It has been an incredibly exciting year for La Trobe University, as we welcomed back alumni from across the decades to join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary.
Such a significant milestone encouraged us to look back to the University’s beginnings – when 511 students were welcomed on to the Bundoora Campus for the first time. Since then, almost 200,000 students have graduated from La Trobe’s campuses, creating a strong and impressive alumni network.
We have enjoyed reconnecting with so many alumni in 2017. Below are some of the highlights from our anniversary year.
More than 6000 alumni joined us at La Trobe events
Each year we host a range of events for alumni in Melbourne, across our regional campuses, interstate and internationally – and 2017 was bigger than ever. There were University-wide celebrations, career development workshops, networking events and thought-provoking public lectures. These lectures included some of the country’s leading thinkers including Michael Kirby, Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating. We were also privileged to have many of our impressive alumni speak at events, including Asylum Seeker Resource Centre CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis, social justice activist Tasneem Chopra, Victorian MP Jacinta Allan and business leader James Fazzino.
You can view this year’s Bold Thinking lectures on our website.
Alumni in eight global cities joined our birthday celebrations
In 2017, World La Trobe Week gave our internationally-based alumni a chance to show their University pride. We hosted birthday celebrations in Hanoi, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Jakarta.
Alongside the events, we also launched a digital postcard which allowed alumni to wish La Trobe a happy birthday from wherever they were in the world. It was fantastic to see almost 1000 postcards shared from across the globe – proving just how far-reaching our alumni community is. You can still send us a postcard!
As part of World La Trobe Week celebrations, we also honoured eight eminent alumni with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipients include a leading international diplomat, a ground-breaking stem cell researcher, a Silicon Valley engineer and a passionate advocate for children's rights.
More than 650 alumni volunteered to mentor students
La Trobe’s Career Ready Mentoring Program connects the University’s alumni with current undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students. We are grateful to the many alumni who have put their hands up to provide insight, leadership and career guidance to students.
Among the first students to be mentored was Heath Mitchell, who was paired up with alumnus and volunteer mentor Regan Carr in his final year studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Finance. For Heath, having Regan available to offer expertise and career guidance was invaluable. “It’s so important to have someone like Regan when I’m just beginning,” Heath said. “Having a mentor means there’s someone in your corner.” You can read Heath and Regan’s story on our website.
Stay connected in 2018
Becoming an active member of the La Trobe alumni community offers countless opportunities for learning, inspiration, career development and the chance to contribute to the future of La Trobe. Visit our alumni website for more information about how you can get involved, and be sure to update your details so you can access all of the benefits available to La Trobe alumni.