Social St. Albert’s College SCR Quarterly Academia Term 2, 2008 Volume 3, issue 2 Community A Message from the SCR President Inside this issue: keep things rolling along night or ask Pip before we are holding a cocktail hand), see how we can help party on the 6th May. with the 40th celebrations in Albies Alumnus 2 Wonderful cocktails, beer 09 and have a quick look at and wine will be on sale using some of our funds to New SCR in 2008 3 and the normal huge plates support students and of nibbles will be on offer. maybe spruce up the SCR a Student News 4 Please come along, catch little. Dr Paul Frazier up with friends and support 2008 President the SCR. Term 2 also signifies the Academic Results 5 start of the rugby and Welcome to term 2. I trust Immediately, prior to the netball seasons. As usual everyone is well and that cocktail party (5.45-6.30 in our teams are looking Parents Weekend 6 the students are getting the SCR) we are holding a strong and are likely to down to some serious general meeting of the perform well. Loud and study at the pointy end of SCR, so I guess you can see biased support from SCR is SCR Activities 7 the semester. that the party is a very always welcome so turn up lightly camouflaged bribe and have a yell. College Matters 8 Firstly, I’d like to thank the to get you to come to the SCR for raising $2200 in first general meeting for I am also very pleased to the fundraising bucket for 2008. announce that we have 15 Albies Graduates 8 the two boys riding for new members. Too many charity. A good effort and Our agenda is simple and to list here but if you see a the boys send their sincere straightforward I’d like us new face at a function, thanks. to have a look at the SCR make sure to say g’day. constitution (yes we have Term 2 is a bit of a quiet one in draft form, copies All the best. term for the SCR so to will be available on the Paul Frazier Our Students in Print... Dylan Duncan, Amy Watt and ex-Albies resident Kathleen Marshall travelled to the US to attend the Meat Judging National American Competition held at the Denver Stock Show, Colorado. Our students were among the only five students selected nationwide to represent Australia in the USA. This is quite a coup for Albies as over 80 tertiary students from across Australia competed for a place in the Australian Team. For the final cherry on top, Dylan took out the Junior Beef Judging Competition and Amy & Kathleen finished in the top 20 overall. Kathleen Marshall, Dylan Duncan & Amy Watt Braeden Donnelly’s essay on comparative federalism took out 2nd place in the 2007 Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Competition. Over 700 undergraduate students nationwide submitted essays choosing from a range of nine possible topics. Braeden chose one that required him to analyse contrasting patterns in the development of federalism in Canada and Australia, and suggest lessons that nations like Iraq might draw from such an analysis when contemplating the introduction of a federal system. Braeden accepted his award in March from the Governor-General, Dr Jim Maher (Lecturer) & Major Michael Jeffery at Admiralty House. Braeden Donnelly Nat Groves & Matt Shepherd, residents of Albies between 2003 & 2006 recently completed a mammoth charity bike ride across the Nullarbor to raise funds for ParaQuad NSW. The two completed the trek on schedule departing from Fremantle WA on 27 February and arriving in Bondi, NSW on 20 March. If that wasn’t enough they then held a fundraising dinner that evening at St Ignatius College, Riverview. Overall they raised over $35,000 and still counting. Both were inspired by two of their Nat Groves & mates that now face life-challenging hurdles due to spinal cord injury. Matt Shepherd SCR Quarterly Page 2 Albies Alumnus—Greg Eddy (Student Years 1978-1981) Greg Eddy was a student of St Albert’s College between 1978 and 1981 and was our Dean of Students between 1991 & 1995. Here are some of Greg’s recollections of his time with us: Funniest memory of College: Hosting on Top E what Fr Hallinan (Master at the time) called “the most outrageous” party he had ever seen at Albies. Best lesson learnt at College: Be careful when hosting outrageous parties. What did you learn at College that has served you through life? How important those years are for developing friendships and experiences for later life. Best advice you received from College: Fr Hallinan was an outstanding man (and still is). By his very example he taught me many valuable lessons. Are you still in contact with any of your old College friends: Yes – quite a few and I enjoy catching up with people when we have our annual “reunion” in Brisbane at the end of a year. TD has done a great job getting that organized and it would be good if more came along. Favourite meal at College: Not a favourite but the funniest – In 1980, Dulcify was the favourite for the Melbourne