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Warrnambool Graduations

The 2014 Deakin University graduation ceremonies began successfully in Warrnambool on the 27th 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 paper The Standard providing excellent coverage of the event and the many Graduation themed stories that were featured in the days following.

 

Please see the following links to the top stories:

Lyndu joins the Jennings campus connection

Louise studies through the darkness

Anthony returns to claim his reward

 

Fibre Roll-out Launch

Deakin University Recently welcomed a new fibre optic connection that will allow a broader range of subjects to be offered and strengthen research capacity at its Warrnambool Campus. Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander joined Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine and Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan at the official launch of the Victorian Government’s $10 million high-speed broadband roll-out. 



“The new fibre network will mean Warrnambool is no longer constrained by its geographic location,” Professor den Hollander said. “Deakin has been one of the key campaigners for this important regional project over past four years.  Deakin’s Chief Digital Officer and iTnews Chief Information Office of the Year, William Confalonieri, said the new connection would help expand the highly successful Deakin at your Doorstep program, which uses cloud and location-based teaching to deliver a range of programs to students in remote campuses.

 



Premier Denis Napthine announces Warrnambool roll-out

 

NRAS Accomodation Offically Opened

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander today joined Victorian Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine and Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan near the banks of the Hopkins River at the official launch of the new $12.7 million, 102-bed student accommodation complex.“Providing comfortable, affordable and conveniently located accommodation is closely tied to student success and a factor in attracting new students to Warrnambool and Deakin,” she said. 

 



Premier Denis Napthine tours the new facility

The project has been supported by Federal Government funding of $38 million through the National Rental Affordability Scheme and a Regional Infrastructure Development Fund grant of $10.275 million from the State Government. This funding has also supported the building of new accommodation at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong.Head of the Warrnambool Campus Professor Gerry Quinn said the new accommodation would benefit the campus and the local community.



Premier Denis Napthine Official opens the new residences

 

The Case of Machu Picchu

The Deakin Lecture Series continued in March with a talk by Dr Jean-Jacques Decoster, Professor of Anthropology from the University San Antonio Abad, and Director of the Museum Machu Picchu of Casa Concha, in Cusco, Peru. Dr Decoster explained the complex issues of cultural heritage ownership, in the case of the collection of materials excavated in Machu Picchu at the beginning of the 20th century and recently returned to the Museum in his care. Machu Picchu is noted as an iconic example of South American pre-colonial architecture and model of the prominence of the Inca civilisation. It was ignored for centuries before being brought to the attention of the Western World in 1912 by Hiram Bingham and the Yale/National Geographic Peru expedition.



This was the start of an incredible journey for the collection of archaeological materials, excavated from the site, which spent nearly 100 years in the Peabody Museum at Yale University, before their successful return in 2011. The social anthropologist’s talk covered the importance of Machu Picchu and the history of the various discoveries, the place it occupies in the Peruvian imaginary, and the politics of power and control that underlay the story of this collection and its devolution.

 

 

Close the Gap Day

On Thursday the Warrnambool Civic Green will host local Close the Gap activities from 11am to 2pm. The program includes health checks, music, games, dancing, painting and food in what will be a strong line-up of entertainment to promote the message of good health. South West Healthcare will be the event driver, supported by the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative, Kirrae Health Service, the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group, Brophy Family & Youth Services, Deakin University, Headspace Warrnambool, OzChild, Playgroup Victoria, Victoria Police, Warrnambool City Council and Warrnambool College. 


Deakin staff Terri Redpath, Shelley Hannigan & Norma Barrett

Close the Gap is a national action plan to bridge the difference between indigenous and non-indigenous health levels through spreading community information. The Close the Gap day will also include free children’s entertainment, with a barbecue lunch available.

 

Warrnambool Leaders Lunch

The first of the Institue of Company Directors Leaders Luncheons was recently held in Warrnambool. Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Michael Carroll, Deakin University Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Jane den Hollander and South West Credit Union deputy chairman Robert Lane sat on the panel at the Luncheon, which attracted about 75 members of the Warrnambool and district business community. The panel of directors discused
the key known challenges facing directors and identify potential unforseen issues, which boards need to be aware of both locally and nationally in the next 12 to 18 months. 



