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CSU STRIVE leader offered position at award-winning public relations agency

Thursday 13 Dec 2018

* CSU student Shannon O’Mara will graduate with a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies this Thursday 13 December in Bathurst

* Has been offered a full-time position at Sefiani Communications in Sydney

* STRIVE leadership program assisted in further growth as a leader

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) / Bachelor of Business Studies student Shannon O’Mara (pictured) will graduate in Bathurst this Thursday ahead of taking on a position with Sefiani Communications in Sydney in 2019.

Ms O’Mara completed her degree full-time in Bathurst, where she also held the position of Head Resident for Towers (Bathurst) campus and also participated in STRIVE, a CSU Student Leadership Program.

The STRIVE leadership program according to Ms O’Mara was something that offered further growth as a leader in the community.

“I completed STRIVE in 2017 in the pilot stages of the program. It helped me take a look at my abilities to be able to grow as a leader in my role as Residential Advisor at the time, but also equipped me with the skills for future employment,” Ms O’Mara said.

The Newcastle local chose CSU in Bathurst to fulfil her studies, due to a keen interest to fall into a fast-paced industry after graduation and a love for people.

“A good family friend suggested a career in PR, and for me, CSU’s Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) /Bachelor of Business Studies matched my selection criteria perfectly.”

Having completed a number of internships including a five-month-long stint with Australian University Sport on their Eastern Uni Games in Newcastle in 2017 and a month full-time DEC PR in Sydney, Ms O’Mara is eager to sink her teeth into full-time work in 2019.  

“I have been offered a job at Sefiani Communications in Sydney where I will commence in January next year. It’s been great having completed internships to get a sense of the type of work I can look forward to.”

With access to many CSU lecturers and mentors that are heavily connected and enjoy varied PR industry experience, Ms O’Mara attributes her university experience to them.

“Aside from being able to live with my best friends, it was that I could live and learn regionally while being taught by some industry professionals that spanned a wide range of careers.”

“To me, this was a highlight and so important ahead of going into the workforce full-time” Ms O’Mara said.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, news@csu.edu.au

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Shannon O’Mara

CSU 2018 graduate offered teaching scholarship

Wednesday 12 Dec 2018

* CSU student Meaghan Kempson will graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) this Thursday 13 December in Bathurst  

* Has been offered a Department of Education Rural and Remote Teaching Scholarship

* Extra-curricular offerings and social life shaped Ms Kempson’s all-round CSU experience

Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Meaghan Kempson (pictured) will graduate this Thursday in Bathurst ahead of commencing her first teaching role in a rural or remote school as part of being offered a Department of Education, Rural and Remote Teaching Scholarship.

Originally from Orange, Ms Kempson moved to Bathurst and lived on campus to study a Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education). A course selection, Ms Kempson said “to help improve the current health and wellbeing status of young people throughout Australia.”

“Undertaking an occupation in education allows you to play a positive role in shaping the youth and empowering them to one day exert control over their health and support the wellbeing of others around them,” Ms Kempson said.

“Education is ultimately the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and reducing the burden placed on the health care system.”

With a passion and love for sport, the recent Department of Education scholarship recipient took on many extra-curricular activities during her time at CSU, each with an emphasis on sport and leadership.

These included being an Australian student ambassador at the International University Sports Federation (FISU), participant, medal-winner and captain in five University games events, President of the CSU Football Club in Bathurst, President of the CSU Sports Council and soccer captain.

Ms Kempson said that her greatest sporting achievement at CSU was being part of the CSU University Nationals team who took home the Tom O’Sullivan Spirit Award for displaying the values and foundations that embody Australian University Sport. 

Crediting the extra-curricular and social life at CSU, Ms Kempson said this shaped her university experience by creating an immediate sense of comradery, support and pride.

“Throughout my degree, I felt valued and respected by all staff. I can certainly credit my academic success to the personalised and somewhat intimate nature that comes with attending a regional university,” Ms Kempson said.

Continuing her interest in sport and leadership outside of teaching, Ms Kempson will be travelling to Russia in February as a result of her achievements at the 2018 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy, and will be representing Australia in a volunteer capacity at the Winter Universiade in Siberia.

Ms Kempson will be allocated her teaching position in 2019 in a rural and remote area that is yet to be advised.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst , 0498 578 541

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Meaghan Kempson

Six graduation ceremonies at CSU in Bathurst this week

Monday 10 Dec 2018

* Thousands to visit Bathurst for six 2018 graduation ceremonies on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December

* Approximately 755 students will graduate from 22 Schools in three Faculties

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host six graduation ceremonies in Bathurst on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December.

