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Staff News

Number 18/05

21 October 2005

A Fortnightly Newsletter for University Staff, incorporating The University Diary

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The Institute of Higher Education Research and Development (IHERD), a part of ACES, offers a postgraduate program in Higher Education. Programs are offered at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level. Macquarie University staff may be eligible for waiver of some tuition and student activities fees upon enrolment in these courses.

The programs focus on the following specialisations:

  • Higher Education Learning and Teaching (including postgraduate research supervision)
  • e.Learning in higher education
  • Leadership, Management and Administration in higher education.

Each program is intended to be immediately relevant to participants' work and provide tools for analysing and enhancing practice. Assessment tasks give participants the opportunity to reflect upon and apply theory to their own immediate work situation.

The Learning and Teaching and e.Learning specialisations encourage participants to demonstrate a scholarly approach to teaching and scholarship within the discipline of teaching, as increasingly required for career progression and employment purposes. The program is designed to meet the needs of university staff at all levels of appointment and experience.

The Leadership, Management and Administration specialisation has been designed to support academic or general staff holding, or seeking appointment to, positions of leadership and management responsibility (eg as team or project leaders, deans, heads of department/centres/offices). The program allows participants to develop their understanding of the nature of academic and administrative leadership and management and of the organisational contexts in which they lead and manage.

As part of the University's commitment to the professional development of its staff, Macquarie University staff are eligible for a waiver of tuition and student activities fees for the three core units of the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, provided that they have not already been granted a fee waiver towards any other course of study while a member of staff at Macquarie University.

Applications are now open for staff wishing to commence study in Semester 1, 2006. Applications must be submitted by 16 December 2005.

For further information about these Postgraduate Programs, contact Alison Cameron on x7598, or email:

Alison Cameron
Postgraduate Programs Research and Administration Officer
Centre for Professional Development

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The Board of Directors of Dunmore Lang College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Lewis Rushbrook as Acting Chief Executive and Principal of Dunmore Lang College.

Dr Rushbrook has been the Principal of Burgmann College, an affiliated college at The Australian National University, from 1995-2005. He was President of AHAUCHI (National Association of Heads of Australian University Colleges and Halls Inc) from 2001-2003 and prior to that was its Secretary. In these capacities he was heavily involved in government and regulatory circles in championing the status of residential colleges in the development of the GST.

Dr Rushbrook is a graduate of Auckland, ANU and Oxford Universities and has a PhD in linguistics (semantics) from the ANU. Lewis is an ordained Baptist minister, who spent many years as a publications director in an executive counselling consultancy in London as well as writing free-lance for the London daily papers on management and business topics. He has been a Fellow of the Outplacement Institute of the UK and is a member of the ACT Chief Minister’s Working Party on Student Accommodation.

Lewis has over thirty years’ experience of residential colleges in Australia and overseas. He recently led a $10m expansion at Burgmann College which opened in 2004 and provided additional common facilities and 120 self-catered places for postgraduate students.

The Board of Directors acknowledges and thanks Mr Richard Luxford, the Deputy Principal, for his contribution as Acting Principal and Chief Executive Officer over recent months.

Allen W Tingey

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Benjamin Britten says "Wolcum Yole!" in his work A Ceremony of Carols. Macquarie University Singers with about 100 voices conducted by Margot McLaughlin will sing out these words for their near Christmas concert on 12 November at 8.00pm.

The works, along with Britten, include Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas and Five Spirituals from Sir Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time. A Chamber group chosen from the choir will sing Bach's motet Lobet Den Herrn.

Our accompanist for this performance is Sarah Kim, a fantastic young musician who is currently studying at the Conservatorium of Music. She plays both piano and organ during this concert and has won first prizes in organ competitions in Sydney, Newcastle and the Waringah Eisteddfod. Sarah has worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She has accompanied numerous choirs in Sydney. Sarah is also the organ scholar at the University of Sydney, St Paul's College, and St James.

Our Musical Director and conductor Margot McLaughlin, has again chosen a beautiful and diverse program of music which will present a moment of beauty before a busy lead up to Christmas.

The concert will be held in the Macquarie University Theatre.

Parking is free for the evening. Tickets are $30, $20 (concession), $15 (students) and can be obtained from MCA on telephone 9645 1611 or An interval supper provided.

For further information please visit our website at:

Ann Davies
Publicity, MUS

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Fantastic Newspaper Deals

SAM is delighted to offer all Macquarie University staff an exclusive deal on newspapers.

Deal 1

For $20 you can receive the Sydney Morning Herald on a Saturday and The Sun Herald on a Sunday delivered to your home address from now until 27 February 2006.

Then from 27 February 2006 for 40 weeks you will be entitled, with your Herald Tertiary Card, to pick up a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald from either the SAM Shop, Marxines Coffee Shop, the Globe Cafe or the Coffee Cart while the weekend delivery will continue to be sent directly to your home address.

All Macquarie University staff purchasing the Herald Tertiary Card deal before 31 March 2006 will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win $10,000.

