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CSU students get carbon foot in campus door

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

CSU Green O WeekStudents at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are aiming to change their behaviours to significantly reduce their carbon use in 2017.

During the recent Orientation Week, nearly 300 students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Port Macquarie signed a pledge to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

CSU Green Manager, Mr Ed Maher, said that the students' behaviour changes would also contribute towards the University's carbon neutrality status.

"Charles Sturt University is currently the only University in Australia that has been certified as carbon neutral by the federal government. This means that we have done a lot of work to reduce our emissions and the remaining amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere are equal to the amount that we offset through certified offset projects associated with reforestation in central NSW and a range of internationally-based renewable energy systems," Mr Maher said.

"The student pledges, which are a new Orientation activity, also make students aware of what it takes to be carbon neutral. The students embraced the initiative with absolute enthusiasm. This reminds us that our strong leadership in this area is important to these future leaders and professionals in the making."

Student pledges included actions aimed at reducing waste and improving energy efficiency as well as in conserving water.

Mr Maher said popular pledges included 'I'm committed to turning off my computer at the power point when not in use, using reusable bags and saying no to plastic and packaging, and get my coffee in a Keep Cup because I know disposable cups are rubbish and are not recyclable'.

"Charles Sturt University is supporting the students' pledges by employing four student Sustainability Advisers who live on campus and will lead sustainability initiatives with students and help them fulfil their pledges," he said.

The advisers will live on CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Green Manager Mr Ed Maher in Wagga Wagga contact CSU Media.

Images of student pledgers during Orientation can be found on the CSU Green Facebook page.

Blood flows at CSU to save lives

Tuesday 7 Mar 2017

Staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are doing their bit to help save Australian lives through blood donations.

The annual Intercampus Blood Challenge is being held over the next four months and blood donations made by staff and students will be tallied.

There's fierce competition amongst the campuses for the two award categories: the most total donations; and the highest percentage of donations.

CSU in Port Macquarie has taken out the Challenge's highest percentage category for the past two years. CSU in Bathurst won the highest total donations in 2016.

The University is also supporting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's latest group donation campaign, known as Red25, with a large number of new students registering interest in donating blood during orientation week.

In the 2016 Red25 program, staff and students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga won the Most Plasma Donations (Education) category and took second place in the Most Lives Saved category. A total of 183 donations were made, saving more than 450 lives.

At CSU in Wagga Wagga, the student club, the Pharmers Society won both the Most Number of Plasma Donations (Education) for 2016 and took out third place in Most Lives Saved category. The pharmacy students were responsible for 118 blood donations, saving 354 Australian lives.

To donate blood, call 13 14 95 or visit the website to make an appointment.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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Photo: CSU Health Promotions Officer Ms Coleen Pearce accepts the trophy and certificate for the student club, Pharmers Society, at Red25 award event in Wagga Wagga in February 2017.

New printing press for CSU

Monday 6 Mar 2017

CSU PrintA new state-of the-art 25 tonne five-colour printing press will arrive on trucks and be installed by heavy-lift cranes at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Tuesday 6 March.

Chief Financial Officer in the CSU Division of Finance Mr Paul Dowler said, "Despite there being a general decline in the need for printed material, there is still a requirement for this technology. The University has assessed this as being both worthwhile for its needs, and it will also allow the University to service regional clients for printing work on a competitive basis."

CSU Print production coordinator Mr Alex Ward said the purchase of the fully-refurbished five-colour Ryobi 685 printing press gives CSU Print the capacity to handle all the University's printing in-house.

"This will be one of only two five-colour printing presses in the NSW central west, so it will also make CSU Print a very competitive player in the commercial market in the region," Mr Ward said.

"The printing press has come from Singapore by ship and arrived in Sydney last week. Delivery and installation is due to commence at approximately 8am on Tuesday 7 March.

"A Sydney-based transport company is organising the delivery using two semi-trailers as the total weight of the machine 25 tonnes and it's about 13 metres long."

The full installation of the printing press should take three to five days to complete, followed by operational training for staff.

The types of material printed for the University by CSU Print includes booklets, brochures, posters, exam papers, campus maps, orientation material for new students, graduation programs, the certificates presented to graduates at graduation ceremonies, banners, signage, and book printing and binding for local self-publishers.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Alex Ward.CSU Print is located in building 1297 on Village Drive at CSU in Bathurst.

Big Day In at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Monday 6 Mar 2017

High school students from the Riverina will have the chance to explore careers in technology as the Big Day In makes its way to Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Wednesday 8 March.

The Big Day In 2016The Big Day In is an IT careers event designed for students in Years 9 to 12 as well as university students interested in careers in technology.

The conference is hosted by CSU in conjunction with the ACS Foundation which facilitates sponsorship of technology education and research projects.

CSU in Wagga Wagga is the first of 10 locations hosting Big Day In conferences around Australia. The free event be held in Joyes Hall, Pine Gully Road at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 9am to 2.30pm.

Exhibitors at this year's event include Digital Careers, WiseTech Global, Adobe, Technology One, Agrihack, Westpac Group, PDK, TAFE, and Silvertone Electronics.

ACS Foundation Executive Director Mr John Ridge, said "We aim to attract students who have an interest or passion for IT and technology, and give them the opportunity to hear from people in the industry, and ask them questions. 

"This allows them to be better informed before making decisions about their future careers."

This is the third consecutive year that CSU has hosted the Big Day In conference, with over 400 students attending last year. 

Further information is available here.

Media Contact: Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For interviews about the Big Day In, contact ACS Foundation Executive Director Mr John Ridge on telephone (02) 8296 4445 or mobile 0407 913 992 or CSU Big Day In event coordinator Mr Luke Keesmaat on telephone (02) 6051 9254 or mobile 0438 274 673.

CSU students takes a cut for a good cause

Monday 6 Mar 2017

Meeting cancer patients during her work placement has inspired a Charles Sturt University (CSU) student to shave her head to raise money to help people with the disease.

CSU student Ms Rachel HindiBachelor of Medical Radiation Science student, Ms Rachel Hindi, is taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave fundraising campaign.

"I'm specialising in radiation therapy and spent a work placement at a cancer therapy centre at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney," Ms Hindi said.

"It was very humbling to spend time with the patients I was treating and to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face and the impact that cancer has on them and their families.

"The other staff on my work placement we involved in fundraising and I decided that I wanted to do something to help.

"The money raised through The World's Greatest Shave gives families facing blood cancer emotional and practical support, as well as funding research."

Ms Hindi's long curly locks will be shaved at The Crow Bar at CSU on Friday 17 March. You can support the CSU student here.

Ms Hindi is in the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga. The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations) is a four year program offered by CSU in Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone and Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2069

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU student Ms Rachel Hindi.

Truffles and other fungi explained at CSU Explorations lecture

Thursday 2 Mar 2017

A leading expert will discuss truffles and fungi at the first Explorations Series public lecture for 2017 at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange on Thursday 9 March.

Ecologist and environmental photographer Ms Alison Pouliot will speak on the significance of fungi in an address titled 'Between sex and death – Unearthing Australia's charismatic fungi'.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange Dr Heather Robinson said Ms Pouliot lives and works in Australia and Europe, and her special interest are lesser known lifeforms, particularly fungi and 'the spineless'.

"The lecture title derives from one truffle forager's description of the smell of the prized Périgord truffle from Europe," Dr Robinson said. "Ms Pouliot will explain that while this particular fungus is highly prized for culinary use, it doesn't occur naturally in Australia. It requires environmental modifications to flourish here despite Australia having a vast number of native truffles, and far more than Europe."

Ms Pouliot says it's little known and underappreciated that nearly every eucalypt tree lives in association with native truffles.

Her lecture will examine why biodiversity protocols rarely consider fungi as worthy of conservation despite their nutritional and potential economic value.

The free public lecture starts at 6pm Thursday 9 March in room 120, building 1004 at CSU, Leeds Parade, Orange.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

More information can be found here.

The CSU Explorations Series public lectures are part of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) program.

Literary moves in Wagga Wagga

Thursday 2 Mar 2017

David GilbeyA Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic is a member of this year's Australian Literary Society (ALS) Gold Medal judging panel.

Adjunct senior lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga Mr David Gilbey (pictured) said he was delighted to have been invited onto the panel to confer this year's ALS Gold Medal for Australian Literature.

The panel's convenor is Dr Bill Ashcroft (UNSW), who has written widely on post-colonial literature and the Sacred. Other members of the 2017 ALS judging panel are Dr Bernadette Brennan (formerly of Sydney University) who has written on Brian Castro and Helen Garner; and poet and CSU academic Mr David Gilbey.

The ALS Gold Medal is awarded under the patronage of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) which exists to promote the study, discussion and creation of Australian writing. Many significant Australian authors have won the ALS Gold Medal including Patrick White, AD Hope, and Mary Gilmore.

