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Curtin University
Note to staff

29 April 2009


Centre for Sport and Recreation Research

Welcome to Dr Marian Tye who has been appointed the inaugural Director and Professor of our new Centre for Sport and Recreation Research (CSRR).
The Centre will focus on issues impacting on sport and recreation such as climate change, water restrictions, health reform, technology uptake and social inclusion. Launched last year, CSRR is a partnership between the Department of Sport and Recreation and Curtin.
Prior to joining Curtin, Dr Tye was Director of Innovation Catalysts (Team Works Australasia Pty Ltd).

Curtin academics awarded

Congratulations to Curtin Business School’s Associate Professor Ian Phau who has been recognised at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
The School of Marketing professor, who coordinates the marketing honours program and founded the Curtin Marketing Association, received the Outstanding Reviewer and Outstanding Paper Awards.
The awards acknowledge significant contributions made by the Associate Professor as a reviewer of the Young Consumers Journal and in recognition of a paper he wrote which the editorial team chose as last year’s best paper.
Congratulations also to Emeritus Professor B. Vijaya Rangan, who has been awarded the Honorary Life Fellowship of the Indian Concrete Institute.

International Capsim competition success

At the recent International Capsim (Capstone) Competition Curtin placed second out of 903 teams from all over the world. Capsim is a virtual business simulation which is extremely complex and is used by all CBS students in the capstone unit.

Congratulations to Curtin Sydney student, Sisca Eddi, who achieved this amazing result as a solo team. I would also like to acknowledge Sydney tutors Vikki and Adrian Melia who have consistently provided excellent assistance to their students.

Last year Curtin was rated the top university in the world in the Competition, with one of our teams (four students) placing sixth out of about 975 teams.

John Curtin Gallery

The outstanding of art and music exhibition held at John Curtin Gallery, which closed 3 April, attracted more than 10,000 visitors through its doors, a record achievement.
As one of the highlights of the Perth International Arts Festival, it featured ‘The Forty Part Motet’ a magnificent sound installation by Janet Cardiff.
Congratulations to Gallery Director Chris Malcolm and his team for their outstanding efforts and for consistently presenting some of the finest contemporary art exhibitions to be seen in Perth.
The next exhibition, dOFa09, will open 1 May. dOFa is a highly-anticipated, annual exhibition of works by postgraduate students from Curtin’s Department of Art.
The Gallery is open weekdays 12.00pm-5.00pm and 1.00pm-4.00pm on the last Sunday of every month during its exhibition period. The Kirribilli Café will also open on these special Sundays.

Vale Michael Mickler

It is with sadness that I inform the University community about the death of Michael Mickler who passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Michael had a long and very happy relationship with Curtin, completing his studies here and working for the University in a variety of roles. He was extremely well-liked and respected by students and colleagues.

I extend my deepest sympathy to Michael’s family, friends and colleagues.