no place is clean. Isaiah 28: 7-8. OR Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger late over wine, those who keep mixing wines. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things and your mind utter perverse things. You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one at the top of the mast. “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.” Proverbs 23:29-35 This year I chaired the national conference of Heads of Colleges. During one of the sessions we had one current collegian and two ex-collegians (from different colleges)

describing their college experience. For the current resident, college was described in glowing terms. For the older ex-collegian, reflection on life had led him to want to become re-involved and contribute to the next generation of collegians. The younger ex-collegian (from Cromwell) recognised the strength of College life but was at a point where he saw clearly its distractions. His honesty was refreshing and his advice well received but he did highlight what most Heads know, that youthful exuberance and the current cultural environment provided big distractions, with alcohol lying at the centre. When I was growing up, Church youth groups were common places to meet for social activity. For many today this is not an option and it seems that the main meeting place for them is the pubs and clubs. They play sport, do cultural things and that’s fantastic, but social life seems powerfully linked with alcohol, a nexus very difficult to modify. One of the reasons I am arguing to the Board that our Master Plan should include a hall separate to the dining room, is that this would provide further opportunity to create alternatives. Not only would it allow for indoor volleyball, badminton and ping pong, but activities such as aerobics, bush dances, or regular dry socials with a dance teacher present could also be considered. I have spoken of the Master Plan elsewhere in this edition of COCA NEWS, but it may help readers to know

that my leadership is driven by a social vision. I want to continue to provide a home away from home that has within it the opportunities and facilities necessary to assist young adults enjoy their exuberance in the most positive way possible. A hall is the most difficult goal to achieve because it is not income producing. But it is my prayer that someday, somewhere, this College will receive the financial assistance required to pull this off. Sometimes residents will see me more as an enemy than a friend, the one who is watching and trying to spoil their fun. The truth is that I care for them deeply (though imperfectly) and long to give them a legacy that will help them find the best way through the exciting but volatile years of their youth. Mind you, even now most find their way through, eventually. As our ex-Cromwell resident said at the conference: “All in all my time at college was a real learning curve and gave me a chance to mature and distinguish right from wrong. It gave me a chance to find my limits and define my strengths and weaknesses. Upon reflection I now feel that I have a set of priorities and goals to work towards and am focused and pointing in the right direction. I became very involved in all events on offer and participated thoroughly in all facets of College life. I made a barrage of friends and now have quite a network of contacts. Like the students I spoke to from Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, I can now look back and say that College was one of the best experiences in my life and that I made the most of it. I truly hope that generations of students to come can share in this once-in-alifetime experience.”

Hugh Begbie Principal

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Painful Words Along with students from some of the other UQ residential Colleges, Cromwell students were recently involved in a data collection session on the Language of Pain. These sessions are the first stage in research on the language of pain being conducted by the Schools of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Languages & Comparative Cultural Studies, Psychology, Social Work & Applied Human Sciences, Nursing and Medicine at The University of Queensland.

Jenny Strong, Professor of Occupational Therapy & Roland Sussex, Professor of Applied Language Studies

The full title of the research is; “The language of pain: Is the pain lexicon of the 1970s relevant in the new millennium?” Jenny Strong, Professor of Occupational Therapy and Roland Sussex, Professor of Applied Language Studies, are two of the research project investigators who arranged for the sessions to be held at the Colleges. “The aim of the project is to gain a clearer understanding of the words we use to describe pain in 2007 and whether other words are more helpful in describing the existence and nature of pain,” they said. Currently the main way of understanding words patients use to describe their pain is by using the McGill Pain Questionnaire which was developed over 30 years ago in 1975 at McGill University in Canada and contains 83 words describing pain. (One of the words was “lanceating”. How many of us know what that means?)

“It is hoped that the knowledge gained will assist us in evaluating and enhancing current tools for pain assessment, and to improve current practice,” Professors Strong and Sussex said. During the sessions, students were shown 10 potentially painful images on PowerPoint slides and asked to write down words to describe pain. They were also asked to write a paragraph about any painful experience they might have had and to indicate which of the existing 83 pain words they felt they would or would not use to describe pain. The investigators hoped to have the data analysis and the first paper on the research completed by Christmas.

Youth Premier at Cromwell Second year Cromwell resident Sheree O’Dwyer represented the Electorate of Indooroopilly at the 2007 Queensland Youth Parliament held earlier this year. The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is an apolitical program which follows the Queensland parliamentary model, where 89 people aged between 15 and 25 are elected to represent electorates from all over Queensland to discuss and debate local and statewide policy and advocate for change on issues that matter to young people. After being elected the Youth Minister for Health and Youth, Premier Sheree O’Dwyer led the youth from all over Queensland in a two-day sitting at Parliament House. The Youth Members entered into some quite controversial and

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heated discussions including free trade agreements, same-sex civil unions and introducing zero alcohol tolerance for all Queensland drivers. The program started in March when the youth representatives were elected and then placed into committees. They then began working on making Bills and producing other matters to bring to debate at the residential week which was held in July. “Being involved in the Youth Parliament program really allows you to make a difference to your community. It is a great experience where you can make changes and get heard in a positive way,” Sheree said. “One of the services I hope to see implemented is night-link bus services on Thursdays. Thursday night is the typical student night, but currently night-link services operate on Fridays and Saturdays.” In her second year at The University of Queensland, Ms O’Dwyer said her

understanding of the political process and policy information is much more advanced after studying towards dual degrees in business management and law. Sheree is looking to enter political life at a later stage in her career. “I want to finish my law and business degrees first, become a lawyer, and then, once I have more experience, I’d like to enter politics.”

