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Skill Fix workshops at CSU in Dubbo

Monday 10 Nov 2014

CSU in DubboThe Charles Sturt University (CSU) Future Moves program will host a Skill Fix workshop in Dubbo for Year 11 students from five regional high schools on Tuesday 11 November. Students from high schools in Peak Hill, Dubbo (Senior), Trangie, Trundle, and Wellington will attend CSU in Dubbo to learn tips and tricks for study and HSC/university preparation. Ms Kristie Daley, school outreach officer at CSU in Dubbo, said, "The workshops typically include sessions about learning styles, writing skilfully, effective internet research, stress management, note taking, exam preparation, and time management. This on-campus experience reinforces that tertiary education is a realistic goal and helps to consolidate preparation done within the school, as well as adding insights into tertiary level preparation. Student leaders reflect on their own journey from Years 11 and 12 through to university, the approaches that worked, and the challenges and hazards that may have impacted on their studies." The Skill Fix days are part of CSU's Future Moves program. Future Moves was developed to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW. By introducing young people to the world of university study they are able to connect with the benefits of a higher education and are then encouraged to engage in school for a more successful transition to a further education.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Future Directions workshops at CSU in Dubbo

Friday 31 Oct 2014

CSU Bathurst gateway sign_250x150Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will host regional high school students to explore ideas for their future at a day of exciting interactive Future Directions Workshops on Wednesday 5 November.Up to 50 Year 9 students from schools in Tottenham, Trangie, Narromine and Trundle will spend the day on campus participating in a selection of workshops to give them first-hand experience of university life and a memorable university experience. Students will participate in two hands-on 90-minute Faculty-based activities delivered by CSU personnel from disciplines including paramedics, nursing, art education, communication, and theatre/media. They will also explore the University library, enjoy a tour of the campus and residences, and will have lunch in the student dining room. The students will finish the day with a question and answer session led by the student leader team who understand the transition from school to university. Ms Kristie Daley, CSU School Outreach Officer with Future Moves, said, "Events like Future Directions day are a great way to start a conversation with students about the idea of future aspirations for further education. After their workshop experiences students are often heard to say, 'I never considered university, but now I really want to go'."

 

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews and photo opportunities of students participating in experiments, classes and the 'graduation ceremony'.

Future Moves is a federally-funded initiative, run through Charles Sturt University and aligned with the Australian Blue Print for Career Development. The Future Direction days are part of CSU's Future Moves program, which was developed to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW. By introducing young people to the world of university study we hope to encourage them to become more engaged in school studies and more confident in considering tertiary study as a realistic option. Future Moves is directed at students who have the potential to succeed in tertiary education and who come from families with little or no experience of higher education. The popularity of the program has seen it continue to grow and reach out to more schools due to the positive feedback received over the past three years.

 

CSU’s 25 years celebrated in Dubbo

Tuesday 7 Oct 2014

Professor Jeannie HerbertStaff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will mark the 25th anniversary of the University with a celebratory birthday cake on Thursday 9 October. Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo, Professor Jeannie Herbert, said, "Over the past 25 years Charles Sturt University has expanded from a three-campus regional institution to a national and international university with campuses and study locations in NSW, the ACT, and northern Victoria. It delivers quality education to more than 38 000 students from across Australia and around the world either on-campus or by distance education. Charles Sturt University is unique because it shares with its communities, common goals and aspirations for the future, and the past 25 years has shown that the University is committed to growing our communities through education and research well into the future. The University has always retained a strong commitment to meeting the needs and aspirations of our rural and regional communities, and we seek to provide improved educational outcomes and lives for Indigenous, regional, rural and remote Australians. We strive to be a University whose courses, graduates and research help our regional communities to thrive and prosper economically, socially and environmentally." The celebratory ceremony will be at 12.30pm Thursday 9 October at Explorer's at CSU in Dubbo.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Jeannie Herbert.

