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Social work students from India experience Wagga

Thursday 27 Jul 2017

Kerala students in WaggaCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga is providing an international study program to give social work students from India experience with Australian human services organisations.

Course Director at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ms Therese Jones-Mutton said the School is currently hosting two students from Rajagiri College in Kerala, India.

"The School has been visiting the university in Kerala for a number of years with groups of students and this is the first time we have been able to reciprocate the hospitality we received in Kerala," Ms Jones-Mutton said.

The students from Kerala, Ms Nefertiti Sweet and Ms Arsha Baby Joseph, are both undertaking the Master of Social Work and are here for the month of July.

"We have developed a program for them to provide exposure to a range of human services in the Wagga Wagga area," Ms Jones-Mutton said.

"Most of the students' time has been spent visiting agencies and finding out about the model of service delivery and the issues that affect marginalised Australians.

"The students also have had the opportunity to experience campus life and attend lectures."

The agencies include Relationships Australia, Wagga Women's Health Centre, and South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, and the students experienced a full-day exploring the work that the Red Cross is engaged with locally.

Ms Jones-Mutton explained that the Human Services Team in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to supporting a reciprocal arrangement with its international partners, and the program is supported by CSU Global.

"The School's relationship with Rajagiri College began in 2012 when one of our academics Dr Bill Anscombe visited the college in India," she said.

"Our first student study tour to Kerala was in 2015, led by our colleague Ms Heather Boetto. A second group of students visited in January this year, led by Ms Belinda Cash."

Ms Sweet and Ms Joseph were formally farewelled by CSU staff at a dinner on Wednesday 26 July prior to the conclusion of their study visit on Friday and their departure for India on Sunday 30 July.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Ms Therese Jones-Mutton, or Ms Sweet and Ms Joseph.

Photo shows Ms Nefertiti Sweet (centre left) and Ms Arsha Baby Joseph (centre right) with Australian Red Cross CEO Ms Judy Slatyer (left) and Red Cross MSP Ms Kate Tralaggan (right)  in Wagga Wagga recently.

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Slam poet champ is new Booranga Writers' Centre resident

Friday 14 Jul 2017

Zohab KhanA poetry slam champion is the new writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

President of Booranga Writers' Centre and adjunct senior lecturer in English at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mr David Gilbey said he was pleased to announce Mr Zohab Khan (pictured) as the writer-in-residence for July.

"Booranga's new writer-in-residence is a charismatic poet-performer, hip-hop artist and international educator, celebrated as a compelling raconteur, proficient didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and percussionist," Mr Gilbey said.

"Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken-word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. Zohab is also the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam.

"Zohab has graced stages across the world and has conducted over a thousand poetry and self-development workshops at various prestigious institutions and festivals. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in people through spoken-word poetry and 'brain hacks'."

Mr Gilbey explained that with the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also a means to inspire change and increase productivity.

"As a fourth generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised in Griffith and Wagga, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into exemplary stories," he said. "He confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to socio-economic disparities, and his high energy and powerful words have left many inspired."

In 2017 Mr Khan will release of his first book in Japanese, and second collection of poetry in English. See more of Mr Khan's performances on YouTube here and here and here.

A number of events featuring Mr Khan will be held in Wagga Wagga and Griffith later in July:

'Zohab at Sonder' on Friday 21 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, a free admission Performance Reading at Café Sonder, Fitzmaurice St, Wagga Wagga. Local slam poet Nutmeg Jacquelin will also be performing at this event. Food will be available for purchase from a special menu including share platters as well as cakes and drinks.

Writing Workshop on Saturday 22 July from 2pm to 4pm at Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga. Free to members, a $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night on Thursday 20 July from 5.30pm to 7pm at Griffith City Library, Banna Ave in Griffith. Free admission.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey and Mr Zohab Khan.

CSU CUP sports grants for Bathurst region

Tuesday 11 Jul 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has announced the successful Community-University Partnership (CUP) sports grants 2017 (Summer Round) for the Bathurst region.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "The CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program is a small grants program offering $500 to $1 000 to assist young rural sportspeople or teams to attend regional, national or other one-off events.

"The grants also assist community sporting groups to host regional, national or other one-off events in the University's campus regions, and to provide equipment to assist young people who have difficulty meeting the cost of participation in sports programs.

"I congratulate all the successful grant winners and hope that our support goes a long way in helping them achieve their sporting ambitions."

The successful applicants for the Bathurst region are:

Western Region Academy of Sport – Sara Matthews to represent NSW at the National (Under 16) Basketball Championships in Perth from 8 to 15 July 2017. ($625 grant)

Ryan PeacockWestern Region Academy of Sport – Darcie Morrison to represent NSW throughout all 4 rounds of the AON National University Rugby Seven's Series during the months of August and September 2017. ($625 grant awarded)

Blayney Rams Rugby Union Club – To purchase appropriate training equipment ($1 000 grant)

Bathurst Giants Australia Rules Football Club – To establish and support an Indigenous round within the local AFL. The grant funds will be used by the Giants to purchase a full set of AFL jumpers that will have Indigenous artwork within the design ($750 grant)

Denison College of Secondary Education, Bathurst High Campus – To support Ryan Peacock (pictured left) in the NSW Combined High Schools United Kingdom Cricket Tour. ($1 000 grant)

The CUP Sports (Winter) Round opens up on 4 September 2017, with applications closing on 2 October 2017. To submit an application please visit https://www.csu.edu.au/about/community/partnerships/grants

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst.

Photo credit: photo of Ryan Peacock courtesy of The Western Advocate, Bathurst.

North-East consultant to build leadership skills

Tuesday 11 Jul 2017

A marketing consultant to the agribusiness sectors in North-East Victoria aims to increase her skills to help expand opportunities in these industries through a leadership program starting this month at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Ms Alison Lloyd aims to learn the leadership skills she needs to help the local food and wine industries take advantage of the growing opportunities offered through tourism in the region.

"I believe there is great potential offered by the emerging agri-tourism sector. Visitors from major Australian cities and overseas are enthralled by the environment and quality produce of our region, and they want more," Ms Lloyd said.

"I want to help local businesses create attractive experiences for these visitors, and tell their stories far and wide."

To obtain these advanced leadership skills, Ms Lloyd is taking part in the 12-month Regional Leadership Program Course being offered by CSU at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre.

"I will need to draw on highly developed skills in communication, project management and stakeholder engagement," she said.

"It's not an easy thing to do, to bring together the interests and concerns of a wide group of people into a single vision - so I need every skill I can get, which I aim to get through this program."

The CSU Regional Leadership Program builds on the personal and skills development in the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program which Ms Lloyd recently completed.

Ms Lloyd currently works extensively with the regional 'Wines of the King Valley' marketing board and is a board member with the Beechworth Food Co-op.

Coordinator of the CSU Regional Leadership Program, Ms Ilena Young, noted that the program can also lead to the Master of Business Leadership, also offered through CSU.

"I am delighted to get this inaugural program off the ground in the region.  We have had interest from people in such varied sectors as health, environmental management, education and planning, all of them located in North-East Victoria," Ms Young said.

The first two-day module of the Regional Leadership Program commences at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Road, Wangaratta, on Thursday 27 July.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Ms Alison Lloyd or Ms Ilena Young, contact CSU Media.

CSU CUP arts and education grants for Orange region

Wednesday 5 Jul 2017

CSU gateway Orange angledOrganisations in the Orange region have been advised of the success of their applications for Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) arts and education grants.

The grants announcements are for the Rural and Regional Education Development Program and the Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson said, "The University's motto is 'For the public good', and the Community-University Partnerships program is just one of the ways that is demonstrated and gives expression to our ethos 'yindyamarra winhanganha', meaning 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

"The CUP grants aim to advance our mission by cultivating strong, relevant and collaborative partnerships with local communities, industry, government and employers.

"I congratulate the successful applicants in our region and wish them success with their projects."

The CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program is a small grant program (generally between $500 and $1 000) to assist primary and secondary schools, and not-for-profit early childhood centres in the University's regions to acquire equipment or consumables that assist students' learning and engagement in rural and regional areas. Successful applicants include:

Canobolas Public School, Robotics Challenge Enhancement ($1 000)

Under the banner of STEM education the aims of the continuing Robotics programs at Canobolas Public School are to provide the opportunities for Stage 3 students to develop and demonstrate confidence in making reasoned evidenced-based decisions.

Forbes High School, 21st Century Technologies ($1 000)

The purchase of SPHERO robots for use in curriculum delivery across three Key Learning Areas.

Parkes High School, Dash and Dot Maker Space ($1 000)

Purchase of two 'Dash and Dot Wonder Packs' for students to use in the new Maker Space in the library, to enable an engaging hands-on introduction to robotics, coding and problem-solving.

Parkes East Public School, Effective Transition to School ($750)

Equipment and resources to support a new program for parents and incoming students in transition to Kindergarten, with sessions for students, parents and both involving activities and workshops.

The CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is a small grants program (generally $500 to $1 000) to support regional arts and culture programs including artists-in-residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours. Four successful applicants each received $1 000:

Rotary Club of Orange Inc., Creative poetry workshops in schools

The aim is to engage a professional poet to work with school students in Orange to teach them the skills to write poetry and to then present their poems at the 2018 Banjo Patterson Festival.

Canowindra Arts Incorporated, Young Artist Development and Exhibition

The aim is to create an annual program to engage local Canowindra and regional youth in creative painting, drawing and other selected arts through talks, practical workshops and exhibitions conducted by advanced, highly-talented regional artists.

Cudal Public School Parents and Citizens Association, Community Production

To help fund the Cudal Public School's biennial theatrical performance involving all students in the school. The performance allows students to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities.

Canowindra Public School Artists-in-ResidenceThis is a school-based community project which started in October 2016 with no funding by two local artists who currently work with a mixed-age group of children. The aim is to inspire children and teachers by providing a variety of ideas, techniques, and materials to develop enquiry and experimentation through process, and will also encourage other artists to be involved in the mentoring process.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU CUP grants announced for Orange region

Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

CSU gateway Orange angledOrganisations in the Orange region have learned of their successful applications for Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants.

The grants announcements are for the Rural and Regional Education Development Program and the Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson said, "The University's motto is 'For the public good', and the Community-University Partnerships program is just one of the ways that is demonstrated and gives expression to our ethos 'yindyamarra winhanganha', meaning 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

"The CUP grants aim to advance our mission by cultivating strong, relevant and collaborative partnerships with local communities, industry, government and employers.

"I congratulate the successful applicants in our region and wish them success with their projects."

The CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program is a small grant program of between $500 and $1 000 to assist primary and secondary schools, and not-for-profit early childhood centres in the University's regions, to acquire equipment or consumables that assist students' learning and engagement in rural and regional areas. Successful applicants in include:

Canobolas Public School, Robotics Challenge Enhancement ($1 000)

Under the banner of STEM education, the aims of the continuing Robotics programs at Canobolas Public School are to provide the opportunities for Stage 3 students to develop and demonstrate confident decisions based on evidence.

Forbes High School, 21st Century Technologies ($1 000)

The purchase of SPHERO robots for use in curriculum delivery across three Key Learning Areas.

Parkes High School, Dash and Dot Maker Space ($1 000)

Purchase of two 'Dash and Dot Wonder Packs' for students to use in the new Maker Space in the library, to enable an engaging hands-on introduction to robotics, coding and problem-solving.

Parkes East Public School, Effective Transition to School ($750)

Equipment and resources to support a new program for parents and incoming students in transition to Kindergarten, with activities and workshops for students and parents.

The CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is a small grants program between $500 and $1 000 to support regional arts and culture programs including artists-in-residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours. Four successful applicants each received $1 000 in the current round:

Rotary Club of Orange Inc., Creative poetry workshops in schools

The aim is to engage a professional poet to work with school students in Orange to teach them the skills to write poetry and to then present their poems at the 2018 Banjo Patterson Festival.

Canowindra Arts Incorporated, Young Artist Development and Exhibition

The aim is to create an annual program to engage local Canowindra and regional youth in creative painting, drawing and other selected arts through talks, practical workshops and exhibitions conducted by advanced, highly-talented regional artists.

Cudal Public School Parents and Citizens Association, Community Production

To help fund the Cudal Public School's biennial theatrical performance involving all students in the school. The performance allows students to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities.

Canowindra Public School Artists-in-Residence

This is a school-based community project which started in October 2016 with no funding by two local artists who currently work with children of mixed ages. The aim is to inspire children and teachers by providing a variety of ideas, techniques, and materials to develop enquiry and experimentation through process, and will also encourage other artists to be involved in the mentoring process.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Indigenous businesses program coming to Dubbo

Friday 23 Jun 2017

Walan Mayinygu logoStrengthening Indigenous entrepreneurship and business know-how is the aim of a one-week Charles Sturt University (CSU) program to run in August in Dubbo.

Members of the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub project are visiting Dubbo on Monday 26 June to meet with the local organising committee and begin final preparations for a series of business innovation workshops to run from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September.

Launched by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with the New South Wales Government and Indigenous Business Australia, the Walan Mayinygu Pop Up Hub project aims to strengthen Indigenous entrepreneurship in regional communities across NSW.

The program was developed by Associate Professor Michelle Evans to engage with and inspire Indigenous business people, as well as those thinking about going into business, by offering workshops, masterclasses, trade shows, networking events and opportunities for participants to pitch their business ideas.

