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Campus News : July 2010
12 Campus News July 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au graduates of our university... Alumni Mark Grimson's first staff meeting after he took the reins as CEO of Finance Control in January 2009 must have been akin to attending a UOW Faculty of Commerce alumni meeting. Six of Finance Control's financial advisers have Commerce degrees from UOW, majoring in Finance, Financial Planning and Economics. Mark himself has two UOW degrees, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992 and a Masters in 1996. Finance Control is a leading Illawarra-based financial planning company with offices in Wollongong, Sydney CBD and Campbelltown, and clients across the state. Mark said the company's association with UOW had proved extremely valuable. "Finance Control made a conscious corporate decision about five years ago to recruit UOW graduates and train them in the company ethos, and it has worked very well for us," he said. "Some of our staff have also undertaken UOW degrees while working part-time for the firm". Finance Control is now contributing back to the Faculty of Commerce as an alumni partner, by sponsoring two academic excellence awards and participating in the faculty's internship program. The company's founder Paul Rawson has also been a guest lecturer in the Financial Planning course. The internship program offers second and third year Commerce students the opportunity to do meaningful jobs in corporations and organisations around the region. Mark said the experience had been extremely positive for Finance Control, and the company wanted to remain involved. "We set our intern, Hayley Osborne, the task of researching what young people are looking for in the way of financial advice -- an area in which there has been very little market research," Mark said. "The information Hayley came up with helped us develop a new product, Foundation Advice, for the under 35 market." UOW graduates in control Finance Control Alumni Mark Grimson - Bachelor of Commerce 1992, Master of Commerce 1996 Sean Atkins -- Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning) 2005 Tony Dimitrovski -- Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) 2006 James Mottram - Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) 2007 Ben Moerman -- Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Applied Finance) 2007 Tom Witenden -- Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Financial Planning) 2008 Jarryd Vinton -- Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Financial Planning) 2008 Mail or email? Your choice We hope you enjoy the first alumni edition of Campus News for 2010. The twice-yearly alumni editions are mailed to all UOW alumni who are registered on our alumni database. However, some alumni have indicated a preference for receiving Campus News electronically via email link, to reduce the environmental impact of paper use, printing and transport. You can see what the on-line version of Campus News looks like at media.uow.edu.au/campus-news If you would prefer to receive Campus News via a link that is emailed to you, please register on the UOW alumni website by following this link: uow.edu.au/alumni/preferences The next alumni edition of Campus News will be published in December. Read back issues on-line Campus News magazine has been covering events, developments and people involved with the University of Wollongong since its first edition in 1975. Now, after exhaustive work by Archivist Susan Jones and her team at the UOW Library, Campus News editions published between 1975-2001 are now available on-line via the UOW Library Digital Archive at: library.uow.edu.au/uowlibraries/ digitalarchive/campusnews/index.html Digital versions of all Campus News editions published from 2002-2010 are available on the News & Media section of the UOW website media.uow.edu.au/campus-news OAM hits the right note UOW graduate Dr Philomena Brennan was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List in January for services to music education. Dr Brennan studied at UOW in the 1980s, and received a PhD from the Faculty of Education in 1984. Dr Brennan had a long career at the University of Sydney as music academic, teacher and scholar. She held numerous roles at The University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music between 1974 and 1998, including Head of Academic Studies, Postgraduate Coordinator, Senior Lecturer and Head of Music Education. Her studies also led her to international travel, particularly to the Philippines, and she became President of the Australian Philippine Association in the 1980s. Mark well knows the importance many Illawarra businesses place on their association with UOW, having previously worked at the Illawarra Business Chamber from 2001-2009 -- the first six years as Policy and Public Affairs Manager and then as CEO for three years from 2006. He had started his career with the Illawarra Regional Information Service (IRIS) after graduating from UOW in 1992, before moving to Canberra in 1996 to work as a policy adviser with the National Farmers Federation. In 1999 he joined the office of federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss as a ministerial adviser, before returning to the Illawarra in 2001 to join the IBC. He said Finance Control was proud to be associated with the University. "There's no doubt that employers hold UOW graduates in very high esteem, and having access to well-trained UOW graduates gives Finance Control a real competitive advantage." NH Finance Control's UOW connection (from left) Sean Atkins, Tony Dimitrovski, James Mottram, Mark Grimson and Tom Witenden. Ben Moerman and Jarryd Vinton were away when this photo was taken.