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Ag student networking

Monday 25 Jul 2016

Agriculture employers will come together with more than 300 potential employees at a student-led careers fair at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 27 July.

The annual Approaching Ag Careers Fair provides an opportunity for students from CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences to meet with industry professionals and agricultural organisations.

"This year more than 35 agricultural businesses, research organisations and industry groups will be represented," said Ms Emily Saker a Bachelor of Animal Science student and one of the organising committee.

"The fair is not just an important networking opportunity for the students, it's also an opportunity for employers to engage early with quality graduates."

Students will also get to hear about life after study from CSU alumni Ms Ashley Norvel, manager of technology, adoption and industry capability at Australian Pork Limited, and Ms Vanessa Warren an agronomist at Delta Agribusiness at Coolamon.

The Approaching Ag Careers Fair is from 4pm on Wednesday 27 July at Joyes Hall at CSU in Wagga Wagga. More information is available on Facebook.

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

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The Biggest Estate on Earth – CSU public lecture

Friday 22 Jul 2016

Bill GammageThe next Charles Sturt University (CSU) Exploration Series free public lecture will examine the true nature of the Australian landscape in 1788.

The lecture by  Emeritus Professor Bill Gammage, AM, from the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra will discuss the subject of his book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia (2011), at CSU in Bathurst on Monday 1 August and at CSU in Dubbo on Tuesday 2 August.

"Much of the landscape of Australia at the time of British colonisation in 1788 was not natural but made," Professor Gammage (pictured) said.

"Using illustrations, this public lecture will sketch how Aboriginal people, including Wiradjuri, managed land at the time Europeans arrived. People allied with fire and no fire to distribute plants, and used plant distribution to locate animals, birds, reptiles and insects. Country was carefully arranged to give every species a preferred habitat according to Law, while resources were made abundant, convenient and predictable," he said.

Light refreshments and book sales/signings (book cost $35, cash only) will follow both public lectures.


The Biggest Estate on Earth public lecture will start at 6pm Monday 1 August in room 223, building 1292, Panorama Avenue, Charles Sturt University; follow the event parking signs to car park P7.

For more information contact Ms Tarah Syphers, Regional Relations Assistant on (02) 6338 4645 or tsyphers@csu.edu.au


The Biggest Estate on Earth public lecture will start at 6pm Tuesday 2 August in lecture theatre 422, building 902, Tony McGrane Place, Charles Sturt University in Dubbo.

For more information contact Ms Melissa Britnell, Regional Relations Assistant on (02) 6885 7370 or hocdubbo@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02 ) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Emeritus Professor Bill Gammage, AM, teaches and researches in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. He grew up in Wiradjuri country, and was an ANU undergraduate and postgraduate before teaching history at the Universities of Papua New Guinea (1966, 1972-6) and Adelaide (1977-96). He wrote  The Broken Years about Australian soldiers in the Great War (1974),  An Australian in the First World War (1976),  Narrandera Shire (1986),  The Sky Travellers on the 1938-39 Hagen-Sepik Patrol in New Guinea (1998), and  The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia (2011). He co-edited the  Australians 1938 volume of the Bicentennial History of Australia (1988), and three books about Australians in World War 1. Professor Gammage was historical adviser to Peter Weir's film  Gallipoli, and to several documentaries. He served the National Museum of Australia for three years as Council member, deputy chair and acting chair, and was made a Freeman of the Shire of Narrandera in 1987, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in 1991, and an AM in 2005.

Local justice experts provide legal experience

Friday 22 Jul 2016

Bathurst justice forum 2016 peopleThree Bathurst justice experts have laid their experiences before at least 200 law students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) to help them learn about punishment and the state in the Australian legal system.

On Wednesday 20 July, Bathurst magistrate Michael Allen (left), Bathurst defence lawyer Shane Cunningham (right) and the police crime commander for Chifley region Acting Sergeant Colin Crome (centre) faced probing questions as part of an interactive panel for CSU students who are aiming to become police officers, social workers, psychologists and lawyers.

Over two hours, the panellists addressed the questions of 80 students in Bathurst on the goals and strategies of punishment, particularly from the viewpoint of regional Australia.

Bathurst justice forum 2016 forumPanel coordinator Dr Kath McFarlane, who is a senior lecturer with the newly established Centre for Law and Justice at CSU, said the students in this subject were investigating, "How we punish, why we punish and the consequences for society if we get it wrong.

"The panellists provided unique perspectives on the practice and administration of various aspects of the criminal justice system, and exposed students to practical views and experiences they would not otherwise encounter," Dr McFarlane said.

In recognition of the 150 students enrolled in the subject across Australia via distance education, Dr McFarlane has also made the forum available as an audio file to students who were unable to attend in person.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 For copies of pictures with the panellists and for interviews with Dr McFarlane, contact CSU Media.

Macky makes the cut

Friday 15 Jul 2016

Working part-time in a local butchery as a teenager has given Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Mr Macky Lawrence, from Kempsey, a better appreciation than most of what makes a good cut of meat.

