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2018 O Week welcomes new CSU students to Orange

Monday 19 Feb 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange will welcome 155 commencing students when Orientation Week (O Week) activities start on Tuesday 20 February.

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.”

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, very much looks forward to O Week.

“It’s  a fun, happy and hectic time for all involved – new students, their parents and carers, and our staff – as there is much to learn as students consider their new lives in higher education,” Dr Robinson said.

“For our new students, it is vital that they meet the people and find the resources that will make their studies at Charles Sturt University a success, while also enjoying a rewarding and eventful life, often in a new town.

“In their time with us we hope students will adopt the Charles Sturt University ethos of Yindyamarra Winhanganha – the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.”

Key points:

  • Week activities at CSU in Orange commence with a Welcome Ceremony for students, their families and supporters at 10am on Tuesday 20 February in Templers Mill (building 1000).
  • The Academic Procession into the venue is always a popular feature of this special occasion.
  • The Mayor of Orange Councillor Reg Kidd will also extend a welcome to the students on behalf of the City of Orange. Past student Mr Joel Taylor will share some reflections and advice, and a Market Day on the library lawn will follow.
  • Throughout the week students will attend meetings with course coordinators and lecturers, tours of the campus and facilities, and social activities.

The 155 new on-campus students at CSU in Orange do not include online students. Across the University 2 785 new students in 2018 will study on campus. They join the more than 40 000 students who study at CSU, of which 21 per cent are international students from 120 countries studying on campus in Australia and overseas through partners or online.

Session One classes for students studying on campus commence on Monday 26 February.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus of CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson.

CSU welcomes High Commissioner of Singapore

Monday 19 Feb 2018

Senior executives of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst welcomed His Excellency, Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner of Singapore, for a visit on Monday morning, 19 February.

His Excellency was met by Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, who introduced Mr Kwok to Professor Heather Cavanagh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships).

Professor Cavanagh and His Excellency held a private meeting at The Grange Chancellery to discuss higher education and international relations.

“I was delighted to welcome His Excellency on behalf of the University, and to exchange views about furthering higher education opportunities in Australia and Singapore,” Professor Cavanagh said.

“I thank the High Commissioner for his interest in the higher education sector, and specifically for his interest in the role of Charles Sturt University in delivering education to students in rural and regional Australia, and to international students.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, Professor Cavanagh escorted His Excellency on a walking tour of the campus in Bathurst led by Dr Shevahn Telfser, manager of CSU Global (Global Engagement).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Heather Cavanagh.

Photo: His Excellency, Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner of Singapore (left), is pictured with Professor Heather Cavanagh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships), and Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu.

Biography

His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng, High Commissioner of Singapore

Mr Kwok Fook Seng graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications Studies from Murdoch University in Australia in 1994. He also has a Master of Public Management from the National University of Singapore in 2003.

Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995, Mr Kwok has served in various portfolios related to South Asia and Latin America, the United Nations, and Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He was Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister in 2001.

Mr Kwok served at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York as First Secretary (Political) from 1997 to 2000, where he covered issues in the UN's Second and Fifth Committees. He was also Deputy High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur from 2006 to 2008. Mr Kwok held the portfolio of Director-General of the ASEAN-Singapore National Secretariat from 2009 to 2010, overseeing Singapore's participation at ASEAN fora.

Mr Kwok was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2006 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2008.

2018 O Week at CSU in Dubbo

Monday 19 Feb 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will welcome 60 commencing students when Orientation Week (O Week) activities start on Tuesday 20 February.

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.”

Key points:

  • Across CSU there are 2 785 new on-campus students in 2018
  • 60 new students at CSU in Dubbo (does not include online students)
  • Welcome Ceremony at CSU in Dubbo at 10am Tuesday 19 February
  • Academic classes for on-campus students start on Monday 26 February

Head of Campus Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, “We welcome the new commencing students in 2018 at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo, and congratulate them on their acceptance of their chosen course and the start of their lifelong learning journey.

“It will be an exciting and exhilarating journey with many challenges ahead.

“The commencement ceremony is a chance to celebrate with the new students and introduce them to the campus and staff in preparation for academic classes which start on Monday 26 February.

