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Campus News : March 2010
1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News April 2010 3 Along with the new screens, a new website now.uow.edu.au has been created so that all staff and students can submit their own university events to be broadcast. The television bulletins can also be accessed on the website. "Now university events, activities, recorded lectures, newsletters and connections to social networks are all available in one spot," Mr Grange said. "In addition UOWnow is home to UOWtv, an exciting undertaking with the School of Journalism that creates a new portal to video production at UOW." Journalism students are developing their news broadcast skills by creating weekly updates and news stories about what's happening on campus. Journalism lecturer Shawn Burns said the opportunity to give students practical experience on real projects was invaluable. "Media organisations tell us they want graduates who can 'hit the ground running'. This kind of experience, where students learn interviewing and presenting skills then actually see their work broadcast, gives them the chance to learn by doing instead of being told how it is done. "It is a great innovation, and the students are really enthusiastic about it." Journalism student Natassia Apolloni presented the weekly UOWtv bulletin during O-Week and said she enjoyed the chance to develop her reporting skills. "I was able to interview comedian Wil Anderson who was performing during O-Week. He was an interesting character to interview and this was good practice (interviewing celebrities)," she said. Andrew Moon has also been helping to produce the news bulletins and said he thinks this practical experience will help him get a job. "Employers are looking for graduates with practical skills so this makes me feel more confident about getting a job when I graduate," he said. KM The University of Wollongong is planning to offer community engagement as a mainstream subject after the outstanding success of its summer session, Politics, the Community and the Common Good. Course co-ordinator Dr Glenn Mitchell, who lectures in History and Politics in the Faculty of Arts, said the program exceeded all expectations with 180 enrolments, while attendances at some of the public lectures topped 300. High-profile guest lecturers included British barrister and TV's Hypotheticals host Geoffrey Robertson QC, businessman, adventurer and philanthropist Dick Smith, former High Court Judge Justice Michael Kirby, former independent MP and anti-corruption campaigner John Hatton, Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill, former NSW Corrective Service Commission Chairman Professor Tony Vinson and St Vincent de Paul Society CEO John Falzon. They were joined by accomplished UOW alumni including two former UOW Medallists, Faculty of Law lecturer Elisa Arcioni and Katrina Clifford, who now works at the University of Canberra, and documentary film-maker Sandra Pires. "The response was inspiring," Dr Mitchell said. "There is clearly widespread interest in matters of community engagement and empowerment. People want to know how ordinary folk and ordinary individuals can make a powerful contribution to the way their communities are run. "The fact that we were able to attract such prominent national and international figures to the campus tells us something about the way those people perceive this University." Dr Mitchell said the guest speakers had an overwhelmingly positive message for their audiences. "People really wanted to hear their positive accounts of how individuals can make a difference," he said. "Justice Kirby, for example, stressed that we shouldn't be trying to destroy the institutions on which our society is based -- we should be making them work even better." Dr Mitchell said it showed that there was clearly a demand for serious study of "what makes a good community". "With the success of the summer program, we are now looking at ways that we can develop this into a mainstream subject along the lines of a Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement, to be shared between the Faculties of Arts and Law," Dr Mitchell said. NH Screens to keep campus informed Vice-Principal (Administration) Chris Grange from page 1. Summer success gives course long-term future Top: Dick Smith (second from left) flew his helicopter to UOW for his summer school presentation. He was met by (from left) course coordinator Dr Glenn Mitchell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper, Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill and John Hatton. Above: Barrister and television host Geoffrey Robertson QC was a popular presenter at UOW's summer school course on community engagement.