19 August 2013

RMIT Update - No. 32/2013, 19/08/2013

Read about RMIT's longest serving staff, shutdowns of our IT servers this weekend, professional development for VET teachers, upcoming seminars and events and more…

RMIT's longest serving staff

Project updates

In brief

Professional development

developME is a one-stop-shop for development opportunities for all academic, professional and TAFE staff. They are delivered by RMIT experts and experienced consultants. The Professional Development Program offers a range of workshops and self-directed programs that have been specifically selected and designed to support your ongoing learning and development needs. For further details visit developME (login required) or email professionaldevelopment@rmit.edu.au.

To view upcoming workshops, click on the links below to view the developME calendar.

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How is Building 10 connected to the Prime Minister who went missing, Harold Holt?

Prime Minister Harold Holt laid the foundation stone for Building 10 in July 1967. The Building, also known as the Casey Building, was named after Governor-General, Lord Richard Casey. Lord Casey received the University's first honorary Fellowship Diploma in 1967. The building was completed in 1969.

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RMIT's longest serving staff

RMIT Update this week pays tribute to the dedication of the University's longest-serving permanent staff. Some may have worked at other colleges and institutions that have become part of RMIT, while others may have started as contractors before becoming permanent. See how the list has changed since February.

Title

First Name

Last name

School/Business Unit

Year started

Geoff

Waters

School of Accounting

1969

Professor

Felicity

Roddick

School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

1971

Dave

Kinder

Property Services

1971

Brian

Kealy

Information Technology Services

1971

Anonymous

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

1972

Kaye

Marion

School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences

1973

Anonymous

School of Education

1974

Imelda

Martins

University Library

1974

Merilyn

Lennox

School of Medical Sciences

1974

Associate Professor

Barry

McIntyre

School of Business IT and Logistics

1974

Herbert

Weber

School of Engineering (TAFE)

1974

Anonymous

School of Art

1975

Heather

Ross

University Library

1975

Professor

Satinath

Bhattacharya

School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

1975

Santina

Raso

University Library

1975

Dr

June

Allan

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

1976

Sandra

Frangoulis

School of Engineering (TAFE)

1976

Judy

Greig

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

1976

Anonymous

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

1976

Richard

Lombardo

School of Property Construction and Project Management

1977

Professor

Peter

Downton

School of Architecture and Design

1977

Associate Professor

Barry

Meehan

School of Applied Sciences

1977

Dr

Peter

Rich

School of Medical Sciences

1977

Neale

Kenny

School of Art

1977

Phil

Francis

School of Applied Sciences

1977

Michael

Thomas

Information Technology Services

1977

Mark

Scolyer

Information Technology Services

1977

Lynn

Jones

Information Technology Services

1978

Nino

Lucci

School of Architecture and Design

1978

Wendy

Gillies

School of Engineering (TAFE)

1978

Anonymous

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

1979

Bryon

Stanley

School of Architecture and Design

1979

Jack

Roosenboom

School of Fashion and Textiles

1979

Professor

Desmond

Cahill

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

1979

John

Benwell

College of Design and Social Context

1979

John

Odgers

School of Business IT and Logistics

1979

Anonymous

School of Art

1980

Anonymous

School of Accounting

1980

Anonymous

Financial Services

1980

Professor

Douglas

Swinbourne

School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering

1980

Lambros

Politis

School of Media and Communications

1980

Sharon

Ames

School of Health Sciences

1981

Dr

Merv

Jackson

School of Health Sciences

1981

Gwen

MacDonald

School of Life and Physical Sciences

1981

Craig

McCracken

School of Life and Physical Sciences

1981

Robert

Brown

School of Medical Sciences

1981

Ray

Rozen

School of Life and Physical Sciences

1981

Sophia

Stylianou

Financial Services

1981

Peter

Cooper

School of Applied Sciences

1981

Vilma

Del Ben -Athanasiadis

Financial Services

1981

John

Mepstead

School of Applied Sciences

1981

Filomena

Marcucci

School of Engineering (TAFE)

1981

Rod

Deakin

School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences

1981

Nicholas

Rischitelli

School of Architecture and Design

1981

[Source: Louise Handran, Marketing and Communications]

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Project updates

myDesktop appointments extended by popular demand

Due to high demand, myDesktop (login required) Academic Sessions have been extended to Friday 30 August.

