For alumni and community Issue 55 December 2014
FRAPPE FORT Valedictory Dinner
what you do, do with a will
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Issue 55 December 2014 The magazine of University College The University of Melbourne Read Frappe Fort online: www.unicol.unimelb.edu.au/ publicationsnews University College 40 College Crescent Parkville Victoria 3052 Australia ph +613 9347 3533 fax +613 9347 1549 www.unicol.unimelb.edu.au Formerly University Women’s College
Donations to UC can be made at: www.unicol.unimelb. edu.au/donate Editing panel: Dr Jennifer McDonald, Gemma Egelton, Ian Forster and Natalie Sakarintr
Student Club President’s Report
Jane Gould, Dave Simpson, Iain Simpson, Pat McDonald, Maeva Bennetto Peris, Georgie O’Conner-Stubbs, Kirsty Horne, Emma Leith, Angus Clarke, Stephanie McNabb and Aaron Saw
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Emma Hurley, Sean Hanrahan, Yuzuha Oka and Mercedes Stewart
University College Alumni (The University of Melbourne)
02 From the Head
Cover image: Valedictory Dinner
04 Graduate Report
03 Student Club President’s Report 05 Senior Common Room Report 10 From the President 12 Academic Report 15 UC Abroad 18 Success Stories 19 Community Service Report 20 Sports Report 21 Sustainability Report 26 Council Member Profile 28 Development Corner 32 2014 Donors
Artwork by Maddy McCarthy
Creative pursuits Creative Writing and Art and Design Week at UC, People’s Choice Award pictured above
A new master plan for UC
Student production it’s The Addams Family!
Sporting prowess on the volleyball court, in the pool and on the field
Fundraising Luncheon with the theme of Women and the public sector
Reunions Alumni catch up across the globe – from Washington to Naughton’s
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strength through diversity Intercultural and financial imperatives are persuading universities around the globe to increase their numbers of international students. This global trend has brought with it a range of associated challenges and changes. For residential colleges, a key challenge is factoring in the increasingly diverse cultural, religious and social mores of our student communities. We must seek new approaches to ensure that international students from diverse backgrounds are better integrated into our residential experience and community. While we are well used to adapting our approaches and our organisations to meet changing student needs and expectations, how well equipped are we if the cultural backgrounds and countries of origin of our student residents become much more diverse? This was the question I addressed in discussing the impact of globalisation on University College as a case study presented to the AACUHO-I international conference in Washington in July. Six years ago in 2008, the College had 200 undergraduate students. Students from rural backgrounds made up 75% of the cohort and the other 25% were international students, almost exclusively from Singapore. Fast forward to 2014 and it’s a very different situation. While overall student numbers have remained the same and the College still maintains its traditional demographic with a majority of rural students, there are increasing numbers of interstate students and a whole new cohort of graduate students. The impact of globalisation has also seen many more international students join our community, not just from Singapore, but from all around the globe: from Sri Lanka, South Africa, the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, Korea, China, Thailand, and Japan just to name a few source countries. There are also increasing numbers of so-called ‘third culture kids’, students who were born in Australia but have spent most of their formative years being raised overseas. So the College is now a very different place.
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Increased diversity has in general enriched and strengthened our community at University College. Students relish the opportunity to find out about other cultures and are generally aware of intercultural sensitivities. Many have a global perspective having lived in or visited 3 or 4 different countries where they have developed an understanding of cultural mores and a level of intercultural competency. Nevertheless, there are sensitivities that emerge as international students often arrive on campus socially underprepared for community life in Australia. To deal with this, we have developed new ways of working with our student leaders to help them understand and accommodate the needs of international students. Our approach has been bottom up rather than top down. We do not mandate student activities, but work closely with the students to help them drive change.
To achieve better integration of international students with domestic students, our challenge has been to develop a range of new programs which appeal to students from diverse backgrounds. The aim has been to cater for the needs and interests of both domestic and international students to encourage them all to participate and become better integrated into the college community. In dealing with the challenges of internationalisation, our priority remains the quality of the student experience. We are constantly seeking to add value by helping our students not only to succeed academically, but also to make friends and acquire the life skills they need to confidently shape their future. It is all about maximising the potential of our young people wherever they come from, encouraging them in developing their identity and helping them to become truly global citizens. Dr Jennifer McDonald Head of College
Laura Burnett, Sunny Patil, Pat Hennessy and Georgia Aldous
Standing: Jane Gould, Emma Leith, Pat McDonald, Aaron Saw, Kirsty Horne, Maeva Bennetto Peris, Iain Simpson, Dave Simpson and Georgie O’Conner-Stubbs. Front row: Mrs Peta Driscoll, Angus Clarke, Dr Jennifer McDonald, Stephanie McNabb and Ms Marie McKee
A seamless coexistence Student Club President’s Report It has been a spirited good time these past six months and it is hard to believe that the year has finally come to an end. There has, however, been no end of events going on at University College in terms of student life in Semester 2. This semester, UC saw a large group of our second year students head abroad to go on exchange and, as a result, we welcomed Amy Chilcott back from a year long exchange, as well as 16 new students to the College. Hailing from locations around the globe, this new group was a welcome addition to the community, and by the end of DisOrientation-Week, they were brought up to speed on the ins and outs of life in Melbourne and at UC. In the second week of the semester, we were treated to the musical delight that was the 2014 Student Club Production of ‘The Addams Family’. The cast, band and crew rehearsed day and night since before the semester had even started to create a memorable performance that was deemed by many, to be the best UC production in years. The College has seen no shortage of social events this semester. A foggy night in late August saw students take to the seas for a circus themed boat cruise that had no shortage of clowns, mimes, trapeze artists, animal trainers and even lions in attendance! Another highlight was the much anticipated UC Day which included a full schedule of music, food, jumping castles and a whole lot of spirit and energy to celebrate all things ‘University College’. Shortly after a late and much needed mid-semester break, we were treated to the ceremony of the Valedictory
Dinner and Tern, which served as an official thank you and farewell to the Valedictorians and all of the students destined to depart the College at the end of the year. It was a splendid feast, as always, and was supplemented by a beautifully delivered and sincere Valedictory Address by one of our third year students, James Hutcheon. The dinner and subsequent Tern were an ideal bookend to the Commencement Dinner held at the beginning of the year and marked the closing of the 2014 chapter in UC’s history. Now that I have come to the end of my term as President, I can honestly say that this has been an incredible year for not just the quality of the activities but also just for the sheer fact that the student body as a whole are such a cohesive and dynamic group of people. Living in a community of this size, you never can know just how everybody will get along, so it has been extremely satisfying to see the entire group, regardless of year level, coexist so seamlessly. From this point, the reins have been passed on to the 2015 Student Club Executive, led by Aaron Saw and Edward Benson, who I know will continue to lead the College to even bigger and better things in the future.
Aaron Saw and Angus Clarke
Jessica Bolding and Carly Heislers
Angus Clarke Student Club President
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Sid Hemachandra, Jarryd Clayden-Zabik and Max Gulhane
Semester two for the UC graduates was no slower than the first. Events, study, intercollegiate gatherings, exams, tests, practicals and a few celebratory drinks were just a few of things that have made this semester so enriching. The semester has not been without achievements; first and foremost, big congrats to all the grads who submitted their theses, and for those who are still to do so, good luck. The blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the research and writing of the projects deserves to be celebrated! For the rest, exams are approaching fast and we will see how well our procrastination skills have developed over our many years at university.
In more serious news, the grads enjoyed intercollegiate experiences with other Colleges around the Crescent this semester. Many grads attended intercollegiate graduate get togethers where we had the opportunity to spin a bit of a yarn. This was a great way to understand how the other Colleges operate, as well as meet fellow graduates who specialise in various fields. On the academic front, weâ€™ve had many successful graduate study sessions.
Alistair Watson and Juliana Logsdon
On several Sundays throughout the semester, we were provided with necessary provisions for effective learning and sat down as a group to get some serious work done. We also had the pleasure of listening to presentations from graduates about their disciplines and to watch movie screenings complemented by a bit of cheese and wine to wash it down. College events have not been in short supply either. From Valedictory Dinner, to Sports and Arts Night, the Magazine Launch and UC Day, the graduates have had many opportunities to celebrate College life. The opportunities to further our academic experiences and meet new people have been endless. We have all really enjoyed getting to know the undergraduates, the RTs and admin over the last two semesters. The year has been great for us as a group as well as a part of UC.
Viviana Lee and Stephan Burger
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Annabelle Kerr Graduate Representative
senior common room
Alexander McCluskey and Iain Simpson
Enriching Collegiate Life Senior Common Room Report In an environment dominated by adolescent excitement, it is easy to forget that not only undergraduate students make University College their home. The Senior Common Room, representing graduate students, academic visitors, resident tutors and the College administration, is made up of a diverse group of people. The great breadth of knowledge and experience within these groups plays a key role in enriching the collegiate life for the entire community. You could be forgiven for thinking that our graduate students have no time for College; that they simply have time for books, classes and theses. While this is true in part, the collegiality amongst our graduate students this year has been commendable. The SCR has supported this through several study days throughout semester 1 and 2, in which graduate students had the opportunity to learn from one another’s wide ranging disciplines and study in a socially relaxed but academically intense environment. Each year, our academic visitors and eminent members of the broader UC community play an important role in enriching academic life at UC by presenting at Fireside Chats in the SCR. The wide range of disciplines and corners of the world represented throughout the year by our respected
and charismatic presenters make these events a wonderful opportunity for the SCR to engage with undergraduate students, who can explore and consolidate their academic interests. In addition, for the second year running, we have had the “Three-minute Thesis” challenge, which again proved to be very popular across the College. It has been a great privilege to be a resident tutor at UC this year. I would like to thank my fellow RTs for their hard work supporting students academically and contributing to the UC community. The support provided by the College administration has allowed us to be effective in supporting students throughout the year and implement initiatives in the SCR. Ultimately, it is due to the wonderful group of people at UC, that all RTs feel privileged to live and work at UC.
