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Maclean High wins 2016 CSU Game On competition

Thursday 1 Dec 2016

Students from Maclean High School on the NSW North Coast have won the 2016 Charles Sturt University (CSU) business simulation competition, Game On.

The virtual business game, hosted annually by CSU's School of Management and Marketing, requires student teams from Years 10 and 11 create their own virtual business and compete for a major prize and regional prizes for their schools.

In 2016, 630 students from 30 schools competed, with Maclean High School (Commerce 5) taking out the competition's major prize of $2 500.

Head of the CSU School of Management and Marketing and simulation coordinator Associate Professor Mark Frost said, "Hands-on experience is vital for a successful start in the business sector and it's never too young to start learning.

"Students have to create their own virtual business and ensure its success in a simulated market environment.

"The competition is designed to complement the Stage 6 NSW Business Studies curriculum and covers topics including finance, human resource management, marketing, and operations.

"We hope the competition sparks a passion in the students for business or inspires the world's next great entrepreneurs. I congratulate the students from Maclean High School for their 2016 Game On competition win."

Regional prizes of up to $1 000 were taken out by Willyama High School in Broken Hill, Kildare Catholic College in Wagga Wagga, Goulburn MET School, and James Fallon High School in Albury. Also, students at Radford College in Canberra won a small consolation pool prize for their efforts.

Further information is available on the Game On website.

Details of accounting, business, human resources, management and marketing programs offered by the CSU School of Management and Marketing are available here.

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

Media Note:

Head of the CSU School of Management and Marketing and simulation coordinator Associate Professor Mark Frost is available for interview.

Film to raise awareness about off-shore detention

Thursday 1 Dec 2016

A screening of the film, Chasing Asylum at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga aims to stimulate discussion about Australia's off-shore detention policies and the role that regional communities can play in refugee resettlement.

The free event on Saturday 3 December is being hosted by CSU's Centre for Law and Justice.

Lecturer at the Centre, Ms Charlotte Steer said, "Charles Sturt University aims to produce law graduates who are committed to social justice and community service, particularly for Indigenous Australians, and for regional and remote Australia.

"The Albury-Wodonga region has a long tradition of supporting migrants and a good track record for successfully supporting refugees as part of resettlement programs.

"Chasing Asylum was made from footage smuggled out of the immigration detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru and shows the distressing conditions for the men, women and children who are compulsorily detained there.

"We hope this event will raise awareness of the broader issue and add to the conversation about how we can make a difference in our local community."

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from organisations working with migrants and refugees in the Border region.

For more information contact Ms Steer via email csteer@csu.edu.au

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

Media Note:

The screening of Chasing Asylum will be held from 4:30pm to 7pm at the CD Blake Auditorium, building 751, near car park 2 at CSU in Albury Wodonga, Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.​

CSU lecturer Ms Charlotte Steer is available for interviews from 8.30am Friday 2 December. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU academic boosts Bathurst’s history

Tuesday 29 Nov 2016

MacquariesA Charles Sturt University (CSU) historian has contributed to the development of a new heritage trail on the theme of early surveyors as part of the continuing story of Bathurst.

Dr Robin McLachlan, adjunct senior lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the researcher and writer for new signage to accompany a banner flag for the heritage trail which is being developed by Bathurst Regional Council with the Institution of Surveyors NSW Incorporated, and NSW Land and Property Information.

The Macquarie's Meridian banner flag and accompanying interpretation sign will be unveiled at 12pm Wednesday 30 November by the Mayor of Bathurst, Councillor Gary Rush, and Dr McLachlan.

"The Macquarie Meridian banner flag offers a visual reminder of Bathurst's connection with Governor Macquarie's plan in 1815 for a town on this site," Dr McLachlan said.

"It underscores Bathurst's claim of being a Macquarie Town, as it was built on the site chosen in 1815 by Governor Macquarie and drew on his flag staff for the laying out of its blocks and streets in 1833.

