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October 14, 2010

UTS Alumni Awards 2010 & Emerging Writers’ Festival at NSW Writers Centre

Filed under: Books & Writing — roundtablewriting @ 3:21 pm

The UTS Alumni Awards 2010 presentation night was exciting and brilliantly organised by UTS and the Alumni Office. The Aspire Exhibition is a must-see in the exhibition area. Award winners were treated to a memorable dinner with the Chancellor, Vicki Sara; Vice-Chancellor, Ross Milbourne; and UTS staff. Congratulations to all those who received awards and to the Alumni Office for such a spectular night.

From the UTS Alumni office:

The extraordinary achievements of UTS alumni were recognised at this year’s Alumni Awards which were announced as part of the official launch of the Aspire Exhibition last week.

Aspire shines the light on the achievements of eight notable alumni, with their stories visualised on the pages of books that have inspired them. Visit the UTS Tower Foyer any day up until 6 November 2010, to be inspired by the stories of some of the University’s most courageous and thought – provoking graduates.

Deputy Vice Chancellor William Purcell, Chancellor Vicki Sara and Vice Chancellor Ross Milbourne with Award winners.

The winners of the Alumni Awards 2010 are:

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence – Kim McKay AO, for her longstanding commitment to the environment, both on a local and international level.

Alumni Awards for Excellence –

 Adjunct Professor Peter Fritz AM, for his successful career and professional achievements in the world of business.

Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM, for his passion and commitment for the non-profit sector, and supporting those most at risk in the community.

Sharon Rundle, for her dedication to increasing opportunities within the writing community especially on an international level and

Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms, for her commitment and dedication to the nursing and midwifery sector.

Young Alumni Award – Andrew McMillan, for his long term commitment to volunteering within the not for profit sector both here in Australia and internationally.

Alumni Human Rights Award – Dixie Link-Gordon, for her tireless work in campaigning to protect families affected by violence in the Aboriginal communities of both Sydney and NSW.

We congratulate all this year’s winners and their outstanding achievements.

UTS: Alumni

Photos taken by Susanne Gervay at the UTS Alumni Awards 2010:

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The Emerging Writers Festival is on at the NSW Writers’ Centre on Sunday November 7, 2010

Another very exciting event featuring ‘a series of panels and discussions about writing, writers and the literary life’.

Sessions offered include The Pitch – ‘ no-holds-barred advice about the art of pitching your work to editors, publishers and agents’ – a Creative Writing Bootcamp for ‘one frenetic hour of writing’.  The Festival is also great for networking with fellow writers and festival guests.

 Plenty of free parking and a deli-style cafe will be open.

For more info:

 PO Box 1056, Rozelle NSW 2039. Phone:  02 9555 9757  or Email:  mail

Today’s Writing Tip

Practise writing a synopsis for your latest work and the perfect pitch to a publisher. If you have a chance to visit the Emerging Writers’ Festival session ‘the Pitch’ you’ll be able to compare and see how effective your pitch is.




  1. Huge Congratulations to Sharon Rundle who I had the privilege to nominate for the UTS Awards.

    Comment by Susanne Gervay — October 15, 2010 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks so much for your nomination, Susanne. As a UTS Alumni Award winner for Professional Excellence yourself, you are an excellent role model. So glad to hear that “Always Jack” is doing so well.


    Comment by Sharon — October 16, 2010 @ 10:39 am | Reply

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