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Curtin Stadium

Curtin Stadium

The word is out - Curtin Stadium is now officially open for business and Curtin staff are encouraged to come down and take a tour. Recreation Staff are keen to show off the fantastic new facilities.

Curtin Stadium stand out features include the 42 pieces of Cardio Equipment in the main gym, an air-conditioned Spin Room and the exclusive Ladies Studio.

Cardio area Curtin Stadium
Cardio area - Curtin Stadium

2009 will provide even more health and well being opportunities with Les Mills Classes being introduced to the Group Fitness Program and Evening Social Sports offered in the new Sports Hall.

Indoor Sports will include Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball and Dodgeball. Recreation Services will also offer Outdoor Sports such as; Touch, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Netball and Beach Volleyball.

There are plenty of new and exciting things happening and Recreation Services are looking forward to "Shaping Your Future".

Please phone George or Faye on 9266-7870 to book your guided tour.

Careers Festival 2009

Careers Fair
Careers Fair 2008

The Curtin Careers Centre will be hosting a Career Festival from 4 - 6 March 2009. Included in the line-up of events are the annual Bentley Career Fair and three other fairs, each targeted at different industry sectors including the not-for-profit, health sciences and mining sectors. The expansion of the event has meant that the festival will be one of the most diverse of its kind with something in it for everyone.

All the fairs will be held at The Forum & Alcoa Court on the Bentley Campus with the exception of the Western Australian School of Mines fair that will be held at the Kalgoorlie Campus. The details of the festival are as follows:

  • Bentley Career Fair - 4 March; 11.30am - 3.30pm
  • Not-for-Profit Career and Volunteer Fair - 5 March; 11.30am - 3.30pm
  • Health Sciences Career Fair - 6 March; 9.30am - 1.30pm
  • Western Australian School of Mines - 6 March; 11am - 2pm

We hope to see you and your students there!

Curtin Ball - Saturday 25 July 2009

An invitation to 'Rock Around the Clock'

Please put this date in your diary:

Venue: Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom
Theme: 'Rock Around the Clock'
Cost: $100 per ticket
What you get: Great food, drinks, entertainment and company

2008 was a sellout so don't miss out ...

Feedback from Curtin Ball 2008:

"We absolutely loved the night - we had the best time and didn't want the evening to end".

"The decorations were lovely and the food and wine really nice, especially the champagne".

"I thought the music and the food was great and it was an excellent night".

Salary deduction

If you don't wish to pay for your Ball ticket/s in one payment,  Salary Deduction may be an option for you. Complete the 'Curtin Ball Deduction Authority' form from the Staff Services website -

On this form, you can elect to pay for 1 or 2 Ball tickets over a maximum of 5 pay periods OR have the full amount of the ticket/s taken out of your pay in 1 instalment.  The payments will be deducted from your pay each fortnight until the ticket/s are paid in full.

It is important that if you decide to utilise this option that you submit the form to Staff Services by Wednesday 8 April 2009.

Stay tuned for more information.

Office Professionals at Curtin (OPAC)

A positive experience

More than 100 Curtin staff attended the one-day 2008 Symposium organised by Office Professionals at Curtin (OPAC) held on 25 September at The Esplanade River Suites, Como.

Sponsored by the University - Are you going to move forward with Curtin? - planned to inform, engage, and inspire those who attended to improve the quality of their Curtin experience.

Bernie McKenna, responsible for the preparation of the AUQA audit, said the introduction to our symposium summed it up nicely: that all of us at Curtin - students and staff - impact on the quality of each other's experience, and it is up to us to make it a positive experience.

He was very pleased with staff's response and knowledge, as was demonstrated in part by a competition on AUQA (for delegates), won by Kye O'Donnell.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket addressing the OPAC delegates
Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket addressing the OPAC delegates

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jeanette Hacket, reiterated her vision for Curtin to improve the University's standing in relation to research, teaching and learning.

Director of Staff Services, Bill Ryan good-humouredly - and in the only way a psychologist can - got everyone thinking about their career path at Curtin and taking steps to ensure it was an achievable goal.

Madiha Bux, explained the intricacies of the strategic plan, its development, and showed why planning is important to Curtin's future success.





L-R Denise Griffiths, Helen Walters receiving a potato from Sue Shephard and Kathy Wilson.
L-R Denise Griffiths, Helen Walters receiving a potato from Sue Shephard and Kathy Wilson


As 2008 is the International Year of the Potato, fun topics included a "Guess the Potato" competition which was a lot harder than anyone expected, and a lively talk from one brave lecturer, Denise Griffiths, on how she obtained a grant to teach Curtin international students to cook. (OPAC donated 20 kg of potatoes that were cooked up gleefully by her students the next day.) Physical relief was provided with a demonstration and practice in the art of T'ai Chi.

