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CSU Engineering students to head for Cambodia

Sunday 25 Sep 2016

Engineering students Michael Todd (left) and Kevin AugCharles Sturt University (CSU) engineering students will develop their humanitarian engineering skills by working with Australia's least developed neighbours, Cambodia, thanks to a partnership between the federal government and international charity Engineers Without Borders.

With financial support announced earlier this year through the  New Colombo Plan initiative, over $120,000 will be available over three years to support CSU engineering students to travel to and work in Cambodian communities.

 "This support will enable our students to apply skills and knowledge from their engineering studies to real-world situations in humanitarian engineering contexts," said coordinator of CSU's engineering course, Ms Andrea Goncher.

"It also reinforces important attributes we want our students to display: to be able to engage with people and communities, and to display social entrepreneurship.

"In addition, Engineers Without Borders will facilitate the program using their experience in managing volunteers and in-country partnerships in the Indo-Pacific regions."

The initiative will be launched during an evening event hosted by CSU Global Manager, Dr Shevahn Telfser, on Wednesday 28 September at CSU in Bathurst.

The support is part of $380,000 CSU is due to receive under the New Colombo Plan, which will be administered by CSU Global.

In previous years, students from CSU courses such as dental science and oral health, agricultural science, physiotherapy, business studies, occupational therapy, speech pathology, environmental sciences, psychology and creative arts have taken part in overseas studies through CSU Global.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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The event to celebrate the launch of the next phase of the New Colombo Plan at CSU will run from 5.30pm until 7pm on Wednesday 28 September in the Engineering Building, CSU in Bathurst.

For interviews and pictures with CSU staff before, during or after the event, contact CSU Media.

See recent examples of overseas visits by CSU students through CSU Global here and here.

Annual SPRUNG Festival at CSU in Bathurst

Monday 19 Sep 2016

The two-week season of the student-led 2016 SPRUNG Festival at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst opens tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

The annual SPRUNG Festival is driven by and features the work of final-year theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Seven productions will feature over eight nights at two University venues; the Ponton Theatre and the Creative Hub.

The Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony parade for the family from 6pm at the Ponton Theatre. The parade includes fire, drumming, characters from the shows and large-scale puppets.

Lecturer in theatre/media, Mr Dan Aubin said, "I am amazed at the passion, creativity and effort of the students. The entire Festival is created and organised by them; from the shows to the design and marketing. All the productions are original. We are interested in creating the new.

"The stories they tell give us insight into their view of the world at this interesting time in history."

The first week of the Festival showcases satirical theatre, The Bachelor Wants You!; a modern comedy mystery, The House of Eden; and a comedy play on women on TV, The Glory Days.

Shows during the 2nd week include Clara Jane, a view of indigenous women in the 20th century through dance and dialog; a sci-fi comedy on relationships and death in The Glass House; Relax, a short film giving a modern take on perceptions versus reality; and The Shift, a farcical comedy on 'that time of the year'.

A special feature of this year's event is the 'Women of theatre/media' forum from 10am on Friday 23 September. Theatre/media women graduates return to CSU in Bathurst for a panel discussion on the current climate and future of the theatre and performance industries.

The SPRUNG Festival runs until Saturday 1 October, and online bookings are recommended.

Program details and bookings can be made here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Nursing and medical students aim for shared understanding

Monday 29 Aug 2016

Nursing and medical students will come together to improve their health assessment skills during an inter-professional education session at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Wednesday 31 August.

In a new initiative, Master of Nursing students from CSU will be joined by 14 Doctor of Medicine students from the University of Sydney's School of Rural Health for a four-hour session during a residential school underway this week.

Associate Professor of Nursing Rachel Rossiter from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at CSU in Orange and Associate Professor Gabriel Shannon from the University of Sydney hope that bringing together the two sets of students will further improve collaboration between the healthcare professions and the respective universities in this region.

"This is a rare chance for medical students to train alongside Master of Nursing students," Professor Rossiter said.

"It is an opportunity for the students to develop a shared understanding of their respective roles before they enter the workplace where a hierarchical structure can exist in the busy healthcare environment.

"During the residential school, the nursing and medical students will participate in a series of clinical scenarios focusing on health assessment, clinical reasoning and critical thinking activities."

Professor Shannon said: "Our medical students are aware that the model of care in the healthcare environment is one of teamwork and this workshop is an important initiative to strengthen that component of their learning.

"Inter-disciplinary learning is an increasingly important part of the medical curriculum and this workshop signals the intention of both universities to work together to their students' benefit."

Several community members have agreed to attend the inter-professional session to act as 'patients' in the scenarios.

