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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.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Annette Meyers the facilitator of the Bathurst Early Learning Support (BELS), or with CSU researchers Dr Sandie Wong and Dr Tamara Cumming.

Photo, front row (left to right): Mayor of Bathurst Councillor Graeme Hanger, Ms Annette Meyers, Dr Sandie Wong and Dr Tamara Cumming, with guests at the launch behind them.

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."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo shows VERTO's Mr Ron Maxwell (left) and CSU's Professor Heather Cavanagh signing the MoU.

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.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

CSU Football Club President Ms Meaghan Kempson is available for interview.

Training is held at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6pm and Fridays from 6pm to 7.30pm.

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."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU academics Mr Sam Malloy and Mr Nathan Down.

Brucedale, about 14 kilometres north of Bathurst on the Sofala Road, was created by a land grant from Governor Lachlan Macquarie to Mr William Suttor in 1824. It is thought to be the oldest farm on mainland Australia which has been continuously farmed by the same family.

The students were accompanied on their Brucedale site visit by their lecturers Mr Sam Malloy, Mr Nathan Down, and Associate Head of the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Susan Mlcek.

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.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 02 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media for interviews with CenWest Innovate director Professor Mark Morrison prior to the launch on 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.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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Professor Lindsay will be available for interviews and pictures with science and mathematics teachers from around the NSW Central West region at 11am on Thursday 23 March in the CSU Gymnasium (building 1220, near Carpark P4) at CSU in Bathurst.

For interviews with CSU Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay, contact CSU Media.

CSU public lecture film screening tells refugee story

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

ConstanceA special free film screening will be the first 2017 Explorations Series public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday 29 March.

The screening of Constance on the Edge, about a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, has been organised by the CSU Centre for Law and Justice in collaboration with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group.

Centre Director Associate Professor Alison Gerard said, "Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, attempting ─ often against the odds ─ to create a home in Wagga Wagga. It reveals their courage and resilience, as they strive to reconstruct their own lives and enrich others along the way.

"We don't often hear the stories of those who arrive on our borders seeking freedom from persecution and their challenges navigating a new life in Australia. This film is a humanised account of these struggles and the Centre for Law and Justice is proud to partner with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group to present this to the University and wider community.

Constance and family"Within the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminal Justice degrees, Charles Sturt University builds the technical expertise of students in law and criminology, but also showcases, through examples such as Constance on the Edge, the human impact of law and policy. We produce graduates that are adept at understanding different complexities so they may innovate and problem-solve effectively, leading change within their communities."

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "Constance on the Edge was produced in Wagga Wagga, and it is our story. We are all Constance. We are all struggling every day, trying to balance our past with our present, trying to meet our family obligations, trying to meet our societal obligations, and trying to make contributions to our society, and hoping to be welcome within our communities."

The screening begins at 6.30pm and will be followed by a 'Question and Answer' panel, then light refreshments. More information about the film can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The photos show Constance and her family.

The Explorations Series public lecture film screening will be in building 1292, room 223, at CSU in Bathurst from 6.30pm (doors open 6pm) until approximately 8.45pm, followed by Q&A and light refreshments.

Follow event parking signs down Village Drive on the CSU campus to P7 and follow balloons to the lecture theatre in building 1292.

Community placements for CSU criminal justice students to shine

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Criminal justice student 2016

Workplace learning in communities is a vital part of professional education in Charles Sturt University's (CSU) undergraduate courses, including the criminal justice degree at CSU in Bathurst.

"It is vital that students receive this experience to hit the ground running when they receive their degrees. We want them to put their knowledge into practice. This continues the University's status as having the highest graduate employment rate in Australia," said lecturer Lisa Coates with CSU's Centre for Law and Justice.

"For example, one of our students, who graduated last year from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, helped prepare for and attended an entire criminal trial as part of her placement with Ireland Killen Lawyers in Bathurst. This experience is invaluable on a resume."

In 2016, 71 students were placed in 66 locations around NSW and the ACT with 32 different organisations, ranging from NSW Community Corrections and Juvenile Justice to Barnardos Australia. In 2016, CSU was also the first Australian university outside of ANU and University of Canberra to place students with ACT Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Aid (ACT).

