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Public lecture at CSU by acclaimed filmmaker

Wednesday 28 Feb 2018

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker, writer, producer and director Mr Alrick Brown will present a free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Monday 5 March.

His collective works have screened in over 65 festivals worldwide, earning several honours. This includes the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary, Death of Two Sons.

He is also Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Film and Television at New York University (NYU).

The NYU academic’s first feature, Kinyarwanda, was recipient of the prestigious World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Mr Brown’s credits include the small screen as director, producer and writer on a variety of projects – ABC’s Final Witness, ESPN’s short documentary series Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joint and Investigative Discoveries Emmy-Award winning series, A Crime Two Remember.

His published works have appeared in the Huffington Post as well as the New Jersey English Journal.

The public lecture will be held in the Wal Fife Theatre, building 14, CSU in Wagga Wagga on Monday 5March from 5:30pm until 7pm.

Head of the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries Associate Professor Sue Wood said, “We’re delighted to welcome Alrick to Charles Sturt University to share his knowledge and expertise of the film and television industry as well as a glimpse at his life as an internationally acclaimed producer and writer.”

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Mr Alrick Brown is available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Orientation Week at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Thursday 15 Feb 2018

More than 800 new students will make their way to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga for the start of Orientation Week (O Week) 2018 on Monday 19 February.

Key points:

- 869 new, on-campus students due at CSU in Wagga Wagga in Orientation Week.

- More than 2 780 new, on-campus students due at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga in Orientation Week.

- Orientation at CSU is organised by the University’s Division of Student Services and involves five O Week student coordinators and almost 40 O Week student leaders.

- The O Week coordinators and leaders are all current students and will be dressed in red t-shirts and hats.

- All funds raised during O Week across CSU campuses will be donated to the charity, Country Hope.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said, “The start of the new academic year at the University is always an exciting time, particularly with the arrival of new students on campus for Orientation Week activities, followed by the return of continuing students.

“I welcome all new students, whether they are studying on campus or online. Charles Sturt University is committed to providing the best possible student experience, and sharing the University’s values so students become graduates who are insightful, inclusive, inspiring and who make a positive impact in their communities and professional disciplines.”

Activities throughout next week include academic sessions for information about degrees and subjects; study skills; information sessions on a range of services and support offered to CSU students; and a social program for life at CSU.

A highlight of Orientation will be a formal Welcome Ceremony hosted by Head of Campus Ms Miriam Dayhew from 10am to 11.30am on Monday 19 February in Joyes Hall, building 209 at CSU in Wagga Wagga. It will be followed by the colourful Market Day near Joyes Hall for new students.

CSU offers a separate Orientation program for CSU online students. It’s being held from Monday 12 February.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Orientation 2018 at CSU runs from Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February.

On-campus classes for Session One 2018 start on Monday 26 february.

New students living on campus through the University’s Residence Life will start to check-in to their new accommodation from 12pm on Saturday 24 February.

For further queries contact Fiona Halloran from CSU Media on 0439 475 315.

Photo: CSU education student Molly Darrington and social work student Matthew Mannes are among the O Week coordinators and leaders involved in making Orientation at CSU a success.

Mixing it up in chemistry at CSU

Tuesday 13 Feb 2018

CSU Dr Celia BarrilThe annual HSC Chemistry Days at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga is boasting its 20th anniversary in 2018.

About 250 year 11 and 12 students from across southern NSW as well as the Central West will descend on the University’s National Life Sciences hub (NaLSH) this week for a range of hands-on activities.

In addition to the popular chemistry magic shows, Faculty of Science Course Director Dr Celia Barril says the school students will have the chance to interview a number of Charles Sturt University academics about career options in chemistry and other science disciplines.

“The interactions with the academics highlight to the students the range of professions open to them - from industry to research.

“They can also realise that science is multi-disciplinary and that chemistry can be used in combination with many other disciplines, for example, the fate of anaesthetics in animals, bioactive compounds in Indigenous plants, and impact of rising temperatures on grape composition…

“The very successful HSC Chemistry Day program has been hosted by the University in collaboration with the Eastern Riverina Science Teachers Association since 1998 and spread the word about chemistry to thousands of students.”

