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A signatory of Uluru Statement to speak at CSU

Wednesday 14 Mar 2018

A signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart will speak about its meaning for all Australians at a public talk at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Monday 26 March.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart came from a historic and unprecedented gathering at Uluru of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from around the country. The gathering was the culmination of 13 regional dialogues.

Mr Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander who is one of the signatories of the Uluru Statement, will speak at CSU about the journey to Uluru, and why the aspirations of the Statement are so vitally important.

Uluru Statement supporter and lecturer in social work and human services in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ms Lava Kohaupt, said the Uluru Statement and people’s understanding of it can show the way forward in mending relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia.

“To repair these relations, both groups need to acknowledge our joint past and through Constitutional recognition provide a voice to First Nations people,” Ms Kohaupt said.

Ms Kohaupt believes the Uluru Statement is a formal step forward in this process for all Australians.

“Australia is the only developed nation that has not formally recognised its First Nations people,” Ms Kohaupt said.

“The Uluru statement provides a direction in this process by seeking ‘constitutional reforms to empower’ Aboriginal people and enable them to take a rightful place in their ‘own country’.

“This is also a rare opportunity to see the original Statement that will one day be celebrated as the spark of hope that led to Australia’s Makarrata, ‘the coming together after a struggle’.”

This event is presented in partnership with the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council and CSU.

Mr Thomas Mayor will speak about the Uluru Statement from the Heart from 6.30pm on Monday 26 March in room 2062, at CSU at 7 Major Innes Road Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Uluru Statement signatory Mr Thomas Mayor and Ms Lava Kohaupt from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Port Macquarie.

Healthy You @ CSU

Monday 12 Mar 2018

Learning more about wellness and wellbeing is top of the agenda when an expo is held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga this week.

The 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will run from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March at the CSU Convention Centre.

Targeting CSU staff and students, expos will also be held in March at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, and Port Macquarie.

The Expo will offer information on numerous health and wellbeing services available to staff and students at CSU and in the local community, as well as hearing checks, free massages, and flu vaccinations. The information will range from nutrition to caring for the elderly, and financial stability and security.

The 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo is an initiative of the University’s Division of Human Resources and is sponsored by NSW Trustee and Guardian, icare, Gallagher, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper and nlc.

A list of all Expo dates across CSU can be found here.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

The 2018 Wellness and Wellbeing Expo will be held from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March at the Convention Centre, building 230, near car park 69, Jingellic Place, CSU, Wagga Wagga.

For further information, contact CSU Media.

Photo: CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (3rd from left) with CSU staff at the Wellness and Wellbeing Expo in 2017.

CSU promotes quality online teaching and learning

Monday 12 Mar 2018

Dr Rebecca Ferguson A new series to promote and sustain high quality online teaching and learning will be launched this week by Charles Sturt University (CSU) through its u!magine think-tank initiative.

U!magine is CSU’s digital learning and innovation laboratory which aims to spark educational innovation, be a catalyst for new scholarship in online learning, and explore the ways that new and emerging technologies can be used to transform learning as we currently know it.

This first in the We!magine Series 2018 involves a five week program of events that expore 'Big Data and Related Analytics'.

A free guest lecture by Dr Rebecca Ferguson, a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education Technology at The Open University in the United Kingdom, will launch the we!magine Series in Wagga Wagga.

Dr Ferguson will speak on 'Data and Learning: Future Visions’ from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 15 March at TAFE NSW in Wagga Wagga (room D204, level 2, D block, corner of Macleay and Coleman streets).

Learning analytics involves the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts to improve student learning and their environments.

Dr Ferguson will explore the question of how can we use learning analytics for ‘good and what do we need to consider as the field evolves in the future?’.  Her talk will also look at the role of data and analytics in learning, and ethics and privacy issues.

“We believe this talk by Dr Ferguson will interest teachers, administrators and those involved in teaching and learning whatever the grade or level,” said Dr Lyn Hay from u!magine.

People can register for the lecture here.

The free talk will be live-streamed via https://livestream.com/uimagine/ferguson.  The hashtag, #weimaginedata can be used on Twitter to follow the conversation and ask questions.

The We!magine Series 2018 will explore the potential application of a range of digital technologies to support online innovation in a variety of industry, community and academic contexts.

