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Contents Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor


Welcome to the UC Alumni Network


University of Canberra in 2011


The UC Alumni Network


Stay Connected


Alumni Benefits


Contribute 5 Get Involved


Get Active


The UC World-Wide Alumni Network




Our History


History of the C Star


Stranger than fiction (by Charlene Smith)


Giving Back





Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor As an educational institution for over 40 years, the University has achievements of which we can be justly proud. Over 65,000 students have graduated from the University, and many have gone on to senior and responsible careers in the public service, business and the professions. Others have become prominent writers, journalists, performers and sports people. The University is committed to graduating creative professionals who are capable of developing innovative solutions to problems facing society. In 2011 the University was awarded a maximum “5-star rating” for graduate employment by the Good Universities Guide.

We are re-positioning ourselves as a leader in tertiary education and our performance in education and research is rising. For those of you who come back to campus you will notice changes abound; the old refectory and bar have had a complete facelift, we have a new state-of-the-art building for UC’s major research arm NATSEM and work has begun on a new building to house the INSPIRE Centre, a Centre for Excellence in ICT Education and Research. Our educational reach now extends to two local schools, UC High School (Kaleen) and UC Senior Secondary College (Lake Ginninderra) and we are looking to extend our footprint into the broader Capital Region. While all of these initiatives contribute to our success as an institution, we have but one asset which matters more than any other, you. Our graduates, our alumni. Graduates of the University of Canberra and its predecessor the Canberra College of Advanced Education can be found all over Canberra, Australia and overseas. Our graduates represent the success and achievement of the University. I am proud to offer you a place in our Alumni Network and hope the University will continue to play a role in your journey of lifelong learning. Professor Stephen Parker, Vice-Chancellor

Welcome to the UC Alumni Network To those of you who have recently graduated, congratulations and welcome to the UC Alumni Network. I would also like to warmly welcome the Alumni who have recently reconnected with the University of Canberra and its Alumni Network. We are looking forward to hearing from you, welcoming you back onto campus or connecting with you through Alumni Chapters. The University is proud of all our graduates and we are honoured to have been a part of your successes so far. We would love to hear what you have been up to, help you reconnect with friends, staff and the UC community, or provide networking opportunities. I encourage you all to take advantage of the opportunities available to you as members of the UC Alumni Network. Whether you are a new graduate, or have been a part of the Alumni Network for some time, please keep your contact details up to date so we can keep you informed. I look forward to hearing from you and hope to welcome you back onto campus in the near future. Mr Luke Garner, Manager Alumni Relations

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University of Canberra in 2011 • 70, 000+ courses have been completed • 12, 000+ students are currently enrolled • These students originate from over 100 countries • 70% of students are domestic, the remainder are international or studying in offshore programs • 65% of students are studying full time • Sports Science will celebrate its 40th anniversary • The $7 million Inspire Centre will open • The University Bar will reopen • UC has a five star rating for graduate employment and positive graduate outcomes • UC is the first Australian University to ban the sale of bottled water on campus

Dr John Mackay AM, Chancellor The University of Canberra Council appointed Dr John Mackay as its 5th Chancellor on 1 January 2011. Dr Mackay is a proud graduate of the University’s predecessor institution, the Canberra College of Advanced Education having studied a Bachelor of Arts in Administration graduating in 1980 and having previously served as a member of the University Council from 2010. Since graduating from the CCAE, Dr Mackay has maintained his involvement with the University, first as a tutor then as a member of the Steering Committee of the University’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations in 2008. Dr Mackay is a highly regarded member of the

Canberra community and in 2008 was awarded Canberra Citizen of the Year and in 2009 was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra. Dr Mackay was CEO of ACTEW AGL from 2000 to 2008 and is currently Chairman of ACTEW, the Canberra International Arboretum, Canberra Glassworks and the Salvation Army advisory board. The UC Alumni Network is delighted that one of our most prominent Canberra Alumni has been appointed as Chancellor of the University, and we look forward to working with Dr Mackay to strengthen ties in the alumni community over the course of his term.




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UC Alumnus Felicity Packard completed a Bachelor of Professional Writing at UC and in 2008 was a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award. Felicity has had particular success in television script writing, her

credits include, GP, Blue Heelers, MDA, Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters, Sea Patrol, The Strip and Underbelly. Felicity is also a published writer of short fiction and art criticism.

The Alumni Network The University of Canberra Alumni Network is made up of more than 65,000 graduates, friends and former staff from the University of Canberra and the former Canberra College of Advanced Education. The Network has global reach with members located in over 100 countries and offers impressive professional and social networking opportunities. University of Canberra Alumni contribute to Canberra’s diverse community. Many of our graduates work in government departments, private organisations and the not-for-profit sector. Some of our more prominent alumni are writers, journalists, performers, sports people and entrepreneurs. The role of the UC Alumni Network is to support the University by enabling graduates, friends, and former staff to be actively involved in the life and growth of Australia’s Capital University.

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Did you know The University of Canberra, home of the first creative writing course in Australia, has produced many highprofile writers who have established productive and prosperous careers. These Alumni include:

Felicity Packard Awarded the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for an episode of Underbelly, series one.

Steven Conte Awarded the Prime Minister’s $100,000 Literary Award for Fiction for his novel The Zookeepers War

Alyson Hill Awarded the Coves Historical Writing Competition (NSW Writers’ Centre) for her short story The Sculptor’s Daughter

the university of canberra Stay Connected Membership to the network is free and open to graduates, friends and former staff of the University of Canberra and the Canberra College of Advanced Education. To register or update your details visit Registered Alumni can receive a free subscription of Monitor to keep you well informed about the recent happenings at the University and keep you connected with your fellow graduates. Join the University of Canberra Alumni Facebook Group, Linkedin page and follow us on You Tube and Twitter to stay connected with your Alumni Network.

Alumni Benefits

If you would like more information about Alumni benefits please contact: T 02 6206 3852 E or

Contribute The University benefits greatly from the contributions made by graduates, friends and former staff. Contributions assist the University to advance teaching and research, help to fund campus development and assist students in accessing education. Contributions in the way of donations, in kind support, bequests, mentoring, career assistance, hiring of graduates, sponsoring scholarships and prizes and offering internship opportunities are highly appreciated. If you are able to make a contribution, please contact the Office of Development.

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UC Alumni are welcome and encouraged to visit the campus. There are numerous benefits made available to UC Alumni such as

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• Free access to the UC Library

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• Discounts at the UC Gym

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• Free subscription to UC news publications • A lifelong student email address

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“The Scholarship came to me at a time when I was really struggling. During my first semester at UC, I was dealing with homelessness and hospitalisation due to my chronic illness. Being awarded the scholarship enabled me the chance to breathe a little financially, which helped me to focus more on my studies.” -Tess Ryan, Scholarship Recipient



ALUMNI NETWORK Get Involved The University of Canberra Alumni Network hosts regular business and social networking events, lectures and functions, involving internationally recognised guests, speakers and entertainment from local, national and international talent. These events allow our Alumni to engage with members of industry, the community and reconnect with former students, staff and friends.

Networking Events Industry, faculty and social networking events provide opportunities to meet with other members of the Alumni Network and special guests from industry and government. Attend an Alumni networking event to boost your

professional contact lists, meet potential employers/employees and enjoy a good time with like-minded people.

Special Events UC Alumni are always welcome at UC special events. UC special events include openings, launches, and music festivals. UC Alumni members can often take advantage of invitations to exclusive events and discounted event tickets. In 2011 UC special events include Groovin the Moo and Stonefest.

Public Lectures University of Canberra public lectures are important for national and international speakers to share the latest ideas, thinking and opinions from a diverse range of disciplines. UC public lectures

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allow for the dissemination of ideas between academia, government and professional bodies and promote community debate on a range of issues of local and global significance.

