CollegeDownUnder is now CampusDownUnder

JULY 2008

Newsworthy & Interesting

It is a great day to show off the wonderful facilities that Bond has to offer, along with some informative sessions for all future students, their families and friends. The day is also jam packed full of activities including live bands, DJ, food and drinks, free gift packs, coffee & street entertainers. Many current students will also be on hand to be your tour guide. As many students won't be able to attend and as I have studied at Bond I am in a great position to advise you on the programs at Bond and what it is like to be a student there.


Applications are now open for 2009 - January May and September intakes, Bond has a rolling admissions system, and there is no application fee.

Rob Field MBA MAcc (Bond) B.Bus

Director - College Down Under - Official Bond University Representative



'This month we have embarked on another major building project that will keep Bond at the forefront in the provision of high quality innovative learning spaces. The project involves a three storey extension and refurbishment of the Entry Level of the Main Library, as a first stage, to maintain the Library as a landmark community building on campus. The refurbishment will preserve and extend the iconic exterior of the building while transforming the internal space to provide flexible, high-tech learning spaces. Some of the new student friendly spaces to be incorporated in the Library include a one-stop-shop service point, state-of-the-art study spaces for individuals and groups as well as a coffee shop and lounge area for informal social gatherings. Traditional library facilities such as well laid out collection areas, quiet study spaces, new books displays, new journals and newspaper reading areas are also featured in the new Library. The building site has been fenced off and substantial excavations have commenced for construction of the three-story extension known as the Library "Annex" which is first phase of the project. The second phase - the renovation of the ground floor and mezzanine level – will take place during the first half of 2009. The library refurbishment is the latest in a number of recent investments that confirm our commitment to maintaining world-class standards on campus by providing the very latest in academic and technological teaching and study facilities; which, without doubt, is enhancing the learning experience of all our students.


'Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable has officially opened the University's latest exciting formal teaching space, known as the ‘Pod Room’, designed to facilitate interactivity, teamwork, and sociability amongst students. Named as a result of its pod, or kidney-shaped, group work desks, the Pod Room provides a formal teaching space that gives students the ability to work together and collectively solve problems, suiting classes that have a strong group-work component. Associate Professor Marcus Randall, who oversaw the construction of the room, said each pod naturally allows a team of students to work cooperatively on solving a problem. "Essentially, the room consists of five pods, each with a large group table, chairs, and computer system, where a small group of between four and seven students can work," he said. "The teacher controls the display system of all pods via a switching system, allowing students in all pods to see either the same view (either from the teacher’s station or another pods), or their own view - considerably enhancing the teacher’s role as a facilitator of learning. "The room also has informal breakout capacity in the form of a number of large ottomans which can be pushed into any configuration to allow groups to talk with one another, away from the pod area. "The technology is an integral, yet not overwhelming, part of the pod room. It has been designed to blend in as part of the learning process, in many ways hiding the fact that the pod room is a technologically sophisticated room," Mr Randall said. Some of the technological features of the Master Pod, which is the facilitator’s workspace and is used to control the entire room, include a touch screen control panel, two wide-screen projectors, image switching capability, a document camera, DVD player and touch pen that can be used as a mouse or annotation tool. The individual pods have their own network-enabled computer system with two 19 inch flat screen monitors, external AV and computer input devices and lighting controls.


Another 450 ‘Bondies’ are ready to bring their career ambitions to life after graduating at our most recent Graduation Ceremony. Many of our most recent graduates attended the May 31 ceremony with their family and friends, celebrating the end of another chapter in their lives and the enormous achievement of completing their university degree. Emeritus Professor Harry Messel AC CBE, who once served as Executive Chancellor and Chancellor of Bond University, delivered the occasional address. He spoke with passion about the history of Bond University – from the trials and tribulations of our early days, and the journey that has brought us to where we are today: "thriving as Australia’s highest rated university." Valedictorian Shilo Brosnan, a mum, who after 10 years in the workforce as an engineer decided to pursue postgraduate study and enrolled in a Masters of Project Management at Bond, also addressed her fellow graduates with a stirring speech. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the graduation ceremony as I was in the USA at the time, but my Masters in Accounting was conferred - YEAH!

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Bond University Sports Association President Tom Clarke lead his team to victory in the final of the mixed netball late yesterday afternoon at Emmanuel College to secure Bond’s only gold medal for this years Gold Coast Challenge. From what has been described as the most intense netball match in unisport history, Bond over came the experienced team from University of Southern Queensland to take the title 26-22 and add to our impressive medal haul which has been Bond’s most successful attempt since the event was introduced. All up Bond won a notable 6 medals from their 12 entered teams (netball 1, beach vball 4, basketball 1) which will contribute heavily to our overall ranking against the other competing universities. Final rankings should be available by the end of the week along with results for the Surfing Championships.

Tom said "I would like extend my congratulations to not only our medal winners but all students who participated and represented Bond University in the various sports. Year after year Bond continues to perform strongly against our much bigger competitor universities and it is a direct result of the efforts of our active sporting clubs and of course the Sports Association. Our teams will now travel to Melbourne next semester to compete at the Australian University Games".
Gold Medal – Mixed netball (26-22 v USQ)
Silver Medal – Mens Beach Volleyball (0-2 v University Sunshine Coast)
Silver Medal – Mixed Beach Volleyball (0-2 v Griffith Gold Coast)
Bronze Medal – Womens Beach Volleyball (2-0 v QUT)
Bronze Medal – Mens Beach Volleyball (2-0 v USQ)
Bronze Medal – Mens Basketball (80-39 v Southern Cross Uni)
4th Place – Mixed Beach Volleyball (0-2 v QUT)
5th Place – Mixed Netball (27-10 v SCU)
6th Place – Womens Netball (11-24 v Griffith Uni)
6th Place – Womens Bball (24-48 v USQ)
8th Place – Mixed Beach Touch (2-3 v USC)


Resident Rugby Union star Ben Daley has been touring with the Australian Under 20s side in Wales this month and has been nominated for Rugby Heaven’s Young Player of the Year Award. You can support Ben by voting for him at

On Saturday 12 July, Nick Hubble, Chris Taylor, Brandon Sowers, Alex Smith and Keegan Sard represented Bond University at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) National Competition in Brisbane. 38 Australian Universities are eligible to compete in the competition, of which 20 did, with our team finishing in the top 4.

Congratulations also to Mara Bennett who has been awarded a $5000 grant to support her proposal on "Development of case studies and learning activities to explain and demonstrate the physiotherapy treatment of Lymphoedema".

Finally, well done to Professor of Psychology Greg Boyle on the publication of the new Handbook of Personality Theories and Assessment, for which he was Editor-in-Chief. The two-volume work, which has taken almost five years to bring to completion, saw Professor Boyle collaborate with 125 other professors from around the world.


The Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade and Finance guest Professor Michel Tison, Faculty of Law, Ghent University, Belgium presented the “Financial Market Integration in the European Union”

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