"I have been impressed with the variety, depth and imaginative complexity of the 45 books in a range of genres that were nominated for the 2017 award," Mr Gilbey said.

In other news, a new writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers' Centre at CSU in Wagga Wagga has been announced.

Mr Gilbey said, "I'm also delighted that author, Rajith Savanadasa, is the first writer-in-residence at the Booranga Writers' Centre in Wagga Wagga for 2017. I think his book Ruins is a brilliant first novel. Ruins is set in Colombo and I thought the background political struggles in Sri Lanka and some of the tensions between Buddhism and Hinduism were worked into the language of the novel convincingly. I loved the novel's narrative subtlety."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU academic Mr David Gilbey.

The judging panel will announce a short list for the Gold Medal after ASAL's mini-conference in April. The winner will be announced at its July conference in Melbourne.

CUP grants available for Orange region in 2017

Wednesday 1 Mar 2017

CUP logoTwo categories of Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants in 2017 opened for applications on Monday 27 February.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, said, "A range of organisations that enrich our regional communities benefit from the practical support of the CUP grants.

"The CUP grants contribute to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities that support the development of our regions, which in turn promotes awareness particularly among young people in rural and regional communities and fosters their aspiration for higher education.

"I encourage the representatives of relevant and interested groups to consider applying, and I look forward to receiving their applications."

The 2017 CUP grant categories available from Monday 27 February are CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, and CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program. Subsequently, the CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program opens on Monday 3 April; the CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program opens on Monday 1 May; and the CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program has two opening dates – 'Summer' on Monday 1 May, and 'Winter' on 4 September.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

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

2017 CSU CUP grants available for Bathurst region

Monday 27 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is calling for applications for its Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants for 2017 in two categories which are available from Monday 27 February.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann highlighted the CUP grants in a video address.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "The CUP grants are a practical expression of the University's support for and contribution to a range of organisations that enrich our regional communities.

"The goal of the program is to support the development of our regions through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among young people in rural and regional communities.

"I encourage all relevant and interested groups to consider applying and submit an application."

The 2017 CUP grant categories available from Monday 27 February are CUP Head of Campus Small Grants Program, and CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program. Subsequently, the CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program opens on Monday 3 April; the CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program opens on Monday 1 May; and the CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program has two opening dates – 'Summer' on Monday 1 May, and 'Winter' on 4 September.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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

CUP grant to cathedral restoration in Bathurst

Friday 24 Feb 2017

Cathedral CUP grantCharles Sturt University (CSU) has made a $4 000 Community-University Partnership (CUP) grant to the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Committee in Bathurst.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "The preservation of our regional cultural and historical heritage is part of our Community-University Partnership goals.

"We are proud to make a little contribution towards the restoration of the Cathedral, which is the second oldest Catholic Cathedral in continuous use in Australia.

"On another level, the participation of CSU Engineering students on the project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a project which teaches them how to work around engineering challenges, which by the nature of its heritage status, demands solutions around complex problems with limited flexibility."

Chairman of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Project Committee, Mr Phil Burgett, said the CUP grant is a tangible sign of the University's desire to be involved in the restoration of the Cathedral and its commitment to the city of Bathurst.

"The CSU CUP Community Grants Programme grant provides a valuable and timely contribution to the costs associated with landscaping works and proposed changes to the interior of the Cathedral to solve the factors contributing to the deterioration of the building," he said.

Catholic Cathedral BathurstIn 2016 the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Committee developed concept plans for the next major phases of the restoration project.

This included a series of consultation meetings with parishioners and stakeholder groups, to brief them on the plans and formally survey the level of satisfaction in their observations and feedback.

The outcomes included a high level of engagement and satisfaction with the proposals and provided valuable ideas for further refinement.

Mr Burgett said the association with the University through the CUP grants program has fostered an exciting dialogue with CSU's Engineering program.

"This will hopefully see Charles Sturt University student engineers undertaking project work on the Cathedral as a component of their studies to provide innovative design and construction solutions to the challenges of restoring the Cathedral," Mr Burgett said.

"This aims to advance a practical and constructive relationship between the University and the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst."

Applications for CUP rural and regional arts grants and the Head of Campus small grants opens on Monday 27 February. Further information about CUP is available here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu (pictured on right with Mr Burgett, left), and Mr Phil Burgett, Chairman of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John Restoration Committee.

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