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CSU in Port Macquarie congratulates 2018 graduates

Wednesday 12 Dec 2018

* CSU at Port Macquarie celebrates 131 graduating students on Monday 17 December

* Family and friends invited to celebrate CSU graduands at graduation ceremonies

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie congratulates the 131 students who will graduate at ceremonies held at the Glasshouse on Monday 17 December.

CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) Professor Heather Cavanagh will preside over the two ceremonies.

Professor Cavanagh said graduation is one of the highlights of the academic year and that she looked forward to welcoming graduates, their families, friends, and the community to celebrate this special event.

"I congratulate our graduating professionals on the successful completion of their studies with us,” Professor Cavanagh said.

Professor Cavanagh said the University in Port Macquarie was growing and it was exciting to welcome more graduates from the region.

“It’s rewarding to be involved in the education of the next generation who will stay on in the region and enrich their local community,” Professor Cavanagh said.

CSU Bachelor of Criminal Justice graduate Ms Grace Stevens said graduation was the satisfying culmination of years spent studying, at a University with a personal touch.

“With the smaller classes we got to have a closer relationship with our lecturers, so we were more comfortable asking questions and sitting down with them for one-on-one sessions,” Ms Stevens said.

Guest Mr Neville Parsons will give the Occasional Address to the Faculty of Arts and Education ceremony. Mr Parsons is CEO and Director of the Holiday Coast Credit Union and is a Board Member and Deputy Chairman of the Mid North Coast Local Health District, as well as a Board member of NSW Life Education.

Guest Mr Alan Morrison will give his Occasional Address to the Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences ceremony. Mr Morrison is currently the Director Education for NSW Ambulance and Director of the Paramedic Education Program Accreditation Scheme for the Council of Ambulance Authorities.

Local Aboriginal Elder Uncle Bill O’Brien (OAM) will conduct a Welcome to Country at both graduation ceremonies.

Ceremonies location and timing

The graduation ceremonies will commence:

* Faculty of Arts and Education - 9.30am

* Faculty of Science and Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences – 2pm

The Glasshouse is located at 30-42 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) Professor Heather Cavanagh.

CSU Indigenous Access Program open for applicants

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018

* Students who complete the program achieve an average 75 percent progression rate.

* Majority of students completing the program offered CSU course placement.

* Program supporting more Indigenous students to access higher education.

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Indigenous Access Program is assisting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders into tertiary education.

The five-day program that will be held at CSU in Port Macquarie from 3 to 7 December includes a range of activities aimed at building confidence and providing students with practical steps they can take to get into their chosen course.

CSU Indigenous Programs Officer Leslie Lyons said the Indigenous Access Program provided a successful transition to university.

“Students who complete the Indigenous Access Program achieve a 75 percent progress rate compared to 68 percent for those who don’t,” Ms Lyons said.

Ms Lyons added the majority of students who complete the program were more confident they would succeed at university.

In describing the program, Ms Lyons said the students are given assessments against their preferred course to understand their strengths and what needed to be improved.

“Students are either offered a placement or are given an alternative pathway into their chosen program,” Ms Lyons said.

CSU Manager of Indigenous Student Centres Blake Dunn said the program provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the support and access to the University’s Indigenous study resources to help them succeed.

“The Indigenous Access Program provides an entry pathway for our students into university studies. It demonstrates the support that is accessible throughout their university life and connects them with the full range of services we offer Indigenous students,” said Mr Dunn.

The Indigenous Access Program is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-leavers or mature-aged wanting to gain access to CSU.

CSU is currently taking further bookings for our February program being held from the 4th to the 8th of February 2019. Applications can be completed online via the Indigenous Access Program website.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
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CSU supports Hastings Sustainability Showcase in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 13 Nov 2018

* Major Mid North Coast sustainability public event in March 2019

* Exhibitors and sponsors enquiries welcome

* Sustainability will affect the future quality of life for us all

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie is a major sponsor and co-host of the Hastings Sustainability Showcase to be staged on the Mid North Coast in early March 2019.

