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

Wednesday 16 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

Wednesday 2 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.

Free CSU public lecture: leading UK philosopher on senior citizen rights

Tuesday 17 Apr 2018

A leading international philosopher will present a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 27 April.

Professor David Archard, the Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast and Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (UK), will deliver the free public lecture.

As part of the CSU ‘How to Live Well’ Series, Professor Archard's lecture titled ‘Senior Citizens: Rights, Duties and the Old’ will examine the rights and issues affecting older Australians.

Outlining his lecture Professor Archard (pictured) said, “It is all too easy to think of the old within our society as the beneficiaries of collective care at the inequitable expense of others and at the same time as possessed of civic rights – such as that of voting - that are exercised to the detriment of the interests of those who will outlive them.

“Yet while we do have duties to the old, there is reasonable disagreement as to the value of longer lives and the place of old age within these.

“Such disagreement can only be resolved by political deliberation.

“The right to vote should not be accorded only on the basis of a principle of affected interests.

“Moreover, the senior citizen has a particular status, perhaps not one as the repository of accumulated wisdom, but as that of our collective memory,” Professor Archard concluded.

The free public lecture is from 6pm to 7.30pm on Friday 27 April in room 223 in building 1292 (near car park 7) at CSU, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst.

The presentation will include a discussion, followed by light refreshments. Please register your attendance by Tuesday 24 April here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Emeritus Professor David Archard.

MyDay for future students at CSU in Bathurst

Wednesday 11 Apr 2018

An information MyDay for students in Years 11 and 12 and their parents will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 20 April.

The MyDay will focus on courses available for study at CSU in Bathurst for subjects taught in the School of Communication and Creative Industries.

CSU prospective student adviser Ms Melinda Negus (pictured left) said, “It is a great opportunity for students and parents to check out facilities, and to have their questions answered about what it’s really like to study at Charles Sturt University and find out about the exciting careers available with a degree from the School of Communication and Creative Industries.

“There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet academics, current students, and support staff to get all the information you need about studying at the University.

“Parents are also more than welcome to join the MyDay and we will have dedicated information sessions for parents while the students are engaging in projects using our facilities. It’s never too early to start preparing for the exciting journey that lies ahead,” Ms Negus said.

The MyDay is free but those interested to attend will need to register:

For more information about MyDay contact Ms Negus on 6338 6030 or

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms  Melinda Negus who is based at CSU in  Bathurst.

Science and Engineering in the spotlight in Bathurst and Orange

Monday 19 Mar 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) co-hosts the annual Science and Engineering Challenge in Bathurst and Orange next week for more than 300 Year 9 and 10 students from 11 schools across the region.

The students will battle it out for a place at the State Super Challenge by building bridges, wiring cities, creating Mars rovers, constructing earthquake-proof towers, and building a bionic hand.

CSU Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay said the CSU Engineering program was inspired to sponsor the Challenge in Bathurst and Orange, as well as Wagga and Young, to ensure the experience was more accessible to regional students.

“We take every opportunity to showcase the impact that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals have on everyone’s life, from the design of buildings, through to the system that stores and delivers clean water to a community,” Professor Lindsay said.

“Over the next five years, employment is predicted to increase in technical services, professional, and scientific careers by 14 per cent. With STEM graduates in Australia making up only 18 per cent of the entire graduate cohort, the Science and Engineering Challenge inspires students to work in STEM careers. It does this by providing a STEM experience that is very different to their school classroom.”

The Science and Engineering Challenge encourages students to explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a pre-determined answer. The Challenge further aims to encourage students in Year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences and mathematics in Years 11 and 12.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is presented by The University of Newcastle in cooperation with Charles Sturt University and local Rotary and Lions Clubs.

The Science and Engineering Challenge at CSU in Bathurst will be hosted at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220, the Gym) on Wednesday 21 March. The Challenge in Orange will be hosted by James Sheahan High School on Friday 23 March.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay.