The open and inclusive culture at UC is equally bottom up as it is top down. Therefore, it takes the effort of all members of the community to keep the ‘love, passion and die-hard spirit’ alive. On behalf of the RTs and the College administration I would like to congratulate Iain Simpson, the recipient of the 2014 SCR Award. Through this award we acknowledge someone who stood out as embodying the UC culture. By providing cohesion within the College community at all levels, he has underpinned the rich and vibrant community at the heart of UC’s culture. Alexander McCluskey Senior Common Room Representative
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A. K. Henderson south elevation. Image source: State Library of Victoria
A Master Plan for the College In April 2014, Lovell Chen Architects were appointed by the College Council to create a master plan for the College. As heritage architects, they began by consulting the initial master plan for the College to see what they could learn from the original plans and documentation now held in the State Library of Victoria. This provided key insights not only into the original vision for the College but also to inform any future design for the College.
The Original Master Plan (1933) When University College was established by an Act of Parliament in 1933 it was granted 5Âź acres of Crown Land on which to establish a college for women attending the University of Melbourne. The original master plan for the site was designed in 1933 by notable architect Kingsley Anketell Henderson. As a pre-eminent architect of the day, Henderson made a major contribution to the architecture of Melbourne. His work included two of the most elegant buildings in Collins Street, the Bank of Australasia Building on the corner of Queen and Collins Streets and Alcaston House (1929) at the corner of Spring Street, as well as the T&G Building and the Savage Club. Henderson
A. K. Henderson master plan perspective. Image source: State Library of Victoria
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was President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. It is interesting to note that his firm, A & K Henderson employed Robyn Boyd in his first year as an architect. Rob Yuncken and John Freeman were senior associates at the firm before setting up their own practice, Yuncken Freeman. Hendersonâ€™s design created an island within the island, based on the Oxbridge tradition of a quadrangle as the central organising gesture with cloistered wings and principal buildings located on the primary axis. This was a stroke of genius for by creating an island within an island Henderson provided a natural buffer from exposure to the busy arterial roads that bound the triangular site. In the original design, the site had a north south axis and
an east west axis. Interestingly, in Hendersonâ€™s design the active address frontage of the College fronted Royal Parade with a formal ceremonial frontage to College Crescent. Cemetery Road West was seen as a more utilitarian service side with the drying yard and the swimming pool. The central courtyard created a sense of place for the tranquil enjoyment of students and an environment conducive to study. The courtyard was surrounded by cloisters overlooked by the buildings with a south-north vista to the library and music hall beyond. Only the first stages of this master plan were constructed, however, comprising the Georgina Sweet (1937) and Ellis (1938) wings designed in sober brown-brick Collegiate Gothic style.
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Subsequent Developments 1950s and 60s Subsequent development commencing with Syme and the Dining Hall, designed by Godfrey Spowers Hughes Mewton & Lobb, throughout the 1950s and 60s largely departed from the master plan and the established style. Development of the site in this period opted for post war Modernism, as was occurring on the main University campus, marking a definitive break with the earlier era and looking to align with a progressive form of art and architecture.
1985-2008 The next major development period between 1985 and 2008 included the new Academic apartments, Headâ€™s Residence, Library and Academic Centre designed by Daryl Jackson Pty Ltd, and the Recreation Centre wing, designed by Andrew Morant. These designs departed from the cream brick and white stylistic motifs of the post war Modernism, injecting a contemporary approach that also marks a distinctive break from the courtyard and wing forms that feature in the original master plan. The result has been a site that, as it has developed, has moved progressively away from the original concept of an island within an island focused on a large central courtyard space. Although the courtyard as a landscape element remains a strong motif on the site, the actual areas available to staff and students for tranquil outdoor recreation and activities is much diminished. This is not helped by the increasingly aggressive external environment caused by traffic along Royal Parade and Cemetery Road West. The original landscape features of the existing Elm Avenue encircling the site have been largely retained, however, and the extensive borrowed landscape from Princes Park, Ormond College and Royal Parade has improved over the life of the College, as trees have matured and been augmented over time. What is apparent from how the College has evolved stylistically is that it lacks architectural unity or adherence to a singular vision. While this has resulted in some unresolved connections and clashes, nevertheless, there are elements of the original design which have continued to resonate, albeit in a much modified manner such as the courtyards.
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A New Master Plan for the College Architectural style Before deciding on an architectural style for the new master plan, several questions had to be resolved by the architects. The first question was: should the College go back to the original Quadrangle design? The answer was that this is the correct step to take as it will provide many positives. They include: maximising north light access to all areas of the building; a protected internalised landscape that can be occupied and enjoyed; a sense of community through the visual and functional connections; and dignity and scale to the overall presentation of the College. The next question was: can the development evolve beyond Henderson’s original plan? In the view of the architects this is possible and necessary. To bring back the original master plan, however, there needs to be a gradual development that ultimately results in the removal of Syme and Fraser wings over approximately a 50 year time frame. Ultimately, this will see a return to the original large Quadrangle courtyard with cloisters and gardens for residents, representing Henderson’s original vision for the College. It will happen progressively, and be aligned with when Syme and Fraser reach the end of their useful service lives. To achieve this, the master plan also has a new triangular development anchored by Roper and Sweet on what was envisaged by Henderson to be the service side of the site. In the final plan, this development remains servant to the Quadrangle, supporting but not overwhelming, while retaining the essence of courtyards and north oriented accommodation. The final question was: will the new buildings look like the old? In the architect’s view, the new buildings will need to be a sympathetic and respectful response to the scale, materiality and style of the retained Sweet and Ellis wings, evidently contemporary but not a historicist recreation.
Primary Considerations Once these questions had been resolved, the primary considerations for the architect in developing the new master plan were as follows.
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Minimising site coverage To maintain and enhance the college experience for residents, potential sites for redevelopment in the master plan are restricted where possible to existing built areas (‘scarred areas’). These include areas which are underperforming in terms of their yield per square metre of site coverage or are considered poorly designed and blockers to future development. Areas arising from air space over the redeveloped Dining Hall and Kitchen Project will also be available for redevelopment. A comparison of the existing site plan which has a 28% building footprint with the proposed master plan shows that a minimal increase will be achieved with a 30% building footprint.
Building Height University College buildings are typically low-rise with a current maximum of three storeys. Desirably, this height will be maintained with the opportunity to create landmark elements that punctuate the built form as originally envisaged. Importantly, these landmark elements must not detract or impinge on the views and vistas to and from the main courtyards or create excessive shadowing. As is currently the case, a large proportion of the ground level will be given over to common areas such as recreational communal spaces, teaching and study spaces, offices and service areas, with accommodation on the levels above.
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Student numbers University College currently has accommodation for a maximum student population of 200 based on a 90:10 ratio of undergraduate to graduate. In addition there are 25 other residential apartments for residential tutors and academic apartments. College Council has recognised that the long term sustainability of the College requires gradual growth with a capped maximum population of 400. The master plan is based on achieving this growth in the long term together with the necessary supporting spaces that create the sense of collegiality and community that is an essential component of our studentâ€™s experience. Although the growth will be gradual the new Dining Hall and Kitchen will be based around a maximum seating capacity of 400 to ensure the new facilities meet the long term requirements of the College.
Essence of the design Finally, the new master plan which has been approved by the College Council is underpinned by the belief that the evolution of University College needs to embrace four key elements.
Community First and foremost the College is a community and the sustenance and support of this sense of community must remain the essential element in all future development. Sustainability This must include both the pragmatic focus on reducing energy consumption, and the economic sustainability of the College into the future. Accommodation Types University College currently provides four different types of accommodation for resident students, academic visitors, resident tutors and staff. The model for future student accommodation will consist of a mix of types, reflecting the need for differentiation between the cohorts of young undergraduates versus older graduate students. As students mature, the accommodation typology will reflect the changing community they create, with communal lounges, ensuites and larger rooms being provided to create different accommodation experiences. Current ratios of resident tutor, staff and academic apartment accommodation will be maintained.
Presentation to College Crescent The master plan anticipates the demolition and rebuilding of Roper as a more formal and substantial wing to complement the original Sweet and Ellis wings and complete the formal â€˜addressâ€™ to College Crescent that is so lacking in the existing Roper wing. It is envisaged that new flexible tutorial, study and conference spaces will be located in the new Roper wing removing the operationally difficult overlap with the tutorial spaces in the Academic Centre and co-locating these spaces with the kitchen to improve functionality for conferences.
Landscape The connection of the College with the gardens, avenues and parkland both on the site and beyond is a key element in the design. The original paddock has bloomed into a multi-faceted garden and this will remain a key driver in the master plan. Heritage University College has a proud heritage found in the buildings, history and alumni and it is on these foundations that the future of the College must be built. Anne-Marie Treweeke, Associate Director, Lovell Chen Architects Jennifer McDonald, Head of College
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From the President of Council As we reach the end of the 2014 academic year, I am delighted to provide members of our UC community with an update on the progress of the Council’s ambitious 2014-18 Strategic Plan for College enhancement and growth. The Council’s key priority remains the Dining Hall and Kitchen Redevelopment Project, however, its design must first be considered within the context of a College Master Plan. To that end, the Council has approved Lovell Chen Architects’ visionary new Master Plan for the College which will provide the foundation for the College’s enhancement and growth in the 21st Century. At its heart is the desire to respect and maintain the College’s history, culture and heritage and to respect and build on the College’s strong community relationships. As the Master Plan is implemented over time, University College will take on renewed experiential richness as part of a comprehensive program of renewal, while retaining our core values and community. I trust you will enjoy reading about the architect’s vision in this edition of Frappe Fort and look forward to your comments as we provide further details of its implementation in 2015.
