April 20015
  • Congratulations to all of our graduands from last week. It was great seeing you cross the stage to collect your parchment – you make us all very proud! The celebratory event that evening in the East End was also excellent and a great chance to celebrate with each other and an opportunity to thank your families and friends who have supported you over the years. If some of our students can find their cameras and phones we might even have some photos soon!
  • Tourism students Priscila Goldsmith and Hannah Kluske were recently working for the Student Access Unit on campus running tours for a group of students from Thiele Primary School (Aberfoyle Park) .The nature based  tours of the university/gorge/valley area of the campus were entirely designed and run by Priscila and Hannah and the feedback received from those on the tour has led to paid work for both on future tours. Taking Chris Fanning’s tour guiding classes clearly paying off! Well done, Priscila and Hannah!
March 2015
  • Dr David Lamb from Edith Cowan University was a guest with us this month. Dave was working with Chris Fanning and Steve Brown from Tourism on research related to experiential learning. Their research focusses on experiential learning as the key to best practice event studies teaching and leads to better educational outcomes for both graduates and industry. The research utilises previous research that Chris has undertaken on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and the event studies work that David and Steve have been concentrating on. Two papers and an Office of Learning and Teaching project are proposed outcomes. Photo: L-R Steve Brown and David Lamb. 
  • The Dean of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Prof. Diana Glenn, recently hosted a morning tea to welcome Professor Alison Norlen from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Prof. Norlen is visiting Flinders University to work with Associate Professor of Tourism, Steve Brown, on research related to events, particularly those that can be described as ‘spectacles’. Ali and Steve are planning  a large scale festival opening spectacle as well as a web-based event design resource as part of their research. Prof. Norlen previously hosted Steve in Canada for a series of meetings, public lectures and workshops last year. pic L-R: Diana Glenn, Steve Brown, Alison Norlen
February 2015
  • Tourism event studies graduate Tara Wright has been working as an Event Manager with the New Venture Institute and was back on campus for Orientation Week dressed as a crayon – you’ll have to ask Tara why or perhaps Tourism student Zita Badibanga who is working alongside Tara for her industry placement. Looking great in yellow, Tara! (pic left)
  • Tourism’s Assoc. Prof. Steve Brown and his colleague, Assoc. Prof. Alison Hutton (pic right) from the School of Nursing and Midwifery recently collaborated on a chapter for the forthcoming World Health Organisation publication - Public Health for Mass Gatherings: Key Considerations for Planning and Legacy – which will be launched in Cape Town, South Africa in April as part of the 19th World Congress for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Steve and Ally are members of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre: Deliberate Events and Mass Gatherings based at Flinders University. Their chapter - Making Events Safer: Influencing and Modifying Audience Behaviour at Planned Events – is part of their ongoing research into audience behaviour at festivals and events.
  • Graduation Alert! Keep Tuesday 14th April free in your diary for our Graduation Ceremony and the student run Graduation Dinner that night and, this bit is really important if you are a graduating student, don’t forget to apply to graduate – see http://www.flinders.edu.au/current-students/graduation-beyond/graduation/grad-ceremony.cfm for details.
  • Tourism graduate, Ellen Topley, has been in touch from London where she is working in the Sales and Event Department of Fuller, Smith & Turner one of the large breweries in the UK. “We work very closely with Tour Companies and Destination Management Companies, so this reminded me of you and of my Uni days at Flinders! If you’re ever over this way of the world please let me know and I would love to take you on one of our Brewery Tours/Ale Tastings!” says Ellen. Be careful what you wish for, Ellen! The Tourism team are booking tickets now.
  • Enrolments are well under way, the Information Sessions are complete and now we are looking forward to Orientation Week! Tourism lecturer, Dr. Gareth Butler, has record numbers of students in his first year class and it looks like a bumper year for our programs.
  • Watch this space for news of our new Executive Certificate (Festival and Event Design and Management) which we will be introducing this year and, as always, more news about what our current students and graduates are up to. If you have any suggestions about what you would like to see on our website, please email us at tourism@flinders.edu.au.
  • Associate Professor of Tourism, Steve Brown, is once again keeping the audience safe at Soundwave with his role in the Event Operations Centre (EOC) on both days. While he watches over the audience inside in the EOC, his colleague Assoc. Prof. Alison Hutton and a number of Tourism event studies students will be outside watching the audience as part of the Flinders University Event Safety Research project – observing audience behaviour and identifying the factors that influence those behaviours.

  • Congratulations to Natalia Atkins (Kids Behaving Badly: An Exploration of Audience Behaviour at Outdoor Music Festivals as Influenced by Event Site Environment and Event Audience Factors) and Ashleigh Ellis (A systematic review of food tourism literature 1994-2014) who both successfully completed Honours last year and will graduate in April. Both also have had publication opportunities with Ashleigh co-author with Tourism senior lecturer, Dr. Sean Kim, of a journal article in Tourism Geographies and Natalia co-author of an article (in preparation) on audience behaviour with Assoc. Profs Hutton and Brown. Ashleigh’s publication - based on Sean’s Japanese noodle tourism project - gave her an opportunity to learn the whole process of academic journal publication ranging from brainstorming to reviewing and responding to reviewers comments to proofs prior to its publication. Well done Ashleigh and Nat!
  • We also congratulate six postgrad students who successfully completed their Masters (dissertation) last year - Chanwoo Nam, Greg Suri, Megumi Yagi, Wendy Jap-A-Joe, David Santiago Salinas and Ali Alyusuf – well done all – and see you at the Graduation Ceremony in April.
  • Dr. Sean Kim, Senior Lecturer in Tourism, was recently awarded the Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on Tourism Research in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia – excellent work, Sean!

January 2015

  • Postgraduate event studies student, Ursula Menz, (pic above) has successfully completed her placement with the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, where she was given the keys to one of the parade vehicles and also to help event manage the pre-Pageant street activities. We are not sure if this meant Ursula was higher up in Santa’s list last year, but it can’t have hurt!
  • Congratulations to Adjunct Professor of Tourism William (Bill) Spurr AO who was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s Australia Day Honours list for “distinguished service to tourism, to education, particularly through international marketing, to the arts and sport as an administrator of institutions and events, and to the community of South Australia”. Bill will be well known to our senior students for his teaching and mentoring and to the tourism industry more widely for his leadership of the SA Tourism Commission and Australia Major Events (now Events SA). A thoroughly deserved award and recognition of a life of service to tourism. Congratulations, Bill, from all the Flinders University Tourism staff, students and graduates.
  • Happy New Year to all our students and industry partners from the Tourism team! Welcome back to our current students and a special welcome to our new first year students. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
  • 2015 sees a number of changes in staff roles including Chris Fanning taking up the role of Head of Tourism. For the full list of changes, please see the Tourism staff page.




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