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Join the SU100 #Move4Food movement to support our Matieshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5778Join the SU100 #Move4Food movement to support our MatiesDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​​​Everybody thinks about food every day. <br></p><p>We can all identify with thoughts like “what meals am I going to make today?", “what groceries do I need to buy", “time to start my diet again"… etc. </p><p>These are not the thoughts about food of a student who is struggling with the glaring realities of food insecurity. </p><p>“I hope my friend offers to share his lunch with me today", “how am I going to be able to focus in class", “no one cares about me."</p><p>Those are the thoughts running through the minds of hungry students across university campuses around the country - and Stellenbosch University (SU) is no exception. </p><p>“Being a Matie is an incredible experience – and we want all students to have access to the same opportunities. No student on campus should go hungry – or not have basic necessities during their time here," says Ben Moolman, current SRC representative responsible for Strategic Initiatives and Leadership Development. </p><p>“We want to create a sustainable solution for students on campus – the need is greater than food – but food is the most pressing need," he adds. </p><p>The #Move4Food campaign is a student led initiative that aims to create food banks on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses, with an ambitious target. They aim to raise R10 million in donations (cash and goods) to ensure that for the next three years, no SU student will have to bear the indignity of going hungry. </p><p>With the recent announcement of fee-free education, there is a general perception that needy students receive financial support that covers all their university costs. “Not so," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations. </p><p>“There are caps on each expense component, like tuition, accommodation and food allowances. This results in shortfalls that the student is still liable for. The most pressing times for students are at the beginning of the year, when students are still waiting for funding to be approved and just before final exams, when the food allowances dry up," explains Bruns. </p><p><strong>Will you #Move4Food with us? </strong></p><p>If you're wondering what you can do to help, we need you to put on your running shoes!</p><p>SU has partnered with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, taking place on <strong>22 and 23 September,</strong> to galvanise staff, students, alumni and friends of SU to raise support for a Food Bank on our Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.</p><p><strong>How to sign up:</strong></p><ul><li>If you've already bought your ticket to the marathon, you can sign up to the #Move4Food Maties team by sending an email to <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href="mailto:ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za">ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za</a></span>​.<br></li><li>If you haven't signed up yet, we've secured a 25% discount on the entry tickets for the 42.2km and 10km races. There are also tickets available for the 5km and trail runs.  <br></li><ul><li>Send an email to <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;color:#1f497d;"><a href="mailto:ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za">ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za</a></span> and we will send you a voucher code which you can use to register on the Cape Town Marathon website.  </li><li>Once registered, you will then receive further information on how you too can raise funds from your friends and family to help fellow Maties reach their finish line. </li></ul></ul><p>Whether you do the 10km, or the full marathon of 42.2km, or the peace or trial runs, you will be striving to achieve your personal best while helping fellow Maties to do the same.<br></p><p>Let's end student hunger once and for all as we #Move4Food.<br></p><ul><li><em>​Photo: SU alumna, Elana Meyer has challenged the Rector to run the marathon. </em><br></li><li><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5779" target="_blank" title="More info"><i><strong>More information about the SU100 #Move4Food campaign​</strong></i><br></a></li></ul><br>
Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch Universityhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5215Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Communications / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​The public intellectual and former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen, has accepted a position at Stellenbosch University (SU).</p><p>Jansen (61), an A-rated scientist with the National Research Foundation, will take up the position of distinguished professor in the Faculty of Education, where he will be teaching and conducting research on school governance, management, leadership and policy. He will also serve as a mentor to postgraduate students. </p><p>Announcing the appointment, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said the institution would greatly benefit from Jansen's expertise as foremost author, thought leader and education specialist. “Prof Jansen is arguably one of the leading pedagogues of our time, but also the proverbial voice in the wilderness, addressing not only the state of the nation, but – equally important – the state of education in our beloved country." </p><p>Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, added: “Prof Jansen is a scholar at heart. We are confident that his research expertise will have a meaningful social impact on all levels of the education system in South Africa."  </p><p>Equally pleased at the prospect of welcoming Prof Jansen to SU's Faculty of Education, Prof Yusef Waghid, acting dean of the Faculty, said: “Prof Jansen's appointment offers tremendous opportunities for colleagues to engage with him in deliberative, responsible and courageous conversations – dialogues relating to what a university is and ought to do. I am optimistic that Prof Jansen's intellectual voice and passion for education will have a positive impact on the scholarly work with which the Faculty is associated. This is another opportunity to enhance our quest for our quest for a meaningful and just schooling system" </p><p>Commented Jansen: “I am very excited about this opportunity to work at one of the best universities on the continent and with some of the leading educational researchers in the field. I do hope to make a small contribution with my colleagues to making research count in the transformation of schools and in preparing the next generation of scholars."</p><p>Jansen, a recipient of three honorary doctorates and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, will take up the position at SU as from 1 November.​<br><br></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT PROF JONATHAN JANSEN</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities<em> </em>for his book <em>Knowledge in the Blood</em> (published by Stanford University Press).  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More recent publications by Jansen include <em>Leading for Change</em> (Routledge, 2016), <em>As by fire: the end of the South African university</em> (Tafelberg, 2017), <em>Interracial intimacies on campuses</em> (Bookstorm, 2017) and <em>Song for Sarah</em> (Bookstorm, 2017). Products of his pen to appear in 2018 include <em>Inequality in South African schools</em> (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), <em>Politics of Curriculum</em> (as editor) and <em>Now that I know</em>, a book on South African families who were separated by the racial laws of the 1950s.<br></p><p><br></p>
Facilities Management launches new integrated workplace management systemhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5853Facilities Management launches new integrated workplace management systemFacilities Management / Fasiliteitsbestuur<p>​<br></p><p>As part of an initiative to ensure that operations are optimised, governance improved and systems are integrated through better use of technology Stellenbosch University Facilities Management (SUFM) Division conducted a procurement process in 2016 and selected Planon' s Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS). As Planon's IWMS is used in more than 38 universities globally it is also an opportunity for SUFM to implement global best practice. </p><p>SUFM and other SU stakeholders have been developing Planon's IWMS modules of Maintenance, Projects and Sport Facilities Reservation Management.  We are now ready to go live and the scheduled date is 3 September 2018!   </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>The benefits of the IWMS</strong><strong> </strong></p><p>There are many benefits to SUFM and the University that will be realised through the implementation of the new system and the resulting changes in processes.</p><ul><li>Unified approach to dealing with Facilities Management work requests <br></li><li>Better integration and prioritisation of work requests</li><li>Better allocation of resources (funding, budgets and human resources)</li><li>More efficient and effective operational Facility Management processes</li><li>Improved stakeholder relations</li><li>Single source and storage of all work requests and access to original information</li><li>Common access point to all property portfolio information</li><li>Improved internal controls over maintenance and project management processes</li><li>Financial integration between the Maintenance module and Natural Adabas </li><li>Single sources of data for assets, spaces and people (employees and external workers i.e. consultants and contractors)</li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>What's new?</strong> </p><p>ALL maintenance service requests and other non-maintenance work requests will be logged on Planon, via the following mechanisms:</p><ul><li>The FM Service Desk (ext. 4666) or <a href="mailto:FMHelpdesk@sun.ac.za">FMHelpdesk@sun.ac.za</a> email address for maintenance requests</li><li>Planon' s request module available to registered users for logging Maintenance and Non-Maintenance Work Requests</li></ul><p>Registered users will be informed by the end of August of their permitted access and the link to Planon. These users, depending on their permitted authorisation, will be able to log Maintenance Service Requests or Non-Maintenance Work Requests separately. The latter includes Institutional Work Requests, such as new or upgrading of facilities. </p><p>The new method of logging requests will require financial authorisation by the designated cost centre owner prior to commencement of any work. The current program for registering of Small Capital Works (FBG115P) will no longer be available for new requests after August.</p><p>Open maintenance work orders, existing Small Capital Works requests and existing project requests as at the end of August, will be transferred to Planon. </p><p>Those people who have been identified as “Registered Users" will be contacted directly and will receive training before the end of August.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>Who to contact?</strong></p><p>The FM Service Desk can be contacted for normal works' enquiries on ext. 4666. <br><br></p><p>For Planon system enquiries only, please contact the following number: ext. x4655. This service will be available for September only.​<br></p><p><br></p>
