ACU students from all campuses except Ballarat met at St John’s University in Queens NY to undertake the UNCC300 Core Curriculum unit.
All disciplines of the University were represented in the class of 20 students. The group quickly formed new friendships and worked collaboratively on classwork, assignments, tours and community engagement activities.
With the assistance of St John’s students we explored New York City, celebrated 4 July at the Macy’s Fireworks, visited the United Nations and were hosted by the Franciscan Desk there, and undertook three community engagement activities.
Students and staff weeded the St John’s Community Garden, learnt about sustainability and the collection and use of waste and picked the produce of the garden which supplies a local soup kitchen. All this joyfully completed in 32 degree heat with 97% humidity. ACU students have grit.
Ten students assisted at a local Soup Kitchen and spoke of the dignity with which people were welcomed and served. They were surprised to see that working people also used the Soup Kitchen. Ten students visited an aged care facility and spent an afternoon of sunshine and laughter hearing the stories of the residents. The students shared their stories and came away appreciating the experiences and wisdom of the senior citizens they had met.
Community Engagement is an integral component of the International Core and helps to bring the students into awareness of the city and community they are experiencing while they study. Putting ourselves into the community engagement activities helps build the learning community which is another key component of the International Core. Learning about community in community.
Professor Anne Cummins Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching)
Flourish Gardens project update
Recently the Flourish planting day was postponed. The planting day is now re-scheduled for 15 September from 8:30am until 12pm. Please read below for more information.
The Flourish Gardens project at ACU’s McAuley at Banyo Campus in Brisbane is aimed at building a new sensory garden, bird and butterfly garden, and also linking existing gardens via a walk that takes in the views, history, and beauty of the campus. The gardens and walk will articulate with the Banyo community via the Brisbane City Council 10,000 steps campaign and it is aimed that the Flourish project opens the campus to the community like never before. Both the new gardens and walk are envisaged as resources that can support community health interventions for wider Banyo, and also our staff and students.
Led by Chis Gill, Brisbane Campus State Development Manager, the Flourish Gardens project receives financial and/or logistical support from project partners involved with the construction of new buildings at the campus such as Buildcorp, Broad Construction, Design Worldwide Partnership (DWP), Gleeds, and Donald Cant Watts Corke. Rotary International have also secured a grant for 300 trees which will support the new bird and butterfly garden near the campus entrance. Flourish is also registered with Land for Wildlife in working to conserve the local fauna the campus is blessed with.
Saturday, 15 September is shaping up as a big day for the Flourish Project team as, after months of careful planning, we will be holding a ‘planting day’ where the new gardens will be constructed, 300 trees planted, and other activities such as a sausage sizzle, and journeying the new Flourish walk that takes in the best the campus has to offer.
This day however cannot happen without your support. We invite you to come lend a hand and be a part of building resources that will serve the health and well-being of the campus and community for years to come. Please come and join in the fun on 15 September.
To register your interest, please send an email toACUEngagement@acu.edu.auwith your name and whether you are planning on bringing any family or friends on the day. More details on the event to come via the Staff Bulletin and Workplace.
ACU Engagement is a proud partner of the Flourish Gardens project.
We look forward to building Flourish with you.
Global Perspectives on Family Life Education
Congratulations to Professor Daryl Higgins whose co-authored chapter 'Education for Family Life in Australia' for the book Global Perspectives on Family Life Education has now been published.
This expansive reference examines the many types of Family Life Education (FLE) programs being offered around the world, reflecting myriad of cultures and contexts. Coverage identifies core FLE content areas including parenting education, human sexuality, and interpersonal relationships, and details their programming in various countries over six continents, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Contributors discuss complex challenges of program design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as connections between FLE and family prevention and intervention services. This knowledge is of great theoretical and practical utility across various fields, and is of particular interest to those developing programs for diverse populations.
Professor Sandra Jones appointed to the Health & Life Science panel for 2018 EI assessment
We congratulate Professor Sandra Jones (PVC Engagement) on her appointment by the ARC to the Health & Life Science Panel for the Engagement and Impact Assessment of Australian universities for 2018. The Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment framework will assess the engagement of researchers with end-users, and show how universities are translating their research into economic, social, environmental and other impacts. This is a significant appointment and recognition of Sandra's leadership in this area of scholarship in Australia.
Become a Country Care Link volunteer driver
Open Support’s Country Care Link Program offers transport to people travelling from regional Australia who visit Sydney for medical purposes. The service is provided by volunteers with a current driver licence and who own an insured vehicle.
Country Care Link is similar to a personalised shuttle or taxi service and is available to residents of all ages from regional cities and rural areas across NSW. The difference is that Country Care Link transport is provided by friendly, fully-trained and licenced Open Support volunteer drivers in clean, comfortable vehicles.
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.