Music in the Library is going POP!

Gold Coast campus is playing host to the next installment of Music in the Library and boy are you guys in for a performance!

Head to the Library at 1pm, Monday 15 May, and you will be treated to a line-up of talented singers and guitarists: Sophia Koop and Monique Matthews accompanied by Ryan Stegman.

Sophia Koop

Sophia Koop is an upcoming 19-year-old pop/electronic artist. Growing up, Sophia always had a love for music and as a result began piano and dancing lessons.

With her rich and soulful vocals, comes forth an explosion of new age pop/electronic music – one that will mesmerise you from the moment you hear it.

You can find Sophia on Facebook and Soundcloud

Monique Matthews

Monique is a newcomer to the alternative-pop scene. Influenced by a wide array of sounds, her creative undertone is a refreshing and fearless take on pop music.

Radiating a bold warmth that introduces you to a world of sincere storytelling, Monique is sure to take you on a journey. Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

You can find Monique on Facebook and Instagram


Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »


App Idea Competition Winners

We have a winner!!!

Shouting huge congrats to Joshua Murchie who took out first prize in the Hack-a-thon App Idea competition and just walked away with a hefty $1500!

There were hundreds of submissions and some brilliant ideas. Now you have the chance to turn those ideas into something real. Sign up for the Hack-a-thon weekend and win part of a huge $3500 prize pool!

About Josh

Josh is studying a Master of IT and about to begin a dissertation with a technology innovation education theme and is a current student ambassador for the Mayor of the Gold Coast. He is also the co-founder and president of the Griffith Uni Start-up Entrepreneurs Club, where they promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in the student community.

Josh was frustrated with planning out his degree; which course to take when, without missing pre-requisites or having to wait a trimester for the next offering. His idea focussed on creating an awesome timetabling experience for the user and easing student frustrations.

More Prizes

Second prize of $750 went to Tahnee Webb, studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her fantastic ‘CramSession’ idea is a great social enhancer allowing students to collaborate. Third prize of $500 went to Christian Frost, studying Master of Philosophy in the school of Human Services and Social Work. He had an innovative idea to ease parking and transport issues around campus.

The Hack-a-thon Weekend

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

You can now use these great ideas that were submitted and get involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

Register: griffith.edu.au/student-computing/hack-a-thon
When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch area)


Use your skills to win part of $3500!

 

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

We’re building a few apps and we want to get our super talented students involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application based on the top 5 app ideas from our app idea competition, and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

  1. When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
  2. Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch)

Lightning Talks struck gold

Lightning Talks, along with some stormy weather, struck the Gold Coast campus in late March.

More than 60 people gathered under the Shard to listen to four academics give a 10-minute spiel on the theme of If music be the food of love, play on!

The event kicked off with a few musical numbers by some amazingly talented Conservatorium students. First up to the podium was Lecturer in Popular Music, Brendan Anthony. He spoke about the vibe and the art of capturing musicians’ passion during the recording process.

Dr Lauren Istvandity then introduced us to her research on the conceptual framework of ‘the lifetime soundtrack’ which begins in early childhood.

This struck a chord with many audience members. One student said Lauren’s talk made her reminisce on the songs that had made up her life so far.

Dr Naomi Sunderland followed with a moving talk about music in transformative learning and she invited us to become ‘allies of social justice’.

The stormy weather prevented our fourth and final speaker from attending the event, but luckily Dr Adele Pavlidis was able to step in at the last minute. She educated us about youth and the changing culture around alcohol consumption.

Was the Gold Coast event a success? Well, we asked several audience members what they thought and the response was overwhelmingly positive. A Humanities Lecturer said ‘I LOVED this. It was so good to hear what (largely invisible) researchers get up to.

‘It provides a really interesting junction between the private/public activities of the university.’Rumour has it the next round of Lightning Talks will be held at the Nathan campus library. We’ll try to find out more details and get back to you. Stay tuned!