Farewell, Martie van der Lindehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5856Farewell, Martie van der LindeDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​Stellenbosch University's very own "queen of events" is no more. Martie van der Linde, Stewardship Manager within the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), passed away unexpectedly at her home in Onrusrivier in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 August.<br></p><p>Martie was a well-known staff member at SU for over 22 years - starting off as a personal assistant, then working her way up to become Head: Events and Public Relations at the Corporate Communications Division, before moving to the DAR Division in 2015. During her time at SU, she organised the inauguration of three SU Rectors, Professors Chris Brink, Russel Botman and Wim de Villiers and two Chancellors, Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert and Dr Johann Rupert. She was even called upon to organise the funerals of Chancellors, Prof Elize Botha and Dr Van Zyl Slabbert as well as former Rector Prof Botman.</p><p>“Our deepest condolences to Martie's loved ones. She was a legend at Stellenbosch University  – an absolute institution. She was incredibly loyal and provided long years of excellent service to the University. But besides her professionalism, we will also miss her bubbly personality and can-do attitude. It's a great loss to all of us," SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers said. </p><p>Prof Niel Krige, Chairperson of the Development Office, with whom Martie worked closely since 2015, said Martie is irreplaceable. “In many ways she was the public face of the University for so many years, and a beloved colleague in the Development & Alumni Relations Division. We all have fond memories of her infectious zest for life, professionalism, creativity, and enormous empathy." </p><p>Martie joined the DAR team in April 2015, not long after her 60th birthday. Her role was that of Stewardship Manager of the major individual donors to the University and she arrived with great ideas and her signature enthusiasm, recalled Karen Bruns, DAR's Senior Director.</p><p>"Although Martie had had many dealings with the advancement function of the University over a number of years, fundraising was a new arena to her – not quite marketing, not quite communications, and yet something for which she was infinitely suited. And she was keen to learn, to grow, and to explore.</p><p>"In 2016, we launched the Chancellor's Circle, the donor circle of which Martie was custodian, artfully and with clear purpose, in her signature style. She was an integral support to Prof Krige and the two of them spent many hours developing the practices and protocols for donor engagement – setting a new standard for the University in this area."</p><p>Bruns said Martie brought experience but also great freshness to the Division, always willing to engage in new thinking and to test new ways of doing things, often challenging her much younger colleagues to think more "out of the box". </p><p>"Ever charming and fun to be around, the events that Martie organised were stylish, flawless and the highlights of the Rector's calendar. We are devastated by her sudden passing and know that her irreplaceable spark will be missed by all her colleagues, the donors and alumni with whom she regularly engaged, and the whole University community," Bruns added.</p><p>Susan van der Merwe, Director: Communication and Stakeholder Relations, who worked with her for more than 12 years in the then Marketing and Communication division, said Martie will be remembered for her forever-young spirit. “She could picture an event in her mind and could make it happen in a very detailed and creative way. Martie gave special flair to the inaugurations of Stellenbosch University's Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, but was equally at home at student events such as the Diversity Week's Festival of Colours. She was a gracious and graceful lady."</p><ul><li>The family will confirm memorial dates at a later stage.<br></li><li><em>Photographer: Stefan Els</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
