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CSU wishes for Christmas-New Year

Friday 21 Dec 2012

Merry Christmas.Charles Sturt University (CSU) will close for the Christmas-New Year break from 12.30pm on Friday 21 December and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2013. Best wishes to all our readers from the CSU Media team.

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Teaching English in Taipei

Wednesday 5 Sep 2012

Mr Donald Joyce in the classroomTeaching English to young Taiwanese students is a rewarding experience for Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario graduate Mr Donald Joyce. Born and raised in Canada, Mr Joyce had been teaching in Taiwan but wanted to gain formal qualifications, so completed a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES) at CSU in 2011. He’s now teaching at the Zhongshan Private Elementary School in Taipei. “There are many challenges that go along with teaching students whose first language is not English. You have to be creative in how you deliver your lessons and manage the classroom,” he said. Mr Joyce believes the skills gained studying at CSU have made him a better teacher. “I bring in my guitar and sing because I now recognize the importance of music and how it can be a useful tool in teaching,” he said. “This is something I would never have done in the past as my guitar skills are very basic and my singing defies description.  Now I feel compelled to take risks as a teacher because I know it will be beneficial for the students.” Read the full story here.

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Contact CSU Media for Interviews with Mr Joyce.

Recognition for student achievements

Tuesday 26 Jun 2012

CSU Dean of Education Professor Toni Downes (left) presents an award to Ms Krista Arnold. The top teaching students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario have been recognised by the University’s Dean of Education, Professor Toni Downes. In a special ceremony on Tuesday 12 June, Professor Downes presented awards for academic performance and excellence in workplace learning to 21 Bachelor of Primary Education Studies students. Ms Krista Arnold won the award for overall academic excellence, while the Science and Technology Association of Ontario Award was presented to Ms Siobhan Chirico.  “The awards recognise the achievements of students academically and their ability to put that knowledge to use in the classroom,” said Professor Downes. “I wish them well as they embark on their teaching careers.” The ceremony also recognised the achievements of 11 Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies students including Ms Janelle Paul who won the Phoenix Award and Ms Nicole Kennedy who won the Milton Community Resource Centre Award. The Dean’s awards were part of graduation celebrations at CSU in Ontario with more than 230 students receiving their testamurs in ceremonies on Friday 15 June.
 

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The Milton Community Resource Centre Award is given to the student who has gone above and beyond in taking a system-wide and broad community approach  toward promoting  all children's rights  to good quality early learning opportunities.  The Phoenix Award is given to a student who has risen academically and professionally throughout the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies program. 

Australian experience for CSU graduate

Friday 8 Jun 2012

Ms Amanda Waugh in Sydney AustraliaGaining teaching experience in an Australian school has capped off study for Canadian Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Ms Amanda Waugh. Ms Waugh will be one of almost 160 students to graduate with a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES)  from CSU in Ontario on Friday 15 June. Ms Waugh completed her final practical placement at the Bathurst West Primary School in News South Wales, Australia. “Australia is far more advanced with implementing technology into their classrooms so that has been extremely valuable,” she said. “It's been fascinating to learn about what techniques they have and what we may do differently. I've also felt I've been able to share some of Canada's culture with my Australian students.”  Now back home, Ms Waugh is looking forward to receiving her testamur.  “Charles Sturt University has prepared me for the classroom in so many ways that I feel ready to step into the teaching profession. It is great to be a part of a school that has connections in other parts of the world and offers such amazing opportunities.”

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CSU librarian rewarded for study

Friday 8 Jun 2012

Librarian at CSU in Ontario, Ms Nena GrandicAfter fleeing war-torn Sarajevo, Ms Nevenka Grandic has learnt a new language, pursued her dream of being a librarian and will soon receive a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) from Charles Sturt University (CSU).  Ms Grandic settled in Canada in 1992 with limited English skills. She took classes, got a job in a library and worked on her language proficiency by reading ‘Baby-sitters Club’ books. For the past six year Ms Grandic has been the librarian at CSU in Ontario. “I truly enjoy working in a university library because in this role I cover almost all aspects of library services from acquisition, cataloguing and processing through to training students and academics,” she said. Ms Grandic said studying through distance education has supported her professional development. “It has taught me many different aspects of librarianship,” she said.”Working full-time, distance education was the best opportunity to obtain the qualification. The level of support was outstanding; the instructors were always prompt, helpful and knowledgeable.”

