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NSW government arts grant for Booranga Writers’ Centre

Friday 1 Dec 2017

David GilbeyBooranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga has received a grant of $46 500 for 2018 from the NSW government's Arts and Cultural Development Program.

The President of Booranga Writers' Centre and adjunct senior lecturer in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mr David Gilbey (pictured) said the grant will fund two part-time positions of office manager and creative director, and four writers-in-residence during 2018.

"The grant's focus on infrastructure support makes possible the Centre's literary programs and writerly advocacy in this region," Mr Gilbey said.

"We try to engage writers with different styles, modes, demographics – in order to encourage regional writers to explore and develop their work towards publication, by providing immediate access to the skills, networks and advice of the successful writers who come here."

In 2018 all the writers-in-residence are accomplished women; poet Ms Jill Jones from Sydney and Adelaide; Indigenous poet Ms Ellen Van Neerven, a Yugambeh woman, from Brisbane; playwright Ms Donna Abela from Wollongong; and young adult author Ms Claire Zorn from NSW.

While in residence, each writer will offer a reading/performance in Wagga Wagga, and present a writing workshop at Booranga.

"We are particularly pleased that, in the competitive environment of arts funding, this particular grant shows confidence in Booranga's capacity to both manage the grant and to develop opportunities for regional writers," Mr Gilbey said.

"During the year, Booranga will work with other arts and education groups in the region, such as the English Teachers' Association, Eastern Riverina Arts, and individual writers/artists to promote writing opportunities for all ages and many dispositions.

"As well, we hope to publish fourW, the annual anthology of new writing, at the end of 2018.

"We are grateful for funding and in-kind support from both Charles Sturt University and Wagga Wagga City Council. Booranga in 2018 promises a rich feast of literary delights."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

The NSW Government's Art and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) is delivered as part of Create in NSW, the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework. Funding supports programs that are central to cultural life to grow a thriving, connected arts and cultural sector with, and for, the people of NSW.

Cognition and disabilities expert for national brain conference

Friday 1 Dec 2017

An expert recognised Australia-wide for research to assist people with disabilities will deliver a free public lecture during a national conference to be hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie next week.

Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart, AM, who was founding Scientific Director of the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, has worked around Australia and in the United Kingdom and Canada in an academic career spanning 50 years.

Professor Coltheart will speak on the nature of cognitive science during his public presentation, which is free to the general public. It will start at 4pm on Friday 8 December at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, in room 2062.

The emeritus professor was recognised for his services to people with learning difficulties in 2010 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

The 'Cognition on the Coast' Conference, the biennial meeting of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, will be held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December at CSU in Port Macquarie, and is hosted by the CSU School of Psychology.

The two-day conference will address such diverse topics as animal cognition, heuristics and biases in emergencies and disasters, cognitive psychology applications for teaching, and much more.

Conference convenor and CSU academic Dr Glenn Carruthers said, "We are thrilled to be bringing together researchers from Australia, the US, Israel, Chile, Canada, New Zealand, and Serbia to discuss some of the most exciting and troubling issues in the study of the mind.

"This is also an exciting opportunity to showcase the high quality work being done in regional universities in Australia."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart, AM, or conference organiser Dr Glenn Carruthers, contact CSU Media.

The conference website is here.

CSU graphic design students emerge in Port Macquarie exhibition

Friday 24 Nov 2017

What: emerge: CSU Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition

Where: Charles Sturt University, 7 Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie

When:  Friday 1 December from 6pm

Tickets: Event Brite

Johnny CashAn exhibition of graduating graphic design students' work showcasing cutting edge designs for contemporary life, will be opened at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Friday 1 December.

The emerge: Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition displays the work of the first-ever graduating cohort of students who studied the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design) in the School of Communication and Creative Industries at CSU in Port Macquarie.

CSU graphic design lecturer Ms Willhemina Wahlin said, "We are immensely proud of the work in this exhibition featuring some innovative pieces from graduating and second year graphic design students' work.

"The exhibition will be of interest to the whole community because graphic design is all around us and influences the choices we make about what we buy and how we live.

"It will be of particular interest to people in business who might want to hire a graduating designer, as well as potential students and families whose children are thinking of studying design, and educators and professionals in the area."

The emerge: Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition will open at 6pm to 9pm on Friday 1 December, at CSU, 7 Major Innes Road, Port Macquarie, with refreshments provided. It will be accessible for viewing until the end of January.

Tickets are limited. To RSVP, go to Event Brite

More information is available on the School of Communication and Creative Industries event page and Facebook and on CSU graphic design Facebook. Follow on TWITTER: @CSUGDExhibition

The exhibition is sponsored by local businesses in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, including The Other Chef, Hastings Co-op, Latin Loafer, Wildwood Festival, Wauchope Bakery, DONE Cold Brew, Doppio or Nothing, and The Settlers Inn.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU graphic design lecturer Ms Willhemina Wahlin.

Image: 'Johnny Cash' by CSU graphic design student Ms Kseah Cowan.

