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Faculty News

Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2007

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Prof. Raoul MortleyColleagues and Faculty friends,

Welcome to the February edition of Humanities Faculty News.  I am pleased to share with you the activities of our students, graduates and staff. Editor Dr Richard Phillipps also produces a print-friendly version with longer stories and more pictures.

THREE NEW SCHOOLS ESTABLISHED

Dr Jeff BrandThree schools have been set up in the Faculty: Communication and Media, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Education will be included under Humanities, but its eventual shape and size may change under the pressure of the new

accreditation guidelines.

Dr Anne CullenAssociate Dean and Head of the School of Communication and Media will be Jeff Brand, Associate Dean and Head of the School of

Social Sciences will be Phillip Fourie, and Associate Dean and Head of the School of Humanities will be Anne Cullen.

These will be three-year appointments, and initially will deal with academic and personnel administration, with main budget decisions returning to the Dean in consultation with the Associate Deans.

Phillip Fourie   Margaret McAvoy is to be seconded for three years to the position of Manager, Quality Assurance.She is to see us through to the next audit, which is expected to take place in 2009.

Emma Petherick will move to the position of Program Advisor, School of Social Sciences, and more appointments will follow shortly for Humanities and Communication and Media.

This structure seeks to lay the foundations for a future in which we expect will see substantial growth over the next five years.

Raoul


BOND COLLEGE FOUNDATION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

The Dean, Prof. Raoul Mortley, has announced the establishment of Bond College and the launch of its foundation program. He said:

"The foundation program is open to both domestic and international students and is a bridging/pathway program for students who do not meet the academic requirements to enter undergraduate studies here.

"The program structure was approved by University Senate on January 29 and at this stage will consist of two streams.A stream into Health Sciences is expected in 2008. The Bond College foundation course is a 28-week program which has been designed to be distinctive.  Emphasis is on intellectual development and clear thinking, with courses in basic mathematics, the history of western thought, classical literature and world history, taught with an emphasis on facts and their interpretation.

"Mr Rowan Hinton has been appointed Director of the College and starts work in two or three weeks.  He comes to us from the Southport campus of Central Queensland University where he is Associate Director Academic.  He has been responsible for building up and managing the academic program at Southport campus since August 2005.  Before that he was regional head of academic programs and sub-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law."

The foundation program will have three intakes a year in January, May and September with the first intake this May.

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HUMANITIES STUDENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

WHAT'S COMING UP THIS SEMESTER

by Ben Mack, HSA President - bmack@student.bond.edu.au

A strong line of tradition and birthright has seen the HSA Second-Hand Book Sale grow to become one of the most essential services provided to the students by any group within the University.

The ability to sell your old textbooks to make a few bucks, and to buy pre-loved textbooks at less than half price, is now a common service provided by the HSA. Tradition stipulates that the Book Sale is held on the Friday of Week 1, but this semester we're not stopping there—we're opening the Book Shop, in action from Tuesday of Week 2 until Thursday of Week 7.

So if you can't make it to the Friday sale, don't have the moula yet, or just plain old forget, then no sweat-simply drop into our office to pick up a textbook or two.

Our semester isn't finishing there either. A flick through the HSA calendar reveals a myriad of events. We've got an evolving range of postgraduate student support services, starting with the Postgraduate Meet-and-Greet.There's also Class Representative Meetings to look forward too, and a mystical SGM in the works.

 

 VALENTINE'S DAY - AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

WednesdaCezanne Laidlaw, Kate Mitchell, Jenni Graham, Serena Thorpey February 14 is traditionally known as the day of sweethearts for young and old. While Cupid is supposed to steal the spotlight, the friendly HSA thought it was appropriate to throw a celebration for the singles and couples that make up the Bond community.

After months of brainstorming, planning and organising, the HSA's An Affair to Remember kicked off at 8:30pm. Guests were treated to the University String Quartet Band as they made their way into an affluently transformed Princeton Room—complete with large hanging hearts, fairy lights and a large floral centrepiece—followed by cocktails and canapés served all night plus the live cover band The Hippos.

