OFFICE FOR INDUSTRY AND
NEWSLETTER NUMBER 18: DECEMBER 1, 2006.
ENGAGEMENT SEEDING GRANTS
Today as part of our regular morning tea we had brief presentations from most
successful applicants and some good collaborative discussion about the wide
ranging projects. If they have not done so already all successful applicants
should advise Makeleta Taunisila of the account in which to pay your $2000.
A full list is included below:
1. Said AlSaqri and Helena Grunfield (PhD students, CSES) Workshop on
Conflict Resolution through Action and Research.
2. Marie Williams (Access Education Programs) Young Mothers' Reading
3. Jennifer Lees (Access Programs) Establishment of a chemical free garden.
4. Andrew Wenn (School of Information Systems) Enhancing Ties with Dili
Institute of Technology: a scoping study.
5. Venny Smolich and Madeline Ford (Women's Programs) Stories Project
6. Carolyn Noble, Marty Grace, Ronny Egan (Social Work Unit) Building a
community collaborative team to guide the new Doctorate of Social Work.
7. Michelle Fong (School of Applied Economics), Rob Sims, Maggie Xie and
others Increasing access of off shore students to textbooks.
8. Colin Hocking (Sustainability) Melissa Doherty (Iramoo) Jack Sheridan
(Friends of Iramoo) Wildflowers for Waterwise Western Gardens.
9. Bill Eckersley, Anne Davies (School of Education) Connecting workplace
research with postgraduate qualifications
10. Corinna Ridley (School of Further Education, Arts and Employment)
Consulting with community groups
11. Robyn Broadbent and Irene Paulsen (School of Education) Student clinic at
Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine
12. Coral Cara (School of Education), Joseph Mazzarella (rural school
coordinator), teachers and students. Teaching and Learning Connections, City
We did toy with the idea of not funding those who have failed to read the
enewsletters and global emails advising of their success especially those who
have contacted us to complain about not having been advised of their success or
There was a terrific article by Cordelia Fine in the Australian November 15 p. 29
that you might like to refer to It is called the key to happiness on the job and
directs readers to the Seligman site www.authentichappiness.com
WASTE MANAGEMENT VISIT
We have been talking for some time to the Victorian Waste Management
Association (VWMA) about opportunities for VU graduates to move into the
waste management industry. VWMA is an industry association that represents
its members and assists its members to develop professional relationships with
relevant authorities and industries. Waste management employees are not just
garbos …… and there appears to be many opportunities for our graduates.
On Tuesday 12 December VWMA is hosting a small number of VU staff on a tour
of a number of waste management businesses in Melbourne’s west. There are a
couple of seats available on the bus. If you would like to join us please email
email@example.com or ring Barbara on 9919 4159. She works on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
…………..now has 1800 contacts and 1400 organisations listed.
Please keep sending them through to Cheryl Shilton.
ENGAGEMENT WEB SITE
This is in development and can be viewed at http://oice.vu.edu.au
STAFF SURVEY OF ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITY
It is getting close. We have mentioned before that we have been working with
Michigan State University to customise the on line staff survey of engagement
activities that they use for us to use here. We have replaced most of the
Michiganisms and have even turned Detroit into Sunbury, Grand Rapids into
Sunshine, Lansing into St Albans, Flint into Footscray and Upper Peninsula into
ENGAGING WITH US
Thursday 7: is a chance to preview and help shape the proposal for
implementation of relationship management training: a joint initiative with the
Staff College in 2007. 11.30am – 1.00pm (with sandwiches) in C320 at FP: usual
arrangement email Makeleta.Taunisila@vu.edu.au to indicate attendance.
Friday 15: the grande finale: the BIG EVENT: the end of the Office for Industry
and Community Engagement as you have come to know it. As you would have
noted in the TAFE Change Plan very significant changes are planned for the
Office with a new Director from January 1. Most importantly Friday 15 the
Victorian Multicultural Commission Multicultural Accord will be signed, making
VU, if not first, one of first universities to sign. 10.30am-12noon
Thursday 7 December: Relationship Management 11.30am-1.00pm. C320 FP.
Friday 15 December: End of Year Celebration 10.30am-12noon
ENGAGEMENT AWARD OF THE WEEK
…… goes to Miles Menegon and Stefan Schutt who have recently been awarded
an ISS Institute Overseas Fellowship to attend two 2007 technology and
community conferences in the US. Miles and Stefan are multimedia teachers
based at City Flinders campus.
