JUNE 2016 NEWSLETTER
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From the Director
In mid May the University English Centres of Australia (UECA) held a PD Fest in Sydney,which was attended by close to 200 ELICOS teachers from around Australia. A number of teachers from the Language Centre in Newcastle and Sydney attended the Event The Centre was very proud when one of our teachers's Louise Pavey won the best presentation at the PD Fest and as a reward Louise won $1000 towards flights and accommodation to attend the next UECA PD Fest at the University of Adelaide. Congrats to Louise on this wonderful achievement.
Recently the Director visited 8 universities in northern and Southern Japan. He met and gave a presentation to 24 students who will arrive for 10-15 weeks of English from August. Last week he attended and presented at the European Access Network(EAN) and visiting a number of enabling programs in Ireland and the UK.
ELICOS’s governing body, NEAS, held its annual conference in Sydney on 12-13 May and was attended by Seamus Fagan, Janielle Wilson and Keely McCauley. The conference provides valuable insight into the Australian ELT industry for leaders and managers. This year the theme of ‘Out of the Box’ lived up to its name with engaging presentations by a diverse range of teachers, managers and industry regulators in four focus areas of pedagogic disruption, thought leadership, collaboration, and intrapreneurship. The conference was not only highly informative, but quite timely for the Language Centre (Newcastle) as NEAS conducted its second on-site audit last week.
University of Newcastle Homestay
The Homestay program is seeking staff and their families to host an International student in their home on a short term basis. If you are able to provide a friendly home-environment for an International student, then we’d like you to please contact us as soon as possible.
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For your Diary
The Recognition of Attainment Ceremony for ELFSC Ourimbah Campus will be held at 10am on Friday 8 July. The Chancellor will present Attainment Certificates to our students who completed Open Foundation and Newstep programs in 2015.
Exam Meetings -
CALLAGHAN Friday 1 July
OURIMBAH Monday 4 July
Orientation for Semester 2
Callaghan Orientation - Friday 15 July (10am CT202)
Ourimbah Orientation - Wednesday 20 July (11am LT102)
Enrolments for Semester 2 will open Monday 11 July
Deputy Director Appointment
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Michelle Picard as the new Associate Professor Teaching and Learning and the Deputy Director of the ELFS Centre. Originally from South Africa, Michelle has a PhD in in Education and Applied Linguistics, a MA in English Language Teaching, Bachelors and Honours degree in English, as well as a number of diplomas in education. Michelle has had a varied career in education, she has taught in high schools in South Africa, worked as an English lecturer in Oman and the UAE, and worked in ELICOS centres in Sydney and Adelaide. Since 2007 Michelle has had various roles at the University of Adelaide, including Director, Researcher Education at the Adelaide Graduate Centre (Level C), Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (Level D) in the Faculty of the Professions, also at the University of Adelaide. Michelle publishes regularly, has been the recipient of a number of internal and external grants and also the recipient of a number of teaching awards.
As can be seen from her educational journey, Michelle will bring skills and experiences which will enhance the already excellent work occurring in the Centre. Michelle will commence in her role on Monday the 25th of July and I know you will join with me in welcoming Michelle to her new role.
Interviews were recently held for two vacant positions in the Open Foundation Program.
The successful applicant for the 1.0 Lecturer Level A position in Nursing and Midwifery (Ourimbah) is Dr Jennifer Irwin. Jennifer is well known to ELFSC staff and has taught for us for a number of years.
The successful applicant for 1.0 Level A position in Mathematics (Callaghan) is Dr Murray Sciffer. Murray has a long association with the University of Newcastle as a researcher and through teaching both mathematics and physics, as well previous experience teaching in Open Foundation.
We are pleased to welcome Jennifer and Murray to ELFSC, with their start date being 11 July 2016.
Congratulations to Sharlene Leroy-Dyer on the recent award of her PhD.
Sharlene’s thesis was entitled “ Private-sector employment programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Comparative case studies”
It was awarded conditionally, subject to the major corrections, as outlined in the examiners report.
Sharlene is the first Aboriginal person to be awarded a PhD in Management from the University of Newcastle and only the 5th Aboriginal person in the country to have a PhD in Management.
Indigenous Student Picnic
On Tuesday 10 May we held our inaugural Indigenous Student Pizza Picnic. The weather was lovely and the picnic was well attended. We do hope that word gets out so that more students will come along next time. It is a good opportunity for Indigenous students across all Enabling programs to meet and get to know each other.
Thanks go to all staff who helped organise this event.
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Paula Sherry organised a very successful Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraising event for the Cancer Council in the Language Centre’s staffroom. Paula was fully supported by staff members in making the morning memorable with homemade delights on offer in hi-tea style. The morning tea then continued on in lunchtime with students returning from lectures buying cakes in the foyer. 2NUR staff also contributed by buying up big. Thank you very much Paula and her daughter Jade as well as Jenny Cook for all your work behind the scenes to make the event a very special one as we were able to raise over $500. No doubt a future set calendar event at the Centre.
ELFSC Staff McMullin Building
The Foundation Studies Staff in the McMullin Building also held a Biggest Morning Tea event for the Cancer Council in the Staff Lunch Room. The event was well supported by the staff and a big thank you goes to the staff from Humanities and Social Sciences who also attended.
To all staff who baked,bought or donated your efforts were much appreciated.
Health and Safety
Two safety alerts have been recently issued by the University:
1. Stair Safety
2. Power Boards
These alerts have been developed in response to recent incidents and provide advice to staff about power boards and the dangers of steps and stairs. With the winter approaching, staff may be looking to plug in additional appliances, so attention to the power board alert is recommended.
Safety alerts can be found here.