SEPTEMBER 2009 News on Campus @ Bond University


Bond University’s already strong teaching contingent - which received five stars in the recent Good Universities Guide for ‘Staff Qualifications’ and ‘Teaching Quality’ - has been further bolstered with the addition of one of the world’s leading stem cell researchers, Professor Patrick Warnke.

Professor Warnke, also a plastic surgeon, joins Bond from Germany’s Kiel University.
He is the co-ordinator of the esteemed MyJoint consortium, a cutting-edge tissue engineering network focused on enabling patients to use their own bodies as ‘bio-reactors’ to grow replacement bones and organs.

In a great achievement for Bond’s Health Sciences and Medicine Faculty, Professor Warnke will involve the University in MyJoint’s efforts.
Faculty Dean Professor Chris Del Mar said Professor Warnke’s appointment was a huge coup for Bond.

“Professor Warnke is at the forefront of adult stem cell research and to have these sorts of minds at Bond is a great win for students and staff,’’ said Professor Del Mar.
“The opportunity for Bond to contribute to MyJoint heralds a very exciting time for research at the University.’’

Professor Warnke, who has arrived in Australia on a four-year term, was extremely excited by Bond’s involvement in the project.
“We are going to be taking some wrong turns in our research, but if we can find the break-through, people will have the benefit of natural replacement joints or organs, made from their own cells, instead of having artificial ones or waiting for donors,’’ he said.

Professor Warnke gained international prominence after leading a research team that grew a new jaw bone for a cancer sufferer by grafting bone marrow cells from the patient onto a mesh mould inserted in their back. Over time the jaw bone grew with the patient acting as a ‘human bioreactor’.

This month, Professor Warnke and his fellow team of surgeons were highlighted in the New York Times for their latest study on essential oils against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics.

Professor Warnke is part of a string of major appointments to Bond’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine in the last 12 months including Oxford University’s evidence-based practice specialist Professor Paul Glasziou and incoming faculty Dean Professor Richard Hays from the UK’s Keele University.

Thanks to the collaboration of Information Services and Teaching and Learning, along with Facilities Management, the start of Semester 093 sees the re-opening of the southern part of the Computer Lab Precinct on Level 1 of The Arch. This area underwent significant refurbishment during recent months and now features refurbished computer laboratories and two next-generation tutorial rooms that are quite different to other tutorial rooms on campus:

· Tutorial 22 (Snake) features a curvy, snake-like table with 14 chairs, a fully automated AV fit-out and flexible ottoman style furnishings to allow for informal breakout sessions. The room has been designed to facilitate easy student-teacher access and some group interactions.

· Tutorial 23 (Board) is designed simulate business and meeting interactions in a boardroom style set up. The room has a large table with 16 chairs and AV fit out with laptop input capability from either end of the table. As the teacher is not separated from the students (which is the case in more traditional rooms), the design encourages more peer-to-peer learning experiences.

Besides the relocation of three general use computer labs, there is also a brand new 24-seat Computer Lab equipped with the latest generation of HP thin client computers, dual AV projection and innovative furniture. Along with the other labs, this room (Computer Lab 18) is bookable through central Timetabling.

As the thin client technology is being piloted in 093 with a view to roll-out in other areas, academic staff are encouraged to book the room and provide feedback to the Teaching & Learning Committee and Information Services.

Members of the Bond University Students Association can finally catch up on sleep after the culmination of six months of intensive planning for the annual Bondstock festivities.

BUSA hosted a string of informative and entertaining events that engaged students, staff, Bond alumni and the wider community.

The FINSIA Finance Forum, led by a panel that included Mr Mark Bouris, founder of Wizard Home Loans and host of the Australian version of The Apprentice, was an interesting foray into the pros and cons of executive remuneration in the Global Financial Crisis.

The panel, which also included Dr Manny Pohl – Managing Director of Hyperion Asset Management – and Dean Paatsch – who heads the Australian arm of US-based RiskMetrics – spoke about the flaws in recent salary negotiations with heads of some of Australia’s major companies.

Meanwhile, the Bondstock Speakers Series included influential minds across the areas of media (Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO of Sky News Australia), law (Ken MacDonald, consultant to Allens Arthur Robinsons), sustainable development (Bruce Mitchell of Mitchell Builders), politics (Tim Nicholls MP, Queensland Shadow Treasurer) and business (Rob Baker, Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Speakers delved into the areas of the need for freedom in reporting, the intricacies involving corporate acquisitions and mergers in the economic downturn, adopting sustainable practices in business, the Queensland economy’s future dependence of minerals and tourism, and how to get the most out of staff for the betterment of business.

