Hello everyone!

I’m a late addition to the 2018 USASA board but I hope to make some impact. Check out my profile on the USASA student board page to find out a little about me.

It’s been a stressful time of year but I managed to find some spare time to head over to UniTopia at City West. I had a blast talking to people, eating some delicious cold rolls and patting some cute dogs!

Aside from my attendance at the USASA monthly board meeting, I got to experience an Academic Board Meeting. It was very interesting experience; if you catch me, you should ask what my highlight was.

Feel free to contact me through my email: tracq002@mymail.unisa.edu.au.

I’m more than happy to answer any questions, queries or just have a chat!

Well that’s my October! Hopefully everyone is getting through exams okay!

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USASA October Board Report

Hey everyone,

Hopefully everyone’s exam preparations are going well and if you have already done your exams, hope you went well. This October i was upto numerous things.

Finance Committee meeting was intended to be held during the month but it got cancelled, alongside clubs committee meeting and education committee meeting. I therefore attended the board meeting, academic board meeting and convened the governance committee.

During the governance committee, the committee members discussed where do we go from here with regards to constitutional reviews and which sections of the constitution are a must for immediate review. There was also some discussion around the election and how certain positions should only be voted by a specific sub group of the student population.

At the Board Meeting, there was little to discuss as the Board is currently under caretaker mode and therefore the board meeting was a very quick one. Again the main topic of discussion was around merger threshold.

At the academic board meeting, the main point of discussion was again about the merger and about the newer version of the APPM. The changes to the APPM were not too broad as the major review period for the APPM is next year.

I also attended the preclusion inquiry for City East and again it was an important thing that a student was present and an active contributor to the discussion; so as to enable the committee  to arrive at the best possible  outcome for both the student and the university.

That is all from me this time!

October report – City East UG rep

Howdy everyone!

I suppose the majority of our City Easters are in SP5; which means the final exam preps are in full swing! We are almost there, good luck to all of us! 😀

USASA

As busy as our academic life could be, USASA gets our back. With UniTopia rolled out over the four campuses, I hope everyone had a chance to kick back and refuel our steaming brain, enjoying free foods and fun activities.

Club Award was another social/ recognition event I attended with my club fellows and USASA board members. Congratulations to the winner and applaud to all the wonderful works that each club brought to the campus over the year. It was a joyous night – highly recommend your attendance next year 😉

Squeezing in between USASA social events, there was, of course, a student election for the 2019 board. I had a great honour to be supported by the City Easters and elected to continue on with my role as the City East UG rep — thank you so very much!

That is all from me for the October month. As usual, I’m all ears for any suggestion and concern from you; so please pass them along at tanpy045@mymail.unisa.edu.au.

Until my next report, wish everyone the very best of luck for finals and take care!

 

Postgrad Rep Report October

First of all, I’d like to congratulate our incoming student representatives for next year, especially our future Postgrad Representative, Nida Baig. Well done Nida – see you at board retreat! I am also excited and honoured to be serving as the Magill Campus postgrad representative for 2019; I can’t wait to help make Magill a vibrant and pleasant campus, as Ryan has done so well this year.

The other big news this month was of course the end of the merger discussions. I know some students were exited about the potential benefits of the merger and may be disappointed to hear it is not going ahead. However, I am confident that the decision was made in the best interests of UniSA students, and was based on a realistic appraisal of the risks and benefits. I know that UniSA and USASA will continue to grow and improve, and I look forward to working with you all next year to help shape the university we want for the future.

Finally, if you are commencing or in the middle of your PhD, I highly recommend you come along to the transformed PhD presentation and Q&A with Professor Pat Buckley, either at Magill on Wednesday 21st or at City West on Friday 23rd. It’s an opportunity to find out how the new structure will affect your candidature and your study experience at UniSA.

This includes the introduction of the viva/thesis defense. So remember:

thesis offense

Activity Report

12/10/18 – UniSA Council Meeting

16/10/18 – USASA Board Meeting

22/10/18 – UniSA Council Meeting

25/10/18 – UniSA Council Meeting

Upcoming Events

13/11/18 – UniSA Council Performance meeting with Chancellor

13/11/18 – UniSA Council Luncheon

20/11/18 – USASA Board Meeting

20/11/18 – transformed PhD – “Where are We At?” – presentation and Q&A with Professor Pat Buckley (Dean: Graduate Studies)

27/11/18 – Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee Meeting

Magill Undergraduate Rep October Report

October and the start of November have been a busy time for the NUS Books Not Bombs campaign, and I participated in a bunch of rallies and events alongside other students.

