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Future focus of mixed farming at Forbes

Monday 20 Jul 2015

Farmers across the Central West of New South Wales will have an exciting opportunity to hear and discuss first-hand the latest developments in the cropping and livestock industries when a two day forum and farm tour is held in Forbes.

The Agribusiness Today Mixed Farming Forum on Thursday 13 August will look out over the horizon at options and opportunities in an ever changing agricultural environment and how farmers may embrace new technology. The Forum will be followed by a livestock and cropping field trip on Friday 14 August.

Senior lecturer in agribusiness at Charles Sturt University (CSU) Dr Karl Behrendt said the forum and farm tour will showcase current prices and market information for crops and livestock but also provides some forward thinking about the future possibilities for agriculture in the region.

"We're examining how to remain profitable in an ever changing cropping and livestock environment, and also offering an opportunity for grain producers and graziers to hear first-hand about the latest innovations in their industries," Dr Behrendt said.

"It's also hands on with the second day allowing producers to venture into the paddock to see how some of these innovations are being put into practice on farms.

The Forum will bring together a range of speakers looking at diverse issues such as tropical grass in a central west environment, future technologies in mixed farming systems, the current state of play for grain and livestock markets, the influencer's in these markets and the outlooks.

The field trip will travel to the Wirrinya Trial site to examine lime and stubble projects, cereal and canola trials and managing mice in crops. The focus will then turn to the Mattiske's shearing shed to focus on developing more efficient livestock management systems.

The event is being organised by CSU, Regional Development Australia Central West, Central West Local Land Services and Central West Farming Systems.

Further information, including the program, can be found here.

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

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Further information is available from Dr Karl Behrendt on mobile 0407 112 261.

He is in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU in Orange.

CSU ‘pop-up university’ in Griffith

Sunday 22 Feb 2015

Peter GreeningStaff from Charles Sturt University (CSU) will provide support to current and prospective students in Griffith NSW from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 February.

Acting manager of CSU Outreach Mr Peter Greening (pictured) said a range of CSU support staff will be in Griffith creating a 'pop-up university' to promote and support students and parents to engage with higher education.

"Charles Sturt University has had a long association with Griffith and it is important for us to provide support for people in towns and communities in the region," Mr Greening said.

"Our staff will work with high school students in Years 7 to 10 in a series of fun and interactive workshops that encourage them to see university as an achievable option leading to desirable careers. Staff will also work with senior high school students, discussing the courses that Charles Sturt University has available for them. Two parent and community information sessions will also be held at the TAFE on Monday evening at 6pm, one for parents of senior students, and one for parents of students Years 7 to 10."

Current CSU students can make a booking for the group orientation session at 5.30pm Tuesday 23 February at the Griffith TAFE campus. Visit bit.ly/csu-outreach to book. The CSU visit coincides with a CSU art collection exhibition '2006-2016: A Decade of Printmaking' at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery until Sunday 6 March.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The pop-up university involves CSU staff from the Division of Marketing and Communication, the Future Moves program, and the Outreach team in Griffith from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 February. The program is:

Monday Parents Evening

On Monday 22 February CSU staff present two concurrent sessions starting at 5.30pm at Griffith TAFE for parents invited from the three high schools in Griffith. Ms Ilena Young from Future Moves will run 'Senior Success' and 'Cashed Up' workshops for parents of students in Years 7 to 10. The workshops aim to raise knowledge and awareness in two areas: what students can do to support their children in their studies, and how to make the cost of going to university more affordable. Concurrently, CSU prospective student adviser Mr Andrew Connell will host an event for students in Years 11 and 12 and their parents to inform participants about studying at university, course available, costs and scholarships, getting into university, and living on campus.

Activities in Schools

A CSU prospective student adviser will visit Marian Catholic College and Griffith High School on Tuesday 23, and Wade High School on Wednesday 24 to deliver presentations about CSU courses to Years 11 and 12. An adviser from Future Moves will work with students from Years 7 to 10 at Griffith High School to deliver the 'Career in a Bag' workshop.

Outreach Event The CSU Outreach Team's Ms Diane Middleton will be available on Tuesday 23 February to advise commencing CSU students in one-on-one appointments and a group workshop. The group workshop will focus on how to learn online, which will provide an introduction to the online environment (including the Student Portal and Interact2), getting started on the right foot, and where to go for help. The one-on-one appointments allow students to ask any questions they have with regard to starting university. This can include assistance on study skills, individual assignment questions, time management, or negotiating the online environment.

New students commence studies in Wangaratta

Monday 16 Feb 2015

Wangaratta campusNew students will kick start their university degrees by attending Orientation Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wangaratta this week.

Students studying Agricultural Business Management, Agriculture, Horticulture, Wine Business, Education (Birth to five years), and Veterinary Technology will gather at the CSU Wangaratta Regional Study Centre on Tuesday 17th February 2015 from 10.30am to familiarise themselves with the facility and meet academic staff.

"Orientation Day is an opportunity for new students to meet up with fellow students at the start of their course to make important connections," Wangaratta Centre Manager Ms Robyn Farley said.

"They can acquaint themselves with Charles Sturt University's services which can assist them in their study including the library and academic study support. They'll also be experiencing all of the Wangaratta facilities first hand."

2015 will be the first year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology with over 70 students commencing in the inaugural cohort. The Veterinary Technology course is an integrated degree and a joint project between CSU and GOTAFE.

Construction of the new CSU-GOTAFE facility on Tone Rd, Wangaratta was completed late last year.

Over 2,600 new on-campus students will be welcomed to all CSU campuses for semester one.

Media Contact: Hannah Guilfoyle, 0417 125 795

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Media are invited to the CSU Wangaratta Regional Study Centre during Orientation Day and should contact CSU Media for more information and to arrange interviews. The CSU-GOTAFE facility displays artwork from the CSU art collection including pieces by well known indigenous artist Treahna Hamm, and is currently open for viewing.

CSU celebrates first Islamic studies graduates

Thursday 12 Dec 2013

The first Charles Sturt University (CSU) students to complete a Master of Islamic Studies are preparing to graduate at a ceremony in Parramatta on December 14. The course is delivered through CSU's Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation (CISAC), which was established in 2009 in collaboration with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA). Centre director Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp said the graduation was a significant achievement for the students, and the whole CISAC team. "We could not be more proud to achieve such a milestone, it means a great deal to us and the Muslim community of Australia," he said. "This is a historic moment for Muslims in Australia. They can now study Islam as a faith tradition in an Australian University without having to go overseas for study. "I know the University's staff and students, and the wider community, join me in congratulating our graduands and wishing them every success in their future endeavours."

Media Contact: Mark O'Brien, (02) 6365 7813

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, or graduating students. The ceremony will be held from 10-noon, Saturday 14 December, in Old Government House in Parramatta Park. Charles Sturt University Chancellor Mr Lawrence Willet AO, Faculty of Arts executive dean Professor Jennifer McKinnon, Community Relations Commission Chairperson Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian, and the Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad will attend.

Honorary Doctorate for Tommy Emmanuel

Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Musician Tommy Emmanuel will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts from CSU in November. Musician Mr Tommy Emmanuel will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts from Charles Sturt University (CSU) at an Alumni event at the Australian Museum in Sydney on Wednesday 27 November. Mr Emmanuel was born and raised in CSU’s footprint region and is an internationally renowned guitarist. He has strong connections to rural and regional communities. The event will also feature guest speaker and CSU Alumnus Mr Michael Ebeid. Mr Ebeid is Managing Director of SBS Broadcasting and has more than 24 years experience in senior management and executive roles across the technology, telecommunications, and media industries. Guests will sample CSU’s award-winning wines and receive complementary access to the Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family exhibition from 5pm to 6pm. CSU Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Andrew Vann, said the event is a great opportunity for CSU’s extended community to hear what is happening at their University.

Media Contact: Mark O'Brien, 02 63657813

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Contact CSU Media for interviews.

New look for CSU wines

Monday 30 Sep 2013

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Winery will launch a new-look series of labels for its Charles Sturt and Reserve ranges at CSU in Bathurst on Tuesday 1 October. Marketing manager Mr Justin Byrne said the new labels reflected the University’s history and spirit of exploration. “The labels feature the rivers of regional NSW, the Macquarie, the Murray, the Murrumbidgee and the Darling,” he said. “It was the explorer Charles Sturt who first traced the Murray and the Murrumbidgee, and those journeys are also represented on the labels.” Mr Byrne said Charles Sturt University Winery had been making wine, and winemakers, for more than 35 years. “We own and operate two vineyards, growing warm climate varieties in Wagga Wagga and cool climate varieties in Orange, and also work with growers in other regions. We have two production facilities in Wagga Wagga; a commercial winery producing our three product ranges and an experimental winery producing our student wines.” CSU staff and local business people will attend the launch event and the new labels will be on shelves throughout NSW and Victoria in the coming months.

Media Contact: Mark O'Brien, 02 63657813

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Mr Justin Byrne is available for photos and interviews at the cellar door at CSU in Orange, between 10-11am, Tuesday, 1 October. Contact CSU Media for interviews.

Elmo leads in crime scene investigation class

Tuesday 4 Oct 2011

Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam from CSU. People can sift through the evidence, look for clues and help solve a hypothetical murder at a master class run by Charles Sturt University (CSU) at the Australian Education Fair in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Saturday 15 October. The class, titled ‘Who killed Elmo: a forensic biotechnology investigation’ is designed to showcase the role of a scene of crime officer, just one career path for students undertaking a Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology  through CSU in Australia. Program leader for the Bachelor of Forensic Biotechnology, Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam said the class is a mock forensic biotechnology investigation. “It is a light-hearted way to give people some idea of what happens in a forensic laboratory. We work with fingerprint dusting powder, go through the evidence and come up with conclusions,” she said.  “By the end of the class people will not only know who killed Elmo, but they will have more information about the programs offered at Charles Sturt University.”

Media Contact: Emily Malone, 02 69332207

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For outstanding service to rural health

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010

National award winners Ms Stephanie Frazer and Mr Alan Dyason from CSU.Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Ms Stephanie Frazer has won a national award for her services to a student rural health club. Ms Frazer, who is president of the CSU Multidisciplinary Albury Rural Health Society (MARHS), was awarded $1 000 by the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN). The Network recognised her significant involvement in helping build MARHS into a strong and active club, particularly in relation to mental health in regional Australia. “Improving awareness about mental health is important as almost half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. We can make a difference by encouraging understanding and improving support. I feel humbled to be recognised by my fellow students and to work with such great people at Charles Sturt University,” Ms Frazer said. Ms Frazer, who is a third year physiotherapy student with the School of Community Health based at Thurgoona, received her award in Alice Springs in July during the Network’s national conference of 29 student rural health clubs. MARHS vice-president and second year occupational therapy student Mr Alan Dyason also won a prize at the conference for his contribution to increasing awareness and action in Indigenous health issues.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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Record lottery jackpot gives scientist pause for thought

Friday 26 Jun 2009

CSU's Professor Nick KlompTo say the odds are long when it comes to the chance of winning the largest lottery draw in Australian history on Tuesday 30 June is an understatement. Professor Nick Klomp, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University (CSU), puts the chance of winning the jackpot in the $90 million Oz Lotto draw next week at one in 45 million. “If you want an even chance to win the first division just once in your life, you would have to buy a 10-game ticket every single week of your life, even when a baby,” said Professor Klomp. However the CSU academic adds “oh, and you’d have to live to be over 87 000 years old”. “You are much, much more likely to die from being struck by lightning than pick the seven winning numbers by playing a single game next week.” Professor Klomp usually advises people to keep their money in their pocket. He sees lottery tickets as voluntary taxes for people who are lousy at mathematics, but the size of this jackpot makes it worth thinking about.“In any normal week, the best way to be a winner is to put the money you were going to spend on lottery tickets into a savings plan,” said Professor Klomp. “However a $90 million lottery is not normal.  As soon as the first division prize goes over $50 million, the potential payback becomes worth the investment.  It doesn’t increase your chances of winning; it just makes it mathematically more sensible to buy a ticket.” Professor Klomp is keen to point out that all of this assumes that if you win the jackpot, you aren’t sharing it.  “You need the potential payback to be at least 45 million times every dollar you spend. So long as you don’t think it’s an investment and you get your money back in fun, then go ahead and enjoy yourself,” advises Professor Klomp.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 02 6051 9906

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Professor Nick Klomp is the Dean of the Faculty of Science at CSU at Albury-Wodonga. He doesn’t usually buy lottery tickets, but may just break his own rule this week. He is available for interviews. Contact CSU Media.

CSU condolence book for founding chancellor

Tuesday 29 Jan 2008

Following the death of the former Charles Sturt University (CSU) Chancellor, Dr David Asimus, AO, on Saturday 26 January 2008, the University has today opened an electronic condolences book. The University invites members of the community to express their condolences to Dr Asimus’ family. The condolences book will remain open until Friday 8 February 2008. The University will then collate the correspondence into a bound booklet to present to Dr Asimus’ widow, Jane and her family as a memorial to her late husband’s work with CSU and inland Australia. People wishing to extend a condolence are asked to please email their comments by Friday 8 February 2008.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 02 63386084

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