Class notes


Vivek Brabhu (MBA ’03)

Vivek Brabhu, a Senior Portfolio Manager with Perpetual Limited, has won the 2011 Hugh DT Williamson Performance Scholarship. The $16,500 scholarship acknowledges exceptional performance and achievement made by an individual within the financial services industry and can be used towards the cost of attending any leadership or professional development program, anywhere in the world. Vivek’s involvement in not-for-profit activities with the Deaf Society, as well as his work mentoring a number of financial services professionals within Perpetual, were cited as the key reasons for his scholarship. Vivek will travel to France in October and in January to study in the INSEAD Executive Education School in Fontainebleau, just outside Paris.

Matt Miklos, environmental scientist (BLWSc ’08)
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Environmental Scientist, Matt Miklos, (BLWSc ’08) has won the Young Achiever Award 2011 from the NSW Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA). Competition entrants must be younger than 30 with less than five years’ experience in the field. Matt’s winning presentation was entitled Landfill Gas Monitoring – Practical Implementation in a High-Risk and High-Profile Case Study. Matt works for Environmental Earth Sciences, an Australian firm that specialises in the environmental management of soil, groundwater and property.

The Wotton Family

March was a happy month for the Wotton family of Pyrmont, when three generations of alumni attended a graduation ceremony at the University. Reverend Roy Wotton (BA ’47), who served as a senior chaplain in New Guinea and Borneo during the Second World War, is now 99 but mobile, independent and living by himself after nearly 30 years as Anglican Rector of St John’s Gordon, according to his son, Peter (BE (Chem) ’69). The family looked on proudly as Peter’s daughter Kathryn graduated with a Master of Nursing in March. Also present were his two sons Mark (BSc ’01) and Chris (BSc ’02).

Maggie Ferguson
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Maggie Ferguson has Graduate Diplomas of Music (’01) and Performance (’02) from the Conservatorium of Music, and has recently released a new CD, Tango Project Loca Bohemia, recorded in Buenos Aires. The album was a two-year collaboration with Latin Grammy-winning producer and double bassist, Ignacio Varchausky, and three leading young tango virtuosos. The CD marks a decade of commuting by Ferguson to Argentina to perform and study the art of tango performance. Ferguson has also created TangoOz, a tango training orchestra created in collaboration with SYO (Sydney Youth Orchestras), and is touring rural Australia giving lessons.


Ian Curthoys Emeritus Professor (BA ’65)

Ian Curthoys has been awarded the prestigious Robert Barany Gold Medal for his contribution to vestibular research, which is concerned with balance. Professor Curthoys, who joined Sydney as an academic in 1971, retired officially from the University in 2006 but continues to hold grants and conduct research and teach in the Department of Psychology. The award, which is only awarded every six years, was given by the Barany Society, which is an international specialist society for vestibular research. It is “awarded by the Medical Faculty of Uppsala University (in Sweden) to the scientist who, during the preceding five-year period is deemed to have published the most valuable work on the vestibular system in its widest sense”. The award was presented to Professor Curthoys at Uppsala in June.

Dasia Black (BA ’64)
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Dasia Black has recently written a memoir of her journey from Nazi-occupied Poland to rebuilding her life in Australia. Her book, Letter from My Father – Memoir of a Journey from Survival to Fulfilment (Brandl & Schlesinger) traces her traumatic childhood and the hope provided by her father’s letter, which became a guide and anchor as she tried to escape and rebuild her life. Dasia arrived in Sydney aged 12, completed her schooling and a Bachelor of Arts. She has lectured on child and adolescent psychology, intercultural education and the psychology of racism at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney. She considers her seven-year involvement in teacher education programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote communities a most rewarding part of her professional life. She is now a psychologist in private practice.