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Portraits from the Pandemic – “We are all doing our best"https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9629Portraits from the Pandemic – “We are all doing our best"Wiida Fourie-Basson, Faculty of Science<p>​F​​rom old souls who collect teas from across the world, to a burnt-out lawyer and a writer who has lost her sparkle. For those of us dealing with intense anxiety and burnout after the pandemic, the quaint watercolour-painted animal characters in <em>Portraits from the Pandemic </em>remind us “that we are all united in our brokenness".</p><p><em>Portraits from the Pandemic</em> is written and illustrated by Karin-Therese Howell, a mathematician and associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stellenbosch University. </p><p>The mother of two created and painted 40 unique sketches of a range of forest folk writing about their experiences during the pandemic to the local forest newspaper, <em>The Daily Oak</em>. This was her way of dealing with the stress and anxiety of living through the unknowns of the pandemic and the hard lockdown.<br></p><p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/Meet%20Juniper.jpg" alt="Meet Juniper.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>These forest folk include, inter alia, a dedicated Grade 2 teacher, an emphatic architect, a mathematician suffering from imposter syndrome, the owner of a bakery, a recent divorcee, a married couple seeking counseling, a depressed journalist and a stressed-out student in mathematics living on coffee and Red Bull. </p><p>But while all of this may sound quite depressing, the beauty of the characters is found in how they are portrayed as sensitive souls, dealing with intense burnout and anxiety in their own special ways. Jeff the journalist, for example, has learnt to cope with his depression “by viewing the world upside down while breathing deeply and engaging all his senses". Christopher the burnt-out lawyer has quit his high-flying career and now works in a pet shop, living with his four pet mice on a small holding. </p><p>A few of the characters are also dealing with neuro-diversity challenges. The little owl character Lisa, for example, has auditory processing disorder. But because she was only diagnosed as a teen, many lyrics of the A-Ha songs she memorised are wrong. But that does not disturb Lisa: “She thinks many of them are more beautiful as she has them stored. Sound is a colour for Lisa, and silence a rainbow", reads the sketch.</p><p>Fundamental to each sketch is a deep empathy and the believe that “no hare should be left behind, excluded or just accommodated". That is why the last three characters in the book are Daisy, Lilly and Rosy. They are three moms who have started a campaign for the inclusion of neuro-diverse children at schools.</p><p>With this quaint little book, Karin-Therese also wants to raise awareness of a poorly understood neurodevelopmental condition that remains largely undiagnosed, even though it affects up to 7% of school-going children in the United States. This condition is known as development coordination disorder (DCD).</p><p>According to Dr Eileen Africa from the Division of Movement Science and Exercise Therapy at SU, children with development coordination disorder (DCD) typically present with poor postural control, lower muscle tone, slower movements, delayed action and -response times and coordination. But while the gross motor delays typically associated with DCD are easily observable with the naked eye, these difficulties are often misunderstood as laziness or behavioral problems.</p><p>“They tend to be viewed and labelled as clumsy and uncoordinated and are often teased or bullied by their peers. They struggle with daily activities such as riding a bicycle, getting dressed, eating, self-care, and many other skills that otherwise come naturally to a neurotypical child of the same age," Dr Africa explains. </p><p>This condition can persist into adulthood and therefore early recognition, diagnosis and intervention are paramount.</p><p><em>Portraits from the Pandemic</em> is available in two formats and is available in major book and gift stores or can be ordered directly from the author: Insta: @jupiterjune612, Facebook: karinthereseart</p><p>“I hope readers will sense some parts of themselves in these sketches," she writes: “We are all a little broken and doing our best."</p><p>For more information about development coordination disorder, <a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://canchild.ca/en/diagnoses/developmental-coordination-disorder&data=05%7c01%7c%7cecf742a4e35d4a40a37708dac71be048%7ca6fa3b030a3c42588433a120dffcd348%7c0%7c0%7c638041219793651160%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=BnDvcoitpw3RwPBumF2SaExvnPjHn0mLC3cREUFqqEs%3D&reserved=0">https://canchild.ca/en/diagnoses/developmental-coordination-disorder</a></p><p> </p><p>​<br></p>