Also, this October a couple of discussions and meetings with pro vice chancellor Joanne Cys and Program Director of the Bachelor of Arts Jonathan Crichton were able to confirm that two courses with significant ATSI content (HUMS 1053 Colonial Experiment: Australian History 1788 – 1918 and COMM 2060 Communication, Culture and Indigenous Australians) would not be cut, and following these meetings all MBAA students got an email on October 8th confirming that both courses would be available as part of second year History and Cultural studies.

Say NO to Lockheed Martin (October 17th)

This demo was organised by Adelaide Uni students involved in the NUS Books not Bombs campaign against the announced deal between their uni and Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms manufacturer. It was good to have students and staff from both UniSA and Flinders in attendance, since we’re facing a lot of the same kinds of collaboration: the CEO of Lockheed Martin sits on the UniSA Defence and Systems Institute Advisory Committee. A member of the NTEU at UniSA also spoke at the demo.

Close The Camps, Bring Them Here: Medical Emergency On Nauru (October 19th)

I chaired this snap action, which followed several senior medical staff being deported from Nauru and the Médecins Sans Frontières being booted from the island.

Since then, a number of children have been brought from Nauru to Adelaide. I think this highlights the importance of campaigning for the university to establish a scholarship for refugees on temporary or bridging visas. Currently the university only has a scholarship for students of a refugee background, but certain specific visa conditions which deny access to HECS-HELP mean that a more substantial scholarship is required for students on these visas.

I would like to draft a proposal as soon as possible, so anyone who wants to be involved please email me at giltp002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Walk Together and Unity Festival (October 20th)

A good chance to promote the NUS Against Racism campaigns.

World Teachers Day Rally – Public Schools, Preschools & TAFE (October 26th)

A groups of UniSA students headed straight from the USASA and NUS election campaign trail to the World Teachers Day rally, which had hundreds of teachers from across the public system rallying as part of their Enterprise Bargaining Agreements and against the closure of TAFE campuses by the state government. School teachers have come to a bunch of university student rallies against cuts and fee hikes in the past, and they appreciated the solidarity shown in return.

Don’t Dump on SA Rally (November 3rd)

The campaign against the Coalition government’s plan to dump nuclear waste in SA has been building connection with the local Books not Bombs campaign. One need only look at the resume of our former chancellor Jim McDowell to see the connections between the nuclear and weapons industries. There was good support for Books not Bombs petitions at the rally, and one of the key activists involved in the anti-dump campaign has been asked to speak at the Books not Bombs end of year drinks and contribute to an upcoming newsletter. At the rally, Vivianne McKenzie, an Adnyamathanha woman, spoke powerfully against the dump, as did MUA SA Branch Secretary and President of SA Unions Jamie Newlyn.

Pride March (November 10th)

Both a celebration and an ongoing battle: a year after marriage equality was won there is still so much to fight for, with “religious freedoms” used as a thin disguise for the bigotry. As the Magill representative, it is particularly important to speak-up against homophobic and transphobic exemptions for employers, since so many teaching and social work students at Magill will go on to work for religious employers.

Upcoming:

Books not Bombs’ end of year drinks (November 15th)

A way to cap off the year so far, there’ll be staff and students from UniSA, Adelaide and Flinders there, and encourage people to come along and check out what the campaign has been up to from 6pm at the Exeter balcony.

Organising for NUS protest against racism and fascism (December 5th)

This December a couple of fascists (Gavin McInnes and Tommy Robinson) are coming to Adelaide, and I’ve been organising with NUS to have a protest against them. These protests are important if we’re going to stop the far-right from growing, and build the confidence of anti-fascist forces.

There has unfortunately been far-right propaganda appearing on campus: anti-migrant stickers and “it’s ok to be white” posters, all part of a campaign to spread the lie that white people are the real victims of racism. I’m proposing that the USASA student board should take a stand against this by supporting in building the December 5 rally.

Poster policy

Currently the policy regarding postering on the USASA poster boards has some serious issues. Individual students can (rightly in my view) have their posters and flyers for roommates, study participants and theatre auditions approved quite easily on an ad-hoc basis. This is more difficult for a USASA affiliated club, and almost impossible for a NUS event, which usually requires specific board approval, despite USASA being an affiliate of NUS. This can even lead to the paradox that a club event, if also endorsed or hosted by NUS, can be harder to get approval for precisely because it involves an organisation to which USASA is affiliated.

Over the next month, I’d like to draft a clear policy on USASA poster boards. I think the default should be that NUS posters are able to postered, and I think greater flexibility for both student and clubs will contribute to the kinds of events that can be run and to life, even vibrancy, on campus.

Mawson Lakes Rep – October

Hello again everybody,

It’s that stressful time of year – I hope everyone is feeling as prepared as can be during these last few weeks, but hang in there cause you’re so close!!

This month has been a very eventful one, with the USASA elections for next years board taking place. It was an absolute honour being elected as your student president for 2019.