Cup. In the home stretch Dulcify broke down and later had to be shot on course. That evening’s dinner was impossible to describe and TD (Tony Dennis), quick witted as always, christened it “Dulcify Pie”. Favourite social activity: A night at the Grand Hotel Extra curricular activities: Most PT sports and a very average Rugby player – great claim to fame was being “Vatican All Star” of the year in my final year. Life since Albies: ∗ 1982-1990: I taught at St Stanislaus College . I was Head of History for the last four years, spent some time as Housemaster and coached swimming and the Ist XV (1987-1990) – I was a better coach than a player!! I completed a Masters degree externally through UNE and enjoyed calling in on the College while there for an external school. ∗ 1990: Fr Kevin Sunders (Master at Albies) asked me if I would be interested in the Dean’s position. I started in May of that year and spent four years as Dean. It was the best decision I ever made. I soon met my wife (Thérèse Comerford had just returned to Armidale to teach at TAS). Terry, as she was better known, was at Mary White from 1979-1982 and while we had many friends in common we hadn’t met before). We were introduced by Peter Cunich at an Albies Reunion in September 1991 and were married in January 1993. Our three sons James (14), Nicholas (12) and Luke (10) were all born in Armidale and were all baptized by different Dominicans (Fathers Saunders, Mutlow and Foote). ∗ 1995: I was appointed Master at Earle Page College and served on the University Council for a year in 1998-99. ∗ Towards the end of 1999, I was appointed Principal and CEO at Dunmore Lang College, an independent College within Macquarie University. During those years I completed a Company Directors’ Course and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. ∗ Late 2004: I was appointed Master and Chief Executive at King’s College within The University of Queensland and have just commenced my fourth year in that role. Thérèse spends two days each week working for the College’s Foundation and our three sons are all at Marist College Ashgrove. We wish Greg all the best and hope he returns once again to Albies for our 40 year reunion in 2009. KINGS COLLEGE Page 3 Volume 3, issue 2 New SCR in 2008 Mr Charlie & Mrs Maria Allen Charlie holds a B. Science, DipEd and GradCert in Religious Education and is a qualified teacher of high school Maths. Charlie is married to Maria and they have 3 children, know grown. Mr John & Mrs Janet Kauter John & Janet have 3 children, daughter Patricia Kauter attended Albies in 1999, and they’re other daughter will be applying for Albies in 2009. He is currently the UNE Student Recruitment Manager and UNE Alumnus – MBA 2000, he is a member of the Pathways Working Party and sits on the Online Courses Committee. Janet is a Registered Nurse specialising in Theatre, Gastroenterology and general. Ms Jo McRae Jo is an Albies alumnus an attended Albies in 1992. She graduated with a B. Social Science and has experience in project management, management, service development & community development. She worked and lived in Western NSW for 10 years. Jo is married to Lindsay and has 2 children. She is currently the Year 1 Manager at the School of Rural Medicine commencing in October 2007. Lindsay works as an agronomist for Richardson’s Agricultural. Mr Nick Flood Nick is a recent Albies alumnus attending Albies between 2003 & 2006. He graduated with a B. Education (Primary) and is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration. Nick works as a Schools Liaison Officer with Marketing and Public Affairs. Dr Darren Ryder Darren holds a PhD in Natural Resouce Management and Aquatic Ecology. Is a Post Doctoral Fellow (ARC) at Charles Sturt Univers- sity (Wagga) - worked as a Lecturer for UNE in 2003 and then Senior Lecturer in 2006. Darren grew up around Kalgoorlie (WA), went to boarding school in Perth. Tried his hand at mining after leaving high school, driving trucks and shotfiring. Then went to college for 2 years doing forestry - became a forester in WA. Left that and went to ECU and became interested in freshwater. Did honours & PhD at ECU, then off to CSU in Wagga for Postdoctoral work, then to UNE in 2003. As such, I have very diverse interest, expertise & skills. Dr Karl Vernes Karl is a Senior Lecturer in vertebrate ecology, scientific writing skills, data analysis and presentation skills and skills in experimental design. Karl holds a B, Science, M. Science & PhD graduate from James Cook Uni, and completed a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship in Canada before joining Ecosystem Management at UNE in 2003. Karl is married and has 3 children. Mr Anthony & Mrs Suzanne Fern Suzanne is the Principle of St Mary’s Primary School. She holds a B. Education and DipEd from the Catholic College of Education. She also holds a M. Ed from