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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

Event at CSU to build respect and safety in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Sep 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting the Building Respect and Safety event as an opportunity for students, staff and community to keep building a culture of respect.

The Building Respect and Safety event will take place at 4pm on Wednesday 21 September in Room 808.2047 at CSU in Port Macquarie and will include a free viewing of The Hunting Ground. This documentary film exposes the rates of sexual assault at American universities and provides a chance to discuss the issues of safety, respect and consent.

CSU Student Liaison Officer (Equity), Ms Cathy Woodhead said, "Students are invited to attend this event which will culminate in an open discussion on the issue, led by professionals from the local Port Macquarie Hastings community who respond to sexual assault.

"Charles Sturt University hopes to be one organisation taking the lead to prevent sexual violence in our community and we are hoping this screening and conversation will continue to strengthen the University as a place of respect and understanding."

Building Respect and Safety at CSU in Port Macquarie is part of the University's roll out of the Australia wide campaign Respect. Now. Always. which strives to prevent sexual assault and harassment in university communities.  

As well as the screening of The Hunting Ground and discussion of the issues of sexual assault and harassment, CSU will be providing guests with a pizza supper.

For students and staff members at CSU, a website has been developed to provide them with resources, information, the opportunity to get involved in the campaign, advice for how to help, and how to report and access support services www.csu.edu.au/respect.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for more information.

CSU grant funds study on key Port Macquarie playground

Tuesday 6 Sep 2016

A new study funded through a Charles Sturt University (CSU) grant scheme has found that a playground in Port Macquarie is achieving its goal of social inclusion.

Opened in 2014, Livvi's Place in Westport Park was planned and designed as an inclusive all-abilities play space by the group Touched by Olivia and Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

Touched by Olivia funded the study through a $2 500 grant from CSU's Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Grants Program. The not-for-profit group wanted to assess if Livvi's Place was meeting its goals of social inclusion, including accessibility and inter-generational play.

The research was undertaken by sociologist Dr Janice Ollerton, an independent researcher, and Associate Professor Rosemary Black from the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU in Port Macquarie.

The study, involving 193 online and face-to-face surveys of park users during April and May 2016, found that Livvi's Place promotes a sense of social inclusion. During the research, users of the playground expressed feelings of safety, welcome and belonging.

Dr Ollerton said, "We found that the main user group is families with children under 13 years and predominantly preschool-aged children. Livvi's Place is especially popular with families of children with disabilities."

Professor Black said, "We also found that Livvi's Place encourages its users to be themselves, live in the moment, and enjoy their experiences there.

"The friendships formed, conversations started, and playful interactions experienced at Livvi's Place demonstrate how it helps people connect and become members of the local community."

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Director Ms Tricia Bulic said, "Livvi's Place is a playground destination of choice for locals and visitors alike, and Council are pleased to have partnered with the community to provide such a safe, welcoming and interactive play space that all families can enjoy."

The findings also revealed that people recognised creative learning took place through play at Livvi's Place and together with the relationships forged at the playground, suggests it's a space where people can feel part of the local community.

Areas for improvement were identified by some respondents that, if implemented, may enhance inclusive play and improve the safety aspects of Livvi's Place.

The Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Grants Program is part of CSU's Community-University Partnerships (CUP), which aims to support the development of the regions. Read more about the grants available through CUP here.

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

Media Note:

Dr Janice Ollerton and CSU's Associate Professor Rosemary Black are available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Australia's early years learning framework, Belonging, Being and Becoming was used as the framework to explore if users of Livvi's Place had a sense of Belonging to the Port Macquarie community, of Being part of the Port Macquarie community and of Becoming part of the Port Macquarie community.

Photo: Photo courtesy of Touched by Olivia.

International students set to make a splash at CSU

Friday 26 Aug 2016

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is pleased to announce that it will welcome its first intake of international students at Port Macquarie in 2017.

Vice-Chancellor of CSU Professor Andrew Vann is also pleased to announce 20 new scholarships which will be available to international students studying at CSU in Port Macquarie.

"I am excited to welcome international students to our new campus in the coastal city of Port Macquarie in New South Wales for 2017," Professor Vann said. 

"Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie offers students a world-class experience in state-of-the-art teaching facilities and innovative learning spaces, all alongside the opportunity to be part of a friendly and vibrant community of students and academics."

The Vice-Chancellor's Port Macquarie International Scholarships are valued at $20,000 and $10,000, and are available to commencing full-time international students studying any CSU course delivered at Port Macquarie. Applications are open until 30 September 2016.

Head of Campus for CSU in Port Macquarie and Pro-Vice Chancellor, International Education and Partnerships, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said welcoming international students to the campus would benefit both the University and the wider community.

"For international students an Australian study experience is not just about getting a qualification but also about immersing themselves into our lifestyle, culture and workforce in order to have a meaningful experience.

"We are thrilled that Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie will gain international students from next year as we've seen from our other campus cities the benefits that flow through to the community, including gaining new long-term residents who contribute to the cultural and economic vibrancy of the region. And for the students we can't wait share with them the wonderful location, climate and lifestyle that is Port Macquarie, not to mention our new campus facilities."

From Session 1 2017 CSU in Port Macquarie will have the following courses available to international students: accountingadvertisingbusiness studiescriminal justiceclinical practice (paramedic)exercise and sports sciencegraphic designmedical radiation sciencepublic relationspsychologysocial science (psychology), outdoor recreation and ecotourism, and social work.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 02 6933 4565

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Heather Cavanagh.

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