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CSU in Dubbo hosts Aboriginal art exhibition

Wednesday 21 Jun 2017

Mal MorrisThe first art exhibition to hang in the revitalised Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo features wood carvings by Dubbo Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris.

CSU campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said the exhibition projects power and integrity.

"The works to be displayed represent stories and memories from Mr Morris's childhood, the river and bush around the Dubbo region," Mr Sykes said.

"The exhibits explore the personal nature of marking wood from Wiradjuri country using a deep 'V' sculpted groove. These works show the special connection between people and country, and Mr Morris finds deeper meanings discovered through tools, nature and belonging."

The free exhibition runs from Monday 26 June to Friday 25 August at CSU in Dubbo, 8 Tony McGrane Place, with the official opening at 2pm on Saturday 1 July. The exhibition curator is Mr Jack Randell.

Mr Morris (pictured) is a Wiradjuri man who lived in North Dubbo in 1950s and 1960s on the site of the current Aboriginal Aged Accommodation in Bemrose Lane. He attended North Dubbo Primary, then Dubbo High School for a brief period before gaining a trade certificate in fitting and turning.

After many years working in local industries, he retired from full-time work and took a position at Lincoln School at Orana Juvenile Justice Centre. Working with Aboriginal youth at the Centre and helping them reconnect with culture and country, he rediscovered his passion for art. His art evolved from dot painting on canvass, to painting and burning didgeridoos, through to wood carvings.

Mr Morris is very conscious of the significance of the traditional tree carvings of the Wiradjuri people, and in 2014 was involved in discussions with the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party to ensure that he was supported by the local Aboriginal people in developing a culturally-safe style of carvings. This led to the completion of 'Totem Poles' at the Allira Preschool in Dubbo.

Since then, he has further developed his passion for wood carvings, and enjoys carving his own stories of culture.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Bart Sykes or Mr Mal Morris.

CSU seeks applications from artists, curators and organisations to use the new exhibition space. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July, for scheduling for the coming 12 months.

To discuss exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo contact Mr Bart Sykes on 6885 7305 or bsykes@csu.edu.au, or in person at CSU in Dubbo at 8 Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Small businesses go to Next Stage

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Prof Morgan Miles

A leading academic in entrepreneurship at Charles Sturt University (CSU) believes small businesses should do considerable groundwork before they expand.

CSU Professor of Entrepreneurship Professor Morgan Miles says that to grow, small business owners need a variety of new skills and information.

"They will need to identify opportunities and innovations, network and negotiate, target markets, develop effective selling strategies and communications, improve processes, gather financial intelligence, and prepare to manage larger teams," said Professor Miles, who is with the CSU Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.

Professor Miles will address these topics and more in the 'Next Stage Growth Program' to be presented by CSU's CenWest Innovate project based in Bathurst.

"Participants will be invited to think about the fundamentals of being an entrepreneur, as well as marketing and managing the growth process," he said.

"We will need to go back to basics to assess our core business strategies, mission and expected growth.

"In addition, we will conduct market research, develop marketing strategies and learn how to use digital and social media to build and manage customer relations."

The six month program will cost $2 000 per business, with up to two participants per business. Scholarships are available.

To apply to participate in or for details regarding the program, phone 02 6338 4503 or send an email. The first course is due to commence on Thursday 20 July at CSU in Bathurst.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:
For interviews with Professor Morgan Miles based in Bathurst, contact CSU Media.

CSU CUP grants support regional arts and education

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Flags CSU Bathurst gatewayOrganisations in the Bathurst region have been advised of their success in two categories of the Charles Sturt University (CSU) 2017 Community-University Partnership (CUP) grants.

The grants announcements are for the Rural and Regional Education Development Program and the Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, "The Community-University Partnerships program aims to advance our mission by cultivating strong, relevant and collaborative partnerships with local communities, industry, government and employers.

"It is just one of the ways that the University demonstrates its motto, 'For the public good', and its ethos, 'yindyamarra winhanganha', meaning 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the successful applicants in our region."

The CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program is a small grant program (generally between $500 and $1 000) aimed at assisting primary and secondary schools, and not-for-profit early childhood centres in the University's regions, acquire equipment or consumables that assist in facilitating students' learning and engagement in rural and regional areas. Successful applicants in this category each received $1 000, and they include:

St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, to engage and challenge students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The grant will be used to purchase a Rocket Launcher so that Year 8 students can prepare to compete in the NSW Aeronautical Velocity Challenge.

