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Thirty top Australian artists selected for UQ self-portrait prize

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Thirty Australian artists will put their best selves forward in the University of Queensland’s biennial 2015 National Artist’s Self-Portrait Prize.

The selected artists will compete for a $50,000 prize and will create their portrait in response to the theme ‘becoming.’


The competition will be curated by former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Michael Desmond, who said that ‘becoming’ was an interesting challenge for self-portraiture.

“In modern life our focus is constantly drawn to the future, but the self-portrait tends to preserve the present—a moment in time—seconds in the case of photography,” he said.

“For artists, linking the idea of ‘becoming’ with the process of self-portraiture can help summarise visually their own movement, change, aging and development, which can often be difficult to capture otherwise.”

The 2015 prize will be judged by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)’s Curatorial Manager of Australian Art, Jason Smi…

Griffith Business School graduate secures the role of brand manager

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Marketing professional Brooke Santurini secured the role of Brand Manager with the Gold Coast Suns within five years of completing a double major in business management and marketing.

She recalls how she had one eye on her future career while studying for her degree at Griffith University.

“From an early stage I started thinking about how I could make the most of my university experience, ensuring I gained as much work experience as possible,” she says.

The Griffith Business School industry mentoring program led Brooke to an internship at Gold Coast Tourism, where she took up the position of Executive – Australia Marketing for Gold Coast Tourism within a year of graduating.

Brooke has stayed connected with Griffith Business School where she is now a mentor to final-year students of marketing, tourism and event management.

“I encourage them to be proactive and to get out there and get work experience. Don’t expect it to come to you.

“It’s important to embrace opportunity, whe…

Popular Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program calling for community volunteers

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When students return to campus for second semester, Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Health and Wellbeing Collaboration Program (HAWC)  is calling for new staff and adult community participants for its August-November session.


As the university’s increasingly popular Macquarie DPT course grows, the community is being encouraged to get involved and partner with the healthcare professionals of the future.

“The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration is an innovative approach to the education of Australia’s future health care workforce,” says Clinical Educator Jacque North. “The HAWC volunteers are community members of all ages, with any current medical problems, who volunteer to allow Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy students to visit them periodically.”

“The program involves the interaction of physiotherapy students and volunteers (HAWCs) meeting regularly to discuss their condition, how it affects them and how they interact with the health care system.”

Although no direct tre…

Monash helps re-design mosquito-based malaria vaccine

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A promising type of vaccine designed to eradicate malaria by blocking parasite transmission could be a step closer, as a result of experts uncovering new information about the targeted protein.

The international team of researchers co-led by Dr Natalie Borg from the Department Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University, and Dr Rhoel Dinglasan from the Malaria Research Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, focused on a protein in the Anopheles mosquito midgut called AnAPN1.

The research, published in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, provides for the first time, detailed information on the shape of AnAPN1 and where antibodies against AnAPN1 that can and can’t block parasite development, bind to the protein.

Malaria is transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the Plasmodium parasite. Malaria transmission-blocking vaccines are designed to prevent the spread of malaria by interru…

Griffith supports summit to meet numeracy challenges

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The major challenges facing educators and the community was explored at the inaugural Queensland Numeracy Summit at the Pullman Hotel, Brisbane held June 16.

Supported by Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies, the Queensland College of Teachers and the Queensland Deans of Education Forum, the summit discussed ways to equip teachers with numerate practices in 21st Century classrooms.


Griffith School of Education Dean Professor Donna Pendergast said numeracy was not to be confused with mathematics.

“It’s an essential life skill that cuts across all disciplines: music, arts, science, health and education,’’ she said.

“We want all students to have the confidence to deal with mathematical concepts in everyday situations, whether it’s planning a budget, or just working out a mobile phone plan.”

Emceed by media personality, Adam Spencer, the summit follows the Queensland College of Teachers Numeracy Forum held the day prior. Outcomes from the forum were …

A day in the life of women in architecture

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Parlour Inc, a fast-growing, not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equity in the architecture industry, will hold its first Sydney event at the University of Sydney next month.