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Yvonne Rogers in the Principal’s residence and became enthusiastically involved in College life. It was Yvonne’s love of young people that brought out her keen interest in the needs of Cromwell students. She always showed an interest in their welfare and often went out of her way to get to know them and to make them feel welcomed. Some of you will have experienced Yvonne’s generosity of spirit. Over the years those students who were members of the Students Association were invited to Yvonne and Rod’s home just to get to know each other better and have a lovely, homecooked meal.

Yvonne Rogers It is with very sad hearts that we bade farewell to one of the College’s most ardent supporters, Mrs. Yvonne Rogers. Yvonne died on Friday 19th October, 2007 after suffering from brain and spinal cancer. Her funeral was held on Friday 26th October and was attended by many of her family and friends including College staff and members of the Board of Governors. It was a moving service at the Indooroopilly Uniting Church with the eulogy given by Reverend Paul Moore. It was Yvonne’s fervent wish that her service should ‘celebrate the gift of life and confront living.’ It was typical of Yvonne that she died as she lived, with her thoughts always for others. Only recently, on 16th July, the College held a Formal Dinner in Yvonne’s honour to recognise her nomination as a Fellow of Cromwell College and the work she achieved for Cromwell students in the 23 years of her association with the College. Yvonne’s association with the College began back in 1984 when she joined the College Board as a representative of the Uniting Church. She was a very active and enthusiastic member of the Executive as well as serving on the Foundation Committee, the Property Committee, the Disability Committee, the Forward Planning Committee and being at different times Deputy Chair and Secretary of the Board. During the first semester of 1988, Yvonne’s husband, Associate Professor Rod Rogers was Acting Principal of Cromwell and the family lived

Yvonne came from a poor community in the semi-arid wheat lands of South Australia in an era when women did not routinely attend university. Undeterred, she insisted she be allowed to stay at school until grade 11 and proceeded to use that determination to succeed with the rest of her life. Yvonne became a woman of many accomplishments, all of them based around her sense of community. After she came to Brisbane, Yvonne joined a volunteer Ladies Auxiliary that provided support for children who lived in family group homes and later became a tireless worker during the 1974 Brisbane floods. It was because of this later work she became involved in research studies and helped prepare reports on the social impacts of the Brisbane flood and then on those of the cyclone that destroyed Darwin in December of that same year. Yvonne was then recruited to the Mater Mothers Hospital where she managed the Growth and Development Clinic for extremely low birth-weight infants. It was here that she was destined to meet two of Cromwell’s future students, Georgina and Andrew Whittaker. They were twins who were cared for by Yvonne as babies and

then, some twenty years later, were members of the Executive of the Students’ Association having dinner at Yvonne and Rod’s home. Over her 25 years connection with the Mater Clinic, Yvonne not only cared for those very small babies, but also carried out research on their health and authored some 26 medical research publications on the subject. This all happened without having the benefit of a University education and whilst caring for her own family. The Award of a Fellowship of Cromwell College is the highest recognition that the College can bestow and a Fellow should be a person whose standing in the community is such that the Cromwell College Community deems that he/ she deserves formal appreciation and recognition. Yvonne personified these characteristics to the letter. She had a genuine love for and interest in the students of Cromwell and made an active and lasting contribution to the operations of the College. She participated in the selection of the current Principal; she was an advocate for Board retreats; she was concerned with gender equity; she attended formal dinners and she made international students particularly feel welcomed. It was also recognised that Yvonne wanted to ensure that the heritage of this great College would be passed on and that the culture of caring and the sense of community would be continued. Yvonne had an enormous capacity to care and a great willingness to work and share and she did so in a spirit of Christian love. These were the hallmarks of a beautiful, lovely and caring person. We will miss her greatly.

“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Yvonne was recognized as a Fellow of Cromwell College on 16th July, 2007

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Master Plan Over the next three years the College will be refurbishing the three main student wings (North, Thatcher/ Dowling and Hancock) at a cost of around $2.5m. Below you can see a photograph of a prototype of the refurbishment which includes ceiling fans, small built-in fridge, a wardrobe with some secure area in which belongings can be stored during the conference period, extra long single beds and upgraded power (including 8 power points). Modifications will have to be made in some wings due to variation in room size but in general terms the photo will give you an idea of what is planned. At the same time the Board is preparing a Master Plan to go the University Senate. This Master Plan will include possible new developments that the College can build when resources and opportunity permit. A copy of a diagram showing potential locations can be seen above. In general terms, the possible new developments are: Development One is a self-catered tower build on the current tennis court but with a new tennis court built on an adjacent car park facility. Development Two will be a new student wing added to Hancock running towards Hood Street and replacing the current work-shop. This would enable all the students in the Lockley Wing (Carmody), Steele-Craik Lodge and Cromwell Cottage to be relocated as currently they feel separate from the

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rest of College. Lockley Wing would return partly to visitor accommodation although the ground floor would be used for other purposes. Development Three would occur as a result of Development Two as the Lodge and Cottage would now become available for redevelopment. These would be replaced with some kind of self-catered accommodation. Finally, Development Four would provide a hall. This would be located in the same area as Development Two. Developments Two and Four could have parking underneath and could also be used to provide secure, individual room storage, a large water tank, toilets for social functions etc. Developments One and Three are clearly income-producing activities and the College could borrow for them, but Developments Two and Four will require assistance. I have been in the College since 1995 but my commitment and passion remain as strong as ever. Given that I have told the Board that it is likely that I will not stay until retirement, it is important for me to get as many goals kicked as I can in the next few years. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we not only refurbished, but were able to build some or all of these new facilities? As I have said many times before, I have a dream that I hope you share. If you do share it – if you have

caught a glimpse of the importance of this dream and are in a position to help, then I invite you to join with me in bringing this dream to reality. I will keep you in touch as the dream unfolds but even now, gifts to the College or consideration in your will would certainly help as we work towards this great vision.

