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Report launch for child-safe, child-friendly Bathurst

Friday, 28 Apr 2017

Bathurst child safe report launchThe evaluation report about initiatives to create a child-safe, child-friendly environment in Bathurst has been launched at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 27th April.

The report, prepared by CSU researchers Dr Sandie Wong and Dr Tamara Cumming, evaluated the effectiveness of the Bathurst Child and Family Network 2016 workforce development approach to the 'building child-safe, child-friendly communities initiative'.

Ms Annette Meyers, the facilitator of the Bathurst Early Learning Support (BELS) and chair of Bathurst Child and Family Network (BCFN), said, "The quest of the BCFN is to help create a world where children are active, engaged and valued citizens.

"The purpose of the of the child-safe, child-friendly initiative was to provide opportunities and resources for organisations working with children and families to increase knowledge and awareness, make changes, and share their experiences and expertise in developing and implementing child-safe, child-friendly policies and practices.

"The launch promotes community awareness of the report through local and regional media, and aims to engage all early childhood and government agencies and schools in the region to inspire them to take action to embrace a child-safe, child-friendly environment in their organisation."

Key findings of the report and future directions of the Bathurst Child and Family Network were outlined at the launch at The Grange at CSU in Bathurst at 10am Thursday 27 April.

The initiative was evaluated through a CSU Community-University Partnership Grant.

CSU students launch theatre season in Wagga Wagga

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

The 2017 season of Charles Sturt University (CSU) student theatre productions in Wagga Wagga will be launched on Thursday 27 April.

Students enrolled in acting and design in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries will produce six plays for the University Theatre Ensemble (UTE) season at the CSU Riverina Playhouse in Wagga Wagga in coming months.

Lecturer in design for theatre and television Ms Sophie Kurylowicz said, "These real-theatre-making experiences are important for our students as they prepare them to step into professional roles upon graduation.

"This is an exciting time for all involved as they are in the process of busily constructing sets, props and costumes as well as working in the rehearsal room to bring these shows to life.

"Also, for the first time this year we have collaborated with the graphic design students to design the season brochure. Third-year graphics students were set an assessable assignment to treat the UTE as a client, and create a brochure for our season of plays. We then chose one design that we wanted brought to life, and we're thrilled with the result.

"I encourage everyone to attend our productions. Details about how to buy tickets will be on the performance posters and in the brochure made available at the season launch.

"Our productions are of interest to local high school students who are keen to know more about what we do here in performing arts at Charles Sturt University."

The Head of the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Dr Sue Wood, will host the launch at 7pm Thursday 27 April at the Riverina Playhouse in Cross Street, Wagga Wagga.

New deal supports training and education across NSW

Monday, 10 Apr 2017

CSU VERTO MoUCharles Sturt University (CSU) has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with training and employment organisation VERTO.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Education and Partnerships) Professor Heather Cavanagh signed the MoU with VERTO's Chief Executive Officer Mr Ron Maxwell.

VERTO is a community-owned, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services including training, apprenticeships, employment and community support to individuals and businesses from its 26 locations across NSW.

CSU and VERTO have entered an academic agreement, initially aiming to market a holistic tertiary education offering in China. The agreement will also help to create pathways for domestic and international learners by mapping education paths from vocational training to academic qualifications.

Professor Cavanagh said, "VERTO is examining what opportunities exist for its clients and seeks to establish pathways for them from its present training offerings into Charles Sturt University programs. This could provide access to a new pool of students for the University via this pathway, and the new agreement gives VERTO a better way to articulate what further studies clients can undertake.

"The agreement is interesting because the University has a very similar geographic footprint to VERTO, and a similar view to support local communities with training services. VERTO's plan to deliver services in China could become a pathway into the University's courses in the future."

VERTO's Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, said VERTO was proud to partner with such an exceptional institution like CSU.

"We are thrilled to enter an academic partnership with Charles Sturt University. It's also great that two local education institutions in Bathurst are able to collaborate in such a meaningful way," Mr Maxwell said.

"The University's graduate employment rate is the best, and this aligns with VERTO's core value of helping to change people's lives through training and employment.

"We look forward to working with the entire Charles Sturt University team now and into the future."

The World Game growing in Bathurst

Friday, 31 Mar 2017

There's no shortage of players lining up to sign on with the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Football Club in Bathurst.

A record number of 80 women have registered to play with the Club in the Bathurst District Football League in 2017.

The high number of registrations has prompted the Club to field 10 teams for the 2017 season.

This includes four women's teams across three grades, five men's sides, and for the first time a mixed team.

