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Strong Moves Camp in Bathurst for Indigenous students

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is hosting a Strong Moves Camp for Indigenous high school students from the Riverina, Mid North Coast, and the NSW Central West from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November.

Future Moves program coordinator in the CSU Office of Students Mr Ben Morris (pictured) said, "Strong Moves is a mentoring program that engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a series of activities designed to build and strengthen expectations that further study is a realistic goal.

Ben Morris"It will be a fun and exciting week for the students, with staff from multiple faculties running workshops with the students.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the NSW Riverina, Central West and Mid-North Coast regions will be staying on campus in Bathurst to experience university life first-hand. They will participate in a series of workshops aimed at building confidence, celebrating achievements, and discovering the wide variety of future educational options they have before them."

Disciplines areas and courses the students will experience include psychology, policing, TV production, engineering, nursing, and physiotherapy.

Schools attending include Mt Austin High School (Wagga Wagga), and from the Mid-North Coast; Hastings College West Port Campus (Port Macquarie), Melville High School (Kempsey), and Port Macquarie High School.

From the central west, schools include Dennison College Bathurst and Kelso campuses, Orange High School, and Wellington High School.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Mr Ben Morris.

Generosity of CSU students to feed less fortunate

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

The hunger of the vulnerable and less fortunate in the Riverina will be catered for thanks to the generosity of students leaving Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga for the summer break.

The move out cook up has now become an annual event that sees students leaving their residences at the conclusion of the semester cleaning out their pantries, fridges and freezers and donating all of their in-date food products to CSU Healthy Eating, Entertainment and Retail Services (CHEERS). CHEERS staff then cook and prepare packaged frozen meals to donate to the food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Mr Toby Perry, food and beverage coordinator for the Southern Region CSU handed over in excess of 340 frozen meals to Mr John Foord of the Riverina chapter of OzHarvest yesterday.

Mr Perry is proud of the CHEERS catering team who prepare the meals, and grateful to the students for their generosity.

staff and student handover 

"It's simply fantastic to be able to support a local charity by providing nutritious meals with food that would have otherwise gone to waste," Mr Perry said.

While the cook up is an initiative of CHEERS, the donation of so many meals wouldn't be possible without the support of CSU students which is promoted and driven by the Student Residents' Association (Residence Life).

Mr Travis Cohalan, manager of Residence Life (Southern Zone) indicated students were willing to be involved and donate their food knowing it was going to a worthy cause.

"We're pleased to be part of this important community project helping people in need, and also support the University's objective to be an environmentally sustainable organisation," Mr Cohalan said.

The meals received by OzHarvest will be distributed to local charity partners who deliver meals to the vulnerable and less fortunate in Wagga Wagga and Junee up to six days a week.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427 845 830

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Mr Toby Perry or Mr Travis Cohalan.

CSU theatre students boost local Shakespeare production

Friday 17 Nov 2017

As You Like It posterCharles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students underpin a local production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It at Abercrombie House in Bathurst in November.

The Bathurst Shakespeare Players have teamed up with Christopher and Xanthe Morgan from historic Abercrombie House to present six evening performances of one of the bard's funniest and most entertaining comedies.

Director Ms Libby Daniewska said there are five theatre/media students and one academic staff member from the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in this year's production, and two students working backstage on set design, and sound and lighting.

"We've worked a lot over the years with Charles Sturt University students, staff and the theatre/ media department," Ms Daniewska said.

"We maintain a strong and good relationship with the University in various ways from a casting and production perspective, and it always strengthens each production."

This year's CSU theatre/media student cast for As You Like It includes Ms Heather Edmonds, Ms Hannah Armstrong, Mr Artie Hotchkies, Mr Liam Jones, Ms Ally Moon, and lecturer Mr Brett van Heekeren.

CSU helpers and crew include Ms Harriet Fahey (sound and lighting), Mr Josh Meyers (set design) who was a cast member in previous years, and former student Mr Dom Ingersole.

Producer Mr Christopher Morgan said that tickets are selling fast for this year's production of Shakespeare in the garden which commenced its season last night at Abercrombie House.

