Calendar: Live!

February 24, 2014 by Brenton Stacey

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shopping: Westfield Tuggerah
5.30 pm, Roundabout, Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church
Transport. Seats: 20. Register: Student Services.

8 pm, College Hall

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Hangout
7 pm, Common Room, Clinical Education Centre
Bible study.

7.28: Women’s residence
7.30 pm, Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church
Includes: Hangout Cafe.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9 am, College Hall

9 am, Education Hall

Worship service: Women’s residence
11 am, Avondale College of Higher Education
Speaking: Nadia Peterson. Nadia is a Bachelor of Education (Primary) student at Avondale College of Higher Education.

Worship service: Pr Trafford Fischer
11 am, Auditorium, Fox Valley Seventh-day Adventist Community Church
“Keeping love simple.” Trafford is director of Adventist Family Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and of the Adventist Institute of Family Relations.

Worship service: Dr Bryan Ball
11 am, Opal Room, Fox Valley Seventh-day Adventist Community Church
“The greater controversy.” Bryan is an honorary senior research fellow at Avondale College of Higher Education.

Women’s Conference
6 pm, Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church
Featuring: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Yvonne Hypolite. Theme: She blooms. Register:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Women’s Conference
10 am, Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church

United Nations International Day of Peace
2 pm, Ladies Chapel
Join members of the worldwide community in acknowledging and in honouring the commitment of a country’s armed forces to humanity’s ultimate but most elusive goal. Theme: The right of peoples to peace (and what I can do to help it happen). Features: Associate Professor Chris Hamer, chair of the Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance and founder and president of the World Citizens Association of Australia; Associate Professor Daniel Reynaud, associate professor of history, School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Avondale College of Higher Education; and Avondale Guitar Ensemble. Includes: World and Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies; and ringing of peace bell. Presented by the South Lake Macquarie sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch), the United Nations Association of Australia (Hunter branch) and Avondale College of Higher Education.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Variety Hour
9.30 pm, College Hall

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Pulse: Tower of Terror and Elisa Kate
11 am, The Green (Lake Macquarie campus)
Elisa is a Newcastle-based pop soul singer and songwriter.

Announcements: Live!

February 7, 2014 by Brenton Stacey


Email: Withdrawal of student email forwarding

Avondale College of Higher Education provides a free email address to each student when they begin their study. This address is the official electronic means of communication between Avondale and the student. It is managed by Avondale and can be fully audited, which protects staff members and students in the event of a dispute or enquiry. Avondale has previously offered students the option of forwarding correspondence sent to their student email address to another address. However, Avondale is now withdrawing this option for two reasons. One: the practise of allowing the use of two email addresses is contrary to the principles of good governance. Two: the number of issues—conversion of PDF files, missing emails and privacy, for example—has been increasing. Avondale will withdraw the option of forwarding email to another address during the mid-semester break of semester two, 2014.

Simon Short
Chief Information Officer

Scholarship: New!

The Avondale College of Higher Education Summer Vacation Research Scholarship provides opportunity for a student to participate in a research project over the yearend break. Five scholarships, each valued at $4000, are available for 2014. Applications close on Tuesday, September 30.

Academic Board: News

Students at Avondale College of Higher Education will begin receiving by email the newsletter of the Academic Board. The newsletter, which only staff members had received until now, provides information about decisions relating to Avondale’s academic program.

Academic Office


Semester two units
Friday, September 19, 2014, 12 pm

Any withdrawal from a unit after these dates will incur a full tuition fee liability.

Avondale Libraries


Are you a newly enrolled student? Learn about Avondale Libraries resources and services including PrimoSearch, EndNote, Turnitin, academic integrity, finding journal articles and more by completing the Academic Literacy and Integrity Module on Moodle. This unit is compulsory and must be completed by the end of semester two.

Databases: SpringerLink

New for semester two. SpringerLink provides easy full-text access to more than eight million resources dealing with behavioural and life sciences, business, chemistry, computers, earth and the environment, humanities, mathematics, medicine, physics and astronomy.



Avondale College of Higher Education is seeking staff members or students to serve as ushers during the graduation service on Sunday, December 14, 2014, between 8 am and 12 pm. Ushers receive a reserved seat during the service. Contact Roberta Matai.

Roberta Matai
Research services officer
4980 2121

East meets West

September 18, 2014 by Brenton Stacey

Nepalese women share maternal health message

Lawson Hull
Public relations intern
Avondale College of Higher Education
Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia

Three women’s rights advocates have presented a seminar at Avondale as part of an Australian speaking tour to raise awareness of maternal health in Nepal.

Women's health advocates

Rama Basnet, with daughter Dr Angela Basnet and friend Samita Pradhan, meet with lecturer Brad Watson and students to discuss women’s health in Nepal. Credit: Paris Lawrence.

Studies indicate about 600,000 women in the landlocked country suffer from uterine prolapse, says one of the advocates, Dr Angela Basnet. Young marriages and heavy workloads, particularly while pregnant, are the two main causes. The cost of the medical procedure to permanently treat it: $300.

“We need to inspire change, particularly in rural communities, by raising awareness of uterine prolapse and by helping women suffering from it receive a second life in ways that respect our culture and traditions,” says Angela, a consultant physician for the Community Service Academy Nepal.

Education, for women and men, is one of the keys to success. It will “reduce the problem, not eliminate it, and open up opportunities to help more and more women,” says Samita Pradhan, co-founder of the Centre for Agro-Ecology and Development. She speaks highly of women in Nepal, despite the way they are marginalised, describing their resilience as the factor that “will ultimately lead to change.”

Samita’s not-for-profit entity, along with the entity for which Angela works, are partners of Asian Aid, which presented the seminar. Joshua Moses is one of its communication coordinators. “If people in the West were more globally minded about people in the East,” he says, “health issues could be far closer to being cared for.”


September 11, 2014 by Brenton Stacey

Peanuts comic strip


September 18, 2014 by Brenton Stacey

Peanuts comic strip