Deal 2

SAM has also secured a fantastic deal with The Australian. Sign up before 5 December 2005 and for just $15 you can receive from now until 27 February 2006 The Australian on a Saturday and The Sunday Telegraph on a Sunday delivered directly to your home address.

Then from 27 February 2006 for 40 weeks Monday to Friday you will be entitled to pick up a copy of The Australian from either the SAM Shop, Marxines Coffee Shop, The Globe Cafe or the Coffee Cart while the weekend delivery will continue to be sent directly to your home address.

Any Macquarie University staff who signs by 5 December 2005 for The Australian deal will be entered in to a draw to win one of four laptops. * Conditions apply see in store for details.

To take advantage of these fantastic newspaper deals brought to you by SAM please pick up an application form from either the SAM Shop, Marxines Coffee Shop, The Globe or the Coffee Cart. Simply fill in your details, pay at one of these outlets. You will receive your Herald Tertiary Card immediately. The Australian Deal Card will be issued during Orientation Week at the Australian newspaper tent or the SAM Shop. Your details will be issued immediately for your weekend deliveries.

Marion Malouf
Students at Macquarie

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Melbourne Cup...the race that stops the nation! Enjoy a fun and exciting long lunch at the MGSM Executive Hotel and Conference Centre in Lachlan's Restaurant.

  • Large screen action
  • Sparkling wine on arrival
  • Three course luncheon selection
  • Sweepstakes
  • Lucky door prizes.

Starting at 12.30pm Tuesday 1 November 2005. Only $55 per person and includes all of the above.

For reservations telephone x9300 or email: For further information visit:

Ian Kalms
Facilities Manager, MGSM

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A final special offer for The Producers is available. Go to the following link to find the fax form to purchase your tickets.

The Producers must close in Sydney on 31 October. As a thank you for your support, this final date has been made available at only $40 per ticket!

Mark Smith

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Click here for the latest Staff Mates happenings at Macquarie University Sport and Recreation: staffmates18.pdf

Rachel Blackadder
Macquarie University Sports Association

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Media Industry Seminar

The Career Development Office will be offering a seminar to all second year media students on Finding and Applying for Work in the Media Industry. Staff are encouraged to remind media students that this seminar will be held during the MAS203 lecture with the following details:

Date: Wednesday 26 October
Time: 11.00am–12 noon
Location: E6A 102


Human Resources Seminar

For the first time, CDO staff have organised a Careers in HR Seminar for third year Bachelor of Human Resource Management students. Industry speakers from human resources and recruitment will be presenting their career experiences to relevant students.

Date: Tuesday 1 November
Time: 9.30am–11.00am
Location : E6A 131


Psychology Options Seminar DVD

The DVD of the Psychology Options seminars held on 15 and 16 August will be available for student viewing from Monday 21 October. Department of Psychology staff are requested to inform third and fourth year psychology students who missed the seminar to visit the Career Resource Centre on Level 3 of the Lincoln Building to view the DVD.


CareerHub Statistics

In the previous month, 118 full time and part time positions have been posted onto CareerHub for students. Of these positions, the most prevalent industry to post vacancies has been IT, with also a strong level of vacancies posted for accounting, marketing and distribution related positions.

For general CareerHub news, please refer to:

Caroline Spurway
Career Development Office

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Travellers cheques and foreign cash

fxAdvantage Card is a new loyalty initiative, which aims to provide you with access to preferred foreign exchange rates when you buy or sell:

  • foreign cash in all major currencies and
  • American Express travellers cheques.

Preferred rates mean that you will enjoy exchange rates that are better than the day's published rate for purchases and/or encashments.

You will receive your fxAdvantage brochure at the end of a foreign exchange transaction. From then on preferential rates will be given on the next transaction. The fxAdvantage Card has unlimited use during the validity period, up to 30 September 2006. It is completely transferable—you can pass it on to your friends and family for foreign exchange transactions (at our branches only).

If you are planning a holiday overseas we can also assist you with travel insurance and the convenience of the Cashpassport.

Drop in or phone and speak to Kerry or Helen on x7616.

Kerry and Helen
Unicom Credit Union


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Assessment Practice at Macquarie: Towards Sustainable Quality Practice

“Assessment is the senior partner in learning and teaching. Get it wrong, and the rest collapses.” (Biggs, 1999: 160)

Assessment plays a pivotal role in academic work, as it both guides student learning and enables academics to make judgments about the extent and quality of this learning. Academic teachers spend a great deal of time and effort in developing and implementing their assessment plan, but they often do so in isolation from their colleagues, in the absence of an overall assessment plan for the program in which their unit is situated, and without the benefit of research literature to inform their practice.

To facilitate a comprehensive examination of assessment in relation to unit, program and organisational development issues at Macquarie, CPD will be facilitating a series of three half-day workshops in second semester. Specifically, these workshops will provide an exploration of:

  • The literature that guides good practice in assessment in higher education;
  • Current practice at Macquarie, through the eyes of its academics and students;
  • A tool that enables the collection of data for the critical review of assessment within and across units and programs of study at Macquarie; and
  • A process that enables the academic units responsible for program development to develop a systematic and sustainable approach to implementing and/or extending quality assessment practice in their academic offerings.