Schools involved in the Science and Engineering Challenge include:

Denison College (Bathurst Campus), Blayney High, Mackillop College, St Stanislaus College, Scots College, Orange High, James Sheahan High School, Orange Christian School, Orange Anglican Grammar, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, and Kinross Wolaroi School.

The best time for photos/filming will be between 9.30am to 2pm either on Wednesday 21 March at CSU in Bathurst, or Friday 23 March at James Sheahan High School. During this time students are working through the projects of the day. The final Bridge activity is tested, and the winning school is announced, at approximately 1.30pm.

Photo opportunities can be arranged through Ms Lisa Ditchfield on mobile 0429 109 140.

CSU parent information evenings across NSW

Friday 9 Mar 2018

During March, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting information evenings for parents of high school students in Years 11 and 12 who hope to attend university when they leave school.

The information sessions in CSU’s six main campus cities will help families to navigate the higher education system and prepare family members for university study.

CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katy Fardell said, “Charles Sturt University presents parent information evenings in our campus towns to provide parents of high school students with great information to help them prepare for university.

“We will be providing information on how to research and prepare, as well as how to support your child through to a successful start at university.

“Whether it be for parents of students who are the first in family to attend university, or if you just need a refresher, the information provided will be helpful for all parents of children looking at attending university in the next few years.”

The information evenings are free events. Participants can find out more information and will need to register at for these sessions:

Orange – 5.30pm Tuesday 13 March, at Orange Ex-Services Club (Tobruk Room), 231-242 Anson Street, Orange;

Bathurst – 5.30pm Wednesday 14 March, at Bathurst Panthers Club (Panorama Room), 132 Piper Street, Bathurst;

Wagga Wagga – 5.30pm Tuesday 20 March, at the Commercial Club (RJ Hall Function Room), 77 Gurwood Street, Wagga Wagga;

Albury-Wodonga – 5.30pm Wed 21 March, at Commercial Club (Stanley A Room) (Elizabeth St entrance), 618 Dean Street, Albury;

Dubbo – 5.30pm Thursday 22 March, at Dubbo RSL Club (Starlight Room), 178 Brisbane Street, Dubbo;

Port Macquarie – 5.30pm Thursday 22 March, at Charles Sturt University, 7 Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katy Fardell before and at each event.

Connecting CSU students and Bathurst employers

Thursday 8 Mar 2018

First-year Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Ms Elicia Dearsley is one of over 200 students to benefit from a new program that assists on-campus students to become job-ready and connect to local employers.

Having recently moved to Bathurst from the NSW South Coast to study a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), Ms Dearsley (pictured) secured two casual jobs through the Earn As You Learn (EAYL) program.

“The program helped me prepare to find a job while studying by helping me create the best version of my resumé I could,” Ms Dearsley said. “They talked me through what employers would be looking for in a resumé and also in an interview situation so I could tailor my resumé to be more suitable for the work I was looking for and had some handy tips to take into my interviews.”

EAYL Coordinator in the CSU Division of Student Services, Ms Georgina Stuart explained that EAYL is a pilot program that assists new and current on-campus students at CSU in Bathurst to prepare for and find work that fits around their study schedule.

“The program is free and aims to alleviate any financial concerns students may have around starting university”, Ms Stuart said. “They simply register online and we meet with them one-on-one to find out about their skills and interests. We review their resumé and experience. We then match students to local employers registered in the program”.

Bathurst local Ms Olive Lockett, a second-year Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student, already had some part-time work at a local supermarket but was looking for some industry-related experience that would give her the skills she needed for graduate employment. Through the EAYL program Ms Lockett has secured a job managing the social media accounts for a new fashion boutique that has opened in Bathurst, ‘Sunday Thistle’.

Ms Lockett said, “EAYL has given me the opportunity to gain a job that is relevant to my degree and in an area I’m genuinely passionate about. The program has been an amazing help to my overall career, having the opportunity to sit down and perfect my resumé for my line of work.

