Hundreds of graduates, staff and supporters have donated to have their name and three words to live by permanently etched into one of three sculptural features of Pridham Hall, UniSA’s iconic new sport and education building now under construction at the City West campus. This initiative has been so widely popular, that the Swimming Pool is now SOLD OUT.
Don’t worry, you still have the opportunity to embed your name and three words onto the blades of the Chandelier or have them carved on the Inverted Pyramid, both of which will be part of the impressive foyer of Pridham Hall.
UniSA has recently opened this unique opportunity to corporate businesses. For $5,000 your business can be proudly displayed on one of the two permanent fixtures – inspiring the next generation of leaders. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of UniSA’s generous supporters, who have chosen to embed themselves in Pridham Hall, explain why they donated and what inspired their three words to live by.
'Celebrate your Ancestry'
Llyndell Heuston - New South Wales
“I chose these three words as the lack of celebration caused a certain amount of tension and vacuum in my family: I wondered, but did not know, that my mother was of the ‘stolen generation’. This situation was unspeakable in the 50’s and 60’s and this removal from family had a strong influence on my mother’s behaviour and thus her attitude towards me. If she had lived in a society where aboriginal heritage was lauded as much as convict heritage, she would have felt more relaxed and her children would have felt more grounded. I now know my heritage is British, Spanish and Aboriginal and I can see those influences in me. If young people know their ancestry it gives a strong rock on which to stand, a strong connection on which to draw strength, a many-textured tapestry of identity in which to celebrate their own brand of individuality.”
‘A Brighter Tomorrow’
Xavier Woon - Singapore
“I donated to Pridham Hall in gratitude to the UniSA professors who imparted their knowledge and skills to me in counselling. Their dedication and professionalism in their fields of expertise inspired me. Naturally, when UniSA sought three words to inspire the students on campus, I chose “A Brighter Future” because that was what the professors did in counselling. They created a path for the lost. They made friends among strangers. They gave hope where there was none. I encourage all students, alumni, and stakeholders to donate. UniSA is a place where valuable knowledge and ideas are exchanged. Each time an idea is shared with others, it creates a brighter future for all.”
Dr Lyn Bray - South Australia
“Actually, the reason why I wanted to donate to Pridham Hall was mainly that I couldn't resist having my name and something about me preserved forever in glass. Even if it is only one of many and not likely to be picked out by a passer-by, to be part of the chandelier just seems to be a marvellous thing to be.
I couldn't think of three words, I could only think of two: 'only connect'. I saw it in a movie once, but it comes from ‘Howard's End’ by EM Forster.
‘Only connect! Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.’
The meaning this has for me is about the importance of making contact with other people, within and across relationships and communities and countries and cultures. It's also about connecting with what you do, not just going through the motions, but believing in your work and living with an awareness of the significance of how you move through your life. And both of these need to be grounded in connection with self, with who you are, and being true to yourself.
So donating for me is about community, about sharing a bit of myself with many, many others to make a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.”
'Head Heart Backbone'
Tom Steer - South Australia
“Studying at UniSA gave me a head start in my career and I’m grateful for the doors that it opened up for me. Throughout my career I’ve stayed close the University and have seen it continually evolve and improve. Pridham Hall is going to be a great drawcard for UniSA students and the envy of other Universities. Hopefully I’ll also get to hit the basketball court one day!
I’ve chosen the words ‘Head Heart Backbone’ to be the words carved on the Inverted Pyramid in the foyer. This is a tribute to Fraser Nicholson, a very charismatic and successful Canadian executive who I was lucky enough to have as my manager and good friend for the first 10 years of my career in Hewlett Packard. Fraser saw potential in me, took me under his wing, gave me incredible opportunities and continually pushed me out of my comfort zone to help build my confidence and skills.
Fraser was well known for his mantra ‘Head Heart Backbone’ which was a very simple but powerful way to describe the characteristics of a great leader:
Fraser also loved Adelaide (and its surrounding wine regions). Sadly, we lost Fraser in 2014 and I wanted these words to live on. Having your name and three words on display in Pridham Hall is a rare opportunity to make your mark and pass on some inspiration to the next generation of students.”
You don’t have to wait until Pridham Hall officially opens before taking a tour inside the new building.
The Pridham Hall App allows you to ‘virtually’ step inside the completed Pridham Hall building. To download the Pridham Hall App please search for ‘UniSA Pridham Hall’ in either Google Play (Andriod) or the App Store (iPhone).