Be a star and celebrate Harmony Day

You are a star, you really are! And that’s why you should pop into a Griffith University Library next week to celebrate Harmony Day.

Harmony Day is held each year on 21 March. It is a university-wide event where we celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone at Griffith University.

As a part of Harmony Day celebrations, our libraries will once again be taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence project.

Visit the Star Making Table located in each library to weave a star or two, or three…  In fact, we encourage you to make as many stars as you want!

There will be colourful ribbon, friendly library staff and easy-to-follow instructions available to you for the whole week. If you’re worried about your weaving skills, or just can’t wait until next week, head to YouTube and learn how to make them online.

The One Million Stars to End Violence is a peaceful global weaving project that engages communities in a conversation about ending all forms of violence.

It aims to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018.

These woven stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.

For information about Harmony Day events across Griffith University, check out the Harmony Day 2017 web page.

Lightning Talks to strike the Gold Coast

Lightning Talks web banner

Are you ready, Gold Coast? Griffith University Library Lightning Talks will strike your campus library on Monday 20 March 2017.

Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or speaker’s forums where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

At the inaugural Griffith University Library Lightning Talks last year, Professor Lesley Chenoweth and other researchers, shared their journeys into higher education and their research passions. Over 40 Griffith University students and staff attended the event which was held at the Logan campus library.

This trimester, the Lightning Talks theme is: If music be the food of love, play on. Our line-up of speakers will look at music through different disciplinary lenses – how it impacts not only human relations, but also our health and well-being.

We have speakers from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, School of Human Services and Social Work and the Queensland Conservatorium’s Popular Music program.

Come and hear Associate Professor Sarah Baker talk about volunteers in DIY institutions of popular music heritage.

And don’t miss Dr Lauren Istvandity’s discussion about her research into memories that are triggered by music. She’ll detail how this interaction can be practically applied in to improve wellbeing and quality of life for those living in aged care.

We also have Dr Naomi Sunderland speaking at this year’s Lightning Talks at the Gold Coast. She will talk about music and social justice.

And if you are interested in popular music record production, you will want to catch Lecturer in Popular Music, Brendan Anthony’s talk. He will deliver a short spiel on designing the recording process to promote the manifestation of musical outputs that generate an emotional response from the listener.

No booking is required. Just bring your lunch to the Gold Coast campus library and listen to a sizzling Griffith University Library Lightning Talks.

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Monday 20 March, 12 – 1 pm.

Library (G11), Shard Undercroft, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University. (It’s outside the library!)

Note: this event will be filmed.

Speech Pathology students celebrate in the library

A cohort of Masters of Speech Pathology students celebrated the halfway point of their degree recently with an afternoon of wine and cheese.

And the Gold Coast campus library courtyard was the perfect setting for the soiree.

Students, academic staff and practising speech pathologists gathered in the outside space between G10 and G11 for the celebratory event.

Check out these snaps from the Speech Pathology shindig.

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And the winner of the O-Week Mini Golf competition is…

Photo of the winner of the Mini Golf competition

Congratulations Emily!

O-Week is but a distant memory. It’s Week 2 and you’re well and truly into the swing of uni life.

But think back to that fun, carefree week. When there were no classes and all you had to do was explore your campus, visit Market Day stalls, and pick up stacks of freebies.

You may have even entered a competition or two and you’ve been wondering ever since if you could be the winner of an awesome prize.

Well, wonder no more. If you were one of the hundreds of students who entered the Library Mini Golf competition, you could have won the ultimate Uni Survival Pack. And we’d like to tell one and all that we have drawn a winner.

Congratulations Emily! You are the lucky student who gets to take home the giant jar of Nutella, a box of Mi Goreng noodles, a Griffith bucket hat, water bottle, sports bag and much more.

Thanks to all the lovely students who visited the Library Market Day stall and entered our competition. We hope you had a hole lot of fun!

Welcome to Griffith!


Before your first trimester begins, it helps to take a look around, get set up and make some new friends before launching straight into your studies.

And that’s what this week is all about! Packed with plenty of fun events and informative workshops, O-Week is the perfect opportunity to meet staff and fellow students and explore your campus. Use the online planner to see all the O-Week events.

Be sure to attend the O-Week Market Day on your campus. It is the absolute best day on campus as the centre of the University is converted into a giant street market complete with live performances, roving entertainment, product sampling, and countless stalls.

No matter what classes you are enrolled in – there will be something for everyone. Visit all the different stalls to find out stacks of information on clubs you can join, services on offer and pick up a bunch of freebies to take home.

You’ll find the Griffith Library team at each O-Week Market Day, ready and willing to share everything they know about Library and IT at Griffith. We can help you set up your Wi-Fi, navigate the Griffith Uni App or access workshops to get you uni-ready.

Plus, the Library stall usually has a few bonuses, like free USBs, lollies and even fun competitions with major prizes. Enter our Mini Golf competition to go into the draw to win the ultimate Uni Survival Pack.

See you at O-Week Market Day!

Putt and win the Uni Survival Pack


Get into the swing of O’Week and have a shot at our Mini Golf competition. It’s a ‘hole lot of fun!

If your golf skills are above par and you sink the ball into the hole, you could go into the draw to win the ultimate Uni Survival Pack.

Who can possibly survive uni without a giant jar of Nutella and many, many packets of Mi Goreng noodles? Nobody, that’s who.

That’s why we’ve included these two vital food groups in the Survival Pack, with other uni necessities like a bucket hat, laptop case, sports bag, water bottle, bookshop voucher and much more.

Come and visit us (the lovely library team) at our Market Day stall and play some putt putt.

We are visiting each campus over the next two weeks, and Gold Coast you’re up first! We are heading your way on Monday with our tees, balls and putters.

To play, you’ll just need to like the Griffith Library Facebook page. Show us that you like us on your device, then grab a club and take your best three shots.

If you get a hole in one, two or three, you will go into the draw to win the Uni Survival Pack. That’s right, you’ve got three chances to get the ball in the hole.

There will be no mulligans allowed (it’s a golf term; look it up!). And if your ball goes off the green, you will be disqualified.

The winner of the Uni Survival Pack will be announced on Monday 6 March 2017.

Wishing you a happy (Lunar) New Year!


2017 is the Year of the Rooster

Now, it may feel as though you just rang in the New Year with friends, family and fireworks.

But guess what? Today is the first day of the New Year; the first day of the Lunar New Year to be exact. The Lunar New Year is the beginning of the year for many East Asian countries.

The date of the event is determined by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, and changes every year – though it always falls between January 27 and February 2.

Today, we are saying goodbye to the Year of the Monkey, and cheerfully greeting the Year of the Rooster. So if you were born in 1957, 1969, 1981 or 1993, this is your year. Cock a doodle doo!

But the Lunar New Year is much more than just a calendar date. Like Christmas in Western countries, Lunar New Year is the most celebrated festival in Chinese countries.

Lunar New Year celebrations start today and run for seven days. Come and celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in the Chinatown Mall!

Get involved in the festivities with lion dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, Asian market stalls, interactive workshops, roving street performers and a special Chinese New Year Parade.

The Gold Coast City Council’s free Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday 4 February looks pretty fun too!