March 2018 Magill Board Report: Ryan Colsey

Hi folks! I hope you’ve all been keeping well!

March was not quite as busy as February, but it was still eventful nonetheless!

The month kicked off with the Clubs Welcome BBQ put together by Tegan and the USASA Staff. This was a great chance to meet with students from a variety of backgrounds and interests. This also gave me a good chance to meet several students from clubs based at Magill and discuss ways we can make life easier for clubs on campus.

The very next day I attended my first Magill Campus Advisory Group meeting, Continue reading

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March 2018 – President’s Report

Hi everyone!

Let me start out this month’s report by congratulating the newly-elected Mount Gambier Representative – Georgina Gogel. I’m sure Georgina will be a strong voice for Mount Gambier students, and I look forward to working with her to achieve her goals for 2018.

From Campus Fair events on all 4 metro campuses, to getting our plans for the year into action through the USASA Committees, this has been an extremely busy month for myself and the rest of the USASA team. I hope you’ve all been able to experience some of the fantastic changes around your campuses, including exciting new food vendors, improved student spaces, extended library hours, as well as student lockers at Mawson Lakes. USASA is and will continue to be a strong voice pushing to expand student services and amenities for all UniSA students.

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

Campus Fair

This month the saw Campus Fair at all 4 metro campuses, and it was great to meet so many of you at these events. From USASA Clubs, free food, live music, and furry friends, events like these are at the core of what a student association should be delivering for students, and I can’t wait for the rest of our event schedule to make sure UniSA campuses are vibrant and engaging for students!

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National Day of Action

On March 21, students from all around the country took to the streets to oppose the Federal Governments $2.2bn worth of funding cuts to Australian universities through a a two-year freeze in commonwealth grants funding. Universities Australia predicts a shortfall in funding for 10,000 students, meaning universities will need to find budget savings elsewhere, either through capping enrolments, or cutting courses and student support. USASA will continue to be a strong voice against cuts to the quality of your education, through both our support for the NUS, as well as making our voices heard within appropriate university channels.

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Other things I’ve done this month:

 

  • 01/03/18 – Visit to Mount Gambier Campus to discuss USASA Election
  • 01/03/18 – Club Welcome Back BBQ at City West Campus
  • 02/03/18 – UniSA Crisis Line Briefing
  • 05/03/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 06/03/18 – Campus Fair – Magill Campus
  • 06/03/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 07/03/18 – Policy Review Project Meeting with Shweta Mariwala
  • 08/03/18 – Campus Fair – City West Campus
  • 13/03/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell and Bridget Laffy
  • 14/03/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 15/03/18 – University Council Strategy Session and Meeting
  • 19/03/18 – Meeting with Ethan Taylor (UATSIS President)
  • 19/03/18 – Meeting with Mark Pace (NUS President)
  • 20/03/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell and Dr Laura-Anne Bull
  • 20/03/18 – UNITE Program – USASA Board
  • 20/03/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 21/03/18 – Chaired Student Connect Meeting at Mawson Lakes
  • 21/03/18 – National Day of Action at Parliament House
  • 22/03/18 – O-Week / Campus Fair Debrief
  • 22/03/18 – Interview with Fresh 92.7 about Student Politics
  • 23/03/18 – Student Engagement Advisory Group Meeting
  • 23/03/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 23/03/18 – Academic Board Pre-Meeting + Meeting
  • 27/03/18 – Presentation to Aviation Students Organisation about USASA Club Strategic Plan
  • 27/03/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 27/03/18 – Meeting with Yvonne Zeegers about changes to Education Undergraduate Program
  • 28/03/18 – Meeting with Matthew Boughey (Adelaide Uni SRC President) and Ashley Sutherland (FUSA President)
  • 28/03/18 – UniTopia Marketing Meeting
  • 28/03/18 – Meeting with Bridget Laffy

What I’m up to next month:

  • 03/04/18 – PAC CRAWL Volunteer Brief
  • 04/04/18 – UniTopia Whyalla
  • 05/04/18 – Meeting with Brendan Hughes (SEU) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 05/04/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting
  • 05/04/18 – Shortlisting Meeting – Coordinator: Communications and Events
  • 06/04/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 06/04/18 – USASA PAC CRAWL
  • 09/04/18 – Orientation Advisory Group Meeting
  • 10/04/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 10/04/18 – Media Training
  • 11/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of NBE
  • 11/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of ITEE
  • 12/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of AAD
  • 12/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of EASS
  • 16/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • 17/04/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 17/04/18 – UNITE Program – USASA Board
  • 17/04/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 18/04/18 – Interviews – Coordinator: Communications and Events
  • 18/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of Management, School of Marketing, Business Services
  • 24/04/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 27/04/18 – Education Committee Club

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.