University Council meets in Dubbo

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014

Chancellor Lawrie Willett_squareThe 15-member University Council of Charles Sturt University (CSU) will meet at the campus in Dubbo on Thursday 18 September. The University Council, which is akin to a board of directors with the Chancellor as chairperson, meets on a CSU campus six times a year. The visit of Council to the campus will also provide an opportunity for staff and students to farewell the Chancellor, Mr Lawrie Willett, AO, before he retires from his 12-year role at the end of 2014. It will also be the last meeting for retiring Deputy Chancellor, Ms Kathryn Pitkin. Mr Willett has presided over a significant era of growth for the University and was instrumental in establishing the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, and in the push to establish a rural medical school at CSU. The University Council will consider matters to refresh the University strategic plan (2011-2015) in light of the recent regulatory reform to NSW universities legislation to cut red tape and the federal government's higher education reform agenda.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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CSU students sleep out for street swags

Thursday 11 Sep 2014

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will have the support of Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle during a sleep out on Tuesday 16 September for Swagtember. The sleep out in the University's Multi Purpose Centre will be held from 7.30 pm to 7.30 am with approximately 20 students expected to raise money for the not-for-profit organisation, Street Swags.  Similar events will be held by students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga throughout the month. Supported by CSU's Office for Students, the students will raise money for Street Swags to purchase swags for people unable to find accommodation. A range of activities have been organised to keep students entertained during the sleep out including music, movies and a barbecue breakfast.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann is due to attend the Swagtember at the Multi Purpose Centre, building 920, CSU in Dubbo from approximately 9.30pm on Tuesday 16 September following the Bangamalanha Conference Dinner at the Dubbo Convention Centre. CSU is a sponsor of the Conference which is being hosted by TAFE NSW Western.

Further information about Swagtember at CSU in Dubbo is available from CSU Student Liaison Officer Mr Kevin Faulkner on (02) 6885 7400.

NAIDOC at CSU in Dubbo

Monday 1 Sep 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will mark NAIDOC Day (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) with a special presentation on Tuesday 9 September. Aboriginal activist Dr Gary Foley will be the guest speaker on the topic 'Black Power from 1968 to 1972'. Dr Foley was instrumental in setting up the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of the old Parliament House in Canberra in 1972. Mr John Nolan, community relations officer in the Office of Indigenous Affairs at CSU in Dubbo, said, "We're delighted that Gary will be able to join us to speak of his experiences and reflect on progress since that time and the many obstacles that remain. We're also pleased that this address will be available by video conference to staff and students on other Charles Sturt University campuses." Other activities start at 10am Tuesday 9 September at CSU in Dubbo, including a barbeque lunch organised by the Indigenous Student Centre. Dr Foley will speak between 1pm to 3pm.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Tony McGrane CSU scholarship gains extra support

Sunday 31 Aug 2014

Tony McGraneThe special dinner to raise funds for the Tony McGrane Foundation Scholarship for students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo has been boosted by the donation of a painting to be auctioned at the event on Monday 15 September. Mr Geoff Wise, Chair of the Tony McGrane Scholarship Organising Committee, said a painting by widely acclaimed Australian artist Mr Rex Newell has been generously donated by Sainsbury Automotive, Dubbo. "All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Tony McGrane Foundation Scholarship to support students from the Orana Area to meet their study costs," Mr Wise said. "Local fundraising and donations are generously supported by the University Foundation to provide at least one scholarship annually."The majority of tickets for the limited seating dinner have already been sold. Anyone interested in bidding for this painting is urged to promptly contact Ms Christine Stewart at the University on 0417 299 782 or chstewart@csu.edu.au to secure an opportunity to participate. Mr Rex Newell will personally deliver the donated painting to Sainsbury Automotive, Dubbo, on Monday 1 September, where it will be on display in their Honda showroom until the evening of the dinner on Tuesday 15 September.  He will be available in Dubbo for interview on Tuesday morning 2 September. Another of his paintings will also be available for sale.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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To arrange interviews contact Mr Geoff Wise on (02) 6884 7900 or 0455 44 7900 or email ga.wise@bigpond.com. Mr Newell has inadvertently been featured at the ICAC because one of his paintings has been involved in a transaction between a donor and recently resigned Parliamentarian.

