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Law degree takes next step for reconciliation

Wednesday 31 May 2017

indigenous flagAs Australians celebrate national Reconciliation Week, Charles Sturt University's law degree has been recognised as leading the way for other similar courses across NSW.

The NSW Justice Department recently recognised the inclusion of Indigenous Cultural Competency as compulsory study for all students in the degree as an excellent way to provide students with knowledge, skills and capabilities to work effectively with Indigenous people and communities.

CSU law lecturer Ms Annette Gainsford said the recognition was a good alignment with this year's theme of 'Let's take the next steps' for Reconciliation Week.

"Our degree is one of the first in law to establish Indigenous cultural competency in curriculum and work together towards promoting reconciliation in Australia," Ms Gainsford said.

"Furthermore, we are leading the way in Australia in the design and delivery of Indigenous perspectives across our law degree.

"We have Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, community members and Elders collaborating to 'take the next steps' to provide authentic learning experiences to assist our Law students with their cultural competency learning journey.

"Sharing our stories and learning from each other is an important component of our teaching. Building respectful relations is an important step in acknowledging traditional Indigenous knowledge as a rich source of wisdom." 

Director of the Centre for Law and Justice, Associate Professor Alison Gerard said, "It is wonderful to have this recognition from industry that Charles Sturt University is leading the way.

"This week in class, law students will analyse the NSW legislation that paved the way for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and will evaluate its impact on current access to justice.

"In their assessment they will demonstrate appropriate cultural protocols and language use – a great example of how to build technical legal skills and foster Indigenous cultural competence among our law students so that they can be the change-makers of the future."

Manager of CSU's Indigenous Student Centres, Mr Nathan Peckham, said Reconciliation Week was "an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to get together, celebrate Indigenous culture, acknowledge the past and continue to work towards a positive future as one."Staff in our Indigenous Student Centres at Charles Sturt University, including Wammarra in Bathurst, provide an important platform in this process with a number of events this week and we look forward to building relationships across communities in the future."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Ms Gainsford will be available for comment at an event at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to celebrate Reconciliation Week. The BBQ will commence at 12pm on Thursday 1 June and will be held for CSU staff and students at the Wammarra Learning Centre (Building 1292) at CSU in Bathurst.

Scholarships and prizes awarded at CSU in Dubbo

Tuesday 30 May 2017

GW and Rachel KPThe annual scholarships and prizes presentation ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Tuesday 23 May saw 16 scholarships and nine prizes awarded to students.

Across the University a total of 296 scholarships worth over $1.2 million will be awarded in 2017, making it one of the strongest scholarship portfolios in the country. The number and value of CSU scholarships has increased 21 per cent since 2015.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said, "This scholarships and prizes presentation evening recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of students.

"It also recognises the contributions made by local businesses, organisations and individuals who sponsor an award, and enables recipients to meet the donors and share their stories and explain what the award will do for them. Without these generous benefactors the evening would not occur and these students would struggle to study.

"The CSU Foundation Trust also presented scholarships to students and these contribute to enhancing the students' experiences and development of professionals for our regions. We were fortunate to have CSU Acting Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Toni Downes present a scholarship on behalf of the University Council and the Chancellor of the University."

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess, and Head of the School of Indigenous Australian Studies Associate Professor Jay Phillips also attended.

Academic prizes and awards were also presented to students with outstanding results in their course and Dean's merit awards were presented as recognition of students' outstanding academic performance.

"The evening was a chance to celebrate the hard work and achievements of students and the support they have from their families," Ms Maginnis said. "It was an opportunity to mingle with donors, recipients, staff and families in the newly refurbished Café at completion of the ceremony.

"This ceremony is an important calendar event for the University and all students should feel very proud of their achievements, this provides further incentive to aim for further awards and recognises the hard work they have put into their studies. The scholarships and prizes are earned from a very competitive field and reinforces the students' choice of course to study at Charles Sturt University.

"Ms Genoveva De Sousa presented the vote of thanks on behalf of all the students and concluded her speech by thanking everyone in five languages, which alone is a major achievement."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The photo shows Chair of the Tony McGrane Scholarship Committee, Mr Geoff Wise, presenting the Tony McGrane Scholarship to student Ms Rachel Krause-Poyser.