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In June, it was a pleasure to welcome to Council Ms Jane Peck who was elected by the Governors. Jane was a resident at University College from 1969-1970. She studied for a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Japanese at the University of Melbourne. Jane went on to pursue a career in marketing and research commencing her career at L’Oreal Fragrances and Beauty. She spent a year living and working in Japan in the 1970s. In the early 2000s Jane conducted a joint project with the University of Melbourne Department of Information Systems, looking into the future use of technology by the young “Customers of the Future”. In more recent years, Jane has been a Non-Executive Director of Geelong Grammar Foundation (2000-2004) & MS Victoria (2001 – 2005) and President and Board member of the Lyceum Club, Melbourne (2005 – 2013).
I would like to acknowledge the important work of my fellow Council Members and the College staff whose dedicated commitment to the College is very much appreciated. I would also like to thank our 2014 student members of Council, Mr Angus Clarke and Ms Emma Leith. 2015 certainly promises to be an exciting year ahead and, as the 2014 year draws to a close, I extend my best wishes to you all. Anne Cronin President of Council
Mr Angus Clarke, Prof Rachel Webster, Mrs Anne Cronin and Miss Stephanie McNabb
A Stellar Career AGM and President’s Dinner Two signature events on the College calendar, the AGM and President’s Dinner, were held on Thursday 22nd May. We were graced with the Vice-President of the Academic Board and Council Member, Professor Rachel Webster as the guest speaker. Professor Webster has had a distinctive career teaching and researching astronomy for over 20 years. Originally gaining her doctorate at Cambridge University, she has spent years honing her skills in Canada at the University of Toronto, both teaching and doing research. Her work has been internationally recognised with internationally prestigious scholarships. She was also the inaugural Australian Institute of Physics Woman in Physics Lecturer. In 1992, she returned to The University of Melbourne to take up a position as a teaching and research academic within the School of Physics where she currently leads the Astrophysics research group, comprising 50 research students and staff. Rachel shared her experiences of working in Astrophysics, of being a woman in science and also working as a scientist in the modern world. She also described her involvement in designing and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Climate Change through Coursera.
When Astrophysics comes up in conversation, many people may be overwhelmed by or under-appreciate the topic. However, Rachel delivered a warm and interesting address that left many guests astounded by her fantastic research. Rachel is also a dedicated member of our College Council and provides great support and advice in maintaining our strong relationship with the University of Melbourne.
The evening was a wonderful celebration of another successful year for the College, with many thanks to our intrepid President of Council, Mrs Anne Cronin. Special mention also goes to our first year student, James Gale, who performed brilliantly ‘Etude Op.25 No.1’ by Chopin, showcasing the extraordinary talent of our students.
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creating meaningful pathways Pathways Dinner Using his skills, experience and passion to make a difference in the world, Simon Griffiths, the keynote speaker at the 2015 Pathways Dinner, inspired the audience with his achievements. Simon is an engineer and economist, turned social entrepreneur. While only in his thirties, he has launched three social businesses of his own, all focused on revolutionising the way society thinks about and engages in philanthropy. His two most recent ventures Shebeen, a bar in Manchester Lane, Melbourne and the toilet paper manufacturing business, Who Gives a Crap are delivering a great product and good profits. The profits are then used to advance living conditions in developing countries. Sounds like a win win! With guests from the fields of genetics, anatomy and physiology through to marketing and PR, and everything in between, there was a vibrant hum in the room and a general reluctance to call it a day! Connections were made, doors were opened. There was a sense of excitement with students feeling more confident and encouraged that they too could find a meaningful career pathway.
Simon Griffiths, Pathways Dinner speaker
Luke Devenish and Jordan Koder
Maddy McCarthy, Charles Sevigny and Kirsty Horne
where to from here? Career Workshops In second semester, with the academic focus moving to career opportunities and transition to work, three workshops were conducted. First, Career Paths: â€˜Where to from here?â€™, an annual half day workshop conducted by Julie Warnecke, who provided the participants with the opportunity to find out more about their personality type and explore the pathways that might best suit them or in some cases why the current pathway does not suit them. Secondly, there was a repeat of the Communicating with Authority Workshop that was conducted in semester one. Andrea Clarke also delivered a very popular workshop about utilising LinkedIn. Students are aware that social media is an important vehicle for career success and now understand the importance of getting linked up with LinkedIn!
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Joel Stone, Dr Jennifer McDonald, Mr John Mathieson and James Gunn
Guests at Pathways Dinner
Creative Writing and Art and Design Week Creative Writing and Art and Design Week was organised in conjunction with Open Day in August. It was another great success thanks to the work of Amber Barton, the Student Club’s Art and Design Representative and Vice President, Stephanie McNabb, who organised the Creative Writing entries. This year the College was delighted to have experienced artist and art history tutor, Helen Brack, open the exhibition. We are very grateful to Di Bresciani who again donated a $1000 prize for the Di Bresciani Painting Award, and to the judges, Mikala Tai, Kristin Headlam and Chris Wallace-Crabbe. We thank them for supporting the College in this way, which allows us to showcase our residents’ creative talents.
The winning entries were: • Georgia Aldous – Di Bresciani Painting Award • Sarah Shearman – Design Award • Oliver Todd – Art Award • Ron See – Photography Award • Maddy McCarthy – People’s Choice Award • Natalie Sakarintr – Short Prose Award • Luke Westerland – Poetry Award
Helen Brack presenting Creative Writing and Art and Design Week awards
Bildungsroman By Luke Westerland At the age of probably 14 or so there was a moment of transcendence Asleep just by the river my two best mates and I were yet to cross Out from our maternal colony And into some kind of desert oasis that offered little But the less we had the more we had to build And how we built and built and stacked chopped wood and found tinder Into a stack as high as a small Toyota perhaps even a little taller Some kind of pyramid came into being and It wasn’t as though we’d created it but by some coincidence I guess all the things we carried found their way to the same place And fell in some orientation that allowed a great rush of air to run in Right at the moment And if nobody six kilometres down the road could see us then Forty five seconds later the pyramid was flying up into the air in pieces The flames were probably five or six times taller and infinitely brighter Than what they consumed I couldn’t even play the piano at that point – not like it mattered Rural NSW is curiously devoid of Steinway & Sons Over the next ten days we probably crossed a dozen more rivers But we camped by the first, on the first night since leaving Ballarat Until twelve hours ago I always thought we were home that night Someone told me that we weren’t – not like it matters now 1800 days later Mikala Tai and Amber Barton
Painting by Georgia Aldous
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Graduate Study Sessions, Chat and Chill Evenings In early 2014 the Senior Common Room began monthly get-togethers on a Sunday, focused on an afternoon of study with the reward of down time in the evening. The formula has proved a great success, and the Sunday Study Sessions have been the source of much productivity. Bernadette Butterworth, studying a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, reflected that the format makes “an isolated task a relaxed communal activity”. Honours student, Viviana Lee, has said: “It’s a great environment to get away from distractions that may prolong procrastination. And at the end of the day, you realise you can achieve so much in such a short amount of time.” After dinner the group reconvene to take part in the UC Fireside Chat evenings, or to hear a presentation from another SCR member. In semester two, Juliana Logsdon presented on her recent studies into building critical literacy skills in children’s middle years.
Contemporary trends shaping Latin American society Latin America is on the vacation trail for many students. Thus, the opportunity to hear from Prof. Abe Lowenthal and Prof Jane Jacquette at a recent Fireside Chat about contemporary trends shaping Latin American society was embraced by an enthusiastic audience. In addition to discussing how Latin America has changed and is changing, our speakers also provided some timely travel tips! It was great to hear from resident and Ecuadorian, Diego Rios, who, thanks to a scholarship from his government, is studying at the University of Melbourne and lives at University College. Marie McKee, Dean of Studies
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Academic Achievement Celebration At the Council High Table in August the College has an opportunity to congratulate our high achieving students on their results. Students who achieved two or more H1 or HDs were presented with a $50 book voucher and a letter of congratulations. This year, 51 students received this acknowledgement. Congratulations to Ryan Howard who achieved the highest average grade in his semester one results.
Three Minute Thesis University College’s annual 2014 Three Minute Thesis challenge, held in second semester, was an engrossing and captivating occasion. Students filled the Heritage Room to watch 10 resident tutors and graduates share their research projects and findings in under three minutes. Complex research on diverse topics from biomolecular engineering to the legality of company takeovers were effectively compressed and translated into short accessible presentations. Despite the clock being watched by many hawk-like eyes, the dreaded buzzer was not often heard. An informal question and answer session followed, in which presenters gave realistic and forthright feedback about the joys and challenges of higher research. All in all, it was an entertaining and insightful event which shed light on research as a career.
Tight Rhymes and White Wine Blue cheese, cats prowling in Richmond, the best minds of our generation – question: what do these things all have in common? On the 26th of October a group of around a dozen UC students gathered in the SCR for a Fireside Chat with College Governor, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, one of Melbourne’s most well respected and established poets, currently Emeritus Professor in the Australian Centre, at the University of Melbourne. Chris kicked the evening off by reading some of his latest poetic works, after which the students took turns in discussing the art of poetry, reading their own works and consuming fine cheese and wine provided kindly by the UC catering staff. An evening punctuated by thought provoking and humorous poetry alike was enhanced by James Gales’ magical piano interlude. Despite a planned runtime of around an hour, the poets could not be tamed and eventually the evening concluded after more than two hours of tight rhymes and cheese appreciation. We hope that this event helps to encourage more students to explore various literary art forms. We would like to thank everyone who came along, especially those who read some poetry of their own. Helena Gallacher and Luke Westerland
study abroad Second Year student, Amy Chilcott speaks of her experiences studying abroad.