"It also provides a visual connection between today's Bathurst and the first settlement, established in 1815, of which nothing remains to be seen.

"The accompanying interpretation sign also draws attention to the original form of the landscape, namely a broad ridge running from the river to Wahluu (Mount Panorama) which offered a well-drained site for a town."

The flagpole, with the banner, sits alongside the survey line (the meridian) that runs from the site of Macquarie's 1815 flag staff, now the site of the Bathurst Bicentenary Flag Staff, through the centre of Bathurst town, as set out in 1833. The same flag staff site was used as the survey base point in 1833, which sees the meridian running exactly midway between William and George streets.

​"Macquarie's Meridian is a significant feature in the story of Bathurst," Dr McLachlan said. "Bathurst has an amazing history and there are many stories yet to be found and shared. As an historian, I expect to be kept very busy for a very long time."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Dr Robin McLachlan.

The Mayor of Bathurst, Councillor Gary Rush, and Dr McLachlan, will unveil the Macquarie's Meridian banner flag and accompanying interpretation sign beside Bathurst Post Office, Howick Street, at 12pm Wednesday 30 November.

Bathurst is the oldest inland European settlement in Australia and Dr McLachlan worked closely with Bathurst Regional Council and the community in the lead-up to and during the Bathurst Bicentenary Celebrations in 2015. He continues to research Bathurst's past and assist in presenting that history to the public in accessible ways. He has played a leading role in developing the interpretation of the First Settlement site and the Bathurst Town Square, as well as in initiating the Pillars of Bathurst project.

Major refurbishment at CSU in Dubbo

Friday 25 Nov 2016

Upgrade at CSU Dubbo 2016Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo is undergoing a $2.5 million refurbishment and upgrade of facilities to improve student learning facilities and amenities.

CSU campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said, "These works form the second stage of the review to revitalise student spaces at the heart of the campus.

"The approximate cost of the work is $2.5 million and local building contractors and trades have been engaged on the job.

"The refurbishment of the Learning Commons is to be done over the summer break to minimise any possible inconvenience to students, and the work will be completed by the end of February 2017 in time for the start of the new academic year."

The upgrade program at CSU in Dubbo includes:

1. Providing 24/7 access to the whole of the Learning Commons area (includes Cardax and CCTV upgrades);

2. Improving the Learning Commons to enhance student amenity and provide quiet study spaces; this includes an additional quiet study room, a new parent and multi-faith room, and a staff kitchen, as well as two new flat-floor flexible teaching spaces fronting onto the courtyard;

3. Relocating learning spaces away from the entry to the Learning Commons and providing an open plan Student Central and Library Services 'welcome' point at the entrance to the campus;

4. Providing a café in the main space adjacent to the Learning Commons, which incorporates a kitchenette for students to use 24/7;

5. Relocating the existing computer lab to become a shared space with the Learning Commons (i.e. accessible 24/7);

6. Improving the courtyard for casual seating and learning environments.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Bart Sykes. The images shows an artists depiction of some of the redevelopment work at CSU in Dubbo.

Cultural careers camp for Indigenous girls

Monday 21 Nov 2016

Indigenous girls from two high schools in Albury and Wagga Wagga will take part in a camp designed to build their awareness of culture and higher education.

The 20 students from Year 10 at Mount Austin and Murray high schools will attend the cultural careers camp, being organised by Charles Sturt University (CSU), from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 November.

The event at the Borambola Sports and Recreation Centre is part of CSU's Future Moves, a program designed to encourage school students from regional and rural areas to attend university.

Future Moves' Ms Lyn Cooper, said, "This is a chance for the Indigenous teenagers from different schools to explore their culture and their future in a fun and supportive environment.

"The students will take part in activities, such as kayaking and rock climbing, to build self-esteem and will be inspired by the journeys of other Aboriginal women."

The girls will work with local artists, Sydney's Belvoir St Theatre and CSU staff and undergraduate student leaders on a range of activities and workshops over the three days.