The Port Macquarie Hastings Sustainability Network is staging the event at the Port Macquarie Racecourse on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March 2019 with the sponsorship support of Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Holiday Coast Credit Union, and CSU Green.

Dr Nigel Urwin (pictured), senior lecturer in genetics and gene technologies in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Port Macquarie said, “This event aims to educate, inform and inspire individuals and businesses on the latest ideas, products, and trends in sustainability.

“It’s important to remember that ‘sustainability’ is not a fad or buzz-word, but should be the goal of all Australians,” Dr Urwin said.

“Sustainability is the enlightened concept of how we can all live more responsibly and shape a better community in this region, in Australia and the world, in response to global environmental and population challenges confronting the planet.

“While the Hastings Sustainability Showcase is not until early next year, we welcome enquiries from potential exhibitors and sponsors for this significant free public event. Not-for-profit organisations can exhibit for free.”

The Hastings Sustainability Showcase will focus on:

* Natural environment

* Built environment

* Goods and services

* Food and agriculture

* Transport and infrastructure

* Energy

* Waste and recycling

* Health and well-being

* Tourism

* Ethical investment

For more information and direct enquiries, including the prospectus and booking agreement form for your convenience, please refer to pmhsn.org.au/hastings-sustainability-showcase

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Nigel Urwin who is based at CSU in Port Macquarie.

The Port Macquarie Hastings Sustainability Network is staging the event at the Port Macquarie Racecourse on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March 2019.

CSU student promotes PANDA Day in Port Macquarie

Friday 9 Nov 2018

* 2018 PANDA Day promotes awareness of antenatal and perinatal mental health

* Organisations offer a range of support options for mothers and fathers

* It’s OK to not be OK, and to seek support and guidance

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) student is an advocate for greater awareness about and support for women and men experiencing mental health conditions arising from pregnancy.

Mr Daniel Pye (pictured), a social work student in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Port Macquarie, has a special interest in perinatal and infant mental health and is involved in the 2018 Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (11-17 November) and the PANDA Day on Tuesday 13 November in Port Macquarie.

“As a mature-age student and a father of five children, this issue is close to my heart,” Mr Pye said.

“Perinatal anxiety and depression is more serious and common than many people realise.

“I feel strongly that during pregnancy and after, there is a lack of educational supports for men, and new fathers can be impacted by stigmas and stereotypes. Mental health concerns can arise that affect everyone in the family.”

He said the PANDA Day promotional activities will be located on the Town Green in Port Macquarie from 9.30am to 12pm to offer information and contact details about a range of support services.

“There are many avenues for support available to people who might be anxious, depressed or struggling to cope,” Mr Pye said.

“Early childhood nurses and other areas of the Local Health District will be present, and we will have educational materials from organisations such Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA), the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), and the Gidget Foundation.

“We have information on face-to-face support that are available, as well as ‘tele’ supports, including men’s services that can be accessed through phone or skype services, such as SMS4Dads and Fathers Group Inc.”

The PANDA Day will feature guest speakers, and several other non-government and health organizations will attend the event to promote healthy living, raise awareness, and provide advice about support options within the antenatal/perinatal period.

Mr Pye’s work experience placement with the Mid North Coast Local Health District has been under the supervision of Ms Louise Finnegan who is Mid North Coast perinatal and infant mental health consultant and clinician.

“My placement has focussed on men’s mental health issues where men are either ill or they are supporting a partner in the antenatal / perinatal periods, with the main focus being postnatal depressive illnesses,” Mr Pye said.

“Becoming a parent is a huge transition in life, so if mothers and fathers feel they are struggling, I urge them to seek help and support, so they can support each other at this important time.

“Men need to understand the signs of depression that their partner may be displaying, and it is just as important for men to look for the signs within themselves.

“It’s OK to not be OK. Seek support, seek guidance about being a supportive partner and father.”

