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Understanding student needs through learning analytics

Wednesday 16 Mar 2016

Study CentreCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will host nearly 50 learning technology experts for a workshop on analytics and adaptive learning and teaching on Thursday 17 March.

Director of Learning Technologies in the CSU Division of Student Learning Associate Professor Philip Uys said the workshop is organised by the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE) and will provide insight into learning analytics as a barometer for student needs, strategies and technology to ensure adaptive teaching is possible and productive.

"Charles Sturt University has a strong learning analytics program and I'm pleased to say we were one of the first universities to establish an institutional strategy for learning analytics," Professor Uys said.

"As an institution we are excited about the potential for learning analytics to enhance learning and teaching, so we hope workshop participants will leave Orange feeling the same way."

ACODE workshops provide a professional development forum for those involved in learning and teaching in the tertiary education sector. Participants engage with the latest information, exchange ideas and make contacts, with a focus on enhancing policies and practices for learning and teaching enabled by technology.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, (02) 6933 4565

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The ACODE workshop starts at 9am Thursday 17 March at building 1002, room 211, at CSU in Orange. The workshop is available only to people engaged in the tertiary education sector and registrations are now closed.

Organic waste gets new treatment at CSU in Orange

Tuesday 15 Mar 2016

CSU OrganicsA new program for the collection and treatment of organic waste at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange is well underway in 2016.

CSU Green spokesperson Ms Alesha Elbourne said the 'CSU Organics' initiative will be extended by a staged approach at each CSU campus as suitable local infrastructure is established.

"This roll-out is more than a trial, as compost collection has been trialled by the University in the past and CSU Green sees a significant need to establish a distinct permanent organic waste collection service," Ms Elbourne said. "Composting organics diverts 58 per cent of waste from landfill and helps to reduce the production of greenhouse gases."

Ms Elbourne said CSU Organics is taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the food and garden waste green bin service established by Orange City Council.

"The University can have the organic waste in the twenty 240-litre organic waste bins collected weekly and processed off-site," Ms Elbourne said. "Organics caddies were installed in staff kitchens in Orange in November 2015, and the students' residences and Banjo's Cafe were set up in time for the start of O Week 2016. The organics waste bins can be filled to no more than half capacity (120 litres) to remain manageable for the waste collection service."

CSU Green plans to establish CSU Organics at CSU in Bathurst over the next year as Bathurst Regional Council brings in its similar organic waste service.

For more information about CSU Organics visit the CSU Green website homepage http://www.csu.edu.au/csugreen/csu-green-home

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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The CSU organic waste is collected weekly and taken to the Orange City Council Resource Recovery Centre at Ophir Road. Here it is shredded and transported in enclosed trucks to the Euchareena Road facility where it is composted in a closed tunnel system to be made into compost and sold. For more information see: http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/site/index.cfT?display=363660#Why

Girinyalanha Aboriginal Nature and Bioscience Park to open

Monday 14 Mar 2016

Girinyalanha biopark OrangeA new bioscience park at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will be officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann at 10am on Tuesday 15 March.

The Girinyalanha Aboriginal Nature and Bioscience Park at CSU in Orange is the result of planning and cooperation between the University and the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Short talks on the cultural significance of Girinyalanha, Aboriginal dancers, bush food, poster presentations and photos will contribute to the occasion. Members of the Park Steering Committee will be on hand to answer questions about this wonderful new development on the campus. Morning tea will follow the official opening.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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The official opening of the Girinyalanha Aboriginal Nature and Bioscience Park at CSU in Orange is at 10am Tuesday 15 March. Parking for the event is available at car parks P1, P2, and P3 at CSU, Leeds Parade, Orange.

New students to start O Week at CSU in Orange

Thursday 18 Feb 2016

CSU gateway Orange angledThe excitement of starting their higher education will hit 153 new students when they commence 2016 Orientation Week (O Week) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange next week.

CSU Dean of Students Professor Julia Coyle welcomes all students to O week and said it is a fun and hectic time for all involved.

"The shift from school to university means students become adult learners and this transition may be more difficult for parents, who need to shift from strong engagement as a parent of a school student to only being involved in discussion with lecturers if their young adult gives permission," Professor Coyle said.

"For the students, there is much to learn as they consider their new lives in higher education. It is vital that they meet the people and find the resources that will make their studies at CSU a success, while also enjoying a rewarding and eventful life, often in a new town.

"Our students can use a wide range of services to improve their chances of success. For example, we have free after-hours and weekend tutors ready to help students in a various areas," Professor Coyle said.

The start of O Week at CSU in Orange is officially marked by the Commencement Ceremony to be held in the Templers Mill at 10am Monday 22 February.

This will be followed by a Market Day on the library lawn to promote clubs, services and businesses in Orange, with information sessions for parents and students run concurrently. A welcome lunch for all will be provided on the library lawn from 12pm.

Other activities during the week include formal introductions and orientation to Faculties and Schools, with tips and requirements for effective and successful studying at university. Social activities during the week include a Scavenger Hunt at the library lawn from 6pm Tuesday 23, The Amazing Race from 5pm Wednesday 24 at Robertson Park, a Mini Olympix at the campus oval from 10am Thursday 25, followed by ten pin bowling from 5.30pm. On Friday 26 there will be a barbeque at Lake Canobolas from 11.30am.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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The 153 new undergraduate students starting at CSU in Orange in 2016 is an approximate number based on 'acceptances' at the time of publication and is subject to change as further late acceptances of places could see the number of new students increase.

Get moving for healthy ageing

Wednesday 27 Jan 2016

Getting older people moving more and falling less is the motivation for new Charles Sturt University (CSU) research in Orange.

Lecturer at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences Dr James Wickham aims to recruit 300 people aged over 60 years old, to take part in his 'Coaching for Healthy Ageing' research which will use social groups, health coaching and personally negotiated physical goals for each participant.

"Research has shown that physical activity, particularly that which challenges balance, significantly reduces incidence of falls and the use of social groups for recruitment could be used as a motivational tool to encourage everyone in the group to keep up their physical activity levels particularly as they meet regularly," said Dr Wickham.

"We require 30 social groups of around ten people, to take part in the trial which will monitor their physical activity and any falls they may have over a 12-month period."

The research is focused on Orange but social groups from across the Central West interested in being part of the trial are encouraged to contact Dr Wickham via email.

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

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The research has been approved by the CSU Human Research Ethics Committee. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

New focus for Cellar Door at Orange

Thursday 29 Oct 2015

A specialist wine testing laboratory is moving into the Cellar Door at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange to service the Central West wine industry.

With the Cellar Door closing to the public at the end of week, the space at CSU in Orange is being leased to Vintessential Laboratories. Once a laboratory fit-out is complete, the ISO17025 accredited operations are planned to commence in January 2016.

Vintessential also operates laboratories in wine districts in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. The company offers a range of testing services for wine, cider, beer, water and plant material. They will also sell laboratory consumables, and winemaking products such as yeasts and enzymes.

Vintessential was founded in 1995 by Mr Greg Howell - a graduate of the wine science degree at CSU. Mr Howell said "We are thrilled to partner with Charles Sturt University to help support the flourishing wine industry in the Central West."

CSU Chief Financial Officer Mr Paul Dowler said, "As an institution focused on research, teaching and learning, Charles Sturt University is keen to foster strong industry engagement in a manner that supports the Central West region."

However, CSU continues to offer its stock of boutique wines online and through its Experimental Winery at CSU in Wagga Wagga. The Wagga Wagga Cellar Door remains open for business.

Mr Dowler said, "Plans are in place to develop a Shiraz and Chardonnay through the experimental winery with the 2016 vintage to be available later next year.

CSU farewells Winery Marketing Manager Mr Justin Byrne at the end of the week. He will continue his involvement with the University's new business model by developing online material.

Mr Jeff Clements, from Western Regional Wines, will service customers in the Central West as well as the Blue Mountains.

The Cellar Door at CSU in Wagga is in building 404, near car park 11, McKeown Drive, CSU in Wagga Wagga. It is open seven days a week from 11am to 5pm and 11am to 4pm on week-ends. Please call (02) 6933 2435 or go online here.

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

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The CSU Chief Financial Officer Mr Paul Dowler is available for interview at CSU in Orange on Friday 20 October. Contact CSU Media.

Vintessential CEO Greg Howell is available for interview on mobile 0409 87 2242. Photos of Mr Howell are available on request.Photo: Mr Justin Byrne in the Cellar Door at Orange.