Reunion Events

“I enjoy attending alumni events to catch up with friends and network with colleagues from industry” -Adam Verwey, graduate, Australian Ethical Investment at the e-Court Launch 2010 Networking Night.

Attend a reunion event to connect with old friends, meet new ones and learn about future plans for your University and how you can be

involved. UC Alumni reunion events are held regularly in Australia and overseas.

“Through the Alumni Network I still keep in touch with old friends and staff from my days on campus” -Ron Miller, graduate and former staff member

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ALUMNI NETWORK Get Active University of Canberra Alumni can get active, get involved, and make a difference with TEAM UCAN.

WHAT IS TEAM UCAN? Team UCAN are a diverse group comprising of various members of the UC community. Although they vary in many ways each strive to make a difference in our community. Team UCAN is largely made up of UC staff members, UC students, UC alumni, UC friends and family. Members of Team UCAN participate in a number of events and activities held in the Canberra Region, which aim to raise funds for a wide range of charities, whilst also promoting a healthy lifestyle. Activities include running, walking, cycling and swimming. But, do not be concerned about your level of fitness, these events cater for participants with a range of fitness abilities.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? Participants will not only contribute to the welfare of the community and support numerous charities, you will also have the opportunity to meet new people, engage with the community, improve your level of fitness, and spend time with friends and family.

Upcoming Events

• Lifecycle

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Register for your first event now to receive your Team UCAN singlet and gift pack.

• Walk to Cure Diabetes


• Fitz Challenge

• MegaSwim • Mother’s Day Classic • Million Paws Walk • Canberra Times Fun Run

• Ben Donohoe Run and Walk for Fun Team UCAN is also interested in promoting other events around Canberra so please email us with your suggestions.

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• Members’ professional development opportunities

Join or form a Local Chapter or Network

• Mentoring programs

Would you like to connect with UC Alumni in your industry, town, city or country? Alumni Chapters and Local Networks allow you to meet new friends, reconnect with UC Alumni and network. Membership of a UC Alumni Chapter or Network can offer many benefits: • Valuable professional and business connections • A way to find and re-connect with UC classmates • A global point of view to assist growth and learning • A way to keep up-to-date and in-touch with the University Alumni Chapters and Networks may organise a variety of activities: • Social and networking events such as luncheons, dinners,

receptions and reunions

• Community service outreach programs

• Development of community scholarships If you would like to be involved with an Alumni Chapter or Network or

form your own please contact the Alumni Network Office.

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Where are our Alumni Now? KEY

High alumni population

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OUR ALUMNI Meet some of the UC Alumni working in the Canberra community who have stayed connected with UC and contributed to the community in many ways.

UC Alumni at Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Meet the UC Alumni at Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn (DJAS), one of Canberra’s leading architecture firms. Recently DJAS designed the new International Microsimulation Centre, which was opened in 2010. This building, which includes a 200 seat auditorium, offices, teaching and seminar rooms and the latest audiovisual and computer technologies, has been awarded a 5 star green rating. Other UC projects include the 2010 refurbishment of the Architecture Studios in building 7, the UC Hub in 2009, the School of Law and Management, building 6 in 1995 and the Boiler House Lecture Theatre in the early 1990’s.

UC Alumni at DJAS are from back left to right, James Heatherington, Anthony Knobel, James Andrews, Adam Litherland, Luke Bonham, Andrew McInnes and Grant Butler. Middle left to right, Jacob Laird, Michelle Richardson, Uy Nguyen, Adam O’Meara, Brianna Smith, Robert McNamara, and Scott Hodgson. Front left to right Evan Williamson and Michael Tolhurst.

Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn’s extensive experience includes projects such as the Brindabella Business Park, the Canberra Centre Consolidation, and the interior of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. For more information on Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn please visit The new International Microsimulation Centre Designed by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn.

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UC Alumni at ZOO Advertising Meet the UC Alumni at Zoo who recently developed the UC Events page, you can check it out at For more information on Zoo Advertising visit

UC Alumni at Zoo are from left to right are Scott Ketley, Martin Flemming, Sophie Hynson, Alison Garth, Helen Simenic, John Ruman, Kate Fenning, James Peek, Lori Bautista, Mark Williams and Luke Wrigley.

UC Alumni at Bearcage Productions Bearcage Productions have worked with the University of Canberra on various multimedia productions including the Bruce Exhibition at the University of Canberra’s 40th Celebrations. For more information on Bearcage Productions visit

From back left to right Casie Loutit, Nick Wansbrough, Kate Betts, Michael Tear, Serge Ou, Nick Munnings, Harriet Pike and Wayne Brown. Front left to right Daniel Llewelyn, Nunzio Gambale, Ben Cochrane, Matthew Nightingale, Kelly Charls, Chris Bamford and Darren Blin.




UC Alumni at KPMG Meet a few of the UC Alumni working at KPMG, Canberra. KPMGÂ is a multinational firm and its services include auditing, as well as tax and advisory services. For more information on KPMG visit

CRaig Sloan Partner, KPMG

UC Alumni in this photo are from left Sian Powrie (Associate Director), Salam Saffarini (Manager), William Munro (Senior Advisor), Craig Sloan (Partner), Don Cross (Partner), and Isaac Burgess (Senior Advisor).

University of Canberra graduate Craig Sloan completed a Bachelor of Accounting. Craig is a Chartered Accountant and a Partner of KPMG, the firm he joined upon graduating 24 years ago. Craig is also a Partner of the firm’s Government Advisory Services division, responsible for the provision of financial management, business and program advisory and taxation services to public sector organisations. He is also a member of the national Partner team responsible for addressing all People, Performance and Culture

aspects of the firm. Outside of KPMG, Craig has and continues to be actively involved in a broad range of business, charity and community activities. Since 1996 Craig has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canberra Business Council, and chaired the organisation for 7 years from 2002 to October 2009. He is currently the Chairman of Regional Development Australia ACT and on the Board of the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research. Craig is not only regarded as a successful Alumni, he is a highly respected member of the Canberra business community.

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Meet some Alumni working throughout Australia Claire Connelly Founder/Creative Director, Papercut UC Alumnus Claire Connelly graduated from the University of Canberra in 2002 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design. Claire went on to work in a design role at Early Childhood Australia, followed by various local design studios and also a stint in the public service, before founding Papercut in late 2007. Claire had a vision to create an environmentally sustainable business, “I’m passionate about sustainability, especially in an industry that has the potential to impact so significantly on the environment. Sustainable design is the way of the future and it excites me to be leading Papercut in this innovative direction”. Papercut has seen huge successes since establishment, the business

has won three environmental awards, three business awards, and has become a hub for young designers to gain experience in the field, particularly students from the University. On reflection of how she can contribute to the University Claire says ”I found it invaluable as a student that people gave me the opportunity to work in a studio, so I thought it was important to offer that experience to others, and I have subsequently employed graduates from the University as a result”. In 2010 Claire’s hard work and innovative business solutions were rewarded when she was named ACT Business Woman of the Year by the ACT Chamber of Women in Business. Claire received this award for her leadership qualities, tenacity, compassion and for being a role model for fellow businesswomen. Claire is an ambassador of the 1 Million Women campaign - inspiring climate action, Vice President of the Chamber of Women in Business, and an active member of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International. For more information about Papercut visit




Trenton Morrissey Founder/MANAGING Director, Morrissey Property Trenton Morrissey started his degree to learn how to become a public servant, but he left with much more - a newfound knowledge of successful communication techniques. Trenton completed a Bachelor of Information Management with a major in Public Relations in

2001 and he attributes the skills he learned at the University of Canberra to be the secret of his success in property development and the real estate industry over the last twelve years. Trenton has developed luxury townhouses in the inner south suburbs of Canberra. Trenton has sold over 1300 houses in the Canberra region and is the owner of Morrissey Property and a Director of the Landlords’ Club. For more information on Morrissey Property visit

