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New study into shared-care parenting

Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is seeking the personal stories of Riverina parents involved in sharing the care of their children, post-separation.

Ms Ruth Bailey, a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga, is undertaking the study as part of a PhD into shared parenting after separation.

"I want to hear the stories of parents from the Riverina area who are or have been in any kind of shared-care parenting arrangement, since 2007," Ms Bailey said.

Changes introduced in Australia in 2006 aimed to encourage parents who are separating, or have already separated, to share the care of their children in ways that involve more equal time and activity with both parents.

Ms Bailey said, "It was hoped that this approach would be fairer and, generally speaking, be better for children.

"The existing research about this change doesn't tell us in very much detail about the personal, first-hand, every day, emotional and practical realities of this in people's actual lives.

"Parents involved in my study will need to do a one-on-one interview with me. It will focus on their particular story and experience of family separation and shared parenting. The interview will be recorded.

"Confidentiality is paramount so all names, places or any other identifying material will be changed.

"I hope my PhD will draw out any lessons about shared-care parenting after separation that might be useful for researchers, policy makers, post-separation services, practitioners and parents."

Anyone interested in participating in the study should email Ms Bailey directly on ibailey@csu.edu.au.

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

Media Note:

Ms Ruth Bailey is a lecturer in social work and human services in the University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is available for interviews. Contact CSU Media.

Her PhD has ethics approval of the CSU Human Research Ethics Committee.

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Dr Kath McFarlaneA senior researcher from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst has called on NSW policy makers to reassess whether prison sentences are the best way to handle low-level crime after yesterday's riot at Bathurst Jail.

"The riot brings to mind some of the problems that 40 years ago, led to the Nagle Royal Commission into the infamous Bathurst Jail riots of 1974," said Dr McFarlane from the University's Centre for Law and Justice.

"Allegations of prison overcrowding are hardly surprising, given NSW has never had so many people in jail.

"We know that jail often makes people worse and doesn't add to community safety. The vast bulk of people don't need to be in jail.

"Addressing prison sentencing and reducing overcrowding would also help relieve pressure to extend the Bathurst jail over the next five years, which will only add to the huge financial burden for NSW taxpayers."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 Contact CSU to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane at CSU in Bathurst.

CSU celebrates second graduation in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Dec 2016

The second cohort of Charles Sturt University (CSU) students from Port Macquarie will celebrate their graduation during ceremonies at The Glasshouse on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December.

Highlights of the ceremonies include:

3pm Monday 19 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Ms Anna Wilson and Ms Danae Weaver will both be awarded Bachelors of Social Work and will receive the Lila Kirilik Social Action Memorial Prize, awarded to students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for demonstrated merit in a professional field and achieving a social action outcome that benefits disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Mr Richard Rogers will be awarded a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) and in 2017 will begin be studying the Associate Degree in Policing Practice at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn as a stepping stone to joining the NSW Police Force.

The occasional address will be delivered by Ms Kate Wood-Foye, Mid North Coast local, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Rydges Group and regular columnist for Focus Magazine. Ms Wood-Foye is also the Co-Founder and Chair and Events Manager of the national youth leadership event 'Luminosity Youth Summit' which is held in Port Macquarie and provides young people the opportunity to be inspired and excel in their chosen careers through 'dangerous ideas' for success.

9:30am Tuesday 20 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Lecturer at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Jennifer Cox will be awarded her PhD, Australian Nursing Students' Infection Control Knowledge and Perceptions: Exploring the Role of Microbiology Education and Clinical Placement Experiences. Infections acquired while in hospital are a major cause of patient death across the globe and Dr Cox's research has provided new insight into the role of microbiology education and the influence of clinical placement experience on nursing students' infection control practice. Read more about her research here.

Ms Hannah Stack will be awarded a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic). Earlier this year Ms Stack was awarded the John Overton Award from peak professional body, the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP). Read more on CSU News here.

Ms Erika Williamson and Mr Nathan Ross will also be awarded Bachelors of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and in 2017 will both be travelling to London to take up positions with the London Ambulance Service.

