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Jenna Bradwell
28/11/2012

Young grads connect at alumni event

Wollongong’s Little Prince Bar was buzzing with energy when UOW’s young alumni caught up for a night of business networking, banter and, of course, the odd glass of bubbly.

The first ever Young Alumni Drinks event allowed attendees to catch up with old university friends and network with other graduates in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Ice breakers and networking activities set the night off to a flying start as attendees mingled and shared fond memories of UOW.

UOW graduate Tehla Bower spoke at the event, reflecting on her time at the University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Tehla works in government relations and funding, community engagement and marketing communications. Early in her career, she raised over $3m for the Cancer Council NSW.

In 2009 she co-founded The Grants & Funding Institute (GFI) which has helped organisations access $10m in government funding and last year she served on the Board of JCI (Illawarra) as Director of Partnerships.

Tehla encouraged alumni to support and market their own personal ‘brand’, get out to functions, courses and events to learn from those around them and to challenge themselves to continue their education and learning experiences.

“I am thrilled the Alumni Network is hosting events for young alumni as it provides the perfect environment to learn from each other, form new business acquaintances and catch up with people who you may have lost track of since graduating,” she said.

The event was a great success, with attendees relishing the chance to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and engage with like-minded young people.

Lorelle Longbottom said she attended the night to network and hear about the career paths of others.

“It was also a great chance to meet new people and to reconnect with UOW,” she said.

The UOW Alumni Office will host more networking and engagement events locally in 2013- for more information click here.

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  • The Young Alumni event attracted graduates now working across a range of industries.

  • The night was a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones as well.

  • The Alumni Office has a range of exciting local events planned for 2013.

  • Guest speaker Tehla Bower gave alumni some useful advice.