March 2009 Newsworthy & Interesting @ Bond U

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I am very proud to announce that on 20th February 2009, a group of talented Bond students from the Faculty of Law won first place in the prestigious International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition in The Hague, the Netherlands.

On behalf of the entire Bond community, I congratulate our Bond University champion students: Julien du Vergier, Kate Mitchell, Kristen Zornada, Heidi Rulfs and Lauren Ferguson. Kate Mitchell won award for ‘Best Oralist’ in the ICC Trial Competition and Kristen Zornada won ‘Best Victim’s Counsel’. I’d like also to congratulate their coach Joseph Crowley, Senior Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Law, for his success.

20 teams from 14 countries competed in the ICC Trial Competition, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Russia, India, China, the Netherlands, South Africa and Canada. Each team consisted of five members, including two researchers and three advocates acting for the prosecution, defence and victims.

I cannot stress enough the enormity of this achievement. Defeating Yale and Utrecht University in a grand final of this magnitude, in the legal capital of the world, ensures that Bond University is on the international stage. Bond’s talented advocates also outclassed students in the competition from the London School of Economics, Moscow State University, and the China University of Political Science and Law, and a host of other students from universities which are ranked as having some of the best law faculties in the world.

An achievement like this provides an all-important proof-point that Bond is truly a best-in-league educational institution. This is a coup for the Bond and the Australian education system as a whole.

The ICC Trial Competition is the third mooting competition Bond University has won within the past twelve months. Bond also took first place in the International Intellectual Property Law Mooting Competition in Beijing, China in August 2008 and the National Family Law Mooting Competition in Australia, in March 2008.

Arguably, Bond is now as the best advocacy-teaching university in the world with an outstanding record.

Professor Robert Stable
Vice-Chancellor and President
27 February 2009



On 16 May 2009 Bond University will be celebrating the milestone of its 20th anniversary. The day will begin with a barbecue lunch and campus tour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those who have not visited Bond lately will be excited to see the new additions to the campus. Members of the Bond community, both new and old, are encouraged to come and socialise with friends. The evening portion of the anniversary party will be celebrated in style at the Pavilion Ballroom in Broadbeach. The night will start with a series of events including acknowledging those who have contributed to the success of Bond University, Australia's first private, not-for-profile university. The celebration will also incorporate a black tie ball complete with a red carpet. Everyone from past Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, staff, parents, students, and Alumni will be in attendance and dressed to impress.

CLUB SIGN ON DAY - First week of Semester 09 1
Getting Involved on Campus

Week one included the ever-popular Club Sign On Day on Friday, 23 January. Despite the last minute change of plans when the booths were moved inside Don's Tavern because of rain, the event was successful, bringing in lots of students eager to get involved on campus. The wide variety of booths included everything from Martial Arts Clubs to the Beer and Social Intercourse Club. When the weather cleared up, students were able to take part in some of the other activities available such as the rock climbing wall and the inflatable jousting ring. Area nightclubs were present to attract students and promote their establishments, Energy drink companies such as Red Bull offered free samples to those passing by and local businesses offered discounts on day trips and various other activities. The event truly offered something for everyone and was an excellent chance for students to find a group on campus to join.

Bond University has announced the appointment of Dr Helen Nugent AO as Chancellor Elect. Carrying on our Bond tradition of identifying globally recognised business and community leaders, Dr Nugent will be a suitably eminent successor to Chancellor Trevor C Rowe AM.

We are delighted to have attracted a Chancellor of Dr Nugent’s commercial and community standing. Prior to her prominent career as a Company Director before 1999, Dr Nugent was Director of Strategy at Westpac Banking Corporation and a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Dr Nugent was also a Professor in Management and Director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program at the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales. In 2004, Dr Nugent was awarded Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to business, particularly banking, in the areas of corporate governance, the arts and the community.

Dr Nugent has a prolific academic history. In 1978, she was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Queensland. In 1982, she achieved a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and in 1971, a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, also from the University of Queensland. Dr Nugent was a Tutor and Senior Tutor at the University of Queensland from 1971 to 1980.

