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Sprightly SPRUNG Festival set to sizzle at CSU in Bathurst

Wednesday 12 Sep 2018

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

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

* Festival to showcase five original productions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The festival program includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

* In Between, at 11am Wednesday 19 September

* Rumble, 11am Wednesday 26 September

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

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Two free business workshops in Bathurst

Thursday 6 Sep 2018

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

* Will help create resumes and job applications for business professions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose to attend one or both workshops across two evenings:

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Resources Law residential school for law students at CSU

Friday 31 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about CSU law courses here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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

Masterclass to develop strategies to engage businesses’ stakeholders

Friday 24 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The masterclass is free but participants must register:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Sharon Schoenmaker.

CSU inter-campus blood donation challenge

Friday 10 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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

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

CSU in Bathurst appointment times:

Monday 13 August from 9.15am to 3.45pm.

Tuesday 14 August from 9.15am to 1.30pm

Wednesday 15 August from 9.15am to 3.45pm

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439068752

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CSU Foundation scholarship ceremony for Bathurst and Orange students

Wednesday 8 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

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Free public screening of Hope Road at CSU in Bathurst

Tuesday 7 Aug 2018

* Film explores refugee experience and hope in Australia

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

* Leading Australian documentary filmmaker to host Q&A session

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The official Hope Road webpage is

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

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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

About the Film Director - Tom Zubrycki:

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

CSU arts and culture CUP grants available

Thursday 2 Aug 2018

* CSU CUP small grants available for Bathurst region arts and culture projects

* Applications close Friday 24 August

The next round of 2018 Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants for arts and cultural activities are available for applications.

Individuals and community groups across the University’s regions covered by its campuses in Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, and Port Macquarie are invited to apply.

Associate Professor Laura Dan, Director Knowledge Exchange and Engagement at CSU, said, “The University provides up to $20,000 worth of CUP grants across its regional footprint, and I encourage individuals and groups with projects or initiatives that meet the criteria to apply.”

Applications close on Friday 24 August, and the CUP grants application form is here:

Previous arts and culture CUP grant recipient Ms Kylie Shead from the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) said, “With the support of CSU Community-University Partnership grants we have been able bring professional writers to speak at the Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival, and at the same time keep the festival free and therefore accessible for the community”.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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Photo shows category winners in the Bathurst Poetry Slam as part of the 2017 Bathurst Writers' and Readers' Festival at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

Startup Weekend in Bathurst a ‘must’ for students with business ideas

Thursday 26 Jul 2018

* Weekend event to help CSU students learn first-hand about entrepreneurship

* Participants will get feedback on their business idea

* Entrepreneurship becoming a critical career skill for students in all disciplines

Do you have a business idea, or have you ever thought about being an entrepreneur?

How do you know if your business ideas can make a real difference?

CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is working with the Upstairs Startup Hub to present a Student Startup Weekend in Bathurst on Friday evening 3 August and Saturday 4 August.

Professor of Entrepreneurship in the CSU School of Management and Marketing, Professor Morgan Miles, said, “The upcoming Student Startup Weekend organised jointly by the Upstairs Startup Hub (Bathurst) and CenWest Innovate and the CSU School of Management and Marketing in Bathurst is a ‘must go’ event for all students at the University who have interest in startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

“Entrepreneurship is becoming a critical career skill for students across all university disciplines, and employers are increasingly seeking new staff who have entrepreneurial skills.

“This Startup Weekend is designed to develop these important capabilities.”

Weekend Overview:

Friday night, participants meet at Rafters Bar at CSU from 5pm to 8pm for individuals to pitch their business idea, and join a team while socialising.

On Saturday morning participants will meet at CSU Engineering (building 1305) at 8.30am to commence workshops on Lean Canvas, idea testing, and finally pitching. Participants will be able to get feedback on their business idea and learn first-hand about entrepreneurship.

The feedback is provided by the workshop team led by Mr James Triggs, Expert-in-Residence at the Upstairs Startup Hub in Bathurst.

To book a place at the Student Startup Weekend, send an email to, and mark ‘going’ on this event on our Facebook page:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

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CSU Bathurst celebrating NAIDOC week, Because Of Her We Can

Friday 13 Jul 2018

* CSU Bathurst presented nine 2018 Charles Sturt University NAIDOC Awards

* The National NAIDOC theme this year is Because Of Her We Can

* Today we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and the active and significant roles they play across the Bathurst region

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is proud to recognise women as part of the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week. The theme this year is Because of Her We Can.

