New look for Community as USC embarks on new directions and growth
In 2016 Community magazine is evolving and changing. More than just a fresh, clean look and feel, this renewed publication is the first step to expanding USC’s connectivity with a wider conduit to a growing network.
This year represents the starting point of an important new chapter for USC. Celebrating our 20th Anniversary, we look back on how far we have come as a community and the power that the people of this university have to transform lives. As we start this new chapter, we are taking definitive steps toward a bright future, guided by the roadmap of our ‘2020 vision.’ This strategic plan has some ambitious objectives, many of which are well underway thanks to a successful start to the year. USC’s student population has increased by more than 11 per cent this year and the university’s footprint has extended north to the Fraser Coast with a new campus coming online for semester one. Our researchers continue to attract national and international attention, leading global collaborative projects and achieving widespread success in recent competitive grant rounds.
In much the same way that our university is embarking on an exciting new phase of growth and development, so too is our flagship publication, Community magazine. Over many years, this publication has become our connection with staff, students, community members and alumni all around the world. We’d like to thank you for being a part of this community and invite you to continue to enjoy our magazine as it evolves and changes through 2016.
Community magazine is a free publication distributed to more than 9,500 staff, students, community members and alumni around the world.
More than just a fresh, clean look and feel, this renewed publication is the first step to expanding USC’s connectivity, providing a wider conduit to a growing network. The magazine’s content is designed to spark your curiosity and fuel your interest … and thus it has been renamed Ignite.
Ignite contains a mix of feature stories to provide deeper insight as well as articles, opinion pieces and shorter news bites for a relaxed, entertaining read that will keep you up to date.
Ignite also showcases beautiful imagery from our own community with this first edition cover, Dragonfly #2, by Billy Mentiplay, an awarded piece from the Student category in 2015 ‘Life’s Wild at USC’ photography competition. Ignite will continue to evolve to incorporate a digital showcase of feature pieces and new articles so that you can stay connected with USC between publications. This will also provide an opportunity for the creative work of our community to be showcased to a wider audience.
It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the first edition of Ignite.
Professor Greg Hill
Vice-Chancellor and President