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Graduation is a step to further study

Wednesday 11 Jun 2014

Being awarded a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS) from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario doesn't mark the end of study for Ms Moyra Hewlett, rather it's a step towards further learning. Ms Hewlett is one of more than 150 students from CSU's School of Education who will graduate in a formal ceremony in Burlington on Friday 13 June. Ms Hewlett's own experience as a single parent of twins and involvement with programs offered through the Ontario Early Years Centers inspired her to study early childhood education." Charles Sturt University offered me insight into the issues of social justice and the importance of building relationships with community and family as a means of offering quality programs for children," she said. Ms Hewlett is now planning to study a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies at CSU. "Inspired by my own children, who guide my learning each day I seek to be a teacher who, rather than making children ready  for school, creates a classroom with children and for children, in response to their personal gifts and experiences," she said. Read more about the graduation ceremony on CSU News here.

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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The graduation ceremony for students from CSU in Ontario will be held from 2pm on Friday 13 June at the Burlington Convention Centre, 1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington.

Students graduate at CSU in Ontario

Thursday 5 Jun 2014

Graduation at CSU in OntarioA formal graduation ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario on Friday 13 June  will recognise the achievements of nearly 200 students. Distance education students and more than 150 Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES) Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS) and Master of International Education (School Leadership) graduands from CSU's School of Education will receive their awards. "It is exciting to see the students in this graduating class take the next step in their careers," said CSU Ontario Provost and Head of Campus, Associate Professor Will Letts. "Each one of our students is truly passionate about teaching and learning and has so much to offer their future students, colleagues and communities. They are so well prepared and I know they are going to shine." Senator, Dr Vern White, who was awarded a Doctor of Police Leadership from CSU's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) in 2013, will address graduates, friends and family during the ceremony at the Burlington Convention Centre. CSU Chancellor Mr Lawrie Willett AO and the University's President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will travel from Australia for the event. Read more about the graduation ceremony here.

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone, (02) 69332207

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The graduation ceremony for students from CSU in Ontario will be held from 2pm on Friday 13 June at the Burlington Convention Centre, 1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington.

Qualify as a teacher in nine months at CSU

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario is offering a final opportunity for students to train to be a teacher in just nine months. From September 2015, new government rules will mean that anyone interested in becoming a teacher in Ontario will have to complete a two-year training program. But Program Director for the Bachelor of  Primary Education Studies (BPES) at CSU in Ontario, Ms Paige Bennett said there's still time to enrol for condensed teacher education, to finish in May next year. "There is a significant advantage, both financially and time wise, to completing your teacher training in nine months," she said. "Many of our teacher candidates are changing careers and they want the flexibility and proximity that attending a local campus provides. Our graduates are highly regarded by the local school boards and the proof is that our alumni are getting teaching jobs even in this competitive market." Classes for CSU's Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES) through the School of Education begin on Monday 18 August 2014 and finish on Friday 6 May 2015. Applications for the program are being received until Tuesday July 15 and can be lodged online. "The application process takes into consideration academic achievement and work with children along with youth and other related professional experiences," said Ms Bennett. The University is hosting an information session on Thursday 22 May from 7pm at CSU in Ontario, 860 Harrington Court, Burlington. CSU also offers a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and Master of International Education (School Leadership).

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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Contact Ms Jessica Schneider Marketing and Recruitment Officer 905-333-4955.

New look for CSU wines

Monday 30 Sep 2013

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Winery will launch a new-look series of labels for its Charles Sturt and Reserve ranges at CSU in Bathurst on Tuesday 1 October. Marketing manager Mr Justin Byrne said the new labels reflected the University’s history and spirit of exploration. “The labels feature the rivers of regional NSW, the Macquarie, the Murray, the Murrumbidgee and the Darling,” he said. “It was the explorer Charles Sturt who first traced the Murray and the Murrumbidgee, and those journeys are also represented on the labels.” Mr Byrne said Charles Sturt University Winery had been making wine, and winemakers, for more than 35 years. “We own and operate two vineyards, growing warm climate varieties in Wagga Wagga and cool climate varieties in Orange, and also work with growers in other regions. We have two production facilities in Wagga Wagga; a commercial winery producing our three product ranges and an experimental winery producing our student wines.” CSU staff and local business people will attend the launch event and the new labels will be on shelves throughout NSW and Victoria in the coming months.

Media Contact: Mark O'Brien, 02 63657813

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Mr Justin Byrne is available for photos and interviews at the cellar door at CSU in Orange, between 10-11am, Tuesday, 1 October. Contact CSU Media for interviews.

Successful CSU alumni join Council

Tuesday 24 Sep 2013

Chancellor Mr Lawrence Willett, AO.Charles Sturt University (CSU) Council has welcomed the appointment of three new highly successful alumni to its ranks. Mrs Jennifer Hayes from Albury-Wodonga is a former senior executive of the Mars Corporation, including as a senior financial executive in Asia Pacific and Europe.  Ms Saranne Cooke from Bathurst joins the Council from the energy sector and recently led a team working on energy sector reform in NSW.  Ms Cooke is also a Director of the Western Medicare Local.  Mr Jamie Newman from Orange is a member of a number of boards and committees, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service. He is a descendent of the Kalar tribe of the Wiradjuri nation.  The new appointees join current CSU alumni members Mr Angelos Frangopoulos (CEO of SkyNews Australia and Board Member of the Victor Chang Foundation) and Mr Peter Hayes (a Wine Industry Consultant who has held senior positions with the CRC for Irrigation Futures, CRC for Viticulture and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation).  The Council also welcomed Mr Robert Fitzpatrick, an external independent appointee, who currently heads up the infrastructure, transport and logistics business with the National Centre of Excellence in ICT Australia and spent 7 years in global consulting for McKinsey in international business and technology. Under the leadership of Chancellor Mr Lawrence Willett, AO, the CSU Council has 15 members.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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For further information, contact  University Secretary,  As the governing body, the CSU Council is invested with all the authorities, functions and powers of the University.

Juggling work and study pays off

Tuesday 11 Jun 2013

Ms Andrea Topic and her daughter Lauren. When Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario graduand Ms Andrea Topic is presented with her Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS)  it will conclude four years of juggling motherhood, work and study. Ms Topic is one of more than 230 CSU students who will graduate in a ceremony at the Burlington Convention Centre on Friday 14 June and her inspiration for returning to study, her daughter Lauren, will be in the crowd. “It has been difficult working full time and studying but I feel that I actually got more out of the program by being able to practice and reflect on my work each day,” said Ms Topic. “I was also able to use my own kindergarten classroom in much of my research, which made the research experiences more authentic for me. I believe strongly in my role as an advocate for social justice for children and my education from Charles Sturt University has provided me with academic arguments to support the passion.” The graduation ceremony will see 10 Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS)  and 160 Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BEPS)  graduands receive their awards, along with distance education students.

Media Contact: Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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Teaching in China inspires further education

Monday 10 Jun 2013

Mr Andrew Watts will graduate on Friday 14 JuneWorking as a teacher and administrator for 17 years in China inspired Mr Andrew Watts to further his knowledge through study at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario. Mr Watts is one of 160 students who will be awarded a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES)  in a ceremony on Friday 14 June. In China, Mr Watts was involved with accrediting international schools but didn’t have a formal teaching qualification himself. When he moved to Canada he decided to pursue his passion for education and study at CSU. “The Bachelor of Primary Education Studies allows students to learn and hear about how to do something for two to three days and in the same week practice those ideas and theories in their ongoing practicum. It was the most stimulating and reinforcing way of learning something new,” said Mr Watts. “My experience in China taught me to relish current research and to base my future steps as an educator on it. My study at Charles Sturt University has encouraged me to question styles and methods of teaching and to strive towards achieving an inclusive learning community”.

Media Contact: Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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Police Leaders Graduate

Friday 7 Jun 2013

Staff Sergeant Isobel Granger has been involved in training Sudanese and UN female police A police officer determined to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children in her own community and in war-torn countries will graduate from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario Canada on Friday 14 June. Staff Sergeant Isobel Granger from the Ottawa Police Service will be awarded a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing)  in the graduation ceremony at the Burlington Convention Centre. Staff Sergeant Granger’s area of expertise is in dealing with sexual and gender-based violence and, along with training United Nations personnel, she is part of an international team qualified to investigate war crimes. Read more here.  Also graduating will be 12 members of the Ottawa Police Service and the Durham Regional Police Service who will be awarded a Bachelor of Policing. Course Coordinator Mr Brian Daly from CSU’s School of Policing Studies  said “The Bachelor of Policing is a very practically based policing program, where current police officers are able to apply their learning directly to their work, and apply their work to their learning”.

Media Contact: Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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Graduation at CSU in Ontario

Wednesday 5 Jun 2013

Graduation at CSU in OntarioThe achievements of more than 230 Charles Sturt University (CSU) students will be recognised in a formal Graduation Ceremony in Ontario, Canada on Friday 14 June. Distance education students will join nearly 200 Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES)  and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BCES) graduands from CSU in Ontario  to receive their awards in the ceremony at the Burlington Convention Centre from 12:30pm. CSU President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, Associate Dean International Education and Partnerships Professor Pamela Gibbons, Executive Dean of Education Professor Toni Downes and Associate Dean of Policing and International Associate Professor Tracey Green will travel from Australia for the event and the occasional address will be delivered by Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Ms Portia Maier.

Media Contact: Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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to arrange interviews. The graduation ceremony for students from CSU in Ontario will be held from 12:30pm on Friday 14 June at the Burlington Convention Centre, 1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington.

Changing our view of teaching

Friday 1 Mar 2013

Changing educational views from teaching to ‘co-learning’ is the focus of the second Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies Annual Conference, being held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario on Saturday 2 March. Titled ‘Co-constructing Contexts for Meaningful Engagement’, the conference will look at new ways to support the changing view of children, from the traditional view of teachers-learners in a classroom to that of teachers and pupils as co-learners using play, dance, technology, different cultures, and the outside environment. The keynote address will be presented by renowned early childhood education leader and role model, Professor Lilian Katz, who has lectured across Canada and USA and in 55 other countries. A holder of many academic honours, Professor Katz will share her knowledge of early childhood practices that she has observed in cultures around the world. “Lilian Katz both informs and challenges our conventional wisdom on early childhood education. Few others have contributed so much to the early years’ landscape. We are so excited to host her at our conference,” said conference organiser and program coordinator of CSU’s early childhood studies degree at CSU in Ontario, Ms Karyn Callaghan.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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