The program will be of benefit to anyone with an interest in assessment, and particularly academics who are responsible for program development, Chairs or Associate Deans of Teaching and Learning within Divisions, and Heads of Departments.

Both sessions will be held in the Human Resources Training Room, Mezzanine Level, C4B.

Morning tea will be provided.

Dates: Session 3, Addressing Assessment Practice: an Organisational Approach, Thursday 27 October,

Facilitator and Enquiries: Sharon Fraser, x8446


e.Learning Futures—International Perspectives

e.Learning offers both exciting opportunities and significant challenges to higher education.

You are invited to an afternoon seminar with two international experts in e.Learning and distance education:

  • Dr Tony Bates, Director, Distance Education and Technology (University of British Columbia) and
  • Dr Terry Anderson, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education (Athabasca University).

Specific topics for discussion include:

  • e.Learning: emerging futures
  • Curriculum design and delivery issues
  • Organisational development issues
  • Professional development to support the emerging futures scenarios.

There will be a short presentation by each panelist followed by discussion. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Dates: Tuesday 8 November, 1.30pm–3.00pm, Venue to be advised
Speakers: Dr Tony Bates, University of British Columbia and Dr Terry Anderson, Athabasca University
Enquiries: Margot McNeill, x9722,



OH&S Warden Training

This workshop is required for all Building and Floor Wardens as well as for OH&S Coordinators, who have not attended one of these workshops in 2002, 2003 or 2004.

Heads of organisational units are advised to attend.

Module 1—Theory

  • Warden’s duties and responsibilities;
  • Reaction to fire;
  • Fire safety equipment in buildings;
  • Location of assembly areas;
  • Fire containment in enclosed spaces;
  • Range of emergencies.

Module 2—Practical

  • Principles of triangle of combustion;
  • Methods of extinction;
  • Types of fire extinguishing agents;
  • Fire size;
  • Safe use of fire extinguishers, blankets and hose reels.

Date: Tuesday 25 October, 9.30am–1.00pm, Human Resources Training Room, Mezzanine Level, C4B
Facilitator: Consultant from Adair Fire and Security
Enquiries: Robyn Clark, x9619,


Women’s Network Luncheon—Real Women

Tess Howes and Sandie Rudman will be speaking about how it really is to work full time, bring up a family, maintain relationships and study at the same time. They describe themselves as “real women" not "superwomen". They will also have some great hints on how to survive and make time for yourself.

Lunch will be provided.

Dates: Wednesday 26 October, 12.30pm–1.30pm, E6A 116
Speakers: Sandie Rudman and Tess Howes
Enquiries: Lyn Nasir, x7237,


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Enrolments for Semester 2, 2005 IT courses are now open and can be made online via:

The Macquarie University Library Information Technology Training Unit (ITTU) offers a wide selection of IT courses including training in Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint; Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat; Dreamweaver; and Filemaker Pro. Online IT and information skills training can be undertaken any time at your leisure via LearningFast TeachMe or Information Skills Online. Find out more at:

Cecily Lenton
Online / IT Training Coordinator
Information Technology Training Unit
Macquarie University Library

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This is a regular column to keep all staff informed of the activities of the Public Relations and Marketing Unit. Through this column we will tell you about major events, opportunities to get involved with high school visits and careers markets, new marketing campaigns and activities, as well as the regular reporting of Macquarie University’s media mentions. If you have any questions, or would like to provide any feedback please contact Greg Welsh on 7456 or email:

High School Prize Presenters

Macquarie University sponsors many annual awards at local high schools, and we are currently seeking academics who are able to attend the following functions in December to present prizes on behalf of the University:

  • Cheltenham Girls High School— 2 December, 9.30am at the Sydney Opera House. Academic dress required.
  • Killara High School—13 December, 10.30am at Killara High School, Kerrabee Hall. Academic dress required.
  • Cumberland High School— 15 December, 9.45am at Cumberland High School. Academic dress not required.

Please contact Tempel Matterson on x7382 or via email at if you are able to attend. Academics don't need to take anything with them as the prize will be sent to the school ahead of time.

Greg Welsh
Acting Media Manager

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Alumni Lecture

Date: Thursday 3 November 6.30pm
Venue: Macquarie University, SAM Building Level 3
Speaker: Professor Kenneth Sheedy, Director, Numismatic Studies
Topic: The Face of Alexander the Great

The appearance of the famous Macedonian king was well known in antiquity. Coins depicting Alexander the Great have long been cited as key evidence for our modern understanding of how Alexander himself wished to be remembered.

Bookings can be made online at:


Advance Notice

Alumni farewell dinner for the Vice-Chancellor.

Date: Thursday 24 November
Venue: International College of Management, 151 Darley Rd, Manly
Cost: $79 per person
Bookings: essential
RSVP: 18 November 2005


The Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service 2005

The Alumni Office is accepting nominations for the Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service for 2005. There are two awards:

  • Outstanding Service to the Community and
  • Outstanding Service to a Chosen Profession.