Other than heckling students for 8hrs a day on their way to JS library during election week I also got to enjoy attending the Club Awards Night to see some of the fantastic work and efforts of clubs over the year being recognised. USASA Clubs have been going from strength to strength in 2018 and I hope to see this positive growth continue next year.

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October:

  • 02/10/18 – UniTopia Volunteer Brief & Care Package Packing
  • 03/10/18 – Mawson Lakes Hungry Hump Day
  • 09/10/18 – ITEE Academic Review Appeals Meeting (MLK)
  • 09/10/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 09/10/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 10/11/18 – Academic Integrity Formal Inquiry (CW)
  • 10/10/18 – Mawson Lakes + Postgraduate Candidate Q&A
  • 11/11/18 – Academic Integrity Formal Inquiry (CW)
  • 11/10/18 – City East + International Candidate Q&A
  • 12/10/18 – USASA Club Awards Night
  • 16/10/18 – Mawson Lakes UniTopia
  • 16/10/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 18/10/18 – City West + President Candidate Q&A
  • 22/10/18 – 26/10/18 – Campaigning USASA Elections

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Coming up in November so far:

  • 05/11/18 – Meeting with USASA GM Daniel Randell
  • 05/11/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 14/11/18 – MLK Campus Advisory Group
  • 16/11/18 – Board Retreat Planning

Until next month, stay safe – look after yourself and your friends and feel free to get in contact with me with any suggestions/concerns/complaints at anytime and i’ll be more than happy to address them the best I can.

dixgl001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Kindest Regards,

Grace Dixon

City West – October 2018 Report – Bridget

Hey guys!

I’m writing this as I enjoy my first day of university holidays – what a great feeling! I know I’m one of the very few lucky ones at this stage, so I hope everyone is feeling confident during exam time.

On the 16th of October we had our USASA board meeting, where we spent our time discussing USASA brand awareness and USASA in the middle of the merger discussions. For those of you who are unaware – an email would have been sent to you in your Student Emails this month regarding the merger decision. After months of discussion, it has been decided that the merger will not go ahead. I’d like to say a thank you to everyone who took part in the merger process, and made their voice heard as a student. It has been great engaging with you throughout this process, and has given USASA a greater understanding of the thoughts and needs of students around this topic.

Also on the 16th, I attended the Governance Committee meeting, where we are working on improving the current USASA constitution. Not a lot of interesting stuff going on here to report on – but a bit of my homework has included reviewing some clauses of the constitution.

Finally, on October 22nd I was re-elected to the USASA board as City West Representative, and I would like to thank everyone who supported me during this time. USASA elections are a lot of fun – mostly because I always seem to make a lot of new friends and because I can have some pretty fun conversations with other people along the way.  I am really looking forward to next year, and am already putting together plans to engage with students at City West!

That’s all the important stuff for now, seeya next time!

Please contact me if you want to chat or have any questions. My email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Next Month:

20th USASA Board Meeting
Governance Committee Meeting

21th City West Handover Meeting, with 2019 rep

 

 

October 2018 – President’s Report

Hi everyone!

It’s that stressful time of year – I hope you’re all feeling prepared for any exams or final assessments that you have coming up, and best of luck to you all!
 This month has been a very eventful one, with the USASA elections for next years board taking place, ongoing meetings about ensuring the safety of students living in residential colleges, as well as the merger discussion finally coming to an end.

Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:
 
Club Awards Night
 
It was great to be able to attend and speak at the 2018 USASA Club Awards Night. It was a fantastic night which saw a significant increase in attendance on the same event the year before. USASA Clubs have been going from strength to strength in 2018, and it was great to see so many clubs rewarded for their hard work and contribution to university life. I was pleased to be able to present the award for club of the year to the UniSA Rainbow Club. It was great to see them awarded for their hard work and achievements in 2018, and I can’t wait to see what they and the rest of the student clubs achieve in 2019.
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Merger Discussion Update
After many months of discussion and careful consideration, it was decided on October 22 that the discussions about a potential merger would conclude due to being unable to reach agreement on threshold issues and strategic risks. While I am sure some of you are disappointed by this news, this is a decision which I fully support. The USASA merger consultation process has been a valuable lesson on how we can ensure better engagement from UniSA through managing change and communicating with students, and we will be able to move forward with Enterprise 25 in a way which takes seriously the needs and concerns of students and I look forward to USASA being a strong voice for UniSA students during this time of significant change.

