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Social work students from India experience Wagga

Thursday 27 Jul 2017

Kerala students in WaggaCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga is providing an international study program to give social work students from India experience with Australian human services organisations.

Course Director at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Ms Therese Jones-Mutton said the School is currently hosting two students from Rajagiri College in Kerala, India.

"The School has been visiting the university in Kerala for a number of years with groups of students and this is the first time we have been able to reciprocate the hospitality we received in Kerala," Ms Jones-Mutton said.

The students from Kerala, Ms Nefertiti Sweet and Ms Arsha Baby Joseph, are both undertaking the Master of Social Work and are here for the month of July.

"We have developed a program for them to provide exposure to a range of human services in the Wagga Wagga area," Ms Jones-Mutton said.

"Most of the students' time has been spent visiting agencies and finding out about the model of service delivery and the issues that affect marginalised Australians.

"The students also have had the opportunity to experience campus life and attend lectures."

The agencies include Relationships Australia, Wagga Women's Health Centre, and South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, and the students experienced a full-day exploring the work that the Red Cross is engaged with locally.

Ms Jones-Mutton explained that the Human Services Team in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to supporting a reciprocal arrangement with its international partners, and the program is supported by CSU Global.

"The School's relationship with Rajagiri College began in 2012 when one of our academics Dr Bill Anscombe visited the college in India," she said.

"Our first student study tour to Kerala was in 2015, led by our colleague Ms Heather Boetto. A second group of students visited in January this year, led by Ms Belinda Cash."

Ms Sweet and Ms Joseph were formally farewelled by CSU staff at a dinner on Wednesday 26 July prior to the conclusion of their study visit on Friday and their departure for India on Sunday 30 July.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Ms Therese Jones-Mutton, or Ms Sweet and Ms Joseph.

Photo shows Ms Nefertiti Sweet (centre left) and Ms Arsha Baby Joseph (centre right) with Australian Red Cross CEO Ms Judy Slatyer (left) and Red Cross MSP Ms Kate Tralaggan (right)  in Wagga Wagga recently.

Slam poet champ is new Booranga Writers' Centre resident

Friday 14 Jul 2017

Zohab KhanA poetry slam champion is the new writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

President of Booranga Writers' Centre and adjunct senior lecturer in English at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mr David Gilbey said he was pleased to announce Mr Zohab Khan (pictured) as the writer-in-residence for July.

"Booranga's new writer-in-residence is a charismatic poet-performer, hip-hop artist and international educator, celebrated as a compelling raconteur, proficient didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and percussionist," Mr Gilbey said.

"Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken-word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. Zohab is also the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam.

"Zohab has graced stages across the world and has conducted over a thousand poetry and self-development workshops at various prestigious institutions and festivals. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in people through spoken-word poetry and 'brain hacks'."

Mr Gilbey explained that with the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also a means to inspire change and increase productivity.

"As a fourth generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised in Griffith and Wagga, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into exemplary stories," he said. "He confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to socio-economic disparities, and his high energy and powerful words have left many inspired."

In 2017 Mr Khan will release of his first book in Japanese, and second collection of poetry in English. See more of Mr Khan's performances on YouTube here and here and here.

A number of events featuring Mr Khan will be held in Wagga Wagga and Griffith later in July:

'Zohab at Sonder' on Friday 21 July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, a free admission Performance Reading at Café Sonder, Fitzmaurice St, Wagga Wagga. Local slam poet Nutmeg Jacquelin will also be performing at this event. Food will be available for purchase from a special menu including share platters as well as cakes and drinks.

Writing Workshop on Saturday 22 July from 2pm to 4pm at Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga. Free to members, a $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night on Thursday 20 July from 5.30pm to 7pm at Griffith City Library, Banna Ave in Griffith. Free admission.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey and Mr Zohab Khan.

Talent at HSC English Study Day at CSU

Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

David GilbeyThe 2017 Higher School Certificate (HSC) English Study Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 16 June will bring together accomplished academics, exemplary teachers from the region, and CSU graduates.

Between 500 and 600 high school students and teachers from across the Riverina region will attend the annual HSC English Study Day.

Mr David Gilbey (pictured), adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the coordinator of the HSC English Study Day, said more than 40 lectures, workshops and discussion panels will be presented on texts and topics being studied by Standard and Advanced English students for the 2017 HSC.