Hugh Begbie

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Valedictory Dinner

Once again we bade farewell to another group of Cromwellians at the Valedictory Dinner held on Tuesday 16th October. This year 25 young ladies and gentlemen were leaving Cromwell and setting their sights on a life outside College.

Valedictorians 2007

International Student Officer, Rebecca Smith, was MC for the evening and guest speaker was retiring Vice - Chancellor of The University of Queensland, Professor John Hay AC. The annual College Medal was awarded on this the last formal dinner of the academic year. The medal is awarded to the best all round Valedictorian for the year. Selection is based on achievement in three main areas of activity: Academic, Sporting and Cultural or Collegiate Life. Recipients will have given their best, have shown steady progress over the period of their program, have displayed a developing common sense and a liking to be fully stretched in all their activities.

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Student Leadership Forum 2007 The 2007 Queensland Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values was held over four days from Thursday 23rd August to Sunday 26th August. The Forum began as an initiative of the Members of the Queensland Parliament following a very successful national event, first held in 1997 when a group of Members and Senators from the Australian Parliament invited young Australians to Canberra to talk together about leadership motivations. The Forum is usually held at the end of a sitting week in Brisbane. Four of Cromwell’s residents - Amie Raymond, Amanda McCosker, Toby Gordon and Sheree O’Dwyer - were nominated by Rev. Dr. Begbie to attend this year’s forum. Forum activities are quite varied and included a day spent in Parliament, keynote addresses from state leaders and leaders from other walks of life, seminar groups with MPs and community leaders to discuss leadership themes, small group discussions, a local community service project, a sport and recreation afternoon and an end-of-Forum dance night. For our Cromwell students, it was a chance to ‘find their inner leader’ whilst learning how others became ‘leaders’ through their sometimes tough life experiences. It is probably best to let the students tell you of their experiences during those four days.

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Working Hard

Amanda McCosker …. “Being at College takes up quite a big portion of our life as we, especially at Cromwell, create our own community in which we work, rest, play, socialise and philosophise. With so much going on with College and Uni it is quite easy to be immersed in our student lifestyle. QSLF opens you up to the broader community and the broader world and is a reminder that there’s a hell of a lot going on out there that we sometimes forget about. “One keynote speaker who really stood out for me was Brian Egan who gave quite an emotional story of his experiences in the drought, how his family lost everything, his alcohol abuse, depression, suicide attempt, recovery and his constant fight with what he calls ‘the beast’. Once recovered, Brian and his

wife Nerida, established “Aussie Helpers” in 2002 to help fight poverty and lift the spirits of those severely affected by the drought. “When applying for the forum I was hoping mainly to gain insight from others’ experiences and learn where they gained their own beliefs, values and motivations. I found myself gaining inspiration from seeing what other people have learnt from experiences, life styles and backgrounds that are different to mine. “Although the forum is not College based (well for me and sharing my experiences with others, a lot of it was as I have had SO many experiences in my three years here), I still see it as a great endeavour for the College to support it as it really is an inspirational experience.”

Toby Gordon …. “Although they were not overtly religious, it was surprising to see just how spiritual those people were who were involved, with people from little or not faith, to pastors, to Muslims and Buddhists. Similarly, the issue of faith and what it represented was interspersed through various outlets including professional seminars, small group discussion and guest speakers. “For me, the people that I found most valuable were those who were not involved in politics, but rather in business. I also noted how faith and values directly influenced the decisions they had to make in a business environment where regard for such values may not always be considered. I found Rod Wakefield, CEO of The Coffee Club, to be an extremely interesting and engaging person with his outlook on the forum and what it was

set up to achieve, along with General Peter Cosgrove and Mr Brian Egan. “I walked away from the forum not so much with a realigned faith, as with a deeper understanding of what my values are and what they should be and the people at whom they should be directed. If I took anything away from the forum, it would be that people do matter and that the actions that we take will influence people for good, or for bad. “A number of old Cromwellians were facilitating many operations of the forum, which was very encouraging to see. The people involved in the forum were all of an equally high calibre and of marked integrity, and the strong Cromwell connection interwoven into the QSLF fabric certainly added a special dimension to the experience.”

Sheree O’Dwyer …. “When I first turned up at the forum I looked around at my group and thought, ‘Great! What have I gotten myself into? Some lame weekend where I have to talk to some lame old people about lame stuff.’ However, that impression soon changed and I was confronted with a group of open-minded, approachable, wise and truly inspirational people.

Amie Raymond……

“Let me say that I was very delighte d to find that the forum was much mor e than I had expected. The forum didn ’t tell you how to lead nor did it lecture you on what a good leader is. Instead they encouraged you to look within yourself and reflect on what kind of leader you want to be. We had numerous guest speakers including my favourite throughout the forum, General Peter Cosgrove. The General spoke of leading by example which I think is one of the most effective way s of leading. The General also made another good point which was voiced by many speakers at the forum, that at the end of the day it is important to reflect on your personal values. Wh at are your underlying faiths and values that make you who you are, and form the decisions that you will make as a leader? ….. This experience was one of the best in my life. It has opened my eyes to the possibilities in the world and given me the basis to star t working on my own faith and values. I am very grateful for the opportunity and experience.”

