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Orientation Week at CSU in Port Macquarie

Friday 20 Feb 2015

CSU Port M Grant St (resized)The largest group of new students to arrive at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie since the campus opened in 2012 will begin their university experience with the 2015 Orientation Week from Monday 23 February. Professor Ross Chambers, Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, said, "We are very pleased to welcome our largest commencing cohort since CSU opened its campus here in 2012. We are attracting wonderful students both from our immediate local region and from the Mid-North Coast and across the ranges. They are enriching the life of the University and making an important contribution to their community by supporting the development of higher education in our region.  We wish them every success." CSU anticipates approximately 254 new full-time students on campus for courses in 2015. These will be joined by approximately 200 returning students, showing the strong growth of the new CSU campus in Port Macquarie. The schedule of events includes:

Monday 23 – 9.30am 'Get Hooked Up' (student ID card and wireless connection) at Student Central at Grant Street; 10.30am Official Commencement Ceremony; accommodation information; 12pm 'meet and greet' market day, and welcome barbeque; afternoon info sessions; 6.30pm private movie screening at Majestic Cinema.

Tuesday 24 – 3.30pm Beach games, snacks, refreshments at Town Beach.

Wednesday 25 – 11am School courses information session, room 115, Grant Street; 12.30pm welcome lunch; 1.30pm courses information sessions continued; 4.30pm twilight hockey and barbeque at Hockey Club.

Thursday 26 – 10am Course information sessions continued; 5pm tennis, pool and putt-putt at T's Tennis Court.

Friday 27 – 10am Amazing Race at Town Green; 8pm Toga Party at The Macquarie.

More details can be found here. A diverse range of courses have been developed at CSU in Port Macquarie, with the most popular including criminal justice, clinical science (paramedic), medical radiation science, education (K-12), psychology, and social work.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Affordable Housing launch at CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 16 Feb 2015

Prof Ross ChambersA new initiative in Port Macquarie will help find accommodation for more than 200 new Charles Sturt University (CSU) students, many from outside the area, who will start at the University in 2015. The University has joined with Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast and Port Macquarie Hastings Council to promote the need for flexible accommodation options that will suit students and benefit property owners in the city. The organisations will launch the 'Affordable Housing' campaign at 10.30am Thursday 19 February at CSU in Port Macquarie. Professor Ross Chambers, the Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, said, "Charles Sturt University strongly supports this initiative, and thanks and congratulates Regional Development Australia on the Mid North Coast and the Hastings community on it. Accommodation options like these are greatly needed and very valuable for students. Support like this from the community will make Port Macquarie a wonderful destination for students and have a big impact on the quality of the student experience." Property owners in Port Macquarie who are interested to 'turn their spare room into spare cash' by renting accommodation to CSU students can contact Ms Helen Atkins on 6582 9350 or email hatkins@csu.edu.au. Alternatively, they can log on to csu.studystays.com – it's easy, free, and photos can be added.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The 'Affordable Housing' launch will be at 10.30am Thursday 19 February at Charles Sturt University, 21-27 Grant Street, Port Macquarie.

CSU in Port Macquarie offers a range of full-time and part-time courses including psychology, clinical practice (paramedic), social work, accounting, business studies, education, criminal justice, graphic design, and medical radiation science.

CSU farewells Chancellor in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 25 Nov 2014

Chancellor Lawrie Willett_squareCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie and Port Macquarie Hastings Council hosted a farewell afternoon tea yesterday for retiring CSU Chancellor Mr Lawrie Willett, AO. The farewell was jointly hosted by Professor Ross Chambers, the Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, and the Mayor of Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Councillor Peter Besseling. Professor Chambers said, "As Chancellor of Charles Sturt University for a decade, Mr Willett was instrumental in supporting the establishment of the University on the Mid North Coast. During his time at the University there has been significant growth and development across all campuses, and his commitment to rural and regional Australia will leave a lasting legacy." The farewell was held at Port Macquarie Hastings Council Chambers, corner of Lord and Burrawan Streets, Port Macquarie, at 3pm Monday 24 November. Guests included Councillors, business and community leaders in Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU hosts Mid North Coast Science Festival

Tuesday 11 Nov 2014

Student with microscopeCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will host the Mid North Coast Science Festival on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 November. The Festival is a partnership between the Mid North Coast Regional Science Hub and the Australian Museum. It is designed to educate school students and the wider community about the benefits science brings, its important role in everyday life, and the diverse career opportunities available in the field. Additional activities will be held at St Columba Anglican School and Port Macquarie High School. Mr Johnathan Hewis, medical imaging lecturer in the CSU School of Dentistry and Health Sciences and MNC Regional Science Hub spokesperson, said, "I believe the Science Festival is a wonderful collaborative initiative to showcase science within the local community and will act as a springboard for the Science Hub to promote and encourage interest in the areas of science, engineering and technology, through future community events." Students will participate in activities such as the Ruben the Surfing Scientist Show, hands-on experiments, Indigenous science, chemistry, 'Winnysaur' (a four-metre life-size dinosaur puppet), and multiple science workshops. The general public can visit the Science Festival from 9am to 3pm during the two days.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. For more information on the MNC Science Festival and the MNC Regional Science Hub contact Mr Johnathan Hewis on 0408 252 530, or to speak with the Australian Museum contact Ms Catherine Beehag on 0407 062 779.

