USQ News, November 2012
USQ Internal staff newsletter
November 2012 USQ supports Behrendt Report employment rates in line with community expectations, there are a number of proposals that provide the University with a blueprint for moving forward – especially how we might parallel our response to the Behrendt Report in conjunction with the upcoming USQ Strategic Plan,’ Professor Thomas said. The University of Southern Queensland is set to establish an Elders and Valued Persons Advisory Committee made up of representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across USQ’s catchment regions. The committee will strengthen even further USQ’s commitment to improving opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, following the University’s highest possible rating in this area by the most recent Good Universities Guide. Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas said since the Federal Government’s release of ‘The Behrendt Report’ Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, the opportunities for USQ to play a leading role in this area are significant. The Report calls for universities to develop a whole-of-university approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success and to develop and implement an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teaching and learning strategy. The importance of improving graduate outcomes for Indigenous Australians was highlighted by the Report’s Expert Panel in the following terms: Building a class of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals who can respond to the needs of their own communities will be vital to meeting Closing the Gap targets. It is also central to the Panel’s vision for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success in higher education. (Behrendt Report: Executive Summary) Continued on p7. ‘Among the Report’s 35 recommendations to bring Indigenous education and (Sports) star power USQ has added a star player to its world-class team as it strives to provide more people around the world with opportunities for a tertiary education. USQ can now announce that Shane Watson, an Australian Cricket legend and an Ipswich local, is joining the University as an international ambassador on the day that he rejoins the Australian starting side for the Third Test against South Africa in Perth. But Shane will have to bring the same determination and drive to USQ that he shows on the cricket pitch as he plans to join the University’s 20,000 other external students to undertake a Bachelor of Business degree. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said Shane would become an integral member of the USQ team, representing the University both in Australia and overseas in countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. ‘Shane has shown incredible determination, dedication and drive to succeed in his cricket career and these are the same qualities our students need to succeed in their studies,’ Professor Thomas said. ‘He will be a strong ambassador for USQ right around the world, but particularly in the emerging student market in the Subcontinent where Shane enjoys a huge and dedicated following.’ Continued on p11. In this issue: Harry retires after 40 years Artsworx 2013 season Online learning recognised #USQPride We value your feedback and story ideas, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Fraser Coast Retreat New adventures on horizon f Associate Professor Yugin perfect her self-taught ha up watercolour painting a Darwin to Coffs Harbour. like pensioners”, the coup homeland – Croatia. ‘English is Peter’s 8th langu learn Croatian,’ Associate said. ‘Then I’ll wear red hats, p socks and basically, grow never be a grey nomad th driving down the highway hours on end. If I could af could afford to fly, stay in The quietly spoken, mode sense of humour sees her “uninteresting”, however anything but boring. Associate Professor Trudy Yuginovich and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla at the Fraser Coast Retreat on Friday 16 December. Almost 60 USQ Fraser Coast academics, managers and staff gathered at the Hervey Bay Boat Club on Friday, November 16, for this year’s Retreat that also included a Provost farewell and Campus Executive Manager welcome. Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Verbyla attended the event, giving a brief campus background update. She and retiring Fraser Coast Provost, Associate Professor Trudy Yuginovich, also discussed the campus strategy before training specialist Jon Morgan conducted a three-part workshop on change and stress management. As the Retreat closed, Fraser Coast colleagues presented Associate Professor Trudy Yuginovich with a farewell cocktail celebration, gifts and a movie of personal messages. Her successor, Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer, was welcomed to his new role. ‘As evidenced on Friday at the retreat, I am heartened by the strong sense of community at our campus. This is a key strength of this campus,’ Mr Langabeer said. ‘Over the next few years, I aim to build on the success achieved by past campus leaders with the support of colleagues. ‘I look forward to continue to work with colleagues at Fraser Coast and across the University as we face new challenges and build on past successes.’ Just 11 months ago, Assoc Yuginovich replaced Profe at USQ Fraser Coast. The head coincided with her 2 Music, art and travel are top of Associate Professor and marked the end of 10 Trudy Yuginovich’s list of things to after she retires campus. from her position as Provost at USQ Fraser Coast. Associate Professor Yugin ‘Life is an adventure and the adventure won’t stop B Lecturer at the Toowoo because I’m retiring – in many ways it’s just was also Post Registration beginning,’ Associate Professor Yuginovich said. Head of the Department o the Clinical School, Depar With a long and distinguished career behind her, 1992 until 2001, when she the former nurse, mother and step-mother of Fraser Coast to set up the seven and grandmother of 12, will move with program for the Faculty o husband Peter to their new home at Yamanto, Ipswich, in early December. Her career began with gen the Royal Newcastle Hosp Later she trained in midw USQ throws supports behind From p1 What is needed is an action plan and a timeline to ensure that USQ can meet the expectations of the Report, and put in place initiatives to bridge the current gaps affecting the take up of tertiary education among some Indigenous communities,’ Professor Thomas said. ‘I will lead this process with support from all. In line with recommendations that call for an all encompassing university approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student achievement, a teaching and learning strategy will be fast-tracked to improve graduate outc students including those e research areas.