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CSU public lecture film screening tells refugee story

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

ConstanceA special free film screening will be the first 2017 Explorations Series public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday 29 March.

The screening of Constance on the Edge, about a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, has been organised by the CSU Centre for Law and Justice in collaboration with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group.

Centre Director Associate Professor Alison Gerard said, "Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of a group of African Australians from refugee backgrounds, attempting ─ often against the odds ─ to create a home in Wagga Wagga. It reveals their courage and resilience, as they strive to reconstruct their own lives and enrich others along the way.

"We don't often hear the stories of those who arrive on our borders seeking freedom from persecution and their challenges navigating a new life in Australia. This film is a humanised account of these struggles and the Centre for Law and Justice is proud to partner with the Bathurst Refugee Support Group to present this to the University and wider community.

Constance and family"Within the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminal Justice degrees, Charles Sturt University builds the technical expertise of students in law and criminology, but also showcases, through examples such as Constance on the Edge, the human impact of law and policy. We produce graduates that are adept at understanding different complexities so they may innovate and problem-solve effectively, leading change within their communities."

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "Constance on the Edge was produced in Wagga Wagga, and it is our story. We are all Constance. We are all struggling every day, trying to balance our past with our present, trying to meet our family obligations, trying to meet our societal obligations, and trying to make contributions to our society, and hoping to be welcome within our communities."

The screening begins at 6.30pm and will be followed by a 'Question and Answer' panel, then light refreshments. More information about the film can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The photos show Constance and her family.

The Explorations Series public lecture film screening will be in building 1292, room 223, at CSU in Bathurst from 6.30pm (doors open 6pm) until approximately 8.45pm, followed by Q&A and light refreshments.

Follow event parking signs down Village Drive on the CSU campus to P7 and follow balloons to the lecture theatre in building 1292.

Wellness and Wellbeing Expos at CSU

Thursday 16 Mar 2017

More than two and a half thousand people are expected to attend Charles Sturt University's (CSU) 2017 Wellness and Wellbeing Expos this month.

The Expos are being held at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga from Tuesday 14 to 30 March.

Organisers' Ms Lisa Tuineau and Ms Melissa Lombe said that through happier, healthier and more satisfied staff and students, the University hopes to foster a productive and resilient environment.

"Charles Sturt University recognises and values the importance of staff and student wellness and wellbeing and aims to adopt a holistic approach to the treatment of workplace health and safety," Ms Tuineau said.

"Workplace research shows that problems of a personal nature can and do have adverse effects on work performance, work satisfaction, study, health and feelings of wellbeing."

The Expos will give attendees the opportunity to obtain information on numerous health and wellbeing services offered to them by CSU as well as other service providers in local communities.

Information available at the Expos includes mental health; diabetes; physical activity; financial stability; security; literacy and superannuation; student services and support; student study skills support; stress management and prevention; caring for the elderly; alcohol and drug awareness; relationships; time management and lifestyle balance; nutrition and fitness; women's and men's health and smoking cessation.

The event also includes hearing checks, free massages and flu vaccinations.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students at CSU has received a boost with sponsorship from Gallagher, Employers Mutual, G&C Mutual Bank, UniSuper and nlc.

Media Contact: Jo Mazzocchi , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Ms Lisa Tuineau (0412 533 598) ltuineau@csu.edu.au or Ms Melissa Lombe (0427 833 530) mlombe@csu.edu.au 

The Wellness and Wellbeing Expos will be held at CSU in Port Macquarie Tuesday 14 March; Goulburn Thursday 16 March; Albury-Wodonga Monday 20 March; Wagga Wagga Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March; Dubbo Monday 27 March; Orange    Tuesday 28 March; and Bathurst Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March.

Photo: Masseur Ms Taryn Boyd from Knead 2 Unwind at the Wellness and Wellbeing Expo at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 22 March

New poetry book launched in Wagga Wagga

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Poetry book launchA new book of poetry by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD graduate and former director of CSU's Booranga Writers' Centre was launched at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Saturday 4 March.

