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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

New printing press for CSU

Monday 6 Mar 2017

CSU PrintA new state-of the-art 25 tonne five-colour printing press will arrive on trucks and be installed by heavy-lift cranes at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Tuesday 6 March.

Chief Financial Officer in the CSU Division of Finance Mr Paul Dowler said, "Despite there being a general decline in the need for printed material, there is still a requirement for this technology. The University has assessed this as being both worthwhile for its needs, and it will also allow the University to service regional clients for printing work on a competitive basis."

CSU Print production coordinator Mr Alex Ward said the purchase of the fully-refurbished five-colour Ryobi 685 printing press gives CSU Print the capacity to handle all the University's printing in-house.

"This will be one of only two five-colour printing presses in the NSW central west, so it will also make CSU Print a very competitive player in the commercial market in the region," Mr Ward said.

"The printing press has come from Singapore by ship and arrived in Sydney last week. Delivery and installation is due to commence at approximately 8am on Tuesday 7 March.

"A Sydney-based transport company is organising the delivery using two semi-trailers as the total weight of the machine 25 tonnes and it's about 13 metres long."

The full installation of the printing press should take three to five days to complete, followed by operational training for staff.

The types of material printed for the University by CSU Print includes booklets, brochures, posters, exam papers, campus maps, orientation material for new students, graduation programs, the certificates presented to graduates at graduation ceremonies, banners, signage, and book printing and binding for local self-publishers.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Alex Ward.CSU Print is located in building 1297 on Village Drive at CSU in Bathurst.

CUP grant to cathedral restoration in Bathurst

Friday 24 Feb 2017

Cathedral CUP grantCharles Sturt University (CSU) has made a $4 000 Community-University Partnership (CUP) grant to the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Committee in Bathurst.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "The preservation of our regional cultural and historical heritage is part of our Community-University Partnership goals.

"We are proud to make a little contribution towards the restoration of the Cathedral, which is the second oldest Catholic Cathedral in continuous use in Australia.

"On another level, the participation of CSU Engineering students on the project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a project which teaches them how to work around engineering challenges, which by the nature of its heritage status, demands solutions around complex problems with limited flexibility."

Chairman of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Project Committee, Mr Phil Burgett, said the CUP grant is a tangible sign of the University's desire to be involved in the restoration of the Cathedral and its commitment to the city of Bathurst.

"The CSU CUP Community Grants Programme grant provides a valuable and timely contribution to the costs associated with landscaping works and proposed changes to the interior of the Cathedral to solve the factors contributing to the deterioration of the building," he said.

Catholic Cathedral BathurstIn 2016 the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Committee developed concept plans for the next major phases of the restoration project.

This included a series of consultation meetings with parishioners and stakeholder groups, to brief them on the plans and formally survey the level of satisfaction in their observations and feedback.

The outcomes included a high level of engagement and satisfaction with the proposals and provided valuable ideas for further refinement.

Mr Burgett said the association with the University through the CUP grants program has fostered an exciting dialogue with CSU's Engineering program.

"This will hopefully see Charles Sturt University student engineers undertaking project work on the Cathedral as a component of their studies to provide innovative design and construction solutions to the challenges of restoring the Cathedral," Mr Burgett said.

"This aims to advance a practical and constructive relationship between the University and the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst."

Applications for CUP rural and regional arts grants and the Head of Campus small grants opens on Monday 27 February. Further information about CUP is available here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu (pictured on right with Mr Burgett, left), and Mr Phil Burgett, Chairman of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Committee.

O Week at CSU mixes facts and fun

Thursday 16 Feb 2017

O Week Bx 2016Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will welcome more than 700 new students and returning students for the start of 2017 Orientation Week (O Week) on Monday 20 February.

Ms Alexandra Cary, student liaison officer in the University's Office for Students at CSU in Bathurst, said O Week serves two important purposes for new students.

"O Week is a fun week of 'getting to know you' before classes for new and continuing students start on campus on Monday 27 February," Ms Cary said.

"As a traditional annual fixture on the University calendar, O Week is designed to make new students feel at ease and at home and be able to navigate their way around campus and their schedules, and the expectations that come with tertiary study.

"O Week introduces new students to the practical features of University life such as their on-campus accommodation and the dining hall, the location of lecture theatres and their respective Schools and the location of lecturers' offices etc, and it introduces them to their fellow new students."

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, and library and laboratory tours and a range of social activities.

Across the University, more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU Online.