Holman Place Public School in Cowra, a special needs school that caters for students with a range of disabilities including autism, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities and mental health, for its Special Needs Sensory Area, to purchase specialised equipment that can further support students while they are at school.

St Raphael's Catholic School in Cowra, for its Interactive Outdoor Learning Area 'Move and Groove' Music Wall. The interactive outdoor learning area aims to transform a neglected area of the playground into an area that stimulates the senses, intellect and physique of the children, and improve the general health and wellbeing of staff and children as well as provide an alternative form of play for children with specific needs.

The CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is a small grants program (generally $500 to $1 000) to support regional arts and culture programs including artists-in-residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours. Four successful applicants each received $1 000:

Rockley Public School Parents and Citizens Association, to allow all senior students the chance to perform as part of a combined public schools recorder group at the Sydney Opera House in September;

Macquarie Philharmonia Association Inc., to employ an experienced orchestral manager to work with the Musical Director, schools music teachers, and regional conservatorium to engage young musicians in the school's mentoring program;

Turon Art Group Junior, to create opportunity and encourage young local and regional artists to pursue their ambitions by holding a youth and children's art exhibition at Sofala Memorial Hall on the October long weekend, with prize money for each age group category, and a people's choice award; and

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, to support the annual three-day Bathurst Writers' and Readers' Festival with funding to help pay writers for workshops and as speakers.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU grants support education in Dubbo region

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

Cathy MaginnisCharles Sturt University (CSU) has announced the successful applicants for Community-University Partnership (CUP) education grants for organisations in the Dubbo region.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis (pictured) said, "The Community-University Partnerships program is just one of the ways that the University demonstrates its motto, 'For the public good', and its ethos, 'yindyamarra winhanganha', meaning 'the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'.

"The CUP grants aim to advance our mission by cultivating strong, relevant and collaborative partnerships with local communities, industry, government and employers.

"I congratulate the successful applicants in our region and wish them success with their projects."

The CUP Rural and Regional Education Development Program is a small grant program (generally between $500 and $1 000) aimed at assisting primary and secondary schools, and not-for-profit early childhood centres in the University's regions, acquire equipment or consumables that assist in facilitating students' learning and engagement in rural and regional areas. Successful applicants in this category each received $1 000, and they include:

Wellington Primary School Parents and Citizens, to erect playground structures and create a sensory garden;

Buninyong Public School, to provide migrant families with quality books to support English language learning;

St John's Parish School, Dubbo, to add to mathematical resources in classrooms; and

Orana Heights Public School - Early Intervention Support Class, Dubbo, to add to sensory, gross motor and fine motor equipment to increase student engagement and participation.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Talent at HSC English Study Day at CSU

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017

David GilbeyThe 2017 Higher School Certificate (HSC) English Study Day at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 16 June will bring together accomplished academics, exemplary teachers from the region, and CSU graduates.

Between 500 and 600 high school students and teachers from across the Riverina region will attend the annual HSC English Study Day.

Mr David Gilbey (pictured), adjunct senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the coordinator of the HSC English Study Day, said more than 40 lectures, workshops and discussion panels will be presented on texts and topics being studied by Standard and Advanced English students for the 2017 HSC.

"The day's focus will include poetry, prose, drama, film, techniques, writing skills, and exam tips – from William Shakespeare and Henry Lawson to contemporary Indigenous and multicultural perspectives," Mr Gilbey said.

"The students are pleased to get other perspectives on the work they're concentrating on for the HSC, and for teachers it's a useful professional development occasion.

"English teachers and academics are shining word wizards. I'm sure the day will sparkle with verbal magic," he said.

The sessions will run from 9.30am to 2.20pm and will be presented mostly by teachers of English from regional high schools and academics from CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Communication and Creative Industries, and from the Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy (ALLaN) Team.

Students and teachers will come from schools in Tumut, Young, Yanco, Leeton, Junee, Culcairn, Gundagai and Temora, as well as from Wagga Wagga and surrounds.

The HSC English Study Day is organised by the Wagga Wagga Branch of the English Teachers Association, in association with CSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Booranga Writers' Centre.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey.

Robots get partnership grant from CSU

Sunday 11 Jun 2017

Robot carA project to provide equipment to teach robotics in a Corowa school has been awarded $1 000 through the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnerships (CUP) program.

Principal at St Mary's Primary School in Corowa, Mr Glenn McMahon, said the grant will be used to purchase robots to enhance the coding education already practiced at the school.

