2018 Student Association (SAUNDA) Committee

Executive

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Christelle Santos (President)

president.saunda@nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations and Social Justice), Fifth Year

Student Association President (2018), Student Ambassador (2018), Student Association Vice President (2017), University National Student Board Member (2017-2018), Student Affairs Committee (2017-2018), Notre Dame Pop Culture Society Communications Director (2017), Student Association Clubs Director (2016), Notre Dame Sydney Open Day Organising Committee (2016)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame? 

My very first term on SAUNDA as the Clubs Director (2016). It has allowed me to to gain experiences, enhance my skills and develop more as a person overall. Most importantly, I have met so many amazing people and built so many great friendships. Being on SAUNDA has been so memorable that I have continued till now. Despite the occasional stress I wouldn't change it for anything!!

What advice do you have for new students?

Just relax! Have fun and remember you are your own worst critic so don't be too harsh on yourself. Overthinking and over-analysing will be your worst enemy so just stay positive and you'll pull through even the hardest of times. Life is one huge learning curve. Learn from your experiences and soldier on!

 

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Christian Santos (Vice President - Broadway)

vicepresident.saunda@nd.edu.au

Doctor of Philosophy (International Relations), First Year

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) (Honours), Graduate

Advisor, Vice Chancellor Advisory Committee for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Assault (2018), University National Student Board Member (2016-2017), Student Affairs Committee Member (2015-2018), Work Health & Safety Committee Member (2016-2018), Student Ambassador (2016-2018), Student Sub-Committee Member of the ASEACCU Planning and Delivery Committee (2015-2016), Student Association Secretary (2015), University Disciplinary Committee Student Representative (2015-2017), Arts & Sciences Society Executive (2015), Law Society Competitions Coordinator (2014-2015), Labor Society Treasurer (2013 - 2015)

What advice do you have for new students?

Don't be afraid! Get involved! Notre Dame is a close knit community and so, whether its joining a sports team, clubs and societies, or coming to events, you always feel that you belong to this student community. Also, university is so much more than just studying - its meeting new people, being part of a community, sharing our talents and gifts with each other and of course having a bit of fun along the way. Your university experience will be so much more enriching by getting involved. Remember to breath and take some time for yourself to unwind and de-stress.

Why did you want to join the Student Association?

I have always felt called to serve and give back to others but also to help people grow and develop as individuals by enabling them to bring out their gifts and talents. I love this university. I love our student community. And I love that this Student Association is here to support students, represent students and build community. This is what I am about and I want everyone to feel proud and welcome in being here at Notre Dame.

 

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Stefanie Benitez (Vice President - Darlinghurst)

vp.darlinghurst@nd.edu.au

Doctor of Medicine, Second Year

National Student Board Member (2018), Student Affairs Committee (2018), Student Ambassador (2018)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

It is hard to choose just one amazing memory, but it would have to be the time in class when we were blowing up balloons and decorating the room for our classmate’s birthday. We were laughing, cracking jokes and getting all the food ready with our tutor. It was amazing to realise that you can count on your friends at Notre Dame to help you feel supported, valued and part of something truly special.

Why did you want to be on the Student Association?

I wanted to be on SAUNDA to help create tighter bonds and opportunities to network between the medical and nursing students at the Darlinghurst site, and then between those at Darlinghurst and Broadway. I wanted to make amazing friends from other schools and have the chance to be part of a wonderful team of students whose main motivation is to constantly improve student life and experience - and that is what I have found on SAUNDA.

Isabella Prichard (Secretary)

secretary.saunda@nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce, Fifth Year

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

I cant think of one experience! Every day and every year at Notre Dame is different. Whether it be attending university events, going for lunch with friends, or attending a class that I'm enjoying - every memory is different and every memory is a good one!

What advice do you have for new students?

Get involved! There are so many opportunities at Notre Dame to get involved in University life. It's a great way to meet new people and form good friendships with people you will spend the next few years sitting in class with or seeing around uni regularly!

 

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Ciro Consorti (Treasurer)

treasurer.saunda@nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Nursing, Second Year

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

My best memories are from the sports events I have participated. There is always a great deal of competitiveness between the various Faculties, however, most prevalent are the importance of playing under "ONE UNDA" and the camaraderie we share.

What advice do you have for new students?

Get involved from DAY 1! Whatever your interests, abilities or objectives, UNDA offers a range of extra-curricular and social activities that will only heighten your academic experience and personal development. SAUNDA, and its many clubs and societies, welcomes you to join and contribute in building a vibrant and supportive community for all students.

 

Directors

Rian 'Box' Galliott (Alumni Director)

rian.galliott1@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Theology (Philosophy) (Honours), Graduate

Notre Dame Pop Culture Society Founder and President (2017), Student Association Education Director (2016-2017), Student Affairs Committee (2017), Society of Philosophy and Theology (SoPhat) Founder and President (2012-2015) Student Association Philosophy and Theology Representative (2012)

Why did you want to be on the Student Association?

I wanted to be involved in building and serving the student community, and help students to enjoy their time at Notre Dame.

What is your favourite thing about Notre Dame?

The fact that friendships are easily formed across different schools quite easily, as well as the open communication that tends to happen in the university's common areas.

 

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Charlotte Harding (Clubs Director)

charlotte.harding1@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Laws, Third Year

Student Affair Committee (2018), Learning and Teaching Sub-Committee (2018), EUGs Futsal and Netball (2016)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

Notre Dame Uni Games was a lot of fun, we had the opportunity to represent the uni as well as meeting people from all over the state.