"The day's focus will include poetry, prose, drama, film, techniques, writing skills, and exam tips – from William Shakespeare and Henry Lawson to contemporary Indigenous and multicultural perspectives," Mr Gilbey said.

"The students are pleased to get other perspectives on the work they're concentrating on for the HSC, and for teachers it's a useful professional development occasion.

"English teachers and academics are shining word wizards. I'm sure the day will sparkle with verbal magic," he said.

The sessions will run from 9.30am to 2.20pm and will be presented mostly by teachers of English from regional high schools and academics from CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Communication and Creative Industries, and from the Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy (ALLaN) Team.

Students and teachers will come from schools in Tumut, Young, Yanco, Leeton, Junee, Culcairn, Gundagai and Temora, as well as from Wagga Wagga and surrounds.

The HSC English Study Day is organised by the Wagga Wagga Branch of the English Teachers Association, in association with CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Booranga Writers' Centre.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

Tales From The Arabian Nights opens in Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Dominique SweeneyThe second production in the University Theatre Ensemble (UTE) 2017 season opens at the CSU Riverina Playhouse on Thursday 1 June.

Tales From The Arabian Nights is directed by Dr Dominique Sweeney (pictured) who was recently appointed as a lecturer in stage and screen acting at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga. He is a filmmaker specialising in documenting performance practice, and in particular he has been researching and filming traditional Aboriginal performances.

CSU's third-year students of the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) students bring to life these ancient stories of The Arabian Nights recrafted by Australian playwright Donna Abela.

Dr Sweeney said, "This famous story from the Arabian Nights recounts the paranoid world of King Shahrayar who kills everyone and everything that is a potential threat until the enchanting Shahrazad bravely steps in. Risking her life she begins a tale that continues into another and another which so intrigues the King that he is utterly transformed. The storyteller changes the king and the world."

Tales From The Arabian Nights opens at the CSU Riverina Playhouse at 7.30pm on Thursday 1 June then plays Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday 8 June to Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2pm on Saturday 10 June.

Tickets can be booked at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Booking Office, telephone 6926 9688, or are available at the door.

The University continues its policy of providing excellent value for money with tickets prices of $25 full price, $18 for groups (5 or more), $15 concession, and $12.50 for students. Book online at http://www.civictheatre.com.au/

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Dominique Sweeney.

Dr Sweeney taught acting at Screenwise, Griffith University, ANU, UWS, Macquarie and Sydney Universities and at the St Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. He taught and directed at Sydney Theatre School and worked as an Environmental Education Ranger in Centennial Park, Sydney. In 2012 he devised and applied a drama program for autistic and multiple disability students at Wairoa school in Bondi.He trained and works as a performer, and his education included two years in Paris at L'ecole de Theatré, Jacques Lecoq.

His performance work has seen him on stages, on screen, and other locations throughout Australia. He is a core member and chair of the board of Theatre Kantanka, a company that specialize in site specific performance. He also works with Fine Line, a Lecoq-based ensemble.

Workshop, readings and launch for Booranga writer-in-residence

Thursday 18 May 2017

Nat OReillyBooranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga welcomes Dr Nathanael O'Reilly as its writer-in-residence from 17 to 30 May.

Dr O'Reilly (pictured) is an Australian-born poet now living and teaching in the United States. During his residency his latest collection of poetry, Preparations for Departure, will be launched by Dr Lachlan Brown, a Wagga Wagga poet and senior lecturer in English at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr Brown said, "Nathanael O'Reilly was born in Warrnambool and raised in Ballarat, Brisbane and Shepparton. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies published in nine countries. He has travelled on five continents and spent extended periods in England, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine and the United States, where he currently resides and teaches Australian, British, Irish, and postcolonial literature at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

"I'm particularly excited that a poet and academic of such high international standing is revisiting Wagga Wagga and will launch his new collection of poems here. It will be great for students, staff and the community to have immediate access to this gifted writer/scholar."

Dr O'Reilly will present a writing workshop and public readings during his residency, and at the book launch on Tuesday 23 May he will read from this newly published collection. Dr Brown will also read some of his own new work.

