Mawson Lakes Rep – July

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Hello again everybody,

Welcome back – hope you all enjoyed your well deserved semester break.

The first week of July was a very busy but exciting one for me. Whilst you were most likely enjoying the perks of some much needed relaxation and binge-watching Netflix all day for the first week of holidays, I had the privilege of attending this years NUS Education Conference hosted at Flinders university here in SA. Students from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia all flew over to enjoy 5 days of workshops, seminars, and discussions (some a little more rowdy than others) but overall it was a great week socialising with other university representatives to share opinions and ideas to ultimately greater the student experience and environment for everyone. After 6 full on days at conference I finally got to enjoy some of my uni break and jumped on a flight to Darwin – where funnily enough I was sitting in the same row as Magill Rep, Ryan Colsey.

Since being back in Adelaide I have continued to attend the usual array of academic inquiries, academic board meeting, welfare/education/ and finance committee meetings, as well as UniTopia SP5 planning committee meetings to bring you all another fun and enjoyable day of uni.

On the Wednesday of Wk 3 SP5 I hosted Mawson Lakes first ‘Hungry Hump Day’ providing free toasties in the Hive from 9:30 am until sold out – and although this activation was technically August not July it is still something I am very excited about doing every week for the rest of the semester.

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




 

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City East UG Rep, June report – Sopor Tan

Hi everyone!

In case you’re wondering, I’d like to confirm that, yes, you’re reading right — this is an update from your 2018 City East Undergrad Rep.

Before going into nitty-gritty bits of this month report, I’d like to firstly thanks City Easters for allowing me an opportunity to represent undergrads of our campus. I’m delighted to be serving as the City East Undergrad Rep for the remaining half of this academic year.

Being freshly inducted to the role midyear, June was surely a surprising, exciting, and rewarding month for me. Thankfully, USASA staffs and other board members have been a great help in getting me up to speed with the board’s activities.

Within the past month, asides from picking up a baton of role and duty, I had attended an Education Committee meeting, our monthly board meeting, and Academic Board meeting. Some highlights from these meetings were presentations from Student Advocacy and Student Ombud services. I’d like to share these with you as a reminder of their existing supports. It is worth-noting though, that, despite their seemingly similar purpose, there are differences between the two services. Therefore, I encourage you to visit the following links shall you wish to find out more about the service:

Student Advocacy: https://usasa.sa.edu.au/advocacy
Student Ombud: http://i.unisa.edu.au/students/ombud/

Alternatively, you can reach out to us and we will help to put you through to them.

On another note, I’d like to finish off with a brief notice that the news around a merging of our university with the University of Adelaide also came to our attention. We will be out to hear your thoughts on this matter in the near future.

In the meantime, I’d really love to hear from you regarding any ideas and issues you’d like to address; so please feel free to send them along to me at tanpy045@mymail.unisa.edu.au.

 

City West – July 2018 Report – Bridget

Semester 2 Begins! (Well…. study period 5!)

Hi everyone,

Congratulations on surviving through to study period 5! Hope everyone feels rested after their winter breaks, ready to face the last study period of the year.

In July, although being on holidays, I was able to achieve a few things as a rep.

The most notable event of July for me, was attending the 2018 NUS Education Conference hosted at Flinders University. The conference is designed for student representatives, and is attended by representatives from all over Australia. The event ran from 2 July to 5 July, involving four jam-packed days of discussion and presentation.

Education Conference was a great event that allowed me to learn from student leaders from across Australia, enabling me to see a diverse perspective on our different experiences, opportunities, and issues. We had a range of presentations from both students and outside presenters, with a range of backgrounds, experiences, and opinions on different topics – which allowed me to see the different sides of the story that students face.

Over the four days, I was blown away with the number of workshops but also the variety of discussions that ultimately affect students in someway, shape or form. I feel as though I could never write a list including so many issues that affect the student experience – but really, there are many things to consider and experience as a university student. Some of the topics I attended included talks on homelessness, student welfare, Newstart allowances, unionism, indigenous rights and reform, sustainable activism, mental health awareness, the HECS system, negotiation and experiences from regional students and campuses.

Overall, I felt that NUS Education Conference 2018 was a valuable experience, allowing me to create networks and friendships with other students across Australia. It has enabled me to broaden my perspective, and to consider the various opportunities and challenges faced by University students currently. I would highly recommend this conference to any upcoming student representatives, or students who are interested in making a difference in their University.

