Here are your nominees for the Alumni Council from the Melbourne Law School and Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
Dr Rachel Baird - PhD (2006) Law
Thank you for considering me as your alumni representative. I am both a graduate (PhD 2006) and past Law faculty member and reflect fondly on my time spent engaging in robust discussions, whilst also absorbing information like a sponge. As a past teacher and researcher (2000-2012) and current school board member, I am committed to ensuring access to quality education in Australia. To help create a vibrant university environment, we need engaged alumni who are champions of lifelong learning. More importantly, we need our alumni out in the community, modelling tolerance as, worldwide, Universities themselves suffer from an increasing intolerance of divergent thought. I'd like to be a conduit between my fellow alumni and Melbourne University in this regard. We have a growing international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and our alumni (with an amazing 79% of alumni contactable and 65% being younger than 49 years old) are the best advocates for the University in the community and workplace.
I have experience as a student and academic at a number of Australian Universities so I understand how they operate from many levels which means I can offer an understanding of the various positions of current and past students, academics and the machinery of a University. I am a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course, am on a WOB ASX program and have worked in law, corporate, education, government and NFP sectors. In addition, I have strong governance experience on University Committees, NFP Boards, School and Sporting boards.
Ms Lani Carter - LLM (2013)
I have been an advocate of the Melbourne University Master of Laws program since completing my Master of Laws at the University in 2013, having completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide.
My experience at the University of Melbourne was an excellent one and I would like to ensure the same is true for future students.
I would be interested in participating in the Alumni Council in order to "give back" to the University, to continue to give Melbourne alumni a voice within the University and to provide feedback on my own experience (and that of alumni) of the University.
I am a solicitor in private practice in the area of insurance and litigation.
I am also a committee member of the Australian Insurance Law Association, the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde (a not-for-profit French Language school) and Blind Sports SA. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people through those Committees and I expect that participating on the University of Melbourne Alumni Committee and representing the views of my fellow Melbourne University Alumni would be a similarly rewarding experience.
Ms Glenda Fisher - MEd (2005)
I would like to be considered for a position on the Alumni Council. I am an experienced educator and have worked in a variety of educational settings, specialising in researching, developing and implementing programs that assist students with diverse learning needs transition to tertiary education and training. I conduct research for public organisations assisting with educational development and advice in key areas.
I became a volunteer member of the Access Mentoring Program in its inaugural trial in 2014 and have maintained my commitment to that program. I have assisted with the International Students Program mentoring new student arrivals. I am currently liaising with Melbourne Business School on behalf of the International Women's Federation of Commerce and Industry in a voluntary capacity to design and implement a Women in Leadership Program.
During my time as a volunteer in the Access program, I believe I have contributed significantly to the development of the young people I have mentored. More importantly, because of the nature of the assistance they have required from me I have learned from them and the knowledge I have gained will inform my contribution to the Alumni Council particularly where advice is required on resource and program development. I have significant Board experience across a range of public organisations including nine years as an ordinary member and Vice Chair of the University of Melbourne Graduate Council. I believe my professional expertise and my long standing personal commitment to volunteering in the Access Program will enable me to make a worthwhile contribution to the Alumni Council.
Ms Alison Huitfeldt - BA (1997), LLM (2017)
I bring to the Council a diverse range of experiences and what I hope is a well-informed and considered world-view. I have studied and lived abroad during my student days, travelled widely (or sometimes wildly!) since finishing secondary school, and taken up many hobbies, interests and causes. My work career (both salaried and voluntarily) has taken me across different sectors including corporate, private legal practice, not-for-profit and local government. I like rock-climbing and hiking and spending time in the outdoors with my family. I also love music and reading, when time allows.
Since late 2017 I have been the General Counsel of the Armaguard Group of companies (part of the Linfox Group). Prior to this I have held senior legal and commercial roles within the Linfox Group, and am currently a panel member for small business grant applications for the City of Melbourne.
I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, and the deep value this provides to both the alumni community and the community more broadly. Having initially commenced at the university 23 years ago, and then graduated from a LLM in 2017, I bring the perspectives of both a seasoned (1998) and humble (2017) graduate. I would embrace the challenge and honour of being a council member.
Dr Pandora Kay - BEd(Sec) (1979)
Pandora Kay, PhD FAMI CPM BEd Melb GDip (ArtsAdmin) UniSA MA JCU PhD VU: marketing academic with experience at six higher education facilities (Deakin, VU, CQU, RMIT, Monash and Federal), in addition to my qualifications from another three. Clearly, with membership of many University Alumni, why nominate for this one? Because my amazing career started from my B Ed (Arts and Crafts) course at Melbourne State College (now University of Melbourne) for which I am most grateful.
