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Note to staff

6 March 2017


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.


Chris Malcolm, Director of the John Curtin Gallery; Anne Neil, sculptor and WAIT alumna; and Hon. Michael Mischin, West Australian Attorney General, with Murmur.

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.

L-R Cecilia McIntosh, Kannika Bryson and Laurelle Neugebauer

L-R Cecilia McIntosh, Kannika Bryson and Laurelle Neugebauer

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.

Rebekah after her winning swim

Rebekah after her winning swim

Ash Wednesday

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.

  1. Mattie Turnbull March 6, 2017 9:15am

    But I haven’t had an acknowledgement/answer to my question regarding why is the IWD breakfast being held on 17 March? not on 8 March?

    • Valerie Raubenheimer March 6, 2017 10:24am

      Dear Mattie the reason IWD breakfast is being held on the 17th is simply a matter of logistics, with many competing events and activities, securing speakers and venues, and ensuring we can have our VC present. Some IWD events started last week, with the VC guest speaker at an external event last Friday, for example. I don’t think the day we celebrate it is as important as the fact that we DO celebrate it, and focus, every day, on improving equity. Curtin’s involvement in Athena Swan, is just one example of our commitment. Kind regards, Val.

      • Mattie Turnbull March 6, 2017 8:27pm

        Thanks Val – much appreciated. However, just thinking that to ‘spread’ the event might result in loss of impetus, as it were. We have come to associate IWD with 8 March – dare I say it – akin to many other ‘days’which will never be compromised, ie to change Armistice Day to some random day in November would certainly diminish its relevance and would quickly lose potency. There, I’ve said it and I’m disappointed at the possible devaluation of something which has become a very important event in the calendar of many, many women.
        Cheers, Mattie Turnbull (as in Malcolm)

  2. Michele Rosano March 7, 2017 10:34am

    Dear Vic-Chancellor,

    I was not aware of the Catholic Mass held to mark the start of Lent here at Curtin. In the past we recieved an email from the Multi-Faith Officer informing us of Catholic events- but nothing over the past few years. I know that the Mass has been well attended in the past. It is a shame that it was not communciated to us.
    Best wishes

  3. Nancy Antoine March 7, 2017 11:49am

    I agree with Michele Rosano that it was disappointing that we were not notified of a mass being held on campus this year. I have been at Curtin for over 18 years and every year (except for the last couple of years) a mass use to be held in one of the LT. This made it possible for many Catholics to attend mass during working hours as it isn’t always possible to attend after hours. However the last couple years it got cancelled and then I heard through a colleague that there was a mass held this year, but like others, I hadn’t seen any notification either. I’ve also had a couple of emails from other colleagues asking whether I had sent a notification to staff within our Faculty. I must say this was very disappointing.


    • Ann Paterson March 7, 2017 2:22pm

      Hi Michele and Nancy

      References to significant cultural and religious dates are included in the Note to Staff, but it would not be possible to provide details about the many religious services on campus. This information is available from the Multi-faith website (



  4. Janet Augustinsen March 7, 2017 2:36pm

    Catholic Mass is held on campus during semesters every Wednesday and Friday at 12pm in building 109 prayer room. All regular attendees were notified, posters placed nearby and Yammer notifications posted.

    Mass emails sent directly to staff members have not been allowed since September 2015. This was replaced by the Curtin Weekly.

    Unfortunately due to matters outside my control the Ash Wednesday Mass was not confirmed until the 28th of February which was past all deadlines for submission.

    If anyone would like to be added to a mailing list for direct updates on Multi-faith services and events on campus please email

    Kind Regards,
    Janet Augustinsen
    Multi-Faith Officer

    • Janet Augustinsen March 7, 2017 2:47pm

      The Catholic Priest Father Chris Alambe has offered his support to anyone who missed last week’s Ash Wednesday service. Please see for his contact details.

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