Further information on Dr O'Reilly's newest publication can be found here

Writing Workshop, 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 20 May
Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive, CSU Wagga Wagga
Free for members of Booranga Writers' Centre, $5 for non-members

Public Reading and Book Launch, 5.15pm to 7pm on Tuesday 23rd May
Historic Council Chambers Wagga Wagga, free event

Public Reading, 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 25th May
Griffith City Library, free eventFor more information please contact Ms Kathryn Halliwell director@booranga.com or Mr David Gilbey dgilbey@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Hamlet opens 16 May at CSU Riverina Playhouse

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Hamlet UTE May 2017The University Theatre Ensemble (UTE) production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet opens on Tuesday 16 May for five nights at the Riverina Playhouse at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

Hamlet is the first production of UTE's 2017 season and is directed by Dr Robert Lewis, a lecturer in acting for stage and screen in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga.

"Hamlet is arguably one of the world's most famous tragedies," Dr Lewis said. "It is set in the Kingdom of Denmark, a country on the brink of war, and is a story about a family and a man torn apart by murder, revenge, madness and living in a world of other people's appearances.

"This adaptation of Hamlet is performed by Charles Sturt University second-year Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) students. The character of Hamlet is performed by a chorus, with each of chorus member representing an aspect of Hamlet's psyche such as lust, ambition, greed, revenge and torment.

"Our students are so lucky to have the CSU Riverina Playhouse as their performance venue," Dr Lewis said.

"UTE is unique in the fact that it is not only the performance arm of the Bachelor of Stage and Screen, it is also a vehicle for assessment, where students learn the craft of acting, take risks, and perform in challenging works."

Hamlet opens at the CSU Riverina Playhouse on Tuesday 16 May at 7.30pm, then plays Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Tickets can be booked at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Booking Office, telephone 6926 9688, or are available at the door. The University continues its policy of providing excellent value for money with tickets prices of $20 full price, $18 for groups (5 or more), $15 concession, and $12.50 for students. Book online at http://www.civictheatre.com.au/

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Robert Lewis.

Publicity image of the 2017 UTE production of Hamlet - photo credit: Rachel Baird

CSU student fundraising assists medical research

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga have again shown their support for the community after raising more than $800 for the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI).

As part of the Jeans for Genes fundraising program, the University's Residence Life student leaders hosted a 'Double Denim' event on campus on Wednesday 3 May.

Students donated a gold coin to attend the barbeque to raise money for research to cure and treat childhood diseases.

A cheque for $873 was presented to the Institute's Ms Helen Chamberlain on Wednesday 10 May by Head Resident and veterinary science student Mr Hughie Ryan (left). He was accompanied by fellow students Mr Luke Schulz and Mr Hamish Pennington and CSU assistant catering manager Mr Mike Bailey (far right).

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:
Through Residence Life, CSU offers a range of accommodation and support for students living on campus. Read more here.

Posthumous honours for Geoff Honey

Saturday 6 May 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will hold a dedication ceremony on Monday 8 May to posthumously honour the life of Mr Geoff Honey, Executive Director of Student Administration. 

The ceremony from 10am under the Chinese elm tree at CSU in Wagga Wagga will mark the first anniversary of the 51 year old's sudden death on Sunday 8 May, 2016.

A plaque has been organised by the Wagga Wagga High School classmates of Mr Honey and CSU.

In addition, a Charles Sturt University Foundation scholarship has been established in his name. 

The annual Geoff Honey Memorial Scholarship provides valuable support to a new CSU student experiencing financial hardship.

Mr Honey's widow Cheryl Honey, who also works at CSU, said she was very touched her husband would be remembered in this way.

"Geoff would be delighted with this honour and would wish me to thank everyone involved," Mrs Honey said.

CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Professor Ken Dillon said the scholarship was something that Geoff would have liked.

"Geoff was a long serving Executive Director of Student Administration and I think he would be a bit chuffed with this new scholarship offered through the Charles Sturt University Foundation," Professor Dillon said.

"We all miss Geoff and this dedication will help us remember his significant personal and professional contributions to the University and the Wagga Wagga community."

During graduation at CSU in Wagga Wagga in December 2016, the University Council posthumously conferred the title of Doctor of Business (honoris causa) on Mr Geoff Honey.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , 0439 475 315

Media Note:

The media is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the late Mr Geoff Honey from 10am on Monday 8 May under the Chinese elm tree outside the Graham Building (number 229) near Joyes Hall, Albert Pugsley Place, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The Charles Sturt University Foundation provides scholarships to CSU students. The scholarships are made available through the generous donations provided by individuals, companies and organisations.