I returned to Melbourne this semester after spending a year studying in the United States. I was fortunate to be accepted at The Pennsylvania State University’s main campus, University Park. Penn State’s main campus is a College town, and the majority of people living in the area are students or staff of the university. I lived on campus in a brand new dorm building. Out of the 35,000 students who attend the University Park campus, 13,700 live on campus in dorms. I was incredibly nervous about living with a roommate for the first time, especially since we have our own rooms at UC and the roommates were assigned randomly. Luckily my roommate and I were a perfect match and she is now one of my best friends.
participate in the largest student-run philanthropy initiative in the world, Penn State’s THON, for which my sorority and our fraternity partner raised over $100,000. THON is a 46-hour no sitting or sleeping dance marathon that raises money for the fight against paediatric cancer. It was such an amazing thing to be a part of, especially considering that THON raised a recordbreaking $13.34 million.
I applied to Penn State because I had always wanted to visit America and see what American university life was like. Penn State gave me the opportunity to do both of these things, as well as focus my studies in my areas of interest (Public Relations and Online Communication).
While studying at Penn State I managed to travel to New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles. My first trip to New York was over the Labour Day weekend and I loved it so much that I returned with my roommate for Spring Break. New York is such a culturally diverse city with so many things to see and do. It’s one of my favourite cities, and I can’t wait to go back again. Some friends and I spent our Thanksgiving break in Toronto and I spent my Christmas break in Los Angeles to escape the -20°C temperatures in Pennsylvania. The weather in Los Angeles was around 18°C every day even though it was winter. I was lucky that my best friend from Australia flew over to join me so
There are countless highlights from my year abroad. After seeing Penn State’s football team play, I am now a huge American football fan. There is nothing better than an American College football game, trust me. I also joined a sorority. The members of the sorority I joined are some of the most dedicated, kind and generous people I’ve ever met. Through the sorority, I was able to
Amy Chilcott, Moa Karlsson, Jess Chan and Alanna Garland
we went hiking in the Hollywood Hills, bike riding along the California coast and spent New Years Eve at Disneyland. The year that I spent abroad was the best year of my life. I met people from all over the world, travelled, learnt a lot about myself, made countless new friends, excelled academically, and was able to challenge myself. I didn’t know a single person in America before I arrived, but now it feels like home. It was such an invaluable experience and I wish I could go back and relive it over and over again.
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the Addams Family “Ahhh! The intoxicating smell of the graveyard”
The excitement started once the production team was appointed. With a passion for the arts and each of us hailing from a different background, we were an enthusiastic company and now look back on the production with a warm heart. Why only musicals, you ask? Because, “at UC we love musicals; singing, dancing, live orchestras and having fun. Above all we want everyone to have a good time.” At least, that’s what I was told by the producer, Jason Smeaton, who had been part of the previous year’s production of ‘Footloose’. Addams Family Musical production was held in the esteemed Union Theatre, University of Melbourne, with a few hundred seats to fill each night of our week long debut. It was undoubtedly a very big fish to fry that we only had two and a half weeks to teach to swim. Luckily we had the support of all our fellow UC Rangers who worked tirelessly as we attempted to incorporate many zealous components. There was no mirror ball and no moon flown in, but with Sunny Patil in a silk white dress being spot lit across a twilight scene – composed of myself and Shaun Leow, who floated a moon of a different sort across our graveyard scene from the lighting box – the spectacle was amusing
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as Uncle Fester (Patrick Abrahams) professed his love. The two swayed hand-in-hand through a dance sequence that Mama and Papa Chorus (Anna Bourke and Emma Hogarth) choreographed for our lady Ancestors in the most delicate of their showstopper numbers. By the end of the first act on opening night, the laughter roared with such appreciation that nerves began to subside as electricity sparked amongst our fifty strong cast and crew. The innovation of our Musical Director, Isaac Bartels, allowed for a digital orchestra of percussion and other decorative instruments to be conducted alongside an exuberant eight-piece
live orchestra including keys, wind and string. Their music gave life to our Burtonesque hand built set upon which love and family ties were riled as the mama of the house, Morticia (Maddison McSwain) set the velvet tone. A melody from Mitch Stent’s jazz saxophone gave light to a sultry solo from Alice Beneike (Ashni Ambani), which thickened the plot for the marriage approval of the unlikely lovers: Wednesday Addams (Helena Margaretta Gallacher) and Lucas Beneike (Iain Simpson). A torture scene for Pugsley Addams (Oliver Eastwood), a dinner gone wrong with truths let loose, a Spanish husband, even with the Spanish accent of Gomez Addams (Sebastian King) won over the
At UC we love musicals; singing, dancing, live orchestras and having fun. Above all we want everyone to have a good time.”
audience many a time with its charm. Our current Student Club President, Aaron Saw, even unbuttoned his shirt to win back his wife as the “old Mal”. Special mention goes to our indiscriminate grandmas – played by two of our beloved non-residents, Mariah Le and Yuzuha Oka. It was an unbelievable experience that would not have been heard without Priyu Kapadia on sound and would not have been attended if not for our Marketing and Front of House boss, Tilly Mahoney. “Because when you’re Addams, you’ve got to have a sense of humour. It’s family first, and family last, and family by and by.“ Until next time, Mama Bear Yours truly, Dana Berber, Director
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The Vantage Project:
First Public Meeting
When you stand behind a lectern, there’s an expectation that you’ll have something important to say. Something life-changing. Something engaging. The eyes of those who watch their seconds tick away fall upon you. They’re in your hands. They invigorate you. Now was the time to speak. So I did. A few months ago I found myself sitting in a university café with Tasmyn Soller, President of Embrace Education. Embrace provides tutoring for disadvantaged high school students in Melbourne. After speaking with Tasmyn, I began to realise that it might be possible to do something similar or university students. Fast-forward a few months and there I was standing at the lectern at the First Public Meeting for The Vantage Project. True to my word at the café in March, Vantage Project aims to provide free tutoring for financially disadvantaged students at the University of Melbourne. I was inspired by a quote from a 2013 university student survey 2013, “I am studying medicine and I am the first person in my family to get to go to university. My six siblings and I come from a very low socioeconomic status background with extremely limited pre-uni education opportunities due to family responsibilities from a young age…Over this last year of study (2012) I have been NFA (no fixed address) 100% of the time – i.e. usually homeless just staying here and there where I can…” One of Australia’s future doctors, homeless. This really struck me, and I began to ask, does the need of academically focused disadvantaged students completely disappear from their transition between high school and university, where Embrace’s support mandate ends? Why aren’t there similar services at university? And that’s when I was motivated to do something about it. In a world where university grades can be the reason you get your foot in the door to a graduate degree or job interview, the amount of academic support a student can access becomes vital. If a disadvantaged student has to work 20 to 30 hours a week to cover their living expenses at the sacrifice
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of study (as I often found in anecdotal evidence), their future study and career prospects should not suffer as a result. Leading up to the first Vantage Project Meeting, I commissioned the help of academics from the University of Melbourne to assist with writing a report on the topic. Special thanks to the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education for the fantastic help of their professors and academics. The report was a resounding success in terms of its quality and only further strengthened my resolve to progress with the Project. The idea of the First Public Meeting was to present the research findings to stakeholders from all walks of life – those in government, council, organisations, residential colleges and universities. Most importantly, we also invited students, those who I envisage will make Vantage an organisation that will have the power to empower. Well aware of the wonderful conference facilities and staff here at University College, it became the perfect place to have our first meeting. Dr Jennifer McDonald was very supportive of the project and offered the College’s conference facilities for our meeting. I’m incredibly grateful for this. My time as a resident at University College
continues to astound me in terms of the opportunities I am given that I never could have imagined. This was just one of them. Among our wonderful guests at the First Public Meeting were Jennifer Kanis MP of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, and Councillor Jackie Watts of Melbourne City Council. Jennifer McDonald, along with Marie McKee, our Dean of Studies, joined us as well – a testament to their generous commitment to Vantage. The meeting began with a presentation of the research findings – met with inquisitive and enthusiastic questions from the audience. We then split up into table groups and discussed the future of Vantage – from a pre-mortem to how to treat our tutors to what an organisational structure might be. As I was flicking through the responses my guests wrote down a few days later, I was reminded of the power of volunteered time. It’s a selfless, passionate dedication that people make to a cause, and it’s easy to see this through what my guests wrote. It’s the driving force behind any success Vantage will have in the future. It’s what inspires me and it’s what I hope will inspire our tutors – a dedication to serve. Zan Fairweather
Jess Bailey, Alexander McCluskey, Rob McLeod and Samir Wehbe
Top row: Finbar Piper, Mercedes Stewart, Richard Crabtree, Iain Simpson, Romy Livock and Pat Hennessy. Below: Oliver Eastwood, Hannah Hotker, Tate Soller, Penny Jordan and Tilly Mahoney
Community conscious attitudes Community Service Report Another semester at University College has seen a flurry of community-oriented projects that continue to showcase the altruism, kindness and reliability of our students.
A significant commendation is especially reserved for Sean Hanrahan and his weekly volunteering initiative at St. Maryâ€™s House of Welcome. His efforts of assembling a small team of dedicated students and rostering them to help with Friday lunchtimes demonstrates a clear community-conscious attitude. He remained dependable despite the endless stream of assignments and first year frivolities. Similarly, Zan Fairweather has proved quite the entrepreneur in his founding of The Vantage Project. Aimed at providing disadvantaged students with academic assistance, The Vantage Project had its first inaugural meeting on September 24th. Needless to say, the time and effort Zan has dedicated to this initiative will certainly pay off in the next academic year.
