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WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL 2012
NEWS
Making a difference – what matters to you?
Whether it's sustainability, health, education or the arts, staff, students and alumni are pursuing work that has real-world impact.
Whether it's sustainability, health, education or the arts, staff, students and alumni are pursuing work that has real-world impact.

Thanks for participating in the first week of the ‘What Matters’ polls. Here are some of the results so far:
  • 50 percent of Australians polled believe reducing our environmental footprint matters
  • Improving children's literacy matters to 44 percent of international voters
  • However plain packaging for cigarettes is polling the lowest for both audiences - does this matter to you?
Have you voted yet? Join the conversation now.

There'll be new topics each week, so make sure you check in regularly.
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It’s your money – how will it be allocated?
The student organisations and the University have agreed on the distribution of the new Student Services and Amenities fee.
The student organisations and the University have agreed on the distribution of the new Student Services and Amenities fee.

As you’d know by now via emails from the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) – and stories here in At Sydney and elsewhere in the media – late last year the government legislated to introduce a Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. Keen to ensure that this fee was used in the most beneficial way, the University asked you and your representative organisations to prioritise some spending options. The were identified as:
  1. Orientation 
  2. Advocacy and information
  3. Health, welfare and career
  4. Clubs, societies and other student led activities 
  5. Facilities
The student organisations were then asked to submit proposals for a portion of the fee, and that distribution has now been agreed to. To see how the funds have been allocated and read comments from the student organisations on the distribution agreement, visit the SSA fee page.

USU president Sibella Matthews said the Union Board is “very pleased that almost all of the SSA fee funds have been distributed to the student organisations on campus, and we're happy to be working with the other student organisations and University in delivering student programs and services this year and beyond”.

Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), was also pleased with the process and the outcome. “The results of the student consultation and subsequent allocation of funds show that as a University community we can come together to ensure a better student experience,” he said.

For more information on how your fee will be spent, contact your student organisations.
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NOTICES
Scholarships now open
Major IT systems unavailable this weekend
Scheduled maintenance to data centre storage systems will occur between 8am and 5pm, Saturday 7 April.
Scheduled maintenance to data centre storage systems will occur between 8am and 5pm, Saturday 7 April. 

During this time a number of the University's critical systems will not be available, including:
  • the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Echo360 – lecture recording system
  • Student Self Administration
  • ePortfolio
  • Greenway GIS
Any changes to the above schedule will be communicated on the ICT service status webpage. If you have any concerns about this outage, please contact the ICT Helpdesk.
Improve your English-language skills
The Centre for English Teaching (CET) is offering free workshops from 12 April.
The Centre for English Teaching (CET) is offering free workshops from 12 April.

CET is holding workshops in ‘English Language Test Preparation’, ‘Communicating Cross-Culturally in English’ and ‘Learning English through Drama’. These three workshops are designed to support students, staff and community members in developing skills and techniques to achieve academic results and improve communication. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet, share stories and network as we face the challenges of communicating in modern life. 

For more information and to enrol please visit the CET website.
Confidence and emotional management skillshops
Counselling and psychological services provide a range of free workshops to help you get the best out of university life.
Counselling and psychological services provide a range of free workshops to help you get the best out of university life.

View the skillshops on offer this semester. No enrolment is necessary, just head to Room 513, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus to attend each skillshop. For more information, call 8627 8433 or 8627 8437.
Registration bursaries available for ‘spintronics’ conference
Recent developments in the emerging field of ‘spintronics’ – the technology that is expected to drive the next wave of faster and smaller electronic devices – will be discussed at an international conference at the University in July.
Recent developments in the emerging field of ‘spintronics’ – the technology that is expected to drive the next wave of faster and smaller electronic devices – will be discussed at an international conference at the University in July.

To encourage students to present their work at WUN-SPIN 2012 from 23 to 25 July, the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN) will provide a limited number of registration bursaries up to the value of $250.

For more information and to, visit the conference website. Applications close 31 May.
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GET INVOLVED
Name a star for the 2012 graduate medals
Do you know a recent graduate who has achieved top marks and made an exceptional contribution to the University and the community?
Do you know a recent graduate who has achieved top marks and made an exceptional contribution to the University and the community?

Nominate them for a 2012 graduate medal. The graduate medals are awarded to students who graduated or met their degree requirements in 2011. The medals also recognise activities and service that often goes unrecognised within the wider community.

Nominate online or find out more on the Alumni & Friends website.
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Tai Chi competition
Improve your fitness and well-being with Tai Chi.
Improve your fitness and wellbeing with Tai Chi.

On 9 June, the Confucius Institute will co-present the seventh Australian Tai Chi open competition, in conjunction with Tai Chi Association Australia.

All Tai Chi practitioners are invited to take part in the competition, or watch for free. The competition features a variety of Chinese Tai Chi competition forms and weapons.

Registration closes on 30 April. For more information and to register, visit the Confucius Institute website.
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Access to personal genome information
What do you think about online personal genome testing?
What do you think about online personal genome testing?

Direct-to-consumer personal genome testing is a service available online to Australians. These tests provide information about your health and ethnic ancestry – all based on your genetics. Researchers at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine are interested in consumers’ views on this technology and would like to hear from you.

