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HUMCASS News Archive (2007)

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2007 Excellence In Disability Support Awards 26/9/07

Each year at Monash University Gippsland Campus, the Excellence in Disability Support Awards are presented at a breakfast, which was held on Thursday 6 th September. Staff and students are invited to nominate an academic and general staff member and/or faculty, school or department for exceptional support to a student or staff member with a disability, or for supporting disability issues on the campus.

The Jenny Hill Memorial Award for Innovative Practice is also awarded from these nominations. Jenny was an employee at Gippsland Campus who championed disability issues. Jenny sadly died shortly after her retirement and this award was set up in memory of her.

This year the General Staff recipient was Angeline Wilson (Examination Branch), Academic Staff recipient, Cathy Haigh (HUMCASS) and the Faculty, School or Department recipient was IT Services. The most outstanding nominee was Brian MacKenzie (Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Gippsland), this year's recipient of the Jenny Hill Award for Innovative Practice.

Through the generous support of departments, schools and faculties at Gippsland Campus and the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, Associate Professor, Harry Ballis, two student awards are also made. Students with a long-term medical condition or disability often excel at University but are hindered by their condition in attaining scholarships. In recognising this, such students can apply for one of two awards. This year the recipients were; HUMCASS student, John De Sousa-daw (Encouragement Award) and Education student Di Hammond (Academic Excellence Award).

Seventy people attended the awards presentation breakfast, the guest speakers were Judy Woods and Emma Priest. Judy, a Cancer Care Nurse from the new Cancer Care Centre at Latrobe Regional Hospital , spoke about the Centre, its services and the effects a diagnosis of cancer has on the individual, family and community. Emma, a nursing student, honoured the audience with a very personal story about coping with palliative care of her mother while continuing study at university.

Grant Success - 3/7/07

Congratulations to Dr Mark Symmons on his recent success in securing $29,750 (maximum of $30,000) from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for the project 'Ecodrive as a Road Safety Tool for Australian Conditions'. The application process was highly competitive with Mark's project one of only two funded out of a field of 47. The responsible Minister is expected to announce the successful applicants shortly.

2007 Awards Night 24/5/07

The School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences Annual Student Awards night was held on the 24th May 2007. The evening was a great success and guests included the Acting Pro Vice Chancellor, Monash University Gippsland Campus, Associate Professor Harry Ballis, Dean of Arts, Professor Rae Frances and Head of School, Associate Professor Colleen Lewis. A number of award sponsors generously supported the School's Awards night. The sponsors included:

The awards are a celebration of outstanding achievement by students in the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences.


2007 School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences Annual Student Awards night


Head of School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Associate Professor Colleen Lewis making her opening address.

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Rae Frances, presents the following Academic Excellence Awards


Bachelor of Arts (on-campus)
Ashlee Miller


Bachelor of Behavioural Science (off-campus)
Michelle Pay


Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) (on-campus)
Rebecca Cameron


Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare (on-campus)
Audrey Matthews


Diploma of Foundation Studies
Megan Kenny


First Year Award (on-campus)
Audrey Matthews


First Year Award (off-campus)
Leigh-Anne McKinley

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Rae Frances, presents the following First Year Discipline Area Awards (on-campus)


Australian Indigenous Studies
Anita Weber


Communications/Writing
Sarah Possart


Communications/Writing
Laura Hollonds


History/Politics
Kirk Slywa


History/Politics
Laura Hollonds


Psychological Studies
Jodie Vickery-Howe


Psychological Studies
Kerryn Wall


Social and Community Welfare
Kerryn Wall


Social and Community Welfare
Audrey Matthews


Sociology and Social Research
Lucy Colahan


Sociology and Social Research
Genine Hook

The Head of HUMCASS, Associate Professor Colleen Lewis, presents the following Third Level Assignment Awards


Sociology and Social Research - 'Structure and Analysis in Sociology'
Sunita Pong