In addition, Dr Nugent has also had a number of University associations throughout her career including:

President of the Harvard Business School Association of Victoria from 1988 to 1990;
Director of the Harvard Business School Association of Victoria from 1984 to 1990;
Member of Council, Monash University from 1987 to 1992 (Member of Finance Committee and Director of University Foundation);
Member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Business School and prior to that, the AGSM, at the University of NSW, from 2004 to present; and Member of the Bradley Review into Higher Education, established by the Rudd Government, 2008

The Spanish language department has a new and exciting addition to its resources available to students. It is the Pod Room, designed by Mrs. Alicia Vallero, Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Pod Room was trialed last semester and has turned out to be quite successful in increasing the retention of the Spanish language. The room provides a cheerful and entertaining atmosphere and students are given maximum exposure to not only the Spanish language, but the Hispanic culture as well. Five tables that fit six students each make up the room and there are a set of ottomans that allow for relaxed class conversation and a variety of different sitting arrangements to suit the activity at hand. The room is also equipped with a lectern that has access to a touch-screen computer and electronic pen capability, a document camera, DVD player, and a monitor to control the lights of the room, the projector, and all the computers in the room. Through the use of the Pod Room, students have been able to master the fundamental concepts of Spanish at the initial stage of their studies.
Bond University has received a $4 million National Health and Medical Research Council Australia Fellowship Grant for Professor Paul Glasziou to join our team of leading academics in evidence based medicine including Professor Chris Del Mar, Dr Mieke van Driel and Professor Jenny Doust.

In 2003, the Bulletin Magazine named Professor Paul Glasziou one of Australia’s Top 10 Smartest People. Based at Oxford University’s Department of Primary Health Care for the last five years, he is internationally renowned as Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and Editor of the Evidence-Based Medicine Journal.

Taking up the five-year fellowship position at Bond in early 2010, Professor Glasziou will undertake research to contribute new knowledge about the process and implementation of evidence-based medicine. This research will help to effectively close the gap between best available evidence and current clinical practice.

In Bond University’s 20 year history, this is certainly one of the most exciting and influential grant successes with only 12 of 71 applications submitted being succesful.

two outstanding Australian citizens received the award ‘Doctor of the University’ at the February 2009 graduation ceremony: Mr Neil Balnaves, in recognition of his long term support for and commitment to Bond University as a Councillor, a Trustee Member, and a benefactor; and Former Prime Minister The Honourable John Howard AC, for his long and distinguished service to Australia, his contribution to economic and social policy reform, and his support of a diversified higher education sector.

"It is the judgment of individual men and women that generates the wealth of nations,” Dr Howard said to the Bond community at the graduation ceremony. "I think anybody who graduates from this university will have above average prospects.”

Intense heat, water and decomposition of remains can limit conventional DNA identification methods, hampering victim identification efforts and prolonging uncertainty for distressed loved ones. In extreme incidents, such as the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre, identifying victims can at times be impossible, leaving friends and family without the knowledge of what happened to the deceased.

“The structure of DNA breaks down over time with exposure to extreme environmental conditions such as intense heat, UV light and humidity, making the identification process more difficult and sometimes impossible,’’ said Ms Hughes-Stamm. “This research aims to improve the quality and quantity of the template DNA used for identifying victims of natural and mass disasters. The end goal is to bring closure to those who would otherwise never know what happened to friends and family.’’

Ms Stamm-Hughes said the area of research had become particularly important in the wake of September 11, the Bali bombings, the 2004 tsunami and, closer to home, the recent Victorian bushfires. As part of the research, Ms Hughes-Stamm will expose bone samples offered by the Gold Coast’s John Flynn Hospital to different environmental conditions over varying lengths of time. The practical research will generate degraded samples such as those found in mass disasters and improvements in DNA profiling success will be documented.

Who would of thought 35km, the distance to swim across the English Channel, was enough to bridge Australia and Africa? Two Law students are testing this theory by covering the 35km across the Channel in the Bond pool on Wednesday 11 March from 2 am until 2pm.

That’s 700 laps in less than 12 hours to raise $3000 for charity established by Bonds Tom Connole to develop the schooling infrastructure in Africa.

Bonds own Beijing gold medallist swimmer and recent Order of Australia recipient Lara Davenport OAM is lending a hand in the pool. Adding weight to proceedings will be the Dash for Cash relay team of lead by med student Will Cundy and BUSA's Georgie Box who team will cover 20km in 5 hours. Wednesday by the Water will be there from 12 as will Red Bull around lunch time and if your keen for a morning tea, Madura Tea have supplied a huge spread from about 830 onwards.

Bond University is hosting the Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour this weekend which will feature both men's and women's pairs teams from all over Australia competing as well as members of the Bond Beach Volleyball Elite training squads. The event will be played over both Saturday and Sunday and all students are invited to come see some of the action and cheer the Bond teams on.