‘ ‘The development of an A Strait Islander research st career training and emplo feature in USQ’s response Professor Thomas said the Persons Advisory Commit principal source of advice executive on Aboriginal an First Nations higher educa for USQ Provost novich then plans to arp playing prowess, take and visit family from After a spell of “acting ple will travel to Peter’s uage – I guess I should e Professor Yuginovich purple dresses and red old disgracefully. I’ll hough. I can’t imagine y at 80km per hour for fford to buy motorhome, I n motels and hire cars.’ paediatrics, maternity, neurosurgical and emergency units. In 1982 she moved into field of teaching as a lecturer at Newcastle Institute of TAFE, and later the University of Newcastle before making the move to USQ. The work of Associate Professor Yuginovich extended far beyond the perimeter of the campus. Home-grown Head of Campus From humble beginnings that stem from the classroom at Hervey Bay High School, Brett Langabeer looks forward to the challenges of his new role as Head of Campus and Executive Manager for the Fraser Coast Campus. She worked closely with aged care providers in the Fraser Coast region while providing various levels of education and support for staff in the sector. She also worked closely with rural and remote area health nurses throughout Australia, was a member of the Board of Management of the Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia and conducted research in this area. He knows first-hand the hurdles for young people especially in the Fraser Coast region and understands the importance education plays in reaching their full potential. As a nursing educator Associate Professor Yuginovich was involved in the development of remote area curriculum for registered nurses and ciate Professor participated in the development of the remote essor Ken Stott as Provost area nurse practitioner role in Australia. new position as campus 20th anniversary at USQ She was invited to provide a seminar to the 0 years at the Hervey Bay Medical Faculty of the University of Queensland on problem-based learning strategies prior to its implementation in the new medicine curriculum. novich joined USQ as Level omba campus in 1992. She For many years she also developed distance n Course Coordinator, education-based learning materials for USQ for of Nursing, Director of domestic and international students at rtment of Nursing, from undergraduate and post graduate levels. e was seconded to the e Bachelor of Nursing ‘My time with USQ has been a good adventure,’ of Sciences. Associate Professor Yuginovich said. ‘I am passionate about my region and look forward to building on the successes of past leaders of the Fraser Coast campus to continue the legacy of building aspirations in our young people and providing access and choice of quality education to our local community. This is paramount. neral nursing training at pital in New South Wales. wifery and worked in ‘The campus has an impressive staff profile of both academic and professional staff that share my enthusiasm and passion for success.’ est woman with a quirky r achievements as r her career has been ‘It’s been a good place to work. I’ve done everything I wanted – lots of interesting things. d Behrendt Report comes for all Indigenous entering higher degree The Vice-Chancellor also said there would be a review of The Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) undertaken during the first half of 2013 to ensure that USQ has in place the most Aboriginal and Torres appropriate mechanisms to respond to the cultural trategy and improved and educational needs of our Aboriginal and oyment plans will also Torres Strait Islander students, whether they be e to the Behrendt Report.’ oncampus or enrolled in externally offered programs e new Elders and Valued ttee would be the e to the University nd Torres Strait islander/ ation issues and affairs. ‘Education is a lifelong commitment to your own development and continues from the early years right through to your senior years,’ Mr Langabeer said. ‘There are tremendous demands placed on students these days to balance part-time and in some cases fulltime work too, family commitments, and a raft of demands that can make life hectic. This is why the campus will be striving to provide flexibility to our students, and aiming to look at new ways to provide access to broader education options while being supported locally.’ Mr Langabeer said one of USQ Fraser Coast's greatest strengths was its staff. Mr Langabeer brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences that traverses defence and education where he was an officer in the Australian Defence Force for more than 20 years and business manager in higher education over the past eight years. USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said Mr Langabeer would be responsible for the provision of leadership, strategic development and innovation, financial management and reporting, people management and operational management of the Fraser Coast Campus. The new position will participate in and facilitate collaboration and liaison between the Fraser Coast Campus and all other sections of the University. The Campus Executive Manager is part of the Academic Division Executive. Mr Langabeer commenced his new position on Monday, November 19. USQ Fraser Coast opens doors to business community Mobile websites, movies, ex-military service and behind-the-scenes politics