Issue 8
22 May 2006


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NORTHERN EDITIONS FEATURE PRINT

Northern Editions feature print: Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)

Shorty Jangala Robertson

Ngapa Jukurrpa
(Water Dreaming)

Etching


TOP NEWS STORIES

Professor Ronald James McKay 1946-2006

Obituary - Professor Ronald James McKay 1946-2006

Emeritus Professor Ronald James McKay, who helped develop the Northern Territory's only university into a leading research and academic institution, has died in his home town of Murwillumbah in New South Wales, aged 59. Read more >>

CDU on track with Pharmacy

CDU on track with Pharmacy

CDU is on track for accreditation of Pharmacy courses despite a number of recent inaccurate and misleading media reports. Read more >>

Paying too much tax?

Paying too much tax?

With tax return time just around the corner this is a public lecture that will be of interest to every Darwin resident. Read more >>

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EVENTS

22 May : Future Leaders Forum
22 May : Business Prize Night
23 May : CDU Public Lecture Series: Tax reform, tax holidays and economic development
24 May : Law Prize Night
25 and 26 May CDU Graduation Ceremonies (Casuarina campus)*
30 May : CDU Public Lecture Series: Science, survival and global environmental change

* To celebrate students' success there will be a fireworks display from 8.15pm on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May at Casuarina Campus. The fireworks can be viewed from Alawa Oval (near the Alawa Scout Hall).

For more information go to What's On >>
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RESEARCH

CDU researchers test the effect of air-conditioning on heat tolerance

CDU researchers test the effect of air-conditioning on heat tolerance

Darwin’s tropical lifestyle and our ability to tolerate heat, is being tested this week by CDU researchers at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport. Read more >>

Rabbit-rat photo courtesy of Ron Firth

If rats could talk

A team from the Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts and CDU will release and track colonies of rabbit-rats near Darwin to investigate the decline of mammals in northern Australia. Read more >>

CDU researchers successful at NT Research and Innovation Awards

CDU researchers successful at NT Research and Innovation Awards

CDU researchers were recognised for their outstanding work at the 2006 Northern Territory's Research and Innovation Awards last week. Read more >>

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STAFF

Graduate Attributes approved by Academic Board

Graduate Attributes approved by Academic Board

The Academic Board approved the Charles Darwin University Graduate Attributes on 12 May. Read more >>

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CDU APPOINTMENTS

CDU Academic Promotions Committee update

Congratulations to CDU academic staff members, who as a result of the recent sitting of the CDU Academic Promotions Committee, received promotions. Read more >>

New appointments to Creative Arts and Humanities

The School of Creative Arts and Humanities will welcome two new academic staff members later this year - Associate Professor Donal Fitzpatrick and Professor Allan Patience. Read more >>

Tony Cole

Tony Cole

Support and Equity Services welcomed Tony Cole as the new Student Facilitator, Counselling and Support, on May 15. Read more >>

Ian Symonds

Ian Symonds

Ian Symonds recently joined CDU's Corporate Communications team as acting web manager and consultant on the soon-to-be-introduced Content Management System. Read more >>

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Emma Phillips

Scholarship brings Emma from home-ownership to horsewomanship

A scholarship from the NT Agricultural Association is helping Emma Phillips balance study and a mortgage. Read more >>

Donor scholarships assist CDU students in their studies

Toni Ah-Sam and Sharon Harwood will be amongst students who will receive donor scholarships at this years’ Scholarships Presentation Ceremony’s to be held at CDU’s Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Casuarina campuses on 24 May. Read more >>

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VTE

Jordan Van Der Schuit

CDU music student wows Australian Idol judges

CDU music student Jordan Van Der Schuit is well on his way to a recording career, after being selected as one of the Top 100 Australian Idol finalists. Read more >>

Ford gives University its pride of fleet

Ford gives University its pride of fleet

The Frost Motor Group has handed over a 2006 Model Ford LTD to CDU, for use in training apprentices in the automotive trades. Read more >>

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

CDU joins ‘Talloires Declaration’ on the civic roles and social responsibilities of universities

CDU has joined a host of higher education institutions from around the world in signing the ‘Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education’. Read more >>

Northern Territory's fine dining on par with the best nationally

Finalist and guests of the first Culinary Challenge for the NT were treated to a mouth-watering dinner at the Award's presentation dinner held at Skycity last week. Read more >>

Spotlight on Palmerson

Spotlight on Palmerston

CDU tourism and business students will host a masquerade fundraising dinner on 7June from 6pm at Karawa restaurant. Read more >>

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SPORT

Heart Starters paint Darwin City Mall red!

Heart Starters paint Darwin City Mall red!

CDU Sport’s Heart Starters dressed in red and showed that exercise and keeping fit is not just for the young at the Heart Foundation’s Heart Week Mall display earlier this month. Read more >>

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STUDENTS

Education is family business

The Drummond family are proof that you are never too old or young to study, with three members of the family set to graduate in CDU's Alice Springs Graduation Ceremony next month. Read more >>

Construction on Student Square underway

Student Square - a brief update

You may have noticed that construction on the new Student Square, adjacent to Casuarina Campus’s Building 31 and the basketball courts, is now proceeding in earnest. Read more >>

Future teacher pairs up with Yamba to sing safety message

Teaching student teams up with childrens' television icon for CD

An Alice Springs-based teaching student is set to record a CD with children's television icon Yamba the Honey Ant, after penning songs about bush tucker, healthy living, the environment and safety. Read more >>

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REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Joan Collins and Karen Cole

CDU lecturer acknowledged at Indigenous women's ceremony

CDU lecturer, Joan Collins has been recognised for her contribution to and support of Indigenous women's education at a ceremony in Nhulunbuy. Read more >>

Palmerston Campus

Palmerston Campus

Palmerston Campus will be busy over the next few weeks promoting various CDU courses at the Palmerston Festival on 3 June, and hosting a masquerade dinner for the local community. Read more >>

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CDU PRESS

Up the Dusty Track

Up the Dusty Track

Charles Darwin University Press announces a reprint of Up the Dusty Track by Norman W. Booth. Read more >>

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ARTS

'Circumambulation' exhibition

Circumambulation

CDU staff member and local artist, Tobias Richardson, will exhibit his new show Circumambulation, from 1-17 June. Read more >>

'Sophisticated Folk'

Sophisticated Folk

The School of Creative Arts and Humanities and the CDU Concert Series 2006 presents 'Sophisticated Folk', on Sunday 4 June from 3pm. Read more >>

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)

Shorty Jangala Robertson

Ngapa Jukurrpa
(Water Dreaming)

Etching

Northern Editions feature print

This bold and vibrant etching by Western Desert artist Shorty Jangala Robertson depicts the dry creek-bed site Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. The long straight lines represent the flood waters that periodically run through creek-bed while the horizontal lines depict the storm and clouds passing over the landscape.

Born at Jila (Chilla Well) north west of Yuendumu, Shorty spent his childhood travelling vast distances through desert country. His use of colour to interpret his principal Dreamings of Ngapa (Water), Watiyawarnu (Acacia), Yankirri (Emu) and Pamapardu (Flying Ant) shows incredible vitality.

Shorty’s work is represented in major private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This print is available for purchase through Northern Editions, for enquiries please call 08 8946 6325 or email northern.editions@cdu.edu.au.

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