Dr Joe Fraser (Director, Walanga Muru) with Dr Leanne Holt and fellow Indigenous Strategy leaders at the University’s celebration of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.
2020 Indigenous graduates ‘an inspiration’
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy Dr Leanne Holt recently hosted an event to celebrate the success of our 2020 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates. The Walanga Muru Virtual Graduation was attended by graduates via YouTube live stream.
“This is a significant milestone that’s reflective of our graduates’ perseverance and dedication,” says Dr Holt. “They are an inspiration to our communities, and I’m proud to have shared their university journey with them.”
It’s a wrap on Wellbeing Month
This year’s Staff Wellbeing Month saw us move to a blended approach of 24 on-campus activities, 75 free exercise classes and 7 online webinars (accessible here if you missed any) through October.
Event organiser Wendy Botha (Senior Organisational and Staff Development Consultant in HR) says that with face-to-face activities being limited, overall participation was lower compared to last year, but feedback from staff was still positive.
“Staff said they really appreciated the convenience of being able to access webinars from their office desk or home office, while also having the option of connecting with colleagues at various events and participating in different activities and learning opportunities in the wellbeing space,” Wendy says.
HR welcomes feedback or ideas for next year’s event – email email@example.com.
New MOU to see RIDBC relocating to Macquarie campus in 2023
Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton, and the President and Chair of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Board, David Dinte, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on 17 September that capitalises on our existing mutually beneficial relationship.
As part of the MOU, RIDBC will relocate their headquarters and services related to diagnostics, therapy, early intervention, and education into an exemplar facility on campus at Macquarie University in 2023.
Macquarie off to a great start in BikeTober
Macquarie is off to a great start in the Biketober Business Challenge, with the University currently second in NSW on the ladder and first in the education sector. Keep it up, Macquarie!
Whether you’re participating in BikeTober or not, all staff are encouraged to cycle to work for national Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 21 October, with a free Piccolo Me breakfast and other great incentives of offer for Macquarie Ride2Work Day participants.
An unusual astronomer joins the team
The Department of Physics and Astronomy had a very curious visitor at the observatory recently, with this Tawny Frogmouth checking out the capabilities of their All Sky camera.
View more incredible Observatory image captures on the Department’s newly re-launched webpages.
The Department’s ‘Night Sky Discovery’ public observatory tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19, but they hope that COVID-safe tours can resume before the end of the year.
Mummies in Mona Vale
The Department of History and Archaeology’s new education and outreach initiative Studying the Past is in full swing, having engaged with more than 1500 school students across Australia to date.
Led by PhD candidates Alex Kujanpaa and Gillian Smith, and casual academic/research assistant Jacinta Carruthers (pictured), the program has seen significant engagement with rural and remote NSW schools via video conferencing and in-person (COVID permitting).
Through school and community workshops, the program connects the discipline expertise of PhD candidates and early career researchers at Macquarie with teachers and students in schools. Recently they worked with Year Five students at Mona Vale Public School investigating Ancient Egypt through a series of workshops on Egyptian artefact analysis and archaeological methods. An excellent way to provide students with the opportunity to engage in higher-order thinking tasks such as critical analysis.