 

 

March 2018 – Whyalla Student News

On Saturday 24th March, 2018 students and their families gathered at the beach for a family fun picnic day funded by USASA (University of South Australia Student Association). The day involved students and families competing against each other in a series of events including Bubble Soccer, Archery Tag (Sorry Kirsty for the arrows) and Sumo Wrestling. Thank you to the loyal crew who always show up and make the most of their Uni experience, till next month.

What’s up April?

Unitopia – Wednesday 4th April, 11am – 1pm, Whyalla Campus – free massage, free haircuts, free lunch, Pot a plant, Story Dogs

Pac Crawl – Friday 6th April 7pm – Late

 

City East – February Activity Report – Timothy Pham

Hi everyone!

How is your first few weeks in uni? I hope you are enjoying it so far and have made new friends. Have you for your new USASA diary yet? It is very useful, believe me! ((:


 

Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:
Asian Youth Leaders Travel & Learning Camp (AYLTLC)

I have been attending the Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC) in Singapore from 22/02 to 27/02. It was a very good opportunity for me to meet other student leaders in the Asia region, strengthen the leadership skills and expand my networking. If you have time, I would recommend you to join this camp!

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February-Mid March 2018 Board Report. ATSI Representative

Hello, Hello, Hello;

Welcome back everybody and I hope you have a great first two weeks back to university. I will also love to welcome all new students and hope you enjoy your university experience.

Being a USASA student representative has been an amazing experience so far and I have hit the ground running. Continue reading

City East – January Activity Report – Timothy Pham

Hi everyone!

It is my honour to be elected as your 2018 USASA City East Undergraduate Representative. I have been studying in our university for the last few years and I can’t wait to work with you to improve our student experience, especially for City East students.

Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:
As January is still on holiday, I have been overseas to many countries to take some short exchange programmes as well as teaching maths and English to the kids.

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February/March 2018 – Postgrad Rep Report

Hello again!

Now that the semester is in full swing, I hope you are all keeping on top of your studies as well as taking the time to look after yourselves. If you need to adjust your course load, remember that Census date is between the 26th and 31st of March, depending on your course. Before you do so, remember that there are plenty of people here to help  you if you are still finding your feet: check out UniSA’s student support services here.

I’ve had a chance to meet some of you already this year at research orientation events and at Campus Fair, but for those I haven’t, especially our coursework students, please say ‘hi’ on the UniSA Postgrads Facebook page.  I’ve made this page for postgrad students to make friends, share ideas and let me know what they want from USASA this year. Please share it with any other postgrad students you know so we can all be in the loop.

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Settling in can be particularly challenging for those of us who have recently arrived in Australia, particulary if we’ve brought family with us. If this is you, the UniSA Business School is offering a program to help you out and connect you with other new UniSA international families!

Family Support Program

 

Abid, Quihua, Sneha and myself were invited to the Carnegie Mellon University (Adelaide Campus) International Night, which was a lovely and vibrant event, and we look forward to a continuing relationship with their student rep team. I also enjoyed our USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ, and was excited to see how motivated our club execs are and what great events they are putting on for students!

This month has been an intense and challenging, but very fulfilling one. I attended my first University Council meeting, after an induction from the Chancellor. The Council members were very welcoming and I look forward to representing students as the university sets it’s vision for the years ahead. I attended a Formal Inquiry, and saw the vital work the USASA Advocacy team does in supporting students through this process.

I also attended meetings regarding the UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review, a challenging but vital process which will be ongoing throughout the year. I am encouraged so far by the Project Group’s committment and approach to the issue, but I will continue to ensure that the university takes responsibility for this issue and addresses in an accountable and evidence-based manner. I have submitted a discussion paper and will be preparing a report for the USASA board to inform our potential involvement with this process.

