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Faith and Justice Ambassadors appointed

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Faith and Justice Ambassador Gemma Green with National Formation Coordinator, Thérèse Nichols

Bachelor of Arts student Gemma Green has been elected as the 2011 Faith and Justice Ambassador at the Melbourne Campus.

Gemma, who commenced her studies at ACU in 2009, said she was excited about the new role.

“This is the first year that there has a formal Faith and Justice Ambassador role at the University,” she said. “I am one of six ambassadors at ACU who will be assisting with the University’s first national student faith group, Alegria.”

The role involves organising and coordinating events for Alegria, with the assistance of the Department of Identity and Mission.

“Alegria, which means ‘joy’ in Spanish, is here to inspire, captivate and share the beauty of the extraordinary,” said Thérèse Nichols, National Formation Coordinator. “Alegria welcomes all students from all walks of life to come together to partake in a faith-filled environment.”

“Alegria gives students the space and time to listen to inspiring talks, discuss ideas, ask questions and participate in dynamic workshops.”

Gemma said she was particularly looking forward to her upcoming trip to Madrid for the 2011 World Youth Day celebrations.

“I was fortunate enough to go to Rome with ACU for the canonisation of Mary Mackillop,” she said. “It was such a fantastic experience that I signed up for World Youth Day as soon as I returned home.”

Duke of Edinburgh’s Leadership Forum

Australian Catholic University (ACU) students recently participated in The Duke of Edinburgh Leadership Forum at the University of Melbourne.

The forum brought together Duke of Edinburgh volunteers from ACU, University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Prominent speakers from various backgrounds spoke about the ways in which leadership skills can be expanded and refined. The topics covered included motivation, time management, goal setting, teamwork skills and project management.  

 “The seminar was amazing and very inspirational not only for my future career, but also my life in general,” said one participant. “It was empowering and awakening to the mind. It was engaging and really influential.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a self-directed program for students to proactively pursue experiences and develop new skills as they study their degree and is available to all students at ACU.

For more information on The Duke of Edinburgh Award, please visit: www.dukeofed.org.au or contact Iain Murray, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator at iain.murray@acu.edu.au

Lecturers launch new book


Dr Marian de Souza, religious education lecturer at ACU, has launched her book Meaning and Connectedness: Contemporary Perspectives of Education and Spirituality in Australia.

Dr de Souza is based at the Melbourne Campus. She co-edited the book and contributed several chapters along with her colleague Dr Brendan Hyde.

This ten-chapter book looks at contemporary spirituality and its role in education for the twenty-first century. Each of the chapters focuses on a particular aspect of education and points the way forward for those interested in developing education programs that will address the spirituality of their students thereby enhancing their sense of self and place.

North Sydney Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship Award


Judy Wright from ACU’s Office of Student Success was recently announced as the winner of the North Sydney Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship Award.  

Judy was presented with a trophy in recognition of her achievements at the February awards ceremony.

The Pride of Workmanship Program enables employers in our community to help employees achieve the goal of job satisfaction, and publicly recognise them for their efforts.

Judy was nominated by her colleagues from the Office of Student Success in North Sydney for her outstanding commitment to students and staff in the ACU community and her unwavering advocacy for those in need.

Students attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

ACU education students Melissa Camero, Malia Puna, Karina Panucci, Joel Walker, Jessica McCarthy and Samantha Jones.

ACU education students Melissa Camero, Malia Puna, Karina Panucci, Joel Walker, Jessica McCarthy, Samantha Jones and alumni Maria Boulatsakos recently attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in Springwood, NSW.

The annual RYLA residential seminar is an opportunity for young women and men from different backgrounds to work together, to exchange experiences and to develop their leadership skills.

Participants had to apply for the program, which was attended by 37 young people from western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

RYLA provides a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and interact with a wide range of people from different backgrounds who are also enthusiastic about self-development.

The ACU students involved will be invited to present at both the Strathfield and Burwood Rotary clubs on their experience.

Beginning a new year at ACU

newNewly inducted ACU student Association, Associate Vice-Chancellor John Devereux, Campus Minister Mark Lysaght, Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby and Campus Life Coordinator Eric Robinson.

Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Brisbane Campus celebrated the beginning of a new academic year recently with the annual Commencement Mass, held in the Holy Spirit Chapel.

The Mass formally welcomed new and returning staff and students, as well as the wider University community.

Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby was the principal celebrant and homilist at the ceremony, which included a Liturgy of Induction for the new 2011 Student Association members.

Mitchell Bennett, continuing President of the McAuley Student Association, said the Mass was a fantastic way to open the new academic year.

“It was a pleasure to attend and a fantastic opportunity for the Student Association to be announced to the ACU community,” he said.

“I feel very privileged to be President in 2011, I have a great team and we’re really looking forward to creating some great student events.”  

Mark Lysaght, Brisbane Campus Mister, said it was great to commence the academic year in the chapel located at the heart of the campus.

“With faith so integral to the life of the University, moments such as the Commencement Mass provide an opportunity for staff and students to come together to acknowledge that God is very much part of everything that happens at ACU.”

Concelebrating were Auxiliary Bishops of Brisbane Brian Finnigan and Joseph Oudeman, Msgr Anthony Randazzo, Father David Pascoe and Father Bavin Clarke.

First Market Day at the Brisbane Campus

marketStudents at Market Day with McAuley Mongrel

Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Brisbane Campus recently held their first ever Market Day, which coincided with the first day of the academic year.

The event featured free entertainment such as a jumping castle, slushy machine and photo booth, and a lunchtime performance by local blues and roots artist Robby Curtis.

Campus Life Coordinator Eric Robinson said it was a fantastic start to the academic year.

 “It is always great to see the campus come alive and we hope to make these Market Days a more regular occurrence,” he said.

“Students joined in the fun, enjoying the music and reconnecting with each other – and being a hot day the free slushies were a big hit.”

Market Stalls were set up around the campus, allowing businesses to promote products and services of interest to the students.

Tour of the Holy Land

ACU Honorary Fellow Dr Abe Ata will lead a tour to Israel and Jordan at the end of the year for interested staff and students.

The 12-day tour, which will explore life in the Middle East and visit the historical sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Petra will take place during November/December 2011.

Students may be able to participate in the tour as part of their studies, but will need to obtain approval from their course coordinator.

The cost of the tour is $3990, covering all expenses except lunches, tips, personal expenses and airport taxes and visa.

Dr Abe Ata has lived and taught in Australian, American, Jordanian, West Bank and Danish universities, and has wrote and taught extensively on the three monotheistic religions.

For more information or to register your interest email abe.ata@acu.edu.au