Keep our history: Explorations lecture at CSU in Dubbo

Tuesday 12 Aug 2014

Professor Tim WessA free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Tuesday 19 August will explore the science of cultural heritage. The lecture is by Professor Tim Wess, the Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Science. Professor Wess has a background in biophysics and international research in historical and archaeological artefacts, including the change in molecular structure of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Domesday Book. He says the documents, objects, artwork and remnants of everyday life that have defined our society and culture are at risk of being lost due to the continual molecular changes that occur with ageing. "The study of these changes, and what we can and need to do to protect our future, form the basis of cultural heritage science," Professor Wess said. "This discipline also can tell us more about the provenance, history, and origin of artefacts that goes beyond the surface and visual information from objects such as paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. In the lecture I will describe the new and exciting techniques, projects and challenges of understanding the changes that pose a threat to keeping our history, and how information can be retrieved from documents which were thought to be lost to the ravages of time." The lecture is part of the Explorations Series. Read more here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

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The free public lecture will be held from 6pm Tuesday 19 August in the main lecture theatre at CSU in Dubbo. Please RSVP to Ms Christine Stewart by email cstewart@csu.edu.au
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Professor Wess joined CSU in 2013 from Cardiff University. His research interests have focussed on understanding the molecular structure of biopolymers such as collagen, DNA, keratin, chitin, and cellulose. He has produced over 120 publications, and his latest ‘reading the unreadable’ project was recently featured by the BBC.

CSU staff awards ceremony in Dubbo

Thursday 7 Aug 2014

Professor Andrew VannStaff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will be acknowledged for outstanding service with the presentation of annual awards on Wednesday 13 August. The 2014 CSU Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence, and Faculty and Division awards, aim to strengthen professionalism and reward staff for their commitment to the University and its mission. CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann, said, "As an institution committed to advancing the public good, Charles Sturt University relies on and acknowledges the dedicated service of its staff to achieve its goals. It is important that the University recognises the many individuals and teams whose innovative and sustained contributions benefit our students and regional communities. This is a welcome celebration of the University community's efforts." The Vice-Chancellor's awards include categories for excellence in leadership, sustainability, innovation, performance, teaching and research. The Faculty and Division awards recognise improvements in workflow, knowledge and understanding, cost-savings, work to enhance the student experience, and building the service culture at the University. A full list of the awards can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The CSU awards presentation ceremony is at 12pm Wednesday 13 August at lecture room 422 at CSU in Dubbo.; Awards at CSU in Dubbo include:; Leadership Excellence - Ms Marlene Bayliss; Teaching Excellence - Academic Staff, Centre for Indigenous Studies: Ms Kirsten Locke, Ms Patricia Neal; Ms Linda Ghys; and Ms Simone Gray; Performance Excellence - Indigenous Liaison Team with assistance from Library Web Team: Mr Martin Peffer; Performance Excellence - LibGuide Team: Mr Martin Peffer.

New Head of Campus for CSU in Dubbo

Thursday 24 Jul 2014

Indigenous education advocate Professor Jeannie Herbert AM has been appointed as the new Head of Professor Jeannie HerbertCampus at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo. Professor Herbert, who is based in Dubbo, is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) and Foundation Chair of Indigenous Studies, positions she will continue to hold. "Professor Herbert has many years' experience in community engagement and is passionate about providing greater access to education for Aboriginal people," said CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann. Professor Herbert said her key priority is building quality relationships between the University and the diverse community in the Dubbo and western regions of New South Wales. "Open and meaningful engagement with all these groups, will not only grow Charles Sturt University's capacity to deliver quality programs that reflect the learning needs of the communities it services, but will also increase the numbers of students from those communities, including Aboriginal students, successfully getting what they want out of their tertiary education," she said.  Professor Herbert replaces Dr Beverley Moriarty as Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo. "I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr Moriarty for her outstanding leadership of the Dubbo Campus over the last five years," said Professor Vann. Read more about Professor Herbert here.

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone, (02) 69332207

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Heads of Campus are appointed for each of the campuses of the University and play a lead role in working with our communities and civic leaders to inform regional and campus planning.

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