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Access for all

Tuesday 9 Oct 2007

Acting Executive Director of Student Services at CSU, Mr Les BurrApplications have opened for students seeking financial assistance in 2008 through the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Equity Scholarships. The scheme offers students three types of scholarships; the Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships, Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships and CSU Equity Scholarships. The Commonwealth Scholarships are offered by the Federal Government for students from a low socio economic background, especially Indigenous students and students from rural and regional Australia. The CSU Equity Scholarships were introduced in 2006 when the University’s allocated $3.25 million from 2006 to 2008 to assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds. “The scholarships, which vary from $2 000 to over $4 000 each, are an integral part of the University’s commitment to ensuring equitable access to national and internationally recognised educational opportunities, “ said Mr Les Burr, acting Executive Director of Student Services at CSU. Students have until the end of November 2007 to complete their application forms. More information is available at the Equity Scholarships website here. 

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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Senior CSU executive in top research role

Tuesday 25 Sep 2007

Professor Paul Burnett, CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)Charles Sturt University will be represented in the new system to assess where Federal Government research dollars should be spent in 2008. Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at CSU, Professor Paul Burnett will chair one of the 13 assessment panels for the Research Quality Framework. The panels will assess the research applications submitted by higher education providers and will award a rating for quality and impact. As Head of the University's Centre for Research and Graduate Training and being responsible for the administration of research and research training at CSU, Professor Burnett will head the Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurological, Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences panel. With five degrees, Professor Burnett is a counsellor, counselling psychologist and educational and developmental psychologist.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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Dubbo to host CSU Education forum

Tuesday 25 Sep 2007

Ms Tracey Simpson,  Associate Head of the School of Teacher Education at CSUAround 110 education researchers and educators from Charles Sturt University (CSU) will gather on the University's Dubbo Campus for the first time between Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 September. Ms Tracey Simpson, Associate Head of the School of Teach Education at Dubbo and host of the forum, said the forum is usually held every two years. "The forum is for all members of CSU's Faculty of Education to reflect on progress, discuss future plans and evaluate how the Faculty fits into the progress of the University,” she said. The major issues for discussion include teaching and learning for the University's new Indigenous Education Strategy, course changes, flexible teaching and learning approaches and research. There will be a performance by the boys dance group from Buninyong Public School, and forum participants will attend the Croc Festival Community Performance on Wednesday evening 26 September 2007.

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CSU graduate’s international success

Tuesday 21 Aug 2007

Charles Sturt University (CSU) 2006 television production graduates Luke Heywood and Tim Pass are ecstatic with the news that their production Chance Your Hand will be screened at the 2007 New York Television Festival Independent Pilot Competition. Chance Your Hand, a situation comedy showing the behind the scenes drama of a television game show, was a major project during the students’ third year studies. Produced at the CSU School of Visual and Performing Arts studios at the Wagga Wagga Campus in inland NSW, Chance Your Hand is one of only three productions selected from outside the United States. CSU Associate Lecturer Patrick Sproule says, “this is a major accolade for the both the course and the students, showcasing just how capable, creative and talented our television, acting and theatre design graduates are”. Luke and Tim will travel to New York to attend the festival from 5 – 9 September and hope to meet network executives to further their television careers.

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CSU embraces podcast education

Tuesday 21 Aug 2007

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is reaching out to students in distant and remote locations through the growing education resource of podcasting, the broadcast of audio files across the internet. CSU School of Computing and Mathematics lecturer Anthony Chan says: “Podcasting is now happening in CSU biomedical sciences, accounting, information technology, food and wine sciences and commercial radio and management courses. Podcasts are provided to students before and after classes and include interviews with experts from around the world”. An international collaborative project between CSU and USA’s Bentley College allows students in a first year computing subject to learn from each other and another lecturer half way round the world. The School of Computing and Mathematics also uses podcasting with a local Wagga Wagga high school, with their work in Japanese learning and teaching featured on Japanese television. Studies within CSU have shown that podcasting reduces the effects of isolation and promotes inclusiveness. Surveys with CSU undergraduate students also show podcasting reduces their stress levels, especially students who are coming into a higher education environment for the first time.

