The University of Newcastle, Australia

2019 Alumni Awards Gala Breakfast

The University of Newcastle invites you to join us as we celebrate the boundless achievements of our outstanding alumni at the 2019 Alumni Awards Gala Breakfast.

The University’s prestigious Alumni Awards recognise the amazing achievements of our alumni here in Australia and around the world. This year, we are proud to share our outstanding  2019 Alumni Awards Achievers , who have each made an incredible impact in their communities across the globe.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our 2019 Alumni Achievers at a special Gala Breakfast on Thursday 5 September at the University of Newcastle’s Great Hall (Callaghan campus). Come and be inspired by the immense achievements of our alumni, and network with fellow alumni, businesses and friends in the community.

Hosted by acclaimed television journalist and alumna Janice Petersen (Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) 1999), the Gala Breakfast will include open-air refreshments and live performances, as we invite this year’s Alumni Achievers on stage in the Great Hall to celebrate their boundless successes together.  After the formalities, you will have the opportunity to hear from a selection of our Awards Achievers for a ‘Great Debate’ keynote panel event.

Video: 2018 Alumni Awards

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Show your support for our boundless world-changers, as we invite them from across the country, and the world, to join over 140 past achievers of the University’s prestigious Alumni Awards.

Date: Thursday 5 September

Time: 6:45am – 9:00am

Followed by 'Great Debate' keynote panel at 9:00am

Venue: The Great Hall – University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308

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Meet our Alumni Achievers

Since 1975, our annual event has recognised the most outstanding and high achieving of our alumni, and this year’s Alumni Achievers are no different.

From advocacy in global healthcare, and representing Australia at the highest level of sport, to revitalising the nation’s art institutions and leading regulatory reform here in the Hunter, this year’s exceptional Alumni Achievers demonstrate how far a University of Newcastle education can take you.

Host Janice Petersen

Janice Petersen - Presenter, SBS World News
6.30pm Sunday to Thursday on SBS

Hosted by Janice Petersen

UON alumna Janice Petersen (Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) 1999) has spent more than 15 years working as a cross platform journalist and news presenter, and currently presents SBS World News at 6.30pm from Sunday to Thursday. Janice brings to SBS a strong background in journalism after many years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where she reported on and covered breaking news events right across Australia.

In her current role, she regularly interviews leading news makers from world leaders to celebrities and has contributed live reports and updates on major national and international news stories. Janice has also lent her presenting skills to landmark SBS programs including forum series Insight and Go Back To Where You Came From Live. The stylish mother of two has been included in lists of influential people, including Media Week’s Top 25 Media People 2017, Harper’s Bazaar’s “Fabulous at Every Age” feature and “Who’s Who” biological reference of notable Australians.

Janice has also hosted numerous high profile events, including the Australia Day Lunch, the Australian Open Inspirational Series with Anna Wintour and Vogue Codes. She has featured as a presenter at The Walkley Journalism Awards and has even flexed her comedic talents as guest quizmaster on Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention?

‘Boundless’ artwork by alumnus Brett Piva

Special thanks to Brett Piva, for his support in designing the theme for this year’s 2019 Alumni Awards. A contemporary artist and curator based in Newcastle, Brett completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle in 2004.

Brett’s beginnings started in a rural setting near the Murrumbidgee River in NSW, Australia. Relocating to an urban environment, his affection for ‘The Australian Bush’ grows stronger by the day. Brett develops natural patterns and lines within his work that are found whilst adventuring in drier Australian bush climates and within forestries that strongly benefit from rainfall along the coast.

Brett uses abstract reverse painting techniques with gold leaf and enamel on glass within paintings, timber and glass sculptural pieces, along with large-scale murals. His work speaks to the duality between the patterns encountered in our natural environment, and a seemingly more familiar urban landscape. It invites viewers to consider their present existence within their beautiful natural surrounds.

Brett has exhibited works in many group shows and solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad, and we are honoured to be showcasing his work as part of the University of Newcastle’s 2019 Alumni Awards.