FedUni ENACTUS vs Australia…

FedUni ENACTUS selfie - From left: Lee, Deb, Dylan, Jess, Jane, Ben.
FedUni ENACTUS selfie – From left: Lee, Deb, Dylan, Jess, Jane, Ben.

To enable progress and inspire action! The ideals of Enactus were on full display as university teams from across Australia came together at the Grand Hyatt, in Melbourne, to showcase their entrepreneurial initiatives in place to improve the lives of people in need. The Fed Uni Enactus team, consisting of 5 active students along with our Faculty Advisor Deb, prepared our presentation for delivery to judges from major corporate sponsors, such as KPMG & Woolworths, as well as representatives from over 20 universities active in Enactus Australia.

WINNERS!!!!
WINNERS!!!!

After working hard to overcome a tumultuous previous 12 months, the FedUni team were in acompetition with  5 other universities, including UoQ & Latrobe, in a special ‘New Teams’ competition.  After a full day of competition, the FedUni Team were excited to be declared the winners of the Best New Team prize in recognition of our work on projects Adesua and FedUni Succeed, against a strong representation from all Unis involved.

The national competition winners heading to the World Cup in South Africa were the University of New England with the runners up being Edith Cowan University.  We’re excited to head back to nationals again next year in the main competition leagues and compete for our chance for a position in finals!

If you’re interested in the chance to develop your professional skills, help those less fortunate, travel or network with some of the highest executives of Australian business contact us via Facebook or fedunienactus@gmail.com for more info on joining our winning team! No matter your course, skill set, availability or interests we can help you achieve your personal goals and create positive change in people’s lives!

FedUni ENACTUS will also be running a workshop at The One Small Thing Conference at Mt Helen on 18th September, so you can find out exactly what they do and how you can get involved there: http://bit.ly/OneSmallThing15

  • Jess Kelly

Why volunteers matter in our university community

Happy National Student Volunteer Week!!

This week we, like many other universities, will be celebrating our nsvw-logostudent volunteers and providing opportunities for others to get involved in volunteering within their local community. We’re incredibly proud of the huge impact that FedUni students make to improving campus life and making it a fun and safe space for all members of the university community to enjoy. As well as this, many FedUni students play an integral part of their local communities, volunteering with the CFA, local sporting groups, their kids’ schools, scouts, participating in charity fun runs…

The list is seemingly endless, and wThank you to all that have the heart and take the time to volunteer!e’re constantly surprised and impressed with the different ways that students are choosing to give back.

But why is this so impressive? What is it about volunteering that makes others think highly of you?

Simply put, volunteers create a better world. A world which values giving back over self-interest, which knows that money isn’t the only key to happiness.

For example, imagine our campus without student leaders and volunteers. Without student ambassadors to help spread the word about how great the uni is, there’d be no incoming students. Without PASS leaders, students would have a tougher time keeping up with their difficult subjects. And without volunteers, events like Gippsland campus’ weekly pancake brunch and all of the club & society events wouldn’t be possible.

So here’s to all the student volunteers at the heart of our university community. We would be much poorer for not having you!

Not easy as ABC – reporting on the Model UN

This is our first guest post of 2015 – IT student Sammy Desai talks about his experiences participating in the Model UN at Monash University.

VICMUNI was lucky enough to attend the Model United Nations conference on 11th February 2015 at Monash University Clayton campus. I was the first FedUni student ever to attend this event. The conference went for 3 days with the various activities such as Networking sessions, club night, speeches from politicians, finale ball and even a closing ceremony hosted in the Victorian State parliament.

ParliamentThe conference was essentially a simulation of the United Nations. At VicMUN, delegates gained insight into the workings of the UN by recreating (in theory) the spirit of diplomacy that originally defined the United Nations. The participants debated and tackled various global issues from the perspective of a delegate representing a member nation of the UN.

There were many different committees in VicMUN such as human rights council, security council, first general assembly, press corps and each committee dealt with a specific set of issues. The committee’s ultimate aim was to pass a resolution, which helped address the issues that were discussed. Some committees were more successful than others in this, as in real life!

Participation in VicMUN was rigorous, but rewarding. All the delegates were confronted with the need to set aside their personal opinion and take up the official policy of the country they had chosen to represent. It was difficult especially when the topics being discussed were controversial such as: Addressing the Human Rights of LGBTI Individuals, The Question of Continued Israeli Settlements in Palestinian Territories etc.

Sammy GroupI was in the Press corps representing ABC news. As a press delegate I was allowed to sit in each committee and got a chance to see all the goings-on in each committee. We also had a press conference where we asked questions to the delegates and tried to find out their country’s position on the particular issues. At the end of each session I wrote articles on the committee I was sitting, which can be accessed at https://vicmun2015.wordpress.com/  The press corps delegates were also responsible for updating the VicMUN Twitter feed with the breaking news from each committee. In my opinion the press corps is the best way to get the idea of how Model UN works.

I think VicMUN allows the next generation of leaders to understand about the workings of the UN. It also promotes students’ interest in politics, law or international relations, increases the capacity for students to engage in problem solving, conflict resolution, research skills, and communication skills, and creates the platform to meet new people and make new friends.

To participate in the next year’s conference or for more information please log on to http://vicmun.net/2016

We’re always looking for great stories of people’s Leadership experiences, so if you have a story to share (whether you are anything to do with FedUni or not), please contact us: L.icely@federation.edu.au.

What’s your passion? Take The Pledge…

…How can you make change with that?

Everyone has something they’re passionate about – music, sport, social justice, reading, socialising etc. So what if you could use your passions to make someone else’s life better?

You can.

Volunteering is worth more annually to the Australian economy than the entire mining industry (Over $200bn), but the word can often conjure up images that really don’t appeal to everyone. Picking up litter and serving tea to the elderly are incredibly important contributions to society, but there is a lot more to volunteering and community impact than that.

