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On Friday the 3rd of May, Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander co-hosted a luncheon with Telstra at Deakin on Timor-Warrnambool City Centre. The lunch was well attended by representatives of the Great South Coast Leadership Group.
Bill Mundy, Area General Manager for Telstra delivered the findings of the 2012 Telstra Exchange outage report. The report looked at a variety of issues arising from the fire, including root cause, customer impact, recovery effectiveness, network architecture, long term restoration and impact on emergency services. This was followed with an in depth discussions between Mr Mundy and those in attendance. The Vice-Chancellor's Group aim's to keep channels of communication between the University and the greater community open.
Deakin on Timor-Warrnambool City Centre was caught up in the spirit of May Racing this year. An invitation was opened to Partners of Deakin Warrnambool to attend an intimate Breakfast with Gai Waterhouse on the 1st May.
Hosted by local racing historian Zeb Armstrong of A Turf Fascination, Gai entertained the crowd with stories of life at the track.
The Centre was on display at its best, a wonderful occasion to showcase the capabilities of the staff and the centre, encouraging Partners to make use of Deakin on Timor for their own meetings, workshops and events. Deakin on Timor bookings and enquiries: (03) 5563 3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With the support of National Recruitment, Geelong and Warrnambool Community Relations at Deakin are again exhibiting at this year’s Regional Victoria Living Expo to be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April 2013.
The Expo is the one-stop-shop for Melburnians to find out about lifestyle, employment, real estate and educational opportunities which exist in regional and rural Victoria.It provides all 48 regional and rural councils with an opportunity to promote the benefits and opportunities available in their area in order to attract residents, skilled workers, business and investment.
The Expo provides a great opportunity for exposure to showcase all that we have to offer regional communities at Deakin University.
In 2012 the inaugural Expo was hailed a great success by Regional Development Victoria and exhibitors alike. 8,000 visitors attended the Expo at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, which attracted over 130 exhibitors including 48 Councils representing 11 regions.
The 2013 Regional Victoria Living Expo is a key initiative in the Victorian Government's strategy to drive population and investment to regional and rural Victoria.
Regional Victoria Living Expo 2013
Deakin University is a proud sponsor of the newly opened Warrnambool BMX Club track at Jetty Flat Reserve.
The track features a state of the art starting gate that is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The 370-metre track features a traditional layout with 180-degree turns.
The club recently played host to the 4th round of the Junior State Series, that attracted around 350 entries.
The custom-made sign above the starting gate and the colourful Deakin flags and banners that decorated the course were well recieved by visitors from all over the state and country.
(Photos courtesy of Brad Hewett)
The 2013 Deakin University graduation ceremonies began successfully in Warrnambool on the 15 March where the Warrnambool Civic Centre was converted to Deakin town. Held at the Lighthouse Theatre, the two ceremonies attracted a signifiacnt turnout of Graduands and staff from far and wide to celebrate these students significant achievements. The civic green was alive with colourful gowns, multi-coloured Deakin Wordly flags and beaming students and their families and friends.
We were delighted to have local media, The Standard and WIN TV providing excellent coverage of the event and the many Graduation themed stories that were featured in the days following.
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Over 30 South West students spent the day at Deakin on Timor on Wednesday the 13th March as part of an induction day to prepare them for their role as the newly appointed 2013 Beacon Student Ambassadors.
Beacon is a not-for-profit organisation that works with 14,000 students in over 130 schools throughout Australia to provide programs to inspire and motivate students to either stay in school or choose a positive pathway that leads to employment, training or further education. The Year 10 students from Terang College, Hawkesdale P12 College, Mortlake P12 College, Heywood & District Secondary College and Colac Secondary College participated in a whole day of workshops and activities designed to educate them on how to drive the Beacon program within their schools.
(Image courtesy of the Warrnambool Standard)
They learnt how to engage businesses and community to expose fellow students to meaningful experiences in the world of work and inspire them to make more informed choices about their further education, training or careers. Head of Deakin University Warrnambool campus Professor Greg Wood addressed the students, giving them an insight into what it takes to be an ambassador. He also preseted each student with thier Beacon Ambassador Badges.
Beacon Foundation partnerships manager for Southwest Victoria Sonia van Kempen said the strength of the Beacon program lay in the ability to create and sustain ongoing partnerships between Beacon schools and business and industry. The student's visit to the Warrnambool City Centre also provided them with a valuable introduction to Deakin's facilites and staff, one they may not have had the chance to otherwise experience.
