50th anniversary gift from WA Government
I am delighted to advise that University has been presented with a 50th anniversary gift by the West Australian Government, in recognition of the important contribution made by Curtin and WAIT over the past five decades. The gift is an outstanding aluminium sculpture entitled Murmur, which was created by sculptor and WAIT alumna Anne Neil.
The artwork is on show at the 13th annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition until March 20, after which it will move to our Bentley campus. John Curtin Gallery Director Chris Malcolm accepted the gift of behalf the University from Attorney General Michael Mischin at the Sculpture by the Sea opening event on 2 March.
New online MicroMasters
Curtin has recently launched the new MicroMasters program, Marketing in a Digital World. Run by the School of Marketing and delivered on the edX online learning platform, the program offers five online courses for completion over 46 weeks and can provide a pathway into the Curtin’s Master of Marketing degree. This is Curtin’s second MicroMasters program, following the announcement of the MicroMasters in Human Rights last September. I would like to thank Curtin Learning and Teaching and the School of Marketing for the significant work undertaken in establishing this program.
United Nations Timor-Leste internship success
Three students from the Department of Social Science and Security Studies have begun a six-month internship with the United Nations Development Program office in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Kannika Bryson, Laurelle Neugebauer and Cecilia McIntosh are the first students from an Australian university to undertake such a project, which is expected to pave the way for future internships.
United Nations work is critical in Timor-Leste, as it still considered a post-conflict environment that requires substantial social, economic and political development. Timor-Leste has the third highest stunted growth rate just behind two states in Africa, and children continue to die from water-borne diseases.
The Curtin students will be working on policy, research and implantation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals during their internship. I would like to thank Christopher Ryan of the Department of Social Science and Security Studies for initiating this very worthwhile project.
Farewell David Hawkins
Professor David Hawkins, Head of the School of Design and Art (SoDA) is leaving the University this week to take up a position in the United Kingdom. David joined Curtin in July 2015 and has been a valued staff member. He has made a number of important contributions during his time at Curtin including development of a new major in Animation and Games Design and the introduction of the SoDA collaborative studio.
David is taking up a position as Dean of the School of Creative Arts and Engineering at Staffordshire University. He will continue with Curtin in an Adjunct role. Please join me in wishing David every success in his new role.
Physiotherapy student wins Rottnest Channel Swim
Congratulations to Curtin Physiotherapy student Rebekah Weller, who was the first placed female solo swimmer at the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim on 25 February. Rebekah, who turned 23 on race day, finished the swim in 4 hours and 52 minutes. She had been training every day for the past year after placing second in the 2016 swim.
More than 2300 swimmers competed in the race in challenging conditions, including strong currents and choppy water. Congratulations to Rebekah and all those in the Curtin community who completed the swim.
Lent, the period of 40 days before Easter in the Christian calendar, began with Ash Wednesday on 1 March. A Catholic Mass was held on campus. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and reflection.