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Canberra graduation Mass and ceremony
Clancy Prize exhibition opens at Strathfield
Brisbane Campus welcomes Foundation Professor of Midwifery
ACU professor short-listed for Premier’s Literary Awards
ACU celebrates Catholic Education Week
Jim-baa-yer holds welcome morning tea at Melbourne Campus
Understanding the new planning cycle
Lecturer of the year 2008
Free bus for Brisbane Campus
ACU lecturers teach English in Chile
Students celebrate St Patrick’s Day on campus
New e Journal now available
World Home Economics Day
Highlighting social work with the elderly
Living Our Mission
Graduate builds hope for Nepali students
Presentation of Theology paper
‘A dollar lasts a day, a blanket is forever’
Upcoming Events

Canberra graduation Mass and ceremony

ACU’s 2009 graduation ceremonies got under way recently, with the first of the ceremonies taking place at Parliament House in Canberra .

The Graduation Ceremony was marked by a special occasion, with the first group of nurses graduating from the Canberra Campus (31 nurses in total).

The University’s Honorary Doctorate was awarded to Sister Angela Ryan for her work with Professional Standards for the Australian Catholic Church and the Towards Healing program.

Sister Angela’s work recognises victims of abuse within the Catholic Church and strives to move all involved towards a process of forgiveness and healing. Sister Angela was the occasional speaker on the day.

A graduation mass was held at St Christopher’s Cathedral on the evening before the graduation, with 170 guests celebrating graduates’ achievements and the support of families and friends.

Graduations have also taken place in Sydney, with Brisbane graduations to follow later this month, and Ballarat and Melbourne graduations coming up in May.

Sister Angela Ryan
Sister Angela Ryan

Nursing graduates
The first group of Canberra nursing graduates with academic and support staff.

Clancy Prize exhibition opens at Strathfield

The 10th annual Clancy Prize Religious Art Exhibition for Sydney’s Catholic Secondary Schools was opened at the Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) recently.

The exhibition, run collaboratively with the Catholic Education Office (CEO) Sydney and ACU, called on high school art students to explore the theme ‘You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the word (Matt 5:13-14) Celebrating Who I Am’ through visual art.

The opening night was attended by the NSW Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts and Member for Strathfield, Virginia Judge, along with school principals, teachers and parents, and staff from the CEO and ACU.

The exhibition will be open in the ACU gallery at Strathfield until 4 April.

Executive Director of Catholic Schools Dr Dan White and Clancy Prize winner Kimlee Ngo, with The Hon. Virginia Judge and ACU Head of School of Education (NSW), Associate Professor Marea Nicholson.

Brisbane Campus welcomes Foundation Professor of Midwifery

This week, the Brisbane Campus welcomed Dr Sue Kildea into the position of Foundation Professor of Midwifery.

Working in conjunction with the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals (MMH), Professor Kildea will strengthen research capacity and generate research output in midwifery health care.

Professor Kildea is an active and successful researcher, with a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years in clinical, educational and research environments.

Sue Kildea
Professor Sue Kildea

ACU professor shortlisted for Premier’s Literary Awards

Strathfield Campus academic Professor Malcolm Prentis was recently short-listed in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2009 for his book The Scots in Australia, published by the University of New South Wales Press.

Professor Prentis was nominated in the category of “Community Relations Commission Award”.

The book is soon to be published in Scotland by Luath Press, Edinburgh.

Scots front cover
The front cover of Professor Malcolm Prentis’s book.

ACU celebrates Catholic Education Week

Australian Catholic University (ACU) recently sponsored Catholic Education Week, which was celebrated across Melbourne last week.

A Visual Arts exhibition was held as part of the celebrations, with ACU Social Justice Awards given to artworks reflecting a concern for social justice issues. The Holy Eucharist School won the Primary School category with an artwork reflecting themes of the National Sorry Day.

“Catholic Education Week 2009 was a resounding success, highlighting the breadth of educational achievements from pre-school, across primary and secondary schooling, to higher education,” ACU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Gabrielle McMullen said.

ACU Social Justice Award Winner, grade 5 and 6 students, Holy Eucharist School, Chadstone.

Jim-baa-yer holds welcome morning tea at Melbourne Campus

The Jim-baa-yer Indigenous Unit held a morning tea at the Melbourne Campus recently, giving staff and students an opportunity to discuss teaching and research needs.

Students and staff joined Elder Aunty Joyce Smith to talk about the development and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within academic units, research and general knowledge.

“This was an opportunity for staff and students to drop in and have a yarn about teaching and researching needs,” said Jim-baa-yer coordinator Naomi Wolfe. “We are fortunate enough to have Elders and community members who can come and talk to lecture and tutorial groups, alongside print and electronic sources for staff to access.”

Student Recruitment Officer Lynette O’Boyle, Elder Aunty Joyce Smith, Jim -baa-yer Co-ordinator Naomi Wolfe, and Mat Crane.

Understanding the new planning cycle

The University’s Office of Planning and Strategic Management (OPSM) is hosting a presentation to provide staff with information about new planning cycles, processes and documents on Wednesday 15 April.

The presentation, by OPSM Director Evelyn Picot, will also outline key aspects of the draft Strategic Plan 2009-2011 and staff responsibilities within the planning process.

The presentation is open to all, but will be of particular relevance to staff who have not yet been exposed to the planning cycle of the University, or those who feel they would benefit from a further explanation of the process.

The presentation will be held from 1.00pm to 2.30pm at each campus via video conference.

Lecturer of the year 2008

Ballarat Campus Nursing Lecturer Murray Bardwell was recently placed third in the Lecturer of the Year awards for 2008.

More than 60,000 votes were lodged on the lecturer of the year website during 2008, which saw 6,421 lecturers nominated from Universities around Australia.