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU social work student Mr Daniel Pye.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District PANDA Day on Tuesday 13 November will be on the Town Green in Port Macquarie from 9.30am to 12pm.

Academics at CSU in Port Macquarie recognised by Australian College of Educators

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

Six academics at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie were recognised at the 2018 World Teachers’ Day Awards on Friday 26 October 2018.

The ceremony held in Port Macquarie honoured the teaching work and the impact of educators on students across the Mid North Coast.

The six CSU academics awarded were:

Award winner Mr Phillip Ebbs said the awards demonstrated the excellent work of the academic team at the University.

“We have a great team here in Port Macquarie who not only deliver great results, but they also take the time to recognise and encourage their peers,” Mr Ebbs said.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) and Acting Head of Campus Professor Heather Cavanagh congratulated the award winners.

“This recognition demonstrates the positive impact Charles Sturt University is having on the Mid North Coast and our strengthening ties to the community,” Professor Cavanagh said.

Now in its thirteenth year, the World Teachers’ Day Awards presented by the Australian College of Educators recognise teachers and teaching across the professional range from early childhood learning through to university lecturers and programs.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in Australia on the last Friday of October, but on other dates in other countries.

Photo credit (left to right): Ms Kym Barry, Mr Phillip Ebbs, Dr Natalia Bilton, and Dr Prue Gonzalez.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
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CSU announces builder for Stage Two development in Port Macquarie

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

* CSU names Lahey Constructions to build Stage Two in Port Macquarie

* Strong community support and student enrolment growth assures future higher education demand in region

* $40 million project completion due by mid-2020

Charles Sturt University (CSU) today announced that Lahey Constructions has been awarded the construction contract of Stage Two of the state-of-the-art campus in Port Macquarie.

This development follows the official opening of the campus in 2016 which has been widely supported by Port Macquarie and the Mid North Coast region and has attracted significant numbers of international and out-of-region students.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the University was excited to announce the expansion of the campus and to award it to a Mid North Coast construction firm.

“Our student numbers and forecasts show the current facility will be nearing capacity by the end of next year, which gives us the confidence the expansion is both needed and will be welcomed,” Professor Vann said.

“Charles Sturt University is also pleased to support a local firm which will lead the design finalisation, programming cost management, and delivery of the $40 million project.”

Executive Director of the CSU Division of Facilities Management Mr Stephen Butt said Lahey Constructions’ tender was impressive, and the firm has a strong reputation.

“Lahey impressed the University with its key values and hands-on approach,” Mr Butt said.

“The alignment between the two organisations to work to deliver a second stage reflective of the form and ethos of the initial development is very strong.

“Lahey is well known within the Mid North Coast region and have a number of their key team members residing in the region who have delivered local projects. They bring a ‘one team’ approach, working with the client in a collaborative partnership in order to achieve the best possible outcome."

Mr Butt said CSU expected the expanded campus will be operational by the start of second semester 2020.

Lahey Constructions Executive Director Mr Phil Lahey said the firm had experience successfully delivering tertiary education projects in regional and isolated locations.

“Lahey Constructions brings experience in tertiary education projects and has successfully delivered these in both regional and isolated locations across Australia and takes pride in defect-free handovers to our clients,” Mr Lahey said.

“We are also committed to sharing our knowledge, life experiences and expertise with the next generation, making sure there is a sustainable future for the construction industry. We have committed to employing two Charles Sturt University postgraduates in cadet roles for the duration of this project.”

The new development will support an additional 1800 students over the existing 1000 at CSU in Port Macquarie.

The Stage Two development flows from the existing campus via a link way across the adjacent reserve and is intended to be used by students, staff, and the wider community.

The new development will include additional learning and teaching spaces (flat floored and tiered), a laboratory, breakout and meeting spaces, student kitchen and facilities, a space for small events, and additional car parking.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU partners with community to produce the Comboyne Cookbook

Tuesday 9 Oct 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) with the Comboyne Community Association and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will launch the Comboyne Cookbook on Monday 15 October to highlight the town’s local food treasures.

