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Vulnerable frog to benefit from revegetation

Friday 3 Aug 2018

  • * Small wetland on CSU in Albury-Wodonga is home to the vulnerable Sloane’s froglet
  • * Volunteers are planting native vegetation around the wetland to provide vital protection for the species
  • * CSU in Albury-Wodonga is also home for a thriving community of native animals and birds in the midst of suburbia

A frog listed as ‘vulnerable’ in NSW will benefit from some human intervention on the Charles Sturt University (CSU) campus at Thurgoona next Tuesday 7 August.

Recent school leavers and support staff will plant native grasses to provide important cover for a small population of Sloane’s froglet (pictured left) establishing itself near the David Mitchell Wetlands at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

Ms Michelle Wilkinson from CSU Green said the planting will add to vegetation planted last month around a small wetland in which the frogs have been found.

“Native grasses are important for the Sloane’s froglet as provide important shelter for this tiny frog,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“They like areas of grassland or woodland that are periodically inundated, but recent populations have been decimated by trampling by cattle, loss of habitat caused by clearing for growing urban areas, drought and long-term changes to climate patterns, and changes in water flows through creeks and wetlands.

"We hope our revegetation program will help these little critters increase numbers again.

“It will also allow experts in the School of Environmental Sciences to carry out more detailed studies of the species, particularly to assess if they are affected by the chytrid fungus disease which has devastated so many other frog species across Australia.”

CSU ecologist and frog expert Dr Geoff Heard will be on hand to speak about the Sloane’s froglet to the visitors and lend a hand in the planting.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Wilkinson and Dr Heard on the revegetation project and the Sloane’s froglet, which is also the flagship native animal for CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

Planting will commence at 10am on Tuesday 7 August, near carpark P2 of CSU in Albury-Wodonga, through the Elizabeth Mitchell Drive entrance (just past the Childcare Centre), Thurgooona. Planting is due to be completed by 11.30am.

CSU arts and culture CUP grants available

Thursday 2 Aug 2018

* CSU CUP small grants available for Bathurst region arts and culture projects

* Applications close Friday 24 August

The next round of 2018 Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants for arts and cultural activities are available for applications.

Individuals and community groups across the University’s regions covered by its campuses in Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, and Port Macquarie are invited to apply.

Associate Professor Laura Dan, Director Knowledge Exchange and Engagement at CSU, said, “The University provides up to $20,000 worth of CUP grants across its regional footprint, and I encourage individuals and groups with projects or initiatives that meet the criteria to apply.”

Applications close on Friday 24 August, and the CUP grants application form is here:

https://about.csu.edu.au/community/grants/arts-and-culture

Previous arts and culture CUP grant recipient Ms Kylie Shead from the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) said, “With the support of CSU Community-University Partnership grants we have been able bring professional writers to speak at the Bathurst Writers’ and Readers’ Festival, and at the same time keep the festival free and therefore accessible for the community”.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo shows category winners in the Bathurst Poetry Slam as part of the 2017 Bathurst Writers' and Readers' Festival at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

Free films in Wagga Wagga put spotlight on dementia

Wednesday 1 Aug 2018

* Dementia explored in two free films as part of Ageing Symposium in Wagga Wagga

* An opportunity to learn more about dementia and to improve interaction with people who live with dementia

Encouraging people to think differently about how they interact with people with dementia is the focus of a free film night in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 8 August.

The evening is part of the ‘Inspire Ageing in Rural Communities: Together we can make a difference’ Symposium hosted by Charles Sturt University (CSU) for the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG).

Conference co-convenor and Associate Professor of Nursing Maree Bernoth (pictured left) in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health said, “There are more than 425,000 Australians living with dementia. It’s the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians, with one in ten people aged over 65 living with dementia.

“So the chances are that many of us know someone with dementia, have loved ones affected, or are caring for someone with dementia.

“This free event is an opportunity for people to learn more about dementia and how we can improve how we interact with people who are living with this disease,” Professor Bernoth said.

There’s no need to register to attend, and people are encouraged to be at the Forum 6 Cinema in Trail Street in Wagga Wagga for the screening at 6pm on Wednesday 8 August.

Two films will be screened:

* Head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit at Monash University, Professor Joseph Ibrahim will show his film, The Dignity of Risk, which challenges the popular ways of thinking about the rights of people diagnosed with dementia. After the film Professor Ibrahim will lead discussion about the content of the film.