The awards have been established to recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Macquarie University alumni within their chosen professions and to society.

The awards will be presented at the Alumni Awards Night in May 2006. The closing date for nominations is Friday 3 March 2006.

A nomination form and award conditions can be found on the Alumni website:

Alumni Office
Telephone: (02) 9850 7310
Fax: (02) 9850 9478


Mark Herndon
Alumni Office

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We are using both print and broadcasting monitoring services, but they do sometimes miss Macquarie mentions. To ensure a more comprehensive and accurate Macquarie in the media column, please always let us know whenever you have been a subject or an author of any print media item, including reviews of your work or letters-to-the-editor from you, and if you appear on the electronic media. Kindly forward the information by email to Greg Welsh:; by fax to (9850) 9457; or through internal mail to Ground Floor, Goodman Fielder Building, Macquarie University Research Park.

Professor Peter Abelson (Economics): will finish at Macquarie University in January after resigning in August over the issue of outside work, The Australian, 5 October; says the government is confused about housing, needing to support home owners but also taxing them heavily, Sunday Age, 16 October

Dr Michelle Arrow (Modern History): will lead discussion of how historical events are portrayed on film at Movies@Macquarie, Northern District Times, 12 October

Mr Anthony Billingsley (Politics and International Relations): said there was a lot of evidence that Australia's involvement in Iraq had made it a heightened military target, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 October

Ms Sue Butler (Macquarie Dictionary): said Wests Tigers rugby league players who swore on television in the excitement of their win, should not have to apologise, ABC North Coast NSW, 5 October; Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October; Vega 95.3FM, 5 October; said the Macquarie Dictionary never stops, as there are always new words to be considered, sources to be sifted and evidence weighed, The Australian, 11 October; talked about new additions to the Macquarie Dictionary, 2UE Sydney, 11 October; ABC 702 Sydney, 11 October; ABC NSW Statewide, 12 October; Daily Telegraph, 12 October; ABC Newcastle, 13 October; wrote an opinion article on Australian use of slang, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October

Professor Max Coltheart (MACCS): interviewed about the work of MACCS in trying to understand delusions and belief formulation, ABC Western Queensland, 12 October

Professor John Croucher (MGSM): his weekly Numbercrunch column included statistics like 'weight of a male Siberian tiger: up to 180 kilograms', Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October; The Age, 1 October; his weekly Numbercrunch column included statistics like 'Age at which people are reportedly most contented: 40 to 49 years', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 October; The Age, 8 October; interviewed about the best odds in gambling, 5AA Adelaide, 13 October; his weekly Numbercrunch column included statistics like 'Proportion of Britain's personal wealth that is owned by women: 48 per cent', Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October; The Age, 15 October

Professor Peter Curson (Health and Chiropractic): wrote an opinion article on Australia's preparedness for a bird flu epidemic, Geelong Advertiser, 6 October

Professor Paul Davies (Australian Centre for Astrobiology): interviewed about how we would communicate with alien lifeforms, Sunday Age, 16 October

Professor Ed Davis (Dean, Economic and Financial Studies): was one of the judges for the EOWA Business Achievement Awards, Business Acumen Queensland, 1 October; was mentioned in an article on the resignation of Professor Peter Abelson, The Australian, 5 October

Ms Rhonda Davis (Art Gallery): is curator of the Margaret Preston's Berowra exhibition, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 October

Interim Dean Richard Dunford (MGSM): said international accreditation bodies are aware of the importance of local context in regard to Australian business schools, Australian Financial Review, 10 October

Emeritus Professor Richard Frankham (Biological Sciences): received a rarely-awarded DSc degree from Macquarie University in recognition of his outstanding contribution, Blayney Chronicle, 6 October

Dr John Franklin (Psychology): interviewed about how people become successful, Channel 7 Sunrise Program, 11 October

Professor Ian Gibson (Education): has been appointed to a Chair in Education at Macquarie University and will lead the Teachers for the Future project, Australian Financial Review, 3 October

Mr Paul Gollan (Labour Management Studies Foundation): wrote opinion articles on the Government's industrial relations reform, Canberra Times, 11 October; The Age, 11 October; wrote an opinion article on the current industrial relations debate, Australian Financial Review, 15 October

Professor Roy Green (MGSM): will be the new Dean of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Radio National, 2 October; Weekly Times, 5 October

Mr David Harrington (Indigenous Bioresources Research Group): said two young women who worked at the Science for Kids tent on Open Day were a credit to their communities, Richmond River Express Examiner, 12 October

Dr Alison Holland (Modern History): discussed the issue of citizenship and its role in Australia's history, Radio National, 6 October

Dr Robyn Langdon (MACCS): interviewed about the work of MACCS in trying to understand delusions and belief formulation, ABC Western Queensland, 12 October

Professor Elizabeth More (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)): has been elected to the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Campus Review, 5 October

