Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster, Mallee Family Care CEO Teresa Jayet, Workspace 3496 artist director Rohan Morris and Mildura Health Private Hospital CEO Marcus Guthrie are just some of the alumni that can now be seen on the windows of the University’s Brian Grogan Building in Mildura.
Head of Campus Sandy Connor said the visual initiative aimed to celebrate the university’s impact in Sunraysia.
“Our alumni are a wonderful reflection of why we’re here and why we do what we do. All but one of the people featured are living and working locally, the one that isn’t, works in Ballarat – so still regionally based!
“If you visit the campus, you will notice the design features some alumni grouped together, there’s cousins, siblings and parent/sibling duos. This was done strategically as a way for us to demonstrate the intergenerational effect that happens in families when there’s a first in the family to go onto university. Our campus here in Mildura, and all of La Trobe’s regional campuses, all have a high proportion of students that are the first in their family to go onto uni.
“The alumni featured all graduated between 2003 – 2023, since the building has been opened. Since then around 1500 people have graduated with degrees. It’s estimated there’s around 2400 La Trobe alumni living and working in Mildura, as some studied at our other La Trobe campuses, then relocated home, or simply moved here’
“Lastly, the installation also features artwork of Indigenous artist Sianlee Harris. This artwork also features in our library here in Mildura and in our library at the Bendigo Campus. So, we’re thrilled we’re able to provide more space for this wonderful piece of work.”