This knowledge came to the fore at the recent Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science student was selected in the national training squad and has the chance to be selected in the Australian team to tour the United States next year.

More than 130 students from ten Australian universities, along with teams from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia took part in the ICMJ competition held at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The annual event is held by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association to highlight the diverse range of careers in the meat industry.

"I met so many different people taking part in the competition," said Mr Lawrence. "Other university students who are studying similar degrees to me, alongside industry professionals who will provide great links and networks in the years to come."

Students are required to judge beef, lamb and pork carcasses and primal cuts, along with identifying a range of beef primals and beef, lamb and pork retail cuts.

Mr Lawrence was part of the 15 member CSU meat judging team made up of students from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, which trained for three months leading up to the competition.

"A big thank you to my coaches who got up at ridiculous hours in the morning for training sessions in the lecture rooms or at the abattoir," he said. "I highly recommend the competition for people in considering it in future years."

Mr Lawrence said it might sound like an unusual extra-curricular activity but meat judging is a great way to learn more about an industry he's passionate about.

"Living on a family owned beef cattle property in the Macleay Valley I wanted to know more about what happens to our product from paddock to plate," Mr Lawrence said.

"Taking part in this program has shown me the end result we should be aiming for to meet consumer demand."

"It's also shown me what we as producers can do to help processors deliver what consumers want, that is, a consistent premium product".

The national training for the Australian squad will be held in Brisbane on Saturday 20 August to Wednesday 24 August.

Media Contact: Emily Malone and Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Mr Macky Lawrence is studying through the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Photos also available from CSU News.

The CSU meat judging team is sponsored by Rennylea Angus, CRT Tarcutta Rural Supplies, Yavenvale Herefords, Irelands Angus and the University.

Wellness and Wellbeing Expo at CSU in Port Macquarie

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

In conjunction with Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Foundation Day, the 2016 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will be held in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 20 July.

The Expo is part of CSU's holistic approach to workplace health and safety. Similar events have been held across the University.

Staff and students will have the chance to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services available to them at the University and in the local community, as well as attend workshops on yoga or Zumba.

Foundation Day is also a University-wide event to celebrate its past, present and future. At Port Macquarie, there will be a Wear Red, Go Red, Eat Red Day from 10am to 2.30pm in the courtyard.

Further information about Foundation Day is available in CSU News here. More information about the 2016 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo is available here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 69332207

Media Note:

There is an opportunity for the media to attend the 2016 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo on Wednesday 20 July from 11am for a group Zumba class (room 2049) or 12noon for the chilli eating competition and ping pong championship at CSU in Port Macquarie.

Physiotherapy student games

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

Physiotherapy students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga and Orange will this month meet in the NSW Central West for an inaugural sports competition.

The first ever CSU Inter-Physio Games will take place in Orange from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July.

Money raised during the weekend will go towards Cerebral Palsy Alliance. 

Organised by the University's physiotherapy student associations from Albury-Wodonga and Orange, the weekend will see the students compete against each other on Saturday in netball, basketball, touch football, ultimate frisbee and soccer.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann is due to attend the event on Saturday as well as a social function for the students at the Hotel Canobolas from 7pm on Saturday 23 July. On behalf of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Mr Rob Martinez will talk about the impacts of physiotherapy within communities.

On Sunday, the students will take part in a Pilates introductory course run by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Mr David Ternes said, "In addition to further developing the skills of the students, the event is being organised to introduce a 'friendly' rivalry between the two campuses."

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four year program at CSU in Albury-Wodonga and Orange.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Mr David Ternes is available for interview about the CSU Inter-Physio Games. Contact CSU Media.

Photo: Third year physiotherapy students Ms Bronte Glasby (left) with Ms Hannah Hart from CSU in Orange.

Foot health and mobility focus for National Diabetes Week

Monday 11 Jul 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students are tackling some major issues for diabetics - foot health and mobility - head on at Albury-Wodonga.

As part of their podiatry and physiotherapy degrees with the School of Community Health, CSU in Albury-Wodonga students provide clinical and preventative advice to clients of all ages, including people suffering the debilitating effects of diabetes.

"National Diabetes Week highlights the needs of the many people who suffer with diabetes," said Mr Brent Smith, clinical educator with the University's Community Engagement and Wellbeing Centre, or CEW.

Diabetes causes substantial damage to feet through poor blood circulation and damaged nerves, as well as mobility problems with increased weight caused by reduced kidney function. At its extreme, complications can lead to limb amputation.

"At the CEW, the podiatry students are supervised by experienced professional staff to provide clinical care for diabetic clients, as well as comprehensive diabetes screening and preventative education services," Mr Smith said.

"In addition, physiotherapy students help people with diabetes and musculoskeletal issues to remain active and mobile, keep good health and reduce related health problems.

"Importantly, the CEW provides services that benefit the students as well as clients, who are helping train the next generation of health professionals who will be vital in treating this disease as the incidence of diabetes continues to rise in Australia and worldwide."

