June 2018 – President’s Report

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all been smashing out your exams and final assignments and are looking forward to a well deserved break from study. It has been an absolutely hectic month from a USASA perspective, and I cant wait to let you all know what I’ve been up to this month.


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

University Merger Discussion

On Tuesday the 19th of June, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide announced that both universities have agreed to explore the merits of a merger to create a new Australian university. I have begun conversations with the Vice-Chancellor David Lloyd about this announcement, and my immediate focus will be ensuring that the student voice is at the heart of this process. I have refrained from rushing into making impulsive and ill-considered comments about this announcement, as I think that it is important that I understand what your thoughts on this issue are. It is for this reason that I have announced that USASA will be conducting a comprehensive listening exercise on this issue. I will be visiting every UniSA campus in the month of August to discuss this issue with you and your campus representatives directly. These dates will be made available shortly through USASA’s promotional channels. In the meantime, there will be no impact to any students currently studying at UniSA. You can find out more here.

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Residential Colleges

Earlier this month, there were some extremely concerning allegations of hazing and sexual assault at the St Mark’s residential college on 60 Minutes. Subsequent to these allegations, I met with the administration of St Mark’s College including the Master Rose Alwyn, as well as the student leadership of the college. I have also been working with the National Union of Students, as well as End Rape on Campus throughout the month. I welcome the decision of Richard Burchnall to stand down from the position of St Mark’s College chairman, and I support his calls for the college board to be dissolved. USASA stands with all victims of sexual assault, harassment and rape. I will continue to work with the University to ensure that they take action on this issue. I am also meeting with the Federal Minister for Education next month to discuss the issue of hazing and sexual assault in residential colleges, and why it is imperative that the Federal Government take action to stamp out this disgusting behaviour.


Sea & Vines Festival

It was great to attend the Sea & Vines Festival in McLaren Vale – one of the best wine regions in the world. All of the UniSA students that attended had a great day, and I think that it is imperative that as your student association, USASA continues to offer social events such as this as a way for students to unwind and meet new people.

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Other things I’ve been up to: 

  • 01/06/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM), Nick Anderson (USASA Finance Advisor), and Arthur Siow (USASA Legal Advisor)
  • 01/06/18 – Phone meeting with Nina Funnell
  • 05/05/18 – Meeting with Kayla Dickeson (NUS (Dis)abilities Officer)
  • 05/06/18 – Shortlisting – Learning Advisor
  • 04/06/18 – Meeting with St Mark’s College Club Leadership
  • 05/06/18 – Student Appeals Committee Meeting
  • 06/06/18 – Snap Action against Sexual Harassment and Hazing at Adelaide University
  • 06/06/18 – Meeting with Bridget Laffy  (Student Rep Support Officer)
  • 10/06/18 – Sea & Vines Day Trip
  • 12/06/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM) and Bridget Laffy (Student Rep Support Officer)
  • 12/06/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 13/06/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 13/06/18 – Meeting with Michelle Anderson (Manager: Access and Inclusion, SEU) and Rainbow Club Executive and Rainbow Club regarding ALLY Network
  • 13/06/18 – Phone meeting with Stephen Foley (Head of College & Chief Executive) Mark Thornton (Deputy Head) Paterson Boyd (Dean of Students and former NAUUC president) of St Leo’s Residential College
  • 15/06/18 – Meeting with Sopor Tan (City East Rep) and Bridget Laffy (Student Rep Support Officer)
  • 15/06/18 – Meeting with Sharna Bremner (Founder and Director, End Rape on Campus)
  • 15/06/18 – City East Campus Advisory Group Meeting
  • 15/06/18 – Meeting with Abid Billah (Intl Student Rep) and Bridget Laffy (Student Rep Support Officer)
  • 18/06/18 – Halloween Committee Meeting
  • 18/06/18 – Meeting with Brendan Hughes (Director, SEU), and Narelle Lieschke (Manager Counselling, SEU)
  • 19/06/18 – UniSA Special Council Meeting
  • 19/18/18 – Meeting with Rose Alwyn (Master, St Mark’s College), Narelle Lieschke (Manager Counselling, SEU), and Brendan Hughes (Director, SEU)
  • 19/06/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM), and Luis Gardeazabal (USASA Advocacy Manager)
  • 19/06/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 19/06/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 20/06/18 – Meeting with Brendan Hughes (Director, SEU), and Narelle Lieschke (Manager Counselling, SEU)
  • 20/06/18 – Meeting with Stephen Boyle (Dean: Academic, Business School) and Luis Gardeazabal (USASA Advocacy Manager)
  • 21/06/18 – Meeting with Grace Dixon (Mawson Lakes Rep)
  • 21/06/18 – Meeting with Mark Pace (NUS President) and Jordon O’Reilly (NUS Welfare Officer)
  • 22/06/18 – Productivity Ninja Workshop
  • 22/06/18 – Academic Board Meeting
  • 22/06/18 – Meeting with John Walker (Program Manager with Dean Academic Office:EASS)
  • 26/06/18 – Unitopia Student Committee Meeting
  • 26/06/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 27/06/18 – Meeting with Abid Billah (International Student Rep)
  • 28/06/18 – University Council Meeting
  • 29/06/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting
  • 29/06/18 – Diversity, Equity & Access Committee Meeting