What about:

  • organising (or performing at) a charity music festival?
  • joining (or starting) a march or protest about something you feel is unfair?
  • designing a website for a local Not-For-Profit organisation?

Or:

  • teaching a friend to cook or change a tyre?
  • Sharing a community campaign through social media?
  • Writing to say thank you to someone who has inspired you?

All these things make the world a better place and we want you to think about the ways in which you can have an impact on society during 2015. We’re asking all FedUni students and staff to pledge to do something new this year – to take action (big or small) that benefits others. If there is something you think needs to change, be the one to change it. If you care about something, use your passion to change the world because if we all expect someone else to do it, no-one will!

Want to Take The Pledge? Head to http://bit.ly/FedTakeThePledge.

If you’d like to find out more about how the Leadership program can help you to follow your passions, check out our webpage: www.federation.edu.au/student-senate or contact Luke: L.icely@federation.edu.au or visit http://bit.ly/FedTakeThePledge

Take The Pledge

Why volunteer? Giving Back

For National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) 2014, we’ll be publishing a series of posts answering that perennial question – why should I volunteer? Part of my job is to persuade students that volunteering is great, and so I need to be able to do more than just mumble something about helping other people.

dollarThat said, my first and most important reason for volunteering is to give back in some way – volunteering can’t by definition be a purely selfish act as it automatically makes life better for other people. Someone cleverer than me has worked out that volunteering is worth around $200bn annually to the Australian economy – that’s what our volunteers are worth in the wages we don’t pay them, the things we don’t need to do because of them (planting trees, reading to kids etc), the money they pay in transport, food, clothing etc when volunteering and the skills they learn which can be transferred to their paid work, amongst other things. For the record, that’s more than even the mining industry contributes. (Pro Bono, 2014).

FedUniIn 2013 FedUni (or University of Ballarat as it was then) students contributed over 3119 volunteer hours – a contribution worth over $75,000, which is pretty incredible – we’re aiming for over 4000 hours this year – who said students don’t contribute to society? Ours are amazing. (Volunteering Australia, 2012)

Pop Upsocial mediaThis NSVW, we’ll be doing a number of things to help students give back – we’re running 5 Pop-Up Op Shops during the week – students and staff have been donating clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac for the past month or so, and we’ll be selling it all off in exchange for gold coin donations. Not only will all money will be split between the Ballarat Soup Bus (www.soupbus.com.au), Uniting Care (www.unitingcareballarat.com.au) and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (www.relieffund.org.au), but we’ll be preventing several kilograms of unwanted ‘stuff’ from ending up in landfill. Instead, it will be ‘recycled’ by someone else, and anything left at the end of the week will be donated to local Op Shops, so nothing is wasted.

We’re also holding a Campus Clean-up at Mt Helen on Friday afternoon – we’ll be clearing up litter, branches and anything else we come across all over campus and the surrounding walking track. Thanks to the International Student Committee and Dale, our Sustainability Officer for helping make this happen. Anyone interested in joining us just needs to meet at the Hub at 1pm – we’ll provide gloves and a cuppa, but wrap up warm!

In the next few days we’ll be looking at some other reasons to volunteer, and what we’re doing during the week to help it happen, so please keep checking back:
Building Networks
Boosting Skills
Broadening Horizons

– Luke

Sources:

http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/08/volunteers-worth-more-australia-mining#
www.volunteeringaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/the-economic-value-of-volunteering-in-victoria.pdf

Student Leader Profile – Marie Digna

MarieEvery couple of weeks, we invite one of FedUni’s amazing student leaders to tell us about themselves and their Leadership experiences and plans. Today’s victim is Marie Digna, who will be leading a group of students to Nepal in November for trekking and volunteering!

What and where are you studying?

Bachelor of Education (p-10) Mt Helen Campus

Where are you from originally?

Manistee, Michigan, USA

‘Tweet’ us a description of Leadership in 140 Characters or less: 

Leadership is about giving people one voice. Leaders aren’t always in the spotlight. The best leaders let their followers shine brightest.

What impact have you made on others through Leadership/Volunteering? 

I like to think that my story into leadership and volunteering inspires people to keep going. I’ve also seen the effect giving something small can have on someone at their low point. Even just a smile or “good morning” can flip someone’s perspective of the day right around.

Why do you do it?

I do it because it makes me happy to help others and because watching someone grow while under your leadership or mentorship is just the coolest thing.

What was the most significant/interesting thing you learnt in 2013?

We all interpret interactions differently. Sometimes it’s best to just clarify what someone intended before you jump to conclusions.

How do you want to develop as a Leader over the next year?

This year I hope to learn how to balance when to lead and when to delegate responsibility to others, which is a crucial talent in being a good leader.

Tell us something truly fascinating about yourself:

Something I think is really cool and amazing about me is that I’m quite nomadic of nature. I never stay in one place long. I’m constantly on the move and doing something. For example, my dad has actually compared me to Forrest Gump because I met Premier Denis Napthine and talked with him about my tattoo and I was at President Barrack Obama’s first Inauguration.

Why would you recommend Leadership/Volunteering activities to other students?

I recommend leadership and volunteering to anyone at least once in your life because you will grow in a way that nothing else can make you grow. You will learn so much about the kind of person you once were, are now, and want to become. It’s amazing. Do it.

Anything else you want to say? (Any topic, keep it PG-rated…)

This year I’m a part of the Residential Support Team, School of Education and Arts Mentors, and I’m taking a group of FedUni students and staff from all campuses to Nepal for three weeks. I highly recommend it! If you’re interested, you can find us at www.facebook.com/LetsGoToNepalFedUni or you can email me at mariedigna@students.federation.edu.au