The Only White Landscape, the second collection of poetry by Dr Derek Motion (second from right in photo), has been published by Australian poetry imprint Cordite Books (2017). It presents a series of poems that use the specific landscapes of regional NSW as a lens to investigate personal change.

"I'm really excited to see this book out in the world," says Derek Motion. "It's my second collection and it's particularly great this time to have been supported by Cordite Books, one of Australia's most reputable publishers of contemporary poetry."

The Only White Landscape was officially launched by Mr David Gilbey, poet and adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

"Like the shaman-poet of ancient times, Derek Motion creates something out of nothing, using words to mediate between chaos and existence, speaking an imperfect, centrifugal, sometimes incomprehensible language," Mr Gilbey said. "Derek has said his poems are an 'assembly point' and his non-conclusive riddling is spell-binding."

Dr Motion now lives in Narrandera and works as a Regional Arts Development Officer, but grew up in Wagga Wagga where he studied creative writing has English (Honours) degree from CSU, going on to successfully complete a PhD at CSU on the 'poetics of failure' in Australian poetry. During this time Dr Motion worked as Director of the Booranga Writers' Centre and published his first collection of poems, Lollyology (2012).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo by Kathryn Halliwell; left to right - Cordite CEO Mr Kent MacCarter, senior lecturer in English and poet Dr Lachlan Brown, Dr Derek Motion, and Mr David Gilbey.

The Only White Landscape cover was designed by Ms Alissa Dinallo, with the illustration by Ms Lily Mae Martin.

Workshop to address agribusiness opportunities around Canberra

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Brent JuratowitchAgribusiness firms in the Capital Region that want to make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan and Korea can gain more information in a Charles Sturt University (CSU) education program.

The program including a workshop being hosted by CSU's Centre for Customs and Excise Studiesconcentrates on market opportunities, provides technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market, and provides advice on how to best to manage supply chains, so that producers retain maximum value in their businesses.

The workshop, being led by CSU senior lecturer Mr Brent Juratowitch, will be held from 9am to 4 pm on Wednesday 15 March at CSU in Canberra, 10-12 Brisbane Ave, Canberra. He will be accompanied by presenters from the private sector with relevant experience in claiming FTA market benefits.

Mr Juratowitch said topics covered include market selection, market trends, product classification, tariffs and duties, valuation, regulations, supply chain management, and how to participate in Authorised Economic Operator schemes.

"The workshop is part of a six-week program that also includes online business forums, mentoring and tailored advice," he said.

"Once enrolled, a participant can access an online platform containing FTA fact sheets, business guides and other materials. They can then review this material in their own time and can contact presenters with specific questions relating to their business."

Participants can enroll online in the FTA program.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Mr Brent Juratowitch, contact CSU Media.

For further information on the FTA program, call CCES on 02 6272 6300 or send an mail.

The one-day program is subsidised by the Australian Government and supported by the Export Council of Australia. The full cost to participants is $100 which includes all the materials, workshop, business advice and mentoring.

Community placements for CSU criminal justice students to shine

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Criminal justice student 2016

Workplace learning in communities is a vital part of professional education in Charles Sturt University's (CSU) undergraduate courses, including the criminal justice degree at CSU in Bathurst.

"It is vital that students receive this experience to hit the ground running when they receive their degrees. We want them to put their knowledge into practice. This continues the University's status as having the highest graduate employment rate in Australia," said lecturer Lisa Coates with CSU's Centre for Law and Justice.

"For example, one of our students, who graduated last year from the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, helped prepare for and attended an entire criminal trial as part of her placement with Ireland Killen Lawyers in Bathurst. This experience is invaluable on a resume."

In 2016, 71 students were placed in 66 locations around NSW and the ACT with 32 different organisations, ranging from NSW Community Corrections and Juvenile Justice to Barnardos Australia. In 2016, CSU was also the first Australian university outside of ANU and University of Canberra to place students with ACT Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Aid (ACT).

In addition, this year the ACT Law Courts in Canberra will offer a student placement to CSU, the first-ever placement in criminology offered by the Court and the first to a non-ACT university.

