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CSU-Community sports grants available

Thursday 7 Sep 2017

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Community-University Partnerships (CUP) Rural and Regional Sports Development Program (Winter round) opened for applications from Monday 4 September.

The Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said the CSU CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program provides registered community and sporting organisations with the opportunity to request a grant of up to $1 000.

"The Community University Partnership program builds capacity and aspiration through partnership and support for local organisations," Professor Anyanwu said.

"The aim of these grants is to encourage and support young people to participate in community sports, and can assist young rural sportspeople or teams to attend events, or provide equipment to assist to meet the cost of participation in sports programs. I look forwards to receiving submissions from teams and organisations within the Bathurst region."

The CSU CUP Rural and Regional Sports Development Program has a total of $25 000 available for allocation across all CSU campus communities. Applications close on Monday 2 October, and the guidelines and online application are here.

Applications should be submitted to the local CSU Head of Campus at hocbathurst@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Vice-Chancellor to thank life-saving CSU students

Wednesday 6 Sep 2017

Professor Andrew Vann.The life-saving actions of three Charles Sturt University (CSU) students on a football field in Orange last month will be formally recognised by Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann (pictured) on Friday 8 September.

CSU paramedic students, Mr Andrew Fraser and Mr Jack Keppel, and CSU nursing student, Ms Emma Curtin helped save the life of Orange City Lions rugby union coach Mr Steve Hamson when he suffered a heart attack at the start of a game on Saturday 5 August.

Along with Registered Nurse Ms Wendy Baker, the trio used a defibrillator to revive Mr Hamson, who will also attend the morning tea hosted by Professor Vann at CSU in Bathurst.

"The staff and students of Charles Sturt University are proud that our paramedic and nursing students were able to render emergency, life-saving assistance," Professor Vann said.

"It demonstrates that the University truly does produce job-ready graduates with practical, hands-on skills who daily make a difference to the lives of individuals and to our communities.

"I commend Andrew, Jack and Emma, and thank them and all our students who give substance to the University's ethos of 'yindyamarra winhanganha'; the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in."

The morning tea will be held at PULSE Café, building 1414, at CSU in Bathurst at 11am, Friday 8 September.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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The media is invited to attend the morning tea at CSU in Bathurst on Friday 8 September. Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Athlete doping rules need radical overhaul: CSU public lecture

Thursday 31 Aug 2017

Julian SavulescuA visiting Oxford professor will argue in a dynamic new public lecture series at Charles Sturt University (CSU) that the zero tolerance method of controlling doping in sport is not working and anti-doping efforts continue to fail athletes and fans.

The free public lecture by renowned Oxford University bioethicist Professor Julian Savulescu (pictured) is the first in the 'How to Live Well' themed Exploration Series to be held at CSU in Bathurst on Wednesday 13 September.

Professor in Philosophy in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Suzanne Uniacke, said that under the 2017-22 University Strategy 'Our Communities', a series of public lectures will explore questions about the nature of the well-lived life and a world worth living in.

"The 'How to Live Well' Series aims to promote reflection and critical engagement on fundamental issues that are part of the University's stated ethos and contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of our campuses and their wider communities," she said.

Professor Uniacke explained that Professor Savulescu's public lecture topic, 'Doping in Sport, and Human Enhancement', will challenge conventional thinking in his examination of whether we should accept performance enhancement as part of sport, and focus instead on harmful practices, or practices which are against the spirit of sport.

"Professor Savulescu will argue that the zero tolerance method of controlling doping in sport is not working, and that on recent evidence the anti-doping effort is continuing to fail athletes and fans," she said.

"He asserts that from a practical policy viewpoint, we should consider another approach to reach the goals of a level playing field and will argue that enhancement per se is not against the spirit of sport, and that a radical overhaul is needed."

A discussion will follow about some of the ethical issues of human enhancement more generally.

This 'How to Live Well' Series free public lecture is from 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 September in room 223, building 1292, at CSU, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst; follow the event parking signs to car park P7. Register for catering purposes here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.


Professor Julian Savulescu has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. He has degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy, and leads a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award on Responsibility and Health Care. He directs the Oxford Martin Programme for Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease at the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He co-directs the interdisciplinary Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities in collaboration with Public Health, Psychiatry and History.

In 2017, Professor Savulescu joined the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, spending four months per year there as Visiting Professorial Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, and Melbourne University as Distinguished International Visiting Professor in Law.  He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest in 2014. Read more at http://news.csu.edu.au/events/bathurst/explorations-series-bathurst-doping-in-sport-and-human-enhancement-professor-julian-savalescu?RVX9LgoARA6hVRAE.99

CSU students’ blood donations save lives

Tuesday 29 Aug 2017

CSU blood donations Bathurst 2017Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst have tallied the second highest number of Red Cross blood donations across the state as part of a unique life-saving blood drive.