Communications / Writing - 'Writing: Writing 2 Portfolio'
Ashlee Miller


Journalism - 'International Journalism'
Rebecca Cameron

Sponsors Awards, Scholarships, Head of School Award, Pro Vice Chancellor's Community Service Award


Maree McPherson from the Gippsland Area Consultative Committee presents Elizabeth Parker with the Gippsland Area Consultative Committee (GACC) Diploma in Regional Community Development Award


Mary Hicks from the Department of Human Services presents Erin Canning with the Department of Human Services Award


Professor Rae Frances presents Regina Cleef with the Needham PR/LV Printers Award


Jane Anderson from Anglicare presents Anne Griffiths with the Anglicare Award


Jane Anderson from Anglicare presents Cindy Considine with the Anglicare Award


Ernest Metcalf from Noweyung Ltd presents Deslee Francis with the The Noweyung Ltd Award for Academic Excellence in the Diploma of Social and Community Welfare


Ernest Metcalf from Noweyung Ltd presents Kerryn Wall with the The Noweyung Ltd Award for Academic Excellence in the Diploma of Social and Community Welfare


James McIvor from The GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd Fulham Correctional Centre presents Nicola Schwabegger-Rotter with the GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd - Fulham Correctional Centre Award for Academic Excellence in the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Humanities) (off-campus)


Associate Professor Colleen Lewis presents Robyn Bodinnar with the Head of School Award


Gaye Miller from Spotless presents Charlotte Missen with the Spotless Scholarship


Associate Professor Colleen Lewis presents Ammie Julai with the Honours Scholarship


Associate Professor Colleen Lewis presents Jacqui Howell with the Honours Scholarship


Associate Professor Harry Ballis presents Sadie Heckenberg with the Pro Vice-Chancelllor's Community Service Award

Award winners, group photographs


Associate Professor Colleen Lewis with Audrey Matthews with the First Year Award (on-campus), Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare (on-campus), and first-year discipline areas for on-campus students (Social and Community Welfare)


Associate Professor Colleen Lewis with Kerryn Wall with the first-year discipline areas for on-campus students (Psychological Studies), first-year discipline areas for on-campus students (Social and Community Welfare)
and The Noweyung Ltd Award for Academic Excellence in the Diploma of Social and Community Welfare


Associate Professor Colleen Lewis with the award winners.

The School acknowledges the significant support provided by the following awards sponsors:

Research Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security - Associate Investigator 23/5/07

Congratulations to Dr David Baker who has been named as an Associate Investigator on the ARC's first national Research Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. Under the ARC's Special Research Initiatives funding scheme $10 million is provided over five years to the Centre of Excellence to be headquartered at Griffith University. The ARC Centre is designed to understand the origins, motivations and dynamics of security threats such as crime and terrorism.

David will be working with the ARC 's Research Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security on Project 1.2: Understanding Conflict in Vulnerable Communities. In particular, to identify best practices for effectively balancing the rule of law with freedom of democratic expression in high-risk situations such as demonstrations, protests and strikes.

ARC Linkage Project Grant 21/5/07

Many congratulations to Karen Crinall and Chris Laming who were successful in obtaining an ARC Linkage Project Grant (with Melbourne University and Victoria Police). Dr Karen Crinall and Dr Chris Laming who are both named investigators on the successful ARC Linkage Grant for the project "Family Violence Reform: Using knowledge to develop and integrate policy and practice". This is a six year project with Melbourne University and Victoria Police and have been awarded $463,516 over the six years.

HUMCASS Orientation - Gippsland 2007

Images from Humcass Orientation, School Welcome and Morning Tea.

Winners of HUMCASS scavenger hunt.

1st Place: Nicole Taylor, April Nolan

2nd Place: Sophie Lord, Sarah Kennedy

3rd Place: Andrew Briwn, Grant Ryan

The Winners

Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region Conference - December 2006

A two-day symposium exploring the practices and expanding field of research around youth and the media. Monash University, Caulfield campus, Melbourne 30th November and 1st December 2006. more

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