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Campus News : March 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News March 2011 3 It'sabird,it'saplane,no. . . it's Super Transit Man! The University of Wollongong's own "superhero" teamed with Lois Laneless to spearhead a new YDrive campaign during Orientation Week aimed at promoting public transport as an alternative to cars. The campaign targeted students during O-Week, with Super Transit Man and Lois Laneless boarding buses and roaming the campus, talking to students and encouraging them to travel to uni on buses, trains and bicycles. Students vied for prizes including a bicycle valued at $500 and an Ipod Touch for the best photos with Super Transit Man. Monica Millar from the Academic Registrar's Division said she was delighted with the superhero's impact. "Super Transit Man became a real identity on campus during O-Week," Ms Millar said. "He rode the buses, visited North Wollongong train station, rode around campus on a bike and had hundreds of conversations with students, encouraging them to consider alternatives to car travel. He really helped generate interest and awareness about the cheap, environmentally-friendly ways to get to UOW. "We've got excellent free bus services to the campus, and thanks to Super Transmit Man there is now a much greater awareness about the free public transport options." The NSW Government provides the Gong Shuttle bus service that includes UOW in a loop between Wollongong Hospital, Wollongong railway station, the CBD, North Beach, the Innovation Campus at North Wollongong and student residences at Campus East. UOW also provides its own free shuttle bus service connecting the main campus with North Wollongong railway station. UOW also provides parking incentives to encourage students to carpool. Ms Millar said the latest YDrive Campaign was part of UOW's increased focus on the environment aimed at reducing carbon emissions through the promotion of greener, more sustainable transport options. UOW has developed a new website to support the YDrive campaign, with a "From your Suburb" feature which helps students find the best means of transport between their residence and UOW. BG Win's legacy lives on through scholarships Winifrid Bullot Smith devoted her life to nursing and nurse education, and her legacy will live on through a scholarship at the University of Wollongong. Ms Smith, who died in 2009 aged 87, was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the state's first School of Nursing to be located at a tertiary education. The school opened in 1979 at the Wollongong Institute of Education (which merged with UOW two years later). Ms Smith left the University $400,000 from her estate, to be used for nursing scholarships. UOW staff and members of the nursing community gathered to honour Ms Smith and celebrate her generosity at a morning tea in February. Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Dean Professor Patrick Crookes said the scholarships were an important addition to nursing education in the region, and would build on the important foundations Ms Smith laid when she helped establish the School of Nursing. "This will make a real difference," Professor Crookes said. "The bequest is very much oriented to students who have already spent some time in nursing and have indicated they want to stay in the profession." Lawyer David Cummins, who was the executor of Ms Smith's estate, spoke at the morning tea, fondly recalling his first encounter with 'Win' after being admitted to Bowral District Hospital for several weeks. Mr Cummins said Ms Smith was a selfless and determined person and it was with this spirit that she also approached her nursing. "She didn't look for any lost or deserving relatives when drawing up her Will. Win instructed that her money not only go to UOW but to other different community organisations as well," Mr Cummins said. Ms Smith was the Deputy Director of Nursing at Bowral and District Hospital and served on UOW's University Council. In 1997 she was honoured with a Fellowship of the University. In 1990 Ms Smith was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contribution to nursing education. MC Winifrid Smith congratulates a nursing graduate at a graduation ceremony. Nurse pioneer's $400,000 bequest Transit Man champions free travel Super Transit Man spreads the word about transport alternatives during Orientation Week.