As usual, I also attended July’s board meeting and the Governance committee meeting. A lot of discussions surrounding the merger, sexual harassment awareness and ‘hazing’ issue were discussed.

As most of you are probably aware, both University of South Australia and University of Adelaide are in the middle of discussing a possible merger of the two universities. Please be mindful that this is a discussion, and that no decision has been made as of yet. In saying that, we would really love to hear your feedback about the merger, and want as many students to participate in the process as possible. At City West, we will be having feedback sessions on Tuesday 28 August, between 11 am to 2pm outside the Jeffrey Smart building. Would be great to see you there!
The discussion paper can be accessed here: newuniversity.nousgroup.com.au/discussion-paper-1
Please look out for a survey that will be distributed 20 August

For now, that’s all. Please contact me if you want to chat or have any questions. My email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

Next Month:

21 August
Unite Workshop – Conflict Management and Effective Feedback
Governance Committee Meeting
USASA Board Meeting

28 August
Merger Feedback Session City West

July Board Report Magill: Ryan C

Happy July all and welcome to uni for another semester!

After a two week interstate holiday at the start of the month it was  back to work for me at our monthly board meeting on July 17. It was a productive meeting as always.

The following day USASA had a planning meeting involving both Board and Staff in order to develop our Strategic Plan for the next three years. Everyone at the planning meeting contributed towards our new plan and I can guarantee anyone reading this that the organization will be in a strong position for at least the next three years.

On a personal note, this semester I will not be able to be on campus everyday like I was able to in SP2 due to the fact that I am undertaking cross-institutional study at Flinders University.

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Hey, don’t give me that look

So far only seven people have told me I should resign as Magill Rep for being a traitor, which I’m assuming means the other 7.4 billion people in the world think I’m doing awesome. For the record I still do have two classes at Magill this semester anyway, so those seven people need to calm their farm.

I will still be present at Magill Campus three and a half days a week and intend to do my best during the times I am at Magill. The only real difference is there may not be as many Toastie Tuesday’s this semester and/or they may have to be shifted to a different day.

Anyway, back on topic I was able to volunteer during O-Week at Magill at the counter to introduce myself to new students and add to USASA’s presence at Magill.

The next week (week 1) was a busy week for me USASA wise.

On Wednesday we held the Clubs Committee (CCOM) meeting at Magill. Prior to the meeting I reached out to several of the clubs at Magill to see if we could do more to support them. I had mixed responses from the clubs, but was fortunate to be able to meet with the executives from the UniCast Radio Club, as well as invite the Psychology Club President to attend the CCOM.

The next day I sat on the Magill Campus Advisory Group, which is comprised of members from FM, Security, OH&S, a few heads of school etc. I am very thankful to Damian for allowing me to sit at this meeting and raise a concern I had about the Student Hub bins being too tall for students in wheelchairs to reach. I am pleased to announce that they are now in the process of rectifying this.

Finally onto the matter that has been receiving the most attention: the merger. At the Education Committee meeting on Friday we ran a focus group to ask students their thoughts on the possible merger between the Isotopes UniSA and Albuquerque the University of Adelaide. All of the discussion raised by the students was incredibly helpful and exceeded our expectations. Several points raised were things that neither myself, Jordan or Daniel had even considered but added to our collation of data.

I would also like to thank Dr Laura-Anne Bull for being at this meeting also to take on our suggestions for the My Course Evaluation as well as dispel some of the myths that had been spread regarding it.

Other than that, ta ta and farewell, and enjoy the semester!

 

PS: I’m hoping to write something in the Verse Magazine for the next edition (if they accept it) so keep an eye out for that.

 

 

My Activities This Month:

July 17 USASA Board Meeting

July 18 USASA Strategic Planning Meeting

July 18 USASA O-Week at Magill

July 25 Meeting with Co-Rep

July 25 Connection meeting with UniCast radio club based at Magill

July 25 USASA Clubs Committee Meeting

July 26 Magill Campus Advisory Group

July 27 USASA Education Committee meeting

July 27 Academic Board Pre-Meeting

July 27 Academic Board Meeting

City West – June 2018 Report – Bridget

Hello world!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the beginning of their breaks, and has taken the time out to destress, catch up with friends and all those missed Netflix eps!

June has been a busy month for me personally – with the finishing of my exams. I also spent most of my month in Japan, as a part of a UniSA study tour!

