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Note to staff

4 April 2016


50 years of innovation

Next year marks 50 years since the founding of the WA Institute of Technology (WAIT), our predecessor institution, and 30 years since the establishment of Curtin University.

We will celebrate these milestones under the banner of ’50 years of innovation’, highlighting the fantastic contribution WAIT and Curtin have made to the WA and Australian communities since 1967.

It is also an opportunity for us to recognise the essential role played by our staff, past and present, in the ongoing success of the University.

Staff from Corporate Relations will soon be contacting faculties and areas to gather ideas about how we can celebrate next year.  More information will be provided throughout the year as our plans take shape.


I am delighted to announce that Curtin has partnered with leading arts development organisation FORM as part of a public showcase of the latest work from international and WA street artists.

From today until Sunday, internationally recognised urban artists will turn the Bentley campus into a canvas, with artworks taking form across the walls of the University. As a leading centre for design, art, architecture and urban planning research and study, Curtin is the perfect venue to embrace large scale, innovative artistic expression.

There will be guided artwork tours throughout the week, a public forum and a closing event on 9 April 6pm-10pm. Further information can be found online. I would like to thank all staff involved in bringing this wonderful event to Curtin and look forward to seeing the art take shape across our buildings.

Associate Professor Jancey recognised

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jonine Jancey of the Faculty of Health Sciences who received the Leadership in Health Promotion award at the recent Australian Health Promotion Association (WA) Annual General Meeting.

Jonine was nominated for her work over the past 20 years, demonstrating sustained commitment to health promotion and going above and beyond to ensure health promotion remains a priority in WA, nationally and internationally.

A range of other awards were also presented with members of the Curtin community recognised:

  • Chantelle Jeffery, former student and staff member – Outstanding Mentor in Health Promotion;
  • Lorena Chapman, Curtin alumna – The President’s Award; and
  • Ellen Hart, staff member – Writing for Publication Learning Circle Inaugural Award.
Jonine AHPA Leadership Award

Associate Professor Jancey accepting the award from Australian Health Promotion Association (WA) President Melinda Edmonds

Show and Tell Short Film Competition

Congratulations to two Curtin students, Mark Tu and Mustafa Al Mahdi, who were runner-ups in the recent Show and Tell Short Film competition. They received $2500 each and were flown to Melbourne for the award presentation dinner. The competition attracted 160 entries and had two winners and four runner-ups.

The competition raises awareness of opportunities to study overseas by encouraging students to share their own stories. The competition was open to students who were currently or had previously studied overseas.  You can see Mark and Mustafa’s entries online.

Sporting achievements in the Curtin community

Members of the Curtin community have been acknowledged for their outstanding achievements at recent sporting events:

  • Curtin graduate Rhys Grant won the men’s single scull at the Interstate Rowing Regatta. Rhys has also been selected in the senior Australian representative team where he will attempt to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
  • Dr Sian Williams from the Faculty of Health Sciences won the first ever Port to Pub Rottnest swim, completing the 20 km solo category in a time of four hours and 57 minutes. Rebekah Weller, a third year Physiotherapy student at Curtin, was the first woman to complete the 25 km category.

Congratulations to Rhys, Sian and Rebekah on their achievements.

  1. Robert Treadgold April 4, 2016 2:17pm

    30 years of Curtin. It does not seem that long ago when I was part of Mike Makintosh’s team in Student Services helping to organise the inauguration ceremony in ’87. I was absent for most of those 30 years and it is good to be back enjoying Curtin’s growth in size and spirit. Well done all.

  2. John Malone April 4, 2016 5:01pm

    I wonder how many of us who were staff members in 1967 are still working here? Let’s hear from you if you were!

    • Helen Verhoeff April 5, 2016 1:59pm

      Not me, John, but my Dad was!

  3. Barbara Morris April 12, 2016 11:12pm

    My dad was too. He was one of a number who came from Perth Technical College to become part of the School of Business.

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