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Student accommodation rising in Port Macquarie

Monday 29 May 2017

Student accommodation at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will reach greater heights next week as new buildings are delivered to the site and rapidly take shape.

Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh will be on hand to see the first 'modules' that comprise the bulk of the new buildings placed by a large crane on the accommodation site in Kingfisher Road, next to the campus.

The modules will be placed and installed from Monday 29 May until Thursday 1 June.

"This development is important for both Port Macquarie and the University as it demonstrates our commitment to the Mid North Coast region to provide quality higher education for the region," Professor Cavanagh said.

"The provision of accommodation allows students from outside the local area as well as international students to participate in the vibrancy and educational stimulation of on-campus life.

"The University is excited to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at the University in Port Macquarie including science, allied health, paramedicine, tourism, business, accounting, information technology, and social welfare."

Stage one of the building project comprises three accommodation buildings accommodating 112 students, with individual bedrooms which include a bed, desk, chair and ensuite bathroom for each student.

Communal lounge rooms, laundries and kitchens are also available within each building, with access to student recreational areas in the adjacent Student Hub building which will also enhance the student experience.

A total of 250 beds are scheduled to be available in February 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Professor Heather Cavanagh will be available for interviews about the new accommodation buildings on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May.

Professor Cavanagh will be available onsite for pictures and interviews with the media at 10.30am on Wednesday 31 May, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie. Please meet at this time in the Level 2 courtyard at CSU in Port Macquarie to be escorted to the building site.

CSU student for New York Marathon

Friday 26 May 2017

Zane Sparke & Charlie MaherCharles Sturt University (CSU) Indigenous student Mr Zane Sparke [pictured right] is looking to fill some big footsteps after his selection for the 2017 Indigenous Marathon Projectsquad to run in the New York Marathon in November this year.

Zane, a first-year student in the outdoor recreation degree at CSU in Port Macquarie, and is one of only 12 Indigenous runners selected across Australia to be in the 2017 squad.

Squad members were selected on their running ability and their determination to help change their own lives and those of their families and communities.  

To celebrate Zane's selection, and in conjunction with National Reconciliation Week, the inspirational documentary film Running to America will be screened at 6.30pm on Monday 29 May.

The film features Mr Charlie Maher [pictured left], the first Indigenous Australian to complete the New York Marathon as a part of the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2010.

Mr Maher lives in Port Macquarie and will be on-hand to talk about the project and his experiences after the film is shown.

Admission is by gold coin donation, with collected funds going towards the local running and walking group. The film will be screened in building 801 at CSU in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Indigenous student liaison officer Ms Nina Cass, contact CSU Media.

Computing degree to fill local needs

Tuesday 16 May 2017

A Master's degree in information technology to be offered this year by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie aims to fill the needs of local and international students, and businesses.

Coordinator of the Master of Information Technology at CSU in Port Macquarie Dr Sabih Rehman said the course would be offered for the first time on-campus to local students and international students coming to Port Macquarie to study and live.

"The program enables students to better understand modern concepts of information technology so they can contribute to the development of IT solutions for the region," said Dr Rehman, who is moving from CSU in Wagga Wagga to teach and coordinate the course at CSU in Port Macquarie.

"The Mid North Coast is one of Australia's most diverse regional economies, boasting a range of industries including retail, construction, transport, tourism, information media, and telecommunication. 

"The course will fulfil the needs of local industry and their employees who are particularly looking to develop specialised information technology skills.

"In addition, students from various parts of the world will also call Port Macquarie home while they complete the two-year course."

Port Macquarie local Mr Rowan Smith started a Bachelor of Information Technology with CSU Online while working in remote Western Australia as an industrial electrician.

Mr Smith originally aimed to improve his understanding of automation technology and has since gained valuable technical skills from the degree, from administration and design to business communication and critical thinking.

"I now want to pursue knowledge and understanding in current thinking in such specialist topics as cloud computing, information security, and the 'internet of things', which I hope to achieve through postgraduate study," Mr Smith said.

