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CSU: $100,000 in community grants open to the region

Friday 20 Apr 2018

* CSU launches its $100,000 Community-University Partnerships grants program for 2018.

* Up to $20,000 available across five different categories to support our regions.

* Launch at CSU in Dubbo today. Online applications here.

* Grants for projects across arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous and discretionary grants for community initiatives.

Grant money totalling $100,000 is now on offer from Charles Sturt University (CSU) for local communities following the launch of the 2018 Community-University Partnerships (CUP) grant program.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured second from left) said, “The University is offering $100,000 in grants as an investment in the development of our regions.

“Members of our local communities are encouraged to apply for the funding to support their local community groups and activities.

“There’s funding from hundreds of dollars, up to a maximum amount of $20,000 in each grant category,” Ms Maginnis said.

CUP grants are across five separate categories across arts and culture, education, sport, Indigenous, as well as discretionary grants to support small community initiatives.

Launching in Dubbo today, CSU also welcomed successful recipients from last year’s program to congratulate them on their success and for them to share with the community how they spent the grant they received.

In 2017, four community groups received $1,000 grants each as a part of the CSU in Dubbo CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program:

* Wellington Primary School Parents and Citizens, to erect playground structures and create a sensory garden.

* Buninyong Public School, to provide migrant families with quality books to support English language learning.

* Orana Heights Public School - Early Intervention Support Class, Dubbo, to add to sensory, gross motor and fine motor equipment to increase student engagement and participation.

* St John's Parish School, Trangie, to add to mathematical resources in classrooms

Ms Xanthie Kerin, a teacher at St John’s Parish School in Trangie, said, “We thank Charles Sturt University for the generous grant that enabled our small rural school to be able to purchase up-to-date contemporary learning mathematical resources for our classrooms.

“With this grant we have been able to launch our little school into contemporary 21st learning, leading in world class math practices. Our classrooms are fully resourced in new learning manipulatives that enable students to engage in investigative and open-ended math learning.”

In 2017, a Head of Campus small grant was awarded to Condobolin High School to install swing gates in the existing cattle yards to ensure safety for students and animals.

Condobolin High School teacher Ms Katrina Thomas said, “The purchase of the gate makes the yards safer the students to work in and increases their confidence in handling stock”.

Grants are not just awarded within the local government area. In past years grants have been awarded to recipients in Enngonia, Bourke, Peak Hill, and Wee Waa.

Ms Maginnis said, “Given that winter is just around the corner, we’ve opened the 2018 grant program with the Rural and Regional Sports Development round first and the other grant programs will open in a rolling fashion throughout the year.

“Charles Sturt University has a long and proud tradition of supporting our communities. The CUP initiative is all about the University supporting groups and organisations in Dubbo and the surrounding region in achieving the goals,” Ms Maginnis concluded.

Background

Grants are available from five different categories. The CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program, CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program, CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program and CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program.

Online applications are now open for the 2018 CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program, with the other programs to follow. Further information, application packs and program guidelines can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

The 2018 CUP grants program was launched at CSU in Dubbo on Friday 20 April.

Photo: (left to right)  2017 CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program recipients Ms Katrina Thomas (Condobolin High School), with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis, Ms Lorna Brennan (Buninyong Public School), and Ms Rebecca Carroll (Orana Heights Public School).

Young Bathurst artist exhibits at CSU in Dubbo

Wednesday 28 Mar 2018

Talented Bathurst school student Will Hazzard will stage a solo exhibition of his works at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo starting on Monday 2 April.

The ‘Share the Earth’ exhibition by the award-winning 16-year old artist will feature 22 works reflecting his love of animals and the environment. Mr Hazzard lives with his parents at a property at Meadow Flat near Bathurst, and is a student of the Dubbo School of Distance Education.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said, “We’re truly delighted to host this outstanding exhibition by Will. By providing areas at the CSU Dubbo campus for local artists to exhibit their artworks, at no cost, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the ethos of yindyamarra winhangana and our connection to the community.”

Mr Hazzard has been awarded prizes for exhibiting at the Royal Bathurst Show, the Sofala Show, the Blayney Show, Textures of One, Evans Art Exhibition, Ironfest (Lithgow), and Waste To Art. One of his designs was chosen to feature at the NSW Department of Education music festivals. He won an ‘Advocate for Children and Young People’ competition and met the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. His work has toured NSW as part of Operation Art, and is featured in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

In June the University will call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) from interested artists to apply for exhibition time at CSU in Dubbo during the period July 2018 to June 2019.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

Image: 'Lizard Trio (Our Home)' by Will Hazzard, acrylic on paper.

