Mr Eric Federing, press secretary to US Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman, will be guest speaker at a School of Humanities and Public Policy seminar on Friday 13 November at Monash's Caulfield campus.
He will speak on election trends in the US and their relevance to Australia.
The seminar, jointly hosted by the Business and Economics faculty, will be held from 5.30 pm to 7 pm at the Link Theatre, Building S, Level 2, Sir John Monash Drive, Caulfield campus.
For further information, contact Ms Jodie Clark on extn 32936.
Executive vice-president of global banking service Citibank Corporation Mr Tom Jones (pictured) spoke on the future of global banking and financial services at Monash last Friday.
Mr Jones was speaking as the 1998 ASPCA Monash Accounting Distinguished Visitor at a breakfast seminar at the Gryph Inn, Caulfield campus, organised by Mr Laurie Webb of Monash's Accounting and Finance department in partnership with KPMG.
Mr Jones is responsible for creating and managing Citibank's global shared service function, a role involving business support in the areas of finance, human resources, credit, legal and treasury.
He pointed to the uptake of new online and electronic banking technologies, the millennium bug, and development of the uniform European currency as some of the key challenges facing Citibank and the sector generally.
Monash's History department this year initiated a history competition prize, as part of its schools liaison program.
The Monash History Prize aims to recognise the teaching and learning of history at secondary schools (particularly at senior levels), according to the department's schools liaison coordinator and competition organiser Dr Mark Peel.
"The prizes also provide an incentive for students to persist with history and humanities during Year 11 and 12," he said.
Teachers from 50 secondary schools nominated 78 students for two main prizes - one for Units 1 and 2 History subjects and the other for Units 3 and 4 History subjects.
Most submitted research essays or annotated graphic exercises that had been written for VCE CATs.
"Entries were judged by a panel of history academics and all were impressed by the overall high quality, especially the analytical rigour and excellent writing," Dr Peel said.
Deciding the winners proved so dificult that three additional runner-up prizes were awarded. Five other entries were also highly commended.
All students whose essays were nominated received a certificate from the department recognising their achievement.
"The Monash History Prizes will become an annual event and are certainly having an impact on schools," Dr Peel said.
"The History department will also shortly be seeking help from its alumni to build a fund for supporting school history through the prizes and other initiatives.
"The aim is to help ensure that the critical knowledge, skills and capacities built through the study of history do not become inaccessible to Victorian school students."
Students with special needs or circumstances who are undertaking full-fee-paying postgraduate coursework programs can apply for bursaries that reduce their fees to the level of the deferred HECS.
To be eligible, students must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and be enrolling as a full-fee-paying student.
The bursaries are open to indigenous Australians, women entering non-traditional areas and people with a disability, from non-English-speaking backgrounds, from rural or isolated areas and from low socio-economic backgrounds.
The closing date for applications is 22 January. For further information, contact extn 26968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a big stink looming at the Botanic Garden on Monash's Clayton campus.
The offender, known as Dracunculus, a large and exotic Mediterranean plant, is about to bloom.
And there is nothing delicate or sweet about this blossom which appears once a year about this time, says horticulturilist Rob McClure (pictured).
With an odour that makes the rotting flesh of a dead animal seem mild, the plant has caused more than one passer-by to stop in their tracks, according to Rob. Most people who work around here know about it, but to the uninitiated, it can be quite an unpleasant assault on the senses.
Aptly named after the mystical vampire Dracula, it uses its odour and deceptive appearance to trick blowflies for the purposes of pollination, explains Rob.
Nearby in the garden bed is Dracunculus' relative, Helicodiceros, an excellent mimic.
Rob says Helicodiceros earned widespread notoriety after featuring in a recent television documentary by naturalist David Attenborough. It showed how the plant, in its native Corsica, could really cause a stink to survive by out-ranking even the smells produced by nearby colonies of millions of sea-birds.
Dracunculus and related fly pollination type plants are among a thousand interesting, rare and unusual species covering 121 families from all over the globe represented in the Monash Botanic Garden.
Also known as the System Garden, it was set up by the Botany department in the 1970s as a living laboratory for science students to learn about plants and is now open to all Monash staff, students and visitors to explore.
Some of the rare and endangered species include a Maidenhair Tree, grown from a seed of the original temple tree in Japan, Elephant Yams from Africa and Cobra Lillies from Northern India.
Staff, students and visitors can find out more about the wonders and mysteries of the garden during a first-ever lunchtime guided tour led by Rob next Thursday (12 November).
Walkers should meet at 1.15 pm at the main entrance of the Biology building (17).
For those who can't make it, the department has released a colourful brochure/guide to the gardens with a key to all the plants. Brochures are available from the Biological Sciences, main office.
"Don't let Dracunculus put you off visiting the gardens," jokes Rob.
Students from 18 Victorian secondary schools are next week taking part in the 1998 Monash University Schools Drama Festival at the Clayton campus.
Up to four schools will perform each night during the event, which runs from 9 to 13 November. Four schools from the series will be selected to go into the final on 22 November.
Open to Years 9 and 10, the festival gives students an opportunity to express their ideas, opinions and personalities through a professionally staged drama presentation.
Students are responsible for all aspects of the production, including scripting, directing, costuming, audio and lighting. There is no restriction on theme or style.
Executive director of Performing and Visual Arts Mr Stephen Dee said the university was delighted to host the festival, which he said had the potential to become a statewide event.
Adjudicators include Playbox Theatre education officer Ms Margaret Stephen and lecturer in theatre craft at Monash Mr Michael Coe.
Prizes have been donated by Bytecraft Theatrical Lighting, Scenic Studios, Backstage Makeup and J. C. Williamson Costume Hire.
Tickets to the rounds cost $7 and are available at the Monash Box Office on extn 51111.
The next 'Monash Highlights' advertisement will appear in The Age, Saturday Extra section, on 28 November and will promote community-based events at Monash over the summer period.
The cost will again be covered by University Marketing & Development.
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Email the details to email@example.com or fax extn 52582. The deadline for copy is Tuesday 17 November at 5 pm.
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