Engineering career satisfying, exciting: public lecture in Bathurst

Tuesday 30 May 2017

EngineeringThe excitement and satisfaction of a career in engineering is the focus of the next Explorations Series free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Tuesday 6 June.

The title of the free public lecture to be delivered by CSU engineering academic Professor Jim Morgan is 'Finding my way: A journey from a traditional career to living the dream'.

Professor Morgan, from Texas, USA, will discuss how he transformed a traditional academic career into the extraordinary opportunities of starting a new and unique program at CSU while being allowed to break most of the rules.

"This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone … a dream come true for an engineering educator!" Professor Morgan said.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "We encourage everybody to come and listen to how we are breaking all the rules, and transforming our society with new ideas. Jim and his colleagues have demonstrated that with determination and vision, nothing is impossible.

"Our Exploration Series public lectures are geared towards sharing with the wider community new and exciting ideas as part of our intellectual exchange as a University campus. We are looking forward to sharing this exciting evening with you."                                                                                   

The public lecture starts at 6pm on Tuesday 6 June in building 1292, room 223, at CSU in Bathurst. Follow the event parking signs to P7. There will be time for questions and answers, and light refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Please RSVP online for catering purposes, or send an email. Guests are also welcome to just turn up on the night.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Jim Morgan, who is based at CSU in Bathurst.

Nursing students look for eye glass donations

Monday 29 May 2017

Nursing students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are seeking donations of eye glasses to take to Thailand next month for villagers in rural and remote areas.

The eight Bachelor of Nursing students will spend a fortnight in northern Thailand as part of an international study experience through CSU Global.

The students will be involved in primary health care and assessment in villages and towns in the remote Wat Jan region.

In partnership with OPSM in Dubbo, they're collecting reading and sun glasses to donate to the villagers they meet on the trip.

Lecturer in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Ms Cathy Maginnis said, "The donated glasses makes such a difference to the lives of the villagers.

"Many of them work all day in the rice fields or with other farming crops, such as corn, strawberries and coffee, so they're out in the sun and the glare all day, often in water.

"There's a lot of glare and they do suffer a lot, as they get older, from cataracts and glaucoma.

"The sunglasses certainly helps with some of that eye care.

"It also allows the villagers to engage in their traditional handicrafts from which they make an income."

Nursing students last year donated glasses during a similar study trip to Thailand.

"The looks on their faces when we were able to give them a pair of glasses last year were just wonderful. It was a fantastic moment for both them and us."

People are urged to donate reading or sun glasses by dropping them off at OPSM in Dubbo or CSU in Dubbo by Friday 9 June.

The students depart for Thailand on Friday 16 June.

The international study experience is one of many programs supported by CSU Global. The students are each eligible to receive a $500 Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Lecturer in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Ms Cathy Maginnis is available for comment. Contact CSU Media.

Photo: A CSU nursing student hands over eye glasses in a Thai village in 2016.

Student accommodation rising in Port Macquarie

Monday 29 May 2017

Student accommodation at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will reach greater heights next week as new buildings are delivered to the site and rapidly take shape.

Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh will be on hand to see the first 'modules' that comprise the bulk of the new buildings placed by a large crane on the accommodation site in Kingfisher Road, next to the campus.

The modules will be placed and installed from Monday 29 May until Thursday 1 June.

"This development is important for both Port Macquarie and the University as it demonstrates our commitment to the Mid North Coast region to provide quality higher education for the region," Professor Cavanagh said.

"The provision of accommodation allows students from outside the local area as well as international students to participate in the vibrancy and educational stimulation of on-campus life.

"The University is excited to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at the University in Port Macquarie including science, allied health, paramedicine, tourism, business, accounting, information technology, and social welfare."

Stage one of the building project comprises three accommodation buildings accommodating 112 students, with individual bedrooms which include a bed, desk, chair and ensuite bathroom for each student.

Communal lounge rooms, laundries and kitchens are also available within each building, with access to student recreational areas in the adjacent Student Hub building which will also enhance the student experience.

