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Biggest Morning Tea raised $500 for Cancer Council

Wednesday 3 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

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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.

CSU scholarships and prizes presented in Port Macquarie

Friday 29 May 2015

CSU Port M scholarships 2015High-achieving students were presented with scholarships and prizes at a special ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Tuesday 26 May. Four students received scholarships offered through the CSU Foundation, and nine students received prizes for outstanding performance in their respective studies in Schools in three CSU Faculties (Arts, Business, and Science). Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, welcomed the students their families and guests, and CSU academic leaders who made some of the presentations. These included CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann, the acting Executive Dean of the CSU Faculty of Arts, Professor Tracey Green, and the Associate Dean of the CSU Faculty of Science, Associate Professor Lyndall Angel. Professor Cavanagh said, "Charles Sturt University, and our donors, are committed to providing all students with the opportunity to access higher education and reach their full potential. It is important that we provide regional and low socio-economic students with the same opportunities as their counterparts elsewhere."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Pictured are CSU student scholarship and prize recipients with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (centre, back), Head of Campus in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh (left), and Associate Professor Tracey Green and Associate Professor Lyn Angel (front right).

CSU hosts Biggest Morning Tea in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Morning teaCharles Sturt University (CSU) and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will co-host a Biggest Morning Tea fund-raiser for the Cancer Council on Thursday 28 May. Head of Campus of CSU in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh said CSU staff and students are encouraged to participate in community and charity events. "We see this as an important part of the university's commitment to the health and welfare of our communities, and indeed all of Australia," Professor Cavanagh said. "However, this year's Biggest Morning Tea here has a twist. We will not only be joining with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to raise money for this great cause, but we will be competing with each other for who can bake the best cake. The Council have a battle on their hands!" CSU and Hastings Council will taste-test their cupcakes and submit their best for judging. The Mayor, Councillor Peter Bessling, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Heather Cavanagh, and the president of the Country Women's Association branch in Port Macquarie, Ms Alice Miller, have agreed to be the judges for the competition's final tasting. As well as staff and students, elderly residents from the local area will be invited to visit CSU to make a gold coin donation for a 'cuppa and cake'.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The Biggest Morning Tea is from 9am Thursday 28 May at Student Central at CSU, Grant Street, Port Macquarie.

Paramedic expertise in Port Macquarie

Tuesday 19 May 2015

After 14 years as a paramedic in NSW, Mr Phillip Ebbs has a wealth of experience that he's keen to CSU senior lecturer Mr Philip Ebbsshare in his new role with Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie.  Before taking up the role of senior lecturer in paramedicine, Mr Ebbs worked as a paramedic and manager across Sydney and regional NSW, attaining the rank of Superintendent and recently spending 12 months as an Acting Assistant Commissioner. He has been a member of NSW Ambulance Incident Management Teams for a number of operations, including the Lindt Cafe siege and the recent Hunter storms. Mr Ebbs said he's looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of his new role on the Mid-North Coast. "As part of the School of Biomedical Sciences I'll be supporting paramedics and managers in Australia and internationally as the profession meets new challenges associated with a changing scope of paramedic practice, new opportunities in health technology, national registration for paramedics, and increased requirements to work seamlessly with health and emergency service partners." Mr Ebbs assisted with the introduction of world leading stroke, mental health, cardiac, trauma and sub-acute care programs across regional NSW, particularly in the Hunter and Mid-North Coast.  He has also volunteered in Papua New Guinea, and has flown as a paramedic on helicopters in New Zealand during a paramedic exchange program.

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

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Paramedic students shave heads for charity

Wednesday 29 Apr 2015

Port M paramedics before head shaveFour paramedic students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will have their heads shaved to raise money for charity on Tuesday 5 May. Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedics) students Mr Dane Rickwood, Ms Erika Williamson, Ms Taylor Mclean, and Ms Gemma Tobler will have their heads shaved to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. The head-shave will be at 1.30pm Tuesday 5 May at Student Central in CSU at Grant Street, Port Macquarie. There will also be a bake sale at the event to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. Donations can be made here.

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Pictured (left to right) before their 'head shave' are CSU paramedic students Ms Gemma Tobler, Ms Taylor McLean, Ms Erika Williamson, and Mr Dane Rickwood.

Volunteers assist CSU paramedic students

Tuesday 21 Apr 2015

Paramedic student assessmentSenior citizens from the Mid North Coast are helping Charles Sturt University (CSU) paramedic students enhance their clinical assessment skills. The volunteer 'patients' are examined by students studying the Bachelor of Clinic Practice (Paramedic) at CSU in Port Macquarie. CSU paramedic lecturer Ms Tania Johnston said, "Since last year I have been inviting community volunteers to assist our paramedic students practice and develop the skills they learn in class. Most recently we had five senior citizens come in to act as 'patients', to be interviewed and assessed by second-year students. We do it in the style of 'speed dating', whereby the students spend approximately 15-20 minutes with each volunteer before moving to the next one. It serves to build student confidence in communicating with elderly people, as well as practicing basic assessment techniques. Our 'patients' are keen to provide feedback and give the students an idea of what they will face when they get out into the real world of paramedic practice." Another session is planned on campus in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 6 May with approximately seven volunteers from the local Probus Club and University of the Third Age. In an additional arrangement with staff at the Bethany Aged Care Nursing Home, third-year CSU paramedic students will visit on Tuesday 28 April to practice their cardiac assessment and history-taking skills with residents. "The community of Port Macquarie has been exceptionally engaged with the University and we appreciate the high level of support from our seniors groups," said Ms Johnston.

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Photo shows second-year CSU students Ms Leeanne Carrick and Mr Brodie Savage practicing their assessment and interview skills with 'patient' Mrs Maureen Greening.

Religious freedom in Australia – CSU public lecture

Tuesday 24 Mar 2015

Rev Prof Stephen PickardReligious freedom in Australia is the focus of the first 2015 Exploration Series free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Wednesday 25 March. Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Canberra, will speak about 'Religious freedom and the future of Christianity in a multi-faith and secular Australia'. His lecture will explore the character of civil society and a vision for the common good. Reverend Professor Pickard was formerly head of the CSU School of Theology for nine years, and is also Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The CSU public lecture is from 5pm to 7pm Wednesday 25 March at The Glasshouse Theatre, corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie. For more information please contact Ms Alison Woods on (02) 6582 9334 or alwoods@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Port Macquarie wins 2014 blood donation challenge

Thursday 5 Mar 2015

Port M blood donation 2014 win plaqueStudents and staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie have won the 2014 inter-campus blood donation challenge set by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. On a 'per head' basis relative to the size of all CSU campuses, the staff and students at CSU in Port Macquarie made more blood donations during 2014 than the other CSU campuses. To celebrate this achievement, Mr Greg French from the Red Cross presented a plaque to CSU's student Red Cross Ambassador Ms Ashleigh Barker at a celebratory luncheon at 12:30pm Wednesday 4 March at the campus in Port Macquarie. Ms Barker said, "I am really impressed that the students and staff at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie have been able to make such a large number of blood donations in 2014. It is even more impressive that we have beaten larger more established CSU campuses in the Red Cross Blood Donation Challenge. I thank all the students and staff here. We aim to increase the number of donations in 2015 and hope to win the challenge for a second time." Mr French also used this opportunity to promote the commencement of the 2015 Red Cross Inter-campus Challenge at CSU.

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Photo: Student Ms Asheigh Barker receives a plaque, on behalf of CSU blood donors in Port Macquarie, from Mr Greg French from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

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

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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

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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.

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