Maties want to end student hunger with big collective initiativehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5861Maties want to end student hunger with big collective initiativeCorporate Communications Division<p><strong> R10 million in 100</strong> days to create sustainable food banks on the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses to ensure that, for the next three years, no Matie has to study on an empty stomach. This is the ambitious aim of Stellenbosch University's (SU) student-inspired <strong>#Move4Food</strong> drive, which will be launched today (20 August) and run until 27 November 2018, which is Giving Tuesday at SU.</p><p>Giving Tuesday has expanded from the United States in recent years to become a global day of giving.</p><p>Students, staff and alumni will engage in a wide range of peer to peer fundraising activities, like participating in the upcoming Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on 23 September 2018, to raise funds for the cause. Olympic Games silver medallist and SU alumna Elana Meyer challenged Maties rector and vice-chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers to take part in the race, and he accepted.</p><p>Earlier this year, De Villiers participated in the Cape Town Cycle Tour with alumni and friends of the University to raise money for student bursaries, and he is already practising hard for the marathon in September. He has previously run the 'Big 5' marathons – Boston, New York, London, Chicago and Berlin.</p><p>“One student that goes hungry on our campus is one too many," says De Villiers. “I am putting my time, energy and money into fighting student hunger – and I challenge staff, students, donors, alumni and friends of the University, as well as the general public, to do the same. Let's team up to help our students finish their race."</p><p>Over 60 runners have already signed up and 20 <a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/projects/">fundraising pages</a> have been created. Among others, the SU Registrar, Dr Ronel Retief, have entered the 10km race.</p><p><strong>Launch event</strong></p><p>The launch event on Monday 20 August takes place on the Rooiplein on the Stellenbosch Campus. The event includes a mini-concert at 12:00 while a fundraising concert will take place in the Endler Hall in Victoria Street at 13:00. Entrance fee is anything between R10 and R100 or a non-perishable food item.<br></p><p><br> </p>Food insecurity prevalent food insecurity and the need for the most basic items are becoming more prevalent among students in South Africa. Despite perceptions that SU maintains a privileged position, at least 6 in every 100 newcomer students (first years and first-year postgraduate students) at SU are at risk. This translates into 465 newcomers (out of a total of 7744) – compounded by students in other years.<div><em><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Move4FoodGetInvolved.jpg" src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Move4FoodGetInvolved.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:450px;" /></em></div><p>“No student should be without food or basic needs," says Mr Ben Moolman, Student Representative Council member for Strategic Initiatives and Leadership Development. “We want to create a sustainable solution for students. Although the need goes far beyond food, this is now the most urgent need."</p><p>With the recent announcement of fee-free education, there is a general perception that students from working-class families receive financial support that covers all their university costs. “Not so," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “There are caps on each expense component, like tuition, accommodation and food allowances. This results in shortfalls that the student is still liable for. The most pressing times for students are at the beginning of the year when students are still waiting for funding to be approved and just before final exams, when the food allowances dry up," she explains.  </p><ul><li><em>Those who want to support #Move4Food can sign up to run in the Cape Town marathon or make an online donation to the cause: </em><a href="https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/"><em>https://www.givengain.com/cc/su100/</em></a><em> </em></li><li><em>There are various other ways to #Move4Food as well, including virtual races, activity tracker challenges, sports days, commuting to work and making a cash donation. Visit </em><a href="http://bit.ly/Move4Food-ideas"><em>http://bit.ly/Move4Food-ideas</em></a><em> for some fun suggestions.</em></li><li><em>Send an e-mail to </em><a href="mailto:ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za"><em>ontwikkeling@sun.ac.za</em></a><em> for more information.</em></li></ul><p><em>  </em></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT FOOD INSECURITY</strong></p><p>A recent study by the National Research Foundation has revealed that more than 30% of university students are food insecure. These findings were announced at the National Colloquium on Access to Food for Student, hosted in the Western Cape this week, seeking to find solutions to an emerging 'hunger crisis'.</p><p>Discussions centred on the effects that hunger plays in the student dropout rate. “If people are hungry‚ they cannot concentrate‚ they become stressed and anxious. A number of these students are working on top of studying and this‚ too‚ affects their academic performance," says Stephen Devereux of the National Research Foundation.</p><p><em>(Source: </em><a href="https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-08-15-30-of-university-students-are-hungry-conference-told/"><em>https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-08-15-30-of-university-students-are-hungry-conference-told/</em></a><em>)</em></p><ul><li><strong>Click </strong><a href="http://bit.ly/2uQ4Q9r"><strong>here</strong></a><strong> for an article on food insecurity<br><br>Picture: </strong><em>Elana Meyer challenges Maties rector to participate in the marathon </em></li></ul><p><em>  </em></p><p><br> </p>
