The road to self-acceptance for rainbow Catholics

04/04/2023. By Raquel de Brito.

Curtin graduate Angela Han

Angela Han’s journey back to her faith began with self-acceptance.

Sitting in the pew of her beloved childhood church while attentively listening to scriptures, it dawned on Angela Han that perhaps the love she had for her faith wasn’t entirely reciprocated.

As a gay Catholic, she felt she had reached a fork in the road where she would have to choose one or the other. Walking both paths simultaneously seemed like an impossible dream.

While she had come out to her family at 27, she grappled with telling her parish priest and fellow parishioners, in fear of rejection.

Before starting Acceptance Perth in 2019 – a group that has crucially bridged the gap between the LGBTIQ community and Christianity – Angela was convinced she wouldn’t find acceptance within her church.

“As a good Catholic, you try to stick to the rules and the biblical quotes that people throw around to make it seem as though (homosexuality) is against the rules,” she said.

And so, the Curtin University Marketing and Asian studies graduate fell away from the church.

It would take years of soul searching before Angela realised the only person standing in the way of acceptance with her faith was herself.

Her arduous journey back to God began with a dream.

“In this dream I remember being at an event, surrounded by national flags,’’ she said.

“When I told my girlfriend she said maybe God is calling you to World Youth Day.

“It was only after googling World Youth Day online and seeing the national flags and images of Poland that I noticed how strangely familiar the surrounds looked.

“I thought, ‘Okay, maybe God is calling me to go.’ So, I went to Poland.”

Angela said the two weeks she spent in Poland were transformative and reignited her sense of purpose.

Although the trip had reaffirmed her faith, when Angela was asked by her parish priest to start a youth group, she felt strong resistance due to her sexuality.

Acceptance Perth meeting

Acceptance Perth has grown to now include up to 30 members.

 “But then I was like, maybe there’s more to this than just being stuck on this little issue so I set up the youth group,” she said.

Angela admits feeling like a fraud as she struggled to keep her sexuality a secret from the group.

Around the same time, the same-sex marriage referendum was sparking heated debate in Australia, and Angela felt growing isolation from her peers and community.

“I didn’t say anything, but it was very hurtful for me, and I felt like I couldn’t speak to anyone because the political atmosphere at that time was just so bad,’’ she said.

When she finally built up the courage to open up, Angela received such an affirming response from both her youth group and priest that the idea to create a dedicated group for other LGBTIQ Christians was born.

Angela pondered, if she had lost years of devotion to her faith because of her inner fears of being cast out of the church, how many others out there were also suffering in silence?

After reaching out to Acceptance Sydney, they suggested Angela create a community in Perth.

Fast forward four years and Acceptance Perth now has up to 30 active members.

Originally around in the eighties, the very active social club, closed its doors in 1993.

Angela has proven what a huge void it left behind, particularly for vulnerable youths struggling to come to terms with their identity and how it fits in with their faith.

Curtin graduate Angela Han talking

Angela Han revived Acceptance Perth in 2019 after it ceased to exist in 1993.

“So that’s how I started – it was a Facebook page and literally the next day I got a message from a teenager at one of our boarding schools here,’’ she said.

While Angela never heard from the teen again, it felt empowering to know she was reaching people within the LGBTIQ community who were facing similar hardships and letting them know there was a place for them within the faith.

Fittingly, the logo for the group features a rainbow and Christian symbology – two things Angela never could have imagined coexisting harmoniously more than a decade ago.

“I was surprised that the church was so open to the idea of this group. I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done, just doing this group and feeling connected with other like-minded people, not being isolated, it gives me a sense of hope and belonging,” she said.

Additionally, her group demystifies misinterpreted passages in the bible that renounce homosexuality.

 “I think there’s that barrier. It is difficult to reconcile (faith and sexuality) from a societal perspective because people in general don’t see the two meshing together,” Angela said.

“My advice is firstly, be yourself and secondly, God loves you no matter who you are. Thirdly, if you want to join a group like Acceptance, we’re always here and we won’t have any judgment against you.”

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If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go! 

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go!

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
...

Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership

Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership
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We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions: 

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇 
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community

We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions:

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community
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When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker
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Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion. 

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society. 

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today! 

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff. 

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders

Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion.

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society.

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today!

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff.

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders
...

Curtin Creative Writing & Publishing graduate Emma Pei Yin has always had a passion for writing, but it took years for her to pursue her dream career. 📚✍️

Ignoring her parents and buying a one-way ticket to Australia to achieve her dream has paid dividends, with the Canberra-based author and editor set to release her debut novel, ‘When Sleeping Women Wake’ next year.

Emma is deeply motivated to amplify Asian voices within the Australian literary landscape and is the Founder of Yinfluence and Senior Content Manager for Future Women. 💛

Choosing her own path hasn’t been easy, Emma shares the three biggest lessons she has learned through the process of facing rejection via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WhenSleepingWomenWake #Author #Novel #Writer #Editor #Rejection #Leadership #Career #WritingCareer #CareerAdvice

Curtin Creative Writing & Publishing graduate Emma Pei Yin has always had a passion for writing, but it took years for her to pursue her dream career. 📚✍️

Ignoring her parents and buying a one-way ticket to Australia to achieve her dream has paid dividends, with the Canberra-based author and editor set to release her debut novel, ‘When Sleeping Women Wake’ next year.