Touching on issues such as the following;
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Strategy and risk
- Economy
- Organisational culture
- Board composition – moving beyond gender diversity
- The new government and regulatory change
- Technology and IT governance
- Reputation and brand

A Turkish View of Gallipoli

Gallipoli expert Dr John Basarin presented a talk at the Warrnambool City Centre talk as part of a project which will take 13 Warrnambool students to Gallipoli this year. Dr Basarin completed his PhD thesis at Deakin University entitled “Battlefield Tourism: Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli”, which investigated the motives of attendance at  the Anzac Day events at Gallipoli.

John Bassarin
Photo courtesy of the Warrnambool Standard

Secondary students from Warrnambool College, King’s College, Brauer College and Emmanuel College will join members from the Warrnambool RSL sub-branch in retracing the steps of Warrnambool and district forefathers on the Turkish battlefields as part of the First World War centenary period commemorations. Dr Basarin was the founding chairman of the Friends of Gallipoli and has been instrumental in providing an opportunity to many young students to go to Gallipoli and attend Anzac Day dawn and Lone Pine ceremonies since 2009.

 

Sustainable Living Festival

The Civic Green was even greener on Saturday February 22 with the Warrnambool Sustainable Living Festival on from 10am-3pm. The event demonstrated the ways in which ordinary Australians can make the change to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and to showcase local environmentally-friendly products and services. While most people understand what sustainability means, the festival bridges the gap between people's desire to be sustainable and knowing how to go about making it happen. Keynote speakers included Australia’s favourite hunter-gatherer and author of Whole Larder Love, Rohan Anderson, and sustainability motivator Ian McBurney.

 

bike n blend

Other free activities include:
• Sustainable fashion show
• Deakin's Bike N Blend Smoothies
• Tips on raising backyard chooks
• "Green" beer brewing workshop
• "Make your own" workshops - cordials, tea bags and cleaning products
• Environmentally-friendly arts and crafts
• Bike maintenance workshop
• Activities for the kids - insect touch-tanks, fishing for the future, recycled arts and crafts, henna tattoos

Sustainable Living Festival

 

West Kentucky Visitors

14 PhD and Honours students from Western Kentucky University have recently spent a week at Deakin in both Melbourne and Warrnambool. The idea for the exchange was fostered by Deakin’s education school coordinator at Warrnambool, Terri Redpath, and Communication Lecturer Dr Donna Schiess after they met at a conference in the United States in 2009. Their visit to Warrnambool is the pilot for what is hoped to be an exchange program between Deakin and Western Kentucky University.

The idea for the exchange was fostered by Deakin’s education school coordinator
at Warrnambool, Terri Redpath, and Dr Schiess after they met at a
conference in the United States in 200The idea for the exchange was fostered by Deakin’s education school coordinato


Visitng Students from West-Kentucky with Mayor Mike Neoh

 

Experience Deakin Day

Deakin University opened its doors and went into the heart of Warrnambool with its first Experience Deakin event on Tuesday 16 January. The free family fun day Experience Deakin was based at the Warrnambool Civic Green from 10am – 2pm and included free bus tours to the Sherwood Park campus.


 
It was the first event to celebrate Deakin University’s 40th anniversary which will be celebrated throughout 2014. Head of Campus professor Gerry Quinn said the new event was designed to attract local residents and tourists and introduce them to what is available at the campus. “It is part of our overall strategy to become more integrated into the community. We want the community to be more aware of what Deakin offers,” Professor Quinn said.



The event  included details about Deakin courses and research but will also had plenty of interactive fun activities, including musical entertainment, Deakin’s research vessel, the Yolla, face painting, bounce castle, arts, food and drinks.

 

 

 White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Foundation

White Ribbon is the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women. White Ribbon Australia is a non-profit organisation and Australia's only national, male-led primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women. In order to raise awareness of this years White Ribbon Day on November 25, Deakin have sponsored a ribbon wrapped tree in Warrnambools CBD. The tree will be wrapped between the 18 - 26 November.

