Howdy people!

Exams are creeping up, and things are heating up. We just finished campus fair and chill vibes and now Unitopia is up next. All these amazing events are there to de stress you all from too many assignments and exams.

I will be honest, I was a bit quiet this month as I am still in the learning process. I have fully settled in my position and now its time to get to work. This month I have spent most of my time attending preclusion and formal enquiry meetings. I have chaired the second Finance committee meeting , and attended other committee meetings  like the education committee and governance committee. Furthermore, I have attended Unite leadership program workshops.

The next thing in my schedule is the academic review interviews on Friday. Until then stay tuned!

Timeline of activities:

20/3/2018: Unite leadership workshop, Values and strength based leadership

20/3/2018: USASA Board Meeting

27/03/2018: Clubs committee meetings

06/06/2018: Academic Preliminary meeting

17/06/2018: Unite Workshop, Introduction to Project Management

20/06/2018: Academic Review Meetings (upcoming)




Mawson Lakes Rep – March

Hey Everyone!

Hope first term went well for you all getting back into the swing of uni life.

This month started at 4am for myself and USASA President Jordan as we woke up on the 1st of March and started our 5 hour road trip to UniSA Mt Gambier Campus to promote USASA and the Mt Gambier re-election. After a couple hours in Mt Gambier we made the 5 hour trek home in time for USASA Club BBQ at City West.

For the remainder of the month:
2nd March – Meeting with the newly elected VP Pamela and President Jordan
6th March – Magill Fair
6th March – Meeting with ASO Club President Vladislav
6th March – Finance Committee Meeting
8th March – International Woman’s Day Zumba Class Magill Campus
9th March – ISASA Fresher Night Welcome Drinks
13th March – Mawson Lakes Campus Fair
14th March – Mawson Lakes Campus Advisory Meeting
20th March – USASA UNITE Workshop
20th March – USASA Board Meeting
29th March – Meeting with Mawson Lakes Head of Facilities Justin Faggotter

Coming Up in April:
6th April – Welfare Committee Meeting
10th April – Finance Committee Meeting
11th April – Mawson Lakes Academic Appeal Preliminary Meeting
17th April – USASA UNITE Workshop
17th April – USASA Board Meeting
26th April – Mawson Lakes Academic Interviews

As always feel free to email me anytime with any questions or just for some banter….

Mount Gambier – March 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

Hi everyone!

I’m Georgina and I am the new USASA Rep for the Mount Gambier Campus. I am so excited and proud to be representing the students here and provide them with the best experiences.

It has been extremely busy on campus the past few weeks, smashing out some assignments and brainstorming events for the year.

So far we have had a few “UniBar” nights here in Mount Gambier which have allowed students to socialise with others in studying different degrees at local pubs.

For the rest of the year a number of movie nights are currently being organised, as well as monthly “UniBar” nights.

I am also planning on organising a Pub Crawl for students here in Mount Gambier as unfortunately I had only just been elected as USASA Representative and did not have enough time or knowledge to do so.

If you would like to contact me to discuss any ideas or questions you may have, please feel free to email me on: goggp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Hope you all enjoy the study break!

Upcoming Activities:

17th April – USASA Unite Workshop
– USASA Board Meeting

March/April 2018 – Postgrad Rep Report

lego-grad.jpgHi students!

This month has been a relatively quiet one for me as a student rep – though sadly not for my PhD!

For those of you who are on break at the moment, enjoy the chance to rest and recharge; for those who are not, at least we can enjoy the quiet campus and shorter lines for coffee!

First up, I recently asked postgrad students what format they would like to see for a possible postgrad catch up this year. I think it’s important to find ways for postgrad students to connect across campuses and within them, as we are all too often stuck in our office or lab and focused on our deadlines. At the moment it’s looking like the winner is a pizza and games night on campus – but if you haven’t yet joined UniSA Postgrads  or haven’t yet voted on the poll please do. Whatever you decide, I’ll take to the board and let you know what we come up with! 🍕🍕🍕🎲🎲🎲


At the board meeting on the 20th of March our Magill Representative, Ryan Colsey, proposed a recurring Toastie Tuesday event at his campus as a way for us to engage with students in an informal way. I will be attending these whenevere possible and hope to see you there!