A total of 250 beds are scheduled to be available in February 2018.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Professor Heather Cavanagh will be available for interviews about the new accommodation buildings on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May.

Professor Cavanagh will be available onsite for pictures and interviews with the media at 10.30am on Wednesday 31 May, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie. Please meet at this time in the Level 2 courtyard at CSU in Port Macquarie to be escorted to the building site.

Scholarships and prizes awarded at CSU in Bathurst

Friday 26 May 2017

Flags CSU Bathurst gatewayThe annual scholarships and prizes presentation ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 26 May will see 84 scholarships awarded to students.

Across the University in 2017 a total of 296 scholarships worth over $1.2 million will be awarded, making it one of the strongest scholarship portfolios in the country. The number and value of CSU scholarships has increased 21 per cent since 2015. A number of academic prizes will also be presented.

University Council member Professor Jo-Anne Reid will welcome recipients and their guests to the presentation ceremony.

"Scholarship ceremonies are one of the best days on the University's calendar," Professor Reid said.

"Not only do they allow us to recognise the achievements of our worthy recipients, they also celebrate the fantastic community of donors who share Charles Sturt University's passion for ensuring our students reach their full potential.

"We are very grateful for the generosity of donors, many of whom have expanded their commitment this year, and we thank them for recognising the significant value their contribution provides to the education of our students."

Professor Reid said the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust works to strengthen the connection between the University's network of campuses and communities and CSU students in Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Canberra, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Parramatta, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, and at specialist locations throughout Australia.

"The relationships we build with our communities allows us to not only place our students in a profession to build skills as they study, but also to embed those same students into the community itself for the benefit of everyone involved," she said.

"At Charles Sturt University, we believe the contributions we make to the lives of our students and communities are the most rewarding part of our work."

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "This year's awards will include 37 scholarships to our Indigenous students. As we mark National Sorry Day this Friday, we at Charles Sturt University hope that these scholarships will make some tangible difference in the healing process of our Indigenous students and their families, by empowering them, as well as bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians."

Special guests at the ceremony will include Councillor Bill West, Mayor of Cowra Council, Councillor Monica Morse from the Bathurst Regional Council, donors, scholarship recipients and prize winners.

The ceremony starts at 11.30am on Friday 26 May in the CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220) at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU student for New York Marathon

Friday 26 May 2017

Zane Sparke & Charlie MaherCharles Sturt University (CSU) Indigenous student Mr Zane Sparke [pictured right] is looking to fill some big footsteps after his selection for the 2017 Indigenous Marathon Projectsquad to run in the New York Marathon in November this year.

Zane, a first-year student in the outdoor recreation degree at CSU in Port Macquarie, and is one of only 12 Indigenous runners selected across Australia to be in the 2017 squad.

Squad members were selected on their running ability and their determination to help change their own lives and those of their families and communities.  

To celebrate Zane's selection, and in conjunction with National Reconciliation Week, the inspirational documentary film Running to America will be screened at 6.30pm on Monday 29 May.

The film features Mr Charlie Maher [pictured left], the first Indigenous Australian to complete the New York Marathon as a part of the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2010.

Mr Maher lives in Port Macquarie and will be on-hand to talk about the project and his experiences after the film is shown.

Admission is by gold coin donation, with collected funds going towards the local running and walking group. The film will be screened in building 801 at CSU in Port Macquarie, Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Indigenous student liaison officer Ms Nina Cass, contact CSU Media.

A modern take on greed, power, pleasure

Thursday 25 May 2017

The FoxA play that examines wealth, greed, status, power and pleasure opened at the Ponton Theatre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Tuesday 22 May for six performances.

This adaptation of The Fox (also known as Volpone) by 17th century English playwright, actor and critic Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is directed by CSU theatre/media lecturer Mr Adam Deusien who adapted the play with student dramaturge Ms Shannon Leonard to contemporize it.

The production is the collective effort of 21 third-year theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst and is presented by CYCLE Productions.

