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I come to the community life role with a varied background. I grew up on a farm on the northern Wheatbelt of WA, leaving there to study veterinary science, medicine and surgery at Murdoch University. I worked as a vet for several years before deciding I was more interested in people than animals! I took up a job offer to work at Muresk institute of agriculture as a lecturer in 1988, later becoming undergraduate coordinator and then head of department. I have a keen interest in developing educational communities, in students and in equity issues. I have just been appointed to Associate Director of Community Life at Curtin, with responsibility for developing the service abroad progam, John Curtin Leadership Academy and Curtin Volunteers!.
Gary Hepworth

With the departure of the effervescent Janet Pearce Curtin University has been lucky enough to find a replacement in Michelle Priest. Excited and organised, Michelle is an asset to the Graduations team and has had great success with the recent graduations ceremonies.

Pauline Ferguson joined Curtin as part of the University Admissions Centre (UAC) for something new, challenging and closer to home! She spent many years at UWA working invarious departments and faculties but we're now lucky to have her as part of the team.

Sidha Pandian also joined Curtin as part of the UAC. Born in Singapore, she came to Perth at the age of five. Sidha has worked in many different fields and does volunteer work in her spare time. Now she calls the UAC home, which she describes as both a positive and exciting change.

The Customer Management Unit, Corporate Communications welcomed Chiraag Shah as a new Customer Service Officer (Specialist Advisor) to the Team in September. Chiraag is orginally from ECU Student Services and joined Curtin in Staff Services in 2007 before moving to the International Office where he advised international future students for several months before accepting his appointment to the new Future Students Centre.

The Customer Management Unit also welcomed Tim Hurley as the new CRM System Administrator in the new Future Students Centre in November. Tim returned to Perth this year with his family who have been living in Canada for some time as he is Canadian and his wife is originally from WA. Tim is not missing the cold winter and is enjoying the lovely weather we have been having but says he's not sure if he is looking forward to the summer as he's heard a lot about how hot it gets!

Wes Cutajar
Online Communications coordinator
Alumni Relations
Development and External Relations

Wes Cutajar
Wes Cutajar in the Japanese Garden at Bentley Campus

Wes Cutajar is a 'south of the river boy' who grew up in Parkwood as an only child.

Immediately after high school Wes tried his hand at amateur acting for the theatre company Act one, Scene One on Chicago, as well as the Safety House Association.

He then moved to Melbourne and while studying part-time worked with Jeans West in retail web coordination.

"I like hitting targets as well in the retail jobs - it was always fun," Wes Cutajar says.

Although Wes was a big fan of Melbourne, he couldn't turn down the opportunity of returning to Perth. Right on target, Wes moved from Melbourne to Perth, to take up a job with Betts launching their three online stores.

He then joined Curtin as the Online Communications Coordinator with Alumni Relations where he is currently working on a new project called CurtinLINK online.

"CurtinLINK online is a new project being developed that will allow alumni to log in to event registrations, to have a profile on themselves and connect with their old peers via an alumni directory," he says.

Wes is also completing a Curtin marketing and e-commerce degree and in his spare time studying for his Certificate 3 of Fitness with the Fitness Institute of Australia.

"I love working at Curtin," Wes says. "I find my job challenging, even though I'm not meeting targets yet because CurtinLINK Online is still being developed."

When he's not working and studying at Curtin, Wes likes to hang out with friends, play on his computer and listen to music.

"I'm a bit of a computer geek. I like to go to the gym, and just catch up with friends."

Profile on Wes Cutajar was done by work experience student from Penrhos, Kate McGuinness


Kevin McKenna, retiring from Curtin
Professor Kevin McKenna

At the end of October, Professor Kevin McKenna retired from his position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor International. He had many years experience in international education, initially focussing on Curtin Business School offshore operations in Asia when he was the CBS Director, Planning & Quality and Executive Dean. He then spent five years as Pro Vice-Chancellor Curtin Sarawak, where he was responsible for the initiation and development of Curtin's campus in Miri, Malaysia. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, Professor Kevin McKenna has overall responsibility for the University's 17,000 international students, approximately half of whom are on campus, and half off-shore with various partner institutions.

Shevaune Espinos will be waving Curtin goodbye to hit the dry, dusty dirt of the outback. After spending what we're sure feels like an eternity to her, in a variety of different areas across Student Central, Shevy will be hitting the road with her new hubby Mark Robinson (see the Chatter Box for more info) to see what the great, wide expanse of Australia has to offer the weary traveller. We wish you all the best for your travels and hope that you'll remember to come and visit us sometime!


Welcome back to Irina Mueller. Irina left Student Central last year to hang out in Finance but couldn't resist the opportunity to come back into the fold so is now in the new position of Manager, Student Administration and Reporting, looking after both the Quality & Reporting Unit and Customer Service Unit (CSU) at Student Central.

Well, we get one staff member back from Finance just to trade them for another! Mike Seah has gone on secondment to Finance for six months. You'll be sorely missed at Student Central Mikey!

Jo Cullinane has temporarily come up from the dungeon to hang out with the Quality & Reporting crew for six months, who are very happy to have her on board.

Kayla Polak shifted from the UAC to the eServices team. After 2 years with the UAC establishing and working on the RPL Precedent project she decided to try something different and has so far been busy and excited in her new role of Student eServices Officer (Web Content) - working on the Student Central Web content for 500+ Web pages!!

Stephanie Breen has shifted in to the Examinations area from Executive in Student Central and both Geordie Frost and Rhian Mavros have moved from across the University to join Student Central in Exams and ATU respectively. So far they've all been doing a great job and we hope they are enjoying the new challenges!

Michael Taggart is leaving Student Systems at Student Central this week and will take up a new position over at Properties. Best of luck in the new job!

Cheerio to Sandra Rives and Sharon Woodfield from Student Central. As International Student Advisors (ISAs) they are now located in the refurbished Hayman Hall. Best of luck in your new home!



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