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Cathy was born into college life and now memories are flooding back

Published:04 September 2019

Cathy Weis spent her early childhood on campus before graduating and joining the workforce. She also works for CQUni in a casual academic role.

Memories came flooding back when Cathy Weis heard about the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations for the Capricornia College, that will run from 20-22 September at CQUniversity Rockhampton North.

Cathy's father, Andrew Drummond, was once a campus finance officer at one of CQUni's predecessor entities, the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education (CIAE). He also served as a live-in house supervisor at the Capricornia College.

"I lived at the residential College as a baby and toddler when mum and dad were on campus," Cathy says.

"I later returned to live at the Capricornia College for two years, 1989 and 1990, while studying for my undergraduate Arts degree, as my family had moved to Townsville.

"Living on campus at the Cap College made study and social life easy and fun and I have certainly formed life-long relationships.

"People I met at College now live all over the world and I'm still in touch with them, including one of my dearest friends ... we were bridesmaids at each other's weddings.

"I was excited to see Paul Cochrane will MC the anniversary event. We worked together as reporters for Channel 7 many years ago and both continue to work in the communications/marketing field."

Cathy studied towards her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism and Communications, at a time when the University College of Central Queensland (UCCQ) was transitioning to become the University of Central Queensland (UCQ). It subsequently become Central Queensland University, and then CQUniversity Australia.

She subsequently enrolled via distance education to achieve her Graduate Diploma in Management with CQUni.

"Having completed both my undergrad and postgrad studies through CQU, I now teach Professional Communication units at the CQUni Townsville campus, alongside my core job as Proposals and Communications Manager with CUBIC in Townsville," Cathy says.

"Now I'm a casual academic, I can say I've truly had a life-long relationship with CQUni through its various names."

The Capricornia College 50th anniversary long weekend includes an informal Friday evening (20 September) function, a College open day on the Saturday (21 September), a Saturday evening dinner, and a recovery breakfast on the Sunday (22 September). Details are via studentresidences@cqu.edu.au .