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October 2008

Newsworthy & Interesting

Bond Stock is an annual cultural and sporting festival held at Bond U. This year's lineup includes John Howard AC, 2 x ARIA Award Winners End of Fashion, Chart-toppers The Potbelleez, Gold Coast Titans, Australian Gladiators, The Secret Location Party, Students Ball.

One of the main presenters was the former Prime Minister, John Howard AC who spoke on "The Battle for Global Leadership"
also, Another main event of the festival was the panel discussione on "The Battle for Financial Stability" With participants including:
- Trevor Rowe AM, Chairman, Rothschild Australia & Chancellor, Bond University
- Steve Harker, CEO, Morgan Stanley Australia
- Richard Shepperd, Deputy CEO, Macquarie Group Australia
- Michael O'Leary Collins, CEO, Greenhouse Investments (London) & Bond alumni

I am pleased to advise that Professor Chris Del Mar, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sciences and Medicine was awarded the very prestigious Rose-Hunt Award last night by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for outstanding commitment to Australian general practice. The Rose Hunt Award is the RACGP’s most prestigious honour and was awarded to Professor Del Mar for his visionary leadership, internationally recognised research and his remarkable commitment and dedication as an educator.
I have congratulated Professor Del Mar on behalf of his colleagues and friends at Bond University.
Professor Robert Stable Vice-Chancellor & President


“…its gorgeous and luxurious… amazing facilities…The MLC is fantastic…it’s a pleasure to study there.” These are the enthusiastic comments of students describing The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC) which was completed in March. The MLC provides collaborative learning spaces and the latest in leading edge technology and is available to all students. Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Stable at the opening of The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre

Opened at the start of Semester 082, the MLC has proved extremely popular. In the first four months of operation, more than 128,000 visits to the Centre have been recorded, peaking with 48,487 in July.

Bond University has responded to the Commonwealth Government’s Action Agenda for the Facilities Management industry by establishing the State’s first undergraduate Facilities Management study pathway.

Through the introduction of its Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development, Bond is delivering on the primary objective of the government’s 2004 Action Agenda; that is, to overcome the skills shortage in the industry by creating clear career paths from school, through to professional practice.

The need to address the shortage of facilities management professionals in Australia is crucial, given the industry’s significance to the national economy. Playing a major role in managing the life cycle of our built environment, the Facilities Management industry employs more than 170,000 people and generates nearly $13 billion of Australia’s gross domestic product.

The demand for qualified professionals means job opportunities are many, and salaries are very high. Through becoming the first tertiary institution in Queensland to offer an undergraduate pathway in this specialised area, Bond University is poised to help school leavers fast-track their career in Facilities Management and capitalise on the current skills shortage.

Delivered over a minimum of 6 semesters (equivalent to two years’ study thanks to Bond’s trimester calendar), the program aims to produce well-rounded, job-ready graduates capable of fulfilling professional events and facilities management roles within property, hotel or tourism industries. Students studying the Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development can choose from a number of specialities, including Event and Facilities Management.

A novel connection is being made at Bond between events and the infrastructure required to support them. The new curriculum is a blend of generic business skills and specific content concerning property and real estate. Subjects are pitched at a strategic level and integrated with allied disciplines such as tourism and international hotel and resort management. An opportunity for work-integrated learning is provided in the final semester to field test the University’s graduate attributes imbued earlier in the course.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a highly respected international professional body of over 100,000 members, has accredited Bond’s program, enabling graduates to work as a Chartered Facilities Manager in over 50 countries worldwide.

Assistant Professor Marilyn Mitchell recently attended the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference in Wellington where she presented a refereed paper Conducting Ethnographic Research on Language-Like Visual Communication. She received a People's Choice Award for excellence in paper presentation. “I wrote this paper in the way that I did due to the Vice Chancellor's research grant I received last year” Marilyn said.

Dr Ian Coyle, (Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Excellence), Associate Professor David Field (from the Bond Law Faculty, and Centre Director), and Glen Miller, (Sydney QC, and member of the Centre’s Advisory Board) have produced something already – soon after the Centre’s establishment. Their journal paper has been accepted into the prestigious Australian Law Journal.