Mrs Amanda Hammond will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging). She has recently accepted a permanent position as a radiographer at Port Macquarie X-Ray.The occasional address will be delivered by Mr Stewart Dowrick, Chief Executive Officer of Mid North Coast Local Health District and Board Committee Member of Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 0429 217 026

Media Note:

CSU Senior Public Relations Officer Polly McDougall will attend the graduation ceremonies. For media interviews please come to the VIP registration desk at The Glasshouse 32/40 Clarence Street Port Macquarie. For further information, contact Polly on 0429 217 026.

Nearly 1 000 graduates for CSU Bathurst graduation ceremonies

Thursday 15 Dec 2016

Flags CSU Bathurst gatewayCharles Sturt University (CSU) will welcome approximately 957 graduates, their families and friends to the four 2016 graduation ceremonies in Bathurst on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December.

Awards will be presented to graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science at four ceremonies at the CD Blake Auditorium at CSU, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst NSW.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "More than 4 500 people will converge on Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to celebrate this year's graduation ceremonies.

"We congratulate our graduating professionals with their friends and families on the successful completion of their studies with us. We pride ourselves on producing job-ready professionals who enter the workforce very insightful, making a positive impact, creating an inclusive society, and inspiring others.

"More than 1 000 graduates including about 20 PhDs, will receive their testamurs from the University in Bathurst this year. We invite you to come and share this important milestone with us."

An honorary doctorate will be bestowed on long-time Bathurst resident and Aboriginal educator Mr Laurence Crawford, who will also deliver the Occasional Address at the ceremony from 3pm Friday 16 December. Mr Crawford's Doctor of Education (honoris causa) is for his contributions to Indigenous education, the local community and CSU relationships across the University footprint as a devoted and valued friend to Charles Sturt University.

Other graduation highlights include:

Wiradjuri woman Ms Annette Gainsford, lecturer in law and justice studies at CSU in Bathurst, will graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) Class One at the first ceremony at 9.30am Thursday 15 December. Her thesis, Understanding Andragogy Methods Supporting the MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class to Develop Indigenous Businesses in Australia, looked at the teaching method for Indigenous business education. It focused on working with Indigenous entrepreneurs from many areas of Australia and how they developed business acumen through the MURRA Indigenous business education program taught through the Melbourne Business School. Another interesting aspect of Ms Gainsford's graduation is that her daughter will graduate from CSU at the same time; they are the first mother and daughter in her family to graduate from university.

Bathurst resident Mr Claudio Dionigi will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Class One at the ceremony at 3pm Friday 16 December. Mr Dionigi will also receive the University Medal, and deliver the student Vote of Thanks. His honours thesis title is March Australia as a Counter-Movement to Neoliberalism: Polanyi, Protest and Democracy Downunder. The thesis used the work of Karl Polanyi, a Hungarian economic historian, to interpret the various protest movements that were occurring around the world, and the March Australia protests in particular that occurred during Mr Tony Abbott's time as Prime Minister.

9.30am Thursday 15 December - approximately 245 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science and 712 guests

School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Management and Marketing, School of Policing Studies, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, School of Psychology, Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, Centre for Law and Justice, School of Community Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health.

Ms Annette Gainsford will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Katherine Reynolds will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Thursday 15 December - approximately 220 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science and 712 guests:

Centre for Law and Justice, School of Community Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

CSU Professor of Rural Health Linda Shields will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Caroline Robertson will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

9.30am Friday 16 December - approximately 237 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, and Faculty of Science and 737 guests:

School of Communication and Creative Industries, and the School of Biomedical Sciences

Senior Reporter with the Nine Network Ms Kate Fotheringham, chief of staff at WIN TV News Central West NSW, will deliver the Occasional Address. University Medal winner Mr Martin Stevens will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Friday 16 December - approximately 255 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education and 791 guests:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Teacher Education, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, School of Information Studies, Division of Student Learning - Academic Success Unit

Honorary doctorate recipient Mr Laurence Crawford will deliver the Occasional Address. Mr Claudio Dionigi will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews or for further information.

Graduation season at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Monday 12 Dec 2016

The Chair of Indigenous Affairs at Charles Sturt University (CSU) Mr Stan Grant will deliver the Occasional Address during one of five graduation ceremonies to be held in Wagga Wagga this week.

More than 900 graduates will receive their postgraduate and undergraduate degrees during the ceremonies in Joyes Hall at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 3pm Wednesday 14 December to Friday 16 December.

Highlights of the ceremonies at CSU in Wagga Wagga include:

3pm, Wednesday 14 December

- 216 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education will attend the ceremony.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Ms Miriam Dayhew.