Deakin White Ribbon Tree

Deakin White Ribbon Tree

 

 Deakin Experience Day

About 200 students from Warrnambool and Portland schools attended the Deakin Experience Day on October 15 to learn about university life. The Year 10 students from Brauer College, Portland College and Warrnambool College took part in the Deakin Engagement and Access Program at the Warrnambool Campus.
 
Deakin Experience Day

The Deakin Experience Day program had a specific focus on marine biology courses and also covered areas including journalism, health and education. The Deakin Engagement and Access Program (DEAP) is designed to improve access to university for students from diverse backgrounds and works with students from year 7 to year 12. The program aims to build on aspirations for students to consider university as a viable and achievable pathway, familiarise students with university pathways, support schools in preparing students for entry and success, and engage parents and carers to support young people in education.

Deakin Experince Day

The program aims to ensure that all students, regardless of their personal circumstances, have the opportunity to pathway into higher education. Students were involved in a series of activities, group presentations and tours while on the Campus. It is the first time a Deakin Engagement and Access Program has been held for multiple schools at the Campus.

 

 

Southern University Games

This year Deakin was proud to sponsor the Deakin student Basketball Team and help them attend the Southern University Games. Here is a report from the club on how they fared:

On July 6th, 2013 myself and seven other students from Deakin’s Warrnambool campus made our way to Ballarat for the Southern Uni Games to show Victoria just what we were made of. The week began poorly for us girls when we were thumped by RMIT in the first game of the week, however it did not break our determination to make ourselves heard in the league of basketball.The boys began their week playing the two top-seeded teams but nevertheless brought the guests an interesting spectacle albeit with straight losses.

Uni Games Basketball Boys

That night everyone put on their onesies and took to the city of Ballarat in furry style, filling out the Bluestone and socializing with those from other sports. We all trooped back to the stadium the next day for the second round of games, with Charlotte scoring her first points of her first season of basketball, a feat that was met with cheers and relief for Charlotte. Unfortunately Sam and Charlotte struggled with injuries during the games but still trudged on, never letting us down. Our team captain Haley made sure we still gave everything we had the following day, and became the most reliable player on the team when one of us might have been sick or injured.

Uni Games Basketball Girls

It is also to Haley we must give our thanks for being the forefront of organizing such a fantastic week for us and fundraising to make the experience more affordable. By the end of the week it was straight losses for everyone, until the boys’ last game where they finally scored themselves a win to ensure 14th place out of nineteen teams. The girls were not so lucky but still happy to take out the wooden spoon – more of a prize than almost all of the other teams got! Overall, this trip was an amazing experience for all of us, and it felt great to put Warrnambool on the map. Months on, we still cherish the memories we made and the fun we had together, and can’t wait for this opportunity to arise again.

 


Thank you for the support from Deakin and DUSA to make this all happen.
 

Discover the Wonders of Timor Street

From Stormwater Gully to Gaza Strip

Deakin University in partnership with the Warrnambool & District Historial Society present an illustrated talk  about the many changes which have occurred in Warrnambool’s most significant and interesting street: Timor St.

Historical Timor Street

Post-event wrap:

The "Discover the Wonders of Timor Street" presentation was a great success. Attendee numbers well exceeded expectations with extra chairs having to be brought in at the last minute. This is the beginning of a promising partnership between Deakin and the Warrnambool and District Historical Society, with plans for more presentations in the Deakin Lecture Series.

 


Crowd attending Deakin Lecture

Deakin Lecture Series

Ride2Work Day

Thank you to all who braved the ride in the  blustery cross wind and turned out in force at the Warrnambool Art Gallery for Ride2Work Day. Over 150 people turned up to enjoy a healthy breakfast served up by the East Warrnambool Rotary club. The most notable effort was the couple who rode all the way from Port Fairy! An amazing effort.

Ride2Work Deakin
Team Deakin at Ride2Work Day

Upwelling Festival Portland

Deakin University is once again a proud sponsor of the Upwelling Festival. The Bonney Upwelling is a seven month long natural ocean occurrence where krill form dense swarms up to a kilometer in length. These exceptional feeding conditions trigger a feeding frenzy of tuna, crayfish, giant crabs, squid, fish, seabirds, seals and whales.