It is with great pleasure that I announce the approval of the 2nd and 3rd University Research Centres at Bond University. They are as follows:

1. The HEALTH INFORMATICS Research Centre - Iain Morrison (Director) and Chris Del Mar - Faculties – BITSD & HSM

Bon Gray (Director), Greg Gass, Maria Hopwood & Shayne Quick
Faculties – HSM, HSS & Law

Congratulations to all those involved in the process of proposing these exciting Research Centres and we look forward to increased linkages with other universities, industry, community and all tiers of government in undertaking collaborative research that will demonstrate these centres as leaders in their field. Professor William van Caenegem - Acting Pro Vice Chancellor (Research)

transforming the library
Construction is now underway on the new three-storey Annex to the Main Library. Stage 1 of the project comprises two phases, construction of the Annex followed by a refurbishment of Level 2 of the Library, the construction of a new stairway and an additional mezzanine on Level 4. When finished, the remodelling will enhance access to the upper levels of the Library and create a new visual impression of the existing internal features of the building.

The overall result will be a next generation library and study environment where students will be able to work collaboratively in spaces that support contemporary social learning patterns. Print and digital information will combine in a friendly environment that is customer focused, service oriented and technology rich. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by March 2009. Existing services and facilities will then be temporarily relocated to Level 3 of the new Annex while Phase 2 is undertaken.



Last week an enthusiastic team of 80 students from Bond U travelled to Melbourne to compete in the annual Australian University Games. The event is Australian University Sport’s flagship event, with over 7000 participants representing 41 Universities in 28 sports. Bond sent a total of 10 teams participating in Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Golf, Mixed Netball, Mixed Touch Football, Rugby and Tennis with some individuals competing in swimming, athletics and cycling. Out of the 10 teams we collected 5 medals (3 gold and 2 silver) which is an outstanding result. Overall Bond University placed 30th which is a direct result of our small team however when ranked for the Doug Ellis Trophy which indicates our performance based on university team size, we were the top Qld school and placed an impressive 11th out of 41(compared to UQ – 32, QUT – 26 and our closest rival Griffith - 13)
Some of the more notable results were the following;
Gold – Men’s golf individual – Nathaniel Winter
Gold – Women’s Beach Volleyball – Mary Adinolfi & Anja Kandler
Gold – Men’s Tennis
Silver – Rugby 7s
Silver – Men’s Swimming:400m Freestyle – Liam Auer
These results cap off what has been one of Bond’s most successful years competing in Australian University Sport events on record.


Congratulations to our Family Law Moot team on qualifying for the national final of the Law Council of Australia’s National Family Law Moot Competition to be held in Hobart on 26 September. Elizabeth Rowland, Nirvana Ma, Hannah Maher and Morgan Deacon will meet the QUT team in the final after overcoming stiff competition from 13 other universities around Australia. The team would like to thank Jones Mitchell Lawyers for their continued support.

Well done also to the students from Emmanuel College and Helensvale State High School who showed their potential as future mooting champions in the Law Faculty’s Mock Trial Competition final on September 6 and 7. A total of 80 students from 11 high schools competed in the preliminary rounds, with the team from Helensvale State High School eventual winners of this year’s title.

Japanese language students Sam McDonald, Gene Godwin and Lorance Bitar will compete in the national final of the Japan Foundation’s Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Sydney on October 4 after winning their respective categories at the Queensland state competition in Brisbane. This is a great achievement, and we wish them well for the national final.

Congratulations to Professor Ken Moores, Director of the Australian Centre for Family Business at Bond University, on being accepted to join the world's family business research elite as a Fellow of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA). The Academy honours scientists and experts who have significantly contributed to the development of the field of family business research.


Bob Ansett, former CEO, Budget Car Rentals Australia / New Zealand; Ansett Airlines & President of North Melbourne Football Club, presented "Battle Plan: Business and Entrepreneurship"

The Australian Medical Council accreditation team visited campus on 24 – 26 September. The initial feedback was pleasing and a full report detailing recommendations will be released to the University in due course.

On Saturday 27 September, Patrick Grier, recently retired CEO of Ramsay Health, was the guest speaker at graduation. On Friday 3 October, 11 students graduated at the Bond College graduation ceremony.

A presentation by Mara Bun, CEO Green Cross Australia; former New York investment banker; former Head of Finances for Greenpeace Australia.

A presentation by Greg Hunt MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Water and the Environment

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