From March to July, CSU campuses in Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, Albury-Wodonga, Orange, Dubbo, and Goulburn competed to see who could save the most lives through blood donations in the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's inaugural Charles Sturt University Blood Challenge.

Student Liaison Officer at CSU in Bathurst Mr Scott Hatch said, "With young people the least likely to give blood on an ongoing basis, their donations have helped secure blood supplies over the critical winter months.

"The students in Bathurst made 142 donations, saving 426 lives, but were beaten by the much larger student population at the University in Wagga Wagga, where students made 348 donations.

"I applaud all our students at ten campuses and study centres who made a total of 768 donations during the Challenge, collectively saving more than 2 300 lives."

Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Mr John Feist congratulated all the students involved in the Charles Sturt University Blood Challenge.

"We hope their example will encourage other students and the wider public to join the cause and give others a second chance at life," Mr Feist said.

"We also urge all the students to continue donating blood despite the Challenge being officially over, as the need for blood never stops."

Mr Feist recently visited CSU in Bathurst to present a plaque to Mr Hatch and student representatives Mr Josh Buttenshaw, Ms Danielle Kenny, Ms Clare Porter, and Mr Brad Rushby.

The Charles Sturt University Blood Challenge is part of the Blood Service's Red25 program, a unique movement in which groups and organisations around Australia unite to save lives through blood donation. To donate, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Photo shows the Red Cross's Mr John Feist presenting the plaque to CSU's Mr Scott Hatch and students (left to right) Mr Josh Buttenshaw, Ms Danielle Kenny, Ms Clare Porter, and Mr Brad Rushby.

Tournament of Minds engages regional school students

Friday 25 Aug 2017

The annual day-long regional Tournament of Minds competition for school students from Year 5 to Year 10 will be held at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Sunday 27 August.

Dr Denise Wood, acting Director of Learning Design and senior lecturer in the Division of Learning and Teaching said the tournament involves problem solving and creative thinking activities appropriate to the students' ages. Dr Wood liaises each year with the Regional Director, Ms Annette Welch, to host the event at CSU.

"Parents, families and children all come to watch them perform in their chosen discipline," Dr Wood said.

"The event has taken place at the University in Bathurst since about 2008, and it is amazing to have so many students and families here on campus making use of the facilities.

"Current Charles Sturt University students will be involved in judging the activities."

The event organisers expect approximately 300 students, parents, families and teachers to attend.

Students will compete to solve problems in four discipline areas: language literature, social sciences, science technology, and engineering mathematics. All the performances will be in the Mansfield Building (building 1411) in various tutorial and lecture rooms. The performances continue throughout the day, with a final presentation at 3.30pm.

"Teams nominate one area and have worked on the solution to the given problem in that area for the last six weeks," Dr Wood said.

"On the day they also compete in a spontaneous problem solution where they have to work together in a limited time to come up with an answer. Their discipline area solution is presented in a 10-minute performance, which they present in a three metre square. All their props, costumes and bits and pieces have to be made by them. The script will have been written by the team, and they will have had no outside support in completing their solution."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Denise Wood.

The Tournament of Minds is in the Mansfield Building (building 1411) adjacent to the CSU library and central quadrangle at CSU in Bathurst from 8.30 am to 4pm on Sunday 27 August.

Indigenous business program starts in Dubbo

Friday 25 Aug 2017

Walan Mayinygu logoStrengthening Indigenous entrepreneurship and business know-how is the aim of the one-week program to be run from next Monday 28 August in Dubbo by Charles Sturt University (CSU).

The Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub project aims to strengthen Indigenous entrepreneurship in regional communities across NSW.

The Dubbo hub is the first of four one-week programs to run in coming months.

The program was developed by Associate Professor Michelle Evans to engage with and inspire Indigenous business people, as well as those thinking about going into business, by offering workshops, masterclasses, trade shows, networking events and opportunities for participants to pitch their business ideas.

Michelle Evans 250x150Professor Evans invites all Dubbo based businesses, and government agencies and non-government organisations wishing to work with Indigenous businesses, to various networking lunches and masterclasses being held between 1pm to 2pm from Monday 28 August to Thursday 1 September. Register here to attend these sessions.

The first hub will be officially launched on Monday 28 August at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

"We have twelve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs teaching and presenting at the Walan Mayingu Dubbo program alongside professors from Charles Sturt University and executive educators," Professor Evans said.

For further information and to register participation in the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub, go to this site or the Walan Mayinygu Facebook site.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Associate Professor Michelle Evans, contact CSU Media.

Indigenous future students gather at CSU Bathurst

Monday 21 Aug 2017

ATSI flagsIndigenous students from across regional NSW will get a chance to experience university life first-hand at the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to be hosted at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September.

The IAP is an intensive five-day alternative entry program to CSU designed to build confidence in potential future students as part of the University's commitment to providing personalised support to encourage Indigenous students to enrol in CSU courses.

Manager of the Indigenous Student Centre at CSU in Bathurst Mr Nathan Peckham said, "The prospective students undertake a range of assessments to determine their suitability for their chosen course. They have access to course and career advice, meet staff and students, and take campus tours to inspect facilities."

The IAP is only for students intending to study at CSU, and successful completion of this program will provide entry into a range of CSU bachelor courses. Learn more about the Indigenous Access Program here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Nathan Peckham.

Hope, recovery, resilience for beyondblue speaker in Albury

Thursday 17 Aug 2017

Ms Rebecca Moore has seen her share of mental illness.

She will share her personal journey of hope, recovery and resilience in the face of depression and anxiety as part of the Explorations Series public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday 22 August.

Ms Moore spent most of her career in the airline industry as a flight attendant and is a volunteer speaker for beyondblue, a national organisation that works to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma, and encourage people to seek help.

She became a speaker because she wanted to 'pay it forward' by encouraging others to talk to their friends or doctor if they feel they may have symptoms of depression and anxiety.

In addition to speaking about her own experiences, she will also outline how the audience can seek help, or support a friend or family member who may find themselves in a difficult position.

Ms Moore's interests include running, yoga, reading, going to concerts and music festivals - she is a big fan of Kylie Minogue - and is currently completing study in nutritional medicine. Ms Moore is also a proud mother of two boys, aged three and five.

Ms Moore's free public lecture, titled 'Hope, recovery and resilience', will run from 7pm to 8pm on Tuesday 22 August in the CD Blake Auditorium (room 104), building 751 (car park 2), off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

To attend this free public lecture, and for catering purposes as the lecture is followed by light refreshments, please register for this event.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

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For more information, contact Regional Relations Assistant Ms Wendy Rose Davison via email alburywodonga@csu.edu.au or phone (02) 6051 9806.

Final 2017 Booranga writer-in-residence

Thursday 17 Aug 2017

Biff WardBooranga Writers' Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga has named award-winning author Ms Biff Ward (pictured) as the final writer-in-residence for 2017.

Centre President and adjunct senior lecturer in English at the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mr David Gilbey said, "Biff's residency for a month from Wednesday 23 August concludes our program of multi-talented writers who have shared their skills with the writing communities of Wagga Wagga and surrounds.

"I reviewed her early feminist poems for Southerly in the early 1990s and was impressed with her insights, energy and language skills. More recently, Biff is the author of the literary memoir In My Mother's Hands, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Douglas Stewart Literary Prize for non-fiction 2015 and the WA Premier's Prize for 2016. It was also long-listed for The Stella Prize 2015 and winner of the Canberra Critics' Circle Award 2014 for non-fiction.

"Commentators have noted, In My Mother's Hands (published by Allen & Unwin) is a beautifully written and emotionally perplexing coming-of-age true story about growing up in an unusual family.

"In 1984, her ground-breaking book, Father-Daughter Rape, one of the first in the world about child sexual abuse, was published in the United Kingdom and the United States.

"Biff is a winner in the Griffith Review's 2017 novella competition, Storied Lives. She is currently finalising her memoir about the Vietnam War."

During her residency, Ms Ward will present a free public reading of her work at the Historic Council Chambers in the Civic Centre, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga, from 5.15pm to 7pm on Thursday 24 August. She will be joined by local poet Mr Maurice Corlett who will be reading his new works.

Ms Ward will also present a writing workshop from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 26 August at Booranga Writers' Centre, Mambarra Drive, at CSU in Wagga Wagga. The workshop is free to members, and a $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Read more about Ms Ward here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr David Gilbey and Ms Biff Ward.

Students get microscopic with science

Wednesday 16 Aug 2017

As part of National Science Week 2017, Charles Sturt University (CSU) lecturer Dr John Harper will encourage young scientists in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 August to get up close to everyday items using a microscope.

Joined by students from the University's Faculty of Science, Dr Harper will help children look down the lenses of digital, stereo, and compound microscopes.

Dr Harper will also demonstrate how the microscopic images can be captured on a mobile phone.

The free family event will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the children's area in the Wagga Wagga City Library.

 "The children should bring along something to look at through the microscopes," Dr Harper said.

"It may be a pet hair sample, a plant from the garden, or even breakfast cereal. It is fascinating how these everyday items look under the microscope."

Dr Harper is a senior lecturer in plant science in the CSU School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

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For further information contact, CSU academic Dr John Harper on (02) 6933 2837.

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