NAAUC TALK NOVEMBER 2016
WELCOME Can you believe it’s already been 4 months since the NAAUC National Conference in Sydney! We hope everyone who attended had a great time and has been implementing everything they learnt at conference over the last few months. It’s been a busy time as new committees have been elected and new Residential Advisors have been chosen to lead their communities in 2017. All over Australia, new leaders have begun to plan how they are going to improve their residence over the next year. But before the NAAUC community embarks on a new journey in 2017, let’s reflect on 2016. Let’s look back on all the new initiatives and events that have been run and the ways in which residences have made a difference in their broader community. It’s such an exciting time to be living in a residential community and 2016 has signified the very best of residential life in Australia. This issue of NAAUC Talk will take you to Brisbane and Canberra as we hear the groovy new things that our member colleges have been up to. We will hear from our new president as he reflects on NAAUC’s impact in 2016 while we hear about the NAAUC executive’s changeover in Monash last September. As 2016 winds down we ask you to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017. Get Pumped. We sure are. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram/Twitter for all things NAAUC!
Official Bi-Annual Publication. National Association of Australian University Colleges Inc.
CONTENTS LOOKING BACK: 2016 4 EXECUTIVE CHANGEOVER 6 NAAUC MEMBER UPDATE: THE WOMENâ€™S COLLEGE (UQ) 8 NAAUC MEMBER UPDATE: URSULA HALL (ANU) 10 2017 MEMBERSHIP FEES 12 NATIONAL CONFERENCE 13
LOOKING BACK 2016...
...proved yet another successful year for NAAUC, in which we continued to invigorate and challenge residential communities Australia wide. Just as each of your communities strive to improve their environment and the opportunities they afford to their students, NAAUC has done the same, expanding in the hope that we continue to reach out and encompass the needs of all residences. Our commitment to be at the forefront of issues facing communities has pushed us into new and exciting areas, where we hope that youâ€™ll follow us to continue to push the envelope and define our industry as one which champions positive change in a number of areas. Our efforts culminated once again in our fantastic annual conference, held at Dunmore Lang and Robert Menzies Colleges at Macquarie University in Sydney. The theme of the conference, â€œShare the Story, Shape the Futureâ€? was evident throughout and brought with it a number of new initiatives to challenge delegates, empowering them to contribute to the changing landscape of the communities we all care about so deeply.
New initiatives such as partnering with the Hunting Ground Australia, and spotlight presentations from mental health and sexuality experts allowed us to help start a conversation amongst students Australia wide on incredibly significant issues. It is our hope that given this platform, we can leap off it with the support of our members and students Australia wide to tackle them head on. I’d also like to sincerely acknowledge and thank the 2016 executive for all their incredible hard work and dedication to the association. As is the case every year, the team worked incredibly hard over many ups and downs to produce a wonderful conference, and continue to provide excellent service to our member residences, giving us an excellent position to go into the upcoming year with enthusiasm and a clear vision for the future. As we move into 2017, we have a number of innovative new developments that we are incredibly excited to share with you. Our expanding membership structure will bring with it a number of new and exciting opportunities and benefits for all students and the communities they live in. It will offer more opportunities to engage with NAAUC with our new state forums to be rolled out early next year, and of course our ever expanding and popular ‘NAAUC on the Road’ program and conference in 2017, to be held at Mannix College in Melbourne. Enjoy your holidays, and we look forward to working with all of you over the next year! Lachlan Power, NAAUC President.
SEPTEMBER THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD The 2016 and 2017 NAAUC Executives came from all over Australia to converge on Mannix College in September. The changeover represented an important step as knowledge and advice was passed from one executive to another. It was a chance to teach and learn for both committees.
The changeover comprised of important strategic planning for the association moving forward, while also confirming important details for the 2017 National Conference (held at Mannix College). The 2016 executive had the chance to say goodbye and pass the torch to the enthusiastic 2017 committee.
NAAUC 2016 LEADERSHIP TEAM The new executive was able to set their goals for the year ahead and establish important expectations for the group to follow. The executive also had the pleasure of touring the amazing facilities of Mannix College (when we say amazing, we mean amazing) and meet the administration. The team spent time with the Mannix staff discussing important details to ensure that the 2017 Conference exceeds the expectations of delegates and improves on the already high standards achieved by past conferences. It wasn’t all serious business though, we we’re able to let our
hair down and experience the amazing nightlife that Melbourne has to offer. Both new and old had a great time singing Celine Dion’s ‘My heart will go on’ at karaoke while enjoying some amazing Melbourne cuisine. The changeover symbolised a bright future for the organisation moving forward as our grand plans for 2017 came together. The new executive was able to build a strong foundation to ensure that 2017 proves to be NAAUC’s biggest and best year. We thank the 2016 committee for a great weekend and their incredible efforts over a great year.