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning’s Tin Sheds Gallery will stage a photographic exhibition by Parlour, which captures women architects and the architectural workplaces of three major Sydney practices over a single day. A second series of images playfully reveals the demographic makeup of the architectural community and challenges typecasts of an architect’s identity.


For more than two decades now, the proportion of female students graduating in architecture has been over 40%*. Yet women represent only 21%* of registered architects, suggesting that greater industry support for women architects is long overdue.

The University of Sydney's Associate Professor Lee Stickells said, “We see many talented female graduates coming out of our faculty. While I also see many of our alu…

UQ Medical School pathologist receives award

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Senior University of Queensland researcher and Director in Anatomical Pathology, Pathology Queensland, Professor Sunil Lakhani, has been recognised for his significant contribution to the field of pathology. Professor Lakhani, from the UQ School of Medicine and the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, received the Distinguished Pathologist Award at the Asia Pacific International Academy of Pathology Congress (APIAP) in Brisbane.

He said he was honoured to receive the award.
“This is the highest award given for surgical pathology in this country and in New Zealand,” Professor Lakhani said.

“It’s such a huge honour as it recognises the work done clinically as a surgical pathologist as well as teaching and research.”

Professor Lakhani is the third Queenslander to receive the award.

APIAP brought together a global gathering of world-renowned pathologists and scientists who are acknowledged leaders in their own fields.

It provided attendees with updates, recent research results and kno…

Melbourne dentistry application timeline for 2016 intake

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If you’ve been thinking about applying to the Melbourne Dental School, please note that the application deadline for the Melbourne DDS program is July 31, 2015; however, in order for your application and supporting documents to be submitted to the university on time, you are encouraged to submit your documents before noon Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Application Timeline for 2016 IntakeApplication deadline: July 31, 2015. All application documents must be received by Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12 noon.*Last date to submit DAT results: July 30, 2015Last date to submit university transcripts (final results): July 30, 2015Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 19 – 20, 2015Deadline to accept (unconditional) offer of admission and pay deposit: November 17, 2015Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 17, 2015Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 21, 2016 (TBC)First day of class: January 25, 2016 (TBC)Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DD…

Griffith Aviation flying high with new simulator

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Griffith Aviation’s new flight simulator has been officially launched and the first “student” to hop into the pilot’s seat and take the controls was none other than university Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor.

The CAZ-80 simulator, created by Queensland company GeoSim Technologies, replicates the flight deck of a twin-engine Baron B58 aircraft. It is based at Griffith University’s Nathan campus.


With six degrees of freedom motion providing a realistic experience of flight factors such as pitching, rolling, yawing, heaving and swaying, the simulator recreates sounds, motion, visual scenes and instrument presentations.

The flight environment also enables training for landing, take-off, night flight and cockpit familiarisation in normal, adverse and emergency situations.

Certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, hours spent in the simulator will count towards Aviation students receiving their pilot’s licence.

The new Head of Griffith University, Professor Tim Ry…

Sydney veterinary researchers study bovine brucellosis

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Animals have been used as sentinels for human diseases for a long time—think canary in a coalmine—but it is probably time for humans to pay back! A project being conducted by Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science researchers Dr Navneet Dhand and Prof Michael Ward is exploring if animal health workers can be used as sentinels of bovine brucellosis.


Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease that spreads from animals to humans by direct and indirect contact. Infected dairy animals shed huge amounts of organisms at abortion or at subsequent normal calvings and often for long periods after parturition. Veterinarians and other animal health workers who regularly come in contact with infected materials such as aborted foetuses, genital discharge, placenta, urine etc. contract infection through cuts and abrasions on their skin, via conjunctiva or inhalation of infectious aerosols.

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science researchers in collaboration with their research partners—Dr BB Singh…

Winners of UQ #SpottheKoala Photo Contest!

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UQ North America is excited to announce their winners for this year’s “Can You #SpottheKoala Photo Contest”!

UQ North America loved seeing the photo entries from University of Queensland Alumni, friends, and UQ exchange students. Spot had the opportunity to travel all over the world and everyone was so happy to see you take him on your adventures. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and submitted their photos on Instagram.