The CEW now also provides speech pathology clinics and services to the residents of Albury-Wodonga. To book an appointment, call the CEW on (02) 6051 9299.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews and pictures with clinical educator Mr Brent Smith and the CEW at work, a media event will be held at the CEW, Ellis Street, Thurgoona, on Tuesday 12 July starting at 11am.

See more on National Diabetes Week here.Fact: Did you know over 4,400 limb amputations are carried out in Australia each year due to complications caused by diabetes?

Frogs lure trainee biologist from PNG

Thursday 7 Jul 2016

Dillian Nason from PNGExpertise in frogs and managing frog diseases has brought Ms Dillian Nason from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga.

The biologist, who is an intern with PNG's Institute for Biological Research, is learning methods to help her identify new species of frogs from the New Guinean 'cloud' forests.

These methods will also allow her to diagnose the deadly chytrid fungus disease, which is the greatest threat to cold-climate frogs worldwide.

Dr Andrew Peters, from the CSU School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, said PNG is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and depends heavily on local agriculture and wildlife for food, culture and tourism.

"PNG is home to seven million people who are heavily dependent on agriculture and wildlife, but its capacities to investigate and manage animal health is among the lowest of any country," Dr Peters said.

"To address this shortage, the School has now trained nine PNG scientists in animal health, including Ms Nason, in addition to educating one of PNG's first female veterinary students."

Ms Nason is currently completing an Honours degree in Biology with PNG's University of Goroka.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

In Wagga Wagga, contact CSU Media for interviews and pictures with Ms Nason and Dr Peters on Friday 8, Monday 11or Tuesday 12 July.

For interviews and pictures with Ms Nason and Dr Peters in Albury-Wodonga, meet at 1pm on Wednesday 13 July at the School of Environmental Sciences (building 760), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

2016 BATS season at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 5 Jul 2016

Theatre symbolsThe Bathurst Arts and Theatrical Society (BATS) will present a winter season of performances at the Ponton Theatre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in mid July.

BATS consists of 41 mostly second- and third-year CSU students studying the Bachelor of Communication (Theatre Media) at the School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst.

Marketing and publicity coordinator for BATS Ms Jana Vass said, "The ten dollar a ticket three-in-one BATS Winter 2016 program consists of two short plays (Love and Information, and Mr Melancholy), and a short film (Filioque). This is value for money.

"BATS is open to students from various degrees and we encourage everyone from different disciplines to be creatively involved with positions in the individual production companies."

Love and Information is written by famous playwright Ms Caryl Churchill and is directed by Ms Sacha Slip. It is about finding love and connection in the age of information, and the influence these two things have on modern life. This is an 'open text', free of specific characters and stage directions, told in a series of vignettes that allow insight into the lives of strangers.

Mr Melancholy is directed by Mr Hudson Emery and explores solitude and sorrow through innocence and silliness. It is written by Mr Matt Cameron and is set at a broken lighthouse on a beach where three hermits, Enzo, Margot and Ollie, have their lives changed when Dolores, a run-away clown who desires to be taken seriously, washes up on shore. The production design and performances present a surreal parable of solitude and sorrow that explores the human condition through laughter, disputes and tears.

Filioque is a short film written by Mr Jack Bowden and directed by Mr Jordan Russell, both second-year theatre media students, which presents a humorous examination of religion. It is a black comedy about a priest and the devil arguing about religion and life after death.

The three-in-one program starts at 7pm on Thursday 14 July and runs for three nights finishing on Saturday 16 July at the Ponton Theatre (building 1434) at CSU in Bathurst.

Tickets are $10 each for all three productions, and can be pre-purchased through TryBooking, or can be purchased at the door.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

For any other media enquiries please contact either Ms Jana Vass on 0478 931 589 or Ms Lucy King on 0468 614 864.

Bathurst exhibition for CSU artist

Friday 1 Jul 2016

Ruth Stone artArt by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) staff member developed during her participation in a Hill End artist-in-residence program will be exhibited in Bathurst during the coming six weeks.

The work of Ms Ruth Stone, a School Outreach Officer in the Office for Students based at CSU in Orange, will feature in The Space Between exhibition at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) during July and August.

Ms Stone said, "The BRAG Hill End Artist-in-Residence program is a testament to the vibrancy of regional Australia which Charles Sturt University champions so steadfastly.

"During my Hill End residency in 2014, I investigated the layers of history and the marks of time in this ghostly village in an effort to understand the myth and phenomenology of the history of its settlement.

"This collection of artwork represents a shift in my practice from abstract landscape painting to figurative works where spectral apparitions float in a space between night and day, sound and silence, earth and sky."

The Space Between exhibition runs from Friday 1 July to Sunday 14 August at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Keppel Street, Bathurst. The official exhibition opening is at 6pm Friday 8 July.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The image shown is titled 'Angel cloud', by Ruth Stone, oil on panel, 1m x 1m; photo image by Clare Lewis.

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