Leading community figures form Notre Dame's Sydney School of Arts and Sciences inaugural Advisory Board

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 19-12-2008

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The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney School of Arts and Sciences recently held its inaugural Advisory Board Meeting – marking a pivotal moment in the School’s history.

The members of the Advisory Board have been drawn from key areas represented within the School’s disciplines, including Politics, Social Justice, Aboriginal Ministry and the arts.

Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences, Professor Gerry Turcotte, said the School was thrilled to host its first Advisory Board meeting.

“This is a significant occasion for our growing School. We’re particularly delighted by the high calibre of people who have accepted our invitation to participate.

“The Board enables us to draw on the highest expertise to advise us on our current and future directions, to help us develop new and exciting initiatives, and to help us review and maintain our high standards across our teaching, research and community activities,” said Professor Turcotte.

The School is honoured to have the following leading community figures on the Board:

Professor Julian Burnside, QC, is a barrister, human rights and refugee advocate and a passionate patron of the arts. He is the President of the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties. He is also a National Living Treasure (2004).

Jack de Groot is the Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia and is recognised as a leader in the Australian International NGO network.

The Hon. Greg Donnelly, is a Member of the Legislative Council, NSW Parliament, a member of the Australian Labor Party and Government Whip.

The Hon. Ms Pru Goward is NSW Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Environment and Shadow Minister for Women.

Mrs Elsie Heiss is the Chairperson for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, and is a founding member of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM).

Ms Katrina Lee is Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Rosemary Vellar is the Strategic Learning Interventions Manager for the Catholic Education Office, Sydney.

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