Endangered turtles at risk from illegal nets

Thursday 23 Nov 2017

Trapped long-necked turtleThe use of illegal nets is placing populations of endangered species of native turtles at risk in Australia's inland waterways says a Charles Sturt University (CSU) expert.

"Our research shows the unthinking actions of people who fish for yabbies using 'opera house' nets are depleting populations of turtles, even here in Albury-Wodonga," said CSU researcher Dr James Van Dyke (pictured left), a turtle and tortoise expert with CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society.

"I recently found a mature long-necked tortoise dead in one of these traps, which I pulled out of a dam in Thurgoona. Sadly, the female had got tangled in the trap and drowned.

"We know that there are very few young long-necked turtles left in the wild in southern Australia, particularly as foxes dig up over 95 percent of tortoise nests and eat the eggs and babies. So every unnecessary loss of an adult drives another nail in the coffin of this species as they take up to ten years to reach sexual maturity."

Dr Van Dyke hopes people will think twice about continuing to use these nets as they deplete many native species, not just turtles.

The busy researcher noted it is a busy time in general for native turtles, as they come out to nest during the spring storms.

"We are really keen to find where turtles are nesting and we have developed a mobile phone app to help us locate them," Dr Van Dyke said.

Members of the public can log the location of turtle nests they find at the TurtleSAT app, found here.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for interviews with Dr James Van Dyke, who is based in Albury-Wodonga.

Picture caption: A dead turtle captured in an illegal 'opera house' net found in Albury-Wodonga.

Strong Moves Camp in Bathurst for Indigenous students

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is hosting a Strong Moves Camp for Indigenous high school students from the Riverina, Mid North Coast, and the NSW Central West from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November.

Future Moves program coordinator in the CSU Office of Students Mr Ben Morris (pictured) said, "Strong Moves is a mentoring program that engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a series of activities designed to build and strengthen expectations that further study is a realistic goal.

Ben Morris"It will be a fun and exciting week for the students, with staff from multiple faculties running workshops with the students.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the NSW Riverina, Central West and Mid-North Coast regions will be staying on campus in Bathurst to experience university life first-hand. They will participate in a series of workshops aimed at building confidence, celebrating achievements, and discovering the wide variety of future educational options they have before them."

Disciplines areas and courses the students will experience include psychology, policing, TV production, engineering, nursing, and physiotherapy.

Schools attending include Mt Austin High School (Wagga Wagga), and from the Mid-North Coast; Hastings College West Port Campus (Port Macquarie), Melville High School (Kempsey), and Port Macquarie High School.

From the central west, schools include Dennison College Bathurst and Kelso campuses, Orange High School, and Wellington High School.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Mr Ben Morris.

Generosity of CSU students to feed less fortunate

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

The hunger of the vulnerable and less fortunate in the Riverina will be catered for thanks to the generosity of students leaving Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga for the summer break.

The move out cook up has now become an annual event that sees students leaving their residences at the conclusion of the semester cleaning out their pantries, fridges and freezers and donating all of their in-date food products to CSU Healthy Eating, Entertainment and Retail Services (CHEERS). CHEERS staff then cook and prepare packaged frozen meals to donate to the food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Mr Toby Perry, food and beverage coordinator for the Southern Region CSU handed over in excess of 340 frozen meals to Mr John Foord of the Riverina chapter of OzHarvest yesterday.

Mr Perry is proud of the CHEERS catering team who prepare the meals, and grateful to the students for their generosity.

staff and student handover 

"It's simply fantastic to be able to support a local charity by providing nutritious meals with food that would have otherwise gone to waste," Mr Perry said.

While the cook up is an initiative of CHEERS, the donation of so many meals wouldn't be possible without the support of CSU students which is promoted and driven by the Student Residents' Association (Residence Life).

Mr Travis Cohalan, manager of Residence Life (Southern Zone) indicated students were willing to be involved and donate their food knowing it was going to a worthy cause.

"We're pleased to be part of this important community project helping people in need, and also support the University's objective to be an environmentally sustainable organisation," Mr Cohalan said.

The meals received by OzHarvest will be distributed to local charity partners who deliver meals to the vulnerable and less fortunate in Wagga Wagga and Junee up to six days a week.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427 845 830

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with the Mr Toby Perry or Mr Travis Cohalan.

CSU theatre students boost local Shakespeare production

Friday 17 Nov 2017

As You Like It posterCharles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students underpin a local production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It at Abercrombie House in Bathurst in November.

The Bathurst Shakespeare Players have teamed up with Christopher and Xanthe Morgan from historic Abercrombie House to present six evening performances of one of the bard's funniest and most entertaining comedies.

Director Ms Libby Daniewska said there are five theatre/media students and one academic staff member from the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in this year's production, and two students working backstage on set design, and sound and lighting.

"We've worked a lot over the years with Charles Sturt University students, staff and the theatre/ media department," Ms Daniewska said.

"We maintain a strong and good relationship with the University in various ways from a casting and production perspective, and it always strengthens each production."

This year's CSU theatre/media student cast for As You Like It includes Ms Heather Edmonds, Ms Hannah Armstrong, Mr Artie Hotchkies, Mr Liam Jones, Ms Ally Moon, and lecturer Mr Brett van Heekeren.

