Some of you may not be aware but Griffith University has contributed to the education of some famous alumni. This article is going to mention 15 famous alumni which studied at Griffith University from singers to artists to Olympians.
1. Cameron McEvoy
Cameron McEvoy is a 23-year-old Australian-born competitive swimmer who represented his country at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. He is about six-feet tall and specialises in the 100m and 200m freestyles. McEvoy is a physics and mathematics student at Griffith University. McEvoy currently has 6 bronze medals; 2 of which were earned at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 7 silvers and 4 gold medals. Currently, McEvoy is named as one of the swimmers going to Budapest to compete in the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships in July.
2. Berrick Barnes
Berrick Barnes is a 31-year-old Australian professional rugby union footballer. His usual position is fly-half or inside centre. Barnes began his professional sporting career straight out of school when he was scouted by the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds, and Queensland Bulls, but decided to join the Broncos. Barnes made NRL debut for the Broncos in 2005 at the age of 18, coming off the bench in round 8 against the Manly Sea Eagles. He went on to make 9 NRL appearances for the Broncos, scoring 1 try. Not too long into his career with the Broncos, Barnes signed a two-year deal with the Queensland Reds to switch codes and play rugby union. Barnes is currently signed with Japanese Top League club Panasonic Wild Knights.
3. Bronwen Knox
Bronwen Knox is a 31-year-old Australian water polo centre back/centre forward. She Griffith University, earning a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. She has represented Australia as a member of Australia women’s national water polo team on both the junior and senior levels. She has won the gold medal at the 2006 FINA World Cup, the silver medal at the 2007 World Championship, the 2010 FINA World Cup and the 2010 FINA World League, and the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 FINA World League. She was a member of the Australia women’s Olympic team that won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Knox now works as a laboratory assistant.
4. Kate Miller-Hidke
Kate Miller is an Australian singer-songwriter who was born in 1981. Miller completed a Bachelor of Music on a full scholarship from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University. Her music career began when she started playing in several Brisbane bands before going solo in 2002. She was also lead singer and songwriter for Brisbane band Elsewhere which was active from 2000-2003. To date, Miller has released 13 albums with her most recent one being released in 2014, called O Vertigo!
5. Emma Dean
Emma Kate Dean is a 33-year-old Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Brisbane, Queensland. Emma played in Kate Miller-Heidke’s Band during 2003–2006, playing violin, piano and backing vocals. Emma eventually left Miller-Heidke’s group to concentrate on her own solo career. Dean has not been on the social scene since 2013 when a collection of off-kilter ballads was released.
6. Megan Washington
Megan Alexandra Washington is a 31-year-old Australian musician and songwriter. Megan is also known as Washington. She started out playing jazz and from there moved onto indie pop and alternative rock. In 2010, she released her first album, I Believe You Liar which peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and, by end of 2011, received a platinum certificate from ARIA for shipment of 70,000 copies.
7. Dami Im
Dami Im is a 28-year-old Korean-born Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist performing artist. Dami emigrated to Australia with her family when she was nine. Dami is known for winning the fifth season of The X Factor Australia and subsequently received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. After winning The X Factor, Im released her debut and winner’s single “Alive”, which debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. Dami completed a Masters of Arts degree in contemporary voice at Griffith University. Recently she represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 held in Stockholm, Sweden, with the song “Sound of Silence”, where she won the jury vote and placed fourth in the televote, coming second overall with a total of 511 points.
8. Katie Anne Noonan
Katie Anne Noonan is a 40-year-old Australian singer-songwriter. In addition to a successful solo career encompassing opera, jazz, pop, rock and dance, she sings in the groups George and Elixir; performs with her mother Maggie Noonan; and plays with her band The Captains. She studied opera and jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University. Katie was trained by Dr Irene Bartlett, lecturer and voice coach who also trained a number of other well-known Australian vocalists such as Dami Im and Megan Washington.
9. Adam Lopez
Adam Lopez is a 41-year-old Australian pop musician, vocal coach, and session vocalist. He is noted for his ability to produce extremely high notes in his whistle register and for his extensive vocal range. Adam currently holds a Guinness World Record for singing the highest note (by a male). Lopez studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University in Australia. His last album was released in 2014 called Kaleidoscope.
10. Jason Barry-Smith
Jason Barry-Smith is a 47-year-old Australian operatic baritone, vocal coach, composer, and arranger. He works with organisations such as Opera Queensland, The Queensland Orchestra, Seven Network, and the Queensland Youth Choir. Smith graduated Griffith University in 1991 with a Medal of Excellence from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Throughout his career, Jason performed in many well-known productions, some of which include Les Misérables, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Merry Widow.
11. Natalie Gruzlewski
Natalie is a 39-year-old Australian tv-presenter. Gruzlewski studied journalism at Griffith University after finishing school. She began her career on the Gold Coast as host of Prime Television’s Surf TV, a beach and surf conditions program. From there she worked for the Nine Network (as a weather presenter and lifestyle & entertainment), was featured on the NRL Footy Show and Nine Network’s travel program Getaway as a full-time presenter. She has also hosted the reality series The Farmer Wants a Wife.
12. Michael Zavros
Michael Zavros is a 42-year-old Australian artist who studied printmaking at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Zavros has won three Australian drawing prizes: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize and the Kedumba Prize. He was also a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2013. Zavros has exhibited widely within Australia and his work is held in numerous private and public collections. Zavros has two portraits hanging in Canberra, one in the National Portrait Gallery and the other hangs in the Australian War Memorial.
13. Liz Cantor
Liz Cantor is a 34-year-old Australian television personality. She was the winner of the reality television game show The Mole in 2005. Cantor completed a Bachelor of Communications at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, majoring in journalism and meteorology. Cantor was also a professional surfer who competed on the Australian junior circuit for five years. Sponsored by Billabong, her surfing career took her to Fiji, Tahiti, the Maldives, Hawaii and Europe to compete. She was also one of the first female surf judges to travel internationally on the ASP and World Circuit Tour.
14. Amanda Ware
Amanda Ware is a 25-year-old Australian model, best known for being the winner of season 6 of Australia’s Next Top Model. Ware signed a three-year contract with Elite Model Management in New York City after a successful one week visit but soon after Ware ended her contract with Elite and signed with S Models. Ware studied exercise science and education at Griffith University.
15. Eva Milic
Eva Milic is a 39-year-old Australian journalist. Milic is also known for modelling. She was crowned Miss World Australia and represented Australia at the international Miss World contest. Milic graduated from Griffith University with a Master of Journalism and Mass Communication degree. It was during her university studies that Milic was offered a freelance position with Nine Gold Coast News, replacing Natalie Gruzlewski as the program’s full-time weather presenter. Milic is currently Nine Morning News Queensland and Nine Afternoon News Queensland presenter.