Issue 12
8 August 2019

In this issue:

  • National Student Volunteer Week
  • Three-Week Mindfulness Challenge
  • G'Day Mates events and workshops
  • Wirringka News and Events website
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
  • $5 lunch at the Healthy Food Market
  • USASA & UniSA Sport Clubs Fest
  • SPICED at City West
  • Textbook buyback at The Co-op


Now in its seventh year, National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) aspires to challenge and celebrate the contribution of student volunteers around the country. In particular, it aims to encourage more meaningful and innovative student engagement.

The University of South Australia Student Volunteer of the Year Award
To mark NSVW, we are excited to announce that we are establishing the University of South Australia Student Volunteer of the Year Award to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding volunteerism amongst our students.

If you or someone you know is making an incredible contribution to the community or campus life through volunteering, then follow the UniSA Volunteering and Community Engagement Facebook– you'll be the first to know when more information about the award and nomination process is announced.

UniSA Community Sleepout 2019
Join the fight against homelessness! On the night of Friday 30 August, UniSA will be hosting a Community Sleepout on the Amy Wheaton Lawns at UniSA Magill campus to raise funds to support Vinnies SA's homeless services. If you're not able to sleep out, please consider donating to the cause instead at


Three-Week Mindfulness Challenge

Calm your thoughts, clear your head, and improve your wellbeing.

Facilitated by UniSA Counselling Service in partnership with Bupa, the Three-Week Mindfulness Challenge is a three-part workshop series that will cover the principles and practice of mindfulness.

Learn how to:
  • reduce your study stress and the pressures of daily life,
  • improve your focus and concentration, and
  • feel happier and more in control.
We will focus on skills that will help you: improve your academic performance, cope with assignments/exams, and make study life more enjoyable. Each session explores simple exercises and techniques you can practise immediately to strengthen your sense of wellbeing.

WHEN: 13, 20 & 27 August | 12.00 pm – 1.15 pm
WHERE: City West campus | Room BH4-22

Attending all three sessions is required in order to progressively build your skills and practice of mindfulness. Make a commitment to yourself!

For any more information, contact Theresa at Stay tuned for more details on the Three-Week Mindfulness Challenge coming to Magill campus later in Study Period 5.

G'Day Mates: Events and Workshops

G’Day Mates are a diverse team of both domestic and international current UniSA students that are here to assist new international students with settling into and enjoying life in Adelaide.

They host a range of workshops, community activities and events, cross-cultural exchanges, and networking events throughout the year to give you opportunities to:
  • practise English
  • learn about Aussie culture
  • enjoy making new friends
  • connect with the Adelaide business community
  • ...and more!

New Website: Wirringka News and Events

UniSA Wirringka Student Services now has its very own News and Events website.

Stay up-to-date with Wirringka student and Indigenous community news, special job openings and other opportunities, and upcoming events, and follow the Wirringka Student Services Facebook page to get the latest straight to your news feed.

Check out the website here – and then add it to your bookmarks!

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. In order to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982.

This year’s observance is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ Languages in view of 2019 being marked as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. On this International Day, the goal is to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalise and promote them at both national and international levels.

#WeAreIndigenous #IndigenousDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay #IndigenousLanguages #UNDRIP


Healthy Food Market: $5 for 5 items

Come along to the UniSA Healthy Food Market, and, for just $5, select 5 local products from local businesses to create your own platter for lunch on Thursday 22 August, 11.30 am – 2.00 pm at Basil Hetzel Plaza, UniSA City East campus.

Featuring options from:
  • Let Them Eat
  • BOB BOWLS Catering Co.
  • ...and more to be announced!
$5 tickets are available to secure via pre-purchase now, so get in early to avoid missing out. 

Entry to the food court area is free – everyone is welcome to just hang out and enjoy the event. Check out the Facebook Event to stay up-to-date as more info arrives. We'll see you in The Plaza!

Clubs Fest 2019: Explore Connect Join

Clubs Fest came to City East and City West this week – click on the campus names to check out the pictures.

Next we will be heading to Mawson Lakes (Tues 13 Aug) and Magill (Wed 14 Aug)! 

Clubs Fest is the perfect opportunity for UniSA students to discover the wide-array of USASA and UniSA Sport Clubs available. Whatever you're a fan of, with tons of clubs attending each campus, there's bound to be something for you. Joining a club is not only a chance to spend time with friends doing what you love but also looks great on a resume. 

SPICED at City West

SPICED is the University's celebration of cultural diversity through showcasing music, activities and food from all around the world. We have a special edition of SPICED coming up – Blue Zones: how to live longer and better.

WHEN: Tuesday 20 August, 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
WHERE: Student Lounge, City West campus

Book in now for either the:
At 6.30pm all the food will be served for everyone to share. Food Lore Kitchen will also be serving wine throughout the event from the Sardinia region, which is high in antioxidants! Both cooking classes facilitated by Scoffed Cooking School.

All of this is free; students, staff, alumni and guests are all welcome. To stay up-to-date on all SPICED events, click going on the Facebook Event!

#unisaspiced #zerowaste


Sell your textbooks... to The Co-op!

Sell your unwanted textbooks to The Co-op! 

As one of their offerings, UniSA's on-campus bookstore The Co-op buys your used textbooks. You can choose to get the money:
  • paid straight into your bank account, or 
  • put onto a Co-op Gift Card, with 10% extra of the value added!
The buyback scheme is a permanent feature in all Co-op stores. With one study period ending and another beginning, now is a great time for you to get some cash back or pick up a cheaper second hand textbook for your next course.

To sell your textbook to The Co-op, it just needs to be the current edition on our Buyback List – enter the IBSN of your book here to check, and then bring it in to your local campus store.