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Crow award for the CSU environment

Monday 23 May 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has again been recognised for its efforts to help the environment by winning a regional award for excellence in sustainability.

The Wagga Wagga Business Chamber's annual Crow Award for Excellence in Sustainability was awarded to CSU for its initiatives aimed at reducing the University's carbon footprint.

The sustainability initiatives, coordinated through CSU Green, include the adoption of the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) as part of the CSU Strategy, the annual Sustainability Grant program, and initiatives to reduce University waste, cut energy use, improve local biodiversity and encourage staff and students into environmentally friendly transport.  

The latest CSU Green initiative is the purchase of electric cars for CSU in Bathurst and Wagga Wagga.

CSU Green Manager Mr Edward Maher said, "Environmental sustainability is a big part of the Charles Sturt University ethos of 'acting for the public good'.

"The University places great importance on being a valued contributor to the regional communities in which we operate so it's particularly rewarding to be recognised by the Wagga Wagga business community through this Award."

The award was accepted by Mr Maher during the Golden Crow Awards' presentation ceremony on Friday 13 May.

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

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CSU scholarship presentation ceremonies across central west

Friday 20 May 2016

The 2016 scholarship ceremonies at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo will honour the memory and generosity of two passionate advocates for regional higher education.

The annual ceremonies celebrate the academic achievements and endeavours of current students enrolled in arts, business, education, and science courses at CSU.

This year the events have special significance as CSU Foundation Trust welcomes the receipt of a bequest of over $3 million from Carole and Stan Droder. They will be joined by other local businesses and organisations in presenting scholarships to deserving students to assist them in their studies.

The ceremonies will be held at CSU in Dubbo at 6pm Tuesday 24 May; at CSU in Orange at 10am Wednesday 25 May; and at CSU in Bathurst at 11.30am Friday 27 May.

CSU Foundation administers over 300 scholarships annually, and in 2016 more than $1.2 million in scholarships will be awarded across all CSU campuses to help students reach their full potential.

The Foundation recognises that by giving rural and regional students in Australia fair access to higher education, CSU can develop professionals who have experience in regional areas and further afield, which will help them to maintain and develop healthy local economies and vibrant communities.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The CSU Dubbo Campus Scholarship Ceremony is at 6pm Tuesday 24 May at Lecture Theatre (room 442, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo). The Head of Campus Dubbo, Professor Jeannie Herbert, will host the ceremony and a light supper will follow the completion of the ceremony. Twenty scholarships and prizes will be presented in Dubbo, and the recipient of the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship in Dubbo is Ms Naomi Clark, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Melissa Britnell on 6885.7370 or mbritnell@csu.edu.au

The CSU Orange Campus Scholarship Ceremony is at 10am Wednesday 25 May at the Templers Mill Function Centre (building 1000). The Head of Campus Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, will host the ceremony and a light lunch will follow the completion of the ceremony. Fifteen scholarships will be presented in Orange, and the recipient of the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship in Orange is Mr Blake Smoothy, Bachelor of Physiotherapy. For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Margot Drake on 6365 7500 or mdrake@csu.edu.au

The CSU Bathurst Campus Scholarship Ceremony is at 11.30am Friday 27 May at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220, Village Drive). The Head of Campus Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, will host the ceremony and a light lunch in the CD Blake Auditorium will follow the completion of the ceremony. Sixty nine scholarships and prizes will be presented in Bathurst, and the recipient of the Carole and Stan Droder Scholarship in Bathurst is Ms Jennifer Lucas, Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Approximately 250 of the University's donors, scholarship recipients and their supporters are expected to attend. For more information please contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Olivia Wyborn on 6338 4645 or hocbathurst@csu.edu.au

Re-worked Euripides play at CSU Engineering

Thursday 19 May 2016

Trojan WomenA radical adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy The Trojan Women will see the play transposed to the modern age at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst next week.

Final-year theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries are staging Euripides' The Trojan Women in Bathurst from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 May.

Director Mr Adam Deusien and final-year theatre/media student Ms Nina Oyama adapted this version of The Trojan Women from Euripides' original text.

"The Trojan Women is an exciting collaboration between the School of Communication and Creative Industries and CSU Engineering as one way to reveal the newly-opened building to the wider Bathurst public," Mr Deusien said.

"This site-specific and immersive theatre experience takes a harrowing look at bureaucracy, loss, and femininity across both the modern and ancient worlds, and will be performed using multiple spaces in the new state-of-the-art facility."