CSU helpers and crew include Ms Harriet Fahey (sound and lighting), Mr Josh Meyers (set design) who was a cast member in previous years, and former student Mr Dom Ingersole.

Producer Mr Christopher Morgan said that tickets are selling fast for this year's production of Shakespeare in the garden which commenced its season last night at Abercrombie House.

"This is a wonderful production of As You Like It and I urge anyone seeking a great evening's entertainment in a delightful setting to come along," Mr Morgan said.

"Excellent pre-ordered picnic hampers are available for $35 for two or $25 for one, or bring your own, and BYO something nice to drink.

"We ask patrons to arrive from 6pm for the play to start at 7pm on the six dates."

The six performances are Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18, Thursday 23, Friday 24, and Saturday 26 November.

Tickets are available from StickyTickets, or by email to Abercrombie.House@bigpond.com, or phone the Morgans on 6331 4929.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU staff member paddles to world gold

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

Lisa SmallboneCharles Sturt University (CSU) staff member and paddler Dr Lisa Smallbone (pictured left) highlighted her sporting prowess as a member of the successful national dragon boat team, the Auroras, competing at the recent world championships in Kunming, China.

Dr Smallbone has returned to her Albury base with two gold medals as a member of the Australian Senior B Women's team that won both the 200-metre and 2000-metre championship finals. They defeated top teams from Canada and USA.

The keen sportsperson was part of a 200-strong national contingent that went to China for the championships, which were held from 18 to 22 October. This was the best result yet for the Australian Auroras at a world nations championship.

"It was a great honour to represent Australia and compete at such a high level," Dr Smallbone said.

"The racing was extremely close and we had to be highly focused and determined to beat Canada, who have dominated the masters division in world dragon boat racing in recent years.

"Their women's team had never been beaten before, and we managed to do it twice!"

Dr Smallbone is a member of Warriors Albury Wodonga Dragon Boat Club, based on the Border.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media for interview with Dr Lisa Smallbone, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

Launch of 2017 fourW literary magazine in Wagga and Sydney

Thursday 16 Nov 2017

David GilbeyThe 28th edition of one of Australia's 'little magazines', fourW, will be launched in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 18 and in Sydney on Saturday 25 November.

Mr David Gilbey (pictured), adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said the winners of the 2017 Booranga prizes for poetry and fiction will be announced also at the launches.

"fourW collects some of the best new Australian writing from the regions, the nation and overseas, and publishes it annually," Mr Gilbey said.

"This 28th edition of fourW contains more than 50 poems and nearly 20 short stories that stretch the boundaries of writing in multi-layered, allusive language that engages, challenges, seduces.

"It includes new work from Booranga writers-in-residence in 2017, Rajith Savanadasa, Nathanael O'Reilly, Zohab Khan, and Biff Ward, as well as a wide range of authors, both established and 'emerging'."

The anthology includes new work from more than 50 writers, including Julie Maclean, Rosanna Licari, Daniel King, Mitchell Grabois, Andy Kissane, Kit Kelen, Derek Motion, and Graham Rowlands.

Mr Gilbey explained the name fourW derives from Wagga Wagga Writers Writers, the original moniker for Booranga Writers' Centre, located at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

fourW will be launched at the Wagga Wagga City Library at 1.30pm to 4pm on Saturday 18 November by award-winning New Zealand-based Filipino-Australian poet, editor, and reviewer Ms Ivy Alvarez.

The launch in Sydney will be by poet, editor (of Verity La) and critic Ms Michele Seminara at 3.30pm to 5pm on Saturday 25 November at Gleebooks, in Glebe.

Check out Booranga Writers' Centre on Facebook and Twitter, website: https://arts-ed.csu.edu.au/booranga

The events are free. Meet and hear writers read their work. Refreshments available.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

Students collaborate for better rural health

Thursday 9 Nov 2017

Paramedic exercise Oct 2017Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst recently joined with students from Western Sydney University (WSU) for a one-day rural health education collaboration.

Associate lecturer in paramedicine in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Bathurst Ms Amanda Hlushak (front row, third from left) said the inaugural education day consisted of a series of inter-professional clinical simulations. These involved health students from the nursing and paramedicine programs at CSU and medical students from WSU's Bathurst Rural Clinical School.

"The event saw students participating in rural-focused clinical simulations which allow them to work alongside fellow students from other disciplines to prepare them for future workplace practice," Ms Hlushak said.

"Allowing students to work together in this way, before they enter the workforce, is likely to improve future workplace relationships and, most importantly, improve patient care outcomes."

Ms Hlushak explained that these types of collaborative education days are important initiatives in helping increase health professionals' knowledge of rural health issues, as well as helping to break down barriers that currently exist between health disciplines.

"Our aim is to continue to run these events, to provide our local students with a broader education experience, and to showcase Bathurst as an excellent regional educational provider in health," she said.

The inaugural one-day inter-professional rural health education event was staged at CSU in Bathurst on Saturday 14 October.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Amanda Hlushak.

Photo shows students and lecturers who participated in the joint exercise at CSU in Bathurst on Saturday 14 October.

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