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Ontario students ‘down under’ meet Velvet the Red Kangaroo

Tuesday 16 May 2006

Mandy Greenspoon, Crystal Napasney, Laura Lande and Erin McAlister with Velvet the Red Kangaroo at Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Photo: Belinda Soole.The seven Charles Sturt University (CSU) Ontario students currently in Wagga Wagga and Dubbo are now in their last week of practicum teaching in the Australian bush. Three are at North Wagga Public School, two at Peak Hill Central School and two at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School in Dubbo. The Peak Hill and Dubbo prac. teachers Crystal Napasney, Laura Lande, Mandy Greenspoon and Erin McAlister spent Saturday night at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo having close encounters with various wildlife. Crystal describes Peak Hill as “very rural and very flat. It’s not desert but there’s not much green. It’s brown and dusty.” Laura says this overseas practicum “will be like the icing on the teacher's college cake. I’ve definitely gained an international perspective. The training I’ve received means I could teach anywhere in the world.” Read more about CSU in Ontario here.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Heath, 02 6338 4787

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The overseas students are now in their last week of prac teaching in Australia. They are available for interview. Photos are also available from CSU Media

The new kids at school

Tuesday 2 May 2006

From left: Kristin Larion, Juanita Germaine, Professor Tom Lowrie and Deb Gross at North Wagga Public School.  The first Canadian students from Charles Sturt University (CSU), Ontario to do their practicum teaching experience in Australia have started work at North Wagga Public School.  The three Canadians are among the first group of Bachelor of Educational Studies (Primary Teaching) students at CSU, Ontario which began in August 2005 with 114 students. The one-year postgraduate teacher education program which operates between CSU in Australia and school boards in Ontario, prepares candidates to teach in Ontario elementary or primary schools. Juanita Germaine, 34, of Barrie, Ontario; Deb Gross, 24, of Hamilton, Ontario and Kristin Larion, 23, from Paris, Ontario will spend three weeks teaching kindergarten and year 2/3 students at North Wagga Public School. All three said the opportunity of practice teaching in Australia as well as CSU’s reputation in teacher education were factors which attracted them to the CSU program. Four other CSU Ontario students are doing their practicum teaching in Dubbo at the same time.  Professor Tom Lowrie, head of CSU’s School of Education, said the Australian practicum experience was an exciting component of CSU’s Ontario program which he hoped would be expanded. Read more here.

Media Contact: Virginia Gawler, 02 6933 4254

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For interviews with the CSU Ontario students and  Professor Tom Lowrie, contact CSU Media. Photos available from CSU Media.

New member for CSU Council

Tuesday 14 Feb 2006

Latest member of CSU Council, Mr Chris Hancock.Charles Sturt University (CSU) Council has welcomed its newest member, Mr Chris Hancock, who brings more than twenty years’ experience in leadership and senior executive positions to the University and is a graduate of CSU. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). “I completed a Bachelor’s degree at CSU and I’m very fond of the University, but more importantly I’m excited about what the University is doing from a regional perspective," said Mr Hancock. “I’m delighted by the appointment of such a distinguished graduate to the CSU Council, the University's governing body. Mr Hancock’s background and skills will enable him to make an outstanding contribution to the University,” said acting Vice Chancellor Professor Ross Chambers. The University also welcomes the reappointments of Ms Susan Benedyka, Dr Geoffrey Wise and Ms Patricia Murphy. "The re-appointments are pleasing because their distinguished record for Council has been recognised,” added Professor Chambers.
 
 

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Psychology lecturer receives CSU teaching award

Thursday 2 Feb 2006

 Recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award for 2005, Dr Rabiul IslamA Charles Sturt University (CSU) lecturer with a passion for providing support and guidance to first year students studying via distance education has been named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for 2005. Dr Mir Rabiul Islam, from the School of Social Sciences and Liberal Studies on the University's Bathurst Campus, is course coordinator of the largest undergraduate psychology course, Bachelor of Social Science – Psychology. Including Education/Psychology double degrees, he is coordinating courses for over 450 students. In his online teaching, he strives passionately to use “online strategies” that empower students to be self-sufficient and adaptive to the ever changing needs of life. Student evaluations of his teaching of research methods are extraordinarily high, no mean feat in the area of Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology unit, a course often regarded as difficult and complex. He considers learning from students as a unique opportunity to assess and re-assess his own professional integrity. Each year the University recognises and encourages excellence in teaching through the presentation of this award. The award will be presented to Dr Islam in May at the Faculty of Arts graduation ceremony.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Heath, 02 6338 4787

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Photos of CSU lecturer Dr Rabiul Islam are available from CSU Media.

Christmas wish

Thursday 22 Dec 2005

The Corporate Communication and Media team at Charles Sturt University wish all the media a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year and thank you all for your support and work with CSU over the past year. The University will be closed from 12.30pm Friday 23 December 2005 until Tuesday 3 January 2006.

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