Meet some of the UC Alumni working at the Canberra Times. The  Canberra Times have sponsored several events at the University including the Biggest Election Party held in 2010.

the university of canberra Robbie Elhassan General Manager, Excite IT Robbie Elhassan, like many UC Alumni, was not only a student but also worked at the University. In 1991 Robbie commenced as a student of the University and in 1993 Robbie was employed as a Network Manager in the Faculty of Management. Here Robbie was responsible for network and system administration and various IT support activities. Robbie remained in this position until 1995 when he was employed as a Systems

Engineer in the Infrastructure Services Team at the University. In this role Robbie was responsible for the design and implementation of various IT infrastructure technologies. After completing his Bachelor of Computer Engineering in 1996, Robbie moved on from the University of Canberra. Of his time studying and working at the University Robbie says that “the experience not only proved to be an extremely valuable learning opportunity, it did act as a catalyst in fast tracking my career. Graduating from UC was a

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very important milestone for me, it marked the end of a wonderful learning experience”. In 1997 Robbie joined Babcock and Brown, an international investment and asset management group, where he went on to become the Head of the IT Department, in the Asia Pacific Region. Throughout his 11 year tenure with Babcock and Brown Robbie transformed their IT operations to support the fast growing investment finance business across multiple international locations. In 2010 Robbie Elhassan joined Excite IT as General Manager. In this position Robbie is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the company’s functions and projects. The University of Canberra promotes lifelong learning, and Robbie is an example of a UC Alumnus who has continued studying. After completing his Bachelor with UC, Robbie went on to complete a Masters of Management, and is now completing a Masters of Business Administration. When asked about what advice he would give to graduating students Robbie says, “make a habit of building new relationships and maintaining a large network of contacts, particularly with genuine people that you know you can get along with.” For more information on Excite IT visit



ALUMNI NETWORK Claudia Borella Director, Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd In 1992 Claudia Borella had her first experience with glass while on exchange at the European Institute of Design in Milan. In 1993 Claudia returned to Canberra and graduated from a Bachelor of Industrial Design at the University of Canberra. After graduating, Claudia studied at the Canberra Institute of the Arts where she was awarded the 1995 Institute of the Arts Acquisition Award, and graduated with first class honours. Claudia’s talents were rewarded once again in 1997 when she was the recipient of the Kyhoei Fujita Award in Denmark, and the Gold Medallist of Talente, Munich in 1998. These were great achievements for Borella and resulted in the acquisition of her awarded works by the Glasmuseum in Denmark. In 1998 Borella completed The International Young Artist in Glass Program in Portland, Oregan. The skills and techniques gained in the program allowed Claudia to return to Canberra and produce a large body of work, some of which have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. Claudia Borella’s work has been featured in LINO, Australia’s premier lifestyle and Design Magazine, Australian Glass Today, and Artist’s in Glass: Late Twentieth

Claudia Borella with one of the three commissioned glass artworks for Sir Elton John

Century Masters in Glass. Claudia has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. In 2007 Claudia Borella’s work featured in the prestigious Art and Craft Fair COLLECT 2007 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in February 2007. Later that year Claudia also founded her own company Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd. Borella is a highly regarded artist who has lectured as an invited guest both nationally and internationally. The UC Alumni Network recently spoke with Claudia about her time at UC and her enormously successful career thus far. Why did you decide to study at the University of Canberra? Born and bred in Canberra, the University was a convenient choice with interesting programs to study

such as Architecture, Landscape Design, and Industrial Design, the field I ultimately chose to study because of its versatility in problem solving combining design and logic. What did graduating from UC mean to you? UC gave me the opportunity to find my direction in design. It gave me the time to mature into the ‘real world’ as a practitioner. What have you been doing since graduating from UC? Since graduating from UC, I undertook further study in another degree achieving first class honors at the Canberra School of Art majoring in Glass. Since then, combining aspects of both fields of study, I have managed independent workshops creating glass artworks for exhibitions, some production prototypes,

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Transference 20 by Claudia Borella (interior view and elevation view)

though mostly uniquely crafted glass works. Sir Elton John alongside other notorieties are now collectors of my glass work. I am also now the Director of my own company Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd incorporating the distributorship for Bullseye Glass across New Zealand operating as the Preferred Kiln Glass Resource Center for Bullseye Glass. What does your role involve and what are the best aspects of your career? My role involves a lot of hard work, long hours, and volunteer work assisting communities in glass, the highlights being the sum of works created at the end of the day, week or year. The best part is being able to keep one of my own works, which I no longer have much of as it is usually sold to maintain this artistic life.

Waitakere Sunset 2009 & Transference 20 by Claudia Borella. These artworks were featured at SOFA New York in 2009

What are the highlights of your career so far?

What advice would you give to graduating students?

My work being collected by well known and successful people, winning awards, and bringing enjoyment to the lives of others when they experience glass and design for the first time.

If you don’t succeed the first time try again...persevere if you are passionate about your chosen field. The world waits for no one...go out and find your opportunities, know what it is you want and go after it.


ALUMNI NETWORK Kiri Delly General Manager, L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Kiri Delly graduated from a Bachelor of Public Relations at the University of Canberra. She has worked overseas in entertainment marketing and is now based in Melbourne working as the General Manager of L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, where she has repositioned the Festival as a major international player in the fashion and events industry. Why did you decide to study at the University of Canberra? I finished my schooling in Canberra and was keen to do something in the media and communications fields. The University of Canberra offered a great selection of degrees within this area and from there I chose to focus my specialisation in Public Relations. Studying at UC also meant I could stay in Canberra close to family and friends. What are your fondest memories of the University of Canberra? As I was from Canberra, university was probably a slightly different experience for me than those that lived on campus. I did really enjoy meeting and mixing with fellow students from all around Australia - such as country NSW and thus opening up my perspective to diversity and other lifestyles.

What did graduating from UC mean to you? I realised that my degree could offer a lot of opportunities for me if I worked hard, I also knew that the area of communications was indeed where I wanted my career to head. While studying, I discovered that my favourite part of PR was the events aspect. Though this was minimal (there were no such things as degrees in Event Management back in 1990!) I knew that this was where I wanted to direct my future career. What have you been doing since graduating from UC? I always knew I wanted to go and work overseas and after graduating in 1993 I spent two years in hospitality saving to do so. I then moved to London where I worked for over seven years at an integrated entertainment marketing agency organising film premiers, video launches and movie promotional tours and ultimately running their event department. In 2003 I returned to Australia and moved to Melbourne where I worked for a boutique event agency before taking on a contract role as the Event Manager for the Melbourne Fashion Festival. I have been there ever since working my way up through the organisation. What is your current position and what does your role involve? I am General Manager of the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF),

an annual consumer fashion event that celebrates Australian fashion and offers a range of business, cultural and social events that work to promote the Australian fashion industry. My eighth Festival was held from 14-20 March 2011. Log onto to see what happened. In my role I am responsible for managing key aspects of the Festival, both as an event and an organisation. This involves overseeing the financial and operational aspects as well as assisting with the marketing, creative, event production and business development areas of the organisation also. I love being involved in creating special and exciting events that engage and inspire. There is something so rewarding about working with talented and passionate people to bring an idea to life and then watching the faces of the guests as the lights go down, the catwalk is lit and show begins! What have been the highlights of your career so far? Events are incredibly hard work but can be so rewarding. You are often the first there and the last to leave but you are always meeting new and exciting people and getting to really stretch both your creative and logistical skills. I have traveled throughout Europe and China which has been wonderful, worked on some amazing events such as the

the university of canberra Disney promotional train tour, which went around Europe promoting the film “Hercules” to the crowds. I am also really proud of the role I have played in growing LMFF, positioning the Festival as a major international player in the fashion and events calendars and with a reputation for excellence. What advice would you give to graduating students? Work hard, volunteer as much as you can to gain knowledge, and show your willingness to learn. Get involved and network! Don’t expect it all to happen overnight and be prepared to put in the slog to get there. If you can try an overseas stint this is always a massive plus, opening your eyes to other ways of doing things and other ways of looking at things.




