A towering success - UTS alumni magazine breaks new ground
More than 105,000 UTS friends and alumni have received the first edition of a glossy new alumni magazine - TOWER, produced with creative input of UTS staff, students and alumni.
Formally launched last week by Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne and UTS alumnus Chris Taylor of ABC's The Chaser, TOWER replaces the forrmer alumni publication Stay Connected.
TOWER Editor Chrissa Favaloro said the colourful new magazine sought to broaden and grow from typical alumni magazine formats, both in production values and in the intensive input of UTS design and journalism students and university graduates.
“While supporting our efforts to connect and build relationships with graduates and staff, the broad range of stories and profiles in TOWER are designed to appeal to a wider audience.
"The magazine reflects the diversity of the University’s alumni and showcases research that greatly impacts our everyday lives, demonstrating UTS's role in building innovation in Australia.
"Drawing on the creative talent of our journalism and design students to help write and style each issue of TOWER, including the launch issue, offers them a strong platform to display their work to a huge external audience, giving them both hands-on experience and exposure in the marketplace. It is one way the Alumni Relations Office can help students transition from the classroom to the workplace and value the benefits of a strong alumni community after they leave UTS.”
UTS Visual Communication student and TOWER photographer Lucy Middleton said TOWER had been a great project to be involved with. “We had locations fall through, tough lighting conditions and equipment failures," she said. "in a sense, it was more realistic and valuable than much of the course work I have completed.
“In photographing Genevieve Clay at the Dendy Cinema I had a window of about five minutes to get the right shot. There were people pouring into the cinema for a film’s debut and the pressure was intense. In the end, it turned out to be one of my favourite photos for TOWER.”
UTS graduates around the globe also contributed to the magazine's inaugural edition. Martin Peers of The Wall Street Journal reported on life in New York City and Jano Gibson with the ABC in Darwin spent days trawling the croc-infested waterways with Darwin rangers to pen a terrifying tale of this ancient beast.
The inaugural edition also covers UTS Communication graduate Hugh Jackman; a five-page shoot with some of Australia’s hottest young designers; 2009 Tropfest winner Genevieve Clay; digital architect Luke Novotny; and graduates Justin Hemmes, Tanya Plibersek and Michael Antrum are profiled in the ‘Towering Ten’.
Robert Button (+61 2 9514 1734)
Credits: Photos by Matthew Duchesne, Milk and Honey Photography