“Whilst the parliamentary seminars made me think about leadership as a whole, it was the community and business seminars where I really learnt more about myself and how leadership starts with me and how I react in different situations. “I thought this forum was going to be some person lecturing to me about leadership qualities I should possess, yet I found it to be great people talking about the great things they have done in life and how they see it as part of their everyday jobs. Every speaker left me with something new to contemplate about myself and our society. The selflessness of these people made me look deeper into myself and made me want to do more for others. “I am truly thankful that the College gave me the opportunity to participate in a different program such as this. I learnt so much about myself and how to deal with different situations. It was quite a different experience to anything I’ve done before. It may sound a cliché but I definitely think I’m a better person for attending it.”

What a team

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Round Up Almost Everywhere

“After leaving Cromwell and graduating as a Civil Engineer I got a job with an Oil/Gas company and started my posting in Perth awaiting my assignment as a Trainee Wellsite Engineer. The company, being a multimillion dollar international firm, could send you just about anywhere in the world (which is what attracted me to the company) and decided that I would go to work in Saudi Arabia. So off I went on my first real assignment to work in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia! I spent 2 months there and when I was on my break I was told that my assignment had changed and that I’d be going to Papua New Guinea.......I did not even get a chance to pack up !!! “From the red hot desert conditions I was now sent to the tropical jungles of PNG. I spend 6 months there before I was sent to USA for 4 months of intense training. At the successful completion of this training, I was sent on my first permanent placement as a Junior Wellsite Engineer to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia in 2000. I spent 1 year there in the oilfields doing numerous jobs and trying to learn the language. I was just beginning to enjoy the worklife there and making some good friends, when along came some changes to the company policies and I was asked to transfer to Thailand where I spent another year. “During my time in Thailand I took the opportunity to do a volunteer mission trip to Kenya to work in an orphanage and do some support work in a clinic in one of the slums. This is where I met my beautiful wife and realising that the industry I was in was no place for developing a strong relationship, I left and got a job in Australia with Queensland Rail. “We got married in May 2003 and we have had 2 beautiful girls since and now our family comprises 3 wonderful gorgeous girls, mum & dad and a female cat!! So I am well and truly out- numbered! “I guess that is it for now....I am still with QR and finding my job challenging and enjoyable for now. I can not believe that it has been almost 5 years that I have been with QR.......this is the longest time I have been with one company. Maybe it’s time for change?” James Hemetsberger - 1994

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Greetings from Japan I stayed at Cromwell (Lockley Wing) for about 3 months. It was in 1994, from January to April. (At that time, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Canada, and I remember that I and some Lockley residents enjoyed it on TV in the common room.) I’m sorry that I can’t remember the correct date, because it was almost 13 years ago, and all of the details are at my parents’ house now. I remember that the room was 177, a very spacious room with 2 beds! At that time I was just a student of the Tesol program, but chanced to stay in such an excellent Wing, Lockley, so full of tradition! I really miss the formal dinners every week. I think the dining room has had big changes, becoming far more luxurious. The wooden floor has been resealed, and the old black tables changed to beautiful tables the same colour as the floor! In my memory, at that time, the receptionist was an older, graceful lady, and there were 3 other Japanese in Lockley Wing. One was named Ms. Nakazato, a graduate student studying simultaneous interpretation. Other was named Mr. Ishii Yasuyuki, researcher at CSIRO. And another was a professor of Bond University. At Cromwell I had a great time and met many wonderful people from all over the world. One of them was Mr. Lee (Dong Woo Lee) from South Korea, and he became my husband! He was a graduate student staying at International House. He was studying social science, an exchange student from Yonsei University of Korea. He spent 1 semester at UQ. After our fateful encounter, we needed 3 more years to get married, which we did in spring in 1997. We lived 2 years in Korea, and then moved to Japan in 1997, and now we are in Yokohama, Japan. And this year is the 10th anniversary of our marriage. We wanted to visit our fondly remembered UQ (Cromwell, International House) once more, and also to show UQ to our 5-year old son, named Ryonosuke. Some day in the future, Ryonosuke might come to study at UQ! My husband and I were so happy to re-live our nostalgic journey. We hope that UQ will thrive more and more forever! Sincerely yours, Sawako Takahashi and Dong Woo Lee

Long Term Friendships Steven & Ute Miskin are both Alumni of Cromwell (Steven, 1979 – 1983 and Ute, 1980 – 1983) and now live at Mooloolah on the Sunshine Coast. They have two daughters, Hayley and Alyssa. Hayley is now a first year Cromwell resident, doing a Bachelor of Arts at UQ. Ute writes…. “…. Hayley is extremely happy and settled into her new life. Even better is her academic achievement – a GPA of 6.25. We are very proud of Hayley for her first semester. We have had the pleasure of meeting a few of her new friends, some having come here to stay, and others we have met when we have come to College. All these young people have been lovely. “Hayley has had to learn to drive in Brisbane too. Over the holidays, she was successful in obtaining a job at Taringa at the retirement village. She works as wait staff in the restaurant. I think she quite enjoys the job and the people she works with, as well as the residents, are really nice. She previously had an office job in West End, where the office politics were just too much. So this job is so much better, closer, better hours and pay. She was able to commute during the holidays, so her driving skills have improved! Unfortunately she does occasionally get called in to work on Tuesday evenings, but her regular nights are Thursday and Friday. “We at home have had to get used to a family of 3. Hayley’s sister, Alyssa, has taken it very well and enjoys being the focus of our attention now. I thought I would have lots of spare time when Hayley moved to Brisbane, but Alyssa seems to have filled all the spaces with tennis and netball. I have also started playing netball with Alyssa in the Maleny ladies competition. “Steven and I do a lot of walking. It is not only exercise, but a time for the 2 of us to talk about our days, plans etc. Steven has been appointed Deputy Principal of Caloundra High, so there are many days when it is too dark when he gets home, but we try! “I still work at Beerwah as a Physiotherapist. I work approximately 16 hours per week. This still allows me the time to do house and garden jobs, and be available for Alyssa. Our practice tries to provide some community service as well, and I recently presented a talk on Osteoporosis for Senior’s Week. I don’t get the chance to be bored! “Many of my continuing education events are in Brisbane, so I seem to be able to visit Hayley on those occasions. It does feel quite strange going back to College. I don’t know if other past collegians have felt the same, but it is definitely not our home anymore. We felt almost out of place when, as a family, we visited for Hayley’s birthday. Another generation now calls this home. “Both Steven and I have had some great trips down memory lane, as Hayley tells us of her life and it triggers memories of our time in College. We still have friends from our College days that we keep in touch with and enjoy meeting with. I hope these generations of students will have the same long friendships that we had the fortune to make.”