To assist such a dispersed student group during their placements, Ms Coates has developed a Workplace Learning Resource website, which will serve CSU students from Bathurst and Port Macquarie  as well as those studying through CSU online around Australia.

"With students placed as far as Taree, Lake Macquarie and Griffith across regional NSW to inner-city Sydney, this website is an interactive resource for students to prepare, inform and support them during their placements.  It will also assist them in transitioning into graduate working life," Ms Coates concluded.The new resource website will be launched with final year criminal justice studies students at 1pm on Monday 13 March at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU lecturer Ms Lisa Coates, contact CSU Media.

The official launch of the Workplace Learning Resource website for final year students in the Criminal Justice program at CSU will be held from 1pm in Rm 324, Building 1412, CSU in Bathurst, Panorama Ave, Bathurst.

Read more on CSU's top ranking for graduate employment here.

New businesses to get boot camp in Bathurst

Thursday 9 Mar 2017

Professor Mark MorrisonResidents in the NSW Central West with ideas for innovations can learn the latest in startup and innovation strategy at a 'Starting a Business' boot camp to be held in Bathurst in March.

Hosted by CenWest Innovate, based at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, budding entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators will gain an understanding of agile planning, creating a minimum viable product, proof of concept development, ideas validation, risk mitigation, business modelling and more during the two day workshop.

"A major challenge for new entrepreneurs is developing products that customers will want to buy, will be competitive in the market, and generate enough cash flow for their business to remain viable," said CenWest Innovate director, Professor Mark Morrison from the University's School of Management and Marketing.

"New businesses need to be able to develop and test their ideas in the market in a way that helps refine their product or service and reduces the costs of not getting it completely right the first time.

"This boot camp aims to overcome some of these issues."

The free boot camp will be led by Troy Haines, CEO of theSPACE in Cairns, who will share his ideas on the fundamental processes of effectively 'Turning Ideas into Reality' to invigorate and inspire a start-up business community in the NSW Central West.

The boot camp will run from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 24 March and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday 25 March.

To enrol or find out more information, contact Ms Marie-Christine Sweeney at CenWest Innovate on telephone (02) 6338 4503, or send an email.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews on the 'Starting a Business' Boot Camp, contact CSU Media.This workshop is part of CenWest Innovate program from Charles Sturt University and proudly supported by the NSW Department of Industry. See more on CSU Events

CSU students get carbon foot in campus door

Wednesday 8 Mar 2017

CSU Green O WeekStudents at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are aiming to change their behaviours to significantly reduce their carbon use in 2017.

During the recent Orientation Week, nearly 300 students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Port Macquarie signed a pledge to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

CSU Green Manager, Mr Ed Maher, said that the students' behaviour changes would also contribute towards the University's carbon neutrality status.

"Charles Sturt University is currently the only University in Australia that has been certified as carbon neutral by the federal government. This means that we have done a lot of work to reduce our emissions and the remaining amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere are equal to the amount that we offset through certified offset projects associated with reforestation in central NSW and a range of internationally-based renewable energy systems," Mr Maher said.

"The student pledges, which are a new Orientation activity, also make students aware of what it takes to be carbon neutral. The students embraced the initiative with absolute enthusiasm. This reminds us that our strong leadership in this area is important to these future leaders and professionals in the making."

Student pledges included actions aimed at reducing waste and improving energy efficiency as well as in conserving water.

Mr Maher said popular pledges included 'I'm committed to turning off my computer at the power point when not in use, using reusable bags and saying no to plastic and packaging, and get my coffee in a Keep Cup because I know disposable cups are rubbish and are not recyclable'.

"Charles Sturt University is supporting the students' pledges by employing four student Sustainability Advisers who live on campus and will lead sustainability initiatives with students and help them fulfil their pledges," he said.

The advisers will live on CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU Green Manager Mr Ed Maher in Wagga Wagga contact CSU Media.

Images of student pledgers during Orientation can be found on the CSU Green Facebook page.

Blood flows at CSU to save lives

Tuesday 7 Mar 2017

Staff and students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are doing their bit to help save Australian lives through blood donations.

