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The REX Your Remote and External Newsletter February-March 2014

Letter from your Remote and External Officer Hi everyone, Welcome to Study Period 1 at James Cook University! My name is Kate-Lyn Ward and I am your Remote and External Officer for the JCU Student Association. The JCUSA is you independent representative body, governed by a Council of students just like you who are elected at the end of each year by the members of the Association. We are here to ensure that we all have a fair and enjoyable experience throughout our time at JCU. On a national level, the JCUSA has worked with the National Union of Students to secure Youth Allowance scholarships and continue the improvement of student income conditions. However, on a day-to-day basis, we provide a range of free, confidential, and non-judgemental services to students. So if you are ever feeling hassled by academic life, getting assignments in, studying for exams or even making ends meet then we are here to support and guide you when you need it. JCU has a range of policies and procedures that apply to students and these can be quite confusing. If you are ever unsure of what these are or how they apply to you then we can answer any questions that you may have. Our professional Student Support Officers are available to assist you with any academic concerns. They can provide advice and represent or support you in consultations with the university or individual lecturers. They can also assist with applications for deferred exams, special considerations, requests for a review of your assessment and help you to appeal a university decision, if necessary. This assistance is provided to ensure that you can present your case to the university in a fair and clear way to obtain an optimal outcome. They will explain the options available to you and if you so wish help you to pursue appropriate action. The JCUSA doesn’t just provide academic assistance. We also provide a range of other services including welfare support. If you are ever feeling down or have something on your mind and just need to have a chat we are here to support you. If we cannot help you we will make sure that you are put in contact with the right person to help you with your concerns. We also provide assistance with Centrelink payments and can help you to question or appeal any decisions made in relation to these. In addition, we can help you with housing and accommodation information and tax help during tax time (if we have the volunteers). So if you ever have any concerns we encourage you to call our free call number 1800 330 021 and speak to one of our student advocates.

The REX Your Remote and External Newsletter July 2013 So that you may know who I am, I would like to tell you a little about myself. I am an external student living and working on the Atherton Tablelands and am currently doing a Bachelor of Social Work with three subjects per study period. This will be my second year as the R & E Officer and I really enjoy this job. I love meeting all of you that are studying on the remote campuses and it is great when I get the chance to meet those of you who study externally. Last year was the first year that the JCUSA has ever had an R & E Officer, so it is a very new position which I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to develop. Last year I visited the Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island campuses to get a feel for how each operated. Among other things, I have developed this R & E newsletter so that you all know what is going on at the remote campuses and at the Townsville and Cairns campuses. You can also find the REX on the JCUSA website under ‘Services’-‘Remote and External.’ This year I hope to continue working alongside all of you to give R & E students a higher level of representation and a stronger voice on the major campuses. With this aim, I hope to aid students to develop JCUSA Clubs on each of the remote campuses to enable you to run events and foster a strong campus culture. I am also trying to create an R & E committee including students from each of the campuses and a couple of external students that can help me to provide the best representation possible to all R & E students. If you are interested in being a part of either of these opportunities and would like to play a role in representing your fellow students, I would really like to hear from you. If you would like to know more about anything I have discussed here, are interested in lending a hand, have any concerns or would just like to introduce yourself, you are very welcome to send me an email at or call me on (07) 40 916 690. I hope to have the chance to meet as many of you as possible over the course of this year. Happy studying!!

Get connected!! JCUSA Remote and External Students

For more information on the Student Association or to become a member visit:

President Connor Davey

Then adds COLOUR!

shaves it all off for a cure!

Remote & External Officer

Vice President Kenny Damaschke

Kate-Lyn Ward

& Cairns Campus Officer

Getting picked on by the stunt magician

Olliviero Bolli Rocking the Boathouse Bar!

Ha ha Jon I finally got you! Cairns Campus Director Jonathon Lemon

Cairns Sport & Rec Officer Danielle Menso

Important links to help you during your time at University Off Campus Students – Indigenous Students – International Students – O-Week Information – Get Ready for Uni – Important Dates – Library Services for Off Campus Students – IT and Computing Services – Learning Skills Online – Writing and Math Skills Online – Effective Reading – Note Taking – Managing Your Time – Planning Your Career –

Super Easy, Super Quick Microwave Mushroom Risotto Ingredients: 

1 cup minute rice

1 cup water

1/2 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup

Grated Cheese

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Cooked meat (chicken pieces or beef mince)

Cooked vegetables of your choice

1/2 tsp olive oil

Method: 1) place 1 cup minute rice and 1 cup water in large microwave safe container 2) microwave for 3 minutes 3) add 1/2 can mushroom soup (here you can add cooked meat and veggies if desired) 4) microwave for 3 minutes 5) sprinkle with cheese (and optional olive oil) This is a great one for lunches when you are on the go!

Second-Hand Text Books For Sale Email the JCU Student Association in Cairns at and ask if they have a second-hand copy of the textbook you need. When you find a book you want to buy, check the 13 digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to make sure it is the right edition. NOTE: Second-hand texts are not available from the Student Association in Townsville.


Should you find yourself getting hassled with academic life, getting assignments in, studying for exams or even trying to make ends meet... then we are here to help. Student Welfare Being a student is never easy, and the problems you encounter may not just be of an academic nature. The most important thing to remember is… help is available.

The Student Association @ JCU is here to represent you, support you and generally ensure you're well looked after during your time here. What you get as a FREE Member:

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Voting rights in JCUSA Elections

Academic Support

Eligibility to run and vote for Student

Crisis loan support

A free universal, confidential & non-judgmental service is available to all James Cook University students. You do not need to be a member of the JCU Student Association to access this service.

FREE Year Planner & Date Stickers

Other Services We Provide

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Council Positions

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The Student Association offers services to assist you with any day-to-day issues and problems, and if we can't help we'll find someone who can. The Student Association can offer you a confidential and non-judgmental service, so if something - anything - is bothering you it's worth visiting us.

Academic & Welfare Support

FREE JCUSA iCampus App through the App Store FREE Student Diary Monthly edition of ‘The REX’ Remote and External Newsletter

To become a member visit: membership.php

Tax Help Safer Sex Information and Supplies Harassment Grievance Advice Student Association Crisis Loans Scheme Distance Education Services Parenting Rooms Disability Access Toilet Facility Kitchenette Facility (Cairns) Lost Property

Contact Your Student Association Free call: 1800 330 021 For access to any Student Association service or to be transferred elsewhere within the University free of charge. (Note: Not accessible from mobile) Townsville


Direct: (07 )4781 4400 Internal: 14400 Postal Address: JCU Student Association PO Box 1 James Cook University TOWNSVILLE QLD 4811

Direct: (07) 4042 1160 Internal: 21160 Postal Address: JCU Cairns Campus Student Association PO Box 6811 CAIRNS QLD 4870

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Remote and External Newsletter ISSUE 08 Feb-Mar 2014

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