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Winners announced for CSU Glitch Documentary Film Festival

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

* Photographic art inspiration for ‘Best Internal Student’ documentary: The Art of the Image
* Life’s a Drag documentary takes out Highly Commended accolade

* Story-telling and personal interests trend across all documentaries for 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst recently announced the winners of its 2018 Glitch Documentary Film Festival.

The awards evening showcased the work of internal and external students studying the subject ‘Documentary Production’ in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries.

While the documentaries are a requirement of the subject, subject coordinator Ms Tracy Sorensen said it is also an opportunity for students to hone in on their videography skills, get creative, and have fun.

“We saw many different approaches this year at the Glitch Festival,” Ms Sorensen said. “It was obvious that students had stepped out of their comfort zone to deliver really unique products.”

Among the recipients were local Bathurst students Mr James Siegert who won ‘Best Internal Student’ for The Art of the Image, with a High Commendation for Ms Emily Horton for Life’s a Drag.

Mr Siegert, who is studying a Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media Production), said photographic art and the individual process that photographers find unique about their practice was the inspiration behind his winning documentary.

“I enjoy engaging with other like-minded creatives so, for me, interviewing local photographers to piece together my documentary was not only enjoyable but provided some interesting insight into different creative directions,” Mr Siegert said.

Ms Emily Horton, the choreographer for Bathurst’s local drag queens, the Venom Vipers, decided to do her documentary on friend and drag queen Jonothan Hosking, also known as ‘Miss Betty Botox’.

“Jono is a physical education (PE) and history teacher at Skillset Bathurst, and he is also a drag queen. From the preconceived ideas of what a PE teacher is and does, and what a drag queen is and does, it seems like a strange combination of lifestyles.”

“I decided to do my documentary on Jono/Betty, I love storytelling, and this was an amazing way to capture and present an individual’s personal story and journey, and share that with others,” Ms Horton said.

A full list of Glitch Documentary Film Festival winners is available via the CSU See See Eye website.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

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Adam Spencer sums up in Bathurst

Tuesday 16 Oct 2018

* Comedian and maths expert Adam Spencer hosted by CSU Engineering to present maths problems from latest book to local high school students

* Workshop provides hands-on experience to show application of maths, science and engineering to real-life problems

* Event showcases opportunities in engineering at CSU

National radio and television comedian and maths expert Mr Adam Spencer will present some of his most puzzling maths and number problems at an event for high school students hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 18 October.

Mr Spencer will educate and entertain around 200 Years 9 and 10 students from NSW central west schools in CSU Engineering Student Honeycomb space as they tackle problems from his latest best-seller Adam Spencer’s Top 100.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project officer with the NSW Department of Education, Mr Matt Scott, said that many puzzles that the students will attempt on the day were designed by Adam and a colleague especially for the book.

“The students will never have seen these puzzles before, so they will be a real challenge,” Mr Scott said.

“The workshop is a hands-on experience where students draw tables, cut stuff out and realise the application of maths, science and engineering.

“We are thrilled to have Mr Spencer visit Bathurst and give regional students an opportunity to participate in one of his entertaining and educating workshops,” he said.

CSU Engineering Director, Professor Euan Lindsay, said it made sense to hold the workshop in such a dynamic educational space.

“The University’s engineering program is excited to be part of an initiative that continues to breakdown the stereotypes of STEM and showcases opportunities in engineering,” Professor Lindsay said.

The event is part of a pilot program by Regional Development Australia Central West titled the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program.

The SISP Program provides students in Years 5 to 9 with STEM skills appropriate for their ages, as well as pathways to STEM jobs. Other activities in the program will include school excursions to industry, visits in class by industry representatives, industry presentations outlining the types of jobs and career pathways, STEM workshops and activity days for students, and professional development sessions for teachers. See further information here.

Mr Spencer has been a breakfast radio announcer on national youth radio station Triple J and ABC Sydney. He has also appeared on television comedies such as Good News Week and The Glasshouse, and weekly sports wrap The Back Page. He is a member of the Sleek Geeks Science Team with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Event: Adam Spencer’s Top 100 maths show on Thursday 18 October.