The cookbook, designed by four CSU third-year graphic design students – Ms Abby Artuso, Mr Thomas Brown, Ms Beka Dennis and Ms Mel Streater – features local Comboyne businesses, famous local recipes, and some well-known personalities.

Lecturer in graphic design in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries Ms Willhemina Wahlin said the book was a perfect example of the University working with the community.

“The book celebrates the close partnerships Charles Sturt University and our students built up with the Comboyne community while they worked on the book, and also the close ties of the University with the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council,” Ms Wahlin said.

Ms Wahlin explained that the students were involved from the beginning of the Comboyne Cookbook’s production to the final result.

“The book really demonstrates the diversity of talent the students have,” Ms Wahlin said. They styled the food, took amazingly rich photographs, created the illustrations, and undertook the layout of the entire 174 pages. It was a huge effort and they have done an outstanding job.

Ms Wahlin added this type of collaborative work with community provides a unique experience for students on all aspects of project management, and is a very valuable addition to their graduating portfolios.

“There are a lot of soft skills that designers need in addition to the processes of design, and one of the most important of these is building good client relationships.,” Ms Wahlin said.

“Designers work in a wide range of organisations, both within the creative industries and beyond, so it’s important that they are prepared for a range of employment options.”

The Comboyne Cookbook is part of the region’s Port Macquarie Bicentennial, and is a project funded and supported by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The community are invited to attend the launch that will be held at the Comboyne Showgrounds in Comboyne and will be attended by the Mayor, Councillor Peta Pinson, as well as students and Ms Wahlin.

“These events are a great opportunity for students to meet the community and foster potential career opportunities ahead of their graduation,” Ms Wahlin said.

Student Ms Mel Streater said that she is excited to see the book in its physical form and celebrate its success with the community.

“We’re all very proud to be part of the book’s launch,” Ms Streater said.

The Comboyne Cookbook is available from the Comboyne Community Centre (phone: 6550 4289) retailing at $50. For those attending the event, limited copies of the book will available or orders can be placed for delivery in early November.

Following the event, students will hold another networking and engagement opportunity when they hold the graduate exhibition, ‘Metamorphosis’, at CSU in Port Macquarie on Friday 7 December from 6pm.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
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CSU public lecture to highlight Port Macquarie’s evolving art, science and culture

Monday 8 Oct 2018

* CSU in Port Macquarie will host free public lecture by artist Dr Beric Henderson

* Public lecture on Thursday 11 October will discuss how creative expression can contribute to a balanced life

* Event aligns with Port Macquarie-Hasting’s Council 2018–2021 draft cultural plan to empower and enrich the community

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will next week host a free public lecture by Australian artist Dr Beric Henderson about the various forms of creativity and how creative expression contributes to a balanced life.

This CSU Exploration Series public lecture will see Dr Henderson reflect on his decades of experience, on the roles of visualisation, obsession, and experimentation in the creation of new scientific theorems and unique artworks.

The University’s acting Head of Campus in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh said the topic of this discussion, ‘The Role of Creativity in Science, Art and Daily Life’, resonates with both the current and future cultural landscape of Port Macquarie.

“The region is starting to see a burgeoning appetite for culture through the various artistic talents, local galleries, theatres, exhibitions and events available,” Professor Cavanagh said.

“Dr Henderson is internationally recognised for his work as a Senior Research Fellow and group leader in the field of protein trafficking and cancer. He has an impressive CV, which includes previously heading up the Gene of Expression Laboratory at the Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, and pursuing postdoctoral studies, training and work overseas in world-leading research institutes in Switzerland and in Cambridge, England.  

“Leaving his esteemed science career behind to eventually reside in Port Macquarie to follow his passion for art has lent itself well for this Exploration Series public lecture,” Professor Cavanagh said.