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TOP STUDENTS HONOURED

DEAN'S AWARDS NIGHT

The Dean, Prof. Raoul Mortley, welcomed the top students and their families to a presentation of awards for last semester on Friday, February 2, in the Cerum Theatre.  There were 2Michael Platzer, Ashley Pardy5 sponsored awards, with many of the people from sponsoring companies present to present their award.

Ashley Pardy won the Sir Robert Jackson inaugural award sponsored by Michael Platzer, recognising a student with concern for humanitarian issues.

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JOURNALISM EDUCATORS IN NZ

FOUR PRESENT PAPERS AT JEA CONFERENCE

Four of our Journalism educators, who went to New Zealand in December for the Journalism Education Association conference, report the event in Auckland was a stimulating one.

Molly BlairMolly Blair presented a paper based on her PhD research: "Crossing the divide: reflective accounts of journalists who write creative non-fiction". She explained that while creative non-fiction—a genre of writing based on the techniques of the fiction writer—has had a rocky relationship with journalism, the genres meet in a middle ground.

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MOVIES THAT MATTER

MICHAEL PLATZER BRIDGES GAP BETWEEN FACULTIES

Dr MichaelMichael Platzer & Rosita Dellios Platzer, Visiting Fellow in International Relations, is running in his Global Media course a series of Friday lunchtime movies in Cerum Theatre called Movies That Matter.

He is encouraging students from other parts of Humanities, especially the Centre for Film and Television, and from other faculties, including Law, Business and the Centre for Sustainable Development, to come and get involved.

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WHAT IS CUMULATIVE RAGE?

WAYNE PETHERICK PROBES CRIMINAL MINDS

SenioWayne Petherickr Teaching Fellow in Criminology Wayne Petherick was interviewed last month by the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Heather Brooking on the minds of murderers.

She was seeking comment on the case of Francisco Munoz, 63, who shot dead Brisbane property manager Rachael Myring, 23. He walked into the Elders Real Estate office at Logan, enraged after his account had been debited four weeks’ rent instead of two.

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FIELD STUDY AT FOOTBALL

Amelia Silvestri, Alisha EdwardsAmanda Freeman, Joanna WheatonPR CLASSES STUDY BRISBANE ROAR CROWD

Associate Prof. Maria Hopwood took her Public Relations classes to see the Brisbane Roar soccer club play. They had to survey an audience sample on what persuaded them to come to the game.

Jackie Lovett, Rachel Rosenberg

Chelsey Lutz, Biana Eydelman

Pictured: 1) Amanda Freeman & Joanna Wheaton 2) Amelia Silvestri & Alisha Edwards; 3) Chelsey Lutz & Biana Eydelman; 4) Jackie Lovett & Rachel Rosenberg.

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THIS ISSUE
BOND COLLEGE FOUNDATION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

HUMANITIES STUDENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

TOP STUDENTS HONOURED

JOURNALISM EDUCATORS IN NZ

MOVIES THAT MATTER

WHAT IS CUMULATIVE RAGE?

FIELD STUDY AT FOOTBALL

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SURGE IN ENROLMENTS

Humanities is doing well in the recruitment stakes this semester, with 294 commencing full degree enrolments compared with a target of 224 students. This is 29 per cent ahead of target.

Business Analyst in the Office of Recruitment Dwayne Kellart said international student acceptances so far this year were 98 compared with 73 at this time last year. Domestic acceptances this year were 241 compared with 171 a year ago.

China overtook Canada for the first time to become our largest full-degree market. Canada and the USA continue to strengthen in terms of numbers.

Study Abroad numbers dropped to 467 this year (536 last year).

 


MANDEI AND ROB HAVE A BABY GIRL

Faculty Quality Officer Mandei Singh and husband Rob have had their first baby, a girl—Saveena.  She was born on January 24 and weighed in at a sturdy 3.2 kilograms.

Mandei commented: "She takes after her dad. She has brown hair and brown eyes." Both were sure she was going to be a boy.

THESIS ON TIME WINS PRAISE

Dr Marilyn Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Communication, graduated last semester from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is pictured here with her doctoral supervisor, Dr Peter van Sommers.

Dr van Sommers is wearing classic Harvard doctoral gown and hood from where he graduated PhD in Psychology in 1963.

Dr Marilyn Mitchell & Dr Peter van Sommers

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