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Sky Stories stargazing event at CSU in Orange

Wednesday 5 Sep 2018

* Stargazing fun for everyone at CSU in Orange

* Expert local astronomers and Indigenous storytellers

* Enjoy Aboriginal dance, music, traditional food, and barbeque

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will host an evening of astronomy and storytelling on Wednesday 12 September.

Head of Campus Dr Heather Robinson said the free ‘Sky Stories’ event will combine guidance from expert astronomers and Indigenous storytelling against the beautiful backdrop of Girinyalanha Park located within the University campus.

“Sky Stories is a melding of Western science and Aboriginal knowledge – a chance to look at the stars and see them from two perspectives. There’ll be an acknowledgement of country by Mr Michael Newman and Wiradjuri sky stories as told by Mr Doug Sutherland,” Dr Robinson said.

“Stargaze through a telescope with local astronomers Mr Rod Somerville from the Orange Planetarium, and Mr Ray Pickard from Bathurst Observatory Research Facility.

“Bring along a rug or chair, and enjoy Aboriginal dance, music, traditional food by Gerald Power of Indigenous Cultural Adventures and a barbeque at this family event.”

Sky Stories is from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 12 September at Charles Sturt University, Leeds Parade, Orange. Parking available in P1, P2 or P3 and follow the event signs to Girinyalanha Park.

More information on the event page is here;

Sky Stories is presented by CSU Explorations Series and Future Moves and is supported by our community partners; Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, Orange Planetarium, and Bathurst Observatory Research Facility.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU arts and culture CUP grants available

Friday 3 Aug 2018

* The next round of 2018 Charles Sturt University Community-University grants for arts and culture activities are open for applications

* Previous recipients include Canowindra Arts Inc, Cudal Public School Parents and Citizens Association, and the Rotary Club of Orange Inc

* The grants help the community to encourage participation in arts and culture

The next round of 2018 Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants for arts and culture activities are open for applications.

Individuals and community groups across the University’s regions covered by its campuses in Orange, Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, and Port Macquarie are invited to apply.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson said, “The University provides up to $20,000 worth of grants across its regional footprint. I encourage individuals and groups with projects or initiatives that meet the criteria to apply.”

Applications close on Friday 24 August, and the CUP grants application form is here:

Previous arts and culture CUP grant recipient the Canowindra Arts Inc reported the CSU CUP grant funding (a) enabled an art course for young artists in Canowindra; (b) allowed students to develop personal skills in specific art mediums and styles; and (c) facilitated the growth of young artists giving them a desire to further their practical knowledge and application of art.

‘Over a period of nine teaching sessions, 10 students from the ages of 12 to 15 took part in the Canowindra arts Mentoring Program,’ the report noted. ‘The grant funds were used very specifically to buy resources for the students to sample and experience all different forms of art mediums and styles, from life drawing, water colours, oils, acrylic, and pastels. Then with these resources they were able to choose their own personal projects and put together an exhibition to be shown publicly in the New Year. The CUP grant money has also covered the teaching costs, hire of the hall, and frames for the final exhibition.’

Cudal Public School Parents and Citizens Association was another 2017 CSU CUP arts and culture grant recipient. The school received a $1,000 grant and the P&C Association Vice-President Ms Catherine Kearney thanked CSU for supporting the creative arts in the small town of Cudal.

“The funds allowed the whole community to come together and shine,” Ms Kearney said. “It was wonderful to watch the joy in both the students and the audience. The arts are alive and well here at Cudal.”

The aim if the Cudal Public School project was to create stronger ties within the small community. The funds were used to cover costs associated with the project, including sound and microphones for students to use during the play and the creation of props and costumes. The strong community ties were evident during the preparation and during the actual performance. There was a full house at the evening performance, and many older community members attended the matinee. They thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it was ‘the talk of the town’. The students enjoyed all aspects of the production, including working on and modifying the script, rehearsals, costume and prop design. Parents and community members helped with make-up and costumes as well. It truly brought the community together.