USASA Elections
 
This month also saw the election of the 2019 USASA Student Board. Congratulations to all of those elected, I am confident that USASA will fare well moving forward. Thank you to all of the candidates for putting forward your ideas, and to the students for putting your support in the students you think will best represent you in 2019.
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Other things I’ve done this month:

  • 03/10/18 – UQ Staff – Student Partnerships Showcase
  • 04/10/18 – Magill Candidate Q&A
  • 04/10/18 – Meeting with Matt Boughey (UoA SRC President) and Linda Matthews (Chair of St Mark’s College Board)
  • 09/10/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 09/10/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 10/10/18 – Mawson Lakes + Postgraduate Candidate Q&A
  • 11/10/18 – Orientation Advisory Group Meeting
  • 11/10/18 – City East + International Candidate Q&A
  • 12/10/18 – UniSA Council Meeting
  • 12/10/18 – USASA Club Awards Night
  • 16/10/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 16/10/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 18/10/18 – City West + President Candidate Q&A
  • 19/10/18 – Meeting with Leo Jing and Bridget Laffy
  • 22/10/18 – UniSA Council Meeting
  • 24/10/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 25/10/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM), Nick Anderson (USASA Finance Advisor), and Arthur Siow (USASA Legal Advisor)
  • 26/10/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 27/10/18 – Academic Board Meeting
  • 30/10/18 – Handover planning meeting with Bridget Laffy

    What I’m up to next month:

 

  • 05/11/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 05/11/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 08/11/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity), Daniel Randell (USASA GM), and Grace Dixon (USASA President-elect)
  • 13/11/18 – UniSA Council Luncheon
  • 14/11/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 16/11/18 – Disability Action Plan Steering Group
  • 16/11/18 – City East Campus Advisory Group Meeting
  • 20/11/18 – USASA Governance Committee Meeting
  • 20/11/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 22/11/18 – Reconciliation Action Plan Lunch
  • 23/11/18 – Manager Events & Clubs Shortlisting Meeting
  • 23/11/18 – Academic Board Meeting
  • 23/11/18 – Meeting with Richard Irons (Director: SAS) and Grace Dixon (USASA President-elect)
  • 27/11/18 – Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee Meeting
  • 27/11/18 – Meeting with Brendan Hughes (Director: SEU), Daniel Randell (USASA GM), and Grace Dixon (USASA President-elect)
  • 28/11/18 – Manager Events & Clubs Interviews
  • 29/11/18 – Manager Events & Clubs Interviews
  • 29/11/18 – Meeting with Pauline Carr (UniSA Chancellor)

    That’s all for now. If in the meantime you’d like to get in contact for any reason, feel free to send me an email at mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu.

Mawson Lakes October report – Sneha M

Hey everyone,

This month has been pretty quiet for me, owing to October being a super busy month filled with looming deadlines for assignments:(

On the 12th, there was the USASA club awards night. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made it awesome! The event was successful and deserving clubs were awarded and appreciated. To the clubs that did not win, do not be disheartened as your efforts are always recognised and much appreciated! Keep doing what you can for your own little club community and continue making an impact:)

On the 16th, it was my birthday! Hehe, but we had our board meeting for the month that evening. The clubs report and USASA’s brand awareness survey responses were discussed. We hope to make more of you aware of USASA’s services so that we can serve you better!

That is all from me for now, all the very best for all your remaining assignments and all your upcoming exams:)

Mount Gambier – October 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

October was an extremely busy month for your Mount Gambier representative! As I am studying primary teaching, my second year placement began on the 15th of October and took a lot of my time and energy away from my USASA role.

However, I still managed to show my face at events such as the Social Club Meeting on the 4th of October and the Movie Night on the 5th of October.

THE MAIN EVENT of the month, my baby, my precious UNITOPIA occurred on Wednesday the 10th October. At the event were numerous attractions such as dogs to pet, take seflies with and even just to chill with which were supplied by the Blue Lake Obedience Dog Club. Free food which was made up of Subway wraps, subs and cookies, as well as fruit platters from Coles filled the students bellies. The booking sheet for free massages by Green Bamboo Massage filled in minutes as students were keen to relieve some stress during SP5. Pot A Plant involved pots and succulents supplied by Bunnings Mount Gambier, as well as a number of donated second hand cups and mugs. The main attraction of the day was the Zen Zone which was filled with bean bags, mentos, origami pages, playdough and a zen vibe. A LOT of positive feedback came back from that day which was great to here as A LOT of time, effort, sweat and tears went into that day. To see the smile on the students faces as the dogs walked into the university, and the stress that was relieved during the day was the goal that I wanted to achieve with this event. Student wellbeing is a huge concern that must be addressed more frequently, and I hope the future Mount Gambier representative feels the same.

The rest of the month was spent being Miss Gogel at Saint Martins Lutheran College therefore I have nothing else to write about in regards to my USASA duties.

Any questions or concerns, you know where to find me:

Goggp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

Upcoming Activities:

6th November – Diversity, Equity and Access Committee Meeting

20th November – USASA Board meeting

24th November – UniSA Mt Gambier End of Year Ball