July Newsletter

ELFSC Research Newsletter; Staff News; Language Centre News; ROAC; For your Diary; Work Health & Safety

ELFSC Research Newsletter

For all the latest news on research in the centre go to the Research Newsletter

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Staff News

New Staff

Dr Vanessa Bowden, who will be taking on the Social Enquiry teaching and coordination role at Ourimbah campus, has been working for the University of Newcastle as a Sessional Staff member since 2009 as a tutor and lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies. She also completed her PhD at UON in 2016. She has experience working at Macquarie University and Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. She has also worked as a lecturer for the Open Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand where she taught in an entirely online environment.

Dr Carol Carter, who will be taking on the Foundations in Education role, joins us from Melbourne where she has worked the last five years as a Lecturer in Education at Holmesglen Institute. Prior to that, Carol worked as an Education lecturer at the Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and The University of Melbourne and was a lecturer in Education for a number of years at Fort Hare and Rhodes Universities in South Africa. Carol has also worked as a primary school teacher for a number of years and lead youth theatre groups for disadvantaged young people in South Africa

Please join us in welcoming our new colleagues. There is a morning tea being held on Monday 10th July at 10am in MCLG48 - McMulling Building.

Congratulations Ryan O'Neill

Ryan’s latest book Their Brilliant Careers has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award, and with prize money of $60,000, it’s Australia’s most significant literary prize. Congratulations and good luck Ryan! The winner of the Miles Franklin award will be announced on 7 September 2017 at the State Library of NSW. Please click here to read the full article.

Ryan also featured in the Newcastle Herald on Monday 19 June, 2017. The full article can be read here.

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Language Centre

UON Language Centre teacher and Elementary coordinator Louise Pavey will present at the upcoming UECA PD Fest in Melbourne on Saturday July 29th. Louise’s presentation examines some of the problems students have speaking English and how simple rhythm and musical activities can improve these obstacles. The festival will be hosted by Monash College English Language Centre at their city campus, located on 222 Bourke Street in Melbourne. For more details, visit the UECA website here: http://www.ueca.edu.au/news.php

The Language Centre recently held a second instalment of the Day in the Life lecture, a new initiative from Anne Burnett’s Student Experience Program which sees former Language Centre students return to discuss their story of balancing their studies at UON with living and working in Newcastle. The series also features involvement from local business mentors sourced via the Faculty of Business and Law and has proved popular with students.

Students and Teachers from the Language Centre participated in the Celebrating Unity in Diversity Festival held on July 1st in Hamilton’s Gregson Park. The Language Centre held a stall at the Festival helmed by staffers Anne Burnett, Liza Pezzano and Natalia Soeters. In addition, student volunteers participated in events on the day. Student Yuri Sakata even put together a hand drawn sign for the Language Centre stall, shown below.

In May, Language Centre students volunteered at two interesting local events. Firstly, on May 27th, nine Language Centre students participated in a tree planting regeneration project in Minmi’s Pambalong Nature Reserve.  The event was organized by the Lions Club. Secondly, student volunteers also assisted with the Port to Port bicycle race. Participation in both events exemplify the Student Engagement Program’s goal of providing students with a diverse range of opportunities to engage with the community and use their English in authentic situations.

Language Centre teachers continue to engage in Peer Observation of Teaching. In June, casual teachers Katy Jones, Adam Connor, Tim Baker and Jacqueline Westwood joined the growing list of teachers who have volunteered to engage in peer observation in an effort to reflect on and improve their own practice.

EAP student Li Xinye has been presented with the 2017 Language Centre Student Achievement Award at a ceremony on Friday June 30th. In total six students were nominated for the award by Language Centre teachers. Li was nominated for Active Learning and Community Engagement and was described by her teachers as refreshingly thoughtful and caring student whose nature makes it easier for herself and others to learn and enjoy learning both inside and outside of class. Li was presented with her award and $500 in prize money by ELFSC Director Seamus Fagan.

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ROAC Ourimbah

Around 79 students received their certificates at the Centre's Recognition of Attainment Ceremony at the Ourimbah campus on Thursday 6 July 2017. Inspirational speeches were given both by the Occasional Speaker Rhea Barnett and Student Speakers Jessica Ayling and Shelly James.Thank you to all the staff that participated and congratulations to our students.

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For your Diary

Orientation: Friday 14 July (Callaghan) and Wednesday 19 July (Ourimbah)

Intensive Open Foundation applications close - 19 July 2017

Enabling Academic Staff PD Day – Thursday 20 July

Enabling Professional Staff PD Day - Thursday 20 July 9am-1pm

Semester 2 commences Monday 24 July

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Work Health and Safety

The 2017 ' Healthy UON Staff Wellness Calendar' has been updated to show what's on offer for the upcoming months. Please view the Healthy UON Staff Wellness Calendar to view the schedule and for instructions on how to book an upcoming session.

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Items for the ELFSC Link Newsletter are always welcome. The newsletter is published early each month, with items due 2 weeks prior to publication.  Please forward any items to Jenny Williams, Maureen Jones or Leah Hill.