Session 1: 10am to 12.30pm, Session 2: 1pm to 3.30pm

Location: Student Honeycomb of Learning, CSU Engineering, building 1305, Village Drive, at Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst.

Media Contact: Lisa Ditchfield, 0427 109 140

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Contact Ms Lisa Ditchfield on 6338 6311 or 0429 109 140 or to arrange interviews with CSU Professor Euan Lindsay or STEM project officer with NSW Department of Education, Mr Matt Scott.

CSU law expert to lead discussion with best-selling Australian author

Thursday 27 Sep 2018

* CSU’s Alison Gerard in-conversation with author Clementine Ford

* Event held at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) on Tuesday 2 October

* Clementine Ford authored best-selling book Fight Like a Girl and will discuss new book Boys Will Be Boys

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Director of the Centre for Law and Justice Associate Professor Alison Gerard (pictured) will next week be in-conversation in Bathurst with best-selling Australian author Clementine Ford about her new book Boys Will Be Boys.

Inspired by a question often posed by parents, Ms Ford, author of the ground-breaking feminist book Fight Like A Girl, wrote Boys Will Be Boys in an effort to educate parents and carers on how to raise their sons in a way that prevents them from subscribing to masculinity that is toxic to themselves and also contemptuous of women and girls.

Ahead of next Tuesday’s event, Professor Gerard said that this was an opportunity for the Bathurst community to gain important insights into gender stereotypes and how these assumptions about gender start at an early age. It is also a great opportunity to support the Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival in its events for 2019.

Boys Will Be Boys is a personal account of parenting by Clementine Ford,” Professor Gerard said.

“It addresses the levels of sexual and gender-based violence across the Western world. Through conversation, we will cover topics around gender and violence and how to negotiate the complexities of social change in promoting gender and racial equality.

As a passionate feminist researcher and leader through her role as Director of the CSU Centre for Law and Justice, Professor Gerard said the event for her will resonate with her research on women’s lived experience and social change.

“My research has a social justice focus and aims to transform conflict through documenting and analysing the lived experience of people in the criminal justice system. My research has highlighted the agency of women in negotiating structural violence and its effects.”

The discussion items with Ms Ford for next week’s event will cover a very real and topical issue for young adults across regional communities in Australia.

CSU is leading the charge for cultural change around sexual assault and sexual harassment through the University’s pastoral care program, ‘Playing It Right’. More details about the program will be covered in next week’s discussion with Professor Alison Gerard.
Event organisers, Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival in association with BooksPlus and Local Stages, welcome all to attend.

Event details below:  
‘In Conversation with author Clementine Ford’ – a Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival event:
Time and date: 6.30pm Tuesday 2 October 2018
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, William Street, Bathurst.
$20 adults and $15 concession.
All tickets purchased will go towards supporting the Bathurst Writers and Readers Festival in 2019.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

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Media note: Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Alison Gerard, Director of the CSU Centre for Law and Justice.

Sprightly SPRUNG Festival set to sizzle at CSU in Bathurst

Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

* Multiple productions and performances during the last two weeks of September

* Opening Ceremony from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 19 September is an evening of free entertainment starting with free barbeque, then a twenty-minute outdoor performance with fire twirling, large-scale puppets, dancing, and percussion

* Festival to showcase five original productions

The annual 2018 SPRUNG Festival of Creativity will leap to life at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 29 September.

The SPRUNG Festival is the work of theatre media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst and Cycle Productions. It involves dozens of students from all years and multiple productions and performances during the last two weeks of September.

This year’s festival showcases the creative performance works of third-year theatre media students and will include five original shows each with a running time of 40 to 50 minutes.

The Opening Ceremony on the Wednesday 19 September is a free evening of entertainment appropriate for the whole family, as part of the CSU Future Moves Community Fun Night.

The event runs from 6pm to 8pm and starts with a free barbeque. It will feature a twenty-minute outdoor performance with fire twirling, large-scale puppets, dancing, and percussion, followed by live music and the festival bar.

