"Spread your friendships across the academic divides, because you never know where your career may take you; who might be able to help you; and how you might be able to help them."
Pro-Chancellor Dr Angelos Frangopoulos, Dr Lars Karlsson who was awarded an honorary doctorate and Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann at the graduation ceremony in Sydney.
Value in staying connected
In his keynote address to graduates in August, CSU Pro-Chancellor, Sydney, Angelos Frangopoulos spoke about the importance of maintaining connection with the University.
I am a proud son of the Bathurst Campus, where I studied journalism in the mid-1980s. Through my training as a television journalist, I learned to get to the point of a story quickly – and hopefully clearly. With that in mind, there is something simple, but I believe powerful, that I would like you graduates to take away today – in addition to your hard-earned degrees. That thing is a desire for a lasting connection to Charles Sturt University. The greatest educational institutions in the world thrive based on the contributions of their alumni as they voyage from study into the professional world and feed their experiences and support back into the place where they were educated. Networking with your alumni and staying connected with the people you meet as a student even outside of the campus will advantage you in several ways. I believe it is critical for individual development. As a journalism student, I became friends with a young woman named Fiona Nash, a country girl who drove the coolest V8 ute in Bathurst. I didn’t know that she would go on to be a Senator for NSW and become Deputy Leader of the National Party and a prominent minister in the Turnbull Government. I shared Vegemite toast on many occasions with a girl named Chris Bath who became a very handy journalist. Not only were they great student friends, they have been great people to know as I have grown professionally, first as a journalist and later as the Chief Executive Officer of Sky News Australia where I have become a businessman with profit and loss reports to make to our owners and journalists of my own to manage. An important characteristic of successful networking is to regard all the people you meet in your travels as having value, and to treat them with respect. There are practical reasons for this, as well as moral ones.