"This is a wonderful production of As You Like It and I urge anyone seeking a great evening's entertainment in a delightful setting to come along," Mr Morgan said.

"Excellent pre-ordered picnic hampers are available for $35 for two or $25 for one, or bring your own, and BYO something nice to drink.

"We ask patrons to arrive from 6pm for the play to start at 7pm on the six dates."

The six performances are Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18, Thursday 23, Friday 24, and Saturday 26 November.

Tickets are available from StickyTickets, or by email to Abercrombie.House@bigpond.com, or phone the Morgans on 6331 4929.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU staff member paddles to world gold

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

Lisa SmallboneCharles Sturt University (CSU) staff member and paddler Dr Lisa Smallbone (pictured left) highlighted her sporting prowess as a member of the successful national dragon boat team, the Auroras, competing at the recent world championships in Kunming, China.

Dr Smallbone has returned to her Albury base with two gold medals as a member of the Australian Senior B Women's team that won both the 200-metre and 2000-metre championship finals. They defeated top teams from Canada and USA.

The keen sportsperson was part of a 200-strong national contingent that went to China for the championships, which were held from 18 to 22 October. This was the best result yet for the Australian Auroras at a world nations championship.

"It was a great honour to represent Australia and compete at such a high level," Dr Smallbone said.

"The racing was extremely close and we had to be highly focused and determined to beat Canada, who have dominated the masters division in world dragon boat racing in recent years.

"Their women's team had never been beaten before, and we managed to do it twice!"

Dr Smallbone is a member of Warriors Albury Wodonga Dragon Boat Club, based on the Border.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for interview with Dr Lisa Smallbone, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

Launch of 2017 fourW literary magazine in Wagga and Sydney

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

David GilbeyThe 28th edition of one of Australia's 'little magazines', fourW, will be launched in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 18 and in Sydney on Saturday 25 November.

Mr David Gilbey (pictured), adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said the winners of the 2017 Booranga prizes for poetry and fiction will be announced also at the launches.

"fourW collects some of the best new Australian writing from the regions, the nation and overseas, and publishes it annually," Mr Gilbey said.

"This 28th edition of fourW contains more than 50 poems and nearly 20 short stories that stretch the boundaries of writing in multi-layered, allusive language that engages, challenges, seduces.

"It includes new work from Booranga writers-in-residence in 2017, Rajith Savanadasa, Nathanael O'Reilly, Zohab Khan, and Biff Ward, as well as a wide range of authors, both established and 'emerging'."

The anthology includes new work from more than 50 writers, including Julie Maclean, Rosanna Licari, Daniel King, Mitchell Grabois, Andy Kissane, Kit Kelen, Derek Motion, and Graham Rowlands.

Mr Gilbey explained the name fourW derives from Wagga Wagga Writers Writers, the original moniker for Booranga Writers' Centre, located at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

fourW will be launched at the Wagga Wagga City Library at 1.30pm to 4pm on Saturday 18 November by award-winning New Zealand-based Filipino-Australian poet, editor, and reviewer Ms Ivy Alvarez.

The launch in Sydney will be by poet, editor (of Verity La) and critic Ms Michele Seminara at 3.30pm to 5pm on Saturday 25 November at Gleebooks, in Glebe.

Check out Booranga Writers' Centre on Facebook and Twitter, website: https://arts-ed.csu.edu.au/booranga

The events are free. Meet and hear writers read their work. Refreshments available.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

Students collaborate for better rural health

Thursday 9 Nov 2017

Paramedic exercise Oct 2017Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst recently joined with students from Western Sydney University (WSU) for a one-day rural health education collaboration.

Associate lecturer in paramedicine in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Bathurst Ms Amanda Hlushak (front row, third from left) said the inaugural education day consisted of a series of inter-professional clinical simulations. These involved health students from the nursing and paramedicine programs at CSU and medical students from WSU's Bathurst Rural Clinical School.

"The event saw students participating in rural-focused clinical simulations which allow them to work alongside fellow students from other disciplines to prepare them for future workplace practice," Ms Hlushak said.

