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CSU welcomes High Commissioner of Singapore

Monday 19 Feb 2018

Senior executives of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst welcomed His Excellency, Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner of Singapore, for a visit on Monday morning, 19 February.

His Excellency was met by Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, who introduced Mr Kwok to Professor Heather Cavanagh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships).

Professor Cavanagh and His Excellency held a private meeting at The Grange Chancellery to discuss higher education and international relations.

“I was delighted to welcome His Excellency on behalf of the University, and to exchange views about furthering higher education opportunities in Australia and Singapore,” Professor Cavanagh said.

“I thank the High Commissioner for his interest in the higher education sector, and specifically for his interest in the role of Charles Sturt University in delivering education to students in rural and regional Australia, and to international students.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, Professor Cavanagh escorted His Excellency on a walking tour of the campus in Bathurst led by Dr Shevahn Telfser, manager of CSU Global (Global Engagement).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

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Photo: His Excellency, Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner of Singapore (left), is pictured with Professor Heather Cavanagh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships), and Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu.


His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner of Singapore

Mr Kwok Fook Seng graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications Studies from Murdoch University in Australia in 1994. He also has a Master of Public Management from the National University of Singapore in 2003.

Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995, Mr Kwok has served in various portfolios related to South Asia and Latin America, the United Nations, and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He was Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister in 2001.

Mr Kwok served at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York as First Secretary (Political) from 1997 to 2000, where he covered issues in the UN's Second and Fifth Committees. He was also Deputy High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur from 2006 to 2008. Mr Kwok held the portfolio of Director-General of the ASEAN-Singapore National Secretariat from 2009 to 2010, overseeing Singapore's participation at ASEAN fora.

Mr Kwok was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2006 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008.

2018 O Week at CSU in Bathurst

Friday 16 Feb 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will welcome 667 commencing students when Orientation Week (O Week) activities start on Monday 19 February.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said, “The start of the new academic year at the University is always an exciting time, particularly with the arrival of new students on campus for Orientation Week activities, followed by the return of continuing students.

“I welcome all new students, whether they are studying on campus or online. Charles Sturt University is committed to providing the best possible student experience, and sharing the University’s values so students become graduates who are insightful, inclusive, inspiring and who make a positive impact in their communities and professional disciplines.”

Key points:

  • Across CSU there are 2 785 new on-campus students in 2018
  • 667 new on-campus students will start at CSU in Bathurst (does not include online students)
  • Welcome Ceremony at CSU in Bathurst at 10am on Monday 20 February
  • Academic classes for new and returning on-campus students start on Monday 26 February

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, “Orientation Week is a fun, happy and hectic time for all involved – new students, their parents and carers, and our staff – because as there is much to learn as students consider their new lives in higher education and in a new environment.

“For our new students, it is vital that they meet our staff, and ask questions in order to find the resources that will make their studies at CSU a success, while also enjoying a rewarding and eventful life.

“Students can use a wide range of services and support to improve their chances of success. For example, we have free after hours and weekend tutors ready to help students in various areas.

“During their time with us we hope students will adopt the Charles Sturt University ethos of Yindyamarra Winhanganha – the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.”

O Week activities at CSU in Bathurst include a Welcome Ceremony for students and their families and supporters at 10am on Monday 19 February at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220). This will be followed by a Market Day and barbeque on the library lawn. Throughout the week students will attend meetings with course coordinators and lecturers, workshops, tours of the campus and facilities, and social activities.

There are more than 40 000 students who study at CSU, of which 21 per cent are international students from 120 countries studying on campus in Australia and overseas through partners or online.

Session One classes for on-campus students commence on Monday 26 February.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu.

O Week activities schedule at CSU in Bathurst:

Monday 19 Feb

10am-11am: Welcome Ceremony (Gym)

11am-12pm: Approx 300+ students will walk from gym to library lawn

11am-2pm: Market Day (library lawn + front of Phillips Building) - loud music, no vehicle access

7pm-12am: UV Party (Rafters) - loud music + set up in 1413 from 5pm

Tuesday 20 Feb (‘Country’ theme)

9am-4pm: Academic sessions

1pm-3pm: Country Fair - fairy floss, slushies, animals (library lawn)

6pm-9pm: Bush Dance (lawn outside Towers) - loud live music

Wednesday 21 Feb (‘Mexican’ theme, burritos at Cheers)

9am-4pm: Academic Sessions

1pm-4pm: Siesta on library lawn (live music + games)

6pm-12am: Fiesta Party (Rafters)

Thursday 22 Feb

9am-4pm - Academic sessions

11am-5pm: Goose-chase - missions around campus involve taking photos, videos

12pm-3pm: Thrift shop (library lawn) - donate your old dress-ups!

