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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

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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.

Child-safe, child-friendly conference at CSU in Bathurst

Monday 27 Jun 2016

Sandie WongAdvancing child safety and child-friendly initiatives is the focus of a conference being held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Tuesday 28 June.

The Bathurst Child and Family Network (BCFN) is hosting the 'Working to build child-safe, child-friendly communities' one-day conference to promote child protection initiatives within the Bathurst region thanks to local network development funding from the Department of Family and Community Services.

Nationally recognised speakers Mr Brian Babbington, the CEO of Families Australia, and Mr Andrew MacCallum, CEO of the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies, will address the conference.

The BCFN has been awarded a CSU Community-University Partnership (CUP) grant under the Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Program, to evaluate the initiative.

Dr Sandie Wong (pictured), senior lecturer in CSU's School of Teacher Education and researcher at the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), said, "We're very pleased to be able to be part of such an important local initiative that puts children's rights first. Charles Sturt University academics will attend the conference, and Dr Tamara Cumming and I will undertake the project evaluation titled, 'Impact measurement: evaluation of the impact of Building a child-safe, child-friendly community initiative in Bathurst'."

Ms Annette Meyers, facilitator of the Bathurst Early Learning Support (BELS) and chairperson of BCFN, said, "We believe that 'it takes a village to raise a child' and our vision is for all children and families to be happy, healthy, safe and thrive in Bathurst. We have a genuine desire to provide opportunities for children, young people and families to be heard and taken seriously."

Conference participants will include senior managers, principals, directors and board members of relevant organisations.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The BCFN conference 'Working to build child-safe, child-friendly communities' is from 8am to 5.30pm Tuesday 28 June at the CSU Centre for Professional Development  (building 1285), off Village Drive at CSU in Bathurst.

The Bathurst Child and Family Network is a not-for-profit proactive network of cross-sector agencies that include members from a wide range of services, organisations, education and early childhood services. The network aims to improve outcomes and opportunities for children and promote the value of the early years, infants, children, young people, families and carers within the wider community.

Young voices on regional planning

Friday 24 Jun 2016

High school students from the Riverina will visit Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Monday 27 June for a youth forum on developing a long-term vision for the region.

Organised by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and CSU, the forum will focus on the draft Riverina-Murray Regional Plan which outlines a 20-year vision.

The Plan is on public exhibition until Thursday 21 July and outlines goals for the economy, transport, planning and the environment.

During the forum in the CSU Convention Centre, local students from years 11 and 12 will be asked what think about the Riverina-Murray region and their top five priorities for its development.

Head of CSU in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew will open the forum at 10am.

Feedback from the students will be considered when preparing the final Riverina-Murray Regional Plan.

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

Media Note:

The Draft Riverina-Murray Regional Plan Youth Forum will run from 10am to 2.30pm in the Convention Centre at CSU in Wagga Wagga. There will be a lunch break form 12.30pm to 1pm.

For interviews, contact the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on email mediaunit@planning.nsw.gov.au or telephone (02) 9228 6128.

A program is available from CSU Media.

Vigils in Bathurst and Wagga Wagga for Orlando shooting victims

Thursday 16 Jun 2016

Candlelight vigils will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst and in central Wagga Wagga later today, Thursday 16 June to remember the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the USA.

In the first event at 5pm on the CSU library lawn in Bathurst, the CSU student club, the Queer Collective, will host the vigil. From 7pm in Wagga Wagga's Victory Memorial Gardens, members of the University student club, Momentum have joined with Wagga Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) to host another vigil.

Members of the local communities are invited to attend both events to show their support and respect for the Orlando victims and show solidarity with the LGBTIQA community.

People are asked to bring a candle.

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

Media Note:

Further information about the candlelight vigil in Wagga Wagga is available from emails momentumcsu@gmail.com or wagga.pflag@yahoo.com

Further information about the event at CSU in Bathurst, contact CSU Media.

‘Word wizardry and verbal magic’ at HSC English Study Day

Thursday 16 Jun 2016

David GilbeyOver 600 high school students and teachers from across the Riverina region will attend the annual HSC English Study Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 24 June.

Mr David Gilbey (pictured), adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the coordinator of the HSC English Study Day, said 40 lectures, workshops, and discussion panels will be presented on texts and topics being studied by Standard and Advanced English students for the 2016 HSC.

"The day's focus will include poetry, prose, drama, film, techniques, writing skills, and exam tips – from William Shakespeare and Henry Lawson to contemporary Indigenous and multicultural perspectives," Mr Gilbey said.

"For students it is an opportunity to get another perspective on the work they're concentrating on for the HSC, and for teachers it's a professional development occasion.

"English teachers and academics are such word wizards, I hope the day will shine with verbal magic," he said.

The sessions will run from 9.30am to 2.20pm and will be presented mostly by teachers of English from regional high schools and academics from CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students and teachers will come from as far as Tumut, Yass, Yanco, Leeton, Junee, Culcairn, Gundagai and Temora, as well as from Wagga and surrounds.

The HSC English Study Day is organised by the Wagga Wagga Branch of the English Teachers Association, in association with CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Booranga Writers' Centre.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

Readying Indigenous students for police studies

Tuesday 14 Jun 2016

Indigenous students from across the state are preparing to join the NSW Police Force with the help of a workforce essentials course at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo.

Thirty six graduates of the awarding-winning Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) are now studying the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials through CSU.

IPROWD aims to increase the number of Indigenous Australians in the NSW Police Force and these students will study on campus at CSU in Dubbo full time for five weeks to complete their University Certificates.

Course Manager Dr Amanda Davies said, "Success in the University Certificate and pre-entrance exam enables students to progress in the recruitment process that leads toward attending the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn.

"Success in these studies prepares the prospective students for enrolling in CSU's Associate Degree in Policing Practice, completion of which is required to join the NSW Police Force as a Probationary Constable," Dr Davies said.

"This extensive process helps maintain the high academic and professional standards demanded of new recruits by the NSW Police Force, while helping prepare indigenous Australians for the academic rigour of university courses."

The next intake for the NSW Police Academy is in August this year.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 For interviews and pictures with Course Manager, Dr Amanda Davies, contact CSU Media. Dr Davies is based at CSU in Goulburn.

Trialling agricultural careers

Thursday 9 Jun 2016

Almost 200 agriculture, primary industries and science students from across the Riverina will converge on the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation in Wagga Wagga on Friday 10 and Friday 17 June for the annual Science and Agriculture Enrichment Days.

Since the event's inception in 2006, high school students have received an insight into the work of agricultural and veterinary scientists.

It gives student's hands-on experience working with researchers from Charles Sturt University (CSU) and NSW Department of Primary Industries in four 45 minute workshops.

With the current skills shortage in agriculture escalating, this day provides a great opportunity for students to see science in action, encouraging them to consider a future career in the agricultural supply chain.

This year students will participate in hands on workshops looking at lamb production and management; the rise of superbugs; the health benefits of rice and insights into careers in agriculture.

The workshops will be held in the University's National Life Sciences Hub and the CSU sheep-yards.

 The Graham Centre is an alliance between CSU and NSW DPI.

Media Contact: Ms Toni Nugent , (02) 693 4402

Media Note:

For interviews and photos, please contact Graham Centre Industry Partnerships and Communications Manager, Ms Toni Nugent on (02) 6933 4402 or mobile 0418 974 775.

Hugh Mackay public lecture at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 7 Jun 2016

Hugh Mackay_2Renowned author and social commentator Mr Hugh Mackay, AO, returns to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst to deliver a CSU Explorations Series public lecture on Thursday 16 June.

Mr Mackay (pictured) will discuss his new book, Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion, which explores the ways we try to find a sense of meaning and purpose, and even a 'spiritual direction', in a society where traditional religious faith and practice are in sharp decline.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "Charles Sturt University's Explorations Series is part of our Community-University Partnership (CUP) program to engage our communities in discussions and debate on major issues. The Exploration Series resonates with our role and mission as a regional University to explore and take education to rural and regional Australia as part of our community social responsibility, and to share and stimulate intellectual discussions in our communities."

In Beyond Belief: How we find meaning and purpose without religion, Mr Mackay argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a sense of meaning remains as strong as ever. He looks at the various ways we try to find transcendence in our often stridently materialistic lives, and considers what may be lost with the wholesale casting out of organised religion. He strongly endorses the Christian ideal of the good life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

"It will be a great pleasure to welcome Mr Mackay to campus on Thursday 16 June to discuss some of these issues with our Bathurst and regional communities," Professor Anyanwu said. "As one of Australia's most widely respected authors, his book and lecture will stimulate passionate debate about one of the most important but least examined ways we negotiate our world and manage our lives."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The Explorations Series free public lecture by Mr Hugh Mackay is at 6.30pm to 7.30pm Thursday 16 June at CSU in Bathurst (building 1292, room 223), followed by light refreshments and book sales/signings. For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Olivia Wyborn on 6338 4645 or hocbathurst@csu.edu.au.

Mr Hugh Mackay, AO, is a social researcher and the author of 17 books, including the 2013 bestseller, The Good Life. His latest book, Beyond Belief, explores the changing role of religion in Australia. He has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for more than 25 years. He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre and an honorary professor at Charles Sturt University and the University of Wollongong. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Mr Mackay has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, and Western Sydney universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.

Spotlight on education in the future of NE Victoria

Tuesday 7 Jun 2016

Charles Sturt University will host a forum focused on the future needs for education and skills training at its Regional Study Centre in Wangaratta this week.

The forum will feature leading futurist and strategist Dr Peter Ellyard, who will assist community and industry leaders across the region and representatives from CSU and Goulburn Ovens TAFE to discuss future trends, priorities and needs for education across North East Victoria.

"Dr Ellyard is a prominent futurist and strategist, known for his challenging and inspirational ideas on shaping the future," said coordinator of the invitation-only event and manager of CSU's Regional Study Centre, Ms Ilena Young.

"As our global society becomes more interdependent and interconnected, we need to come together to prepare for the challenges of keeping pace with fast moving regional changes.

"The afternoon forum is a collaborative opportunity to consider the future of North East Victoria, and the education and skills that we will need to support a thriving and sustainable community."

The forum will run from 1pm to 6 pm on Thursday 9 June at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Road, Wangaratta.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews and pictures with Dr Peter Ellyard and Ms Ilena Young, contact CSU Media.

Federal budget forum an opportunity to discuss vital issues

Tuesday 7 Jun 2016

Professor Andrew VannCharles Sturt University (CSU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be taking part in a panel discussion on regional and rural issues next week, at an event with the Shadow Treasurer.

Hosted by Labor candidate for Calare Dr Jess Jennings, the event will be a panel presentation by the Hon. Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer and Federal Member for McMahon, who will be joined by Professor Vann. Analysis of this critical election budget will be followed by Q&A from the public.

The event will cover a range of issues affecting CSU, its communities, and rural and regional Australia more broadly. The event is open to the public and attendance is free.

Professor Vann said, "I look forward to the chance to have a public discussion with a key political figure about some of the vital issues that are affecting not only Charles Sturt University but also our regional communities.

"In an election context, this is a wonderful opportunity to address policy areas that often get overlooked in the rough and tumble of campaigns.

"In particular I will be interested to hear from the Shadow Treasurer on the issue of doctor shortages in rural NSW and whether the Labor party would be willing to support our proposal for the Murray Darling Medical School," he said.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

The Bathurst Federal Budget Forum is being held from 6-7:30pm on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at the Oxford Tavern at 170 William St and is free to the public.

For interviews with Professor Vann please contact CSU Media. The Shadow Treasurer and the Australian Labor Party candidate for Calare Dr Jess Jennings will also be available for media interviews at the event.

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