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 Family grad gown brings good luck to Macquarie alumni

Family grad gown brings good luck to Macquarie alumni

Everyone has stories of their graduation, but when British Columbia-based alumnus Adrien Byrne travelled to Beijing recently to accept his Master of Politics and Public Policy degree, he wore a gown with its own stories to tell. “The gown passed down to me from my mother, Nora, who graduated from University College Dublin over 30 years ago,” Adrien says. “Her father bought the go...

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 Existentialism and Romantic Love

Existentialism and Romantic Love

Macquarie alumna Skye Cleary has penned a new existential study on romantic love. Her book, Existentialism and Romantic Love, draws on five existential philosophers to offer insights into what is wrong with our everyday ideas about romantic loving, why reality often falls short of the ideal, what can be done to overcome frustrations and disappointments, and possibilities for creating authen...

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 Edward and the Great Discovery

Edward and the Great Discovery

Macquarie alumna Rebecca McRitchie fulfilled a lifelong ambition when her children’s picture book, Edward and the Great Discovery not only hit the shelves earlier this year, but sold out of its first print run in two months. Rebecca, who says she wishes she could tell her young readers that she was raised by wolves in a snowy forest until she saved a village from the fiery peril of a disg...

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 Hard work pays off for young retailer

Hard work pays off for young retailer

Macquarie alumnus Aaron Lum has taken home a ‘highly commended’ award from the recent National Retail Association Young Retailer of the Year Awards. The 25-year-old, who works at the Woolworths head office in Bella Vista and holds a Master of International Business from Macquarie, was up against 25 successful young retailers from across Australia, and says he felt like a Miss Universe cont...

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 Macquarie graduate’s mission to Mars

Macquarie graduate’s mission to Mars

Macquarie University alumna Dr Abigail Allwood has become the first woman – and the first Australian to lead a NASA team searching for signs of life on Mars. Dr Allwood’s PhD, which she completed at Macquarie in 2006, examined ancient evidence of life on Earth and how it could be relevant to the search for life on Mars. Her discovery of some of the oldest evidence of life on Earth in WA...

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 Snapshot of recent Alumni

Snapshot of recent Alumni

Many Macquarie graduates returned to their old stomping ground to share their career building experiences with current students at the Careers Fair in August. The Career and Employment Service took the opportunity to interview some of these young alumni to hear their story on the transition from university to work, and found that everyone’s story was unique. Stephanie Hunter, Bachelor ...