All photo entries were judged by the UQ North America Office based on the following categories: Best Overall Photo (first place); Best Photography (second place); Best Caption (third place); People’s Choice (fourth place).

Below you can view the winners and a few other notable entries—including two Canadian winners!

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for participating!

First Place: Best Overall Photo
Second Place: Best Photography
Third Place: Best Caption
Fourth Place: People’s Choice
Honorable Mentions

Cervical cancer vaccine hero wins international award

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The University of Queensland’s Professor Ian Frazer, co-creator of the cervical cancer vaccine, has won a 2015 European Inventor Award.

Professor Frazer won the Popular Prize section, which was decided by public vote and announced at a ceremony in Paris on 11 June.


The awards acknowledge inventions that have made major contributions towards social, technological and economic progress.

“It’s a great honour to win this award and to have this research acknowledged on a global stage,” he said.

“Events such as this highlight the exciting and innovative research coming from institutes all over the world, and show the importance of turning that research into practical solutions.

“It’s inspiring to have our team’s research celebrated by such a highly respected group.”

Professor Frazer co-created the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine with Dr Jian Zhou, and accepted the Popular Prize award with Xiao Yi Sun, Dr Zhou’s widow.

Professor Frazer has won more than 20 significant awards for his co…

Sydney Dentistry application deadline reminder

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The Sydney Dental School application deadline is Monday, July 6, 2015 (Sydney time). 

Application deadline: Monday, July 6, 2015 (Sydney time)*
Interview dates: from Thursday, July 30, 2015
Offer made: from Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2014 Intake Reviews
“The dental faculty at the University of Sydney is a bit unorganized and are not getting enough recognition from the med faculty. I am enoying the clinical sessions and working outside the classroom setting. It is great if you want to get hands on expeirience at an early stage and want a change of scenery.”

“I like the skills I’m learning, and a lot of the beautiful facilities. I dislike the disorganization. It has a good reputation, and I’m enjoying it, but it is expensive and you have to be very self-motivated to do well. Exams are cumulative and spread out, so you have to be organized to not become overwhelmed.”

“It is a friendly environment. Almost half of my class is made up of Canadians which makes the transition over seas…

Monash Medical School hepatitis C treatment research

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In a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia, a Monash University-led team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent liver-related deaths.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health burden in Australia, with estimates of 230,000 people chronically infected.


The research team are calling for the government to subsidise a new therapy which has high cure rates, known as direct acting antiviral (DAA) therapy.

Monash University Professor William Sievert said a delay in access to DAA treatment means that thousands of HCV infected patients could die or develop advanced liver disease.

“If we delay just one year, there will be an extra 900 liver related deaths, 800 new cases of cirrhosis and 500 new cases of liver cancer. These staggering numbers double if we wait for two years,” he said.

“During this decade, the therapy should become the norm for the HCV-infected population; however, the high cost of DAA regimens and comp…

University of Sydney launches high-performance computer

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The University of Sydney celebrated the launch of its first high-performance computer (HPC) service, which will allow researchers to leverage big data for research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Available at no cost to University of Sydney researchers across all disciplines, Artemis has been developed by the university in partnership with Dell Australia.

NHMRC Australia Fellow Professor Edward Holmes from the Charles Perkins Centre said the partnership between the university and Dell will greatly benefit Australian science.

“Artemis will enable researchers from diverse fields to perform state-of-the-art computational analysis and improve collaboration between research groups by providing a common set of tools and capabilities with consistent access mechanisms,” Professor Holmes said.

Dell customised the new HPC service specifically for the University of Sydney, using a technical design to meet its performance and capacity requirements.

“The HPC solution designed for Art…

Griffith Law School joins the Queensland Legal Walk

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Griffith Law School staff and students joined Brisbane’s legal community to walk for justice during ‘Law Week’ last month.


The Queensland Legal Walk, held annually, delivers vital funds to the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), and involves a five kilometre loop starting at The Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law.

Participants from around Queensland raised more than $16,000 to ensure QPILCH continues to provide free legal assistance to the most vulnerable people in our community.

Griffith Law School Professor Jeff Giddings says Griffith’s long standing relationship with QPILCH made it an easy decision to participate in the fundraiser.

