OCTOBER 2009 News on Campus @ Bond University


Filming is near completion on the Faculty produced feature film Stage Fright; with much of the filming taking place on location in Canungra and around the Gold Coast.

Adhering to a challenging three week shooting schedule, the production team will wraped up filming in the first week of September before heading in to the Bond University Film and Television studios for post-production.

The film is a collaborative work between external industry professionals, Centre for Film, Television and Screen-based Media staff and film and television students and forms a key component of the Master of Creative Arts programs.

The project offers Master of Creative Arts students the opportunity to focus their skills in their specific area of interest working as co-directors, co-producers and assistant cinematographers and receiving billing for their work alongside their industry counterparts.

The Director of Film, Television and Screen-based Media Mr. Michael Sergi said “Using the production of a feature film to teach students the realities of higher-end filmmaking is a teaching technique unique to film and television at Bond University.”

Staff and students have been working tirelessly on every aspect of the film to ensure the production is of professional quality and commercially viable.

It is rare for a university to fund a feature film, but the Faculty’s dedication to experiential learning and producing students who are work ready has fuelled the creation of the film project. At the conclusion of the project the Masters students will have a firm understanding of exactly what it takes to take a film from script to screen and eventually to market.

Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development was named the overall winner of the Urban Design Excellence award at the 2009 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards earlier this month.

The building also took out two more impressive awards on the night including the People’s Choice award and Sue Robbins Memorial award.

As Australia’s first education pilot project to receive a six-star green star rating for design, the building adds these prestigious awards to its growing list of achievements.

Earlier in the year, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development also received first prize in the Sustainability in the Built Environment category at the 2009 Queensland EPA Sustainable Industries Awards and won the Sustainable Architecture award at the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects State Awards.

Extending recognition of the building’s excellence in design to an international level, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building is also shortlisted in the sustainability category at the world renowned Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards Grand Final in London later this year.

As the regional winner, the building will now go through to compete against projects from around the world including countries such as Germany, France, Spain, England, Ireland and Scotland.

Leading by example, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development showcases the world’s best practice in sustainable design and achieves more than an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. Minimising energy consumption through an innovative design that makes maximum use of natural light and mixed mode ventilation, the design also makes extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled-certified steel and timber, low-emission paints and carpets made from recycled fibres.

Associate Professor Sonya Marshall Gradisnik and Professor Mieke Van Driel have been awarded a $533,090 Smart State funding grant for a project titled – “Validation of Novel Biomarker panel for the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalegic Encephalomyelitis. Well done indeed.

The partners for this $2.1 million project are:
Bond University - Faculty Health Science & Medicine
QLD Health – Gold Coast Population Health Unit and the Forensics and Scientific Services Unit at Coopers Plains
University of Newcastle
University of Southern Queensland
Sullivan Nicolaides
Rewards for Research

The ADCO Amphitheatre is destined to become another landmark on Bond University's already impressive campus. A multi-purpose facility with seating for 400, it is a dynamic space for students and community members to take part in public speaking, drama performances, music recitals and film screenings.

In addition, Bond University's new Alumni Court (adjacent to the amphitheatre) will be used to host official University and social events especially for alumni. The purpose-built space demonstrates Bond's commitment to its alumni and the significant part that they play in the University's ongoing development.

Its Career week at Bond and here are a list of some of the seminars available to students to help them along with their career plans.
* Work / Life Balance
* Personal Branding
* Resume Writing
* Army Reserves & Defence Force Recruitment
* Preparing for Grad Season
* RBS Morgans (formally ABN Amro Morgans)
* Price Waterhouse Coopers
* VIVIR (physiotherapy)
* Gold Coast Volunteering
* Edge Legal
* Meltwater Group
* Networking Function
* Graduate Careers Strategy
* Internships
* Options in Psych
* Credit Suisse
* Stress Management

Wow what choices!! So drop in and see the staff at the Careers Office if you need any help.

'Early Childhood Curriculum Development: Incorporating Indigenous Values'
Presented by Deb Harcourt, Faculty of Health, Sciences and medicine

'Indigenous Justice: Profiles and Innovations'
Presented by Robyn Lincoln, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

'Access to Constitutional Justice for Aboriginal Legal Aid Services: A Case Study'
Presented by Patrick Keyzer, Faculty of Law

Born in 1931 of mixed-race parentage, Bill Yidumduma Harney was raised by his Aboriginal mother in the traditions of her tribe, the Wardaman People of the Victoria, Flora and Katherine River Districts of the Northern Territory. Although equally at home in both indigenous and non-indigenous communities, Aboriginal culture has been the defining influence in Bill’s life. Today Bill is a fully initiated Wardaman man, a respected Elder and the last senior lawman (‘knowledge custodian’) of his people. He is also a successful businessman and an acclaimed storyteller, songman, didgeridoo player, writer and painter. All his art forms have their deepest roots in the celebration of
his Wardaman heritage and his unique ability to ‘walk in both worlds’ and communicate the joy of his culture to a global audience.
This year, in celebration of Bond University’s 20th Anniversary, the Faculty of Law has commissioned Bill Yidumduma Harney to paint a new work of art on the theme ‘the Law of the Wardaman People’.

