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Virtual bullying forum

Tuesday 19 Oct 2010

The real impact of cyber-bullying on children, schools and the wider community will be explored during a free public forum hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Wagga Wagga City Council on Wednesday 26 October. In the second Edversations Professional Forum for 2010, a panel of three educators will speak on the topic Cyber-bullying … the real impact! before the public forum is open for comments and questions. The panel members include Ms Jacquie Tinkler, a lecturer from the School of Education at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Senior Constable Rebecca Lanyon from NSW Police, and Mr Trevor Howard, Head of Maths and IT at The Riverina Anglican College. The panel will discuss preventing and responding to cyber-bullying and strategies for dealing with this behaviour in the virtual world. The forum will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday 26 October in the council meeting room, Civic Centre, Baylis Street in Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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CSU wine and cheese will be served at the public forum. For interviews with CSU lecturer Ms Jacquie Tinkler or teacher Mr Trevor Howard, contact CSU Media.

On your bikes

Tuesday 5 Oct 2010

Staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are gearing up to participate in the national Ride to Work day  on Wednesday 13 October. Groups of at five of the University’s campuses will cycle to work. “The Ride to Work program encourages workers to feel good and have fun by commuting to work by bike and experiencing the health, financial and environmental benefits of riding,”  cyclist and Manager of CSU Green Mr William Adlong said. “We have not only regular riders who will be taking part, but also staff members who usually drive their cars to work.” CSU has participated in the Ride to Work event for at least five years. A recent follow-up survey for the national Ride to Work program shows 39 percent of first-time commuters are now riding to work at least once per month and 55 percent are riding more often than this time last year.

Media Contact: Holly-Amber Manning, 02 6365 7813

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Details of activities at each campus include:
 
Albury-Wodonga – The Albury Wodonga Ride to Work breakfast will be held at The Gums Café , at CSU’ s Thurgoona site commencing at 8.30am.  One group of riders will leave the former Library car park of CSU’ s Albury City site, departing at 7.45am and travelling alongside the freeway to Thurgoona. Coordinator Lee Elliot can be contacted on 02 6051 9938.
 
Bathurst – The Bathurst Ride to Work breakfast will be held on the lawn outside the Bathurst Library, commencing at 8.30am.  Coordinator David Tallentire can be contacted on 02 6338 4096.
 
Goulburn – The Goulburn Ride to Work breakfast will be held outside the Principals office, Goulburn Police College at 8.30am with riders from the College and the NSW Police. Coordinator Chris Bushell can be contacted on 02 4824 2511.
 
Orange – The Orange Ride to Work breakfast will be held at the CSU Bistro at 8.30am. Coordinator Professor Kevin Parton can be contact on 02 6365 5700.
 
Wagga Wagga – The Wagga Wagga Ride to Work breakfast will be held at the student canteen area at CSU in Wagga Wagga at 8.30 am. Coordinator Ed Maher can be contacted on 02 6933 4080.

Writing to make a difference

Tuesday 7 Sep 2010

Four school students will make a difference to their charity of choice through a Charles Sturt University (CSU) social justice award. The Social Justice Innovation Award offered through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU gives teenagers a platform to write about Making a Difference. The judges included senior social work lecturer, Dr Bill Anscombe, and poet and recently-retired English lecturer, Mr David Gilbey. “Although we only advertised the competition in NSW and the ACT, we also received entries from Victoria and the Northern Territory. This highlights the fact that there are a lot of school students with writing talents keen to be involved in the project,” Dr Anscombe said. They winners of Making a Difference 2010 are Mr Kieran Hennessy from Great Lakes Tuncurry Senior High School, Mr Reid Butler from Merewether High School,  Ms Alexandra Jones from Pymble Ladies College and Ms Tara Whitsed of Corryong College.  Their nominated charities, World Vision, Red Cross, Love146 and beyondblue will each receive $250 from CSU.

Media Contact: Holly-Amber Manning, 02 6365 7813

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The reality of voting online

Thursday 26 Aug 2010

With the cost of the Federal election running into the tens of millions of dollars, two Charles Sturt University (CSU) academics have spoken out in favour of voting online, stating it would be cheaper, secure and more efficient. “Australians are able to do their taxes online, bank online and even register to vote online,” lecturers Mr Geoff Fellows and Mr Ken Eustace said. “Yet Australians still turn up to polling stations around the country and have their names crossed off the roll in pencil and then mark their ballot papers in pencil. The technology is there for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to conduct the poll online. Voters could use their Medicare numbers to vote at portable ATM-style machines. The votes could still be scrutinised and it may reduce the number of voters who mistakenly vote informal if the system ensures invalid votes are authorised. Voters could also vote from home by pre-registering their computer and then voting through a special website. The AEC could even charge the political parties to have links from the special site to election material.”

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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  at CSU in Wagga Wagga. They also write a weekly column about IT issues for the Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga. The lecturers are available for interview.

Ensuring workers are heard

Tuesday 24 Aug 2010

Ms Libby Clark from Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) School of Community Health sometimes feels a twinge of sorrow for tele-operators whose job it is to sit on the phone all day, trying to maintain a calm, clear voice as they either deal with complaints or try to sell a product. “I know we all loath those telephone calls, but after working with these people, and realising how hard this type of work is for the human voice, it really does make me feel sorry for them,” she said. As a discipline leader in speech pathology at the School of Community Health, Ms Clark spends a great deal of time helping people develop their voice for their working life. “Our voice, our speech and our language skills are central to everything we do as human beings,” she said. “It’s It’s how we develop and maintain relationships, but it's also really important for our working lives.” As well as feeling empathy for tele-operators, Ms Clark has concerns for the elderly. “It's important to spend time working with the elderly because if they often find it hard to be heard - especially if they have had some kind of communication impairment like a stroke or have a hearing loss. Just because they are old, doesn't mean they don't have a right to have a say, to be heard, to have a voice in what goes on in their lives.” Dr Clark has worked on voice and speech production skills with tour guides, sport professionals, teachers and business leaders. Speech Pathology Australia is hosting Speech Pathology Week from 22 to 28 August.
                                       

Media Contact: Holly-Amber Manning, 02 6365 7813

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For interviews with CSU academic,  Ms Libby Clark, contact CSU Media. She is regular on ABC Radio in NSW.  Ms Clark is based in the School of Community Health at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

Meeting and learning on Wiradjuri land

Tuesday 10 Aug 2010

Members of the group, Maliyaa who performed at Nguluway at CSU in Wagga Wagga.Nguluway, the Wiradjuri word for ‘Meeting with Each Other’, is the title under which Indigenous staff from across Charles Sturt University (CSU) will meet this week for their annual conference. About 30 Indigenous staff are expected to attend the two-day event at the Convention Centre at CSU in Wagga Wagga from Wednesday 11 August to Thursday 12 August. Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Flo Grant will give the Welcome to Country from 9.20am on Wednesday 11 August. CSU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ian Goulter will address Nguluway at 9.30am and the Indigenous dance group from Wagga Wagga Maliyaa, will perform at 10am. Indigenous Elders and community members will join CSU staff for these sessions of Nguluway. The University’s Australian Indigenous Employment Strategy aims to increase the proportion of Indigenous staff in continuing positions and boost the overall representation of Indigenous staff to three per cent. Read more about the strategy here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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Nguluway is being organised by Ms Catherine Maxwell, the University’ s Indigenous Employment Coordinator within the Division of Human Resources.

Investigating Asperger's in the community

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010

Asperger’s syndrome is a complex condition covering a range of symptoms that include communication difficulties and problems with social interaction and cognitive abilities. Little is known about community views on this condition, which Charles Sturt University (CSU) doctoral student Ms Donna Kite will address in her current research project. Based in Port Augusta in South Australia, Ms Kite is looking for people to complete an online survey on the characteristics, causes, treatment and management of the condition. “Changes are being proposed on the diagnosis of Asperger’s, which could have implications for its subsequent recognition and treatment, so I am also asking respondents for their opinions on the proposed change,” Ms Kite said. “Most clients with Asperger's syndrome have adequate communication and cognitive functioning to participate in regular school programs, employment and sporting activities, but experience social and often behavioural difficulties relating to their interpretation of the world.” 

