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CSU Dubbo hosts CUP grant morning tea

Thursday 23 Feb 2017

CSU DubboCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo will host a morning tea on Friday 24 February to launch the CSU Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants for 2017 and hear from three organisations that received grants last year.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the University distributed eight $1 000 grants to organisations in Dubbo and the region in 2016.

Applications for grants in two categories in 2017 open on Monday 27 February, with other categories opening later in the year.

"We've invited the successful 2016 recipients back and have asked them to give a two-minute presentation describing their projects," Ms Maginnis said.

"It's always wonderful to hear about how the organisations advance their projects and to know that Charles Sturt University is contributing to the practical advancement of organisations and endeavours within the city and the wider region. I look forward to meeting and speaking with the representatives of these groups."

The organisations include Marathon Health / Headspace Dubbo, and Wee Waa High School, both awarded CUP grants under the Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Development Program, and

Dubbo and District Pre-school, which was awarded a grant under the Rural and Regional Education Development Program.

The Administrator of Dubbo Regional Council, Mr Michael Kneipp, and Council's Director of Community Services, Mr David Dwyer, will also attend the morning tea.

The morning tea is at 10.30am Friday 24 February in the Multipurpose Hall (building 920) at CSU, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Other groups to receive CSU CUP grants in 2016 include the Dubbo Koori Interagency Network; Peak Hill Preschool Kindergarten; Condobolin High School; Condobolin Preschool; and PCYC Dubbo.

The 2017 CUP grant categories opening on 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 Ms Cathy Maginnis, Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo.

Launch of CSU funding program in Wagga Wagga

Thursday 23 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will launch its Community University Partnerships (CUP) program on Friday 24 February with thousands of dollars available to support local organisations and groups.

CSU Director of Government and Community Relations Mr Peter Fraser said the CUP grants are an example of how the University is fostering the development of vibrant regional communities.

"This year's CUP program will support Indigenous, arts, educational and sporting activities in regional NSW through direct grants from Charles Sturt University totalling $100 000," Mr Fraser said.

"We want young people in the Riverina to aspire to higher education and to be aware of the opportunities in their own local region.

"Charles Sturt University is proud to be able to support projects that can make a real difference in our community and we've seen in the past that some of these small projects grow to have far-reaching effects."

In 2016, CSU provided 103 CUP grants across all its regions.

In the Riverina projects included the creation of a dry riverbed garden at a pre-school, providing uniforms and training for a rugby league group and new equipment for schools.

CUP funding applications for the Arts opens on Monday 27 February. Further information about CUP is available here.

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

Media Note:

Media are invited to attend the launch of CSU's 2017 Community University Partnerships (CUP) program from 9:30am on Friday 24 February at the CSU Convention Centre, Contact CSU Media to attend.

CSU in Orange welcomes new students for O Week

Friday 17 Feb 2017

CSU gateway Orange angledMore than 140 new students will be welcomed to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange at the start of Orientation Week (O Week) on Monday 20 February.

Head of Campus at CSU in Orange, Dr Heather Robinson, will welcome new students and their families at a Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday.

The formal academic Ceremony on Monday will welcome new students to Charles Sturt University in Orange but orientation will continue all week," Dr Robinson said.

"It is an important opportunity for students to settle in to university, find their way around and make friends.

"The experience of university is much more than studying a particular degree; it is about gaining the generic skills and knowledge that can be applied to all areas of life, the friends and colleagues that remain part of a professional journey, and participation in the University and Orange communities.

"I welcome all new students at Charles Sturt University in Orange and encourage them to make the most of this wonderful experience."

The Commencement Ceremony will be followed by Market Day stalls and activities for clubs and local businesses, with academic orientation and social activities throughout the week.

Classes for new and continuing students start on campus on Monday 27 February.

Across the University, more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU Online.

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.

O Week for new students at CSU in Dubbo

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Cathy MaginnisA Commencement Ceremony, cultural tours, meet and greets, and a barbeque lunch are all part of the start of Orientation Week (O Week) for more than 90 new students commencing at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Tuesday 21 February.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo, Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured), said O Week allows new students to become familiar with their surroundings and to meet new friends while learning how to navigate the University before classes commence for all students on Monday 27 February.

"O Week plays an important role by allowing students the opportunity to meet academic staff who will be teaching them and familiarise themselves with the campus and their schedules without pressure," Ms Maginnis said.

"I look forward to welcoming new students and their families to the University at the Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday. It marks the start of their degree and the beginning of a journey of lifelong learning. This is cause for celebration and pride for this achievement.

"Enrolments at the University in Dubbo continue to grow, with nursing attracting the largest cohort of new students (30+), followed by social work and teacher education.

"The new-look campus is very student-centric with contemporary learning spaces and furniture, as well as study areas and quiet spaces. We welcome the community to engage and share these spaces with us. There will be a new café and courtyard to relax and socialise in, and new areas for support staff to assist students. The University recognises the need for flexibility to assist with students' busy lives, so a 24/7 area will be available for students to access to assist them with their learning journey.