This is the third SPRUNG festival for final-year theatre media student Ms Sienna Dillon who is the 2018 festival coordinator and spokesperson.

“It is so rewarding seeing all years of theatre media working towards the same goal,” Ms Dillon said.

“Taking on the festival coordination for my final university role has been a tricky but rewarding experience. This year, we invite the Bathurst community to enter Festival though the elegant outdoor area of the Ponton Theatre courtyard.

“Here they will be immersed in the exotic wonderland themed garden, where they will enjoy live music acts, the inexpensive bar between the shows, with the featured performing artist Bathurst’s own Ms Gabbi Bolt (pictured left).”

The festival program includes:

* Rumble (a scene pictured above) − An immersive, chose-your-own adventure theatre experience into the Amazon, featuring an interactive app

* Schapelle, Schapelle − The musical, Corby’s adventure from ‘Brissie to Bali’

* In Between − A drama, where in the world of subconscious grief takes shape

* I Will Be King − A scripted psychological thriller interwoven with dance

* Sexpectatations − A verbatim and documentary-style theatre production exploring masculinity and femininity.

In addition to the festival’s evening performances, the organisers are offering a special ticket price of $5 to encourage CSU staff to attend weekday matinee performances of two of the productions:

* In Between, at 11am Wednesday 19 September

* Rumble, 11am Wednesday 26 September

Tickets for the 2018 SPRUNG Festival are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be booked online here:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Two free business workshops in Bathurst

Thursday 6 Sep 2018

* Free masterclasses designed for people looking for a career in business

* Will help create resumes and job applications for business professions

* Held on successive evenings in mid-September at CSU in Bathurst

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is offering two free workshops for aspiring business people in the central west on the evenings of Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September.

The ‘Business Career’ workshops focus on how to create a professional resume, and how to write a job application that gets an applicant shortlisted for a job.

The workshop masterclasses will be delivered by CSU’s Career Development Service led by Ms Cecilia Hunt, and are for people interested in a career in business and who are wanting support in the application process.

“The workshops are part of the University’s commitment to support the community,” Ms Hunt said.

“We aim to engage with people who really want a career in business but might be at the early stages of that journey, and also those who are looking to apply for a promotion or transition into the business sector.

“If participants are interested in further related study and feel they would benefit from supported learning and the co-curricular and industry connection approach, they might also be interested in the new degree, the Bachelor of Business (Industry Professional Practice).”

Anyone interested to attend either or both of the free workshops needs to register on the Eventbrite site as places are limited:

Choose to attend one or both workshops across two evenings:

Workshop 1: Create a professional resume, from 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 13 September Register for this free masterclass to learn how to write a professional resume for your career in business.

Workshop 2: Write a job application that gets shortlisted, from 5.30pm to 7pm on Friday 14 September 5.30pm to 7pm

Book now to learn insider tips for creating a strong job application to get shortlisted for an interview in your business career.

Email CSU's Career Development Service for more information about how the University supports students.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Resources Law residential school for law students at CSU

Friday 31 Aug 2018

* Resources law focuses on environment, cultural heritage and sustainable development

* Laws to protect the built, natural, and Indigenous heritage assets examined

* Chifley Home Museum in Bathurst a significant example of legislated cultural protection

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Centre for Law and Justice last week hosted a residential school in Bathurst for students studying Resources Law as part of their online law degree.

Subject convenor of Resources Law and lecturer in the CSU Centre for Law and Justice Dr Kim Browne said students from Sydney, Wagga Wagga, and the Hunter region engaged with a varied program of lectures and workshops conducted by academics and practitioners in various facets of Resources Law during the three-day residential school in Bathurst.

“It was rewarding to see the students respond to legal discussion and debate in focus areas that included the environment, cultural heritage and sustainable development,” Dr Browne said.

“A highlight of the residential school was a workshop held at Chifley Home Museum in Bathurst hosted by Bathurst Regional Council.

“The visit to Chifley Home was part of the University’s continuing partnership with Bathurst Regional Council and its cultural facilities.