What is your favourite thing about Notre Dame?

The people - I have met some of my best friends at Notre Dame.

 

Artoniss 'Arti' Ehsani (Communications Director)

20160204@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, Second Year

Vice Chancellor Advisory Committee for Community and Inclusion (2018), Student Association Events Director (2017)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

It's hard to pick one, but I loved the petting zoo we had at Viva Week! I got to cuddle a goat!

Why did you want to be on the Student Association?

I wanted to be on the Student Association because I wanted to lend a hand in making sure that the students of Notre Dame get the best experience at the University and to make their time here as memorable as possible.

 

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Jessica Hoffman (Education Director)

jessica.hoffmann2@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Primary Education (Religious Education) / IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Second Year

EUGs Netball Captain (2017); Student Ambassador (2018); Student Leadership Program Team (2018); Notre Dame Social Ski Trip (2017 & 2018); Notre Dame Ski & Board President (2018)

What advice do you have for new students?

Get involved in every way possible! There are so many fantastic opportunities to be a part of the Notre Dame community and meet great people so I would highly recommend putting your hand up whenever you can.

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

I absolutely loved attending both Uni Games & Uni Ski Week in the mid year break of 2017. It was so much fun meeting new people and getting involved in sports that I love.

 

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Tashya Koelmeyer (Events Director)

tashya.koelmeyer1@my.nd.edu.au

Business Society Secretary (2017)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

The day to day experiences that I encounter at the university. The friendships I've made and the opportunities I've been presented with are definitely ones that I will cherish.

Why did you want to be on the Student Association?

Being on the student association meant I was given a platform to have a voice and represent the student body. I've always been an individual who values leadership and any opportunity where I'm able to serve and participate. Furthermore, collaborating with other students from a variety of courses meant I was being given an opportunity to embrace Notre Dame's culture to its fullest. Applying to be a part of SAUNDA meant that I was able to do all of this.

 

Aurel Menzon (Sports Director)

aurel.menzon1@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Nursing, Second Year

Nursing Society President (2017-2018), EUGs (Basketball Representative - 2015-2017) Student Ambassador (2018), SAUNDA - Sports And Health Director (2018), Student Mentor (2018)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

Finding my potential.

What advice do you have for new students?

Always check your emails.

 

School Representatives

 

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Celina Nunez (School of Arts & Sciences Representative)

celina.nunez1@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Arts (Social Justice and Sociology), Second Year

Student Affair Committee (2018)

What is your favourite thing about Notre Dame?

What I love about Notre Dame is that close sense of community and the friendly atmosphere that is everywhere, classes and tutorials are smaller which benefits everyone and the numerous events that are held at uni by SAUNDA & Student Services are highlights which all add up to a positive and enjoyable experience at uni.

Why did you want to be on the Student Association?

Taking part has always interested me because you gain more from being supportive and participating. I joined the Student Association, after being involved in student leadership since primary and high school – as School Captain and then on the Student Representative Council - to contribute to the Notre Dame community, especially in representing the opinions of Arts and Sciences students, not only giving them voice but also addressing their needs and interests. My aim is to continue to provide a friendly environment for students and I am committed to making Notre Dame a convivial place to undertake their studies.

 

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Jonathan Sheedy (School of Business Representative)

20173247@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Accounting, Second Year

Business Society Research Officer (2017)

Why did you want to be on the Student Association?

I wanted to be on the Student Association because I wanted to give back to a student body that had given so much to me. Maybe you might want to do the same after a year or two. #justsaying

What advice do you have for new students?

My High School Teachers never relented in encouraging us students to get involved. My biggest academic regret is not getting involved with my high school community. My biggest academic success is getting involved with my university community. And the dividend received from an balanced, all-rounded university life is a greater and more rewarding professional career. Just do it! Don't let your dreams be dreams.

 

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Thomas Derwe (School of Education Representative)

thomas.drewe1@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Primary Education (Religious Education) / IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Fourth Year

Timor-Leste Service Learning Immersion (2015); AUGs Touch (2017)

What is your best memory so far at Notre Dame?

I've had so many great memories at Notre Dame it'd unrealistic to select just one. The consistency trend across all of my favourite moments are friends that you develop throughout your time at Notre Dame.

What is your favourite thing about Notre Dame?

The positive, diverse and helpful community. Students, Tutors and Lecturers are always available to help someone out when needed.

 

Ben Robb (School of Law Representative)

20151124@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce, Fourth Year

Student Association Law Representative (2017-2018), Law Society IT Director (2015), Law Society Second Year Representative (2016),  Student Leadership Program Team (2015-2017)

What advice do you have for new students?

Be open! Open your minds and your eyes. There's a lot out in the world for you to achieve.

What is your favourite thing about Notre Dame?

The staff to student relations, how students are able to approach staff at any time and receive the help or guidance they need.

 

Anchal Lai (School of Medicine Representative)

 

Doctor of Medicine, Second Year

 

Carmen Huang (School of Nursing Representative)

jiaxin.huang1@my.nd.edu.au

Bachelor of Nursing, Second Year

What is your favourite thing about Notre Dame?

I love the ethics and philosophy they teach.

What advice do you have for new students? 

Don't stress too much about university, enjoy the time you have here and don't be afraid to ask for help if you ever find yourself struggling.

 

Vacant (School of Philosophy & Theology Representative)

 

Vacant (Postgraduate Representative)