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Important information – May 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Monash University is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic situation in Nepal following the earthquake last Saturday. Our thoughts are with those who have families and friends affected at this time. We encourage anyone who has been affected to seek assistance if required.

Student volunteers needed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta
VolunteerFairWe are calling for students to assist at our pre-departure briefing sessions overseas. You will get to meet commencing international students and share with them your experience studying at Monash and living in Australia. It is expected that volunteers are already at location as no travel expenses are provided. If you would like to volunteer, submit your expression of interest today via “Volunteering at Monash” (you’ll need to set up a profile first).

  • Singapore – Thursday 18 June (evening)
  • Kuala Lumpur – Saturday 20 June (afternoon)
  • Jakarta – Sunday 21 June and/or Monday 22 June (afternoon)

Final semester student – What’s next?
The end of the semester is fast approaching, and decisions are important at this stage of your journey. You might be considering further studies in Australia or preparing to pack your belongings, move out of your accommodation and farewell some of your friends. There is a lot of useful information on the ‘Finishing university’ website to assist you with your preparation:

  • Going home checklist – There may be a million things to do before you return home overseas. You can download a handy checklist to help you organise your time and remind you of some things that you may have forgotten.
  • Explore employment opportunities in Australia or overseas – Career Education Consultants can assist you with career planning, becoming employable, as well as finding and applying for employment. You can drop in at Career Connect to speak with staff or attend a ‘Career Intensive’ program. This program is offered during university breaks. Career Connect has also put together a video to help you get prepared for a job in China.

Safety first
SecurityIf you are concerned about your safety while you are on or near campus, contact Monash Security for assistance. Security personnel can escort you to your car, student residences, and other locations on campus or to the campus perimeter 24 hours a day. There is also a security bus service at Clayton and Caulfield campuses, operating Monday to Friday from 5.30pm. (Read more)

Exam preparation
There are Exambusters workshops this month where you can learn skills to improve your exam preparation and to stay focused during exams. Register via the booking system for a session at your campus. There is also a range of self-help resources which you can access online.

AFIS: committee recruitment
The Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) is looking to recruit Assistant Treasurers, Promotions Officers, and Design Officers. Visit their website for details about the responsibilities of each position. To apply, email the following to with the subject “AFIS Committee Recruitment Application”:

  • NameAFISlogo
  • Institution
  • Phone number
  • Resume
  • Your first and second preferences committee role
  • Portfolio (Design Officer only)
  • A short paragraph of your reason for joining AFIS

CISA Conference 2015
You are invited to attend the 5th CISA Conference in Melbourne on 6 – 8 July. The conference theme is “Celebrating Achievement, Together towards Tomorrow”. You will get to meet international students from other universities around Australia and explore ideas that will help improve campus experience for students. If you are interested in becoming a student leader, you should attend the conference. Check out their website for more information and to register.

Sports and Recreation Expo
Come along and connect with sports and recreation activities in Melbourne. There will be demonstrations, free trials and tickets to a huge range of different clubs and activities. Contact or check out the Facebook Event page for more information.

When: Saturday 16 May, 12 – 4pm
Where: Drill Hall, 26 Thierry Street, Melbourne (behind the Multicultural Hub)

Clayton – May 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015

An update from MUISS
MUISS is running the International Students Forum to give you the opportunity to discuss ideas with like-minded students and an experienced panel to help resolve issues that are of concern to international students. In order to see change happen, come to MUISS Lounge, first floor Campus Centre (next to Sir John’s Bar) on Thursdays (Week 8 – 11), 3 – 5pm.

Public Speaking is another free program by MUISS for those who wants to improve and learn structured speech-giving skills from competent teachers. It is held on Wednesdays (Week 7 – 11), 6 – 7pm at Room G19, 21 Ancora Imparo Way (Education Building).

‘Like’ their Facebook page and stay tuned for news on International Week in September, involving MUISS Olympics, 20th Anniversary International Awards Night, and the Careers and Leadership Program.

Were you there at One World Festival last month? (more photos):
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Withdrawn Fail
If you withdraw from a unit after 31 March you will be required to pay for that unit unless there are exceptional circumstances. There may be some academic advantages to withdraw from a unit that you are at risk of failing. For more information, contact a Student Rights Officer.

Midyear Host Scheme
Join MSA at a BBQ to launch the mid year intake for Host Scheme. Grab a free snag and a drink and talk to us about the program. If you can’t make it to the launch, apply online now. Don’t miss out on being a part of this amazing program where you’ll make new friends with fellow hosts, new students and have the time of your life.

When: Wednesday 20 of May, 12 – 2pm
Where: Menzies Lawn

Clayton CANVAS – Arcadia 2K15
Come together and celebrate the culture of video gaming! Play popular games for free and experience gaming from a whole new perspective. Free gaming includes:

  • FIFA15 (XBOX)Arcadia
  • Supersmash Brothers (WiiU)
  • Mario Kart 8 (WiiU)
  • Minecraft Hunger Games (LAN)
  • Warsow (LAN)

There will be heaps of competitions, prizes, game designers, free entertainment, board games and free food. There is also a free bonus parent forum at 6.30pm in the Clayton Community Centre Theatrette.

When: Friday 15 May, 6 – 9pm
Where: Clayton Community Centre Courtyard (9 – 15 Cooke St, Clayton)

Free tickets to the footy
GLoBALL logoGLoBALL is offering free tickets to a footy match between Essendon Football Club and Brisbane Football Club on Sunday 24 May, 1pm at Etihad Stadium. This is a great opportunity for you to round up a few friends and enjoy Victoria’s favourite sport! Register via GloBALL to book your tickets.

Calling all musicians
Clayton’s Campus Market is looking for musicians to play at the market on Thursdays. If you or someone you know would like to be part of the live music performances, express your interest online via the Campus Market website.

Welcome Dinner Project
The Welcome Dinner Project connects newly arrived people with local Aussies over dinner in the comfort of their home. Two trained staff attend each dinner and all you need to bring is a plate of food to share that is significant to you or your culture. The dinner is usually with about 15 people from the neighbourhood and gives everyone a chance to tell their story and meet their neighbours. To be invited to a dinner in your area, sign up via their website.

Cultural festivals
In the coming months, several cultural festivals will be held at Birrarung Marr and Federation Square. Upcoming festivals this month include:

International Student Engagement

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