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Careers advisers honoured by UNE

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Five careers advisers have been honoured for their “commitment and service” to the University of New England at the 2011 UNE Careers Advisers’ Summit.

The career advisers, all of whom are approaching retirement, included: Bill Goldie (Lismore High School), Barry Maguire (Casino High), Bill Timmins (Westport High – Port Macquarie), John Kocek (Bellingen High) and John Bear (Toormina High).

All have worked closely with UNE’s Student Recruitment Team over many years in promoting UNE’s courses to their students, have regularly brought students on campus for Open Days and orientation tours, organised career expos in their respective towns and actively promote UNE’s early entry programs, scholarships, on campus accommodation and UNE’s strong commitment to student welfare.

Of the five, three — Bill Goldie, Barry Maguire and Bill Timmins — did their teacher training at UNE and have been strong advocates for UNE ever since.

All five received a commemorative shield and engraved wine glass in honour of their service.

Brian See, Schools Liaison Officer with the University of New England and organiser of the presentation, said: “Many of the recipients have been career advisers for decades. In that time, they have been tremendously helpful to UNE through promoting the university’s scholarships, courses, and programs, as well as organising careers expos.”

“It has been the privilege of my colleagues and I to work with them and to not only build strong working relationships, but lasting friendships as well.”

The Careers Advisers braved some chilly Armidale mornings to attend various seminars and information sessions. Academics from various areas of study at UNE, including Pharmacy, Animal Sciences, Medicine and History, as well as staff from many of UNE’s support services, addressed the group of Careers staff.

Many of those who attended said they found the summit to be extremely valuable and enjoyable. The Student Recruitment Team also thoroughly enjoyed spending some time thanking all those who attended for the assistannce they are always so willing to offer.

The Summit is held every second year and any careers staff are welcome to attend.

UNE explores opportunities with US Consul-General

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Opportunities for educational exchanges and partnerships with American universities were some of the topics discussed when the Consul-General of the United States of America, Mr Niels Marquardt, visited UNE on Thursday, June 9th.

Mr Marquardt held talks with the Chancellor, the Hon Dr Richard Torbay MP and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, before making an informal public presentation at which he answered questions and UNE staff canvassed possible opportunities for the University to engage with the US higher education sector.

Mr Marquardt also participated in an interview on the UNE Radio Station, TUNE FM, which was both broadcast live to student listeners and streamed on the web.

Careers Advisers to gain first-hand experience of UNE

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

School Careers Advisers will gain a deeper understanding of living and learning at the University of New England when they travel from near and far to participate in UNE’s biennial Careers Advisers’ Summit in the second week of June.

The Summit, which runs from the 8th to the 10th of June, is an opportunity for Careers Advisers to visit the campus, to hear from current students, and to attend seminars on various aspects of study at UNE. They tour the residential colleges, the world-class sporting complex, and ‘Booloominbah’, the historic mansion in which the University began.

“Careers Advisers always find it extremely valuable to actually see the University campus,” said Ruth Bartlett-Taylor, a member of UNE’s Schools Liaison team. “They spend a lot of time talking to their school students about UNE, and they find it easier to provide campus information when they’ve actually seen the campus. And over the two days they enjoy talking with current UNE students – for example over breakfast in the colleges – about what their UNE experiences have been like.

“The University treats the Careers Advisers to a couple of days rich in networking opportunities and unique New England experiences. The Summit is a showcase for both Armidale and UNE.”

“University staff members thoroughly enjoy working – and relaxing – with the Careers Advisers during the Summit,” Mrs Bartlett-Taylor said. “Without the assistance of Careers Advisers, we in the Schools Liaison team would find our job extremely challenging. They welcome us into their schools to speak to students, they bring their students on excursions to UNE, and they ring us for advice or even just a friendly chat. This makes our job so much easier and more enjoyable.”

Mrs Bartlett-Taylor is particularly looking forward to seeing the Careers Advisers from the Central and North West regions of NSW, with whom she works closely.

Brian See, another UNE Schools Liaison Officer, said that the Summit was also a great chance for the many Careers Advisers who studied in Armidale to revisit the campus. “These Careers Advisers have been wonderful advocates for UNE over many years and will always be valued alumni,” he said.