In addition, this year the ACT Law Courts in Canberra will offer a student placement to CSU, the first-ever placement in criminology offered by the Court and the first to a non-ACT university.

To assist such a dispersed student group during their placements, Ms Coates has developed a Workplace Learning Resource website, which will serve CSU students from Bathurst and Port Macquarie  as well as those studying through CSU online around Australia.

"With students placed as far as Taree, Lake Macquarie and Griffith across regional NSW to inner-city Sydney, this website is an interactive resource for students to prepare, inform and support them during their placements.  It will also assist them in transitioning into graduate working life," Ms Coates concluded.The new resource website will be launched with final year criminal justice studies students at 1pm on Monday 13 March at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU lecturer Ms Lisa Coates, contact CSU Media.

The official launch of the Workplace Learning Resource website for final year students in the Criminal Justice program at CSU will be held from 1pm in Rm 324, Building 1412, CSU in Bathurst, Panorama Ave, Bathurst.

Read more on CSU's top ranking for graduate employment here.

New businesses to get boot camp in Bathurst

Thursday 9 Mar 2017

Professor Mark MorrisonResidents in the NSW Central West with ideas for innovations can learn the latest in startup and innovation strategy at a 'Starting a Business' boot camp to be held in Bathurst in March.

Hosted by CenWest Innovate, based at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, budding entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators will gain an understanding of agile planning, creating a minimum viable product, proof of concept development, ideas validation, risk mitigation, business modelling and more during the two day workshop.

"A major challenge for new entrepreneurs is developing products that customers will want to buy, will be competitive in the market, and generate enough cash flow for their business to remain viable," said CenWest Innovate director, Professor Mark Morrison from the University's School of Management and Marketing.

"New businesses need to be able to develop and test their ideas in the market in a way that helps refine their product or service and reduces the costs of not getting it completely right the first time.

"This boot camp aims to overcome some of these issues."

The free boot camp will be led by Troy Haines, CEO of theSPACE in Cairns, who will share his ideas on the fundamental processes of effectively 'Turning Ideas into Reality' to invigorate and inspire a start-up business community in the NSW Central West.

The boot camp will run from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 24 March and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 25 March.

To enrol or find out more information, contact Ms Marie-Christine Sweeney at CenWest Innovate on telephone (02) 6338 4503, or send an email.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews on the 'Starting a Business' Boot Camp, contact CSU Media.This workshop is part of CenWest Innovate program from Charles Sturt University and proudly supported by the NSW Department of Industry. See more on CSU Events

CSU students get carbon foot in campus door

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

CSU Green O WeekStudents at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are aiming to change their behaviours to significantly reduce their carbon use in 2017.

During the recent Orientation Week, nearly 300 students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Port Macquarie signed a pledge to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

CSU Green Manager, Mr Ed Maher, said that the students' behaviour changes would also contribute towards the University's carbon neutrality status.

"Charles Sturt University is currently the only University in Australia that has been certified as carbon neutral by the federal government. This means that we have done a lot of work to reduce our emissions and the remaining amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere are equal to the amount that we offset through certified offset projects associated with reforestation in central NSW and a range of internationally-based renewable energy systems," Mr Maher said.

"The student pledges, which are a new Orientation activity, also make students aware of what it takes to be carbon neutral. The students embraced the initiative with absolute enthusiasm. This reminds us that our strong leadership in this area is important to these future leaders and professionals in the making."

Student pledges included actions aimed at reducing waste and improving energy efficiency as well as in conserving water.

Mr Maher said popular pledges included 'I'm committed to turning off my computer at the power point when not in use, using reusable bags and saying no to plastic and packaging, and get my coffee in a Keep Cup because I know disposable cups are rubbish and are not recyclable'.

"Charles Sturt University is supporting the students' pledges by employing four student Sustainability Advisers who live on campus and will lead sustainability initiatives with students and help them fulfil their pledges," he said.

The advisers will live on CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Green Manager Mr Ed Maher in Wagga Wagga contact CSU Media.

Images of student pledgers during Orientation can be found on the CSU Green Facebook page.

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