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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

29 June 2015

 
 

WAIT reunion

A reunion of graduates and staff from the WA Institute of Technology (WAIT), Curtin’s predecessor institution, will be held Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August on the Bentley campus.  The reunion will provide an excellent opportunity for the University to reconnect with WAIT alumni and former staff.

An exciting program has been developed for the weekend and early bird registration is open until 30 June.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • WAIT Reunion Dinner, Friday July 31, Hyatt Regency Perth
  • WAIT Reunion Day, Sunday August 2, Curtin Bentley Campus (coinciding with Open Day), including faculty receptions, a special lecture series featuring current Curtin staff, the chance to hear from well known authors and illustrators, and a reunion sundowner.

The response to the Reunion has been very positive with over 500 pre-registrations received.  I encourage those of you who are WAIT alumni or were staff during the WAIT years to register for the reunion through the Alumni website.  Please also share this invitation with fellow WAIT alumni and colleagues – this is shaping up to be a very exciting weekend of activities and we hope to include as many people from the WAIT community as possible.

Staff achievement

Congratulations to Dr Raffaella Demichelis of the Department of Chemistry on receiving the 2015 Vincenzo Caglioti International Prize.  The Prize is administered by the Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei in Rome and is a prestigious early career research award in the field of chemistry.

Traditionally the Prize is awarded to one recipient every two years.  In 2015, two scholars were selected to win based on equal merit: Dr Demichelis and Dr Vittorio Pace from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Congratulations to Raffaella on this achievement.

Alumni achievement

Congratulations to Curtin graduate Christian de Vietri whose sculpture Spanda will be an impressive entry statement to Elizabeth Quay.  Christian graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Student conference on campus

The 2015 English and English Literature Conference is being held on the Bentley campus this week, and 6,500 year 12 students will be attending from approximately 80 schools across metropolitan and regional areas of WA.

Each day of the conference staff from the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts (Humanities), alongside specialist lecturers from the secondary and tertiary education sector, will present 35 lectures on 18 topics from both the English and Literature year 12 syllabi.  The lectures complement the excellent work of the English secondary school teachers by reinforcing understanding of the syllabus and focusing on exam tasks and questions.  They also provide a means of offering teachers and students new ways of teaching/understanding texts and genres.

Students spend the day on campus and will have the opportunity to interact with University staff and ‘taste’ student life at Curtin where many of them may choose to become undergraduates.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all those involved in organising and delivering this significant and important event.

Independence Day (USA)

Independence Day is celebrated annually on July 4 in the United States of America and by US citizens around the world. It marks the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States.

I would like to wish all our American students and staff a happy Independence Day.

 
 

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