"Fortunately for me, Charles Sturt University is offering its Master's degree in Port Macquarie to start in July. I can now improve and apply existing knowledge to reach academic and professional goals with the bonus of living in a place I love."

Enrolments are still open for the Master of Information Technology to be offered at CSU in Port Macquarie from July this year.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
To contact the Master of Information Technology course coordinator Dr Sabih Rehman and CSU student Mr Rowan Smith, contact CSU Media.

Students and buildings grow at CSU in Port Macquarie

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will welcome more than new 400 students next week with a range of academic and social activities to help them settle into university life.

Orientation Week will kick off with an official Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday 20 February in Room 2064/5.

The Ceremony will be followed by a colourful Market Day from 11am on Monday 20 February in the central campus courtyard.

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, library and laboratory tours, along with social events such as Learn to Surf lessons, trivia nights and BBQs. 

O Week student leaders are raising money for the McGrath Foundation in 2017 and will be dressed in pink.

Lectures and tutorials for all new and continuing students starts at CSU from 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: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, particularly on Monday 20 February after 11am.

The full O Week program can be viewed here.

Workshop addresses export opportunities for North Coast agribusinesses

Thursday 9 Feb 2017

Agribusiness firms on the NSW North Coast that want to make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan and Korea can gain more information on opportunities on offer in an education program run by the Charles Sturt University Centre for Customs and Excise Studies.

The program includes a workshop being run next week in Port Macquarie, which concentrates on market opportunities, provides technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market, and provides advice on how to best to manage their supply chains, so that producers retain maximum value in their businesses.

Brent JuratowitchThe program will be led by CSU senior lecturer Mr Brent Juratowitch, and will run from 9am to 4 pm on Wednesday 15 February at CSU in Port Macquarie, MacInnes Rd, Port Macquarie. He will be accompanied by presenters from the private sector with relevant experience in claiming FTA market benefits.

Mr Juratowitch said topics covered include market selection, market trends, product classification, tariffs and duties, valuation, regulations, supply chain management, and how to participate in Authorised Economic Operator schemes.

"The workshop is part of a six-week program that also includes online business forums, mentoring and tailored advice," he said.

"Once enrolled, a participant can access an online platform containing FTA fact sheets, business guides and other materials. They can then review this material in their own time and can contact presenters with specific questions relating to their business.

"The one-day program is subsidised by the Australian Government and supported by the Export Council of Australia. The full cost to participants is $100 which includes all the materials, workshop, business advice and mentoring. Participants can enroll online inthe FTA program.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Mr Brent Juratowitch, contact CSU Media.

For further information on the FTA program, call CCES on 02 6272 6300 or email.

Major student accommodation facility for CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 30 Jan 2017

Student accommodationWith ever-increasing demand for courses in Port Macquarie, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is due to open a residential facility for 250 students for the beginning of Session One in February 2018.

Located next to the Port Macquarie campus, three accommodation buildings will initially provide 112 rooms that include a bedroom with desk and ensuite bathroom for each student, communal lounge rooms and kitchens, and access to student recreational areas in a separate building.

Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said the University was excited to be able to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at Port Macquarie including science, health, paramedic, business and social welfare.

"The accommodation is an important addition to the services on offer at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, particularly for prospective students from outside the local area," said Professor Cavanagh.

CSU will lease the facility from Sydney-based Chase Property Investments, which is working with commercial builder Intelligent Building Systems International, from Brisbane, to complete the planned facility which is due to total 250 beds by February 2018.

The next academic session for students attending the Port Macquarie campus is due to commence with Orientation Week from Monday 20 February.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, contact CSU Media.

Architectural images of the planned student accommodation buildings are available from CSU Media, with credit to 'Intelligent Building Systems International'.

Each level of an accommodation building will include a kitchen and a communal lounge room.  Initially there will be two two-storey buildings providing 32 beds in each building, and a three-storey building providing 48 rooms. There will be a separate Student Hub building providing recreation facilities.