An 'Inspirational Women's Dinner' will be held from 6pm on Wednesday 23 November for the school students, community members, local Elders and CSU staff.

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

Media Note:

The three-day event runs from 12 noon on Tuesday 22 November until 3pm on Thursday 24 November. A program is available from CSU Media.

For more information, please contact Ms Lyn Cooper, CSU Future Moves Riverina program coordinator on mobile 0427 714 193.

Research on the pulse

Monday 21 Nov 2016

From chickpeas to mungbeans and soybeans to lupins, a free symposium at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will explore research into the production, marketing and potential health benefits of pulses.

Hosting the event on Monday 28 November is the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains, with support from CSU and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).

 Professor Chris BlanchardCentre Director, Professor Chris Blanchard said, "This is the International Year of Pulses and the symposium is an opportunity to hear from leading researchers and market experts about the future of production, global demand and consumption of pulses."

"It's not just for farmers, we hope that advisors and health professionals will also come along to learn more."

CSU scientists and PhD students will discuss chickpea consumption in India, the use of lupins for more than cattle feed and the nutritional and processing properties of some popular pulses.

The symposium also includes speakers from Austrade, Pulse Australia, NSW DPI, the Grains and Legumes Nutritional Council and processor, AGT Foods Australia.

NSW DPI pulse research will be on show, including the Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) breeding trials. The trials include chickpea, lentil, faba bean, lupin and fieldpeas. NSW DPI researcher Mr Mark Richards and PBA pulse breeders will be on hand to discuss breeding objectives and recent advancements.

The Future of Pulse Production and Consumption symposium begins with a field walk at 8am on Monday 28 November and runs through until 5pm.

Read the full program and register here.

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

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The Future of Pulse Production and Consumption symposium is at the Convention Centre, building 230, near car park 69, off Jingellic Place at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Art exhibition in Canberra celebrates Seasons of Birth

Monday 21 Nov 2016

An innovative art exhibition that celebrates human birth is being hosted by Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) in Canberra until Saturday 26 November.

The Gibber The GiftExecutive Director of the ACC&C, the Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, said, "In this exhibition 15 Australian contemporary visual artists responded to the invitation to contemplate and explore the process of human birth. 

"The artists come from a diverse range of national and cultural backgrounds, with contrasting world views. Their works in the exhibition celebrate life through their choice of rich and varied artistic mediums."

The exhibition opened on Sunday 13 and runs to Saturday 26 November and is accessible at the ACC&C, corner of Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton, ACT, from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and from 1pm to 4pm on weekends. More information can be found here.

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

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Stephen Pickard.

Image: 'The Gibber The Gift' by Ella Whateley

CSU women’s conference to inspire leadership

Monday 21 Nov 2016

CSU's 2015 Leadership Development for Women conferenceThe highly regarded Charles Sturt University (CSU) Leadership Development for Women (LDW) conference is being held over two days on Monday 21 and Tuesday November 22 2016 in Wagga Wagga.

More than 80 women are expected to attend with this year's theme being 'Leading with Integrity'.

CSU LDW Steering Committee Chair Associate Professor Rosemary Black said the conference couldn't come at a more appropriate time.

"Issues of equity in universities cannot be seen in isolation from the changes in governance and operation of universities in the past three decades with all staff experiencing changes," Associate Professor Black said.

"The rapid changes towards an entrepreneurial climate and market orientation of universities that focuses on measurable and marketable consumer satisfaction, performance outcomes of students and staff and international rankings have brought changes in the nature of employment and employment conditions.

"If the UK experience is any indication it's likely that these new labour regimes will be highly gendered, seriously disadvantaging women in areas such as contracts, conditions, promotions and pay."

Associate Professor Black added that these changes and the changes to come in universities, mean that an ongoing focus on gender equity is needed as each new change brings fresh equity challenges.

