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World Social Work Day marked in Wagga Wagga

Monday 20 Mar 2017

Therese Jones MuttonCharles Sturt University (CSU) academics and local social workers will celebrate World Social Work Day on Tuesday 21 March at a special dinner in Wagga Wagga.

Lecturer in social work and human services in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ms Therese Jones-Mutton (pictured) said, "Social workers are passionate advocates for a more socially-just Australia, and nationally the Australian Association of Social Work is promoting the difference social workers make to society.

"Locally, the World Social Work Day celebration is being organised by the Wagga Social Work Network which is now its third year of operation. We feel it is important to highlight the value of social work to society on this significant international day."

In 2017 World Social Work Day highlights the theme 'Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability', which relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Ms Jones-Mutton, who is also an organising committee member of the celebrations in Wagga Wagga, said, "The Wagga Social Work Network is a network of professional social workers and social work students. Its aim is to network, share information, participate in continuing education, and mentor and support students coming into the profession."

At the Network dinner on Tuesday night the audience will hear an address by leading international guest speaker, Professor Tiina Silvasti. She is Professor of Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.CSU offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Social Work and Human Services, read more here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Ms Therese Jones-Mutton is a lecturer, social work field education coordinator and manager of work place learning for the social work discipline in CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Registrations have closed for the Wagga Social Work Dinner at 6.30pm Tuesday 21 March at the Function Room at the Town House, Margan Street Wagga Wagga.

The dinner organising committee is Ms Therese Jones-Mutton (CSU), Mr Aaron Morison (Intereach), Ms Taryn Humphries (Anglicare), and Ms Kathleen Gaisford (a CSU graduate).

Guest speaker Professor Tiina Silvasti from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, has studied the social consequences of structural change in agriculture and cultural models that organize farmers' way of life, covering also gender and environmental issues. Her recent research interests lie in food system studies, particularly in food security in the first-world context, and food aid delivery in wealthy Western countries. Besides publishing articles in scientific journals, both in Finnish and in English, she has written two books (in Finnish) and co-edited nine books (two in English).

First writer-in-residence for 2017

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

Rajith SavanadasaA new writer-in-residence at the Booranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will present two events in March.

The Centre's Creative Director Ms Kathryn Halliwell said Melbourne author Mr Rajith Savanadasa (pictured) will present a public reading on Thursday 23 March, and a writing workshop on Saturday 25 March.

"It is with great pleasure that Booranga Writers' Centre welcomes Rajith Savanadasa as our first writer-in-residence for 2017," Ms Halliwell said. "We feel privileged to have such a talented young writer sharing his work with us through the upcoming author reading, and Booranga writing workshop.

"I encourage all in the region who are interested in writing and literature to attend his public reading and the writing workshop."

Mr Savanadasa was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. He runs Open City Stories, an oral history project documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne and is working on the next phase of it. He is currently working on a follow-up to his debut novel Ruins which has recently been longlisted for the Australian Literary Society 2017 Gold Medal award. Mr Savanadasa was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013, the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013, received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014, and was part of the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program in 2014.The March events will be held:


Thursday 23 March, 5pm to 7pm

Public reading at the Museum of the Riverina at the Historic Council Chambers, corner of Morrow and Baylis Streets, Wagga Wagga. All are welcome to this free event, with refreshments provided.

Saturday 25 March, 2pm to 4pm

Writing workshop at the Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive at CSU in Wagga Wagga. All are welcome. The workshop is free to members of Wagga Wagga Writers' Writers Inc. and $5 for non-members.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Kathryn Halliwell and Mr Rajith Savanadasa.

New poetry book launched in Wagga Wagga

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Poetry book launchA new book of poetry by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD graduate and former director of CSU's Booranga Writers' Centre was launched at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Saturday 4 March.

The Only White Landscape, the second collection of poetry by Dr Derek Motion (second from right in photo), has been published by Australian poetry imprint Cordite Books (2017). It presents a series of poems that use the specific landscapes of regional NSW as a lens to investigate personal change.

"I'm really excited to see this book out in the world," says Derek Motion. "It's my second collection and it's particularly great this time to have been supported by Cordite Books, one of Australia's most reputable publishers of contemporary poetry."

The Only White Landscape was officially launched by Mr David Gilbey, poet and adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

"Like the shaman-poet of ancient times, Derek Motion creates something out of nothing, using words to mediate between chaos and existence, speaking an imperfect, centrifugal, sometimes incomprehensible language," Mr Gilbey said. "Derek has said his poems are an 'assembly point' and his non-conclusive riddling is spell-binding."