“The students were guided on a tour of the former prime minister’s home by Charles Sturt University academic Mr Sam Malloy.

“Council’s senior strategic planner Mr Nicholas Murphy presented a talk on heritage protection from a local government perspective.

“He outlined various examples in the Bathurst area where local government planning laws protected the built, natural, and Indigenous heritage assets.

“The building and collection at the Chifley Home Museum are listed on the NSW State Heritage Register which acts as a significant example of legislated cultural protection.”

This year’s residential school program also included academic Ms Ros Vickers from Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory. Ms Vickers lectured on the Northern Territory coal seam gas ‘fracking’ inquiry, Indigenous communities and mining, and international environmental law using case-studies specific to the Northern Territory and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Resources Law was developed by Dr Browne in 2015, and is one of two ‘capstone subjects’ that form CSU’s Bachelor of Laws.

Find out more about CSU law courses here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Kim Browne.

Photo: Students and staff from the CSU Centre for Law and Justice with Dr Kim Browne and Mr Nicholas Murphy (both centre) and Mr Sam Malloy (extreme right) at Chifley Home in Busby Street, Bathurst.

Masterclass to develop strategies to engage businesses’ stakeholders

Friday 24 Aug 2018

* Free one-hour masterclass will explore process of identifying and analysing Bathurst businesses’ stakeholders

* Masterclass will help businesses to develop practical strategies to engage stakeholders with their business

CenWest Innovate will present a free ‘Public Relations Stakeholder Analysis Masterclass’ for business people in Bathurst on Thursday 6 September.

The workshop will be presented by Dr Sharon Schoenmaker, the acting Head of the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst.

Prior to joining CSU in 2009, Dr Schoenmaker worked in professional communication practice spanning public relations, organisational communication, and project management. Her research explores the use of social media in interacting with others online.

Dr Schoenmaker (pictured) said, “This hour-long masterclass will take participants through the process of identifying and analysing their stakeholders and assist them to develop practical strategies to engage stakeholders with their business.

“The session will provide participants with the tools to prioritize existing relationships with stakeholders and identify opportunities to grow their business,” Dr Schoenmaker said.

“Local businesses know their customers better than anyone else. This workshop will assist business owners to maximize those interactions with customers to benefit their business.”

The ‘Public Relations Stakeholder Analysis Masterclass’ on Thursday 6 September will be held at the Upstairs Startup Hub, Level 1, 203-209 Russell St, Bathurst.

Registration is from 8am, for the one-hour masterclass starting 8.30am to conclude at 9.30am.

The masterclass is free but participants must register:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Sharon Schoenmaker.

CSU inter-campus blood donation challenge

Friday 10 Aug 2018

Blood donations received during the Charles Sturt University (CSU) inter-campus blood donation challenge will help save 654 lives.

The CSU inter-campus blood donation drive ran from 1 March to 1 July 2018 and involved all six CSU main campuses.

Mr John Feist from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service said over the four-month period 925 donations were made by University staff and students.

“At Charles Sturt University in Bathurst alone we received 218 donations making it the second highest number across the University’s six campuses,” Mr Feist said.

Returning to CSU in Bathurst, the Red Cross mobile blood unit will take blood donations over three days.

CSU in Bathurst appointment times:

Monday 13 August from 9.15am to 3.45pm.

Tuesday 14 August from 9.15am to 1.30pm

Wednesday 15 August from 9.15am to 3.45pm

Mr Feist said winter is a particularly challenging time with over 1,000 appointments cancelled each week.

“Cold and flu season causes many to cancel their appointments, so we need as many fit and healthy people to step up and donate,” Mr Feist said.

CSU in Bathurst student liaison officer Mr Scott Hatch said the inter-campus blood donation challenge had become an annual event that helped connect the University with the community.

“To participate in the challenge, staff and students should register as a member of the ‘CSU Bathurst’ Red25 group,” Mr Hatch said.

