July Student News – Whyalla

Welcome to all our new students who joined us this week for O-week SP5.


The year will swing by very quickly now, so start thinking about what your plans are for next year. As this is my last year at Uni and last year as USASA rep it is now time to think about if you would love the opportunity to empower students and create an awesome experience. I know I have made the most of my degree and I have really enjoyed my time in Whyalla and our Campus. The role is an elected position so if more than one of you apply there will be an election, nominations will open in September and voting will take place in October. If there is only one student who puts in for nomination, then you’ll get the job unopposed. Over the next couple of months we will hold a session on the in’s and out’s of the role so don’t stress.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday 16th August – Unitopia

Sunday 26th August – Open Day


June Student News – Whyalla



Two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Below are some pictures of our own event held at the Whyalla Campus during National Reconciliation Week.

For the rest of the month, I am sure students were busy submitting assignments and preparing for exams so all the best.

Next month looking forward to a free event for students in Iron Knob, the Errappa Rope course on Wednesday 18th July, check out the details on our Facebook page or contact me on brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au for more info.

Stay warm for the month and we’ll chat again late July 🙂

April 2018 – Whyalla Student News

Hope you survived the first hurdle for SP2 and enjoying the two-week break catching up on assignments 😦

Last week before the break we had two events and thank you to those who participated. Unitopia was held on Wednesday 4th April with free haircuts, free massage, free food and plant making with Michelle Fay, even Barry and his pooch came out from Story Dogs and the president of USASA Jordan Mumford stepped in for a visit from Adelaide. Thank you to Michelle Fay for coordinating the day, appreciate it.

Friday 6th April we headed out to the pac crawl starting at the Spencer Hotel having dinner and drinks, also working on the Pac Crawl bingo, the group struggled finding someone born overseas looking at me for inspiration thinking I was with a name like mine J, also we struggled to find anyone who had completed a Contiki tour so if you don’t know what one is or haven’t done one, put it on your bucket list https://www.contiki.com/au/en?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI37ejlZSn2gIVCAoqCh23BgcjEAAYASAAEgI6V_D_BwE

We decided to open the competition to people outside the group asking random strangers different questions, we even put our bets on to see who would be the first person to drop out of the crawl……anyway we walked to the Bayview Hotel for a couple then headed to the New Whyalla for some Karaoke, some of the students forced to display their hidden talents with the mic J. We then headed to our last destination (Eyre Hotel) for some more socialising and eight ball. Similar to last year, there were some sore heads the following morning. Thank you to those who came out and mingled. Georgia was the eventual winner of the Pac Crawl Bingo handing up the sheet with correct answers, well done.

The new edition of Verse Magazine hit our campus in the week beginning 23 April. The edition currently on campus, Edition 21, features articles on non-conforming love, tips for surviving Uni, the art of Aida Azin and an interview with UniSA alumni Kay Neil. Any UniSA student can submit to Verse. Any style & any topic will be considered. Next submission deadline: April 30 for Issue 22. Submit via: contact@versemag.com.au

The USASA Grants Program aims to support initiatives that enhance the student experience. Successful initiatives provide opportunities for students to develop the non-academic (or extra-curricular) student experience. USASA Club Grant Program: Clubs can apply for up to $2,500 from the small grants program to support their activities, Marketing Grant: $500,  Activity/Equipment Grant, $2,500 – USASA Leadership Grant Program: Students can apply for small grants through the leadership grants program, Leadership Grant: $1,000, Activity Grant, $2,500 Website: usasa.sa.edu.au/grants, Direct your questions to: Bridget Laffy bridget.laffy@unisa.edu.au and Tegan Jardine tegan.jardine@unisa.edu.au

Next Event: Involves superheroes on Wednesday 9th May, some negotiating with Paul to do however hopeful it will happen to plan J stay tuned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62vLtjw4IB8


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


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.