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.



November President’s Report

Hey all! I hope everyone is fairing well with exams, final assessments and end of year events. Firstly, as we’re nearing the end of the year, I’d just like to say what a privilege it has been to be your 2017 USASA President! It’s been amazing to meet so many of you this year and to see your passion for our student community. Thank you to the USASA Board for a fantastic year and I wish everyone in the new 2018 Board the absolute best.

During November I have been focused on putting together all of my final reports and submissions to hand over to the incoming Board, as well as to the University. I have also been preparing for the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Conference and National Union of Students’ National Conference. I have also handed down submissions to the University on the International Relations changes in collaboration with students, staff and the NTEU; as well as presenting on and preparing a final report on student representation at UniSA.

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November Postgrad Report

Hi postgrads!

This has been a month of wrapping up my current projects and preparing everything for next year. I have been in contact with 2018’s elected postgraduate representative, Kate Riggall, and I know that she is going to work really hard at supporting you all next year!

The handover policy and procedures that I submitted to the USASA board were accepted, and so this month every committee and student representative will be preparing a handover document for next year’s committee/representatives. This is something that I’m really proud of, as I hope it will help USASA successfully implement more long term projects, and allow reps to “pass the torch” to their successors. I’ve included heaps of information in my handover so I hope that Kate can get off to a running start in her term.

Thank you to every student who voted in 2016 to elect me to this position. It’s something I have taken very seriously and I have worked really hard to enact change and support students during my term.

Good luck to everyone with their ongoing postgraduate studies and congratulations to those who will be finishing/submitting this year.

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October Activity Report

Hi Everyone,

I hope everything is going well with your studies. It has been great to see an incline of students around all different campuses. It’s fantastic to see Aboriginal and Torres Islander students coming into the student units across the campuses I have visited recently; City West, Mawson Lakes & my home campus City East.

You can physically see the encouragement and effort given to all students by other students. I have enjoyed getting to know more familiar faces around campuses and seeing how hard everyone is working to finish the year the best they can.

Keep it up to everyone; keep studying hard, we are almost finished for the year, and then you guys and have a long deserved break.

See you next time for November’s activity report.

Jordan-Leigh Graeber


October City West Activity Report

Hey everyone,

I hope your October has been productive and fun, because mine has been all about planning. This is a time of the year where we start looking towards 2018 – planning our new classes, planning our holidays and planning how we, as students, will map out the rest of our studies and exams so we finish the year successfully. Continue reading

Mt Gambier Student rep report – Julie Baum

Hi Everyone,

It feels like it’s been a really quiet month but it actually hasn’t.  I know everyone has been working hard to get to the end of SP5 and get ready for the upcoming exams.

It’s been great to see the students who are in their last year working on and completing their final assignments.  I know a lot of students in nursing, teaching and social work who are all completing their final year as I am, it’s exciting and a bit strange knowing you are coming to the end of your degree.

Remember – for those preparing to enter the workforce Uni has services to support you to prepare your resumes and how to write cover letters etc, just check under the Career Services tab on your home page.

Silent study space – don’ forget the space available for study if you need a totally quiet area to prepare for exams , this is the place to go, also you can book room LC-21 as a small group study room if you work with a small study group.


We had a great time at our Unitopia event, the massages were really popular and our adopt a plant was highly successful, we had everything from indoor plants to veggies and herbs.  It was great to see so many students participating and having a good day.

I hope everyone is coping well at this time and that we all do well at finishing of the year, good luck with your final assignments and exams. Julie

October 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone,
What a month! I’m sure you’ve all been super busy heading into the hectic exam season, but hopefully UniTopia allowed you to unwind and feel renewed and relaxed.
USASA elections have also been occurring this month, so to all of the staff who worked hard to ensure they ran smoothly thank you. To all of the candidates – successful, and unsuccessful, as well as all students who participated by taking the time to vote, thank you for contributing to this important process.

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

UniTopia Mawson Lakes 17/10/17 – 
I hope everyone who came and experienced the festivities of UniTopia at Mawson Lakes enjoyed themselves, as I certainly did. Events like this really showcase the best of USASA and it is especially great leading into such a stressful study period. I was lucky enough to work with the Women’s Committee on their responsible sex stall, and although turnout was quite low, we had some great conversations.
Louise Kyriaki (Postgraduate Rep), and I on the Responsibili-TEA stall at Mawson Lakes.

Other things I’ve been up to: 

  • Brekky Bar – 04/10/17
  • USASA Board Meeting – 09/10/17
  • Brekky Bar – 11/10/17
  • Student Connect Meeting – 17/10/17
  • Academic Review Appeals Interview – 20/10/17
  • Academic Board Meeting – 27/10/17

What I’ve got planned for next month:
  • Clubs Committee Meeting – 31/10/17
  • Academic Review Meeting 31/10/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – 02/11/17
  • USASA Board Meeting 06/11/17
  • Academic Board Meeting 24/11/17

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

Mawson Lakes Rep October Post – Jivan Jothi


Happy Haloween everyone!

I hope everyone had fun over the festive weekend! I bet everyone that went for the USASA party at Fat Controller had heaps of fun!  to those that did not, there is still 12 months before the next Haloween party!

It has been getting warmer over the past few days.


With winter ending, many people have been down with sinus and hay-fever! Do take good care of your health! Do check out the clinics UniSA has for all students!

More info here:

There has been plenty happening over the past month!

Unitopia ran at every Metro Campus! it was a fun-filled day with adorable dogs making an appearance and a wide variety of games and even a plant adoption corner!

Elections ran last week! with free BBQ on every metro campuses too! I hope you took part! Congratulations to all elected individuals! I am sure you will strive to make the University a better place for all students.

With exams coming up next month I am sure everyone will be busy with their assignments and with their studies!

All the best!!!
Till next time!

International Rep October Report

Hi everyone,

October was a busy month with lots of events and … assignments.

My highlight of this month was the Business Career Talk Networking Event on the 12th of October. This event was a joint effort of International Student Business School (Vietnam, Malaysia and Hongkong) and Indonesian Student Society of UniSA (PPIA UniSA). It was my honour to be able to work with the amazing team for the success of the night. The event attracted more than 100 students with a presence of 10 networking guests creating plenty of opportunities for students to expand their social network as well as to learn more about their future professions.


Other business:

13/10: USASA Clubs Awards Night

23/10: ISBS Vietnam Chapter AGM

That’s it for this month! I wish you the best of luck with your revision and exams.