"This is part of our push to encourage education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our schools," Mr McMahon said.

"For example, in our school we want to develop a rural hub for digital technology and STEM education accessible to 40 schools within one hour drive of Corowa.

"We are so excited to have been the recipients of this grant. We can't wait to put it into action," Mr McMahon said.

In the latest round of grants, the University provided around $25,000 for community projects across all its campuses, from Albury-Wodonga to Port Macquarie.

Head of Campus at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Dr Jenni Munday, said "the CUP program supports the development of our regions through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities.

"It also builds aspirations and awareness of higher education particularly among young people living in rural and regional communities.

"This year saw a number of CUP grants awarded to projects involving STEM education in regional schools.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with St Mary's school principal, Mr Glenn McMahon, call CSU Media.

More information on the CUP grants is here.

A new exhibition space for Dubbo

Wednesday 7 Jun 2017

Learning Commons DubboNewly-completed revitalisation of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo has given rise to a new exhibition space for artists and the public to use.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the space is professionally set up, accessible, safe, crowd-friendly and free.

"The heart of the campus in Dubbo underwent a significant $4 million revitalisation in 2016, and as a reflection of our ethos 'for the public good' we are offering individuals or collectives the opportunity to host an exhibition here," Ms Maginnis said.

"This is an expression of 'yindyamarra winhanganha' and the University's values of being inclusive, inspirational and impactful, by facilitating spaces for the community to share and learn from others in a warm and welcoming environment.

"We offer a significant hanging space that is a cost neutral option for those wanting to exhibit and sell their work."

The first exhibition will be by local Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris from Monday 26 June to Friday 25 August.

CSU seeks applications from artists, curators and organisations by Friday 28 July to schedule exhibits for the coming 12 months.

To discuss exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo contact Mr Bart Sykes on 6885 7305 or bsykes@csu.edu.au, or in person at CSU at 8 Tony McGrane Way, Dubbo.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo is free, public admission is free, and exhibitors will host an opening event.

Exhibitions are expected to run for six to eight weeks, and no commission will be charged for sale of works. University staff will redirect enquiries for sales to the artist or the artist's representative.

Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of acceptance, and all proposals will be assessed by a panel of CSU and community representatives.

EngFest 2017 builds in Bathurst

Thursday 1 Jun 2017

Engineering students Ms Georgia Sonter and Ms Aldrex CondinoCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst will be the centre of the local engineering world next week when it stages Engfest 2017.

Hosted by CSU Engineering, the four-day event includes activities for the central west community, industry and schools as well as CSU Engineering students.

This year, the degree is drawing international appeal by hosting staff from the renowned US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which are investigating what makes the internationally innovative CSU degree tick. This comes on top of a recent visit by delegates from the Minnesota Institute of Engineering in USA.

The central west community is invited to Community Day on Tuesday 6 June at 9.30amto hear from the national winning team from CSU in the 2016 Engineers Without Borders Challenge on what it takes to win the annual Challenge, which is for engineering students across Australia.

This year, the students have developed ideas that will address the needs of ten communities on Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu. These communities are seeking new income generating activities so the villagers no longer need to rely on income from harvesting the endangered coconut crab. Visitors can view this year's entries for the Challenge by first-year CSU student engineers throughout the day.

CSU Professor of Engineering Jim Morgan will then present his thoughts on transforming his traditional academic career into the extraordinary opportunity of starting a unique program while being allowed to break most of the academic rules. The lecture commences at 6pm on Tuesday 6 June and is part of CSU's Explorations Series public lectures.

Local engineering professionals and firms have been invited to Industry Day on Wednesday 7 Juneto view the Challenge exhibits by the student engineers in the morning, and will then discuss regional business, universities and entrepreneurship during an afternoon of professional development activities with CSU's CenWest Innovate, the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

CSU Expo Day on Thursday 8 June will include final tours of the first- and second-year exhibitions and the CSU Engineering building, which has been shortlisted for this year's NSW Architecture Awards.

Finally, high school students, teachers and parents can learn more about engineering and the CSU engineering degree at MyDay on Friday 9 June. Year-12 students will also receive an exclusive opportunity to apply for early entry into the 2018 course.

All activities during EngFest will be in CSU Engineering (building 1305), Panorama Ave, CSU in Bathurst.

The full program for EngFest 2017 is here, andregister here to attend various EngFest activities.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with EngFest organisers including Professor Euan Lindsay and Dr Andrea Goncher, contact CSU Media.

