People are at the heart of all that we do as a university.  Central to our university community are our talented alumni who contribute to society in so many ways.

In this newsletter we feature Simon Lewis whose passion and remarkable journey has led him to making a difference from being a lifeguard to an international humanitarian of the sea. As part of the Griffith Remarkable Tales, we share Ariana Margetts’s story; Ariana works with smaller entrepreneurs at the Gold Coast who need shared spaces to make their ideas become reality. Matt Ash shares his passion for sport and his desire to drive change in the community through his role with the Gold Coast Titans.

We are immensely proud and acknowledge the tremendous contribution of our global alumni community and for raising excellence at Griffith. Your contributions are fundamentally important to Griffith providing learning experiences through your direct involvement as mentors to students, providers of work placements, employers of graduates and donors to support Griffith scholarships.

Thank you for connecting with us through the alumni network and for contributing to excellence at Griffith in so many ways. We invite you to encourage your Griffith friends to reconnect with us and our global alumni community.  In this month’s newsletter you can find details of our alumni reconnect campaign - We are #GriffithAlumni.

My thanks also to many of you who took the time to nominate one of your fellow alumni for this year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards. The celebration of our Outstanding Alumni is one of the highlights of the university calendar. Given the disruptions and challenges of 2020, we think it is more important than ever that we celebrate our Outstanding Alumni and acknowledge their achievements.

Sadly, one of the many difficult consequences of this ‘pandemic’ year has been the need to change the shape of our events and celebrations; but there is a silver lining, and I am personally delighted that our alumni and students from the Griffith Film School are collaborating on the live stream production for 2020, so that alumni from around the world will be able to join us. This year, we celebrate the very best in our alumni community with an awards program that recognises the diverse achievements of our alumni at both an academic group and university level. You can find out more about the academic group winners, who are finalists for the overall awards, via the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards website.

Griffith University acknowledges not only these nominees, but the achievements of our entire alumni community around the globe, numbering more than 200,000.

Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor and President

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