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Note to staff

November 6, 2008


Security – Safer Pathways

In the interest of safety, I would like to encourage students and staff to use Safer Pathways when moving around Campus, especially in the evening. The Safer Pathways are patrolled by Security from Monday to Friday from 8am to 11pm.

Safer Pathways Maps are available from the Student Guild Office and from the Curtin Security Office (Building 115 near the north entrance).

For more information about obtaining a Safer Pathways Map please contact Curtin Security on Ext 4444 or visit this webpage:

Leading Curtin: Head of School Development Program

On Monday 27 October 2008, I hosted a breakfast to launch the Leading Curtin: Head of School Development Program. Curtin’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors and I enjoyed a conversation with the first intake of program participants. We discussed common issues faced as university leaders and shared strategies for dealing with some of these challenges.

Twenty two participants from all Faculties and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies have accepted an invitation to join the program. Some participants are newer Heads of School or Heads of Department, whilst others are identified as future leaders at Curtin.

I regard Heads of School as having one of the most important management roles at Curtin. They are responsible for aligning the activities within their School with the strategic direction of the University. As business managers, they lead and motivate their teams, manage resources and guide/direct their School’s teaching and learning and research capacity.

The new Leading Curtin: Head of School Development Program is a welcome and much needed addition to the range of activities developed by Curtin’s Organisational Development Unit (ODU). This program will assist in building the capability of individual participants, their areas and Curtin as a whole. Additionally, this program will encourage and foster communication and collaboration between areas.

Capabilities developed during this program will provide participants with excellent and exciting career opportunities, including the very real potential to be future executive leaders of Curtin.

Gold medal recognition for Associate Professor Paola Ferroni

Congratulations to Associate Professor Paola Ferroni, who has been awarded the Gold Medal for outstanding services by the Tuscan Chamber of Commerce and the Lucchese nel Mondo (World Association of Lucchese).

Dr Ferroni was born in Lucca, Tuscany and has been recognised by the Lucca association for her contribution to the development of health care in developing communities and for her contribution to graduate education in international health.

She was invited to set up the Centre for International Health (CIH) at Curtin nine years ago and initially worked on her own to establish the feasibility of such a Centre and how funding might be generated. Through her hard work and leadership, the CIH is currently thriving with 300 graduate students and extensive research and consulting activities.

The Gold Medal was presented at an award ceremony held in Lucca, Tuscany, on 13 September. Also recognised were 14 other Lucca-born recipients, all of whom had made a major and significant contribution within their respective professions in various countries including Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, North America and Switzerland.

Centre for Aboriginal Studies Celebrates 25 Years

I am happy to announce that the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) has celebrated 25 years of providing education to Indigenous students at Curtin with a ball held recently at the Parmelia Hilton.

Over 180 current and former staff and students joined together to celebrate this important milestone with three of the former Directors present on the night.

Indigenous education at Curtin has come a long way since the establishment of the Centre in 1983 with the University being the first in Australia to sign a Reconciliation Action Plan and the largest number of Indigenous enrolments of any university in Australia.

The dedication shown by the staff at CAS has enabled this milestone to be achieved, and I look forward to many more milestones to come.

WA Environment Awards

I would like to congratulate the Centre of Excellence in Cleaner Production on their unique partnership with Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) which has led to a recent WA Environment Award from the Department of Environment and Conservation. The KIC was recognised with the ‘Corporate Business Leading by Example’ Award for the Kwinana Industries Synergy Project.

Under the leadership of Director, Dr Michele John, the Centre was responsible for all the research and management of the Project and was acknowledged by the Council for being instrumental in identifying synergies to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for members of the KIC.

The Centre’s research included conducting feasibility studies and delivering academic rigour to identify inter-industry synergies to assist in reducing environmental impacts in the Kwinana area.

The project was launched in 2004 and since then has recruited 36 companies to participate, created a database of resource input and output flows, and developed over 90 synergistic opportunities which have delivered significant reductions, including a decrease in carbon dioxide equivalent to removing 73,000 cars from the road.

Curtin staff and students perform well in national architecture design competition

I would like to congratulate staff and students from the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture who have claim top prizes at the third annual ‘About Face’ design competition run by the Australian brick industry’s peak body, Think Brick Australia. It is outstanding that our staff and students have performed so well on a national level.

Curtin Lecturer and Architecture graduate, Mr Simon Pendal, and Senior Lecturer and Chair in Architectural Design, Mr Stephen Neille, who also operate a leading Perth architectural practice, Pendal and Neille, emerged as a joint winner of the competition.

Pendal and Neille’s winning design comprises a new arts centre and adjacent public space in Wolf Lane, a thoroughfare lined with predominantly red brick structures that connect King, Murray and William Streets in Perth’s CBD.

Third-year Curtin Architecture student Shane Winter won the inaugural ‘About Face’ Student Competition from a field of more than 80 students from universities around Australia. Finalists were shortlisted based on how their designs exemplified a level of ingenuity and innovation in regard to brick use. Fourth-year Curtin architecture student Georgina Willis was also awarded a High Commendation too.

Curtin website climbs in rankings

Congratulations to the Digital Media Unit on the outcomes of the October review by Global Reviews. The Curtin website has moved from fifth to fourth, consolidating the University in the top five and positioning it well to achieve the target of being in the top three by April 2009.

The current rankings are the result of measurement against approximately 700 criteria, and Global Reviews have taken a tougher stance on how much effort is required to find specific content, downgrading sites where more than three clicks are required to locate content.

Curtin graduate’s film receives 11 AFI Awards nominations

WA film maker and Curtin graduate Elissa Down has received 11 nominations in the 2008 AFI Awards for her debut feature film, The Black Balloon. Her film has received more nominations than any other feature film this year.

Elisssa graduated from Curtin in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts with streams in Film and TV and Theatre Arts and is currently in Hollywood working on a number of projects leading up to the US release of her acclaimed movie.

The Black Balloon also won the Script Category in the 2007 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, as well as a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year.

Congratulations to Elissa. It is wonderful to see Curtin graduates go on to achieve significant success in their careers, and I wish her all the best in the upcoming Awards.