In this edition
We are already half way through 2012 and many of our USQ Alumni have been busy making a difference to our world through their career, hobbies or personal achievements.
In this edition:
- We catch up with 6 successful alumni who are starting a business, contributing to third world countries, being promoted within their organisation or returning to USQ to work.
- Also, we profile 6 alumni that have been in the media over the past month because of a personal or professional achievement.
- Alumni website and social media updates.
The right equation for alumnae Kiara O'Gorman: Triple Major at USQ + youthful + innovative = success
From generation to generation: Alumnus Kerry Betros incoming Chairman of Heritage Bank
Alumnae Kiara O'Gorman
You are standing in the chocolate aisle of the supermarket and with so many enticing options before you, you are finding it difficult to make only one choice. What about a compromise? Purchase a smaller block of each of your favourites? That is exactly what alumni, Kiara O'Gorman decided to do when she couldn't choose just one course to study at USQ, she would sample them all.
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Alumni Kerry Betros
Flash back to a time before social media, mobile phones, computers and most of our modern day technology. You are sitting in the classroom of a very new Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE, now USQ). It's 1968 and you are sitting next to a young man who will later be a very successful business manager in Toowoomba, Kerry Betros.
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Building a whole: Alumnus Craig Sleeman, a project in Africa
Alumnus Daryn Grantham: Feather stepping through his journey of self- discovery
Alumni Craig Sleeman
Craig Sleeman likes to build - roads, bridges, buildings or projects in third world countries. Since graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) in 2007, Craig has been developing his professional and personal skills. At the young age of 26, he has already built some strong foundations.
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Alumni Daryn Grantham
Daryn Grantham is on a journey: to learn about his background, family connections, the best dance moves, the method to establishing an effective online payment gateway at USQ and ultimately the key to happiness. What is the key?
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Making a difference from within: Alumnae Heather Brodie, CEO of Bio Fuels Association of Australia
Do you hear that? Alumnae Amy Ritter transforming lives through music
Alumnae Heather Brodie
As a child, if there was a choice between playing dolls, dress-ups, car games or backyard sport which would you choose? For Alumnae Heather Brodie, the choice was easy: get amongst it with the boys. She was the token girl in any male dominated game as a child and this did not change as an adult. She still plays with the boys but, as a grown up, the games are work and the rules are a whole new ball game altogether.
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Alumnae Amy Ritter
Close your eyes and focus on the sense of sound. What do you hear? The washing machine, the timer on the oven, the wind in the trees. The sounds that you hear paint a picture of the environment you are in. Now, place yourself in the womb of a pregnant mother, perhaps a musically inclined mother like USQ alumni, Amy Ritter. What do you hear outside of the womb environment? If you were baby Penelope Ritter, a sound that would enter your soundscape would be music.
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Alumni's Got Talent
Alumni in the spotlight
Alumni Dominic Walsh
Talented USQ Alumni appear in the media regularly.
- Dominic Walsh - Alumni Dominic Walsh accepted to study a Masters degree in vocal performance at London's Guild Hall School of Music and Drama.
- MP John McVeigh - Darling Downs, Western Qld and USQ are well represented in the new LNP govenment. McVeigh is the new Minister for Agriculture in Queensland.
- Taryn Swan (lectures at USQ Springfield) is representing Australia for the first time at the world championships in NZ in October.
Alumnae Odette Best
USQ Alumni also often appear in the spotlight.
- Odette Best is the first Aboriginal PhD recipient.
- Author Holly Hill believes humans are not built to be faithful and has appeared on television and written books advocating for open relationships.
- Ross Dagan was a finalist in the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Awards and is now making waves in NZ as TVNZ News Chief.
Submit a Story
Over 1500 Alumni respond to survey
Alumnae Kate O'Callaghan
The Alumni office keeps abreast of alumni in the media through the e-newsletter.
If you have a good news story about our alumni that hasn't made it into the media and you would like to share it, we'd like to hear from you. Simply email Christie with the details and you could be appearing in an upcoming e-news edition.
Survey result: work in field of study
Thank you to the 1502 alumni who responded to the inaugural alumni survey. We are processing the data and will keep you informed over the next few months of the results and changes we are implementing to improve the services we provide the alumni network. Congratulations to Greta from the Fraser Coast area who won the iPad for responding to the survey.
Alumni Website Re-design
There are many ways to stay in touch with our Alumni team through social networks. Ensure that you are:
- 'LinkedIn' with us to keep abreast of the latest PD and topics of discussion surrounding USQ Alumni.
- Known by Ally Alumni on Twitter & Facebook from Sem 2.
Make sure you 'like' the USQ Alumni on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Alumni David Kocinski
The new look Alumni website will soon be launched and we are very excited about the developments. The new site will hopefully answer all of your questions and more covering areas such as:
- Alumni Network
- International and Domestic Chapters
- Programs and Events
- Alumni Benefits
- Giving to USQ
Please beware of the changes that will be occuring relating to the Alumni Profile pages. We will keep you up to date via email.