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Contents: 1. About the Society 2. Advisor’s Note 3. President’s Note 4. Love is a Word: MCS Dream Team’s (Board of Directors) I LOVE Murdoch University 5. February Orientation -22nd February 2012 6. Young Entrepreneur Series (YES) Talk-Social Entrepreneurship & Motivation -7th March 2012 7. Love is a Verb: Feeding Homeless Project – 23rd March 2012 8. Upcoming Events (April to June 2012)

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Note from Teacher Advisor: By forming Murdoch Commerce Society and with its existence, I have the opportunity to work closely with the students in numerous occasions. The objective of the Society is to initiating student activities, inspiring and encouraging students to become future leaders.

I hope students can develop their personal skills (i.e. communication skills, team building, social interaction, etc.) through organizing variant types of self-enhancement courses and activities. I always believe that the students will be able to excel in either their studies or future career with an earlier preparation, which is starting from now. Of course, the Society

Ms. Tan Consilz, Lecturer-Business Programme, Founder and Advisor for KDU-Murdoch Commerce Society.

can help representing students’ interest and empowering students to pursue their passions.

When looking back to the activities that we have organized together, I think I have learnt a lot, as well as the students. I always wanted to inspire them, and in fact, they have inspired me too. I will take this as OUR learning experience, so let’s move forward together.

Thanks to all of my Teammates! Bravo!

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President’s Note: Hello, everyone. How’s’ your holiday? After 3 months summer holiday, MCS is coming up with lots of exciting and great events for the year 2012. We are now called DREAM TEAM (Board of Directors) as when we set our goal for the year, we wish we can be the driving force to help students to achieve their dream. After publishing our very own 1st issue of “RED”, we received a lot of encouraging feedback from staffs, students and even from our corporate partners.

Yes, there are rooms for

improvement and glad that our DREAM TEAM willing to take this very 1st step for the idea of coming up with a society bulletin. As February is a season of LOVE (Valentine’ season), MCS

Jin Chieh, Ling

is starting a year with theme of LOVE. The idea of “LOVE is a VERB” came to birth as we believed that love is just an ordinary word if

Murdoch University’s undergraduate student,

we do not put love into action. For the next 3 months, we will focus on the direction of

Bachelor of Commerce Major in Professional Accounting,

discovering the hidden potentials of the students. Stay tuned for

Year 2, Semester 2

the upcoming events like workplace exposure, career day and so on (details of all upcoming events from April to June can be found on the 2nd last page of this bulletin). We are currently recruiting new committee members, if you are interested to know more about MCS, and want to develop your interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, do feel free to email me on the vacant available. If you have any ideas or events you want to have through MCS, do feel free to share with us. My email address: Jinchieh91@gmail.com.

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Love is a Word: I LOVE Murdoch University because…………… From all Board of Directors(Dream Team)

The university provides excellent learning experience with its constructive learning outcomes. Ms. Consilz, Advisor

In Murdoch University I discover my purpose in life, discover my potentials, building up my character & a global education provider with students from all over world which prepared me to work globally with no boundaries. Jin Chieh, Ling (Malaysia) President & Corporate Relations Director Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting ( 2nd Year student)

The university keeps me busy, engaged, informed, interested and involved. Aminath Halym (Maldives) Secretary & Human Resource Director Bachelor of Commerce Double Major in Marketing & Management( 2nd Year student)

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The university challenges me to bring the best out of me.

Emmanuel Gabathuse (Botswana) Vice Secretary (Photographer) Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting (Final Year student)

The university helps me to discover my full potential and also helps me to find my career path.

Mohamed Rifau Irushad (Maldives) Vice Treasurer ( Financial Planner) Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting (2nd Year student)

The university offers the opportunity of doing an Australian degree outside Australia. (KDU University College, Malaysia)

Roshan Deepak Pandiji ( Zimbabwe) Events Planner Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting ( 2nd Year student)

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The university organized great events like the Murdoch Red Day which allow students to wear the red t-shirt and get together for a snap shot of them in red. Besides that, every Tuesday, students will wear Murdoch Red T-shirt. It gives me a feeling of unity & makes me feel like I am a part of Murdoch University. I love it!

Amanda Lim (Malaysia) Assistant Events Planner Bachelor of Commerce Double Major in Marketing & Management ( 2nd Year Student)

The university gives me an opportunity to discover myself. It trains us on how to manage our time well as well we have a lot of things to complete within a semester. Yasutta Manugaran (Malaysia) Public Relation Director Bachelor of Commerce Major in Accounting ( 1st Year student)

The university provides quality education, preparing me for work and life after Uni. It is not only the exams but also the assignments that allow me to practice what I know.

Ian Fan (Malaysia) Vice Public Relation Director & Editor Bachelor of Commerce Major in Marketing & Management ( 2nd Year Student)

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February Intake Orientation Reported by Ian Fan Checked & Edited by Jin Chieh February 22, 2012

On 24th February 2012, Murdoch Commerce Society (MCS) organised an orientation for the February 2012 intake. The orientation was held at LH 2, KDU Section 13 Campus. The event lasted for two hours, running from 12 noon to 2pm. An estimated total of 30 students, including seniors and lecturers, attended the orientation.

