Worldwide search for UniSA’s most enterprising graduates

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There are more than 150,000 of them and they live in every Australian state and all around the world. They are graduates from the University of South Australia; many of them are making a real mark in the world and the University wants to celebrate their contribution.

This year UniSA is calling for nominations for its inaugural Alumni Awards – honouring outstanding achievement from graduates across six key criteria – scholarship, engagement, social justice, sustainability, openness and innovation.

Nominations are now open for the Awards and the first four recipients will be announced at a gala dinner in UniSA’s historical Brookman building, City East campus on October 31.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says there is hardly a week that goes by when he doesn’t hear about something inspiring that a UniSA graduate is doing.

“From leading innovative start-ups, to founding international charities or winning prestigious art prizes, there are a thousand stories of enterprising graduates who are using their skills to innovate or improve the lives of others,” Prof Lloyd says.

“I think that is the style of this University, our graduates appreciate the opportunities education has provided and understand that not everyone has the same chances in life.

“They often develop a real passion to make a difference whether that is by running successful businesses, continuing on to do important research or working as a teacher, nurse or pharmacist.

“I think the challenge for us will be in choosing only four to acknowledge this year and I am really looking forward to seeing the nominations and learning much more about the great work our alumni are doing.”

Nominations must demonstrate that the graduate meets at least three of the University's values: scholarship; engagement; social justice; sustainability; innovation, and/or openness.

The nominee must be a graduate of UniSA or one of its antecedent institutions and must be available to attend the gala dinner at the Brookman Hall, UniSA City East campus, Adelaide, on Saturday 31 October 2015.

Nominations close at midnight (Australian Central Standard Time) 31 August 2015. All details about the awards are available online.