‘We need to get foundation right’ – panellists at Education Research conferencehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5195‘We need to get foundation right’ – panellists at Education Research conferencePia Nänny & Nic Spaull<p>​​​​​​​A panel discussion on “The practice of improvement: Getting from here to there" was one of the highlights of the annual Quantitative Applications in Education Research conference hosted by ReSEP, a research group on Social Economic Policy situated within the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University (SU), on 28 and 29 September.<br></p><p>The panellists – Prof Jonathan Jansen, Prof Brahm Fleisch, Prof Peliwe Lolwana and Dr Itumeleng Molale – discussed the South African education system in terms of what went right, what went wrong and what could be improved.</p><p>Although there were some positive improvements since 1994 – more schools were built and every child in South Africa now has access to education – the speakers could each identify an area where further improvement is possible.</p><p>Prof Fleisch, an associate professor from the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the School of Education at Wits, feels that a greater focus could have been placed on instructional practice while Prof Lolwana, former CEO of Umalusi, cautioned that the system has allowed the gap between the haves and the have-nots to grow. </p><p>“Poor children, even though they have access to schools, still don't know how to use education effectively to access opportunities," she added.</p><p>Dr Molale, former head of the Department of Education and Sport Development in the North West Province, believes that dismantling teacher education (teacher colleges) without a proper alternative was a big mistake, and Prof Jansen, previous Rector of the University of the Free State, thinks that enormous damage was caused by the implementation of outcomes-based education.</p><p>Prof Fleisch echoed this sentiment: “We made a big blunder with our curriculum reform. We should have focused explicitly on the early grades and gotten that right first."</p><p>The Chair of the session, Dr Nic Spaull, referred to Prof Servaas van der Berg's presentation earlier during the conference titled “How we've progressed" where he emphasised the improvements in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) between 2003 and 2015, and also the large increase in black matriculants receiving high-level passes in mathematics and science.</p><p>Dr Spaull then asked the panellists to give possible reasons for the improvement in learning outcomes between 2002 and 2015. Some of the reasons given by the speakers were the stabilisation of the education system after 1994 and an improvement in teacher knowledge.</p><p>However, Prof Jansen was not impressed with the figures presented to him.</p><p>“We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. In SA, we're always catching up. That is why Brahm is right. Our big mistake was to focus on the wrong end of the system. If you don't get the foundation right, you will continue to play catch up."</p><p>Prof Fleisch said that they were all in the business of improving SA's education system. </p><p>“How do we get where we want to go," he asked. "We've done a lot of things based on wishful thinking rather than evidence. Let's stop that. Let's stop wasting money on things that don't work. Let's start looking at things that do work and concentrate our resources there because that's the only way we are going to move forward. Wishing – because it seems so important – is not enough."</p><p>For Prof Jansen, this means building the foundations of the school system with two interventions: the national programme in literacy and national programme in numeracy.</p><p>The conference drew 110 participants from a range of backgrounds including education researchers, policy-makers and PhD students.</p><p>During a video address, Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga expressed her support for the ongoing research conducted within the ReSEP group: “I want to acknowledge the invaluable role played by the Research on Socio-Economic Policy team in producing such rigorous research and the important links they maintain with the Department of Basic Education (DBE). We hope that this partnership continues in years to come, and is also extended to previously disadvantaged universities in order to increase the production of high quality, policy relevant research within the sector."</p><p>The two international keynote speakers were David Evans from the World Bank who spoke on “Getting the most out of our teachers: Lessons from recent quantitative research" and Yuri Belfali from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who spoke on “International assessment for excellence and equity: Experiences from PISA for Development". Both were well received by the audience eliciting a number of questions about the role of international assessments in education policy making and the politics of teacher reform in developing countries.</p><p>Finally, on the last day there were two parallel sessions where PhD students presented their PhD proposals and ongoing research, getting feedback from the participants.<br></p>