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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For interviews with CSU doctoral student Ms Donna Kite, contact CSU Media.  The research project is part of Ms Kite&rsquo

For outstanding service to rural health

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010

National award winners Ms Stephanie Frazer and Mr Alan Dyason from CSU.Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Ms Stephanie Frazer has won a national award for her services to a student rural health club. Ms Frazer, who is president of the CSU Multidisciplinary Albury Rural Health Society (MARHS), was awarded $1 000 by the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN). The Network recognised her significant involvement in helping build MARHS into a strong and active club, particularly in relation to mental health in regional Australia. “Improving awareness about mental health is important as almost half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. We can make a difference by encouraging understanding and improving support. I feel humbled to be recognised by my fellow students and to work with such great people at Charles Sturt University,” Ms Frazer said. Ms Frazer, who is a third year physiotherapy student with the School of Community Health based at Thurgoona, received her award in Alice Springs in July during the Network’s national conference of 29 student rural health clubs. MARHS vice-president and second year occupational therapy student Mr Alan Dyason also won a prize at the conference for his contribution to increasing awareness and action in Indigenous health issues.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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FONT-FAMILY: " Arial" ," sans-serif" mso-bidi-font-size: 10.5pt; mso-no-proof: yes">CSU allied health students Ms Stephanie Frazer and Mr Alan Dyason will be available for interviews and pictures at 10.30am on Wednesday 4 August, at the Allied Health laboratories at at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona. Contact CSU Media for more information.

Plea for action for wetlands

Sunday 8 Nov 2009

Director of CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society Professor Max Finlayson is one of the presenters at the conference, Wetlands and Waterbirds: Managing for Resilience in Leeton.Globally, the rate of loss of freshwater wetlands exceeds that of any other ecosystem and predicted climate change will greatly exacerbate the trend in the future. According to Charles Sturt University (CSU) vertebrate ecologist Dr Iain Taylor, wetlands provide invaluable ecosystem services to humans throughout the world and are essential habitats for an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. “Many species of water birds are in serious decline and the on-going drought in southeast Australia has caused a massive and probably irreversible decline in most of the larger water birds such as egrets, ibises and spoonbills,” he said. Dr Taylor is the convener of the international conference, Wetlands and Waterbirds: Managing for Resilience in Leeton in the Riverina region of NSW from Monday 9 November. Also presenting at the conference is CSU wetland ecologist Professor Max Finlayson who said climate change will place many wetlands and species under further pressure from rising temperatures and changes to their water regimes as rainfall patterns change. “If anything we should be constructing or restoring more wetlands, not degrading those that are left. They are valuable and have been under stress for far too long,” said Professor Finlayson, Director of CSU’s Institute for Land, Water and Society.

Media Contact: Kate Roberts, 02 6933 2207

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For media inquiries on Tuesday 10 November and Wednesday 11 November contact Ms Tracey Valensis on 0407 262 496. The Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps are internationally recognised wetlands under the Ramsar Convention and home to large waterbird populations, just minutes from Leeton.

Graduates celebrate in Hong Kong

Thursday 5 Nov 2009

The Chancellor of Charles Sturt University (CSU) Mr Lawrie Willett AO will praise the academic achievements of almost 70 graduates who are eligible to receive their awards at a ceremony in Hong Kong on Saturday 7 November. The graduates will receive their postgraduate and undergraduate awards from the University’s Faculties of Arts, Business, Education and Science from 10.30am in the Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong. The occasional address will be delivered at the graduation ceremony by Mr Steve O’Conner, the Librarian at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mr O’Conner has worked in Higher Education for most of his career and has researched, published, spoken, consulted and taught very extensively in the areas of change, organisational management, information delivery, scenario and strategic planning, as well as the wider library and information environment. Graduates have completed a range of courses at CSU in areas such as theology, business, information technology, hotel management, arts, primary education, library and information management, medical imaging and clinical nursing.
 

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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The ceremony will be held from 10.30am in the Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Charles Sturt University is one of Australia’ s leading providers of distance education with currently 20,000 students around the world studying by distance education.

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