Alumni update

In this edition we hear from Jules Allen about her journey from MasterChef contestant to advocate for young people. We also explore some alumni startup success stories including Kris Simmons and Karina Irby who were both named in the 40 under 40 top young entrepreneurs on the Gold Coast, and professional surfer turned app developer […]

Submit a nomination for the Southern Cross University 2017 Alumni of the Year Awards

Southern Cross University’s Alumnus of the Year awards recognise and celebrate outstanding alumni, highlighting exceptional achievement and outstanding service to their community or profession. This year’s awards – which include the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year awards – are open for nominations, closing on Friday 7 July 2017. You are encouraged to […]

Food, family and fame: social science graduate advocating for change

As a MasterChef contestant in the 2013 series, Jules Allen, who has three children and has fostered 32 children, was passionate about food as a way to connect family. These days the Southern Cross University graduate uses her media profile to raise awareness of the wellbeing of young people. Jules talks about young people in […]

Southern Cross University startup success stories

Southern Cross University business graduates are blazing an entrepreneurial trail in the global surf industry. After years of carving her name in the waves, former professional surfer Sarah Beardmore is now making her mark in the app development world. Sarah studied a Bachelor of Business Administration online majoring in Tourism and Hospitality  through Southern Cross […]

One-stop shop approach key to business success

Southern Cross University Business alumnus Kris Simmons has a passion for seeing people succeed in business. At 32, he is the managing director of Simmons Livingstone & Associates, established on the Gold Coast with his business partner in 2013. Mr Simmons runs two businesses – an accounting practice and a financial planning practice – under […]

Advocating for recognition of South Sea Islander labour in Australia’s prosperity

More than a century ago, an indentured labour trade of Pacific Islanders was brought to Australia to help establish our sugarcane, maritime and pastoral industries. These days Southern Cross University law alumnus Zac Wone advocates for their descendants, the Australian South Sea Islander community. “Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) people remain marginalised and unrecognised for […]

Soil scientist’s ground-breaking work in the Northern Territory

After completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Southern Cross University in 2015, Jace Emberg now works as a soil scientist in the Northern Territory as part of a ground-breaking research team. The 28-year-old landed a graduate position with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and was last year promoted to land assessment officer, […]

Second generation osteopath follows in his father’s footsteps

It was when his thumbs gave out after working several years as a massage therapist that Zac Hakes decided it was time. “I came to realise that my taxed thumbs could only handle so much before they went on strike, so osteopathy was the logical next step,” Zac said. “Having seen the positive changes my […]

Alumni Benefit – free room hire

As a member of the alumni community, you can now book and access, FREE of charge, many of SCU’s rooms and facilities. These rooms are available for booking year round, subject to availability. Complete the room booking form (NB: Alumni do not need to provide public liability insurance). Simply email your booking form back.

SCU alumni provide internships to students

Southern Cross University business and tourism students are reaping the benefits of industry placements under the guidance of successful alumni with the partnerships benefiting both the students and host companies. The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program provides students with valuable ‘hands-on’ skills and experience. Elizabeth Johnson, a third-year Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management student, […]

Alumnus Dan Thwaite and Smart Leash Co

When your work and passion collide, it becomes what is known as an ‘idealist career’. Southern Cross Alumnus Daniel Thwaite has used his skills in IT and education and his passion for surfing and conservation to found an Australian-first venture Smart Leash Co — selling individual parts of surf leashes – also known as leg […]

SCU Alumni Scholarship

For SCU alumnus Sharni Lavis, her recent honeymoon to Milan with new-husband and fellow SCU osteopathy graduate Grant Sinclair was more than just a celebration of marriage. It was also the culmination of five years of hard work at university, which has enabled her to pursue her passion for osteopathy and also brought Grant into […]

Lisa Hansberry – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering alumnus

The Southern Cross University Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering degree began four years ago, and this month (December) the first crop of graduands received their qualifications at the Lismore graduation ceremony. Lisa Hansberry, who graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering, was among the trail-blazing cohort, and has already secured employment with Ardill […]

School of Education Alumni network invites connections

Education graduates from Southern Cross University are invited to join the newly-formed SCU School of Education Alumni Network which launched on the Gold Coast in October. Former Southern Cross University lecturer Dr Neville Jennings established the network and said it would enable alumni to communicate with former colleagues and lecturers. Those interested in the network […]

Alumni Benefit – $15 special for Student Clinic consultations at the SCU Health Clinic

The Southern Cross University Health Clinic has a great offer for a selection of treatments at either our Gold Coast or Lismore campus Clinics during January and February. For $15 the services you can access include: Osteopathy – available at Lismore and Gold Coast Exercise Physiology – available at Lismore Podiatry – available at Gold Coast […]

Events – Sydney Alumni

Save the date Sydney Alumni! On Friday 28 April we have a special event planned for you – details to follow early in 2017.

Welcoming Professor Adam Shoemaker as the University’s fifth Vice Chancellor

I’m very pleased to offer my personal greetings to our alumni community as Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University. It is my great privilege to succeed Professor Peter Lee following his retirement. It was wonderful to start my role with our Lismore graduation ceremonies, an opportunity to meet some of our newest alumni. I am […]