In nominating, I give back for a wonderful journey. I have my creative hat as an arts educator, practitioner and administrator and more recently, arts marketing researcher. Concurrently, I have my educator hat, as a marketing academic. Before academia, my industry positions involved arts administrator and cultural planner for several local and regional governments. During academia, my committee experience with Open Gardens Australia demonstrates my passion for marketing within a community volunteer context.
If elected, I would work hard to represent members bringing an extensive expertise, unique skill-set and my two hat perspective and more: the creative arts, business and marketing all in equal measure. Alumni opportunities need to be leveraged for many good reasons and the benefit of all.
Dr Madeleine Laming - MEd (1994), PhD (2007)
My unique combination of knowledge and experience would make me a valuable addition to the Alumni Council and enable me to assist the University leadership to enhance the student experience for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
I am a highly experienced board/committee member in the government and not-for-profit sectors, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Community Directors Australia. I am a specialist in governance and skilled in strategic planning, with varied experience that provides valuable and diverse perspectives on a range of issues relevant to the University. I am familiar with the governance structure of the University having served a term as an UMPA representative on the Education Faculty Board as a postgraduate student.
In my professional life, I have been an academic and a teacher, specialising in learning and teaching in tertiary education and student engagement and experience. Consequently, I am able to offer informed opinions on a range of services and activities for students, including career focused initiatives. I have an extensive professional network including Europe and Africa that would facilitate my capacity to represent the interests of the University and alumni around the world.
Mr Andrew MacDonald - BSc(Hons) (1996), JD (2017)
I believe the contribution I would make to the Alumni Council would be invaluable for several reasons. Firstly I come with a broad experience, one where I have carved out my own achievements and successes. I am experienced in operating own business and managing the interests of multiple stakeholders, including local and federal governments, commercial entities and customers. In that role I was heavily involved in policy development to ensure the improvement of workplace conditions and commercial outcomes.
Secondly I have had the unique experience of being a student in two very different periods of transition for the University, with each presenting their own challenges. I have been involved in the student society sphere in both periods which has taught me what students are looking for to maximise their experience, and how to promote their engagement with the University.
At a professional level I am passionate about social justice and equality. I have been fortunate to obtain a variety of experience through study, interning, volunteering and working in a variety of disciplines. This has taught me to accept challenges with passion, to view problems from a variety of perspectives, and to lead by the example of integrity, altruism and generosity.
Ms Sophia McQuillan - BA(Hons) (2013), PGDipTeach(Sec) (2014), MTeach(Sec) (2015)
I would be an invaluable Alumni Council member for 2019 because I have been actively engaged with the University of Melbourne community in the four years since my graduation from the MTeach program. I am a current non-resident tutor at Trinity College and I have been mentoring a pre-service University of Melbourne Master of Teaching student at Williamstown High School. I would like to formalise my involvement with the University of Melbourne in representing its interests and helping shape its future. I want to play a pivotal role in helping shape the future direction of the University of Melbourne for all incoming students.
I began studying at the University of Melbourne initially as an international student and then as an Australian citizen. I believe this gives me unique insights into how students from different backgrounds interact with the university. As a secondary school teacher, my experiences make me an informed alumni voice to create and guide activities for students. I enrich students' experiences in the classroom and so I can transfer these skills to the university setting to make students' university experiences as rewarding as mine was during my tertiary studies.
Ms Jacqueline Musiitwa - JD (2005)
I would be a valuable member of the Council because I have served on boards and have successfully executed my roles therein. I am confident I will do the same in this role. In addition to that, I remain involved in university activities, demonstrating my interest in fostering greater collaboration and mentoring between alumni and current students. For instance, I am an alumni advisor for the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Third, I am keen to play a greater role in university programming with the particular goal of attracting a more diverse student body and increasing the impact of alumni around the world.
Working with alumni from a variety of faculty and from different walks of life will help bring diverse perspectives that will be beneficial for the university community. I have lived and worked around the world and so my experiences will bring that unique voice to the Council.
Lastly, I am passionate about career development and ensuring that Melbourne alumni remain competitive globally. As the nature of work evolves, I want to be part of the team that works with the university and students to make sure future graduates are prepared.
Ms Patricia Oman - BA (2009), LLB (2009)
Ms Anna Song - BA(Hons) (2005), MPub&IntLaw (2013)
I moved to Melbourne to study at the University of Melbourne and have since called it my home. I’m passionate about giving back to my community.
I have been a mentor for the Melbourne Law School and am currently a mentor for the Faculty of Arts. I am a supporter of Asian Law School, Melbourne University's Korean Student Society and St Mary's College.