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Note to staff

19 April 2012


VC Address to Staff
I will be providing a general update to staff next Tuesday 24 April at 12.30pm in the Tim Winton Lecture Theatre in Building 213.

I encourage staff to attend and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

2012 John Curtin Medal nominations
Nominations are open for this year’s John Curtin Medal. The John Curtin Medal is the University’s highest non-academic award and is presented to outstanding members of the external community who demonstrate John Curtin’s attributes of vision, leadership and community service.

The John Curtin Medal is presented annually as part of the 7 October commemoration of John Curtin’s swearing in as Australia’s Prime Minister in 1941.

Candidates must be nominated by a Curtin staff member, so I encourage you to consider nominating someone from the external community who you believe meets the criteria for this award.

The nomination form and further details can be found at or please contact Julia Nicol, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Publications on extension 7711. Nominations must be received prior to 5pm on Friday 29 June 2012.

Please note that nominations should be kept strictly confidential.  Candidates should not be contacted for information regarding their nomination.

Relay for Life at Curtin a great success
Congratulations to the more than 350 attendees and 50 volunteers who took part in the Relay for Life over the weekend which raised more than $67,000 for the Cancer Council of WA.

Organised by students from the John Curtin Leadership Academy, Curtin Guild and Curtin Volunteers!,  the 24-hour event involved a relay-style walk or run to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against the disease.

All funds raised will be presented to the Cancer Council of WA, which aims to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer in our community through advocacy, research, education and providing people affected by cancer with support.

The walkers and runners were kept entertained by musical and dance acts, keeping them energised across the 24 hours of the event.

I would like to congratulate the organising committee and teams involved for the great success of this inaugural event.

Donations are still welcome and can be made at

Green Campus update – reducing electricity consumption
Curtin operates more than 10,000 personal computers for staff and students, significantly contributing to our consumption of electricity.   Our Managed Operating Environment (MOE) reduces the power consumption of Curtin personal computers and screens by progressively turning functions off and sleeping when not in use.

Once the MOE places a PC into sleep mode its power consumption reduces substantially. While sleeping, a single standard desktop computer and screen consumes about 73 per cent less electrical power.  Once this saving is multiplied by the number of personal computers in the fleet, this amounts to a valuable contribution toward reducing Curtin’s carbon footprint.

More than 90 per cent of Curtin’s PCs have been converted to the Windows 7 MOE and similar power-saving measures have been achieved via the Apple Macintosh MOE.

I would like to congratulate the MOE team for successfully implementing this energy efficiency program.



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