The recorded registrations is being attributed to the leadership of the Club.

Club president and CSU student Ms Meaghan Kempson said, "The Charles Sturt University Football Club is proud to lead the charge for a growth in women's football throughout the region.

"The current success of the Australian women's team has certainly contributed to our boost in female members.

"At the beginning of the year, it was our goal to create an inviting and rewarding environment for all who were looking to join a student club at Charles Sturt University. We set out to embody the notion that we are 'the club for everyone'.

"The record-breaking number of CSUFC members this year truly reflects our success in achieving this goal.

"Our Club aims to give Charles Sturt University students the opportunity to enjoy a well-rounded and fulfilled experience at University – an experience that nobody should be denied."

The season started on Sunday 26 March and runs until Sunday 17 September

Through its Office for Students, the University supports a range of sporting and social clubs.

School children get a taste of CSU at MyDay

Friday, 31 Mar 2017

The first MyDay events in 2017 for schools students to get a taste of higher education will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 7 April and Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April.

The MyDay program is held across the University throughout the year to give students from Years 11 and 12 a taste of 'living and learning' at CSU. They have a chance to find out about courses they have experienced an interest in, visit CSU facilities, meet academic staff and have a hands-on experience on campus.

In 2017, the program has been extended to include parents who can attend separate information sessions to find out additional relevant information such as costs, accommodation, and the support available at CSU.

From 9.30am to 2.30pm on Friday 7 April, school students who have expressed interested in the fields of communication and creative industries, teaching and education, psychology, social work, oral health, medical radiation science, medical science, nursing, IT, accounting and business are due to visit the University in Wagga Wagga.

Degrees in agricultural science, science and agricultural business management will dominate the MyDay events at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 12 noon to 5:00pm on Monday 10 April and 8.30am to 2pm on Tuesday 11 April.

The full MyDay program in 2017 can be found on the CSU Future Students page here.

Making history a lived experience for CSU students

Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017

Class at Windradynes graveFor the first time students in two Charles Sturt University (CSU) history and politics classes have shared an excursion to an historic Bathurst property to gain insight into colonial conflict and modern day reconciliation.

The tour by 25 students and their lecturers to Brucedale, which was established in 1824, included a visit to the burial site and memorial to the Wiradyuri warrior Windradyne located on the property.

The tour was led by Brucedale owner Mr David Suttor, sixth generation of the Suttor family, and Wiradyuri Elder Mr Bill Allen Junior (Dinawan Dyirribang). Mr Suttor's great-great-grandfather, William Suttor, knew Windradyne, from whom Mr Allen is descended.

Lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Bathurst Mr Sam Malloy (pictured front right with the group) said, "Students enrolled in the subject Colonial Australia used their trip to Brucedale to further their knowledge and understanding of events that have shaped colonial Australia.

"This subject has a particular focus on British settler expansion in the early 1800s and its impact on the Wiradyuri people in the Bathurst region.

"The students discussed the debates surrounding the interpretation of those events, and how they have contributed to our collective understanding of Wiradyuri history and colonisation."

David Suttor and Bill Allen JnrAustralian history and politics lecturer Mr Nathan Down said the site visit aimed to enhance student understanding of contemporary Australia and political awareness through an examination of our unique history and politics.

"Both David Suttor and Bill Allen (pictured left) shared personal and cultural anecdotes relevant to their respective familial connections and interactions in that critical early colonial setting," he said. "This gave our students an intrinsic historical understanding beyond what is presented in a textbook or a more formal class setting.

"It is important for the University and community to continue to liaise and interact in such ways.

"In Bathurst we are indeed fortunate to have so many historical points of interest in one locale. It is our hope that we continue to visit and engage with our local history, whether it be through continued discussions with Indigenous Elders like Uncle Bill, or visiting tangible history locations such as Brucedale or Chifley Home."

Innovation centre to take off in central west

Monday, 27 Mar 2017

A new centre to promote innovation by small and medium businesses in central west NSW will have its community launch at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday evening 29 March.

As part of a partnership between CSU and the NSW Department of Industry, CenWest Innovate aims to help businesses in the region to develop the necessary skills and find technical expertise to convert ideas into viable business opportunities.

CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann, said, "Charles Sturt University is pleased to partner with the NSW Government to support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems critical for sustaining our regional economies and the communities that they support.

"The goals of the government's Boosting Business Innovation Program which underpins CenWest Innovate are all about furthering a network innovation ecosystem across Australia, supporting small-medium enterprises (SMEs) that want to scale up and innovate, growing the regional start-up sector and creating innovation clusters, and providing access to high-tech equipment and technical expertise for SMEs.

