In support of Mental Health Week, ACU is hosting a free event tomorrow to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues, particularly amongst young adults.
ACU neuroscience students have prepared posters on several topics such as alcoholism, depression, cannabis and other drug use (ICE, heroin) which will be on display from 9am. The students have also organised a bake sale to raise money for schizophrenia research so be sure to bring some gold coins.
At 10am come and listen to the incredible journey of Steven Dolman as he shares his experience living with schizophrenia. Steven has lived with schizophrenia for many years and now uses his experience to help others deal with their own mental health issues.
The event kicks off at 9am tomorrow (17 May) at ACU Banyo campus, Building 212 room G.22AB.
The Big Issue – Melbourne
We have our first Big Issue vendor selling on campus in Melbourne this week. Phil will be selling copies of The Big Issue this Thursday from 8:30am at the Mary Glowrey Building, 115 Victoria Parade. You may remember Phil from the CEO Selling event earlier this year. If you’re on campus stop by for a chat and pick up your copy. For $7 you get a great magazine and support a fantastic social enterprise which supports the homeless and disadvantaged vendors, who are working to improve their lives.
We are setting up a book exchange in the waiting room of our new Melbourne office. We will supply the bookshelf and a cosy place to read, but we need some books to get started. If you have any unwanted books you would be willing to donate please contact us at email@example.com.
Looking for volunteers: Breakfast Club – Kedron State High School
The Breakfast Club program at Kedron State High School uses rescued and donated food to provide breakfast for students. It attracts roughly 100 students every Tuesday to Friday for 1.5 hrs, from 7.30am to 9am. ACU students and staff are invited to volunteer to serve breakfast and help with set up and pack down. To volunteer you will require a Blue card. To get involved please contact Michael Marrinan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Jim Nyland elected Chair of Engagement Australia
Professor Jim Nyland, Associate-Vice-Chancellor (Queensland) has been unanimously elected to the position of Chair, Engagement Australia (EA) in its 15th year of operation. Engagement Australia is the peak alliance of Australian and New Zealand universities focused on developing the engagement agenda in higher education. EA was formed with a vision to cultivate understanding and awareness of engagement as a strategic methodology for individual and institutional achievement in unison with societal improvement and impact.
Of the engagement agenda in higher education Professor Nyland had this to say: “The implications of 'Re-imagining the Engaged University' for us as leading practitioners are that we use knowledge within our practice and we build pedagogy round it as an expression of our authentic engagement. In so doing, our universities become better equipped to rise to the big challenges of our time which as a consequence become central to our learning and research. We suggest that this is an authentic task for the University and embodies an idea whose time has come.”
Hello! My name is Rugelie Walsh and I work alongside Matthew Pink at Banyo Campus as administrator for ACU Engagement.
I have previously worked in finance and administration roles in both corporate and community settings. There is always more to learn so recently I returned to study a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration at ACU Banyo Campus. Working at ACU Engagement gives me a way to connect and practice what I learn as a student directly to the working environment. This excites me as I feel that I am truly on my way to fulfil my career goals and as a mature age student, I perceive and value education more so now.
I have always believed in “giving back”, as I have been given so much. I appreciate working for ACU Engagement as it gives me the opportunity to make a difference and impact someone’s life journey.
Community engagement opportunities for staff
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at email@example.com.