Dear alumni,

Welcome to the June edition of your eSydney. Don’t forget the 'QUICKLINKS' – to the right here. Click on them to go straight through to whichever section you choose … particularly useful for overseas alumni!

I hope you have ‘saved the date’ for the Spring Back to Sydney Alumni Reunion, Saturday 19 September. With the Winter edition of SAM (in your mailbox in the coming weeks) you’ll find a mini-Spring Back program. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards,
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni & Community Engagement

Alumni Representation on Senate
The NSW parliament wants to legislate for a smaller Senate and drop elected alumni representation. Your Alumni Council is extremely concerned that this would diminish our voice in University governance and seeks your support in resisting these unwelcome proposals. More ...
Queen's Birthday awards for alumni, donors and staff
The 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours saw more than 60 alumni, donors and staff recognised for their achievements and contributions to society. Click here to view a complete list of the 2009 alumni recipients.
New program to guide disadvantaged children into higher education
A new University of Sydney program to encourage children from low socio-economic backgrounds to aspire to higher education was launched on Wednesday 10 June, by the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence. More ...
> University's brightest win the Smart Light Award
> University brain power to fuel smart grid growth
> Sydney dominates athlete of the year race
Sydney Ideas | Anna Tibaijuka (United Nations)
The role of the United Nations Human Settlements Program
Thursday 18 June (6.30pm)
Today we are faced with many challenges in our quest for sustainable human settlements but among the most compelling ones are rapid and chaotic urbanisation, climate change and the global financial crisis. More ...
Lecture | Transport after crude oil
Thursday 18 June (6.30 to 8pm)
Alumni and friends are invited to attend an Institute for Sustainable Solutions lecture on the two technology pathways most likely to take us beyond our present reliance on crude oil to power transport. More ...
Concert | Open Academy Rising Stars Gala Concert
Saturday 20 June (1pm)
Don't miss the best in the Open Academy's outstanding young performers in the Conservatoriums Rising Stars Gala Concert. More …
Inaugural Matt Laffan Memorial Address in Social Justice
Graeme Innes and Nick Farr-Jones
Tuesday 23 June (6 to 7.30pm)
Matt Laffan lost the biggest battle of his colourful and active life in March this year. The Sydney Law School has established an annual social justice address in his honour. More …
Alumni Theatre Group | Basic Training
Thursday 25 June (7pm for 8pm)
In this hit international one-man show, Kahil Ashanti plays 23 of the most hilarious, larger-than-life characters imaginable. Special alumni rate at the Seymour Centre of $25 includes a pre-show drink from the bar, light refreshments and the chance to meet the cast afterwards. More ...
Concert | Conservatorium of Music - Sunday Live
Sunday 28 June (3pm)
The Singers of St. Laurence directed by Neil McEwan present a program of sacred and secular choral music featuring Verbrugghen Hall's Pogson organ. More ...
Lecture | Australian Portraiture: the new National Portrait Gallery
Tuesday 30 June (6pm for 6.30pm)
This informative talk by Andrew Sayers, alumnus and Director of the National Portrait Gallery, will explore the way in which the Gallery has created a new framework for our appreciation of Australian portrait traditions. More ...
Lecture | The Social History of the Personal Computer
Wednesday 1 July (6pm)
We all know that personal computers and the Internet did not arise on their own. But how could technology with its roots in military budgets, the stunted culture of technologists, and hierarchical corporate culture have spawned such a subversive set of products and practices? More …
Ancient Greek Food: A practical half-day cooking class
Saturday July 11 (10:30am to 2:30pm)
Alumni and friends are invited to a cooking class based around ancient Greek food and diet. The class will be followed by lunch where you can sample the dishes cooked on the day. More …
Lecture | Peter Singer, Princeton University
Ethics and World Poverty
Monday 13 July (5.30pm for 6pm)
Part of the Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers program, Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, will speak to ‘Ethics and World Poverty’.
More …
USITAA events and AGM
Thursday July 16 (From 6pm)
Join USITAA for their premiere IT Seminar of the year on Thursday 16 July 2009. Associate Professor Sanjay Chawla will speak on Information Surveillance Management Systems. The lecture will be preceded by the University of Sydney IT Alumni Association (USITAA) AGM. More ...
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E&B China Alumni Reception
Thursday 18 June (6 to 8pm)
Faculty of Economics and Business alumni based in China are invited to an alumni cocktail reception in Shanghai with the Dean, Professor Peter Wolnizer (MEc ’76 PhD ’86), to catch up with fellow alumni in the region and hear an update on the Faculty. More ...
Paris | European Alumni Reception
Wednesday 1 July (7 to 9pm)
Hosted at the exclusive Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, the Paris reception provides a wonderful opportunity for Sydney alumni to get together, exchange latest news and network with fellow alumni. More ...
London | UK Summer Reception
Thursday 2 July (6.30 to 8.30pm)
To be held in the beautiful Great Hall at Barts, the UK Summer Reception provides an ideal opportunity to meet fellow alumni residing in the UK and to expand your personal and professional network. More ...
London | International House 2009 Reunion
Sunday 5 July (From 4pm)
Pauline Lyle-Smith and Richard Wormell invited you to the International House 2009 Reunion. This will be a wonderful opportunity to renew friendships and meet fellow International House alumni. Refreshments will be served. More ...
London | Women's College Reunion
Sunday 12 July (12.30pm for 1pm)
Susie Flook is pleased to invite all Women's College alumnae to a reunion lunch to be held at Fern Lodge, London Road, Bracknell. More ...
Hong Kong | Harbour Cruise
Saturday 25 July (9.30am to 6pm)
All alumni and friends are warmly invited to join the University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association for a harbour cruise on Saturday 25 July. More ...
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Alumni mentors for students

Mentoring is rewarding, satisfying and a wonderful way to give back! The University is seeking alumni interested in becoming online mentors for students. More ...
Alumni Cultural Programs

The University of Sydney has some wonderful cultural assets for alumni to enjoy. Revisit the campus and rediscover all it has to offer with these exciting events organised especially for you.

> Alumni at the Seymour Centre
> Alumni Quadrangle Tour
> Alumni at the Nicholson
Sydney Ideas Quarterly

Building on its steadfast commitment to the promotion of public knowledge and debate, the University launched a new public affairs magazine - Sydney Ideas Quarterly - at the Sydney Writers' Festival. More ...
David Harold Tribe
Fiction Award

Nominations close 7 August

The Department of English is pleased to announce the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award for 2009. Applications are now invited for this $11,000 award. More ...
Student accommodation needed

Do you have accommodation for University of Sydney students close to the Camperdown campus? Hundreds of alumni have provided and continue to provide accommodation to our students, but the need is always greater than the supply.

If you can help with share, rental or full board accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Service on 8627 8442 or by email.
Griffith Taylor:
Global Geographer

Until Sunday 10 May

Foundation Professor of Geography at the University of Sydney, Griffith Taylor (1880-1963), was a remarkable man. His frank assessments of Australia’s arid country and concern for the environmental limits of settlement, derided in his own lifetime, have earned him renewed respect. More ...

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