"Allowing students to work together in this way, before they enter the workforce, is likely to improve future workplace relationships and, most importantly, improve patient care outcomes."

Ms Hlushak explained that these types of collaborative education days are important initiatives in helping increase health professionals' knowledge of rural health issues, as well as helping to break down barriers that currently exist between health disciplines.

"Our aim is to continue to run these events, to provide our local students with a broader education experience, and to showcase Bathurst as an excellent regional educational provider in health," she said.

The inaugural one-day inter-professional rural health education event was staged at CSU in Bathurst on Saturday 14 October.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Amanda Hlushak.

Photo shows students and lecturers who participated in the joint exercise at CSU in Bathurst on Saturday 14 October.

Students learn to teach science to students

Wednesday 8 Nov 2017

Twelve Year 9 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School spent Monday 6 November at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange learning fun hands-on and engaging science experiments from CSU academic staff.

The activity was part of the CSU Future Moves program to bring the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) to Canobolas Rural Technology High School and Glenroi Heights Public School.

On Tuesday 7 November, the Canobolas High students took their new found knowledge and enthusiasm to their own school where they became the experts teaching 30 visiting Year 6 students from Glenroi Heights Public School.

The two days provided the students with a memorable, exciting and interactive first-hand experience of science and career possibilities available with science while they explored ideas for their futures.

Mrs Renae Symons, Future Moves school outreach officer for CSU in the central west, said, "This is a great opportunity for the Year 9 students to step up and show leadership skills, science knowledge. It was also a fantastic transition activity for the Year 6 students, given many will be attending Canobolas Rural Technology High School next year."

Future Moves is a federally funded initiative, run through Charles Sturt University and aligned with the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews, or phone Future Moves program coordinator Mr Ben Morris on 0427 714 807.

NISEP was developed by Macquarie University and has now expanded after partnering with CSU Future Moves. Future Moves was developed to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW. By introducing young people to the world of university study we hope to encourage them to become more engaged in school studies and more confident in considering tertiary study as a realistic option. Future Moves is directed at students who have the potential to succeed in tertiary education and who come from families with little or no experience of higher education. The popularity of the program has seen it continue to grow and reach out to more schools due to the positive feedback received over the past five years.

CSU student petitions for horse crossing in Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017

 Scott Cox petitions for horse crossingA Charles Sturt University (CSU) student is using his studies to push for a new horse crossing in Wagga Wagga to improve community safety.

Working as a track work rider to support his studies, Mr Scott Cox had identified a need to construct a horse crossing near the Murrumbidgee Turf Club to ensure horse and riders crossed the road safely.

Currently, the section of road where riders and handlers cross with their horses is zoned as 60 kilometres per hour. There have been a number of incidents as the horses become easily spooked due to the speed of traffic.

As part of his Bachelor of Teaching, Mr Cox undertook an assessment that identified a civic issue which he then discussed within his class and wrote a plan to bring about change. Mr Cox saw this as an opportunity and took it a step further by creating an online petition. He called for signatures so that he could lobby the local council to create the horse crossing.

Mr Cox said basing his assessment on a real-world example was not only beneficial to his study but also reflected the strong community ethos of Charles Sturt University.

"The University encourages us to be involved in the community, so it was a perfect opportunity to put my learning into practice," Mr Cox said.

Mr Cox's lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences  Ms Elise Rosser, said that the University placed an emphasis on student learning being applied to the communities they lived in.

Pointing to Mr Cox's project as an excellent example of humanities studies making a valuable contribution to the local community, Ms Rosser said, "Charles Sturt University encourages students to make a contribution to the community.

"The program gives young people an opportunity to understand local government and participate in change that helps build stronger regional communities."    

Mr Cox agreed, saying that now he's received 1600 signatures the next step will be to submit it to Wagga Wagga City Council.

"I set myself a goal of 1500 signatures, and now that's been exceeded I will write the letter to local council, with the help of Elise, to lobby for the horse crossing," Mr Cox said.

