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CSU launches Community-University Partnerships

Wednesday 16 Jul 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has launched a new grants program aimed at forming strong, relevant and collaborative partnerships with its communities. Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie,  Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, said the Community-University Partnership (CUP) program complemented the University's mission is to advance higher education opportunities and research that meet the particular needs and aspirations of regional communities. "The CUP program is a very welcome resource to support Charles Sturt University's engagement with its communities and I am sure that the program will be enthusiastically supported on the Mid-North Coast," Professor Chambers said. "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 CUP program offers grants in several categories: Rural and Regional Schools Development, Rural and Regional Arts and Culture, Rural and Regional Sports Development, 'Healthy, Active, Sporting Regions', Rural and Regional Community Integrated Research Grants, and Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement. The program is open to not-for-profit community organisations such as sporting and cultural bodies, schools, health and social service organisations, faith-based organisations and local councils. More information is available from the University's Community Portal.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media for interviews.

Information Day at CSU

Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

Higher education opportunities on the NSW Mid North Coast will be on show during iDay at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Thursday 26 June. The annual information day will showcase the expanding number of courses available on then NSW Mid North Coast including accounting, advertising, business studies, criminal justice, education (K-12), graphic design, gerontology, medical imaging, paramedics, psychology, public relations and social work. The iDay, which is part of the University's MyDay program, will be held in three sessions, from 10 am to noon, 1 to 3 pm and 5 to 7 pm at CSU at 27 Grant Street in Port Macquarie. Each session will include a presentation by University Admissions Centre (UAC) staff and information about the new CSU campus due to open in Port Macquarie in February 2016. CSU staff from the courses available through Port Macquarie in 2015 will be available to speak with student leavers and those attending iDay will be offered a tour of medical imaging facilities. CSU Prospective Student Advisor at Port Macquarie, Ms Bernadette Gammon said, "We look forward to seeing Mid North Coast school leavers and their families as well as other members of the local community who are considering taking up the growing number of higher education opportunities available through Charles Sturt University at Port Macquarie." Register for iDay online here or telephone 1800 334 733.

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

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Prospective Student Advisor Ms Bernadette Gammon is available for interview about the iDay at CSU in Port Macquarie. Contact CSU Media.

Working together to strengthen Indigenous education

Monday 16 Jun 2014

Representatives of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie and the Hastings Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday 18 June. The MoU represents a shared commitment to achieve equitable access and successful education and training outcomes for Indigenous students. It provides a framework founded upon the principles of mutual respect and empowerment, and embodies the values, commitments and recommendations of CSU's Reconciliation Statement and Indigenous Education Strategy. Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, said, "The Hastings AECG has been very successful in promoting an integrated and cooperative approach to Indigenous education among education providers at all levels, and in engaging the community with education providers. The MoU is intended to strengthen CSU's cooperation with the AECG and will result in strong communication with and advice from the community on needs and priorities to inform CSU's Indigenous Education Strategy at Port Macquarie." The MoU will be signed at 6pm Wednesday 18 June at suite 2, 27 Grant Street, Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Students’ healthy interest in careers

Monday 9 Jun 2014

Senior high school students on the Mid North Coast attended workshops about careers in health organised by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie last week. About 60 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 participated in the 'Hands Up 4 Health' program at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital on Tuesday 3 and in Kempsey on Thursday 5 June. The program showcased a range of professional health careers. Students were also advised about the subjects which will benefit a career in health, and given information about various career options and the availability of courses in the local area. CSU Indigenous Student Support Officer, Ms Helene Jones, said, "Students were able to have a 'hands-on' experience in a hospital environment, talking to radiographers, medical imaging specialists, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, administration officers, technicians, pathologists, and environmental health officers. Students were fully engaged and participated in all activities. The program broke down some misconceptions for some students and made them all think that a health career is a realistic option for them."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The program was coordinated by Ms Jones, with Ms Bronwyn Jolly and Ms Sandra Wallace from CSU Future Moves, and Mr Rob Barnett, the workforce manager for Mid North Coast Local Area Health District.