Appointments can be made for one-on-one myDesktop sessions at the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses.

Service Point staff will visit academics in their offices to set up myDesktop and to provide a guided tour of its many benefits. A Windows, iOS (iPhone or iPad), OSx (Mac) or Android device can be set up.

myDesktop allows academics to access RMIT applications and drives, and to print when they are at RMIT but away from their desk.

Prefer to work with an iPad? myDesktop gives an iPad more grunt, allowing apps to be used in a Windows environment. For example, MS Office can be used easily on a tablet via myDesktop. It even makes it easy to move from a PC to an iPad and work with the same files and interface.

[Source: De-Arne Carr, ITS]

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Interruption to Learning and Teaching services

CitiPower and Property Services will be performing maintenance works requiring power shutdowns this Saturday 24 August. These works are essential to prevent unexpected power outages and possible failures in the future.

As a result, a number of services will be turned off, which will affect the School of Computer Science, Building 10 and Hamilton campus. This means services provided from the data centre in Building 10, Level 10 used by the School of Computer Science will be unavailable from 11.15am to 4pm.

This will also affect staff and students who use these services from other locations. The RMIT network will also be unavailable to staff and students in Building 10, Level 3 and at the Hamilton campus from 7am to 7.30am (5-10 minutes) and 10.45am to 11.15am (5-10 minutes)

This work will ensure we minimise the risk and impact to critical services when further work is undertaken with CitiPower in September. Details are available on the IT service status page. For queries, contact the IT Service Desk.

[Source: Dr April Weiss, ITS]

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In brief

Keep informed about the status of RMIT's IT services

The ICT service status page keeps you informed of all scheduled maintenance. Keep your eye on this page to make sure that our service improvements occur without disruption to your work. This week the webpage includes important information for users of:

  • Bundoora network
  • SEH Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering shared drive
  • SEH Medical Sciences shared drive
  • DSC shared drives
  • myRMIT

View the above webpage for a full list of affected systems. If you have any queries, please contact the IT Service Desk on 58888. For information about upcoming ITS projects and milestones view the ITS calendar.

[Source: Steven Petrenko, ITS]

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International Careers Conference

RMIT will host the International Careers Conference at the end of this month. Please encourage any students who are looking to work overseas to attend as they can gain valuable insights from international career professionals.

The conference is a blend of keynote addresses and breakout panel discussions around government, business and international development.

Date: Friday 30 August
Time: 8am to 4.15pm
Venue: Storey Hall, City campus

It's open to local undergraduate and postgraduate students. Visit the Australian Institute of International Affairs website to book tickets. Registrations close on Wednesday 28 August.

[Source: Adam Rowland, Student Services]

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VET Teachers - Feeling overwhelmed about online design and delivery?

If you'd like to better understand RMIT's educational technologies and how to incorporate them into your own teaching, then the new Online Tertiary Teaching Practice (OTTP) module is for you. The OTTP is a high-quality, fully online six-week module, facilitated and assessed by Open Universities Australia.

It is designed to introduce teaching staff to effective educational practices within the RMIT technology environment. As part of the HESG VET eLearning Program, VET teachers have an opportunity to participate in this module from early September at no cost to you or your School. Weekly assessment tasks are compulsory and participation requires about three hours of private study per week plus attendance in the online Blackboard Collaborate sessions. Delivery dates for the VET OTTP intake are:

  • OTTP Induction Workshop: Tuesday 17 September 10am to 11.30am
  • Six-week module: Monday 23 September to Friday 1 November
  • Weekly one-hour online Blackboard Collaborate sessions: Wednesdays 11am to 12pm

Register online.

[Source: Marilyn Capper, Human Resources]

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The teaching tomtom reflects on Open Day

DSC's blog the teaching tomtom focuses on tertiary learning and teaching issues and practices. This week, Ruth Moeller reflects on her Open Day experience: "When you are teaching you can get lost in the mire that can be teaching: marking, PowerPoints, student questions (why don't they read the notes), meeting deadlines and technology challenges. In doing so it is easy to forget why we are here and what we are offering to our students. In my three hours at Open Day I saw, met and spoke with potential students and realised that for them, coming to university is a significant point. It takes them away from the familiarity, structure, and comfort of secondary school and places them into a whole new environment and onto a path to their future." Read more and subscribe to the tomtom at the site.