Applications for the Work Study Programme 2023 is open!https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9569Applications for the Work Study Programme 2023 is open!Lizzie Witbooi<p style="text-align:justify;">​Applications for the Work Study Programme 2023 are open!  <strong>Applicants must be senior students (no first years).</strong> The Work Study Programme gives financially needy and deserving students an opportunity to earn a subsistence income.  The aim of this programme is to aid students who find themselves under financial strain regarding basic essential needs such as food, books, and as well other necessities.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Please submit your completed application form and attached CV before or on <strong>Friday, 18 November 202</strong> to <strong>Lizzie Witbooi at </strong><a href="mailto:lgwitbooi@sun.ac.za"><strong>lgwitbooi@sun.ac.za</strong></a>. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">No late applications will be accepted. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Kindly note:</strong> Due to limited funding, we can only accommodate <strong>a limited number of students</strong>. The successful applicants will sign an 8-month working agreement and will be required to work a maximum of 20 hours per month. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Click <a href="/english/learning-teaching/student-affairs/Documents/Work%20Study%20Programme%20Application%20Forms/Work%20Study%20Programme%20Application%20forms%202023/Work%20Study%20Programme%20Application%20Form%202023.doc?d=wd8892580815f40fbb980427b60b58d4d">h​ere</a> to download <strong>2023 Application Forms</strong>.​​​​<br></p>
Top SU students acknowledged for excellencehttps://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9547Top SU students acknowledged for excellenceCorporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking - Sandra Mulder<p>​​A group of 73 Stellenbosch University (SU) students were recently honoured with Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement in recognition of their accomplishments in various spheres of student and campus life.<br></p><p>Themed “Sustainable innovation; pursuing excellence together", the annual awards on Tuesday, 18 October 2022, acknowledge student excellence in academics, leadership, culture, social impact, sport, and service provision.</p><p><strong>Innovators for the future</strong></p><p>Top management, faculty deans and student leaders joined award recipients at the ceremony hosted at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). </p><p>SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers congratulated this year's awardees, adding that they were the “innovators we need for the future". The Rector also expressed the hope that this recognition would encourage the recipients to continue doing meaningful work wherever their future journeys might take them. “I congratulate you on your hard work and dedication, not only over the past year, but also the tumultuous two pandemic years. You persevered, and achieved something quite extraordinary," De Villiers said.<br></p><p>Having received 124 applications and nominations this year, the Rector's Awards ceremony is a key event on the SU calendar, said Prof Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching. “It's an opportunity to come together to celebrate the hard work and exceptional achievements of our students," he said. “However, at the same time, we must also acknowledge that our students' achievements are facilitated by our dedicated staff, who create a nurturing environment for students to flourish and thrive, and consequently meet their full potential. We are celebrating that full potential tonight." <br></p><p><strong>On the right track</strong></p><p>The keynote speaker, SU's former Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, Prof Eugene Cloete, encouraged students to continue their innovation journey, as they were on the “correct trajectory." He highlighted clarity on goals and expectations as well as recognition of people's achievements as two vital requirements for promoting innovation and unlocking human potential. “If you do not acknowledge other people, you bankrupt them emotionally," Cloete said. He encouraged the award winners to take their potential to the next level by continuing to renew their knowledge, set new goals and raise their expectations.<br><br></p><p>Cloete concluded his address by underlining the importance of respect in achieving success in life. “I want you to live with respect. Respect is important because it creates the possibility for us to co-inhabit this planet. Respect means acknowledging that we all have different ways and that we need to create a space where we can all live together and to our full potential. May you have a spectacular future."