CSU scholarship ceremony in Port Macquarie

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students on the Mid North Coast will be presented with a range of scholarships and awards at a ceremony in Port Macquarie on Friday 23 May. The event will be hosted by Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, the Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, and the Deputy Chancellor, Ms Kathryn Pitkin, with Associate Professor Gayle Smythe, Associate Dean of Research. Professor Chambers said, "We are very proud of the students at Port Macquarie and their achievements, and also of the contributions that they and their families are making to the successful establishment of Charles Sturt University on the Mid North Coast. The University's scholarships are created through community and business support, and this has developed very well already at Port Macquarie. We gratefully acknowledge our donors and supporters."

The ceremony will include:

School of Biomedical Sciences – Executive Dean's Award's for Academic Excellence for 2013 outstanding performance in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) course: Ms Helen Atkins (for Session 1); Mr Adam Rowsell (for Session 1); Adam Rowsell (for Session 2); Mr Patrick Boyle (for Session 2) and Mr Lewis Heywood (for Session 2).

School of Dentistry and Health Sciences - Elsevier Science Australia Award for Academic Excellence in First Year Medical Radiations Clinical Practice and Techniques, awarded to the student enrolled in the first-year of Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science course who achieves the best overall raw scores in the subjects Professional Fundamentals, and Introductory Medical Radiation Science: to Ms Jodi Webb.

CSU Foundation scholarships to Ms Jody Denny (Bachelor of Social Work), and Ms Yvette Coulon, (Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science).

Lions Club of Port Macquarie, Tacking Point Scholarship, to Ms Amy Bourke (Bachelor of Social Science - Psychology).

CSU Foundation CEFA Scholarship to Mr Nathan Ross, Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).

Lions Club of Port Macquarie, Tacking Point: Mr John Urquhart to be presented with the Certificate of Appreciation from CSU.The scholarships will be presented in Room 116 at Charles Sturt University, 27 Grant Street, Port Macquarie, following a welcome and morning tea starting at 10am Friday 23 May.

 

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
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Paramedic students assist Port Macquarie Ironman event

Sunday 18 May 2014

 For the second year in a row, paramedic students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) volunteered to provide valuable support as medical responders for the recent Toyota Ironman Australia event in Port Macquarie. Thirty first and second-year paramedic students and two paramedic academics from the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences worked closely with private paramedics, doctors, and nurses to care for spectators and any of the 1 700 athletes injured or requiring other medical care before, during and after the race. The paramedic students provided medical first response from motorcycles, assistance from three dedicated private ambulances, first aid to spectators and the public, and took care of athletes in the medical tent. Mr Joe Acker, senior lecturer in paramedics at CSU in Port Macquarie, said, "The students and staff contributed over 250 hours of medical volunteer time to Ironman, and I was so proud to see our students in their CSU paramedic uniforms willing to do anything and everything to make this event a success. This was an invaluable inter-professional learning experience for our paramedic students because they had the opportunity to work with experienced doctors and nurses in a complex team environment. Not only did they get to work behind the scenes at a world-class athletic event, but they were also able to see the tremendous value of volunteering in their community. They all gained hands-on experience while giving something back to their community." The paramedic students treated injuries and conditions that included oyster shell cuts, chest pains, dehydration, hypothermia, spectators who tripped and cut hands and face, bicycle crashes with abrasions and lacerations, strains and soft tissue injury, head injury, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, spectators who fainted, and a child with an allergic reaction.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Joe Acker. Established in 1985, the Toyota Ironman Australia is one of the longest-running Ironman events on the global circuit and celebrated 29 years on Sunday 4 May 2014. The Ironman Australia event consists of a 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre bike course and 42.2 kilometre run, covering what is arguably one of the most scenic Ironman courses in the world. There were over 1700 athletes competing in the Ironman supported by over 2000 volunteers from the Port Macquarie Hastings Region.

CSU Explorations talk in Port Macquarie

Monday 5 May 2014

Prof Clive HamiltonCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will host a free public lecture by Professor Clive Hamilton on Wednesday 14 May. Professor Hamilton holds the Vice-Chancellor's Chair and is Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Canberra. He will address the question, 'A new geological epoch: can humans survive the Anthropocene?'. "According to Earth scientists, our planet has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, in which human activity has become a powerful force of nature," Professor Hamilton said. "The influence of humans is so powerful that it now overwhelms the natural causes of change in the Earth system. Some earth scientists regard this astonishing event as a stage in the history of the Earth on a par with the emergence of life and the oxygenation of the atmosphere. The question we face in the 21st Century is whether planetary boundaries will be breached to such a degree that the functioning of the Earth system is irreversibly disturbed in ways hostile to life. Or will humans attempt to use technology, like geo-engineering, to take control of the planet? What would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole, to make the Earth itself into an artefact designed to suit our needs?" The public lecture is part of CSU's 2014 Explorations Series.