"I also encourage CSU online students living in and around our campus to use its newly-completed amenities and support staff."

At the Commencement Ceremony, Wiradjuri Elder Uncle John Hill will do the Welcome to Country. There will be brief addresses by the Administrator of Dubbo Regional Council, Mr Michael Kneipp, followed by President of the Dubbo Student Representative Committee and Bachelor of Nursing student Ms Mikaela Dart, and O Week coordinator and Bachelor of Education student Ms Alice Barber.

The CSU in Dubbo O Week schedule is:

Tuesday 21 February

9.30am to 10am Commencement Ceremony, followed by Market Day from 10am to noon, then the Student Representative Council welcome barbeque lunch, and campus tours during the afternoon, a mature age students meet and greet forum, and then ten pin bowling and pizza from 6pm.

Wednesday 22 February

School welcomes, introductions, and courses information sessions throughout the day. In the evening, a trivia night and barbeque from 6pm in the Multipurpose Hall.

Thursday 23 February

More courses information sessions. For nursing students there will be a treasure hunt from 10.45am, and a Q&A session with current students at 2pm. There will be an Open Forum at 3pm, and from 6pm barefoot bowls at the Dubbo Bowling Club.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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

Students and buildings grow at CSU in Port Macquarie

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will welcome more than new 400 students next week with a range of academic and social activities to help them settle into university life.

Orientation Week will kick off with an official Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday 20 February in Room 2064/5.

The Ceremony will be followed by a colourful Market Day from 11am on Monday 20 February in the central campus courtyard.

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, library and laboratory tours, along with social events such as Learn to Surf lessons, trivia nights and BBQs. 

O Week student leaders are raising money for the McGrath Foundation in 2017 and will be dressed in pink.

Lectures and tutorials for all new and continuing students starts at CSU from Monday 27 February.

Across the University more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU online.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, particularly on Monday 20 February after 11am.

The full O Week program can be viewed here.

O Week at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will welcome more than new 850 students next week with a range of academic and social activities to help them settle into university life.

Orientation Week will kick off with some pomp and circumstance during an official Commencement Ceremony at 10am on Monday 20 February at Joyes Hall.

Following a procession of staff in academic gowns and an official welcome to CSU, continuing students will pass on a symbol of learning to a new student from each of CSU's three faculties.

The ceremony will be followed by a colourful Market Day from 11am, under the gum trees near Joyes Hall.

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, library and laboratory tours, along with social events such as BBQs and live bands. 

O Week student leaders are raising money for the McGrath Foundation in 2017 and will be dressed in pink.

Students will move into their accommodation at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 12.30pm on Saturday 18 February.

Classes for all new and continuing students start on campus from Monday 27 February.

Across the University more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU online.

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

Media Note:

Deputy Dean of CSU's Faculty of Science, Associate Professor Lyndall Angel,  will be available for interview prior to and after the commencement ceremony at 10am, at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Monday 20 February. Contact CSU Media.

Celebrate and relax during O Week in Albury-Wodonga

Friday 17 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga will welcome more than new 400 students next week with a range of academic and social activities to help them settle into life at CSU.

Orientation Week will kick off from Monday 20 February with some courses providing a 'laid back' start for new students. These include Olympic-style activities between 11am and 1pm for new students in the School of Environmental Sciences at the Albury Wodonga Yacht Club, off Old Weir Road, near Kangaroo Point on Lake Hume.

Tuesday, 21 February is a big day in Albury-Wodonga, starting with pomp and circumstance, complete with a procession of staff in academic gowns, during two official Commencement Ceremonies in the University's CD Blake Theatre, starting at 10am and 11am.

During and after the Commencement Ceremonies, a colourful Market Day runs from 10.30am to 2pm on Tuesday 21 February, under the gum trees near the Teaching and Learning Hub.

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, library and laboratory tours, along with social events such as BBQs, quizzes and live music. 

This year, O Week student leaders will stand out as they are dressed in pink to help raise awareness of and money for the McGrath Foundation.

Students will move into their accommodation at CSU in Albury-Wodonga from 12.30pm on Saturday 18 February.

Classes for all new and continuing students start on campus from Monday 27 February.

Across the University more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU online.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews during the week.

Most O Week daytime activity will be in the Learning and Teaching Hub and Gums Café, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, CSU in Thurgoona. Call CSU Media to receive guidance to O Week events.

The full O Week program can be viewed here.

O Week at CSU mixes facts and fun

Thursday 16 Feb 2017

O Week Bx 2016Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will welcome more than 700 new students and returning students for the start of 2017 Orientation Week (O Week) on Monday 20 February.

Ms Alexandra Cary, student liaison officer in the University's Office for Students at CSU in Bathurst, said O Week serves two important purposes for new students.

"O Week is a fun week of 'getting to know you' before classes for new and continuing students start on campus on Monday 27 February," Ms Cary said.

"As a traditional annual fixture on the University calendar, O Week is designed to make new students feel at ease and at home and be able to navigate their way around campus and their schedules, and the expectations that come with tertiary study.

"O Week introduces new students to the practical features of University life such as their on-campus accommodation and the dining hall, the location of lecture theatres and their respective Schools and the location of lecturers' offices etc, and it introduces them to their fellow new students."

Other O Week highlights include academic sessions, and library and laboratory tours and a range of social activities.

Across the University, more than 8 700 students will begin studying at CSU in 2017, 2 800 of those on-campus and nearly 6 000 through CSU Online.

O Week social events at CSU in Bathurst:

Monday 20 February

10.30am Commencement Ceremony at CD Blake Auditorium (building 1220, 'the gym')

11.30am to 2pm Market Day on the Library Lawn

7pm Toga Party at the Rafters Bar; $5 entry* from O Week leader tent

Tuesday 21 February

3.30pm Scavenger Hunt on campus; meet at the Library Lawn

8pm Comedy Night – Mug and Kettle Comedy at the Rafters Bar, free entry

Wednesday 22 February

3pm Beach Party at Dining Hall/Towers Lawn

Metro Cinema Movie Night; limited free tickets available from O Week Leader tent

7pm Hawaiian Luau in the Rafters Bar; $5 entry*, tickets available from O Week Leader tent

Thursday 23 February

3pm O Week Fair on the Library Lawn

7pm Moonlight Cinema, on the Library Lawn, with free pizzas

Friday 24 February

2pm Fresher Cup on the Diggings Oval

8pm Dag Night featuring Jellybean Jam at the Rafters Bar; entry - $15* tickets available from O Week leader tent. (*A Weekly Event Ticket available for $20, saving $5.)

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Alexandra Cary from the Office for Students at CSU in Bathurst.

CSU ceremony marks start of new journey for students

Tuesday 14 Feb 2017

CSU Bathurst gateway 5 flagsMore than 700 new students, their families and friends will be welcomed to Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst at a Commencement Ceremony on Monday 20 February.

Following an academic procession, Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, will formally welcome the students and guests, telling the students that they are commencing an academic journey that the University hopes they will find both stimulating and fulfilling.

"The University is a community, which forms part of a bigger social, cultural and educational heritage of the City of Bathurst and its surrounds," Professor Anyanwu said. "I encourage new students to not only be active participants in University life, but also to respect and become part of the wider Bathurst community.

"The University provides a vibrant, inclusive, tolerant and supportive environment where students will be intellectually challenged to perform their best.

"Students will also become socially involved in making long-lasting friendships and connections, and they will be culturally stimulated to see the world differently. They will be empathetically aroused to help those less fortunate in our society, and to reflect on their journey as they pursue their dreams."

Professor Anyanwu will stress to new students that they are now part of a privileged group who have been making positive impacts in this community and the nation through academic achievements and participation in a range of civic events and other activities.

Special guests and dignitaries include Wiradyuri Elder Aunty Gloria Rogers; Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, Councillor Gary Rush; and the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McKenna.

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.

The Commencement Ceremony at CSU in Bathurst starts at 10.30am Monday 20 February in the CD Blake Auditorium (also known as 'the gym', building 1220), Village Drive at CSU in Bathurst.

The Ceremony is the academic welcome to first-year students held at the beginning of Orientation Week. There will be refreshments afterwards and the opportunity for new students and guests to mingle with academics and dignitaries. 

The Commencement Ceremony program of speakers includes:

-        Welcome / Host, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst

-        Welcome by Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Gloria Rogers

-        Welcome by Professor of Education and Presiding Officer Academic Senate, Professor Jo-Anne Reid

-        Welcome by Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, Councillor Gary Rush

-        Academic Address by Foundation Professor in Engineering in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, Professor Euan Lindsay

-        Reflections of a graduate, by Mr Jack Thomson

-        Welcome by Bathurst (Mitchell) Student Representative Council President, Ms Caitlin Flint

-        Prayer for Commencement of 2017 Academic Year, by the Most Reverend Bishop Michael McKenna

Musical accompaniment, piper, Dr Donald Alexander, senior lecturer/course director in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Launch of funding program in Albury for 2017

Friday 10 Feb 2017

Dr Jenny Munday

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga will launch its Community University Partnerships (CUP) program on Monday 13 February with thousands of dollars available to support local organisations and groups.

On Monday 13 February, CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will launch the 2017 program via video link, which this year will particularly target Indigenous, educational, arts and sporting groups.

Head of CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Dr Jenni Munday, said the CUP grant program, which commenced in 2014, forms an integral part of the University's ongoing commitment to make a positive contribution to its communities.

"This year's CUP program will support the development of regional NSW through direct grants from Charles Sturt University totalling $100 000 to local community groups."

In 2016, CSU provided 103 CUP grants across all its regions.

"We want the young people in our regional communities to aspire as much to higher education as their metropolitan cousins, and this is one way to raise their awareness of what is available on their doorsteps," Dr Munday said.CUP funding applications for the Arts opens on Monday 27 February.

Further information about CUP is available here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
Interviews on CSU's Community University Partnerships (CUP) program will be available from the Head of CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Dr Jenni Munday, at 10.30am on Monday 13 February in front of building 763 (Education Building), Off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

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