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Macky makes the cut

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

Working part-time in a local butchery as a teenager has given Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Mr Macky Lawrence, from Kempsey, a better appreciation than most of what makes a good cut of meat.

This knowledge came to the fore at the recent Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science student was selected in the national training squad and has the chance to be selected in the Australian team to tour the United States next year.

More than 130 students from ten Australian universities, along with teams from the United States, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia took part in the ICMJ competition held at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The annual event is held by the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association to highlight the diverse range of careers in the meat industry.

"I met so many different people taking part in the competition," said Mr Lawrence. "Other university students who are studying similar degrees to me, alongside industry professionals who will provide great links and networks in the years to come."

Students are required to judge beef, lamb and pork carcasses and primal cuts, along with identifying a range of beef primals and beef, lamb and pork retail cuts.

Mr Lawrence was part of the 15 member CSU meat judging team made up of students from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, which trained for three months leading up to the competition.

"A big thank you to my coaches who got up at ridiculous hours in the morning for training sessions in the lecture rooms or at the abattoir," he said. "I highly recommend the competition for people in considering it in future years."

Mr Lawrence said it might sound like an unusual extra-curricular activity but meat judging is a great way to learn more about an industry he's passionate about.

"Living on a family owned beef cattle property in the Macleay Valley I wanted to know more about what happens to our product from paddock to plate," Mr Lawrence said.

"Taking part in this program has shown me the end result we should be aiming for to meet consumer demand."

"It's also shown me what we as producers can do to help processors deliver what consumers want, that is, a consistent premium product".

The national training for the Australian squad will be held in Brisbane on Saturday 20 August to Wednesday 24 August.

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

Media Note:

Mr Macky Lawrence is studying through the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Photos also available from CSU News.

The CSU meat judging team is sponsored by Rennylea Angus, CRT Tarcutta Rural Supplies, Yavenvale Herefords, Irelands Angus and the University.

Wellness and Wellbeing Expo at CSU in Port Macquarie

Wednesday 13 Jul 2016

In conjunction with Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Foundation Day, the 2016 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will be held in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 20 July.

The Expo is part of CSU's holistic approach to workplace health and safety. Similar events have been held across the University.

Staff and students will have the chance to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services available to them at the University and in the local community, as well as attend workshops on yoga or Zumba.

Foundation Day is also a University-wide event to celebrate its past, present and future. At Port Macquarie, there will be a Wear Red, Go Red, Eat Red Day from 10am to 2.30pm in the courtyard.

Further information about Foundation Day is available in CSU News here. More information about the 2016 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo is available here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 69332207

Media Note:

There is an opportunity for the media to attend the 2016 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo on Wednesday 20 July from 11am for a group Zumba class (room 2049) or 12noon for the chilli eating competition and ping pong championship at CSU in Port Macquarie.

Hugh Mackay public lecture in Port Macquarie

Monday 2 Nov 2015

Hugh Mackay_1Prominent Australian author and social commentator Dr Hugh Mackay (pictured) will deliver an Exploration Series public lecture hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Monday 9 November.

Dr Mackay will consider the nature of communities, social cohesion, and the concept of connectedness, as explored in his latest book The Art of Belonging, in which he proposes it's not where you live, but how you live.

Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh said, "Dr Mackay's presentation is the fourth lecture in the Explorations Series in Port Macquarie for 2015. These public lectures aim to share the latest thinking with the community and encourage people to think about issues facing society today. As a social researcher and author Dr Mackay has published 16 books, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt University and three other universities. I encourage all to attend for a thought-provoking presentation."

This free CSU Explorations Series public lecture will be at The Glasshouse (level 2, meeting rooms) on the corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie, from 5pm to 7pm Monday 9 November. Tickets are free and available now from the Glasshouse box office.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

For more information please contact Ms Alison Woods, CSU in Port Macquarie, on (02) 6582 9334 or alwoods@csu.edu.au. The Art of Belonging is published by Pan Macmillan Australia, and copies will be available for sale at the public lecture. Dr Mackay will sign books purchased on the night.

