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


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

Only 20 tickets left for Errappa and one of the ideas for SSAF funding was to have more family events, Errappa is perfect for families and it’s during the state school holidays and midyear university holidays (20th/21st July) so get on board and purchase your tickets before this Friday (30th June, 2017) at https://usasa.sa.edu.au/Products/1106 otherwise you will miss out on a great adventure.

Until next time, if you have any issues please contact me at brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au


May Report: City West


The month has been really busy for most of the City West students as it is the month of assignments, presentations and exams. In between the exam preps and assignments, I had some good times interacting with you all during different activities around the campus.

April 27, 2017: Student catch-up- muffin for feedback

Our 2nd catch-up was a hit and why shouldn’t it be??? Muffins were up for grab for your feedback and we really appreciate your response. I am glad that we could connect with some of you beyond the one day event and you shared your ideas which are immensely valuable to us.

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USASA Student Rep report, Mt Gambier

USASA Report – Julie Baum

May in Mt Gambier


Unitopia was all about supporting YOU the students, we were able to provide some Mindset mentoring for supporting your study, while providing some light exercise and physical wellbeing for your body, Oh Yes! we also had a Yummy lunch, which everyone loved.  This was the first time I had organized a Unitopia event, and although we could not have some of the same activities as our city counterparts, everyone who participated said they appreciated the activities and loved the FREE lunch. I am already planning for the next Unitopia event for SP5 so watch the space!!!

Silent Study Zone

Through negotiation and planning with Ian McKay (Uni Manger), we were able to come up with a plan for a silent study zone, we now have a meeting room which is available most days of the week for all students to utilise for study, this is a big improvement from what we had.

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May Report

Hi all,

This month was yet again a very eventful one.
The AGM and Board meeting held earlier this month was again an important one where we commended the extreme hardwork done by the USASA Staff and the advisors.
The Clubs committee held a meeting on 24th May where Clubs regulations and Clubs sponsorship were discussed. The latter is an important bit of policy which will give clubs a greater autonomy with regards to where they can get money, but of course it comes with few caveats.
The Finance committee held a meeting on 25th May where some important decisions regarding the Budget were made. The finance committee also discussed the April months finance report and the report looked healthy, which is good for this young association.
I am also going to attend a welfare committee meeting on 31st May and very interested to know what we will be discussing and what direction will the committee take.
The May Student Catchups will be held on the 31th of May in the Playford Building. Hope to see you guys there!

Natansh Modi.

May 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all been keeping up with university after the study break, and I wish everyone the best of luck over this hectic exam period. This month has been particularly busy for me, with study commitments of my own, however I have still endeavoured to work my hardest for the students of Mawson Lakes. It’s been great speaking to so many of you this month, and I look forward to continuing to hear all of your ideas to make our campus a better place. Some great news from this month is that our very own Verse Magazine won the “Best Student Publication” at the 2017 TAG Campuslink awards in Canberra, congratulations to the Verse team, what a great achievement!

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

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Magill Student Rep Board Report for May 2017

Hi Everyone!

May was my first full month as Student Representative for the Magill campus. It has flown by really quickly and I am now familiarizing myself a lot better with the inner workings of USASA.

The month kicked off with the Student Board AGM, where many issues were raised and debated. One of the big items to come out of the meeting was the decision to split the Education and Welfare Committee into two separate committees.

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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.