Deakin University and M. Educational Leadership from ACU. She is married to Anthony who has also completed a B. Education and DipEd through CCE and is currently working at St Mary of the Angels School, Guyra. Suzanne & Anthony have three children and only moved to Armidale in 2008. Ms Vicki Anderson Vicki is currently the Director of Human Resource Services at UNE and is new to the Armidale region. Mr Stuart & Mrs Katrina George Stuart & Katrina manage Peterson’s Winery specialising in cool climate wines. They currently plant Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Their first harvest was in 2002. The historic home 'Palmerston' built in 1911 was restored in line with the architecture of the original home and transformed into Peterson’s Guesthouse, which Stuart and Katrina also run in conjunction with the winery. Mr Darren & Mrs Leanne Thomas Darren & Leanne manage the Wicklow Hotel in Armidale. The Wicklow has been a part of Armidale since 1852 and is the New England region’s oldest licensed establishment. Mr Rob & Mrs Lou Tindale Rob Tindale is a physiotherapist in Armidale and is also the New England Physiotherapist for NIAS (Northern Inland Academy of Sport) and is married to Lou Tindale. Dr Chris & Mrs Gennie Gittoes Chris is a GP based in Tamworth and his wife Gennie is the Regional Service Manager for NSW Farmers Association On behalf of the Senior Common Room and the students of St. Albert’s College, we extend a very warm welcome to all our new members this year. We look forward to having you as part of our family. SCR Quarterly Page 4 Student News Resident Support Team (RST) Leadership During the week prior to O’Week the RST set broad goals for the year ahead. The main goal is to increase college spirit and participation in all facets of college life. During first term there have been numerous MB and PT events, which is the inter-college sporting competition. These events have been keenly attended by our students; however we will be aiming to improve on that again throughout the year. We have also had two SFK events in first term with encouraging results. The College support and support from SCR members at these events was extremely encouraging. We held a combined RST/SCR BBQ at Paul & Cheryl Campbell’s woolshed, this allowed RST members to get to know the SCR members, which was an enjoyable occasion and one that should be implemented annually. On the whole, this term has been extremely hectic for the RST, nevertheless extremely rewarding. The Charlie Mill RST are doing a fantastic job in leading by example and ensuring that the College runs efficiently and Senior Resident Advisor smoothly. The RST has really worked well as a team and have had no trouble working on the same wavelength on particular issues. As the term draws to a close and an important term ahead, we now shift our focus to our academic endeavours. Academic Our Academic Advisors have spearheaded the academic support program in their relevant faculties, also being greatly assisted by Charlie’s team of RAs. Through this academic program, the student body will benefit from having a more cohesive and extensive academic support team to act as a supplement to up- top tutorage. Introductory session have already been completed which has ensured that freshers know who their relevant AA is and in what ways they can be of service to them. A number of subject specific sessions have also been run especially in problem subjects and where we feel the freshers are struggling. The AA team has also made themselves available for one on one support through their open door policy. The AA’s have reported that freshers have been making valuable use of this policy and are continuing to improve as they gain a better understanding of what is required of them at university. Luke Volker Senior Academic Advisor In 2008, the academic support team are looking to become more involved with the SCR members who are more than willing to volunteer to help out with academic tutorial sessions. The SCR members can offer students a vast array of support thorugh their knowledge and experiences and this year AA team plans to take advantage of that. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Dr John Flynn who is currently meeting and working with the new medical students on a regular basis to ensure the medical school’s success. Sports Club St. Albert’s College was successful in wining the annual rugby fresher match against Robb College for the sixth consecutive year as well as winning the fresher netball match. On 29 March, Albies too on SCU Bathurst in 3 grades and were victorious in colts and 2nd grade, however, were outclassed in first grade. During the term the annual Southwell-Hannaford memorial rugby match was played against Narrabri, which saw Albies narrowly defeated, the support from the students was outstanding. Dave Liuzzo Junior Common Room Sports Club