“During my time at AusIndustry, we helped uncover a major tax loophole which lead to the closure of the scheme and the saving of hundreds of millions of dollars to the taxpayer - my career was up and running and my UC learning experience was directly responsible.”

Steven Brown Founder/Director, Economic Futures Australia Steven Brown graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Finance in 1996 from the University of Canberra. Steven’s journey through the University resulted in his immediate appointment with AusIndustry. Steven is now the Director of Economic Futures Australia and

has had made a large contribution to the ACT and beyond through his career thus far. The UC Alumni Network recently spoke with Steven about his time at the University, and career so far. Why did you decide to study at the University of Canberra? I had started studying at the University of Newcastle after finishing school in Sydney. Halfway through the year, my parents moved from Sydney to Canberra to take up

senior public sector positions. It was important to me that I had the support offered by my family, and the University of Canberra (or CCAE as it was in 1988) offered one of the few undergraduate degrees that specialised in Banking and Finance. What did graduating from UC mean to you? It proved to me that the journey is often more important than the destination. My UC degree had propelled my career before

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I had even finished the course. During my last few subjects we had a guest lecturer from AusIndustry (Department of Industry), who explained Research and Development Syndication, a complex structured finance arrangement based on the Research and Development tax concession to fund large R and D projects. We were required to do an assignment on the scheme, and completing this assignment provided the insight and context to get a job assessing these finance arrangements for AusIndustry. During my time at AusIndustry, we helped uncover a major tax loophole which lead to the closure of the scheme and the saving of hundreds of millions of dollars to the taxpayer - my career was up and running and my UC learning experience was directly responsible. Sadly I missed my graduation ceremony in 1996 as I was sent to the US to help design a new venture capital program for the Commonwealth Government, known as the Innovation Investment Fund (IIF). So I do not have a picture of me wearing a gown and hat, but my UC degree is framed and hangs proudly in my office.

What have you been doing since graduating from UC? Since graduating from UC I have had an extended career with the Commonwealth Government in the Department of Industry, working on the delivery, design and policy to encourage innovation in Australia. I then spent five years in the economic development unit of the ACT Government (BusinessACT), culminating in the establishment of the National ICT Australia Centre of Excellence (NICTA) and ANU Connect. My UC degree and subsequent work experience allowed me to enter and complete a Masters in Management (specialising in technology commerciaIisation) at the ANU. I left Canberra and relocated to Brisbane to take up a position at the University of Queensland’s commercial arm - UniQuest. In 2007 I started my own consulting firm with a colleague in Canberra called Economic Futures Australia (EFA) and our first university client was UC! We have since gone on to consult to the ANU, QUT, CQUniversity, Flinders University, University of South Australia and the University of the Sunshine Coast. EFA was the lead consultant

on two successful Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) bids, the CRC for Remote Economic Participation and the CRC for Contamination Assessment and the Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), both were awarded the largest grant from the Commonwealth in their respective funding rounds. What are the highlights of your career/life since leaving UC? There have been many, but I think the contribution NICTA will have on the economic development of Canberra and how it has driven the development of West Civic is profound. That the CRC for Remote Economic Participation may provide real and original solutions to closing the gap for Aboriginal people, by engaging them in research. That my kids will grow up in a country that can effectively deal with the contamination created by past generations. I have played a very small but important part in those outcomes. What advice would you give to graduating students? Life is a journey not a destinationenjoy the ride




Suzie Hoitink Founder, Clear Complexions Clinics Suzie Hoitink completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Canberra in 1996. After years of struggling with acne prone skin Suzie turned her attention to skin

care treatments. In 2005 Suzie founded the Clear Complexions Clinic, which provides a medical approach to various skin conditions. Today Clear Complexions is one of Canberra’s most successful businesses with two clinics and 14 staff members. Clear Complexions place great importance on employing skilled and registered

nurses to care for its patients and the large majority of nurses at Clear Complexions have graduated from the University of Canberra. Suzie has also contributed to the University as a guest speaker at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony. For more information visit

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OUR YOUNG ALUMNUS HEADING TOWARDS THE TOP Despite only recently graduating from the University of Canberra, Charlie Nivison has been designing and printing his own tee-shirts for over two years. Charlie who originates from Walcha in Northern NSW, began studying a Bachelor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra in 2007. With an obvious flair for design, Charlie began designing, printing and selling his own tee-shirts while living on campus. In 2008 he was approached to hold a solo exhibition of his tee-shirts at the Albion Street

Gallery in Surry Hills. After being invited to do so he decided it was time to start his own label. Silly Pear was founded in 2008 while Charlie was still studying at UC. Things have only grown since then, Silly Pear tee-shirts can now be found in several stores including Canberra’s own Itrip Iskip. When asked where he sees himself going Charlie said “Silly Pear will continue to produce tee-shirts, but I would also like to team up with different designers and make Silly Pear a lifelong success”. For stockists and more information on Silly Pear visit

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Farewell was attended by over 100 students and was held in the new International Microsimulation Centre. International Alumnus Ameen Habibi was the student speaker at the event and recalled wonderful memories about his time at the University and in the Nation’s Capital.

International Alumni UC Farewells International Alumni

Ameen Habibi receiving a certificate of appreciation after speaking at the 2010 International Student Farewell.

In December 2010 the University farewelled hundreds of international students graduating from the University of Canberra who were unable to attend the 2011 Graduation Ceremonies. The

Ameen Habibi originates from Badakhshan in North Afghanistan, and completed a Bachelor of Economic and Political Science from Cairo University, Egypt. Before studying at the University of Canberra on an AusAID Scholarship, Ameen was the Director General of the Office of the Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan. Ameen was also the presenter on “Garden of Hope” a television program in Afghanistan, which gave University students a channel to voice their opinions on current affairs. Ameen has completed a Masters of Public Administration at the University. As a student and member of the Canberra community, Ameen was heavily involved as a Student Ambassador, an ACT International Student Ambassador, a tutor, and as a research assistant with the ANZSOG Institute for Governance. Ameen has since returned to Afghanistan to resume his position as Director General.

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A DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS Dr Nguyen Xuan Vang Director General, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Dr Nguyen Xuan Vang graduated from the University of Canberra in 1990 with a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Before commencing studies in Canberra Dr Vang had received a Bachelor in English Studies and Bachelor of Linguistics from Hanoi University of Foreign Studies and after graduating from UC also received a PhD from La Trobe University (Honoris Causa) in 2005. Dr Vang has extensive experience in higher education, in 1991 he was appointed Director of the ESP Resource Centre, in 1997 became Vice President of Hanoi University of Foreign Studies, and from 2000

- 2008 Dr Vang served as President of the University. As President he made significant contributions to reform Hanoi University of Foreign Studies into a multidisciplinary university, now known as Hanoi University. In 2008 Dr Vang was appointed Director General of Vietnam International Education in the Ministry of Education and Training. With over 30 years of service Dr Vang has received a number of awards from the Presidents of Vietnam, Italy, Spain and Brazil and has received Honorary Professorships from a number of international universities. In 2008 Dr Vang was a recipient of a University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni Award. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the awards ceremony, however on a recent visit back to the Nation’s Capital Dr Vang was presented with his Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr Nguyen Xuan Vang




Mary O’Kane and John Grant visit the ‘Hub’ under construction

Don Aitkin speaks at the opening of the Boilerhouse Lecture Theatre, 1993. Kim Beazley and Donald Horne are Opening of the ‘Hub’, 1993

also in attendance.

