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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.
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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"

1. When were you in the FESW?
I originally enrolled to a do a BEd, but switched to Arts, because I wanted to take more English. Then, I changed my mind again and did a DipEd in 1986. I was thinking of being an English teacher or a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, which I thought sounded very fancy. But then I did my prac teaching stint during which I wrote a long and withering remark on an essay suggesting that the boy who wrote it was capable of much better. Shortly before class I realised that I had in mind the wrong student. After that I really began to question whether I should inflict myself on children.

2. What degree/s did you complete?
BA (Hons) in English Literature and a DipEd

3. Was there something in particular that attracted you to this course of study?
Teaching seemed like a great way, if you’ll pardon the cliché, to make a difference. I still believe that. The difference I would have made though, might not have been for the better.

4. In what way did you use your FESW degree?
I talked my way into my first good journalism job, as the education reporter for the Daily Telegraph, by persuading the chief of staff that as I could write and I had a DipEd, I was the perfect candidate. (I didn’t mention the fact that I couldn’t really type.) My DipEd helped me cover that waterfront with more confidence and knowledge. Here in the US, I teach at Columbia University Journalism Masters Program one day a week, which kind of brings it all full-circle.

5. What’s your current role?
I’m an editor at large at Time magazine in New York City. Which means, counter-intuitively, that I write a lot and don’t edit much.

6. How did your studies in the Faculty inform your current position?
I think eventually you use everything you learn. When I was an editor and had to manage people, I used some of the techniques I learned during my DipEd. Not terribly successfully. Also they’re a big help in parenting, which is a lot of people’s other job.

7. Do you have fond memories of your time on campus at FESW?
I have only very fuzzy memories of my time there actually. I was also on the Student Union, so I didn’t spend a lot of time hanging around the Faculty. My strongest memory is of crawling out onto the roof of the stout old Madsen building and eating lunch there.

8. Were you involved in extra-curricular activities either within or outside the Faculty?
I was on the Board of the University of Sydney Union, which involved a very fun, but exhausting election campaign, I was into SUDS (Sydney University Dramatic Society), I had a role in the Union Revue, I wrote a column for one of the campus newspapers and I was a dilettantish member of the Evangelical Union. So I was busy. In the education faculty? Not so much.

9. How significant is it to you to be part of the Faculty’s alumni & friends group?
While I’m attached to my time at the University and it’s helped enormously with my career, my time in the Faculty was pretty brief. I’d love to hear from any fellow students from my time there, though.

10. And finally, any words of wisdom you’d like to pass on to the FESW alumni & friends?
In the US, where the education gaps are frighteningly vast, 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. Smart, motivated, compassionate people can actually make change happen. I salute anybody who does this work. I chose an easier, wimpier path, but I admire enormously those who stayed the course.

BELINDA LUSCOMBE
Belinda Luscombe, an editor-at-large of TIME, writes about cultural trends and social sciences for the magazine, and is a featured writer on TIME.com’s Healthland site. From 2003-2008, Luscombe served as TIME’s arts editor, a role in which she directed all of TIME’s cultural coverage and wrote profiles and culture stories. Luscombe was awarded the Council on Contemporary Families 2011 Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues for her November 29, 2010 cover story “Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution.” As editor-at-large, her areas of interest range from divorce, marriage and parenting to social networking, mate selection, workplace issues and romantic comedies. She was also the editor of the first U.S. issue of TIME Style & Design (February 2003). Named a senior editor in 1999, she edited the magazine’s front of book section, as well as lifestyle and arts stories. She joined TIME as a staff writer in March 1995 as the magazine’s People columnist. Prior to that, from 1992 - 95 she worked at FYI, the company’s widely read in-house magazine, as a writer and editor. Luscombe began her journalism career at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney where she covered education news and wrote a humorous dining column. Her work has also appeared in New York magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Mademoiselle, the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Vogue and Vogue Australia, Who Weekly, Arena (Great Britain), and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). She has contributed humorous essays to several books, including Dick for a Day (Simon & Schuster) and Fresh Milk (Random House). Born in Sydney, Luscombe holds a BA in English Literature (Hons) and a DipEd from the University of Sydney.
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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