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Alumni publications

Stay up-to-date with news from UON, your alumni network, faculties and other graduates via our regular e-News and flagship publication, The Seahorse as well as the Medical Alumni Magazine. In these, you will find profiles and stories about our alumni, as well as information about events and networking opportunities.

We are very proud of our alumni and welcome contributions for our publications. If you would like to tell us about your initiatives or challenges, travel stories and achievements, please email your story to

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Below are some highlights from our December 2013 edition. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please let us know at

2014 Alumni Advisory Committee 

Belinda Smith

Proud Novocastrian and UON graduate, Belinda Smith is the new President of the Alumni Advisory Committee. Her predecessor Brian Kennaugh has stepped down from the role not only to give the "committee some new impetus that will take it to another level", but to spend some quality time on his golf game!

We also farewell our long-standing Vice President Bernie Curran who leaves the Committee after nearly 15 years' service. Bernie and the University go way back to 1963 when he began his studies here.

To read more about Belinda, Brian and Bernie's new endeavours check out page 10 of The Seahorse. You can also meet the rest of the 2014 AAC online. 

Grads shine on the international stage

International success

Congratulations to our UoN alumni who have shone on the international stage in recent months at graduations in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as award ceremonies in Beijing and Malaysia.

Five graduates were finalists at the annual Australia China Alumni Awards in Beijing in November. The finalists were chosen from 90 nominations across 28 universities in the categories of Young Alumni, Award for Banking and Finance, Corporate Achievement and Women in Leadership.

At the Malaysian Australian Alumni Council awards, MBA graduate LAI Tze May took home the Australian University Alumni Chapter Award, recognising May's strong involvement in the development and ongoing operations of the UoN Malaysia Alumni Chapter.

Check out all the photos from graduations and alumni events on our facebook page!

The Seahorse has been the University's emblem since 1965 and has always had huge loyalty with our alumni, staff and the local community.

The original symbol was a mythical seahorse, based on the naval coat of arms of Lieutenant John Shortland, the first official European discoverer of Newcastle.

To celebrate this proud tradition and continue your connection to the University, our alumni magazine is called The Seahorse.

Published twice a year, The Seahorse features graduate profiles, alumni event wrap-ups, research updates and the alumni event diary.

To ensure you receive you copies and stay connected to your alumni network, update your details at GradLink.

In this special edition, we celebrate the remarkable and inspiring journeys of our graduates. We highlight the work of Dr Chee Hsiang Liow, a highly accomplished medical professional committed to improving the community healthcare in poverty stricken areas of China. 

We also interview third-year medical student Catherine Hicks who has returned from a life-changing placement in Nepal and highly-regarded rural GP and UON alumna, Dr Jen Hebblewhite, who is part of a unique GP mentoring program piloted this year.

The Joint Medical Program is committed to addressing the doctor shortage in rural and remote Australia and this issue highlights the work of two of our graduates who are committed to this vision including the University of New England's first Aboriginal medical graduate Dr Ben Jarvis.

We value staying in touch with our alumni to ensure our medical program stays abreast of the challenges of working in modern medicine. If you know other medical alumni either as friends or colleagues, please encourage them to update their details via Gradlink.