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New businesses to get boot camp in Bathurst

Thursday 9 Mar 2017

Professor Mark MorrisonResidents in the NSW Central West with ideas for innovations can learn the latest in startup and innovation strategy at a 'Starting a Business' boot camp to be held in Bathurst in March.

Hosted by CenWest Innovate, based at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, budding entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators will gain an understanding of agile planning, creating a minimum viable product, proof of concept development, ideas validation, risk mitigation, business modelling and more during the two day workshop.

"A major challenge for new entrepreneurs is developing products that customers will want to buy, will be competitive in the market, and generate enough cash flow for their business to remain viable," said CenWest Innovate director, Professor Mark Morrison from the University's School of Management and Marketing.

"New businesses need to be able to develop and test their ideas in the market in a way that helps refine their product or service and reduces the costs of not getting it completely right the first time.

"This boot camp aims to overcome some of these issues."

The free boot camp will be led by Troy Haines, CEO of theSPACE in Cairns, who will share his ideas on the fundamental processes of effectively 'Turning Ideas into Reality' to invigorate and inspire a start-up business community in the NSW Central West.

The boot camp will run from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 24 March and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 25 March.

To enrol or find out more information, contact Ms Marie-Christine Sweeney at CenWest Innovate on telephone (02) 6338 4503, or send an email.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews on the 'Starting a Business' Boot Camp, contact CSU Media.This workshop is part of CenWest Innovate program from Charles Sturt University and proudly supported by the NSW Department of Industry. See more on CSU Events

CSU students get carbon foot in campus door

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

CSU Green O WeekStudents at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are aiming to change their behaviours to significantly reduce their carbon use in 2017.

During the recent Orientation Week, nearly 300 students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Port Macquarie signed a pledge to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

CSU Green Manager, Mr Ed Maher, said that the students' behaviour changes would also contribute towards the University's carbon neutrality status.

"Charles Sturt University is currently the only University in Australia that has been certified as carbon neutral by the federal government. This means that we have done a lot of work to reduce our emissions and the remaining amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere are equal to the amount that we offset through certified offset projects associated with reforestation in central NSW and a range of internationally-based renewable energy systems," Mr Maher said.

"The student pledges, which are a new Orientation activity, also make students aware of what it takes to be carbon neutral. The students embraced the initiative with absolute enthusiasm. This reminds us that our strong leadership in this area is important to these future leaders and professionals in the making."

Student pledges included actions aimed at reducing waste and improving energy efficiency as well as in conserving water.

Mr Maher said popular pledges included 'I'm committed to turning off my computer at the power point when not in use, using reusable bags and saying no to plastic and packaging, and get my coffee in a Keep Cup because I know disposable cups are rubbish and are not recyclable'.

"Charles Sturt University is supporting the students' pledges by employing four student Sustainability Advisers who live on campus and will lead sustainability initiatives with students and help them fulfil their pledges," he said.

The advisers will live on CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Green Manager Mr Ed Maher in Wagga Wagga contact CSU Media.

Images of student pledgers during Orientation can be found on the CSU Green Facebook page.

Truffles and other fungi explained at CSU Explorations lecture

Thursday 2 Mar 2017

A leading expert will discuss truffles and fungi at the first Explorations Series public lecture for 2017 at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Thursday 9 March.

Ecologist and environmental photographer Ms Alison Pouliot will speak on the significance of fungi in an address titled 'Between sex and death – Unearthing Australia's charismatic fungi'.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson said Ms Pouliot lives and works in Australia and Europe, and her special interest are lesser known lifeforms, particularly fungi and 'the spineless'.

"The lecture title derives from one truffle forager's description of the smell of the prized PĂ©rigord truffle from Europe," Dr Robinson said. "Ms Pouliot will explain that while this particular fungus is highly prized for culinary use, it doesn't occur naturally in Australia. It requires environmental modifications to flourish here despite Australia having a vast number of native truffles, and far more than Europe."

Ms Pouliot says it's little known and underappreciated that nearly every eucalypt tree lives in association with native truffles.

Her lecture will examine why biodiversity protocols rarely consider fungi as worthy of conservation despite their nutritional and potential economic value.