Upwelling Festival

An incredibly rich ecological food web, the Bonney Upwelling is at its greatest off the coast of Portland and is the cornerstone of the lucrative local fishing and tourism industries. Held on the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup the Upwelling Festival celebrates the unique features of Portland, in particular the Bonney Upwelling.

Upwelling Festival

The free festival began in 2009 with the inaugural event attracting thousands of locals and visitors.
The festival is held on the town's foreshore and incorporates the traditional "Blessing of the Fleet" ritual to begin the fishing season, a street parade, markets, live entertainment & a series of Marine Environment talks (168 KB). So if you are looking for a great family festival, make sure you keep the Melbourne Cup Weekend free and head down to the Portland foreshore on Saturday.

 

Making Tracks: Stories of Immigration

You are invited to attend the exhibition Making Tracks: Stories of Immigration to the South West, at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village between 26 October and 8 December, 2013.
Making Tracks invitation

This exhibition is mounted by students undertaking the Applied Community Project unit of study as part of the Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences and the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin University, Warrnambool. Within this stunning exhibition the students draw on objects, photos and text tell the personal stories of four people or families who have immigrated to the Western District of Victoria.

 

Making Tracks: Stories of Immigration
Please find attached an invitation to attend the exhibition Making Tracks: Stories of Immigration to the South West,   at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village between 26 October and 8 December, 2013. This exhibition is mounted by students undertaking the Applied Community Project unit of study as part of the Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences and the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin University, Warrnambool. Within this stunning exhibition the students draw on objects, photos and text tell the personal stories of four people or families who have immigrated to the Western District of Victoria. The students and I would be delighted if you would attend the exhibition at some point.

 

Monkey Grip: Lisa Roet

Melbourne-based artist Lisa Roet is internationally recognised for producing works of art using primates as her central theme and inspiration. Including sculpture, etchings, drawings, photography and animation, this exhibition displays the committed and multidisciplinary approach Roet brings to her ongoing preoccupation with apes and monkeys.

Monkey Grip image
(Chimpanzee Finger (2003), Bronze, 145 x 55 cm, Edition 6, Deakin University Art Collection)

Monkey Grip highlights the role of the artist as a researcher and advocate with a thematic drive that advances the close proximities and perplexing relationship between simian and human. Isolation, confinement, criminality, genetic proximity, communication systems, science fiction and humour are just some of the themes and issues explored by the artist in her richly layered practice spread over 20 years.

Monkey Grip image
(Orangutan Foot No.4 (2010), Charcoal and Conte paper, 202 x 303 cm)

Curated by Victor Griss, Curator, Deakin University, Lisa Roet: Monkey Grip is a poignant exposé of our closest relatives and a timely reminder of their ongoing significance in a rapidly shrinking world. This exhibition of sculpture, etchings, drawings, photography and animation runs from 19 October 2013 to 2 February 2014 at The WAG.

 

Melbourne-based artist Lisa Roet is internationally recognised for producing works of art using primates as her central theme and inspiration. Including sculpture, etchings, drawings, photography and animation, this exhibition displays the committed and multidisciplinary approach Roet brings to her ongoing preoccupation with apes and monkeys. Monkey Grip highlights the role of the artist as a researcher and advocate with a thematic drive that advances the close proximities and perplexing relationship between simian and human. Isolation, confinement, criminality, genetic proximity, communication systems, science fiction and humour are just some of the themes and issues explored by the artist in her richly layered practice spread over 20 years.
Curated by Victor Griss, Curator, Deakin University, Lisa Roet: Monkey Grip is a poignant exposé of our closest relatives and a timely reminder of their ongoing significance in a rapidly shrinking world

Ride2Work Day

Come join Australia's biggest celebration of commuter riding, Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 16 October 2013. Last year 113 people felt the benefits of leaving their car at home. Some participants travelled over an hour to attend, improving their fitness and doing their bit to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Registration is FREE and a FREE breakfast will be served at the Warrnambool Art Gallery from 7:00 - 9:30am.

