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CSU to celebrate 20 years in Dubbo

Tuesday 8 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

Monday 7 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.

The Power is with young women

Monday 7 Aug 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will host its annual major event highlighting the Power of Engineering for young women interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a future career.

Located in the award-winning Engineering building and run by CSU Engineering, The Power of Engineering will welcome 250 female students from Years 8 to 10 in high schools across the NSW central west region this Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August.

Andrea GoncherLecturer in engineering, Dr Andrea Goncher, said the participants will see the opportunities that a career in engineering or science can offer over the two-day program.

"Last year's event was a runaway success, and we are looking forward to inspiring the next generation of women engineers for our region, Australia and the world," Dr Goncher said.

The CSU engineering course has already been recognised globally, with one of its student teams winning the national Engineers Without Borders Challenge in 2016.

In addition, CSU Engineering was also chosen this year by the renowned US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the only Australian case study for a project highlighting the four most innovative courses in the world.

The day-long program will provide real-world science and engineering problems for the students to solve while demonstrating the importance of collaborative work and human-centred design.

"One of the challenges of recruiting young women into engineering is helping them to see themselves as engineers," Dr Goncher said.

"By giving them real-world challenges to solve, and female engineer role models to guide them while they do so, we help these young women see that there is a future for them in a STEM career."

The students are travelling from public and private high schools located in Blayney, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Orange and Oberon as well as Bathurst to take part in the program.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 02 6338 6084

Media Note:

The Power of Engineering event will be held in the Engineering building (building 1305, near car park P7) at CSU in Bathurst from 9am on Thursday 10 to 2.30pm on Friday 11 August.

Dr Andrea Goncher will be available for interviews and pictures at 12.30pm on Thursday 10 August at the Engineering building.

Indigenous businesses program coming to Dubbo

Thursday 22 Jun 2017

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

Members of the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub project are visiting Dubbo on Monday 26 June to meet with the local organising committee and begin final preparations for a series of business innovation workshops to run from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September.

Launched by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with the New South Wales Government and Indigenous Business Australia, the Walan Mayinygu Pop Up Hub project aims to strengthen Indigenous entrepreneurship in regional communities across NSW.

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 250x150"We're excited to be in Dubbo on Monday meeting with a range of local stakeholders including Aboriginal business people," said Professor Evans, who is with CSU's Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

"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 from Melbourne Business School and the University of NSW."

In August, the Dubbo Pop Up Hub will begin with an official opening at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, followed by a networking lunch and masterclass presented by a selection of successful Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Other activities to occur during the week include networking lunches as well as workshops for established businesses on legal issues, business management, and social media engagement.

Hour-long masterclasses held each day will focus on topics such as thinking as an entrepreneur, creating value financially and non-financially, and market orientation.

There is also a day-long Youth Innovation Program on Wednesday 30 August, while several keynote speaker will also address participants during the week.  

"The Pop Up Hub will provide local people with a sense of what's available in term of business support. For some, it will pave the way for them to further develop their entrepreneurial interests and talents," said Mr Paul Schenk, Business Development Manager for the Western Office of Regional Development, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

"This is a great opportunity for local people, and I encourage them to get involved. Harnessing and developing the entrepreneurial energy and talents of the Indigenous business community has the benefit of improving the overall economy of the region."

After the Dubbo event in August, Walan Mayinygu Pop Up Hubs will also take place in Albury, Port Macquarie and Lismore.

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 on Monday 26 June with members of the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub project including Associate Professor Michelle Evans, contact CSU Media.

CSU in Dubbo hosts Aboriginal art exhibition

Wednesday 21 Jun 2017

Mal MorrisThe first art exhibition to hang in the revitalised Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo features wood carvings by Dubbo Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris.

CSU campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said the exhibition projects power and integrity.

"The works to be displayed represent stories and memories from Mr Morris's childhood, the river and bush around the Dubbo region," Mr Sykes said.

"The exhibits explore the personal nature of marking wood from Wiradjuri country using a deep 'V' sculpted groove. These works show the special connection between people and country, and Mr Morris finds deeper meanings discovered through tools, nature and belonging."

The free exhibition runs from Monday 26 June to Friday 25 August at CSU in Dubbo, 8 Tony McGrane Place, with the official opening at 2pm on Saturday 1 July. The exhibition curator is Mr Jack Randell.

