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Campus News : December 2012
DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 11 CONNECT: ALUMNI 50 YEARS OF UOW HOCKEY University hockey club celebrated its 50th season in style both on and off the field in 2012. The club had another stellar season taking out the men’s and women’s club championship and five premierships, including men’s and women’s first grade, while 200 past and present players and friends attended the 50th anniversary reunion over the weekend of August 17-19. The reunion started with a gathering at the club’s major sponsor, Wollongong Tennis Club, on the Friday evening. UOW juniors (the club enters teams from U7s to U17s) played at the University on the Saturday morning with the women’s and men’s first grade teams playing their competition matches in the afternoon. In the evening a dinner was held at the Portofino Lounge culminating in the launch of a book and announcement of the best teams of the past 50 years. Rattle Them Backboards: 50 years of University Hockey at Wollongong was compiled by club stalwart Tony Dellapina. Copies are available from John Pemberton (email@example.com. au). At the dinner women’s and men’s teams of the past 50 years were announced with UOW hockey boasting five full Australian players: Hockeyroos Jo Banning, Melanie Dempster and Airlie Ogilvie, and Kookaburras Peter Huk and current Australian player Tristan White, a final year Commerce student who has been selected to play in the Champions Trophy Tournament in Melbourne in December. Melissa Eastwood also captained the Australian indoor team. From its beginnings in 1962, the UOW Hockey Club has grown to become a dominant force in Illawarra hockey. The women have now won eight of the last nine first grade premierships and the men have won the last five first grade premierships. The teams of the last 50 years (with debut year) are: Men’s: Simon Beaton (2006), Rocky Cowan (1967) Robert Davis (1978),Russell Herringe (1970), Peter Huk (1991), Ken Johnson (1969), John O’Donnell (1984), Flynn Ogilvie (2008), Heath Ogilvie (2006), Kurt Ogilvie (2004), Graham Ohmsen (1980), Danny Shipp (1969), Nigel Smith (1972), Josh Walters (2006), Tristan White (2005), Brad Wilsmore (1994) Women’s: Jo Banning (2006), Rebecca Brennan (2001), Sarah Commens (2006), Melissa Davis (1995), Melanie Dempster (1993), Melissa Eastwood (2001), Naomi Fleming (1998), Jessica Ford (2007), Sam Gillard (2003), Cathy Haberecht (1986), Sally Johnston (1995), Jo Lackenby (2003), Airlie Ogilvie (1999), Lyndal Ogilvie (1999), Stacey Smith (2006), Rachel Vaughan (2007). DR NICHOLE GEORGEOU Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual) 1990 Master of Arts – Honours (Social Change Development) 2006 PhD (Sociology) 2011 When Dr Nichole Georgeou was conducting her PhD research on foreign aid practices in Timor-Leste from 2006-2010, she could hardly have imagined that it would lead to a book that she would present to the man who was the country’s Prime Minister and then President during that time. But at a dinner in Sydney in October the UOW Faculty of Arts Honorary Fellow presented José Ramos-Horta with a copy of her newly- published book, Neoliberalism, Development and Aid Volunteering (Routledge). Mr Ramos-Horta is the former East Timorese independence movement leader and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who played a key role in his country gaining independence from Indonesia in 2002. He then held a number of senior roles in the government of the new nation of Timor-Leste including Foreign Minister (2002-2006), Prime Minister (2006-2007) and President from 2007 until May 2012). Dr Georgeou presented Mr Ramos-Horta with a copy of her book at a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foreign aid volunteering organisation Palms Australia, where Mr Ramos- Horta was the keynote speaker. He was also officially inducted as Patron of the organisation after being impressed by Palms’ ethical approach to development volunteering, which is also identified in Dr Georgeou’s book. In his keynote address, Mr Ramos-Horta asked for more volunteers to engage with the Palms model of long-term ethical volunteering to assist the people of his country. Dr Georgeou said it was an exciting experience to come face to face with the towering figure in Timor-Leste’s short history, and be able to present him with a book that deals with his country. “When you write about a country, you don’t expect to be able to present a copy to the ex- President,” she said. Dr Georgeou’s research was the first long-term study of global development volunteering, critically examining the role of volunteers in international development. It formed part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant between UOW and Palms Australia. Dr Georgeou, who has extensive experience managing volunteer-sending organisations and working in foreign aid, worked with Palms in Australia and with its volunteers in communities in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. She was so impressed by Palms’ approach to volunteering, which involves being closely involved with the communities in which they serve and giving a long-term commitment, that she joined the Palms Board in 2011. “Palms’ preparation instills in volunteers the awareness that people in developing countries, like people everywhere, know what is best for themselves and their communities,” she said. “Real development is achieved under local leadership and through respecting local expertise, culture and knowledge.” Dr Georgeou has accepted an academic position in International Development Studies and Global Studies at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, starting in January. She will continue her collaboration with UOW researcher Dr Charles Hawksley on international support for police forces in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. This year they presented their work to the United Nations in Bangkok and to two conferences in Australia. Dr Georgeou and Dr Hawksley are also planning to co-write a book on their research for Routledge. NH Dr Nichole Georgeou presents a copy of her book to former Timor- Leste President José Ramos-Horta. NICHOLE’S BOOK HAS PRESIDENTIAL APPEAL UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 11 UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 11 3/12/12 11:32 AM 3/12/12 11:32 AM