Monash Open Day

PhD candidate Olha Shmihelska (left) visited students Tessa Benn and Rosalie Marshall, who assisted at the Ukrainian Studies information stand
PhD candidate Olha Shmihelska (left) visited students Tessa Benn and Rosalie Marshall, who assisted at the Ukrainian Studies information stand

On 7 August more than 51,000 visitors, mainly prospective university students and their parents, visited the Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses of Monash University.

As every year, Ukrainian Studies teaching staff, Professor Marko Pavlyshyn and Ms Valentyna Shapiro, were on hand to respond to inquiries and to encourage potential students.

They were ably and enthusiastically assisted by Rosalie Marshall and Tessa Benn, students of Ukrainian language and culture at third and second-year level, respectively. Rosalie and Tessa encouraged school students with accounts of attractively small learning groups, the Ukrainian program’s integration of language and culture learning, the possibility of studying Ukrainian at Monash even while enrolled at another university in Victoria or, indeed, anywhere in Australia, and the opportunity to attend the Summer School of Ukrainian Language and Culture in Lviv.

Among the inquiries were several by school students with well-formed study intentions and an active interest in taking up Ukrainian Studies in 2017 or 2018.

Students of Ukrainian intermediate and Ukrainian proficient, August 2016. From Left: Eddie Amiet, Larry Fudim, Rosalie Marshall, Daniel Gershenzon, Michelle Strumila, Jacob Moharram, Marko Pavlyshyn, Tessa Benn, Jared Malec
Students of Ukrainian intermediate and Ukrainian proficient, August 2016. From Left: Eddie Amiet, Larry Fudim, Rosalie Marshall, Daniel Gershenzon, Michelle Strumila, Jacob Moharram, Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, Tessa Benn, Jared Malec