<br></p><p><strong>And the winners are …</strong></p><p>The following students received awards:<br></p><p><strong>Academics</strong> (comprising the Rector's Award for Excellent Achievement as well as the SU medal for top master's student, by faculty)</p><p>AgriSciences</p><ul><li>Mia Olga Schutte        </li><li>Anika Keuck               </li><li>Karlene Lambrechts   </li><li>Carla Dippenaar (top master's student)</li></ul><p>Arts and Social Sciences<br></p><ul><li>Julia Snyckers             </li><li>Pieter Conradie           </li><li>CJ le Grange               </li><li>Mark Lynch                </li><li>JZ Donnelly                </li><li>Tamlyn February                    </li><li>Sophia Rabie  </li><li>Lara van Heerden       </li><li>Anita Faul (top master's student, Psychology)</li></ul><p>Economic and Management Sciences<br></p><ul><li>Petrone Moolman       </li><li>Jessie Shannon Leukes                       </li><li>Julia Fiona Bishop                  </li><li>Peng-Chen Liang                    </li><li>Christa Jean Albertyn             </li><li>Danielle-Verné Louw </li><li>Shannon Linda Barry              </li><li>Christa-Mari de Lange                        </li><li>Mitchell Ashton van Heerden </li><li>Caryn Jill Bishop        </li><li>Dané Odendaal           </li><li>Jaco du Toit</li><li>Lauren Eileen Morrell (top master's student, Sustainable Development and Management)<br></li></ul><p>Engineering</p><ul><li>Charl du Toit  </li><li>Elijah Cishugi             </li><li>MC Harraway             </li><li>T Hettasch                  </li><li>William Dommisse     </li><li>Johannes Koekemoer</li></ul><ul><li>C Oosthuysen  (top master's student, Civil Engineering)</li></ul><p>Law</p><ul><li>Estelle Hailey Hislop  </li><li>Hugo Uys</li><li>Mitchell John Brooks (top master's student)</li></ul>Medicine and Health Sciences<br><ul><li>Christine Vivier                      </li><li>Kayleen Esau              </li><li>Faye Gen Bure                        </li><li>Tasha Ainsworth</li><li>Suewellyn Francis Zimmerman                     </li><li>Lumé Koorts</li><li>Abigail Kate de Villiers (top master's student, Epidemiology)</li></ul><p>Military Science<br></p><ul><li>​​Khodani Sherrif Tshivhi (top master's student, Technology (Maths))</li></ul>Science<br><ul><li>Brendan Watling         </li><li>Jean Durand    </li><li>Graham Mitchell                     </li><li>Gerhard Gustav Woithe                      </li><li>Jessie Midgley </li><li>Kyle Harper Erwin (top master's student)</li></ul> ​Theology<br><ul><li>Lourens Bester (top master's student)</li></ul><p><strong>Sport</strong></p><ul><li>Franco Rheeder (boxing)</li><li>Clayton Saker (hockey)</li><li>Stephanie Botha (hockey)</li><li>Anna Thornton-Dibb (RSA water polo)</li><li>Ross Stone (RSA water polo)</li><li>Bianca Augustyn (rugby)</li></ul><strong>Students' Representative Council (SRC) Award for Exceptional Achievement</strong><br><ul><li>Prof Eugene Cloete     <br><br><strong>Social impact</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Marcel Lee Adams<br></li><li>Adam Venter</li><li>Abongile Quthu<br><br> <strong>Academic resilience</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Michè Snyders<br><br> <strong>Leadership</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Sebastian Foster</li><li>Vhudi Ravhutsi</li><li>Precious Nhamo</li><li>Estelle Hislop</li><li>Makabongwe Kaseke</li><li>Rinae Musekene</li><li>Susanna Hendrina du Plessis</li><li>Luigia Nicholas</li><li>Alysa-Abby Kekana</li><li>Karabo Mogashoa</li><li>Christo van der Bank</li><li>Thimna Sotyato<br></li></ul><div><br></div><p> <br></p><p> Main picture: Khodani Sherrif Tshivhi (top master's student, Technology (Maths)​)<br></p><p> Photographer: Stefan Els<br></p><p>​<br></p>
Stellenbosch University extends closing date for funding applications till 30 November 2022https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9507Stellenbosch University extends closing date for funding applications till 30 November 2022Petro Mostert<p>​​Stellenbosch University's (SU) Centre for Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans (CUBL) has extended the closing date for 2023 Stellenbosch University funding applications until 30 November 2022 to allow more students to apply for financial support.<br></p><p>Applications for SU funding opened on 1 July 2022 and will now close on 30 November 2022.</p><p>“By extending the closing date, we are broadening the opportunity for students to apply for funding, especially students from the so-called <em>missing middle</em> (gross household income between R350 000 and R600 000 per annum)," says CUBL Deputy Director, Gerard Paris, <br></p><p><strong>SU funding</strong></p><p>A bursary can make a university education affordable. Current and prospective undergraduate students qualify for SU financial support based on two main criteria: <strong>financial need</strong> and <strong>academic merit</strong>. Students granted financial support receive the latter in direct proportion to the extent of their financial needs regardless of race and gender. Financial need is determined with the information submitted by the student regarding his or her financial circumstances and is verified by a third party.</p><p><strong>E-application process</strong></p><p>SU has a new online application process and student access to the new secure, external site is gained using their <strong>unique eight-digit SU# (student number) and password</strong>. CUBL highly recommends students <em>first</em> review the <a href="https://finaid.sun.ac.za/how-to-apply"><strong>How to Apply</strong></a> instructions to prepare the required support documents before applying via the my.sun portal. The online form takes approximately twenty minutes to complete.