Although UniSA study tours are not USASA related, I want to take the time to say a few words – and I highly recommend that all students consider taking a study tour. Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve learnt a lot both personally and professionally on the study tour. I’ve also been able to grow my network, make new friends, and have met with some incredible UniSA alumni. We really do have some amazing alumni out there – and it has been absolutely amazing to see some of the work people have done using the skills and knowledge from their degrees (if you want more information, let me know!!).  I’ve also been able to bond with other UniSA students and have learnt more about student needs, but also the complexities of being an international student. So although I haven’t been able to work on much USASA related stuff over this period – I feel like I’m equipped with some different perspectives on our amazing university but also things that make/break the student experience. Please contact me if you want to talk a bit more about this, I’m more than happy to spend some time going over my experience but also how this could help you get the most out of your time with UniSA. You can go here for some information on UniSA study tours: https://i.unisa.edu.au/students/business/exchange/study-tours/

Aside from my Japan trip, I also attended Edcon 2018 on behalf of UniSA. This ran from Monday 2 July until Thursday 5th July. Edcon is a NUS run education conference for university representatives, and is attended by reps from all over Australia. Attending Edcon gave me the opportunity to learn about all sorts of issues affecting university students, by engaging in discussions and listening to speakers from different universities. I look forward to sharing more about this experience in July’s board report!

For now, that’s all. Please contact me if you want to chat or have any questions. My email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Next Month:

17 July – USASA Unite workshop
Governance Committee Meeting
USASA Board Meeting

18 July – USASA strategic planning

TBA – City West reps meeting

 

June 2018 Magill Board Report: Surabhi Shubhraj

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“Procrastination makes easy things hand, hard things harder” – Brainy Quote

Going along with university theme, I never have the luxury for procrastination. I personally live by the clock and diary. I have learnt to make time for things I would like to achieve and only choose to commit to my goals. I hope that you have gotten over your crisis and enjoying your down time now. Please have fun during your mid semester break.

During the mid semester break I highly recommend students to join or create a club.  As you all know USASA is a proud association and clubs are a great way to find friendships and connect with like minded people. USASA is working extremely hard to support clubs to connect with student groups.

While I have been away this month at my placement full-time Monday to Friday, 8.45-5:00. I was so please to know that students were still able to contact me regardless. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for considering me worthy to reach out. As @ryancmagill rightly stated in his board report that student representatives must talk to students to know what they really want. I wish to continue to support you all in every possible way and ensure that our voices are heard. Much love, power and strength to you all. I hope to see you all in person during the second half of the year. Meanwhile feel free to write to me on

shusy008@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Lastly, I am really excited to work with @kateriggall in the coming months and support her with Diversity and Equity Committee and @gracelucy24 with Welfare Committee.

June Activities:

June 12: Clubs Committee Meeting
June 22: Women’s Collective Club “Redefine Feminism”

 

June Board Report Magill: Ryan C

Greetings UniSA students/future University of South Adelaide students

Hope you’re not too stressed out by the impending fact that 50% of your semester’s grades are due by tomorrow and you’ve left all your revision to the last minute coz student.

Last week I wowed you with my amazing board report submitted in haiku, which one expert said was clearly the best board report ever written [Colsey 2018]. Sadly this board report will be a bit more conventional, but I’ll still try make it interesting with some cheap pop-culture references at the end.

On paper it might not seem like I did many USASA activities this month, however I was secretary at the clubs committee meeting, and attended the USASA Board meeting as well as Academic Board. Education Committee did not sit this month due to exams but it will meet late next month to work towards a plan of improving the Course Evaluation forms.

Outside of these meetings I have been doing some planning ahead for next semester’s activities. These include working out a schedule for Toastie Tuesdays (which may need a new name due to a possible day change), and working out a plan for a student catchup at Magill to discuss the possible merger between our glorious University of South Australia and those other folks at Adelaide University.

As student representatives it is crucial that we speak to students to find out what you want, what you really really want, regarding a possible merger. It remains to be seen what happens to Magill Campus when two become one, if the two universities actually combine. For all we know, the talks may be unsuccessful and the whole thing could stop right now. In my personal opinion, any new university must be financially sustainable enough to make it last forever, and while it could involve some changes to student engagement on campus, friendship never ends.

To those still doing assignments and exams, good luck, and to those on holiday already, I hope you have a blast.