* Catholic Healthcare will show a film about arts and dementia called Together we can inspire and create.

After the screening of the films there will be an opportunity for people to continue the discussion and network over pizza and soft drink.

The evening is sponsored by a grant from Destination NSW.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate professor Maree Bernoth who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

CSU supports National Tree Day in Wagga Wagga and other campuses

Friday 27 Jul 2018

* CSU in Wagga Wagga aims to plant 500 trees on Saturday 28 July

* Tree planting increases biodiversity and connectivity of vegetation and riparian corridors

As part of National Tree Planting Day Week, staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will gather on Saturday 28 July to plant trees to expand and enhance the University’s biodiversity zones on the campus.

National Tree Day on Sunday 29 July is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event.

CSU Green sustainability project officer Ms Kym Witney-Soanes said, “Every year, CSU Green coordinates revegetation works at each campus for CSU Tree Planting Day events. Revegetation works occur strategically across campuses in accordance with the biodiversity plans.”

“On Saturday in Wagga Wagga we hope to plant approximately 350 locally indigenous seedlings on the University farm, extending biodiversity area E at the southern end of Houlaghans Creek.

“If we have more time and volunteers, we plan to plant the remainder of the 150 seedlings at the offset Ashmont biodiversity zone.

“These planting areas have been determined in consultation with relevant University personnel and CSU Green specialists.”

The aims of CSU revegetation works are to:

* increase biodiversity areas to reduce the loss of species and improve the ecosystem function;

* increase the connectivity of between vegetation corridors across campuses (including the CSU farms at Wagga Wagga and Orange);

* rehabilitate highly disturbed sites.

To date CSU has planted 16,810 native trees, shrubs and grasses across its campuses.

Intending participants for the two-hour tree planting event at CSU in Wagga Wagga should register on csugreen@csu.edu.au, and will meet at the front of Joyes Hall at 10am Saturday 28 July.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own hat, gloves, sunscreen, and boots, and a barbecue lunch will be provided at 1pm at St Martin’s.

A tree-planting day will also be held at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 8 August, and tree planting days have already been held at CSU in Albury-Wodonga (Wednesday 18 July) and Dubbo (Tuesday 24 July).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU a double finalist at Port Macquarie Business Awards

Friday 27 Jul 2018

* CSU nominated and a finalists in two categories:

* Outstanding Employer of Choice (HR)

* Childcare, Education and Training (Learning and Teaching area)

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie is a finalists in two categories of the 2018 Holiday Coast Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards this weekend.

Being a finalist in the Outstanding Employer of Choice (HR) category reflects staff morale and the campus at CSU in Port Macquarie.

As a finalist in the Childcare, Education and Training (Learning and Teaching area) category, CSU’s contribution to being a thought leader in the Port Macquarie community is acknowledged.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (pictured) said, “The University is proud to be associated with the Port Macquarie Business Chamber and we’re humbled to have been announced as a finalist.

“Being recognised alongside other high achieving businesses and organisations, both in the area of learning and teaching and as an outstanding employer of choice, is testament to the wonderful staff and students who study and work at our campus in Port Macquarie and across our entire footprint.

“Well done and congratulations to all finalists, and thank you to the Port Macquarie business and wider community for their continued support and faith in our institution.”

More information can be found here: https://portchamber.com.au/event/gala-awards-night-2018/

The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Port Macquarie Panthers on Saturday 28 July.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU Foundation Scholarships ceremony in Wagga Wagga

Thursday 26 Jul 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students will be awarded Charles Sturt University Foundation Scholarships at a ceremony in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 26 July.

Six students will be awarded scholarships, all of whom have demonstrated sound academic achievement, strong community and industry connections, and have set career goals.

Director of CSU Advancement Ms Sarah Ansell said the scholarships made a significant difference to students and showed the generosity of individuals and businesses whose contributions make the scholarships possible.

“Donors are people and organisations who are passionate about making a difference to Charles Sturt University students,” Ms Ansell said.