Professor Craig Mudge (Institute for Innovation): wrote an opinion article on Australia's need for enterprising and imaginative people, Canberra Times, 10 October

Mr Maurice Newman (Chancellor): sent a long email to staff when Professor Steven Schwartz' appointment was announced in order to head off "disinformation and rumour", Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October

Ms Carol Oliver (Australian Centre for Astrobiology): sits on an international committee which deals with how we would respond to alien contact, Sunday Age, 16 October

Professor Pam Peters (Linguistics): discussed 'languopathy'—making up words to impress other people, ABC Southern Queensland (Toowoomba), 5 October

Dr John Pickard (Graduate School of the Environment): interviewed at a railway conference about his research into railway fences, ABC New England North West (Tamworth), 30 September

Professor Jim Piper (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)): helped the University of New England in their peer review process this year, Armidale Express, 14 October

Professor Andy Pitman (Physical Geography): said unless vegetation is kept in new urban developments, Sydney can expect increasingly violent storms, Daily Telegraph, 8 October; Sunday Telegraph, 16 October

Dr Natalie Robinson (Psychology graduate): her PhD research investigated the texting behaviour of young people in relationships, NOVA 96.9 Sydney, 14 October; 2SM Sydney, 14 October; Daily Telegraph, 14 October; Daily Telegraph, 15 October

Mr Iain Rothwell (Director, Office of Business Development): said university researchers are being caught up in laws designed to ensure executives of large corporations were taxed on the value of their shares, Australian Financial Review, 10 October

Professor Steven Schwartz (Vice-Chancellor Designate): was profiled as the next Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October; a letter writer warned against Professor Steven Schwartz plans for greater "engagement", Sydney Morning Herald, 3 October; says universities should broaden their approach to enrolling international students and take account of many other aspects than the fees they paid, Campus Review, 12 October

Dr Brian Spencer (Registrar): referred to in an article on student council elections at Macquarie, The Australian, 12 October

Mr Robert Stokes (Business Law): is a candidate for Liberal Party preselection in the seat of Pittwater, Manly Daily, 6 October

Emeritus Professor John Veevers (Earth and Planetary Sciences): said importing nuclear waste to Australia by boat was dangerous as boats sink, ABC Western Queensland, 30 September; Weekend Australian, 1 October

Dr Andrew Vincent (Politics and International Relations): discussed the life, politics and image of Che Guevara, ABC 702 Sydney, 6 October

Dr Shaun Wilson (Sociology): conducted a study with a University of Sydney professor which found the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras contributed $46 million to the NSW economy this year, Radio Adelaide,
10 October; Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October; Triple J News, 10 October

Professor Di Yerbury (Vice-Chancellor): will be succeeded as Vice-Chancellor by Professor Steven Schwartz on 1 February, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October; commented on suggestions that the Group of Eight universities would split from the AVCC, and said the AVCC would use the opportunity to review its role, Australian Financial Review, 5 October; The Age, 5 October; The Australian, 5 October; Australian Financial Review, 10 October; Campus Review, 12 October; Courier Mail, 12 October; The Australian, 12 October; her weekly column profiled the MGSM and announced its new Dean, Professor Roy Green, Weekly Times, 5 October; commented on the resignation of Professor Peter Abelson, The Australian, 5 October; said she had never before worked under so much regulation by Government, Courier Mail, 8 October; welcomed any delays to the introduction of VSU legislation as universities were being rushed to prepare for implementation in 2006 without clear rules, Triple J, 12 October; Australian Financial Review, 13 October; Canberra Times, 13 October; Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October; referred to in an article on student council elections at Macquarie, The Australian, 12 October; her weekly column announced the appointment of Professor Ian Gibson as Chair of Education, Weekly Times, 12 October; said the government needed to clear up some uncertainties about its proposed model for gauging research quality, Australian Financial Review, 15 October

Issues and Events

The Macquarie Dictionary defines Australasia as covering "Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring islands of the South Pacific Ocean", Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October

The Macquarie Dictionary defines a share market boom as a "period of high economic growth and general prosperity", Australian Financial Review, 3 October

The Macquarie Dictionary was used by Cronulla Councillors to settle a neighbourhood dispute over a giant umbrella in a backyard, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, 4 October

Macquarie University conducts the Big Draw series of events, Braidwood Times, 28 September; Cooma Monaro Express, 29 September; Kalgoorlie Miner, 7 October

Dr Fred Watson will be giving a talk on Einstein at the Macquarie University Astronomy Open Night, ABC 702 Sydney, 3 October; ABC 702 Sydney, 6 October

The University of Southern Queensland finished second in the Doug Ellis Trophy at the Australian University Games, behind Macquarie University, Toowoomba Chronicle, 6 October

Councillor Liz Smith of Hobart City Council is a retired biochemist who taught at Macquarie University, Hobart Mercury, 6 October

A new course for business students has been developed by Development Dimensions International Australia in conjunction with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sunday Telegraph, 2 October

Reserve Bank governor Ian Macfarlane has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University, Australian Financial Review, 1 October