Ride2Work Day

Regional Design Awards

Regional design talent was put on display at the recent presentation of the inaugural o2 Media Regional Design Awards at Deakin on Timor. Designers, photographers and illustrators from across regional Victoria participated in the awards, which were staged in 2013 for the first time.

Matthew Allen opens the evening
Professor Matthew Allen (Head of School of Communication & Creative Arts) opening the 2013 Regional Design Awards

A total of 53 entries were received from across the state, with Traralgon agency, The View From Here, taking out four of the five categories. o2 Media Director Karen Foster said organisers were thrilled with the level of response to the awards, the aim of which was to highlight the creative talents of regional Victorians.
Renowned regional Victorian Illustrator Ben Sanders, currently of Ballarat, but soon to reside in Bolivia, was guest speaker.

Winning entries were:
Emerging Talent (Sponsored by Deakin University)
Jackson McCulloch – University of Ballarat

Digital Media (sponsored by Telstra Countrywide)
John Calabro - The View From Here – Traralgon

Identity (Sponsored by AGIdeas)
John Calabro - The View From Here – Traralgon

Print Media (Sponsored by KingPrint Ballarat)
John Calabro - The View From Here – Traralgon

Image Creation (Sponsored by Regional Development Australia)
John Calabro - The View From Here – Traralgon

Winning team from The View From Here
The team from The View From Here in front of their winning Identity entry for 'Cutting Force'

The awards also provided important opportunity for designers to connect, network and create new collaborative opportunities.
The inaugural o2 Media Design Awards were open to any Graphic Designer, Photography or Illustrator living or working/studying in regional Victoria.
Plans are already underway for the 2014 awards.

VCCCAR Climate Change Think Tank

The impact of climate change on fisheries and marine environments was looked at by a think tank in Warrnambool this week.

Hopkins River

The Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research hosted the event at Deakin on Timor, in conjunction with Deakin University and the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority. Head of Warrnambool Campus, Professor Gerry Quinn said the workshop looked at options for adapting fishing industries to the likely effects of climate change.

Climate change Think Tank

Two key outcomes were the need for better long term information on key fish stocks, including southern rock lobster and abalone, and stronger links between research and the industry. He said some of those links were already happening succesfully between Deakin University and the abalone industry.

Meet the Professions

The Faculty of Business and Law recently held its annual "Meet the Professions" evening.

Meet the Professions Event

The focus of the event was a Q&A session held between people working in various business and law professions and current Deakin Students. The evening was well attended by over 100 students, alumni and business professionals. 

Meet the Professions Event

Students received insights and guidance from panel members and key people within the Warrnambool community. The night also featured the presentation of four awards (from Sinclair Wilson and Warrnambool Cheese and Butter) to student internship award winners.

National Tree Planting Day

National Tree Planting day was recently held to celebrate National Tree Day to assist with biodiversity conservation and contribute to offsetting some of Deakin’s greenhouse gas emissions as part of the implementation of the Deakin University Sustainability Plan.

Tree planting Warrnambool

At the Warrnambool Campus, the plantings supplement the previously planted swampy woodland habitat along the Hopkins River frontage. Despite the inclement conditions a number of staff and students contributed to the planting of over 600 native seedlings. All were rewarded with a well-deserved free BBQ lunch!

Tree planting Warrnambool

Future Leaders of Industry Portland

The Warrnambool Campus recently hosted the Future Leaders of Industry Portland for their Presentation Development Day.

Gerry Quinn addresses Portland students

Head of Campus Gerry Quinn addresses Portland students

Portland's Future Leaders of Industry Scholarship program is aimed at encouraging Portland and Heywood students to consider the many and varied career opportunities available in local industry. The program was born of Portland Aluminium's need to consider future workplace planning. The student's visit to Deakin provided them with a valuable introduction to the Warrnambool Campus. They were given a campus overview by Head of Campus Professor Gerry Quinn and participated in a "Race around Deakin." The students worked on presentations around their experiences as Future Leaders which will be presented to industry representatives at a Graduation Breakfast in Portland.