Gold Coast high school students discovered that riding a bike or running in the classroom is sometimes allowed as Bond threw open its doors as part of National Science Week.

More than 80 students from A.B. Paterson College learned how sport and science had become closely linked, with sporting teams relying on evidence based practices to get the most out of their athletes.

PhD students from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine sweated it out in the name of science, taking to the exercise treadmill to show the high school students how analysing data and performance results can translate to faster times on the running track or more goals on the soccer field.

Bond University academics Dr Bon Gray and Dr Neil Smart spoke to students about the links between science and sport while Assistant Professor Chris McLellan provided an insight into extracting the most from elite athletes. In a separate session, students from Somerset College attended biology seminars including ‘Heart and lung physiology’.

The Interview Challenge was designed by staff at Bond’s Career Development Centre (CDC), and encouraged students to consider their own interview techniques in an online environment before heading out into the workforce. Twenty four participants took the opportunity to reflect on their own interview style through a series of workshops and role playing games.

The six top performers from the workshops progressed to the online component of the Interview Challenge while other participants received expert appraisal of their interview techniques and tips for improvement.
Mock-interview videos of the six finalists were posted on YouTube with the online community encouraged to vote for whom they thought was the Challenge champ.

CDC Employment Services Manager Kirsty Mitchell said the YouTube site recorded almost 3000 hits from users in the US, Philippines, Canada and Australia, with more than 500 votes lodged. Neil Arora and Ricky Macourt emerged as the two winners after the poll closed.
“Some students looked at their feedback, and said, ‘Oh, that’s why I’m not getting the best out of that tutorial’, or, ‘That’s why I’m not answering that question properly in interviews’,’’ said Mrs Mitchell. “Some walked away from the Challenge having had a real epiphany.’’
The CDC is a non-compulsory service that offers resume writing, networking opportunities, tips and career workshops for students before they enter the workplace.

Bond University has taken out the Doug Ellie Trophy for 2009. The Doug Ellis Trophy ranks teams’ overall performance based on campus and team size as an indication of quality over quantity. At last year’s AUG Bond placed 11th in the Doug Ellis and 30th Overall out of 42 universities. This year we finished a remarkable 12th overall while winning the Doug Ellis trophy. The outstanding performance has been contributed to a number of factors. With the AUG on the Gold Coast, this allowed Bond to generate a record size team and offer participation at a reduced price to students. We had some outstanding team performances with several medals but we also managed to field teams in more sports than ever before collection points for a greater level of participation along the way. These factors combined with the competitive spirit the Bondies share have produced our best ever result at the AUG. Following up from winning the Population Cup at the Northern University Games in July, 2009 has been Bond’s year to excel in University Sport.

A massive congratulations must go to all participants who contributed to the overall success of Team Bond while a special congratulations must go to our medal hauling swimming team who won 5 Gold and 5 silver medals, particularly Gregg Fyffe who won 2 individual Gold and also the 3 relay gold medals, and Bond’s first ever European Handball team going through the tournament undefeated blitzing Macquarie University in the Final.

Below is a list of all Bond’s medal winners;

Swimming: Gregg Fyffe (2) 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke
Swimming: Men’s Relay Team (3) 4 x 50m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Freestyle, 4 x 50m Medley (Team: Gregg Fyffe, Gene Kubala, James Roberts, Liam Auer, Sam Hourigan)
Mixed European Handball Team

Women’s Beach Volleyball
Women’s Volleyball
Women’s Taekwondo – Audrey Cheung
Men’s Golf: Nathanael Winter 2nd overall
Swimming (5): Gene Kubala – 50m Freestyle, Sam Hourigan – 50m Breaststroke, Liam Auer – 800m Freestyle, James Roberts – 100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Medley.

Men’s Taekwondo – Abraham Duncan


The second-year Property and Sustainable Development student returned from July’s World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, having placed in the top 10 in his favoured 50m freestyle event. He was also narrowly pipped for a medal as a member of Australia’s fourth-placed 4x100 metre freestyle relay team.