“Griffith Law School was closely involved in the establishment of QPILCH back in 2001 and we’ve had students on placement there each year since 2002,” says Jeff.

He says community legal centres like QPILCH play a critical role in raising awareness of issues such as a lack of access to justice and the delivery of legal services…

JCU Professor Ian Wronski talks about the Australia-Canada connection

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Do you stand out from the crowd?

James Cook University certainly does, and while it may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, JCU has something the others don’t: their riveted focus on Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of under-served populations.


James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski and Associate Faculty Registrar Ms Sandra Hurlock were recently in Canada to meet with students interested in studying medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health sciences at JCU.

When speaking with OzTREKK Director and Marketing Manager Chris Nolan, Prof Wronski explained why JCU concentrates on rural, remote and tropical health care.

“JCU was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and so we focus on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world,” Prof Wronski said.

“In the medicine, health, molecular science part of the university—th…

Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University

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Confirming its commitment to the delivery of contemporary, relevant programs Griffith Health has introduced two-year a Master of Speech Pathology program at the university’s Gold Coast campus.


The speech pathology program is now located in the $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, adjacent to the new Gold Coast University Hospital.

The Master of Speech Pathology will equip you to begin practice as a fully-accredited, highly-competent and work-ready speech pathologist in a wide range of health, community and education settings.

It encourages personal and professional development through
a problem-based learning curriculum;active learning in small groups; andclinical placements that facilitate the integration of theory and practice. The Master of Speech Pathology program will foster research literacy—enhancing your ability to respond effectively to the changing nature of professional knowledge and practice, and ensuring you have the skills to provide quality services …

What’s it like to be a JCU Pharmacy student?

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James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

In response to a critical pharmacy workforce shortage in the north, James Cook University developed a Bachelor of Pharmacy program in close consultation with local pharmacists. JCU Pharmacy has built a reputation in north Queensland and nationally for the program based on the quality of its graduates. Staff and students continue to raise the profile of JCU Pharmacy at both state and national levels.

So what’s it like to study pharmacy at James Cook University? Former OzTREKK student, Matthew, chatted with us recently about his experiences at JCU Pharmacy School and offered to be featured in a student profile. 


Take it away, Matthew…

To me, studying pharmacy at JCU was a decision I had made a bit later in my life. I had completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree prior to moving to Townsville, where I realized that I had a keen interest in not just s…

UQ psychology researchers study why cocky guys get the girl

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University of Queensland research suggests overconfidence may help people win romantic partners.

Doctoral student Sean Murphy and Professor Bill von Hippel from the UQ School of Psychology, and colleagues, have been examining the links between overconfidence and romantic desirability in men and women.


“People tend to think of overconfidence as an unappealing quality,” Mr Murphy said. “But our work indicates that confidence is such a powerful signal that a little overconfidence can actually be helpful.”

Mr Murphy and Professor von Hippel conducted a series of online experiments with more than 3,000 male and female participants.

“After their confidence was measured, participants wrote dating profiles, which were rated by members of the opposite sex,” Mr Murphy said.

“We found that, on average, overconfident people came across as a blend of highly desirable confidence and highly undesirable arrogance.”

A key issue appeared to be whether there was competition for their romantic targe…

Don’t forget the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships!

Thinking of applying to an Australian university but on a tight budget? Applications for the 2016 Endeavour Awards will close June 30, 2015. The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards aim to enable high achieving international students to undertake a postgraduate qualification either by coursework or research in their chosen fields of study in Australia.

Endeavour Postgraduate ScholarshipDegree: Australian Master’s or PhD
Duration: Up to 2 years for a Master’s; up to 4 years for a PhD
Total per semester: $15,000
Total: Up to $272,500 (PhD) and $140,500 (Master’s)
Application deadline: June 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (AEST)

Applications for the 2016 Endeavour Awards are now open and will close June 30, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to commence their applications early and submit their application as early as possible due to the large volume of users on the system on the final opening days of submission.

Griffith’s Logan campus wins sustainability award

Griffith University has been named the most Sustainable School in the Logan Eco Awards for its commitment to environmental initiatives at the Logan campus, located at Meadowbrook.

