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Teachers and students to learn coding at AgriTech Incubator in Wagga

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Computer coding training for Riverina teachers and female high school students

* AgriTech Incubator supports women and girls into tech and entrepreneurial activities

The AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will host computer coding training for teachers and students from Riverina schools on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May.

Following the success of the 2017 event, the 2018 sessions will again be delivered by Code Club Australia which teaches students how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Code Club also delivers training to equip teachers with the confidence and ability to teach their students to code.

Professor of Food Engineering in the CSU School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, John Mawson (pictured), said, “The AgriTech Incubator teacher training day on Wednesday 16 May is fully booked, and over 90 students are expected to attend the coding event on Thursday17 May, to learn how to create a rainbow predictor using Python and Raspberry Pi programs.

“Students and teachers are travelling from towns across the Riverina − Cootamundra, Griffith, Junee, Leeton, Tullibigeal, Wagga Wagga, and Young − to attend the events.

“Offering specialised programs supporting women and girls into tech and entrepreneurial activities is just one of the goals of the AgriTech Incubator.

“The 2018 event follows the successful AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University which delivered its first coding event specifically for Years 9 and 10 female high school students in the Wagga Wagga region in November 2017. Then, students created computer generated modern art, using Python, and the event was very well received by both students and teachers.

“The teachers at that event also noted they would greatly value a training day to improve their ability to support STEM related initiatives in their schools,” Professor Mawson said.

The coding events will be held at the AgriTech Incubator, building 6, CSU in Wagga Wagga (car park 11) from 10am Wednesday 16 (for teachers) and Thursday 17 May (for students).

The AgriTech Incubator is funded by the NSW Department of Industry with significant additional funding from CSU, with the coding events being in partnership with Code Club Australia (https://codeclubau.org/).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Professor John Mawson will be available for interview at 10am on Wednesday 16 May at the AgriTech Incubator (building 6) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

New Booranga writer-in-residence to speak in Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 2 May 2018

* Award-winning author Lili Wilkinson at Booranga to present reading and workshops

* Free Public Reading from 5 pm to 7pm on Thursday 3 May at Historic Council Chambers, Baylis Street

* Writing Workshop from 2pm to 4pm Saturday 12 May at Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive

Booranga Writers’ Centre in Wagga Wagga will this week welcome a new writer-in-residence, award-winning young adult author Ms Lili Wilkinson (pictured), for a two-week residency.

Adjunct senior lecturer in English at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga and President of Booranga Writers’ Centre Mr David Gilbey said Ms Wilkinson is Booranga’s second writer-in-residence for 2018.

“We try to invite writers who have published in different genres and styles at Booranga, and we’re very excited to have such an accomplished ‘Gen Y’ young adult author coming here,” Mr Gilbey said.

Ms Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eleven books, including Green Valentine and Pink. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for children and teenagers. Her latest novel is The Boundless Sublime.

Mr Gilbey said, “Lili’s writing has received many commendations and we particularly like her interest in what might be called the ‘surreal’ intersections between reality and consciousness (Lili says she enjoyed and was influenced by Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass), especially as it affects young adult readers.

“Her latest novel, The Boundless Sublime, takes readers to some of the dark places – unhappy families, overwhelming personal sadness and the deceptive seductions of cult membership. Her characterisation is strong, and the narrative engaging.

“While at Booranga, Lili will speak to on-campus students taking the subject Australian Children’s Literature, focussing on her next project about fairy tales,” Mr Gilbey concluded.

Ms Wilkinson’s Booranga writer-in-residence events are:

* Public Reading from 5 pm to 7pm on Thursday 3 May at Historic Council Chambers, Fitzmaurice Street Wagga Wagga; Free, but bookings essential as seating is limited. RSVP

* Writing Workshop from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 12 May at Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga; cost: Free for members, a $10 donation is requested from non-members. RSVP

More information about Ms Wilkinson can be found at http://liliwilkinson.com.au/

For more information contact Booranga President, Mr David Gilbey dgilbey@csu.edu.au or Creative Director Ms Kathryn Halliwell director@booranga.com

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU: $100,000 in community grants open to the region

Tuesday 17 Apr 2018

> CSU launches its $100,000 Community-University Partnerships grants program for 2018.

> Up to $20,000 available across five different categories to support our regions.

> Launch at CSU in Wagga Wagga today. Online applications here.

> Grants for projects across arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous and discretionary grants for community initiatives.