CSU will employ full-time staff and senior students to provide pastoral care and leadership for the new student residents.

CSU celebrates second graduation in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Dec 2016

The second cohort of Charles Sturt University (CSU) students from Port Macquarie will celebrate their graduation during ceremonies at The Glasshouse on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December.

Highlights of the ceremonies include:

3pm Monday 19 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Ms Anna Wilson and Ms Danae Weaver will both be awarded Bachelors of Social Work and will receive the Lila Kirilik Social Action Memorial Prize, awarded to students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for demonstrated merit in a professional field and achieving a social action outcome that benefits disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Mr Richard Rogers will be awarded a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) and in 2017 will begin be studying the Associate Degree in Policing Practice at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn as a stepping stone to joining the NSW Police Force.

The occasional address will be delivered by Ms Kate Wood-Foye, Mid North Coast local, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Rydges Group and regular columnist for Focus Magazine. Ms Wood-Foye is also the Co-Founder and Chair and Events Manager of the national youth leadership event 'Luminosity Youth Summit' which is held in Port Macquarie and provides young people the opportunity to be inspired and excel in their chosen careers through 'dangerous ideas' for success.

9:30am Tuesday 20 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Lecturer at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Jennifer Cox will be awarded her PhD, Australian Nursing Students' Infection Control Knowledge and Perceptions: Exploring the Role of Microbiology Education and Clinical Placement Experiences. Infections acquired while in hospital are a major cause of patient death across the globe and Dr Cox's research has provided new insight into the role of microbiology education and the influence of clinical placement experience on nursing students' infection control practice. Read more about her research here.

Ms Hannah Stack will be awarded a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic). Earlier this year Ms Stack was awarded the John Overton Award from peak professional body, the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP). Read more on CSU News here.

Ms Erika Williamson and Mr Nathan Ross will also be awarded Bachelors of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and in 2017 will both be travelling to London to take up positions with the London Ambulance Service.

Mrs Amanda Hammond will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging). She has recently accepted a permanent position as a radiographer at Port Macquarie X-Ray.The occasional address will be delivered by Mr Stewart Dowrick, Chief Executive Officer of Mid North Coast Local Health District and Board Committee Member of Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 0429 217 026

Media Note:

CSU Senior Public Relations Officer Polly McDougall will attend the graduation ceremonies. For media interviews please come to the VIP registration desk at The Glasshouse 32/40 Clarence Street Port Macquarie. For further information, contact Polly on 0429 217 026.

CSU to be officially opened by Member for Cowper

Friday 11 Nov 2016

Charles Sturt University's (CSU) new campus in Port Macquarie will be officially opened by the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP on Thursday 17 November 2016.

CSU in Port MacquarieMr Hartsyker is the Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and will be joined by CSU Chancellor Dr Michele Allan at the opening which will take place from 12pm to 2:30pm at CSU in Port Macquarie next Thursday.

The official opening will be followed by more celebrations including a Schools Day for local year 7 high school students on Friday 18 November and a Community Open Day from 10am on Saturday 19 November.

Head of Campus for CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh said, "The official opening of our Major Innes Road campus is the culmination of five years of determined hard work and represents, to date, a $27 million investment by the University and a $20 million investment by the federal government in this region.

"Charles Sturt University already contributes significantly to the economy of the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area and we only expect this to increase over the coming 10 years.

"Having Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie is helping to establish our city as the centre for higher education and research on the Mid-North Coast.

"On Saturday 19 November, we invite all the community to come and explore our campus at Lake Innes. From 10am take the time to enjoy guided tours, food, entertainment and presentations about the courses on offer and the exciting plans for future development of the campus and facilities."

CSU in Port Macquarie currently has more than 550 undergraduate students studying on campus and employs 93 people. With new courses available in 2017 and international students set to join the cohort for the first time, student numbers are expected to increase.