The Australian National Placenames Survey, based at Macquarie University has run a series of Aboriginal placenames workshops, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October; The Age, 1 October

Macquarie University 's Applied Finance Centre is running an information session, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October

Rob Gambi, mountain climber and cancer survivor, once studied at Macquarie University, ABC 702 Sydney, 10 October

Professor Sue Spence will become Dean of the Division of Linguistics and Psychology at Macquarie University in February, Australian Financial Review, 10 October

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management's MBA was rated 2nd in Australia and 74th in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Australian Financial Review, 10 October

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management is accredited with international body EQUIS, Australian Financial Review, 10 October

80-year-old Desmond Bright has graduated with a PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University, Hornsby Advocate, 6 October

Recipient of a gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, Kate Bilson, is studying creative arts at Macquarie University, Mosman Daily, 13 October

Astronomer Fred Watson gave a talk at Macquarie University, ABC 702 Sydney, 13 October

The Casino Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council is working on a bush medicine garden with Macquarie University, Richmond River Express Examiner, 12 October

Management consultant Max Franchitto holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, In Business, 1 October

South Sydney played Macquarie University in the Sydney Shires Cricket Competition, Southern Courier, 11 October

New additions to the Macquarie Dictionary include 'pash rash' and 'beer o'clock', 2DAY FM Sydney, 11 October; Triple M Sydney, 11 October; ABC Newcastle, 13 October; FM 104.7 Canberra, 13 October; Mornings Channel 9, 13 October; Vega Melbourne, 14 October

Risk management specialist Dr Patrick McConnell will present a one-day course for Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October

Mining heiress Bianca Rinehart studied at Macquarie University, Herald Sun, 15 October

Northern Beaches Christian School is a partner school of Macquarie University and undertook an e.Learning study tour, Manly Daily, 15 October

General Manager of the Kooemba Jdarra theatre group, Raymond Blanco, was previously an Associate Professor at Macquarie University, 96.9 FM Brisbane, 14 October

Greg Welsh
Acting Media Manager

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To apply for internally advertised positions, you must be:

  • a current Macquarie University staff member AND

  • a Continuing, Fixed-term or long-term Casual staff member

Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC)
Senior Computer Officer
(Full time (continuing))
Ref: 19617

The appointee will provide computer support for MUSEC, including staff training; maintain equipment and software databases, and support staff in the use of digital video technologies.

Essential Selection Criteria: Extensive experience in computer support in a networked environment; extensive knowledge of, and experience with, Macintosh computers and associated hardware and software; familiarity with the Windows operating system; familiarity with a variety of protocols, especially TCP IP and Appletalk, and other protocols used by servers; knowledge of set-up and maintenance of Macintosh servers (eg file, mail, QuickTime streaming, FileMaker database, etc); knowledge of computer security, particularly with regard to Macintosh systems; familiarity with professional digital video equipment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Desirable Selection Criteria: Knowledge of University IT policies and procedures.

Enquiries: Dr Mark Carter on (02) 9850 7880 or

The position is available on a full-time (continuing) basis from January 2006, and may be subject to probationary conditions. Selection criteria must be addressed in the application.

Package: From $60,899 pa, including (Level 6) base salary $51,460 to $56,393 pa, annual leave loading and 17% employer’s superannuation.

The appointment is currently governed by the terms of the Macquarie University Enterprise Agreement 2003–2006. The successful applicant will subsequently be offered the choice of an Australian Workplace Agreement for this appointment.

Please visit to apply online. Closing date: 28 October 2005.

Equal Employment Opportunity is a University Policy.

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FREE to a good home. Dylan is a six month old, kelpie cross—healthy, friendly, affectionate, intelligent. We’ve been his foster parents since he was found abandoned, but now that he’s fully vaccinated, desexed and microchipped he’s ready to move to a permanent home. Contact: Brenda x9642 for a photo.

FOR SALE Holden VY Storm ute, delft blue, 49,000km, auto, 11 months registration, aircon, power steer/windows/mirror/seat adjust, tinted windows, leather trim interior, leather steering wheel, six stack CD with steering wheel controls, cruise control, remote central locking, protective tray liner and load restraint hooks, balance of new car warranty, full service history, $29,000 ono. Lockable hard cover is available and will be sold separately—$1,000. Contact: Katie x6734

FOR SALE Single bed ensemble, luxury Chiropedic, $240. Dining table, round, made from cherry wood, 115 cm diameter, four legs, with three wooden chairs, $160. Electric heater with ceramic column, very light and very efficient, $90. Answering machine digital with daytime stamp $25. All items in very good condition, table and bed to be picked up in Chiswick, others can be delivered. Call Ann 0424 279 508, or contact:

FOR SALE Five piece aluminium outdoor set in dark green, including: one round table (120mm) and four matching chairs (without mattresses) $100. In very good condition. Contact: Kristin or x8583.

