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Academic to advise national research group

Dr Michael Cole, lecturer in the School of Exercise Science and professor of Nursing, Professor Paul Fulbrook have been appointed to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC’s) Postdoctoral Reference Group.  

The Reference Group is being established to provide a forum for early to mid-career researchers to interact with and advise NHMRC. 

The aim of this group is to provide feedback on issues of relevance to those crucial post-PhD years in researchers’ careers, to better inform the deliberations of the Research Committee.  This will include issues connected with Early Career Fellowships and Career Development Fellowships and will encompass issues applying to all funding schemes and other matters that may affect developing researchers.

To have two academics selected for this Reference Group is a fantastic accolade for ACU and a significant career achievement for both Dr Michael Cole and Professor Paul Fulbrook.

Call for presentation proposals relating to eportfolios

ePortfolios Australia is inviting proposal submissions for their 2012 conference, Meeting expectations – Achieving goals

The ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012, which will be held in Sydney in September 2012, will showcase the diversity of eportfolio practice in Australia and beyond, bringing together national and international speakers educational bodies, professional associations and industry areas.

ePortfolios Australia is inviting proposals for full or short papers, case studies, workshops and posters.

Abstract submissions close Monday 16 April 2012 and should relate to one or more of the following themes; 
• Evidencing standards and providing quality assurance through the use of eportfolios
• Professional and/or career development potential of eportfolios
• Using eportfolio for assessment
• Using eportfolios for supporting access and participation
• Considerations for implementing or scaling up eportfolio systems
• Effective eportfolio pedagogical practices 

Please note abstracts should be no longer than 400 words.

Papers, case studies/workshops and posters that don’t fall under these sub-themes may also be submitted but should justify how the proposal complements the conference theme. 
For more information please see the full submission guidelines or visit the ePortfolios Australia website {LINK}.

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EAC2012 is supported by the ePortfolios Australia, Australian Catholic University, Curtin University, Deakin University, Queensland University of Technology, and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) 

Cycling for a cause

M2M_BODYCyclists in the ACU Murray to Moyne team


ACU riders have successfully completed the 2012 Murray to Moyne cycling relay.

The fundraising ride saw ACU representatives ride 520 kilometres to raise money to support the work of the Youth, Support Advocacy Service (YSAS), a Victorian community service which provides assistance for young people who are experiencing alcohol and other drug problems.

The event was a tough affair this year as teams rode 320 kilometres through strong headwinds on the first day.

“The team were resilient in their efforts and showed a determination and esprit de corps that did ACU and YSAS proud,” said team coordinator and ACU nursing lecturer Joe Perry.

“No-one failed to mount up when called on and all gave 100 per cent to get the team to Port Fairy.”

“I was proud to be the coordinator of such a dedicated team. I would also like to thank our sponsors, Subaru, Kia, Australasian Vehicle Buying Services, Support Link, Australian Public Service Benevolent Society Ltd, City Hearing, and the Rotary Club Belvoir-Wodonga.”

The team, which has already raised approximately $3,500, is still fundraising and there will be opportunities for Melbourne Campus staff to contribute over the next few months. If you would like to donate, please contact Joe Perry, joe.perry@acu.edu.au. 

General information about Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay can be found on their website

ACU supports high school street retreat 

Street Retreat_BODYMary McInerney with Mercy Regional College students Brooke and Louis with their teacher Jo-Anne Saunders


Twelve bleary-eyed Year 11 students from Mercy Regional College in Camperdown stopped by ACU’s Melbourne Campus recently for some quiet reflection after a night on the streets. 

The street retreat program – a new initiative supported by ACU Campus Ministry and led by founder Jo-Anne Saunders, Director of Religious Education at Mercy Regional College – facilitates an overnight stay for students in North Melbourne, volunteering at a soup kitchen run by St Vincent de Paul. 

As part of their core curriculum, the high school students experience one night on the streets –preparing and delivering meals and necessities to people living in the city of Melbourne who experience homelessness and disadvantage every single day. 

Mrs Sanders said the program raises awareness, builds compassion and understanding, and teaches students how to be active in their Christian faith. 

Prayer and reflection is an integral part of the street retreat and Mrs Saunders said the Chapel at ACU’s Melbourne Campus was ideal for this purpose. 

“We were looking for a quiet and contemplative place in the local area,” she said. “Mercy Regional College regularly visits ACU as part of the Year 11 program, so this is just another way of introducing our students to university life and the ACU community.” 

“The retreat program aims to help our students follow Gospel values such as mercy, dignity and equality –all of which connect with the ACU Mission and philosophy, so this program enables us to act upon this synergy.” 

High school students and staff from Mercy Regional College will continue to utilise ACU’s Chapel throughout 2012 for the street retreat program. 

Mary McInerney, Campus Minister at ACU Melbourne, said she was delighted to see ACU’s Chapel filled with prayer. 
“It’s wonderful to know that ACU can provide a haven of reflection for high school students, as well as students and staff from the University,” she said. 

Student’s opinion rewarded

Library2_BODYFreya Bruce, the Banyo Campus Librarian, is presenting Barbara with her prize


ACU Brisbane student Barbara Daw has won an iPod Nano just for speaking her mind.

In February, Barbara and other ACU students and staff were invited to participate in research into the library’s current systems.

Focus groups were run on the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane campuses and explored what participants thought of the library’s services - including the online catalogue, search function and website.

Each participant received an iTunes gift card and had a chance to win an iPod, donated by Monitor Business Machines. The winning entry was drawn by Nairi Mozian, Administrative Team Leader from Properties in North Sydney this month.

Irish Shenanigans at the Melbourne Campus

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated in full force at the Melbourne Campus.

Students enthusiastically participated in activities, which included free ‘green’ breakfast and potato lunch, and a function in the Vault bar.

Fourth year education student, Josh Sloan, participated in Shave for a Cure – raising over $5000 in donations for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The namesake of the Melbourne Campus, Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and for Australian Catholics the celebration of his feast day is significant given the contribution that the Church in Ireland has made to the story of Australian Catholicism.


St Pats_BODYFourth year education student, Josh Sloan, participating in the World's Greatest Shave