June 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a successful exam period, and I wish everyone well now that results have started rolling out. If you have any issues or concerns with your final grades, are unsure of university policy, or would like an assignment re-marked, then you can contact USASA’s Advocacy Team here, who are experts in academic policies and procedures, and can provide you with free and confidential advice.

This month has seen the resignation of both Diana Wong, as well as Izik Nehow. I wish them both the best with their future studies and thank them their contributions to USASA. I welcome the new International Student Representative – Luke Le, as well as the new Mawson Lakes Representative – Jivan Jothi, both of whom I look forward to working with throughout the remainder of the year.


Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:

SSAF Stall (Mawson Lakes) –

On Tuesday the 6th of June, I had the chance to get on campus and talk to Mawson Lakes students about SSAF, and to hear all of your great ideas about how you’d like it spent. It was slightly disappointing that as usual, I was the only Mawson Lakes Representative in attendance, but it was great to be joined by USASA President Kayla Dickeson. Many students engaged in the discussions about SSAF, and several students have consequently contacted me about their ideas. If you’d like to further contribute to this discussion, I’ll be back on campus on the 27th of July, and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

These students would like to see SSAF go towards healthy food options, as well as donuts and pizza. ¿por qué no los dos?

Sea and Vines Festival –

On the 11th of June, I was lucky enough to be one of the hosts of USASA’s Sea and Vines Festival Event. It was a great day, where we experienced the beautiful Coriole and Leconfield vineyards. It was great to see so many people come along and have the chance to enjoy the great food and wine, as well as making new friends. I’d like to give a shoutout to everyone who was involved in making the day a success, especially Tegan and Lidia. I’d also like to thank USASA’s Postgraduate Representative – Louise Kyriaki for delivering the bangers on our bus ride home.


Welfare Committee Meeting – 

On 31st of May, I attended the first meeting of the newly established Welfare Committee. At the meeting we discussed the Brekkie Bar, which currently runs on Wednesday mornings at Mawson Lakes. It is unfortunate that due to an unsustainable funding model, the Brekkie Bar in its current form will not be able to continue, but I have committed to volunteering to provide this service for Mawson Lakes students for the remainder of the year, with the new Mawson Lakes Representative – Jivan Jothi. The committee is currently exploring potential options for what a Brekkie Bar looks like from next year onwards. This will be a key focus area for me for the remainder of the year, as I understand the importance of student welfare, as well as ensuring that the services we provide deliver for students.


Other things I’ve been up to:

  • USASA Board Meeting – 05/06/17
  • Student Catch-ups – 13/06/17
  • Meeting with Kayla Dickeson – 22/06/17
  • Meeting with Jivan Jothi – 26/06/17


What I’ve got planned for next month: 

NUS Education Conference –

This years NUS Education Conference is being hosted by the University of Queensland Union from the 3rd to the 7th of July, with the purpose of the conference being to discuss national policy around higher education with other student leaders, as well as workshops, and presentations which give student representatives the opportunity to up-skill, and strengthen the student union movement nationally.


Other things I’ve got planned:

  • Mawson Lakes Master Plan meeting – 30/06/17
  • Clubs Committee Meeting – 10/07/17
  • USASA Board Meeting – 11/07/17
  • UniMentor Training Program – 12/07/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – 13/07/17
  • Mawson Lakes SSAF Event – 27/07/17
  • Student Catch-ups with Jivan Jothi – TBA
  • Meeting with Zoe Zweck and Delene Weber – TBA

That’s all for now, if you see me on campus then come and say hey! In the meantime if you have any issues or concerns feel free to send me an email on mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu



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