“To have someone of Dr Henderson’s calibre give up his time and draw on his own unique experiences around the similarities and differences in creative approaches, between scientists and artists to realise their ideas, will no doubt fuel more creative discussion throughout the community.”

The event also aligns with Port Macquarie-Hasting’s Council 2018–2021 draft cultural plan, which has been designed to empower and enrich the community through experiences that celebrate the diverse art and culture in the region.

Event details:

CSU Exploration Series: The Role of Creativity in Science, Art and Daily Life by Beric Henderson

Time and date: 6.pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 11 October

Location: Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, Room 2048, 7 Major Innes Rd

Cost: FREE

Registrations will be required by Wednesday 10 October

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498578541

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Acting Head of Campus Professor Heather Cavanagh.

CSU in Port Macquarie to commemorate region’s bicentenary

Friday 5 Oct 2018

* CSU community day to promote Port Macquarie’s rich history and diverse region

* CSU in Port Macquarie welcomes local Council’s Bicentenary Quick Grant

* CSU will host the free community day on Saturday 13 October

As part of Port Macquarie’s bicentenary, Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host a free community day on Saturday 13 October as a result of their success in receiving a Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Bicentenary Quick Grant.

To commemorate this milestone and to help the community come together, the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council offered a number of Quick Grants to offset the costs associated with small projects in relation to commemorations of its bicentennial year.

The CSU application received a Quick Grant to support its proposed Bicentennial Commemoration Community Day.

Acting Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh said that the day encourages locals to come and enjoy what the CSU community has to offer through plenty of family-friendly activities, live music, food and art.

“It will be a great opportunity to not only showcase the University to Port Macquarie residents through a fun and social way but also a chance to enrich the community’s appreciation of our region’s historical ties, through Indigenous dance performances, bush tucker demonstrations, and Indigenous art,” Professor Cavanagh said.

“We’ve been fortunate to gain the support of Council for this event through the Quick Grant, and we look forward to welcoming and sharing this day with the community.”

Event details:
CSU Port Macquarie Bicentennial Commemoration Community Day.
Time and date: 11am to 2pm on Saturday 13 October
Charles Sturt University, car park 7, Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie, NSW

Media note: Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

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CSU students hold live music fundraiser in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 25 Sep 2018

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie have teamed up with Yesterday’s Jam to raise funds for their graduating exhibition that will be held in early December.

The final year students of the Bachelor of Creative Industries (Design and Visual Arts) and the local venue Yesterday’s Jam (formerly the Latin Loafer) will be hosting a night of live music featuring Genes on 26 September starting at 6.30pm. The local band, made up of two brothers, have been featured on Triple J Unearthed.

For $10, people will get a night of great music all the while supporting students who will use the funds to cover the set-up costs and promotion of the exhibition.

CSU lecturer in graphic design Willhemina Wahlin said the graduating exhibition was an important bridge for students between their university and professional lives.

“I’m really excited about this year’s exhibition because the students will have such a broad range of works, from skate decks to textile designs,” she explained. “It showcases the diversity of the work being produced and gives the students an opportunity to talk about their individual journeys with the public and industry.”

Funds raised on the night will help students pay for printing and other opening night costs, most of which they raise themselves. “We are excited to team up with Yesterday’s Jam, not only because it is a great local venue, but it also reflects the connection and collaborations that happen in the growing Port Macquarie arts and creative community,” Ms Wahlin said.

CSU student Bek Dennis said the live music event and the graduating exhibition were an important way to connect to the community and the industry.

“We’re really looking forward to exhibiting our work because it lets us celebrate what we have done with people in the industry as well as family and friends,” Ms Dennis said, adding these connections will open doors in the future.

When asked about her future plans, Ms Dennis said she had already started building her branding portfolio as she had begun working with clients and also had ambition to create a magazine aimed at young people to share creativity.

All tickets purchased will go in the draw for a double-pass to the 2018 Wildwood Festival.

Yesterday’s Jam is at 74 Clarence St Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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