PhD graduate Dr Mariya Yesseleva-Pionka.
Aiza Kamar (right) Master of Information Systems Security graduate.
Graduates from the Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) pathway program.
I believe that I now have working for me, at Sky News, my future boss. Part of the evidence is in my networking experience as a student. When I was in first year, I accompanied my contemporaries on a work experience trip to meet the News Director of Channel Nine. The News Director’s name was Ian Cook, and he was a very powerful figure in the industry. Over time, Ian and I became good friends. Some years later, I was in a position to be able to employ him at Sky News. He was a great mentor to me throughout. Today, in his memory, exists the Sky News Ian Cook Memorial Scholarship. I know from experience that you graduates will marvel at the often surprising things you and your friends will achieve over the coming decades. Stay close to each other. And 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.
When I fell in love with journalism all those years ago, I didn’t dream that it would one day take me from being a TV reporter to leading a media company as a CEO. Let alone lead me to be invited to become Pro-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University. You are now part of a 170,000 strong alumni. You are a valued member of a special community. Stay in touch with it. As is the case with all our relationships, alumni relationships need active care and attention to sustain them. That can be a tough ask with our demanding modern lives, but I think it’s worth it. I look forward to continuing my association with you, and with this great university in the years to come.
Angelos Frangopoulos Pro-Chancellor, Sydney Charles Sturt University
CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY ALUMNI