NAAUC MEMBER UPDATE THE WOMEN’S COLLEGE (UQ)
It has been another spectacular year for the Women’s College at UQ. This year Women’s College was able to throw, shoot and run our way through 15 different sports to take home the Inter-college Cup (ICC) for the fourth year in a row while also placing 2nd in the ICC Cultural Cup competition, this being an equally commendable effort. 2016 also saw the Women’s women give plenty of their time to the community in a number of community events and Women’s run fundraisers. Some of our highlights include our annual Women’s charity @home which saw us don our finest cocktail attire as we embraced the ‘Casino Royale’ theme. Guests were generous as we were able to donate over $5600 to the royal flying doctor service, a cause close to home for some of our students from rural areas.
Women’s also participated, for the first time in the One Girl ‘Do it in a dress’ campaign. Over 70 girls for the month of October wore a school dress in aid of raising money to educate girls in Africa. Women’s alone were able to raise $16,900 this being enough to educate 56 girls. Several other colleges at UQ participated in this same campaign and as a college community we raised $82,227 this being an outstanding achievement for all college students within UQ and it was great to see colleges come together and raise so much money for such a great cause. In later October we also held our annual Exec Auction in which together with King’s College we raised $2275 for the Red Frogs, a charity which helps so many college kids Australia wide. Throughout the year we also held our own ‘Girls’ night in’, Crazy hair day for the leukaemia foundation and another successful ‘Biggest afternoon tea’ for the cancer council. Altogether as a college we raised over $23,800 for charity, this being something we are extremely proud of. We have all truly showcased just how talented Women’s girls are and how much spirit this united maroon army has. We look forward to seeing what 2017 has install. Madeleine McEniery, The Women’s College President.
NAAUC MEMBER UPDATE URSULA HALL (ANU)
With the largest intake of first years that Ursula Hall (Ursies) has seen in a while, the Residents’ Committee knew that we needed to have a calendar packed with new, innovative events, while reinvigorating the old traditions. We started the year off paying homage to a true Aussie legend - Nollsie - in a heartfelt rendition of ‘What about Merch’. While the video was a success, and we sold more merch than last year, Nollsie still hasn’t responded to the video and we haven’t gone viral. We also decided to introduce the first years to some Ursies legends, organising a ex-ressie bar night. This night was fantastic as we shared a bevy (or a couple!) with old friends, and met all of the residents who had experienced Ursies life before us and had a bunch of stories to tell. Hopefully this was the start of a new tradition that will continue for years to come.
With 40% of our residents being international students, we have tried to foster and enrich the diversity of our community through our events. We introduced all residents to a new side of Australian Culture, and reinvigorated an Ursies tradition with a Bush Dancing night. Bush Dancing is a lot more complicated than it looks, but it was a great excuse to get dressed up in our finest Akubra hats. We also ran an International Expo, which asked International students to cook food from their country and share it with our community. This event introduced Australians to different cultures but also advanced the diversity of our community. For those not at ANU, Inward Bound seems insane. Dropping people in the middle of the bush at midnight and then asking them to run cross country to endpoint is not everyoneâ€™s idea of a fun event. However, a highlight of the year was watching our division one team run 100km and smash interhall predictions coming second! Trying new events and not being afraid to change or tweak established traditions is incredibly important for very residentâ€™s committee, and I encourage everyone to do so. Charlotte Maybery-Reupert, Ursula Hall President.
2017 MEMBERSHIP FEES 1 YEAR REGISTRATION* EARLY BIRD: 13 FEB - 30 APRIL
1 YEAR REGISTRATION* STANDARD: 1 MAY - 1 JULY
3-YEAR REGISTRATION** 13 FEB - 30 APRIL
THATâ€™S 30% DISCOUNT PER YEAR *1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES 31 DEC 2017 **3 YEAR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES 31 DEC 2019
NATIONAL CONFERENCE MELBOURNE 2017
In 2017, the National Conference will be hosted by Mannix College at Monash University, Melbourne from the 2nd-9th of July. Every year, the National Conference sees approximately 250 delegates from on-campus residential communities across Australia converging in a weeklong program. As a delegate you will experience inspirational guest speakers, professional development sessions as well as seminars, workshops and discussion groups all focusing on student leadership within our residential communities. In addition to these great opportunities, the National Conference also features a diverse social program that provides examples for you on how to run engaging, inclusive and safe events that cater to the interests of a diverse group of residents. Every year the theme and academic pillars of the National Conference are tailored to pertinent issues concerning student life in tertiary residential communities. The academic pillars will feature panels and presentations on mental health, gender & sexuality, social media, and effective community leadership. The NAAUC Conference is nationally renowned as the peak youth leadership initiative within the university residential community sector and has inspired generations of student leaders from across the country in a forum of idea sharing and relationship building.