- Dr Tessa Daffern will be awarded her PhD, An examination of spelling acquisition in the middle and upper primary school years. Her research has shown how a child's proficiency in spelling, grammar and punctuation can predict their success with writing. She also developed a tool to help educators measure spelling performance. Read more in CSU News here.

- Dr Brooke Scriven will be awarded her PhD, The Social Accomplishment of a Young Child's Digital Literacies in the Home. This research considers how a 3 year old child accomplishes digital literacy practices in interaction with her family at home. It contributes understanding of the child's interactional ability to manage activities and accomplish digital literacies, which may inform future policy and education practices.

9.30am, Thursday 15 December

- 185 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences will attend the ceremony.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by CSU Chair of Indigenous Affairs, Wiradjuri man and journalist, Mr Stan Grant. It follows the publication last month of his essay, 'The Australian Dream, Blood, History and Becoming' in the Quarterly Essay journal.

- 20 graduates will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage, only the second group of graduates to receive the postgraduate degree. Among the graduates is two local schools teachers: Ms Stacey Cox from Wagga High and Mater Dei Catholic College's Ms Pauline Streckfess  

- Dr Julie Montgarrett, a lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Industries, will be awarded her PhD, Temporary Alignments: Between Fraught Fictions and Fragile Facts. Through her PhD creative practice, Dr Montgarrett explores the 'blind-spots' in the history of genocide in Van Diemen's Land from 1803 to 1828.  

- Dr Lester Alan Watson, from Canberra, will be awarded his PhD, Researching with Young People who Provide Primary Care for a Family Member with Mental or Physical Health Problems: A Critical Psychology Approach. This research collaborated with a group of young people from rural and remote areas to examine their experiences as a family carer. Dr Watson is an adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Psychology.

3pm, Thursday 15 December

- 189 graduates are from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Science will attend the ceremony.

- The University Council will posthumously confer the title of Doctor of Business (honoris causa) on Mr Geoff Honey. It will be accepted by his widow Mrs Cheryl Honey. Mr Honey was Executive Director of the Division of Student Administration at CSU when he died suddenly in May this year.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by the Federal Member for Riverina, The Hon. Mr Michael McCormack MP.

- 15 Cambodian graduates from the Economics and Finance Institute in Phnom Penh will be awarded their Master of Commerce. They'll be accompanied to Wagga Wagga by 37 family members including young children. CSU will host a dinner for the graduates on Thursday evening.

- Bachelor of Agricultural Science graduate Ms Jessica Kirkpatrick will be awarded the Agricultural Science Medal. From the south western Victorian town of Beaufort, Ms Kirkpatrick is in grain trade. Ms Kirkpatrick was awarded Horizon Scholarship in 2014, read more on CSU News here.

- Dr Felicity Harris will be awarded her PhD, The Relationship Between Vigour and Earliness in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Dr Harris' research has expanded the understanding of the effects of development genes in wheat on the plant's vigour or accumulation of biomass, providing valuable information for wheat breeders.

- Dr Paris Grant-Preece will be awarded her PhD, Reactions of iron and organic acids relevant to the light-induced spoilage of white wine studied in model solutions. Dr Grant-Preece's research focused on the iron (III) organic acid complexes in white wine as photoactive agents that can accelerate spoilage. The research has identified how the shelf-life of white wine can be better controlled.

- Dr Helen Waite will be awarded her PhD, Proteomic and growth responses of grapevine shoots to heat stress and nursery practices in the propagation context. Her research focused on fungal trunk diseases in grape vines and has led to the development of propagation protocols for the vine nursery industry and an app to assess the quality of planting material. Dr Waite hopes this will help the industry to remain sustainable by producing high quality vines that are healthy and productive for many years with fewer inputs. Read more in CSU News here.

9.30am, Friday 16 December

- 140 graduates from the Faculty of Science will attend the ceremony.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess.

- Wiradjuri woman and Director of CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) program Dr Faye McMillan will be awarded a Doctor of Health Science, Shared meaning of leadership through accounts of the experiences of Indigenous/First Nations women leaders. Her thesis demonstrates the importance of understanding issues faced by Indigenous women when undertaking leadership roles. Dr McMillan's mother and CSU academic Ms Robyn McMillan will present the Doctorate to her daughter.

