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Campus News : March 2011
Campus News is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Kate Mcllwain Melissa Coade Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email email@example.com Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 001202E ISSN 0312-2018 12 Campus News March 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Big Del king of the kids The popularity of the annual Koori Kids Fun Day hosted by UOW's Faculty of Commerce was there for all to see on 20 January as numbers doubled over last year's inaugural event. Dragons' players including Jamie Soward, Cameron King, David Gower and the club's ambassador Wendell "Big Del" Sailor attended to lend a hand. UOW, ITC female employers of choice The University of Wollongong and its largest subsidiary and global education provider, ITC Ltd, have both been named in a select group of Australian organisations as Employers of Choice for Women (EOCFW). The Federal Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) announced the nation's Employers of Choice for Women in March. EOWA Acting Director Mairi Steele congratulated the 98 organisations that have achieved Employer of Choice for Women status for 2011. "In the lead up to International Women's Day it is important that we recognise those employers making their contribution to raise the status of women in Australian workplaces," Ms Steele said. "Bolstering gender equality in workplaces is not just a social justice issue. These organisations represent smart business management. They are positioning themselves to attract and retain the best female talent in what is still a highly competitive market for skilled employees. Women now represent just over 50% of university graduates and are a huge proportion of the talent pool," Ms Steele said. "While we are delighted at the success of the 98 EOCFW organisations, more than 2500 organisations report to EOWA each year, so there is plenty of room for the remaining ones to step up to the mark." The EOCFW citation is awarded to non-government organisations with more than 100 employees that have demonstrated they have policies and practices supporting women across the organisation, achieving positive outcomes for both women and the business. To be recognised as an EOWA Employer of Choice for Women, employers are required to meet stringent criteria each year involving areas such as paid maternity leave, having policies that support women across the workplace and ensuring that a pay equity analysis has been undertaken. BG UOW and the St George Illawarra Dragons entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish a partnership of mutual benefit for both organisations in 2009. The Koori Kids Fun Day activity reflects part of that strategic alliance. More than 100 children aged from five to 14 turned up for this year's event which is aimed at connecting the Indigenous community with the University. Faculty of Commerce Indigenous Project Officer Jade Kennedy said the event gives the local children a unique experience with a range of indoor and outdoor activities. "The day is really hands-on with sporting and art activities organised. We engaged artists Joanne Davis and Craig Cruse to work with the children on producing a piece of artwork that will be displayed in a prominent area at the University. The children can assist with the artwork which then gives them a physical connection with the University. "And the Dragons players were onside to assist with our sporting games," Jade said. The day is part of the Faculty of Commerce's ongoing commitment to engage and develop genuine relationships with the Indigenous community. It has received support from the University Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC) and from Wollongong Lions Club; the UniCentre; the Office of Employment, Equity and Diversity; Academic Registrar's Department; Faculty of Education; and the Office of Community Partnerships at UOW. "Through this event, the children have a stronger affiliation with the University and know that we are here to support them. It really is a memorable event," Jade said. In another aspect of the Dragons-UOW alliance, the reigning National Rugby League premiers utilised URAC's sports fields, gymnasium and aquatic centre for much of their pre-season training as they prepared for the 2011 NRL season and their World Club Championship clash with Wigan on 27 February. The Dragons beat Wigan 21-15 to complete a clean-sweep of all the major club trophies. BG Catch me if you can -- Wendell Sailor enjoys a game with children at the annual Koori Kids Fun Day at UOW, organised by the Faculty of Commerce.