The current president of MCS, Jin Chieh, opened the orientation with a brief introduction about MCS. He spoke about MCS’s organizational structure, history, and upcoming events. Then Ms. Consilz, MCS advisor, came to give a short introduction about herself and the launch of MCS’s first bulleting.

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Next was a time of relaxation and games. Yasutaa Manogaran and Ian Fan facilitated the games session. Students got to know about each other, and the college through this session.

After the games, Ms. Nicole Ng, manager of KDU Student Service Centre (SSC) gave a talk about SSC. She spoke in detail about the clubs and societies under SSC. Matters relating to international students too, such as their visas, were addressed by her. Then Mr. Syahrul from KDU Information System Department briefed students about car parking system, the computer lab, and matters regarding on student IDs. These talks lasted for an approximate 30 minutes. Then, Dr. Goh, Academic Department Head for Business Department of School of Business and Law, came to give a brief introduction about her and as well to welcome new students to KDU’s Family.

At about 1.30pm, Ms. Saranjit Kaur, Programme Leader for Murdoch University Commerce programme, and Ms. Consilz distributed new Murdoch Red T-shirts to new and old students. Finally, the orientation came to a close at 2pm.

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Young Entrepreneur Series (YES) TalkSocial Entrepreneurship & Motivation Reported by Ian Fan Checked & Edited by Jin Chieh March 7, 2012

Young Entrepreneurs Series (YES) talk was a series of inspiring and motivational talk for students. For this time talk, it is about one young man’s journey in social entrepreneurship. This young man is Mr. Brian Lee, who hails from Victoria University, Australia and works for many Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

Mr. Brian opened the event at 12pm with a short Q&A session to with the audience. He interacted with the audience, asking them about their interests and ambitions. Then Mr. Brian gave a brief introduction of himself, his achievements, and his works. Next, the audiences were treated to a personality test. The test was interesting as it identified the individuals’ personalities, and related it to certain animal characteristics. One was either a natural leader (lion), discipline player (zebra), flexible doer (buffalo), or spontaneous opportunities (hyena).

Moving on, Mr. Brian gave a motivational talk about success, touching on the meaning and methods to achieve success. He gave the audience 7 pointers for success. In summary, success begins with the person’s acknowledgement for change, then identifying his or her strengths and weaknesses, having faith in his or her actions, and striving towards success.

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Then, Mr. Brian gave a walk-through of his NGOs career. He shared about his community and social works, locally and globally. Mr. Brian illustrated the walk-through with a visual presentation; highlighting and explaining the various events in his journey as a social entrepreneur.

Finally, the Young Entrepreneurs Series (YES) talk came to a close at about 2pm. Overall, the response was good, with an estimated number of 40 people attending the talk.

Group photo with Brian Lee

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A gift from the president to Brian

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“Even a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” “One must be the change one wishes to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galileo Galilei

Students’ Testimonials

Mark Jo Yee The talk was motivating to a certain extent where it encourages students to work for what they would want to achieve in their lives. The talk does not help the students as to how they should achieve what they want to pursue but it managed to convey the message that everyone can have accomplishment if they believe that they are able to achieve it. The talk sets a clear "mind map" as to where the students can identify which level to achievement they are situated at the current phase of their studies or lives, and subsequently enabling the students to really think thoroughly their respective progressions.

Ian Fan

Mr. Brian was indeed an inspirational and motivational speaker. He taught us the meaning of success. He also gave us some guides and pointers as to how we can achieve success. Through this meeting, I learned that success begins within oneself. We have to identify our personality traits and constantly motivate ourselves towards success.

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Jin Chieh

As a friend of Mr. Brian, I really inspired by what he is doing in his career and his heart for the community. Success of a man is not valued by how much money someone has but the positive impact of that person to the society. As well, Mr. Brian is passionate to share his life with students and I believe through this sharing session, many lives have been impacted and students will start to live differently in the way that comes with positive thinking, be responsible and act in love in every phase of their lives. A new meaning of Success is being defined through this talk.

What is Social Entrepreneur? Social entrepreneurship is the work of social entrepreneurs. A social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change (a social venture). While a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital. Thus, the main aim of social entrepreneurship is to further social and environmental goals. Social entrepreneurs are most commonly associated with the voluntary and not-forprofit sectors, but this need not preclude making a profit. Social entrepreneurship practiced with a world view or international context is called international social entrepreneurship.

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LOVE is a VERB – Feeding the Homeless Project Reported By Ian Fan Checked & Edited by Jin Chieh March 23, 2012

Murdoch Commerce Society (MCS) organized this occasion to give its members an experience of what it’s like to be part of a community project. Through this initiative, MCS members joined others in a quest to give something back to society. This was an opportunity for us, the blessed and privileged, to serve the under-privileged. Though we may be limited in our resources, but all that was needed was an initiative and someone to lend a helping hand. Lend a helping hand we did; helping to distribute food and drinks to the poor and needy.

