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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

3 October 2016

 
 

I had the privilege of travelling to the United States last week to launch the Chris Bise Student Scholarship with the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), visit the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and attend the 2016 MINExpo International. I was accompanied by DVC International Professor Seth Kunin, WA School of Mines Director Professor Sam Spearing and members of his staff.

As some of you would be aware, Chris Bise sadly passed three days before starting at the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie in early 2015 as the new Deputy Director. He left the School a significant bequest, which is to be used to help fund a US mining undergraduate student to visit Curtin for a semester and a WA School of Mines student to do the same in the US. We met with representatives of the SME who will help administer the Chris Bise Student Scholarship. The Scholarships will be awarded for the first time in 2017.

Productive meetings were also held at the Colorado School of Mines to further develop our current Memorandum of Understanding. The WA School of Mines and the Curtin Business School had a booth at MINExpo, which is the largest mining related show and conference in the world and is held every four years in Las Vegas.

SME representatives Tim Arnold, Tom Hethmon, Bill Gleason and David Kanagy, with myself and DVCI Professor Seth Kunin at the dinner to launch the Chris Bise Student Scholarship

SME representatives Tim Arnold, Tom Hethmon, Bill Gleason and David Kanagy, with myself and DVCI Professor Seth Kunin at the dinner to launch the Chris Bise Student Scholarship

Public Health Association of Australia Mentor of the Year

Curtin Health Sciences Senior Research Fellow Dr Melissa Stoneham has been awarded the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Mentor of the Year award.

The award is given to a senior member of PHAA who has made a significant contribution to mentoring early career professionals, practitioners and/or students, to formally acknowledge the importance of mentoring in career development and in recognition of the time commitments and other sacrifices that are involved for mentors.

Dr Stoneham was recognised at the PHAA 44th Annual Conference and 20th Chronic Diseases Network Conference in Alice Springs on 20 September.

Congratulations Dr Stoneham.

Significant religious dates

  • Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival, began at sundown yesterday, 2 October and continues to Tuesday 4 October.  It commemorates the creation of the world. I would like to wish all those celebrating the festival L’shanah tovah.
  • Al Hijra, or Muharram, also known as Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year. It falls on 2 October.* I would like to wish all members of the Curtin community participating in this holiday a happy new year.

*Certain Islamic holy days cannot be definitely determined in advance as they begin when the new moon is sighted

 
 

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