Students to receive scholarships:

  • HV McKay II scholarship – Ms Emily Walker, Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management: Going into her second year, Emily plans to work in the agricultural industry as a consultant as she believes the industry will be the future of the Australian economy.
  • Carole and Stan Droder scholarship – Mr Ryan Malone, Bachelor of Agricultural Science: When he completes his degree Ryan plans to work with farmers to help them implement technology to reduce labour time.
  • Agnes Tansey lifting the barriers refugee scholarship – Ms Zandile Mlilo: Zandile arrived in Australia as a refugee without any family members. As a refugee she is not eligible for HELP and so the scholarship will assist pay university fees to allow her to start a new life.
  • Celia Beavan Gerontology Scholarship – Ms Abbie Melrose, Bachelor of Social Work: The care of a social worker during the last months of her grandfather’s life inspired Abbie to study social work.
  • Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Wollundry – Ms Lauren Bruce: Lauren plans to study a major in medical imaging, and on completion of her studies intends to return to rural towns to start up a medical practice.
  • Rennylea – Future in Livestock – Mr Stephen Robinson: Stephen is optimistic about the future of the Australian livestock industry and plans to use his veterinary science studies to capture those opportunities and contribute to the industry.

Donors in attendance:

CO2 Australia represented by Mr Brad Holt;total value of scholarships $30,000.

This is the first award of a new scholarship from CSU supporters CO2 Australia. C02 seeks to support prospective students from Indigenous backgrounds to access higher education opportunities, as well as support people who are in the early stages of their professional career to develop diverse, long-term careers in regional locations.

Rennylea - The Future in Livestock Scholarship represented by Bryan and Lucinda Corrigan;value of scholarship $5,000.

Lucinda Corrigan and Bryan Corrigan are great supporters of the CSU Agriculture course,

and each year provide a scholarship to support the cattle industry.

Alexandra Catherine Henderson Fund represented by Ms Lana Sweeney (peer of Alexandra) who will present the prize on her parents’ behalf; value of scholarships $2,000.

When Alexandra Henderson lost her life in a farm accident in July 2017 she had just started her studies at CSU. Alexandra was a person who was determined to have a positive impact on the world, and by enabling other students to learn and do the work she wanted to do herself, her family will be able to enable her to fulfil her goals even though she will not be here to savour them.

Bush Children’s Education Foundation represented by Mr Richard Dougan; value of scholarships $9,000.

Dr Charles Huxtable, then serving with the Royal Flying Doctor Service at Broken Hill, initiated the establishment of the Bush Children’s Education Foundation in 1965.

The Bush Children’s Education Foundation has been working with CSU over a number of years to assist students from rural backgrounds.

The ceremony will be held at the Wagga Wagga Convention Centre Thursday 26 July from 4.30pm.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Student donation inspired by community spirit to help farmers

Thursday 26 Jul 2018

  • * CSU students raised over $4, 000 for local charity Riverina Bluebell
  • * Riverina Bluebell refers people, particularly farmers and their families, concerned with their mental health to local services.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students in Wagga Wagga have demonstrated their community spirit when they donated over $4,000 today (Thursday 26 July) to local charity Riverina Bluebell.

Ms Breanna Carr is the Head Resident of the Hampden Village ResLIFE Team at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The veterinary science student said she was very proud to be associated with such a positive initiative by the students getting together with the Wagga Wagga community.

“The donation comes from the proceeds of Hampden Village Ball for our students held in May this year,” Ms Carr said.

“Before the ball, we also approached local businesses for donations – not only did they give us prizes for a charity auction during the ball, but they donated over $1,500 cash for our designated charity, Riverina Bluebell. We were amazed at their generosity.

“I am also proud of my team of student leaders who worked tirelessly on the event and raised the money for the charity.”

Riverina Bluebell refers people, particularly farmers and their families, concerned with their mental health to local services able to attend to their needs.

Representatives from Riverina Bluebell were presented with the student donation this morning at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Mr Nik Granger from the CSU Division of Student Services said that during 2017 CSU students donated $185,000 to charities, showing their commitment to helping those less fortunate in the community.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with student representative Ms Breanna Carr at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Startup Weekend in Bathurst a ‘must’ for students with business ideas

Thursday 26 Jul 2018

* Weekend event to help CSU students learn first-hand about entrepreneurship

* Participants will get feedback on their business idea

* Entrepreneurship becoming a critical career skill for students in all disciplines

Do you have a business idea, or have you ever thought about being an entrepreneur?

How do you know if your business ideas can make a real difference?

CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is working with the Upstairs Startup Hub to present a Student Startup Weekend in Bathurst on Friday evening 3 August and Saturday 4 August.