Emma is deeply motivated to amplify Asian voices within the Australian literary landscape and is the Founder of Yinfluence and Senior Content Manager for Future Women. 💛

Choosing her own path hasn’t been easy, Emma shares the three biggest lessons she has learned through the process of facing rejection via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WhenSleepingWomenWake #Author #Novel #Writer #Editor #Rejection #Leadership #Career #WritingCareer #CareerAdvice
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What do all of these amazing Curtin graduates have in common? 🤔 They are all Curtin Alumni Award winners! 🎓

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Curtin Alumni Awards!

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a special night recognising the phenomenal achievements of our graduates who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

If you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries – nominate them today! 💫

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff. 

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) Friday, 7 June. 📅

Find out more here via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Global #Perth #Career #Impact

What do all of these amazing Curtin graduates have in common? 🤔 They are all Curtin Alumni Award winners! 🎓

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Curtin Alumni Awards!

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a special night recognising the phenomenal achievements of our graduates who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

If you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries – nominate them today! 💫

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff.

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) Friday, 7 June. 📅

Find out more here via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Global #Perth #Career #Impact
...

Meet Curtin Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate Haniff Soorian Pagavalan who is pursuing his dream as an Electrical Engineer at Western Power. ⚡🛠️

Haniff was involved in Curtin’s Internship Gateway Program, which gives organisations the chance to foster connections with highly motivated science and engineering students.

Through the program, your organisation will not only contribute to shaping the development of our industry-ready graduates but will also provide your team with the opportunity to develop their mentoring and leadership skills.

For Haniff, undertaking the internship was an invaluable experience that prepared him for the workforce. 🎓

“I spent about three months as an intern and for the first month, they sent me into the workshop. I got to see how the switchboards were constructed. 

In that experience, I’d say the most valuable thing was seeing how the drawings translated into the real physical thing. Seeing it in real life makes a lot of a difference and I learned that I’m more capable than I think I am,” Haniff said.

Want to be involved in this year’s program? Find out more here 👉 https://shorturl.at/dez17 

There are a limited number of industry partnerships available, make sure to express your interest before Friday 24 May. 📅

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Internship #Program #Science #Engineering #STEM #WorkExperience #ProfessionalDevelopment #Professional #Career #Development

Meet Curtin Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate Haniff Soorian Pagavalan who is pursuing his dream as an Electrical Engineer at Western Power. ⚡🛠️

Haniff was involved in Curtin’s Internship Gateway Program, which gives organisations the chance to foster connections with highly motivated science and engineering students.

Through the program, your organisation will not only contribute to shaping the development of our industry-ready graduates but will also provide your team with the opportunity to develop their mentoring and leadership skills.

For Haniff, undertaking the internship was an invaluable experience that prepared him for the workforce. 🎓

“I spent about three months as an intern and for the first month, they sent me into the workshop. I got to see how the switchboards were constructed.

In that experience, I’d say the most valuable thing was seeing how the drawings translated into the real physical thing. Seeing it in real life makes a lot of a difference and I learned that I’m more capable than I think I am,” Haniff said.

Want to be involved in this year’s program? Find out more here 👉 https://shorturl.at/dez17

There are a limited number of industry partnerships available, make sure to express your interest before Friday 24 May. 📅

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Internship #Program #Science #Engineering #STEM #WorkExperience #ProfessionalDevelopment #Professional #Career #Development
...

If you’re a Curtin graduate, you can get access to a wide variety of benefits! 🎓🎉🤗

Just because you’ve left Curtin doesn’t mean your journey with us ends - make sure to update your details to receive special offers, support and opportunities available to you. 📚💡

Here are just some of the perks you receive when you’re a Curtin graduate:

✅ Complimentary FREE 12-month alumni library membership which can be renewed annually; 
✅ Access to volunteering opportunities;
✅ Access to workshops, resume and job application reviews and a wealth of career-focused resources (these services are provided free of charge for up to 12 months after graduation);
✅ Access to a Career Development Consultant; and
✅ A discount to a range of lifelong learning and professional development courses.

Discover the exciting opportunities available via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Alumni #Perks #AlumniPerks #Benefits #Activities #Opportunities #Community #ProfessionalDevelopment #Upskilling #LearningOpportunities #Learning #HigherEducation #Education

If you’re a Curtin graduate, you can get access to a wide variety of benefits! 🎓🎉🤗

Just because you’ve left Curtin doesn’t mean your journey with us ends - make sure to update your details to receive special offers, support and opportunities available to you. 📚💡

Here are just some of the perks you receive when you’re a Curtin graduate:

✅ Complimentary FREE 12-month alumni library membership which can be renewed annually;
✅ Access to volunteering opportunities;
✅ Access to workshops, resume and job application reviews and a wealth of career-focused resources (these services are provided free of charge for up to 12 months after graduation);
✅ Access to a Career Development Consultant; and
✅ A discount to a range of lifelong learning and professional development courses.