CSU offers a Bachelor of Science with majors in Chemistry, Conservation Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, Physics, Plant Science and Spatial Science. For more information about this course visit http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/courses/science/bachelor-science

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The HSC Chemistry Day will be held from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February at the National Life Science Hub (NaLSH), building 289, near car park 25 off Nathan Cobb Drive at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Media are invited to attend the laboratories on Thursday 15 or Friday 16 February and should contact CSU Media for further information

Media representatives must wear covered footwear and sign-in to enter the NaLSH.

Photo: CSU Faculty of Science Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Dr Celia Barril.

New batch of innovators join the incubator

Monday 5 Feb 2018

With the new year in full swing, today signals the first day of class for the second cohort of participants for the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Agritech Incubator program.

Project lead for the Incubator, Professor John Mawson has welcomed the new batch of innovators, entrepreneurs and small business start-ups to the University and wished them well with their work over the coming eight week period.

“It’s fantastic to have such an enthusiastic group of individuals signed up to take part in the Incubator program.

“The skills, knowledge and experience that each of them will gain from the facilitators and being able to share ideas with each other is simply invaluable,” Professor Mawson said.

Fast facts about the Incubator Hub and the second cohort:
-  the Incubator aims to spark innovation and economic development in the Riverina-Murray region,
-  there are eight participants in the second cohort, some travelling as far as 125 kilometres to attend,
-  the Incubator is funded by the NSW Department of Industry with significant additional funding from the University, and
-  the Incubator program will run for eight weeks and finish with a pitch night on Monday 26 March.

Professor Mawson said the new participants have put forward many exciting and innovative ideas, and the AgriTech Incubator team are looking forward to helping the cohort develop their business concepts.

The second cohort will complete the program on Monday 26 March by pitching their business idea to their co-workers, families, friends, invited guests and business people.

“It should be an interesting evening and a great opportunity for those in attendance to marvel at the bright minds and ideas based and developed here locally,” Professor Mawson said.

2017 Incubator Launch

NINE TV News Riverina featured the Incubator in a story at its launch in 2017. Participants from that cohort were on-hand to talk about their experience and the benefits of the program.

Hear more from the launch by viewing this video:

“The Agritech Incubator gave our venture the kick start it needed. The combined expertise of the facilitators, Simone and Di, gave us the knowledge we needed to get our idea off the ground. Also, the contacts we have gained have proved invaluable.”         Feedback from @Wispada, participants in the first cohort

The AgriTech Incubator is available to be used as a co-working, meeting and event space and enquiries should be made with the Incubator directly.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427845830

Media Note:

The first meeting of the AgriTech Incubator second cohort will take place at the Incubator on Charles Sturt University campus (building 6, car park 11) from 5pm on Monday 5 February. The media are welcome to attend to obtain video footage and meet participants.

Please contact CSU Media for interviews with Professor John Mawson who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Opportunity to Create Agriculture Solutions

Tuesday 30 Jan 2018

Registrations are now open for agrihack 2018, the agricultural super brainstorm providing participants with the skills to create an agricultural product or service, the opportunity to win cash and mentoring prizes, and potentially build their own business.

In early 2017 Daniel Winson and his team became the first major winners of agrihack, creating a practical solution to uncover and fix black spots on farms, which in turn become the successful startup Agrinet (previously Agsensio).

The agrihack 2018 hackathon will take place over two days and is open to anyone with an interest in agriculture, or a skill that can be applied to business.  Registrants can apply as individuals or teams, and will be assembled into evenly matched groups-think farmers alongside designers and ag business insiders collaborating with tech experts.

agrihack will be held at the CSU Convention Centre and will be run in partnership with Charles Sturt University’s AgriTech Incubator and the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

The first two challenges have now been released.  Our first challenge comes courtesy of Grain Storage Technology, and asks participants to find a way to reduce degradation from high moisture in stored grains; while our second challenge from AgriFutures Australia asks participants to find an effective way to measure live weight in meat chickens.

Says founder of agrihack (and Australia Post Regional Pitchfest) Dianna Somerville, “The event will be run in partnership with Hackathon Australia and Charles Sturt University, and will focus on real challenges faced by people in agriculture and regional communities.

agrihack will involve participants working in teams to creatively solve a number of different challenges that people face on the land. The event provides an opportunity to further connect the entrepreneurial ecosystem of metro areas to rural farmers, developers and disruptors.”