In addition, University College took part in the Vampire Shield Appeal, an intercollegiate blood drive that saw a large number of students travelling to the city to donate blood. Several UCers also volunteered at the Melbourne Marathon this year, both running in it (!) and assisting with logistics. The AMES asylum seeker buddy system that started up last semester should be underway in 2015. Despite a few hiccoughs this semester, itâ€™s something to carry through to our new Community Service Representative, the experienced Tate Soller! Itâ€™s been an absolute pleasure to work with the team over the year and I know that Tate will take it to new heights in 2015. So long and thanks for all the fish. Finbar Piper Community Service Representative
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sporting pursuits Sport at UC this year has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. We’re happy to report that our participation numbers both on and off the sporting arena have been representative of the enthusiastic cohort this year. Despite not coming out on top of the podium this year, every student at UC gave it their absolute all and hopefully had a great time whilst doing so. Playing sport at UC is really about team work, friendship and never giving up. 2014 has definitely been a year of tough love and team efforts. As the year drew to a close we celebrated our efforts with the 2014 University College Sports and Arts Presentation Night. Everyone looked glamorous and we would like to congratulate the following people: • Patrick McDonald and Pip Hodge
for being awarded People’s Choice Sports Person of the Year. • Amy Stephens and Georgia
Williams for being awarded Supporter of the Year. • Kirsten Horne and Tom McGain
for being awarded the 2014 UC Sports People of the year based on vote counts. It has been an absolute honour to represent UC as the 2014 sports representatives, fought with dignity and sportsmanship. Thanks to everyone for an awesome year and good luck in 2015.
Chris Chiappazzo, Max Carter and Colin Rapson
Cricket: Placed second, only just missing out on first place to International House in a thrilling Grand Final.
Softball: The girls made it to the semifinals and lost to Trinity who took out the competition.
Hockey: Both boys and girls gave it a fair go.
Soccer: The girls ‘KICKED A GOAL’ and the boys played a very competitive season.
Athletics: We had a competitive finish and even scored a few places.
Badminton: We came, we fought and we didn’t disappoint.
Swimming: Another year in the pool and a few more surprises, speedy in water and on land. Your friendly neighborhood Sports Representatives, Kirsten Horne and Patrick MacDonald
Netball: Both firsts and seconds played extremely competitive netball in a very competitive season.
Football: The boys fought it out on the field until the very end, unfortunately losing to International House yet again. Next year boys…
Professor Rachel Webster
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Volleyball: Both boys and girls had a great attempt this season, however the boys’ team fought all the way to the very end, playing in the Grand Final and winning the first two sets. In an upsetting loss on UC Day we kept our spirits high.
Jess Bailey and Mercedes Stewart
Ben Doolan, Diew House and Stephanie McNabb
Volumes of Volunteers Sustainability Report Second semester this year started off rather busy, commencing with Sustainability Month in August. Continuing on from last year, a Vegetarian Week was organised with the kitchen so that students who usually ate meat, could go meat-free for one week. The idea started as a campaign to raise awareness of the huge energy and water costs that result from commercial meat production. This year we had an excellent sign-up with 38 amazing students volunteering for the initiative. Due to the support for this program we are considering running a Vegetarian Week in both semesters next year. As a part of Sustainability Month the UC Op-shop was organised again with students donating clothes, linen and unused belongings. This year we kept prices low with most clothes at $1 or $2. We were able to redistribute a lot of the unsold donated goods, and what initially took three trips to carry to the Op-shop only took one to remove everything. Simultaneously a corridor challenge was conducted by Tate and Jane that sought to remind everyone about doing the little things such as turning off lights and ensuring that water wasnâ€™t running when not needed. Just as last year and the year before, Roper Corridor won the title of being the most energy efficient, and took home the prize of a chocolate slice.
As in previous semesters, we have seen excellent enthusiasm with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for which weâ€™ve never been short of volunteers. With the usual harvesting and planting we also had the addition of growing some seeds for Footscray North Primary School. While the carrots have decided to be quite shy, the beans have shot up very quickly, out-growing their trays within two weeks. We are hoping that this will lead to future activities next year with the Footscray North Primary School students who are from a mostly disadvantaged refugee and migrant school community. The support from the Sustainability Committee this year and the enthusiasm from the student cohort has been amazing and has made my role as the
Sustainability Representative very enjoyable. As I pass on the baton to Ellie Packham for 2015 I wish next yearâ€™s Committee all the best with their projects. Ben Doolan Sustainability Representative
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Maddie McSwain, Ed Kermode and Jason Smeaton Jana Harvey and Dana Berber
Tom Lanyon, Sid Hemachandra and Max Gulhane 2014 Valedictorian, Kirsty Horne, and Jackie Maher
Josh Symonds and Lewis Nettlefold Oliver Todd, Emma Hogarth and Ben Wade
Sunny Patil and Caitlin Surridge
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Laurel Keller, Priya Kapadia, Nicola Collins, Michael Warton, Alyce Harris and Ryan Howard
Valedictory Dinner Valedictory Dinner was held on Wednesday 8 October. It is the formal occasion for saying farewell to all students who are leaving University College, although at that stage the students were still unsure of who they were saying goodbye to, as many were still organising share houses and plans for 2015. If the buildings of UC could speak, they would tell many tales about the thousands of students who have graced its tables, initially only women but including men since the 1970s. The Dining Hall would be able to bear witness to many Valedictory speeches from leaving students who were appreciative of their time at UC and the opportunities and lifelong friendships that were developed over a meal or a simple “cuppa” and celebrated at the end of each year. It was therefore fitting that James Hutcheon gave the parting address. Not only has James been an almost perfect resident and student for three years, he has honed his skills in hospitality in the Dining Hall over the years. James outlined his initial plan to stay at UC for only one year, only to find that he wasn’t ready to leave, nor was he ready to go at the end of his second year. He summed up the UC experience with a quote from Mark Twain.
The Valedictory Award is chosen by the more senior students (those that have been here for more than one year) to the person from that group who has best represented student concerns, has been involved in student administration and has made the most significant contribution to the student body as a whole during residency. This year, there was a tie. It was an apt reward for Student Club President, Angus Clarke, given that he has been on the Student Exec for three years and was the lead in two UC Productions. Kirsten Horne, this year’s Female Sports Rep, was also recognised, not only for her role on the Student Exec but also for her general contribution to the students of UC over two years. Once again, the SCR President, Alex McCluskey, presented the SCR award to the person who was thought to “have brought cohesion to the UC community by being an exceptional role model to their peers and furthering
the common good of our community”. Iain Simpson’s personal qualities were noticed early in the year when he was elected to be Male First Year Rep on the Student Exec, proving that nice guys do not always come last. The Head’s Leadership Awards went to Student Club President, Angus Clarke, and Vice President, Steph McNabb, both very worthy recipients. They have represented the students’ interests with clear and level heads which has often required negotiation and compromise at times. In spite of challenges, they have achieved a great deal over the course of 2014. Peta Driscoll Dean of Students James Hutcheon
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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prof john lovering
Kerry and John Lovering
Tribute to Professor John Lovering University College hosted a Farewell Dinner in June to honour and acknowledge the wonderful service Professor John Lovering provided to University College over the years. John first joined the Council of University Women’s College in 1969 as a nominee of the Professorial Board of the University of Melbourne. He remained on Council for the ensuing decade, serving on Council’s Executive Committee from 1971. After retiring in 1979, he was appointed a Governor of the College in 1980. John joined the Council again in 2001, this time having been elected by his fellow Governors of the College. He served in this capacity until his retirement in February this year. During this period, we have had the enormous benefit of John’s experience and advice on both the Governance Committee and the Succession Planning Committee. In recognition of John’s distinguished career as an academic and researcher, he was appointed a Fellow of the College in 2012. John Lovering’s service on Council follows the tradition of early councillors. The College has been immeasurably enriched by his generosity in giving so much of his time out of an incredibly busy career. In the course of a distinguished career John was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 1993 – ‘For service to education and geology particularly through Antarctic scientific research’. He was awarded the French
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honour of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in 1981. He has chaired and been a member of many Australian and international scientific and government bodies. He has been the President of the UNESCO International Geological Correlation Programme, the Vice-President of the International Union of Geological Sciences and a member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. He was a member of two research expeditions to Antarctica and has been Chairman of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee. His service to the Australian scientific community has included the presidency of the Royal Society of Victoria, the Geological Society of Australia, the Australian Geoscience Council, and the chairmanship of the Environment Conservation Council. He presided over the Murray-Darling Basin Commission from 1994 to 1999 and has continued to be a leading adviser on national water resources.
In 2009, John gave the Keynote Address at one of the College’s annual celebrations, Scholars Dinner. In the course of his address, John reflected on his own career, offering three points of advice to the students drawn from his own path through life. Much of what John has achieved in his career is exemplified by these three tenets which resonated so well with our students. First, his advice was to look into the future to see trends and possibilities, then position yourself to take advantage of these trends, and that is exactly what John did. In the late 1960s NASA was preparing to put a man on the moon. As a geologist, John knew that those space travellers would be bringing home some lunar rocks – specimens that would require expert analysis. Having worked on meteorites at the ANU, and knowing some people at NASA from his earlier times in the USA, he wrote to them and asked to be considered when they were looking for people to work on the rocks.
