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Curtin University
Note to staff

16 October, 2008


Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International

Professor Kevin McKenna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, is retiring at the end of October. Subject to formal approval by Council, Dr Paddy Forde who is currently Director, International Strategy and Development, will assume the role of Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International.

National Liaison Committee Annual Conference (NLCAC) Awards

I am pleased to announce that Curtin has performed very well in the recent NLCAC Awards held in Brisbane. The annual Conference was organised by the National Liaison Committee for International Students (NLC) and is the national peak representative body for international students.

Curtin’s International Students Committee received the award for Best International Student Association of the year, and the University’s International Office was awarded Best International Office. Mr Manish Jhowry, Convenor of the Curtin Student Guild International Students Committee, was awarded Best International Student Ambassador of the year, and was also elected as the new NLC National Convenor.

I would like to congratulate all involved on this excellent outcome. These awards are a great recognition of the hard work that goes into managing the University’s international activities and providing an enriching and quality experience for our international students.

2008 J Eddis Linton Award

I would like to congratulate Dr Margaret Pember, lecturer from Information Studies for winning the 2008 J Eddis Linton Award for records management in the category of Outstanding Individual.

The Award is presented annually by the Records Management Association of Australasia (RMAA). She received her award at the RMAA annual conference in Sydney.

Margaret was commended for her tireless promotion of records management as a profession and her dedication in educating recordkeeping professionals over the last 20 years, as well as her research activities.

Margaret has also served on professional bodies at the state, national
and international level and was instrumental in the upgrading of
Informaa Quarterly, the professional journal of the RMAA, to a scholarly
and refereed publication.

2008 Stanner Award Shortlist

Dr Darren Garvey, Lecturer at the Centre of Aboriginal Studies, has been shortlisted for the 2008 Stanner Award for his book Indigenous Identity in Contemporary Psychology. I would like to congratulate Dr Garvey on this significant achievement.

The prestigious Stanner Award is presented by the The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

One award is given each year for the best published contribution to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Studies that is considered by the AIATSIS Council to be a significant work of scholarship in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Studies and which reflects the dynamic nature of Professor W.E.H. (Bill) Stanner’s life and work, after which the Award is named.

The Council of AIATSIS will make a decision about the Award in December 2008.

Curtin Art Graduate Curates Singapore Biennale

I would like to highlight that Mathew Ngui, a Curtin Department of Art graduate, is a member of the curatorial team for the Singapore Biennale 2008 (SB2008), the City’s largest international contemporary visual arts exhibition.

In the late 1980s, Mathew was the Department of Art’s third international student, and he was invited to be part of the SB2008 curatorial team of three because of his artistic profile.

He is a visual artist working in the areas of installation, video, performance and site-specific works and has worked in many countries overseas.

A survey exhibition of his art practice over nearly two decades, which began at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, is currently on tour and was showcased at the John Curtin Gallery in early 2008 as part of the UWA Perth International Arts Festival 2008.

Mathew lives and works in Singapore and Australia. He is currently working on a public art commission for the New Performing Arts Venue in Perth.

Ally Program and Intervarsity Pride Event

In line with Curtin’s Diversity Policy, the University has committed to contribute towards a more inclusive University culture for staff, students and community members of diverse sexuality and gender identity.

Curtin has initiated the Ally Program, and hosts an annual event. The Pride flag is also displayed throughout Pride WA month in October each year.

This year’s Intervarsity Pride Event at which The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC will present ‘Human Rights and Equality for Same-Sex Parents and their Children, will be held on Tuesday 21 October, 4pm, at the Council Chamber, Bentley campus. Limited places are still available and staff and students are asked to RSVP on 08 9266 2563 or by noon 17 October.

Full details regarding the Ally program and the Intervarsity Pride event are available at: