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Ceremony to dedicate religious stained glass window at CSU

Friday 19 May 2017

Cowshed BathurstA newly installed religious stained glass window will be unveiled at a special dedication ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 26 May.

The stained glass window is a donated gift to the University by Ms Olive Lawson, an alumna of the CSU predecessor institution Bathurst Teachers College.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "It is important that we dedicate a safe space with spiritual and contemplative signs and symbols to enable our staff and students to engage in quiet reflection, alone and in groups.

"At a time when global peace and security are threatened, when financial crises have led many students to sacrifice many essentials and juggle more than three jobs and studies, when the future looks environmentally bleak, and when future employment is full of uncertainty and anxiety, it is time we stepped back to reflect and meditate on how to make the world a better place.

"Ms Lawson's creation and donation to the University of her replica Cistercian Order stained glass window has added to the spiritual journey of students and staff at our Bathurst campus."

Stained glassProfessor Anyanwu said that through this donation Ms Lawson has linked two important contemplative histories; the history of her journey as an alumna of Bathurst Teachers College (1952-53), and the history of the stained glass window from the Cistercian Order in 1240.

"It is great that these two important histories have come together at Charles Sturt University," he said.

"It is befitting that this piece of historical reflection is installed in the oldest building on our campus, the Old Cowshed (pictured) which was part of the Bathurst Experiment Farm, as a meditative space of our history, a reflection of our present, and our hope for our future.

"I hope that the space will give us the serenity of mind, purity of heart, and empathy of spirit to build a future of hope and peace."

The Catholic Bishop of Bathurst, the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McKenna, will conduct the dedication service.

The Bathurst Teachers College Association Scholarship will also be awarded at the scholarship ceremony that day.

The dedication ceremony is at 10am on Friday 26 May at the Religious Centre, building 1298, at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

‘Spanner in the Works’ for Albury

Friday 19 May 2017

Older men from around southern NSW and north-east Victoria will be checked for any 'spanners in their health works' on Wednesday 24 May at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

During the afternoon event known as 'Spanner in the Works', members of 12 Men's Sheds – from Henty in the north and south to Beechworth – and two Albury-based service clubs will receive free health checks from students enrolled in podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy degrees at CSU. They will be supervised by CSU staff as part of a national program funded by the federal Department of Health.

Event coordinator and clinical supervisor with CSU's School of Community Health, Mr Brent Smith, said during the afternoon up to 100 members of Men's Sheds will be tested for health related issues and blood pressure, as well as podiatry and physiotherapy screening.

A healthy lunch will be prepared by Albury High School students, and Lavington Lions Club will provide afternoon tea.

"Participants will also receive advice on physiotherapy relevant to their age group, first aid and general medical advice from guest speakers," said Mr Smith, who is also supervisor for CSU's Centre for Community Engagement and Wellness, or CEW.

The program's founder and a director with the Australian Men's Shed Association, Mr Gary Green, will travel to Albury to explain the program to the participants and sponsors.

The program is also sponsored locally by the Hume Bank.

The event will be start at 12noon at the CEW, Ellis St, Thurgoona (behind Thurgoona Plaza), and runs until 4.30pm.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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Federal member for Farrer, Ms Sussan Ley MP will be available to speak on the upcoming 'Spanner in the Works' event at 10.30am on Saturday 20 May at the Albury North Manual Activities Centre, Nowland Ave, Lavington.

For interviews before and during the 'Spanner in the Works' event on Wednesday 24 May, including with Mr Brent Smith, contact CSU Media.

Public lecture honours Indigenous rights leader in Dubbo

Thursday 18 May 2017

William FergusonAn Explorations Series public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Monday 29 May will honour Indigenous rights campaigner Mr William Ferguson (pictured).

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the public lecture will be presented by former Senator Dr Aden Ridgeway.

"This free public lecture by Dr Ridgway will celebrate and acknowledge former Dubbo resident Mr William Ferguson and other local Indigenous leaders for their significant contribution in the mid-20th century resulting in the success of the 1967 Referendum," Ms Maginnis said.

"It is 80 years since Mr Ferguson launched the Aboriginal Progressive Association in 1937 in Dubbo, an initiative which helped drive the cause for justice for his people.

"His strong voice and the determined manner in which he articulated the sufferings of his people have led people to compare him to the visionary Reverend Martin Luther King in the USA.

"Thirty years later, 90 per cent of Australians voted for the justice he fought so hard for, empowering the government to make positive legislative change on behalf of the Aboriginal people. It is time we applauded this local unsung hero."

Dr Ridgeway was born in Macksville in northern NSW in 1962. He is a proud member of the Gumbayyngirr people, with strong family traditions. His life experience has been shaped by schooling at St John's College, Woodlawn, work as a park ranger, a court assessor, and CEO. He was the first Indigenous person to be elected as a federal Parliamentary leader when he held the position of Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats in 2001-02. He retired as a Senator for NSW after six years of service.

He holds a Doctorate (Hon Lit) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and has served the Aboriginal community with ATSIC, the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, and Indigenous Tourism Australia. He is currently the patron of the Centre for Aboriginal Independence and Enterprise, and the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

This free public lecture at 6pm to 7pm Monday on 29 May is open to the community, CSU staff and students. It will be held in the lecture theatre (building 902, room 202) at Charles Sturt University, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo, and will be followed by light refreshments.

The CSU Explorations Series is part of the Community-University Partnership program and aims to engage its rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Workshop, readings and launch for Booranga writer-in-residence

Thursday 18 May 2017

Nat OReillyBooranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga welcomes Dr Nathanael O'Reilly as its writer-in-residence from 17 to 30 May.

Dr O'Reilly (pictured) is an Australian-born poet now living and teaching in the United States. During his residency his latest collection of poetry, Preparations for Departure, will be launched by Dr Lachlan Brown, a Wagga Wagga poet and senior lecturer in English at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr Brown said, "Nathanael O'Reilly was born in Warrnambool and raised in Ballarat, Brisbane and Shepparton. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies published in nine countries. He has travelled on five continents and spent extended periods in England, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine and the United States, where he currently resides and teaches Australian, British, Irish, and postcolonial literature at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

"I'm particularly excited that a poet and academic of such high international standing is revisiting Wagga Wagga and will launch his new collection of poems here. It will be great for students, staff and the community to have immediate access to this gifted writer/scholar."

Dr O'Reilly will present a writing workshop and public readings during his residency, and at the book launch on Tuesday 23 May he will read from this newly published collection. Dr Brown will also read some of his own new work.

Further information on Dr O'Reilly's newest publication can be found here
https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/collections/poetry/products/preparations-for-departure

Writing Workshop, 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 20 May
Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive, CSU Wagga Wagga
Free for members of Booranga Writers' Centre, $5 for non-members

Public Reading and Book Launch, 5.15pm to 7pm on Tuesday 23rd May
Historic Council Chambers Wagga Wagga, free event

Public Reading, 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 25th May
Griffith City Library, free eventFor more information please contact Ms Kathryn Halliwell director@booranga.com or Mr David Gilbey dgilbey@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

International visitors check out innovative engineering degree

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Andrea GoncherA visiting delegation from the USA will be in Bathurst this week to examine the engineering degree offered at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst.

Engineering lecturer Dr Andrea Goncher said the CSU course is fast becoming recognised as a global leader in innovative education for engineers.

"The visitors from the Minnesota Institute of Engineering (MIE) recognise that our degree embeds our students in industry very early in their studies, which enables them to develop professional and practice-based skills through industry experience early in their engineering course," Dr Goncher said.

"MIE identified our engineering degree as a global leader and state-of-the-art program in engineering education, and we are looking to share our experiences and expertise to identify strategies that help them to embed their students in US industry."

The original Iron Range engineering program previously used in Minnesota provides a four-year degree based on practical industry experience. The degree is accredited through Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is located in Virginia, Minnesota.

Other partners in the Minnesota Institute of Engineering include Mesabi Range College and Itasca Community College, which are similar to Australian TAFE colleges.

