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Note to staff

15 May 2017


May Leadership Matters breakfast: Alan Joyce

Last Tuesday morning we held our latest Leadership Matters breakfast event in collaboration with West Business at the Hyatt Regency.  I had the pleasure of introducing the guest speaker, Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Qantas Group.

We also took the opportunity to showcase our latest ‘Global reach through partnerships and innovation’ video to Perth’s business community. This excellent video was produced by our Marketing team.

School of Education Awards

I was pleased to attend the School of Education’s awards night last Friday evening. These annual Awards recognise the achievements of students and provide a great opportunity for networking with industry partners and sponsors.

Congratulations to Tegan Heath on receiving the Miles Medal Award for Excellence in Education and to the recipients of the other 21 awards.

Education awards

The winners present at Friday’s ceremony: (L to R) Ebony Thompson, Nicole Fairhurst, Tahnee West, Katie Pitchford, Tania Briggs, Katherine Kumasaka, Jacki Raybould, Tegan Heath, Teagan Collopy, Caitlin Owen, Brett Jarvis, Caitlin Chodakowsky and Nathan Axtens  

Curtin Volunteers! celebrations

It has been an eventful week for the Curtin Volunteers! team. Last Tuesday, the team celebrated their long-standing relationship with the remote Goldfields town of Laverton. Representatives from various organisations in Laverton travelled to Perth to gather with past volunteers and contributors to celebrate 20 years of volunteering and community development.

The Laverton program, which started in 1997 with a single Christmas Wish trip, has since seen hundreds of Curtin students travel to Laverton to work on a wide variety of projects, many with a focus on youth engagement.

On Wednesday night, Curtin Volunteers! were named one of three finalists for the WA Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year Award. The team should be extremely proud of their nomination for such a prestigious award.

Thank you to everyone who has given and continues to give their time so generously through Curtin Volunteers! to help those in our wider community.

CV Laverton

Curtin Volunteers! and Laverton community representatives at the celebration event

 VC Forum

I hope you can join me for this year’s first VC Forum this Wednesday 17 May from 12.30pm -1.30pm in the Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre. I will be sharing the high-level results of the recent Your Voice survey, and other updates including the implications of the Federal Budget. I’ll also be very happy to take questions on these or any other subjects, as will other members of the Senior Executive Team (SET).

All staff are invited to attend. A light lunch will be provided from 12.00pm onwards. If you are unable to attend in person, the Forum will be webcast live and also recorded.

Odwyn Jones Building revitalised through Heartwalk Project

The Odwyn Jones Building on our Kalgoorlie Campus, named after  long serving Kalgoorlie staff member Emeritus Professor Odwyn Jones, has undergone a facelift as part of the Heartwalk project. The Project brought more than 30 artists to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, transforming the windows of vacant shops and blank building walls into works of art.

The mural that now adorns the exterior of the Odwyn Jones Building was painted by Kalgoorlie artist Jason Dimer and his family. Other artists involved in the project were Askew One, Stormie Mills, Brenton See and Amok Island.

Heartwalk is a two year public art project that seeks to revitalise the Kalgoorlie CBD through the installation of professionally curated, high quality painted murals.

Odwyn Jones building

The Odwyn Jones Building featuring Jason Dimer’s Heartwalk mural

Alumni Achievement Awards reminder

I would like to remind staff that nominations for the 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards close this Friday, 19 May. The Awards recognise graduates for their personal accomplishments and the contributions they make to their communities. There are ten awards in total, including the new Innovation Award, introduced as part of the 50 Years of Innovation celebrations.

Staff from all areas of the University are encouraged to nominate alumni who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and excellence in their careers or who have made significant contributions to society. Please visit the Alumni Achievement Awards webpage for further details.

 Vale Freda Jacobs AM

Sadly, Freda Jacobs passed away last night.   Freda was a remarkable women and the pioneer of Occupational Therapy in Western Australia. She established the first School of Occupational Therapy in WA in 1960 which has developed into the School at Curtin as we know it today.

Freda achieved a great deal during her long life, including the establishment of the WA Registration Act for Occupational Therapists, opening the first Department of Occupational Therapy at Princess Margaret Hospital and founding the  Independent Living Centre of WA. In 1981 she was the first occupational therapist in WA to be awarded the Order of Australia for service to people with disabilities and in 2012 was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.   The University named the lecture theatre in building 108 in her honour and last year she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award as a Curtin Alumni.

We have sent condolences, on behalf of the Faculty and School, Freda’s husband and her family.

Freda Jacob

Freda and Hal Jacobs at the Alumni Achievement Awards last year

Farewelling Mark ‘Bills’ Oliver

The funeral for Mark Oliver will be held on Friday, 19 May at Karakatta Cemetery commencing at 2:30pm. Mark’s friends from Curtin are welcome to attend, and guests are asked to gather at the front of the Cemetery by 2:15 pm to then walk down to the Chapel. After the service there will be light refreshments provided in the condolence lounge and the wake will then follow from 5pm at the Captain Stirling Hotel, Nedlands.

Significant dates

IDAHOT Day (International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia) falls on 17 May.  It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people internationally. Wednesday 17th of May is a global day of action and remembrance, recognized in over 60 countries around the world annually.

IDAHOT is a great opportunity to challenge homophobia and transphobia and to celebrate diversity within Curtin University.




  1. Mattie Turnbull May 15, 2017 2:19pm

    For a split second I thought Theresa May was coming to talk to us about Leadership and thought ‘what a coup’!

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