3pm-4pm: Fox Sports presenters on campus (library lawn - TBC)

6pm-9pm: Trivia (Rafters)

Friday 23 Feb

All day: Sport Council Cup (Diggings Oval)

2pm-4pm: Chill-out session - live music (library lawn)

8pm-3am: Dag Night (Rafters)

All Week: campus tours, library tours, and bus tours around Bathurst.

‘A Feast of Artists’ exhibition at CSU in Dubbo

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018

A diverse range of Australian artists will display their works in a new exhibition to open at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Saturday 3 February.

The ‘A Feast of Artists’ exhibition features works by 29 artists and is curated by Ms Tamara Lawry, visual arts and photography teacher with the Dubbo School of Distance Education.

CSU in Dubbo campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said, “Charles Sturt University is delighted to again host an outstanding exhibition of art works by a range of leading and local artists.

“The evolving 2018 program of art exhibitions highlights the University’s commitment to and engagement with the community and a range of organisations as a vital resource ‘for the public good’.

“We have committed to stage specific exhibitions up until end of July, and an Expressions of Interest process for exhibitions for 2018-2019 will commence in June this year.”

Exhibition curator Ms Lawry said, “The 29 artists come from Sydney, Kiama, Canberra, Broken Hill, Coolah, Dubbo, and Bathurst, and will exhibit artworks in a variety of forms - painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, sculpture and sound.

“This exhibition celebrates the inaugural A Feast of Artists event held in October 2017, which brought together 40 Australian artists and curators to share their artmaking practice with 380 visual arts students from 29 high schools.

Entry is free to the Feast of Artists exhibition at CSU, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo, and the exhibition runs from Friday 2 February until Monday 26 March.

Photographs documenting the A Feast of Artists event and guest speakers in October 2017 will also be on display.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Artist: Natalie O’Connor

Title: Gol Gol Layer Colour Experiments with Red Pigment – Burnt Sienna

Installation 2017

Material: Glass cylinders, watercolour, gum arabic, water and pigment (PR 101)

A Feast of Artists in October 2017 was an event that brought together 40 Australian artists and curators as keynote speakers, including world renowned Australian artists Wendy Sharpe, George Gittoes and Hellen Rose, Frances Barrett, Caroline Rothwell, with Dr Andrew Frost, and past HSC students Bethany Johnstone and Emma Galley, to present their art practice to Stage 6 visual arts students. Artists and curators presented diverse art workshops in the afternoon at Charles Sturt University and at the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Approximately 380 students, teachers and artists registered from 29 public, independent and Catholic high schools from Sydney, Canberra, Kiama, Queanbeyan, Temora, Condobolin, Cowra, Tullamore, Broken Hill, Peak Hill, Nyngan, Mudgee, Leeton, Coonabarabran, Canowindra, Bathurst, Orange, and Wellington. They travelled to Dubbo to develop deeper knowledge and understandings of the diversity of artmaking practice contributing to HSC Visual Arts content and case studies for students commencing Stage 6 studies in the NSW HSC Visual Arts subject.

Leading jurist to speak at CSU in Bathurst

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018

One of Australia’s leading legal figures will deliver a free public lecture and workshops for law students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday 31 January.

Acting Director for the CSU Centre for Law and Justice Dr Kath McFarlane said, “We are delighted that The Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, (pictured) will present a free public lecture at the University.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Bathurst community to hear from one of the most influential legal figures of our age.

“It is also a tremendous privilege for CSU’s Bachelor of Laws students, who will participate in specialised workshops facilitated by Justice Kirby.

“Through exposure to great legal thinkers and advocates, the Centre for Law and Justice aims to create change-makers, skilled legal professionals who can work at the heart of regional communities, driving advocacy and improving access to legal representation across the country.”

Upon his retirement from the High Court of Australia in February 2009, the Honourable Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest-serving judicial officer. Throughout his stellar legal career he served on various national and international bodies, including as President of the International Commission of Jurists, UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia, and the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

More recently, he was appointed to the Advisory Council of Transparency International, the Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea for 2013-2014, and the UNAIDS/OHCHR’s panel on the overreach of criminal law.

Dr McFarlane said, “The Charles Sturt University Centre for Law and Justice works closely with and learns from the professions, creates change-makers, and is committed to social justice and our regions. It connects its students with leading national and international thinkers.

“The University’s Bachelor of Laws is an internationally unique undergraduate law degree. As well as teaching the traditional law curriculum, our course incorporates Indigenous Australian content, embeds cultural competence, and offers a range of specialised regional law topics.”