If you are interested in being part of the event as a team or an individual, apply to take part on the website https://www.agrihack.com.au/registration/ or email info@agrihack.com.au for more information.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427845830

Media Note:

For further media information:

Emma Guthrie - info@agrihack.com.au - 0417 128 606

For Sponsorship enquiries:

Joanna Palmer - Agri Alliance - jo@agrialliance.com.au

CSU thunderstorm alert system helps asthmatics

Monday 11 Dec 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) and local health groups have developed an alert system to help asthmatics manage the risks associated with high pollen counts and thunderstorms in the Riverina.

Dr Bruce Graham in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences said the alert system, which has been operating over the last 10 years, had sent out four alerts during the season that ran from September to December this year.

The alert system relies on monitoring airborne pollen levels and information from the Bureau of Meteorology regarding potential thunderstorm activity.

“Unfortunately, the pollen count is a labour-intensive manual activity which takes about an hour each day, but hopefully the community benefit makes it worthwhile,” Dr Graham said.

“Despite the increased number of alerts this year, data from the Wagga Wagga Hospital admissions for breathing difficulties and asthma attacks was fortunately lower over the Spring thunderstorm asthma season than in previous years, which could indicate the possible impact of the alert system.

“People who have joined the Asthma Register that sends out the alerts are sent a text and/or an email alerting them to conditions that may trigger an asthma event so they can take appropriate action.”

Thunderstorm activity can whip up the pollens ahead of the rain front, which triggers fragmentation of the pollen grains into smaller particles which can be inspired deeper into the lungs. This can trigger an asthma event even in some individuals who may not normally experience breathing difficulties.

Dr Graham said, “This is especially relevant to those moving to live in the region and to visitors who may not have been previously exposed to these pollen allergens in the air.”

Users sign up to the alert service via the Asthma Register and are notified by text and/or email message ahead of high risk conditions.

CSU is part of the Wagga Asthma and COPD Collaborative of Health Professionals which was created following a major crisis in 1997 when over 300 people attended the hospital outpatient service over 48 hours.

The Collaborative also includes representatives from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, and the Ambulance Service of NSW.

Dr Graham worked with the CSU Division of Information Technology several years ago to develop the alert system that now forms part of the University’s emergency management system.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0447 757 066

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Bruce Graham, adjunct lecturer in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences at Wagga Wagga campus.

Thousands to attend CSU graduation in Wagga Wagga

Saturday 9 Dec 2017

Almost 900 graduates will receive their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees during three-days of graduation celebrations at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga from Monday 11 December.

Key points 

  • 2 778 guests will be catered for during the five ceremonies in the University’s Joyes Hall

9.30am, Monday 11 December 2017

-  CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be Presiding Officer at the ceremony.

- 158 graduates from the Schools of Education; Teacher Education; Indigenous Australian Studies; and Information Studies will be awarded postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

- Occasional Address will be delivered by Ms Sue McKerracher, Executive Director of Australian Library and Information Association.

- Celebrations will continue today for CSU graduate Ms Kate Allman when she is awarded a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship). Ms Allman married local artist and fellow CSU graduate Dr James Farley in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 9 December after the pair met in the USA when the then CSU student Dr Farley was on a Student Exchange Program.

3pm, Monday 11 December 2017

- 174 graduates from the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences; Communication and Creative Industries; Indigenous Australian Studies, Division of Student Learning, Academic Success Unit; Centre for Customs and Excise, Centre for Law and Justice; Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security; and Schools of Psychology; and Policing Studies.

- CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be Presiding Officer at the ceremony

- Occasional Address will be delivered by Dr Julie Gibbons, tractorgirl. Dr Gibbons works with women in business in the fields of marketing, branding, and graphic design.

- CSU’s highest academic honour, a University Medal, will be awarded to CSU academic Dr Heather Boetto, from the University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga. Her PhD is titled, An ecologically centred approach in social work: Towards transformative change.