CSU helps Landcare provide wildlife habitat

Tuesday 28 Jul 2015

Tussock Hill OrangeStudents and staff from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will join forces with Summer Hill Creek Landcare on Sunday 2 August to safeguard part of the local environment. The group will spend the morning planting trees on the Third Crossing property at 870 Ophir Road, Summer Hill Creek to provide shade for the small water creatures which are food for the local platypus. The tree planting will improve the habitat for birds and other animals, and stabilise the soil, especially on the creek banks. The trees have been grown as part of a joint CSU and Landcare initiative. Extra volunteers are welcome and are asked to meet at the property from 9.30am to be transported across the creek in 4WDs. After the tree planting, volunteers will enjoy soup and a country style lunch.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Dr Cilla Kinross from the University's School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences on CKinross@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Hannah Guilfoyle, 0417 125 795

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Eminent dental professor to speak at CSU

Monday 20 Jul 2015

Breaches at four private Sydney dental clinics have put infection control into the spotlight and dental students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will today hear from a world authority on HIV and the mouth. The guest lecture by Honorary Professor of dental research at the Menzies Health Institute in Queensland and Adjunct Professor of Dental and Oral Health at CSU, Newell Johnson is being hosted by CSU's School of Dentistry and Health Sciences. CSU Professor of Dentistry David Wilson said Professor Johnson specialises in tooth disease and disease that affect the mouth such as oral cancer and HIV/AIDS. "The talk on HIV/AIDS is particularly topical in view of the recently reported dental infection control breaches in New South Wales which highlight the clinical responsibilities of dental practitioners and their duty to be able to recognise signs of HIV/AIDS in the mouth, as these may be the first manifestation of the disease in a patient." The lecture, The Mouth and AIDS: A continuing global challenge will be held from 5:15pm in the lecture theatre 1004.120 at CSU in Orange.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 69234 830

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Caption: Adjunct Professor of Dental and Oral Health at CSU, Newell Johnson.

School students Check It Out at CSU in Orange

Sunday 21 Jun 2015

Ben MorrisApproximately 120 primary school students from Parkes and Wellington will experience university life at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Wednesday 24 June. The Year 6 students from Parkes Christian School, Parkes East Public School, Parkes Public School, and Wellington Public School will participate in a selection of fun and interactive workshops as part of a 'Check It Out' day to give them an authentic first-hand university experience. CSU Future Moves program coordinator Mr Ben Morris said, "By introducing young people to the world of university study, students are encouraged through a positive experience to become more engaged in school studies and more confident in considering tertiary study as a realistic post-school option." Students will participate in two hands-on faculty-based activities, then explore the library, tour the campus and its facilities, and enjoy lunch in the student dining hall. They will end the day by donning mortar boards for a mock graduation which will include a special presentation by a Future Moves leader or CSU academic. The Check It Out days are part of CSU's Future Moves program, which has been developed to encourage aspiration for higher education among students in rural and remote NSW and Victoria. 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

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Ben Morris (pictured) or photo opportunities of students participating in experiments, classes and the graduation ceremony.

To obtain more information, talk to a Future Moves program coordinator in your area:

Albury – Ms Ilena Young 0427 283 101

Bathurst – Mr Ben Morris 0427 714 807

Port Macquarie – Ms Sandra Wallace 0407 205 452

Wagga Wagga – Ms Ravnita Sharma 0428 413 107

Wildlife corridor to help birds save energy

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Cilla KinrossStaff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will band together on Friday 22 May to create a wildlife corridor to assist local birds. The wildlife corridor at CSU in Orange will help birds to complete their foraging circuit around the dam. The tree planting event has been organised by lecturer at the University's School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences Dr Cilla Kinross, with the support of CSU Green."I noticed when I was doing my PhD in Orange that many of the birds would come to the end of the small existing windbreak, then turn around and head back. Alternatively, they had a long flight to the next windbreak. Neither of these options are efficient and having a full circuit means less energy expended on 'travel' and more on the good stuff like food," Dr Kinross said. CSU staff and students will gather from 9.45am to 12pm on Friday 22 May 2015 at CSU in Orange  to help create the wildlife corridor.

Media Contact: Hannah Guilfoyle, 0417 125 795

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