The Slacks Creek Restoration Project, a new landscaping strategy and the GrowsAtGriffith app are all part of the university’s commitment to biodiversity, community engagement and education.

As part of the Slack Creek Restoration Project more than 7,000 trees have been planted. They will help increase the koala habitat, contribute to connecting a wildlife habitat along the Slacks Creek corridor and create shade for the mid- and understorey species which will be planted next year.

Trees for rare Glossy Black cockatoos and a vine scrub thicket for Richmond Birdwing butterflies have also been planted.

The award was accepted at the Logan Eco Action Festival on May 31, held at the Logan campus. The festival promotes eco-living tips in a free, fun family environment.

Griffith University’s Senior Deputy Vice Chancel…

JCU taking care of business

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James Cook University and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce have announced a partnership agreement that will kick-start the careers of JCU’s business and law graduates.


Under the agreement, graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance will be given assistance to make the transition from the end of their formal education to the beginning of their professional career.

The Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance, Professor David Low said all business and law graduates from JCU Townsville will also receive a complimentary 12 months membership of the Young Chamber of Commerce (YCC).

“I am delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to our students. It will allow them to further develop their networking skills and facilitate their entry into the business environment where they will be commencing their career,” Professor Low said.

Professor Low said the agreement will allow the College of Business, Law and Governance to support the Young …

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne

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The primary aim of the Melbourne DVM curriculum is to graduate highly capable veterinary scientists whose abilities to solve problems, to draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, to interpret evidence, and to make decisions and act upon them within a clear ethical and professional framework embody all of the graduate attributes to which the faculty aspires.


Become a flexible, knowledgeable and highly capable veterinary scientist, who can easily work overseas
Four-year graduate entry program, including a final year of lecture-free practical training in our Veterinary Hospital and at other approved sitesInternational recognition through accreditation by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, American Veterinary Medicine Association and Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsAn interesting range of study areas taught in a stimulating way—tapping into the wealth of experience of Melbourne’s expert veterinarians

Course DescriptionInternationally recognised and train…

Global interest in JCU’s revolutionary IT course

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Global tech experts are looking to Cairns, with strong international interest in JCU’s revolutionary new engineering course, the Internet of Things.

JCU is the first Australian university to establish a new program in “Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)”, as part of its Bachelor of Engineering. It’s believed that James Cook University is only the second university in the world to offer such a course.



The Internet of Things is expected to lead to the next revolution in computer technology. It will allow everyday objects to have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, creating radical shifts in the way we apply technologies in our daily lives.

More than 50 people from 14 countries have applied for two senior academic positions with the course at JCU’s Cairns campus.

Applications have been received from countries as diverse as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Norway, Malaysia and Portugal.

The Dean of the College of Science, Technol…

UQ School of Public Health says ageing population in bad shape

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Aging of the world’s population is leading to a substantial increase in the numbers of individuals suffering from chronic after-effects of diseases and injuries, according to a new study from the Global Burden of Disease Project that was co-authored by researchers from the UQ School of Public Health.


The study, Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, is the first to examine the extent, pattern, and trends of non-fatal health loss across countries.

UQ School of Public Health’s Professor Harvey Whiteford and his Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) co-authored the study and undertook modelling for all mental and substance use disorders.

“Mental and substance use disorders contribute 21.2 per cent of global disability and are the leading…

#seemore at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus

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Staff, students and the wider community can now know more, do more and #seemore with Griffith University’s new digital video wall which went live on June 11.


The six-by-four-meter, high-resolution weatherproof LED digital screen and audio system will bring together achievements and activities through a single digital platform on the Gold Coast campus.

To be known as #seemore (“Seymour”), it will act as a dynamic visual communication channel to celebrate student and staff achievements and welcome visitors, VIPs as well as engaging with current students and staff through images, video and messages.

Griffith University Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the Gold Coast campus Professor Ned Pankhurst encouraged staff and students to contribute to #seemore.

“It will feature video, announcements, news and weather, slideshows and photos, animation and even social media posts using the hashtag #seemore,” he said.

“Students and staff can submit their own creations and content f…