were just some conversation topics at USQ Fraser Coast when the University opened its doors to Business Hervey Bay last month. USQ Fraser Coast’s Brett Langabeer said the campus was a proud partner of Business Hervey Bay and co-sponsored the social networking event for October with Hervey Bay’s Chamber of Commerce and Bendigo Bank. ‘This was an opportunity to showcase our people and facilities and to provide an insight into what terrific resources are available to people wanting to study at USQ Fraser Coast,’ Mr Langabeer said. USQ’s Brett Langabeer was proud to show the Campus off to Fraser Coast business people. ‘We look forward to many more special events here on the campus,’ he said. Tertiary Education Minister visits USQ Springfield education in the burgeoning growth corridor of South East Queensland. ‘A large proportion of our students in that area come from low-socioeconomic backgrounds,’ the Vice-Chancellor explained. Since 2007, the number of students from a low-socioeconomic background at USQ has grown by 27 per cent, with more than 4,848 low-SES students enrolled in 2011. And the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students has grown by 35 per cent, with more than 371 Indigenous students enrolled in 2011. Currently, 63% of the students enrolled at USQ’s Springfield campus are from a lowsocioeconomic background. Meeting at USQ’s Springfield are (from left) Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas and Senator Chris Evans. The Federal Minister for Tertiary Education made a personal visit to the University of Southern Queensland’s Springfield campus this week to take a closer look at the rapidly growing campus — the heart of Springfield’s Education City. Senator Chris Evans joined the Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, and USQ ViceChancellor Professor Jan Thomas to tour the Campus and meet with students and staff. The Senator said it was pleasing to see first- Senator Evans and Mr Neumann also inspected the site of USQ Springfield’s new Education Gateways Building to be built with $41.9 million from the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund. hand that the Gillard Government’s record investment in higher education was opening the doors of USQ Springfield campus to more Australians, including students from The Education Gateways Building will support disadvantaged backgrounds. digitally connected learning environments, including simulated learning and laboratory ‘USQ is a great example of our record spaces, enabling new offerings in Allied investment breaking down the barriers to Health and Nursing, Engineering and higher education.’ Construction and Education. Professor Thomas said Springfield was a crucial part of USQ’s drive to provide further Online learning expert impressed by USQ For online learning expert Dr Thomas Michael Power, visiting the University of Southern Queensland was at the top of his wish list on an extensive year-long academic adventure around the world. The Canadian academic visited USQ’s Toowoomba campus to deliver a presentation on his research and to interview his like-minded Australian colleagues in the field of online and blended learning. ‘In the future it’s quite possible that Canadian and Australian universities could harmonise courses and programs for joint delivery on a world scale.’ And according to Dr Power, USQ is the Australian university that is best prepared to take on these new frontiers. ‘The degree of flexibility that USQ offers students is really without precedent, even in North America. ‘USQ is recognised as a world leader in ‘Through this visit I’ve developed a deep distance and online learning, so I had heard a appreciation of the work being done here. lot about what happens here,’ Dr Power said. I’m actually very surprise by the scale of the work USQ is doing in online and blended After connecting with Dr Petrea Redmond learning.’ from USQ’s Faculty of Education at a conference in Vancouver, Canada, Dr Power As part of Dr Power’s visit to USQ he was convinced he needed to visit the presented a seminar which explored a range university in person. of ways academics can engage with their students synchronously and asynchronously ‘In this global society, in a higher education within the online learning environment. setting, it doesn’t matter where a student is geographically located — they can study He spent time with academics from a range through an institution on the other side of of faculties to discuss how they teach within the world,’ Dr Power said. blended and online environments and he explored collaborative research opportunities. Faculty of Education Lecturer and Program Coordinator Dr Petrea Redmond and Canadian Online Learning Expert Dr Thomas Power Dr Power is visiting Australia as part of a year -long academic sabbatical that will see him also visit Europe, Israel, New Zealand and South America. He is currently working on three books and will include findings from the Australian leg of his journey in his published works. Dr Thomas Michael Power is a visiting scholar from University Laval in Quebec City, Canada. Harry retires after 40 years at USQ The Faculty of Sciences Manager said he had a less than pleasant introduction to the University when he started in 1972 but now USQ felt like home. ‘Back then, the USQ courtyard was full of pumpkin and tomato vines and they had just put on a fresh batch of fertilizer when I first arrived.’ ‘I used to drive up Ruthven Street to get to USQ and there were very few houses past Alderley Street, just the occasional farm house.’ ‘USQ used to be considered out in the sticks; it was quite isolated before it grew as a city.’ Mr Spencer has been involved in the design of S Block, W Block, the animal house, glass houses, workshops and the recent ‘So my first experience with USQ was being a refurbishment of C, D and W blocks among hit with an overwhelming stench of youothers.’ know-what. He also helped bring nursing to the USQ ‘I almost went packing back home.’ campus 23 years ago. Bad first impressions aside, Harry said. He went on to have a fantastic 40 years at the Harry also played in the first basketball team University. for the university, a passion he kept with for most of his life. ‘I really have been fortunate; it’s been a privilege to work here,’ Mr Spencer said. ‘I’m planning to continue basketball coaching and am also looking at bringing a ‘I’m going to miss the other staff very much, program called Midnight Basketball to they were really great to work with.’ Toowoomba which helps out disadvantaged After 40 years at USQ, Harry Spencer has left kids,’ he said. the building ‘When I started at USQ, we didn’t even have computers,’ he said. ‘There was very little ‘I’d also like to spend a bit more time with Not a bad effort for someone who only research done, the academics mostly taught my two grandkids, and I have another one planned to be there for a year. and might do a little research on the side but on the way. ‘I’ll just say this— I certainly nothing like we have now. won’t be idle.’ USQ research forges into digital frontier Canegrowers, the peak body for Australian sugarcane growers, has thrown its expertise and support behind one of the five projects, Project 3. Matt Kealley from Canegrowers said the cutting-edge information and technologies being developed would contribute to improved industry performance. ‘The project has capacity to reach more farmers, and contribute towards the adoption of best practices and improved industry performance through better onfarm management of climate risk,’ Mr Kealley said. USQ’s world-renowned expert in climatology and water science, Professor Roger Stone, said the outcomes from the Paul Russell (Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts), Professor Robin Stanton research projects had the potential to (ANU), USQ’s Professor John Cole and Professor Janet Verbyla attend the Digital Futures Program event. change the lives of people right around the world. It’s a world where students in India can supported by $5.1 million in funding control laboratory equipment in through the Australian Government’s ‘The ideas and technology we’re using here Toowoomba at the touch of a button, and Collaborative Research Networks (CRN). is also being trialled in India,’ Professor where farmers download precise climate Stone said. ‘We can broadcast the climate forecasting information from an online, The projects are addressing national information in an accessible and engaging virtual farming community. priorities in: format using avatars in a virtual world. This can benefit literally hundreds of millions of It’s a world where smart phones and digital farmers in India because they’re getting Social and policy challenges in a tablets replace a student’s pen and paper accurate, timely and localised climate digital future for rural Australia and their lecturer’s textbooks. information through a discussion support Implications of technology usage in system.’ higher education And it’s a world that is just around the The impact and sustainability of corner, thanks to groundbreaking new ‘Digital Futures is certainly one of USQ’s mobile learning research being done by institutions likes the strengths,’ Professor Thomas said. ‘We are Education for Remote Access University of Southern Queensland. forging ahead into the digital frontier — not Laboratories just online, not just mobile, but everywhere Australian farmers’ operation Recently, USQ launched five research and all the time. decision using discussion support projects in its Digital Futures program, ‘In the end, the future is digital.’ Team USQ finish with a blast While USQ’s Taryn Swan (Springfield) and Jenny Gunn (Fraser Coast) and her husband Bill and didn’t make the podium at the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Championships in Auckland in October, they all “had a blast”. Jenny said the trio went well in their age groups despite not reaching the podium. Taryn placed 23rd, Jenny 26th and Bill 33rd. ‘So we finished without injury, with a big smile, and very satisfied. It was a blast. Thanks so much for everyone’s support and encouragement.’ USQ Fraser Coast’s Jenny Gunn in the cycle leg of the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand. USQ provides knowledge for a rare event University Astronomers recently joined forces with the local community, providing expert assistance during November’s partial solar eclipse. USQ Astronomer Rodger Macqueen provided commentary about the rare astronomical event to around 500 people during a special viewing event at Toowoomba’s Cobb and Co museum. USQ Fraser Coast also joined forces with a local community organisation- the Hervey Bay Astronomical Society- and hosted a solar eclipse viewing from the University’s “grassy knoll”. ‘Thanks to USQ Fraser Coast, we could all share the experience at close quarters, through telescopes equipped to watch the sun in safety,’ President of the Hervey Bay Astronomical Society Mr Joe Mather said. Hundreds refused to be put off by an early morning and came out to watch a rare solar eclipse State's inspirational women named in awards For the full list of awards, please visit this female students in Years 9 and 10 to news release—http://www.usq.edu.au/news experience first-hand what an engineering -events/News/2012/11/bestofwest career would be like. ‘Ms Kirby was very dynamic and realistic The best and brightest women in about her journey,’ Dr Redmond said. Engineering, Science, Mathematics and Technology were recognised at the Arrow ‘She was a great example of how challenges Energy Best of the WEST ceremony held at can arise but you have to move past them.’ the University of Southern Queensland in November. This year also marks the first industry sponsor to get behind the awards (Arrow USQ sponsored awards highlighted and Energy) and a brand new award category showcased female achievement in areas that added this year, the Arrow Energy Brighter are typically male-dominated. Futures Award. Go WEST (Go Women in Engineering Science and Technology) project leader Dr Petrea Redmond said she was very proud of the calibre of entrants this year. ‘The awards are an opportunity for schools, business and industry to promote highachieving females and their equity programs and provide role models