They will receive their award at the ISS Awards ceremony next Thursday
Well done guys!
Living up to our aim of being a link with communities both inside and outside the
University we have been approached by a U3A group that operates in one of the
Footscray Park houses to try to locate some ‘newer’ computers than the very old
ones they currently use. If you have any computers you think may be suitable
please contact Maureen Ryan at OICE on ext 4179.
SIEMENS SCIENCE EXPERIENCE DAY CAMP
This is the week and we hope to see many of you joining in the exciting with the
100 Year 9 students and their teachers. You are invited to drop by Room D231
Footscray Park Campus from 5 to 7 December to see 100 year 9 and 10
students from local schools, along with their teachers, participating in the
innovative Siemens Science Experience Day camp facilitated by our very own
The camp is an initiative of Siemens, Western Chances and VU.
You are especially invited to attend the conclusion between 1.15 and 3.00 p.m.
on Thursday 7 December. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For enquiries on the program contact Maureen Ryan or Elleni Bereded in OICE.
CROWD THEORY If you missed being a part of the huge Footscray Community
Arts Centre and Braybrook photographs that were the first stage of this project, it
is not too late. Be at Footscray Station between 6-8pm on Saturday 2 December
to be a part of the next stage.
Bookings are essential:
If you haven’t already registered, please phone Footscray Arts reception on:
03 9362 8888 or email: email@example.com
Crowd Theory Footscray Station event details:
Saturday 2 December
6.00 – 8.00 pm
Also, visit the GO Digital Quilt exhibition by digital artist Tamsin Sharp in the
Gabriel Gallery at the Centre from Tuesday 21 November-Sunday 3 December.
In September the Centre set up an audio visual studio in a shipping container in
Footscray Mall. The results of these recordings have been developed into the
GO Digital Quilt.
YOUNG AT HE(ART)
Unfortunately we have had to postpone the Melton opening until early next year.
The space is looking good and Megan Evans has gathered together some
exceptional work from students in local schools for the first exhibition.
‘MOTHERS OF SREBRENICA’ AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, ST ALBANS
On Friday, 10th of November 2006, the Melbourne-based Association of
Survivors from Drina Valley ‘Srebrenica –Society for Prevention of Genocide’ in
collaboration with Bosnian Community and ICEPA and the Office for Industry and
Community Engagement (Victoria University) hosted a seminar on the issues of
the missing, justice and reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Focus of the
seminar was on the massacres at Srebrenica in which more than 8600 Bosniak
men and boys perished in July 1995. By sentencing the Serb general Radislav
Krstic for participating in genocide the International Criminal Tribunal for Former
Yugoslavia (ICTY) recognised the massacres at Srebrenica as the first act of
genocide in Europe since the Holocaust.
Attended by a hundred of survivors from Bosnia, for many the seminar was an
opportunity to share their thoughts and the never-ending grief with other
survivors. For others, it was a moving and inspirational event, a history lesson
given by those who regardless of their irreplaceable loss have not lost the belief
in our common humanity.
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR AN EDITOR AND EDITORIAL
PANEL OF THE AUCEA E-JOURNAL
The Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement
The only journal in Australia on the subject of University-Community
Engagement, the Journal was established in 2005 as an online refereed journal
to provide the academic rigour of peer review to community engagement
research. The interests of the Journal include best practice, case studies and
discussion of university community engagement in terms of social,
environmental, economic and cultural development.
The first issue of the Journal was published in November 2005. The content was
largely a selection refereed articles from the AUCEA National Conference held in
July 2005 at Victoria University.
The journal is published twice a year. The April/May edition includes papers
submitted to the editors and the second issue in October/November draws most
of its articles from the refereed papers of the AUCEA National Conference. The
Editor will need to also develop an editorial panel who may also be called on to
referee papers for National Conference.
Previous editors were Professor Scott Bowman from James Cook University and
Mr Tom Murphy from the Western Research Institute at Charles Sturt University.
If you are interested in participating on this Editorial Panel, please forward your
_expression_ of interest or inquiry to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for more
PO Box 928 KYNETON VIC 3444
Phone: +61 3 54223238
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Fax: +61 2 4620 3619
AUCEA ANNUAL CONFERENCE : CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
AUCEA 4th Annual Conference 2-4 July 2007 Alice Springs: The Scholarship of
The Scholarship of Community Engagement refers to engaged teaching learning
and research. It involves collaborative relationships that yield mutually beneficial
outcomes for the university, its students and its communities.