Don Aitkin’s first address

The College Council, June 1978 - Back row: Mr R J Fryer, Mr R B Mitchell, Mr B G Rabone, Prof. D A Low, Mr Justice R Else-Mitchell, Mr D M Morrison, Mr J C Olsson 2nd row: Mr L J Daniels, Mr W J Weeden, Dr D F Waterhouse, Dr S S Richardson, Dr R D Traill, Mr G A Fiddian Seated: Mrs F StJ Moore, Mrs H C Crisp, Mrs D J Collings - Absent: Sir John Overall, Dr W D L Ride

Dr Richardson with HIH Prince Yoshihito of Japan

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Architect’s impression - view of Building 1 from south-west

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is still published today, and is now known as “Monitor”.

Prime Minister John Gorton unveals the foundation Stone, 1968




The College is established under the Canberra College of Advanced Education Act 1967.

Building 1 is completed and the first full-time students enrol.

The Library Building is completed and occupied.

There were four Schools established to offer courses in Administrative Studies, Applied Science, Computing Studies and Liberal Studies.

A group of Diploma students are presented their awards by the Chairman of Council at a ceremony in the Council Room.

A ceremony is held on the site at Bruce to mark the beginning of site development. The first soil is turned by then Minister for Education and Science, Senator John Gorton (18 December)


The College Union is established to support on campus activities including clubs and societies, and sports.

Prime Minister John Gorton unveils the Foundation Stone (28 October)

The first Foundation Day celebrations are held.



Dr S.S. Richardson takes up his appointment as Foundation Principal of the CCAE (August).

The first students move in to College residences (April)

The first issue of College News, a monthly newsletter of College events is published. This newsletter

The School of Teacher Education enrols its first students.

Stone Day celebrations are held over one day with activities including: BBQ, poetry readings, sporting matches, film screenings, bands and beer.

1973 At the CCAE’s first ceremony for conferring degrees, 62 degrees and 171 diplomas are awarded in the main lecture theatre in Building 2. The Honourable Mr K. Beazley, Commonwealth Minister for Education at the time, delivered an occasional address. Graduands wear the College academic dress.



ALUMNI NETWORK In 1973, 31 clubs and societies were in existence. It was through one of these societies, and with the assistance of the College Council, that a child care centre was established at the College.

1974 The Foundation Stone is rededicated by The Honourable John Gorton. Sir John was met with an amusing surprise - a young student known as the “Stone Fairy” was hiding under the unveiling blanket. The first students are enrolled in the new School of Environmental Design.

1976 Staff of the School of Information Sciences organise a Mathematics competition for secondary school students - in future years this will become the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Students at Stone Day

A community radio station 2XX is supported and partially run by the Students’ Association. Stone Day turns into Stone Week. Week long activities for students include “Union Talent Quest” and “Male Bewdy Contest”

1978 The College organises a program of events to mark the ten year anniversary of the establishment of the CCAE. Courses in conservation of cultural materials are introduced by the School of Applied Science The School of Environmental Design opens. Former Prime Minister John Gorton is made an Honorary Fellow of the College.

Sports Studies to complement the role of the newly established AIS. The Centre for the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is established within the School of Liberal Studies. Students steal the ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ from Gundagai as a Stone Day prank.

1982 CCAE students win several gold and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

1983 The ten thousandth student completes requirements for an award of the College.

1984 CCAE hosts the first National

1981 The College offers courses in

Enrolling at the student enquiry desk in Building 1

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1987 Responsibility for CCAE transferred from the Federal Education portfolio to the Arts, Sport, Environment, Tourism and Territories portfolio. Architecture students gain first prize in the second International Biennale of Architecture held in Cracow, Poland and first prize in the National Student Competition.

1988 Emeritus Professor R. D. Scott takes up his appointment as College Principal. He joins the ACT Education and Training Council and accepts membership of the ACT Administration Co-ordination Committee. The College is granted admission to the Unified National System of Higher Education. Three positions of Assistant Principal are established: Academic Planning & Services, Finance & Resources, and Administration. The School of Liberal Studies is renamed the School of Communication and the School of Administrative Studies is renamed the School of Management. The College hosts the 29th International Mathematical Olympiad.

The Refectory in the 80’s

1989 The College introduces its first doctoral and honours level courses: the Doctor of Philosophy course in the School of Education and the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) course in the School of Applied Science.


A University Multifaith Group is formed to provide services to students and staff. The Ngunnawal Centre is opened by the Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Robert Tickner MP. The Vice-Chancellor initiates ‘Donís Dozen’ - an award to recognise achievements and contributions of staff throughout the year.

The University of Canberra Act 1989 comes into force and the CCAE becomes the University of Canberra Emeritus Professor Donald Horne under the sponsorship of Monash takes up role as Chancellor. University (1 January) The University establishes the CCAE Principal Roger Scott is Australian Mathematics Trust instated as foundation Viceand the National Short Story Chancellor. Dr Jean Blackburn is Competition. appointed Foundation Chancellor.


1991 Professor Don Aitkin takes up role as Vice-Chancellor.

1993 The National Centre for Economic Modelling (NATSEM) is established.




Vice-Chancellor Roger Dean and Professor Craig Bremner at the inaugural Canberra Biennial of Design and Architecture in 2005

Graham Eadie, Helen Crisp, Donald Horne and Don Aitkin, April 1994

Helen McFadden becomes the first student to receive a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Canberra.

Government at an official handover ceremony.


Canberra’s first “Sorry Book”is launched in O-week on the concourse as part of Reconciliation on Campus (ROC)

Wendy McCarthy becomes Chancellor of the University. The Vice-Chancellor moves into his new residence on campus “Bimbimbie”, which was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp, who also designed Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra. The University co-hosts University Games.

1997 The University holds its first Conferring Ceremony at Parliament House. Responsibility of the University of Canberra is transferred to the ACT


1999 Sir John Gorton is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University for his role in the creation, dedication and support of the CCAE.

2000 Celebrations are held to mark 30 years of teaching on the campus at Bruce. Foundation Principal S. S. Richardson returns for the celebrations.

UC hosts the fifth annual National Indigenous Student Games (October) Stone Week becomes Stonefest.

2002 Professor Roger Dean takes up the role of Vice-Chancellor of the University. The Innovation Centre development is launched.

2004 The UC Innovation Centre is opened by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.

2007 Professor Stephen Parker becomes the fourth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra.

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ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher opening new Allied UC graduates celebrate outside Parliament House

The UC for Life concept was established.

2010 John Dawkins speaks at the 2008 Don Aitkin Lecture

2008 Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Parker introduces a new strategic vision for the University.

The International Microsimulation Centre opens. UC hosts The Biggest Election Party. The UC Reconciliation Action Plan is launched.

The University of Canberra celebrates its 40th birthday.

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard visits the University of Canberra campus.

The stone fairy returns during the University’s 40th Celebrations.

Construction begins on the Inspire Centre.

The new student residences are opened.

The Faculty of Education celebrates 40 years, founding staff including

Health Building, 2006

Founding Head of School, Professor Phillip Hughes, return for the celebrations.

2011 Dr John Mackay AM takes up role as Chancellor of the University. Kaleen High School and Lake Ginninderra College are renamed University of Canberra High School, Kaleen and University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra as part of the UC for Life Concept. UC is the first Australian University to ban the sale of bottled water on campus.

2009 Construction of the International Microsimulation Centre begins. UC achieves the highest growth rate for commencing students in the sector. The University embarked on an expansive capital works program. The ANZSOG Institute of Governance was established.

Professor Chris Lennard giving a demonstration to Minister Kim Carr.

