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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.

Media Contact: Kate Fotheringham, 63386251

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Active Living Longer project in Bathurst seeks participants

Monday 9 Jul 2018

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

* Program supports long-term active and healthy lifestyles

* 22 per cent of Australian population will be aged 65 years and over by 2056

* CSU gym in Bathurst open to community members

The Active Living Longer (ALLong) program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst seeks men and women aged 50 years and over to participate in its ongoing wellbeing and exercise research.

Dr Eevon Stott (pictured), adjunct research fellow in the CSU School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health in Bathurst, said the (ALLong) program aims to help adults aged 50 years and over to pursue long-term active lifestyle through applied science, education, and technology.

“The broad aim of Active Living Longer is to empower the community to get healthier, and we have started with group exercise sessions at the gym at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst as a safe and supportive environment,” Dr Stott said.

“Statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare project that 22 per cent of the population will be aged 65 years and over by 2056. ALLong aims to assist this group to remain independent for longer.

“One of the exciting elements of this program for me is being able to test over time if a wellbeing program can not only assist with obvious improvements in physical ability, but if it can also affect mental or cognitive performance positively in older people. This is all about improving the overall quality of life as we age.”

There are three elements to the ALLong program:

Group Exercise Sessions: Guided by an exercise scientist and modified for each person to suit to their capabilities.

Research: Participants in the Group Exercise Sessions can opt to participate in research comprising physical, physiological, balance, and wellbeing measures.

Education: Since physical function is only a part of the equation of active and healthy ageing, the ALLong program will expand its offerings to include workshops covering topics about nutrition, and cognitive and mental health.

Participants pay a small fee to attend, and the funds generated go towards maintaining sustainability of the sessions. Those who opt in for the research component will be able to use their results from the research to track their own progress over time.

“My current participants paid for an eight-session pass to the group exercise sessions, but already two have ‘graduated’ to joining the gym,” Dr Stott said.

“In time we will offer Tai Chi classes at a cost of a gold coin donation, and an ‘Exercise 101’ theory and practical course.

“Further on, Active Living Longer hopes to collaborate with nutritionists to deliver workshops about eating for older adults, and I also plan to have an annual calendar of events to coincide with existing public awareness campaigns such as Seniors’ Week, Falls Prevention Week, and so on.”

“The research is longitudinal, and I take a set of measurements to provide to participants so their results motivate them to remain accountable to themselves as much as possible. The aim is to get them to repeat the measurement process every six months.”

Gym supervisor CSU in Bathurst, Mr Stephen Howell, commended the ALLong program saying, “It’s fantastic to see more and more people using this great facility. The gym staff have done a lot of work to improve the environment, plus we have purchased a lot more new equipment. The new extended opening hours have really hit a great note with our community patrons, and we can’t wait to get more members.”

ALLong begins in Bathurst, but the model will be expanded to include other Charles Sturt University campuses and regional communities in time.

For more information or to enrol in the ALLong program contact Dr Eevon Stott on 0408 721 752 or email

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Eevon Stott.

‘How do successful entrepreneurs operate?’ - CSU free talk

Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

* Leading entrepreneurship educator to speak at CSU in Bathurst

* Dynamic speaker re the importance of entrepreneurship in economic development

A leading entrepreneurship academic from Finland will deliver an ‘in conversation’ presentation at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 28 June.

Professor of Entrepreneurship at CSU and academic lead on the CenWest Innovate Next Stage Growth Program, Professor Morgan Miles, said the free presentation by Professor Peter Kelly will examine the question ‘How do successful entrepreneurs operate?’

Professor Kelly is Professor of Practice, High-growth Entrepreneurship (pictured left), at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, and will share his insight of how high performing entrepreneurs operate for success.

“I first met Peter in Stockholm over 15 years ago,” Professor Miles said. “He was the most dynamic speaker I had ever heard on the topic of the importance of entrepreneurship in economic development, and since then he has only become better.

“He has been based in Finland since 1998, and has been the driving force behind entrepreneurship education at the Helsinki School of Creative Entrepreneurship at Aalto University, an initiative that involved all the Schools and the largest private donor to Aalto University.

“Before becoming Finland’s first Professor of Practice in High Growth Entrepreneurship, Professor Kelly spent a year as Professor of Practice at the School of Art and Design where he developed a rapid opportunity prototyping course to explore the intersection between the disciplines of design and entrepreneurship.”

Professor Miles (pictured left) said the CSU School of Management and Marketing, CenWest Innovate, and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship have cooperated to make this event possible.

“We are grateful that our partnership with Sydney School of Entrepreneurship has resulted in significant learning and teaching events such as this,” Professor Miles said. “Peter will make two presentations on 28 June, one to faculty at the University who are interested in research and teaching entrepreneurship, and a second to the public as a CenWest Innovate public event.”

The ‘in conversation’ public presentation by Professor Kelly is from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday 28 June at CSU Engineering (building 1305), Village Drive, CSU in Bathurst.

To attend this free event please register for catering purposes:

Learn more about Professor Peter Kelly here:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0437 411 136

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU’s Professor Morgan Miles, or Professor Peter Kelly Professor of Practice, High Growth Entrepreneurship, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

MyDay showcases CSU courses to future students

Tuesday 12 Jun 2018

* 200 high school students expected for MyDay at CSU Bathurst on Friday 15 June

* Free MyDay event is a great start to preparation for university

Senior high school students from across NSW will attend a MyDay at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 15 June to explore a range of courses and future study options.

CSU prospective student adviser Mr Ben Rodwell said, “With around 175 students currently registered, we can expect about 200 students plus parents to attend the MyDay.

“The students who have registered come from a very broad area as well as our own region, from a range of schools from Gunnedah and Hay to Moruya and Sydney.

“The students who attend MyDay can learn about the courses we offer at Charles Sturt University as well as general information about university and study. This free event is a great start to university preparation.

“Parents are also welcome to attend most sessions to learn more about courses and study at Charles Sturt University.”

Courses to be explored by the students include accounting, arts, business, communication and creative industries, computer science and information technology, criminal justice, law and policing, exercise and sports science, nursing, paramedicine, teaching and education, engineering and general studies (science).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU prospective student adviser Mr Ben Rodwell.

CenWest Innovate: helping to develop female job creators

Sunday 3 Jun 2018

* CSU social entrepreneurship course for 35 future female leaders

* Course will focus on how to use STEM skills to solve ‘wicked problems’

* Students will be inspired by local women in STEM and entrepreneurship

Thirty five female high school students will participate in a two and a half day social entrepreneurship course at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 June.

CenWest Innovate program coordinator Ms Christine Sweeney, said “CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University has partnered with Young Change Agents to present the course for which will focus on how these future female leaders can use STEM skills to solve ‘wicked problems’ of the group’s choosing.

“A 2017 evaluation report ‘Social Enterprise in Schools’ shows that these kinds of programs can put young people in the driver’s seat for developing 21st century enterprise and collaboration skills, attitudes, and behaviours.

“Students are being prepared for further education and employment in the future, shifting their mindset from job seeker to job creator through a hands-on business experience.

“At the end of the course, groups will pitch their social enterprise ideas to a judging panel. The students will also get to meet some inspiring local women in STEM and entrepreneurship throughout the course of the program.”

Special guests include Ms Zoe Hida (Appiwork), Ms Sally Palmer (WabiSabie), Ms Rachel Nicoll (Hartley Branch President, NSW Farmers Association), and Ms Stacey Whittaker (Bathurst Real Estate) who have agreed to act as judges of the pitches on the final day.

Four Bathurst high schools have registered teams of five female students (aged 13 to 18) to participate in the program. The schools are The Scots School, Mary Mackillop College, All Saints College, and Denison College (Kelso campus).

The program is supported by CSU School of Management and Marketing, CSU Future Moves and the NSW Government through Women NSW.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Christine Sweeney, program coordinator for CenWest Innovate at CSU in Bathurst.

Explore how computers see the world, and more at CSU

Monday 28 May 2018

* CSU Engfest to host Questacon’s Byte Wise travelling exhibition in Bathurst

* A range of fascinating and interactive scientific experiences

* Exhibition explores computational thinking, programming, algorithms, patterns, irrational numbers, measurement, geometry, logic, and problem solving.

* Will inspire and build understanding of computational thinking and its everyday use

How do you give instructions to a computer? A new traveling exhibition at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June will explore the thinking behind the technology we use every day.

The CSU Engineering Engfest event will host a range of fascinating and interactive scientific experiences as part of the Byte Wise travelling exhibition created by Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.

Suitable for ages 10 and over, the Byte Wise exhibition explores key themes of computational thinking, including programming, algorithms, patterns, irrational numbers, measurement, geometry, logic, and problem solving. Byte Wise will inspire visitors’ curiosity and confidence, and build greater understanding of both how computational thinking works, and how it’s used in everyday life.

Director of CSU Engineering Professor Euan Lindsay (pictured) said, “CSU Engineering is focused on opening our doors to the community, to connect students − of all ages − to the relevance of their current studies to the real world, demonstrate the role of future engineers, and celebrate the difference that human-centred engineering makes every day”.

With hands-on exhibits like The Game of Nim, visitors can match a mechanical computer in a battle of wits. While they devise their winning strategies, they’ll also learn about early programming, and how to physically implement logic and decision-making in mechanical computers.

“We are really excited to host the Byte Wise exhibition and look forward to seeing the community enjoy all of the activities on offer,” Professor Lindsay said.

“The Questacon exhibit is a highlight of ‘Schools and Community Day’ at this year’s Engfest. In addition to Byte Wise, our student engineers’ projects will be exhibited, there will be tours of the building, ‘maker space’ lab demonstrations, and information sessions for prospective students on the day.”

The Byte Wise Exhibition will be on display as part of Engfest which runs from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June. For the full Engfest program and to register for sessions go to

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

For more information and to arrange interviews with Director of CSU Engineering Professor Euan Lindsay contact Ms Lisa Ditchfield on 0429 109 140.

CSU Engineering celebrates annual ‘Engfest’ in Bathurst

Sunday 27 May 2018

* Packed 3-day program from 5-7 June celebrates engineering

* Includes 17 sessions from professional development, industry links, information sessions for prospective students, to an interactive Questacon exhibit

* Free public lecture by Ms Fiona Nash titled, ‘Regional Australia – A Positive Future’

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) engineering program will host the annual Engfest at their award-winning facilities in Bathurst from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June.

Engfest is a three-day CSU Engineering event that brings together industry, educators and the community to showcase the works of the engineers of the future, and to discuss and celebrate regional engineering.

Director of CSU Engineering Professor Euan Lindsay (pictured) said, “This is the third year that CSU Engineering will host Engfest, and the three-day program is packed with activities. We are excited by the diverse line-up of engineering events, presentations, and professional development sessions.

“Engfest aims to reach all corners of the engineering community, from a lateral-thinking 10 year-old at our Questacon exhibit, to a regional engineer interviewing for Chartered status.

“Engfest provides an opportunity for our region to connect to CSU Engineering and learn more about the role of engineering.”

This year’s program incorporates 17 different sessions over the three days. Highlights include professional development for high schools teachers and industry, prospective student information sessions, an interactive Questacon exhibit, and a Regional Growth Forum facilitated by NSW Rural Women of the Year, Ms Jillian Kilby.

“The centrepiece of Engfest is the student exhibition,” Professor Lindsay said. “At the exhibition our first- and second-year student engineers display their major projects. First-year projects are part of the Engineers Without Borders program, where student engineers have developed solutions to authentic environmental and community problems faced in Cambodia.

“The second-year student engineers will present solutions they have developed for real clients. These include developing carbon neutrality solutions for Taronga Zoo, establishing a waterway for a local Wiradyuri community, and developing a vandal-proof water bubbler for schools, plus more.”

On Tuesday 5 June (former Senator) Ms Fiona Nash will present a free public lecture titled, ‘Regional Australia – A Positive Future’.

There will also be tours of the CSU Engineering building, Maker Space lab demonstrations, and the Engfest Celebration Dinner on Thursday 7 June.

Professor Lindsay said, “A highlight of the three days is when the new cadet engineers are presented to their industry hosts. Our industry partners come from across the state to attend host training at Engfest, then they officially receive their cadets for the 2018-19 year.”

Visit the website to register for sessions and purchase tickets for the Engfest Celebration Dinner (Thursday 7 June):

See the full Engfest program here:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Euan Lindsay who is based at CSU in Bathurst.

Lower photo shows CSU student engineers at 2017 Engfest with 'real world' Tremains Mill project clients in Bathurst.