“I would highly recommend signing up for EAYL if you are looking for job that is going to help you gain experience and earn money while at university.”

Owner/manager of Sunday Thistle and Ms Lockett’s new boss, Ms Shylo Land, is impressed with the program and with Ms Lockett’s marketing skills.

“The EAYL service has worked perfectly for me. The friendly team provided me with potential candidates the same day that I lodged my request and I was able to recruit Olive immediately. I would highly recommend this service to other businesses in Bathurst looking for casual employees,” Ms Land said.

The ‘Earn As You Learn’ program will be trialled in Bathurst initially, with the aim to extend it across the University.

Students can learn more at:, or by contacting

Background for employers

Local employers also benefit from the EAYL program by gaining:

- free access to local job-ready students looking for casual and part-time work;

- a shortlist of suitable candidates from CSU’s database of job-ready students;

- the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective in their workplace, fill short-term contracts, provide holiday backfill, or cover for busy periods;

- access to the specialty skills of CSU students, such as marketing and communications, accounting, and IT.

Employers have to be within 50 kilometres of Bathurst, and can only log jobs of up to 20 hours per week.

Employers can find out more here:

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Rube Goldberg fever strikes CSU Engineering

Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

First-year student engineers at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst are facing their first challenge this week in problem solving and team work.

The annual Rube Goldberg event challenges the 18 students to build an overly complex solution to a simple problem – this year, it is to cut a cake with a large knife.

“Working in teams of three, the students have to design and build at least four steps in the machine,” said CSU Professor of Engineering, Euan Lindsay.

“This year they have incorporated tambourines, Jenga blocks, a party popper and a flying dog into their project.

“They have to work together with the rest of the group to make a single machine, building a sense of shared responsibility and cooperation in the group to make the machine work.

“The Challenge embodies the non-traditional, problem-based approach of the Charles Sturt University course. We are committed to developing student engineers who have entrepreneurial communication skills and understand the power of diversity.”

Last year, the CSU Engineering degree was recognised by the leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a world leader in engineering education.

This year’s completed ‘machine’ will be activated by a global leader in engineering education, Professor Anetta Kolmos from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

The machine will ‘go live’ at 3pm on Thursday 8 March in the foyer of the award-winning CSU Engineering building, CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews / Wes Ward, 0418 669 362/ 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Professor Kolmos and Professor Lindsay before the Rube Goldberg machine is activated, contact CSU Media.

2018 CSU inter-campus blood donation challenge

Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

At the recent Orientation Week Market Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, new students signed up to become blood donors in time for the annual 2018 CSU Inter-Campus Blood Challenge.

During the Inter-Campus Blood Challenge from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 1 July, eligible students and staff at all CSU campuses compete to donate the most blood.

In 2017, CSU staff and students made a total of 768 donations, with the most donations (n = 348) from CSU in Wagga Wagga, while the highest proportion of donations was from CSU in Port Macquarie (17.5 per cent of staff and students donated).

Mr John Feist, Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW/ACT Community Relations Officer, said this was a great effort but more blood is always needed and he urged all CSU staff and students to donate blood.

“The Australian Red Cross Blood Service appreciates every blood donation it receives, and thanks all its donors for taking the time to donate,” Mr Feist said.

“Each donation can save three lives, so the University’s donations in 2017 saved over 2 300 lives. That’s outstanding.”

The Red Cross mobile blood unit will be at CSU in Bathurst from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 March.

CSU in Bathurst student liaison officer Mr Scott Hatch said, “Wherever students and staff donate, as long as they are registered as a member of the ‘CSU Bathurst’ Red25 group then their donation will count in the challenge. They can register online at the Red Cross website or via staff at the mobile unit on the day of donation.

“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, and will be back on campus in May.”

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photos show some of the new CSU students who signed up to be blood donors for the annual 2018 CSU Inter-Campus Blood Challenge.

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:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Heather Cavanagh.

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.

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