The free public lecture by The Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, is from 10.30am to 1pm on Wednesday 31st January in building 1411, room 347. A light lunch at CSU Engineering (building 1305) will follow the event. To RSVP please contact Ms Kristy Larsen on (02) 6338 4087 or or register here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane.

CSU Bathurst Co-op book store moves online

Wednesday 13 Dec 2017

Student requirements for textbooks and supplies has changed very little over the years, however the impact of online retail and changes in technology have affected students purchasing preferences.

After many years of operation Charles Sturt University (CSU) has been advised that the Co-op bookshop, which leases shop space on the Bathurst campus, will close its doors on Friday 15 December as it moves its services online.

The Co-op is Australia’s largest member-owned retailer and supplier of textbooks, educational, development and learning resources.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), Ms Jenny Roberts, said, “Charles Sturt University is working very closely with the Co-op bookshop management to ensure minimal disruption to students purchasing their textbooks for next session, and ensuring the online and delivery services are still accessible and convenient to our students”.

“We thank the management and staff of the Co-op bookshop for their many years of service to the University community in Bathurst”, Ms Roberts said.

Key points about the closure:

-There will be a sale at the Co-op bookshop at CSU in Bathurst this week up until close of business this Friday;
-The Co-op will consolidate text listings and online supplies for all campuses and distribute orders in the New Year from the Co-op bookshop located at CSU in Wagga Wagga ;
-Queries regarding member accounts or textbook information and orders can made by contacting the Co-op via:
oOnline portal:
oCustomer Care Team: 1300 61 71 81 /

The management of the Co-op have been engaged in discussions with the University prior to today’s announcement, and staff and students of the University were advised of the Co-op closure via internal news in an online statement on Monday 11 December.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427845830

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For further information please contact CSU Media.

Thousands to attend four CSU graduation ceremonies in Bathurst

Monday 11 Dec 2017

More than 4 000 people will attend four Charles Sturt University (CSU) graduation ceremonies in Bathurst on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December.

Approximately 3 179 family and friends will join nearly 864 graduates at the four ceremonies which will this year be hosted at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst.

Head of Campus Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu 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 800 graduates including six PhDs, will receive their testamurs from the University in Bathurst this year. We invite you to come and share this important milestone with us.”

Graduation highlights include the conferral of Emeritus Professorship to CSU psychology academic Professor Ben Bradley.

PhD graduate Dr Suzanne Hopf (pictured) in the CSU School of Teacher Education has been praised by her examiners for her ‘seminal’ thesis ‘Supporting Fijian children’s communication’ about addressing speech disorders in Fijian children. One examiner said, “Ms Hopf has demonstrated how research and program development should be conducted in the majority of world cultures”. Another examiner said, “This research is not only important to Fiji, but is predicted to have far reaching implications for other countries, languages and for clinical applications. This thesis has the hallmark of innovative, critical thinking and exceeds the requirements of a doctoral thesis. … a gold standard on a doctoral level … In over 30 years of external examining (of PhD theses) this thesis stands out as one of the best that I have had the privilege of reading. It is suggested that this dissertation be recognised for its excellence at the university level.”

9.30am Thursday 14 December – 193 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, and 737 guests:

School of Education, School of Teacher Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ms Maggie Walter will deliver the Occasional Address. CSU Medallist Ms Caroline Bateson will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Thursday 14 December – approximately 241 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and 850 guests:

School of Communication and Creative Industries, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, School of Information Studies, the Division of Student Learning/Academic Success Unit, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Management and Marketing.

Ms Bridget Ogilvie will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Susie Hall will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

9.30am Friday 15 December – approximately 203 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Justice, and Behavioural Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, and 702 guests:

School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Policing Studies, School of Psychology, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, the Centre for Law and Justice, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Heath, School of Human Movement Studies.

CSU psychology academic Professor Ben Bradley will receive the award of Emeritus Professor at this graduation ceremony.

Dr Nicole Sugden will deliver the Occasional Address. Medal winner Ms Anissa Mouti will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Friday 15 December – approximately 227 graduates from the Faculty of Science, and 890 guests:

School of Community Health, School of Biomedical Science, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Dentistry and Health Science, School of Agriculture and Wine Science, School of Animal and Veterinary Science.

Ms Tiffany Grange will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Strong Moves Camp in Bathurst for Indigenous students

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
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CSU theatre students boost local Shakespeare production

Friday 17 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are available from StickyTickets, or by email to, or phone the Morgans on 6331 4929.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Students collaborate for better rural health

Thursday 9 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Amanda Hlushak.

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

CSU cyber security workshops for businesses in central west

Friday 3 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

The workshop schedule is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

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

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