[Source: Jon Hurford, College of Design and Social Context]

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Photography lecture

World Renowned architectural photographer Erieta Attali will discuss her work on contemporary glass architecture, including her work for Kengo Kuma, Rick Joy and Bernard Tschumi...among others.

Title: Reflected Transparency - Erieta Attali
Date: Monday 19 August
Time: 6pm
Venue: RMIT Design Hub Lecture Theatre (Level 3 entry level)
Enquiries: email maria.stratford@rmit.edu.au

Erieta Attali is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication and is Adjunct Professor of Architectural Photography at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York. She is an eminent and highly respected photographer who describes herself as a "hunter of landscapes" and has spent the past decade photographing architecture in dramatic, elegant and extreme landscapes for Rick Joy, Kengo Kuma and Bernard Tschumi, to name just a few.

[Source: Wendy Little, School of Media and Communication]

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Global Studies Seminar: Technologies of Regulation

Join us for the August Global Studies seminar with Dr Helen Smith, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

Established in 2011, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency acts as the independent national regulator of the higher education sector. This presentation will look at the possible implications of this newly-emergent regulatory body on higher education in Australia.

Date: Wednesday 21 August
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: Library, Building 10, Level 5, Room 11 (Seminar Room 1), City campus

[Source: Michelle Farley, Globalism Research Centre]

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Assange: The International Enigma

The Melbourne Globalist, in conjunction with the RMIT's BA (International Studies) program and Global Studies, is proud to present this very special event. It will feature a live, interactive video stream of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK as he shares his view on international and foreign policy.

This will be a unique opportunity for the public to directly engage with Assange himself in a question and answer session after submitting questions when you register online.

Title: Assange: The International Enigma
Date: Thursday 22 August
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Registration opens at 6pm
Venue: Building 80(SAB), Level 2, Room 7, City campus
Cost: Tickets $5 each online.

[Source: Kelly Bosman, College of Design and Social Context]

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Silent Matter

The RMIT School of Art Galleries invites you to Silent Matter.

With her cubes of silence, Eva-Maria Raab explores both the nature of sound and our desensitisation to the sounds of our local environment using the concept of silence, not as a foil for sound, but rather as a different way of listening. This project is a part of The Quiet Addition, three exhibitions hosted over three sites - RMIT School of Art Gallery, Spare Room and BLINDSIDE - curated by Andrew Tetzlaff for the Liquid Architecture Festival 2013: the Sonic City.

Date: Wednesday 21 August
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: RMIT School of Art Gallery, Building 2, Level 2, Room 8, City campus

[Source: Andrew Tetzlaff, School of Art]

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Patrick Topitschnig

Patrick Topitschnig is a School of Art Galleries exhibition opening this week.

Topitschnig is the recipient of the 2013 RMIT iAIR and AIR Krems residency exchange between Austria and Australia, which is supported by Lower Austria. This reciprocal residency has been established to foster more mobility for artists and promote cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.

Date: Thursday 22 August
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: RMIT Project Space Gallery, Building 94, Level 2, Room 1, City campus

[Source: Andrew Tetzlaff, School of Art]

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Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time opens this week. It is an RMIT School of Art Galleries exhibition.

Borrowed Time considers the interconnections between time and silence as concepts that are comprehended through the body. In this work, Jeremy Bakker incorporates a manual mark-making process to address the passing seconds in a day, with the aim of evoking a tangible sense of time and duration embedded within all things. This project is a part of The Quiet Addition, three exhibitions hosted over three sites - RMIT School of Art Gallery, Spare Room and BLINDSIDE - curated by Andrew Tetzlaff for the Liquid Architecture Festival 2013: the Sonic City.

Date: Thursday 22 August
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: RMIT Spare Room Gallery, Building 94, Level 2, Room 1, City campus

[Source: Andrew Tetzlaff, School of Art]

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RMIT Creative Festival briefing

The RMIT Creative Festival is the end-of-year celebration of all exhibitions, screenings, performances, panel discussions and events from our creative disciplines held between October and December.