Training has started for the annual Business V Law schools rugby match along with the Girls Touch Rugby teams. Business proved too good last year upsetting Law convincingly. Will Law show they can perform out of the classroom… or will Business dominate once again?


Mr Richard Leupen CEO & Managing Director, United Group Limited presented - 'Infrastructure Development in Australia and Overseas'
This insightful presentation covered:

+ the importance of infrastructure investment to economic development
+ public and private sector collaboration after the credit crunch
+ building an infrastructure services sector that is sustainable and strong

Presenter Profile- Richard Leupen has over thirty years Australian and international experience in engineering and senior management roles spanning a wide range of industries. Mr Leupen joined United Group Limited in September 2000 and since that time has extensively restructured the Group into four businesses, UGL Infrastructure, UGL Rail, UGL Resources and UGL Services. Prior to joining UGL, Richard worked for Australian and international engineering companies including GHD and Kaiser Engineers. As President of Kaiser Engineers he managed 3,500 staff in forty offices worldwide and was based in Washington DC. In his early career, he worked as an engineer and project manager at operations including BHP Port Kembla, Shell Australia and Simcoa Operations.

Professor Stuart McAuliffe presented the "PROFITABLE NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP"
Professor Stuart McAuliffe’s ‘Five Rules of Negotiation’ which apply to collaborative and competitive negotiations. This practical presentation covers critical areas of negotiation using examples and case studies to clearly illustrate points and is designed to provide you with the information and valuable skills required to profit from negotiation.

Professor Stuart McAuliffe specialises in finance and risk management. He has extensive commercial experience in advisory and directorial capacities focusing on project assessment, structuring and finance, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Stuart is the National Advisor for Colonial First State Property Management and has 20 years of experience working for major financial institutions, advising South Korean and Chinese property interests. Additionally, Stuart works as the Head of Global Operations for Ecobiotics, and is Chairman of IDS Group - a leading risk consultancy company. Professor Stuart McAuliffe specialises in finance and risk management. He has extensive commercial experience in advisory and directorial capacities focusing on project assessment, structuring and finance, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

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STUDENT PROFILE - Masters International Relations - Kaitlin McDonough

Congratulations to Bond University alumnus Kaitlin McDonough, who has used her Masters of International Relations to bring her ambition to life. When Kaitlin finished her undergraduate degree in Interior Design at the University of Dayton, United States of America, she got the travel bug. She also had a yearning for more learning.

Kaitlin wanted to attend a university outside the United States to continue her postgraduate studies. She decided to travel to a country she’d never before visited. “I wanted to study International Relations so it was very important to me that the university’s student body was diverse. I wanted exposure to all different viewpoints,” said Kaitlin.

“I was also looking for a smaller university where most of the students live on or near campus, where the campus life is very active. Bond had all of these things. “I felt that Bond was the best match for me,” she said.

Kaitlin took her Bond Masters of International Relations degree back to the United States, and in 2004, she joined the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) in the role of Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV). The NPCA is an organisation comprised of teachers, community activists, business leaders, government officials, members of Congress, ambassadors, social entrepreneurs and other members of the Peace Corps family, who serve in than 134 developing countries.

Kaitlin went on to serve as a volunteer in Kicevo, Macedonia, working with the Peace Corps Volunteer Community to develop local towns. As part of this volunteer work, Kaitlin organised a nationwide essay contest for youth age 14-19 and educated more than 200 adults from basic to conversation level English. She also spoke to young women attending a southern European Camp called Girls Leading Our World (GLOW). GLOW an initiative of NPCA which began in Romania in 1995 to encourage young women in southern Europe to become active citizens by building their self-esteem and confidence, increasing their self-awareness, and developing their skills in goal setting.

Kaitlin stayed in Macedonia for approximately two years before returning the United States. Since 2007, Kaitlin has been a Project Coordinator for Power System Engineering, Inc in Madison, Wisconsin.

Recently, Kaitlin participated in the Inauguration Parade for President Barrack Obama. Kaitlin was one of 180 NPCA volunteers in the Parade, and each volunteer carried the flag which represented the developing nation in which served during their time working as volunteers for the NPCA.

“I was lucky,” continued Kaitlin. “I was the only volunteer participating in the Inauguration Parade who served in Macedonia, so I was able to carry the Macedonian flag. “I can’t even begin to describe how exciting it was. The atmosphere was simply electric!” she concluded.