Professor of Entrepreneurship in the CSU School of Management and Marketing, Professor Morgan Miles, said, “The upcoming Student Startup Weekend organised jointly by the Upstairs Startup Hub (Bathurst) and CenWest Innovate and the CSU School of Management and Marketing in Bathurst is a ‘must go’ event for all students at the University who have interest in startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

“Entrepreneurship is becoming a critical career skill for students across all university disciplines, and employers are increasingly seeking new staff who have entrepreneurial skills.

“This Startup Weekend is designed to develop these important capabilities.”

Weekend Overview:

Friday night, participants meet at Rafters Bar at CSU from 5pm to 8pm for individuals to pitch their business idea, and join a team while socialising.

On Saturday morning participants will meet at CSU Engineering (building 1305) at 8.30am to commence workshops on Lean Canvas, idea testing, and finally pitching. Participants will be able to get feedback on their business idea and learn first-hand about entrepreneurship.

The feedback is provided by the workshop team led by Mr James Triggs, Expert-in-Residence at the Upstairs Startup Hub in Bathurst.

To book a place at the Student Startup Weekend, send an email to kassidy@upstairs.org.au, and mark ‘going’ on this event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/285147458709364/

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Life with chronic illness examined in new exhibition at CSU in Dubbo

Wednesday 25 Jul 2018

* New photographic exhibition at CSU in Dubbo from Wednesday 1 August to Friday 21 September

* Exhibition explores physical and mental illness, and themes including chronic pain, isolation, anxiety and loss of identity

* The images are storytelling tools to create an emotional impact to make others think about things that may not be commonplace in their lives

A new photographic art exhibition at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo from Wednesday 1 August to late September explores the emotions and experiences of being a chronically ill child, teenager and adult.

CSU nursing lecturer and researcher Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health will be the guest speaker at the exhibition opening at 6pm on Wednesday 1 August.

Professor Rossiter, who is undertaking research for Parkinson’s NSW, said, “This visual chronicle follows the artistic maturing of emerging artist Mr Tyler Grace, and tackles both the seen and unseen impacts of chronic illness.

“This ongoing photographic self-portrait series takes the viewer inside the often unbearable world experienced by him, as well as many others who experience chronic illness.”

Mr Grace said, “This iteration of the exhibition also focuses on raising awareness for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), illnesses I suffer.

“The images in this exhibition explore both physical and mental illness, and specific themes include, but are not limited to chronic pain, isolation, anxiety and loss of identity.

“My aim for this exhibition is to not only tell my story, but for those stories to help those who don't suffer gain a small insight into what it can be like being chronically ill, and to also help others that do suffer with the topics covered realise that they aren’t alone, and that they can achieve their dreams despite their limitations.”

CEO of Parkinson’s NSW Ms Jo-Anne Reeves said, “Initiatives such as this art exhibition provide the opportunity to highlight the day-to-day struggles and realities experienced by people living with chronic illness.

“Parkinson’s NSW is pleased to be working in partnership with Charles Sturt University and Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter and the research team to highlight the need for specialist nurses in rural and regional areas of NSW.”

Professor Rossiter said the exhibition is free and open to the public and encourages people to see this visually stunning and thought-provoking exhibition.

Mr Grace explained that storytelling is something that has always been a part of his life, whether it be through photography, videos or writing.

“My images are the most important storytelling tool I have and I aim to create an emotional impact while making others think about things that may not be commonplace in their lives,” he said.

“I like to invoke emotions, explore thoughts and attempt to explain experiences through my imagery. Most of those thoughts, emotions and experiences come from my own life, such as my self-portraits, which tell stories of what I experience being chronically ill.

“I try to keep the stories I tell of my own life as raw and impactful as I possibly can, which includes using post-processing techniques such as adding textures and occasionally compositing images together to add extra impact to the final product.

“My images are dark and confronting, but I find that they create conversation, which I believe is important with my kind of work, as creating conversation leads to more awareness, which I hope leads to action to help or fix the issues that I raise in my imagery.

“Although my images come from a deep, dark and confusing world inside my head, I encourage viewers to find their own worlds inside my images and connect to them by attaching their own meanings or stories to them.

“I aim to keep on evolving as a photographic artist, and never let my health stop me from doing what I love doing the most, which is photography,” Mr Grace said.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said, “We support all artists to display their work for the public to view at the University in Dubbo, and invite members of the public to visit this exhibition”.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The Tyler Grace Photography exhibition ‘The Chronic Diaries’ runs from Wednesday 1 August until Friday 29 September at CSU, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with out-of-hours viewings possible by appointment.

