A sea of red to celebrate CSU


Monday 17 Jul 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will celebrate its past, present and future on its annual Foundation Day on Wednesday 19 July.

As part of the celebrations, a series of activities will be held across the University.

Staff, students and alumni are encouraged to wear red and join in the celebrations in person or online by using the #celebrateCSU hashtag.

The activities range from a Foundation Day concert with bands the Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I, to an art exhibition, a bake-off, morning teas, lunches, a ball, a trivia night, and even a chilli eating competition.

Foundation Day is celebrated annually on the Wednesday of the week following 19 July. It marks the establishment of the University on 19 July 1989 when the Charles Sturt University Act was signed. 

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said, "Foundation Day is about bringing the Charles Sturt University community together in celebration of our rich history.

"It is a time to be proud of who we are and of our ethos yindyamarra winhanganha, which is Wiradjuri for 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

"Though our teaching and research, Charles Sturt University is about developing and spreading wisdom to help our communities flourish and to make the world a better place.

"Foundation Day is also an opportunity to bring to life the University's four values - insightfulness, inclusiveness, impactful and inspiring."

During Foundation Day, activities will be held to raise money for a number of worthwhile causes including student scholarships through CSUgive, Make a Wish Foundation, and the McGrath Foundation.

A full list of Foundation Day events can be found here.


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Media contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann is available to comment to the media on Foundation Day from 12.30pm to 1pm at the CSU Convention Centre, building 230, Jingellic Place, near car park 69 at CSU in Wagga Wagga. To arrange an interview with Professor Vann, contact Fiona Halloran from CSU Media on (02) 6933 2207 or 0439 475 315.

Foundation Day celebrations include:

-        Albury-Wodonga:  Foundation Day bake-off and lunch, 11.30am to 12.30pm, 19 July at Gums Café; exhibition of photos and memorabilia from the early days of CSU in Albury-Wodonga in the Learning Commons building.

-        Bathurst: Mitchell Art Prize Exhibition, Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July at Food Bowl; Red morning tea, 10.30am, Wednesday 19 July at Food Bowl, Best dressed at 10.45am, Wednesday 19 July at Food Bowl; Wax for a Wish at 1pm on19 July at Food Bowl.

-        Dubbo:  Red morning tea, 10.30am to 11.30am, 19 July, Dubbo Café; Trivia night, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 19 July at the Multipurpose Hall.

-        Orange: Red morning tea, 10.30am to 11.30am, 19 July, Templers Mill Bar; Bar night
9pm, 19 July Templers Mill Bar.

-        Port Macquarie: Red morning tea, 11.30am, 19 July; Foundation Fiesta
12pm, 19 July at Student Central, chilli eating competition, 12.30pm, 19 July at Student Central.

-        Wagga Wagga: Foundation Day lunch, 12pm to 2pm, 19 July at The Crow Bar; Red back-to-school ball, 8pm, 19 July at The Crow Bar; Foundation Day carnival 4pm, 21 July at The Crow Bar.