The annual Intercampus Blood Challenge is being held over the next four months and blood donations made by staff and students will be tallied.

There's fierce competition amongst the campuses for the two award categories: the most total donations; and the highest percentage of donations.

CSU in Port Macquarie has taken out the Challenge's highest percentage category for the past two years. CSU in Bathurst won the highest total donations in 2016.

The University is also supporting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's latest group donation campaign, known as Red25, with a large number of new students registering interest in donating blood during orientation week.

In the 2016 Red25 program, staff and students at CSU in Albury-Wodonga won the Most Plasma Donations (Education) category and took second place in the Most Lives Saved category. A total of 183 donations were made, saving more than 450 lives.

At CSU in Wagga Wagga, the student club, the Pharmers Society won both the Most Number of Plasma Donations (Education) for 2016 and took out third place in Most Lives Saved category. The pharmacy students were responsible for 118 blood donations, saving 354 Australian lives.

To donate blood, call 13 14 95 or visit the website to make an appointment.

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

Media Note:

Photo: CSU Health Promotions Officer Ms Coleen Pearce accepts the trophy and certificate for the student club, Pharmers Society, at Red25 award event in Wagga Wagga in February 2017.

New printing press for CSU

Monday 6 Mar 2017

CSU PrintA new state-of the-art 25 tonne five-colour printing press will arrive on trucks and be installed by heavy-lift cranes at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Tuesday 6 March.

Chief Financial Officer in the CSU Division of Finance Mr Paul Dowler said, "Despite there being a general decline in the need for printed material, there is still a requirement for this technology. The University has assessed this as being both worthwhile for its needs, and it will also allow the University to service regional clients for printing work on a competitive basis."

CSU Print production coordinator Mr Alex Ward said the purchase of the fully-refurbished five-colour Ryobi 685 printing press gives CSU Print the capacity to handle all the University's printing in-house.

"This will be one of only two five-colour printing presses in the NSW central west, so it will also make CSU Print a very competitive player in the commercial market in the region," Mr Ward said.

"The printing press has come from Singapore by ship and arrived in Sydney last week. Delivery and installation is due to commence at approximately 8am on Tuesday 7 March.

"A Sydney-based transport company is organising the delivery using two semi-trailers as the total weight of the machine 25 tonnes and it's about 13 metres long."

The full installation of the printing press should take three to five days to complete, followed by operational training for staff.

The types of material printed for the University by CSU Print includes booklets, brochures, posters, exam papers, campus maps, orientation material for new students, graduation programs, the certificates presented to graduates at graduation ceremonies, banners, signage, and book printing and binding for local self-publishers.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Alex Ward.CSU Print is located in building 1297 on Village Drive at CSU in Bathurst.

Big Day In at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Monday 6 Mar 2017

High school students from the Riverina will have the chance to explore careers in technology as the Big Day In makes its way to Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Wednesday 8 March.

The Big Day In 2016The Big Day In is an IT careers event designed for students in Years 9 to 12 as well as university students interested in careers in technology.

The conference is hosted by CSU in conjunction with the ACS Foundation which facilitates sponsorship of technology education and research projects.

CSU in Wagga Wagga is the first of 10 locations hosting Big Day In conferences around Australia. The free event be held in Joyes Hall, Pine Gully Road at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 9am to 2.30pm.

Exhibitors at this year's event include Digital Careers, WiseTech Global, Adobe, Technology One, Agrihack, Westpac Group, PDK, TAFE, and Silvertone Electronics.

ACS Foundation Executive Director Mr John Ridge, said "We aim to attract students who have an interest or passion for IT and technology, and give them the opportunity to hear from people in the industry, and ask them questions. 

"This allows them to be better informed before making decisions about their future careers."

This is the third consecutive year that CSU has hosted the Big Day In conference, with over 400 students attending last year. 

Further information is available here.

Media Contact: Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For interviews about the Big Day In, contact ACS Foundation Executive Director Mr John Ridge on telephone (02) 8296 4445 or mobile 0407 913 992 or CSU Big Day In event coordinator Mr Luke Keesmaat on telephone (02) 6051 9254 or mobile 0438 274 673.

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