More information about the art of Will Hazzard can be found at https://willhazzard.com.au/

Wellness Expo for students and staff at CSU in Dubbo

Friday 16 Mar 2018

Students and staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will receive information and opportunities for health assessments at the CSU 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo on Monday 19 March.

The CSU Wellness and Wellbeing Expos are being staged at the seven main CSU campuses during March, and more than 2 500 CSU staff and students are expected to benefit from the information and health checks provided.

Expo coordinators in the CSU Division of Human Resources, Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe, said, “Charles Sturt University recognises and values the importance of staff and student wellness and wellbeing, and aims to adopt a holistic approach to the treatment of workplace health and safety.

“The University appreciates that problems of a personal nature can and do have adverse effects on work performance, work satisfaction, study, health, and feelings of wellbeing, and is therefore running Wellness and Wellbeing Expos on its major campuses.

“The Expos will give attendees the opportunity to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services available to them at the University and in our local communities. The University hopes that staff and students will not just become more aware of the services available and will encourage them to engage with these services and programs.

“Through happier, healthier and more satisfied staff and students the University hopes to foster a productive and resilient environment.”

The 2018 CSU Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will be held at CSU in Dubbo on Monday 19 March. Services at the expo include hearing checks, free massages, and pre-winter flu vaccinations.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students at CSU has received a boost with sponsorship from the NSW Trustee and Guardian, iCare, Gallaghers, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper, and nlc.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe in the CSU Division of Human Resources. Both are based at CSU in Bathurst.

Other CSU Wellness and Wellbeing Expos will be at CSU in Orange on Tuesday 20 March, and at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March.

Expos have already been held at CSU in Port Macquarie (Tuesday 6 March), and CSU in Goulburn (Thursday 8 March) CSU in Albury/ Wodonga (Tuesday 13 March), and CSU in Wagga Wagga (Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March).

2018 O Week at CSU in Dubbo

Monday 19 Feb 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will welcome 60 commencing students when Orientation Week (O Week) activities start on Tuesday 20 February.

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

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

Key points:

  • Across CSU there are 2 785 new on-campus students in 2018
  • 60 new students at CSU in Dubbo (does not include online students)
  • Welcome Ceremony at CSU in Dubbo at 10am Tuesday 19 February
  • Academic classes for on-campus students start on Monday 26 February

Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, “We welcome the new commencing students in 2018 at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo, and congratulate them on their acceptance of their chosen course and the start of their lifelong learning journey.

“It will be an exciting and exhilarating journey with many challenges ahead.

“The commencement ceremony is a chance to celebrate with the new students and introduce them to the campus and staff in preparation for academic classes which start on Monday 26 February.

“We also welcome any students studying mixed mode or online to come and use the newly refurbished student-friendly 24/7 facilities, as well as access the support staff on campus.

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

O Week activities at CSU in Dubbo include a Welcome Ceremony at 10am on Tuesday 20 February for students and their families and supporters. Throughout the week new students will attend meetings with course coordinators and lecturers, tours of the campus and facilities, and social activities.

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

Ms Maginnis said CSU in Dubbo continues to provide high quality student-centred courses - nursing, early childhood and primary education, and social work, with committed academics and support staff. She encourages any students who have been unsuccessful in gaining entry to their chosen course to contact the University to discuss their options, as single study subjects and pathway courses are available.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

Hundreds in Dubbo for 2017 CSU graduation ceremony

Friday 8 Dec 2017

More than 350 people will attend the Charles Sturt University (CSU) 2017 graduation ceremony in Dubbo on Friday 8 December.

Approximately 298 family and friends will join 74 graduates at the ceremony to be hosted at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre in Darling Street, Dubbo.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, “Graduation is a time of celebration for both the graduating students and their families and friends and we are proud to celebrate their achievements and welcome them into the workforce as future professionals and leaders in our communities.

“It is a time when academic and support staff can congratulate the students on their achievements and overcoming challenges to achieve their goals and realise their dreams. It is a day for both staff and students to join with their families in feeling proud of their achievements.”

The Presiding Officer will be University Council member Mr Jamie Newman. Mr Stephen Lawrence will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Jessica Griggs will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

Nursing student Ms Joanne Wilde will graduate with distinction and receive the Ajisai Prize in nursing. Ms Rebecca Davis will graduate with Bachelor of Social Work (Honours Class 1). Mr Zenzo Ncube will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work and will receive a Dean’s award for academic excellence.

The CSU in Dubbo graduation ceremony starts at 9.30am Friday 8 December at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (map) in Darling Street, Dubbo.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

CSU students gather in Dubbo for annual leadership conference

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

CSU Students_250x150More than 60 Charles Sturt University (CSU) students will gather at the University in Dubbo on Wednesday 1 November for the third annual Student Leadership Conference and the inaugural Indigenous Student Conference.