Good Year at College – John Logan (1978) “I attended Cromwell in 1978, which was the final year of my legal studies at the University. I was undertaking the combined BEcon/LLB course. The BEcon was formally conferred on me in April 1977, following my completion of that component of the combined degree course at the end of 1976. The LLB was formally conferred in April 1979, following my completion of the last of the law subjects needed in 1978 while at Cromwell. “The room that I had at Cromwell was what was then known as the “basement flat” in lower ground Hancock. It was then quite a large room. The windows of it opened onto the college car park, which I noted on a recent tour with my son on Open Day they still do - both benefit and burden in that, as I recall. “While at Cromwell I was a member of the College debating team and received a pennant from the College for best debater. I was also the co-compere of the College Review for that year. I was an absentee from the College photo for 1978 as I was away on a training course with the Army Reserve when the photo was taken. “I enjoyed my time at Cromwell very much and consider it a privilege to have been a resident. I suspect this has rubbed off on my son, another Hugh, Hugh Alexander Logan, a QUT business student who may undertake some of his elective subjects at UQ next year and who is, in any event, thinking about applying to reside at the college in 2008 to finish his studies. “That explains our taking up a tour of the college on Open Day. I was reminded of the passage of the years, as the delightful young lady, Emily, who showed us over the College told me that her parents were good friends with one of the others who was a member of the 1978 debating team, who is now a solicitor.” Regards, John

Hello from.... Anne Walsh, nee Wood (1979 – 1981), who lives in Ingham with her husband and three children and has been Principal of Lucinda Point State School, which is just outside Ingham in North Queensland, for almost three years now. Gayle Cullinan (1980 – 81), now lives in New York and works for the United Nations as a global staff counselor. Her job takes her around the world to some interesting places - during September/October she was in Afghanistan. Louise Wedgwood, nee Burgess (2001 - 2003) - My story of life after Cromwell in a (fairly small!) nutshell is that after leaving college in 2003 I lived with 3 other former Cromwellians - Leah Snigg, Kylie Varcoe and Matthew Bankins - for 2 years. I married David Wedgwood (who was Vice President at St Leo’s college 2003) in May 2006. We enjoy living in Brisbane. I work in the Department of Education, Training and the Arts in the Strategic HR section, specifically working on Leadership Development. I’m looking forward to a trip to Europe at the end of the year and having a white Christmas. Cheers, Louise. Amelia Kennedy, nee McGrath (2006) - Since I left Cromwell last year, I haven’t done anything exciting except that I got married! The wedding was on the 30th of June this year in Moree. Amy McDonald, (currently at Cromwell) who was one of my bridesmaids, came with Elliott Hilaire, another Cromwell resident. Jade Brischke (2001 – 2002) -After leaving Cromwell I moved into my own place in St. Lucia. I finished my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in archaeology and a single major in Studies of Religion. I then completed my Honours degree in Archaeology with a thesis on a new method of DNA extraction on bone. I was then offered a job in Tokyo with the Nova Group and taught English for a year before moving back to Australia and completing a Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching at CQU. I now teach Ancient History and Religion at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay.

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To The Outback & Back - Leanne Owens, nee Cavanagh, (1977 – 1978) “After finishing high school in Victoria in 1976 I moved to Queensland with my parents and started at UQ in 1977, starting a few courses, such as Social Work, and working my way to a BA as it was easy to complete while partying - an unfortunate (?) side effect of College life. “One of the best years of my life was in Carmody wing as the only girl actually living in her room in the centre floor while good friend Stephen Knipler (now the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation) had the room underneath and played Hot August Night on a 24 hour loop for months on end, while our lawyer, Warwick Chesters (whose daughter also went to Cromwell) bounced golf balls on his bathroom floor above (very loud on my ceiling).

training horses and managing sheep stations in the Longreach/Muttaburra district. In 1985 I married Chris Owens (a Nudgee College boy) whose family owned sheep and cattle properties in the Muttaburra region. We moved to the Lockyer Valley in 1988 where we have a 100 acre horse stud. I continued my studies and now have a Graduate Diploma of Education as well as a Masters in Education (both from UNE). “Chris and I have three children, Robert (19), Kate (17) and Michael (14).

