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Acknowledging our Clubs and Societies

02 Dec 2010

Professor Peter Wolnizer, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, provided the original vision and economic stimulus for the establishment of an Economics and Business based group of clubs and societies. So, it was with great pride that he addressed students, for the final time as Dean, at a recent event to acknowledge the achievements of clubs and societies in 2010.

"Advancing the student experience is very dear to my heart and it is very easy for me to be passionate about it," said Peter. "It is very important that we hold events such as this to recognise the leadership and contribution that students have made to the experience of studying in the Faculty of Economics and Business."

Lisa Kelaher, Undergraduate Program Adviser for the Clubs/Societies Program said: "Future Employers buy a package when they employ one of our graduates and an important part of that package is the leadership qualities they obtain by being part of one of the many clubs and societies available."

The 'Thank you' event provided an opportunity for the executive committees of each of the clubs and societies to give an overview of the challenges and achievements of their organisations in 2011.

  • The Sydney Marketing Society (SMS) Club re-branded themselves this year, displaying their excellence in the field of marketing. They came up with a catchy title, a whole new logo and worked consistently throughout the year on industry events with a range of career development opportunities for their members.
  • Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) was re-established in November 2009 and in a very short space of time has developed links with primary schools to run two impressive projects. A Community Garden has been established and an initiative to bring cans of food for the needy called 'Cannerpillar' were conducted. Both projects were run in Sydney's West and display this society's main value - to give university students opportunities to use their skills and knowledge to bring resources to disadvantaged communities.
  • AISEC - the World's largest youth run organisation - ran a youth leadership conference in conjunction with AIESEC UNSW. The conference brought key speakers from NGO's around Australia with a passion for youth leadership to run workshops with participants.
  • The UN Society hosted this year's AMUNC (Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference). This was an outstanding achievement bringing over 500 students from both Sydney and the Asia Pacific to engage in a model UN-style debate. The Faculty's economics discipline ran one of their debates centred around the Global Financial Crisis.

Other societies which showed excellence and growth this year included FMAA (Financial Management Association of Australia), ComSoc (The Commerce Society), WoSoc (Work and Organisational Studies Society) and FinSoc (The Finance and Banking Society).