Other top nominations from Australian Catholic University included Robin Fisher, Brian King, Paula Schulz, Andrea McDonough, Dr Stephen Buckle, Dr Peter Drum, John Quilter, Dr Helga Neidhart and Dr Gayle Spry.

Visit to view the final results for the 2008 Lecturer of the Year and see the top lecturers nominated from each University.

Free bus for Brisbane Campus

Brisbane Campus students have been travelling to uni much easier this year with the introduction of free bus services to and from the Northgate and Toombul Railway Stations.

Departing every 30 minutes (from the Bus Drop Off Area behind the Library), the modern-design bus runs six days a week, including Saturdays during Library opening hours.

On week days the first service departs from Toombul Railway Station at 7.30am, with the last service departing at 9pm.

ACU students Sujata Gurung, Selina Gurgaez and Derek Podhaizer.

ACU lecturers teach English in Chile

Education lecturers Michele Endicott from the Brisbane Campus and Dianne Cullen from the Melbourne Campus recently travelled to Chile to conduct three, two-day professional development workshops.

The workshops were designed in conjunction with the University of St Thomas, as part of a project funded by the Chilean Government to improve the quality of English spoken within the country.

The seminars aimed to help local educators improve the delivery of their English language programs.

ACU Faculty of Education lecturers Michele Endicott and Dianne Cullen with University of St Thomas Head of English and Head of Education.

Students celebrate St Patrick’s Day on campus

Melbourne Campus Student Association (MCSA) celebrated St Patrick’s Day recently, with a barbeque and party.

Staff and students wore green, ate green fairy floss and were entertained with traditional Irish song and dance.

“It was a great opportunity for students to mingle and have fun outside the classroom,” said Bachelor of Arts student Maire O’Sullivan, who performed an Irish dance for staff and students.

An on-campus Mass was also held on the day.

St Pats
Student Thomas Bick dresses up for St Patrick’s day.

New e Journal now available

The new issue of Australian e Journal of Theology (No 13, March 2009) is now available online.

The e Journal contains essays written by several ACU scholars, including Tony Kelly, Neil Ormerod and Paul Oslington.

Issues covered in the e journal include theological reflection, Indigenous mysticism and political theologies of gender/sexuality.

The Australian e Journal of Theology can be found by clicking this link.

World Home Economics Day

World Home Economics Day 2009 was recently celebrated by Strathfield Campus staff and students, by attending a seminar with guest speaker Associate Professor Susan Green.

ACU technology lecturer Dr Louise DuVernet said the group was ‘overawed’ by Professor Green’s presentation, with the key message being ‘know yourself and treat others as you would your own.’

Professor Green also presented the recipients of the King and Amy O'Malley Trust Scholarships with their certificates, which included two ACU students, Jessica Morrison and Sue Williams.

Jessica Morrison, Susan Williams, Associate Professor Susan Green from University of NSW and Louise DuVernet.

Highlighting social work with the elderly

The Strathfield Campus School of Social Work recently organised a lunch event for World Social Work Day.

Ms Moira Rangel, a former academic at University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and an experienced social worker, was the guest speaker at the lunch.

Ms Rangel spoke to the staff and students about her work with the elderly, highlighting the need to pay more attention to the quality of services to the elderly.

Living Our Mission

Ballarat Campus students and staff recently hosted a barbeque to raise funds for the university’s international community engagement efforts.

Held at a local Ballarat market, the barbeque raised more than $1,000. Proceeds will go towards ACU friendship school, Leo Lima in East Timor and the Northern District Health Service in Vanuatu.

Second-year nursing student Megan Tweedie will soon see firsthand how her volunteering efforts have assisted the local community in Vanuatu, when she and 10 other nursing students and staff spend two weeks in the developing country.

Second Year Nursing Students Megan Tweedie and Natalie Linke help out at the barbeque.

Graduate builds hope for Nepali students

ACU Exercise Science (2004) and Diploma of Education graduate (2005) Pat Price, founder of the Centre for Learning and Children's rights Inc (CLCR) charity, recently launched a new campaign the Buy a Brick Promo for HCA (Heartland Children’s Academy).

The campaign asks donators to buy a brick (or a few) at $1 AUD each, to pave the Heartland Children’s Academy courtyard in Nepal.

This will reduce the huge amount of dust on the courtyard which constantly plagues the students during summer and eliminate the mud caused during the monsoon period.

Please visit for more information or to donate.

Dust playground
The dusty playground in Nepal as it stands today.

Presentation of Theology paper

On Friday 3 April, the School of Theology will present a paper Divine Action, Providence and Adam Smith’s invisible hand written by economics lecturer Professor Paul Oslington via video conference to all campuses of ACU.

The presentation will run from 12.30pm to 2.30pm (AEST). For individual campus video conference room numbers, please click here.

‘A dollar lasts a day, a blanket is forever’

Staff and students of the Canberra Campus (Signadou) are knitting blankets for the victims of Victorian Bushfires.

The Signadou Student Association (SSA) asked volunteers to knit 20cm by 20cm squares to be made into larger blankets.

“These blankets are gifts that will last a lifetime,” said SSA member and joint organiser of the project, Naomi Jacob. “I am so happy to contribute something to the victims of the fires who have been left to find shelter in their cars, tents or community centres.”

The knitting materials were donated by staff members, students and families.

Please contact Naomi Jacob for more information or to help.

Naomi Jacob knits squares for the bushfire appeal.

Upcoming Events

Presentation of Theology paper - 03 Apr 2009

Taking a look at being Catholic colloquium - 15 Apr 2009

Golding Centre Colloquia 2009 - 18 Apr 2009

Details on this and other upcoming events can be found on the events page of the website. Promote your event by listing it on the myACU events section and by emailing details to