FOR SALE Westinghouse fridge (210L) $150; NEC washing machine (4.5 Kg) $200; NEC microwave (20L, 800W) $60; IKEA Tannne sofa bed (double; blue: 157x90x75 cm) $100; IKEA Lillehammer single bed frame (wood; no mattress) $50; IKEA Boksta 6-drawer beech tallboy (70x40x131 cm) $70; Emelda 5 drawer tallboy $50. All items four years old and in good condition. Available from 16 November. Contact: Stephen x9673 or 0409 925 510 or

FOR RENT Garden flat, Turramurra. Reverse cycle airconditioning, cable TV and electricity included. One bedroom, off street parking, washing machine and dryer. $250 per week. Margaret 9449 6697

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Friday 21 October

DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES SEMINAR Probabilistic Ore Systems Models—a New Tool for Evaluating Risk and Uncertainty in Mineral Exploration. Dr Oliver Kreuzer (GEMOC). Chair: Professor Mike Etheridge 1.05pm in Room 119 of Building E5A.

WAR/TERROR—INTERROGATING THE PARADIGM The Horrid Banquet of Human Flesh: the Terror of the Law. Dr Katherine Biber (Macquarie University). Dr Biber is a legal scholar and historian in Law, and her paper offers a critique in which the Law's cruelty and violence is not other to itself. Her research focuses on race and representation, crime and transgression, and visual culture. W6A Room 107.

RESEARCH DEGREE RELEASE SCHEME Applications close Friday 21 October 2005. For more information, please contact Anna Reid, x9780, can be found on the CPD website at:


Tuesday 25 October

OH&S WARDEN TRAINING Facilitator: Consultant from Adair Fire and Security Enquiries: Robyn Clark, x9619, 9.30am–1.00pm in the Human Resources Training Room, Mezzanine Level, C4B. To book call CPD on x9721 or email:


Wednesday 26 October

HISTORIES ON WEDNESDAY Fiction and the Writing Public: Aspiring Authors and the Uses of Literature in Inter-War Britain. Chris Hilliard (History, Sydney). 12 noon to 1.30pm in W6A 127. For more information contact: Mary Spongberg x8887.

WOMEN’S NETWORK—REAL WOMEN Speakers: Sandie Rudman and Tess Howes. Lunch will be provided. 12.30pm–1.30pm in E6A 116. To book call CPD on x9721 or email:


Thursday 27 October

ACTUARIAL STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES Multiple Sources of Reserve Uncertainty in Theory and Practice. Glen Barnett (Visiting Fellow in Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University). 4.00pm–5.00pm in C5C 350.

CUSTOMS IN COMMON LAW CULTURE, MEMORY SEMINAR SERIES Social Memory, Diachronic Emotion and Time in Ethics and Law. Dr John Sutton (Philosophy, Macquarie University). Trevor Martin Moot Court, W3A Level 3. 1.00pm–2.00pm.

SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM The Northern Theory of Globalisation. Robert W. Connell, (School of Policy and Practice, University of Sydney). 4.00pm–6.00pm in C3B 501 . All elcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow. Further enquiries: Eduardo de la Fuente x9940, Sean Scalmer x8069.

MACQUARIE HEALTH STUDIES PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES 2005 Green Lead: Oxymoron or Future Vision? Elizabeth O’Brien (Manager, Global Lead Advice & Support Service, a Sydney-based environmental NGO). E7B T2 at 1.00pm–2.00pm. All welcome. Enquiries: Lindie Clark x6393

ASSESSMENT PRACTICE AT MACQUARIE: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE QUALITY PRACTICE Session 3: Addressing Assessment Practice: an Organisational Approach. 10.00am–1.00pm in the Human Resources Training Room, Mezzanine Level, C4B. Morning tea will be provided. Facilitator and enquiries: Sharon Fraser, x8446. To book call CPD on x9721 or email:


Friday 28 October

DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES SEMINAR What Has the Mineral Exploration Industry Actually Been Doing?—An Analysis of Exploration in the Central Lachlan Fold Belt and the Cloncurry Regions over the Past 10–20 years. Ms Maureen McMahon (GEMOC) Chair: Professor Mike Etheridge 1.05pm in Room 119 of Building E5A.

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES Assessing the Impact of Culture on Relationship Creation and Network Formation in Emerging Asian Markets. Professor Richard Fletcher (Head of School, Marketing & International Business, University of Western Sydney). All staff and research students of Macquarie University are welcome to attend these seminars. 11.00am–12.00noon in Seminar Room C5C 350. For more information, please contact Ms Kristin Fan on (02) 9850 8583 or email:

WAR/TERROR—INTERROGATING THE PARADIGM Re-presenting War/Terror: Performance Interventions into the Terrified Body Politic (a lecture performance with video). Mr David Williams (version 1.0 Theatre Company/UNSW). Mr Williams is a founding member and artistic director of the performance group version 1.0, and has devised and performed in The Second Last Supper, CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) and The Wages of Spin, now touring. A scholar-practitioner, his PhD candidature is at UNSW. Chaired by Associate Professor Tom Burvill, Critical & Cultural Studies. W6A Room 107.