Acting Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Mr Peter Fraser said, “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have kept the oldest continuing culture on the planet strong, and the women have been strong partners with their men in maintaining this cultural connection through generations”.

Nine women from the Bathurst region were presented with CSU NAIDOC week awards at a ceremony on campus today. Past and present CSU staff and students and community members attended the presentation.

Wiradyuri Elder and former CSU staff member Werribee Leanna Carr-Smith works tirelessly as a community advocate and educator. Werribee is an outstanding leader and has been responsible for embedding Wiradyuri content and wisdom into the local education sector, including language programs and cultural orientation immersions.

Dindima Gloria Rogers or ‘Aunty Gloria’, has been involved in the education and teaching of Wiradyuri culture and language. She also regularly conducts Welcome to Country in the Bathurst Wiradyuri area. She has been involved with CSU and the wider Bathurst community in a cultural advisory capacity for many years, giving her time and insight to many projects and initiatives.

Aunty Jill and CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew VannAunty Jill(Gunhimudha which means ‘mother to many’) is a local Elder who has fostered many, many children, not just Aboriginal children, over the last 20 plus years.

Aunty Jill has worked for her community behind the scenes for over 30 years in this area.  She holds Traditional Knowledge of Wiradyuri Country and is an accepted Wiradyuri Elder.  Aunty Jill has been one of the Elders keeping Councils and other community leaders accountable to their community and is a fierce community advocate.

Tracey Gale is a proud Wiradjuri woman who, through her personal values and strong work ethic, has made a positive impact in the local community. During her previous employment at CSU Tracey travelled the country gathering and collating research into businesses run by local Indigenous people and through this role gathered information in order to apply this knowledge at a local community level.  Tracey is a wealth of knowledge on how successful businesses are run and imparts this knowledge to local businesses to ensure future success.

Mrs Wyn Allen played   an instrumental role in setting up Wammarra in the early 1980’s when CSU was called Mitchell College of Advanced Education. She was the head of Wammarra for four years. She then moved to Canberra as a member of the House of Representatives Committee On Aboriginal Affairs. Later, she returned to Bathurst to work with the NSW Department of Fair Trading.  Mrs Allen has now retired and teaches Wiradyuri language at CSU.

Maureen Bates-Mckay and CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew VannMs Maureen Bates-McKay is a lawyer with legal aid and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in increasing access to justice in the Central West. Maureen works passionately for social justice and the community.

Ms Annette Gainsford has demonstrated outstanding leadership through the development of CSU Bachelor of Laws. The course is internationally unique in building the Indigenous cultural competence of its graduates.

Ms Gainsford led the development of Indigenous cultural competence of her colleagues within the CSU Centre for Law and Justice and contributed nationally to scholarships that recognise the place of Indigenous knowledge, cultures and histories within higher education.

Ms Julie Bennett has been nominated by her CSU students for showing them tremendous support. She is a mentor and an advocate who is always there for her students. They say, “Because of her, we can”.

Ms Jayarna Kay, a CSU student support officer at Wammarra Student Centre at CSU in Bathurst,was nominated via a specially produced video. The video said Ms Kay is a strong, confident and independent Aboriginal woman and is always empowering all females in all parts of her life, from work to her captaincy of the Orange Women’s Tigers AFL team.

Last year Jayarma was instrumental in developing CSU’s first Indigenous student conference in Dubbo, which included several workshops on leadership, which helped Indigenous students to excel in their studies and took on feedback to improve services for Indigenous students across CSU. The video nomination was also shown during the ceremony.

“Today we have celebrated just a few of the women who contribute, that work in a variety of ways, and are influencing and shaping our community,” Mr Fraser said.

“We also acknowledge that there are many, many more local women that should be recognised, in addition to those whose stories we shared today.”

“Charles Sturt University is so proud to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students and community members.

“It was delightful and an honour to be able to acknowledge and present awards to all these fabulous women who are making an impact across our communities.”

Today’s event started with a smoking ceremony and also featured a talented local Aboriginal youth dance troupe.

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