Award-winning local artist, photographer and CSU lecturer Dr James Farley, from the University’s School of Communication and Creative Industries, will be awarded his PhD for his thesis titled, Working Within | Post-Photography and the Practice of Ecological Stewardship. Dr Farley is a member of the University’s Creative Regions Lab. It has been a busy few days for Dr Farley as he got married in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 9 December. While in the USA, Dr Farley met his future wife on an international Student Exchange Program through CSU Global. His wife Ms Kate Allman is also graduating from CSU in Wagga Wagga today with a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship).

- CSU academic Dr Bernadette Moorhead, from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga will be awarded her PhD for her thesis titled, The Lived Experience of Professional Identity: A Year-Long Study with Newly Qualified Social Workers.

- Mr James Githinji, from the Kenyan town of Ruiru in Kiambu County to Australia to receive a Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration from CSU’s Centre for Customs and Excise. He is the Regional Manager, Customs and Border Control, Rift Valley Region of Kenya.

9.30am, Tuesday 12 December 2017

- 173 graduates from the School of Computing and Mathematics; Accounting and Finance; Management and Marketing; Biomedical Sciences; and Environmental Sciences.

- Dr Saba Nabi from Wagga Wagga will receive her PhD, Exploring the Inclusion of Women, Children and the Elderly in Clinical Trials. Dr Nabi’s many achievements include 2017 Australia India Business and Community Award finalist, 2017 NSW and ACT Regional and Community Achiever Finalist; 2017 AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador; and Riverina Regional Advisory Council member at Multicultural NSW.

- Ms Rani Burchmore, Education Partner Director, Asia Pacific at Microsoft will deliver the Occasional Address. The Federal Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina, the Hon Michael McCormack MP will also speak at the ceremony.

3pm, Tuesday 12 December 2017

- 218 graduates in the Schools of Agricultural and Wine Sciences; Animal and Veterinary Science; and Exercise Science, Sport and Health.

- CSU’s highest academic honour, a University Medal will be awarded to PhD graduate, Dr Dominik Skoneczny. His PhD compared Paterson’s curse plants collected from Australia, Portugal and Spain to examine the genetics, ecology and chemistry of the plant in various locations.

- CSU’s highest academic honour, a University Medal will be awarded to Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) graduate, Dr Jessica Verwey from Griffith.

- Occasional Address will be delivered by University Ombudsman and Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Ms Miriam Dayhew.

9.30am, Wednesday 13 December 2017

- CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be Presiding Officer at the ceremony.

- 203 graduates from the Schools of Community Health; Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health; Dentistry and Health Sciences.

- Wiradjuri woman Dr Jane Havelka will be awarded a Doctor of Health Science. Dr Havelka is Clinical Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) program in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health.

- 17 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students are eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) from CSU in Wagga Wagga.

- Occasional Address will be delivered by University Ombudsman and Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Ms Miriam Dayhew.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , 0439 475 315

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media Fiona Halloran on mobile 0439 475 315 to arrange interviews.


CSU is hosting 23 ceremonies at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Canberra, Dubbo, Orange, Goulburn, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga as well in Melbourne and Sydney from Friday 8 December to Tuesday 19 December. Almost 4 000 graduates are due to attend the ceremonies to receive their undertgraduates and postgraduate awards.

NSW government arts grant for Booranga Writers’ Centre

Friday 1 Dec 2017

David GilbeyBooranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga has received a grant of $46 500 for 2018 from the NSW government's Arts and Cultural Development Program.

The President of Booranga Writers' Centre and adjunct senior lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mr David Gilbey (pictured) said the grant will fund two part-time positions of office manager and creative director, and four writers-in-residence during 2018.

"The grant's focus on infrastructure support makes possible the Centre's literary programs and writerly advocacy in this region," Mr Gilbey said.

"We try to engage writers with different styles, modes, demographics – in order to encourage regional writers to explore and develop their work towards publication, by providing immediate access to the skills, networks and advice of the successful writers who come here."

In 2018 all the writers-in-residence are accomplished women; poet Ms Jill Jones from Sydney and Adelaide; Indigenous poet Ms Ellen Van Neerven, a Yugambeh woman, from Brisbane; playwright Ms Donna Abela from Wollongong; and young adult author Ms Claire Zorn from NSW.

While in residence, each writer will offer a reading/performance in Wagga Wagga, and present a writing workshop at Booranga.

"We are particularly pleased that, in the competitive environment of arts funding, this particular grant shows confidence in Booranga's capacity to both manage the grant and to develop opportunities for regional writers," Mr Gilbey said.

"During the year, Booranga will work with other arts and education groups in the region, such as the English Teachers' Association, Eastern Riverina Arts, and individual writers/artists to promote writing opportunities for all ages and many dispositions.

"As well, we hope to publish fourW, the annual anthology of new writing, at the end of 2018.

"We are grateful for funding and in-kind support from both Charles Sturt University and Wagga Wagga City Council. Booranga in 2018 promises a rich feast of literary delights."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

The NSW Government's Art and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) is delivered as part of Create in NSW, the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework. Funding supports programs that are central to cultural life to grow a thriving, connected arts and cultural sector with, and for, the people of NSW.

Generosity of CSU students to feed less fortunate

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

The hunger of the vulnerable and less fortunate in the Riverina will be catered for thanks to the generosity of students leaving Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga for the summer break.

The move out cook up has now become an annual event that sees students leaving their residences at the conclusion of the semester cleaning out their pantries, fridges and freezers and donating all of their in-date food products to CSU Healthy Eating, Entertainment and Retail Services (CHEERS). CHEERS staff then cook and prepare packaged frozen meals to donate to the food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Mr Toby Perry, food and beverage coordinator for the Southern Region CSU handed over in excess of 340 frozen meals to Mr John Foord of the Riverina chapter of OzHarvest yesterday.

Mr Perry is proud of the CHEERS catering team who prepare the meals, and grateful to the students for their generosity.

staff and student handover 

"It's simply fantastic to be able to support a local charity by providing nutritious meals with food that would have otherwise gone to waste," Mr Perry said.

While the cook up is an initiative of CHEERS, the donation of so many meals wouldn't be possible without the support of CSU students which is promoted and driven by the Student Residents' Association (Residence Life).

Mr Travis Cohalan, manager of Residence Life (Southern Zone) indicated students were willing to be involved and donate their food knowing it was going to a worthy cause.

"We're pleased to be part of this important community project helping people in need, and also support the University's objective to be an environmentally sustainable organisation," Mr Cohalan said.

The meals received by OzHarvest will be distributed to local charity partners who deliver meals to the vulnerable and less fortunate in Wagga Wagga and Junee up to six days a week.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427 845 830

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Mr Toby Perry or Mr Travis Cohalan.

Launch of 2017 fourW literary magazine in Wagga and Sydney

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

David GilbeyThe 28th edition of one of Australia's 'little magazines', fourW, will be launched in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 18 and in Sydney on Saturday 25 November.

Mr David Gilbey (pictured), adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said the winners of the 2017 Booranga prizes for poetry and fiction will be announced also at the launches.

"fourW collects some of the best new Australian writing from the regions, the nation and overseas, and publishes it annually," Mr Gilbey said.

"This 28th edition of fourW contains more than 50 poems and nearly 20 short stories that stretch the boundaries of writing in multi-layered, allusive language that engages, challenges, seduces.

"It includes new work from Booranga writers-in-residence in 2017, Rajith Savanadasa, Nathanael O'Reilly, Zohab Khan, and Biff Ward, as well as a wide range of authors, both established and 'emerging'."

The anthology includes new work from more than 50 writers, including Julie Maclean, Rosanna Licari, Daniel King, Mitchell Grabois, Andy Kissane, Kit Kelen, Derek Motion, and Graham Rowlands.

Mr Gilbey explained the name fourW derives from Wagga Wagga Writers Writers, the original moniker for Booranga Writers' Centre, located at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

fourW will be launched at the Wagga Wagga City Library at 1.30pm to 4pm on Saturday 18 November by award-winning New Zealand-based Filipino-Australian poet, editor, and reviewer Ms Ivy Alvarez.

The launch in Sydney will be by poet, editor (of Verity La) and critic Ms Michele Seminara at 3.30pm to 5pm on Saturday 25 November at Gleebooks, in Glebe.

Check out Booranga Writers' Centre on Facebook and Twitter, website: https://arts-ed.csu.edu.au/booranga

The events are free. Meet and hear writers read their work. Refreshments available.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

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