Dr Motion now lives in Narrandera and works as a Regional Arts Development Officer, but grew up in Wagga Wagga where he studied creative writing has English (Honours) degree from CSU, going on to successfully complete a PhD at CSU on the 'poetics of failure' in Australian poetry. During this time Dr Motion worked as Director of the Booranga Writers' Centre and published his first collection of poems, Lollyology (2012).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo by Kathryn Halliwell; left to right - Cordite CEO Mr Kent MacCarter, senior lecturer in English and poet Dr Lachlan Brown, Dr Derek Motion, and Mr David Gilbey.

The Only White Landscape cover was designed by Ms Alissa Dinallo, with the illustration by Ms Lily Mae Martin.

CSU students get carbon foot in campus door

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

CSU Green O WeekStudents at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are aiming to change their behaviours to significantly reduce their carbon use in 2017.

During the recent Orientation Week, nearly 300 students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Port Macquarie signed a pledge to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

CSU Green Manager, Mr Ed Maher, said that the students' behaviour changes would also contribute towards the University's carbon neutrality status.

"Charles Sturt University is currently the only University in Australia that has been certified as carbon neutral by the federal government. This means that we have done a lot of work to reduce our emissions and the remaining amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere are equal to the amount that we offset through certified offset projects associated with reforestation in central NSW and a range of internationally-based renewable energy systems," Mr Maher said.

"The student pledges, which are a new Orientation activity, also make students aware of what it takes to be carbon neutral. The students embraced the initiative with absolute enthusiasm. This reminds us that our strong leadership in this area is important to these future leaders and professionals in the making."

Student pledges included actions aimed at reducing waste and improving energy efficiency as well as in conserving water.

Mr Maher said popular pledges included 'I'm committed to turning off my computer at the power point when not in use, using reusable bags and saying no to plastic and packaging, and get my coffee in a Keep Cup because I know disposable cups are rubbish and are not recyclable'.

"Charles Sturt University is supporting the students' pledges by employing four student Sustainability Advisers who live on campus and will lead sustainability initiatives with students and help them fulfil their pledges," he said.

The advisers will live on CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Green Manager Mr Ed Maher in Wagga Wagga contact CSU Media.

Images of student pledgers during Orientation can be found on the CSU Green Facebook page.

Blood flows at CSU to save lives

Tuesday 7 Mar 2017

Staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are doing their bit to help save Australian lives through blood donations.

The annual Intercampus Blood Challenge is being held over the next four months and blood donations made by staff and students will be tallied.

There's fierce competition amongst the campuses for the two award categories: the most total donations; and the highest percentage of donations.

CSU in Port Macquarie has taken out the Challenge's highest percentage category for the past two years. CSU in Bathurst won the highest total donations in 2016.

The University is also supporting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's latest group donation campaign, known as Red25, with a large number of new students registering interest in donating blood during orientation week.

In the 2016 Red25 program, staff and students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga won the Most Plasma Donations (Education) category and took second place in the Most Lives Saved category. A total of 183 donations were made, saving more than 450 lives.

At CSU in Wagga Wagga, the student club, the Pharmers Society won both the Most Number of Plasma Donations (Education) for 2016 and took out third place in Most Lives Saved category. The pharmacy students were responsible for 118 blood donations, saving 354 Australian lives.

To donate blood, call 13 14 95 or visit the website to make an appointment.

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

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Photo: CSU Health Promotions Officer Ms Coleen Pearce accepts the trophy and certificate for the student club, Pharmers Society, at Red25 award event in Wagga Wagga in February 2017.

Big Day In at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Monday 6 Mar 2017

High school students from the Riverina will have the chance to explore careers in technology as the Big Day In makes its way to Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Wednesday 8 March.

The Big Day In 2016The Big Day In is an IT careers event designed for students in Years 9 to 12 as well as university students interested in careers in technology.

The conference is hosted by CSU in conjunction with the ACS Foundation which facilitates sponsorship of technology education and research projects.

CSU in Wagga Wagga is the first of 10 locations hosting Big Day In conferences around Australia. The free event be held in Joyes Hall, Pine Gully Road at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 9am to 2.30pm.

Exhibitors at this year's event include Digital Careers, WiseTech Global, Adobe, Technology One, Agrihack, Westpac Group, PDK, TAFE, and Silvertone Electronics.

ACS Foundation Executive Director Mr John Ridge, said "We aim to attract students who have an interest or passion for IT and technology, and give them the opportunity to hear from people in the industry, and ask them questions. 

"This allows them to be better informed before making decisions about their future careers."

This is the third consecutive year that CSU has hosted the Big Day In conference, with over 400 students attending last year. 

Further information is available here.

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

Media Note:

For interviews about the Big Day In, contact ACS Foundation Executive Director Mr John Ridge on telephone (02) 8296 4445 or mobile 0407 913 992 or CSU Big Day In event coordinator Mr Luke Keesmaat on telephone (02) 6051 9254 or mobile 0438 274 673.