The Rotary Club of Orange Inc also received a $1,000 CSU CUP arts and culture grant to stage creative poetry workshops in primary schools in the region.

Rotary member Mr Len Banks said, “Primary schools students around Orange, NSW, now approach poetry with enthusiasm and confidence. A partnership between Charles Sturt University and the Rotary Club of Orange brought Australian bush poetry to life by engaging champion poets ‘Mel and Susie’ for workshops in rhyme, rhythm, and performance skills.”

The Rotary of Orange project brought two Australian champion performance bush poets − Melanie Hall and Susan Carcary − to Orange from 17 to 27 October 2017. They conducted 17 workshops in 10 primary schools across the Orange region over 9 school days. The workshops were one to two hours duration depending on the school’s timetabling constraints, and provided instruction in rhyme, rhythm, storytelling, and performance techniques to 449 students from kindergarten to Year 6, but mostly in Years 3 to 6. All were kept enthralled and entertained by Mel and Susie as they performed some classic Banjo Paterson poems as well as some of their own creations. Throughout the workshops the students were involved with play acting, reciting, and creating. A survey completed by teachers after the workshops showed that the project fitted well with their curriculum and met the schools’ learning outcomes in literature, creative writing, and performance. Teachers also advised that the workshops gave them new skills in teaching poetry and using performance as a learning technique. The schools also showed interest in participating in the 2018 Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival in Orange and in encouraging students to enter the poetry competition in February.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

PHOTOS (top to bottom): 2017 CSU CUP arts and culture grant recipients - Canowindra Arts Inc student art class; a Cudal Public School P&C Association theatre production performance; and a Rotary Orange Inc school workshop with Australian champion performance bush poets Melanie Hall and Susan Carcary and students.

Federal Minister launches Charles Sturt University’s $100,000 community grants program in Orange

Thursday 3 May 2018

* Federal Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie today launched the CSU $100,000 Community-University Partnerships (CUP) program for 2018 in Orange.

* Up to $20,000 available across five different categories - arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous programs as well as grants to support small community initiatives.

* Minister McKenzie who was joined by Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP also inspected the dentistry and allied health teaching facilities at CSU Orange.

Federal Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie today launched Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) 2018 $100,000 community grants program for Orange and the NSW Central West.

“I am delighted to be here with my colleague, the Federal Member for Calare, Mr Andrew Gee to launch Charles Sturt University’s community grants program that provides vital support to local community groups across Orange and the Central West.

“This program by CSU supports the development of our regions with grants going to community groups and initiatives across arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous programs as well as discretionary grants for small community initiatives.

“I applaud this fantastic initiative by CSU and I encourage members of the Orange and the Central West community to apply,” Minister McKenzie said.

Acting CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Toni Downes, said, “The CSU program provides grants from as little as a few hundred dollars, up to $20,000. It’s important that CSU can support a diverse range of initiatives that strengthen our regional communities.

“Given that winter is just around the corner, we have opened this year’s grant program with the Rural and Regional Sports Development round first and the other grant programs will open in a rolling fashion throughout the year,” Professor Downes said.

Minister McKenzie also toured the University’s Orange site with Mr Andrew Gee MP to inspect the University’s quality teaching facilities and the dentistry and allied health courses offered at CSU in Orange.

Applications are now open for the 2018 CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program with the others to open one after the other.

Further information, application packs and program guidelines can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:


Kate Fotheringham 0432 628 163; Bruce Andrews 0418 669 362 (CSU) or, William Rollo: 0436 409 743 (Minister McKenzie)


L to R: CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students) Ms Jenny Roberts, Federal Minister for Rural Health Senator Bridget McKenzie, CSU Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Toni Downes, and Member for Calare Mr Andrew Gee, MP.

2017 CSU CUP grant recipients Waratahs Hurricanes cricket team (Orange)

MyDay for future students at CSU in Orange

Tuesday 10 Apr 2018

An information MyDay for students in Years 11 and 12 and their parents will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Thursday 19 April.