CSU is a leader in regional higher education, offering people across NSW the opportunity to access professional education regardless of background or location. CSU's courses, graduates and research help our communities to thrive and prosper economically, socially and environmentally.

Media Contact: Ms Polly McDougall, 0429 217 026

Media Note:
Media are invited to attend the official opening of CSU in Port Macquarie with the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP from 12noon. Contact CSU Media for more information.

Chinese partner universities to visit CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 7 Nov 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is pleased to be hosting its China Joint Cooperation Program partners at CSU in Port Macquarie this week.

The meeting will be held to discuss the current and future plans for academic collaboration, exchange information and ideas, all whilst getting to know the Port Macquarie sites and scenery. Presidents and senior staff from four of CSU's university partners in China will attend the meeting.

The four university partners include Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (YUFE), Jilin University of Finance and Economics (JUFE), Tianjin University of Commerce and Yangzhou University.

CSU has worked in partnership with these universities in a Joint Cooperation Program approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, for over 17 years. During this time over 7,000 students have graduated from CSU's Bachelor of Business Studies.

Senior CSU staff who will be attending the meeting include CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann; CSU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Development and Industry, Professor Mary Kelly, CSU Executive Dean, Faculty of Business Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Professor Tracey Green; and CSU Pro Vice Chancellor, International Education & Partnerships and Head of Campus, Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh.

The Chinese delegation members will be formally welcomed to Port Macquarie by Uncle Bill O'Brien and Mr Peter Besseling, Mayor of Port Macquarie Hastings Council on 10 November 2016.

Professor Heather Cavanagh said, "Hosting this meeting at Charles Sturt University's newest campus in Port Macquarie is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our world class facilities, and highlight the breadth of opportunities for international students to study with us and experience the beautiful lifestyle of the Mid North Coast.

"Our strategy for the campus in Port Macquarie is to grow both our domestic and international student numbers and we are well on target to achieve this.

"We are thrilled that our Joint Cooperation Program partners have sent very high level staff to this meeting, and we welcome the opportunity to further discuss our ambitious plans to enhance and expand our academic partnerships."

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, (02) 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Students raise money in memory of CSU colleague

Thursday 20 Oct 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students from the Port Macquarie will be participating in the nationwide Garage Sale Trail this Saturday 22 October 2016 to raise funds for the Jacob Berry Memorial Scholarship.

The group is raising funds in memory of their friend, 23-year-old CSU student Jacob Berry who tragically passed away in a bicycle accident whilst overseas this year.

Jacob had just graduated from the Bachelor of Clinical Science (Paramedic) and a $5 000 scholarship has now been established to honour his life. The scholarship will be available from 2017 to paramedicine students studying at CSU in Port Macquarie.

This weekend, CSU students will be helping to raise funds for the scholarship. They will be selling second hand goods as well as plenty of steak sandwiches. Local butchers, Meltique Beef have donated all the steaks and the local council as well as a two local churches are also involved.

Friends of Jacob's from CSU Jack Dowd and Ashley Hendry are among those who'll be helping this weekend.

Jacob's friends and family described him in a statement as, "A graduate, a much loved son, a brother and a great friend to so many who had the fortune to meet him. He loved surfing and being in the water and was a qualified dive master. He was also an aspiring musician and enjoyed the adventures that traveling gave him. His passing has left a void in the lives of all that knew him."

Berry Financial Services, Rydges and CSU have created the Jacob Berry Memorial Scholarship to enable Port Macquarie paramedicine students to realise their dreams.

The Port Macquarie contribution to the national Garage Sale Trail is taking place at CSU, 7 Major Innes Road from 9am – 1pm and a barbeque will be available as well as many pre-loved items.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

The Port Macquarie CSU garage sale is taking place at 7 Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie from 9am – 1pm.

Clara Koch, Student Liaison Officer at CSU is available on 02 65829358.

Jack Dowd can be contacted on jackdowd78@gmail.com

Ashley Hendry can be contacted on ajhendry@hotmail.com

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