Message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins: In continuing the celebration of the 25th anniversary year, the ACU history showcase and history book were launched at a cocktail event in Tenison Woods House North Sydney on 18 June 2015 by the Vice-Chancellor and the Governor-General, respectively.
the celebration of the 25th anniversary year, the ACU history
showcase and history book were launched at a cocktail event in Tenison Woods
House North Sydney on 18 June 2015 by the Vice-Chancellor and the
Governor-General, respectively. Over one hundred guests attended the
launch including distinguished former staff members Professor Peter Drake,
ACU’s founding vice-chancellor (1991-1997); Professor Peter Sheehan, ACU’s
second vice-chancellor (1998-2007), and Sister Rosemary Lewins, ACU Dean of
history showcase is now available for viewing in the foyer of Tenison Woods
House, North Sydney. The showcase consists of beautifully designed
cathedral-shaped Tasmanian Blackwood timber and glass cabinets, displaying
interesting physical memorabilia of the university collected over the last 25
years. The showcase also features interactive digital display screens, each
featuring stories and video segments depicting different aspects of our
University’s rich history. Zooming in on the timelines on each screen
will reveal the over 800 photos, stories as well as video segments of
interviews with key staff, students and alumni whose stories have shaped ACU’s
installation of further display screens is planned for every campus so that all
staff and students will have the opportunity to interact with the digital
components. The showcase will continue to capture ACU’s ongoing history.
book, Australia’s Catholic University: The First Twenty-Five
Years by eminent Australian historian, Dr John Hirst, documents the
founding years of ACU and explains how a Catholic university funded by the
government came into existence, highlights the University’s commitment to
students and staff working for the common good, and profiles individuals who
have worked at the University, some for its full 25 years. The book is
beautifully crafted and produced, and will make an excellent addition to your
personal library. Copies can be purchased from the Co-op Bookshop on each
campus or online (www.coop.com.au) for $35.
We invite you
to engage with the history showcase and the history book and look forward to
receiving your feedback.
July, ACU’s 25thanniversary year will be formally
commemorated with a celebratory Mass presided over by Archbishop Denis Hart,
President of ACU Ltd at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. The service will include the
first use of the ACU Anniversary Mass composed by Roger Hillman from the Ballarat
Campus and sung by the combined ACU Student Choir. The liturgy will be followed by a reception at the Australian Museum. Students,
Staff, Alumni and families are all welcome.
Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching)