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VC honours CSU staff member

Wednesday 21 Dec 2005

A member of the Charles Sturt University staff in Bathurst has been named the winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Performance Excellence, for General Staff 2005. Gail Wotton, Food Services Officer at Café Mitchell on CSU’s Bathurst Campus, has been honoured by Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Goulter for her dedication to her position and the University. Ms Wotton said she couldn’t believe it and offered her thanks to all staff who had supported her. “Everyone in our team is excellent and I’m honoured to be rewarded in this way; it’s the best Christmas present,” added the CSU employee. The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Performance Excellence, for General Staff recognises outstanding contributions by individuals or teams for sustained high level performance. “CSU staff continue to excel in areas such as client service, support for teaching and learning and regional engagement and this award has been established to acknowledge this dedication and commitment of general staff,” said Professor Goulter.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

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CSU joins global alliance for public theology

Tuesday 13 Dec 2005

Through one of its leading research centres, Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) has formed an alliance with four leading international theological institutions.  CSU”s Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre or PACT has played a key role in the formation of the Global Network for Public Theology. “The group will encourage research collaboration and connections with key international civil society networks, whilst CSU will take the lead in developing student exchanges and cooperation within the network,” said Director of PACT, Reverend Professor James Haire.  The principal members of the Network include Charles Sturt University; Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology at South Africa’s University of Stellenbosch; Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University, USA; Centre for Theology and Public Issues at University of Edinburgh and Manchester Centre for Public Theology at the University of Manchester, UK. PACT is an innovative CSU strategic research centre with a focus on issues in contemporary Australian society.

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Staff farewell for Professor Bob Meyenn

Friday 9 Dec 2005

Dean of the Faculty of Commerce Professor John Hicks (left) farewells Dean of the Faculty of Education Professor Bob MeyennThe respect and affection which staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) hold for retiring Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Bob Meyenn is apparent in their unique choice of retirement gift, a cow and calf. Retiring after 19 years of distinguished service as Dean, a farewell function will be held on Friday, 9 December from 4pm in the James Hardie Dining Room, Centre for Professional Development, CSU, Bathurst. Professor Meyenn will receive a second creative gift from the University at the farewell function. The cow and calf, a gift from Professor Meyenn’s Faculty of Education colleagues, will be delivered to his property in the NSW central west to enjoy during his retirement.

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Largest graduation ever for CSU Ontario

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

CSU in OntarioA former trained fire-fighter, paramedic, rock climbing expert and personal trainer will join a former professional singer and over 260 fellow graduates in the largest graduation ceremony ever held for Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario. Dr Paula du Hamel Yellow Horn, a member of Canada’s First Nations, will receive her Doctorate in Education from the Faculty of Education in front of a large audience of CSU staff, family and friends including the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian Goulter, who has travelled from Australia for the event. Graduates from CSU’s Faculties of Arts, Business, Education and Science will receive awards on Friday 18 June in Burlington, Ontario. Other graduates include 12 members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who have completed CSU’s Bachelor of Policing degree.

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Launching Smart Learning at CSU

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

Professor Garry Marchant.A program to advance Charles Sturt University (CSU) as a leader in higher education teaching and learning will be launched in Bathurst on Tuesday 17 September. CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Garry Marchant, said, “Given the ongoing growth of student numbers and evolution of the higher education sector due to theoretical and technological developments, the launch of ‘Smart Learning’ will enable a stronger professionalised teaching focus to improve student engagement and maintain high-quality teaching standards at the University. With the implementation of Smart Learning, Charles Sturt University will lead the way in higher education learning and teaching innovation.” Information about Smart Learning and the next steps in establishing this program will be presented at the launch at The Grange, CSU in Bathurst at 3pm on Tuesday 17 September.

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Teaching award for CSU Ontario graduate

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

CSU graduate, Alison WojkowskiTurning her classroom into a grocery store is just one example of how Charles Sturt University (CSU) teaching graduate, Ms Alison Wojkowski, strives to make learning fun and meaningful. Ms Wojkowski, who graduated from CSU Ontario’s Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES) in 2008, has been recognised in the Teacher of the Year category of the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She said the primary school teaching program at CSU helped prepare her for the classroom. “The program provided hands-on lessons, applicable ideas and theories, and a significant period of time in each work placement,” Ms Wojkowski said. “I was able to develop a number of effective teaching, classroom management and relationship building strategies.” It is the second year in a row that a CSU graduate has won the prestigious award, with Ms Michelle Jerzyk recognised in 2010. The Head of the Ontario School of Education at CSU Dr Will Letts, said “Alison epitomises what we hope for all BPES graduates, to take their Charles Sturt University education and extend it in creative and meaningful ways.”  Ms Wojkowski is now teaching kindergarten at W H Morden Public School in Oakville. “Every day at least one thing happens with my students to make me smile,” she said. “I will continue to strive to help all of my students see the joy in learning, something I hope they will carry with them for life.”

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Biotechnology in the Canadian spotlight

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

Dr Thiru VanniasinkamIn the rapidly changing field of biotechnology, education is crucial to keep up with cutting edge technology, says Australian scientist and Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam. Dr Vanniasinkam, who works in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Australia, will visit a number of colleges in Ontario to outline the Bachelor of Science (Forensic Biotechnology). This internationally recognised program is offered through CSU in Ontario and allows graduates with an Ontario Biotechnology, Health Biotechnology Diploma or equivalent to upgrade their qualifications to degree level. “The program can improve job prospects for graduates and open avenues for further education,” Dr Vanniasinkam said. “Students can also undertake short-term study tours in laboratories in countries including Korea, Switzerland and USA.” The program has been developed with industry bodies to address the rapid technological changes and growth in the biotechnology and forensic industries worldwide.

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Still time to realise the teaching dream

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

CSU Chancellor Lawrie Willett presents Mr Chad Pilon with his Bachelor of Primary Education Studies. Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Ontario teaching graduate Mr Chad Pilon can’t wait to take to the classroom. Mr Pilon, who uses a wheelchair, has overcome more challenges than most in pursuing his teaching dream and said CSU has been barrier-free.  He’s full of praise for the Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (BPES) program. “Charles Sturt University really is ahead of the game in its approach,” he said. “Having a solid grounding in proven teaching strategies and new technology has given me the confidence to go to job interviews feeling fully prepared.” The BPES is a one year teacher education program that prepares students to teach in primary/junior (JK-6) classrooms in Ontario. It’s open to graduates of a three or four year degree and focuses on developing practical and professional skills based on theoretical and conceptual understandings of teaching.  Applications for the 2012 fall intake are open until 4pm Friday 18 May 2012.

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Dubbo welcomes Ontario students

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

Four students from Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Ontario in Canada have arrived in Dubbo to work at Dubbo South and Buninyong Primary schools as part of their studies. Ms Jaclyn Craig, Ms Bobbi-Sue Airdrie, Mr Andrew Petruccelli, and Ms Natalia Yarmak will work at the school as part of their Bachelor of Primary Education Studies. Two more students, Ms Amanda Waugh and Mr Marcus Johnson, have been placed at schools in Bathurst. Ms Waugh says she is enjoying her stay. “We are all loving it here and just had our first day yesterday at the schools,” she said. “It was great to meet everyone.  We have found so many similarities but also so many cool differences.” The students will be in Australia until Friday 25 May.

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Canadian students visit Bathurst

Wednesday 1 Jan 2003

Two students from Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) in Ontario, Canada have arrived in Bathurst to work at Bathurst West Primary School as part of their studies. Ms Amanda Waugh and Mr Marcus Johnson will work at the school as part of their Bachelor of Primary Education Studies. Ms Waugh says she is enjoying her stay. “We are all loving it here and just had our first day yesterday at the school,” she said. “It was great to meet everyone.  We have found so many similarities but also so many cool differences.” The students will be in Australia until Friday 25 May.

Media Contact: Holly-Amber Manning, 02 6365 7813

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