- Dr Jamin Forbes will be awarded his PhD, Population dynamics and implications for management of a Murray cod and golden perch recreational fishery in south-eastern Australia.  His study into the growth of Murray cod and golden perch and the effectiveness of stocking of these fish species in rivers and dams has helped to inform management of the fisheries in the southern Murray Darling Basin. Read more in CSU News here.

- Dr Muhammad Shoaib Tufail from Pakistan will be awarded his PhD, Development of Berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.), village-based forage seed enterprises for the profitability and sustainability of smallholder farmers of Pakistan in mixed farming systems. Dr Tufail this year appeared in ABC's International Student Stories series.

3pm, Friday 16 December

- 187 graduates from the Faculty of Science will attend the ceremony.

- The University Medal will be presented to Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate Mrs Jean Bragg from the Cootamundra. Mrs Bragg was a veterinarian in 2013 when she sought a career change and started studying pharmacy degree at CSU.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess.

- Dr Syed Haris Omar's PhD, Pharmacology of Olive Biophenols in Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Treatment suggests chemical compounds found in the leaves fruit and oil of olives have great potential for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Read more in CSU News here.

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

Media Note:

CSU Media Officers Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone will be at the graduation ceremonies in Joyes Hall, Pine Gully Road CSU in Wagga Wagga from 3pm Wednesday 17 December to 3pm Friday 16 December.

For further information, contact CSU Media on 0439 475 315.

Students celebrated at CSU Albury-Wodonga graduations

Monday 12 Dec 2016

Mortar boards and academic gowns will be a feature of Albury's streets this week as Charles Sturt University (CSU) celebrates the graduation of more than 400 students.

Graduation at CSU More than 1 300 family and friends will join the graduates in the Albury Entertainment Centre for three ceremonies on Tuesday 13 December and Wednesday 14 December.

Highlights include:

12:30pm, Tuesday 13 December

Approximately 140 graduates and more than 425 guests are due to attend this ceremony.

Graduates are from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies.

The Occasional Address will be delivered by Head of CSU's School of Management and Marketing Associate Professor Mark Frost.

5pm, Tuesday 13 December

Approximately 150 graduates and more than 487 guests are due to attend this ceremony.

Graduates are from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Science. 

 - The University Council will confer the title of Emeritus Professor on Bob Perry, an internationally recognised and passionate educator in the field of early childhood numeracy, educational transitions and Indigenous education. Professor Perry is being recognised for his distinguished services across the areas of teaching, research and administration at CSU. Professor Perry will also deliver the Occasional Address.  Four of Professor Perry's doctoral students will also graduate in the same ceremony.

 - Dr Lysa Dealtry will be awarded her PhD titled, Narratives of starting school: Learning from Aboriginal children, their mothers and their educators. Her research involved interviews with Aboriginal children, their mothers and their educators in the Gudaga Goes to School project. The study explored the ways in which children's and mothers' sense of self - ways of being, knowing and doing - contributes to a positive start to school.

The ceremony will see PhDs awarded to six graduates from the Institute of Land Water and Society (ILWS) including:

 - CSU Media and Communications Officer Dr Wes Ward has combined his passion for communication and science in his PhD, Exploring in-person and technologically-mediated communication within international agricultural research teams.In his research Dr Ward interviewed 30 researchers in Australia and Lao PRD to examine the barriers and opportunities for communicating agricultural research conducted in partnership with developing countries, especially using computer communications.

 - To make sure her family in Mexico can see her receive a PhD, Dr Luisa Perez-Mujica is planning to live-stream the ceremony. Dr Perez-Mujica's PhD, Development of a sustainability assessment tool in context of social-ecological systems using system simulation and participatory modelling: The case of the Winton Wetlands, Victoria, Australia, studied people's opinions of the rehabilitation of the wetlands in order to develop a new socio-ecological approach to assess sustainability. Read more on CSU News here.

 - Originally from Zimbabwe, Dr Chaka Chirozva and his family are currently based in South Australia. Dr Chirozva's PhD, Community Engagement in the Governance of Transfrontier Conservation Areas: An Analysis of the Implementation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Zimbabwe, has made an important contribution to the understanding of community engagement in transfrontier conservation areas.