The MyDay will focus on courses available for study at CSU in Orange and includes dental science, clinical science, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and general studies (science).

CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katy Fardell said, “It is a great opportunity for students and parents to check out facilities, and have their questions answered about what it’s really like to study at Charles Sturt University.

“There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet academics, current students, and support staff to get all the information you need about studying at the University.

“Parents are also more than welcome to join the MyDay and may attend all sessions that are available to students, except laboratory activities or practical sessions. It’s never too early to start preparing for the exciting journey that lies ahead,” Ms Fardell said.

The MyDay is free but those interested to attend will need to register:

For more information about MyDay contact Ms Fardell on 6338 4629 or

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Katy Fardell who is based at CSU in Orange.

Wellness Expo for students and staff at CSU in Orange

Monday 19 Mar 2018

Students and staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will receive information and opportunities for health assessments at the CSU 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo on Tuesday 20 March.

The CSU Wellness and Wellbeing Expos are being staged at the seven main CSU campuses during March, and more than 2 500 CSU staff and students are expected to benefit from the information and health checks provided.

Expo coordinators in the CSU Division of Human Resources, Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe, said, “Charles Sturt University recognises and values the importance of staff and student wellness and wellbeing, and aims to adopt a holistic approach to the treatment of workplace health and safety.

“The University appreciates that problems of a personal nature can and do have adverse effects on work performance, work satisfaction, study, health, and feelings of wellbeing, and is therefore running Wellness and Wellbeing Expos on its major campuses.

“The Expos will give attendees the opportunity to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services available to them at the University and in our local communities. The University hopes that staff and students will not just become more aware of the services available and will encourage them to engage with these services and programs.

“Through happier, healthier and more satisfied staff and students the University hopes to foster a productive and resilient environment.”

The 2018 CSU Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will be held at CSU in Orange on Tuesday 20 March. Services at the expo include hearing checks, free massages, and pre-winter flu vaccinations.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students at CSU has received a boost with sponsorship from the NSW Trustee and Guardian, iCare, Gallaghers, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper, and nlc.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe in the CSU Division of Human Resources. Both are based at CSU in Bathurst.

Another Expo will be held at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March.

Expos have been held at CSU in Port Macquarie (Tuesday 6 March), and CSU in Goulburn (Thursday 8 March) CSU in Albury/Wodonga (Tuesday 13 March), and CSU in Wagga Wagga (Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March), and CSU in Dubbo (Monday 19 March).

2018 O Week welcomes new CSU students to Orange

Monday 19 Feb 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will welcome 155 commencing students when Orientation Week (O Week) activities start on Tuesday 20 February.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said, “The start of the new academic year at the University is always an exciting time, particularly with the arrival of new students on campus for Orientation Week activities, followed by the return of continuing students.

“I welcome all new students, whether they are studying on campus or online. Charles Sturt University is committed to providing the best possible student experience, and sharing the University’s values so students become graduates who are insightful, inclusive, inspiring and who make a positive impact in their communities and professional disciplines.”

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, very much looks forward to O Week.

“It’s  a fun, happy and hectic time for all involved – new students, their parents and carers, and our staff – as there is much to learn as students consider their new lives in higher education,” Dr Robinson said.

“For our new students, it is vital that they meet the people and find the resources that will make their studies at Charles Sturt University a success, while also enjoying a rewarding and eventful life, often in a new town.

“In their time with us we hope students will adopt the Charles Sturt University ethos of Yindyamarra Winhanganha – the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.”

Key points:

  • Week activities at CSU in Orange commence with a Welcome Ceremony for students, their families and supporters at 10am on Tuesday 20 February in Templers Mill (building 1000).
  • The Academic Procession into the venue is always a popular feature of this special occasion.
  • The Mayor of Orange Councillor Reg Kidd will also extend a welcome to the students on behalf of the City of Orange. Past student Mr Joel Taylor will share some reflections and advice, and a Market Day on the library lawn will follow.
  • Throughout the week students will attend meetings with course coordinators and lecturers, tours of the campus and facilities, and social activities.