The students come from a range of disciplines and from all CSU campuses.

The conference theme is 'CSU values student leadership'.

Conference organiser Ms Kerry Silverson, said the conference shows the dedication of CSU to improving educational outcomes for students in regional Australia.

"A range of speakers across a spectrum of disciplines will share their expertise and experiences with students who will gain valuable insights into being a leader in a changing world," Ms Silverson said.

During the conference the keynote speaker, Indigenous journalist, author and social commentator Dr Stan Grant Junior, will also address a special workshop (from 11am to 12pm) for CSU Indigenous emerging leaders. Dr Grant is also Chair of Indigenous Affairs at CSU.

Dr Grant will be available for media interviews at 9am to 9.20am at the University, before delivering his keynote address to students. He will be joined at the media opportunity by CSU Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle; the Head of Campus of CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis; and CSU student leader Mr Brenton Hawken.

Dean of Students in the CSU Division of Student Services Professor Julia Coyle said, "We are delighted to host the inaugural Charles Student University Indigenous Student Conference.

Learning Commons Dubbo"The conference will bring Indigenous students from across Australia to the University in Dubbo to participate in a range of workshops to collaboratively develop with staff programs to enhance Indigenous Student leadership and to strengthen the Indigenous student voice at Charles Sturt University.

"The students will also engage with Indigenous Elders and our key note speaker Dr Stan Grant Junior on enhancing Indigenous student success. As the inaugural Indigenous Student Conference will be occurring at the same time as the annual Student Leadership Conference, Indigenous students will have a valuable opportunity to participate in shared sessions that build their personal leadership skills through insights imparted by the leadership speakers."

Mr Nathan Peckham, manager of CSU Indigenous Student Centres, said, "The inaugural Indigenous Student Conference is a fantastic opportunity to bring Indigenous students together to discuss the issues that matter to them. Combined with the annual Student Leadership Conference, we are excited to create a collaborative space where students can work together on common goals to improve the student voice at Charles Sturt University."

The students will be welcomed to CSU in Dubbo at an event at 6pm on Tuesday 31 October.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Stan Grant Junior; CSU Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle; the Head of Campus of CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis; and CSU student leader Mr Brenton Hawken.

Supporting educational aspirations of people with disability

Friday 8 Sep 2017

People living with disability are looking to higher education as a path to engaging with meaningful activity in their community, particularly in regional areas. But can our regional universities support these aspirations?

Researchers from five universities including Charles Sturt University (CSU) are currently investigating the experiences of people with disability who aspire to complete a university course in regional Australia.

The research team is now calling for people with disability in regional areas from Wangaratta in Victoria to Port Macquarie in NSW to share their experiences of higher education, particularly those:

  • currently at high school in Years 10 and 11 and who are interested to go to university; and,
  • mature aged people who  haven't been to university but are interested in study.

Clare Wilding"We want to interview volunteers from regional communities to understand their perceptions of higher education. We are investigating the barriers for people with disability in undertaking a university course," said CSU researcher Dr Clare Wilding.

"The uptake of higher education by people with disability is lower in regional areas than for their city counterparts," Dr Wilding said.

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people with disability are more likely to have lower levels of educational attainment. Furthermore, data from the bureau showed that there are more people aged 15 to 64 years living with disability in regional areas – around 18 per cent - than those living in major cities, which is 13 per cent. So we should see a higher proportion of students with disability from regional areas attending university."

"However, only two per cent of people with disability living in Australia's regional or remote areas are currently studying in higher education, compared with four per cent in a major city.

"We want to find out why this pattern is happening, and how universities, governments and the community can address the problem," she said.

As part of the project, the researchers have already surveyed and interviewed students with disability who are currently enrolled in regional universities.

"Through this research, we hope to improve access and participation in higher education by regional people with disability, particularly those from a low socio-economic background," Dr Wilding said.

The upcoming round of interviews will be conducted using media to suit the volunteer participants: by telephone, instant messaging, Skype, email or face-to-face. People wishing to participate should contact Ms Kate Freire on (02) 6051 9355 or email kfreire@csu.edu.au.

The researchers aim to complete and analyse the interviews before the end of 2017, and report final recommendations to the Federal Department of Education by the middle of 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Interviews with project researcher Dr Clare Wilding are available through CSU Media.

The research project, titled "Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability", is funded by the Federal Department of Education.

The project has been approved by the CSU Human Ethics Committee, project number H17124.

Other partners in the project are Federation University in Victoria, and University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University and James Cook University in Queensland.