SU theatre complex to be named after Adam Smallhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5898SU theatre complex to be named after Adam SmallCorporate Communication / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie (Martin Viljoen)<p>​The refurbished theatre complex of Stellenbosch University (SU) will be named after the award-winning poet and playwright, Adam Small.<br></p><p>The Drama Department proposed and motivated the naming after a considered and inclusive process. </p><p>The Executive Committee of the SU Council, which approves the names of buildings in accordance with the applicable SU policy, recently accepted the name at the recommendation of the Rectorate and the SU Committee for the Naming of Buildings, Venues and other Facilities/Premises.</p><p>Small's widow, Dr Rosalie Small, has already given her approval for the naming of the complex after her late husband.</p><p>“Stellenbosch University is grateful and proud to be associated with the rich legacy of Adam Small. We would like to see the vision of human dignity and healing justice to which he as an academic and playwright was committed, realised," says Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor.</p><p>Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Transformation, Social Impact and Personnel said that Adam Small used his academic pursuit, and specifically his many works in Afrikaans as instruments of transformation. “During apartheid, he helped us to move away from apartheid towards a democratic society, and now his legacy helps us to put his democratic vision of human dignity into practice." </p><p>“With this name change, SU wants to pay tribute to an icon. Without denying the past, we are saying that in future, we will include, and not the other way round," says Dr Leslie van Rooi, Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation. “The name change is part of a process of visual redress and representation to make even more people feel at home on our campuses."</p><p>The Hertzog Prize for Drama of the <em>Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns</em> was awarded to Small in 2012 for his entire oeuvre, and specifically for <em>Kanna, hy k</em><em>ô </em><em>huistoe </em>(1965).</p><p>“The name was tabled in initial discussions about a name change at the end of 2017 already. In 2015 SU awarded Small, who is regarded as a role model, an honorary doctorate. His commitment to Afrikaans and his contribution to specifically<em> Kaaps Afrikaans (</em>Cape Afrikaans) as poet and playwright served as further motivation for the proposal," adds Dr Mareli Pretorius, incoming Chairperson of the Drama Department at SU.</p><p><strong>Refurbishment</strong></p><p>The large auditorium in the theatre complex is currently known as the HB Thom Theatre and although this name will no longer be used, it will be contextualised in the building. Before the refurbishment, the theatre consisted exclusively of a single auditorium, but the creative space now includes a seminar room and a smaller laboratory theatre. The Adam Small Theatre complex thus refers to the multifunctional facility as a whole.</p><p>The newly-expanded large auditorium boasts a mechanised system to lift even heavy décor pieces during shows, modern lighting that is fully LED functional and sound system that all comply with international standards. In the auditorium with its 324 seats, the lay-out is ideally suited to provide the audience with a superb visual experience.  </p><p>This theatre, as well as a second, smaller laboratory theatre and a brand new seminar room can be used commercially for both the performing arts and other functions such as conferences, lecture series and other events. </p><p>The adjacent Drama Department, which will now for the first time functionally join the theatre complex, has two new sound studios, a television recording studio and editor's suite; a computer user area; as well as refurbished and spacious rehearsal rooms and redesigned workplaces, including the theatre workshop, two props rooms and a costume studio and store.</p><p><strong>Inclusive process</strong></p><p>“An extensive and inclusive process was followed to determine the name for the theatre complex. Amongst others, meetings with the various year groups of the Drama Department delivered an overwhelmingly positive response," comments Pretorius. </p><p>She added that the Student Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was also consulted, while a notice of the proposed name was circulated amongst specific community structures within the broader Stellenbosch area – together with a request for feedback. These include the Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch 360, e'Bosch and the Stellenbosch Council of Churches. A similar notice about the process, context and motivation for the name change was also sent to festival directors of the various national arts festivals while personal conversations were held with a selected group of alumni.</p><ul><li>Contact Dr Mareli Pretorius at tel 021 808 3089 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:mareli@sun.ac.za">mareli@sun.ac.za</a> for more information.</li></ul><p> </p><p>END</p><p><em>* The University conferred an honorary doctorate on Small in December 2015 for “shifting the boundaries of </em><em>South African literature, for enriching the Afrikaans language, and for becoming a voice for the voiceless by articulating once forbidden subjects </em><em> </em><em>sensitively though strongly."</em><em>  </em></p><p><em>In awarding the honorary degree, the University described Small as a beloved and highly acclaimed poet and playwright who has </em><em>'written himself into' the very being of the South African nation as our compass and moral conscience poignantly commenting on the destructive apartheid system.</em></p><p><br></p>