What I’m up to next month:

  • 03/07/18 – NUS Education Conference
  • 04/07/18 – NUS Education Conference
  • 05/07/18 – NUS Education Conference
  • 05/07/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 06/07/18 – Meeting with Simon Birmingham (Federal Minister for Education) and Matt Boughey (Adelaide Uni SRC President)
  • 13/07/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 16/07/18 – International Student Welcome Event with Abid Billah (International Student Rep)
  • 16/07/18 – UNITE Workshop – Delegating and Coaching
  • 16/07/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 24/07/18 – Halloween Party Committee Meeting
  • 26/07/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 27/07/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 30/07/18 – BUE International Student Welcome Reception
  • TBA – Governance Committee Meeting

That’s all for now. If in the meantime you’d like to get in contact for any reason, feel free to send me an email at mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu.

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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

Mount Gambier – May 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

May was definitely a busy month for me, taking part in activities and planning future activities.

The Student Pizza Party Day proved just how much everyone loves the Italian specialty, as well as how fast a campus full of students here in Mount Gambier can demolish 12 boxes of KING SIZE pizza. A very successful day for us student leaders who organised events, and for students who enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with students from other degrees.

The UniBar was once again a special treat for students to relax and chat outside of the university environment, and we were lucky to see a few new faces to this month nibbles and drinks at the Macs Hotel.

Downsizing was the first movie night provided for students this year on campus, another social event for students to take a break from study. Students were pleased to see pizza on the menu once again, and definitely didn’t turn away the popcorn. A great cosy night in the Bob and Gail Cowan Auditorium here at UniSA Mount Gambier.

The Education Meeting with Students of Mount Gambier provided myself, the USASA representative of our campus, and Chloe and Lauren, the Academic Student Representatives, to hear the opinions and matters that students had about their course. Some very important concerns were noted and are now under way to resolved. It was great to hear students open up about these concerns, otherwise they would ignored and continue to be an issue.

Reconciliation Week was well recognised here at UniSA Mount Gambier with a number of activities occurring during the week; the biggest being the Sea of Hands display. I was also very fortunate to have Pam (the ATSI Representative) to visit my campus on Monday to provide me with support and guidance for the week.

Good luck to everyone in their upcoming exams! To those who are fortunate enough, enjoy your midyear break, and to those who are studying – continue to work hard!

Any questions or concerns, shoot them my way – goggp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Upcoming Activities:

28th May to 1st June – Reconciliation Week Activities on Campus

3rd June – UniSA Mount Gambier attending the Penola Races

4th June – meeting with UniSA staff in regards to Open Day at Mount Gambier

8th June – Wayne’s World 1 & 2 Movie Night

12th June – meeting with Campus Central staff at UniSA Mount Gambier

13th June – UniSA Mount Gambier Awards and Scholarships Ceremony

16th June – UniSA Mount Gambier end of semester dinner

19th June – USASA Board Meeting

May 2018 – Postgrad Rep Report

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Hi everyone,

This was meant to be a short report, as I’m a bit under the weather, but as always there’s so much to say! I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves, and successfully keeping the winter bugs at bay. Remember, at least 7 hours sleep, plenty of fresh fruits and veggies (or as many as you can afford), and all that.

Highlights

This month we had our last Women’s Committee Meeting, as the committee has now been expanded to form the Diversity, Equity and Access Committee. We will continue to address the concerns of female students while also working with other groups in the uni that have unique needs, with a strong collaborative and intersectional approach.

We had UniTopia at Magill, which was vibrant and successful as always, with puppies, potting mix and plenty of relaxed postgrads (I hope)! In fact, congratulations are owed to our events team, who were awarded Australia’s Most Successful Student Focused Event at the 2018 CampusLink Awards in Melbourne!

That evening student reps were invited to check out the new MOD science museum, which is just across North Terrace from the City West Campus, and well worth a visit for the main exhibit alone – a 6 foot wide sphere with video projections showing earth climate, geography and extraterrestrial landscapes!

On the 21st, I attended a breakfast event with female business and community leaders about how the #metoo has helped fuel the conversation about workplace bullying, harassment and inequality, and what our next steps should be in creating safer, more inclusive workplaces. I was pleased to see that UniSA had supported the event by booking a corporate table, and many council members were in attendance.

I was particularly encouraged by the words of our Equal Opportunity Commissioner Niki Vincent, who spoke persuasively about the benefits of diverse and representative leadership teams, the value that so-called ‘diversity hires’ really bring to the table in lived experience, and the need to reexamine definitions of ‘merit’ built on white, ‘straight’, masculine norms.

