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Smooth sailing for your event

Big or small, events can be stressful to plan. In order to help you pull off your ACU event with ease, the MER Events Team have recently produced an events guide.

The ACU Events Guide is designed to assist staff in planning and organising successful events at the University. Events at ACU reflect on the University’s overall image and reputation so it is very important that they are planned and managed professionally on all campuses.

ACU has a national events team that are available to assist and guide you in managing events at the University. For the contact details of your local events coordinator please visit the MER section of the website.

To download a copy of the Events Guide, please click on the following link –Events Guide (PDF, 3.2 MB)

Please note that the templates in this printed guide are not editable. Please go to the templates section of this guide for a full list of templates.

For any feedback on the events guide or if there is information that is missing that you would like included, please email your comments to Michelle Reynolds, National Manager Events at michelle.reynolds@acu.edu.au

Top model shares story of faith

Model and past contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Leah Darrow, is set to hit the stage at ACU’s Melbourne Campus on Sunday, 9 September. 

A full-time speaker for Catholic Answers, Leah will tour ACU’s campuses next month to talk about her conversion, mercy, forgiveness and living a life guided by Christ. 

Leah, who says her life changed during one special photo shoot in which God allowed her to see her soul in its current state, will present her personal testimony to encourage all people to realise their call for greatness, rather than comfort.

“Although raised Catholic, my life was full of confusion, especially in this pop culture we live in,” she said. 

“When I dressed immodestly, modelled immodestly, it told those around me that I was a party girl, there for a good time, and had very few boundaries /limits.”

Leah has appeared on numerous secular and non-secular television and radio programs and spoke on behalf of international youth at the United Nations’ panel discussion in 2011.

WHAT:Meant to be More, Leah Darrow public talk 
WHEN:7 - 9pm, Sunday 9 September
WHERE: ACU Melbourne, Central Hall, 20 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 

Design students collaborate to create

ACMROKwasi Owusu, Rhiannon Bertinshaw, Melina Gusisano and Adam Constanzo with their finished work

Four of ACU’s graphic arts students have recently designed the cover for a publication.

The parish and schools kit titled ‘Migrants and the New Evangelisation’ is distributed to all Catholic parishes and schools in Sydney.

Collaborating to create the cover, layout and promotional materials for the parish and schools kit, the project gave Kwasi Owusu, Rhiannon Bertinshaw, Melina Gusisano and Adam Constanzo the opportunity to hone their professional skills. Working closely with Dr Ann Maree Whenman, who wrote the publication content, the project also enabled the students to participate in community engagement.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) who distribute the publication were impressed by the standard of the student’s work. Lecturer in graphic design, Deb Emmett echoed ACMRO’s praise, emphasising the group’s diligence and professionalism.

Launched last month on ACU’s Strathfield Campus by Fr Maurizio Pettena, Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, students received a framed copy of their design and gift vouchers in recognition of their work. 

Fruits and Future of Vatican II

A symposium on the Fruits and Future of Vatican II will be held in Melbourne next month, on the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The symposium aims to provide participants with a fresh look at the history of the Council in the context of the Church today.

Keynote speakers include Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane; Professor Alberto Melloni Director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna, Italy; Rev. Professor Gerald O'Collins SJ AC Former Dean of Theology at Gregorian University, and Professor Anne Hunt FACE OAM, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University.
The symposium, which is open to people of all faiths, will explore topics including;

  • The New Evangelisation
  • Theological Ministry since the Council
  • Ecclesial Communion and the role of the Laity
  • The prophetic vocation of Religious and the Council
  • The Church's ministry in a religiously pluralistic world
  • Liturgy since the Council
  • Formation of Priests for ministry today
  • Towards Vatican III
For more information contact Joel Hodge from ACU's School of Theology at joel.hodge@acu.edu.au

The symposium is sponsored by ACU, Yarra Theological Union, Catholic Theological College and Jesuit Theological College (institutions within the MCD University of Divinity).
WHAT: Fruits and Future of Vatican II
WHEN: 19-21 September 2012
WHERE: Melbourne, Australia
SPEAKERS: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Professor Alberto Melloni, Rev. Professor Gerald O'Collins SJ AC and Professor Anne Hunt FACE OAM. More detailed program information can be found on the symposium website
REGISTER: To register for the event, visit the symposium website

Coles vouchers

Cole_BODYSacred Heart Primary students with Campus Life Officer, Rachel Carr (R) and MSCA President, Kaitlyn Minogue

An initiative by The Office of Student Success has seen schools receive sports equipment nationwide.

Students and staff on each campus collected vouchers from Coles supermarkets as a part of the Sports for Schools program. The vouchers provide free sporting equipment to primary schools according to the number of vouchers that they collect.

On the Melbourne Campus, local Fitzroy school Sacred Heart Primary was delighted to receive more than 600 vouchers. Many of the school’s students live on the Atherton Gardens Estate which is a part of ACU’s community programs, including the Homework Support Program. 

The school’s principal, Mary Lawrey, was delighted with ACU’s support as the school does not have the infrastructure to participate in these types of promotions. Many thanks to everyone at ACU who contributed to this community project