Alumni GradLife eNewsletter Autumn 2014

Dr Joe CollinsMeet Dr Joe Collins
Dr. Joe Collins, Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni

"Together we can make an impact and contribution to the region and beyond." The University is pleased to welcome Dr. Joe Collins who has come on board to lead the new team responsible for philanthropy and Alumni engagement at the University.




NeetiAlumni Profile: Neeti Dhir, Master of Teaching (Secondary) 2009

Technology is transforming education, and Neeti Dhir is passionate about spreading the message about how iPads can be used to enrich the learning experience.




Yarramundi HouseGradLife Benefit: Yarramundi House Discount

Yarramundi House are now offering a 10% discount to Alumni Gradlife member bookings to attend public events.

 




The Academy  Western Sydney University launches The Academy (opens in a new window)

The Academy (opens in a new window) is the first program of its kind across the higher education sector, bringing together the best and brightest students from across Western Sydney. 

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Meet  Dr Joe Collins

Dr Joe CollinsDr. Joe Collins, Executive Director, Advancement and Alumni 

"Together we can make an impact to the region, nation and beyond." 

The University is pleased to welcome Dr. Joe Collins who has come on board to lead the new team responsible for philanthropy and Alumni engagement at the University. 

Joe has been charged with reinvigorating the University's connection with our Alumni Community and building a better experience for everyone. 

"As graduates of Western Sydney University, our Alumni begin a life long journey to build a strong regional, national and more frequently now, international network. As Alumni gain experience and industry knowledge we want to the help them utilise their know-how and create opportunities to contribute to a meaningful exchange around the cutting-edge knowledge that Western Sydney University provides as a contemporary University".

"Your experience, expertise and participation in volunteering, mentoring and philanthropic activities helps build a vibrant community of role models and industry leaders for our present and future generations of graduates and students." 

Joe and the team are now actively looking at ways we can positively change the lives of more people through a Western Sydney University experience, add better value to our Alumni and in particular help them achieve their dreams throughout their professional lives. We are very fortunate at the University to already benefit from the support of many of our Alumni, donors, friends, community members and organisations throughout Western Sydney, Australia and internationally. Together we can make an impact and contribution to the region and beyond - if everyone does a little bit, then together we can make a big difference. 

We would like to connect with as many Alumni as we possibly can so please update you contact details with us at westernsydney.edu.au/stayconnected or call (02) 9685 9500

Many thanks,

Dr Joe Collins
Executive Director, Advancement & Alumni

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Transforming teaching through technology: Neeti Dhir, Master of Teaching (Secondary) 2009

NeetiTechnology is transforming education, and Neeti Dhir is passionate about spreading the message about how iPads can be used to enrich the learning experience.

Neeti moved to Australia to study the Master of Teaching (Secondary) at  the University of Western Sydney, after completing a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) from Panjab University.

As an international student, Neeti felt very welcome at the University by the staff and fellow students.

"They understood my goals post completing the degree and worked according to that. Coming to Australia from a different country was challenging but having that support made it easier for me," Neeti says.

Having completed her degree at Western Sydney University, in 2009 Neeti made the big move across the country to begin teaching in Western Australia, and has been working in WA high schools ever since, teaching Mathematics and Science. She has also been invited as a guest speaker in universities/seminars to share her thoughts and experience incorporating  Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into day to day classroom teaching in schools.

Neeti was originally inspired to teach by her mother, who was also a teacher, and adores the diversity teaching brings, and the chance to meet new people.

"In teaching, every day is a new experience. One day, you have a great day as you know your students have learnt something from you and gained knowledge. Another day, you are going on a camp with students from other schools, and it's a completely different experience," Neeti says.

Neeti has also had the chance to be involved in iPad trials in the school she works in, which she describes as "a wonderful experience".

"In secondary school, there are not a lot of hands-on activities. The curriculum is so packed that there is hardly any time we can take students outside of the school environment and do something different. With integrating iPad technology into classrooms, it gives us a new way to impart knowledge and to keep the students engaged, interested and motivated," she says.

Having lived in Australia for over eight years now, Neeti was looking for a new adventure and so recently has travelled to the UK on a working holiday, where she was able to get a taste of UK schools.

When she returns to Australia, Neeti is looking forward to continuing to encourage other teachers, particularly those beginning their careers, to utilise technology in their teaching.

"At this stage my plan is to take the iPad technology into different schools and show how it is beneficial for the students, particularly at the secondary level. Even for supervising prac teachers, it would be great to show them how we can use the technology to improve education."

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GradLife Benefit: Yarramundi House Discount 

Yarramundi HouseYarramundi House hosts several public functions each year, from seasonal celebrations to Wine Appreciation evenings, and are now offering a 10% discount to Alumni GradLife member bookings to attend public events. 

 Located on the Hawkesbury Campus, only one hour from Sydney, nestled at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this unique venue is a country-style heritage building Surrounded by beautiful lawns, gardens and graceful trees with a tranquil setting. 

 

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Western Sydney University launches the Academy

The Academy launchThe Academy (opens in a new window) is the first program of its kind across the higher education sector, bringing together the best and brightest students from across Western Sydney who clearly demonstrate a commitment to using their opportunities in life to give back to society and to create a better world.

Gen Y sometimes gets unfairly maligned for being all about 'me', but now a new program being launched at the University of Western Sydney is disproving that furphy once and for all, with an emphasis on student volunteering, ethical leadership and creating a new generation of 'citizen scholars'.

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