New CSU diploma at Port Macquarie in 2016

Thursday 3 Sep 2015

Sarah Bowen and Liz SmithA further opportunity for students to access courses at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie has been confirmed this week. CSU and North Coast TAFE have finalised an agreement to offer the CSU Pathway Program (Diploma of General Studies) in Port Macquarie starting in 2016. The diploma is a unique 12-month course that provides students who might not otherwise be eligible for entry to CSU, or who need additional preparation, the opportunity to receive guaranteed entry into most CSU degrees. The diploma is run in partnership with TAFE and has had more than 330 enrolments since its inception in 2010. Director of Academic Success at CSU Ms Liz Smith said, "We're really excited that the Diploma of General Studies will be available in Port Macquarie from 2016. This diploma is currently offered in Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bathurst and Blacktown, and has been seeing great results from students keen to take advantage of a pathway to their chosen degree. There are many reasons students don't meet the entry criteria to university and this program provides an excellent opportunity for school leavers especially. Not getting the ATAR you hoped for doesn't mean that university isn't an option." Students can apply for the Diploma of General Studies now at http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/diploma-of-general-studies or enquire on 1800 334 733.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Pictured are Ms Sarah Bowen (Higher Education Coordinator, North Coast TAFE) and Ms Liz Smith (Director, Academic Success at CSU) who finalised the details of the partnership between CSU and North Coast TAFE to enable the offer of the Diploma of General Studies in Port Macquarie from 2016.

Christian-Muslim interfaith dialogue in Port Macquarie

Sunday 30 Aug 2015

Stephen PickardCharles Sturt University (CSU) will host a Christian-Muslim inter-faith dialogue between two theology scholars in Port Macquarie on Saturday 5 September. The forum is part of a national series sponsored by the CSU Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACCC) in Canberra. It will feature CSU Professor of Theology the Reverend Professor James Haire, AC, KSJ, and leading Indonesian Muslim scholar and public intellectual Professor Azyumardi Azra, CBE. Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, Chair of the Board of the ACCC and former CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), will chair the forum titled 'Can Christianity and Islam Co-exist? A National Dialogue'. The Executive Director of the ACCC, the Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard said, "This important and timely dialogue will address Christian-Muslim relations in the Australian-Indonesian context and seek to build fresh understanding of how people of different faiths and cultures can grow together in understanding and appreciation of one another." Registration on 6581 8888 is essential for this free forum which will be from 6pm to 8pm Saturday 5 September in the Ross Family Studio at The Glasshouse 32/40 Clarence Street Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard (pictured).

The free Christian-Muslim inter-faith dialogues will be held in several centres during September: Adelaide (Wednesday 2), Brisbane (Thursday 3), Port Macquarie (Saturday 5), Melbourne (Monday 7), Canberra (Wednesday 9) and Sydney (to be advised).

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Charles Sturt University would like to acknowledge the following event partners:

Adelaide: University of South Australia, The Hawke Centre, International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

Brisbane: Griffith University, Queensland Churches Together

Melbourne: National Centre for Excellence for Islamic Studies, Asia Institute

With assistance from the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Illicit drugs in Café Scientifique

Wednesday 12 Aug 2015

The science of illicit drugs is the topic of the first Café Scientifique in Port Macquarie for 2015.

Four Charles Sturt University (CSU) academics will present a range of perspectives on the topic, The Science of Illicit Drugs – A Humanistic Story and Debate from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 19 August at Port Macquarie's Town Green Inn.

The free event is being organised by the Mid North Coast Regional Science Hub during National Science Week.

Hub member and CSU scientist Dr Nigel Urwin said, "We urge members of the public to come along and enjoy a coffee or a drink while listening to short and exciting presentations about how the illicit drugs work and the problems they cause."

Café Scientifique is free and refreshments will be available to purchase from the venue.

The CSU academics on the panel include senior lecturer in genetics Dr Urwin, lecturer in paramedics Ms Tania Johnston, senior lecturer in the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Dr Greg Linsdell and senior lecturer in medical imaging Mr Johnathan Hewis.

Mid North Coast Regional Science Hub is supported by CSU, NSW Trade and Investment and Inspiring Australia. See more about the Hub on Facebook here

The Hub will host additional events in November 2015 with Science on the Road in Kempsey and Taree.

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

Media Note:

Dr Nigel Urwin in a Special Projects Officer in the CSU Faculity of Science in Port Macquarie. He is available for interview.

Café Scientifique will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm pn Wednesday 19 August in the upstairs Function Room, Town Green Inn, 4 Horton Street in Port Macquarie.

Paramedics ball raises over $15 000 for charity

Tuesday 11 Aug 2015

Organisers of the 2015 Red and Blue Ball 

Paramedic students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) raised over $15 000 to purchase defibrillators for community groups at their annual Red and Blue Ball on Friday 7 August.

The students who are studying the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) at CSU in Port Macquarie organised the inaugural Blue and Red Ball which was attended by 420 guests including the Hon. Leslie Williams, MLA for Port Macquarie and Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education.