Grant money totalling $100,000 is now on offer from Charles Sturt University (CSU) for local communities following the launch of the 2018 Community-University Partnerships (CUP) grant program.

Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew said, “The University is offering $100,000 in grants as an investment in the development of our regions.

“Members of our local communities are encouraged to apply for the funding to support their local community groups and activities.

“There’s funding from hundreds of dollars, up to a maximum amount of $20,000 in each grant category,” Ms Dayhew said.

CUP grants are across five separate categories across arts and culture, education, sport, indigenous, as well as discretionary grants to support small community initiatives.

Launching in Wagga Wagga today, CSU also welcomed successful recipients from last year’s program to congratulate them on their success and for them to share with the community how they spent the grant they received.

One of those was the small Uranquinty Pre-School which received funding through the CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program.

Pre-School Director Ms Louise Grigg said, “The money enabled us to engage in three projects: Music from around the World; STEM Resources; and Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in the Curriculum.

“As well as purchasing resources to support these projects, the Pre-school invited specialists including a musician, scientist and Aboriginal artist to engage the children in specific programs.

“We would not have been able to do without the help of these grants. The CUP program has allowed us to achieved goals and outcomes for the children of Uranquinty Pre-School.”

Ms Dayhew said, “Given that winter is just around the corner, we’ve opened the 2018 grant program with the Rural and Regional Sports Development round first and the other grant programs will open in a rolling fashion throughout the year.

“Charles Sturt University has a long and proud tradition of supporting our communities.  The CUP initiative is all about the University supporting groups and organisations in Wagga Wagga and the surrounding region in achieving the goals,” Ms Dayhew concluded.

Background

Grants are available from five different categories. The CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program, CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program, CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program and CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program.

Online applications are now open for the 2018 CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program, with the other programs to follow. Further information, application packs and program guidelines can be found here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The 2018 CUP grants program was launched at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Tuesday 17 April.

Photo: Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew with Uranquinty Pre-School Director Ms Louise Grigg at the National Life Sciences Hub at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

CSU digital learning innovation lab - public forum

Tuesday 10 Apr 2018

Data: Future Solution or Problem?

The use of data will be the subject of a free public forum hosted by Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) digital learning innovation laboratory, u!magine in Wagga Wagga on Tuesday 11 April.

The panel discussion, being held from 5pm to 7pm, will focus on data, what it is, what it means and how it can be used to change the way business, industry and communications are conducted.

CSU online learning innovation leader Dr Lyn Hay said, “From agriculture to logistics, health to communications, data is fundamentally changing how we do things - from making decisions, caring for one another, working with the environment and doing business around the world.

“Data is having a huge impact on the way we live our lives and how societies work, from personal privacy, to big business, to government and elections,” Dr Hay said.

Moderated by Wagga Weekly editor Dr Pennie Scott, the panellists are:

> Dr Tim Caton, Medical Director and CEO of Complete Skin Care in Wagga Wagga;

> Mr David Bardos, Business Development Manager, Port of Melbourne;

> Ms Deb Blackwell, Owner Sunnybrae farms and Pentland wines; and

> Mr James Howell, Managing Director at Professional Data Kinetics.

The panel discussion will be held at the Wagga Wagga Council Chambers from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday 11 April. The event is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed here. (https://livestream.com/uimagine/data-community)

U!magine at CSU aims to spark educational innovation, be a catalyst for new scholarship in online learning, and explore the ways that new and emerging technologies can be used to transform learning as we currently know it.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Dr Lyn Hay and Dr Valerie Peachey from u!imagine at CSU are available for interview. Contact CSU Media

MyDay for future students at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 10 Apr 2018

> First MyDay event underway for 2018 underway at CSU in Wagga Wagga this week

> More than 280 students to attend the MyDay to learn about degrees in animal and veterinary sciences fields.

> MyDay program at CSU gives students a taste of university life

A range of Charles Sturt University (CSU) degrees in the animal and veterinary sciences field will be on show this week when the annual MyDay program for 2018 gets underway.

MyDay at CSU offers school students and their parents a taste of university life including a chance to visit a campus for a day, meet and ask questions of staff and students, tour teaching, learning and research facilities and inspect on campus accommodation.

The MyDay at Wagga Wagga on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April is designed for school students who’ve expressed an interest in degrees such as animal science, equine science, veterinary science, veterinary technology, science and general studies (science).

More than 280 students and family members will attend relevant course information sessions over the two days, tour accommodation, the CSU Farm and Equine Centre, anatomy and research laboratories, learn about pathways into CSU, and support services for students including scholarships.

