Welcome to the first Faculty newsletter for 2011 heralding what is sure to be another successful year for Humanities and Social Sciences at Bond.
During this semester we held a highly successful Dean’s Awards evening on 11 February celebrating the academic achievement of our students from the final semester of 2010. The evening was attended by almost four hundred members of the Faculty community including students, friends, family, sponsors and staff.
The Centre for East West Cultural and Economic Studies was granted a generous donation of $1 million to assist with the Centre’s research. This generous donation was officially recognised at the Centre’s inaugural public discussion forum on “Mindfulness” which was held on 15 February and chaired by one of the centre’s key academics, Dharma Master Heng Chih.
Congratulations must also go to Dr Penny De Byl who recently won a curriculum design competition for the development of a new mobile games course, to Claire Ferguson whose PhD in Criminology has been approved in time for her to graduate at the end of this semester and Dr James Birt who formed part of a team that launched an e-book based application on an anatomical study of the human heart.
The Faculty’s dedication to all areas of community, student, professional and research engagement is apparent throughout the newsletter, underpinning the commitment of the Faculty, and indeed the University, to the development of not only its students, but also the wider community.
Raoul Mortley, AO
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
BOND UNIVERSITY FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS (BUFTA) ROADSHOW
Mr Steve Guttormsen hit the road during March and April to present the annual Roadshow for the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA).
Visiting schools in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, Steve held presentations on the awards in conjunction with workshops on lighting, sound, editing and the development of storylines. These workshops form an integral part of helping students to adapt their unique stories to the dynamic field of film and television. Each session concluded with a viewing of last year’s winning BUFTA film. Steve will visit schools in and around Perth in May.
The BUFTA competition opens on May 2. For information on criteria, how to enter, categories and more visit www.bond.edu.au/bufta.
DEANS AWARDS 103
On Friday February 11, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Professor Raoul Mortley welcomed almost 400 students and guests to the Cerum Theatre, for the 2010 September semester Dean’s Awards ceremony.
265 awards were presented on the evening to the top achieving students across all subjects in the Faculty, as well as those students who made the Dean’s and Vice-Chancellors’ Lists of Academic Excellence.
Award recipients and guests gathered in the Princeton Room after the ceremony to enjoy a supper reception.
The Faculty would like to again congratulate the award winning students and also extend a sincere thank you to our valued sponsors listed below:
· Australian Psychological Society Limited
· Behaviour Analysis and Consulting Services
· Behavioural Science Research Company
· Bond University Applied Linguistics Department
· Bond University Book Shop
· Bond University English Language Institute
· Bond University Latin Society
· Bond University School of Humanities
· Dr Betty Headley
· Elsevier Australia
· Global Gossip
· Graduate Women QLD Inc. – Gold Coast Branch
· Gregory Technologies
· Humanities Students' Association
· Interactive Games & Entertainment Assoc
· Mandy Grenby Memorial Fund
· Maree Hall Memorial Fund
· Public Relations Institute of Australia
· SMART Inc.
· The Hat Store
· The Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company
· United Nations Association of Australia (Qld)
· Varsity Lakes Financial Services Ltd Bendigo Bank
· VideoPro Australia
· World Travel Professionals
MAJOR DONATION MAKES WAY FOR “MINDFULNESS”
On Wednesday 9 March, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies hosted an inaugural public discussion forum on “Mindfulness”.
Chaired by the Dharma Master, Heng Chih and supported by the Centre’s generous benefactor, Mr Alan Chan, the seminar on “Mindfulness” was attended by a broad spectrum of the Bond community including general staff, academics and external guests.
A number of key concepts were explored including “Using the mind to seal the mind” and “If it is not proper then do not look at it, do not listen to it and do not speak it” before a lively philosophical discussion ensued that was moderated by Heng Chih and Alan Chan.
This open forum also provided an opportunity to recognise the generous contribution made by Mr Alan Chan to the Centre and will hopefully be a cornerstone for future events of a similar nature run by the Faculty and the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies.
After three months of extensive building work, renovations have recently been completed on Levels 1 and 2 of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences side of the Arch Building. The renovations provided a fresh outlook to many existing offices and reconfigured other administration spaces to incorporate a new meeting room and storage areas.
Work will soon commence on the reconfiguration of the old Psychology Clinic to house both the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) and the Bond University Graduate School of Research (BUGSR).
The Psychology Clinic is newly located on the ground level of Building 4 and staff now have the use of new consultation rooms, a teaching classroom, observation rooms and an updated learning library.
|WHERE A HSS DEGREE TAKES YOU |
CARLY FIGHTS THE GOOD FIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE
When Carly Sheehan graduated with a degree in International Relations at Bond University in 2002, she went straight to Canberra with her qualifications in hand and an eagerness to work in a government role as a foreign officer. Once she arrived however, she was faced with the harsh reality that obtaining work in those roles was scarce and fiercely competitive.
Carly returned to university, completing a Master of International Affairs at the Australian National University while working in an Australian Government department unrelated to her field. Following her graduation, Carly began working for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID,) an agency that coordinates a non-government organisation lobby which helped individual groups to achieve a common voice. At ACFID Carly liaised with a number of people who were employed in international non-government organisations involved with the coordination of medical aid, securing food and water and in the reconstruction efforts after large natural disasters or political problems.
Realising that her true passion involved work overseas, Carly applied for a role in the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program. She was successful and was posted to Bangladesh with CARE Bangladesh to assess the impact of projects and report on these for the purposes of internal learning and promotion to donors.
After her stint in Bangladesh concluded, Carly was transferred to the politically troubled region of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines to work as a field monitor for the UN World Food Programme. In a harrowing environment of weapons and kidnapping, Carly worked under the occasional sounds of mortar shelling and gunfire to monitor the distribution of food supplies to remote and desperate communities of displaced people to ensure that those most in need received a regular supply of rice.