While tickets are available at the door, the performances on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 are sold-out, and tickets for other performances are selling fast, so online booking at www.sprungfestival.com is recommended.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The venue for all performances of The Trojan Women is CSU Engineering (building 1305), Village Drive, CSU in Bathurst. Tickets are $10 for preview performances on Friday 20 and Monday 23 May.

The opening night is 7pm Tuesday 24 May, with performances nightly at 7pm until Saturday 28 May.

Tickets are $20 adults, or $10 concession. For further enquires please contact Ms Nina Oyama on 0401 850 609, or email ninaoyama1@gmail.com

Modern students meet history in Bathurst

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Miss Traill HouseThe relationship of Charles Sturt University (CSU) history students with cultural sites in Bathurst grew when they recently visited a National Trust of Australia (NSW) home to experience Australian colonial life.

The second-year history students, many of whom are studying teacher education degrees, visited the historic Miss Traill's House in Bathurst as part of their exploration of the subject 'Colonial Australia'.

History tutor in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Bathurst Mr Sam Malloy (pictured with students, at right) said, "This subject explores how class mobility in 19th century colonial Australia included free convicts (emancipists) who rose to become middle-class. Students' insights into and empathy with bygone eras grows when they can step in an historic space and see tangible artefacts used in previous centuries.

"The collection at Miss Traill's House is one of the rarest examples in Australia. It shows in one place how two Bathurst pioneering families, the Lee and Kite families, prospered from convict and settler beginnings to become two of the most prosperous families in the Bathurst district."

Mr Malloy said Miss Traill's House is an excellent example how its collection of original furniture, porcelain, paintings, and family memorabilia shows these dramatic changes in colonial fortunes.

"The house and its possessions derive from William Lee and Thomas Kite, Miss Ida Traill's maternal great-grandfathers, who were among the first ten men granted land in the Bathurst district in 1818 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie," Mr Malloy said.

"Miss Traill died in 1976 and bequeathed her house, family collection, and garden to the National Trust of Australia (NSW). The students' tour of the house included the formal rooms as well as the bedrooms, kitchen, and Miss Traill's personal office."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6337 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Mr Sam Malloy is the Bathurst subject coordinator and tutor for the subject 'Colonial Australia'. He was the former manager of Miss Traill's House for 12 years, from 1994 to 2007.

Major CSU benefactor honoured in scholarship ceremony in Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 18 May 2016

The memory and generosity of two passionate advocates for regional higher education will be honoured at the annual scholarship ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

The annual ceremony, starting at 4.30pm on Thursday 19 May, will celebrate the academic achievements and endeavours of more than 100 students enrolled in business, arts, education and science courses at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

This year, the event will hold special significance as CSU Foundation Trust welcomes the receipt of a bequest of over $3 million from Carole and Stan Droder.

Another new donor is the CSU Bushpigs Football Club, providing a scholarship to help a gifted footballer succeed at both academic and sporting endeavours. The new scholarship is partially funded from the generous donations received from the Club's supporters and former players.

Other local businesses and organisations will also present scholarships to deserving students to assist them in their studies.

CSU Foundation administers over 300 scholarships annually, 73 of which will be presented at the ceremony in Wagga Wagga.

CSU will award more than $1.2 million in scholarships in 2016 to help students reach their full potential.

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

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The 2016 CSU Foundation Scholarships ceremony will be held in CSU Convention Centre from 4:30pm.  Master of Ceremonies is head of CSU in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew (pictured). 

Further information is available from CSU Media.

Major benefactor honoured in Albury scholarship ceremony

Tuesday 17 May 2016

The memory and generosity of two passionate advocates for regional higher education will be honoured at this year's major scholarship ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

The annual ceremony, starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18 May, celebrates the academic achievements and endeavours of current students enrolled in business, education and science courses at CSU in Albury-Wodonga in the CD Blake Auditorium at Thurgoona.

This year, the event will hold special significance as CSU Foundation Trust welcomes the receipt of a bequest of over $3 million from Carole and Stan Droder.

Other new donors presenting prizes at this year's ceremony include the Westpac Corporation and the Rand-Walbundrie Football Club.

They will be joined by other local businesses and organisations in presenting scholarships to deserving students to assist them in their studies.

CSU Foundation administers over 300 scholarships annually, 39 of which will be awarded at the Albury ceremony.

CSU Foundation recognises that by giving rural and regional students in Australia fair access to higher education, CSU can develop professionals who have experience in regional areas and further afield, which will help them to maintain and develop healthy local economies and vibrant communities.

This year across all campuses, CSU will award more than $1.2 million in scholarships to help students reach their full potential.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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The 2016 CSU Foundation Scholarships ceremony will be held in the CD Blake Auditorium (751-104), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona. After the formal event, scholarship recipients and their parents and friends will join donors and CSU staff for refreshments in the Gums Cafe.

Visiting MP to explore innovation and start-ups at CSU

Thursday 12 May 2016

CSU EngineeringThe Hon. Ed Husic, MP, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting with Digital Innovation and Start-ups, will tour the new CSU Engineering program facilities at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 12 May from 4pm to 5pm.

Mr Husic will be welcomed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Toni Downes, and Head of Campus in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu. Professor of Engineering Dr James Morgan will lead the tour which will be followed by an afternoon tea.

Mr Husic will provide a public address from 6pm to 7pm at CSU Engineering (building 1305, Village Drive) to discuss 'Regional Innovation and Start-ups', followed by a question and answer session.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. For more information please contact Ms Kate Esdaile via email kesdaile@csu.edu.au. Car parking is available in P7 adjacent to the building.

Gravitational waves explored in free CSU public lecture

Wednesday 11 May 2016

CSU gateway Orange angledThe recent momentous discovery of gravitational waves is the topic of a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Tuesday 17 May.

The Explorations Series public lecture will be delivered by Dr Philip Charlton, senior lecturer in mathematics in the CSU School of Computing and Mathematics. Dr Charlton was one of the Australian scientists who played a key role in the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in February 2016.

His lecture will discuss the discovery and scientific implications of this first observation by scientists of ripples in the fabric of space-time (gravitational waves) arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity, and opened an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

The public lecture will be presented at 6pm Tuesday 17 May in room 120, building 1004, at CSU, Leeds Parade, Orange. For more information contact Regional Relations Assistant to Head of Campus Orange, Ms Margot Drake on 6365 7500 or mdrake@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Exercise, sleep and appetite: research volunteers needed

Friday 6 May 2016

The role of exercise in promoting sleep and improving appetite regulation is being examined as part of a study at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Student Ms Penelope Larsen is completing her PhD through the CSU School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health and needs more than 600 people aged between 35 and 60 to take part in her research.

"The first component of the study uses a series of questionnaires which allow participants to give an explanation of their perceived sleep quality, eating behaviour, level of physical activity, and mood states," Ms Larsen said.

"Data from these questionnaires will examine the relationship between sleep, diet and physical activity to better determine the role of exercise in day-to-day lives."

Participants can also volunteer to take part in further research where they could be randomly selected to wear an Actiwatch for two weeks to record daily activity and sleep patterns.

Ms Larsen's research supervisor Dr Melissa Skein from CSU in Bathurst said, "The study will provide vital information about an individual's sleep and overall health and will be the platform for Penelope to examine specific exercise training protocols on sleep, appetite, and eating behaviour later in her PhD.

"The provision of questionnaires means it does not require too much time for the participants and they complete it at a time that suits them."If you have any questions or would like to take part in the research contact Ms Larsen by email to plarsen@csu.edu.au

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

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Dr Melissa Skein and Ms Penelope Larsen are in the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health at CSU in Bathurst. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews on Monday 9 or Tuesday 10 May.

Preparing better teachers for high school classrooms

Thursday 5 May 2016

Mr Paul GroverCharles Sturt University (CSU) is partnering with James Fallon High School in Albury to investigate new ways of preparing new teachers for the rigors of high school teaching.

Five third-year students enrolled in education degrees at CSU in Albury-Wodonga are taking part in the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Framework funded by NSW Government.

The CSU students, who are specialising in mathematics, science, social science and English, have been immersed in the high school since March this year, observing different classes and participating in wider school activities. This prepares them for their formal six-week practicum with classes at James Fallon High School supervised by experienced teachers.

The CSU students were selected from their expressions of interest, which CSU education lecturer, Mr Paul Grover, hopes will better prepare new teachers for the complex life of high school teaching.

"High school teaching requires new teachers to understand the way a whole school operates each day, and the wide variety of school activities students are involved in each term," Mr Grover said.

The partnership between CSU and James Fallon high School is one of 11 across NSW, with only one other project being carried out in regional NSW.

"We have the chance to demonstrate how inland high schools can welcome and invigorate prospective teachers to explore the teaching profession by understanding the real world of a regional high school," Mr Grover said.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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The Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Framework project for Albury will be launched at 11am on Monday 9 May at James Fallon High School, Fallon St, North Albury, by NSW Member for Albury, Mr Greg Alpin.

JFHS Principal Ms Jenny Parrett, CSU Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle, CSU education academic and project coordinator Mr Paul Grover, and participating CSU students will be available for interviews and pictures.

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