“After leaving university, I went outback for about seven years, governessing at first then

We have a truck business as well as the farm and horse stud and I teach part time. Our main stallions, Days of Gold and Nights of Gold, have become quite well known in the country, with about 14 national titles between them (information should come up if you google them or go to our website ). This year, at age 48, I took my five year old stallion Days of Gold to the Australian Quarter Horse National Championships in Sydney and we won two National Champions and two National Reserve Champions - I am pretty proud of that! “After more than 20 years of marriage, Chris and I are an “Arthur and Martha” sort of couple, going around to horse shows together, pottering around the farm together and living a much more sedate life than I’d have ever dreamed possible in my wild days at Cromwell. “It would be fun to catch up with some of the other old Cromwellians - we had a good time together in the heyday of the Bunka Parties!” Regards, Leanne Owens.


g (1 Reflections - Phil Annin

la, Cape York Peninsu omwell Cr 67 19 ef e be th e of th then later in ompted by a photo by John in t ral sen “This reflection is pr ltu 07 cu 20 rti h ho , arc industry CA News M (Hi, John.) I’m ia. rugby team in the CO an ss sm ine Ta us o, rib en ag ch d an ) now of Bi hn. It brought Smith (1966-1969 development over the photo, beside Jo of tre at cen e gre th of in h, ut yo of y the fellow sit en int e a large section of de indelible by th es. iti back memories ma tiv ac l cia so d North Queensland s of sport an camaraderie and lot ld he re we s while based in the BQ and keg nights/B ys da r ke un e-b w pr no e Townsville region. ss Walcott St “This was in th ing a bushy site acro lud inc s, of on s nt ati ide loc Interspersed were in various s to the res ge. Belated apologie lle Co e ac VW Gr rn by wo d ll some overseas occupie David Chen & Phil, Singap de by my we ore 2006 e for the racket ma s. ur postings, mainly in ho n Hancock at that tim aw e-d pr e th in ng ini ts” tra gh to ou rs “n e we ro Th a. Afric Beetle taking me based in Alice including tute. my wife Helen and many competitors, see d ha e tim at Zone Research Insti e th th at of “Study for me I head up the Arid s behind the bar ere ay wh lid gs ho g rin Sp rin du d ds an ts ns. In working on weeken it opened. Commen th past Cromwellia lton, from the day asant to meet up wi he ple itc s re we M ay po re at alw ga we tel is Sin ld Ho “It fie in k y ry Broo the Rugb ar on a fer ing abrasions from t coincidence last ye London on w len ati cel No du ex s. 50 gra an 19 en e wh th from patrons regard omwellian from s quite surprised Cr wa a r ge en na ed s in my Ch ma um wa vid he ass ist Da (T nt he t me common. arrived as ation as a de st work after gradu fir ’s it every vid vis ess to Da , sin is bu sed on ba tel ssi the ho Qld. His pa NW in n de en gh ) Hu re. red birthplace, been to hund s. would be my futu and he has already rld wo e th in try coun for the Cromwell 50 “When I returned to be able to attend t no ws ed int po ap for dis ns “I was photos in COCA Ne study vacatio and enjoyed seeing 04 20 ks in lin l n r na nio ula ter ex reg reu st nt ar ye subseque ly the mo of the 60s. Natural ks. I 70s of fellow residents professional networ degrees during the fic eci sp in be to d ten ies in rar e ll an po we isb to contem y year in Br and 80s, Crom reunion of our facult recently attended a was much altered, a late September. having been made of the Atherton n he from the rainforest co-ed facility. W rney so far has been jou w the majestic he no d “T ef off the coast an Re er rri Ba two of our daughters ildren e th to Tableland ildren and grandch in the desert. With ch of ays es attended Cromwell ng alw Ra I’m ll a. ne ali on McD s of Austr , we regularly see lot be NT the 90s, some of their ies n , cit ca ail al d Tr an a pit ca ys int da ree rap ll th La we in t Sonder, fellow ces of the Crom of tan g ain rin qu sp Phil & Helen on M ac off m re fro we keen to hear continuing friends .” contemporaries and contacted at phil.ann s. 60 e th of ns llia we om Cr ange adventure with a ch included plenty of s ha eting ars me ye d 40 an t cts las oje “The interesting pr on ing rk wo , de ca of career each de s as a scientist in ople. Initially this wa lots of wonderful pe

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Staff N ews

Down Memory Lane

• We have welcomed two new staff members at Cromwell - Rhonda Heyman who is now our Operations Assistant and Michael Wilkins who is our new Groundsperson. • In addition, Wayne Stacey, our Second Chef in the Kitchen, and his wife Amy have welcomed a daughter, Chantelle, to their family. Big brother Nathaniel is overjoyed at having someone else to ‘play’ with. • Congratulations also to Guofen Wang and her family who became Australian citizens earlier this year. Guofen is one of our kitchen staff, and she and her family have been living in Australia for about five years now. Since taking the step, Guofen has been boning up on her ‘Australianisms’, cheerfully helped along by a Pom and a Kiwi (i.e. David & Wayne our two chefs). We certainly have a multicultural theme happening in the Kitchen.