Professor Stephen Parker, Vice Chancellor performing

The National Centre for Forensic Studies was set up in 2003

at the 40th anniversary reunion dinner




History of the C Star The theme of the logo is derived from the College Act which specified that “the College was to provide education in the five fields of science, technology, art, administration and commerce”. These five broad areas of endeavour are embodied in the five interlocking “C’s” representing Canberra and the interdisciplinary nature of the courses offered by the College, yet maintaining the interest and essential character of each. “The Council ran a competition for the design of a logo or coat of arms for the College. An advertisement attracted a number of entries from well known established graphic designers around Australia, but in December of 1969, the Committee appointed by the Council recommended that a commission to

design an insignia should be offered to Mr Derek Wrigley and that the design should be an insignia and not a shield or coat of arms. Mr Wrigley was asked to suggest variations on the theme which he had submitted with his application. The proposal was discussed with the Students’ Association before Mr Wrigley’s

design was finally accepted. It was agreed that no firm colour should be adopted by the College, and that users of the logo might select their own preference colour, but that no colour should be identified with a particular School. The insignia is now widely recognised in Australia and overseas and has been reproduced on neckties, badges, stationery, advertisements, track-suits and football jerseys, and the College standard flown on special occasions.” S. S. Richardson, Parity of Esteem: Canberra College of Advanced Education, 1968-1978, (Canberra College of Advanced Education: Belconnen), 1979, p. 277.

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The Foundation Stone as it rests now… embedded in pavers

You know an educational institution has come of age

breathed a sigh of relief when they realised what the

when it has its own mythology; those events and

name referred to - “oh an actual stone”.

happenings from the past that former members recall with a smile and current staff and students know through hearsay, retelling and the inevitable embellishment or dilution provided by time. The energetic and fun-filled community of the early CCAE days was a crowd prone to pranks, and some of come from these times.

wandering around the ground level of Building 1 trying to pin down the location of another staff member in 1B121 (that’s Building 1, Level B, Room 121 for the uninitiated). I took the elevator down from 1D to 1B, took a couple of quick turns, and found myself exiting the building. To my left I could see a nice outdoor barbecue area in a courtyard. Continuing through

Probably the most well-known and well-established

the next two sets of doors I emerged in yet another

tradition of the University is the celebration of Stone

walkway. Up ahead was what looked like a large

Day which was originally called Foundation Day and

sunken glass roof. I walked over for a closer look, and

has evolved into Stonefest in more recent times.

there, snugly ensconced in its subterranean nook was

The ambiguity of the name leads many people, both

an enormous stone with one smooth face and lettering

internal and external, to wonder about the exact nature

engraved across it.

of the celebrations – many a parent has no doubt


the best anecdotes from the history of the institution

Not long after I started as the art curator at UC I was


Stranger than fiction? The myths, legends and traditions of CCAE and UC

By Charlene Smith

The Foundation Stone before it was buried amongst the concrete


ALUMNI NETWORK Intrigued I read the text: This stone was unveiled by the Right Honourable J. G. Gorton M.P., Prime Minister of Australia, on the 28th of October 1968, to mark the establishment of the Canberra College of Advanced Education. Having lived in Canberra for more than a decade, I was aware of the oddly titled Stonefest music festival celebrated in October each year but I had no idea of its originating tale. This enormous stone gave me pause, and a moment of realisation. Not so long after this discovery I started researching the history of the University for this book. Photographs and anecdotes of the original unveiling of the stone in October 1968 came to light, and trawling through old university newspapers I found annual references to the celebration of Stone Day, then Stone Week and

Dedication of the Foundation Stone, 28 October 1968

eventually Stonefest. So what was the story? As the stone itself revealed, it was originally unveiled by the then Prime Minister John Gorton on 28 October 1968. Photographs from the occasion show a modest group of dignitaries, a curtain pulled open to reveal the stone, and not much else. The Bruce site at this time was a large tract of partially developed bushland. A staff member of the time Bill Dwyer recalled how the guest of honour “got lost”: “They delivered him firstly to the North Lyneham tip,” said Bill. “It was, in truth, a wilderness. I’m not surprised they did get lost,” he said. xxx

In Parity of Esteem Dr Richardson gave his version: On Monday, 28 October 1968, the Prime Minister the Right Honourable J. G. Gorton CH, MP, unveiled a stone to mark the establishment of the College on the Bruce site…Notwithstanding the fact that the NCDC (National Capital Development Commission) had sign-posted a route through the bush from Belconnen Way, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are believed to have been misdirected to the refuse dump which for many years disfigured the landscape behind the site of what is now the Calvary Hospital.

The university of Canberra This mishap seems only to have heightened Mr Gorton’s enthusiasm for the occasion. He declared that the unveiling of the stone was one of the most satisfying tasks he could imagine himself undertaking because it was an indication that ‘we are really moving in building a College which represents a significant new approach to tertiary education.’ He went on to say that the occasion was of special significance to him because he remembered not so long ago being invited to turn the first sod on the site and

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‘the flies were as bad on that occasion as they are today’. xxxi Stone Day began in 1970 as a day for celebrating the birth of the institution and was called Foundation Day. It was an initiative of the Chairman of the College Union Board Mr E. J. Cooper, also a senior lecturer with the School of Administrative Studies, who felt it was important to have a day each year to celebrate the official foundation of the College. Council agreed and the day was set aside for what Sam Richardson described as “fun and revelry” for staff and students.

a very elegant long black skirt and a lacy top which I think the judges were quite taken with.” After being crowned and bestowed with a sash Fred was then carried around on the door from the Principal’s office selling kisses, “We’d taken it for the Scavenger Hunt, sneaking past the one security guard. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see Sam Richardson’s face when he turned up for work to find his door missing.”

The day, on or around the 28th of October, was declared

Despite the original unveiling of the Stone unfolding

a holiday from classes, and the tradition has persisted.

in a comedy of errors, Mr Gorton, the former

It became known as Stone Day later in the 1970s.

Prime Minister, was invited back to the campus on

Later it was celebrated with a week of activities such as

28 October 1974 by the Students’ Association to

scavenger hunts, car rallies, film marathons, and beer

re‑enact the original unveiling ceremony. The story of

drinking and male ‘bewdy’ contests.

the re-enactment has itself since become the stuff of

The 1980 winner of the Mr Bewdy pageant, Fred Mitchell, remembers being put up to it by his friends. “One of us had to go in it,” he said. “There was a panel of judges and you had to parade around a big stage in the refectory and then give a speech about world peace and where you wanted to travel. I wore

legend. Where Mr Gorton had drawn a curtain to reveal the stone at the original ceremony, this time the large rock was covered by a somewhat undignified blanket. As he drew the blanket away, there at the base of the stone was a young girl with short cropped hair, what looked suspiciously like a large ‘joint’ hanging from her mouth and the words ‘Stone Fairy’ emblazoned across




Stone Day revelry

the university of canberra the chest of her sloppy-joe. The Stone Fairy leapt to her

could be found to play her part in the re-enactment.

feet, Mr Gorton took a few steps back and watched with

And so the search for the fairy began. A campaign on

a bemused expression as she danced a few steps then

Facebook, news stories in The Canberra Times, all-staff

flitted away into the crowd. The brazen irreverence of

email appeals and word of mouth combined to track

the fairy’s appearance, rather than being frowned upon

down Marcia McReynolds to her home in Portland,

by the guest of honour, was received with good humour

Oregon, USA.

and the photographs of the event show lots of grinning faces at her impromptu performance. During the planning of celebrations for the 40th anniversary members of the steering committee decided that a re-re-dedication of the Foundation Stone would make for a fun and fitting event in the festivities; even better if the original Stone Fairy

A new chapter in the story of the Stone was written on 28 October 2008 when, 40 years from the first dedication, Professor Ingrid Moses, the Chancellor of the University, presided over a ‘stoneside’ ceremony commemorating the distinction and accomplishments of the institution. Having travelled all the way from Oregon, the Stone Fairy recreated her performance and then combined forces with Lewis Langton, one of Australia’s foremost didgeridoo players, to pay tribute both to the spirit of the CCAE days, and the lingering camaraderie, irreverence and sense of fun that distinguish the staff and students of the University of Canberra.

