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Campus News : December 2012
12 CONNECT :UOW DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT: ALUMNI Its shelves swell with tales of romance, travel, intrigue and tragedy, but UOW’s Alumni Bookshop has ensured sunny study stories for a lucky scholarship recipient through a generous endowment to the University. The bookshop, run entirely by volunteers, has endowed $200,000 to make its annual scholarship perpetual. The funds are the result of 20 years of second hand book sales to students, staff and the community. The bookshop in Northfields Avenue opposite the main campus is an initiative of the UOW Alumni Network Campus Chapter and is staffed by alumni, parents of alumni ALUMNI BOOKSHOP PROVIDES $200,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS and retired academics. Volunteer Chris Thompson said staff ranged from 50 to ‘90-something’ years of age and shared a love of reading and making others happy. “Between cleaning, shelving, keeping the place organised and selling books, there’s a lot to keep people busy,” Ms Thompson said. “We have a lot of nice things happen at the bookshop. Students starting uni don’t usually have a lot of extra cash so it’s great to be able to help them out and put a smile on their faces.” Ms Thompson said many students who visit the shop are amazed to find second-hand copies of course readings or textbooks for sale for a fraction of the new retail price. “We once had a girl come in looking for a marketing text which was selling for $120 new. We had the exact text she needed for sale for $5. She couldn’t stop smiling when she found it,” she said. “Lots of older people living in the community also pop in regularly for their books. It’s lovely to see when UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE sees tremendous scope for further expansion of bilateral ties between Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Speaking at an alumni gathering at the University of Wollongong in Dubai during a visit to the UAE and Thailand in October, Professor Wellings hailed the phenomenal growth in bilateral relations over the past few years which he said was reflected in the presence of Australian companies and Australian nationals in the UAE. Professor Wellings said: “An impressive testament to the booming bilateral relations between Australia and UAE was the evolution of the University of Wollongong in Dubai as one of the most prestigious universities in the region, having produced close to 6000 graduates in 19 years of its existence in Dubai. “As the first Australian university to set up operations in the UAE, the University of Wollongong has emerged as a strong player in the field of tertiary education, with strategic links with government bodies and the corporate world,” he added. The Vice-Chancellor, who was in Dubai to attend the 22nd Graduation Ceremony of UOWD, hailed the role played by UOWD in building skills of students and opening up research opportunities through the strong association with its parent university in Australia. Australian Ambassador to the UAE Pablo Kang praised UOWD for popularising the Australian education model and said he was proud of its achievements over the last 19 years. Addressing the alumni, he said he was pleased that they continue to maintain contacts with their alma mater. Ambassadors of Bangladesh, Palestine and Kazakhstan were among the guests present at the event which was also attended by UOWD alumni and key external stakeholders. Professor Wellings and his wife Annette also attended an alumni they find something that has special meaning to them or that they’ve been looking for for a long time.” Ms Thompson said the Alumni Bookshop supporters were pleased the funds would allow the scholarship to continue to support students into the future. She said the shop also sponsored faculty prizes each year to reward students. JB Chris Thompson V-C PRAISES BOOMING BILATERAL TIES networking event in Bangkok at the Siam Square Novotel, hosted by the UOW Alumni Network Thailand Chapter and attended by Australian Ambassador to Thailand James Wise and distinguished guests from Thai universities. While in Bangkok Professor Wellings joined the Thai Alumni executive in presenting flowers for His Majesty the King of Thailand at Siriraj Hospital. CU Pictured at the UOW Alumni Network Thailand function in Bangkok in October (from left): Former UOW Vice-Principal (Administration) David Rome and his wife Dara, Australian Ambassador to Thailand James Wise, UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings and his wife Annette, and Network President Associate Professor Linchong Chorrojprasert. UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 12 UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 12 3/12/12 11:32 AM 3/12/12 11:32 AM