</p><p>All prospective and current undergraduate students are encouraged to apply – or reapply – and thus be registered on the CUBL database for 2023 funding allocations, should financial circumstances change unexpectedly.</p><p>For any application-related queries, students are requested to please call SU client services on 021 808 9111 or go to the website at <a href="https://finaid.sun.ac.za/">https://finaid.sun.ac.za/</a></p><p> </p><p>For media enquiries</p><p>Petro Mostert</p><p>M <a href="mailto:petromostert@sun.ac.za">petromostert@sun.ac.za</a>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Activists, students and staff discuss challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ community https://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=9506Activists, students and staff discuss challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ community Nadine Christians and Keenen Gilbert <p>​Activists, students, and staff participated and attended a hybrid panel discussion focusing on the theme, Confronting the barriers to inclusion for the LGBTQIA+ community, held at Stellenbosch University's Tygerberg campus recently.   <br></p><p>The panel discussion was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), the Equality Unit and the Division Student Affairs (DSAf), with panellists, staff and students unpacking various themes related to the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. </p><p>The event was attended by over 50 staff and students.</p><p>The panel discussion formed part of a broader awareness campaign which included LGBTQIA+ allyship ambassador videos that have been screened in the lead-up to Pride Month in October. Several personal messages of solidarity were recorded by Justice Edwin Cameron, Chancellor of SU; Alex Vink, former SRC member; Prof Elmi Muller, Dean: FMHS, Jaco Greeff Brink, Head of the Equality Unit, and Fanelesibonge Ndebele, Shared Humanity Module and Shared Humanity Learning Coach Module Coordinator.</p><p>“Stellenbosch University recognised the importance of planning an evidence-based campaign with contributions from staff and students from the LGBTQIA+ community on Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. The campaign was envisioned to create awareness and bring about critical engagement around important issues related to the LGBTQIA+ community," said Khairoonisa Foflonker, Manager: DSAf at the FMHS, based at Tygerberg campus.</p><p>Panellists Nicole Joy Alexander, Director of Pride Shelter Trust, Leon Coetzee, the newly-elected chairperson of SPECTRUM!, and Elliott Kotze, psychologist, researcher and LGBTQIA+ activist, provided expert insight into various topics that hinder the inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community.</p><p>Bringing in the perspective of the student community, Coetzee shared their thoughts and experiences as a queer student leader on what allyship looks like on campus by deconstructing allyship from a queer perspective and providing perspective on simple ways of how students and staff can be allies by   “speaking up, extending opportunities and challenging the status quo". </p><p>Coetzee also addressed the importance of redefining the meaning of being an “ally" as more than being a “heteronormative identifier".</p><p>"Community is important and [we need to understand that] queer bodies are all human beings deserving of fundamental human rights," said Coetzee.</p><p>Alexander highlighted the work done by The Pride Shelter Trust, a safe house and wellness centre focusing on LGBTQIA+ human rights and gender-based violence in South Africa. In her presentation, Alexander focussed on the access that LQBTQIA+ persons have to healthcare and safety.</p><p>She spoke on the challenges that LGBTQIA+ youth face and their struggles with “low self-esteem, unemployment, substance abuse, psychological instability" as well as health-related issues such as HIV/ Aids, hormonal treatment, and other medical issues. She also shared a personal story of a Pride Shelter resident and their struggles and triumphs with the South African healthcare system as an example of the reality of the difficult challenges faced by queer individuals when accessing healthcare and feeling safe.   </p><p>Kotze's presentation focussed on improving the quality of life of queer and gender-diverse individuals through the strategic implementation of community-driven interventions. Kotze's presentation dealt with the mental health challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and how members of the queer community “should not be expected to be resilient" when faced with mental health issues. His parting message was that “radical allyship" was needed to support the LGBTQIA+ community and reiterated the important role proactive healthcare professionals can play to improve the mental health of the queer community.</p><p>More ambassador videos will be shared via social media in October for Pride Month. So be sure to check out the Equality Unit and DSAf's social media channels at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SUStudentAffairs">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sustudentaffairs/">Instagram.</a>​​</p>