Rumour has it the next round of Lightning Talks will be held at the Nathan campus library. We’ll try to find out more details and get back to you. Stay tuned!


Gold Coast campus library takes the cake!

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Griffith University student, Layla Habul showed Gold Coast campus library staff her appreciation with a yummy cake recently.

Just a few weeks away from finishing a Masters of Human Services, Layla said she ‘bought the cake to say thank you to all the lovely staff members who have helped me over the last 3 years’.

From referencing and borrowing queries to printing and IT issues, she said friendly library staff have assisted her in countless ways during her time at university.

But that’s not why they deserved the delectable dessert. ‘It is not so much what they do, it’s who they are that makes a memorable difference’ said Layla. ‘They are very kind, positive, supportive and always there to listen or laugh with me’.

We wanted to find out more about the lovely Layla, so we asked her a few of our favourite questions. Here’s what she had to say:

1. What sparked your interest in human services? 
I am interested in humanitarian issues and want to make a meaningful contribution to society.

2. What’s the best thing you’ve learnt at university? 
The best thing I have learnt at university is the concept of ‘social justice’. This is based on the universal bonds of common humanity, securing fairness for all, in everyday issues of life. Working for social justice implies working toward a celebration of diversity, which transcends any boundaries of culture, class, language and other structures of difference.

3. What’s been your favourite subject so far? 
My favourite subject has been Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics (7033 HSV).

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  
I hope to be in a respected leadership role with a second Master’s degree completed, hopefully in International Relations.

5. Can you give us your 3 best study tips (for postgrad students)

  • Go to every available academic and referencing workshop before each semester.
  • Get your textbooks a month before semester starts. This gives you time to enjoy them without the added pressure of other reading demands.
  • Set aside time each day to study. I work full time and study three hours a day while doing two subjects a semester.

6. Where’s the best place in the library to study? 
I enjoy the room 2.09 in GC library as it has a nice light from outside.

7. What’s the most awesome resource you’ve discovered in your library? 
I love the online Referencing Tool!


Who do you want to win $100?

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Over 300 entries were submitted to our Name the Space competition last month.

For a chance to win $100, we asked you to submit a name for the new student space at the Gold Coast campus library and you sure didn’t disappoint us. The entries were creative, inspired, funny and well, interesting.

Special mention goes to these creative entries, which made us laugh, scratch our head in confusion, or simply sit quietly in appreciation of pure genius:

  • Cerebro
  • Gangreen
  • Gween Woom
  • Lettuce Study Room
  • The Area Formerly Known as Quiet Study Zone
  • The Chicken Schnitzel Supreme
  • The Lillypad
  • The Zucchini Study Zone

Honestly, how funny would it be to call the new student space the ‘Gween Woom’? Wouldn’t you just love to go to the Library Desk to ask ‘are there any computers on level 3?’, just to hear library staff reply ‘yes, there are computers in the Gween Woom’. Ha ha ha!

But you understand that we have to give the space a serious name, right? As much as we love all the amusing and confusing names, they had to make way for those that are becoming a university.

And there were many creative, original, yet fitting names. There were so many that the head library honchos couldn’t pick a winner. They narrowed it down to three marvellous monikers and got stuck.

So we need your help. We need you to cast the deciding vote. Comment with your favourite entry below, and the one with the most votes WINS! Remember, your library space will have this name for all eternity, so vote wisely.

Here’s the official shortlist (i.e. pick from these names, not the special mentions #justsaying)

  • The Green Room
  • Bamboo Lounge
  • Green on 3

Who’s going to win the money and the glory? Vote now! Entries close 5pm, Friday 24 June 2016.

Terms and conditions

  • Voting is limited to one vote per student.
  • Any votes in addition to this will be ineligible and disqualified.
  • Votes can only be submitted via a comment below, via the Griffith Library Facebook page or Instagram.
  • The student who suggested the winning name in last month’s competition will win the $100 Visa gift card.
  • Voting is only open to current Griffith University students.