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Alumni News: February 2024 Edition

Welcome to the February edition of Alumni News! Scroll below to check out our latest stories!

Tim Jarvis ‘84: South Australia’s 2024 Australian of the Year

Congratulations to Tim for being recognised! The Awards honour an exceptional group of Australians who are changemakers on issues of national importance. For Tim, he is passionate about South Australia’s environment and its future which is reflected in the wide range of initiatives he supports and works on, including supporting conservation charities like Fauna & Flora, Koala Life and Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife just to name a few.

Tim actively seeks pragmatic solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. 

This includes South Australia’s Forktree Project, which involves restoring degraded farmland back to nature and growing rare native plants to safeguard them from extinction.

In short – we can’t live without biodiversity. I think that even if an individual doesn’t necessarily value the importance of one plant or animal species over another, we all need to acknowledge that our survival depends on protecting and restoring biodiversity.

Susan Grossey ‘84: First book of new book series out

The series features main character Gregory who is enjoying the quiet life of an ostler at a Cambridge coaching inn, but when the inn’s cook is found drowned in the river in the spring of 1825, he finds himself caught up in the murky world of college life in the town. Ostler is available on Amazon and other major online bookstores.

Susan is no stranger to the historical crime fiction. As the author of the successful Constable Sam Plank series of seven novels set in the 1820s, she is now working on the Cambridge Hardiman Mysteries. The first in this series – Ostler – has been been published. Narrated by a university constable called Gregory Hardiman, Ostler is the first of five novels set in Susan’s home town of Cambridge.

Rahul Advani ‘08: New single releases in 2024

We caught up with singer-songwriter, Rahul who was at our Mumbai alumni get-together last month.

I released another song which I recorded with UWCSEA’s Cantabile and Mr. Fox back in 2019 - it was a blast recording with them and you can hear their vocals towards the end of the song!

Fire Burning is the third single from Rahul's upcoming EP Elements and draws on two of his biggest musical influences - Michael Jackson and A.R. Rahman. While the former introduced Rahul to pop music, the latter made Rahul fall in love with the music of his cultural heritage. Produced by Bani Hidir (bassist for Singapore band, 53A) and featuring the voices of UWCSEA’s Cantabile, the song blends Eastern and Western music by combining rock guitars with South Indian percussion. Have a listen to the song here.

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