In Principio v18 no1 (2007)

CONTENTS Vice Chancellor's Report 2 University News 4 Broome 8 Fremantle 10 Sydney 12 Arts & Sciences 14 Business 16 Education 17 Health Sciences 18 Law 20 Medicine 21 Nursing 22 Philosophy & Theology 23 Student Services 24 Alumni 26 Front Cover: Low t ide, Bather's Beach, Fremantle Students participating in the Health Sciences 2007 Bather's Beach Triathlon Photograph provided by Tony Bishopp. Dr Peter Tannock 2007 is proving to be an exciting and challenging time for this young, thriving university. We have welcomed a record intake (over 2,000 new students) into our Fremantle, Sydney and Broome campuses which represents an overall enrolment increase of 15% on 2006, a strong performance in a very difficult higher education market. Perhaps most pleasing of all for us was the 140% enrolment growth on our Sydney Campus. It opened in 2006 with 450 students. This year, it will have an enrolment of nearly 1,100 drawn from a big variety of school leavers from Catholic, independent and government schools across metropolitan Sydney. Apart from the quantitative growth in our student body, vve were also very pleased with the sharp lift in the 'quality' of the intake on all campuses. It seems clear that many young people and their families want the high standard of university education which Notre Dame offers, with its special emphasis on pastoral care and excellence in preparation for a career in the major professions. Much credit for this must go to our highly credentialed, professionally experienced and deeply committed staff who give so much of themselves for the advancement of their students. The University continues to grow physically on each of its campuses. In Fremantle, we have now completed our main library, a project which commenced more than a decade ago! The new facilities, stretching between Mouat and Henry Streets, are very large, comfortable and fully capable of servicing the 5,000 students who are enthusiastic users each week. We believe that the completion of our main library is cause for much celebration . We will be