On the 15th I attended a Council Strategy Session, where I had the chance to learn about the wide range of considerations that goes into determining the direction of the university in the future, and hear about how the university will manage the new financial environment without compromising on students’ educational experiences. This was followed by a lunch with newly promoted senior academic staff, and then the board meeting itself. In the evening I was honoured to be invited to a farewell dinner for Dr Wendy Craik AM, to celebrate her commendable service as Deputy Chancellor over the last 9 years.  As well as honouring Dr Craik this was also an excellent chance to build relationships with the people I will be working with throughout the year. Overall it was a long day but a very worthwhile one.

I also met with Jamil Ameen, a student from the School of Business who is organising a program to support families of international students who have come to live in Australia. We discussed how I could support the program, as many students in this situation are postgraduate students, and how we could reach as many students in this situation as possible. This is an excellent inititative and one which I hope to see extended across the university.

Finally, I have been continuing to research whether and how we as a student association might be able to support the universities efforts to prevent sexual assault on campus. I know that student safety and wellbeing is something we all care deeply about, and I am committed to approaching it from an evidence-based and outcome-focused perspective.

Activity Report

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

20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting

06/04/18 – Met with UniSA Family Support Program organiser

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

Ongoing – Preparing proposal for a Postgrad Catch Up

Upcoming Events

12/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony

17/04/18 – USASA Board Meeting

01/05/18 – Toastie Tuesday at Magill (TBC)

March 2018 Magill Board Report: Surabhi Shubhraj

“Life is quicker than a blink of an eye” Jimi Hendrix

March clearly felt like running marathon. I got my days mixed up and I am a few hours late at getting the my report in. Apologies!

Most of you know me now and aware of my passion towards women’s matters on campus. I spent this month learning about what I can and can not do in the capacity of Magill Under Grad Representative and the convenor of the Women’s Committee at USASA. The complexities of the matter require me to connect with female identifying students on campus. I identified USASA Women’s Collective Club as a great opportunity to reach out with diverse student groups to initiate matters for discussion.

In the capacity of the club listed are some on the issues I came across:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Breast feeding
  • Pregnancy
  • Abortion
  • Miscarrage
  • Storage of Breast milk on campus
  • Child care
  • Pumping Breast milk on campus
  • Gender inequality
  • Inadequate support during placement due to gender biases

I wish to network and continue to explore new ideas to form a safe space for students in the future.

March Activities:

  • 01/03/2018 Clubs Welcome BBQ
  • 06/03/2018 Magill Campus Fair Day
  • 08/03/2018 USASA Women’s Committee Meeting
  • 08/03/2018 International Women’s Day Zumba by UniSA Women’s Collective Club
  • 08/03/2018 International Women’s Day March
  • 19/03/2018  Meeting with Narelle Lieschke and Shweta Mariwala
  • 20/03/2018 USASA Board Meeting

City West – March 2018 Activity Report – Bridget Barletta

Hello everyone!

Hope everyone is finding their feet with their semester 1, 2018 studies. Please remember to take care of yourselves through this period of stress (following mid-break!) and keep in mind that there are plenty of services that UniSA offer to help you if you are feeling overwhelmed or are struggling.

March, for me, has been a bit of a different experience as a USASA board rep!

This month I attended the Governance committee meeting for the first time. I believe this committee will be doing some great work this in year, making some necessary changes to outdated policies/regulations/definitions.

I also attended the USASA Board Rep’s meeting on the 20th of March. Here we discussed a lot of the upcoming ideas being brought to UniSA to improve the student experience. Stay tuned as these ideas develop and are integrated to the UniSA experience this year.

The other thing I had the opportunity of doing this month was to attend the Pac-crawl Pubcrawl as a volunteer. This was a really good night, and I hope everyone who attended enjoyed themselves and kept safe. My job as a volunteer was primarily to make sure everyone was behaving appropriately, not getting too messy, but also having as much fun as they can! I was impressed with the amount of Pac-Crawl shirt-wearers I saw walking around.

