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"The federal government economised by amalgamating technical colleges and making them all part of universities. there were some very uncomfortable marriages made, probably all around Australia. Here between Lismore and Armidale it was a lot of territory to cover, particularly if you have to commute between the two places, as many lecturers and administrative staff had to do," she said.
As part of her search for Genesis: The First Thirty Years 1970 2000, which opened last week at the Lismore campus, she came across an old roll of film sitting forgotten in a downstairs archive.
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One of the people responsible for making the film, Jo Testa, was at the official exhibition opening and he said he has a whole lot of other material to hand over to the archive.
It turned out to be a promotional video made by students and staff from the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education to encourage other young people to enrol.
She said the thing that makes SCU history so vibrant is that the movement to have a regional university in the Northern Rivers started way back in the 1950s. However, it wasn until 1970 that the Lismore Teachers College opened, which closed and three years later became the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education.
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The institution became Southern Cross University in 1994 but ever since the early days it provided unique educational opportunities and has continued to be ahead of its time with a string of firsts.
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"Various principals and teachers of the college were visionary and introduced very innovative thinking in terms of education. they were rethinking education, looking at areas in the Australia economy there was no training for, such as tourism and naturopathy. The small business course was one of the biggest innovations. there was nothing like that in Australia," Sandra said.
"I had some really great jobs in my life but this is the best. it certainly hasn been dull. SCU has a very vibrant history, and the way that the whole community worked together for the establishment of a university is a great story," Sandra said.
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"It didn say what it was and it smelt I knew it was deteriorating. I asked around and no one knew anything about it. I asked Ian Slade, the head of our media department, if it was worth spending the $500 to have it digitised, and he said yes but I better do it fast," Sandra said.
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Students would go back to their homes from the Northern Rivers after studying here and spread the word about how fantastic it was," Sandra said.
"It fairly amateurish, but very charming," Sandra said. "It shows students living in a country cottage, being all hippie and making bread, and then getting into a Kombi Michael Kors Marina Canvas Bag and going to Byron for a surf," Sandra said.
WHEN archivist Sandra Warner began digging into the history of Southern Cross University for a 30 year anniversary exhibition, she came across all sorts of fascinating stories from tales of snobbery and politics to a near plane crash, innovative firsts, community resilience and a lovely piece of propaganda.
think of themselves as a sandstone university and were worried the Northern Rivers teachers would pull down the side. The partnership only lasted four years and in the end SCU was established, which was the secret plan all along."
"Once there was a bunch of staff on a plane to Armidale and it nearly crashed. It was too large a region for it to work and there was a lot of academy snobbery happening. Armidale liked to Michael Kors Handbags And Wallet Sets
"The purpose of the video was to promote the college but we don even know if it was used. The demand for the new college was phenomenal. Four thousand students applied for 1000 places and it was mainly word of mouth. Michael Kors Shoulder Bag With Chain
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The Genesis exhibition includes lots of memorabilia donated by former staff and students, and is on show at the University Library at the Mk Bags Sale Uk
SCU also produced a contemporary music course, from which Australian rock band Grinspoon emerged, and more recently it created Australia first ever surfing diploma.
After a huge community effort that included many years of lobbying and campaigns in the local media, the University of New England Northern Rivers was born in 1989, a shaky partnership between Lismore and Armidale that Sandra described as "fraught". She said it was an interesting time in the politics of education.
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