You and your students are probably planning your event. RMIT Marketing and Communications will be promoting the RMIT Creative Festival to the wider community and as a result, we want to know about each and every event that is happening so we can include it in :

  • Media releases
  • RMIT Event listings
  • Social Media posts
  • Event lists from other organisations

To find out what we need from you and the support we can offer you and your students, please come along to:

Title: Brunswick campus briefing session
Date: Tuesday 27 August
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm (bring your lunch)
Venue: Building 514, Level 1, Room 2

Title: City campus briefing session
Date: Wednesday 28 August
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm (bring your lunch)
Venue: Building 80, Level 7, Room 9

[Source: Kelly Bosman, College of Design and Social Context]

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Of spies and journalists

This public lecture is presented by the School of Media and Communication. Professor Richard Keeble will discuss the links between the UK intelligence services and Fleet Street journalists.

Professor Keeble is Acting Head of Lincoln School of Journalism, UK. He is an expert on journalism - particularly war reporting and conflict resolution, journalism history and ethics.

He has published numerous books on these subjects and is a hugely respected international commentator on media matters. For more information, email wendy.little@rmit.edu.au.

Date: Wednesday 28 August
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Building 80, Level 4, Room 11

[Source: Wendy Little, School of Media and Communication]

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Open Data: The key to Melbourne remaining the most liveable city in the world

The Open Knowledge Foundation, in partnership with The Age newspaper, would like to invite all researchers (both postgraduate and professor) to attend a public forum on Open Data: The key to Melbourne remaining the most liveable city in the world. Watch Master of Ceremonies Marc Moncrief (Editor and lead Data Journalist for The Age) engage Dr Rufus Pollock (Founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation), Professor Geoff Taylor (physicist at the University of Melbourne with experience of Big Data at the CERN Laboratory) and David Austin (6 X Entrepreneur including CEO of NASDAQ listed company) talk about this topic that effects all Melburnians.

Title: Open Data: The key to Melbourne remaining the most liveable city in the world
Date: Monday 2 September
Time: 6.45pm to 8.45pm
Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre in the Sydney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne

[Source: David F. Flanders, University of Melbourne]

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Seminars for prospective ARC Linkage applicants

The Research Office is pleased to facilitate the following three informational sessions for prospective ARC Linkage applicants:

Title: Introduction to ARC Linkage Projects
Date: Tuesday 20 August
Time: 9.30am to 11am
Venue: Emily McPherson Building, Building 13, Level 3, Room 7, Multipurpose Room, City campus
Registration: essential (login required)

Title: ARC Linkage Projects: Funding Rules and Budget Overview @Bundoora
Date: Tuesday 3 September
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: Building 253, Level 2, Room 3, Bundoora East campus
Registration: essential (login required)

Title: Budgets for ARC Linkage Projects
Date: Thursday 5 September
Time: 10am to 11am
Venue: Emily McPherson Building, Building 13, Level 3, Room 9, City campus
Registration: essential (login required)

[Source: Dr Reza D Mohammed, Research and Innovation Portfolio]

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The Business of Design in the Asian Century Forum

This forum explores the concept of what is Melbourne design, why it is unique, where our capabilities lie and importantly, as organisations, what do we need to focus on to succeed in the dynamic Asian market? Speakers:

  • Dominic Russo, Victorian President, Design Institute of Australia and Managing Director, Diadem
  • Professor Gerda Gemser, Professor of Business and Design, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University
  • Steve Martinuzzo, Principal, CobaltNiche
  • Professor Mark Armstrong, Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design, Monash University and Director, Blue Sky Design Group
  • Professor Rob Adams, Director City Design, City of Melbourne

Date: Thursday 5 September
Time: 9am - 11.30am
Venue: Design Hub, Building 100, Level 1, Multipurpose Room (Access through lifts located at entrance), City campus
RSVP: Essential by Friday 30 August to global@melbourne.vic.gov.au or call 9658 9062

[Source: Romaine Logere, Design Research Institute]

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Preston Alpine Ski Lodge Spring Sale

RMIT Link Sport and Recreation is offering a sale on Preston Alpine Ski Lodge accommodation. From Friday 13 September until the 2013 season closes, all RMIT staff/students and their guests will pay only $30 a night for both mid-week and weekend bookings and $60 a night for non-member mid-week and weekend bookings.

For further information or a copy of the availability list please email recreation@rmit.edu.au.

[Source: Nicole Lane, Link Sport and Recreation]

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