“The issue of giving people fresher names did not exist in my time as far as I can recall, nor did ‘cupping’. We did have other things that happened on a regular basis, like cane toads being dropped into rooms. One corridor in the College was actually christened ‘Toad Hall’ due to its residents’ habits in this area. People also weren’t allowed to change the channel on the TV in ‘The Bunker’ if Dr Who or Star Trek were on. “There was also a ‘wonderful’ habit where people’s rooms were cleaned out (everything, including screws etc disappeared). In fact, one resident was actually moved, along with his bed and other furniture, to a spot near the dining room, after a late night out. He woke up around lunch time surrounded by residents lining up for lunch. Some of the residents with a classical bent often played the 1812 Overture on the weekends, full blast so the sound bounced around the college buildings. “Another tradition was to pinch people’s underwear and put them in the freezer of the fridges that were in the various residential wings. Some were even placed in large bowls of water that froze over.” Regards Cathie Humphries (1974 – 1975) Manager - FSANZ Act Implementation Unit

Rhonda Heyman

Wayne, Amy, Nathan iel

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It’s a Cultural


Cromwell Cultural Awards

“The 2nd annual Cromwell Cultural Awards Evening was held in early October with special guest, Tim Sladden. This tradition was started last year with the first ever night dedicated to the celebration of all things cultural at Cromwell, and recognition for all those who participated and excelled in specific areas. It is an important step in raising the status of cultural activities, and we hope it will continue as a firm tradition in the future. “Here at Cromwell, we have the opportunity to be involved in whatever we like - we can be part of a rock band in Bandfest, show off our artistic talents in Art show, perform at formal dinners, or dance on stage in front of thousands at Dancefest. The point is not to be the best at everything, it is to have a go and experience the rush of performing. “If you rehearsed every week for Choralfest, if you argued each week in debating, even if you just came to support your mates on stage, this night was for you. I would also love to thank the amazingly good-looking and talented old boys and girls who have given up their Thursday night to serve your meals and make the night amazing. “When I took on the role of Cultural Convenor this year, my main goal was to make sure everyone got the chance to showcase their talents, and just have fun performing in something. I remember the start of the year being amazed at the talent among the freshers, and their enthusiasm in getting involved in events, and that is what made my job so rewarding. “The trophies and pennant award winners have been nominated by the individual convenors of each event to people they feel performed consistently well both in preparing for and performing in each cultural competition. The recipients of the 2007 Cultural Awards are as shown.” To Cromwell Culture – Kimberley McGregor 2007 Cultural Convenor


Trophy – Caitlin Holding Pennants – Claire Griffin & Jessica Patrick


Trophy - Hock Lynn (Ernest) Tee Pennant - Caitlin Holding

College Idol: Trophy - Sofia Robleda Gomez Pennant - Jane Fisher Bandfest:

Public Speaking: Trophy - John Vizcay-Wilson One-Act Play: Trophy - Kobi Haig. Pennant - Jessica Pocock Art-Show:

Trophy - Jessica Coates Pennant -Jessica Wrigley


Trophy - Byron Stewart Pennant - Philip Pearson


Trophy - Clare Griffin Trophy - Michael Stone Pennant - Belinda Upton & Ben Brimblecombe

Special Awards: Convenor of the Year:

Cultural Corridor Cup: 1. Mid Cock 2. Lockley 3. Mid Han 4. Bottom Thatcher 5. Top Dowling 6. Top Thatcher 7. Bottom Han 8. Top North and Top Han 9. Bottom Dowling 10. Mid Dowling 11. Bottom Cock 12. Bottom North 13. Top Cock

Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, Iran, Oman, Hong Kong, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and China.

Students dress up in their versions of their national dress and spend a lively evening entertaining fellow Cromwellians about aspects of their native countries.

International Student Association Representative, Rebecca Smith, said that she took on the job because she knew how difficult it is coming to a new country (she is originally from Zimbabwe) and of course it would be ‘fun’.

International students at Cromwell this year come from Japan, Zimbabwe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Botswana,

“Cromwell is such an amazing family environment that it is very easy to fit in and feel comfortable,” she said.

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Andrew Yorkston

Cultural Cup: Caitlin Holding

International Dinner 2007 The end-of-year International Dinner gives students and staff of Cromwell the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful diversity of nationalities and personalities that come together to live in our small community.

Trophy - Sam Eldridge Pennant - Craig Oosthuizen

Sporting Awards 2007 The annual Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 21st August this year. Guest speaker for the night was Professor Ann Farrell who has been a member of QUT’s Academic Staff in the School of Early Childhood since 1991. MC for the evening was one of our Seniors, Tegan Chesters. Entertainment was provided by our own wonderful musicians; Satoshi Kato; Barbershop Quartet: Adam Bartels, Sam Eldridge, Andrew Yorkston and James Rowland; Sofia Robleda Gomez and Jane Fisher. Academic Excellence Certificates are awarded to Collegians with GPAs of 6 or higher in Semester One, 2007. Exceptional performances for the semester were Philip Pearson, Ernest Tee and Jessica Wrigley who all achieved the result of straight 7s. In all, 47 students achieved a Semester 1 GPA of 6 or higher, a big improvement of last year’s total of 30. The following students received High Achievement Certificates: Ahmed Abou El-Yazid, Christopher Ash, Julie Bauer, Andre Bec, Tristan Bec, Philip Bennet, Kylie Breckenridge, Ben Brimblecombe, Josh Brimblecombe, Chloe Chesters, Tegan Chesters, Kimberlee Ciranni, Jessica Coats, Katherine Conway, Steven Cosnett, Stephanie Courtice, Gavin Edgley, Mallory English, Jessica Fantin, Daniel Faux, Zenan Franks, Toby Gordon, Joshua Greaney, Terry Harvey, Daniel Hayes, Natasha Hayward, Jaime Heiniger, Caitlin Holding, Amy James, Brett Matzuka, Chloe McCarthy, Kimberley McGregor, Kate Midgley, Hayley Miskin, Lyndon Nofz, Philip Pearson, Stewart Rickards, Sofia Robleda Gomez, James Rowland, Tegan Slape, Luke Tarasuik, Ernest Tee, Daniella Teixeira, Sarah Van Dyk, Jessican Wrigley, Emma Yabsley, Anna Yeo. College Prizes and Scholarship Awards were presented to the following students – The Uniting Church Investment Service (UCIS) Award – presented to the Collegian/s in their first year of university study with the highest GPA in Semester One – Philip Pearson (Engineering), Ernest Tee (Biotechnology) and Jessica Wrigley (Engineering & Science). The Edwin Hobart Lockley Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the Faculty of Arts with the highest