Discover the exciting opportunities available via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Alumni #Perks #AlumniPerks #Benefits #Activities #Opportunities #Community #ProfessionalDevelopment #Upskilling #LearningOpportunities #Learning #HigherEducation #Education
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Eric Carwardine has a special connection with Curtin University that spans 35 glorious years, from 1964 to 1999. 🎓

Last month, the Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences alumnus and former Curtin staff member took a trip down memory lane with us, visiting his old stomping grounds at our Bentley Campus.

“In the summer of 1964, I was part of the pioneering movement from St George's Terrace Perth to the Bentley campus. 

“Somewhere in my archives, I have photographic negatives of the construction of Building 306 which housed the departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Medical Technology, and was set amongst a pine plantation. 🔬🧪

“In the basement of Building 306, there was a cafeteria and an ablutions block and several of us set up home in the ground floor chemistry laboratories, putting our sleeping bags under the fume hoods. With all the comforts of home, we could save traveling time as we set up the laboratories.”

Eric attended Perth Technical College before it became the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1967, and later Curtin in 1985.

Eric now resides at SwanCare Tandara in East Victoria Park with his wife Heather and likes to keep active by creating beautiful jarrah furniture and writing his memoir.✍ 📓

“At the age of eighty years my quota of one billion heartbeats must be nearing exhaustion but before the counter reached zero, I had a task to perform, a pilgrimage to where my full-time employment started,” he said.

“When I retired in 1999, I was the longest-serving member of the technical staff. Thank you, Curtin, for the opportunity to stroll down memory lane.” 💛

For more inspiring graduate stories visit Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WAIT #Nostalgia #Memories #PerthTechnicalCollege #HigherEducation #Perth #Wisdom #Engineering #Computing #Mathematics #Education #University

Eric Carwardine has a special connection with Curtin University that spans 35 glorious years, from 1964 to 1999. 🎓

Last month, the Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences alumnus and former Curtin staff member took a trip down memory lane with us, visiting his old stomping grounds at our Bentley Campus.

“In the summer of 1964, I was part of the pioneering movement from St George`s Terrace Perth to the Bentley campus.

“Somewhere in my archives, I have photographic negatives of the construction of Building 306 which housed the departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Medical Technology, and was set amongst a pine plantation. 🔬🧪

“In the basement of Building 306, there was a cafeteria and an ablutions block and several of us set up home in the ground floor chemistry laboratories, putting our sleeping bags under the fume hoods. With all the comforts of home, we could save traveling time as we set up the laboratories.”

Eric attended Perth Technical College before it became the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1967, and later Curtin in 1985.

Eric now resides at SwanCare Tandara in East Victoria Park with his wife Heather and likes to keep active by creating beautiful jarrah furniture and writing his memoir.✍ 📓

“At the age of eighty years my quota of one billion heartbeats must be nearing exhaustion but before the counter reached zero, I had a task to perform, a pilgrimage to where my full-time employment started,” he said.

“When I retired in 1999, I was the longest-serving member of the technical staff. Thank you, Curtin, for the opportunity to stroll down memory lane.” 💛

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Today is World Book Day! 📚🌏 

To celebrate this special day, our Senior Writer and Editor-in-Chief of Curtin Commons Carmelle Wilkinson shares the book that ignited her love of literature. 

“I remember reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time when I was 11 years old, and not being able to put it down. It’s a magical memory and one that can easily be summoned every time I attempt to clean my wardrobe. 

If only there was a secret door behind my closest that opened to the wintery wonderland of Narnia…and the piles of clothing and chores would disappear – even for just a moment. 

Now, having read it to both my kids, I can honestly say it’s still up there as one of my favourites. 

An enchanted world where a lion can talk, an evil witch reigns, and magic and adventure lurk around every corner – what’s not to like?“

A valued member of our Curtin Alumni and Advancement team, Carmelle is passionate about sharing thought-provoking stories and celebrating the many amazing contributions of our Curtin alumni community! 💛️ 

Discover more of Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #WorldBookDay #Literature #Inspiring #Stories #Articles #Graduates #Book #Storytelling #Celebration #Community #Creative #Impactful #Passionate

Today is World Book Day! 📚🌏

To celebrate this special day, our Senior Writer and Editor-in-Chief of Curtin Commons Carmelle Wilkinson shares the book that ignited her love of literature.

“I remember reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time when I was 11 years old, and not being able to put it down. It’s a magical memory and one that can easily be summoned every time I attempt to clean my wardrobe.

If only there was a secret door behind my closest that opened to the wintery wonderland of Narnia…and the piles of clothing and chores would disappear – even for just a moment.

Now, having read it to both my kids, I can honestly say it’s still up there as one of my favourites.

An enchanted world where a lion can talk, an evil witch reigns, and magic and adventure lurk around every corner – what’s not to like?“

A valued member of our Curtin Alumni and Advancement team, Carmelle is passionate about sharing thought-provoking stories and celebrating the many amazing contributions of our Curtin alumni community! 💛️

Discover more of Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #WorldBookDay #Literature #Inspiring #Stories #Articles #Graduates #Book #Storytelling #Celebration #Community #Creative #Impactful #Passionate
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