Tour leader Mr Ron Ulseth said MIE is inspired by CSU Engineering and the Iron Range model.

"The new MIE model of engineering education uses features from Charles Sturt University and Iron Range models so our graduates will have a set of attributes necessary to practice in this century," he said. 

Dr Goncher said both programs emphasise strong industry collaborations and aim to deliver distinctive curricular experiences.

"We want to deliver better engineering solutions that address the needs of the local community, our society and the world," she said.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Dr Andrea Goncher and visiting delegates from the Minnesota Institute of Engineering, contact CSU Media.

Computing degree to fill local needs

Tuesday 16 May 2017

A Master's degree in information technology to be offered this year by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie aims to fill the needs of local and international students, and businesses.

Coordinator of the Master of Information Technology at CSU in Port Macquarie Dr Sabih Rehman said the course would be offered for the first time on-campus to local students and international students coming to Port Macquarie to study and live.

"The program enables students to better understand modern concepts of information technology so they can contribute to the development of IT solutions for the region," said Dr Rehman, who is moving from CSU in Wagga Wagga to teach and coordinate the course at CSU in Port Macquarie.

"The Mid North Coast is one of Australia's most diverse regional economies, boasting a range of industries including retail, construction, transport, tourism, information media, and telecommunication. 

"The course will fulfil the needs of local industry and their employees who are particularly looking to develop specialised information technology skills.

"In addition, students from various parts of the world will also call Port Macquarie home while they complete the two-year course."

Port Macquarie local Mr Rowan Smith started a Bachelor of Information Technology with CSU Online while working in remote Western Australia as an industrial electrician.

Mr Smith originally aimed to improve his understanding of automation technology and has since gained valuable technical skills from the degree, from administration and design to business communication and critical thinking.

"I now want to pursue knowledge and understanding in current thinking in such specialist topics as cloud computing, information security, and the 'internet of things', which I hope to achieve through postgraduate study," Mr Smith said.

"Fortunately for me, Charles Sturt University is offering its Master's degree in Port Macquarie to start in July. I can now improve and apply existing knowledge to reach academic and professional goals with the bonus of living in a place I love."

Enrolments are still open for the Master of Information Technology to be offered at CSU in Port Macquarie from July this year.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
To contact the Master of Information Technology course coordinator Dr Sabih Rehman and CSU student Mr Rowan Smith, contact CSU Media.

Hamlet opens 16 May at CSU Riverina Playhouse

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Hamlet UTE May 2017The University Theatre Ensemble (UTE) production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet opens on Tuesday 16 May for five nights at the Riverina Playhouse at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

Hamlet is the first production of UTE's 2017 season and is directed by Dr Robert Lewis, a lecturer in acting for stage and screen in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga.

"Hamlet is arguably one of the world's most famous tragedies," Dr Lewis said. "It is set in the Kingdom of Denmark, a country on the brink of war, and is a story about a family and a man torn apart by murder, revenge, madness and living in a world of other people's appearances.

"This adaptation of Hamlet is performed by Charles Sturt University second-year Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) students. The character of Hamlet is performed by a chorus, with each of chorus member representing an aspect of Hamlet's psyche such as lust, ambition, greed, revenge and torment.

"Our students are so lucky to have the CSU Riverina Playhouse as their performance venue," Dr Lewis said.

"UTE is unique in the fact that it is not only the performance arm of the Bachelor of Stage and Screen, it is also a vehicle for assessment, where students learn the craft of acting, take risks, and perform in challenging works."

Hamlet opens at the CSU Riverina Playhouse on Tuesday 16 May at 7.30pm, then plays Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Tickets can be booked at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Booking Office, telephone 6926 9688, or are available at the door. The University continues its policy of providing excellent value for money with tickets prices of $20 full price, $18 for groups (5 or more), $15 concession, and $12.50 for students. Book online at http://www.civictheatre.com.au/

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Robert Lewis.