Professor Heather Cavanagh, Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, said, "The ball was an opportunity to bring together the community, students and staff from Charles Sturt University and acknowledge the contribution of local emergency services, all in the name of a good cause.

"Organised and executed by three of our paramedic students, Ms Jess Genders, Mr Dane Rickman and Mr Daniel Steinbeck, the ball successfully raised over $15 000 which will go towards buying six defibrillators for local community groups in the Port Macquarie and Hastings region.

"One of the defibrillators was presented on the night to the Rotary Lodge, an accommodation service for patients undertaking cancer treatment and other care at Port Macquarie Base Hospital."

The Red and Blue Ball was held at Panthers Port Macquarie this year, and will hopefully become an annual fundraising event.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, (02) 6933 4565

Media Note:
Photos from the event are available at http://www.nashyspix.com/categories/charity-events/red-blue-ball-7-8-2015

iDay at CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 15 Jun 2015

Bernadette GammonCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will host an information day – iDay – on Thursday 25 June for prospective students interested to find out more about available courses. CSU prospective student adviser Ms Bernadette Gammon said the iDay is a chance for anyone curious about studying at the University in Port Macquarie to talk to lecturers and students from all courses. "This will be an exciting day because the three information sessions – at 10am, 1pm, and 5pm – will include a presentation detailing the new campus for 2016 and details about four new courses to be offered for the first time in 2016," Ms Gammon said. "Representatives of our on-campus services and student bodies will be present, and as will representatives of the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) who will deliver a presentation in the middle of each session and answer questions." The new courses for 2016 include the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism), the Bachelor of Communication (Advertising), the Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations). "The fourth course is the Diploma of General Studies which is a great course for those who didn't get an ATAR, or didn't achieve the ATAR they wanted," Ms Gammon said. "It is a pathway program that provides guaranteed entry to many Charles Sturt University bachelor degrees." Ms Gammon urged anyone interested to attend to complete registration for any of the session at https://www.csu.edu.au/contacts/iday-port-macquarie, or register on the day. "You can just attend on the day and register at the door," Ms Gammon said. "But registering prior to the event will save you time on the day, and help us know how many to expect." The iDay sessions at CSU, 27 Grant Street Port Macquarie, are on Thursday 25 June at 10am to 12pm, 1pm to 3pm, and 5pm to 7pm.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU prospective student adviser Ms Bernadette Gammon (pictured).

Ecotourism: Does it deliver all it promises?

Wednesday 3 Jun 2015

Ecotourism is a growing niche market in global travel and a free public lecture hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 10 June will explore the concept of ecotourism and what it means for local communities.  Associate Professor Rosemary Black from CSU's School of Environmental Sciences will explain the principles underpinning ecotourism. "Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel and should follow specific principles," she said. "However, the jury is still out on whether ecotourism delivers all it promises to tourists, the environment, communities and the economy." As part of the lecture, Professor Black will share her recent experience studying ecotourism in Africa. The public lecture is part of CSU's Explorations Series and will be held from 5pm to 7pm at the Glasshouse Theatre meeting room on the corner of Clarence and Hay Streets in Port Macquarie. Tickets are available from the Glasshouse Box Office. Read more about Professor Black in CSU News here.

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

Media Note:

Rosemary Black is an Associate Professor in Interpretation and Ecotourism in the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. She is a member of CSU's Institute for Land, Water Society.

Caption: Associate Professor Rosemary Black from CSU with her Rwandan translator Angel in Africa.

Biggest Morning Tea raised $500 for Cancer Council

Tuesday 2 Jun 2015

Port M cup cake judgingThe Biggest Morning Tea co-hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PM-HC) on Thursday 28 May raised $500 for the Cancer Council. More than 30 elderly local residents attended and a similar number of CSU students enjoyed the morning tea which was served by members of the Student Representative Council. CSU student liaison officer Ms Clara Koch said, "The co-hosted morning tea was a delightful event. The University encourages its staff and students to participate in community and charity events as a practical demonstration of its commitment to the health and welfare of our communities. The associated inaugural cup cake competition between the University and the Council to see whose personnel can bake the best cup cake was fun, despite Council winning first, second and third places. The University's cake bakers will strive to improve their cup cakes next year!" The judges for the competition's final tasting (pictured) were Head of Campus, Professor Heather Cavanagh, the Mayor, Councillor Peter Bessling, and the president of the Country Women's Association branch in Port Macquarie, Ms Alice Miller.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The Biggest Morning Tea was held on Thursday 28 May at Student Central at CSU, Grant Street, Port Macquarie.

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