MyDay events are also being held this week at CSU in Bathurst and Orange. See the full program here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The media is welcome to attend the follow MyDay practical sessions: equine science at the Equine Centre on Agricultural Avenue from 11am to 12noon on Monday 16  and Tuesday 17 April; animal science practical from 12noon to 1pm on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April in Sutherland Laboratories, building 268, near car park 67, Jingellic Place; CSU in Wagga Wagga.

CSU Winery introduces news wines for 2018

Monday 9 Apr 2018

> CSU introduces three new wines in 2018 to its boutique range and have been well received by critics.

> Third Vintage for new look winery – new additions of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Prosecco.

> Media Winner - 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show - high praise for its boutique range of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Tempranillo Rose,

> Halliday Wine Companion 2018 - 2016 Tumbarumba Chardonnay (95 points), 2016 Canberra District Shiraz scoring (93 points) and 2016 Orange Chardonnay (91 Points).

> Winery draws on expertise and research from CSU’s School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences.

> CSU Cellar Door open for sales - Mambarra Drive, at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Care and craftsmanship characterise wine making at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Winery.

As grapes from the 2018 harvest arrive at the boutique winery at CSU in Wagga Wagga, wine maker Mr Campbell Meeks is impressed with the quality of the fruit and excited about the prospect of making more great wine.

“Vintage is always a busy time and it’s wonderful to be working with a dedicated group of growers who are producing quality fruit,” Mr Meeks said.

This is the third vintage for the new-look winery, focusing on producing wines showcasing grapes sourced in premium growing regions.

The winery has won high praise for its boutique range of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo and Tempranillo Rose, with every wine picking up a medal at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show. Read more here.

The range has also been well received by wine critics, with the 2016 Tumbarumba Chardonnay and 2016 Canberra District Shiraz scoring 95 and 93 points respectively in the Halliday Wine Companion 2018.The 2016 Orange Chardonnay also scored 91 points in the Halliday Wine Companion

The Winery is pleased to be adding wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Prosecco.

​“We’re excited to be making Pinot Noir this year,” Mr Meeks said. “We are sourcing the fruit from Geelong in Victoria and coming from a cool climate, the generous and complex flavours make it perfectly suited to the style of wine we aim to make.

“A Pinot Gris from the NSW Hilltops region will be added to the boutique range, while a Prosecco will also be made for our Alumni range,” Mr Meeks said.

The Winery draws on expertise and research from CSU’s School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences and is at the forefront of viticulture practices and wine making techniques.

The Boutique wines are made from grapes sourced from premium growing regions and are complex but still retain the fruit characteristics typical of the respective regional styles.

The Alumni wines are made by wine makers who are CSU alumni or current students.

The wines are sold online and are available through the Cellar Door, Mambarra Drive, at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Wine maker Mr Campbell Meeks is available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Pitch Night at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Monday 26 Mar 2018

New business ideas to create new products and ideas for the agricultural sector will be ‘pitched’ to an audience on Monday 26 March at the AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga.

Eight emerging entrepreneurs from the Riverina have been developing their ideas for the past eight weeks through the AgriTech Incubator program.

They’ve been working on business concepts ranging from the development of apps and software platforms to support agricultural producers and suppliers, to developing new food products to diversify farming income, a financial support service, and new methods for enhancing travellers’ health.

AgriTech Incubator project leader Professor John Mawson said “The AgriTech Incubator program offers a great opportunity for start-up founders to test and refine their business concepts in a supportive collaborative environment.

“Participants from our first cohort in 2017 continue to develop novel products and services, and we look forward to growth of this second students to emerge from our program.”

The AgriTech Incubator is funded by the NSW Department of Industry with significant additional funding from CSU. The AgriTech Incubator is also available to be used as a co-working, event and meeting space. Further details are available by emailing agritechincubator@csu.edu.au.

The AgriTech Incubator Pitch Night will be held from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 26 March in building 6 near car park 11, Tooma Way, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Photo: (From left) Incubator project leader Professor John Mawson from CSU, Incubator participant Ms Jenny Rolfe-Wallace from Sprout_Ed and Ms Millie Allan from Meet & Mylk.

  • Sprout_Ed (Founder Ms Jenny Rolfe-Wallace)

Money. It makes the world go around. During our lifetimes, we earn money, spend money, save money, borrow money, lend money, donate money, and invest money. Being able to make informed choices can make a big difference in our lives. #Sprout_Ed helps people build financial knowledge, confidence and empowerment through five key operations.