"CenWest Innovate is designed to support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Central Western NSW, through support for new and existing businesses, and business leaders, through encouraging business innovation.

"Both the local member Mr Paul Toole and the NSW Government have been great champions of the University and we are pleased to partner with the Government in delivering this exciting suite of initiatives to boost business and commercial opportunity."

Professor Mark MorrisonDirector of CenWest Innovate Professor Mark Morrison said, "The CenWest Innovate program seeks to build business capabilities and encourage collaboration between small and medium businesses and Charles Sturt University, aiming to help businesses to innovate and become more competitive.

"New entrepreneurs, existing businesses and business leaders will receive a range of support which commenced last weekend with our 'Getting into Business Bootcamp' for new entrepreneurs," Professor Morrison said.

"We are planning monthly events to help businesses develop key entrepreneurship capabilities, starting with a 'Digital Marketing Masterclass'.

"In July we are due to start a more in-depth business accelerator program, called the 'Next Stage Growth Program'. This is for existing sustainable businesses that want to move to the 'next stage', such as developing new markets or new products.

Professor Morrison said CenWest Innovate would also administer a voucher system to increase access to CSU research and technical capabilities.

"We will also have 'Tech Vouchers' and 'Business Development Vouchers' to help businesses in Central West NSW get easier access to capabilities we have at Charles Sturt University that can help businesses to innovate.

"This includes access to our 'makerspace' facilities for developing prototypes, 3D printers and laser cutters, our machine learning capability, data mining, market research and many other research capabilities."

CenWest Innovate forms part of CSU's Multi-Region Hub approach to fully harness the benefits of the Boosting Business Innovation Program.

The CenWest Innovate community launch by Professor Vann will be at CSU Engineering (building 1305) in Bathurst from 6pm to 8 pm on Wednesday 29 March.

The Challenge is on in Bathurst

Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

Engineering students Ms Georgia Sonter and Ms Aldrex CondinoHigh school students from around the NSW Central West region will battle it out in a science and engineering 'Olympics' at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 23 March.

More than 250 Year 10 students from as far as Lithgow, Oberon and Orange are taking part in this year's Science and Engineering Challenge, hosted by CSU.

"This competition encourages our brightest prospective brains in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to pit their abilities against themselves, the clock and each other in a series of challenging activities that run all day," said CSU Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay.

 "It encourages high school students to follow their STEM passions by providing real-world problems to hone their skills. We show them that STEM underpins our modern society, and a career in these fields is a way for them to make a difference in the world."

The Science and Engineering Challenge, which runs from 9am to 2.30pm, is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with the Bathurst community, various Rotary Clubs across Central West NSW, and sponsors.The event will be held in the University gymnasium, off Panorama Ave at CSU in Bathurst.

CSU celebrates Harmony Day

Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will celebrate Australia's cultural diversity with a Harmony Day event on Friday 24 March.

The celebrations will coincide with a two-day visit to regional NSW by approximately 200 international students from the CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March.

They will join CSU students in Wagga Wagga for Harmony Day from 11.30am to 1pm on Friday at The Hub.

Organised by the University's Office for Students, the event will include a barbeque, music, a large map for students to locate their country of origin, free cupcakes, Henna hand tattooing, and an Indigenous artefact display.

International student liaison officer Ms Jacquie Blomfield said, "The Office for Students hopes to see the Harmony Day event grow and involve staff and students across Charles Sturt University, and allow all to appreciate our diverse culture."

Understanding hamstring and groin injuries

Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

BasketballA Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is part of a team investigating hamstring and groin injuries in basketball, to improve injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies.

Mr Luke Donnan from CSU's School of Community Health in Albury-Wodonga, is part of the team led by the University of Newcastle, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Sport, Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence, and La Trobe University.

The researchers will study top male Australian basketball players over three years to determine the different mechanical factors involved in hamstring and adductor, or groin, muscle injuries.

"Even with the significant advances in sports medicine over the past 20 years, hamstring and groin injury rates haven't changed a great deal in that time," Mr Donnan said.

"This study aims to increase our understanding of why these injuries are occurring, both the immediate causes but also the factors that may contribute to future injuries of those muscle groups.

"My research has focused on hamstring injuries in Australian Rules football players and in this study we will be performing very similar research on the same body part, just with a different sporting group.

"The results from this study will allow for a number of direct comparisons across the two different sporting codes."

The study received over $390 000 in funding from a strategic partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and General Electric (GE) Healthcare that aims to address injuries affecting NBA players and everyday athletes.

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