In collaboration with the CSU’s Adaptive Learning & Teaching Services unit, u!magine will encourage educators to explore the use of data to support learning and teaching.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For further information, contact CSU Media.

Norm and Ahmed at the skate park

Monday 12 Mar 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) academics are joining forces with a local high school student to restage the play Norm and Ahmed in performances at the skate park in Wagga Wagga this week.

First performed 50 years ago, Norm and Ahmed by celebrated Australian playwright Alex Buzo deals with issues of identity, the fear of the unknown, and Australia’s suppressed xenophobia.

CSU lecturer in acting for stage and screen Dr Dominique Sweeney and Wagga Wagga High School student Abu Kebe will perform the play from 7pm from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March at the skate park in Bolton Street in Wagga Wagga.

Directing the play is Dr Robert Lewis, also a CSU lecturer in acting for screen and stage.

The play is set late one night on a deserted street where Norm, a working class Anglo-Australian, stops a young international student, Ahmed. Norm asks for a light, strikes up a conversation and what evolves is an encounter that ends in a shocking and confronting way.

Tickets for the 60-minute play cost $17 for adults and $12 for concessions. Tickets can be booked www.civictheatre.com.au/whatson/norm-and-ahmed or at the venue.

The site-specific performance is produced by Persona Collective, an ensemble of experimental theatre artists. Norm and Ahmed builds upon the company's exploration in site-specific performances such as Two Houses (Iteration: Again (2011), Patricia Cornelius’s Savages (Junction Arts Festival (2014), and Residue (2016).

Norm and Ahmed is site-specific and promenade style, which means that there is no seating and audiences are required to walk and stand with the actors to various parts of the skate park. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as this is an outdoor performance. Audience members may bring their own deck chairs if they wish to sit throughout the performance.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Dr Robert Lewis is a lecturer in the acting for screen and stage program in the School of Communication and Creative Industries at CSU in Wagga Wagga. He is available for interview. Contact CSU Media.

Norm and Ahmed will be performed at 7pm from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March at the skate park in Bolton Street in Wagga Wagga.

Photo by Dr Robert Lewis.

CSU parent information evenings across NSW

Friday 9 Mar 2018

During March, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting information evenings for parents of high school students in Years 11 and 12 who hope to attend university when they leave school.

The information sessions in CSU’s six main campus cities will help families to navigate the higher education system and prepare family members for university study.

CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katy Fardell said, “Charles Sturt University presents parent information evenings in our campus towns to provide parents of high school students with great information to help them prepare for university.

“We will be providing information on how to research and prepare, as well as how to support your child through to a successful start at university.

“Whether it be for parents of students who are the first in family to attend university, or if you just need a refresher, the information provided will be helpful for all parents of children looking at attending university in the next few years.”

The information evenings are free events. Participants can find out more information and will need to register at csu.edu.au/parents for these sessions:

Orange – 5.30pm Tuesday 13 March, at Orange Ex-Services Club (Tobruk Room), 231-242 Anson Street, Orange;

Bathurst – 5.30pm Wednesday 14 March, at Bathurst Panthers Club (Panorama Room), 132 Piper Street, Bathurst;

Wagga Wagga – 5.30pm Tuesday 20 March, at the Commercial Club (RJ Hall Function Room), 77 Gurwood Street, Wagga Wagga;

Albury-Wodonga – 5.30pm Wed 21 March, at Commercial Club (Stanley A Room) (Elizabeth St entrance), 618 Dean Street, Albury;

Dubbo – 5.30pm Thursday 22 March, at Dubbo RSL Club (Starlight Room), 178 Brisbane Street, Dubbo;

Port Macquarie – 5.30pm Thursday 22 March, at Charles Sturt University, 7 Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU prospective student adviser Ms Katy Fardell before and at each event.

Connecting CSU students and Bathurst employers

Thursday 8 Mar 2018

First-year Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Ms Elicia Dearsley is one of over 200 students to benefit from a new program that assists on-campus students to become job-ready and connect to local employers.

Having recently moved to Bathurst from the NSW South Coast to study a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), Ms Dearsley (pictured) secured two casual jobs through the Earn As You Learn (EAYL) program.