“We also welcome any students studying mixed mode or online to come and use the newly refurbished student-friendly 24/7 facilities, as well as access the support staff on campus.

“In their time with us we hope students will adopt the Charles Sturt University ethos of Yindyamarra Winhanganha – the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.”

O Week activities at CSU in Dubbo include a Welcome Ceremony at 10am on Tuesday 20 February for students and their families and supporters. Throughout the week new students will attend meetings with course coordinators and lecturers, tours of the campus and facilities, and social activities.

Session One classes for students studying on campus commence on Monday 26 February.

Ms Maginnis said CSU in Dubbo continues to provide high quality student-centred courses - nursing, early childhood and primary education, and social work, with committed academics and support staff. She encourages any students who have been unsuccessful in gaining entry to their chosen course to contact the University to discuss their options, as single study subjects and pathway courses are available.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis.

2018 O Week at CSU in Bathurst

Friday 16 Feb 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will welcome 667 commencing students when Orientation Week (O Week) activities start on Monday 19 February.

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.”

Key points:

  • Across CSU there are 2 785 new on-campus students in 2018
  • 667 new on-campus students will start at CSU in Bathurst (does not include online students)
  • Welcome Ceremony at CSU in Bathurst at 10am on Monday 20 February
  • Academic classes for new and returning on-campus students start on Monday 26 February

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, “Orientation Week is a fun, happy and hectic time for all involved – new students, their parents and carers, and our staff – because as there is much to learn as students consider their new lives in higher education and in a new environment.

“For our new students, it is vital that they meet our staff, and ask questions in order to find the resources that will make their studies at CSU a success, while also enjoying a rewarding and eventful life.

“Students can use a wide range of services and support to improve their chances of success. For example, we have free after hours and weekend tutors ready to help students in various areas.

“During their time with us we hope students will adopt the Charles Sturt University ethos of Yindyamarra Winhanganha – the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.”

O Week activities at CSU in Bathurst include a Welcome Ceremony for students and their families and supporters at 10am on Monday 19 February at the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220). This will be followed by a Market Day and barbeque on the library lawn. Throughout the week students will attend meetings with course coordinators and lecturers, workshops, tours of the campus and facilities, and social activities.

There are more than 40 000 students who study at CSU, of which 21 per cent are international students from 120 countries studying on campus in Australia and overseas through partners or online.

Session One classes for on-campus students commence on Monday 26 February.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu.

O Week activities schedule at CSU in Bathurst:

Monday 19 Feb

10am-11am: Welcome Ceremony (Gym)

11am-12pm: Approx 300+ students will walk from gym to library lawn

11am-2pm: Market Day (library lawn + front of Phillips Building) - loud music, no vehicle access

7pm-12am: UV Party (Rafters) - loud music + set up in 1413 from 5pm

Tuesday 20 Feb (‘Country’ theme)

9am-4pm: Academic sessions

1pm-3pm: Country Fair - fairy floss, slushies, animals (library lawn)

6pm-9pm: Bush Dance (lawn outside Towers) - loud live music

Wednesday 21 Feb (‘Mexican’ theme, burritos at Cheers)

9am-4pm: Academic Sessions

1pm-4pm: Siesta on library lawn (live music + games)

6pm-12am: Fiesta Party (Rafters)

Thursday 22 Feb

9am-4pm - Academic sessions

11am-5pm: Goose-chase - missions around campus involve taking photos, videos

12pm-3pm: Thrift shop (library lawn) - donate your old dress-ups!

3pm-4pm: Fox Sports presenters on campus (library lawn - TBC)

6pm-9pm: Trivia (Rafters)

Friday 23 Feb

All day: Sport Council Cup (Diggings Oval)

2pm-4pm: Chill-out session - live music (library lawn)

8pm-3am: Dag Night (Rafters)

All Week: campus tours, library tours, and bus tours around Bathurst.

New students arrive for Orientation Week at CSU in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Feb 2018

It’s time for ceremony, wide eyes and nervous feet as nearly 600 students are welcomed to their new educational adventure at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie during Orientation Week, commencing Monday 19 February.

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.”