Tammy van Wisse - Going the Distance

Deakin on Timor recently hosted Deakin Alumni seminar and Networking Event. Presented by Australian marathon swimming legend and multiple world record holder, Ms Tammy van Wisse, guests heard the extraordinary story of this truly remarkable athlete and environmentalist and were encouraged and inspired to ‘go the distance’ to reach thier full potential.



Tammy van Wisse has conquered some of the world's longest, deepest and coldest waterways, clocking up an astonishing 65,000 kilometres, which is equivalent to one and a half times around the planet. Armed with the same energy and dedication as she puts into her incredible swimming career, Tammy brought a truly unique and inspiring presentation that entertained as it informed, and inspired as it motivated.

Tammy van Wisse

 

Sheepvention 2013

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.

Sheepvention

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, a huge number of visitors and course enquiries. Deakin's community ties in the Hamilton area continue to stengthen.
 

We were thrilled with the interest in Deakin courses and the positive feedback we received.

Warrnambool Business Festival

August is Business Month in Warrnambool!

Building on from the success of last year, the Festival aims to build business knowledge, skills and opportunities in Warrnambool, Moyne and the Great South Coast region.
Held over the month of August, the Festival features 29 exciting business events that cover a range of business topics from practical business advice and information to motivational well known guest speakers. Deakin on Timor will be hosting two Deakin generated events.

 Warrnambool Business Festival

Prospects for Europe in 2013 & Beyond

Join Deakin Graduate School of Business Professor of Economics Pasquale Sgro for lunch where he will discuss the ongoing impact of the GFC and the Euro Zone crisis. On the back of the GFC and sovereign debt issues in the Euro Zone, the risks to European economic recovery are high. 26.3 million Europeans are out of work and youth unemployment is over 25% in countries like Spain. Is a smaller and more integrated Euro Zone the only viable solution?Pasquale Sgro has taught at the universities of Southampton, Bologna, Florence, Bordeaux and John Hopkins University Bologna centre in Masters and PhD programs and has written several books and articles.12-1pm - Lecture presentation, 1-2pm - Networking and stand up lunch. Register Here.

Doing the right thing by your business - Know the law

If you are already employing staff or plan to in the future, come along to hear about employee rights and your obligations as an employer. The process of recruitment, employee pay and conditions, life events such as parenthood and ultimate departure from the business though dismissal, retirement or redundancy must be managed in accordance with the law. But how do you know if you are doing the right thing?Find out what state and federal laws apply as soon as you employ staff and get your questions answered by a panel from the Fair Work Ombudsman's office and local employment law experts at this free forum. Register Here.

 

Waves Gala Ball

For one night in July, Deakin on Timor, The Warrnambool Art Gallery and The Lighthouse Theatre are all united by an expansive marquee.

 Waves Gala Ball

The second annual Waves Gala Ball attracted 430 people to Warrnambool’s Civic Green to raise money for Peter’s Project. The Ball raised over $28,000 for the Peter’s Project campaign for a South-west cancer centre. Attendees including Premier Dr Denis Napthine and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, enjoyed fantastic live music and a three-course meal.

Waves Gala Ball

There were also live and silent auctions, with donated items up for grabs including a boat trip to Lady Julia Percy Island, golf course memberships, accommodation packages and a fully-catered Christmas party for 50 people donated by Deakin on Timor.

Science, Engineering & Technology Challenge 2013

The Great South Coast Science & Engineering Challenge was recently held in Deakin Warrnambool's Riverview Cafe. Students from Brauer College, King's College, Warrnambool College, Portland Secondary College and Casterton Secondary College competed in the nationwide outreach program lead by the University of Newcastle in conjunction with various partners and sponsors. The Challenge is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.

Students participating in Science Challenge activities

The students participated in a range of exiting hands-on activities that are designed to demonstrate the varied and practical elements of a career in the disciplines of science and engineering.

Students participating in Science Challenge activities

Brauer College were the overall winners but given the high level of enthusiasm shown by all in attendance, the prize of ten iPad Mini's (donated by Telstra & eSolutions) was split evenly between all five participating schools.