of women who are or have the potential to be high-achievers,’ she said. ‘The Arrow Energy Brighter Futures Award aims to encourage women with children to return to study in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),’ Dr Redmond said. This year the award was won by Maryborough resident Claire Barsby. ‘The nominations cover industry, business, school and university sectors. Award categories include different categories for secondary school students, USQ students, professional and business groups, partnerships and a USQ Indigenous award. Guest speaker was Jo Kirby who was the Chair of Women for Engineering Queensland and is currently the Ambassador and Mentor Program Coordinator on the Power of Engineering Committee, a program for This year’s Indigenous award was won by the inspirational Victoria Close, a 73 year old legally blind student who overcame a very difficult childhood and was awarded a Queensland Government Smart Futures PhD Scholarship in 2009. Dr Redmond said she anticipated the awards will return next year and is also planning a new project that will support mature age students returning to study in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Chair of Women for Engineering , Ambassador and Mentor Program Coordinator on the Power of Engineering Committee, Jo Kirby was Keynote speaker at the event Sharon receives Regional Service Award Ms Boyce, who studies and lectures part time at the University of Southern Queensland, received the award for her engaging disability awareness workshops and inclusion programs she holds in schools and organisations across Queensland. ‘It was a bit surprising to get an award for something I love doing,’ she said. I would survive. While I made it out of the surgery okay, I thought about all the things I wanted to do if I had a second chance. ‘I didn’t want to waste a moment; I wanted to break down barriers and teach kids and adults about disabilities and celebrating their abilities.’ The awards recognise rural and regional ‘The response from the students has been achievers across Queensland and recognise Sharon Boyce celebrates her award with Craig Russell amazing and I’m surprised by their questions contributors from a number of different from Clark Rubber. and stories they share with me every day. award categories such as Business and Employment, Events and Tourism, Few were as surprised as Sharon Boyce when ‘The workshops have broken down a lot of Environment, Youth Leadership and she was announced as the winner of the barriers and have even helped the teachers Community of the Year. Clark Rubber Regional Service Award at this understand disability in their classrooms year’s Queensland Regional Achievement more.’ ‘I almost considered skipping out on the and Community Awards at the Sunshine award ceremony because I had a big week of Coast. Disability awareness in early childhood is an workshops and travel and was feeling really area Ms Boyce is very passionate about, after tired,’ she said. ‘There were so many amazing people developing a severe form of arthritis when entered in the awards, I just assumed I she was 11 and eventually having to rely on a ‘It was a good thing I went, it was an wouldn’t get it,’ Ms Boyce said. wheelchair to get around. excellent night and there were some very inspirational people there.’ ‘I didn’t even have a speech prepared so you ‘About nine or ten years ago my neck broke can imagine my shock when they called out due to my arthritis and I had to get risky my name.’ spinal surgery that the doctors were not sure USQ – an excellent student experience Top grades have been given to the USQ by its international students from 242 institutions international students, as reported in the in 16 countries. latest independent student report card. A snapshot of the i-graduate survey, which The results released in the independent itook place between April and June 2012, graduate international Student Barometer showed: Survey 2012, gave USQ star billing in all four assessment categories: learning, living, International students rated their support and arrival – including orientation learning experience very high, with and welcome programs for new students. factors including class sizes, course content, quality of teachers and USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas careers advice driving this strong said the national survey included response to USQ international students from 36 Australian USQ scored well for high universities, providing a valuable measure of employability – consistent with USQ’s competitive performance. findings reported in this year’s Good Universities Guide ‘The results from the International Student In the living category, USQ performed Barometer show we are in the top band for highly on student satisfaction for Australia. Students enjoy USQ’s small accommodation cost, living cost and classroom size, the quality of teaching and earning money. courses that prepare them for employment.’ Students indicated a high level of satisfaction in areas including student ‘We are very proud of these results which support, health services and show that USQ takes the time and effort to counselling. really understand the needs of its international students, and takes steps to Professor Thomas said the survey showed address these needs.’ that USQ is a great place to study due to its small class sizes and excellent learning The i-graduate Student Barometer is the support systems. largest annual world-wide student experience study, surveying 198, 772 ‘The top five factors influencing international students to study on-campus with USQ are personal safety, teaching quality, cost of living, qualification reputation and research quality,’ she said. ‘We rated highly in each of these categories and this year even more students – up from 72% to 80% - were willing to recommend USQ to their friends because of their positive student experience.’ Professor Thomas said the i-graduate Student Barometer showed that achieving high student satisfaction was part of the university’s culture. ‘We continue to provide a memorable student experience. What this survey shows is that USQ not only listened to past feedback but that we put students’ comments into action.’ ‘For two years in a row our students have ranked us highly in the categories of learning, living, support and arrival.’ ‘Our USQ graduates will remember us most for their learning experience: the quality of our teaching, our course content, class sizes, the quality of our lectures and the teachers themselves.’ Award for postgraduate support program 'We were running shorter sessions in our intensive project management workshops, but identified there was a need for full-day sessions and that postgraduate students from across a number of disciplines were looking for the same support,' Dr Todhunter said. Working together with specialist learning support staff Lynette Faragher and Adrian Stagg and Springfield campus Librarian Kerrie McLaren they created a full-day intensive workshop model. 'Mature-aged students are often new to postgraduate university study and have possibly not studied for many years,' he said. 'We provide them with an accelerated learning program that provides access and learning support for students who live and Dr Barrie Todhunter, Lynette Faragher, Kerrie McLaren and Dr Jon Whitty and Adrian Stagg (not pictured), were work in areas remote from the campus, recognised for programs that enhance learning. including regional Queensland and interstate. We run the workshops over the A support program created to address a The UPGRADE program was the brainchild of weekend, creating opportunities for students need for quality flexible learning support for USQ Senior Project Management Lecturers, who would not otherwise be able to attend mature-aged students has earned a USQ Dr Jon Whitty and Dr Barrie Todhunter who on-campus learning support activities and Faculty of Business and Law award for ran a similar, condensed support session as often have students travelling long distances programs that enhance learning. part of their intensive workshops. just to participate.' Student awarded international scholarship Christmas has come early for USQ Commerce student Shannon Scott, who has been awarded a prestigious international scholarship through Zonta International. Shannon, a nominee of the Ipswich and West Moreton Zonta Club has been chosen as one of 12 international recipients of the Jane M Klausman, Women in Business Scholarships. USQ Associate Director and Zonta member, Professor Marie Kavanagh said Shannon was selected from 27 women in 11 countries, who competed in the final round of judging for the US$7000 scholarships. 'Mrs Scott is only the fifth Queensland-based student to win this award at an international level and this is the first time the Ipswich and West Moreton club has won the scholarship,' Professor Kavanagh said. 'Our club has never had an international winner and we are very proud that Shannon has achieved this through her hard work.' Shannon, who is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) next year said she was very excited to be awarded the scholarship and would put the money to good use. The scholarship will provide financial support while I complete university over summer and next year,' Shannon said. Shannon began studying at USQ after her position at a mortgage management company was made redundant. in a profession I enjoyed that would also help the family financially.' When her studies are completed, Shannon will be applying for graduate positions in companies that will support with further studies to gain CPA or ICAA accreditations. 'After talking with my husband we decided it Shannon Scott, winner of the Jane M Klausman might be better for me to get a qualification Scholarship. 2013 - A season of invitation and creation The Shakespeare in the Park festival will celebrate a decade of theatre under the stars in October. Innovation and creation are the common threads drawing together the many elements of the USQ Artsworx’ 2013 season. ‘In our tenth year, we are planning to further expand our program of events – taking advantage of a multitude of outdoor and indoor venues in and around the University campus.’ The year-long program of performing, visual and creative arts will not only showcase the University’s Creative Arts students, but also host an outstanding line-up of visiting professional artists. Artsworx Manager, Dr Rebecca Scollen believes the key to a successful season is coming up with a good creative mix. The Festival program will include a main-stage season of The Winter’s Tale; the popular school and community extravaganza, To Glee or Not to Glee; an afternoon double-bill of Shakespearean films; an exhibition; and a Twilight Shakespeare Talk. ‘Our challenge is to put together a well-rounded season which appeals to a broad cross-section of the community,’ said Dr Scollen. Children’s Theatre Week will premiere an all-new play by Nelle Lee, Skeeter’s School for Successful Superheroes in May. ‘While we continue to offer our tried and true favourites, we are constantly adding new dimensions which not only showcase the amazing talentbase within our local community but also attract a host of visiting international and national professional artists to Toowoomba.’ ‘In May, we will be welcoming the youngest of our patrons for an exciting season of theatre especially for eight to twelve year olds. Audiences will be pleased to hear that annual favourites including the ‘For many youngsters, Children’s McGregor Schools, Shakespeare in Laique – the exciting Brisbane jazz ensemble who will be opening our 2013 Theatre Week will be their first the Park Festival, Twilight Series, Twilight Series. live theatrical experience and Children’s Theatre Week, and the Arts Gallery Exhibition Series will return in 2013. and Phillip Gearing; internationally acclaimed Skeeter’s is sure to impress!’ The season will open in January with the 45th annual McGregor Summer School when arts enthusiasts from around the nation will visit Toowoomba to participate in the tenday arts retreat. guitar duo, Mark Sholtez and Bruce Woodward; visiting American pianist, Jovanni-Rey de Pedro; Brisbane’s Tulipwood String Quartet; and Bernadette Meenach (nee Pryde) as the wonderful Ms Judy Garland. The Summer School continues to offer an outstanding selection of workshops which next year includes several exciting new offerings such as classes in the Ukulele, Manga Comic Booking and Recycling & Refashioning. ‘Our Twilight Series also sees the welcome return of Toowoomba’s very own archaeologists Bryce Barker and Laura Lamb who will be discussing their recent digs and discoveries.’ One of the big announcements for 2013 is The Twilight Series is also back with more the introduction of a new offering in the beautiful music and stimulating conversation McGregor Schools’ suite of workshops; the and a very attractive subscription package McGregor Spring School in September. with savings of up to 40% on tickets. The series will offer six recitals featuring Brisbane-based jazz ensemble Laique; popular local soprano/clarinet/piano trio with Melinda van der Meulen, Martin Crook ‘The McGregor Spring School will coincide with the Carnival of Flowers and will offer a four-day weekend of workshops in painting, leather flower making and cake decorating.’ The 2013 season will also feature a full Exhibition Series; a concert of vibrant modern-day music - all live, acoustic and unedited at Yoursong, My Way in May; the McGregor Winter School in July; and the prestigious Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship Concert in November. ‘And don’t forget to book a table for our annual Race Day fundraiser on 9 March – a guaranteed great day out – with a difference. ‘This is our one and only fundraiser for the year and it helps raise vital funds to subsidise our season.’ Tickets for the 2013 performances will be onsale through the USQ Artsworx Box Office from 7 January - 07 4631 1111 or on-line at www.usq.edu.au/artsworx Australian cricket great joins USQ From p1 Professor Thomas will be making the announcement in India today, where she is the only Australian Vice-Chancellor to be part of a trade delegation with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. A key player in Australia’s Test, One Day and Twenty20 cricket teams, Shane also spends a large part of each year living in India where he is one of the most popular players in the Indian Premier League (IPL), playing for the Rajasthan Royals. ‘I love reading about history and other cultures and am really looking forward to getting back into some regular study. ‘For me, flexible learning is crucial because of the amount of time I spend overseas. I need to be able to study anywhere and anytime and USQ can support me in doing that.’ As part of his relationship with USQ, Shane will attend events both in Australia and overseas, meeting with potential students He said he was excited about the prospect and education agents in the Asian region, of becoming a USQ student and spending while also running cricketing workshops more time in his home state of Queenfor the University. sland, where he has also just signed a three-year contract with Brisbane Heat in Shane will also broadcast his education the Big Bash League. journey with USQ for other students to follow on social media and through regu‘Cricket has always been a huge part of my lar blogs — both about his cricket and his life, but I also have a real passion for progress in his studies. Professor Thomas and Shane Watson enjoy the action learning and education,’ Shane said. at the First Test between Australian and South Africa at the Gabba Local Christmas display switches on lights One of Queensland’s biggest Christmas displays will switch its lights on tonight, heralding the beginning of the festive Season. please contact Connie-Louise Alexander as soon as possible. All the Thursday night volunteering places have been filled, but we still need people to help out on Friday night. Con can be contacted by email Run by the Lion’s Club of Toowoomba email@example.com or West, the Christmas Wonderland of Lights phone x1801. This is a fun way to assist display sees more than 50 thousand Corporate Communication and Public the community while enjoying the people stream through its gates annually. Relations staff are coordinating the USQ excitement of Christmas. More wide volunteer effort. If you are interested information is available on the Christmas Now in its 10th year the event raises vital in taking part in this wonderful event but Wonderland website fund for local charities including Lifeline haven’t already put your name down then www.christmaswonderland.com.au Darling Downs and South West Queensland, the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and the Toowoomba Hospice. USQ is a platinum sponsor of this year’s extravaganza and already staff have got behind the event volunteering to help out over two nights - Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December. Last year USQ was also involved, providing 50 volunteers to help run the Christmas Lights spectacular. Cheryl Kanowski was one of the USQ volunteers who gave up her time last year, and she said she is looking forward to this year’s event. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to doing it again this year. I was one of the fortunate staff members who were “working” (actually playing) in the glow merchandise tent on Thursday evening.’ Graduart celebrates 40 year anniversary The University of Southern Queensland’s visual art students are putting the finishing touches to their creations as the University prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its annual Graduart exhibition. This year’s Graduart exhibition showcases the hard work of 16 students and features high quality pieces across a diverse range of media including painting, ceramics, video, spatial construction and printmaking. Curator Alexis Tacey said it was inspiring to see how the exhibition had grown from humble beginnings 40 years ago. ‘Graduart launches the students from the academic environment into the real world.’ The work in the 2012 exhibition represents a deep and varied pool of thoughts and ideas, tackling themes ranging from modern religious faith to hyper reality, to the interface between human and artificial systems, and the contemporary family unit. Faculty of Arts Dean Professor Peter Goodall said each of the students had effectively grappled with the freedoms and constraints of their chosen media. ‘As ever, the range and complexity of the work of our visual arts graduates is ‘Considering the volatile nature of funding in astonishing,’ Professor Goodall said. the arts, 40 years is quite an achievement,’ Ms Tacey said. ‘One of the most impressive features of the students’ work is its reflectiveness, its ‘This exhibition is and has always been an intellectual creativity as distinct from their important part of our students’ journey artistic creativity.’ because it’s the culmination of all their hard work at USQ — they can present themselves The students will also have their work as an accomplished artist,’ Ms Tacey said. featured in the Graduart Catalogue — a professional quality catalogue that will not Artist Katherine Appelby, Kragateiur and Kraketur 2012 Acrylic on board only serve as a valuable personal record of their work, but as an accessible platform to present to the professional art world. The exhibition will run at USQ Arts Gallery and Red Door Gallery at USQ and also at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. USQ Arts Gallery and Red Door Gallery 8 November – 20 December 2012 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery 8 November – 9 December 2012 Ph: +61 7 4688 6652 You can contact Box Office at: Phone +61 7 4631 1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Artist Valerie McIntosh, Green Circle 2012 Encaustic on wood panel Herm0812 Springfield film student’s night to shine Q&A 1. What is your role at USQ? I'm a lecturer in History. 2. How long have you been at USQ? Almost 4 years 3. Favourite part of your job? I love teaching, but I'd have to say that doing research is my favourite part of the job. I love working up collaborative projects, and we have quite Dr Robert Mason small disciplinary teams here that make for great cross-disciplinary work. I like the fact that USQ's research environment is not as hierarchical as other unis, so we can be more agile in our approach to research. 4. Favourite thing about Toowoomba? The balance of a small city environment within a regional context. Students of USQ's, Bachelor of Applied Media (BAM) participated at the annual Films of USQ Festival (FUSQFEST 2012) held at Springfield in November. The festival in its twelfth year partnered Orion Springfield to show the films as part of the regular ‘Movies on Main’ which takes place at the Centre on the third Friday of each month. Dr Sparkes said the stand-out movies of the year were two third year films, a comedy titled Pinky Swear and a drama titled Lifetime. 'Pinky Swear is about a friend who makes a dying promise to his best friend that he will find a way to come back from the afterlife. 'Lifetime is about a man whose father dies and he then realises the Grim Reaper has a plan for him.’ This year the Festival showcased a series of short films from the second 'We also had plenty of 2nd year short year and graduating class of the BAM films to showcase this year, including program. a car chase and Japanese Ninja-style kidnap drama that entertained a Faculty of Arts Associate Director Dr large crowd.’ Daryl Sparkes said the quality of the student productions is outstanding. 'It was a great crop of films and it was wonderful to see a diversity of 'The students took all they have different genres on display. Everyone learned throughout the program and has put in a lot of hard work and the combined it with their own natural results are spectacular. creativity to produce some innovative and professional films,' Dr Sparkes said. Craig races in to national title USQ’s Database Administrator Craig Blackburn recently won his second Over 35 Veterans title at the 2012 Australian Quad MX Championship in Maffra, Victoria. ‘I’ll be most likely going for the hat trick next year, especially if the nationals are held in Queensland which is a current rumour,’ he said. ‘I was thinking of retiring this year but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.’ 5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given and by who? Can I have two? I can't remember who told me, but "Opportunities only come around once" would be one - perhaps I should blame that person for my chronic inability to say 'no' to new projects! The other would be JFK's "A rising tide lifts all boats" - working to help others will help you too. 6. What is something very few people know about you? Hummm. My mother thought it would be a good idea to put me in the tumble drier as a child and see if it went round. It did, and so did I. Maybe that explains a lot... 7. What would be your dream holiday destination? I love being trained in the humanities and social sciences, because we never quite switch off from that intellectual curiosity about people and society. I've just come back from researching museums and human rights in regional Mexico, and would love to have the time to do more there. I can't think of anything worse than being stuck on a beach for three weeks, and would much rather be catching a rickety old bus down a hillside in Mexico, chatting to locals. 8. What is your favourite movie/s? Probably 'The English Patient' or 'Bleu' in the 'Three Colours' trilogy. If I'm being less pretentious, and admitting I'm a bit of a softy, then I'd also add in 'Kung Fu Panda' and 'Madagascar'... 9. What is something you can’t live without? This is where I say 'my partner', right? After that... 'laughter'. I don't really have a volume control on my laugh, and I love to be surrounded by people who are comfortable enough to tease each other in a friendly way. I think you've got to have the capacity to laugh at yourself if you're going to be taken seriously by others. But yes, I couldn't live without my partner either. 10. What is your favourite phone app? Runkeeper. A friend (and colleague) pointed it out to me, and it's helped to keep me a lot more focussed when I'm running. The Back Page In each issue of the USQ News The Back Page will highlight the front page from past editions of the USQ News. We will be digging through the archives with the help of the USQ Historical Archives.