Artist biography:

Mr Tyler Grace is a conceptual artist who uses photography as a medium to tell stories from both his life and the lives of others.

During his first two years as a photographer, he practiced glamour and fashion photography, but an event occurred in 2014 which would change the course of his photographic career forever. This event gave him the courage to finally make the giant leap into the dark storytelling style of photography that is now synonymous with his name.

2016 was the year that Tyler Grace’s passion of photography started turning into something more. He was selected as a finalist in the MAMA National Photography Prize 2016, and his career snowballed from there. Throughout the two years since, he has been a finalist in multiple national photographic and art competitions, won the Susan Moorhead Memorial Award in the MAMA Art Prize 2016, and won the Young Regional Artist Scholarship through Create NSW.

Mr Grace has also been a part of many group exhibitions, both within Australia, and overseas, including exhibitions in Orlando (Florida, USA) at the CityArts Factory and the ImageNation Paris International Photo Expo in Paris.

He also held his first solo exhibition at MAMA in Albury in 2017. His exhibition, ‘The Chronic Diaries’ was then toured to the Sydney Fringe Festival where it won one of five Critics Pick awards out of the 350 shows that were held at the festival. His current goals are to keep creating new work, keep exhibiting in group exhibitions, and tour ‘The Chronic Diaries’ world-wide.

Biography of Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter:

Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter has over 30 years clinical experience in primary health care, public health, general practice and mental health settings both in urban and rural areas of NSW and in countries such as Madagascar and the Solomon Islands. This has given her a deep understanding of the key role that nurses play in the provision of health care around the world. This clinical experience, twelve years of which were spent working at an advanced practice level with people living with chronic and disabling autoimmune conditions and a further ten years in specialist mental health practice, informs her work as an academic and researcher.

A strong focus on developing capacity for advanced nursing practice has enabled Professor Rossiter to develop and implement advanced practice nursing programs at the University of Newcastle, University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), and at Charles Sturt University.  Her expertise in curriculum development and ability to work trans-culturally has led to international consultant engagements with the Aga Khan Development Network and University in Egypt and East Africa, and ongoing research activities in the United Arab Emirates. As a researcher with CSU, her activities continue to focus on the role of nurses in the provision of specialist care, especially in the rural and regional areas of NSW.

CSU Albury-Wodonga celebrates NAIDOC week, Because Of Her We Can

Friday 13 Jul 2018

* CSU Albury-Wodonga presented two 2018 Charles Sturt University NAIDOC Awards

* The National NAIDOC theme this year is Because Of Her We Can

* Today we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their active and significant roles across the Albury-Wodonga region

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is proud to recognise women as part of the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week theme this year, Because of Her We Can.

Head of Campus at CSU in Albury-Wodonga Dr Jennifer Munday said, “Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people have kept the oldest continuing culture on the planet strong, and the women have been strong partners with their men in maintaining this cultural connection through generations”.

Two women from the Albury-Wodonga region were awarded with CSU NAIDOC week awards at a ceremony on campus today. Past and present CSU staff and students and community members attended.

Ms Liz Heta is a Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Engagement and Outcomes (Department of Health and Human Services), and this year spoke to the first year occupational therapy students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga about her thoughts on the impact of racism on occupational choice and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ms Heta’s presentation was a balance of being factual, honest and confronting as well as being personal, considered and sensitive to the needs to the first year students. Instead of being paid for her time, the money was used to purchase resources for a local preschool that provides education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Aunty Nancy Rooke is an Elder who has played an important role in the wider community.

She was a pioneer in bringing the Aboriginal community of Albury into TAFE and is a passionate advocate for education with her people.

The nomination noted, ‘because of her we can, as non-Indigenous people teach CSU students with confidence on how to connect with community’.

“Today we have celebrated just a few of the women who contribute, who work in a variety of ways, and are influencing and shaping our community,” Dr Munday said.

“We also acknowledge that there are many, many more local women that should be recognised, in addition to those whose stories we shared today.

“Charles Sturt University is so proud to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander staff, students and community members.

“It was delightful and an honour to be able to acknowledge and present awards to all these fabulous women making an impact across our communities.”

Media Contact: Kate Fotheringham, 0447 737 948

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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