Council was very fortunate to have the benefit of John’s wisdom, intellect and experience over so many years. He was forward thinking, open to new ideas, and infectiously optimistic about the future of University College.” Rebecca French, Governor of the College and Past Council Member
Prof John Lovering and Prof Peter Doherty
It’s an Honour Winsome McCaughey AO Past Student 1962-1964 On 9 June 2014 Winsome was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) ‘for her distinguished service to the community, particularly to local government and early childhood development, and through a broad range of charitable organisations.’ Winsome McCaughey’s long-standing career spans leadership roles across a broad range of social sectors from environment to childcare and from the arts to health and government policy. In the course of his work at the ANU he had built up a team and acquired the best available equipment for analysing such material. So, when the astronauts returned, he was invited to America to receive some lunar rocks to work on in Australia. Professor Lovering’s group, working with CSIRO scientists, discovered a hitherto unknown mineral in the moon rocks. But so had other scientists elsewhere. However, John’s team, with their superior equipment, were able to be the first to describe the crystalline structure of this mineral, stealing a march on the Americans, who, he reported, were somewhat ‘miffed’ to be thus beaten, but acknowledged the world class work the Australians had done. John saw the future that was coming, and positioned himself to take advantage of it. His second piece of his advice was to take opportunities when they are offered, even if it means stretching yourself or moving beyond your comfort zone. The third piece of advice John gave was to select your partner well! We have been delighted to welcome John’s ‘selection’, Kerry. We would like to thank Kerry for all that she has contributed to the College community throughout John’s journey with us and we acknowledge the support Kerry has given him and our students. The College acknowledges our debt to both John and Kerry for the lasting memorial which graces the entrance to our College – their gift of the armillary sphere sundial, wonderful tangible evidence of their contribution.
‘I first met John Lovering when I was employed as Director, Personnel Services at the University of Melbourne during the 1980s and he was Dean of Science. As a Dean, it was imperative that he have a distinguished scholarly reputation as well as administrative ability – a combination that is not as common as one would like to think. In times of major restructure and implementation of new industrial arrangements as well as the usual administrative business of a large university, I had the pleasure of working with a person of considerable business acumen as well as deep knowledge of the real purpose of a university. He was a problem solver who did not hold with procrastination. The added bonus was his wicked sense of humour and deep consideration for other people, whether students or staff or the wider community. He was a much respected and admired academic colleague of my late husband, Emeritus Professor George Seddon and they had many exchanges of strong opinions, always finishing with a smile. John brought to the Council of the College all of these attributes as well as his experience as Vice-Chancellor of a University in South Australia – a very demanding role at which he excelled. He understood the contribution of a college experience to living and learning and we miss him.” Marli Wallace, 1958-1959 and current Council Member
Winsome McCaughey had the distinction of becoming the second female Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. She served in that capacity from 1988-89. Winsome McCaughey was an active member of the women’s movement during the 1970s in Melbourne, advocating for child care facilities. After serving on the Melbourne City Council, she took on the position of Commissioner for the Melbourne bid for the Olympic Games for 1996. She then assumed the senior position of Chief Executive Officer of Greening Australia, a position she held for four years. Her subsequent employment was as Chief Executive Officer for the Australian and New Zealand Food Authority and later again as Executive Director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation. Winsome is currently a Director of the family-run Seven Sisters Vineyard which produces Baddaginnie Run wines. Amongst her many previous roles, Winsome was the Senior Strategic Advisor (Partnerships) at the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, founding Executive Director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF), Chair and CEO of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Australia New Zealand Food Authority (now FSANZ), Founder and National Director of Community Child Care Association and Executive Director of Lance Reichstein Foundation. We wish to congratulate Winsome McCaughey on her appointment to the Order of Australia.
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council member profile
jane peck COUNCIL MEMBER Can you give us a snapshot of your academic and career resume? I studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Japanese. I took up Japanese in second year when I realised I had a real love of the Japanese culture. I spent a year in Japan before I completed my degree and returned to finish the final subject while working with a company I had worked with in Japan. For the rest of my working life, I worked in marketing, advertising and market research. I worked in fashion and beauty marketing for several years, stopping to have my first child. I then took up working in advertising and market research mostly part time and job sharing (lucky me), for the next 25 years. Why do you think you were chosen to join Council? What do you bring to the College Council? I have sat on a number of boards including chairing the most recent, so I bring a wealth of experience in governance and board dynamics. I am a believer in having a board presence that is accessible to the community. Whilst there is a great need for legal and financial experience on boards, these days it is also important to understand the community and stakeholder needs, which is where my background in marketing and market research is useful. What were your reasons for joining Council? I am an alumna of the College and so when it was suggested that my skills could be of use to the Council, I was delighted to assist.
Make the most of the opportunities offered to you in College that many others will not have.
What do you like most about University College and our community?
Tell us about your spare time, what are your interests outside of College life?
I am currently learning how different the College experience is to that which I had way back in the 70s. There is a lot more involvement in the College in activities, which perhaps in my time were more campus focused. But I think it is a wonderful extension of academic life to have so many activities in which one can become involved.
I have recently taken up painting in oils. I spend many Fridays painting with a group who have a life model each week. I have a long way to go but it is great fun and very satisfying.
If you could name them, what have been the most beneficial lessons you’ve learnt throughout your career? Always be prepared to give to others, especially those just starting out, some of your time and experience. It can be amazing where you may come across that person again in the future. Put in the groundwork in preparation, background reading, gathering knowledge before making decisions. Be prepared to relook at decisions if queried. Understand the benefits of working with others. Many hands make light work, and many minds make more enlightened decision making. As a past student of the College, what are your fondest memories of your time at College? The friends I made, some of whom I still see from time to time. Triggling – yes I married an Ormond ‘gentleman’ (as we used to call them).
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Jane Peck and Sara Veneris
I spend a fair bit of time at the Lyceum Club which is a private club in the city for educated women. It has a wide range of speakers and events that continue to stretch my mind. I organise wine dinners there and sometimes even get involved in plays. We are doing “Calendar Girls” next month. Do you have any pearls of wisdom for our current students? “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Remember this is one of the best times of your life and it is all too short. Make the most of the opportunities offered to you in College that many others will not have. Tell us something that no one would know about you. I spent time in Japan in the early 70s whilst completing Japanese at Melbourne Uni, and studied tea ceremony, ikebana and shuji (calligraphy), just like many young Japanese women at that time. I even got all dressed up in a kimono with the hairdo and all, to conduct a tea ceremony during New Year celebrations.
Lady Margaret Boston of Faversham
Helen Murray and Kathy Wright
women and the public sector Fundraising Luncheon A Fundraising Luncheon was held on Wednesday 27th August with alumna, Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards as guest speaker. She shared her research and experiences about Women in Leadership and the public sector. It was a fitting topic as our alumnae who resided at University (Women’s) College between 1937-1965 attended the luncheon, and who, in many respects, were breaking down barriers for women on a daily basis. Meredith spoke of her very fond memories from her College days back in the 1960s and particularly of her role as treasurer of the Student Association and purchasing the first ever washing machines for the College. Meredith referenced one of the founders of the College, Eilean Giblin as a remarkable woman of vision and determination. Eilean chaired the Provisional Committee from 1933. This Committee managed to get a ‘tenuous hold on a bare site’, by outmanoeuvering a ploy by a local politician to stake a miner’s claim over the ground. Finally, in 1937, the opening of Women’s College came just in time for the start of the university year. That was a time in history when there were not only few women at university, but also few women active in public life and undertaking leadership roles. Eilean’s achievements were truly magnificent. In the early 1960s Meredith lived at University Women’s College whilst studying an economics degree. At that time, jobs were relatively plentiful for graduates and despite taking several years off to have and care for her children, by the mid-1980s Meredith found herself a senior woman working in the public service. How different the 1980s were from Eilean’s day; the proportion of married women, including those with children, entering higher education and employment rose sharply in the 1980s. By 1987 the proportion of women going to university equaled that of men. However at that stage very few
women were to be found in leadership positions in the public, private or university sectors. Meredith along with her colleagues at the Australian National University were involved in research on the topic of Women and Leadership in the public sector. The research specifically focused on the perception of senior men and women about the barriers that senior women face to their progress in the Australian Public Service (APS). Meredith spoke about her interesting findings from the research and the resulting report can be found at www.governanceinstitute.edu.au. Meredith believes that we have come a long way in terms of women’s participation in the labour market and the proportion of women to men now in higher education.
She believes that a fully effective organisation cannot be attained until there is ‘50/50’ men and women at senior levels. Only when cultural change occurs and unconscious bias is confronted and eliminated can we say that the merit principle for appointments to senior positions truly applies. The evidence suggests that this will be an ongoing struggle.” Meredith’s view is that this issue won’t be addressed effectively without the committed support of male leaders. As Australia’s Sex Discrimination
Prof Meredith Edwards
Commissioner has stated: ‘Men listen to other men, so it makes sense to me that men must take the message of gender equality to other men’. The Commissioner helped set up an Australian ‘Male Champions of Change’ group which represents leaders from the public as well as the private sector. They recently wrote a public letter to other leaders where they describe it as a ‘cultural imperative to capture the diversity advantage’. Meredith finished by saying, ‘If I have a future agenda – and I do – it is to help hold senior men to account to achieve that advantage’. Fortunately, we raised enough funds to award a new scholarship in 2015 in memory of Eilean Giblin to support women in leadership. Thanks to all of our alumni who supported this event, and we look forward to continuing the success of these fundraising luncheons in the years to come.
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Kate Morell, Mubtasim Murshed, Tom Green and Sean Hanrahan
One of the pleasures of Development at UC is hearing from students about the personal impact of receiving College scholarships, and then being able to pass their gratitude and thanks on to our scholarship program donors. We’ve been particularly moved by some of the letters written by our scholars over the last month. “I can’t be more grateful for the support of the sponsors of the College Scholarship Program; the generous donations of all three prizes I have been awarded over my time here has helped myself and my family immensely with the financial burden of attending College. In my opinion, UC is so much more than just a place to stay whilst studying. I believe that belonging to a community such as UC is an enriching and rewarding experience that teaches us lessons outside of our degrees, such as how to be valuable members of a community and how to respect the diversity of our peers and value each of their contributions. For that, I thank anyone who is kind enough to support University College.” “Financial tertiary support in Australia can actually be surprisingly difficult to gain, as many families earn above the governmental support threshold yet live a modest lifestyle. Financial hardship scholarships are also usually difficult to obtain, as they are typically based on academic merit. I am grateful that I have been awarded the scholarship in 2014, as it is a privilege that my donors see potential
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in a regional student. It is University College’s strong sense of community that initially convinced me to stay here, and this sense of community spirit that has implored me to remain here in 2015. I would like to thank you for contributing to UC and aiding my further education and college experience.” “The opportunity to stay at College has only been given to me because of the scholarship I received. I was a humbled recipient at the start of the year, and now at the close I am nothing but proud and grateful. This opportunity has been an eye opener and one that I am undoubtedly better off for having experienced. The scholarship has provided a consistent reminder as to why I am here and how lucky I am to have it; so many other kids at UC are more than eligible and worthy to receive such a scholarship, so I have been very lucky to get one. I extend my greatest thanks to my donors and the Scholarships Committee at UC for giving me this scholarship – College has been the best possible way to lead into a bigger world away from home. Thank you very much.”
