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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

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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.

CSU students launch theatre season in Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 26 Apr 2017

The 2017 season of Charles Sturt University (CSU) student theatre productions in Wagga Wagga will be launched on Thursday 27 April.

Students enrolled in acting and design in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries will produce six plays for the University Theatre Ensemble (UTE) season at the CSU Riverina Playhouse in Wagga Wagga in coming months.

Lecturer in design for theatre and television Ms Sophie Kurylowicz said, "These real-theatre-making experiences are important for our students as they prepare them to step into professional roles upon graduation.

"This is an exciting time for all involved as they are in the process of busily constructing sets, props and costumes as well as working in the rehearsal room to bring these shows to life.

"Also, for the first time this year we have collaborated with the graphic design students to design the season brochure. Third-year graphics students were set an assessable assignment to treat the UTE as a client, and create a brochure for our season of plays. We then chose one design that we wanted brought to life, and we're thrilled with the result.

"I encourage everyone to attend our productions. Details about how to buy tickets will be on the performance posters and in the brochure made available at the season launch.

"Our productions are of interest to local high school students who are keen to know more about what we do here in performing arts at Charles Sturt University."

The Head of the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Dr Sue Wood, will host the launch at 7pm Thursday 27 April at the Riverina Playhouse in Cross Street, Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Sophie Kurylowicz.

School children get a taste of CSU at MyDay

Monday 3 Apr 2017

The first MyDay events in 2017 for schools students to get a taste of higher education will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 7 April and Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April.

The MyDay program is held across the University throughout the year to give students from Years 11 and 12 a taste of 'living and learning' at CSU. They have a chance to find out about courses they have experienced an interest in, visit CSU facilities, meet academic staff and have a hands-on experience on campus.

In 2017, the program has been extended to include parents who can attend separate information sessions to find out additional relevant information such as costs, accommodation, and the support available at CSU.

From 9.30am to 2.30pm on Friday 7 April, school students who have expressed interested in the fields of communication and creative industries, teaching and education, psychology, social work, oral health, medical radiation science, medical science, nursing, IT, accounting and business are due to visit the University in Wagga Wagga.

Degrees in agricultural science, science and agricultural business management will dominate the MyDay events at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 12 noon to 5:00pm on Monday 10 April and 8.30am to 2pm on Tuesday 11 April.

The full MyDay program in 2017 can be found on the CSU Future Students page here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

There is an opportunity for the media to attend the MyDay at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 11.15am to 12.15pm on Friday 7 April. School students interested in the four year Bachelor of Oral Health/Therapy will be able to get 'hands on' experience in the University's Simulation Clinic in the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, building 30 near car park 22, Nathan Cobb Drive at CSU in Wagga Wagga. To attend contact CSU Media.

CSU celebrates Harmony Day

Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will celebrate Australia's cultural diversity with a Harmony Day event on Friday 24 March.

The celebrations will coincide with a two-day visit to regional NSW by approximately 200 international students from the CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March.

They will join CSU students in Wagga Wagga for Harmony Day from 11.30am to 1pm on Friday at The Hub.

Organised by the University's Office for Students, the event will include a barbeque, music, a large map for students to locate their country of origin, free cupcakes, Henna hand tattooing, and an Indigenous artefact display.

International student liaison officer Ms Jacquie Blomfield said, "The Office for Students hopes to see the Harmony Day event grow and involve staff and students across Charles Sturt University, and allow all to appreciate our diverse culture."

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

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The students from the CSU Study Centres in Melbourne and Brisbane will arrive at CSU in Wagga Wagga at 9am on Thursday 23 March for a Welcome to Country. They will also tour CSU facilities ahead of participating in a range of sports from 2.30pm including soccer, badminton, basketball, tennis, and swimming. Further information is available from CSU Media.

The Harmony Day at CSU in Wagga Wagga will be held from 11.30am to 1pm on Friday 23 March at The Hub, building 20, near car park 5, Darnell Smith Drive, CSU in Wagga Wagga.

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.

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