Unperturbed by her life in Mindanao, Carly moved on to Lebanon where she was employed with a handful of international aid workers and hundreds of Palestinian refugees by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in a large, multi-pronged project to restore essential services after military conflict displaced a group of almost 30,000 refugees. The sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort was overwhelming. In the course of clearing rubble, aid workers trying to re-establish accommodation, clean drinking water, sanitation and electricity also had to contend with omnipresent land mines hidden around the site. Carly’s role was to prepare reports to donors, train local staff and prepare proposals for future donations.
From Lebanon, Carly was deployed to Pakistan through the esteemed Australian NGO, RedR (Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief) to work for UNICEF. Their focus was to deliver aid across the flood ravaged country. Approximately twenty million people were affected after the gargantuan Indus River broke its banks during the northern monsoon season. From her office in Islamabad, Carly regularly updated donors on the progress of the relief effort, developed fact sheets and streamlined information processes. During her stay in Pakistan, Carly was sent on a field trip to the Sindh region where she visited a centre for malnourished children. She found the experience very confronting. “While I was there I met a lady caring for her seven month old infant who weighed only five pounds. The workers at the centre measure the upper arms of the children to determine their levels of malnutrition. I met one five month old child that had an upper arm circumference of only seven centimetres, when the bottom of the healthy range is 12 centimetres,” recounted Carly.
Carly is currently working for Oxfam Great Britain as a roving Information Manager, a role new to the organisation. From her base in Australia, she has already been sent to Mexico and Guatemala to train field officers. Where she goes next is up to Oxfam and the world’s hotspots.
ESPRESSO ESSENTIAL CAMPAIGN – SHORT VIDEO WINNER ANNOUNCED
A number of Film and Television students recently entered short films in a competition to market one of Australia’s fastest growing franchises, “Espresso Essential – Coffee for Life”. From the four that entered, the final winner was determined by the amount of Youtube votes their film received.
The short film Coffee Breakdown, created by Andrea Cordova, Vanessa Kellett, Jamie Parfitt and Michael Porter, was the final winner of the competition. The production team included Milan Gandhi, Caitlin Willcox and a raft of other students.
Winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner hosted by the Essential Brands Group on 2 March. The winning video can be seen on YouTube on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxZKXJX3CCU
BOND STUDENTS TAKE OUT BEST STUDENT PRODUCTION PRIZE IN THE OPTUS 180 COMPETITION
A group of Bond current film and television students and alumni have taken out the 2011 Optus 180 prize for best student production.
Each year the large telecommunications company, runs a short film competition in conjunction with MTV and Event Cinemas. Entries to the competition have to be one hour long with a 180 second pilot. A series of finalists are then selected by some of Australia’s leading Film and Television Industry figures. In the most recent competition, the judges included David Wenham, Joel Edgerton and Kat Stewart.
Neon a film about a brilliant 21 year old criminology student who leads a double life as one of the Gold Coast’s most prolific drug traffickers, was created by the group of Bond film and television students and alumni. From a pool of hundreds of entered films, Neon won the student prize for best production. Directed by Milan Gandhi, Neon took out the overall student prize of $5,000 which was shared by Milan with his team – Cameron Suardana, Shane Kang, Kelly Chen, Mason Hoffman, Shanan Hound Withers, Jas Gill, Lawrence Cercone, Dipesh Parmar, the cast and rest of the crew. Other prizes awarded to the team included a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a Samsung Galaxy S Handset with a $30 Optus SIM Card pack.
DR PENNY DE BYL WINS CURRICULUM COMPETITION
Dr Penny De Byl recently won almost $75,000 in android mobile phones and Unity Software for the Faculty through the Unity Technologies Great Education Giveaway. Participants were asked to submit example curriculum and record two short video lectures demonstrating Unity on an Android device. Dr De Byl received the award for her clean and concise content which focussed on android specific development. Judges from the competition included prominent industry figures and electronic education specialists from Europe and USA.
The announcement of Dr De Byl’s win, made to over 255,000 members of the gaming community, has elevated the profile of Bond’s games development courses and has exposed our capability to a broader, international community.
ANATOMICAL TEXTBOOK TURNS INTERACTIVE – BOND UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS DEVELOP 3D HEART MODEL FOR IPADS
On Tuesday 8 March, Dr James Birt and Assistant Professor Allan Stirling held an official launch of their new 3D iPad app that describes the function and dynamics of the human heart. Aimed at taking the content of an anatomical textbook one step further, the 3D human heart which, when launched, can be used by students to examine a heart from every angle, is poised to revolutionise the way anatomy is taught. Instead of looking at two dimensional, lateral views of a human heart, students can now control their view and study the anatomical structures of the heart at greater depth.
The heart, which is now ready for deployment onto iPads, was developed using 3DS Max and Unity 3D. The comprehensive information contained in the e-book is a perfect example of the way that Bond is diversifying the delivery of education across its faculties.
THE LA TEAM - BOND STUDENTS' JOURNEY TO THE US ADAPTED FOR FILM
Ever wondered what happens when students graduate and try to crack the big time in the City of Angels? Bond University graduates Sall Grover and Emma Jensen have recently had their highly popular blog, describing their various exploits in Los Angeles adapted for television. In numerous hilarious encounters Em and Sall describe their day to day lives as they explore love, sex and relationships in the city that gave birth to Hollywood.
In addition to developing the TV series, Sall and Emma are currently working on the sequel to the THE LA TEAM, while writing their daily blog www.thelateamonline.com and are also developing a number of feature films.
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