Local News

Viewing page 5 of 352: Previous | 3 4 5 6 7 | Next

CSU thunderstorm alert system helps asthmatics

Monday 11 Dec 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) and local health groups have developed an alert system to help asthmatics manage the risks associated with high pollen counts and thunderstorms in the Riverina.

Dr Bruce Graham in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences said the alert system, which has been operating over the last 10 years, had sent out four alerts during the season that ran from September to December this year.

The alert system relies on monitoring airborne pollen levels and information from the Bureau of Meteorology regarding potential thunderstorm activity.

“Unfortunately, the pollen count is a labour-intensive manual activity which takes about an hour each day, but hopefully the community benefit makes it worthwhile,” Dr Graham said.

“Despite the increased number of alerts this year, data from the Wagga Wagga Hospital admissions for breathing difficulties and asthma attacks was fortunately lower over the Spring thunderstorm asthma season than in previous years, which could indicate the possible impact of the alert system.

“People who have joined the Asthma Register that sends out the alerts are sent a text and/or an email alerting them to conditions that may trigger an asthma event so they can take appropriate action.”

Thunderstorm activity can whip up the pollens ahead of the rain front, which triggers fragmentation of the pollen grains into smaller particles which can be inspired deeper into the lungs. This can trigger an asthma event even in some individuals who may not normally experience breathing difficulties.

Dr Graham said, “This is especially relevant to those moving to live in the region and to visitors who may not have been previously exposed to these pollen allergens in the air.”

Users sign up to the alert service via the Asthma Register and are notified by text and/or email message ahead of high risk conditions.

CSU is part of the Wagga Asthma and COPD Collaborative of Health Professionals which was created following a major crisis in 1997 when over 300 people attended the hospital outpatient service over 48 hours.

The Collaborative also includes representatives from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, and the Ambulance Service of NSW.

Dr Graham worked with the CSU Division of Information Technology several years ago to develop the alert system that now forms part of the University’s emergency management system.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0447 757 066

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Bruce Graham, adjunct lecturer in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences at Wagga Wagga campus.

Thousands to attend CSU graduation in Wagga Wagga

Saturday 9 Dec 2017

Almost 900 graduates will receive their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees during three-days of graduation celebrations at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga from Monday 11 December.

Key points 

  • 2 778 guests will be catered for during the five ceremonies in the University’s Joyes Hall

9.30am, Monday 11 December 2017

-  CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be Presiding Officer at the ceremony.

- 158 graduates from the Schools of Education; Teacher Education; Indigenous Australian Studies; and Information Studies will be awarded postgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

- Occasional Address will be delivered by Ms Sue McKerracher, Executive Director of Australian Library and Information Association.

- Celebrations will continue today for CSU graduate Ms Kate Allman when she is awarded a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship). Ms Allman married local artist and fellow CSU graduate Dr James Farley in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 9 December after the pair met in the USA when the then CSU student Dr Farley was on a Student Exchange Program.

3pm, Monday 11 December 2017

- 174 graduates from the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences; Communication and Creative Industries; Indigenous Australian Studies, Division of Student Learning, Academic Success Unit; Centre for Customs and Excise, Centre for Law and Justice; Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security; and Schools of Psychology; and Policing Studies.

- CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be Presiding Officer at the ceremony

- Occasional Address will be delivered by Dr Julie Gibbons, tractorgirl. Dr Gibbons works with women in business in the fields of marketing, branding, and graphic design.

- CSU’s highest academic honour, a University Medal, will be awarded to CSU academic Dr Heather Boetto, from the University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga. Her PhD is titled, An ecologically centred approach in social work: Towards transformative change.

Award-winning local artist, photographer and CSU lecturer Dr James Farley, from the University’s School of Communication and Creative Industries, will be awarded his PhD for his thesis titled, Working Within | Post-Photography and the Practice of Ecological Stewardship. Dr Farley is a member of the University’s Creative Regions Lab. It has been a busy few days for Dr Farley as he got married in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 9 December. While in the USA, Dr Farley met his future wife on an international Student Exchange Program through CSU Global. His wife Ms Kate Allman is also graduating from CSU in Wagga Wagga today with a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship).

