At the end of 2007, over 200 of USC’s friends and supporters came together to celebrate the University’s successes—the highest attendance ever of the annual event.
Each year, University of the Sunshine Coast supporters get the opportunity to see how the University has grown from year to year, and get a first-hand glimpse of its future. In previous years, attendees have toured the new nursing laboratory, witnessed the unveiling of the Art Gallery’s sculpture, Pulse, and explored the new science building. This year, the new facility on show was the elegant Chancellery, which opened in 2007.
The event kicked off with a program featuring insights from university leaders, a scholarship student, and the “Alumni of the Year” award presentation.
Vice-Chancellor Paul Thomas AM discussed his recent sabbatical in Europe, where he toured new universities and explored partnerships and templates for success. “I became more excited and confident than ever about USC’s position to become one of the most dynamic, high-impact universities in Australia,” he told the audience.
Attendees also got the opportunity to see detailed plans for one of USC’s biggest initiatives yet—the new Health and Sport Centre, which will serve as a hub of the new Health and Sport Precinct. The Centre is a key initiative of the Building Excellence fundraising campaign.After the program, the crowd mingled in the new Chancellery and enjoyed drinks, food, music and festive conversation.
Tim Fairfax AM, Chair of the University Foundation, said “this event gets bigger and better each year. It’s very exciting to see USC’s community of support growing like this.”
Coastline BMW general manager Tristan Kurz is a USC business graduate, a USC Foundation Board member and an enthusiastic supporter of the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery. His company has recently signed up as a major sponsor of the Gallery’s exhibition program for 2008.
“USC represents a key point on the Coast where advancement in both education and community opportunity is available to all ages and walks of life,” he said. “It is fantastic to be able to support this.” The company will sponsor three exhibitions at the Gallery this year: the Western Desert Art from 3 April to 3 May, and two exhibitions of USC Design Students’ work opening in June and November.
“The diversity from one exhibition to another at the Gallery is amazing,” Mr Kurz said. “You can travel from 20th Century China to 21st Century Sippy Downs.” “The student exhibitions are, to me, the most exciting as you never know what to expect. Of course the students have basic parameters set for what their work is to communicate, but there never seems to be two interpretations the same.”
USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich thanked Coastline BMW for its generous support. “The Gallery brings art to the community, and the community helps bring art to the Gallery. It’s a wonderful partnership.”