The free public lecture starts at 6pm Thursday 9 March in room 120, building 1004 at CSU, Leeds Parade, Orange.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

More information can be found here.

The CSU Explorations Series public lectures are part of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) program.

CUP grants available for Orange region in 2017

Wednesday 1 Mar 2017

CUP logoTwo categories of Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants in 2017 opened for applications on Monday 27 February.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, said, "A range of organisations that enrich our regional communities benefit from the practical support of the CUP grants.

"The CUP grants contribute to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities that support the development of our regions, which in turn promotes awareness particularly among young people in rural and regional communities and fosters their aspiration for higher education.

"I encourage the representatives of relevant and interested groups to consider applying, and I look forward to receiving their applications."

The 2017 CUP grant categories available from Monday 27 February are CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, and CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program. Subsequently, the CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program opens on Monday 3 April; the CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program opens on Monday 1 May; and the CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program has two opening dates – 'Summer' on Monday 1 May, and 'Winter' on 4 September.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

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

CSU in Orange welcomes new students for O Week

Friday 17 Feb 2017

CSU gateway Orange angledMore than 140 new students will be welcomed to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange at the start of Orientation Week (O Week) on Monday 20 February.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, will welcome new students and their families at a Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday.

The formal academic Ceremony on Monday will welcome new students to Charles Sturt University in Orange but orientation will continue all week," Dr Robinson said.

"It is an important opportunity for students to settle in to university, find their way around and make friends.

"The experience of university is much more than studying a particular degree; it is about gaining the generic skills and knowledge that can be applied to all areas of life, the friends and colleagues that remain part of a professional journey, and participation in the University and Orange communities.

"I welcome all new students at Charles Sturt University in Orange and encourage them to make the most of this wonderful experience."

The Commencement Ceremony will be followed by Market Day stalls and activities for clubs and local businesses, with academic orientation and social activities throughout the week.

Classes for new and continuing students start on campus on Monday 27 February.

Across the University, more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU Online.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Dr Kath McFarlaneA senior researcher from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst has called on NSW policy makers to reassess whether prison sentences are the best way to handle low-level crime after yesterday's riot at Bathurst Jail.

"The riot brings to mind some of the problems that 40 years ago, led to the Nagle Royal Commission into the infamous Bathurst Jail riots of 1974," said Dr McFarlane from the University's Centre for Law and Justice.

"Allegations of prison overcrowding are hardly surprising, given NSW has never had so many people in jail.

"We know that jail often makes people worse and doesn't add to community safety. The vast bulk of people don't need to be in jail.

"Addressing prison sentencing and reducing overcrowding would also help relieve pressure to extend the Bathurst jail over the next five years, which will only add to the huge financial burden for NSW taxpayers."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 Contact CSU to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane at CSU in Bathurst.

More than 600 to attend CSU 2016 graduation in Orange

Monday 12 Dec 2016

CSU gateway Orange angledNearly 500 family members and friends will attend the graduation of approximately 137 students at Charles Sturt University in Orange on Wednesday 14 December.

The presentation of awards will be to graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science at the 3pm ceremony held at the Derek Pigot Auditorium at Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, said, "Graduation is one of the highlights of the academic year. I am pleased to help celebrate the achievements of graduands at Orange and wish them success as they join the professions for which they have trained."

A graduate of particular distinction is Orange resident Ms Helen Margaret Barnett who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (major in nutrition), and a University Medal. Ms Barnett is a professional opera singer who worked with Opera Australia on and off for 15 years, but with a young family in Orange found it wasn't feasible in the long-term. With health and nutrition as her other real interest and passion, she decided to go back to university to become a dietitian. Ms Barnett received the annual Deans Award each year of her CSU studies, and also received the biochemistry prize for 2015. She will deliver the student 'Vote of Thanks' address at the ceremony.

Another CSU in Orange graduate of distinction is Ms Valentina Jones who will graduate with 1st class Honours in physiotherapy.

CSU Council member Mr Jamie Newman will be the Presiding Officer at the ceremony, and the Occasional Address will be delivered by Professor Lesley White, Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Arts and Education.

The ceremony will take place at the Derek Pigot Auditorium, Kinross Wolaroi School, Bathurst Road, Orange NSW.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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

Media Note:

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

Media Note:

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

Media Note:

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.

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