CSU hosts ‘Star Parties’ for ABC Stargazing world record attempt

Monday 21 May 2018

* CSU to boost ABC stargazing world record attempt on Wednesday 23 May 

* CSU will host ‘Star Parties’ in Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Wagga Wagg

* Aiming to beat previous 2015 world record of 7,960 stargazers in 37 locations

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host three ‘Star Parties’ as part of the ABC’s Stargazing Live Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’ on Wednesday evening 23 May.

CSU will host events in Bathurst, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga.

Acting Head of Campus of CSU in Bathurst Mr Peter Fraser said, “Charles Sturt University in Bathurst is delighted to co-host a Star Party as part of the ABC’s Live National Guinness World Record Attempt, for the ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’.

“This will be a family-friendly fun event, and everybody is welcome to come along and take part in this world record attempt.”

“This event is open to the community and free to attend, but you must register.”

In Bathurst: 7pm to 10pm at historic Abercrombie House, 311 Ophir Road, Stewarts Mount, Bathurst.

To register:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews acting Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Mr Peter Fraser.

CSU students perform Louis Nowra’s celebrated play ‘Cosi’ in Bathurst

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Australian comedy play Cosi by Louis Nowra at the CSU Ponton Theatre in Bathurst from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May

* Madness, burning cats, Mozart, and a play within a play

One of Australia’s popular comedy plays, Cosi by Louis Nowra, will be performed by third-year Charles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students at the Ponton Theatre in Bathurst from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May.

Presented by CYCLE Productions and the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Cosi explores mental illness, politics, love and sex and freedom, begging the question – “What is normal?”.

The synopsis: It is 1971. Lewis (played by Gareth Thompson), a university graduate, is directing his first production at a mental institution in Melbourne. Faced with the challenge of bringing Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte to life, he must work with a group of extraordinary characters, under unexpected circumstances. Through all this, Lewis must navigate the boundaries between love, loyalty and trust to get this show on the road.

Cosi is directed by CSU lecturer Dr Kate Smith, with assistant directors third-year students Ms Sophie Fitzgerald and Ms Madeline Whittaker.

“Madness, burning cats, Mozart, and a play within a play. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, but no matter what, the show must go on!” Dr Smith said.

Cosi will be performed nightly at 7pm from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May as well as a matinee performance at 1pm on Saturday, at the Ponton Theatre (building 1434), Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst.

Tickets can be purchased via

High School Special = $8, Student/Concession = $10, Adults = $15

Please note: This show contains coarse language, sexual references and drug references. Parental guidance is recommended.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

For more information please contact Ms Gia Mia Radice on 0437 190 797 or Ms Jana Vass on 0478 931 589.

CSU hosts annual careers advice FACTS Day

Tuesday 1 May 2018

* Hundreds of central west senior high students to attend careers advice day at CSU in Bathurst

* Dozens of local, state and national organisations will advise students

The annual 2018 FACTS Day for senior high school students in the central west will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 4 May.

CSU prospective student adviser Ms Melinda Negus (pictured) said, “The day provides an excellent opportunity for students in their final year to gather information and speak to higher education and advisers from numerous universities and employers.

“Our experience over many years shows students appreciate this opportunity, and it helps guide them in their study and career choices.”

Participating organisations include TAFE, Verto Ltd, Orana Fashion, the Australian Defence Force, the Universities Admissions Centre, the NSW Police Force, the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the NSW Department of Industry – Training Services, and the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.

There will be two morning sessions, and one concurrent speaker session during each session. The speaker is from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and will explain the university application processes.

The 2018 FACTS Day will be held at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220) at CSU in Bathurst on Friday 4 May: Session 1, 10.30am to 11.30am, and Session 2, 11.45am to 12.45pm.

Participating central west high schools include:

Denison College Bathurst High and Kelso High (Bathurst), Cowra High School, Orange High School, Molong Central School, MacKillop College (Bathurst), Canowindra High School, Blayney High School, Yeoval Central School, Oberon High School, Canobolas Rural Tech School (Orange), Kandos High School, All Saints College (Bathurst), The Scots School (Bathurst), La Salle Academy (Forbes), St Stanislaus College (Bathurst).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

To arrange interviews contact CSU prospective student adviser Ms Melinda Negus on 0409 305 514, or Mr Clint Giddings (Blayney High School) Secretary of the Central West Careers Adviser Association on 0422 665 987.

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