Spectacular Egyptian textiles in Wagga

Thursday 4 May 2017

Sam Bowker with textileOnly a few days remain to see a unique example of Egyptian art at the HR Gallop Gallery (building 21) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

Dr Sam Bowker (pictured with the textile), lecturer in art history and visual culture in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga, said the exhibit of a very rare and spectacular example of 19th century Egyptian tentmaker applique – known as Khedival khayamiya – is part of the exhibition 'Have Poets Left a Patch to Sew?' at the gallery.

The show includes new digital animations and soundscapes by Rachel Walls and Dr Damian Candusso, recreating the 'Street of the Tentmakers' in Cairo, as well as new poems from the Booranga Writer's Centre.

"These art works represent a meeting of the contemporary high-tech and the historic handmade," Dr Bowker said.

"The two elements overlap between two teaching and research strengths of Charles Sturt University ─ our innovative approaches to both photography and Islamic art.

"This exhibit is called the Thatcher Panel. It was made around 1900, and it's enormous; it fills the whole wall with intricate geometric patterns, exquisite sewing and complex calligraphy. It's on loan from a collection in the UK, and has never been displayed in Australia. This is your only chance to see it in person before we digitise it."

This week CSU's Mr Timothy Crutchett will take a series of high-tech gigapan photographs of the exhibit. His previous 'gigapan khayamiya' can be seen here - http://scci.csu.edu.au/gigapixelproject/ 

Egyptian textile 1 closeupJust click on an example, view it on full screen, then zoom in slowly.

"The resolution on these digital images is mind-blowing," Dr Bowker said. "It allows the viewer to see individual stitches from many metres away. These 'gigapans' help to preserve this endangered Egyptian textile art by letting huge or fragile textiles be studied online, accessible to anyone who wants to see them."

Dr Bowker explained that the significance of the exhibit is not that the textile is temporarily available for view, but rather it is the actual CSU project of hi-tech digitisation of this textile.

"This is significant because we're breaking new ground with photographic technology using a remarkable Egyptian textile," Dr Bowker said. "The time it spends on the wall is only intended to be brief, because the photographs through the gigapan system at Charles Sturt University are extraordinary.

"These kinds of photographs are usually used for large-scale landscape panoramas, not textile surfaces. The Google Cultural Institute uses a similar technology, but we're using it for Egyptian khayamiya."

The exhibit finishes after 4pm on Friday 5 May.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Samuel Bowker or phone him on 0414 659 631.

BEST evidence for stroke patients

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers are working with local health services to improve the rehabilitation of adults who have had strokes in southern NSW.

CSU's Dr Melissa Nott and Dr Leah Wiseman from Albury Wodonga Health are seeking to improve the uptake and use of evidence-based guidelines from the National Stroke Foundation to help people who have had a stroke in a single comprehensive website.

The website was developed in collaboration between CSU, Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Albury-Wodonga Health as part of the Best Evidence for Stroke Therapies (BEST) project.

"We developed the BEST website to encourage people with stroke to drive their own recovery with assistance from their carers and local clinicians," said Dr Nott, a researcher and occupational therapy lecturer with the School of Community Health at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

['Cheryl' from Wagga Wagga tells her story here on the importance of a team approach to her rehabilitation after a stroke.]

Resources available for patients and carers on the website include 'step-by-step' guides, information and instructions sheets and videos, home activity records and goal setting worksheets. On the same site, clinicians can access 'how-to' videos, implementation checklists and evidence summaries to help them implement and evaluate their stroke-related care.

"We wanted to provide all the information that would be needed by both patients and clinicians so that clinicians feel more confident to implement the National Stroke Guidelines and that patients receive the best quality care," Dr Nott said.

"Geographical distance from health services can make it difficult for patients in regional NSW to access outpatient services once they have been discharged from hospital. This website offers an alternative way to ensure all patients can access the highest quality rehabilitation."

Stroke is associated with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death and disease burden in Australia. The rate of cardiovascular disease in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District is significantly higher than the NSW average and is a priority area for the region.

The BEST project uses the website as part of an investigation into how to improve outcomes for people who have had a stroke in regional and remote areas of Australia.

The project and website will be officially launched in Wagga Wagga at the Acute Stroke Unit, Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, at 12.30pm on Thursday 4 May.

Results from the project are due in June 2018. The project is funded by NSW Health and its Translational Research Grant Scheme.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Dr Melissa Nott, contact CSU Media.

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