Editorial Contents Editorial 3 Welcome Back, Alicia! Letter from the Indigenous Officer 4 Indigenous Society 5 Riana’s Amazing Achievement 6 New Staff Members 8 Dream Come True for Dennis 12 First Year Profile: Daen Phillips 14 Final Year Profile: Jessica Russ-Smith 15 Alumni Profile: Lowanna Moran 16 Liam Ridgeway: Where Culture & Economics Meet 17 Student Ambassadors 20 Bec’s Address 23 Nura Gili would like to acknowledge the Bidjigal (Kensington Campus), Gadigal (Paddington Campus) and Ngunnawal (ADFA, Canberra) people, who are the traditional custodians of the lands where each campus of UNSW Australia is located. Welcome to the 26th edition of Nura Gili News. Firstly, we would like to take the time to thank Rebecca Harcourt for all of her hard work in bringing the Nura Gili News to life and delivering monthly stories to us over the last three years. We are both thrilled to have been given this opportunity to take over the role of Editors for Semester One and gain the position of Nura Gili’s new Media Interns. We are both currently in our final year of completing our Bachelor of Media and have been lucky enough to gain work experience at Nura Gili. As our first issue of the year, we would like to welcome all first year and new students to the Nura Gili family and we hope you are all settling in well. To all of the continuing students, welcome back to another year at UNSW and we hope you’ve taken the time to relax and catch up on some sleep over the mid-semester break. This year will entail a number of exciting events and we strongly encourage all students to keep up-to-date with the Nura Gili News to ensure you don’t miss out on what is to come in 2016. We also recommend joining both UNSW Indigenous Students and the UNSW Indigenous Society Facebook groups in order to remain updated with upcoming events for the year. We hope you all enjoy this month’s edition of the Nura Gili News and wish both students and staff a successful year, as 2016 is guaranteed to be an exciting experience for all! Welcome Back, Alicia! We are all excited to finally welcome back Alicia, after she took 15 months maternity leave from Nura Gili! Alicia has had the opportunity to spend precious time embracing motherhood, with baby Aaliyah, and says that the best part of becoming a new mum is being there for her daughter and all of the fun things that come with becoming a parent. Since returning to the front desk, Alicia has been most excited to see all of the staff and students of Nura Gili, as she has missed seeing all of the familiar faces during her time off. We wish Alicia the best of luck with her return and hope she settles back in to her role at Nura Gili!