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At least at one point throughout the day, an OzTREKK staffer will have a blank look on their face.
The reason? Matt’s lingo.
Because he’s an Aussie, OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik has got the slang down pat. If you’re heading to Australia, there are some lessons in language to be learned prior to boarding the plane.
Otherwise, you’ll have a blank look on your face at times when communicating with Aussies! Kinda like us!
Ace! : Excellent! Very good!
Bob’s Your Uncle: Everything’s okay
Beaut/Bewdy!: Expression of approval
Dinkum: Genuine, real
Full on: Intense
Goodonya: Good for you, congratulations
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The Australian Traveller Magazine has released this stellar list of “100 Things to do in Australia Before you Die”. It’s the bucket list for Australians and visitors.
Canadian Dave Munro’s passion for working with special needs children recently earned him a national award from Australian educators.
A Macquarie University Master of Special Education graduate, Munro researched the effectiveness of response cards to help encourage active participation by students, and his report will be published in the Journal of Applied Behavioural Analysis.
Australian educators recognized Munro’s good work, and he was awarded the Lee Mills Teacher Training Award for excellence in special education research.
The annual award is handed out by the Australian Association of Special Education, NSW Chapter, to encourage research directly related to teaching students with special needs.
Munro recently graduated from the Macquarie University Special Education Centre, and he’s currently teaching in Vancouver, B.C.
He told the Macquarie Globe that his university choice was a good selection for both his learning and his lifestyle.
“My teachers were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and approachable. Not only does attending Macquarie afford you the chance to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it will provide you with a top-notch education and increase your future job prospects,” Dave says.
We like this photo, and thought you would, too….
This is a picture that OzTREKK‘s Alison Simser took at the Australia Zoo in January.
As Homer Simpson once said, “Water, water, everywhere, so let’s all have a drink.”
But water wouldn’t be water without the good work accomplished by water management experts. Australian universities offer the Master of Integrated Water Management programs, which work to design practical, problem-based programs to help solve the ongoing global water issues.
Students interested in the Master of Integrated Water Management programs offered by certain universities will also be happy to hear they could be eligible to receive tuition scholarships.
Full and partial tuition scholarships will be handed out to both Aussie and international students enrolled in one of four university programs. Two of the universities are OzTREKK’s Australian partners – Monash University and the University of Queensland.
To be eligible, you need to have completed an undergraduate degree, speak English and having some kind of related experience would be good, too.
All you have to do is apply for the scholarship when you fill out the program application form.
Want to learn more about the scholarships supplement? Visit the International Water Centre’s website at www.watercentre.org/education/programs/scholarships.
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This morning, OzTREKK‘s Matt Miernik headed out West for the weekend where he’ll meet up with James Cook University‘s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ian Wronski, as well as JCU‘s Sandra Hurlock and Pamela Stronach.
The JCU staff members are in Canada to meet with Canadian students interested in the university’s Health and Molecular Sciences degrees. From the JCU medical school, to veterinary science to pharmacy, Dr. Wronski will chat to students about their study options at the tropical, Queensland state university.
OzTREKK‘s Matt will meet them Friday to launch the cross-Canada journey. On Saturday, June 20, they’ll set up shop in Vancouver at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
Vancouver is one of Matt’s favourite Canadian cities, especially since the harbor city makes him feel like he’s back home at Sydney. So when he’s got some down time in Vancouver, these are the top three things he loves to do:
(We don’t really get his Winner’s obsession either, but he swears by it!)
Matt will then fly to Toronto with the JCU staff to host more information and interview sessions with interested students. These are such great opportunities for Canadians to meet with faculty members and get a firsthand impression of the university.
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Last Friday night, OzTREKK‘s Admissions Officer, Shannon Tilston
went for a 12-hour walk.
All for the fight against cancer.
She, along with her family-member teammates, took part in the Relay For Life event at the Lombardy Fairgrounds, which is the Canadian Cancer Society’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Relay For Life is a 12-hour, overnight event, where participants form teams and set up camp for the night. Based on the concept that “Cancer Never Sleeps”, the Relay honours cancer survivors and also remembers those who have lost their lives to cancer.
Throughout the night, team members take turns walking around a track – and they have fun doing it.
Calling themselves The Flying Circus, Shannon’s team raised more than $1,200, and they had a great night, too.
“I thought it was nice to get together with family in memory of my uncle and other family and friends we have lost to cancer,” she says. “It keeps their memories alive. Also, it makes you cherish and enjoy the time you have with family and friends who are still with us, and I know, I’m sappy. We hung out around the fire and chatted all night. But I thought it was great how many people come out for the event. I had no idea it was that big.”
Coffee lovers will get a buzz from this news.
OzTREKK’s university partner, Macquarie University, has now guaranteed that all the coffee sold on campus is organic and fair-trade.
Macquarie University staff pinned it down to offering great-tasting coffee that has a low impact on the environment and is good for those who produce it.
The organic label means every coffee served is 100% free from fertilizers and chemical, and is produced using sustainable farming methods.
And even better, the change doesn’t result in higher prices for students.
Now that is grounds for a celebratory cup of Joe.
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