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Alumni & Friends Newsletter
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK | MAY 2011
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Dear alumni and friends

Welcome to the new Alumni & Friends quarterly newsletter of the Faculty of Education & Social Work. As well as graduates of the Faculty, friends are invited to subscribe to this e-news: former and current staff, current students who are not yet graduates, those from stakeholder organisations, and those working in the fields of Education and Social Work or simply with an interest in matters of relevance are welcome.

As we begin this publication venture, we welcome your input. Indeed, we would love feedback and suggestions on the newsletter and especially on a name for the newsletter. Please email suggestions to Helen Loughlin. In terms of suggestions for a newsletter name, we’re looking for one-word that is robust to encompass the possibilities of the newsletter and perhaps inclusive of all the sectors of our Faculty. The August edition will bear the newsletter’s new moniker as well as details of the alumna/us or friend whose suggestion is chosen. The ‘winner’ will receive a signed copy of Delia Falconer’s book Sydney (NewSouth 2011).

Apart from this newsletter, you should visit our website. In so doing you will find that we have also updated and added to the Alumni & Friends section of the Faculty’s website. You will find regularly updated information on our activities. We are planning to establish a Faculty of Education & Social Work Alumni & Friends Association in 2012. In the meantime, we are keen to welcome back alumni and any ‘lost alumni’ -- those who fallen out of contact with us.

This newsletter and the website will serve as a ‘hub’ for news for our alumni & friends, as well as highlighting their achievements and stories, and announcing forthcoming events. By being a part of this community you can meet fellow graduates, reconnect with classmates, take part in casual social gatherings and attend professionally-relevant events and make the most of networking opportunities.

We welcome you to your Faculty of Education & Social Work and look forward to building a vibrant community with you.

Professor Robert J Tierney
Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work

LATEST NEWS
ALUMNA PROMOTED TO PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK & SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Faculty congratulates Social Work alumna Jude Irwin who this year was promoted to Professor of Social Work and Social Justice.

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NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD 2011 SPECIAL PRIZE WINNER TO BE WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
We’re delighted to announce that the Faculty’s Adjunct Associate Professor, Libby Gleeson AM, an award-winning and highly acclaimed writer will be the Faculty’s inaugural Writer-in-Residence for a three-month period in second semester this year.
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ALUMNUS AND EMERITUS PROFESSOR KEN ELTIS AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE
The Faculty of Education & Social Work is very proud to congratulate distinguished alumnus and Emeritus Professor Ken Eltis who was awarded a Doctor of Education (honoris causa) at a graduation ceremony in the Great Hall in April this year.
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PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION IN TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
One of the Faculty’s distinguished staff members, Professor Peter Goodyear, was named in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Sydney magazine as one of the city's Top 100 Most Influential People. Professor Goodyear was selected as one of just five from the field of Education.
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FACULTY ALUMNA AND ACADEMIC ROBYN EWING LAUNCHES NEW BOOK
Sydney Theatre Company co-artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton launched Professor Robyn Ewing’s new book The Arts and Australian Education at a glittering party at the Wharf Theatre on 15 March this year.

Ewing, Associate Dean, Academic Programs and a Professor of Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and Faculty alumna launched her new title -- which stresses that the Arts (dance, drama, literature, media arts, music and visual arts) must not be seen as servants to other curriculum areas and should be embedded in the school curriculum -- in collaboration with the Australian Education Review.
Blanchett and Upton have long been supporters of the integration of arts in education and have focused on building and developing the education program at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Professor Ewing completed a BEd (Hons) and a PhD at the University of Sydney and now teaches in the areas of curriculum, English and drama, working with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. In the areas of English and the arts, Robyn's research has particularly focused on the use of drama as quality pedagogy with authentic texts to develop students' critical literacies. She has been published widely in this area.

Her current research interests also include teacher education, especially the experiences of early-career teachers and the role of mentoring; the use of arts-informed inquiry in education research; sustaining curriculum innovation; and evaluation, inquiry and case-based learning. Robyn was president of the Primary English Teachers Association from 2001-2006.

Within the faculty, Robyn was inaugural co-director of the innovative Master of Teaching degree and has also been Acting Dean; Associate Dean, Academic Programs; Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning; Director, BEd(Primary); and Director, Division of Professional Learning.

An experienced primary teacher and teacher educator, Robyn has a commitment to quality teaching and learning at all levels of education. She enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in innovative curriculum practices. She has worked as an academic mentor with teachers at a range of Sydney primary and secondary schools with the major focus on improving literacy outcomes using drama and literature.

Australian Education Review number 58, The Arts and Australian Education: realising potential, by Robyn Ewing with a foreword by John O'Toole is available for download from the Australian Council for Education Research website, www.acer.edu.au.
PROFESSOR LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND: 
LESSONS FROM THE U.S.

The FESW in partnership with the Australian Education Union and the Australian College of Educators hosted an evening with Professor Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University at the Faculty on Monday 2 May 2011.

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TEN QUESTIONS
In each issue of this e-news, we’ll be highlighting a member of the Faculty’s Alumni & Friends group. This issue we talk to BELINDA LUSCOMBE who completed a Diploma in Education in 1986 and is now editor-at-large at Time magazine in New York. Follow her path from here to there.

"Teachers and social workers are the front line of the fight to get people out of the depressing repeating cycle of poverty and festering misery and squandered ability"
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WHAT'S NEW
FEDSW ALUMNI & FRIENDS WEBSITE

We’ve just restructured and updated the Alumni & Friends pages of the Faculty of Education & Social Work’s website. This section of the site will provide a hub of information and features which will be updated regularly with news and events, alumni stories, opportunities for supporting the Faculty and anything else that we feel is relevant and interesting to our Alumni & Friends.
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EVENTS

The Faculty of Education & Social Work is planning various events for its Alumni & Friends for later in the year, to be announced in the next edition and on our website but in the meantime, the University’s Alumni and Events has a diverse range of events and activities.
EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOR ALUMNI

We invite you to join us at a new event series that takes you 'behind the scenes' at some of Sydney's newest and oldest venues. Enjoy an exclusive tour of select venues, with canapes and drinks served throughout the evening.

AUSGRID
Thursday 19 May, 6-8pm

SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC
Tuesday 28 June, 6-8pm

STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
Thursday 28 July, 6-8pm
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING IN EDUCATION & SOCIAL WORK

This division of the Faculty provides professional development activities that are devised and delivered by experts from within the Faculty of Education & Social Work and respected external consultants and academics.
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CONNECTIONS

LOST ALUMNI

We are keen to build our FESW Alumni & Friends contacts list as we have a number of “lost alumni” – those people who studied with our Faculty with whom we’ve now lost contact. Please forward on this newsletter to any of your friends or colleagues who may have studied at the Faculty of Education & Social Work, Sydney Teachers College or former institutions at any time over the century! They can register with us here.

ALUMNI CONTACT

HELEN LOUGHLIN
Alumni & Events Officer
Faculty of Education & Social Work

Dean’s Unit | Education Building A35
T 02 9351 2791
E helen.loughlin@sydney.edu.au 
W sydney.edu.au 
 

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