Complete a five-minute online survey.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the research team at ccs.geneticsstudy@sydney.edu.au
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GET CAREER CENTRED
Job of the Week
Kickstart your graduate career as an Ernst & Young Vacationer. Read the full job ad.
International students workshop
How do you effectively market yourself and your skills for the Australian workplace?
How do you effectively market yourself and your skills for the Australian workplace?

Topics covered in this one-day program include:
  • communicating for effect
  • cultural and self awareness
  • self marketing
  • finding work
  • interview techniques
For more information, visit the Careers Centre website.
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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS
 SUPRA    |  
SUPRA elections
The Sydney University Postgraduate Association calls for nominations to the general election for SUPRA council by any SUPRA subscriber.
The Sydney University Postgraduate Association calls for nominations to the general election for SUPRA council by any SUPRA subscriber. 

Nominations must be submitted to the returning officer by 7pm, Friday 13 April. For more information on the election or to download nomination forms, visit the SUPRA website.
 SUPPORT    |  
SRC and SUPRA help now at Cumberland
Help and advice from the undergrad and postgrad organisations is now available to students at the Health Sciences Library, Cumberland Campus. Read more on the Library website.
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EVENTS
 7 APR    |  
Imagine this: New York
Join us at the Nicholson Museum for the next destination in our ‘cities of the world’ lecture series.
Join us at the Nicholson Museum for the next destination in our ‘cities of the world’ lecture series.

Beyond the tangible steel and glass all cities are imagined spaces. But few have been imagined in such obsessive detail as New York – from its deepest sewer to the lofty heights of the Chrysler Building's Cloud Club. Travel writer Lance Richardson takes you on a tour through the steamy dreamscape of “skyscraper national park,” as Kurt Vonnegut once called it.

Lance Richardson is one of Australia’s leading travel writers, frequently appearing in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, GQ, Virgin Voyeur and Australian Geographic Outdoor. He splits his time between Sydney and New York and everywhere in between, particularly Yellowstone National Park and places with good bakeries.

Event details
When: 2 to 4pm, Saturday 7 April
Where: Nicholson Museum, The Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free
Bookings essential, contact Museum Reception on 9351 2812 or nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
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 11 APR    |  
Under the Sea: Children's activities at the Macleay Museum
Looking for entertaining activities these school holidays?
Looking for entertaining activities these school holidays?

Join the Macleay Museum for a fun day of arts and crafts activities, and help build a model as part of the Coral: Art Science Life exhibition. Hear one of the University's marine biologists explain how reefs work and what it's like to study these amazing ecosystems!

Activities for 5 to 12 year-olds will be held throughout the day.

Event details
When: 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 11 April
Where: Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane (off Science Road), Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free

For more information, email or call 9336 5253.
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 12 APR    |  
On the trail of abducted antiquities
What is the legal process by which a discovered antiquity enters the public domain?
What is the legal process by which a discovered antiquity enters the public domain?

In the 2012 Sir Charles Nicholson Lecture, the Hon-Professor Norman Palmer QC, CBE, FSA – a barrister specialising in claims relating to personal and cultural property and dispute resolution – examines the middle stage between the discovery of an archaeological object and its appearance in a public museum.

Event details
When: 6.30 to 9pm, Thursday 12 April
Where: Nicholson Museum, the Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Cost: $40, Friends of the Nicholson Museum $25
Bookings essential, contact Museum Reception on 9351 2812 or nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au

For more information, visit the Events website.
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CONTENTS
News
Notices
Get Involved
Get career centred
Student organisations
Events
Student blog
Budget and staff changes – how do they affect you?
Digital library resources
Weight loss: a psychological perspective
The Con goes mobile
Uni on your phone
Links
STUDENT BLOG
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This week student blogger Sidd votes in the 'What Matters' community outreach project. How are our staff, students and alumni making real-world impact?
BUDGET AND STAFF CHANGES – HOW DO THEY AFFECT YOU?
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If you're concerned or confused by the recent budget and staffing change proposals, check out this updated Q&A from the University.
DIGITAL LIBRARY RESOURCES
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The Library has a vast number of primary source collections available for your study and research. Read more
WEIGHT LOSS: A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Why is losing weight and keeping it off so difficult?
Why is losing weight and keeping it off so difficult?

Psychologists believe that weight loss is about more than just diet and exercise. Emotions, physiology and the social environment can also play a part in successful weight management. This course at the Centre for Continuing Education combines practical strategies with accessible research, helping to overcome obstacles and open the door to weight loss success.

When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday 14 and 21 April

To enrol or for more information, call 9036 4789 or visit the CCE website.
THE CON GOES MOBILE
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Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a free mobile app.
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a free mobile app.

To get the app, search "Sydney Con" in your app store, or download the poster and scan the ‘QR code’ with a QR reader app.

Available on Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Android devices with Android 2.1 or higher.
UNI ON YOUR PHONE
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Access the University’s website on your web-enabled mobile device!
Access the University’s website on your web-enabled mobile device!

Go to m.sydney.edu.au and a specially formatted version of the website will appear. You can access the Library, maps, events, phonebook and information on campus wireless access. The site is designed to work on most mobile devices, including the iPhone, Blackberry, iPad and devices using the Android operating system.

Tapping the “Add to Home Screen” option in Safari on your iPhone gives you an app-style icon for quick access.
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