Ms Rosser said the success of Mr Cox to exceed his signature target, along with Wagga Wagga's younger population, was just one example of their strong community spirit and desire to bring about change that benefited the whole community.

The petition is still open, sign it here.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0447 757 066

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews Mr Scott Cox and with Ms Elise Rosser from the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

CSU cyber security workshops for businesses in central west

Friday 3 Nov 2017

Entrepreneur & laptopIn mid-November CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is offering cybersecurity workshops for small to medium sized enterprises in Dubbo, Orange, and Bathurst.

Professor Mark Morrison from CSU's CenWest Innovate said, "Cyber security for small to medium enterprises (SMEs)' workshops will help businesses identify threats and prevent attacks."

"CenWest Innovate is bringing together expert panellists Mr William Ulyate from cyber security advisors Content Security, and Dr Peter White an adjunct lecturer at the University and manager of research and development at the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) Spatial Services."

"The experts will coach businesses on cyber security threats and mitigation, and businesses can discover what common cyber threats and attacks small and medium enterprises face, and what they can do to prevent them," Professor Morrison said.

Photo of a computer keyboardThe experts will guide participants through:
* business-focused cyber threats and issues
* show participants how to start mitigating any cyber security issues in their own business
* conduct their own risk assessment
* apply the Australian Security Directorate's Essential 8 guidelines.

The workshop schedule is:

Dubbo - Tuesday 14 November at 7.00am for 7.30am to 10.00am at Charles Sturt University, Building 901 Room 121, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo. Cost FREE - Book your ticket now

Orange - Tuesday 14 November at 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.30pm at the Hotel Canobolas, Summer St, Orange. Cost FREE - Book your ticket now

Bathurst - Wednesday 15 November at 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.30pm at City Hall, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, William St, Bathurst. Cost FREE - Book your ticket now

These events are proudly supported by Dubbo Regional Council, Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Orange City Council, and Bathurst Regional Council.

CSU's delivery of these events is supported through the NSW Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program which is providing $18 million to the state's 11 universities and CSIRO – including $1.5 million to CSU – to help businesses innovate.

Through the Boosting Business Innovation Program CSU has established CenWest Innovate in Bathurst, an AgriTech Incubator Hubin Wagga Wagga, and the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship 'Pop-up' Innovation Hub to help businesses.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Mark Morrison, Program Leader of CenWest Innovate in Bathurst, and a member of the CSU Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS).

CSU students share Create NSW scholarships

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

student Ben RodwellThree Charles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students are among nine NSW young artists selected to undertake professional development programs under Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships.

Each year the Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship initiative rewards 25 artists aged 18 to 25 years across the state. The initiative coves all art forms – from dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and curatorial to the visual arts.

Arts OutWest assisted the three successful theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst to write their applications.

The selected nine artists from the first round this year span a diverse range of art forms including circus, music, film, theatre and the visual arts. Each will receive a $10 000 grant to support a self-directed program.

Third-year student Mr Jesse Alston will develop a unique artistic theatre practice and a new body of work through the study of practical animation and professional mentorship from modern theatre practitioner Nel Kentish.

Recent graduate Mr Ben Rodwell (pictured above) will develop a directing practice through a week-long directing course and combine with knowledge from working with international and nationally-based children's theatre companies to create a short development with the support and mentorship of regionally-based artists.

Ms Johanna Williams will develop her skills as a playwright/dramaturge through internships and attendance at arts festivals and conferences, to develop new work that will involve creative development and mentorships in Bathurst.

The scholarships will officially commence on Wednesday 1 November when the group convenes for a two-day professional development training workshop at Carriageworks in Eveleigh curated by Create NSW, before they each embark on their own chosen programs.

During the workshop the students will receive expert advice, business management lessons and networking opportunities with a range of leading industry figures, visit arts organisations, and meet the NSW Minster for the Arts, the Hon. Mr Don Harwin, MLC.

For information on how to apply for the next round of scholarships, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo shows recent CSU graduate and Create NSW scholarship recipient Mr Ben Rodwell (right) with the Executive Officer of Arts OutWest Ms Tracey Callinan.

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