Publicity image of the 2017 UTE production of Hamlet - photo credit: Rachel Baird

CSU student fundraising assists medical research

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga have again shown their support for the community after raising more than $800 for the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI).

As part of the Jeans for Genes fundraising program, the University's Residence Life student leaders hosted a 'Double Denim' event on campus on Wednesday 3 May.

Students donated a gold coin to attend the barbeque to raise money for research to cure and treat childhood diseases.

A cheque for $873 was presented to the Institute's Ms Helen Chamberlain on Wednesday 10 May by Head Resident and veterinary science student Mr Hughie Ryan (left). He was accompanied by fellow students Mr Luke Schulz and Mr Hamish Pennington and CSU assistant catering manager Mr Mike Bailey (far right).

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

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Through Residence Life, CSU offers a range of accommodation and support for students living on campus. Read more here.

You, Us, Here, Now in Albury-Wodonga

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Local community organisations, future needs for professionals in a sustainable world and a vulnerable frog all feature in a Sustainability Day being hosted at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga on Thursday 11 May.

Organiser Ms Kerry Read said the theme 'You, Us, Here, Now!' focuses on how to address sustainability at three levels: as individuals, as an organisation and in the community.

"We want to show how we as individuals can be more sustainable in our everyday lives, highlight to Charles Sturt University students and staff what we do about sustainability as an organisation, and create awareness of opportunities and organisations available in the local community that are focused on sustainability," Ms Read said.

Running from 10am to 2pm at 'The Gums', the day will include information stalls with advice on how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, how we can use sustainable practices in our careers, volunteering opportunities with local organisations, and details about the Sloane's Froglet, a vulnerable species that calls CSU in Albury-Wodonga home.

"Even our food has been selected with sustainability in mind, based on minimal packaging and lower associated carbon emissions," Ms Read said. The day also has local entertainment and a trivia event.

President of the local student representative council, Ms Claire Garner, said Sustainability Day aimed to show CSU students the roles they could play in a sustainable world.

"We all struggle to be sustainable in our lives. This festival showcases ways we can improve the sustainability in our daily activities, in ways we may not have previously known, and to become more aware of unsustainable practices," Ms Garner said.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with event organiser Ms Kerry Read and student representative Ms Claire Garner, contact CSU Media.

The 'You, Us, Here, Now!' festival runs from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 11 May at the Gums Café, CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

Calling householders to Power Down

Monday 8 May 2017

Low energy light bulbsA project coordinated by Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers is helping local householders in the Lavington and North Albury areas reduce their power costs.

Working with Albury City Council and the NSW Environment Trust, the 'Powering Down' program will deliver $15 000 in assistance and advice to lower income families to curb the incidence of power disconnections in these areas.

Project leader Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, in CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said, "Power disconnections in these suburbs are above the national average. An older resident told me that it's too expensive to stay at home these days. She said many people go to shopping centres and public places because of the high cost of heating and cooling.

"Low-income households have to be the most frugal electricity users, yet they spend a higher proportion of their income on energy costs."

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, lowest income households consume 31 per cent less electricity than the national average. Yet in the same households, energy costs absorb seven per cent of their income compared to the national average of two per cent.

"The up-front costs of energy efficient appliances or fittings are one part of the problem. They are considered luxuries in many low-income households," Dr Masterman-Smith said.

To address these costs, the program will provide the first 50 low-income households who register with Powering Down with energy efficient items worth $300, as well as advice on how to further reduce their bills.

Any North Albury and Lavington resident can also compete for the 'Powering Down Cup', which includes large gift vouchers for the 'Biggest Losers and the Lowest Users of Electricity'.

"We believe that by addressing people's electricity use, we can reduce stress on people's budgets and the environment," Dr Masterman-Smith said.

In addition, the project team will commence a household survey in the suburbs to draw a clearer picture of energy security and stress in this community.

To participate in the Powering Down project, phone 6040 7813 or visit the Global Village Community Co-operative at 1076 Mate St, North Albury.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, call CSU Media or Dr Masterman-Smith on mobile 0403 766 996.

More information on the Powering Down project is available here.

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