These are part of the wider graduation season during December across all main campuses as well as in Parramatta (for School of Theology) and the Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

The season starts on Monday 10 December in Wagga Wagga and concludes in Albury-Wodonga on Wednesday 19 December.

Approximately 755 students will graduate across all ceremonies at CSU in Bathurst, and thousands of family members and friends will celebrate the achievements of the students.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) and Acting Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Ms Jenny Roberts (pictured) said, “We congratulate our graduating professionals with their friends and families on the successful completion of their studies.

“Charles Sturt University takes pride in producing job-ready professionals who enter the workforce very insightful, making a positive impact, creating an inclusive society, and inspiring others.

“More than 750 graduates will receive their testamurs from the University in Bathurst this year.”

Paramedicine graduate Mr Alki Pazpinis from Kensington in Sydney will graduate from the School of Biomedical Sciences at the 6pm ceremony on Friday 14 December. He said, “Charles Sturt University has taught me how to be a leader of the future through a variety of different leadership courses and opportunities to practice what I have learnt in order to better my practice. All these skills are transferable to my chosen career of paramedicine.”

Thursday 13 December:

Bathurst at the CD Blake Auditorium (the gym), building 1220 at CSU

9.30am - 167 graduates from various Schools in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences; School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Psychology, School of Policing Studies, the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, the Centre for Law and Justice, and the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. The Occasional Address will be delivered by NSW policing expert Mr Tony Trichter, who will join CSU in an academic role in 2019.

2pm - 164 graduates in the Faculty of Arts and Education; School of Teacher Education, School of Education, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Occasional Address will be delivered by psychologist Dr Michelle Mulvihill who grew up in Bathurst and attended MCAE before furthering her studies elsewhere and moving to the Southern Highlands.

A graduate of note at this ceremony is Dr Ben Pham from Vietnam who will graduate with her PhD in speech pathology. Dr Pham studied at CSU in Bathurst and was involved in the VietSpeech project.

6pm - 113 graduates in the Faculty of Arts and Education; School of Communication and Creative Industries, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, School of Information Studies, the Division of Student Learning, and the Academic Success Unit.

Friday 14 December:

Bathurst at the CD Blake Auditorium (the gym), building 1220 at CSU

9.30am - 43 graduates in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences; School of Management and Marketing. The Occasional Address will be delivered by current Head of the CSU School of Management and Marketing, Associate Professor Mark Frost.

2pm – 136 graduates in the Faculty of Science; School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, School of Community Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

6pm – 132 graduates in the Faculty of Science; School of Biomedical Sciences, and School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health (formerly the School of Human Movement Studies). The Occasional Address will be delivered by CSU alumna and exercise physiologist Ms Shannon Short. Her business, BODY FX Exercise Physiology Services, is based at the Ochre Health Medical Centre at CSU in Bathurst. Three PhDs in exercise science will be conferred at this ceremony.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU CenWest Innovate helping business prosper

Friday 30 Nov 2018

* Next Stage Growth program helps refine products and develop business skills

* Expert guidance and fellow businesses provide insights and refinements

* Program offers flexibility and potential to seek export markets

Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) CenWest Innovate has helped a former farmer develop his technology company through the Next Stage Growth program.

Mr Hamish Munro is an unlikely tech entrepreneur, coming to it from a life on the land, but alongside business partner Mr Robbie Scott, the two are growing a business with eyes fixed on offering cloud-based technology solutions.

With their business based in Central West NSW, Mr Munro found out about CenWest Innovate and decided to apply for the Next Stage Growth program to help him refine one of his products and to develop his business skills.

“Coming off the farm I needed to understand marketing, social media, networking, customer management and even human resources ,” Mr Munro said.

“We launched Zipmin and two other products which we are still trying to get off the ground but because it is expensive to tweak the products, I decided to apply for the program to help guide me in refining them.”

Six months on and after completing Next Stage Growth, Mr Munro said it helped him evaluate the business model he was operating with and to “smooth out the rough edges”, especially when he turned his attention to the other less developed products he was offering.

During the program Mr Munro and others completing it would meet on the first Thursday evening and full-day first Friday of each month so they could talk about a particular issue.

“Over the eight-hour workshop a speaker would talk to us in-depth about a topic, like pricing or consumer insights, that I could apply to the business.

“I struggled with pricing in the past, so now I am toying around with different models to find the one that gets the greatest acceptance,” Mr Munro said when talking about one of the topics that stood out for him.

“On top of the mentoring we also got to know one another’s business and were comfortable in offering advice or a perspective that we may not have considered.

