The COVID–19 crisis has certainly had a big impact on all our lives. I am sure many of you will have attended the Town Hall sessions conducted by the VC, Andy Vann and will have heard that the University is working hard to keep things as positive as possible for both our students and staff. It is unprecedented times and I am sure the impact is certainly not easy for anyone.
After Easter I will organise a Faculty meeting on Zoom for us to catch up and provide an opportunity for a Faculty specific discussion. I do want to say how incredibly impressed I am by everyone’s efforts to look after our students and to look out for each other. There has been a huge amount of work done across every part of the Faculty including moving our China partner students to ‘on line’, totally changing our partner delivery at the Police Academy and our Study Centres not to mention transitioning our on Campus students to on line. Everyone’s help has been really appreciated especially given that everyone’s lives are being so disrupted in the move to work from home and all the associated changes that is bringing with it.
It is really important that you look after yourselves whilst you are working in isolation and the screenshots show our Faculty team having a catch up at work to check up on each other.
Whilst I certainly do not want to trivialise the enormity of what we are facing I am interested to hear and see how you are coping. I am therefore hoping you might share some of the things that you have ‘experienced’ working from home. I will send a surprise delivery every payday (from me not the Faculty budget) to one staff member for sharing their ‘experience’ until we are all allowed to return to the office. Just send your photo or screen shot or story to the FOBJBS-Exec-Office@csu.edu.au email by the Monday of pay week. It may be about a specific challenge you are facing or a coping strategy or something that has made you smile in these hard times. Please note though this is a shared email address in the Faculty office so not confidential. Any ‘experiences’ should be ones we are able to share unless you specifically ask for them not to be.
Changes to the Head of School, Management and Marketing
As many of you are aware, Associate Professor Mark Frost’s term as Head of School, School of Management and Marketing ceased on 31 March 2020. Mark has made a significant contribution to the School, and to the wider university across the decade or so of his appointment, and I want to personally thank him for his contribution. Mark’s contributions to Charles Sturt will continue into the future, and he and I are having discussions about what this may look like.
The University has advertised externally, and internally, for the Head of School, School of Management and Marketing, but has not yet resolved this important position going forward. However as we committed to Mark being able to stand down, Dr Stacey Jenkins will take on the role of Acting Head of School. We wish Stacey well in that role and I know you will give her your full support.
Marketing our Online Expertise – Call for Assistance
The Division of Marketing and Communications (DoMC) has put a call out for good news stories from our students about their online study experiences to support the midyear marketing recruitment campaign. The focus of the campaign is to showcase that Charles Sturt as a leading provider of online learning. To show prospective students what this looks like, DoMC would like to hear your stories.
Are you an academic who is leading an online subject that gets rave reviews from students? Do you have an engaging online delivery method that you would like to share as an example of what great online study looks like? Do you know any online students who are kicking big goals? Have you been involved in a research project that has great engagement online? Email your details to Taylor Campbell, Content Marketing Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Day In – 2020
On Wednesday 11 March the School of Computing and Mathematics hosted the sixth Big Day Out held at our Wagga campus. This year the event saw 385 high school students in Years 9-12 from across the Riverina participate.
The event enables high school students to connect studying a degree in information and communication technologies with their future careers.
On the day, the students got the opportunity to listen to presentations by representatives from Adobe, Defence Force Recruiting, Wisetech Global, Department of Human Services, Australian Film, Radio and Television School, Buzzy Games, and Visual Dreaming.
Law, Order and Activism – Podcast Series
Last month saw the release of the second series of the Charles Sturt (media produced) podcast, Charles Sturt Stories. The second series is called Law, Order and Activism, and features eight of our Faculty academics talking about their expertise in counter-terrorism, policing, protests, investigative journalism, raids, emergency management and more.