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Rugby talk in Orange

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014

Ms Miriam DayhewHead of Campus at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew will take her love of rugby to Orange on Friday 19 September. She will attend the inaugural Orange Rugby Business Network (RBN) event from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Union Bank Wine Bar in 84 Byng Street. Ms Dayhew will address the event along with Randwick Rugby Club patron Mr Jeff Sayle, OAM and the CSU NSW Country Eagles President Mr David Carter. Ms Dayhew will also attend the top of competition table clash between the CSU NSW Country Eagles and Melbourne Rising in the National Rugby Championship (NRC) from 3pm at Wade Park in Orange. In August, CSU announced a two year partnership with the Country Eagles in the new NRC.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

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CSU students sleep out for street swags

Monday 15 Sep 2014

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga will put comfort aside in sleep outs during September to raise money for the not-for-profit organisation, Street Swags. Supported by CSU's Office for Students, the students are supporting Swagtember and the purchase of street swags for people unable to find accommodation. Students are being encouraged to register with Swagtember and get sponsored to spend a night away from home. A range of activities have been organised to keep students entertained throughout the night including music, karaoke, movies, a pillow fight tournament and a barbecue breakfast. The sleep outs will be held from 7.30 pm to 7.30 am starting:

- Thursday 18 September, HeBrews Cafe, Munster Street, CSU in Port Macquarie. An outdoor cinema will show three movies during the sleep out.

- Thursday 18 September, The Hub, building 20, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

- Tuesday 23 September, Learning Teaching Hub, building 754 at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. A free soup dinner will be provided by the Uniting Church group from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm followed by a guest speaker from Youth Emergency Services to talk about local youth homeless. A Zumba class will be held on Wednesday 24 September from 6.30 am followed by a barbecue breakfast.

-  Wednesday 24 September, Templers Mill Bar at CSU in Orange.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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Further information on the Swagtember sleep outs is available from CSU Student Liaison Officers Ms Kerry Read at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Mr Matthew Hilder at CSU in Orange, Ms Clara Koch at CSU in Port Macquarie and Mr Roger Ansell at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media.

Check It Out at CSU in Orange

Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

CSU in Wagga WaggaCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will host a special graduation on Thursday 28 August when approximately 120 primary school students don mortar boards as part of a Check It Out Day.Program coordinator Mr Ben Morris said, "Year 6 students from schools in Wellington, Trangie, Parkes, Dubbo and Peak Hill will spend the day participating in fun and interactive faculty-based workshops and activities to give them first-hand experience of university life. Students will have a tour of the campus and its facilities, explore the library, have lunch in the student dining room, and end the day with a mock graduation including a special presentation by a Future Moves leader or CSU academic." Check It Out Days are part of CSU's Future Moves program, a federally funded initiative run through Charles Sturt University and aligned with the Australian Blueprint for Career Development. They aim to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW and Victoria by introducing young people to the world of university study. These students are encouraged through a positive experience to become more engaged in school studies and more confident in considering tertiary study as a realistic option.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange photo opportunities of students participating in experiments, classes and the graduation ceremony.

CSU Global showcases overseas study options

Monday 11 Aug 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students can learn about travel scholarships and overseas study opportunities at the second biannual CSU Global Showcase in Orange on Thursday 14 August. Manager of CSU Global, Dr Shevahn Telfser said, "The CSU Global Showcase celebrates the many varied experiences that students have when studying at the University. It will be held on several campuses, including online, over the coming weeks, and is a wonderful event that lets many students showcase the opportunities they have had to study overseas and the benefits they gained. It will be a great opportunity to meet returned exchange students, past short-term program participants, incoming exchange students from partner universities, and CSU Global staff to share stories and details about the various programs on offer." CSU Global administers scholarships worth $3 000 to $5 000 to study in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Korea. The CSU Global Showcase will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 14 August in room 120, building 1004, at CSU in Orange.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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HSC agriculture workshops at CSU in Orange

Monday 9 Jun 2014

Year 12 students from central west high schools will visit Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Wednesday 11 June for workshops about HSC agriculture subjects, as part of the university's MyDay program. MyDay is designed to give high school students who have expressed interest in a particular area of study a taste of 'living and learning' on campus at CSU. The agriculture HSC workshops will include a tour of the campus and sessions on farming in the 21st century, agrifood, fibre and fuel, and climate challenge. Other topics will include plant reproduction and genetics, farm product studies, and exam preparation. MyDay events are  planned for CSU in Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga throughout June and July on a range of career areas, including teaching and education, agriculture, nursing, biomedical sciences, communication, and policing and justice studies. Visit here for further details.

Media Contact: Mr Mark O'Brien , (02) 6365 7813

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More than $40 000 in scholarships at CSU in Orange

Monday 26 May 2014

More than $42 000 in scholarships will be awarded to students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange at a ceremony from 9.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday 28 May. Honours student in the Bachelor of Pharmacy Ms Samantha Boog, who attended local schools before continuing her studies at CSU, will receive the Capital Chemist and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (NSW) Scholarship. Ms Boog said she believed she has an excellent foundation for a career in health as her mother was a midwife and both her grandmothers were nurses. "These scholarships will help me contribute 100 per cent towards my research, which will benefit the pharmaceutical field," she said. Bachelor of Pharmacy student Ms Jessica Morgan-Thomas will also receive the Capital Chemist Scholarship. "My goal is to become a community pharmacist in a regional area and to provide a high standard of professional health services to the local community," she said. The Capital Chemist Scholarships have been offered to students in each year of the pharmacy degree since the course began in 1997. Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Ms Chelsea Noon will receive the EnergyAustralia Scholarship. She said she aims to provide physiotherapy with a focus on musculoskeletal physiotherapy or pediatrics in regional and rural areas, and to open her own business. Energy Australia has been a supporter of the Charles Sturt Foundation Scholarship scheme for the last four years. Head of Campus Dr Heather Robinson said, "Scholarships provide valuable support to our students, allowing them to focus on their studies and work towards their professional and career goals. CSU appreciates the significant contributions of our scholarship donors and the part they play in our students' success."  The scholarships ceremony will be held in the Templers Mill Bar area at CSU in Orange in conjunction with the Deans' Awards for Excellence. Read more about CSU scholarships here.