Keep up the good work everyone, and remember; slow and steady wins the race!

Activity Report

09/02/18 – CMU International Night

Recommendation:

That the board consider ways to build relationships with other student representative groups e.g. joint events, particularly where this may allow us to pool resources to create events tailored to certain student groups including postgrads and international students.

06/02/18 – USASA Board Meeting

13/02/18 – Introductory Meeting with Chancellor

14/02/18 – University Council Meeting

19/02/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting

20/02/18 – Attended Research Degree Orientation Day

21/02/18 – Attended DVCRI town hall

27/02/18 – Introduced myself to HDR students at Flying Start Seminar and created UniSA Postgrads Facebook page

Recommendation:

That USASA try to have a video introduction for cross campus representatives ready for orientation events next year and ask the uni to make organisers aware of it.

That all reps please try to share the page with any postgrad students they engage with, as it is a convenient way for them to communicate with me about their ideas and concerns.

28/02/18 – Formal Inquiry

01/03/18 – USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ

06/03/18 – Campus Fair Magill

08/03/18 – Women’s Committee Meeting

09/03/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review meeting re: USASA involvement

12/03/18 – Prepared a discussion paper for the board on the above

Ongoing – Reviewing evidence for efficacy of Campus Events for primary prevention of sexual assuault on campus

Upcoming Events

15/03/18 – UniSA Council Strategy Session and Council Meeting, Farewell Dinner for Deputy Chancellor

20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting

05/04/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting

10/04/18 – Seminar “The 5Ps approach to improving the transition, retention and success of university students”

 

February 2018 Magill Board Report: Surabhi Shubhraj

Howdy!!!!

“Keep up or get caught” these were the first few words of my wise tutor from first year.  I hope that everyone is working through university study and life balancing act well. Our study load certainly represents the snow ball effect. I wish you all lots of love, power and strength to get past your individual challenges.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for my absence from Magill campus during orientation week. I am in my third year Social Work Placement this semester. As most of you are aware placement requires alot of work but I am committed to working towards students welbeing on campus. I am extremly exicited about the new changes on our campus.

While I was very concerned about the Magill Hub renovations, it was completed on time after all. I think the new area looks fantastic and I have received lots of positive feedback. Also, remember to pick your USASA goodie bags, diaries, calendars and pens etc from our USASA room.

Please feel free to contact me with your idea’s and concerns on Magill Campus on

shusy008@mymail.unisa.edu.au

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6/2 Meeting with Jordan and Daniel to discuss matters of interest

6/2 USASA Student Board Meeting

9/2 Call in meeting with NUS Women’s Officer Kate Jean Crossin

14/2 Meeting with Bridget Laffy (Introduction to the role of convenor of  Women’s Committee)

27/2 USASA Campus Fair Day Event Planning Meeting

1/3 USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ

6/3 Campus Fair Magill

8/3 USASA Women’s Committee Meeting

8/3 Women’s Collective Club event for International Women’s Day

 

 

 

February Board Report

First of all i would like to welcome everyone back to the university! Hope you all have a great year ahead!

The first month of study period 2 is usually very busy for us USASA reps. This month was no exception.

We had our first board meeting of the year on February 6. In that board meeting most things which were discussed were of administrative nature. At the board meeting committee convenors and their members were also elected/decided. I am happy to say that i will be the convenor for the Governance committee, whilst also being a member of the clubs, education and finance committee.

I was present on the O-week days for City East, handing out the USASA bag of goodies and it was very nice to chat to some familiar faces and some new ones. It was fantastic to see the appreciation from the students regarding the services USASA provides.

This month i also attended Academic board meeting. This is my second year as an academic board member and us USASA reps will continue to push for the good work we did last year. At this board meeting we were able to confirm an important thing pertaining to the International Relations degree students.

Now as a USASA board member i also get to sit on Preclusion appeals committee. I sat on preclusion appeals committee meetings on February 9 and February 23. It was great to see the work that appeals committee does to give every student a fair go!

That is all from me for this month.