From the VC's desk
Welcome to the March edition of my VC’s blog. It’s great to have the students back on campus – but meanwhile there is much to tell you about.
This week, students start returning in significant numbers to our campuses. Many will be continuing students, while some will be entirely new to La Trobe.
January at La Trobe was dominated by the senseless, brutal murder of Aiia Maasarwe. 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.