FMHS to offer undergraduate Nursing programme in 2019http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5858FMHS to offer undergraduate Nursing programme in 2019FMHS Marketing & Communication / FGGW Bemarking & Kommunikasie<p style="text-align:justify;">From 2019, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) of Stellenbosch University will offer a Bachelor of Nursing programme and applications are now open. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Department of Nursing and Midwifery is known for its postgraduate and specialist programmes, and welcomes this innovative undergraduate programme to its portfolio.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose of this programme is to educate and guide a student in becoming a professional nurse and midwife. Through learning experiences on campus, within communities and in various healthcare facilities, students will develop the behaviours, skills and capabilities they need to become and be practitioners and leaders who value diversity and bring careful thought and innovation to their caring practices.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is a four-year programme offered on the Tygerberg campus and its associated distributed clinical training platform. The clinical practice context is very diverse, ranging from the public sector health care service settings, private health care sector to relevant learning experiences in for example schools, social services, rehabilitation facilities, non-governmental and non-profit organisations.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students will learn how to craft person-centred, holistic, contemporary, evidence-informed and resource-sensitive caring practice to support the healthcare and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">To download an application form and for more information on the programme, visit <a href="http://www.maties.com/">www.maties.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Application closing dates are as follows:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>31 August 2018: </strong>Applications close</p><ul><li>Category B1 - Current learners (grade 12) and applicants who have completed school, and </li><li>Category B3 - Applicants with tertiary qualifications and/or work experience.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">Bursary and Loan applications close (apply for funding on <a href="http://www.maties.com/">www.maties.com</a> once the application has been finalised)</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>14 September 2018</strong><strong>   </strong>Last date to submit National Benchmarking Test (NBT) results and Non-Academic Merit (NAM) forms for category B1 applicants</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Last date to submit Motivational Letters for category B3 applicants</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>30 September 2018:</strong> Applications close for Category B2 - Registered University students </p><p>Enquiries can be directed to <a href="mailto:info@sun.ac.za">info@sun.ac.za</a> or 021 808 9111.<br></p>
More information about the SU100 #Move4Food campaignhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5779More information about the SU100 #Move4Food campaignDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><strong>​​1.</strong>       <strong>Why the SU100 #Move4Food campaign?</strong></p><p>The Move4Food campaign has evolved following our successful #SU99 campaign, which aimed at alleviating student debt. We were able to raise over R1 million to help some of our graduates enter the world of work without the burden of debt on their shoulders. </p><p>We've since been working closely with our student communities in determining what are the core needs on campus that we can help to address. And the issue of food security has come up quite strongly. </p><p><strong>2.</strong>       <strong>Is food security really an issue for Stellenbosch University? </strong></p><p>Yes it is. </p><p>There is a general perception that students at Stellenbosch University is fully funded, but that is not the case. </p><p>Despite the announcements around 'Fee Free Education', the limitations on permissible costs result in funding gaps. </p><p>These shortfalls and funding delays mean that many students do not have access to the basics, like food and toiletries.  </p><p>As part of our centenary activities, we are mobilising our SU100 #Move4Food campaign around the establishment of Food Banks on both the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses.  </p><p>Our aim is to provide a sustainable model whereby students have access to things they need in a dignified and destigmatised manner and in turn to further grow the culture of Ubuntu amongst our students.</p><p><strong>3.</strong>       <strong>Why the link to the Cape Town Marathon? (22 and 23 September 2018)</strong></p><p>The 14<sup>th</sup> of June marked 100 days until the 2018 Cape Town Marathon. </p><p>2018 seems to be the year to celebrate centenaries: Sanlam is celebrating their 100<sup>th</sup> year, as is Stellenbosch University. It's also the Nelson Mandela Centennial commemoration. </p><p>In the spirit of legacy and getting involved in positive change, we want to invite our staff, students and alumni to do something special to help our Maties win their academic race. We don't just want people to run for the cause – we want to challenge them to participate in peer to peer fundraising so that we can develop a sustainable solution to this issue. </p><p><strong>4.