CQUni life in the 70s

CQUni alumni (another word for graduates) Charles Lawrence and Alan White studied at predecessor institute, the Queensland Institute of Technology (Capricornia), which opened in Rockhampton 50 years ago. As some of our earliest graduates, Charles and Alan share their study memories of an unconventional way to test acoustics and learning to use the first programmable computer. 

Sounding the Singing Ship

Charles Lawrence (ADip, 1971)

The Singing Ship was erected in Emu Park in 1970 to celebrate the bicentenary of Captain’s Cook exploration of the bay. The monument represents the sails of The Endeavour and has concealed tubes that create musical chords when they catch the sea breeze.

The Singing Ship.

George Cain was one of our physics lecturers. He specialized in acoustics. The sound for the Singing Ship at Emu Park was designed by him.

I remember how we would pile into George’s Holden to hold these 3m poly pipes out of the back windows as he drove from the Institute along Yaamba Road to Parkhurst, trying to get them to sound properly. It was successful, thanks to George.

Introduction to computers

Alan White (BEng(Civil), 1971)

I do recall that in our 4th and final year we had the use of an Olivetti 101 programmable computer and at my first job in Darwin in 1972 there was one in the office but none of the engineers there knew how to use it. 

Alan White attending his graduation.

At the time I was given the task of calculating the water volumes in 100mm increments of a circular shaped concrete reservoir with sloping internal walls – so boring and tedious by hand – so I decided to switch on the Olivetti and see if I could programme it to calculate the volumes.

The Olivetti 101 (Image credit: Collections catalog))

The programming took a couple of days but after a few trial runs eventually got it to spit out the volumes in just a few minutes. The other engineers who up until then were very skeptical, were fairly impressed with this young engineer from Rockhampton so I ended up being a hero in the office for a couple of minutes.

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Diwali down under!

Diwali – The festival of lights!

One of the largest celebrated festivals in India,  signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness, it is the festival that represents unity in diversity as people from every cultural, religion, social background or geographical location unites together to celebrate the festival.

If summarized in a very brief manner in the context of Hindu Mythology, then it is the celebration of Lord Rama coming back from 14 years of exile in the forest after destroying one of the biggest evil Ravana (there’s much more to it read ‘Ramayana’ if you are interested in Indian Mythology).

Diwali is a five-day festival, with each day having its own celebration. The main activities in Diwali consist of thoroughly cleaning house, decorating house lawn and windows by placing small clay baked oil lamps near them, celebrating the festival by lighting up firecrackers at night and meeting and greeting friends and family with some delicious sweets.

I have been living in Melbourne for two years now, and I love how the Victorian state government organizes Diwali celebration on Fedsquare every year, with the greatest firework showdown it attracts people from every background to come and join the celebration of the festival. Sydney Celebrates Diwali too by lightning the Opera House in beautiful Orange, White and Green colours.

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Wishing you a Diwali full of celebrations and feasts, sweets and crackers, love and affection, may your home and heart be full of warmth and happiness,

Happy Diwali!

CQUNI SPOTLIGHT – Featuring Assoc Prof Yvonne Toft

CQUniversity’s Head of Department – Transport, Emergency and Safety Sciences, Associate Prof Yvonne Toft is also a CQUni alumnus. Her passion lies in the world of the safety sciences and this week she has been particularly busy coordinating CQUniversity’s Transport, Emergency and Safety Science Conference at the Rockhampton campus, bringing together academics and students from around the world to discuss research in occupational health and safety, risk management, accident forensics and transport.

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New look for single sign on

CQUniversity’s single sign on (SSO) page will soon have a new look and feel. Changes will be rolled out from Thursday, 19 October with an update to systems already on the new SSO. Following this, systems such as Moodle, Handbook and MyCentre will transition from Thursday, 26 October.

Keep reading our Frequently Asked Questions for more information, and a sneak peek at the new look…

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My hopes to change lives with fitness

My name is Alisa Roberts and I’m studying a Certificate IV in Fitness at CQUniversity via online education. I’m a mum of two girls (11 and 14), and I run my own business, so online education is the best way for me to study.

Distance education

The freedom and flexibility of studying by online education are the best part. But you’ve got to be disciplined with yourself. I studied most of my course; I had the opportunity to spend one week in the state-of-the-art facilities at the Mackay City campus as part of the practical requirement of the curriculum. They have a great campus with the all the machines and equipment. Continue reading My hopes to change lives with fitness