Building Excellence

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‘Building Excellence’ is the name of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s fundraising campaign. With the assistance of the community, the University aims to raise $5 million for key initiatives. This newsletter will be distributed quarterly to highlight progress and recognise key gifts and donors to the campaign.

Walker family gives $60,000 for Health and Sport CentreQueensland Reds Coach Eddie Jones visit to UCS to help promote the Health and Sport Centre was arranged by Ms Jocelyn Walker.

Friends of the University don’t get much better than Jocelyn Walker. For 10 years, Ms Walker has served as a committed member of the USC Foundation Board—all while donating generously herself. This month, she made a special gift of $60,000 to support the new Health and Sport Centre.

USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paul Thomas AM said Ms Walker’s support was invaluable. “Jocelyn’s support will make a big impact, and her generous spirit will go a long way to inspire other community members to support this campaign,” Professor Thomas said.

Ms Walker, whose son Drew, 30, is a graduate of the University’s Faculty of Business, also supports the Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship for students entering USC from Immanuel Lutheran College.

"The new Health and Sport Centre will be a treasure for the University and our entire region,” she said. “It is very exciting for me and my children, Drew and Wendy, to be a part of making that happen.”

Ms Walker also made a major donation to help build the University’s Art Gallery.

'Pulse' breathes life into campaignArija Austin, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Scott Morielli (Trustee, Lef Graff Foundation), Paige Morielli, Janet Cesna and James Cesna.

A striking seven-metre-tall sculpture—aptly entitled ‘Pulse’, reflecting its rhythmic sway with the breezes—was welcomed to the USC campus by a crowd of more than 300 community members at its official dedication on 5 April 2007.

The sculpture, located in the University Gallery’s forecourt, is the first product of the campus enhancement program under the University’s Building Excellence fundraising campaign.

The work by renowned Melbourne artist Konstantin Dimopoulos was veiled only by darkness as the crowd arrived to the evening event, but was gradually illuminated by six halide lights during the dedication speeches. At the end of the official dedication by Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art Director Doug Hall AM, Pulse’s red and orange rods were glowing.

USC Gallery curator Dawn Oelrich said the fundraising efforts of USC Senior Honorary Fellow Mrs Arija Austin of Buderim led to the generous donation from the Lee Graff Foundation that allowed the commissioning of the sculpture.

Lee Graff Foundation trustee Scott Morielli and his family travelled from California, where the Foundation is based, to attend the dedication ceremony. Mr Morielli said he was pleased to see the sculpture first-hand. “It’s so impressive to see this in person,” he said. “The Foundation is extremely proud to have helped make this work of art a reality for this wonderful campus.”

The USC Gallery, located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, is open to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. The 2007 USC Gallery Exhibition Program is proudly supported by Sajen Legal. 

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