Orion College heads

College Head

Andrew Connor - Deputy College Head

Andrew Connor

Hello, I'm Andrew, the College Head for Orion! Besides this, I'm also a lecturer in Ancient History in the Faculty of Arts and teach a range of exciting units on ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. I grew up in Appalachian Ohio, in an area where horse-drawn buggies were a familiar sight (rather than the sunny beaches of a place like Melbourne). I then (like many) went away to university and very much benefited from the communities that I found and formed in the course of undergraduate life. Both as an undergraduate and during my graduate work, I studied and worked abroad (in Scotland, Greece, and Belgium) and so I understand the experience of moving to a new country, learning a new system, and all the fun and challenges that come with that. My current work looks (mostly) at documents written on papyrus in Greek from the Roman period in Egypt, focusing on how Egyptian religion funded itself and how it did (or didn't) get along with the Roman imperial government.

Since moving to Australia, I had the good taste and refinement to follow the Port Melbourne Football Club, and consequently enjoyed the 2017 season very much. I am also an avid collector of Australian slang and so I'm trying to visit as much of country Victoria as possible.

Deputy College Head

Allie Ford - Deputy College Head

Allie Ford

Hi, I'm Allie, one of your two Deputy College Heads. I have worked at Monash since 2002, in various roles from lecturer to Learning Skills Adviser and I currently work in the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences developing online educational resources and helping new academic staff develop their teaching skills. Originally, I wanted to be an archaeologist, but then somehow ended up studying astrophysics and chemistry, doing a PhD in astrophysics and teaching science at university. I still doesn't know what I want to be when I grow up!

I love helping people at work and beyond and so in my spare time I'm a first aider and first-aid trainer for St John Ambulance. Therefore, I can often be found volunteering at Her Majesty's Theatre. The best piece of advice I have ever received is: "Be present. Whenever possible keep your attention in the present rather than worrying about what can't be changed or hasn't happened yet. Take time to smell the roses". I'm looking forward to a good year and I can't wait to meet you all.

Deputy College Head

Maddie Wemyss - College Head

Maddie Wemyss

Hi everyone, I'm Maddie! If you're a returning member you may have seen my face around campus before - I've been a part of the Non-Residential Colleges at Clayton for over 6 years now, having been an Orion College member and then an adviser from 2013-2015, to then working as part of the staff team for the past three years. This year, I'll be starting my PhD studies in Microbiology at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, which excitingly gives me the chance to return to my roots with Orion College - this time as a Deputy College Head!

When I'm not working with cells and bacteria in the lab or writing frantically at my desk, you'll find me reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, watching movies, enjoying some video games, or playing butler for my cat Watson. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and being part of your college experience. Go Orion!