Just thought I would give everyone an informal report to let everyone know what Rivcoll has been up to this session. This is largely the highlights and lowlights of the session, the day to day helping of students and their specific cases is not included.
For more detailed information please see meeting minutes which are updated on the Rivcoll Interact site.
- Was not Rivcoll’s best. This was mainly due to poor or lack of leadership (I was not president at the time). Orgaisation for events, bag stuffing and cohesion with leaders, OWeek TV and RAs did not take off.
- For next year’s Oweek Rivcoll is dedicated to not having this sort of thing happen again
- We have started talking and organising things for Oweek already
- I plan to be around for Oweek to provide the leadership that will be needed and get the job done. I the small possible case that I am not able to everything will be organised and ready and be handed over to the Vice with plenty of notice.
New Rivcoll Board
- We had an influx of new board members post Oweek (I became President shortly after OWeek, after the resignation of Frankie Freeman) and we held interviews. All up we had between 15-20 applications
- New Editor started (Ed the Ed)
- We started and now continue to meet once a fortnight Events
Rivcoll was involved in quite a few events either through funding, support or running
- Harmony day
- Biggest morning tea
- Residential School
- Uni bar nights
- Purple Day
New clubs affiliated with Rivcoll
- Humans vs Zombies
- Ski Club
- Rainbow Zebras
- Dentistry Club
Due to the lack of club reports in the Hungappa we threatened to cut funding. Since then there has been an increase in club submissions. This will be reviewed next session.
Office and Student Space Renovations
- A fair bit of time has been taken up doing this, it has taken a large part of the term but it has been well worthwhile. Many thanks to Ed the Ed for doing the bulk of the work alongside his Hungappa commitments.
- The plan was to give the office a more professional feel and provide a student space that would be used whilst maintaining the function of an office… 100% awesome!
- Knocked down a wall. Painted Walls, new carpet, binned a tonne of stuff from the old office, new couches and desks and entertainment gear
- There is still more to be done. Come in and visit to see the progress!
Health and Wellbeing
- There has been a large STI outbreak on campus. We have been running an awareness campaign about STIs with Colleen (Uni health promotion officer). This has Included Condom Man as well as articles in our publications
- Involvement in Drug and Alcohol Awareness and surveys and soon a steering committee
- Formation of a new officer on Rivcoll Board. The Health officers job is to work closely with Colleen to help promote health on campus, they are also to provide leadership to the equity officers in regards to the health-side rolls of their positions
- Rivcoll has had a great interest into DE issues this year
- We have formed two representative positions on the board. Their focus is communication with DE students by having a strong online presence and to represent in such a way as to achieve for DE students what they may not be able to do themselves. E.g. We have approached lecturers in person to tell them to answer their emails. More info see Rivcoll.com
- Residential Schools have been a big issue for DE students. Services have declined and the services that are there they know nothing about. Rivcoll has been present during Res Schools to gauge student knowledge and satisfaction with services
- Rivcoll Senate Reps have also been pushing for a Distance Education Subcommittee to look into such issues cross campus and to make recommendations to the University.
Participation in University Committees and Groups
Rivcoll members are representing Rivcoll and the Students on a variety of boards here is a list of groups we have members sit on
- Student Senate- David Bate, Richard Maher
- Academic Senate- Richard Maher
- CSU OH&S Committee- David Bate
- CSU Environmental Committee- David Bate
- Critical Incidence Response Group- David Bate
- Arts Faculty Board- Richard Maher
- Third Mode Working Party- Richard Maher
- Cheap Tuesday was a meal deal that was subsidised by Rivcoll and the Uni. Due to the lack of partition of students this will not be continued
- Middy with a Meal (Thursday) is a big success… we will be reviewing this to see if it will be able to be run on more days
- Student Space (Rivcoll Office) now has a lot of entertainment gear in it to encourage students to talk to Rivcoll, have fun and study
- Nosh Pit booths will have TV screens and consoles
- Free Breakfast is and will continue to run Monday, Wednesday Friday
- New Website is functional and is getting quite a lot of visits. It is for student news, events and what happening with Rivcoll. www.rivcoll.com
- We have been representing student’s academic issues. Rivcoll members sit on a lot of committees giving the University student input. We have also been meeting with the President of the Academic Union.
- One of our biggest concerns is the government uncapping enrolments. Whilst we love for CSU to grow we do not want quality of teaching or services to decline due to an increase in the student population.
- Rivcoll plans to get reports from our School Board Reps to get a better insight to school by school issues.
Anywhoo that was a very broad overview. All the Board is very busy, read my weekly presidents reports in the Hungappa or log onto Rivcoll.com to keep up to date… or better still just ask a Rivcoll member!
Rivcoll elections will be held later this term, if you are interested in being on the board or just want to help out hit me up with an email.
President, Rivcoll SRC