The Stone Fairy’s debut performance, Stone Day 1974



ALUMNI NETWORK The steering committee decided that a re-re-dedication of the Foundation Stone would make for a fun and fitting event in the festivities; even better if the original Stone Fairy could be found to play her part in the re-enactment

Current lecturer Michael De Percy summed up the day with his response. “I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon with our wonderful Stone Fairy. Marcia is a gifted spirit and the stories she tells about this place reveal a deeper, richer community and a history in which we all share a part. I think that overall the 40th anniversary celebration has been wonderful, a timely reminder of what is possible here, and particularly that breaking the rules is what universities are all about. Thanks to all involved, we need much more of this sort of thing!”

Above: Marcia McReynolds and Lewis Langton 28 October 2008

Another prank, never officially claimed by CCAE

Below: The Stone Fairy’s encore performance at the 40th Anniversary

students, was an unscheduled visit by Gundagai’s Dog

of the dedication of the Foundation Stone

on the Tuckerbox to the campus for Stone Day 1981. Local and national news stories from the time reported

and a thong left at the scene was the only evidence

that residents of Gundagai had woken on the morning

available. Students’ Association representatives at

of 28 October to find their iconic tourist attraction had

the time denied any involvement by CCAE students

strayed. A search ensued, eventually leading to the

in the removal of the dog, speculating that another

campus of the CCAE, specifically the Concourse where

educational institution might have done the deed.

the dog could be seen wearing a Stone Day t-shirt and

Gundagai and ACT police combined forces to ensure

sharing meat pies with revelling students. The weight

the safe return of the dog to its place by the highway,

of the dog was substantial, so there must have been a

with no charges being laid as the identity of the

prankster or two involved in the relocation but a torch

abductors was unknown.

the university of canberra To this day no one has owned up publicly to this high profile case of dognapping, but we can now reveal that we have found them. Tracking down the perpetrators has been a real detective story. The tale has grown over the years to a point where if everyone who claims to have been part of it actually had been, there would’ve been a busload of people on the night. The irony is that the real people have kept their identities well hidden over the years and haven’t said a word publicly. In reality there were only seven involved and two of those didn’t make it to Gundagai, preferring the comforts of the Union Bar to a night in the bush. The first real clues to those involved came from former Union and Students Association head, Dave Ritchie, and the two who didn’t make it on the night, Jim Travers and Andrew ‘Roo’ Buttriss. Dave says he was first aware of the event when he turned up at his office the day after the napping and was confronted on the Concourse by the dog and “at least 10 media outlets” all looking for the story. Jim’s mum rang to tell him he was on the front page of the Daily Telegraph and he’s been linked with the story ever since. Jim and Roo had kept their secret well constantly denying involvement until this year’s 40th celebration when Jim admitted some early involvement and Roo also after being “outed” by Dave. These three and all other clue lines we followed kept throwing up one name, Paul ‘Obes’ O’Brien but no-one knew where he’d gone apart from perhaps returning to his home town of Finley in the Riverina.

Gundagai’s Dog on the Tuckerbox comes to Bruce



ALUMNI NETWORK The tale has grown over the years to a point where if everyone who claims to have been part of it actually had been, there would’ve been a busload of people on the night. The irony is that the real people have kept their identities well hidden over the years and haven’t said a word publicly.

He confirmed that the ringleader of the dognapping was a certain Mr P (whose name’s been changed to protect his professional reputation). After taking such a long time to identify one dognapper it looked like an impossible task to find Mr P. However a quick check of the local phone book and one phone call and we had him. Mr P is now a well-established professional living in Queanbeyan. This was the first time he’d spoken about the incident to people outside the circle and he confirmed some of the stories we’d heard but also gave us the real story – straight from the dognapper’s mouth, so to speak. The story is that five men in a Kingswood station wagon

The trail went cold for some time until a chance

left late at night to finish a job others had started the

overhearing of a conversation in a Braidwood antique

previous year when the nuts holding the dog down were

store, where a customer happened to mention to the

loosened but the dog couldn’t be lifted. This time the

shop owner that he came from Finley. When questioned

five carried sufficient muscle including a large rugby

the customer admitted to knowing Paul and his brother

player we’ll call Mr A. When they arrived at the site

and said he’d ring in a day or so with Paul’s number.

they realised the dog was still loose and they merely

And yes, Paul was known as a man involved with the dognapping. The friend duly rang and we spoke to Paul from where he’s worked underground in a silver, lead, zinc and copper mine at Rosebery in Tasmania for the past 15 years or so.

had to lift it up and place it in the wagon. A trip back to Canberra and the dog was unloaded on the Concourse about dawn, an RSVP sign was placed around its neck and the perpetrators disappeared into the mists of history. Mr P says there was a security guard about at the time but he didn’t seem very interested. Justly

He freely admitted to being involved saying the

fearing some legal reaction the dognappers did not

perpetrators were from “Animal House” another

front for the media circus next morning and have not

name for Reid House (or XYZ Blocks), a set of former

spoken publicly about the events until now.

government hostel buildings set up as temporary residences. It was an apt name for according to our information some of the dognappers were named after various animals.

Initially Dave Ritchie claimed CCAE had been framed by the Riverina CAE because we’d beaten them at football but this didn’t get far.

the university of canberra The fallout from the dognapping included a furious Gundagai Shire Council writing to the College demanding compensation for having to send two staff and a ute to Canberra to retrieve the dog. Dave Ritchie says he wrote to the Council as President of the Students’ Association saying the Scavenger Hunt was a Union event and it was their responsibility. Gundagai subsequently wrote to the Union and Dave wrote back as Chair of the Union Board and then heard nothing more. ‘Roo’ Buttriss says one of the letters should have included a bill for advertising given Gundagai’s international and national media exposure over the event, but Dave says even he wasn’t that cheeky. The success of the dognapping was such that the

The ringleader of the dognapping was a certain Mr P (whose name’s been changed to protect his professional reputation)… Mr P is now a well-established professional living in Queanbeyan. This was the first time he’d spoken about the incident to people outside the circle and he confirmed some of the stories we’d heard but also gave us the real story – straight from the dognapper’s mouth, so to speak.

group looked at topping the event the next year. Mr P says one potential plan was to fashion a rude effigy of the Prime Minister of the time and to weld it into the Parliament House fountain but the logistics were too great to overcome. A similar decision was made about

For Stone Day 1978 a visiting circus obligingly provided

kidnapping the Big Trout from Adaminaby.

an elephant for a brief visit to the campus to secure a

Bronze dogs are not the only unusual items and

Scavenger Hunt victory and Egypt day in 1996 involved

animals to have made cameo appearances on the

a meet-and-greet photo-op between Vice-Chancellor

campus over the years as part of Stone Day Scavenger

Professor Don Aitkin and a friendly camel.

hunts. Mr Bewdy 1980, Fred Mitchell said a list of hunt

Principal Sam Richardson was known for his loud and

items was released the day before Stone Day and each

blustering manner which at times bordered on the

item was worth a certain amount of points. “Each team

eccentric. Neil McGuffog, who was activities officer

was also allowed a mystery prize – one of ours was

and Executive Officer of the Union in the 1970s tells

the Principal’s door,” he said. “That year I remember

of a phone call he received from Sam one Stone day

we got everything on the list, including a croquet hoop

morning. “McGuffog is that you?” “Yes Dr Richardson,

from the lawns of Parliament House, but we didn’t

what can I do for you?” “What you can do is get up

win! Some other group got everything as well and they

here and get rid of the elephant that’s peering in my

brought a goat as their mystery item, I guess the judges

office window.”

gave more points for the goat than the door.”