Tuesday 1 November

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Poet and Printer: the Rosemary Dobson-Alex Bolton Canberra Circle. Dr James Tulip. Mollie Thomson Room, Level 5, Library at 5.30pm for 6.00pm. All welcome. Enquiries: Mrs Cissy Wong x7499.


Wednesday 2 November

SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY RESEARCH SEMINAR The Octavius of Minucius. Dr David Daintree. 7.30pm in W6A 308.Cost: $5/$7. Enquiries: Pat Geidans/Margaret Smith x7512, Associate Professor Alanna Nobbs x8844, Ancient History Office x8833

HISTORIES ON WEDNESDAY When Small was Beautiful: The Rise and Fall of the American Appropriate Technology Movement in the 1970s. Carroll Pursell (History, Macquarie) 12 noon to 1.30pm in W6A 127. For more information contact: Mary Spongberg x8887.


Thursday 3 November

UNISUPER SEMINAR—SALARY SACRIFICE DOES IT WORK FOR YOU? Frank Scarrabelotti from UniSuper will run the Salary Sacrifice—Does it Work for You? seminar for UniSuper members. 1.00pm-2.30pm in the Price Theatre in W5A. Register online to reserve a place:

CUSTOMS IN COMMON LAW CULTURE, MEMORY SEMINAR SERIES Law, Culture and Memory. Professor Henry Reynolds, (History, University of Tasmania). Trevor Martin Moot Court, W3A Level 3. 1.00pm–2.00pm.

ALUMNI LECTURE The Face of Alexander the Great. Professor Kenneth Sheedy, (Director, Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University). Coins depicting Alexander the Great have long been cited as key evidence for our modern understanding of how Alexander himself wished to be remembered. Macquarie University Campus SAM Level 3 at 6.30pm. Bookings online:


Friday 4 November

WAR/TERROR—INTERROGATING THE PARADIGM Transforming the Bhuta Kala: the Bali Bombings and Indonesia's Transition to Civil Society. Dr Jeff Lewis, Dr Belinda Lewis (RMIT). Dr Jeff Lewis is a Senior Research Fellow in the Globalism Institute, RMIT. His new book Language Wars: the Role of Media and Culture in Political Violence and Global Terror, Pluto Books, is out this year. Dr Belinda Lewis teaches in health and social-cultural diversity. She was Senior Research Fellow for a major research project for the Department of Human Services, Government of Victoria. Chaired by Associate Professor Naren Chitty, Centre for International Communication W6A Room 107 at 2.00pm.

DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES SEMINAR Ice Domes and Ice Shelves of Antarctica. Dr Mark Lackie (DEPS). Chair: Dr Dick Flood Enquiries: John Veevers x8355. 1.05pm in Room 119 of Building E5A.


Tuesday 8 November

E.LEARNING FUTURES—INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES Speakers: Dr Tony Bates (University of British Columbia) and Dr Terry Anderson (Athabasca University). Enquiries: Margot McNeill, x9722, 1.30pm–3.00 pm. Venue to be advised. To book call CPD on x9721 or email:


Wednesday 9 November

SPECIAL HISTORY SEMINAR Researching the Gallipoli Campaign through the Document Files in the Turkish General Staff Archive. Harvey Broadbent (History, Macquarie), 12 noon Room 127 W6A. For more information contact: Mary Spongberg x8887.


Thursday 10 November

ACTUARIAL STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES TBA John Shepherd (Actuarial Studies, Macquarie).


Saturday 12 November

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY SINGERS—WOLCUM YOLE! Benjamin Britten says "Wolcum Yole!" in his work A Ceremony of Carols. Macquarie University Singers conducted by Margot McLaughlin will sing these words for their Christmas concert at 8.00pm in the Macquarie University Theatre. Parking is free for the evening. Tickets are $30, $20 (concession), $15 (students) and can be obtained from MCA on telephone: 9645 1611 or Interval supper provided. For further information please visit:


Thursday 17 November

LAMS TRAINING—LAMS @ MACQUARIE PROJECT Please contact Renee Vance, x7522, . For more information about the project contact: Robyn Philip, x4150, or visit: 9.15am–1.00pm, Training Room 1, Level 1, Library. Bookings are essential.


Thursday 24 November

ALUMNI FAREWELL DINNER FOR VICE CHANCELLOR International College of Management at 151 Darley Road, Manly. Cost: $79 per person. Bookings essential. RSVP: 18 November 2005 to Alumni Office. Telephone: (02) 9850 7310, Fax: (02) 9850 9478. Email:


Friday 25 November

MACQUARIE ANCIENT HISTORY ASSOCIATION AGM Annual General Meeting. No charge. 7.30pm X5B T1.

MACQUARIE ANCIENT HISTORY ASSOCIATION LECTURE Breathing Life into Pompeii. Dr Ray Laurence (University of Birmingham). 8.00pm (following AGM) in X5B T1. Enquiries: x8833

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All items to be submitted in writing or by emailing by 12 noon, Monday 31 October 2005.

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