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Moss Vale Education Centre building officially opened

May 18, 2007

The Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Mr Michael Codd, AC, officially opened the University's new Moss Vale Education Centre building today (Friday 18 May). The $2.5 million building has been designed by renowned architects Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin.

Among guests attending the opening were the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Professor Gerard Sutton; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Professor Rob Castle; the Federal Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash; the State Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward; Wingecarribee Shire Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Nick Campbell-Jones; Institute Director for Illawarra Institute of TAFE, Di Murray; and the Relieving Manager of District Operations (Highlands) for Illawarra Institute of TAFE, Wally Lawson. Architect, Wendy Lewin, also attended.

Speakers praised the great co-operation between the three tiers of government -- Federal, State and Local -- in seeing the centre come into fruition.

Professor Rob Castle, in particular, thanked Federal MP Joanna Gash for her "tireless efforts".

The Moss Vale Education Centre began operations in 2002 as a joint venture with TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute. Students at the Centre can now study a range of degrees including a Bachelor of Arts (Community and Environment), Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) degrees.

Moss Vale is part of a network of centres employing innovative and varied technologies that allow staff in Wollongong to deliver materials and lectures relying on the support of a highly-skilled group of local tutors.

One of the speakers at the opening was UOW student Lisa Keith who is graduating this year with a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Environment. She is a mother of four who is the Secretary to the Wingecarribee Family Support Advisory Committee. She said she plans to use her degree to work within community welfare and social housing needs.

The Moss Vale Centre was designed by Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin. Glen is the recipient of the Alvar Aalto Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture and the Pritzker Architecture Prize (equivalent to the art world's Nobel Prize).

He is the only Australian recipient of each of these international awards. Wendy received a Wilkinson Award for Residential Buildings and jointly shared with Glenn and Reg Larke the 1999 Sulman Award for the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre at Riversdale, Illaroo, on the Shoalhaven River. Wendy also shared the Kenneth F.Brown International Award for Architectural Culture in the Asia Pacific Region, for the Boyd Centre, with Glenn and Reg Larke.

The major artwork hanging in the Common Room of the building is a piece entitled, Conference, painted in 1999 by Guy Warren. Guy is a prominent Australian painter whose work hangs in numerous public, private, university and corporate collections internationally.

 

 

Pictured at the official opening is (l to r) UOW student and guest speaker, Lisa Keith; Wingecarribee Shire Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Nick Campbell-Jones; Institute Director for Illawarra Institute of TAFE, Di Murray; Federal Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash; State Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward; UOW Chancellor, Michael Codd AC and UOW Vice-Chancellor, Gerard Sutton

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Professor Rob Castle; Moss Vale Education Centre Manager, Sonia Sense; and Manager of UOW's Education Centres, Anne Mitchell are pictured in front of the new building

Pictured (l to r) is the building's joint architect, Wendy Lewin; prominent Australian artist, Guy Warren; and the Assistant Director of UOW's Buildings and Grounds Division, Tony Johnson (who undertook architecture studies at the same time as Wendy Lewin). They are standing in front of Guy Warren's painting, "Conference".

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