O Week social events at CSU in Bathurst:

Monday 20 February

10.30am Commencement Ceremony at CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220, 'the gym')

11.30am to 2pm Market Day on the Library Lawn

7pm Toga Party at the Rafters Bar; $5 entry* from O Week leader tent

Tuesday 21 February

3.30pm Scavenger Hunt on campus; meet at the Library Lawn

8pm Comedy Night – Mug and Kettle Comedy at the Rafters Bar, free entry

Wednesday 22 February

3pm Beach Party at Dining Hall/Towers Lawn

Metro Cinema Movie Night; limited free tickets available from O Week Leader tent

7pm Hawaiian Luau in the Rafters Bar; $5 entry*, tickets available from O Week Leader tent

Thursday 23 February

3pm O Week Fair on the Library Lawn

7pm Moonlight Cinema, on the Library Lawn, with free pizzas

Friday 24 February

2pm Fresher Cup on the Diggings Oval

8pm Dag Night featuring Jellybean Jam at the Rafters Bar; entry - $15* tickets available from O Week leader tent. (*A Weekly Event Ticket available for $20, saving $5.)

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Alexandra Cary from the Office for Students at CSU in Bathurst.

CSU ceremony marks start of new journey for students

Tuesday 14 Feb 2017

CSU Bathurst gateway 5 flagsMore than 700 new students, their families and friends will be welcomed to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst at a Commencement Ceremony on Monday 20 February.

Following an academic procession, Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, will formally welcome the students and guests, telling the students that they are commencing an academic journey that the University hopes they will find both stimulating and fulfilling.

"The University is a community, which forms part of a bigger social, cultural and educational heritage of the City of Bathurst and its surrounds," Professor Anyanwu said. "I encourage new students to not only be active participants in University life, but also to respect and become part of the wider Bathurst community.

"The University provides a vibrant, inclusive, tolerant and supportive environment where students will be intellectually challenged to perform their best.

"Students will also become socially involved in making long-lasting friendships and connections, and they will be culturally stimulated to see the world differently. They will be empathetically aroused to help those less fortunate in our society, and to reflect on their journey as they pursue their dreams."

Professor Anyanwu will stress to new students that they are now part of a privileged group who have been making positive impacts in this community and the nation through academic achievements and participation in a range of civic events and other activities.

Special guests and dignitaries include Wiradyuri Elder Aunty Gloria Rogers; Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, Councillor Gary Rush; and the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McKenna.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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

The Commencement Ceremony at CSU in Bathurst starts at 10.30am Monday 20 February in the CD Blake Auditorium (also known as 'the gym', building 1220), Village Drive at CSU in Bathurst.

The Ceremony is the academic welcome to first-year students held at the beginning of Orientation Week. There will be refreshments afterwards and the opportunity for new students and guests to mingle with academics and dignitaries. 

The Commencement Ceremony program of speakers includes:

-        Welcome / Host, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst

-        Welcome by Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Gloria Rogers

-        Welcome by Professor of Education and Presiding Officer Academic Senate, Professor Jo-Anne Reid

-        Welcome by Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, Councillor Gary Rush

-        Academic Address by Foundation Professor in Engineering in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Professor Euan Lindsay

-        Reflections of a graduate, by Mr Jack Thomson

-        Welcome by Bathurst (Mitchell) Student Representative Council President, Ms Caitlin Flint

-        Prayer for Commencement of 2017 Academic Year, by the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McKenna

Musical accompaniment, piper, Dr Donald Alexander, senior lecturer/course director in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries.

CSU research to enhance aged and disability service delivery

Thursday 9 Feb 2017

John Rae and ALO volunteersA Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is working with Accessible Living Options (ALO) in Bathurst to improve services for people who are aged and/or have a disability.

Dr John Rae, a researcher and senior lecturer in health services management in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Bathurst, said his research with ALO comes at an important time in the evolution of services delivery in Australia.

"Aged and disability services in Australia are undergoing massive changes, including aged care reforms and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The project is timely because creativity at an organisational level is going to be even more important," Dr Rae said.

"This project aims to understand why ALO is so creative, based on the fact that in 2015 they received a Best Practice Award for Innovation in providing frail aged people with a mix of social activities who live in rural, remote and very remote areas. ALO has a philosophy of problem-solving using creativity to overcome obstacles such as isolation and transport issues. As well, their Executive Officer, Ms Cheryl Keogh, recently received a leadership award titled Most Inspirational Women Award 2016.

"In my research I use art. I interview staff or other relevant personnel, make paintings for them and take the artwork back to them to probe deeper. This process works well to discover hidden elements of people's and organisations' creative capacities."

ALO provides services to people who are frail aged or have a disability, and who live in Bathurst and surrounding region, Oberon, Blayney, Greater Lithgow, Kandos, Rylstone, and into the Blue Mountains to Katoomba.

Dr Rae is pictured (second from left) with some of the 10 ALO volunteers he met on Monday 6 February to initiate the research process with ALO.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr John Rae.

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