The winning ‘mystery prize’ in the 1978 Scavenger Hunt arrives on the back of a truck The goat that outscored the Principal’s door in the 1980 Scavenger Hunt Fred Mitchell, Mr CCAE 1980

A former student from the 1980s Jim Travers

The story goes that following a public appeal the works

remembers a group of Ressies people, the “Y Diners”,

were returned via a legal firm with no explanation and

so-called because they lived at the YMCA in

the identity of the thieves is still not known.

Ginninderra (now called Arscott House), that collected a number of unusual items. These included the large bronze direction plate from the top of Mount Ainslie (later to appear leaning up against the Tuckerbox Dog on its fateful day), flags from the top of the Travelodge Motel, street signs, a stuffed emu, the main entrance sign to ANU and the ANU Shuttle Bus. The scavengers

It’s fair to say that UC sees all of its graduates as success stories and legends in their own ways but some former students (and staff) have gone on to fame and fortune in various roles since their time in Bruce. A brief look through Monitor, alumni lists and other records uncovered too many to name.

took the bus via the Canberra High School in search of passengers but were seen off by irate teachers. Not part of a Scavenger Hunt but another notable theft was the removal of a number of artworks from the UC Library in March 2001 including a painting by Sidney Nolan, one of the most significant and valuable works in the collection. Taken over a rainy weekend that wiped tracks from an unsealed car park and a black-out that erased entry records from the Library’s security system, the theft made newspapers all over the country.

ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell speaks at the launch of our 40th

Elite athlete, walker

anniversary celebrations

Nathan Deakes

the university of canberra A small selection of those who have done us proud is: Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas studied sports administration as part of the University’s elite athletes program. Comedian and television host Wil Anderson completed a degree in journalism before becoming one of Australia’s highest profile media personalities. Chief Political Correspondent for ABC Radio Current Affairs Lyndall Curtis studied journalism in the 1980s. She says she “enjoyed my studies and enjoyed the people I studied with. It was a good time to be at Uni and I learned a lot, often without realising I was doing so. My lecturers gave me the confidence to take up my

Douglas Waterhouse Drive in the suburb of Dunlop is named after the Foundation Council Chair of the CCAE but that wasn’t his only claim to fame. Doug Waterhouse was also the inventor of Aussie icon Aerogard. Before taking up the Chair Dr Waterhouse had been a well-established scientist with the CSIRO working in entomology and pesticides. In paying tribute to Dr Waterhouse ABC’s New Inventors tells the story. “Aerogard’s been keeping flies off people for about 40 years but who almost became the first woman in the entire world to test aerogard?…It was in fact the Queen. Back in 1963 Doug Waterhouse was working on a formula to keep the flies off. Then he found out the Queen was coming. Who better to test it on. Doug got some of his fly repellent to the Queen’s people and told them what to do. Sadly they were too scared to spray her… and her majesty was left unprotected.

A former student from the 1980s Jim Travers remembers a group of Ressies people, the “Y Diners”, so-called because they lived at the YMCA in Ginninderra (now called Arscott House), that collected a number of unusual items. These included the large bronze direction plate from the top of Mount Ainslie, flags from the top of the Travelodge Motel, street signs, a stuffed emu, the main entrance sign to ANU and the ANU Shuttle Bus. But the Queen’s staff tried it the next day while playing golf and it worked a treat. So what did he do? In a country crying out for an effective insect protection did he develop it, market it, sell it, see it become hugely popular and become obscenely rich? Nope. Tragically for Doug … when a couple of days later a nice man from the Mortein insecticide company rang up and asked him how he made it, Doug told him. That was that. Mortein made the money. And Doug went back to the lab and kept inventing right up to his death aged 84. Doug Waterhouse inventor of Aerogard, maybe not rich, but clever. We salute you!” xxxii




The University’s 2nd Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Donald Horne, one of Australia’s foremost historians, authors and social commentators is famous for many things, but particularly for coining the phrase ‘The Lucky Country’ in 1964. While Professor Horne used the phrase to criticise Australian society, it has been misappropriated since and is now used to celebrate the natural, social and cultural resources of the country.

Albert Tucker’s Antipodean Head was the cover image of Donald Horne’s The Lucky Country

One of CCAE’s more well-known characters was Dan Daniels the parking inspector. Known as ‘Dan Dan the Parking Man’ he was more than assiduous in his task, happily booking anyone from the Principal on down. And he was never known to rescind a ticket or to even stop writing one. An ex-military man, Dan wasn’t very big but when he donned his uniform he was unstoppable. One legendary story was his reaction when an intransigent driver of a blue Volkswagen beetle

Dan Daniels, ‘Dan Dan the Parking man’

parked a number of times in the incorrect place. After several warnings and tickets the driver still parked in the same spot. Dan could take it no longer. He borrowed the forklift from stores, lifted the car up and took it off to a far corner of the campus. Needless to say CCAE administration didn’t take too kindly to this and Dan was instructed to not do it again.

career and helped me get a start – I’m very grateful for that.” Lyndall says her job allows her to have “a front row seat at history - covering four prime ministers, two Olympic Games, being at the White House for the first Middle East Peace signing, in Monaco for the IOC announcement of Sydney winning the 2000 Olympic bid …the list goes on. I’ve been very lucky”.

the university of canberra Another former student, Phil Patterson, (and son of CCAE academic registrar the late Don Patterson) went on to work in Hollywood as an assistant director, associate producer and location scout working with directors such as George Miller, Peter Weir and Terry Gilliam and stars such as Harrison Ford, Nick Nolte and Bruce Willis in a long list of films that included Mosquito Coast, Vertical Limit, 12 Monkeys, the Crocodile Dundees and Lorenzo’s Oil (and Scooby Doo). A current lecturer and CCAE graduate in creative

John Mackay and Brand Hoff fill a time capsule at the launch of the 40th anniversary celebrations

writing, Felicity Packard is a scriptwriter for some of the most successful television shows in recent years, including the 2008 smash hit Underbelly for which she won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize and two

Creative Writing’s Francesca Rendle-Short

AWGIE awards. Steve Conte, a graduate in professional

and Felicity Packard

writing, won the $100,000 Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2008 for his novel The Zookeeper’s War. A very successful Sci-Fi writer, Garth Nix studied professional writing here in the 1980s. His Abhorsen Trilogy, and

Other legends include Donna Burke, a sports studies

Sabriel and Lirael books are well-known. He also

graduate who became the first female chief executive

writes children’s books. Another Professional Writing

of a NSW Rugby League club (the Cronulla Sharks);

alumnus, Morris Gleitzman, is a successful children’s

many successful education graduates like Denis

book author and film and television writer.

Dickinson who is now principal of an ACT High School;

The ACT Rugby Union team the Brumbies have fielded University of Canberra students and graduates as players, coaches and Andrew Fagan, a sports studies graduate, as CEO. Other notable CEOs include CCAE graduate and former head of ActewAGL John Mackay, Brand Hoff, founder of Tower Software, and Lin Hatfield Dodds, national director of Uniting Care Australia. We’ve also had a number of successful Territory politicians cut their teeth on campus including former ACT Chief Minister Rosemary Follett, ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell and former MLA and treasurer Ted Quinlan.

Cathryn McConaghy UC’s own Dean of Education; Peter Kell an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Wollongong; Clive Dowdell who rode his push bike from Murwillumbah to start his degree in maths/computing at CCAE and has worked for groups as diverse as the National Crime Authority and the Australian horse racing studbook, and now runs his own successful wholesale medical supplies business; and a UC TESOL graduate Dr Pham Gia Khiem, who became deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam. The list goes on...




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