Awards recognise outstanding alumni

Award-winning songwriter Phil Barton and NSW education leader David Silcock have been named joint recipients of Southern Cross University’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award for 2016. These achievements were recognised at the recent awards ceremony at the Ramada Hotel and Suites Ballina. Lauren Milledge, who graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event […]

“There’s a Bear in There” – 50 years of Playschool

Every Australian child knows the distinctive sounds of ‘Play School’, the imaginative ABC show for kids featuring toy stars Jemima, Humpty and Big Ted. “There’s a Bear in There” incites a sense of wonder and excitement, with the song’s most recent composer Sean Peter, a Southern Cross University music graduate, describing it as “an iconic […]

From a private game reserve in Africa…

From a private game reserve, surrounded by elephants, buffalos and giraffes near a South African watering hole, Karen Koelewyn pauses to reflect on how unEarth International was founded. The 29-year-old Southern Cross University alumnus has had a unique globe-trotting career from graduating with a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management at The Hotel School Sydney […]

Malin Overby – champion wakeboarder

MALIN Overby has gone from carving a name for herself on a snowboard to riding a wave of success as a wakeboarder. The Southern Cross University business graduate grew up on the snow slopes in Sweden and took part in her first ski competition at just three years old, later switching to snowboarding. In high […]

SCU alumnus and Senior Constable Jessica Johnston

WHILE she had dreamt of becoming a police officer since Primary School, SCU graduate Jessica Johnston has taken a different path than most to get there. Jessica Johnston graduated on Saturday, September 24, with a Bachelor of Laws, and has already secured a Senior Constable position with Victoria Police. The 31-year-old has been in general […]

Featured Benefit

With holidays just around the corner, and Christmas not far off, why not take advantage of the Departure Lounge’s fantastic specials. Mantra on the Gold Coast is offering accommodation from $105 per night or choose a country stay in Lorne, Victoria from $99 per night plus many more locations across Australia and New Zealand to […]


School of Law and Justice seminar series – Listen to a selection of fantastic speakers on the following dates: 5 and 13 October, 23 November and 14 December Contemporary Music Showcase: Concerts from Monday 17  October to Thursday 20 October from 6pm to 10pm at Lismore Campus performance studio in D129. 2016 BVA Graduate Exhibition 11-20 November […]

Welcome to our second Alumni eNews for 2016

Southern Cross University’s Chancellor Nick Burton Taylor AM recently announced that Professor Adam Shoemaker has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University, to commence when Professor Peter Lee retires on 24 September 2016. Professor Shoemaker’s senior leadership roles include Academic Provost and Vice President at Griffith University. Previously he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) […]

Small community school bolstered by SCU teaching graduates

Southern Cross University teaching graduates are making a difference at a small community school near Yamba on the NSW North Coast. Palmers Island Public School, a primary school of around 60 students in the Clarence Valley, has this year added SCU graduates Fiona Davies and Jade Clare to its teaching ranks. They join Ellie Wiseman, […]

Christian Lugnan helping to balance the deficit of Indigenous accountants

According to CPA Australia, of the almost 200,000 Australians with a professional accounting designation, fewer than 32 are Indigenous Australians. One of them is Christian Lugnan CPA, a Gumbaynggirr man from the Coffs Harbour region and Southern Cross University business graduate. “Within Indigenous communities, accountants play a valuable role in promoting financial literacy and economic […]

Five-star hotels, chef hat restaurants, large consumer brands, and restaurants

Julianne Lever has worked in and currently runs her award-winning artisan food business with her fiancé in Sydney. The renowned chef and owner of Julianne’s Kitchen was ‘the youngest qualified graduate’ in the second cohort of 12 students through The Hotel School Sydney, a partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia. At 19 she […]

Sleep apnoea researcher now working for NSW Health

Lana Eyeington investigated the link between physical activity levels and the risk of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in male commercial truck drivers for her Honours research at Southern Cross University. Now she is a sleep and respiratory scientist for NSW Health at John Hunter Hospital, a major health facility at Newcastle in the Hunter Valley. […]

My Story – Mel Carrero

I studied a Bachelor of Media at Southern Cross University from 2006-2009. During that time I focused on journalism, film making and marketing. I believe I was one of the first people to add marketing to their Media degree as I had to push for it (how true this is, I am not sure!) which […]

Ten rules for successful research collaboration

    This research article is from The Conversation. The authors are Robyn Keast, a Research Professor at Southern Cross University and Michael Charles, an Associate Professor, School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University. The federal government announced last year that it wants to see more collaboration between academia and industry. The government believes this will help “find […]

Further study

Announcing our new Doctor of Business Administration program We are delighted to announce our new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. The DBA program is designed to enable high-achieving business managers, business owners and senior public servants to develop their research skills and a project (as a research thesis) that will have practical implications for […]

Featured Benefit: FREE SCU room hire

As a part of the alumni community, you can now book and access, FREE of charge, many of Southern Cross University’s rooms and facilities. These rooms are available for booking year round, subject to availability. To book and access our rooms please visit our alumni benefits page.


Friday 9 September is our 2016 Alumni of the Year Awards. We encourage all alumni to come along and be inspired by other alumni at this gala event, which is to  be held at the Ramada Hotel And Suites, Ballina. Steven Layt Outstanding Alumnus of the Year (2015) will be returning from the USA to speak […]