The 4th Annual AUCEA Conference invites robust scholarly debate and grass-
roots practitioners' perspectives on the pressing questions that will shape the
way forward for community engagement in Australia.
The AUCEA conference is a key tool for growing our capacity to engage. It's an
opportunity to reflect, network with colleagues, inspire and learn from each other.
University academics, administrators and executive members, university
practitioners and community partners are invited to submit proposals for:
- a refereed paper;
- a non-refereed paper;
- conducting a workshop; or
- presenting a poster session.
Presentations will focus on engagement in the context of its contribution to
enhanced student learning and to broader social, cultural, health, environmental
and regional development outcomes. Sessions will revolve around three sub-
- Policy Context;
- Institutional Responses; and
- Perspectives on Practice.
In addition, universities participating in the AUCEA Benchmarking Project are
invited to submit papers for inclusion in the conference Benchmarking Workshop.
All abstracts and enquiries to email@example.com
Conference website: www.aucea.net.au/conference
The Call for Abstracts brochure attached. Download the cover sheet from the
Call for Abstracts page on the conference website.
If you get the taste for cycling after the Western Bulldogs and VU event at the weekend, check
out 'Cycling Solo; Ireland to Istanbul' by Hazel Edwards (of There’s a Hippopotamus on the Roof
fame) with Trevelyan Quest Edwards (her son who as a tiny boy sighted the hippopotamus on the
roof and prompted that much loved book).
OFFICE FOR INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING ROOM
It seats ten, has tea and coffee facilities and we are pleased to make it available
as a meeting space for others across the University. Simply contact Makeleta if
you are interested in using the room and you can check with Viv White if you
would like to see how the interactive whiteboard housed there works.
Our Contact Details:
Professor Maureen Ryan,
Director, Office for Industry and Community Engagement
Elleni Bereded, Coordinator, Community Engagement
Barbara McLure, Coordinator, Industry Engagement
Viv White 99195491 Viv.White@vu.edu.au
Fran Newell 99195393 Frances.Newell@vu.edu.au
Makeleta Taunisila 99195528 Makeleta.Taunisila@vu.edu.au
Office for Industry and Community Engagement
• a clearing house and data bank for VU engagement, working in close
liaison with other key offices which have overlapping functions
• broker and manage new relationships in liaison with other parts of the
• coordinate internal and external activities such as engagement days
• coordinate key external roles of VU such as Campus Heads and
• contact point for similar offices in other universities
• strategic driver of Engagement Plan and related policies
• evaluator of external engagement and
• special projects as required
GIVING WEEK : a message from Rhonda Galbally from
You know how passionate I am about generating more giving to Australian
community groups. Since our inception we have established the only Australian
hub that allows people to give in every way (financially and non-financially) to
community groups. It's a free service and it's already collected over $5 million for
community groups of every size and from about every area - in fact, over 35,000
individuals and workplaces have used this service to make online donations, and
nearly 900 groups now have appeals listed on it.
Now we are about to launch the next step to promote more giving, the Australian
Giving Week (Dec 4-10) - an initiative of Our Community with Westpac Bank.
Please go to www.givingweek.com.au.
There you will find a comprehensive website with separate features on how to
give for individuals, workplaces, politicians, community groups and the media -
there are literally hundreds of options for giving - all with the aim of catalysing
people to take action and make a difference to the community in the lead-up to
It's about helping people take some small, simple steps that open the way for a
better supported, more inclusive, more vibrant community - not just during the
Christmas period but all year long.
The Giving Week Links are:
• For Individuals
• For Business
• For Community Groups
• For Members of Parliament
• For The Media
I would also like to draw your attention to the Christmas Giving Card developed
with our partner Australia Post - it is a world first.
For every Giving Card that is purchased and sent, $2 will be donated to a local
community group - the group can be nominated either by the sender of the card,
or the receiver.
There are three card designs you can choose from and cards are delivered flat to
allow you to overprint with your own message if you choose. Of course, there's
plenty of room for your own personal message as well!
Click here for the order form to order Giving Cards or go to
The first ever Australian Giving Week auction
www.ourcommunity.com.au/givingauction is another terrific feature of this year's
activities. This will see some personal items donated by 16 well-known Australian
leaders go under the hammer for the benefit of their nominated community
group. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Sir Gustav Nossal, Olympian Grant Hackett
and much-loved author Bryce Courtenay are among those who have generously
contributed items for the auction.
Please forward this information onto all of the organisations and individuals you
think might wish to join in Australian Giving Week, and urge them to visit