</strong>       <strong>What exactly is Peer to Peer fundraising? </strong></p><p>In simple terms, it's crowdfunding within your immediate circles of influence. When you commit yourself to a cause and take some action, commit to some movement, you inspire others around you. </p><p>You become an influencer. </p><p>So people are likely to get behind your cause because they believe in you and what you're doing. </p><p>Here's an example of a <strong>GivenGain page: </strong><a href="https://www.givengain.com/a/cherylbenadiemoves4food/"><strong>https://www.givengain.com/a/cherylbenadiemoves4food/</strong></a><strong> </strong>by an SU staff member who will be running the 10km. </p><p>Earlier this year, alumni cycled with the Rector to raise money for bursaries. Now he is ready to tackle the Sanlam marathon (the 42.2km) to champion a worthy cause once again. <br></p><p><br></p>
Social work more than just a job for Dr Abigail Ornellashttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5542Social work more than just a job for Dr Abigail OrnellasSonika Lamprecht/Corporate Communication Division<p style="text-align:justify;">For many people choosing a career is a difficult decision, but for others, life experiences point them in a direction and it becomes a calling. Dr Abigail Ornellas, who received her PhD in Social Work this week, is one of the latter.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ornellas and her twin brother were adopted when she was almost five years old, after spending four years in foster care. “The family who adopted us is incredible and has given us an amazing life and opportunities we probably would never have had. This has always given me a sense of wanting to make my life count for something. I was the first in the family to go to university and get a degree. They have been incredibly supportive and are very proud of me.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“My experience in foster care has made me intrinsically aware of the importance of social work and the impact it can have on a life. Some of the experiences I went through as a child have also helped me in social work practice, to understand the importance of opportunity. This is all people really need to truly step into who they are. It has kept me humble."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">However, it wasn't until closer to the end of her social work bachelor's degree that she began to realise how much more the profession was capable of and responsible for, and its complex history.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In her fourth year of social work studies, she worked at a local state hospital and spent a lot of time working in the mental health ward. “My biological mother had dealt with mental illness, and so this was an area of interest for me. But I hadn't realised how social work could play an important role in this field. I became increasingly aware of the struggles in mental health as many public mental health facilities were being shut down due to deinstitutionalisation."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This sparked an interest in the concept of deinstitutionalisation and she decided to focus her Masters on exploring this phenomenon in South Africa. “This was my first real entry into the world of social policy. What I would later realise was that deinstitutionalisation was linked to a much bigger concept – neoliberalism, which emphasises individualism, inequality as a driver for economic growth, protection of the privileged and elite, the commodification of care, the privatisation of services, and the idea that welfare creates dependency. These are all in direct contradiction to the social work values of collectivism, social justice, social cohesion and human dignity."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Following her Masters, she worked as a research fellow on an international staff exchange scheme for two years where teams from 11 different countries actively mapped the impact of neoliberalism on social care and welfare. “This experience had the greatest impact on my career goals in social work and academic research. It gave me that bigger picture. Living in different countries working with social workers who have incredible stories and varied backgrounds opened my eyes to the vastness of our profession. I truly fell in love with it. I began to understand that social work has a responsibility to resist global socioeconomic changes that did not serve people."<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Something one of her professors said stuck with her. When talking about the concept of giving a person a fish as opposed to teaching them how to fish, he added, “but it doesn't help teaching someone to fish, if there is a fence around the pond".<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">“That day I decided I would commit myself to finding ways of removing the fence – and that is macro and structural, and in my opinion, at the heart of the social work profession. We need to confront the system in which social injustice occurs at the individual level, to tackle things from the outward in."  <br></p><p><br></p>