Students from the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development have traded text books for the opportunity to test their knowledge in the real world in Northern NSW and North Queensland.

Sixteen students have worked on a major development application for a residential proposal within Tweed’s $1 billion Salt community, evaluating plans for a future townhouse precinct and offering their own ideas to improve the sustainability and design of the project.

In addition, three students travelled to a property development in Mission Beach being undertaken by the Witt Property Group to gain valuable industry experience. At Salt, the group worked in conjunction with developer Ray Group and master planners Brian Toyota and Graeme Thiedeke of ML Design, who assessed the students’ suggestions for input into the final DA submission.

Ray Group CEO and former Bondy, Tom Ray said there were benefits for all involved in the project. “We see this collaboration as a fantastic opportunity for Ray Group to tap into the best knowledge in the field while also helping to shape the next generation of master planners, designers and developers,” Mr Ray said.

Associate Professor of Construction Management and Economics Dr Rick Best said the internship at Mission Beach served students well, allowing them to transplant the knowledge they gained through their university studies into on-the-ground fieldwork.


Bond University film students started cameras rolling on the feature-length film Stage Fright this month in a rural property at the foothills of the Gold Coast hinterland.

Students from Bond University’s Centre for Film, Television and Screen Based Media will work in conjunction with staff and industry professionals on the thriller.

The film takes place in several settings around the Gold Coast and includes a cast of well-known actors, including Natalie Blair and Brett Climo. It’s extremely rare for film students to undertake a feature length film, said Bond University Director of Film and Television, Michael Sergi.

“It's an exciting way for our students to learn how to make long-form productions in a way that will make it easier for them to enter the industry at the end of their degree and have an internationally recognised feature film credit on their resume,’’ he said. Mr Sergi said the team intended to release the film commercially.

Lennox Head-based producer Brian Bigg, who has produced numerous international television shows, such as Big Brother and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, has also come on board.

Justin Craig (Alum 99)
Dr Justin Craig, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Family Business (ACFB) has recently been appointed Associate Editor of Family Business Review (FBR), a top ranking international academic journal.

Dr Craig has taught family business at the undergraduate and graduate level, and was heavily involved in the development and delivery of Australia’s first and only Executive MBA in Family Business. In addition, he jointly heads the broad-reaching Global Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Family Business Department within Bond University’s School of Business.

Ling Raines (Alum 90)
Bond MBA alumnus, Ling Raines, has been holding the position of the President of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) since October 2008.

Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry is committed to the further development of commercial and cultural ties between Queensland and Japan. The Chamber is privileged to have the Premier of Queensland and the Consul-General of Japan in Queensland as Patrons of the organisation.

Their members are drawn from all sectors of the business community including mining and resources, import and export, banking and finance, tourism and hospitality, education, agribusiness, professional services, transport and government.

As President, Ling would like to inform alumni the Chamber can offer assistance to the companies, organizations or individuals who would like to develop business relationships with Japan. Membership is open to individuals and organisations interested in taking advantage of their network and resources.

Vanya Cheng (Alum 03)
After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2005, Vanya started her career as a Chartered Accountant with a Big 4 accounting firm, KPMG but she always saw herself as a businesswoman.

Based in Brisbane, Vanya recently got involved in an online business for greeting cards, called Send Out Cards.

I’ve been looking for a good product and a good business model for a long time and this is by far the best product that I’ve seen on the market. The greeting card industry is worth $7.5 billion and 80% of market share is dominated by two players Hallmark and American Greetings.

Send Out Cards revolutionises the way people send greeting cards. Forget about going to a store and choosing a card, buying a stamp and finding a post box. You can now do all that in the comfort of your own home with the click of a mouse. But the best part is, you can send a paper card to anywhere in the world for less than $1. Send Out Cards is going to revolutionise the greeting card industry!

If you are a business looking to send out your yearly Christmas cards to customers or if you would like to send a personalised greeting card to your many friends all over the world, you should definitely give Send Out Cards a go. It is truly extraordinary.