President This year has started off well with a very enjoyable and successful O’Week. This week saw the JCR executive and committees in full flight with helping freshers to settle in to organising a fun packed week full of social functions. Parents commented on how well they were welcomed by the sea of JCR yellow shirts and how it made them very happy. SFK started the year in excellent style with the Albies public speaking competition going off with a bang thanks to Ollie Loveday. The theatre sports event came away with a credible 2nd—thanks goes to Andrew Burke, Chris Monkton, Pip Henry, Jessi le Brocq, Dan Stephen and Nicole Findlay. Albies had the largest crowds at both of these events demonstrating our growing support for the SFK. The men’s and women’s PT/MB sporting competitions has seen a huge involvement across the term. We have had some outstanding results in some of these events particularly in the rugby 10s and the 3000m and 5000m. St Albert’s College has decided to support the drought relief fund and we feel this charity is very relevant for the area and its relation to the residents at College. Early next term the College will be involved in the Tom Cullen Red Shield Door Knock Appeal where the money will go towards drought affected families. Albies Junior Common Room President students also attended the Campus to City Canter raising funds for the local SES. The College team in 2nd overall in the UNE division. Page 5 Volume 3, issue 2 Academic Results—S2 2007—We’ve done it again... 5 HIGH DISTINCTION AVERAGES 50 DISTINCTION AVERAGES 111 CREDIT AVERAGES CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR STUDENTS ON THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS High Distinction Average Fiona Congdon Aimee Grace Sandra Huntly-Nott Rebecca Parnell Karina McCullough Distinction Average Sarah Abrahamse Susannah Dillon Fiona Jamieson Jesse Smith Fiona Biddle Braeden Donnelly Ashley Johnston Michael Smith Andrew Brigden Dan Drum Caroline Laurie Kirby Stacey Gillian Burke Rodney Dunlop James Maltby Megan Star Sarah-Jane Byrnes Mishelle Fealy Carla McBride Dan Stephen Jacob Chandler Nicole Findlay Charlie Mill Wendy Thomas Sarah Christianson Amanda Gaukroger Joseph Miller Connor van den Berg Skye Cochrane Jessica Gill Dan Murphy Luke Volker Bradley Condon Sally Hatton Shelly Piper Suz Walker Andrea Conn Casey Hazlewood Michelle Rafferty Dan Whale Philip Davis Sarah Heagney Tim Salmon Sarah-Jane Wilkin Anna Dawson Jodie Ireland Megan Sinderberry Ella Williams Credit Average Dave Allen Michael Doolan Tahnee Laycock Karly Rixon Samantha Allgood Dylan Duncan Pippie Lee Anna Robinson Bourtney atkins Sarah Dutton Sally Leedham Prue Roddy Emma Baker Josh Easter Dave Liuzzo Rebecca Ryan Emily banfield Corrina Eyles Abbey MacPherson Zoe Saunders Kai Barnes Andrew Falk Chaddy Mardini Will Schiller James Bartley Alicia Fehily Coreena Martin Matthew Sharp Elyse Beck Tom Flynn Jason Martin Carly Sims Jessica Beitz Isaac Foley Rowena McDonald Emily Southwell Nicholas Berry Fiona Gill Belinda McGilchrist Adam Stacey Kirra Bogan Emma Gillogly Melanie McGilchrist Lewis Sweet Jess Bower Luke Gleeson Richard McGuire Sandy Taylor Laura Boyle Lindsay Gunther Jessica McMahon Ben Thomas Michael Boyle Melinda Gurd Sam Montgomery Chris Thomas Belinda Brien Roxann Hall Scotney Moore Erin Thompson Matt Browning Georgina Hamilton Amanda Morison David Timmins Deirdre Burke Merryn Hedditch Jess Morris Cara Tough Georgina Cameron Simon Hegarty Jess Naylor Jenna Tritton Tina Cameron Nicole Hellyer Jess Newton Amber Wales Sarah Canham Rebecca Hindley Kathleen O’Keefe Daniel Walsh Trudy Carthew Lisa Holder Chantelle Palmer Katie-Anne Warren Samantha Clifton Sarah Horsburgh Kyrie Pattison Jodie Watters Phoebe Connors Sarah Howard Tom Perry Sarah Webb Josh Coulthurst Annabelle Johnstone Tom Quigley Amy Wells Jamie Cowell Megan Kirby Emma Remond Erin Wilde Tamika Dawson Laura Knight Rebecca Richardson Katrina Wynne Andrew Dickson Lisa Kok Shane Rily SCR Quarterly Page 6 Parents’ Weekend—17-18 May 2008 Saturday 19 May 9am – Midday: NETBALL Come and support our ten netball teams as they compete against other colleges. BREAKFAST IS ALSO SERVED... 11:30am-5:30pm: RUGBY Enjoy an afternoon at the football as Albies takes on our rivals Robb College. Games begin with colts and finish with our premier 1st XV side. LUNCH IS ALSO SERVED... 6:30pm PARENTS WEEKEND BALL for 7:30pm: One of the most anticipated events of the year by our students DINNER IS SERVED... • Full sized marquee located on the grounds of St. Albert’s College. • Fabulous meal by Chef • Full bar facilities • Live entertainment till late—for your pleasure Cost will be $60.00pp Expression of Interest from SCR members is respectfully requested. If you wish to be placed on a list for seating Please email Pip on firstname.lastname@example.org The College feels that it is incredibly important that parent’s also have the opportunity to meet the people that host, mentor and guide their children in their life journey. Sunday 20 May KICK BACK AND RELAX... 