- CSU academic Dr Bernadette Moorhead, from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga will be awarded her PhD for her thesis titled, The Lived Experience of Professional Identity: A Year-Long Study with Newly Qualified Social Workers.

- Mr James Githinji, from the Kenyan town of Ruiru in Kiambu County to Australia to receive a Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration from CSU’s Centre for Customs and Excise. He is the Regional Manager, Customs and Border Control, Rift Valley Region of Kenya.

9.30am, Tuesday 12 December 2017

- 173 graduates from the School of Computing and Mathematics; Accounting and Finance; Management and Marketing; Biomedical Sciences; and Environmental Sciences.

- Dr Saba Nabi from Wagga Wagga will receive her PhD, Exploring the Inclusion of Women, Children and the Elderly in Clinical Trials. Dr Nabi’s many achievements include 2017 Australia India Business and Community Award finalist, 2017 NSW and ACT Regional and Community Achiever Finalist; 2017 AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador; and Riverina Regional Advisory Council member at Multicultural NSW.

- Ms Rani Burchmore, Education Partner Director, Asia Pacific at Microsoft will deliver the Occasional Address. The Federal Minister for Small Business and Member for Riverina, the Hon Michael McCormack MP will also speak at the ceremony.

3pm, Tuesday 12 December 2017

- 218 graduates in the Schools of Agricultural and Wine Sciences; Animal and Veterinary Science; and Exercise Science, Sport and Health.

- CSU’s highest academic honour, a University Medal will be awarded to PhD graduate, Dr Dominik Skoneczny. His PhD compared Paterson’s curse plants collected from Australia, Portugal and Spain to examine the genetics, ecology and chemistry of the plant in various locations.

- CSU’s highest academic honour, a University Medal will be awarded to Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) graduate, Dr Jessica Verwey from Griffith.

- Occasional Address will be delivered by University Ombudsman and Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Ms Miriam Dayhew.

9.30am, Wednesday 13 December 2017

- CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann will be Presiding Officer at the ceremony.

- 203 graduates from the Schools of Community Health; Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health; Dentistry and Health Sciences.

- Wiradjuri woman Dr Jane Havelka will be awarded a Doctor of Health Science. Dr Havelka is Clinical Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) program in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health.

- 17 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students are eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) from CSU in Wagga Wagga.

- Occasional Address will be delivered by University Ombudsman and Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, Ms Miriam Dayhew.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , 0439 475 315

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media Fiona Halloran on mobile 0439 475 315 to arrange interviews.


CSU is hosting 23 ceremonies at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Canberra, Dubbo, Orange, Goulburn, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga as well in Melbourne and Sydney from Friday 8 December to Tuesday 19 December. Almost 4 000 graduates are due to attend the ceremonies to receive their undertgraduates and postgraduate awards.

Hundreds in Dubbo for 2017 CSU graduation ceremony

Friday 8 Dec 2017

More than 350 people will attend the Charles Sturt University (CSU) 2017 graduation ceremony in Dubbo on Friday 8 December.

Approximately 298 family and friends will join 74 graduates at the ceremony to be hosted at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre in Darling Street, Dubbo.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, “Graduation is a time of celebration for both the graduating students and their families and friends and we are proud to celebrate their achievements and welcome them into the workforce as future professionals and leaders in our communities.

“It is a time when academic and support staff can congratulate the students on their achievements and overcoming challenges to achieve their goals and realise their dreams. It is a day for both staff and students to join with their families in feeling proud of their achievements.”

The Presiding Officer will be University Council member Mr Jamie Newman. Mr Stephen Lawrence will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Jessica Griggs will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

Nursing student Ms Joanne Wilde will graduate with distinction and receive the Ajisai Prize in nursing. Ms Rebecca Davis will graduate with Bachelor of Social Work (Honours Class 1). Mr Zenzo Ncube will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work and will receive a Dean’s award for academic excellence.

The CSU in Dubbo graduation ceremony starts at 9.30am Friday 8 December at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (map) in Darling Street, Dubbo.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

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

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.

Viewing page 5 of 352: Previous | 3 4 5 6 7 | Next