Have a picture of myself with Joe and Diana (USASA Staff Members) from the night.



So that’s about all for me. Next month I am hoping to meet with Zelda (USASA City West Rep) to discuss our options for student engagement at City West campus. Keep tuned!

If you would like to contact me to discuss any ideas or questions you may have, please feel free to email me on barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Enjoy the break!

Upcoming activities:

17 April – Formal Enquiry
– USASA Unite Workshop
– USASA Board Meeting
– Governance Committee meeting

TBA – Women’s Committee meeting









ATSI rep report March/April


Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly Board report. This month was full of little informal meetings with other board reps all going into a bigger picture. As for the formal meetings I have attended this month they so far include.
– March 27th formal inquiry
-March 28th reconciliation week meeting. I was gladly happy to be a part of this meeting and a, excited to see reconciliation week in action at Uni SA
-Welfare meeting Friday the 6th: This meeting was very beneficial to the students of Uni SA and I can’t wait to continue on this committee
– PAC crawl was amazing and I am so glad to see that everyone had fun at this event
Women’s committee meeting is later today and am excited to attend via phone.

That is all for now see you next month.


March/April City East Rep’s Report – Timothy Pham

G’day mate!

How are you going? I hope your study has been going well. The first few weeks of SP2 has passed very quickly, hasn’t it? I hope you have enjoyed March and April as there were quite a few great activities going around our campuses and I would recommend you to take some time from your schedule to join some of those activities, make new friends and keep creating a good memory at uni.

Campus Fair is an amazing event that I would like to highlight. Have you been to one of those? It’s great, isn’t it?

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

Campus Fair

It’s great seeing you all enjoyed the event, seeing how active and passionate the clubs are in recruiting their members as well as sharing their experiences with their peers and making new friends. Have you joined a club yet? If not, it’s never too late to join one. The experience of having a group of friends who are sharing the same interest with you while going through four years of uni is just amazing and unforgettable!

Other things I’ve done this month:

  • 27/03/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 28/03/18 – SPICED event at City East Plaza (India/Vietnam)
  • 01/04/18 – Vietnamese Students Society (VSS) Welcome Party
  • 06/04/18 – ISBS Vietnam Chapter – Vietnam Get Together at City West
  • 06/04/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 09/04/18 – Vietnamese Students Society (VSS) Picnic
  • 10/04/18 – ISBS Hongkong Chapter Gather

What I’m up to next month:

  • 17/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony – School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
  • 17/04/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 17/04/18 – UNITE Program – USASA Board
  • 17/04/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 24/04/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to contact me at phahy017@mymail.unisa.edu.au and HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!! ((:

March Board Report

Hope the semester so far has been kind on all of you!

This month was very busy for me, since i had a range of events/meetings to attend in my capacity as a rep.

The main event i attended this month was the Campus fair held at City East. It was excellent to be out there and talking to students about USASA and handing out the USASA goodie bags. The response from students was overwhelmingly positive regarding the services USASA provides. Students were also quite happy to a see a healthy range of clubs present at City East.

The USASA board meeting was held on March 20. The interesting thing being discussed at the board meeting was regarding Toastie Tuesday being rolled out on Magill Campus and at the board meeting it was also decided that the reps of other campuses’ will endeavour to hold these types of events at their own campuses.

I convened two governance meetings this month. The main purpose of the governance committee is to review raft of policies and recommend any changes to the board, which will then decide whether to approve the change(s) suggested by the governance committee. Another thing that is happening in the governance committee is that we are looking at the constitution of USASA and reviewing it from top to bottom. That task will be the main focus of the committee. I also attended finance, clubs and education committee meetings in my capacity as a member of those committees.

Academic board meeting was held on March 23 where the board members were given an inside look into the changes being planned by fellow board members for enhancing the efficiency and productiveness of the University.

That is all from me for this time.

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