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Discounted tickets available for Alumni to the 2011 Sydney Festival

the 2011 Sydney Festival

2011 Sydney Festival

Whether it be classical nudes, movies in the Quadrangle, tales of your girlfriend's boyfriend, or ancient Chinese lute-like instruments, there is something for everyone in the University of Sydney program of events for the 2011 Sydney Festival beginning in January.
As the leadership partner of the Sydney Festival, The University of Sydney will invite Sydneysiders to share our passion for the arts, intellectual debate and fun. Importantly for the University community, alumni and staff will be able to buy discounted tickets to ensure they are able to make the most of the University's involvement.
During the Festival the University’s iconic Quadrangle will come alive as music and movie buffs enjoy “A night at the Quad”, as they relax on its lawns amidst the grandeur of the University’s oldest buildings.
Another highlight of the University’s role is the World Café, an opportunity for public discussion and debate. This year it will be held in the magnificent Great Hall and explore the topic of truth in storytelling.
The University’s Seymour Centre will also host an array of theatre, dance, comedy, talks and physical performances and provide an official Hub for the Festival where people can enjoy entertainment, food and drink.
The University of Sydney is proud to partner with the Sydney Festival to stir Sydney's cultural soul.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1300 668 812 and quoting "SYDUNISF11". For further details visit Sydney Festival 2011 website

Congratulations to our Talented Alumni and Convocation Medalist Winners and Nominees

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Stephanie Mawson, Convocation Medallist Winner, celebrates with her partner, Karol Florek, and Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin (President of the Sydney University Arts Association)

On Friday 12 November 2010, the Great Hall was alive with a bustle of excitement as over 300 people gathered to celebrate the outstanding achievements made by our Alumni, both locally and internationally, in community service and within their professional field.

Of equal importance a group of our most outstanding students eagerly awaited to see who had been selected from the shortlist of undergraduate students to be awarded the Convocation Medal.

This prestigious medal is awarded to an outstanding student who has both completed their undergraduate degree with excellent academic results and made an exceptional contribution to the life of the University and their community.

The evening commenced with a heartfelt address from President of the Alumni Council, David Turner, who spoke highly of all the nominees and award winners.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, praised the award recipients and commended the long-standing history of the Alumni Awards, which are now in its twentieth year.

He proudly acknowledged how the University of Sydney has played an important role in shaping the paths of our winners.

Highlights of the evening included an address by Mayor of Sydney, Ms Clover Moore MP (BA '69), who won the Alumni Award for Community Achievement.

Moore gracefully accepted her award, even though she was temporarily wheelchair-bound following an unfortunate injury.

Jokingly, she praised the University for its Disabled Access before moving on to speak about her passion for community ventures.

Moore highlighted the importance of supporting those organisations that address homelessness, drug addiction and young people at risk within our community.

Mr Jack Manning Bancroft (BA (Media & Comm) 2007) also celebrated his Alumni Award for Young Alumni Achievement 2010 for his efforts to inspire and advance young Indigenous Australians.

He spoke passionately about his work as CEO of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), which he founded whilst still studying at the University of Sydney.

He publicly thanked and acknowledged the University for its support, and in particular Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO for her belief in this venture even in its early days.

AIME has now made its mark nationally and is supporting hundreds of young Indigenous high school students through its unique style of structured education-based mentoring, linking university students with students in a one-on-one relationship.

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO congratulated all the Convocation nominees individually before presenting the Convocation Medal to the winner, Stephanie Mawson BA (Hons).

Stephanie is a University Medallist in History who established the History Students Society and was also the founding editor of a new History journal.

A quote from her lecturer Dr Michael McDonnell from the Department of History, showcased her passion and outstanding qualities: “Stephanie is more substantially committed to the politics – and realisation – of social justice, equality and social inclusion than anyone else I know… That is something truly rare.”

A common theme that was apparent throughout the evening and across all presentations was the recipients’ willingness to so generously give their time and professional skills towards making a difference in our society and University.

Other awards given to outstanding Alumni on the night included:
Alumni Award for International Achievement
The Rt Hon Lady Gardner of Parkes AM JP
(BDS '54 Hon Fellow '07)

Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Dr John Laker AO (BEc '72)

Alumni Award for Young Alumni Achievement
Mr Ross Langdon (BSc(Arch) '02 BArch '05) and