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Ms Grandic will receive her Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) in a ceremony at 3pm on Friday 15 June 2012 at the Burlington Convention Centre,1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington, Ontario. The ceremony will be attended by 57 other graduands of distance education programs through CSU’ s Faculties of Business, Education and Science. The ceremony will also feature the inaugural graduands of the Master of International Education (School Leadership).

Graduation at CSU in Ontario

Tuesday 5 Jun 2012

CSU 2011 graduates Mr Chad Pilon and Ms Sarah Nykoruk.The achievements of more than 230 students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario, Canada will be recognised in two formal graduation ceremonies on Friday 15 June. Travelling from Australia to attend the ceremonies will be the new CSU President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, Dean of Education Professor Toni Downes and Associate Dean (International) Dr Pam Gibbons. The morning ceremony at 10am at the Burlington Convention Centre will see 173 graduates of the Bachelor of Primary Education Studies and Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies receive their awards. From 3pm, 58 distance education students from CSU’s Faculties of Science, Education and Business will be presented with their awards.

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CSU Graduation ceremonies in Ontario will be held on Friday 15 June 2012 at the Burlington Convention Centre,1120 Burloak Drive, Burlington, Ontario.

Warm Canadian welcome for CSU Vice-Chancellor

Monday 19 Mar 2012

CSU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Andrew VannThe new Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University (CSU), Professor Andrew Vann, is set to receive a warm Canadian welcome when he visits CSU in Ontario on Monday 19 March.  This is Professor Vann’s first visit to CSU in Ontario since he joined the University in January this year, and he will meet with staff and students during the short informal visit.  While in Canada, Professor Vann will participate as a member of the Australian delegation attending the meeting of the Wellington Group in Vancouver from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 March. The Wellington Group is a meeting of senior members of the higher education policy community from the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

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Professor Andrew Vann will meet with students from 11am Monday 19 March at CSU in Ontario, 860 Harrington Court, Burlington.

Canadian adventure for CSU students

Wednesday 10 Aug 2011

A group of five teaching students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia will spend the next four months studying at the CSU campus in Ontario, Canada. The students from Bathurst, Albury and Dubbo are studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) through the Faculty of Education. Dubbo-based student, Mr Pete Minney, seized the opportunity to study abroad. “I can broaden my experience by observing first-hand the strategies teachers from another country use and whether the children benefit from a different approach to education,” he said. The exchange has been supported by CSU Global, a University initiative which aims to increase the number of students undertaking international experiences as part of their studies.

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The CSU students will spend four months in Canada from 14 August 2011.

Students embrace MasterChef craze

Tuesday 17 Aug 2010

Winner of the CSU student cooking challenge, nutrition and dietetics student Ms Georgie Lucas. Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) have demonstrated that their culinary skills go way beyond two minute noodles. Embracing the fever generated by the high rating MasterChef Australia television series, students from the self-catered new Halls of Residences pitted their skills against each other during a cooking competition. Organised by the student Residential Advisors, the challenge was judged by a panel of professional chefs and celebrity imitators on Monday 9 August. Coming up trumps was Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) student Ms Georgie Lucas who took out first place with her baked cheesecake with toffee shards, strawberries and ice-cream. “The cooking challenge was initially organised in response to the popularity of the MasterChef program,” CSU Catering Assistant Manager Mr Toby Perry said. “However the students and aspiring chefs were taking it very seriously with some putting in hours of practise to perfect their dishes.” The Division of Student Services hopes to support the event so it becomes an annual feature
of campus life.

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Canadian student hails studying 'Down Under'

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010

Ms Keely Snider in the city of Wagga Wagga in Australia.A Canadian student who studied for a year at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia has become an Australian Student Ambassador for 2010 and 2011. Ms Keely Snider, who is currently enrolled at Lakehead University in Ontario, studied English literature during 2009 at CSU in Wagga Wagga, in southern New South Wales. She hopes to become a teacher after finishing teachers college in 2013. “My experience in Australia was amazing,” Ms Snider said. “I met many wonderful people and made life long friends from Australia and other countries around the world, students who were also on exchange programs. I travelled a lot around Australia, and I would recommend studying in Australia to anyone. Hopefully I will get back to Australia soon.” Ms Snider is keen to encourage more Canadian students to study overseas, especially at CSU in Australia.

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