Mr Morris (pictured) is a Wiradjuri man who lived in North Dubbo in 1950s and 1960s on the site of the current Aboriginal Aged Accommodation in Bemrose Lane. He attended North Dubbo Primary, then Dubbo High School for a brief period before gaining a trade certificate in fitting and turning.

After many years working in local industries, he retired from full-time work and took a position at Lincoln School at Orana Juvenile Justice Centre. Working with Aboriginal youth at the Centre and helping them reconnect with culture and country, he rediscovered his passion for art. His art evolved from dot painting on canvass, to painting and burning didgeridoos, through to wood carvings.

Mr Morris is very conscious of the significance of the traditional tree carvings of the Wiradjuri people, and in 2014 was involved in discussions with the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party to ensure that he was supported by the local Aboriginal people in developing a culturally-safe style of carvings. This led to the completion of 'Totem Poles' at the Allira Preschool in Dubbo.

Since then, he has further developed his passion for wood carvings, and enjoys carving his own stories of culture.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Bart Sykes or Mr Mal Morris.

CSU seeks applications from artists, curators and organisations to use the new exhibition space. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July, for scheduling for the coming 12 months.

To discuss exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo contact Mr Bart Sykes on 6885 7305 or bsykes@csu.edu.au, or in person at CSU in Dubbo at 8 Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Small businesses go to Next Stage

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Prof Morgan Miles

A leading academic in entrepreneurship at Charles Sturt University (CSU) believes small businesses should do considerable groundwork before they expand.

CSU Professor of Entrepreneurship Professor Morgan Miles says that to grow, small business owners need a variety of new skills and information.

"They will need to identify opportunities and innovations, network and negotiate, target markets, develop effective selling strategies and communications, improve processes, gather financial intelligence, and prepare to manage larger teams," said Professor Miles, who is with the CSU Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

Professor Miles will address these topics and more in the 'Next Stage Growth Program' to be presented by CSU's CenWest Innovate project based in Bathurst.

"Participants will be invited to think about the fundamentals of being an entrepreneur, as well as marketing and managing the growth process," he said.

"We will need to go back to basics to assess our core business strategies, mission and expected growth.

"In addition, we will conduct market research, develop marketing strategies and learn how to use digital and social media to build and manage customer relations."

The six month program will cost $2 000 per business, with up to two participants per business. Scholarships are available.

To apply to participate in or for details regarding the program, phone 02 6338 4503 or send an email. The first course is due to commence on Thursday 20 July at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Professor Morgan Miles based in Bathurst, contact CSU Media.

CSU grants support education in Dubbo region

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Cathy MaginnisCharles Sturt University (CSU) has announced the successful applicants for Community-University Partnership (CUP) education grants for organisations in the Dubbo region.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, "The Community-University Partnerships program is just one of the ways that the University demonstrates its motto, 'For the public good', and its ethos, 'yindyamarra winhanganha', meaning 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

"The CUP grants aim to advance our mission by cultivating strong, relevant and collaborative partnerships with local communities, industry, government and employers.

"I congratulate the successful applicants in our region and wish them success with their projects."

The CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program is a small grant program (generally between $500 and $1 000) aimed at assisting primary and secondary schools, and not-for-profit early childhood centres in the University's regions, acquire equipment or consumables that assist in facilitating students' learning and engagement in rural and regional areas. Successful applicants in this category each received $1 000, and they include:

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;

St John's Parish School, Dubbo, to add to mathematical resources in classrooms; and

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.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

A new exhibition space for Dubbo

Wednesday 7 Jun 2017

Learning Commons DubboNewly-completed revitalisation of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo has given rise to a new exhibition space for artists and the public to use.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the space is professionally set up, accessible, safe, crowd-friendly and free.

"The heart of the campus in Dubbo underwent a significant $4 million revitalisation in 2016, and as a reflection of our ethos 'for the public good' we are offering individuals or collectives the opportunity to host an exhibition here," Ms Maginnis said.

"This is an expression of 'yindyamarra winhanganha' and the University's values of being inclusive, inspirational and impactful, by facilitating spaces for the community to share and learn from others in a warm and welcoming environment.

"We offer a significant hanging space that is a cost neutral option for those wanting to exhibit and sell their work."

The first exhibition will be by local Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris from Monday 26 June to Friday 25 August.

CSU seeks applications from artists, curators and organisations by Friday 28 July to schedule exhibits for the coming 12 months.