cumulative GPA over the last three semesters – Steven Cosnett. The Rod McElhinney Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences with the highest cumulative GPA over the last three semesters – Jaime Heiniger. The VE Hancock Memorial Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law with the highest cumulative GPA over the last three semesters - Christopher Ash. The Rev Daniel Gunson Memorial Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science with the highest cumulative GPA over the last three semesters – Sarah Van Dyk. The Cromwell College Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences with the highest cumulative GPA over the last three semesters – Kimberley McGregor. The Old Collegians Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture with the highest cumulative GPA over the last three semesters – Joshua Brimblecombe (Engineering) and Daniel Hayes (Science and Arts). The Governors Prize – awarded to the Collegian in the faculty of Health Sciences with the highest cumulative GPA over the last three semesters – Elizabeth Fisher. The NC Duong Memorial Prize – awarded for the promotion of international understanding in the College – Sofia Robleda Gomez. The Frederick North Memorial Prize – awarded for Spiritual Leadership in the College – Rebecca Smith. The Cromwell College Foundation Scholarships – Steven Cosnett with a cumulative GPA of 6.75 in his BA and Elizabeth Fisher with a cumulative GPA of 6.5 in Dentistry. The DC Gale Corridor GPA Shield – Top Cock with a GPA of 5.472.

Well done and congratulations to all!

The Sporting awards night was a rousing event with special guest, Beau Walker, surfing professional and television identity. The big awards of the night were of course the Male and Female Sportspersons of the Year. The 2007 recipients were Nathan Riedy and Angela Day respectively. Trophies and pennants for the individual sports were also awarded. The sporting highlight for the year was the Women’s Soccer Team which was placed first in the ICC. Other results are as follows: MALE Swimming Trophy – Michael Stone ICC – Michael Stone Cricket Trophy – Nathan Riedy ICC – Nathan Reidy Volleyball Trophy – Calum Brownie ICC – Calum Brownie Touch Trophy – Nathan Riedy ICC – Nathan Riedy Fresher Rugby Trophy – Terry Harvey Tennis Trophy – Dylan Hetherington Hockey Trophy – Neel Menon ICC – Neel Menon Cross Country Trophy – Tighe Summers ICC - Tom Beddow Soccer Trophy – Ben Evans ICC – Nathan Brooks Basketball Trophy – Adam Upton ICC – Adam Upton, John Larned & Edward Jensen Rugby Trophy – Nathan Riedy ICC – Nathan Riedy, Gareth Mitchell and Scott Kelly Squash Trophy – Jordan Herd Athletics Trophy – Daniel Moran ICC – Adam Bartels, Terry Harvey, Tighe Summers Rowing Trophy – Daniel Moran

FEMALE Swimming Trophy – Catherine Gordon Cricket Trophy – N/A Volleyball Trophy – Diana Potter ICC – Diana Potter Touch Trophy – Jessica Fantin ICC – Kate Midgley Netball Trophy: Diana Potter ICC – Diana Potter Tennis Trophy – Angela Day Hockey Trophy – Rachel Palmer ICC – Rachel Palmer Cross Country Trophy – Nicola Russell-Smith Soccer Trophy – Kate Midgley ICC – Kate Midgley, Jessica Fantin, Sheree O’Dwyer & Angela Day Basketball Trophy –Larissa Hursthouse ICC – Larissa Hursthouse Squash Trophy – Angela Day Athletics Trophy – Sarah Van Dyk Rowing Trophy – Jessica Wrigley

ICC Results MENS Swimming 6th Cross Country 5th Touch 6th Volleyball 6th Netball --- Cricket 6th Tennis 7th Hockey 6th Rowing 6th Athletics 3rd Basketball 2nd Squash 7th Rugby eq. 5th Soccer 5th

WOMENS 8th eq. 4th 7th eq. 4th 7th --5th 7th 7th 6th 8th 7th --1st

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One Act Play “Last Respects” This year’s One-Act play was titled “Last Respects”, a play by Calvin Caldwell about three women who arrive at a funeral to pay their last respects to a man who, they then discover, was on intimate terms with all of them. After a little bit of ensuing chaos, the man ‘revives’ and departs, leaving the three women in his wake.

ia Robleda Gomez Tegan Chesters, Soph e & Stephanie Courtic

Michelle Salter - representing Top Cock

Cromwell actors were Andrew Yorkston (Mrs. Throgmorten), Steven Cosnett (Mr. Deadlock), Kobi Haig (Brenda), Jessica Pocock (Valerie) and Michael Williamson (Mr Throgmorten). Many thanks go to College maintenance man, Fred Deckers, for his coffin-making expertise.

Joshua Brimblecombe, Da niel Hayes & Ernest Tee

nett son & Steven Cos Michael William ay Pl ct for the One A size up the coffin

Farrell egbie, Prof. Ann Rev. Dr. Hugh B ng & Mr Ben de Jo

Walker, entre) with Beau Nathan Riedy (c ux Fa l ie and Dan Sarah Van Dyk

Sam Eldridge 2007 Bandfest Trophy

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