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

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The public lecture runs from 5pm to 7pm Wednesday 14 May, at The Glasshouse Theatre, corner of Clarence and Hay Streets, Port Macquarie. Enquiries about the public lecture should be directed to Ms Alison Woods at CSU on (02) 6582 9334; Professor Clive Hamilton was the founder and Executive Director of the Australia Institute prior to his appointment at CSU. His most recent book is Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate. His other books include: The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics; Affluenza; Requiem for a Species; and Growth Fetish. The public lecture, A new geological epoch: can humans survive the Anthropocene? is part of Charles Sturt University's (CSU) 2014 Explorations Series. The 'Explorations' series is part of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) program and aims to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world.

Future student accommodation at CSU

Tuesday 1 Apr 2014

New student accommodation at CSU in Wagga Wagga in 2014.New student accommodation options are being explored by Charles Sturt University (CSU) for its new campus in Port Macquarie. Earlier this month on the NSW Mid-North Coast, CSU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Vann, unveiled the designs for the initial stage of a permanent campus due to open in Port Macquarie in February 2016. Read more in CSU News here.  As part of this process, CSU has issued what is known as a Request for Information from builders and developers to see what they can provide in terms of student accommodation. The process remains open until Thursday 17 April. Further information is available under 'Port Macquarie - Student Residences' here. Director of the University's Residence Life, Mr David Griffin, said, "Charles Sturt University recognises a need for the development of a significant volume of student accommodation within Port Macquarie to support the development of the new permanent campus. With projected student enrolment in excess of 3 000 by 2030 there will be a need for a range of accommodation options for students within Port Macquarie and surrounding areas." In 2014, CSU opened new and renovated undergraduate and postgraduate student accommodation across its footprint including in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange, and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

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Funding assistance of more than $18 million for stage one has been provided through the federal government's Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, and the Department's Education Investment Fund.

CSU expands in Port Macquarie

Friday 10 Jan 2014

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students in Port Macquarie will soon have access to two medical imaging laboratories as the University expands its facilities on the Mid North Coast. The expansion will see an existing building in Munster Street turned into a CSU campus after a development application for the work was approved this week. Port Macquarie Campus Director Dr Muyesser Durur says the new campus allows for a boost in student numbers and would expand the course profile already offered through CSU's Grant Street campus. "By 2015 CSU in Port Macquarie will welcome students into Education and Communications and Creative Industries. We will also offer extra Social Science courses," Dr Durur says. "On top of this, the Munster Street campus will have two medical imaging laboratories with advanced x-ray equipment and image viewing stations."

Media Contact: Mark O'Brien, (02) 6365 7813

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CSU staff bike initiative a first

Wednesday 11 Dec 2013

Staff at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie have shifted up a gear in their approach to a greener, cleaner lifestyle. Six new bicycles were presented to staff last week for travel between the Grant Street Campus and Clarence Street offices – a distance of about 1.1 kilometres. Staff members were quick to test out the pushbikes at the official launch, which also included a workshop on bike maintenance and cycle safety, run by cycle enthusiast Lloyd Newell of Gordon Street Cycles where the bikes were purchased. Port Macquarie businesses Khodary's Pharmacy and Hastings Dental Centre also provided health and fitness showbags for staff. CSU encourages staff and students to cycle to and from campus whenever possible, however, the staff bike initiative is a first for the University. "CSU in Port Macquarie is a bit different to our other campuses. Having the two locations, with a third soon to come in Munster Street, has made us look at some different approaches. This bike system is a good one as it's something that every member of staff can access," says CSU Green manager Ed Maher. "As well as helping CSU reduce its emissions associated with travel, this project will also provide a fun and fitness element for staff.

Media Contact: Mark O'Brien, (02) 6365 7813

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Media Note: Contact CSU Media for interviews. Photo: CSU Port Macquarie Campus Director Dr Muyesser Durur with Mr Lloyd Newell of Gordon Street Cycles.

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