Orientation Week activities at CSU in Port Macquarie include:

- Commencement Ceremony: a formal academic procession commences a formal welcome to new students and their parents to CSU. Commencing starting 10am on Monday 19 February at CSU in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie;

- Market Day: a ‘show’ day for local businesses and services for new students at CSU. To be held between 11am and 2pm on Monday 19 February in the main courtyard in CSU in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie;

- Enrolment and course information day: on Wednesday 21 February to engage new students in the ‘business’ part of Orientation Week, starting 10am at CSU in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie;

- Beach activities: from 3pm to 6.15pm on Wednesday 21 February, beach walk from Towns to Flynns Beach, then beach games and learning to surf (surfing starts at 5.15pm) at Flynns Beach, Port Macquarie.

- Activity Day: on Thursday 22 February to welcome new students studying with the School of Environmental Sciences, with paddle board session to be held from 11am to 3pm (best time 11am to 12.30pm) near the boatshed at Settlement Point, Port Macquarie.

Across the University, 2 785 new students will study on campus in 2018. They join the more than 40 000 students who study at CSU, of which 21 per cent are international students from 120 countries studying on campus in Australia and overseas through partners or online.

Session One classes for students studying on campus commence on Monday 26 February.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews during Orientation Week, please contact CSU Media.

New students arrive for Orientation Week at CSU

Thursday 15 Feb 2018

It’s time for ceremony, wide eyes and nervous feet as over 450 on-campus students are welcomed to their new educational adventure at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga during Orientation Week (O Week), commencing Monday 19 February.

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.”

Orientation Week activities at CSU in Albury-Wodonga include:

  • - Commencement Ceremony: a formal academic procession commences the welcome to new students and their parents to CSU. Commencing at 10am on 19 February in CD Blake Auditorium, off Elizabeth Mitchell drive, Thurgoona (park in car park 2);
  • - Market Day: a ‘show’ day for local businesses and services for new students at CSU. To be held between 10.30am and 1 pm on 19 February (best time 11am to 1pm) in the main courtyard and nearby Gums CafĂ©, off Elizabeth Mitchell drive, Thurgoona (park in car park 2);
  • - Activity Day: on Tuesday 20 February to welcome new students studying with the School of Environmental Sciences, to be held from 10.30am to 3pm (best time 11am to 12.30pm) on Lake Hume at the Albury Wodonga Yacht Club, off Old Weir Road, Bonegilla.
  • - Activity Day: on Tuesday 20 February to welcome new students studying with the School of Community Health, to be held from 10am to 12pm in SoCH practice rooms at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Ellis St, Thurgoona.
  • - Enrolment and course information days: on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February to engage new students in the ‘business’ part of Orientation Week, starting 9am at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell drive, Thurgoona (park in  car park 2).

Across the University, 2 785 new students in 2018 will study on campus. They join the more than 40 000 students who study at CSU, of which 21 per cent are international students from 120 countries studying on campus in Australia and overseas through partners or online.

Session One classes for students studying on campus commence on Monday 26 February.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

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.

Public lecture on rights and innovation for older workers

Thursday 8 Feb 2018

Older workers in Australia are facing a ‘Catch-22’ situation.

“Workforce trends and government policy tell us we will need to work longer before achieving a well-earned retirement,” says Head of Campus at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga, Dr Jennifer Munday.

“At the same time, many older workers report experiencing discrimination in their search for jobs.”

Dr Kay PattersonThe federal Age Discrimination Commissioner, The Honorable Dr Kay Patterson, AO, will address this dilemma and present some solutions in a free public lecture titled ‘Older Workers - Rights, Innovation and Inclusion’.

This free event will be held as part of the University’s Exploration Series at CSU in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday 13 February.

“We invite the people of Albury-Wodonga and surrounding areas to meet Dr Patterson and hear about how we might resolve this dilemma,” Dr Munday said.

Dr Patterson will also discuss innovative opportunities for promoting the rights of older workers and creating an inclusive and productive workforce for Australia.

Event details:

When: 6pm - 7pm, Tuesday 13 February (followed by light refreshments)

Where: CD Blake Auditorium (Building 751, Room 104), CSU in Albury-Wodonga,
off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona

Parking: Car Park 2

About the Exploration Series

The Explorations Series brings speakers from diverse disciplines to CSU campuses to share the latest ideas, thinking and opinions on contemporary social, scientific and cultural issues.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

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.

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