CSU students takes a cut for a good cause

Monday 6 Mar 2017

Meeting cancer patients during her work placement has inspired a Charles Sturt University (CSU) student to shave her head to raise money to help people with the disease.

CSU student Ms Rachel HindiBachelor of Medical Radiation Science student, Ms Rachel Hindi, is taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave fundraising campaign.

"I'm specialising in radiation therapy and spent a work placement at a cancer therapy centre at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney," Ms Hindi said.

"It was very humbling to spend time with the patients I was treating and to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face and the impact that cancer has on them and their families.

"The other staff on my work placement we involved in fundraising and I decided that I wanted to do something to help.

"The money raised through The World's Greatest Shave gives families facing blood cancer emotional and practical support, as well as funding research."

Ms Hindi's long curly locks will be shaved at The Crow Bar at CSU on Friday 17 March. You can support the CSU student here.

Ms Hindi is in the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga. The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations) is a four year program offered by CSU in Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone and Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2069

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU student Ms Rachel Hindi.

Literary moves in Wagga Wagga

Thursday 2 Mar 2017

David GilbeyA Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic is a member of this year's Australian Literary Society (ALS) Gold Medal judging panel.

Adjunct senior lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga Mr David Gilbey (pictured) said he was delighted to have been invited onto the panel to confer this year's ALS Gold Medal for Australian Literature.

The panel's convenor is Dr Bill Ashcroft (UNSW), who has written widely on post-colonial literature and the Sacred. Other members of the 2017 ALS judging panel are Dr Bernadette Brennan (formerly of Sydney University) who has written on Brian Castro and Helen Garner; and poet and CSU academic Mr David Gilbey.

The ALS Gold Medal is awarded under the patronage of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) which exists to promote the study, discussion and creation of Australian writing. Many significant Australian authors have won the ALS Gold Medal including Patrick White, AD Hope, and Mary Gilmore.

"I have been impressed with the variety, depth and imaginative complexity of the 45 books in a range of genres that were nominated for the 2017 award," Mr Gilbey said.

In other news, a new writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers' Centre at CSU in Wagga Wagga has been announced.

Mr Gilbey said, "I'm also delighted that author, Rajith Savanadasa, is the first writer-in-residence at the Booranga Writers' Centre in Wagga Wagga for 2017. I think his book Ruins is a brilliant first novel. Ruins is set in Colombo and I thought the background political struggles in Sri Lanka and some of the tensions between Buddhism and Hinduism were worked into the language of the novel convincingly. I loved the novel's narrative subtlety."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU academic Mr David Gilbey.

The judging panel will announce a short list for the Gold Medal after ASAL's mini-conference in April. The winner will be announced at its July conference in Melbourne.

Launch of CSU funding program in Wagga Wagga

Thursday 23 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will launch its Community University Partnerships (CUP) program on Friday 24 February with thousands of dollars available to support local organisations and groups.

CSU Director of Government and Community Relations Mr Peter Fraser said the CUP grants are an example of how the University is fostering the development of vibrant regional communities.

"This year's CUP program will support Indigenous, arts, educational and sporting activities in regional NSW through direct grants from Charles Sturt University totalling $100 000," Mr Fraser said.

"We want young people in the Riverina to aspire to higher education and to be aware of the opportunities in their own local region.

"Charles Sturt University is proud to be able to support projects that can make a real difference in our community and we've seen in the past that some of these small projects grow to have far-reaching effects."

In 2016, CSU provided 103 CUP grants across all its regions.

In the Riverina projects included the creation of a dry riverbed garden at a pre-school, providing uniforms and training for a rugby league group and new equipment for schools.

CUP funding applications for the Arts opens on Monday 27 February. Further information about CUP is available here.

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

Media Note:

Media are invited to attend the launch of CSU's 2017 Community University Partnerships (CUP) program from 9:30am on Friday 24 February at the CSU Convention Centre, Contact CSU Media to attend.

O Week at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will welcome more than new 850 students next week with a range of academic and social activities to help them settle into university life.

Orientation Week will kick off with some pomp and circumstance during an official Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday 20 February at Joyes Hall.

Following a procession of staff in academic gowns and an official welcome to CSU, continuing students will pass on a symbol of learning to a new student from each of CSU's three faculties.

The ceremony will be followed by a colourful Market Day from 11am, under the gum trees near Joyes Hall.

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, library and laboratory tours, along with social events such as BBQs and live bands. 

O Week student leaders are raising money for the McGrath Foundation in 2017 and will be dressed in pink.

Students will move into their accommodation at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 12.30pm on Saturday 18 February.

Classes for all new and continuing students start on campus 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: Ms Emily Malone and Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2069

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Deputy Dean of CSU's Faculty of Science, Associate Professor Lyndall Angel,  will be available for interview prior to and after the commencement ceremony at 10am, at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Monday 20 February. Contact CSU Media.

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