The 21-year-old – who trains alongside former Olympian Ashley Callus – had the honour of being the youngest member of the Australian Universities swim team and the only male swimmer selected from Queensland.

Gene’s athletics focus now shifts to his own backyard, where he has high hopes of a medal in September’s Australian University Games. “I’ll be going to the Games intending to win,’’ said Gene.

“I’m working towards getting a Bond team together for the 4x100m freestyle and if we can organise it, I think we’ll have a very strong chance of winning.’’ The Australian University Games attracts approximately 7000 competitors to the Gold Coast and host 32 sports.

Gene, who relocated from Cairns to study at Bond, said the United States and European universities were deeply steeped in sporting culture. “One of the guys who beat me was from Harvard, and it was great to see how they performed and trained. Sport at universities in the US and Europe is so much bigger than it is in Australia - so many of their (US and Europe) Olympic competitors have come through the university system.

“It was a great experience to be in that environment.’’

“City Diagnostics is operated by HCA – the world’s largest private healthcare company and a sister company to Technomed which offers full cardiac diagnostic outpatient services to GP clinics and National Health Service hospitals,” he explains.

“Working with the Department of Health, we are conducting arrhythmia screening for the general public, new atrial fibrillation screening for patients over 60 years, online interpretation and analysis for Holter monitors, ECGs, Echo and 24-hour blood pressure monitoring.

“Arrhythmia screening as a preventative measure has taken on quite a high priority for the UK Health Department so I’m looking forward to being a part of the growth of this new company.”

When it came to seeking out employment opportunities overseas, Nick found that Bond’s reputation paved the way. “Bond is recognised overseas as one of Australia’s leading universities,” he said. “This was particularly evident during the interview process when I mentioned that I’d studied at Bond.

“I also found that the internship placements Bond organised for me in my final semester helped secure the job for me. Having worked in the Cardiology Department of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, I was able to offer a significant amount of practical work experience in the relevant field.”

Nick’s decision to study at Bond has certainly transformed his life. After graduating from Brisbane’s Redeemer College in 1999, he started a double degree in Business and Exercise Science at Griffith but deferred after two years. Opting to travel – through America, Canada, Asia and the Pacific Islands – he found work in the surfing industry.

In 2007, he finally re-focussed his sights back on completing his Bachelor of Exercise Science, choosing Bond University due to its small class sizes, low teacher:student ratio and its proximity to his work. Studying full time and working full time, he still managed to complete his degree in two years, picking up a selection of Dean’s awards along the way and graduating with a Distinction average. “The best thing about studying at Bond was the availability of our lecturers and the access to student resources.

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As part of the Titans of Industry Forum, we welcomed onto campus:-

David Gonski - Chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange
Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, an investment and advisory bank in Australia. David is also Chairman of ASX Ltd, Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and is a Director of the Westfield Group and Singapore Airlines. He is Chancellor of the UNSW, Chairman of the National E Health Transition Authority, Chairman of the UNSW Foundation, Chairman of Sydney Grammar School and a member of the Federal Government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group.

Sue Morphet - Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Brands Ltd
Australia’s leading marketer of everyday essential brands. An ASX-150 company, Pacific Brands is best known for some of its leading brands, which include Berlei, Bonds, Clark’s, Hard Yakka, Hush Puppies, Holeproof, Sheridan and Tontine. It has a workforce of over 7,000 people and generates close to $2 billion in sales annually

David Graham - Director of Bank of Queensland
David Graham started David DH Graham & Company in Brisbane which is the predecessor of DDH Graham Limited. He has been a non-executive director of a number of ASX listed companies and is currently a non-executive director of Bank of Queensland Limited and Bandanna Energy Limited. Previously his role has been to advise on capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions for large Australian companies with Bankers Trust Australia and spent two years in London as a director of Bankers Trust International.

John MacTaggart - Chairman of Australian Association of Angel Investors and Non-Executive Director of Technology One Limited
and Brisbane Angels Pty Ltd, as well as being the Director of both Technology One Limited and World Business Angels Association. John serves as the Australian representative of the World Business Angels Association.

Barry Morris - Managing Director of Amalgamated Property Group
Barry Morris set up Morris Consolidated in 1992 to develop James Court, an $80 million residential and serviced apartment complex in Canberra City. He has since successfully developed over $1.2Bn in various property segments. He is a founding Principal and Managing Director of Amalgamated Property Group Queensland, Amalgamated Constructions (Qld), Morris Property Group and a director of several of its associated entities.