The Master of Nursing is a three-year program offered through CSU Online to provide Registered Nurses with postgraduate qualifications. Read more here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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The media is welcome to attend the residential school from 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday 31 August in CSU's Experiential Learning Centre, building 1002, near car park 2, CSU in Orange. Contact CSU Media or University of Sydney School of Rural Health's Chia Barlow on mobile 0417 690 312.

The residential school is for CSU Master of Nursing students undertaking the subject, Health Assessment for Advancing Nursing Practice.

CSU hosts meetings with top NSW judge in Bathurst

Monday 22 Aug 2016

Justice Margaret Beazley 250x150

The new Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will host meetings between a senior figure from the NSW courts, local law professionals and CSU students.

On Wednesday 24 August, the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal of NSW, will meet with the Central West Law Society at an informal evening event hosted by CSU. Then on Thursday morning 25 August at 9am, the ground breaking judge will address students in the new law degree at CSU.

"Her Honour Justice Beazley has enjoyed a remarkable career in law, she is a real change-maker who is an inspiration to our students," said Associate Professor Alison Gerard, Director for the Centre for Law and Justice.

Justice Beazley will address the students for one hour in Room 223, Building 1292 at CSU in Bathurst at 9am on Thursday 25 August before preparing to officially open the Centre and the new CSU laws degree at 11am.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For pictures with Justice Margaret Beazley, AO, during the student lecture and interviews and pictures after the lecture, contact CSU Media.

The official opening will be held in Room 223, Building 1292 at CSU in Bathurst. Please park in Carpark P7 off Village Drive and follow signs to the event.

Network for physiotherapy students

Tuesday 16 Aug 2016

An initiative to help prepare physiotherapy students for professional life will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Thursday 18 August.

Final year Bachelor of Physiotherapy students will meet with practitioners, including physiotherapists working in public hospitals and private practice in the central west of NSW.

Lecturer in physiotherapy Ms Kerstin McPherson said, "This is an opportunity for our students to meet with real local physiotherapists to hear stories of transition into professional practice."

The evening will be held in room 224, School of Community Health, building 1014 from 4.30pm to 7pm.

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four-year program offered through the University's School of Community Health in Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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Local justice experts provide legal experience

Thursday 21 Jul 2016

Bathurst justice forum 2016 peopleThree Bathurst justice experts have laid their experiences before at least 200 law students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) to help them learn about punishment and the state in the Australian legal system.

On Wednesday 20 July, Bathurst magistrate Michael Allen (left), Bathurst defence lawyer Shane Cunningham (right) and the police crime commander for Chifley region Acting Sergeant Colin Crome (centre) faced probing questions as part of an interactive panel for CSU students who are aiming to become police officers, social workers, psychologists and lawyers.

Over two hours, the panellists addressed the questions of 80 students in Bathurst on the goals and strategies of punishment, particularly from the viewpoint of regional Australia.

Bathurst justice forum 2016 forumPanel coordinator Dr Kath McFarlane, who is a senior lecturer with the newly established Centre for Law and Justice at CSU, said the students in this subject were investigating, "How we punish, why we punish and the consequences for society if we get it wrong.

"The panellists provided unique perspectives on the practice and administration of various aspects of the criminal justice system, and exposed students to practical views and experiences they would not otherwise encounter," Dr McFarlane said.

In recognition of the 150 students enrolled in the subject across Australia via distance education, Dr McFarlane has also made the forum available as an audio file to students who were unable to attend in person.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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 For copies of pictures with the panellists and for interviews with Dr McFarlane, contact CSU Media.

Physiotherapy student games

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

Physiotherapy students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga and Orange will this month meet in the NSW Central West for an inaugural sports competition.

The first ever CSU Inter-Physio Games will take place in Orange from Friday 22 July to Sunday 24 July.

Money raised during the weekend will go towards Cerebral Palsy Alliance. 

Organised by the University's physiotherapy student associations from Albury-Wodonga and Orange, the weekend will see the students compete against each other on Saturday in netball, basketball, touch football, ultimate frisbee and soccer.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann is due to attend the event on Saturday as well as a social function for the students at the Hotel Canobolas from 7pm on Saturday 23 July. On behalf of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Mr Rob Martinez will talk about the impacts of physiotherapy within communities.

On Sunday, the students will take part in a Pilates introductory course run by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Mr David Ternes said, "In addition to further developing the skills of the students, the event is being organised to introduce a 'friendly' rivalry between the two campuses."

The Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a four year program at CSU in Albury-Wodonga and Orange.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy student Mr David Ternes is available for interview about the CSU Inter-Physio Games. Contact CSU Media.

Photo: Third year physiotherapy students Ms Bronte Glasby (left) with Ms Hannah Hart from CSU in Orange.