Goodbye my friend
Ryan

Activities this month:
June 12: Clubs Committee Meeting
June 19: USASA Board Meeting
June 22: Academic Board Pre-Meeting
June 22: Academic Board Meeting

May 2018 Magill Board Report: Surabhi Shubhraj

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but there echos are truly endless” Mother Teresa

In university full of people from different back grounds and personal stories… Lets begin to smile at each other with ease…. Lets be kind and remember to discover these untold stories amongst each other… Remember human connection with a purpose can be extremely rewarding. You never know who needed to see your smile.

The month of May was a very short for me both at USASA and Magill Campus. I certainly feel the pressure of being away from  our campus. I am unable to attend a lot of events for this reason too. My sincere apologies. Please feel free to contact me on my email shusy008@mymail.unisa.edu.au

My highlight this month would be “Toastie Tuesdays”. Specially being in the library!!! It was a great opportunity to reach out to many students studying hard. I was personally able increase my visibility and engage with lots of students on campus. A big thank you to team @ryancmagill @jordanmumford1 @pamelaspek

May Activities:

May 1 –Toastie Tuesdays
May 15 –USASA Women’s Committee Meeting
May 15 –UNITE Workshop
May 29 –Toastie Tuesdays

 

City West – May 2018 Report – Bridget

Hello everyone!

Annnnd it’s already June! Which means it’s time to write another board report, for May.

I hope everyone has had survived through their last half of their semester. For Business School, exams have just finished, and I hope everyone feels confident about their results. For the rest of the Uni, make sure to take care of yourself through these last few weeks, and in no time you’ll be joining the business kids in holiday season!

This last month has been hectic for me. Mostly because it’s been exam season for me, and I’ve been frantically trying to squeeze everything in!

Summary of Activity

I was able to attend the City West Unitopia day.. which turned out to be very successful! I hope everyone enjoyed the free food (which was delicious, and very popular!), the activities, some of our help stations (like our counsellors!), and other things… like the doggos!

City West has also been very lucky to enjoy the opening of our MOD museum, that is just right across the road from our campus! It’s a very futuristic museum, with lots of advanced technology and science-y things to check out. So far, I’ve heard lots of positive feedback, saying that it’s a great place to check out if you have a spare moment in your day.

On the 22nd of May I also attended our monthly board meeting. During this meeting, we had a visit from Jordan O’Reilly representing the NUS (National Union of Students) and some of the issues that face us as students. The NUS represents us and provides a voice for student needs and rights. As students, it’s important for us to have our voice heard and to stand up for the things we need; especially when things such as the Budget are handed down with very little consideration for students. If you would like to find out more about the NUS or issues facing students, please visit their website here: http://nus.asn.au/

Other things discussed in the meeting included events being held by reps (and some great ideas for us to consider here at City West). We also spoke about the ‘hazing’ incident that is occurring (and is becoming well-known) happening at St Marks College. We are currently working on a response, and would like to support anyone affected by the incidents. Please don’t be afraid to speak to our university services staff, if you or someone your know is in need of help.

Otherwise, please keep yourself safe during this time of exams or holidays!

That’s about it for me!

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat, have any questions or ideas, my email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Next Month:

(Attending a study tour to Japan with UniSA in June!)

TBA – Committee Meetings

TBA – Catch up with City West Reps

May Magill Board Report Ryan C

Before I start I would like to guarantee you that this will be the best board report you have ever read by a Magill Student Rep. Enjoy.

 

Hi all

May has been an incredibly busy month, full of fun but also some serious stuff.

As part of being a USASA Rep, we have been invited to undertake the Unite Leadership Program which consists of several self-development workshops held over a few months. These workshops are incredibly fulfilling and I encourage any student with an interest in leadership to partake in the Unite or Aspire leadership programs.

One thing that has really stood out for me in these workshops is how people lose most of their creativity as they get older. University students are no exception and we all fall for the known and tried patterns rather than take risks challenging the status quo.

As a student of the School of Creative Industries and as a USASA Student Rep and leader I feel an obligation to try and buck this trend, especially as we had International Creativity Week last month.

In the spirit of thinking outside the square, I would like to present this monthly board report in a different format to usual, in the hope it will inspire other students to take more risks and be more creative. I also hope you find it engaging.

 

Unitopia

City East, Magill I helped

I was the MC

 

Photographer there

Many photos were captured

But zero of me

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