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                        2009



KUNARR SYMPOSIUM
8—9 OCTOBER 2009
                      FRIST CELEBRATION OF
Kunarr Indigenous     INDIGENOUS ALUMNI
                      The Wollotuka Institute embarked on a new initiative to
Alumni values         re-connect with Indigenous graduates of the University of
                      Newcastle in hosting the Kunarr Indigenous Alumni
lifelong              Symposium on the 8th and 9th October 2009. The
                      symposium was held to celebrate and to launch a new
relationships         Alumni Chapter specifically for Indigenous graduates of the
                      University.
between the           The Kunarr Indigenous Alumni Chapter aims to support the
University of         University of Newcastle strategic objectives of increasing
                      Indigenous student enrolments and graduates, and to

Newcastle and         strengthen its connections with Indigenous communities
                      and business partners to promote higher education and
                      develop policies and programs that facilitate lifelong
Indigenous            learning.

graduates as a        There are four strategic goals identified by the Wollotuka
                      Institute in developing its Indigenous Alumni profile:-
platform for
enrichment and        A vibrant, engaged Indigenous Alumni
                      community
development of
Indigenous            An Indigenous Alumni community integral
                      to many of the University’s activities
knowledge,
                      The professional administration of
cultural teachings,   Indigenous Alumni operations
spiritual             A strong national and international context
awakening, and        for Indigenous Alumni

community
                      The above goals will underpin the operations of the Kunarr
collaborations that   Alumni Chapter providing Indigenous Alumnus of the
                      University of Newcastle a structure and a vision to launch
will be recognised    their career and professional development , and lifelong
                      learning aspirations.
and celebrated by
global audiences
SHOWCASING:
NEW INDIGENOUS
AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS
The Wollotuka Institute was proud to screen as part of the Kunarr
Indigenous Symposium seven short films by new
Indigenous Australian Directors.

The films were showcased at the Greater Union Cinema in New-
castle on Thursday evening, 8th October 2009.

Indigenous Alumni, University staff, and community turned out for
what was an entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Romaine Moreton introduced the Indigenous films that were
screened previously throughout Australia as part of the
Message Sticks National Tour. The Indigenous film are
presented by Blackfella Films in association with Screen Australia,
The National Film and Sound Archive.
                                                                        Romaine Moreton—THE FARM



CONGRATULATIONS
Sio Tusaf’aaefili
NIA’S MELANCHOLY
Adrian Wills
BOURKE BOY
Romaine Moreton
THE FARM                                                               Rodney Knock & Beverley Shipp
Angelina Hurley and Leah Purcell
AUNTY MAGGIE & THE WOMBA WAKGUN
Michelle Blanchard
PARTY SHOES
Dena Curtis
JACOB
Deborah Mailman & Wayne Blair
                                                                       Sally Pontifex & Cheryl Newtown
RALPH




           Shirley, Denise & Susan Emmerson                 Mandy Kelly, Aunty June Rose & Kumarah Kelly
KUNARR SYMPOSIUM
KUNARR INDIGENOUS ALUMNI SYMPOSIUM
9 OCTOBER 2009
The Wollotuka Institute thanks you for being a part of this special event.




AUNTY SANDRA GRIFFIN
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
The Kunarr Alumni Symposium was officially launched on Friday 9th October 2009
with a welcome by Aunty Sandra Griffin, a Worimi Elder proud of her custodial
connection to Newcastle, a place she calls Muloobinba. Aunty Sandra ancestry is
through her great great great grandmother from the Coal River Tribe [also know as
the Newcastle Tribe: their country lies on the southern shores of the Coquun or
Hunter River at Newcastle].

The Symposium would not have been a success without presentations by seven
Indigenous Alumni and Wollotuka Institute Staff, their contributions were much
appreciated.


DR GREG BLYTON
KULUMUN: JOURNAL OF THE WOLLOTUKA
INSTITUTE
Greg a lecturer, and research coordinator at the Wollotuka Institute has Eora and Yuin
connections. Greg completed a doctorate at the University of Newcastle in 2006.
Kulumun (coolamon) symbolises the gathering of Indigenous knowledges. This peer
reviewed journal of research findings, book reviews and Indigenous methodological
epistemologies is aimed at developing local, national and international Indigenous
academics and scholars.



JOE PERRY
WORKING TITLE: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: SURVIVING
BEFORE AND AFTER THE PROTECTION ERA
Joe is a lecturer at the Wollotuka Institute, and a Worimi man from Karuah. Joe is
currently completing a doctoral thesis in Aboriginal Studies, an investigation of the
social, cultural and economic life of Aboriginal residents of Karuah Mission/Reserve
during the Protection/Welfare Era (1898 to the early 1970s).




DR SANDY O’SULLIVAN
WORKING TITLE: THE NEW MEDIA PROJECT FOR
INDIGENOUS RESEARCHERS
Sandy is Wiradjuri, and has a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle 2006.
Sandy currently works at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Sandy
is currently developing a program that focuses on increasing Indigenous participation
in research programs through alternative dissemination processes encouraging the
‘both ways’ practice of thinking around cultural ways of doing things and cultural ways
of thinking. Sandy is hoping to help enable more Indigenous people to achieve
relevant outcomes for their PhD research.
To all presenters the Wollotuka Institute thanks
you for being a part of the Kunarr Symposium

DR ROMAINE MORETON
ONE BILLION BEATS – POETRY FOR MULTI MEDIA THEATRE
PRODUCTION
Romaine is a post doctoral Research Fellow at Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education
Research Centre, University of Newcastle. Romaine is a writer of poetry, prose and
film. Romaine’s second anthology titled Post Me to the Prime Minister was published
by IAD Press in 2004. Romaine’s first two scripted films, Redreaming The Dark and
Cherish, were selected for the fringe program at the Cannes Film Festival. A third film,
A Walk With Words, based on Romaine’s poetry and experience, won the award for
Best International Short Film at the World of Women’s Cinema (WOW) in 2000.