The 155 new on-campus students at CSU in Orange do not include online students. Across the University 2 785 new students in 2018 will study on campus. They join the more than 40 000 students who study at CSU, of which 21 per cent are international students from 120 countries studying on campus in Australia and overseas through partners or online.

Session One classes for students studying on campus commence on Monday 26 February.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus of CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson.

Students learn to teach science to students

Wednesday 8 Nov 2017

Twelve Year 9 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School spent Monday 6 November at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange learning fun hands-on and engaging science experiments from CSU academic staff.

The activity was part of the CSU Future Moves program to bring the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP) to Canobolas Rural Technology High School and Glenroi Heights Public School.

On Tuesday 7 November, the Canobolas High students took their new found knowledge and enthusiasm to their own school where they became the experts teaching 30 visiting Year 6 students from Glenroi Heights Public School.

The two days provided the students with a memorable, exciting and interactive first-hand experience of science and career possibilities available with science while they explored ideas for their futures.

Mrs Renae Symons, Future Moves school outreach officer for CSU in the central west, said, "This is a great opportunity for the Year 9 students to step up and show leadership skills, science knowledge. It was also a fantastic transition activity for the Year 6 students, given many will be attending Canobolas Rural Technology High School next year."

Future Moves is a federally funded initiative, run through Charles Sturt University and aligned with the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews, or phone Future Moves program coordinator Mr Ben Morris on 0427 714 807.

NISEP was developed by Macquarie University and has now expanded after partnering with CSU Future Moves. Future Moves was developed to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW. By introducing young people to the world of university study we hope to encourage them to become more engaged in school studies and more confident in considering tertiary study as a realistic option. Future Moves is directed at students who have the potential to succeed in tertiary education and who come from families with little or no experience of higher education. The popularity of the program has seen it continue to grow and reach out to more schools due to the positive feedback received over the past five years.

Indigenous community leaders recognised as leading educators

Thursday 5 Oct 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has recognised the contributions of the Indigenous and wider community in Bathurst to its law, justice and policing degrees during a ceremony in September.

During a presentation to staff, community members, and Indigenous Elders, the Head of the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security and the Centre for Law and Justice, Associate Professor Nick O'Brien, presented awards for excellence in teaching, research, leadership, community engagement, and impact at CSU in Bathurst.

Brian GrantRepresenting local Elders, Uncle Brian Grant (pictured left) and also known as 'Maliyan' (Eagle) in Wiradjuri, accepted the awards from Professor O'Brien.

"I've been with this program for two years," Uncle Brian said.

"It's an opportunity to work with Charles Sturt University students who are going to work for NSW Police and NSW Department of Community Services (DOCS).

"We give them an Aboriginal community perspective, while we can also let them know about how we function as a community.

"I have worked for the police force and for DOCS, so I have a good background. I think students like to get that insider information, that bit of foresight of what they are going to encounter later in their careers.

"Both the students and we Elders benefit through our community involvement, so from our point of view, we want to continue the program."

The Bathurst Wiradjuri Elders received their Teaching Excellence Award for their leadership and delivery of content to courses in the University's Centre for Law and Justice in Bathurst.

Centre Director, Associate Professor Alison Gerard, regards the awards as a practical demonstration of the University's commitment to forging links with the local community and in recognising the teaching expertise of Indigenous Elders.

"We wanted our students to learn from the Aboriginal Elders in our community, to provide them with the experience needed to work effectively within communities in their chosen professions," Professor Gerard said.

"Hearing directly from the Elders helps students understand the richness and resilience of Indigenous knowledge. This can only strengthen the Charles Sturt University law and criminal justice degrees."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:
For interviews with Associate Professor Alison Gerard, contact CSU Media.

Trauma trial for paramedic students at CSU

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017

Paramedicine students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in assessing and managing trauma patients during a practical exercise involving the State Emergency Service (SES) in Bathurst on Friday 29 September.