 - Bachelor of Science (honours) graduate Ms Bettina Grieve spent two months in Laos PRD for her research examining the effectiveness of microchips to track fish migration in the Mekong River. This international research experience has seen Ms Grieve awarded a place in Sydney Water's graduate program.

9.30am, Wednesday 14 December

125 graduates and more than 400 guests are due to attend this ceremony.

The Occasional Address will be delivered by CSU Dean of Students, Professor Julia Coyle.

Graduates are from the Faculty of Science.

- Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) graduate Ms Ashley Barclay will be awarded the University Medal, the highest honour conferred on an undergraduate student. Ms Barclay took part in an international work placement in Vietnam earlier this year as part of a CSU Global program

 - Olympic Gold Medallist and member of the Australian Women's Rugby 7's team Ms Alicia Quirk will be awarded a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. With the support and flexible study options provided through CSU's elite athlete program, Ms Quirk has completed her studies in between the training, travel and competition demands of being a professional athlete.

 - Lecturer in podiatry from CSU's School of Community Health Dr Kristy Robson will be awarded her PhD Exploration of Fall Risk in Regional Australia. Dr Robson's research into the factors that influence the risk of an older person falling has led to development of a model of careinvolving a range of stakeholders to support older people to maintain safe independence as they age. 

 - Three Bachelor of Podiatry graduates, Mr Tim Pargeter, Ms Rylee Belsher, and Ms Sophie Robertson have shared the educational journey from Kindergarten to Graduation, attending the same schools and then studying the same degree.

Media Contact: Ms Fiona Halloran and Ms Emily Malone, 0439 475 315

Media Note:

The three CSU graduation ceremonies will be held on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December in the Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift Street in Albury.

Contact Ms Fiona Halloran on 0439 475 315 from CSU Media for further information.

More than 600 to attend CSU 2016 graduation in Orange

Monday 12 Dec 2016

CSU gateway Orange angledNearly 500 family members and friends will attend the graduation of approximately 137 students at Charles Sturt University in Orange on Wednesday 14 December.

The presentation of awards will be to graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science at the 3pm ceremony held at the Derek Pigot Auditorium at Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, said, "Graduation is one of the highlights of the academic year. I am pleased to help celebrate the achievements of graduands at Orange and wish them success as they join the professions for which they have trained."

A graduate of particular distinction is Orange resident Ms Helen Margaret Barnett who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (major in nutrition), and a University Medal. Ms Barnett is a professional opera singer who worked with Opera Australia on and off for 15 years, but with a young family in Orange found it wasn't feasible in the long-term. With health and nutrition as her other real interest and passion, she decided to go back to university to become a dietitian. Ms Barnett received the annual Deans Award each year of her CSU studies, and also received the biochemistry prize for 2015. She will deliver the student 'Vote of Thanks' address at the ceremony.

Another CSU in Orange graduate of distinction is Ms Valentina Jones who will graduate with 1st class Honours in physiotherapy.

CSU Council member Mr Jamie Newman will be the Presiding Officer at the ceremony, and the Occasional Address will be delivered by Professor Lesley White, Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Arts and Education.

The ceremony will take place at the Derek Pigot Auditorium, Kinross Wolaroi School, Bathurst Road, Orange NSW.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU School of Theology celebrates 2016 graduation

Sunday 11 Dec 2016

Former High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC will address Charles Sturt University (CSU) theology graduates during a ceremony in Sydney on Monday 12 December.

Sir Gerard Brennan, who was the 10th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1995 to 1998 and a leading member of the Australian bar, will deliver the Occasional Address to almost 40 graduates from the University's School of Theology.

The ceremony will be held from 9.30am on Monday 12 December in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta.

The Charles Sturt University Medal will be presented to Bachelor of Theology graduate Ms Claire Wright. The medal is the highest honour that the CSU governing body, the University Council, can present to undergraduates.

Ms Wright, who studied at the United Theological College, has been recently ordained as a Uniting Church Minister. She'll take up her appointment at the Uniting Church in Bathurst in early 2017.

Head of the School of Theology Associate Professor David Neville said, "The School of Theology celebrates the achievements of all graduates, and we are delighted that among their number is a University medallist, the School's seventh University medallist in eight years."

During the same ceremony, the University Council will confer the title of Doctor of Health Studies (honoris causa) on Mr Ahmed Al Hajeri for his international contribution to paramedicine and emergency service management.