Around the world, the 8th March 2013 is International Women’s Day. A day that celebrates inspirational women and their political and social achievements. This year the Equity and Diversity team hosted a morning tea on campus, providing an opportunity for staff to celebrate our achievements in gender equity, acknowledge our challenges and reflect on our shared commitment to providing a gender equitable work and study environment for all staff and students. Attendees were officially welcomed by Professor Greg Wood. Associate Professor Bernie Walker-Gibbs then spoke stirringly about the importance of International Women's Day and how this year's theme "On Her Shoulders" applies to her personal experience.
This was followed by a screening of the UN-commissioned documentary "On Her Shoulders", an interesting look back at the history of International Women's Day and feminism in Australia.
Thank you to all who atttended and to Bernie for her engaging and uplifting message.
On Friday the 8th February the Warrnambool Relay for Life was officially opened by Professor Greg Wood. The 18 hour Cancer Council fundraising event, held annually on the Deakin University Oval has significant meaning to many of the 1200 participants involved. Deakin was well represented by team members Julie Regan, Tania Barker, Cheryl Finnigan, Dorothy Rooney, Nicola Laurence, Nicole Downes and Mariella DiFabio
(Image Courtesy Warrnambool Standard)
Organisers expect fund-raising efforts from the 55 participating teams will top last year’s $153,000 to bring the 10-year-total to more than $1.5 million.
Speaking after the event Greg Wood said “cancer takes such a toll on us all as individuals and as a community and it is at this time that we see the strength of our community.” He encourages all staff to consider joining the Deakin team for the 2014 Relay For Life.
The Warrnambool City Centre, "Deakin on Timor" was officially launched by Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander on 14 December 2012. In opening the centre, Professor den Hollander said that Deakin had entered into a long-term lease with the Warrnambool City Council for the former Regal Café building on Timor Street, giving it a valuable presence in the Warrnambool CBD for the first time in 20 years. She said as a campus, Warrnambool had “held its own” and the centre would be a valuable addition, giving students an extra reason to establish themselves in Warrnambool long-term.
The opening luncheon was well attended by many of Deakin's local corporate partners. A charity auction held as part of the launch was a huge success raising at total of $6,775 for Peter's Project. A fully catered function for 40 people was among the items auctioned off by Bruce Ludeman.
(photo courtesy Warrnambool Standard)
Head of Campus Professor Greg Wood said the University’s presence in the heart of the city was an extension of Deakin’s investment and contribution to Warrnambool.
“It will be convenient for students and lecturers and also strengthen connections with our community partners,” he said.
The new centre provides course advice and general information about the University, space for students and lecturers to meet, Wi-Fi access and a function room, board room and corporate lounge.
It will also provide Wi-Fi access to the adjacent Civic Green.
The Warrnambool City Centre is located on Timor Street, next to the Art Gallery and Civic Green in the heart of Warrnambool.
Deakin on Timor hosts a public information centre, offering course and general Deakin information to the wider community.
The facilities are available for hire by Deakin corporate partners for business meetings and events
Deakin University staff have several hot desks available to book, offering convenience working in the centre of town. Parking is available along Timor Street and beside the City Centre. The Warrnambool Train Station is a ten minute walk west.
Bookings and enquiries: (03) 5563 3550 or email@example.com
Deakin University and the Warrnambool Art Gallery have joined forces to promote cultural and social opportunities throughout the south-west district.
On Friday, 24th August Professor Jane den Hollander and the Warrnambool City Council signed a five-year MOU agreement aimed at developing a regional sense of place, reinvigorate cultural heritage and expand creative education and participation.
The new partnership will also enhance Deakin's research activities in the region, particularly those of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention (CMII).
"The signing of the MOU between Deakin University and the Warrnambool Art Gallery, a facility owned and operated by the Warrnambool City Council, provides a valuable platform for cultural development and community-based arts programs in the region," said Professor Paul Carter.
"It proposes a five-year association built around three programs that explore landscape and ecology, music and environment, and storytelling as place-making."
Held annually in Hamilton, Sheepvention is a world renowned event attracting over 25,000 visitors each year. Showcasing a huge variety of exhibitors including agricultural industry traders, competitions, community groups, food and wine, entertainment, education providers and government departments, this year saw the biggest crowds in the events history.
For the first time, Deakin this year joined forces with South West TAFE to promote the University. As the only higher education provider at Sheepvention, our stall was met with great enthusiasm and a huge number of visitors, particularly on the opening day. Our attendance at Sheepvention was also complimented by two scooters advertising Open Day around Hamilton.
We were thrilled with the interest in Deakin courses and the positive feedback we received.