Named after sponsor ADCO Constructions, the amphitheatre will seat more than 400 people and boast facilities including change rooms, lighting and state-of-the-art audio/video equipment.

But its uses will not be restricted to public speaking. The ADCO Amphitheatre will be an all-round artistic and cultural space with the potential to host plays, orchestral performances and public programs for schools and community groups. Importantly, use of the amphitheatre will be open to all - Bond students, staff, alumni, friends and local residents - making the amphitheatre a valuable asset for the Gold Coast community.

The amphitheatre will bring a new energy and dimension to Bond’s campus atmosphere. ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd is one of Queensland’s leading construction companies, and is a highly valued partner of the University. I would like to sincerely thank the company’s joint chairmen Bob Hill and Judith Brinsmead for their contribution.

The official opening of the ADCO Amphitheatre and the adjacent Alumni Court on September 25 set a fitting benchmark for future events, with guests enjoying fine wines, music provided by a string quartet and an operatic performance.

The Australian University Games sporting competitions kicked off today and Bond University has a strong team of 220 representing 20 sports. Over 7000 students from around Australia are currently on the Gold Coast competing in the AUG which is Australia University Sport’s flagship event.

Bond is looking to better our 11th placing in the national Population Cup last year and with the talented team we have this year I am hopeful of a top 5 finish.

Bond academics and alumni have again been leaving major impressions in their chosen fields, furthering community and industry recognition of the University.

Gold Coast Honours Nomination
Professor George Earl, Head of the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development, was recently nominated in the Gold Coast Honours awards for his contributions to education, in particular advocating a sustainable approach to built form. Well done Professor Earl.

Academics in Print
Several Bond academics have had their labours documented in print with a number of publications launched recently.

Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine Professor Chris Del Mar, along with fellow Queensland academics Dr Tammy Hoffmann and Dr Sally Bennett, recently launched their book Evidence-based Practice across the Health Professions.

Medical experts recognise Professor Del Mar as an esteemed specialist of evidence-based learning. The publication looks to contribute to undergraduate and post-graduate learning for students enrolled in inter-professional courses.

Professor Ken Moores AM, Director of Bond’s Australian Centre for Family Business (ACFB), has recently seen the fruits of several years of research into 13 international cases of women in family business transform into the printed word.

His book, Women in Family Business Leadership Roles, is an interesting insight into the role of women in family-run operations.

Some of our academics have also been appointed to senior roles in reputable academic journals.

Dr Justin Craig, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business and Co-Director of the ACFB, has been appointed Associate Editor of the Family Business Review.

Dr Craig is a prolific contributor in the arena of family business, having authored articles in eight different journals. Dr Craig has been involved with the Family Business Review since 2006.

And Bond alumnus Professor Dean Shepherd, currently Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, has recently been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Venturing, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurship journals. Professor Shepherd received his MBA and doctorate from Bond.

Professor Laurie Hammond, an Adjunct Professor who teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the MBA stream, has been appointed Chair of the Federal Government’s new ‘Commonwealth Commercialisation Institute’. The Institute has been established as part of the Federal Government’s 2009-10 Budget and will focus on supporting innovative researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to take their research and ideas to the marketplace.

Professor Chris Del Mar has been appointed to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Health Care Committee – one of the five principal committees that report to the NHMRC. The Health Care Committee will offer advice on applying the results of the best available research to health care in hospitals, surgeries and clinics.

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IN PROFILE Josephine Jeremiah - Master of Communication
Good news from Master of Communication alumnus, Josephine Jeremiah, who has recently been appointed Account Manager at Agenda Solution in Kuala Lumpur, Asia’s leading internet technology and interactive marketing services company.

Josephine’s career has gone from strength to strength since she graduated from Bond in 2005. Her first position straight out of university was with a leading university college where, as a counsellor and trainer, Josephine was wholly responsible for the day-to-day operations of their counselling department.

The following year, she joined a multinational, business-to-business market research organisation as Conference Producer where she coordinated global business conferences and training programs throughout Singapore and Indonesia.

The company quickly promoted Josephine to Senior Conference Producer, focusing on the top industries and government departments in the Indonesian marketplace. Her new role at Agenda represents a challenging switch from the conference industry to the brave new world of digital advertising.

Agenda has been involved in the interactive industry for ten years and they now boast well over 250 consulting staff, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and Josephine’s current base, Kuala Lumpur.