An update from Victoria

Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014

The spring racing carnival in Melbourne has just come to an end. It is a period filled with activities both in the month leading to the Melbourne Cup and the week of Cup races. At St. Patrick’s we opened our festivities with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of our Business School in Melbourne. The Faculty of Business and Law hosted a star studded cocktail party on the deck of the Daniel Mannix Building.  In recent weeks the School followed up with a public forum on the not for profit sector.


The eighth Walter Silvester Memorial Lecture attracted a broad audience and in the same week, the celebrations continued with the Melbourne Student Association (MCSA) Ball. I joined some 900 students at the Docklands venue and commend the MCSA team for organising a terrific event. Needless to say, I left earlier than the other 900 people, who stayed on to enjoy the evening.


The School of Education and Arts launched the 2014 Bachelor of Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition with the awarding of prizes and another cocktail function to welcome guests to our Brunswick Street Gallery. Three days later the School hosted the annual Pixel Prize Photographic Exhibition and prize giving with over one hundred entrants. Both exhibitions remained open for public viewing.


Festivities drew to an end with ‘Yolks’ Day racing. Staff contributed a plate and over 100 people gathered on the Daniel Mannix Deck for the egg and spoon races. I was eliminated in the first heat.


Our next large scale celebration is the installation Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for our new Chancellor Mr John Fahey AC this Sunday.


The Raheen Library team have extended a general invitation for a ‘Christmas in the Library’ morning tea Tuesday, 2nd December and we finish the year with a Campus Mass celebrated by Archbishop Hart, 12 December, followed immediately by a large-scale staff luncheon in Cathedral Hall to acknowledge the talent and extraordinary commitment of the St. Patrick’s staff community.


It has been an intensely busy year for everyone on Campus, however, Spring in Melbourne always has its carnival events.


Dr John Ballard

Associate Vice Chancellor