Alumni Update | Issue Eight 2014

Historic moment as Deadly Alumni Chapter launched

Dr Tom Calma
Australian community leaders joined more than 150 special guests and University of South Australia alumni for a historic celebration to launch of the State’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni Chapter, the Deadly Alumni, on 8 August.

The gala event was hosted by Professor Peter Buckskin, PSM, FACE, Dean of Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research at UniSA.

He was joined by Chapter patron Dr Tom Calma AO, a UniSA alumnus and Chancellor of the University of Canberra, and Deadly Alumni champions, Janine Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (who joined the dinner via video link), and community leader Klynton Wanganeen

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Professor Allan Evans, who represented the Vice Chancellor at the event, acknowledged the Deadly Alumni Chapter as a great and enduring example of the success and achievement of the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates and a network of support for the future.

“It’s important that we keep in touch. We want your ideas and your input into our future plans, particularly in building UniSA into what we hope will become the university of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Professor Evans said.

The event also acknowledged the life’s work of one of the original Deadly Alumni champions, the late
 Peter Varcoe, who completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Mechatronic) with Honours at UniSA and was given the title of first Aboriginal Graduate in the area of Engineering. He worked tirelessly in committees and mentoring programs to help close the gap in education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Prof Buckskin announced the establishment of the Peter Varcoe Memorial Fund in his memory.

The dinner was held at the Ian McLachlan Room at the Adelaide Oval Function Centre with entertainment provided by the traditional fsmily dance group, the Kuma Kaaru, and the CASM (Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music) band.

If you wish to contribute to the Peter Varco Memorial Fund please contact Juliette East on 8302 2752.

To become a member of the Deadly Alumni Chapter, please register by ticking the appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alumni box and update your contact details.

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