“The program helped me prepare to find a job while studying by helping me create the best version of my resumé I could,” Ms Dearsley said. “They talked me through what employers would be looking for in a resumé and also in an interview situation so I could tailor my resumé to be more suitable for the work I was looking for and had some handy tips to take into my interviews.”

EAYL Coordinator in the CSU Division of Student Services, Ms Georgina Stuart explained that EAYL is a pilot program that assists new and current on-campus students at CSU in Bathurst to prepare for and find work that fits around their study schedule.

“The program is free and aims to alleviate any financial concerns students may have around starting university”, Ms Stuart said. “They simply register online and we meet with them one-on-one to find out about their skills and interests. We review their resumé and experience. We then match students to local employers registered in the program”.

Bathurst local Ms Olive Lockett, a second-year Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student, already had some part-time work at a local supermarket but was looking for some industry-related experience that would give her the skills she needed for graduate employment. Through the EAYL program Ms Lockett has secured a job managing the social media accounts for a new fashion boutique that has opened in Bathurst, ‘Sunday Thistle’.

Ms Lockett said, “EAYL has given me the opportunity to gain a job that is relevant to my degree and in an area I’m genuinely passionate about. The program has been an amazing help to my overall career, having the opportunity to sit down and perfect my resumé for my line of work.

“I would highly recommend signing up for EAYL if you are looking for job that is going to help you gain experience and earn money while at university.”

Owner/manager of Sunday Thistle and Ms Lockett’s new boss, Ms Shylo Land, is impressed with the program and with Ms Lockett’s marketing skills.

“The EAYL service has worked perfectly for me. The friendly team provided me with potential candidates the same day that I lodged my request and I was able to recruit Olive immediately. I would highly recommend this service to other businesses in Bathurst looking for casual employees,” Ms Land said.

The ‘Earn As You Learn’ program will be trialled in Bathurst initially, with the aim to extend it across the University.

Students can learn more at: http://student.csu.edu.au/services-support/careers, or by contacting earnasyoulearn@csu.edu.au

Background for employers

Local employers also benefit from the EAYL program by gaining:

- free access to local job-ready students looking for casual and part-time work;

- a shortlist of suitable candidates from CSU’s database of job-ready students;

- the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective in their workplace, fill short-term contracts, provide holiday backfill, or cover for busy periods;

- access to the specialty skills of CSU students, such as marketing and communications, accounting, and IT.

Employers have to be within 50 kilometres of Bathurst, and can only log jobs of up to 20 hours per week.

Employers can find out more here: http://www.csu.edu.au/contacts/promote-jobs-to-csu-students/earn-as-you-learn

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Rube Goldberg fever strikes CSU Engineering

Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

First-year student engineers at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst are facing their first challenge this week in problem solving and team work.

The annual Rube Goldberg event challenges the 18 students to build an overly complex solution to a simple problem – this year, it is to cut a cake with a large knife.

“Working in teams of three, the students have to design and build at least four steps in the machine,” said CSU Professor of Engineering, Euan Lindsay.

“This year they have incorporated tambourines, Jenga blocks, a party popper and a flying dog into their project.

“They have to work together with the rest of the group to make a single machine, building a sense of shared responsibility and cooperation in the group to make the machine work.

“The Challenge embodies the non-traditional, problem-based approach of the Charles Sturt University course. We are committed to developing student engineers who have entrepreneurial communication skills and understand the power of diversity.”

Last year, the CSU Engineering degree was recognised by the leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a world leader in engineering education.

This year’s completed ‘machine’ will be activated by a global leader in engineering education, Professor Anetta Kolmos from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

The machine will ‘go live’ at 3pm on Thursday 8 March in the foyer of the award-winning CSU Engineering building, CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews / Wes Ward, 0418 669 362/ 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Professor Kolmos and Professor Lindsay before the Rube Goldberg machine is activated, contact CSU Media.

Celebrating women at AgriTech Incubator

Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

International Women’s Day 2018 offers an opportunity to reflect on the vital contributions of women to the start-up scene in the Riverina region, recognising that still more can be done to encourage more women and girls into technological and entrepreneurial activities.

With this in mind, the AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is delivering its second Incubator Program with six out of the eight budding entrepreneurs being women.

