February 2018 – Whyalla Student News


First of all, Welcome to all our new students for 2018 and welcome back to returning students.

Few things to mention;

  1. Pac-Crawl is returning even bigger and better in 2018! Your shirt is your ticket to a night full of drink specials, games and food on Friday April 6. Shirt sales end 18 March unless sold out prior. For those unsure about sizes I will place some samples on the USASA table in the student lounge to try on before ordering https://usasa.sa.edu.au/pubcrawl
  2. The USASA Board is made up of 14 elected UniSA students and is the peak decision-making committee at USASA. The student board is here to represent you, and make sure your voice is heard by the University. Contact student reps if you have ideas which could improve teaching quality, or any feedback about your uni experience. All contact details can be found on the USASA website, USASA.sa.edu.au/StudentBoard
  3. The USASA Student Diary and wallplanner are now available to collect from Campus Central, each diary contains 2 sticker sheets which can be used to personalise the cover and inside. Remember to follow us on Facebook (UniSA Whyalla Student Page), alternatively, you can subscribe to our email newsletter at USASA.sa.edu.au/Mail
  4. Super cool artwork placed in student lounge over the break, check it out.
  5. All the best with your studies, contact me anytime if needed brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au 


Next event to place on your calendar;

UniSA Whyalla – Family Fun Beach Picnic, Saturday 24th March, 10am – 1pm.






January 2018 – Whyalla Student News


Here it comes, 2018 starting to creep up for the unsuspecting new and existing students, almost time to hit the books again.

On the 23rd and 24th January, 2018, the new Student Association Board gathered to meet and greet, and plan a big year for students. Already we have some super cool activities planned for the year all starting with O-Week on Thursday 22nd February. Lauren Haddow is busy preparing the day, I’ll be there with the usual suspects.

As usual, if you have any suggestions, thoughts or feelings how to make the Uni experience fantastic for each student then email me; brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Play – Contact me brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Advice – Contact https://usasa.sa.edu.au/advocacy

Voice – you and me




November 2017 – Whyalla Student News

That’s a wrap, SP5 finished and now the anxious wait for results, I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone. I really hope everyone is successful and takes a well-earned break ready to do it all again next year, congratulations to those who have finished their studies, you can be really proud of your achievements.

Huge congrats to young mum-of-two, Hayley, who has become our first Aboriginal student to complete the Aboriginal Pathway Program, supporting students with no previous qualifications for university study. Hayley will transition into a Bachelor of Social Work in 2018.

Thank you to all those who came out on Saturday 25th November to farewell our year, great to see the children have fun and get to see the dolphins up close, something Whyalla should be proud of, people pay big money to have that experience, and we have it on our doorstep. Continue being awesome and making our uni experience great, after all no one else will make it awesome but us.

Having studied education for the past three years and learning how we should treat students, I feel the university have some work to do, the ability to make a difference to each student, never giving up on any student, ensuring care and guidance is given addressing individual needs, these are the qualities of teaching and I really hope the University can articulate and act upon their educational philosophy to align with other great University institutions such as Melbourne University and the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Have a lovely break and see you in the new year.


October 2017 – Whyalla Student News

Thanks for all those who attended UniTopia on Wednesday 18th October, 2017, numbers were down for this UniTopia and I have a feeling it might be with student workload, I’ve relayed this message to staff in Adelaide and perhaps we look at holding ours before the break in SP5. Also, I’m keen to hear from all those who were unaware of the event, everything we advertise is placed on our Facebook page – UniSA Whyalla Student Page, we also send out an email each month through the UniSA email system, so please let me know if these two mediums are sufficient, as this will continue to occur.

Thank you to all the students involved in the Movie Club and the free screening of the Nightmare Before Christmas on Friday 13th October, 2017, great job.

Also, take some time to view a couple of clips about uni cuts with our very own Whyalla students in the spot light Melissa Schenck and Chris Mills.

Last event planned for the year will be on Saturday, 25th November, 2017 on the grass area next to the beach café. Listening to students earlier in the year it was discussed more family event friendly events occur, we are a unique bunch here in Whyalla with plenty of mature aged students with children which is great, instead of hitting the pub for end of year break up, we’ve decided to make a Beach BBQ event take place at the above date between 10am and 1pm. We have hired 4 x single kayaks, 2 x double kayaks, 2 x paddle boards, bring down the family for some beach fun, including cricket, football and Frisbee. BBQ starts at 12pm next to Beach Café on the lawn area (hopefully we have good weather). Reasoning to have it on Saturday 25th November, exams finish that week, and traditionally people disperse far away from Whyalla as they can soon after so hoping to catch those people before they head away to enjoy a session with their peers and family.

Finally, it has been great to help out with your uni experience this year and look forward to continuing helping out next year, however I need your help, tell me what you want to do, highlights for me this year were the pub crawl and Errappa, happy to arrange anything you want to do however there needs to be interest and commitment, so please contact me with your ideas and I will get organising for 2018, brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Kind regards

Kemal Brkic


September News – Whyalla Campus

Hope you all had a great experience watching the GF regardless of whether your team won or not. Maybe next year we could do something together.