Winning school Brauer College

Winning School Brauer College

The inaugural Science Challenge was officially launched the night prior at Deakin on Timor

Bill Mundy of Telstra getting hands on with a catapult model

Bill Mundy of Telstra getting hands-on with a catapult model

This gave those running the challenge from Newcastle University, Deakin's School of Life & Environmental Science and Rotary a chance to meet the event sponsors and for everyone to get an understanding of the aims of the challenge.

Sponsors and staff at Science Challenge Launch

Sponsors and staff at Science Challenge Launch

Rotary Deakin Award 2013

Each year the Rotary Club of Warrnambool generously offers a scholarship to either a second, third, fourth year or Honours student. This award of $1000 is made to a Deakin Warrnambool campus student who

  • has been making good academic progress
  • is involved in some way in community or student service
  • who might benefit financially from the award

Greg Wood presents Stephen his award

Professor Greg Wood informed the meeting that Stephen is now in his third year of his Teacher Education program. He came to the course as a mature age student after a career in youth work, including time with Brophy Family and Youth Services. Since beginning his studies at Deakin, Stephen has been involved in a mentoring program linking Deakin and Warrnambool College. He has been on a student panel for orientation week speaking to new students, and volunteers his time outside of university helping with students in need at Warrnambool Primary School.
He also volunteers with interschool sports events and this year is coaching the Warrnambool College Athletics team through to the regional level.
Stephen also helps coordinate and runs a Sunday children's program. He is the very proud father of four children with two children in primary and two in secondary school, and works a number of part-time jobs to keep afloat.
Stephen has been able to maintain an excellent academic record throughout his course. Rotary President John Nisbet presented Stephen with a cheque and certificate of recognition. Stephen responded, expressing his thanks to Rotary for making a difference in his life and hoped that he too, might make a difference in the lives of the children he will teach in the future.

Robert Burns Festival 2013

Deakin Warrnambool is once again proud to sponsor the Robert Burns Scottish Festival.

Robert Burns Festival Information

Held in venues across Camperdown, visitors will enjoy the wide range of Scottish cultural activities across the town including the Deer Stalkers Ball, workshops, poetry readings, children’s traditional games, markets, highland dancing, musical performances, whisky tasting and piping contests. Festival Program (2 MB) 

Festival performers

Tickets have gone on sale for the festival, which boasts more than 40 events across the weekend.

For ticketing and more information visit:
http://www.camperdownburnsfestival.com/

Breakfast with Gai Waterhouse

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.

Intimate Breakfast Setting

Hosted by local racing historian Zeb Armstrong of A Turf Fascination, Gai entertained the crowd with stories of life at the track. 

Gai entertains crowd

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 wcc@deakin.edu.au

Deakin on Timor Information (6 MB)

Deakin Staff with Gai

 

 

Regional Victoria Living Expo 2013

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.

RVL

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

More info visit rdv.vic.gov.au/expo

Warrnambool Graduations

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.

Graduation

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.

Please see the following links to the top stories:

Hard work pays off for 200 Warrnambool students

Teacher returns to class at Warrnambool University

Never too late for study, says refugee Otha

Stephanie's all business (109 KB)

 

Beacon Student Induction Day

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. 

Beacon Students

(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 Presentation

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.

Beacon Foundation

International Women's Day

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. 

International Women's Day

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.

Inernational Women's Day

Thank you to all who atttended and to Bernie for her engaging and uplifting message.

Inernational Women's Day

Relay for Life 2013

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

Relay For Life 2013

(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.

Warrnambool City Centre - Deakin on Timor Launch

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.

Vice-Chancellor opening the Warrnambool City Centre

(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.

Warrnambool City Centre - Deakin on Timor

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.

Warrnambool City Centre function room

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 wcc@deakin.edu.au

Deakin University / Warrnambool Art Gallery MOU Launch

August 2012

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."


Deakin Universityand Warrnambool Art Gallery MOU signing  Deakin and Warrnambool Art Galelry MOU signing

Sheepvention

August 2012

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.

Sheepvention 2012 stall image

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