“People spoke freely. Someone would throw in an idea or decision they thought of doing in their business which the collective thoughts of the group could then refine,” Mr Munro said.

An added benefit of the program according to Mr Munro was its flexibility, and that it had the potential for helping him look at export markets.

“As we offer a cloud-technology product we aren’t restricted to the Central West or Australia,” Mr Munro said.

CenWest Innovate program coordinator Ms Christine Sweeney who is involved in Next Stage Growth program said Mr Munro was a great example of the type of people and businesses who benefit from the program.

“Hamish had an innovative product but didn’t have the knowledge or the confidence needed to promote and sell it,” Ms Sweeney said.

Next Stage Growth works well in these situations because business owners can tap into the resources and network made available to fill the gaps and build the confidence they need to promote their business.”

Ms Sweeney said the CenWest Innovate incubator had been developed with the NSW Department of Innovation and funding from the NSW Government.

“The Next Stage Growth program works with a variety of businesses, from small, to large manufacturers, construction, and machinery, and small tech.

“Businesses in the regions are even more reliant on innovation for growth than those in metropolitan areas because the stakes are a lot higher if they lose a customer or income stream,” Ms Sweeney said.

Ms Sweeney said CenWest Innovate and the program had received state funding for two years and that it had been extended another two through to 2020, its success and the confidence in the program.

Aside from CenWest Innovate, CSU operates an AgriTech Incubator in Wagga Wagga, and the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship program.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

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Annual central west small schools sports day at CSU in Bathurst

Thursday 29 Nov 2018

* Six small schools and 125 students expected to participate

* Presentation assembly will recognise students’ 2018 sporting achievements across the small schools

* Day will feature indoor and gymnasium sports and a barbeque lunch

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will host the annual 2018 Small Schools Gala Sports day on Friday 30 November.

Participating schools are from Sofala, Wattle Flat, Rockley, Black Springs, Meadow Flat and O’Connell.

Approximately 125 students, 10 teachers and 20 parents are expected to attend.

The students, teachers and parents will be welcomed to CSU at the presentation ceremony by Mr James Brann, Director, Engagement, in the CSU Division of Student Services.

Mr Brann said, “Charles Sturt University has a long standing reputation not only in Bathurst, but across its footprint for working with local communities, forming partnerships and encouraging an interest in higher education. What better way to do this by inviting primary school students onto our campus and be exposed to the University through a key unifier of participation in sport.”

Program for the 2018 Small Schools Gala Sports Day:

* 9.45am – School students arrive at CSU in Bathurst

* 10am - Presentation assembly recognising sporting achievements across the small schools for the year. Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country by Mr James Brann from Division of Student Services atCSU; held in building 1292, lecture room 223.

* 11am - Recess

* 11.15am - Ball games held in the CD Blake Auditorium (the gym, building 1220)

* 11am - 12.30pm - Sports rotations, in the gym or on the oval.

* 12.30pm - 1pm - Barbeque lunch held behind the CD Blake Auditorium

* 1pm - 2pm - Sports rotations, in the gym or on the oval

* 2pm - Event concludes

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU exercise and research info session for people aged 50+

Friday 9 Nov 2018

* CSU seeks exercise and research participants aged 50+ in Bathurst

* Information session answers ‘Why exercise? What type of exercise? How much exercise?’

* Regular exercise like Tai Chi can help older people feel safer in their ability to balance and  decrease their fear of falling

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host an exercise and research information session on Thursday 15 November for people aged 50 and over in the Bathurst area who are interested to learn more about exercise to help prevent falls and improve their health.

The CSU Active Living Longer (ALLong) program led by Dr Eevon Stott (pictured front left in group photo), an adjunct Research Fellow in the CSU School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health in Bathurst, said, “People often wonder, and we are often asked, ‘Why exercise? What type of exercise? How much exercise?’.

“We may not have all the answers, but as a university we’re interested in measuring people’s progress over time, and this shapes our research.

“We recently concluded an eight-week Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop for those aged 50 years and over because offering Tai Chi is aligned with ALLong’s aim to empower the community to get healthier,” Dr Stott said.

“Now that the Tai Chi workshop has concluded, the ALLong program is extending its efforts to bring more people into the gym to exercise to improve health and help prevent falls.”

Dr Stott noted that statistics indicate that one-in-three people aged 65-years or over has a fall at least once a year.

“We must also remember that even if the fall does not lead to a physical injury, it can have a big social, psychological and economic impact on older individuals and their families,” Dr Stott said.

“The gym is a safe and comfortable environment, and who would have thought we’d have women and men, some aged over 80-years, pumping iron? We started with group exercise sessions at the University gym in Bathurst, and in just a matter of weeks, we celebrated ‘small’ successes such as standing from a seated position without pushing off using the arms.”