Indigenous business program starts in Dubbo

Friday 25 Aug 2017

Walan Mayinygu logoStrengthening Indigenous entrepreneurship and business know-how is the aim of the one-week program to be run from next Monday 28 August in Dubbo by Charles Sturt University (CSU).

The Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub project aims to strengthen Indigenous entrepreneurship in regional communities across NSW.

The Dubbo hub is the first of four one-week programs to run in coming months.

The program was developed by Associate Professor Michelle Evans to engage with and inspire Indigenous business people, as well as those thinking about going into business, by offering workshops, masterclasses, trade shows, networking events and opportunities for participants to pitch their business ideas.

Michelle Evans 250x150Professor Evans invites all Dubbo based businesses, and government agencies and non-government organisations wishing to work with Indigenous businesses, to various networking lunches and masterclasses being held between 1pm to 2pm from Monday 28 August to Thursday 1 September. Register here to attend these sessions.

The first hub will be officially launched on Monday 28 August at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

"We have twelve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs teaching and presenting at the Walan Mayingu Dubbo program alongside professors from Charles Sturt University and executive educators," Professor Evans said.

For further information and to register participation in the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub, go to this site or the Walan Mayinygu Facebook site.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Associate Professor Michelle Evans, contact CSU Media.

CSU to celebrate 20 years in Dubbo

Wednesday 9 Aug 2017

Cathy Maginnis 2017 greeneryCharles Sturt University (CSU) will celebrate its 20 years in Dubbo with a special event on Tuesday 5 September.

Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, "Charles Sturt University in Dubbo is celebrating having a presence in the local community for the past 20 years, and invites everyone to applaud this milestone with us.

"We welcome alumni, past and current staff and students, and community members to celebrate this occasion and share memories and our achievements."

Ms Maginnis said that during the past 20 years CSU had contributed significantly to Dubbo and the NSW western region by enabling local students to study closer to home and to return to their communities to contribute expertise and professional services in rural and remote areas.

"Charles Sturt University plays a significant role providing a range of skilled professionals including nurses, teachers, and social workers in western NSW," she said.

"The recent addition of the dental clinic in Dubbo is also a testament to the practical contribution the University makes to the community.

"We have made a significant boost to Indigenous tertiary education, as well as the recognition of and support for Indigenous issues and awareness."

Learning Commons DubboAs part of the event, a photo exhibit and past media articles will be displayed, and tours of facilities will be available. Staff and student guest speakers will share anecdotes and memories, while a professional photographer will be present on the night to capture the celebrations. There will also be opportunity to purchase CSU clothing and memorabilia.

"I invite community members and especially any alumni and others associated with the University, to come along to reminisce and share the fun," Ms Maginnis said.

The CSU in Dubbo 20 year celebrations will be from 5 to 8pm on Tuesday 5 September at CSU, 8 Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Refreshments will be provided, and people are encouraged to send an RSVP here to assist with catering.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

Nuclear energy public lecture at CSU in Dubbo

Tuesday 8 Aug 2017

Rob ParkerThe environmental and strategic security that nuclear energy offers to Australia will be examined in a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Tuesday 15 August.

This Explorations Series free public lecture, titled 'How our fear of nuclear energy is hurting the environment', will be presented by Mr Rob Parker (pictured), President of the Australian Nuclear Association.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said, "Mr Parker will address the issues of harnessing nuclear energy in Australia, with experience gained during his recent visits to French and American nuclear facilities and to Fukushima in Japan.

"He will cover the historical achievements of nuclear energy in the 'laboratory of real life', and will delve into the economic benefits for a nuclear powered expansion of wealth as we deal with global warming.

"Because the use of nuclear energy is now being considered in the context of climate change imperatives, but is criticised by some as unsafe and too expensive, the acceptance of nuclear energy for many Australians will require an about-face on how they overcome the perceived clash of economic prosperity with the environmental impact.

"I am delighted that Charles Sturt University is able to present this truly important Explorations Series public lecture for all in Dubbo to take an interest in."

The free public lecture is from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 15 August at CSU in Dubbo, in building 902, room 202. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session, and light refreshments.

To attend this free public lecture please register here for catering purposes.

Read on the event more here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Mr Rob Parker is a civil engineer with a master's degree in nuclear science from the Australian National University.  He was a founding convenor of CANWIN, a climate action community group in the Southern Highlands of NSW, where he was a strong advocate for wind and solar power. He is now a nuclear energy advocate and President of the Australian Nuclear Association, an independent incorporated scientific organisation made up of persons drawn from the professions, business, government and universities, with an interest in nuclear topics. In 2015 he was a signatory to the Nice Declaration which committed the nuclear associations of 39 countries to support for a 'Nuclear for Climate' campaign.

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