As the month drew to a close, Magill Campus hosted a reconciliation week event with guests from local primary schools. The art workshops were a relaxing, engaging celebration of living indigenous culture. This year’s theme, Don’t Keep History a Mystery, was a timely reminder that reconciliation is fundamentally about truth. Rather than denying the injustices of the past (or present) because they are uncomfortable, we simply need to acknowledge them, and work together towards a better future. Thank you to the organisers, to Uncle Ivan who conducted the Welcome to Country, and to our ATSI representative Pamela Spek who helped out with planning as well as on the day.

Activity Report

15/05/18 – Women’s Committee Meeting

16/05/18 – UniTopia Magill and MOD Student Rep Tour

21/05/18 – What lies beneath? Breakfast event

21/05/18 – Introductory meeting with new Sexual Assault & Harassment Counsellor & Training Coordinator

22/05/18 – USASA Board Meeting

24/05/18 – Academic Review Panel

30/05/18 – Reconciliation Week Event Magill Campus

 

Upcoming Events

13/06/18 – Ally Network Progress Meeting with SEU and Rainbow Club Exec

19/06/18 – Special Meeting of UniSA Council

19/06/18 – USASA Board Meeting

21/06/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting

May-June 2018

Hello everyone,

Hope all of you are preparing well for the exams. Things were pretty quiet for me in terms of activities. We had our board meeting last month where we had presentation from the welfare officer of NUS. It was an informative presentation. Other than that we discussed about the UTASIS affiliation in the finance committee, and I am happy to report that we will affiliate with UTASIS. I also attended education committee meeting where we had an informative presentation about USASA advocacy.

For this month I have a formal enquiry hearing and our board meetings coming up. Other than that this month will also be pretty quite. However, next month will get busy as I would prepare and discuss plans for the upcoming semester with our president.

Keep an eye out as exciting things are ahead of us.

 

Pamela Spek May/June report

Hello everyone,

These past few weeks have been hectic.

So I am going to start at the beginning, last finance committee it was official of affiiating with UATSIS and now USASA is the first South Australian university student association to affiliate with UATSIS. Woo let’s go.

The board meeting like always was very interesting so go check out the minutes when they are available.

After that things quitened down until the beginning of Reconciliation week. On the Monday morning I had the opportunity to fly down to Mount Gambier campus and spend the Monday talking to students and staff about reconciliation means to them. Also with Mount Gambier having the largest ratio of indigenous students to non indigenous students I felt it was really important to also talk to the staff who worked directly with indigenous students and as many indigenous students as well to see what I can do for them. I also had a chance to participate in Mount Gambiers sea of hands activity which was amazing. Unfortunately due to flights back I couldn’ stay for the story telling that afternoon.

Tuesday was pretty quiet and with so a day of study and rest for exams after of course helping out with toastie Tuesday. I was fueled up for Wednesday with a trip to Magill Campus for their reconciliation week celebrations. The welcome to country and presentation was amazing. Afterwards students had a chance to put a hand on the board of hands (our little take on the sea of hands). There was also basket weaving and for painting to try thanks to Marra Dreaming. Also lastly documentaries and free popcorn were playing in the student lounge.

Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I couldn’t make other reconcilition week activities :(.

Until next time Pam over and out

 

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

 

May report- Sneha M

Hey hey, happy SWOTVAC everyone!

May was an amazing month with lots of activities organised for you all on campus, hope you enjoyed them:)

On 02/05, I attended the student connect meeting at Mawson Lakes. Students from various divisions at Mawson Lakes came down to express their concerns with things around the campus. A lot of good points were raised with regards to facilities, carparks, course evaluations etc. FM assist and other relevant figures have been contacted and hopefully, these issues will be resolved soon.

On 15/05, there was the UNITE workshop on situational leadership and delegation that board reps had to attend. An activity on finding out each of our leadership styles was especially interesting. I really enjoyed and learnt a lot from the workshop and would definitely encourage you to participate in such workshops, you will learn new skills and also get free mentos.

We had our clubs committee meeting on 22/05 at City East where matters such as the budget for clubs, club awards and club activation events were discussed.  These meetings will be happening on different campuses every month so feel free to email me and join in the meeting if you have ideas or concerns to share about your club. Later that day we had the finance committee meeting followed by our May board meeting.

Education committee meeting was on the 25th and it was nice to see ASRs from different schools taking part in it. We had Luis from USASA advocacy to give a short talk about the advocacy services USASA provides. Students who are not aware of these services, please read about them on the USASA website and get in touch if you are in need of them.

That is all from me this month, all the very best for all your exams:)

Don’t hesitate to contact me at mansy060@mymail.unisa.edu.au if you have any feedback or questions.

 

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 🙂

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