Michelle Evans 250x150"We're excited to be in Dubbo on Monday meeting with a range of local stakeholders including Aboriginal business people," said Professor Evans, who is with CSU's Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

"We have twelve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs teaching and presenting at the Walan Mayingu Dubbo program alongside professors from Charles Sturt University and executive educators from Melbourne Business School and the University of NSW."

In August, the Dubbo Pop Up Hub will begin with an official opening at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, followed by a networking lunch and masterclass presented by a selection of successful Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Other activities to occur during the week include networking lunches as well as workshops for established businesses on legal issues, business management, and social media engagement.

Hour-long masterclasses held each day will focus on topics such as thinking as an entrepreneur, creating value financially and non-financially, and market orientation.

There is also a day-long Youth Innovation Program on Wednesday 30 August, while several keynote speaker will also address participants during the week.  

"The Pop Up Hub will provide local people with a sense of what's available in term of business support. For some, it will pave the way for them to further develop their entrepreneurial interests and talents," said Mr Paul Schenk, Business Development Manager for the Western Office of Regional Development, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

"This is a great opportunity for local people, and I encourage them to get involved. Harnessing and developing the entrepreneurial energy and talents of the Indigenous business community has the benefit of improving the overall economy of the region."

After the Dubbo event in August, Walan Mayinygu Pop Up Hubs will also take place in Albury, Port Macquarie and Lismore.

For further information and to register participation in the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub,go to this site or the Walan Mayinygu Facebook site.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews on Monday 26 June with members of the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub project including Associate Professor Michelle Evans, contact CSU Media.

CSU in Dubbo hosts Aboriginal art exhibition

Thursday 22 Jun 2017

Mal MorrisThe first art exhibition to hang in the revitalised Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo features wood carvings by Dubbo Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris.

CSU campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said the exhibition projects power and integrity.

"The works to be displayed represent stories and memories from Mr Morris's childhood, the river and bush around the Dubbo region," Mr Sykes said.

"The exhibits explore the personal nature of marking wood from Wiradjuri country using a deep 'V' sculpted groove. These works show the special connection between people and country, and Mr Morris finds deeper meanings discovered through tools, nature and belonging."

The free exhibition runs from Monday 26 June to Friday 25 August at CSU in Dubbo, 8 Tony McGrane Place, with the official opening at 2pm on Saturday 1 July. The exhibition curator is Mr Jack Randell.

Mr Morris (pictured) is a Wiradjuri man who lived in North Dubbo in 1950s and 1960s on the site of the current Aboriginal Aged Accommodation in Bemrose Lane. He attended North Dubbo Primary, then Dubbo High School for a brief period before gaining a trade certificate in fitting and turning.

After many years working in local industries, he retired from full-time work and took a position at Lincoln School at Orana Juvenile Justice Centre. Working with Aboriginal youth at the Centre and helping them reconnect with culture and country, he rediscovered his passion for art. His art evolved from dot painting on canvass, to painting and burning didgeridoos, through to wood carvings.

Mr Morris is very conscious of the significance of the traditional tree carvings of the Wiradjuri people, and in 2014 was involved in discussions with the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party to ensure that he was supported by the local Aboriginal people in developing a culturally-safe style of carvings. This led to the completion of 'Totem Poles' at the Allira Preschool in Dubbo.

Since then, he has further developed his passion for wood carvings, and enjoys carving his own stories of culture.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Bart Sykes or Mr Mal Morris.

CSU seeks applications from artists, curators and organisations to use the new exhibition space. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July, for scheduling for the coming 12 months.

To discuss exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo contact Mr Bart Sykes on 6885 7305 or bsykes@csu.edu.au, or in person at CSU in Dubbo at 8 Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Talent at HSC English Study Day at CSU

Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

David GilbeyThe 2017 Higher School Certificate (HSC) English Study Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 16 June will bring together accomplished academics, exemplary teachers from the region, and CSU graduates.

Between 500 and 600 high school students and teachers from across the Riverina region will attend the annual HSC English Study Day.

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 more than 40 lectures, workshops and discussion panels will be presented on texts and topics being studied by Standard and Advanced English students for the 2017 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.

"The students are pleased to get other perspectives on the work they're concentrating on for the HSC, and for teachers it's a useful professional development occasion.

"English teachers and academics are shining word wizards. I'm sure the day will sparkle 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, School of Communication and Creative Industries, and from the Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy (ALLaN) Team.

Students and teachers will come from schools in Tumut, Young, Yanco, Leeton, Junee, Culcairn, Gundagai and Temora, as well as from Wagga 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.

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