Other presentations and participants include:

  • Mid North Coast Astronomy
  • Australia's First Scientists – Australian Museum
  • Circular Mechanics – UNSW
  • Paramedics in Action – Charles Sturt University
  • CSI World forensics workshop – Australian Museum
  • Mini-beasts Magnified - Australian Museum
  • A Frog Came to Call – Frog Studies Group
  • Macquarie Interactive Science – Macquarie University
  • Medical Imaging – 'What's in the Box?' - Charles Sturt University
    The Mid North Coast Science Festival is partially funded by a grant from Inspiring Australia. It is the first initiative of the recently-formed MNC Regional Science Hub whose aim is to unite the many local stakeholders with an interest in science and bring science to more people in the Mid North Coast region. To coincide with the Science Festival, the MNC Regional Science Hub will launch its Café Scientifique community discussions from 6pm to 8pm Wednesday 12 November at Zebu Bar and Grill at Rydges, Port Macquarie. Café Scientifique will enable local scientists and those interested in science to gather together in an informal setting to share and debate scientific ideas. The first Café Scientifique event will feature local and visiting scientists taking part in the MNC Science Festival.


CSU CUP grants to Mid North Coast organisations

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

Prof Ross ChambersGrants totalling $13 250 have been made by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie to ten organisations in the Mid North Coast region. Professor Ross Chambers, the Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, said the Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants support a range of schools and community-based groups. "The University is proud to provide these grants to assist schools, sport and cultural groups to conduct activities that benefit their students and members," Professor Chambers said. "The CUP program supports Charles Sturt University's engagement with its communities, and has been enthusiastically supported on the Mid North Coast. The program demonstrates the wide range of ways in which a university in a regional setting is able to work with and add value to its community." The grants were made under three distinct CSU CUP programs; the Rural and Regional Schools Development Program, the Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program, and the Rural and Regional Sports Development Program. Learn more about the CSU CUP here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Some community groups received grants under the three separate programs. The recipient organisations are: Port Macquarie High, Kempsey High School, Tallowood School (Bowraville), Manning Valley Anglican College (x 3), St Columba Anglican School (x 3), Heritage Christian School, Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), Kempsey Shire Council, Port Saints Soccer Club Inc.

CSU students sleep out for street swags

Monday 15 Sep 2014

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga will put comfort aside in sleep outs during September to raise money for the not-for-profit organisation, Street Swags. Supported by CSU's Office for Students, the students are supporting Swagtember and the purchase of street swags for people unable to find accommodation. Students are being encouraged to register with Swagtember and get sponsored to spend a night away from home. A range of activities have been organised to keep students entertained throughout the night including music, karaoke, movies, a pillow fight tournament and a barbecue breakfast. The sleep outs will be held from 7.30 pm to 7.30 am starting:

- Thursday 18 September, HeBrews Cafe, Munster Street, CSU in Port Macquarie. An outdoor cinema will show three movies during the sleep out.

- Thursday 18 September, The Hub, building 20, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

- Tuesday 23 September, Learning Teaching Hub, building 754 at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. A free soup dinner will be provided by the Uniting Church group from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm followed by a guest speaker from Youth Emergency Services to talk about local youth homeless. A Zumba class will be held on Wednesday 24 September from 6.30 am followed by a barbecue breakfast.

-  Wednesday 24 September, Templers Mill Bar at CSU in Orange.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

Media Note:
Further information on the Swagtember sleep outs is available from CSU Student Liaison Officers Ms Kerry Read at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Mr Matthew Hilder at CSU in Orange, Ms Clara Koch at CSU in Port Macquarie and Mr Roger Ansell at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media.

Science boosted on Mid North Coast

Monday 1 Sep 2014

Student with microscopeThe Mid North Coast Science Hub, an initiative of Charles Sturt University (CSU), Mid Coast Connect, and the Macleay Valley Education and Skills Forum, will be launched at Kempsey Shire Council Chambers on Tuesday 2 September. The Science Hub has been established to unite local stakeholders, including educators and industry members with an interest in science, to promote science to more people on the Mid North Coast. Mr Johnathan Hewis, lecturer in medical imaging in the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences at CSU in Port Macquarie, said, "The Science Hub is an exciting development to promote interest and practical developments in science in this region. There are a wide range of science-based organisations in our community, many of which are little known, and businesses that are looking for opportunities to adopt and develop scientific applications. And unlike their metropolitan counterparts, students in regional communities often don't have the same opportunities to access science-based events. The Science Hub's first step to change that will be to stage a dynamic two-day Science Festival in November. Regional industry partners and science professionals from Charles Sturt University and the Australian Museum will lead a range of hands-on activities for primary and secondary school students which we hope will inspire some of them to pursue a career in science."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The launch of the Mid North Coast Science Hub is at 5.30pm Tuesday 2 September at Kempsey Shire Council Chambers, 22 Tozer Street West Kempsey.