Ms Louise Freckelton from Highfield Farm and Woodland, a small farm combining conservation with ethical food production, is participating in the Incubator Program.  She is looking to gourmet mushroom production to boost their farm income and add a unique food to the region.

Ms Freckelton will be pitching her business idea to the audience along with the other program participants on Monday 26 March at the AgriTech Incubator at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The AgriTech Incubator team will also host their second coding event on Thursday 17 May 2018 to encourage Year 8 girls from the region into technology careers. During the event, they will create a rainbow predictor using the program Python and tiny computer Raspberry Pi.

Interested Riverina high schools wanting their Year 8 female students to attend this event should contact project officer Ms Siobhain Howard on email sihoward@csu.edu.au for further information and bookings.

The AgriTech Incubator is funded by the NSW Department of Industry with significant additional funding from CSU. The Incubator is also available for use as a co-working, meeting and event space.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

AgriTech Incubator project officer Ms Siobhain Howard is available on email sihoward@csu.edu.au.

CSU Professor John Mawson, Project Lead, who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga, is available for interview to discuss the AgriTech Incubator.

Photo: Ms Louise Freckelton from Highfield Farm & Woodland at Adelong.

2018 CSU inter-campus blood donation challenge

Wednesday 7 Mar 2018

At the recent Orientation Week Market Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, new students signed up to become blood donors in time for the annual 2018 CSU Inter-Campus Blood Challenge.

During the Inter-Campus Blood Challenge from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 1 July, eligible students and staff at all CSU campuses compete to donate the most blood.

In 2017, CSU staff and students made a total of 768 donations, with the most donations (n = 348) from CSU in Wagga Wagga, while the highest proportion of donations was from CSU in Port Macquarie (17.5 per cent of staff and students donated).

Mr John Feist, Australian Red Cross Blood Service NSW/ACT Community Relations Officer, said this was a great effort but more blood is always needed and he urged all CSU staff and students to donate blood.

“The Australian Red Cross Blood Service appreciates every blood donation it receives, and thanks all its donors for taking the time to donate,” Mr Feist said.

“Each donation can save three lives, so the University’s donations in 2017 saved over 2 300 lives. That’s outstanding.”

The Red Cross mobile blood unit will be at CSU in Bathurst from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 March.

CSU in Bathurst student liaison officer Mr Scott Hatch said, “Wherever students and staff donate, as long as they are registered as a member of the ‘CSU Bathurst’ Red25 group then their donation will count in the challenge. They can register online at the Red Cross website or via staff at the mobile unit on the day of donation.

“To book an appointment students can call 13 1495 or go to www.donateblood.com.au. If they can’t make the visit on campus, the mobile unit is in Bathurst every month at the McDonald’s car park on Durham Street, and will be back on campus in May.”

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photos show some of the new CSU students who signed up to be blood donors for the annual 2018 CSU Inter-Campus Blood Challenge.

Albury launch for writing handbook

Tuesday 6 Mar 2018

A leading education researcher at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will launch a new book this week that recognises that young writers need support from a very early age.

Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie in the CSU School of Education located in Albury-Wodonga is the lead editor of the book and either wrote or co-authored 6 or the 13 book chapters in Understanding and supporting Young Writers from Birth to 8.
The book explores what it means to be a young child learning to write in the 21st Century.

“Writing has possibly eclipsed reading as the critical literacy skill for children to learn,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The book fills a gap in literacy education, and provides practitioners such as early childhood and primary school teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively support young children as they learn to write.”

The book will be launched by one of the NSW Directors of School Education in Albury, Dr Brad Russell, and CSU’s Head of the School of Education, Associate Professor David Smith.

Teachers, educators and interested members of the community from both sides of the border have been invited to the afternoon event. The launch will be hosted by the Albury Library Museum and sponsored by the local chapter of the Australian Literacy Educator’s Association.

In addition, the launch event will be attended by other co-authors of the book, who are all based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, as well as some of the children who took part in research and provided pictures for the book.


  • Event details
    Where: Albury Library Museum, Kiewa St, Albury
    When: starting 4.30pm on Thursday 8 March

Read and hear further details here on the book Understanding and supporting Young Writers from Birth to 8.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

As well as attending the launch, Associate Professor Noella Mackenzie, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, is available for interviews between 9 and 10am on Thursday 8 March through CSU Media.

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