"While there's no one policy change or magic bullet that can be nominated to 'fix' gender inequity, the work and initiatives of the Leadership Development for Women Committee such as the conference and the Leadership Development for Women Program are important and effective ways of supporting and developing leadership among all women within Charles Sturt University, as well encouraging a cultural change within the organisation."

Keynote speaker at the conference is Dr Leslie Cannold who is an educator and trainer in inspirational leadership, gender equity and respectful relationships.

Dr Cannold is an award-winning columnist and is often described as one of Australia's leading public thinkers.

She's been named alongside Professor Peter Singer, Professor Gustav Nossal and Inga Clendinnen as one of Australia's top 20 public intellectuals and was named by the Power Index as among the Top Ten most influential thinkers.

Other speakers include economist and Chair of Regional Development Australia - Riverina, Ms Diana Gibbs along with media commentator and comedian Ms George McEncroe who is the guest speaker at the conference dinner on Monday night.

Described by friends as "Geraldine Doogue meets Roseanne Barr", Ms McEncroe has had an interesting life journey from which she draws her viewpoints, including working for a War Crimes Tribunal, caring for teenage boys with muscular dystrophy, being a mother of four, and teaching English in Istanbul.

Over two days, conference delegates will examine how to build a network; establish stories in supporting and developing female staff; consider leading strategically in an ethical way and influencing with integrity.

Media Contact: Joanne Mazzocchi, 0418 469 605

Media Note:

The conference is taking place at the CSU Convention Centre, Wagga Wagga.

Monday 21 November: 12.30pm- 5pm

Monday 21 November: Conference Dinner at 6.30pm

Tuesday 22 November: 9am – 12.50pm

For more information contact CSU Media or Associate Professor Rosemary Black on rblack@csu.edu.au or 0406 363 677.

CSU's Associate Professor Black is in the School of Environmental Sciences and a member of  the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS)

CSU University Day in Bathurst

Wednesday 16 Nov 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host a University Day event for high school students in Years 10 and 11 from across the central and far west at its campus in Bathurst on Thursday 17 November.

Prospective student adviser Ms Melinda Negus said, "We will have approximately 230 students from eight schools visit the campus. Students will receive a taste of university life, with campus tours, study skills sessions and 'Preparing for University' workshops, as well as some activities and entertainment on the library lawn for students to enjoy during their breaks.

"These sessions and workshops will give students a great start in to their HSC study and beyond into university by learning study skills and strategies, as well as an introduction into how to research, compare and prepare for university during their final years of school. Bringing students to Charles Sturt University in Bathurst for these activities will give them an idea of what university will be like for them in the future."

Students from schools in Gulgong, Cobar, Wellington, Dubbo, Molong, Mudgee, Denison College Bathurst High School and All Saints College Bathurst will attend CSU in Bathurst from 9.50am to 2.40pm.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Science meets art and history

Tuesday 15 Nov 2016

Academics and actors will come together at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga this week to inspire high school students to think differently about science and history.

Dr Thiru VanniasinkamOn Thursday 17 November, 25 Year 8 students from Wagga Wagga High School will attend a workshop explaining the science behind historical events like the bubonic plague.

Academics from CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Animal and Veterinary Science will be joined by CSU Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) students from the School of Communication and Creative Industries to bring history to life, all with a scientific twist.

"Our aim is to show these high school students that science can be fun and that has an influence on all aspects of society, both in the past and today," said Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam, a senior lecturer from CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences.

"This is not a regular laboratory session, with the help of actors in costume we will take the students on an interactive scientific journey through history."

The program is an initiative of Dr Vanniasinkam, senior lecturer in plant science Dr John Harper, lecturer in acting for stage and screen Dr Dominique Sweeney and Wagga Wagga High School history teacher Ms Trish Henderson.

The workshop will run from 10am to 12noon at the National Life Sciences Hub at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

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

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Media are invited to attend from 9:45am on Thursday 17 November at the National Life Science Hub (NaLSH) building 289, near car park 70 off Nathan Cobb drive at CSU in Wagga Wagga to get interviews and footage at the workshop.

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