7.30am—10:00am: Breakfast 10:00-11:00am: Dining Hall closes 11:00am: Dining Hall reopens for tea & coffee 11.30am: Mass in the College Chapel 12.30pm: BBQ lunch for those parents that just can’t drag themselves away. Page 7 Volume 3, issue 2 SCR Activities—Term II Term II is the time where our students require focus on their academic responsibilities. However, Caught on there are a couple of functions that we warmly encourage SCR members to attend and we look forward to seeing you at these events. camera Albies Graduates SCR General Meeting & Cocktail Function Held: Tuesday 6 May 2008 Time: General Meeting: 5.45pm-6.30pm Cocktail Function: 6.30pm-10.00pm Sam Martel B. AgEc (Honours First Class) Venue: SCR General Meeting: Examination of the SCR Constitution currently in draft form. (If you require a copy prior to the meeting please contact Pip on email@example.com) St. Albert’s College 40th celebrations in 2009 Distribution of available funds. Chaddy Mardini BA/LLB (Honours) Cocktail Function: Immediately following the General Meeting—there will be cocktails, beer and wine on sale and complimentary platters. In Paul’s words, please come along, catch up with friends and support the SCR. . Bec Richardson B. Communication Parents Weekend Ball Held: Saturday 17 May 2008 Time: 6.30pm for 7.30pm Venue: Marquee, lawns of St. Albert’s College Dress: Black Tie Cost: $60pp Ian Horsburgh B. AgEc (Honours, First Class) Please email Pip on firstname.lastname@example.org. We warmly encourage all SCR members to attend. As with previous years, we cannot guarantee seating due to the interest generated by parents but would love to include you as seating becomes available. Nick Flood Coming up in Term III B. Education Albies Week—SCR evening Wednesday 6 August 2008 Founders Dinner Thursday 14 August 2008 (TBC) Cultural Dinner Thursday 27 August 2008 (TBC) Open Day Friday 5 September 2008 Brooke Smoothy, Shanna Baker & Rachael Watkins B. Education St. Albert’s College Page 8 University of College Matters New England Armidale NSW 2351 Marketing—School Visits This year will see the beginning of the College’s Marketing program in action. Kathie is Phone: 02 6773 6004 currently liaising with UNE Marketing & Public Affairs, School Liaison Officer Unit and with private schools not currently targeted by UNE to get us out on the road once again. Fax: 02 6773 6399 Work has been done to identify those schools that we need to reconnect with and continue E-mail: to build close relationships and those that are looking to be new feeder schools for the email@example.com College. Office Space With the expansion of our office staff to now include a College Assistant and the Marketing & Alumni Officer we now have an issue with office space. An architect will be engaged to develop an options paper on rearranging/expanding the administration area. This will look at the reception area, creating a new office and expanding the space of the Bursar, Master and Secretarial offices. Internet Connections for Students We have experience great problems getting our students connected this year due to a combination of obtaining IP addresses especially if the students are running Vista on their computers. The information sheet provided to the office and the students from UNE IT is poorly constructed and leads to confusion for many. This has resulted in increased workload for the secretarial office as many computers have had to be registered multiple times. The College is continuing to work towards an easier solution to this problem so that it does not arise in 2009 and communication has already been made with UNE IT to assist in streamlining and making this process more transparent for both students and office. Celebrating Our Graduates—2007 Earlier this month, 91 current and past Albies students graduated from UNE. They were treated to beautiful Autumn weather and from what we’ve heard, a very social weekend. Our students traditionally maintain a high level of academic excellence and this was highlighted by Brendan Williamson receiving the University Medal for his studies in a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics with First Class Honours. Brendan returned from Western Australia to receive his award. Other Albies students to receive First Class Honours were: Sam Clark (Bachelor of Rural Science), Ian Horsburgh (Bachelor of Agricultural Economics) and Grant Parnell (Bachelor of Science). Three of our Alumni graduated with Masters Degrees: Matthew Brown (2001), Amanda Macalpine (2003 – 2005) and Sharon Pettiford (1993). CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR GRADUATES! Brendan Williamson (Blue Rock, WA) Receiving his university medal from Dr James Harris, Deputy Chancellor UNE.