All three of these students encapsulate so succinctly how their donors’ generosity has enriched their experiences at UC . The shared willingness of our donors this year to support our students to have access to the University College experience has been inspirational. Most people can appreciate that in order for students to enjoy living at University College, it comes at a great expense to the students and their families. However, financial burdens have been lightened thanks to the many generous donors in our community. It cannot be understated how much the College Scholarship Program makes a lasting and positive impact on our students, giving them the courage and confidence to make the most of their time here at College. Thank you to all of our supporters for your tangible and intangible gifts that continue to benefit our students. Gemma Egelton Community Relations and Development Manager
catching up with alumni overseas and at home From Hobart to Washington D.C, it’s been a wonderful year connecting with alumni from across the globe. Whilst it is encouraging to see alumni engaging with the College year after year, it also goes to show that the ‘love, passion and die-hard spirit’ lives on long after students leave College.
USA Alumni Reunion The College hosted an alumni reunion on the 30th June in Washington DC to coincide with Jennifer McDonald’s visit to the States. The tertiary education experience is constantly shifting to suit the trends and needs of the modern world. There has been a notable change in the way students access education through universities with an increasing number of students looking towards a global education and accessing global mobility programs to maximise their tertiary experience. As such, we have alumni from across the world. It is important to keep the connections with all alumni, no matter how far they’ve moved from the island that is University College. University College has recruited students through international agencies in America such as Butler and Study Abroad for many years and it was fitting to host a reunion for those students, as well as the students who have since moved to America.
The reunion was a wonderful opportunity to give past students a chance to catch up on recent news about the College, but also as a way for students to talk about their own memories of College. “I look back most fondly to my Uni College years. I was a student in residence at University Women’s College from 1970 to 1973. My husband and I married and had our wedding reception at Uni College in December 1973. We then moved in as resident tutors (at the end of Fraser wing) until 1978, so I was a resident of some form for 9 years. At the reunion many important contacts and updates were made and we were particularly immersed in conversation about our past Head, Margaret RussellSmith and her immense contribution to the leadership of the College at a time we transitioned from University Women’s College to University College in the early 70s. First we introduced married couples as resident tutors followed by a small number of brave male student residents. She started to develop the College’s
business side to attract summer residents, overseas visitors and as a site for functions and meetings. She always steered the College with vision and respect for tradition whilst facilitating change. She is much remembered for her personal, compassionate style in dealing with the needs of student residents and her regular whimsical musical soiree evenings”. Ella Hurrell, student and Resident Tutor 1970-1978
Singapore Reunion We were delighted to tie in another international reunion with Jennifer McDonald’s visit to Singapore in early November. The College has many Asian connections and we see many international students from Singapore in particular, gracing our halls each year. “It was incredible to connect with other alumni and see how they are impacting and influencing leading organisations in Asia.” Justin Dzau, Resident Tutor 2007 “The UC reunion in Singapore was a great opportunity to reconnect and meet with other UCers living and working in Singapore, as well as to remain in contact with the College as an alumni.” Erika Lee, 2012 “It was an enjoyable experience to meet up again with people I knew from my stay in UC and to see how they have been since we left UC. It was also nice to know that Aggie keeps Jennifer company over the Christmas break at UC”. Sianyang Ow, 2006-2013
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For many who attended the 1980s reunion at Naughton’s Parkville Hotel, it was the first time since leaving College they had caught up with old friends. Some alumni even travelled interstate to attend the reunion which provided a great opportunity to catch up about the old days and how far they’d all come since College.
We hosted a reunion in Hobart on the 4th August for alumni living in Tasmania. It was a small and intimate event and a great chance to reach out to alumni living in Tasmania. Many students move to Melbourne after finishing high school and this is especially true this year as 16 students from our 2014 cohort hail from Tasmania.
“It was really good to see such a great group of people after so many years. We were able to pick up conversations as though we had only spoken yesterday. A very relaxed and enjoyable evening, I hope will be repeated.”
“At the reunion I had the pleasure of remembering tap dancing elephants and connecting the dots between the old and the new contacts at College.”
Grant Kinkead, 1980-1982 “Thirty plus years on Naughton’s no longer has that dark green paint job! Those who met recently at Naughton’s for the eighties reunion on a balmy October Friday evening, were hosted in a light, modernised function room, where we talked and talked until our throats were dry. There was lots to catch up on, new people to meet and networks to form, stories about children, careers, travel and more shared stories, plus an opportunity to meet with current University College staff to find out how things have changed. It was a fun night – thank you to UC for hosting and arranging it. I just wish there were more former UCers from the early 80s at the reunion – we were a very small group. Next time...” Georgina Binns, 1979-1980
Helen Fryer, 1972-1975 When Helen resided at UC, together with two of her friends, they shared three rooms – one was the living room, one the study and one for sleeping. Sometimes the dancing in the living room was too much for the students living downstairs who left notes under their door with reference to ‘tap dancing elephants!
Canberra Reunion As part of a strategy to increase our national presence and connections with alumni, we hosted an alumni reunion in Canberra on Monday 11th August at the Crowne Plaza. “It was particularly nice to meet different generations of students. Many of the former students we chatted to had led such extraordinary lives, yet their interest in how younger generations experienced the College was pronounced. Many had been at College in the 1960s, yet it was clear no matter how different some parts of College life were, some things remained the same.” Sophie Eltringham, 2008-2010 “It was a great pleasure to be part of the UC Reunion in Canberra on 7 August, graciously and generously hosted by College Head, Dr Jennifer McDonald.
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I’m especially grateful because, after moving here from Melbourne in 2006, I’ve usually not been in a position to attend alumni functions. At the Reunion I met up with two people who were my colleagues way back in the 1950s and made the acquaintance of some younger alumni living in the national capital. In conversation, many happy memories were recalled, and I was reminded that my College experience was a vital and formative part of my years as an undergraduate student.” Dr Elizabeth Morrison, 1954–1956 “There was a span of students over sixty years; I and a Canberra friend who attended lived in Women’s College as it was known, from 1952 until graduation! Three or four generations of graduates attended and enjoyed a relaxed and friendly meeting. Though most of us had not met before, it was interesting to hear career stories of graduates and their current Canberra interests. Three of us from that early 1950s period had kept in touch and refreshed our mutual social contacts. And will continue to do so.” Beth Stone, 1952-1955
Brisbane Reunion We hosted our Brisbane alumni reunion on Monday 19th May at the Regatta Hotel in Toowong. Although only a small gathering of alumni attended, it was very worthwhile for Jennifer to reconnect with past students. “Dr McDonald introduced alumni stretching from a woman from the 1940s who studied Arts, through to myself and fellow 1989 – 90 attendee Brendan Mulvihill and more recent attendee and Council Member, Matthew O’Keefe. Queensland based alumni hope this informal event will continue in the future, in some ways to keep distant alumni up to date, who can be guilty of not diligently reading all of the material sent out!
A theme of the night was the help that UC provided students to adjust to life in the heart of Melbourne from mainly country backgrounds, from the 1930s onward. As it was 24 years since I had been to College, we were also updated on some of the recent cultural and sporting advances by the Head of College. We all agreed it was important for alumni to continue to engage and the support of the College allowed future and current success for us all.” Jason Beckton, 1989-1990
“Thank you for organising the UC reunion, it was great meeting up with old collegians. I saw for the first time in 30 years one of my really good friends from College days and spent the night reminiscing about the good old days; the trike race, the scavenger hunt and the many parties where we perhaps drank too much. We ended up being kicked out of Naughton’s at midnight, can’t wait for the next one.” Judy O’Connell, 1978
Alumni Reunion 1975-79
“In recent years, as we have occasionally started to reminisce about the lost days of our youth, myself and fellow long time College friends, Peter Angel and Tony Bocquet, have searched out a number of our former friends from the College for a semi regular dinner catch up and rewriting of history. When the College announced a reunion evening at the refurbished and newly upmarket Naughton’s (they now have more than one brand of beer on tap and the carpet no longer squelches when you walk on it) we searched out fellow 1976 residents and invited them along.
We hosted this event for our alumni from 1975-1979 at the infamous Naughton’s Parkville Hotel on the 25th July. By hosting these reunions we hope to provide alumni with an opportunity to not only reconnect with their friends from College, but the College itself.