The Mid North Coast Science Hub has received $7 000 from the NSW Regional Science Grants Program delivered by Inspiring Australia (NSW) towards staging the Science Festival. Inspiring Australia has established a growing network of Regional Science Hubs across rural and metropolitan regions in NSW that are committed to delivering high profile science events in the community.


Early childhood educator to address public lecture at CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 18 Aug 2014

Professor Jennifer Sumsion from CSU.A free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 27 August will explore national policy and developments in the field of early childhood education. The CSU Explorations Series public lecture, titled 'The National Early Learning Framework and future directions in early childhood education', will be delivered by CSU Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Education, Jennifer Sumsion. "The last six years or seven years have seen unprecedented policy developments in Australia aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education," Professor Sumsion said. "How are we travelling as a country in terms of our educational provision for our youngest children, and what still needs to be tackled if we are to achieve one of the best education systems in the world?" The public lecture will be held from 5pm Wednesday 27 August at the Glasshouse Theatre, corner Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie. For more information, contact Ms Alison Woods on 6582 9334 or alwoods@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Mr Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. Professor Sumsion will also speak to early education professionals at a morning tea hosted by the Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre at 10am on Thursday 28 August at The Trade Training Centre at St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie ;

Professor Sumsion is also Co‐Director of the Australian Government-funded Collaborative Research Network for Excellence in Research in Early Years Education and the Interim Director of CSU’s Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education. She was one of the leaders of the team that developed the Australian National Early Years Learning Framework, and is lead researcher on two current Australian Research Council projects, ‘Babies, belonging, and the early years learning framework’, and ‘Education meets play in the daily practice of early educators’
This is the third public lecture in the 2014 CSU Explorations Series brought to Port Macquarie. The Explorations Series aims to make available to CSU’s communities the expertise of its staff and to promote community engagement with significant public issues.

Paramedic students in simulated emergencies

Tuesday 12 Aug 2014

Joe AckerParamedic students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will join medical students from University of NSW (UNSW) on Thursday, 14 August to treat patients during four separate simulated emergency exercises. The students will be treating several patients at emergency scenes at Rotary House on Wrights Road in Port Macquarie from 9:30am to 3pm. The students will then transport the patients in the CSU ambulance to the simulated emergency department at the UNSW Rural Clinical School. Senior Lecturer of Paramedicine at CSU in Port Macquarie Mr Joe Acker said, "The exercises aim to provide a realistic situation to challenge the paramedic and medical students to make difficult decisions in high pressure, complex environments. We also want to give them an opportunity to hone their inter professional and communications skills to enhance the ability to work in multi-disciplinary environments when they graduate." The UNSW's Simulation Educator Ms Donna Hughes said, "This joint simulation exercise with Charles Sturt University gives the medical students an opportunity to participate in and to better understand the pre-hospital phase of the patient journey. The simulations also give the paramedic students an authentic opportunity to practice the clinical handover of a patient in the emergency department - an important skill to master."

Media Contact: Ms Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:
Media are invited to attend the activities on Thursday 14 August to interview students and educators and to record the simulations in action

Further information is available from Senior Lecturer at CSU in Port Macquarie, Mr Joe Acker on mobile 0422 120 644.

Ground-breaking ceremony for new CSU campus

Monday 4 Aug 2014

New Port Macquarie front illustrationCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will take a significant step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony for the $42 million stage one of its new campus on Friday 8 August. Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, will welcome guests to the Lake Innes campus site five kilometres from central Port Macquarie. "This is a very exciting for Charles Sturt University and an important landmark for developing education on the NSW Mid North Coast," Professor Chambers said. "The ceremony will formalise the start of construction on stage one of Charles Sturt University's permanent campus at Port Macquarie. It will accommodate over 1 000 students and 100 staff, and support a broad range of courses and research drawn from all Faculties. The University acknowledges the strong support of the Mid North Coast community and the hard work of many people from the community which has made the establishment of a permanent campus at Port Macquarie possible." Professor Chambers noted that planning is well advanced for developing student accommodation at Port Macquarie and preliminary planning has commenced for stage two of the campus. Find out more about the new campus to be constructed by Watpac Limited here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 02 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The ground-breaking ceremony will commence at 11.30 am Friday 8 August on-site at Ellis Parade, off Major Innes Road, Lake Innes, Port Macquarie. Guests will include CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Garry Marchant; the federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, MP; the NSW member for Port Macquarie electorate, Mrs Leslie Williams, MP; the Mayor of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Mr Peter Besseling; and Biripi Elder, Uncle Bill O’Brien who will perform a cleansing ceremony at the site; and Mr Amos Frankel, the Port Macquarie Branch Manager of construction company Watpac. The first stage of the campus development is due to be completed by February 2016.

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