“To book an appointment students can call 13 1495 or go to If they can’t make the visit on campus, the mobile unit is in Bathurst every month at the McDonald’s car park on Durham Street,” Mr Hatch said.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439068752

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CSU Foundation scholarship ceremony for Bathurst and Orange students

Wednesday 8 Aug 2018

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Foundation Scholarship presentation ceremony will be held in Bathurst on Friday 10 August for students who attend the University in Bathurst and Orange.

Director of CSU Advancement Ms Sarah Ansell said the University would award $1.3 million in scholarships to 300 students across the five scholarship ceremonies held in July and August.

The scholarships will be awarded to students studying in Bathurst and Orange across education, health, science, the arts, and criminal justice, reflecting the University’s diverse student community.

Ms Ansell said the scholarships were not only an investment in students but also in regional communities by providing the education and training needed to ensure strong and sustainable communities.

“Scholarships provide access and opportunity for our students, ensuring they receive an education which will in turn allow them to bring knowledge, skills and social capital back to their own communities,” Ms Ansell said.

Ms Ansell noted that the scholarship ceremonies were also a way for the University to recognise the significance of the donors.

“Their scholarships are vital in alleviating some of the barriers to higher education and ensuring students can concentrate on their studies and enjoy an enriching student experience,” Ms Ansell said.

The scholarship presentation ceremony will be at 11.30am on Friday 10 August  at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220) at CSU in Bathurst . The ceremony will award scholarships to students attending the University in Bathurst and Orange.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

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Free public screening of Hope Road at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 7 Aug 2018

* Film explores refugee experience and hope in Australia

* CSU and Bathurst Refugee Support Group co-host important screening

* Leading Australian documentary filmmaker to host Q&A session

The next Explorations Series free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 16 August will feature the screening of the documentary film Hope Road by renowned Australian filmmaker Tom Zubrycki.

Hope Road will be co-presented and hosted by CSU with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group.

The director of the film Mr Tom Zubrycki will be attending the event and hosting the question and answer session at the end.

Hope Road follows an ambitious project undertaken by a Sudanese refugee, Mr Zacharia Machiek, one of the original ‘Lost Boys’, who now lives in Sydney.

Zac’s dream is to build a much needed school back in his home village in the new nation of South Sudan. He enlists the backing of an eager, but inexperienced, group of supporters in Australia who organise and join him on a 42-day charity walk to raise funds for the venture.

Will this strategy raise the funds they need? Thwarted by escalating conflict back in South Sudan, and shocked by a broken relationship, Zac has to draw on all his resources to keep his dream alive.

Hope Road lifts the veil on what life can be like for refugees like Zac caught between two worlds as they re-establish their lives in Australia, but at the same time feel an acute obligation to their homeland.

Mr Brian Mowbray, Chairperson of the Bathurst Refugee Support Group, said, “The Bathurst Refugee Support Group would like to thank Charles Sturt University for hosting this event.

“It’s great that we are able to partner with the University to deliver this important cultural and community event.

“We look forward to this event in Bathurst, and it’s a real honour that such a significant Australian filmmaker as Tom Zubrycki is able to join us for the evening on Thursday 16 August.”

The Explorations Series free public lecture and film screening with Q&A session is from 6pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 16 August in room 223, building 1292, at CSU in Bathurst.

For catering purposes please register with registration button at the bottom of the CSU Events Page:

The official Hope Road webpage is

The Explorations Series is part of the University’s community engagement program and aims to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation, and the world.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Mr Brian Mowbray, Chairperson of the Bathurst Refugee Support Group, phone 0414 886 228.

About the Film Director - Tom Zubrycki:

Tom Zubrycki is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose career has spanned almost 40 years. Tom has directed 16 documentaries of his own, and produced another 20 with mainly early-career directors. Tom’s films have a distinctive observational story-telling style marked by his ability to get close to his subjects. Major films include Kemira – Diary of a Strike (1984), Billal (1995), The Diplomat (2000), The Molly and Mobarak (2003), The Hungry Tide (2011), and Hope Road which premiered at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. In 2010 Tom received the Stanley Hawes Award ‘ … in recognition of outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia’.

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