To discuss exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo contact Mr Bart Sykes on 6885 7305 or bsykes@csu.edu.au, or in person at CSU at 8 Tony McGrane Way, Dubbo.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo is free, public admission is free, and exhibitors will host an opening event.

Exhibitions are expected to run for six to eight weeks, and no commission will be charged for sale of works. University staff will redirect enquiries for sales to the artist or the artist's representative.

Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of acceptance, and all proposals will be assessed by a panel of CSU and community representatives.

EngFest 2017 builds in Bathurst

Thursday 1 Jun 2017

Engineering students Ms Georgia Sonter and Ms Aldrex CondinoCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will be the centre of the local engineering world next week when it stages Engfest 2017.

Hosted by CSU Engineering, the four-day event includes activities for the central west community, industry and schools as well as CSU Engineering students.

This year, the degree is drawing international appeal by hosting staff from the renowned US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which are investigating what makes the internationally innovative CSU degree tick. This comes on top of a recent visit by delegates from the Minnesota Institute of Engineering in USA.

The central west community is invited to Community Day on Tuesday 6 June at 9.30amto hear from the national winning team from CSU in the 2016 Engineers Without Borders Challenge on what it takes to win the annual Challenge, which is for engineering students across Australia.

This year, the students have developed ideas that will address the needs of ten communities on Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu. These communities are seeking new income generating activities so the villagers no longer need to rely on income from harvesting the endangered coconut crab. Visitors can view this year's entries for the Challenge by first-year CSU student engineers throughout the day.

CSU Professor of Engineering Jim Morgan will then present his thoughts on transforming his traditional academic career into the extraordinary opportunity of starting a unique program while being allowed to break most of the academic rules. The lecture commences at 6pm on Tuesday 6 June and is part of CSU's Explorations Series public lectures.

Local engineering professionals and firms have been invited to Industry Day on Wednesday 7 Juneto view the Challenge exhibits by the student engineers in the morning, and will then discuss regional business, universities and entrepreneurship during an afternoon of professional development activities with CSU's CenWest Innovate, the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

CSU Expo Day on Thursday 8 June will include final tours of the first- and second-year exhibitions and the CSU Engineering building, which has been shortlisted for this year's NSW Architecture Awards.

Finally, high school students, teachers and parents can learn more about engineering and the CSU engineering degree at MyDay on Friday 9 June. Year-12 students will also receive an exclusive opportunity to apply for early entry into the 2018 course.

All activities during EngFest will be in CSU Engineering (building 1305), Panorama Ave, CSU in Bathurst.

The full program for EngFest 2017 is here, andregister here to attend various EngFest activities.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with EngFest organisers including Professor Euan Lindsay and Dr Andrea Goncher, contact CSU Media.

Read more on the MIT visit here.

Nursing students look for eye glass donations

Sunday 28 May 2017

Nursing students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are seeking donations of eye glasses to take to Thailand next month for villagers in rural and remote areas.

The eight Bachelor of Nursing students will spend a fortnight in northern Thailand as part of an international study experience through CSU Global.

The students will be involved in primary health care and assessment in villages and towns in the remote Wat Jan region.

In partnership with OPSM in Dubbo, they're collecting reading and sun glasses to donate to the villagers they meet on the trip.

Lecturer in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Ms Cathy Maginnis said, "The donated glasses makes such a difference to the lives of the villagers.

"Many of them work all day in the rice fields or with other farming crops, such as corn, strawberries and coffee, so they're out in the sun and the glare all day, often in water.

"There's a lot of glare and they do suffer a lot, as they get older, from cataracts and glaucoma.

"The sunglasses certainly helps with some of that eye care.

"It also allows the villagers to engage in their traditional handicrafts from which they make an income."

Nursing students last year donated glasses during a similar study trip to Thailand.

"The looks on their faces when we were able to give them a pair of glasses last year were just wonderful. It was a fantastic moment for both them and us."

People are urged to donate reading or sun glasses by dropping them off at OPSM in Dubbo or CSU in Dubbo by Friday 9 June.

The students depart for Thailand on Friday 16 June.

The international study experience is one of many programs supported by CSU Global. The students are each eligible to receive a $500 Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Lecturer in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Ms Cathy Maginnis is available for comment. Contact CSU Media.

Photo: A CSU nursing student hands over eye glasses in a Thai village in 2016.

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