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CSU Engineering students to head for Cambodia

Monday 26 Sep 2016

Engineering students Michael Todd (left) and Kevin AugCharles Sturt University (CSU) engineering students will develop their humanitarian engineering skills by working with Australia's least developed neighbours, Cambodia, thanks to a partnership between the federal government and international charity Engineers Without Borders.

With financial support announced earlier this year through the  New Colombo Plan initiative, over $120,000 will be available over three years to support CSU engineering students to travel to and work in Cambodian communities.

 "This support will enable our students to apply skills and knowledge from their engineering studies to real-world situations in humanitarian engineering contexts," said coordinator of CSU's engineering course, Ms Andrea Goncher.

"It also reinforces important attributes we want our students to display: to be able to engage with people and communities, and to display social entrepreneurship.

"In addition, Engineers Without Borders will facilitate the program using their experience in managing volunteers and in-country partnerships in the Indo-Pacific regions."

The initiative will be launched during an evening event hosted by CSU Global Manager, Dr Shevahn Telfser, on Wednesday 28 September at CSU in Bathurst.

The support is part of $380,000 CSU is due to receive under the New Colombo Plan, which will be administered by CSU Global.

In previous years, students from CSU courses such as dental science and oral health, agricultural science, physiotherapy, business studies, occupational therapy, speech pathology, environmental sciences, psychology and creative arts have taken part in overseas studies through CSU Global.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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The event to celebrate the launch of the next phase of the New Colombo Plan at CSU will run from 5.30pm until 7pm on Wednesday 28 September in the Engineering Building, CSU in Bathurst.

For interviews and pictures with CSU staff before, during or after the event, contact CSU Media.

See recent examples of overseas visits by CSU students through CSU Global here and here.

Crowdfunding for research

Thursday 22 Sep 2016

The latest developments in crowdfunding and how it's being used to support research at universities will be addressed during a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 28 September.

Hosted by the University's School of Information Studies, Crowdfunding Research: Because it Takes a Village to Fund the Answers, will be presented by Professor Deb Verhoeven from Deakin University from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre.

CSU Professor of Information Studies Lisa Given said, "Professor Verhoeven spearheaded crowdfunding of research in Australia.

"In 2013, she was named 'Most Innovative Academic in Australia' by Campus Review, so what better person could speak to us about innovative approaches to research funding?"

Professor Verhoeven started a cutting edge collaboration between her university and the crowdfunding platform, pozible.com, to pilot the financing of research at the university.

Her presentation is free and open to members of the community.

Professor Verhoeven, who is Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University, will also speak on Downunder on Movies Downunder at Nerd Nite at the Union Hotel in Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga from 7.30pm on Thursday 29 September. Read more here.

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

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For interviews with Professor Deb Verhoeven from Deakin University, please contact CSU Professor Lisa Given on mobile 0458 340 908.

Professor Verhoeven's presentation Crowdfunding Research: Because it Takes a Village to Fund the Answers will be held from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 28 September at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre, building 412, near car park 63, Mambarra Place, CSU in Wagga Wagga.  

RSVP to wkelly@csu.edu.au

CSU students capture the sounds

Wednesday 21 Sep 2016

Students from the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga have captured the sounds of a live orchestra under the guidance of international sound designer, Dr Damian Candusso.

The orchestra, from the Riverina Anglican College (TRAC) in Wagga Wagga under the baton of Ms Clare Brassil, performed a number of pieces in the University's television production studios while CSU students recorded the sounds using the latest technologies.

Dr Candusso, a senior lecturer in sound and multimedia at CSU, said, "This live orchestral recording in Charles Sturt University's recording studio had many benefits.

"It's rare for the Charles Sturt University students to have access to an orchestra, and the TRAC students were able to perform in the state-of-the-art university facilities," Dr Candusso said.

"I hope this live orchestral recording is one of many new initiatives between the School of Communication and Creative Industries and the wider community."

The students were involved in the recording as part of their degrees, the Bachelor of Stage and Screen and the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design.

Dr Candusso is a multi-award winning sound designer. He has extensive industry experience in music, television and numerous feature films including The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet 2, Sanctum, The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ha'Hoole, DaybreakersAustralia and Happy Feet.  

In 2017, CSU will offer a Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Sound Design) and a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Sound Design) through its School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga.

"These new sound design specialisations at Charles Sturt University will allow students to explore all aspects of sound design including, film, television, games, virtual reality, theatre, music technology and more," Dr Candusso said.

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

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Media note: The live orchestral recording took place at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 8 September.

Photos of the event are available from CSU Media.

Photo: CSU academic Dr Damian Candusso briefs the orchestra from the Riverina Anglican College. Photo courtesy of CSU student Ms Jannice Banks.

Annual SPRUNG Festival at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 20 Sep 2016

The two-week season of the student-led 2016 SPRUNG Festival at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst opens tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

The annual SPRUNG Festival is driven by and features the work of final-year theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Seven productions will feature over eight nights at two University venues; the Ponton Theatre and the Creative Hub.

The Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony parade for the family from 6pm at the Ponton Theatre. The parade includes fire, drumming, characters from the shows and large-scale puppets.

Lecturer in theatre/media, Mr Dan Aubin said, "I am amazed at the passion, creativity and effort of the students. The entire Festival is created and organised by them; from the shows to the design and marketing. All the productions are original. We are interested in creating the new.

"The stories they tell give us insight into their view of the world at this interesting time in history."

The first week of the Festival showcases satirical theatre, The Bachelor Wants You!; a modern comedy mystery, The House of Eden; and a comedy play on women on TV, The Glory Days.

Shows during the 2nd week include Clara Jane, a view of indigenous women in the 20th century through dance and dialog; a sci-fi comedy on relationships and death in The Glass House; Relax, a short film giving a modern take on perceptions versus reality; and The Shift, a farcical comedy on 'that time of the year'.

A special feature of this year's event is the 'Women of theatre/media' forum from 10am on Friday 23 September. Theatre/media women graduates return to CSU in Bathurst for a panel discussion on the current climate and future of the theatre and performance industries.

The SPRUNG Festival runs until Saturday 1 October, and online bookings are recommended.

Program details and bookings can be made here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Event at CSU to build respect and safety in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Sep 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting the Building Respect and Safety event as an opportunity for students, staff and community to keep building a culture of respect.

The Building Respect and Safety event will take place at 4pm on Wednesday 21 September in Room 808.2047 at CSU in Port Macquarie and will include a free viewing of The Hunting Ground. This documentary film exposes the rates of sexual assault at American universities and provides a chance to discuss the issues of safety, respect and consent.

CSU Student Liaison Officer (Equity), Ms Cathy Woodhead said, "Students are invited to attend this event which will culminate in an open discussion on the issue, led by professionals from the local Port Macquarie Hastings community who respond to sexual assault.

"Charles Sturt University hopes to be one organisation taking the lead to prevent sexual violence in our community and we are hoping this screening and conversation will continue to strengthen the University as a place of respect and understanding."

Building Respect and Safety at CSU in Port Macquarie is part of the University's roll out of the Australia wide campaign Respect. Now. Always. which strives to prevent sexual assault and harassment in university communities.  

As well as the screening of The Hunting Ground and discussion of the issues of sexual assault and harassment, CSU will be providing guests with a pizza supper.

For students and staff members at CSU, a website has been developed to provide them with resources, information, the opportunity to get involved in the campaign, advice for how to help, and how to report and access support services www.csu.edu.au/respect.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for more information.

Inspiring the next generation for innovative ag solutions

Wednesday 14 Sep 2016

Primary school children will take a fresh look at the scientific and technical aspects of agriculture when they visit Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga as part of AgriHack Grain on Friday 16 September.

Agrihack is an initiative of the Regional Grants, Tenders and Corporate Services (RGTC) group, supported by CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences. The event aims to support regional innovation to enhance agriculture.

More than 30 children from small schools in Collingullie, Ladysmith, Tarcutta, Kapooka and Uranquinty will visit CSU to learn about soil structure at the grain trial sites, checking seed viability in the laboratory and will undertake a computer coding session.

Professor of Food Engineering at CSU, John Mawson said, "The aim is to encourage the students to think about the technology, research and development that supports our agricultural industries and the role they might play in the future of this exciting industry.

"Charles Sturt University has a long tradition of agricultural education and of innovative research to support our primary industries. Our support for the Agrihack is an example of how the University shares that expertise with the wider community."

CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences offers a range of degrees in agricultural science, agribusiness management, horticulture, wine and viticulture, wine business and wine science. Read more here.

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

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The media is invited to attend the Agrihack laboratory session from 11am to 11:45 am on Friday 16 September in the National Life Sciences Hub, building 289, Nathan Cobb Drive, near car park 25 at CSU in Wagga.

Photo ID and covered footwear is required to enter the NaLSH.

Building resilience to improve mental health

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Mental health and well-being advocate Mr Matthew Johnstone will visit Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga this month to address a free forum to raise awareness about mental health.

Mr Johnstone is the author and illustrator of eight books including I had a Black Dog and Living with a Black Dog which aim to help those living with depression, as well as their family and friends.

The presentation and panel discussion, TOUGH and UP: How to Build Resilience, will be held from 6.30pm on Monday 19 September at the CSU Convention Centre in Wagga Wagga.

Mr Johnstone will be joined by local businesswoman Ms Samantha Brunskill, who lives with the condition, bi polar.

CSU Health Promotions Officer Ms Coleen Pearce said, "The presentation by Matthew and Samantha will be followed by a panel discussion involving relevant professionals.

"This is a free event open to Charles Sturt University staff and students as well as the wider community.

"We aim to explore questions such as what is resilience and how do we build it.

"Resilience enables us to better cope with challenging situations, and helps with mental wellbeing. 

"The evening will also cover the strategies and support Charles Sturt University students can develop and access to maintain with mental health, particularly during stressful periods in their lives."