Media Contact: Mr Mark O'Brien , (02) 6365 7813

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The scholarships are administered by the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust, which seeks to promote excellence in the education, research and service activities of the University; Its activities include a capital development program, internships, guest lectureships, cooperative research projects and a scholarship scheme.

What makes your community tick?

Tuesday 20 May 2014

The people of Hillston can help develop a better way of accounting for the social impacts of new projects or natural disasters through research being undertaken at Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Institute for Land, Water and Society.  PhD candidate Ms Jenni Greig is seeking participants to complete a survey that aims to gather simple information to assess whether we can anticipate how major changes affect a community. "I hope this study can help develop future government policies, particularly those that affect rural and regional Australians," Ms Greig said. "We can anticipate how major changes will affect the local environment or local economy, but decisions are often made with little information on what is really important to people, and how their lives might be affected. Not everyone will be affected in the same way by a major change, so it is important to get a whole picture of various opinions in a community." Ms Grieg and three CSU researchers will be in Hillston from Thursday 12 June, going door-to-door to distribute the survey to residents. "Through this survey, you can make a difference to the way changes in regional communities around Australia are viewed by decision makers," Ms Grieg said.

Media Contact: Mr Wes Ward , (02) 6051 9906

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For interviews, contact PhD student Ms Jenni Grieg on (02) 6338 4496, send an email or contact CSU Media.

Student driving warning

Monday 19 May 2014

The damaged motorbike at CSU in Wagga Wagga. The risks of driving while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. or while tired, are being brought home to students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) during a drug awareness campaign until Friday 6June. Organised by the University's Health Promotions Service, the campaign involves parking damaged motorbikes and cars at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga. Health Promotions Officer at CSU Ms Coleen Pearce said, "These vehicles, which are on loan from local businesses, have been sign posted and cordoned off. They aim to show students what can happen if they drink and drive or take drugs and get behind the wheel. The awareness campaign supports the Plan B road safety campaign."

Media Contact: (02) 6933 2207, Ms Fiona Halloran

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Health Promotions Officer Ms Coleen Pearce is based in the Student Services at CSU in Wagga Wagga; Health Promotions Officer Ms Kirsten Bourke is in Student Services at CSU in Bathurst; They are available for interview; Contact CSU Media; The vehicles are located CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga; The Health Promotion Service is based in CSU’s Student Services and encourages a preventative approach to student health care; Read more here:

Tree planting at CSU

Monday 12 May 2014

Orange community members have been invited to join staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange for a tree planting day on Friday 16 May. The planting will fill gaps in a large windbreak designed to improve habitat for declining woodland birds and other wildlife, and to improve farm sustainability. Adjunct environmental management lecturer from the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU in Orange Dr Cilla Kinross said, "We have 200 odd trees for this purpose, all grown by the 'Little Trees' volunteer propagation group on campus." Interested volunteers are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothes, boots or good shoes, hat and gardening gloves. Volunteers should contact Dr Kinross on (02) 6365 7651 or email to register. Participants will receive a free hot lunch following the tree planting.

Media Contact: Mr Mark O'Brien , (02) 6365 7813

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Careers and uni FACTS Day for Year 12 students

Monday 5 May 2014

Year 12 high schools students from across the NSW central west will attend the annual FACTS Day (Facts About Careers and Tertiary Study) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 8 May. FACTS Day is organised by the Central West Careers Advisers Association to assist students explore their future career and employment opportunities. CSU Prospective Student Adviser, Ms Melinda Negus, said, "FACTS Day provides regional final year high school students the opportunity to speak with a range of education providers, and hear a motivational speaker. It is also an opportunity for students to experience and tour a Charles Sturt University campus. As with previous years, we expect about 1 000 Year 12 students from schools in Bathurst, Lithgow, Kandos, Oberon, Blayney, Cowra, Canowindra, Orange, Molong and Wellington will seek information from about 120 representatives of more than 60 career and employer organisations, including universities, private providers, TAFE, Centrelink, police, and other government agencies."

Media Contact: Mr Bruce Andrews , (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Prospective Adviser Ms Melinda Negus. For additional comment about FACTS Day, contact Mr Denis Behan, Careers Adviser, Denison College - Kelso campus, on mobile 0401 193 333; The FACTS Day is organised by the Central West Careers Advisers Association in conjunction with the National Association of Prospective Student Association (NAPSA), a national university network that is responsible for arranging and coordinating careers events throughout Australia. Parents are also invited to attend the FACTS Day from 10am to 2.15pm at the CD Blake Auditorium at CSU in Bathurst. The morning session is from 10am to11.45am, followed by lunch, and the afternoon session is from 12.30pm on 2.15pm on Thursday 8 May. Students for each session are divided into two groups with the first group going into the careers expo and the second to the motivational presentation by keynote speaker Mr Bruce Buchanan, from the Orange Business Enterprise Centre, who will highlight issues facing school leavers whether they are beginning tertiary studies or seeking employment.

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