Professor Dora Marinova gave a comprehensive outline of the activities of the new Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, based in Fremantle. Her talk included the Curtin City concept for the Bentley Campus.  Dora advised how sustainability can be everyone's responsibility and concluded by waving a recycled tyre and car parts - her pencil case and pen.

Professor Linda Kristjanson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor R&D and OPAC’s Patron.
Professor Linda Kristjanson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor R&D and OPAC's Patron.

Last, but certainly not least, Professor Linda Kristjanson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of R&D and OPAC's Patron, inspired us with her discussion on work-life balance using anecdotes from her own life.

The night ended with a dinner at which Anita Lee Hong, Director of Centre for Aboriginal Studies, gave an interesting and amusing anecdote of her sojourn to the Big Apple at a United Nations Permanent Forum.

Security alerts

  • Try to have essential items like keys, phone, access cards, in different places;
  • Carry only just enough cash in handbag and be prepared to give it up;

Should you be accosted, call 131 444 or 1300 00 4444 immediately with a description which will help the Cannington Police to apprehend quickly.

Understanding Banking

Kerry Boyle from Student Central Fees Centre has written a book which is to be promoted to students during "O" week Semester 1 2009, including a presentation to the International Office Aus Aid students.The book is called Understanding Banking and is a basic guide for people unfamiliar with banking practices such as:

  • Opening an account
  • What documents are required to open an account
  • What causes fees
  • How to minimise fees
  • What cheques are and how to present them

The book came about after 17 years in the banking industry and the realisation that there were a lot of people young and old that had no or little understanding of the very basics of banking. A chance conversation put Kerry in touch with Amy Dawson, First Year Experience co-ordinator, who believes the book will be very beneficial to international and rural students.

The book costs $10 and is available at the Curtin Bookshop or by contacting Kerry at

Curtin fundraisers for charity

Volunteers helping on Daffodil Day
Curtin volunteers working hard on Daffodil Day

Congratulations and thanks to Curtin students, staff and community who have generously contributed to the following charities in 2008:

  • World's Great Shave - Leukaemia Foundation - $14,000
  • Princess Margaret Hospital for Children - $2500
  • Make A Wish Foundation - $5000
  • Association for the Blind - Guide Dogs WA - $1500
  • Daffodil Day (Cancer Foundation) - $4445
  • Wheelchairs for Kids - $300
  • Parkerville Children's Home - Mother's Day raffle - $300
  • Parkerville Children's Home Christmas gifts

University Challenge

World's Greatest Shave- Leukaemia Foundation - 12 March 2009





Brave participants at World's Greatest Shave 2008
Having a great time!


Curtin has entered the University Challenge - yes, we are competing against the other WA universities to see who can raise the most money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Interested in helping? - then consider shaving or colouring your hair.

Snip off event details:

Date: Thursday 12 March 2009
Where: Outside Unicredit, Curtin
Time: Between 11am and 2pm.

Hairdressers from Curtin's Fringe Benefits will be ready with their clippers and colours!

Great carnival atmosphere - come along and see the locks fall off and the colour put on!

Every hour of every day someone in Australia is diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. The money you raise from the Leukaemia Foundation World's Greatest Shave will directly support patients and their families when they need it most.


Maureen Meredith, Student and Community Development Coordinator
Office: Curtin Hub, Bld 599
Phone 9266 2118 / 0401103154


Movember is an annual charity event held in the month of November. At the start of the month clean shaven men begin to grow and groom a Mo, raising money along the way to support men's health issues - like prostate cancer and male depression.

This year a team from Student Central, along with a team from Digital Media Unit (D Mo U) and START, decided to lend their faces to the cause.

Geordie Frost (winner of The Ultimo – Best Office Mo)
Geordie Frost - winner of The Ultimo - Best Office Mo

Nick's Mo
Nick Leigh - winner of The Mo Mo - Most money raised as an individual

"But why?" you may ask -

The Facts

Prostate Cancer: Every year 2,900 men die from prostate cancer and over 18,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease.
Depression in men: One in six men experience depression at any given time but most don't seek help.

With these important issues in mind the teams managed to raise over $1000 in donations. DMU had a charity screening of the new Bond flick Quantum of Solace at Hoyts Carousel on 24 November, which was successful in adding to that total. PLUS the first ever MOffice party was held at Student Central in honour of the month of Movember.

Mo Cake (made by Genelle De Petra)
Mo Cake - made by Genelle De Petra

Community News came to cover the story and get more information on the DMU movie fundraiser at the same time. Another $105 was raised at the MOffice party and some of the Mo Bros were lucky enough to walk away with their very own prizes.

Thanks to all who participated in Movember 2008 and here's hoping that this becomes a major event at Curtin every year.


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