TOUGH and UP is a joint initiative of the University's Office for Students and Riverina Bluebell ahead of Mental Health Month in October.

To attend TOUGH and UP, please go to this site here: https://csutoughandup.eventbrite.com

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

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TOUGH and UP: How to Build Resilience, will be held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Monday 19 September at the CSU Convention Centre, building 230 near car park 69, Jingellic Place, CSU in Wagga Wagga

For interviews with author and illustrator Mr Matthew Johnstone, please contact CSU Media. 

CSU Health Promotions Officer Ms Coleen Pearce is in the CSU Office for Students. She is available for interviews about TOUGH and UP: How to Build Resilience. Contact CSU Media.

Mental health for CSU students in Albury fair

Monday 12 Sep 2016

Well Fair PosterActivities to promote good mental health will be highlighted to students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga this week.

The Well Fair week is designed to show how simple actions and behaviours can help people maintain a healthy outlook on life all year round.

CSU lecturer and Endorsed Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health Mr Hamish Alker-Jones said research has shown that connecting to others, giving, being active, taking notice of surroundings and continuous learning all help people stay healthy mentally.

"Belonging to something, in this case the University and the wider community, promotes interactions and leads to support.  This leads to connections to others that maximise resilience and provide help when it is needed," said Mr Alker-Jones, who is with CSU's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health.

The first event, an active fun run for student and staff teams, will be staged around the campus, commencing at 4.30pm on Tuesday 13 September.

CSU students will then be encouraged to maintain healthy behaviours during a Well-Fair on Thursday 15 September from 11.30am to 1.30pm, in and around the sports and recreation space at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. The fair will feature live music, a bucking bull and petting zoo.

Students will also be encouraged to make new connections, as they will be joined at the fair by 50 international students and staff from the University's Melbourne Study Centre.

A Trivia Night will be held at the G on Thursday night from 7pm.

In the spirit of giving, donations will be collected during the week's activities for Beyond Blue.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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To organise interviews and pictures with Mr Alker-Jones before and during the events, contact CSU Media.

CSU Amazing Race donation to Riding for the Disabled

Thursday 8 Sep 2016

Representatives of Charles Sturt University (CSU) will present a cheque for funds raised by the 2016 CSU Amazing Race to a charity in Bathurst on Monday 12 September.

The proceeds of the annual CSU Amazing Race event are donated to a different local charity each year. In 2016, the Riding for the Disabled Association is the beneficiary of $5 400 raised by the second event staged at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 30 March.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "The Amazing Race is an integral part of our social responsibility and our community engagement as a university campus. By mobilising our staff and students to raise funds for important community projects that focus on the less privileged and vulnerable members of our community we help them attain their goals by supporting some of their sustainable projects. It gives me great pleasure to see these children have the facility and opportunity to participate in what they love doing — riding. I thank all the staff and students who participated in the 2016 Amazing Race, and congratulate the winning teams."

The CSU team that raised the most ($1 360) was 'Out of the Grange', comprised of Sharon Sandry, Catherine Gordon, Natalie Nixon, Olivia Wyborn, and Alyce Tree.

The team that won the physical competition on the day was 'Librarians from Another Planet', consisting of Annette Goodwin, Andrew Press, and Karthik Babu.

Professor Anyanwu acknowledged the role of former Head of Campus Professor Jo-Anne Reid who hosted last year's event and was central to the organisation of the 2016 Amazing Race.

The CSU donation will be presented at 3.30pm Monday 12 September at Riding for the Disabled in Bathurst, Research Station Drive, behind Carenne School, Browning Street, Bathurst.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

In 2015, funds raised by the Amazing Race were donated to Daffodil Cottage cancer support unit in Bathurst.

Better Parks for People survey

Wednesday 7 Sep 2016

CSU researcher Dr Rachel WhitsedA survey has been launched to find out what Albury residents think about their recreational parks and spaces.

The study is part of the Better Parks for People project, a partnership project between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and AlburyCity with funding through the NSW Government's Liveable Communities Grants.

AlburyCity Mayor Councillor Henk van de Ven said, "There are more than 460 hectares of parks and reserves in our local council and they're a valuable resource for the whole community.

"The Better Parks for People project is a great idea but we need residents to have a say and express their views through the survey.

"Please help us further develop these great spaces," he said.

Researcher Dr Rachel Whitsed, from CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society, (pictured) says the 'Have a Say' survey aims for improved understanding of how and why people, and in particular those aged over 65 years, use parks.

"The project team will then develop a spatial park planning tool. This tool will be used by AlburyCity and other local governments to better plan current and future parks, but first we need to know what residents think makes a great park."

Surveys can be completed online at the AlburyCity offices and LibraryMuseum in Kiewa Street, Lavington Library, or at a Council Community Centre.

The survey is available here. It closes on Friday 30 September 2016.

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

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Dr Rachel Whitsed is a lecturer in spatial sciences in the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. For interviews contact CSU Media.

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