CAMPUS                      Issue 2, March 2017
Craig Connelly on a visit to Murdoch University to meet with new GAF scholars, 2016.

CEO'S welcome

Welcome to the second edition of Campus.

Last year was an eventful year at the George Alexander Foundation, with over seventy new scholars and fellows from across Australia joining the GAF community. It was a year of beginnings, as we launched a new website and released our first ever newsletter. It was also my first year at the Foundation, and I had the great privilege of traveling the country and meeting many of you at awards ceremonies and scholar events throughout the year.

This year I look forward to meeting many more of you again, at a special George Alexander Foundation alumni event that will be held in July, at The State Library of Victoria. I hope to see some of our interstate scholars, fellows and alumni there, as I won’t have the same opportunity to attend interstate awards ceremonies as I did last year.

At the Foundation, we recognize the importance of building connections, especially for those of you who are soon to embark on your careers after university. We intend for this event to afford many of you the opportunity to meet other passionate, driven and community-minded individuals. I am looking forward to meeting our impressive alumni, as well as welcoming new scholars to the GAF community, and having the chance to speak to them in person about their achievements and aspirations.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of our inspiring scholars and fellows in this issue of Campus. You can also visit us on Facebook or Instagram, where you can keep up to date with what other members of the GAF community are doing. Thank you to those of you who have sent through photos and updates for us to share.

I wish you all a great year ahead.

Craig Connelly


Save the date

GAF Alumni Event

This year's GAF alumni event will take place at the State Library of Victoria.
We're very excited to announce that this year we will be holding a special event for all our scholars, fellows and alumni.

The event will be held on Thursday July 27 at the State Library of Victoria, and promises to be a fantastic opportunity for members of the GAF community to meet and connect. 

We will be confirming guest speakers in the coming months, so stay tuned. In the meantime, be sure to save the date!


New scholars announced

We're delighted to be able to confirm thirty new scholars for 2017, from The University of Tasmania, RMIT, Griffith University and Murdoch University. Congratulations to you all, and we wish you all the best as semester one commences. 

There are further announcements to come, so watch this space!

For a full list of names, please see our honour roll.

GAF Scholar Story

Mariah Ritchie (Griffith)

2016 was a busy year for GAF scholar Mariah Ritchie, as she made the most of the last year of her scholarship, as well as her final year living on campus. 

Awarded 'Quiet Achiever of the Residential Committee' by her college, Mariah's achievements and hard work did not go unnoticed. Here, she reflects on those achievements, and what a GAF scholarship has meant to her.
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GAF Fellow Story

Scott Champion

As a golf course architect, Scott Champion is especially interested in the role of environmental management in golf course construction. 

An ISSI GAF Fellowship allowed Scott to visit over thirty golf courses throughout the UK, as he investigated the principles behind sustainable golf course design.
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GAF Scholar Story

Declan Fahey (UTAS)

Last year, Declan completed his undergraduate studies in biotechnology and medical research.

He took the time to tell us about his plans for future study, which include a research project focusing on the treatment of cystic fibrosis, and reflected on the importance of supporting young Australians from regional and rural areas in their educational pursuits.
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GAF Fellow Story

Bronwen Glover

With the support of an ISSI GAF Fellowship, Bronwen traveled to the UK, where she completed a Masters Degree in Book Conservation.

Bronwen shared with us some of the highlights of her fellowship, and the ways in which her experience will enhance her conservation practices back in Australia.
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GAF Alumni Story

Natalie Linke (ACU)

Natalie received a GAF scholarship in 2008, while she was studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University.

In this video interview, she explains how a GAF scholarship has influenced the course of her career since graduating, and shares some of her recent accomplishments.

Keep in touch!

We love this photo of GAF scholar Mariah Ritchie competing in the inter-college touch football competition at Griffith University last year, which she helped run and organise.

Have you recently helped organise an event at your university? Maybe you're studying overseas, or you've recently done some volunteering. Whatever it is that you're up to, we're always looking to share your stories.

You can tag us on Instagram, at @gaf_community, or share with us via Facebook

'I like the idea of planting seeds in the hope that
they might grow into pretty big trees.'

- George Alexander, AM


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