PROFESSOR JOHN MAYNARD
WORKING TITLE: REFLECTION OF AN ACADEMIC JOURNEY
John is the Chair of The Wollotuka Institute, and a Worimi man from Port Stephens.
John completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle titled ‘Fred Maynard and the
awakening of Aboriginal political consciousness in 20th Century Australia’, was an
Australian Research Council post-doctoral fellow, and is Deputy Chairperson of
Council with the AIATSIS. John was awarded the Aboriginal History (ANU), Stanner
Fellowship for 1996, NSW Premier’s Indigenous History Fellowship for 2003-04, and
the University of Newcastle Researcher of the Year Award 2008. John is the author of
four books including Fight For Liberty and Freedom and Aboriginal Stars of the Turf.


LUKE PEARSON
WORKING TITLE: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN EDUCATION
Luke completed a Bachelor of Teaching /Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) in 2004
at the University of Newcastle. After graduating Luke was posted to a primary school
on the Central Coast and became actively involved in Aboriginal education at the
school and through the local AECG. Luke is currently on leave from the Department of
Education and Training to complete a Master program through the Batchelor Institute,
NT. Luke is examining various aspects of Aboriginal education training for pre-service
teachers in NSW. Luke’s presentation presented his views on the current state of
Aboriginal education training, and shared some of his early considerations in regards
to his research in the hope that others might be able to provide support and
constructive feedback


DR KATHLEEN BUTLER
WORKING TITLE: INDIGENISATION OF CURRICULUM AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE: CHALLENGES AND
OPPORTUNITIES
Kathy is from the Worimi and Bundjalung nations, and is currently a Lecturer and
Indigenous Collaborations Convenor with the School of Humanities and Social
Science at the University of Newcastle. She has a PhD in Aboriginal Studies from the
University of Newcastle, focusing on decolonising teaching practice in Sociology.
Kathy's current research, mentored by Professor Allyson Holbrook, contributes to her
role as the Team Leader for the Universities Working Party on Indigenisation of
Curriculum and she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching
Excellence- Indigenous Education in 2008.
KUNARR ALUMNI
CHAPTER LAUNCH
The Wollotuka Institute hosted a cocktail party to launch
the Kunarr Alumni Chapter. The Launch was held in con-
junction with acknowledging new Indigenous graduates.
The launch itself was the final event of this unique two-
day Symposium for Indigenous Alumni.

Aunty Sandra Griffin welcomed Indigenous Alumni, new                   Brian Kennaugh
graduates, staff and friends to the celebrations, and
conveyed how wonderful it is to be part of an event that
focuses on family and friends. Aunty Sandra was proud
to also acknowledge and welcome our new Indigenous
graduates to the Kunarr Alumni family.

Professor John Maynard, Director, at the Wollotuka
Institute, and Mr Brian Kennaugh, President of the
University of Newcastle’s Executive Alumni Committee
spoke of their enthusiasm in launching this new alumni
chapter as part of the University’s alumni network. Both
anticipate rewarding outcomes for the Kunarr Chapter in
increasing opportunities, collaborations and new            Ashleigh Craig-B Social Science 2009
prospects and benefits for Indigenous graduates, the
University and our communities.

Ms Deidre Heitmeyer, B Arts 1975, Grad Dip Education
1976, and former staff member at the Wollotuka Institute
took up the challenge to be the pro-tem President of the
Kunarr Chapter . In her speech Deidre spoke of the
opportunities and rewards that graduates and staff can
look forward to in participating and becoming a member of
the Kunarr Chapter. Kunarr has founded itself on
principles of strong family values and the giving back to
our communities.


CONGRADULATIONS
Ashleigh Craig B Social Science spoke on behalf of our      Cutting the cake with Deidre Heitmeyer
new graduates :-

Tara Mallie            M Philosophy [Architecture]
Aaron Maybury          M of Architecture
Elkie Hull             B Medicine
Holly Spratt           B Finance [Business Finance]
Andrew Orr             B Physiotherapy
Yinta Harding          B Arts [Leisure & Tourism and
                       Psychology]
Nathan Price           B Finance [Business Finance]
Danielle Woods         B Oral Health
Nicole Longbottom      B Occupational Health & Safety
Jade Dewar             B Engineering [Civil]
                                                             Dr Ray Kelly & Dr Romaine Moreton
                                   Indigenous Alumni
                                   wishing to be a part
                                   of the Kunarr
                                   Chapter network, or
                                   who would like to
                                   work on the
                                   Chapter Committee
                                   with Deidre, please
                                   contact:-
       Alumni and Friends




                                   Lillian Eastwood
                                   Indigenous Alumni
                                   Coordinator
                                   The Wollotuka Institute
                                   Birabahn Building
                                   University of Newcastle
Cherie Johnson and Dawn Townsend
                                   Callaghan NSW 2308

                                   Ph: (02) 4921 5569
                                   Lillian.Eastwood@newcastle.edu.au




       Alumni and Friends
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:


          LILLIAN EASTWOOD
  INDIGENOUS ALUMNI CO-ORDINATOR


      THE WOLLOTUKA INSTITUTE
           BIRABAHN BUILING
       UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
        CALLAGHAN NSW 2308
           PH: 02 4921 5560
          FAX: 02 4921 6985
EMAIL: Lillian.Eastwood@newcastle.edu.au

				
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