Read more on the MIT visit here.

Law degree takes next step for reconciliation

Tuesday 30 May 2017

indigenous flagAs Australians celebrate national Reconciliation Week, Charles Sturt University's law degree has been recognised as leading the way for other similar courses across NSW.

The NSW Justice Department recently recognised the inclusion of Indigenous Cultural Competency as compulsory study for all students in the degree as an excellent way to provide students with knowledge, skills and capabilities to work effectively with Indigenous people and communities.

CSU law lecturer Ms Annette Gainsford said the recognition was a good alignment with this year's theme of 'Let's take the next steps' for Reconciliation Week.

"Our degree is one of the first in law to establish Indigenous cultural competency in curriculum and work together towards promoting reconciliation in Australia," Ms Gainsford said.

"Furthermore, we are leading the way in Australia in the design and delivery of Indigenous perspectives across our law degree.

"We have Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, community members and Elders collaborating to 'take the next steps' to provide authentic learning experiences to assist our Law students with their cultural competency learning journey.

"Sharing our stories and learning from each other is an important component of our teaching. Building respectful relations is an important step in acknowledging traditional Indigenous knowledge as a rich source of wisdom." 

Director of the Centre for Law and Justice, Associate Professor Alison Gerard said, "It is wonderful to have this recognition from industry that Charles Sturt University is leading the way.

"This week in class, law students will analyse the NSW legislation that paved the way for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and will evaluate its impact on current access to justice.

"In their assessment they will demonstrate appropriate cultural protocols and language use – a great example of how to build technical legal skills and foster Indigenous cultural competence among our law students so that they can be the change-makers of the future."

Manager of CSU's Indigenous Student Centres, Mr Nathan Peckham, said Reconciliation Week was "an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to get together, celebrate Indigenous culture, acknowledge the past and continue to work towards a positive future as one."Staff in our Indigenous Student Centres at Charles Sturt University, including Wammarra in Bathurst, provide an important platform in this process with a number of events this week and we look forward to building relationships across communities in the future."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Ms Gainsford will be available for comment at an event at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to celebrate Reconciliation Week. The BBQ will commence at 12pm on Thursday 1 June and will be held for CSU staff and students at the Wammarra Learning Centre (Building 1292) at CSU in Bathurst.

Tales From The Arabian Nights opens in Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Dominique SweeneyThe second production in the University Theatre Ensemble (UTE) 2017 season opens at the CSU Riverina Playhouse on Thursday 1 June.

Tales From The Arabian Nights is directed by Dr Dominique Sweeney (pictured) who was recently appointed as a lecturer in stage and screen acting at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Communication and Creative Industries in Wagga Wagga. He is a filmmaker specialising in documenting performance practice, and in particular he has been researching and filming traditional Aboriginal performances.

CSU's third-year students of the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) students bring to life these ancient stories of The Arabian Nights recrafted by Australian playwright Donna Abela.

Dr Sweeney said, "This famous story from the Arabian Nights recounts the paranoid world of King Shahrayar who kills everyone and everything that is a potential threat until the enchanting Shahrazad bravely steps in. Risking her life she begins a tale that continues into another and another which so intrigues the King that he is utterly transformed. The storyteller changes the king and the world."

Tales From The Arabian Nights opens at the CSU Riverina Playhouse at 7.30pm on Thursday 1 June then plays Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday 8 June to Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2pm on Saturday 10 June.

Tickets can be booked at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre Booking Office, telephone 6926 9688, or are available at the door.

The University continues its policy of providing excellent value for money with tickets prices of $25 full price, $18 for groups (5 or more), $15 concession, and $12.50 for students. Book online at http://www.civictheatre.com.au/

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Dominique Sweeney.

Dr Sweeney taught acting at Screenwise, Griffith University, ANU, UWS, Macquarie and Sydney Universities and at the St Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. He taught and directed at Sydney Theatre School and worked as an Environmental Education Ranger in Centennial Park, Sydney. In 2012 he devised and applied a drama program for autistic and multiple disability students at Wairoa school in Bondi.He trained and works as a performer, and his education included two years in Paris at L'ecole de Theatré, Jacques Lecoq.

His performance work has seen him on stages, on screen, and other locations throughout Australia. He is a core member and chair of the board of Theatre Kantanka, a company that specialize in site specific performance. He also works with Fine Line, a Lecoq-based ensemble.

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