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All of the news for the week of Monday, November 4, 2002

By Justin Kohlman - 4th November 2002 - Back to News

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The Centre for Gippsland Studies will be presenting the A W Howitt Public Lecture on Tuesday, November 12 at 7.30pm in the Student Lounge. The topic by guest speaker, Dr Tom Griffiths, ‘The 1939 fires and the forests of ash’ will tell stories about the Black Friday bush fires in 1939 including archival footage and talk about the way they changed the lives and environment of the people of Gippsland. Dr Griffiths is one of Australia’s leading environment historians and recently appeared at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival discussing his book, ‘Forests of Ash’.

A/Professor Al Rainnie, Director of the Institute for Regional Studies at the Gippsland Campus will open the Maffra Technology Expo on November 8 at the Maffra Memorial Hall. The Expo is part of an initiative by Maffra Area International Inc to establish a ‘Connected Community in Gippsland’ which has been funded under the Federal Sustainable Communities program. Highlights of the Expo will be technology applications in agriculture, water management, education and business including input from the Gippsland Campus. Also a bus tour of the Macalister Irrigation District, the Macalister Research farm and an Expo dinner. For further information see or For bookings phone Alex Quinsey on 5147 3220.

Visual Arts Lecturer in printmaking at the Gippsland Campus, Marian Crawford is part of a team that is responsible for the successful Arts magazine ‘Imprint’. The magazine which is circulated nationally looks into issues of interest to the arts community. Crawford is the magazine editor and some of the contributors in the next edition include former Gippsland graduates and lecturers such as Sheena Jones from Boolarra, Ross Moore (now lecturing at Caulfield) and Caroline Durre (former student and staff member at Gippsland) who now heads the printmaking studio at Caulfield.

Making the Grade

Each year students request programs and universities through VTAC. This student wish list is a good way of gauging campus support. In total, Gippsland has been selected 4814 times by students, which is an increase of 337 selections. Arts courses make up about one-third of the interest, while interest continues to grow in science, nursing and teaching.

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Did you know that Monash Gippsland is one of the highest employers in the Latrobe Valley with 417 full time, part time and sessional staff?

The Bulletin is a weekly service provided by Marketing and Public Affairs, Monash University, Gippsland Campus. For more information on any of the above articles, please call Justin Kohlman at (03) 5122 6214 or email: See the Bulletin on line at


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