A total of 11 Murdoch students, 4 girls and 7 guys, took part in this event. We were very privileged to have Ridzwan Razalee, the president of KDU’s Student Union, and Mr. David Lee, Senior Executive of KDU Student Service Centre (KDU S.13 Campus) as our guides for the night. KDU-MURDOCH COMMERCE SOCIETY (KDU-MCS)

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Ridzwan has the experience and knowledge, constantly guiding us through the night. As a group, we followed Pertiwi, an NGO, in its mission to contribute to the homeless.

We left KDU University College Damansara Jaya Campus at 8pm, stopping first at Bangsar for briefing. There, Ridzwan briefed us on the procedures and processes. Things such as where the food and drinks were stationed, and how we should distribute the meals, were explained to us. The food and drinks were not only important, but also the people. The service of the people was vital. It can be something as small as a smile, but it leaves a big impression, sending a pleasant and sincere message to the other person. This is to show that we care, and it’s coming from our heart with care and love.

We reached our first stop at about 9.30pm. When we arrived, already present were a crowd of people queuing up for the food. Slowly and cautiously, we made our way to the front, where the van, carrying the food and drinks, was located. The girls joined the other female volunteers to help distribute the food and water to the people. While we guys were there to assist and provide security. Though it didn’t really seem like a big role or essential, but it was. Our presence as security provided a sense of security and safety. We men were there to ensure that everything runs smoothly without any disruptions and disturbances.

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Then, at about 10pm we adjourned to our next stop, Kota Raya. A similar scene occurred; people came to queue for the food and drinks. However, this time the crowd was more than at the previous stop. Again, the girls distributed the food, while some of the guys gave the drinks. Then, at about 10.45pm we left to our third stop - Masjid India.

At Masjid India, there were a handful of people who came for the food and drinks. Hence, our help was not really needed at that time. There, we called it a night.

“I have come to the conclusion that charity is only charity when you give money, services or food without personal gain, benefit or recognition of any kind. Real charity is anonymous. It starts and ends within you.” – Mohd Syafiq

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What they have to say about their experience?

Amanda Lim I feel happy to be able to join this event, to do charity work for the poor. It is a great experience to be able to see how these poor people survive, and to be a part of Pertiwi to help them. It was my first time seeing many people queuing and lining up for food and drinks patiently. I learned that these poor people must line up in the following order; whereby ladies first, followed by men below 60’s, and then men below 50’s. Based on what I have seen with my own eyes, I learned that we must appreciate whatever we have now, and giving a genuine smile to these poor people is a great thing to do. If it is possible, we should do more charity work to help those less fortunate. Moreover, my other experience is that people are willing to help one another even though they are of different race and culture.

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Roshan Panditji First and foremost, I arrive at the college with no expectation at all. The question on my mind and I guess everyone else’s mind was where the food we were to distribute was. To my amazement it was a whole van full of nasi lemak (Malaysia Traditional Food), tea, coffee, mineral water and juices. When we arrived at our first destination, I was amazed at the organization skills of all the volunteers. Everything was done systematically and orderly. The task I had to carry out was crowd control. I have to admit that I was quite nervous at first, but as the evening progressed, I felt more and more comfortable. Overall, it was a fun and great experience, and it made me appreciate and realize that how fortunate we all are. Last but not the least, I would like to thank all who were involved, it really was an inspirational humanitarian work being done. We all can make our society great by playing these little parts

Yasutaa Manogaran The event of feeding the homeless people was indeed an eye opener for me. I felt so touched to see that there are people out there still surviving without the basic necessities of life, and yet they are not complaining about it. They keep surviving till they can. I realize how lucky and blessed I am, as God has given me everything in life. I also learned my lesson, that there is no obstacle we cannot overcome if we believe in ourselves.

Ian Fan I know that there are poor, unfortunate, and homeless people in this world. I know that such people live within our midst; eating, sleeping, and going through life like any other ordinary person. But tonight, this event opened my eyes and mind to see the reality of life. I am grateful, thankful, and blessed for my family, friends, environment, and quality of life. Also, I have come to realize that I do not need to do something extraordinary or big for a better tomorrow. Instead, it can be as simple as a smile, and giving out food and drinks to the needy. KDU-MURDOCH COMMERCE SOCIETY (KDU-MCS)

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Jin Chieh

When I came across with the idea of bringing students for community project, I have no faith at all whether there were any students joining in for the project. It was the very 1 st time after such a while KDU student service finished their previous CSR event. I was told about this from Mr. David, and to come with a team of 8 to 10 people to continue with this project. I had fear of getting this number of students in a short period. Glad that I didn’t stop of doing it and when I announced about doing this Feeding the homeless project, I received sufficient number of 11 students within half a day. And we carried out the event together. I received personally many enquiries from students to have more of this kind of events and me and my Dream Team is working in progress for the next event. Community project wasn’t sound new to me but Love is just an ordinary word if we do not put it into practice. And I believe that to be an agent of LOVE is our call in this world. (That’s why the last sentence of MCS’ mission statement is on LOVE LIFE, LOVE PEOPLE.) Life will only be great and come with fulfillment when we are able to bless and give. Remember: LOVE is a VERB!!

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KDU- MCS First Bulletin

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