Publicist for the production Ms Jaimi-lee Bennett said, "This clever adaptation is a ruthless satire that explores the extent of human greed and wealth in the modern age. It's rollickingly good theatre and a wacky commentary on the basic desire for wealth and power".

Read a review of The Fox by senior lecturer in English at CSU Dr Suzie Gibson.

Performances are at the Ponton Theatre (building 1434) at CSU in Bathurst at 7pm from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 May, as well as a matinee at 1pm on 27 May.

Tickets are Student/Concession $10, Adult $15 for sale at the door or online at www.sprungfestival.com

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

For more information and media interviews contact Ms Jaimi-lee Bennett on jaimileeb@gmail.com or 0420 440 035.

Ceremony to dedicate religious stained glass window at CSU

Friday 19 May 2017

Cowshed BathurstA newly installed religious stained glass window will be unveiled at a special dedication ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Friday 26 May.

The stained glass window is a donated gift to the University by Ms Olive Lawson, an alumna of the CSU predecessor institution Bathurst Teachers College.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "It is important that we dedicate a safe space with spiritual and contemplative signs and symbols to enable our staff and students to engage in quiet reflection, alone and in groups.

"At a time when global peace and security are threatened, when financial crises have led many students to sacrifice many essentials and juggle more than three jobs and studies, when the future looks environmentally bleak, and when future employment is full of uncertainty and anxiety, it is time we stepped back to reflect and meditate on how to make the world a better place.

"Ms Lawson's creation and donation to the University of her replica Cistercian Order stained glass window has added to the spiritual journey of students and staff at our Bathurst campus."

Stained glassProfessor Anyanwu said that through this donation Ms Lawson has linked two important contemplative histories; the history of her journey as an alumna of Bathurst Teachers College (1952-53), and the history of the stained glass window from the Cistercian Order in 1240.

"It is great that these two important histories have come together at Charles Sturt University," he said.

"It is befitting that this piece of historical reflection is installed in the oldest building on our campus, the Old Cowshed (pictured) which was part of the Bathurst Experiment Farm, as a meditative space of our history, a reflection of our present, and our hope for our future.

"I hope that the space will give us the serenity of mind, purity of heart, and empathy of spirit to build a future of hope and peace."

The Catholic Bishop of Bathurst, the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McKenna, will conduct the dedication service.

The Bathurst Teachers College Association Scholarship will also be awarded at the scholarship ceremony that day.

The dedication ceremony is at 10am on Friday 26 May at the Religious Centre, building 1298, at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

‘Spanner in the Works’ for Albury

Friday 19 May 2017

Older men from around southern NSW and north-east Victoria will be checked for any 'spanners in their health works' on Wednesday 24 May at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

During the afternoon event known as 'Spanner in the Works', members of 12 Men's Sheds – from Henty in the north and south to Beechworth – and two Albury-based service clubs will receive free health checks from students enrolled in podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy degrees at CSU. They will be supervised by CSU staff as part of a national program funded by the federal Department of Health.

Event coordinator and clinical supervisor with CSU's School of Community Health, Mr Brent Smith, said during the afternoon up to 100 members of Men's Sheds will be tested for health related issues and blood pressure, as well as podiatry and physiotherapy screening.

A healthy lunch will be prepared by Albury High School students, and Lavington Lions Club will provide afternoon tea.

"Participants will also receive advice on physiotherapy relevant to their age group, first aid and general medical advice from guest speakers," said Mr Smith, who is also supervisor for CSU's Centre for Community Engagement and Wellness, or CEW.

The program's founder and a director with the Australian Men's Shed Association, Mr Gary Green, will travel to Albury to explain the program to the participants and sponsors.

The program is also sponsored locally by the Hume Bank.

The event will be start at 12noon at the CEW, Ellis St, Thurgoona (behind Thurgoona Plaza), and runs until 4.30pm.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Federal member for Farrer, Ms Sussan Ley MP will be available to speak on the upcoming 'Spanner in the Works' event at 10.30am on Saturday 20 May at the Albury North Manual Activities Centre, Nowland Ave, Lavington.

For interviews before and during the 'Spanner in the Works' event on Wednesday 24 May, including with Mr Brent Smith, contact CSU Media.

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