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Campus News : October 2012
CONNECT: UOW is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Jenna Bradwell Elise Pitt Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 00102E ISSN 0312-2018 12 CONNECT :UOW OCTOBER 2012 CONNECT: NEWS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Rob Castle ended his 42-year career at the University of Wollongong on a high note on his last day in July which coincided with the mid-year graduation ceremonies. The University Council honoured Professor Castle with an Emeritus Professorship and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the final graduation ceremony of the week on the Friday afternoon, and several hundred guests attended a farewell function for him in the McKinnon Build evening. Guests at the farewell included four generations of Professor's Castle's family, his father Gordon, his wife Josie (also a long-serving UOW academic), his children Tim and Alison (both UOW-trained lawyers) and grandchildren Lauren and James UOW's three living Vice-Chancellors, Emeritus Professors Ken McKinnon and Gerard Sutton and the current Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, were among the many colleagues past and present who gathered to acknowledge Professor Castle's extraordinary contribution to UOW and the Australian higher education sector. Professors Sutton and Wellings were among the speakers who paid tribute to Professor Castle, along with the function's Master of Ceremonies Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Patterson, former Vice-Principal (International) Dr James Langridge, Dean of Education Professor Paul Chandler and old friend and colleague Associate Professor Di Kelly. Professor Kelly spoke of Professor Castle being "uncompromising about standards of teaching, and unrelenting in not letting us drop those standards", and paid tribute to the way he had empowered women to seek career success. Dr Langridge spoke about Professor Castle's international contribution, including helping establish the academic standards at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and his role as the only non-American academic on the Forum for Education Abroad in the United States. Professor Sutton praised Professor Castle for his key role in establishing UOW's satellite campuses in the Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay, Moss Vale, Southern Sydney and the Sydney CBD, his international contribution, for leading the University to the top of the rankings for teaching and learning and for successfully leading the University through Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA) audits. Professor Wellings said while he had only worked with Professor Castle since joining UOW in January this year, he had quickly come to appreciate that he was "so deeply embedded in so many parts of the fabric of this institution". Professor Wellings praised Professor Castle for his role in maintaining the University's quality and standards in teaching and learning. Professor Chandler praised Professor Castle for his support of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program which encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to aspire to higher education, and said he had had "a remarkable impact on this university and on people's lives". In response, Professor Castle said he had been fortunate to work with many outstanding academics over his 42 years at UOW, including Ken Blake, John Steinke and Jim Hagan. "And all the Vice-Chancellors have been great role models, and I learned so much from all of them," he said. Professor Castle said it had been a privilege to see UOW grow and develop "and it has been very nice being a passenger near the front of the bus". NH CASTLE LEAVES LASTING LEGACY experience, widened participation and progressed the College's technology enhanced learning agenda. "She will continue to build on the reputation that UOW has achieved, under Professor Castle's leadership, which has seen UOW create an outstanding teaching and learning environment," Professor Wellings said. NH UOW honoured retiring Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Rob Castle with an meritus Professorship and an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the July graduation ceremony. pictured with wife Josie (formerly Dean of Students at UOW), daughter Alison and son Tim, who are both UOW-trained lawyers. ding that s. nd Gerard E Heisp 42-YEAR CAREER HONOURED DV-C (EDUCATION) APPOINTED Professor Eeva Leinonen has been appointed UOW's new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education). Professor Leinonen (pictured) is currently Vice Principal (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King's College, London. She is expected to join UOW in November. Professor Leinonen will succeed Professor Rob Castle, who retired from the University in July after 42 years. Announcing the appointment, Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said: "During her time at King's College, Professor Leinonen has significantly advanced King's College's agendas of learning and teaching, the student
CONNECT:UOW July 2012