Festival of engineering for Bathurst

Wednesday 1 Jun 2016

Engineering students 2016The engineering course at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host a feast of all things engineering over three days next week on the Bathurst campus.

Engineering firms, local high schools and the wider Central West community will see and hear how the engineering profession assists national and local economic development and learn about opportunities to study engineering at CSU.

All visitors can view the first projects completed by the inaugural student group enrolled in engineering at CSU in Bathurst, which are part of the annual Engineers Without Borders challenge for university students. These projects aim to produce solutions that address engineering problems in developing countries. [See details here]

Day one (Tuesday 7 June 2016) will provide an opportunity for local engineers and their employers to address issues affecting them, including water quality, regional development, and the impact of local government restructure on the provision of engineering services to the community.

On day two, high school students will have their own work on show while teachers receive the latest information on engineering and technology for schools.

In the afternoon, visitors can also enjoy a comic debate on whether engineers would survive a 'zombie apocalypse'. The debate will take place in the environmentally sustainable CSU Engineering building, which will also be open for inspection throughout the three-day event.

During the debate, younger budding engineers will be entertained at the nearby 'creation station', with spaghetti bridges, gallery wall paintings, a magician and the magic of science.

Day three is the final demonstration of the student projects before they formally 'pitch' and exhibit their ideas in the gallery of the Engineering building.EngFest 2016 runs from 10am on Tuesday 7 June to 2pm on Thursday 9 June.

See the event program for details of activities.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews or Wes Ward, 02 6338 6084

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Engineering staff during EngFest 2016, including course leader Professor Euan Lindsay, contact CSU Media.

To assist with catering and arrangements during the week, call CSU Engineering on (02) 6338 6300, send us an email, or see ourFacebook EngFest event for the latest schedule and event information.

Gravitational waves explored in free CSU public lecture

Tuesday 10 May 2016

CSU gateway Orange angledThe recent momentous discovery of gravitational waves is the topic of a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Tuesday 17 May.

The Explorations Series public lecture will be delivered by Dr Philip Charlton, senior lecturer in mathematics in the CSU School of Computing and Mathematics. Dr Charlton was one of the Australian scientists who played a key role in the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in February 2016.

His lecture will discuss the discovery and scientific implications of this first observation by scientists of ripples in the fabric of space-time (gravitational waves) arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity, and opened an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

The public lecture will be presented at 6pm Tuesday 17 May in room 120, building 1004, at CSU, Leeds Parade, Orange. For more information contact Regional Relations Assistant to Head of Campus Orange, Ms Margot Drake on 6365 7500 or

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU hosts 2016 RYLA conference in Orange

Tuesday 5 Apr 2016

CSU gateway Orange angledCharles Sturt University (CSU) will host the 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference in Orange from Monday 11 April to Friday 15 April.

RYLA is a worldwide Rotary youth program organised by Rotary Districts to provide opportunities for community leadership development.

Manager of student initiatives in Residence Life (in the CSU Division of Finance) and member of host Rotary District 9700 Ms Joanne McRae said RYLA is about leadership, learning, communication, and confidence.

"The 2016 RYLA theme is Developing Your Leadership Potential, based on an Australian Leadership Capability Framework," Ms McRae said.

"The forum is for people aged 18 to 28 years who have demonstrated leadership, intelligence, and compassion within their local community, and seek to develop their skills further.

"RYLA is an intense program, challenging participants to activate their potential as leaders and to impact on their communities and the world. It includes top-class speakers and give delegates the chance to participate in an interactive adult learning environment."

Keynote speakers include CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, Mr Charles Tarbey from Century 21, educational leader and author Ms Pam Ryan and CSU academic Dr Michelle Evans. The 2016 RYLA conference is hosted and sponsored by CSU under its Community-University Partnerships (CUP) Conference Grants Program. Through this program the University provides in-kind contributions such as the use of CSU facilities to host community-based conferences, seminars, and events on its campuses.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Rotary District 9700, the host district, covers a very similar area to the CSU footprint, ranging from Oberon, Orange, and Bathurst, to Lake Cargelligo, Wagga Wagga, and Griffith. The 38 participants from 16 Rotary Clubs at 2016 RYLA will be drawn from a wide geographical area, and from diverse backgrounds (including professionals, students, trades, and entrepreneurs).

Rotary Clubs, individual employers, or large organisations provide the funding to sponsor youth leaders to attend.

A wide range of topics will be covered at 2016 RYLA, including:

·         Leadership through knowledge;

·         Personal and interpersonal skills;

·         Speaking in public;

·         Organisational skills;

·         Looking after me – resilience training and life balance;

·         Conflict resolution;

·         Career skills; and

·         Leadership and Strategy. There will also be community service activities and practical leadership challenges, providing engaging learning experiences for future leaders.

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