  • Meet & Mylk (Founder Ms Millie Allen)

Reimagine what it means to shop local. The Social Market that brings you to Wagga, creating the space to expose the region and all that it has to offer.

AgriTech Incubator project leader Professor John Mawson, and two of the participants in the Pitch Night - Meet & Mylk founder Ms Millie Allen and Sprout_Ed founder Ms Jenny Rolf-Wallace – are available for interview at 10.30am on Monday 26 March at the AgriTech Incubator, building 6 near car park 11, Tooma Way, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Music Under the Leaves in Wagga Wagga

Friday 16 Mar 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Wagga Wagga City Council, with the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, will present Music Under the Leaves at the Wagga Wagga Botanical Gardens on Friday 23 March.

Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew (pictured) said, “Collaboration between Wagga Wagga City Council and Charles Sturt University allows Music Under the Leaves to showcase local talent and performers of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

Music Under the Leaves is a free music recital performed at sunset by musicians of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. They will perform a beautiful and eclectic concert including pieces such as Romanian folk song, a Baroque trio sonata, and by a Renaissance trio.

“A free event like this allows the community to be exposed to local musical talent. It will appeal to anyone interested in music, arts, and culture, as well as local groups and high schools, primary schools, and the Eastern Riverina arts organisations.”

Music Under the Leaves is a free event to be held at the Bamboo Gardens, Wagga Wagga Botanical Gardens, MacLeay Street, from 6pm on Friday 23 March. Light refreshments will be provided.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Ms Miriam Dayhew.

Further information about information about Music Under the Leaves will be available on www.rivconmusic.org.au or from Ms Kylie Dunstan at Riverina Conservatorium of Music on (02) 6925 3522 or Kdunstan@rivconmusic.org.au

Healthy You @ CSU

Monday 12 Mar 2018

Learning more about wellness and wellbeing is top of the agenda when an expo is held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga this week.

The 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will run from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March at the CSU Convention Centre.

Targeting CSU staff and students, expos will also be held in March at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, and Port Macquarie.

The Expo will offer information on numerous health and wellbeing services available to staff and students at CSU and in the local community, as well as hearing checks, free massages, and flu vaccinations. The information will range from nutrition to caring for the elderly, and financial stability and security.

The 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo is an initiative of the University’s Division of Human Resources and is sponsored by NSW Trustee and Guardian, icare, Gallagher, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper and nlc.

A list of all Expo dates across CSU can be found here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will be held from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March at the Convention Centre, building 230, near car park 69, Jingellic Place, CSU, Wagga Wagga.

For further information, contact CSU Media.

Photo: CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (3rd from left) with CSU staff at the Wellness and Wellbeing Expo in 2017.

CSU promotes quality online teaching and learning

Monday 12 Mar 2018

Dr Rebecca Ferguson A new series to promote and sustain high quality online teaching and learning will be launched this week by Charles Sturt University (CSU) through its u!magine think-tank initiative.

U!magine is CSU’s digital learning and innovation laboratory which aims to spark educational innovation, be a catalyst for new scholarship in online learning, and explore the ways that new and emerging technologies can be used to transform learning as we currently know it.

This first in the We!magine Series 2018 involves a five week program of events that expore 'Big Data and Related Analytics'.

A free guest lecture by Dr Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education Technology at The Open University in the United Kingdom, will launch the we!magine Series in Wagga Wagga.

Dr Ferguson will speak on 'Data and Learning: Future Visions’ from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 15 March at TAFE NSW in Wagga Wagga (room D204, level 2, D block, corner of Macleay and Coleman streets).

Learning analytics involves the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts to improve student learning and their environments.

Dr Ferguson will explore the question of how can we use learning analytics for ‘good and what do we need to consider as the field evolves in the future?’.  Her talk will also look at the role of data and analytics in learning, and ethics and privacy issues.

“We believe this talk by Dr Ferguson will interest teachers, administrators and those involved in teaching and learning whatever the grade or level,” said Dr Lyn Hay from u!magine.

People can register for the lecture here.

The free talk will be live-streamed via https://livestream.com/uimagine/ferguson.  The hashtag, #weimaginedata can be used on Twitter to follow the conversation and ask questions.

The We!magine Series 2018 will explore the potential application of a range of digital technologies to support online innovation in a variety of industry, community and academic contexts.

In collaboration with the CSU’s Adaptive Learning & Teaching Services unit, u!magine will encourage educators to explore the use of data to support learning and teaching.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For further information, contact CSU Media.

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