From the VC's desk
January at La Trobe was dominated by the senseless, brutal murder of Aiia Maarsawe. In our shock and grief following this terrible event, I saw La Trobe students, staff and our community neighbours come together to remember Aiia’s life, support her family and friends, and care for one another as we mourned this devastating loss.
This is the last edition of my blog for 2018, so I would like to share with you some highlights of the year. This is intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive, and to give a flavour of the year across our core areas of activity.
It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through November, that semester two teaching has finished and that we are already well into the exam period.
August was Open Day season, and this year we saw huge increases in visitor numbers at all of our campuses. There was a fantastic atmosphere on all our campuses, where a mixture of staff and student volunteers made visitors feel very welcome.
Welcome back to the start of another semester. Orientation and the first week of Semester 2 saw our Ask Me teams out in full (and friendly) force, once again with great success.
We’re deep in winter’s grip now, and the days are getting shorter. Spare a thought for our students who are currently in the middle of the first semester examination period.
It’s the month of May, and our pleasant autumn weather continues – but at the cost of the driest April on record for 21 years.
From now on, I will start each of these monthly blogs by sharing examples of ways our colleagues and our students have exemplified our cultural qualities of connectedness, care, accountability and innovation.
Hello there, and a warm welcome to 2018 which is already shaping up as another exciting year at La Trobe.