Alice Springs campus activities 

Charles Darwin University Council met on the Alice Springs Campus recently

Alice Springs Campus is hosting a Courses and Career night as part of the mid-year intake on Monday 5 June from 5pm to 7pm in the theatrette, offering community members a chance to talk to staff about the appropriate study options for them.

CDU music students Hanna Morrison and Lucy Hope will be providing musical entertainment during the evening and the School of Creative Arts and Humanities will be displaying student visual artworks during the event.

Thanks to Lasseters Hotel Casino, who have donated one night’s accommodation for two as a lucky door prize for the event.

The Campus took part in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea last Monday and staff raised $114 for the Cancer Council. It was a fun event, with staff participating in games which challenged their knowledge of fellow colleagues.

A successful scholarships night was held at the Desert Lantern restaurant on 24 May in conjunction with presentation ceremonies on other CDU campuses. The University is grateful to the local businesses and organisations that provided scholarships for seven Alice Springs-based students.

Invitations have been sent out for the prize-giving and graduation events to be held on Friday 16 June. The prize-giving and awards ceremony will take place in the Desert Lantern at 11.30am and the graduation will be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre in the evening.

First semester has been very busy for Alice Springs Campus, with staff initiative resulting in many new students and activities for the University in Central Australia. An end of semester function to thank staff will be held on campus on Friday 23 June.

Official visits

The Charles Darwin University Council met on the Alice Springs Campus last Wednesday. The Council also hosted a reception for community and business leaders at the Alice Springs Convention Centre during their visit.

The CDU deans are arriving in Alice Springs today and will spend tomorrow visiting town camps, followed by Wallace Rockhole, Tjunwumpa, and N'taria communities. The visits will be an opportunity to discuss remote policy and delivery with accompanying staff from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and the Indigenous Co-ordination Centre. At each location, the touring party will meet with local community members, who will outline their training plans and expectations. It will be a valuable opportunity to clarify the role of the University in remote areas and set the scene for a more effective delivery of higher education and VET programs.

New higher education building

The new higher education building on the Alice Springs Campus is going up fast and is on schedule to be finished at the end of August. The new facility will help grow the higher education options for the Alice Springs community.

Desert Lantern restaurant

The restaurant season is in full swing with full bookings on most nights, which is a credit to hospitality staff and students. The kitchen has been playing host to students on most Saturdays recently with hobby cooking courses in Indian and Asian cuisines. The next course will be in Bush Tucker, this Saturday. For bookings, call Shay 8959 5200.

Staff movements

Bill Smyth has commenced as the senior finance officer. Amanda Rabjones has joined CDU as the personal assistant to the campus administrator and John Kennett has taken up a position as the new technical assistant in trades. Long-term staff member Lisa McGrath will be finishing in her role as record officer/IT support on 16 June to move interstate and regional PR/media/marketing officer Kirsty Nancarrow will be leaving on 23 June to join the ABC as a radio news reporter in Alice Springs. The Campus staff would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them success in the future.