A pool of funds ($300,000) has been set aside to support additional ‘Student Experience Projects’. UniSA is now calling for applications from all areas of the University seeking funding for projects and initiatives that enhance the student experience at UniSA. Types of initiatives are covered in the attached document. Happy to sit down with anyone and assist with application SSAF_Allocation_Application_STUDENTS

USASA Academic Advocacy provides free and confidential advice on a wide range of academic problems. Advocates can help you understand what’s happening and what you need to do if you are faced with academic issues. The USASA Advocacy service is independent from the university.

Advocates can help with:

  • Requests for remarking and resubmissions
  • Appeals against allegations of academic misconduct (including plagiarism)
  • Appeals against final grades
  • Appeals against intention to preclude
  • Appeals against allegations of examination misconduct
  • Issues with lecturers
  • Advice regarding University policy
  • Referral to other services inside and outside of the University

If the issue is not listed here, an advocate may still be able to assist. Website: usasa.sa.edu.au/Advocacy

Direct your questions to: Luis Gardeazabal, Manager – Advocacy Programs –luis.gardeazabal@unisa.edu.au

Coming up – Unitopia is being held on Wednesday 18th October, there will be free haircuts, massage and food (with our very own Snaks 4 Students catering the event). The event will be either held in the Student Lounge or outside (weather permitting) between 11am and 2pm. Students are welcome to bring used textbooks and uniforms to sell.



August – Whyalla Student News

Couple of highlights for the month of August:

Thank you to all those who attended Open Day on Sunday 27th August, it was great to see so many new faces and I really hope they sign up for a great journey and great experience at our university in Whyalla.

Reminder for the USASA info session for upcoming election will be held on Tuesday 29th August, commencing at 11.30 a.m. in the student lounge, if you want to know what the role entails and how the election works then this session is for you.

Requests for remarking and resubmissions or issues with any lecturers please contact: http://www.usasa.sa.edu.au/advocacy

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July Student News – Whyalla

It has been a sad farewell to our mid-year break and chilly welcome to SP5. The break ended with a high with a group of Uni students and their families attending Errappa conquering several high rope challenges. Well done to everybody who attended.

Few things to keep in mind whilst hitting the books;

Competition: Head to usasa.sa.edu.au/studyspace for your chance to win $100 Visa Gift card by voting for best room designs completed by UniSA Interior Design Students.

Free Tax Return Appointments: It is tax time and UniSA are offering eligible students free appointments to get their tax affairs in order. There a limited number of appointments available, so students will need to make appointments quickly, please go to; usasa.sa.edu.au/TaxHelp

Nominations for the 2018 USASA Student Board: Nominations will be open from September 11 to September 22. The USASA Student Board is a great opportunity to:

  • Give a voice to students
  • Make a positive change on campus
  • Earn a $3,000 honorarium p.a. (higher for president)

All nominating students will need to submit a nomination form and attend an information workshop. Website: usasa.sa.edu.au/Election Direct your questions to: Bridget Laffy (Student Representative Support Officer) Bridget.Laffy@unisa.edu.au

Open Day: On Sunday 27th August from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. spread the word and get more people studying at our great campus. http://www.unisa.edu.au/Calendar/Whyalla-Campus-Open-Day/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj-HN1p-c1QIVjBiPCh3BkglNEAAYASAAEgJWzvD_BwE


June Student News – Whyalla

Greetings to everyone, congrats to those students who survived the semester and got through it and all the best to those who have a little longer, keep pushing.

Gratitude to Kayla Dickeson (President of USASA) who came up to Whyalla to hear the thoughts and ideas from our students on how Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) could be better spent. Minutes of meeting attached. SSAF focus group – Whyalla

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May 2017 Whyalla Student News

Thank you to all those who attended UniTopia for Semester 2, 2017, we had sushi, subway, free haircuts and free rubs, below are some snaps of the day.

Look out for our next event which will be held lunch time on Wednesday 21st June, celebrating the end of SP2 2017 forever, eating together and chatting about how you would like to spend SAF (Student Amenities Fees) funds the university charge.

Also remember to buy your tickets for our overnight stay at Errappa https://usasa.sa.edu.au/Products/1106 on Thursday 20th July leaving at 12pm. For only $20 you will receive three meals and a ropes course to test your courage.

Take care and all the best for those completing placement at the moment.

April Student Report – Whyalla

  • The month started with the mighty Pac-crawl held on April 7th starting at the Spencer Hotel where students were greeted with a Parma and Pac-man connect four challenge won by Lauren Jones, well done. Thank you to Gemma Todd for volunteering on the night and thank you to Lauren Haddow for the gifts. From the Spencer Hotel, we headed to the Bayview to watch Mel Schenck and then to the Eyre where the group stayed till late. Thank you to all who attended making it a truly great night.
  • UniTopia is set to take place during the second week back from mid semester break on Wednesday 3rd May between 11am to 2pm. There will be free food, free haircuts and free massage. Please let me know if you have any ideas how we can improve this day as we will be having another one in SP5, send me an email brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au or catch up with me face to face.
  • By now you should have all recently submitted either one or two assignments and I hope things have settled down from what appeared to be a period of disarray and unimaginable workload to perform, hopefully some light has appeared and be proud of yourself for completing what is required. When in doubt “look up to the sky and smile” 😊