Mr Al Hajeri, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has worked as a nurse and paramedic and is currently the Deputy CEO of the National Ambulance Company in the UAE.

CSU was Australia's first university to offer a paramedicine degree, the Bachelor of Clinic Practice (Paramedic) which is offered by the University in Bathurst, Port Macquarie and online.  

The graduation ceremony is one of a number of ceremonies being celebrated across CSU in December.

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

Media Note:

For further information, contact CSU Media.

The School of Theology offers a range of postgraduate programs in ageing and pastoral studies, religious and values education, pastoral counselling and theology. In addition to CSU Online, the programs are taught at a number of locations including St Barnabas College in Adelaide, St Francis Theological College in Brisbane, St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and United Theological College in Parramatta.

New Head of Campus for CSU in Albury-Wodonga

Thursday 8 Dec 2016

A new Head of Campus has been appointed at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

Dr Jennifer Munday (pictured) is the new Head of Campus at CSU in Albury-Wodonga until the end of November 2017.

Director of the CSU Office of Government and Community Relations, Mr Peter Fraser said: "I congratulate Dr Munday on her appointment and look forward to working with her on advancing Charles Sturt University's community engagement program in the Albury-Wodonga region."

Dr Munday is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Associate Head of the School of Education .

"Having been employed at Charles Sturt University for more than 20 years, Dr Munday brings significant experience and commitment to the role of developing and fostering its connections with the community of Albury-Wodonga," Mr Fraser said.

Dr Munday said it was a privilege to be appointed to the role of Head of Campus.

"As a University with the goal to build regional capacity, I want to promote the values embedded in the principle of Yindyamarra Winhanganha or the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in," Dr Munday said.

"This is the philosophy at the heart of University's approach to education, and I am committed to providing higher education to Albury-Wodonga and surrounding areas which I have done for many years."

Mr Fraser also acknowledged and thanked the former Head of Campus Ms Julie Clearly for her extensive efforts and leadership in progressing the University's engagement and community relations program.

Media Contact: Jo Mazzocchi and Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Head of the Albury-Wodonga campus, Dr Jennifer Munday is available for interview. Please contact CSU Media.

The CSU Heads of Campus are:

- Albury-Wodonga: Dr Jennifer Munday, Associate Head of the School of Education

- Bathurst: Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, Head of the School of Communication & Creative Industries

- Dubbo: Ms Catherine Maginnis, Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

- Orange: Dr Heather Robinson, Associate Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences

- Port Macquarie: Professor Heather Cavanagh, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Office of International Education and Partnerships

- Wagga Wagga: Ms Miriam Dayhew, University Ombudsman.

Seventy-eight students to graduate at CSU in Dubbo

Wednesday 7 Dec 2016

Cathy MaginnisMore than 240 family members and friends will celebrate the graduation of approximately 78 students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Friday 9 December.

Graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science will receive their awards at the 11am ceremony at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, 155 Darling Street, Dubbo.

Newly-appointed Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo, Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured), said, "All of us at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo can't wait to celebrate the achievements of all our 2016 graduates. We also look forward to welcoming our graduates' friends and families and the community to celebrate this special event. All our graduates can take great pride in their achievements, and we wish them well as they enter a new chapter of the lives."

Graduating students of distinction include nursing graduate Ms Sophie Board who was born and bred in Dubbo but now lives in Gilgandra. She will be the fourth member of her family to graduate from CSU in Dubbo, and the third to graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Dubbo. In 2007 her mother Corrina graduated from nursing and her sister Lucy graduated in 2011. Her other sister Keera graduated from CSU in Dubbo with a Bachelor of Education in 2011. Ms Board has been accepted for a new graduate nursing position at Dubbo Base Hospital starting in February 2017.

Dubbo local and nursing graduate Ms Jocelyn McKay served as Student Representative for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health; on the Dubbo Student Committee; and on the Dubbo Campus Environment Committee. She has a new graduate position starting in 2017 in the NSW Health Remote Rotation Program where she will transition through up to four remote health facilities which will give her a great perspective on the health challenges facing remote communities.

The Occasional Address at the graduation ceremony will be delivered by Professor Jeannie Herbert, AM, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education and Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies at CSU.

The CSU graduation ceremony will start at 11am Friday 9 December at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, 155 Darling Street, Dubbo NSW.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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