Dr Stott said she understands, however, that the gym environment is not for everyone, and cited the example of the recent eight-week Tai Chi program as an example of an alternative form of exercise that might interest some people.

“Some who may be starting from a very low level of fitness may find Tai Chi a better place to begin an exercise program,” she said.

Dr Stott said she attended the workshop hosted by Health NSW last year to learn all about Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program.

“It was the simplicity of the program that I felt contributed to the solution to getting people to practise at home,” Dr Stott said. “Comprising just six basic movements, I practise at least three times a day which helps me step away from working at my desk.

“Being able to speak Mandarin, I find myself using literal Mandarin-to-English translation to provide cues for the moves. It may sound like pidgin English, but it provides the important cues which help the participants learn and memorise all six movements in just eight hours.

“Fostering this independence to practise at home is our key objective in this Tai Chi program.

“We use a simple survey to track progress over the eight weeks because we are interested to know whether just eight weeks of Tai Chi can help a person feel safer in their ability to balance or perhaps decrease their fear of falling.

“When the current participants attend the exercise sessions at the University in the morning, we rarely get a chance to gather socially, so the research information session on Thursday 15 November will also be a valuable opportunity to tell the whole ALLong story!”

Active Living Longer Research and Information Session:

When: Thursday 15 November, at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

Where: in the lecture room at the CD Blake Auditorium (CSU gym), building 1220, Village Drive, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst

Please RSVP via email by Tuesday 13 November with numbers attending

To find out more about ALLong, email estott@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Eevon Stott who is based at CSU in Bathurst.

Photo courtesy Dr Eevon Stott, shows D Stott front left with participants at the recent ALLong Tai Chi exercise program at CSU in Bathurst.

Bathurst booming with creative opportunities for CSU graduates

Thursday 1 Nov 2018

* CSU theatre media alumni feature of Bathurst production The Climbing Tree

* CSU theatre media course a credit to local talent

* The Climbing Tree to premiere in Bathurst on Friday 2 November

A group of Charles Sturt University (CSU) theatre media alumni will this week be involved in local Bathurst production, The Climbing Tree – part play, part ghost story, and part musical examining what lies beneath the surface of Bathurst.

The Climbing Tree, to premiere this Friday 2 November at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) will deliver one of many high-quality examples of what the region can produce.

CSU senior lecturer in theatre media in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst Dr Soseh Yekanians said the fact that the production features two current CSU theatre media students - Janda Nichols and Greygryn Holgate-Gorton, three CSU graduates -  Tim Hansen, Madelaine Osborn and Heidi Annand  and one current CSU staff member, Karl Shead reflects the vast range of opportunities the Bathurst region has to offer those who have completed the Bachelor of Theatre Media course. “Having worked in many capital cities, I have never seen quite the range of opportunity that theatre media graduates have available to them right here in Bathurst,” Dr Yekanians said.


“This is a testament to the degree itself and the advantages that being at a regional university can bring.

“Because of the University’s long-standing reputation in regional Australia, it has developed close relationships with major local organisations such as BMEC and Arts Out West, not to mention the ongoing connections we already have with our successful theatre media alumni around the world.”

Developed over three years, The Climbing Tree is the product of BMEC in partnership with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), and with extensive community consultation has welcomed local talent to bring their range of skills to the production. Ms Heidi Annand, 2016 CSU theatre media graduate and Local Stages assistant producer at BMEC, will be working on the production as a stage manager. She said that studying the course at CSU really opened her eyes to the importance of regional arts for small communities.

“There seems to be this idea that when you finish university, you then have to move to the big smoke to cut your teeth,” Ms Annand said. “And as much as I see the value in that, I’m committed to skipping that step and focussing my career in regional Australia.

“Regional areas are perfect for emerging artists and exploring practice. Bathurst is fortunate to have a thriving arts community, in part thanks to Charles Sturt University, and many champions who advocate for us and fight for funding and support.”

The Climbing Tree showtimes below:
Date: 2 – 6 November
Location: BMEC, 105 William St Bathurst
Purchase tickets here

Date:
22 – 24 November
Location:
Riverside Theatres - corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Purchase tickets here

Featured in the picture from left to right: Tim Hansen, Janda Nichols, Heidi Annand (standing), Madelaine Osborn

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

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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

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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

Media Note:

Contact Ms Lisa Ditchfield on 6338 6311 or 0429 109 140 or lditchfield@csu.edu.au 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
Location:
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, William Street, Bathurst.
Cost:
$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

Media Note:

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

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