The reunion night itself was immensely enjoyable. What I found and hope everybody found was that whether you hung out together at College or not, or even if you weren’t there in the same year, every person there had shared experiences and memories from
Perth Reunion We hosted our first alumni reunion in Perth on 11th September at the Terrace Hotel and it was a very enjoyable evening. There were lively discussions from alumni, reminiscing about College days and sharing some fond memories of the ‘naughtier’ things students use to get up to. Something we’re sure all alumni can relate to from their College days!
the time and a life story that was well worth the telling and the listening to. A number of attendees had had no contact with the College for 35 years and are hopefully now reconnected. I know some were nervous about coming, or didn’t come, because they felt they would not know anyone or perhaps the attendees may not be people they related closely to in their college days. If nothing else I would like to say that if in the future such an event is held again, and I am sure it will be, and you are tossing up whether to come or not, please do. On the night as it would have been in 1976, alcohol was drunk, legends were embellished and the evening ran through to closing time at Naughtons and beyond. A group of us, probably the usual suspects to anyone who attended the College in 1976, then ended the evening around 1.30am with pizza and a bottle of red at the legendary Papa Gino’s in Lygon Street which is still going strong after all these years. We now need to locate alumni champions for each year from the 70s, as not all years were represented on the night. Any volunteers out there?” John Mathieson, 1976-1977 and current Council Member
DID YOU KNOW? The boar’s head on the University College crest was included by the inaugural Council in recognition of the work of its first President, Mrs Eilean Giblin. It is possible that Mrs Giblin, nee Burton, nominated this heraldic emblem as her grandfather’s firm of Pritchard and Burton produced ‘Boar’s Head Shag’ tobacco in London from the late 18th century.
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Thank you to our 2014 Donors Mrs S Addison
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Past Student (1952-1954)
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Sidney Myer Foundation
Gwyn was a notable Australian ceramic artist who was born in 1935 in Ballarat and passed away last year in London, England. Gwyn attended University (Women’s) College from 1952-1954 where she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Gwyn’s first introduction to ceramics was in the 1950s while she was a student at University of Melbourne. Gwyn went on to become one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, with a career spanning over 45 years. The influence of her early apprenticeships with English potters Ray Finch, Michael Cardew and Bernard Leach are apparent in her later work. Gwyn’s wood-fired porcelain still life arrangements are noticeably influenced by the still life work of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. In her early work, in the 1950s through the 1970s, Gwyn focused on producing functional ceramic wares. She is most well known for her more recent objects – three dimensional still life groupings, which she focused on since the 1980s.
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Gwyn’s recent accolades include: 2002, Medal of the Order of Australia, “For service to the arts as a ceramic artist and teacher of the craft”. In 1998, Gwyn received the Australia Council Fellowship Award and the Queensland State Ceramic Award in 1985. Gwyn Hanssen-Pigott’s work can be found in the collections of: the Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Winnipeg Museum and numerous others.
Vale Kathleen Mackie Past Student (1944-1947)
Kathleen Mary Stewart was born in East Malvern, Melbourne, on the 3rd March 1926. The family lived in Kyneton where Kath’s father was a solicitor. She attended Primary School there and the first year of High School before coming to Melbourne to board at PLC in East Melbourne, where she completed the rest of her high school education. She had a real aptitude for sport and represented the school in their hockey and baseball teams, as well as being a very good swimmer and tennis player. She continued to play tennis well into her 70s and was still swimming in her 80s. She also played piano and, as she progressed through her high school years, involved herself in school plays and would later become a member of the University Drama Club and Union Repertory Group Theatre Company. Having successfully completed high school she moved on to tertiary studies at the University of Melbourne where she studied Social Studies and Arts with the view of becoming a social worker. She was a resident student at University (Women’s) College from 1944 to 1947. She was an active alumna, became a committee member of the University College Association and later was a Governor. It was on a visit back to see her family in Kyneton after the war, that Kath met Bill through mutual friends playing carpet
Kath and Bill Mackie
bowls. They struck up a friendship which saw them discover that not only did they have parents who were keen golfers, but they were both residing in residential colleges at Melbourne University. The rules back then at Trinity College, where he resided, stated no female visitors after 6pm, but at University Women’s College it was 10pm – so it was no surprise that during their time of courting their evening coffee at 9pm was at UWC! Their friendship deepened and love blossomed and on the 25th of May 1949 Kath and Bill were married at the Congregational church on the corner of Russell and Collins Street in the city. Kath and Bill have four children, Fiona, Bill, Merran and Alistair.
Kath loved good food and wine and enjoyed cooking and was very good at it. It was around the early 1980s Kath decided to return to social work, taking up a position at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. She adored her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and they were a highly treasured and significant part of her life. We acknowledge Kath’s contribution to the College as a resident student, a committee member of the University College Association and an active alumna. Kath was a generous donor to the College, particularly to building projects, to the enduring benefit of the College.
Vale Andrea Chapman Past Student (1997) Andrea was affectionately known as Sissy to her four younger brothers, Andrew, Adrian, Alan and Anthony. She grew up on a rural block in Irymple, just out of Mildura in North West Victoria. As an energetic and hands on child she grew up becoming hard working and dedicated to everything she put her mind to. After working extremely hard for her VCE in 1996, she graduated from year 12 at Mildura High School (now known as Mildura Senior College) and successfully applied to live and study in Melbourne. Andrea spent her first year at University College in 1997 while she studied Commerce at the University of Melbourne before graduating in March 2001.
Andrea gained employment in the Coles/Myer accounting department shortly after graduating. In 2002 she purchased her first home in Bentleigh East. A brief association with St John Ambulance as a volunteer filled her busy schedule. The outpouring of love from her work colleagues since her passing has only cemented the fact that for her, it was more than work, it was being a part of a family. A family who she cared so much for. Despite being knocked off her bike while riding home from school in 1993, she had a keen lifelong interest in cycling and would often be found riding between shifts. While she never professionally raced, she would attend many of the big races and religiously watched the Tour de France each year. Andrea also keenly followed a number of bands including U2, Coldplay, Karnivool, Muse and Bon Jovi. Often she would study their lyrics in preparation for their upcoming concerts. She
found time within her busy schedule to travel to South East Asia, an experience she enjoyed very much. In June 2011 after falling ill she was diagnosed with leukaemia and immediately began treatment at the Alfred Hospital. After a successful round of chemotherapy and other accompanying treatments she went into remission. She resumed to her usual work ethic until June of 2013 when she relapsed again. As a positive distraction to her treatment, Andrea took immense pleasure in her new role as much loved and adored Aunty to Leila and Hunter. More chemotherapy and radiotherapy along with several stem cell transplants from her brother, placed her back into remission for a 6 month period. After exhausting all avenues of treatment she passed away peacefully with her family by her side on the 28th of July 2014. Andrea was a selfless person who dedicated herself to her work and those around her. UC Frappe Fort December 2014 33
Members of the College Council Office Bearers President: Mrs A Cronin, BSc BBus(Acc) MAICD FAIM FCPA
Appointed by the Council – from among the Principals of the Secondary Schools of Victoria Mr Matthew Maruff, BA Melb. DipEd Monash
Deputy President: Professor P Harris, BSc(Hons) PhD Southampton
Co-opted to the Council Mrs A Cronin, BSc BBus(Acc) MAICD FAIM FCPA
Treasurer: Mr John Mathieson, BCom Melb. MAICD Secretary to Council: Dr J McDonald, BA(Hons) MEd(Stud Well) PhD Melb. DipEd FAIM MACE Appointed by the Academic Board Professor Margaret Sheil, BSc(Hons) PhD NSW FTSE FRACI Professor Rachel Webster, BSc(Hons) Monash MSc Sussex PhD Cambridge Appointed by Graduate Women Victoria Dr B Murray, MA Monash PhD Monash DipT(ATTI) Elected by the Governors Mrs Jane Peck, BA Melb Mr Matthew O’Keefe, BCom Melb. Elected by the Past Student Members of the College Mrs Marli Wallace, BCom Melb. DipEd Melb. MEd(Stud) Monash Ms Cheryl Power, BSc MSc DipEd GradDipWH MASM Mr John Mathieson, BCom Melb. MAICD Ms Claire Harman, BA Melb.
Ms Kathryn Bellion, BA LLB MBus GradDip IR/HRM Professor P Harris, BSc(Hons) PhD Southampton Ms Monique MacRitchie, BA MA MIB Elected by the Students of the College Mr Angus Clarke Ms Emma Leith Ex officio member of the Council The Head of College Dr J McDonald, BA(Hons) MEd(Stud Well) PhD Melb. DipEd FAIM MACE
Student Executive President Angus Clarke Vice-President Stephanie McNabb Secretary Emma Leith Treasurer Aaron Saw Social Secretary Georgie O’Connor-Stubbs ICAC Representative Dave Simpson International Representative Maeva Bennetto Peris Female Sports Representative Kirsty Horne
Male Sports Representative Patrick McDonald Female 1st Year Representative Jane Gould Male 1st Year Representative Iain Simpson
Resident Tutors Alexander McCluskey Alistair Watson Dhivia Bhaskaran Dashiel Lawrence Wilhelm Burger Stephan Burger Jean McBain Cindy Nah Juliana Logsdon
College Staff Head of College Dr Jennifer McDonald, BA(Hons) MEd(Stud Well) PhD Melb. DipEd FAIM MACE Dean of Students Mrs Peta Driscoll, BEd Victoria College
Administration Coordinator Ms Dayanna Torres House, Events and Conference Manager Mr Tim McBain Guest Services Officer Ms Gina Cahayagan Librarian Mrs Carolyn Brown Facilities Manager Mr Leo Raffaele, Assoc Dip Bus Mgt Holmes Assoc Dip Construction Mgt Canberra Maintenance Officer Mr Henri Seneque Information Technology Manager Mr Kevin Tran, BCS La Trobe MCP Archivist Mr Ian Forster, BHA NSW MA (Archives & Records) Monash Gardener Mr Ian Robertson, Dip Hort Melb. Burnley Food Services Manager Mr Gavin Duncan
Dean of Studies Ms Marie McKee, BA DipEd Monash
Catering and Functions Coordinator Mr Daniel Hart
Business Manager Mr Sean Portelli, BBus RMIT FIPA
Head Chef Mr Alfonso Buitrago
Finance Manager Ms Kelly Fung, BCom La Trobe CPA Accounts Officer Ms Pui Shan Kwok, BCom La Trobe CPA Community Relations and Development Manager Ms Gemma Egelton Trusts and Foundations Coordinator Ms Kylie Paine
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