The exercise, which runs from 11am to 1pm outside building 1455 on Ordnance Road, involves extricating several patients from a car following a simulated road traffic accident.

"This extrication exercise forms part of the simulated learning activities for first year paramedic students in fundamental subject in clinical practice," said CSU lecturer Ms Clare Sutton.

"This exercise provides an invaluable opportunity for the students to experience working alongside other emergency service operators as part of an interagency team."

During the exercise, the students have to identify potential hazards on scene before assessing each of the casualties to determine which patients are a priority and then formulate an extraction plan based on those priorities.

This information is conveyed to the SES Rescue team who will use various rescue techniques to extricate each of the patients according to individual clinical needs as identified by the student paramedics.

 "The exercise will give the students the opportunity to practice their skills of assessment and management when presented with multi-trauma casualties," Ms Sutton said.

"These will be vitally important skills for the students to master in preparation for their future role as a front line paramedic given the requirement to work collaboratively with colleagues from other emergency services in order to achieve the best outcome for the patient.

"We are very fortunate, in the paramedic team to have such a close working relationship with the local SES unit as this provides many fantastic opportunities for our students to experience working as part of an interagency team in high fidelity simulations.

"It's always a very popular day with the students as they all get a chance to experience some of the challenges involved with these type of incidents from both the paramedics' and patients' perspectives."

The Bachelor of Paramedicine is available through the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Bathurst and Port Macquarie and CSU online.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

The exercise involving CSU paramedicine students and members of the SES will be held at the canopy area, outside building 1455 on Ordnance Road, Bathurst.

The media is invited to attend to event. Lecturer Ms Clare Sutton will be available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Supporting educational aspirations of people with disability

Friday 8 Sep 2017

People living with disability are looking to higher education as a path to engaging with meaningful activity in their community, particularly in regional areas. But can our regional universities support these aspirations?

Researchers from five universities including Charles Sturt University (CSU) are currently investigating the experiences of people with disability who aspire to complete a university course in regional Australia.

The research team is now calling for people with disability in regional areas from Wangaratta in Victoria to Port Macquarie in NSW to share their experiences of higher education, particularly those:

  • currently at high school in Years 10 and 11 and who are interested to go to university; and,
  • mature aged people who  haven't been to university but are interested in study.

Clare Wilding"We want to interview volunteers from regional communities to understand their perceptions of higher education. We are investigating the barriers for people with disability in undertaking a university course," said CSU researcher Dr Clare Wilding.

"The uptake of higher education by people with disability is lower in regional areas than for their city counterparts," Dr Wilding said.

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people with disability are more likely to have lower levels of educational attainment. Furthermore, data from the bureau showed that there are more people aged 15 to 64 years living with disability in regional areas – around 18 per cent - than those living in major cities, which is 13 per cent. So we should see a higher proportion of students with disability from regional areas attending university."

"However, only two per cent of people with disability living in Australia's regional or remote areas are currently studying in higher education, compared with four per cent in a major city.

"We want to find out why this pattern is happening, and how universities, governments and the community can address the problem," she said.

As part of the project, the researchers have already surveyed and interviewed students with disability who are currently enrolled in regional universities.

"Through this research, we hope to improve access and participation in higher education by regional people with disability, particularly those from a low socio-economic background," Dr Wilding said.

The upcoming round of interviews will be conducted using media to suit the volunteer participants: by telephone, instant messaging, Skype, email or face-to-face. People wishing to participate should contact Ms Kate Freire on (02) 6051 9355 or email

The researchers aim to complete and analyse the interviews before the end of 2017, and report final recommendations to the Federal Department of Education by the middle of 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Interviews with project researcher Dr Clare Wilding are available through CSU Media.

The research project, titled "Understanding how regionality and socioeconomic status intersect with disability", is funded by the Federal Department of Education.

The project has been approved by the CSU Human Ethics Committee, project number H17124.

Other partners in the project are Federation University in Victoria, and University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University and James Cook University in Queensland.

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