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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.

Public lecture honours Indigenous rights leader in Dubbo

Thursday 18 May 2017

William FergusonAn Explorations Series public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Monday 29 May will honour Indigenous rights campaigner Mr William Ferguson (pictured).

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the public lecture will be presented by former Senator Dr Aden Ridgeway.

"This free public lecture by Dr Ridgway will celebrate and acknowledge former Dubbo resident Mr William Ferguson and other local Indigenous leaders for their significant contribution in the mid-20th century resulting in the success of the 1967 Referendum," Ms Maginnis said.

"It is 80 years since Mr Ferguson launched the Aboriginal Progressive Association in 1937 in Dubbo, an initiative which helped drive the cause for justice for his people.

"His strong voice and the determined manner in which he articulated the sufferings of his people have led people to compare him to the visionary Reverend Martin Luther King in the USA.

"Thirty years later, 90 per cent of Australians voted for the justice he fought so hard for, empowering the government to make positive legislative change on behalf of the Aboriginal people. It is time we applauded this local unsung hero."

Dr Ridgeway was born in Macksville in northern NSW in 1962. He is a proud member of the Gumbayyngirr people, with strong family traditions. His life experience has been shaped by schooling at St John's College, Woodlawn, work as a park ranger, a court assessor, and CEO. He was the first Indigenous person to be elected as a federal Parliamentary leader when he held the position of Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats in 2001-02. He retired as a Senator for NSW after six years of service.

He holds a Doctorate (Hon Lit) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and has served the Aboriginal community with ATSIC, the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, and Indigenous Tourism Australia. He is currently the patron of the Centre for Aboriginal Independence and Enterprise, and the Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

This free public lecture at 6pm to 7pm Monday on 29 May is open to the community, CSU staff and students. It will be held in the lecture theatre (building 902, room 202) at Charles Sturt University, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo, and will be followed by light refreshments.

The CSU Explorations Series is part of the Community-University Partnership program and aims to engage its rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Workshop, readings and launch for Booranga writer-in-residence

Thursday 18 May 2017

Nat OReillyBooranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga welcomes Dr Nathanael O'Reilly as its writer-in-residence from 17 to 30 May.

Dr O'Reilly (pictured) is an Australian-born poet now living and teaching in the United States. During his residency his latest collection of poetry, Preparations for Departure, will be launched by Dr Lachlan Brown, a Wagga Wagga poet and senior lecturer in English at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dr Brown said, "Nathanael O'Reilly was born in Warrnambool and raised in Ballarat, Brisbane and Shepparton. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies published in nine countries. He has travelled on five continents and spent extended periods in England, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine and the United States, where he currently resides and teaches Australian, British, Irish, and postcolonial literature at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

"I'm particularly excited that a poet and academic of such high international standing is revisiting Wagga Wagga and will launch his new collection of poems here. It will be great for students, staff and the community to have immediate access to this gifted writer/scholar."

Dr O'Reilly will present a writing workshop and public readings during his residency, and at the book launch on Tuesday 23 May he will read from this newly published collection. Dr Brown will also read some of his own new work.

Further information on Dr O'Reilly's newest publication can be found here
https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/collections/poetry/products/preparations-for-departure

Writing Workshop, 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 20 May
Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive, CSU Wagga Wagga
Free for members of Booranga Writers' Centre, $5 for non-members

Public Reading and Book Launch, 5.15pm to 7pm on Tuesday 23rd May
Historic Council Chambers Wagga Wagga, free event

Public Reading, 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 25th May
Griffith City Library, free eventFor more information please contact Ms Kathryn Halliwell director@booranga.com or Mr David Gilbey dgilbey@csu.edu.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

International visitors check out innovative engineering degree

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Andrea GoncherA visiting delegation from the USA will be in Bathurst this week to examine the engineering degree offered at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst.

Engineering lecturer Dr Andrea Goncher said the CSU course is fast becoming recognised as a global leader in innovative education for engineers.

"The visitors from the Minnesota Institute of Engineering (MIE) recognise that our degree embeds our students in industry very early in their studies, which enables them to develop professional and practice-based skills through industry experience early in their engineering course," Dr Goncher said.

"MIE identified our engineering degree as a global leader and state-of-the-art program in engineering education, and we are looking to share our experiences and expertise to identify strategies that help them to embed their students in US industry."

The original Iron Range engineering program previously used in Minnesota provides a four-year degree based on practical industry experience. The degree is accredited through Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is located in Virginia, Minnesota.

Other partners in the Minnesota Institute of Engineering include Mesabi Range College and Itasca Community College, which are similar to Australian TAFE colleges.

Tour leader Mr Ron Ulseth said MIE is inspired by CSU Engineering and the Iron Range model.

"The new MIE model of engineering education uses features from Charles Sturt University and Iron Range models so our graduates will have a set of attributes necessary to practice in this century," he said. 

Dr Goncher said both programs emphasise strong industry collaborations and aim to deliver distinctive curricular experiences.

"We want to deliver better engineering solutions that address the needs of the local community, our society and the world," she said.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Dr Andrea Goncher and visiting delegates from the Minnesota Institute of Engineering, contact CSU Media.

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