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The story of Indigenous Elder Aunty Joyce Hampton

Monday 6 Feb 2017

Menindee GirlThe story of an Aboriginal Elder that reflects the experiences of her generation will be discussed at a book launch in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 9 February.

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD student Mr Bernard Sullivan said the story of Ngiyampaa woman Aunty Joyce Hampton is told in her book, Menindee Girl: The story of my life.   

"At the book launch at the Wagga Wagga City Library, Aunty Joyce, and collaborators Deb Evans, Nives Zalokar and myself will discuss the way we created the book which was a key creative project in my PhD research," Mr Sullivan said, "My research explored a culture-centred way of working which fosters deep engagement and respect. It is a methodology that emphasises a researcher's responsibility to those who share their knowledge with them.

"Aunty Joyce's book shows how, despite moving off her Country, she remains strongly attached to it, and immersed in her culture. Working together, over three years, we arranged her unique prints, drawings and historical images with contemporary photos by Nives Zalokar and myself. The result vividly describes her deep connections to place and people. Her clear and simple words lead us on the journey. Her hand is in the design of every page, laid out in a beautiful full colour large format book.

"It's been a great honour to come to know Aunty Joyce, her family and the values she lives by," Mr Sullivan said, "In the book, Aunty Joyce demonstrates her cultural strength and enriches the identity of her family, her community, and the understanding of the wider society. One of the most enjoyable things was seeing Aunty Joyce give copies to each of her grandchildren."

Menindee Girl: The story of my life will be launched at 6pm Thursday 9 February at Wagga Wagga City Library. Bookings on (02) 6926 9700 or wcl@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with PhD student Mr Bernard Sullivan.

The image shows the cover of Menindee Girl: The story of my life designed by Bernard Sullivan based on a weaving by Aunty Joyce Hampton.

CSU poet takes place in national poetry prize

Friday 3 Feb 2017

Lachlan BrownAfter being selected as one of nine finalists in a major annual national poetry competition, a Charles Sturt University (CSU) lecturer has been announced in the top three.

Dr Lachlan Brown (pictured), senior lecturer in English literature in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga, gained the third prize in the Overland 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Prize for his poem, 'Self-division: little song selections'.

Dr Brown said, "Judith Wright was such an influential Australian poet, and I am profoundly moved every time I teach her poetry in my Australian literature classes at Charles Sturt University. To have placed third in the Overland prize that bears her name is an absolute honour.

"The Overland prize also values experimentation, the pushing of poetic limits. I'm grateful that these prizes exist to encourage emerging poets who are trying new ways of writing."

The third prize is valued at $1 000.

"Studying contemporary literature and poetry is important because it challenges us to think differently about the world around us," Dr Brown said.

"Good poetry offers us language at its most potent, as it jags across the surfaces of everyday experience. I'm so often impressed by the originality and brilliance of the students in my poetry classes here at the University."

Dr Brown has won or placed in numerous prestigious poetry prizes and has had his poems published in many journals. This includes winning the Sydney University Henry Lawson poetry prize, the Macquarie Fields poetry prize, and the Hermes best poem award. He has also been shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted and commended in the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize.

His poems have appeared in journals including Cordite, Mascara, Heat, Rabbit, Southerly, and Etchings. His first volume of poetry, Limited Cities, was published by Giramondo in 2012 and was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award.

Dr Brown's second book of poetry, The Surface of Your Lunar Inheritance, explores his Chinese-Australian heritage and is due to be published by Giramondo in 2017.

A summary of the nine finalists in the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize can be found here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Lachlan Brown.

Photo credit: The photo of Dr Lachlan Brown is by Arda Barut.

A CSU graduate, Mr Derek Motion, won the Judith Wright poetry prize in 2009. He is a former director of Booranga Writers' Centre in Wagga Wagga, and is the current director of Western Riverina Arts.

CSU hosts parent information Sessions

Wednesday 1 Feb 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting a series of free information sessions in 2017 designed for parents and carers of high school students in regional NSW.  

The Information Nights will provide a one-stop-shop for parents interested in finding out university study options for their children in the years ahead.

They'll be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Commercial Club Albury on Tuesday 21 February, in Orange Ex-Services Club on Wednesday 22 February, Bathurst Panthers and Wagga Wagga Commercial Club on Thursday 23 February.

Further sessions will be held later in the year in Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Wangaratta, Parkes, Lithgow and Mudgee..

Parents will be able to meet with Student Advisors, ask questions about study options, the many pathways into university, the help available for higher education costs and the benefits of university study.

The Information Nights will also provide details of what parents can expect during Year 12.

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will also be present at a number of these events to discuss the UAC admissions process.

Register here for one of the Parent Information Sessions or to find out more information.

A CSU Parent Information booklet to help with the transition to CSU is also available here.  

Further information about studying at CSU is available on the CSU Future Students Facebook page.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews about the Parent Information Sessions.

Major student accommodation facility for CSU in Port Macquarie

Monday 30 Jan 2017

Student accommodationWith ever-increasing demand for courses in Port Macquarie, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is due to open a residential facility for 250 students for the beginning of Session One in February 2018.

Located next to the Port Macquarie campus, three accommodation buildings will initially provide 112 rooms that include a bedroom with desk and ensuite bathroom for each student, communal lounge rooms and kitchens, and access to student recreational areas in a separate building.

Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, said the University was excited to be able to offer secure accommodation for students enrolled in various degrees at Port Macquarie including science, health, paramedic, business and social welfare.

"The accommodation is an important addition to the services on offer at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, particularly for prospective students from outside the local area," said Professor Cavanagh.

CSU will lease the facility from Sydney-based Chase Property Investments, which is working with commercial builder Intelligent Building Systems International, from Brisbane, to complete the planned facility which is due to total 250 beds by February 2018.

The next academic session for students attending the Port Macquarie campus is due to commence with Orientation Week from Monday 20 February.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with the Head of CSU in Port Macquarie, Professor Heather Cavanagh, contact CSU Media.

Architectural images of the planned student accommodation buildings are available from CSU Media, with credit to 'Intelligent Building Systems International'.

Each level of an accommodation building will include a kitchen and a communal lounge room.  Initially there will be two two-storey buildings providing 32 beds in each building, and a three-storey building providing 48 rooms. There will be a separate Student Hub building providing recreation facilities.

CSU will employ full-time staff and senior students to provide pastoral care and leadership for the new student residents.

Getting the buzz on pollinating insects in Albury

Monday 30 Jan 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) scientists will be paying particular attention to birds and pollinating insects in Albury streets over the next few months.

Honey bees aren't the only pollinatorsThe researchers will be conducting a survey of the native birds and insects that pollinate gardens to investigate the impact of urbanisation.

Ecologist from CSU's School of Environmental Sciences, Dr Dale Nimmo said, "As Albury is expanding and its population is increasing, it's important to understand how this impacts biodiversity, including those species that occur in the heart of the city."

The project, which will have CSU researchers walking Albury's streets in search of native birds and pollinators, is part of a wider study looking at the best way to grow regional cities while minimising the impact on biodiversity.

"To help protect biodiversity in cities as they expand, there are two options. 'Land sharing' happens when people are spread thinly in low-density 'leafy' suburbs, which allow species to occur within urban areas" Dr Nimmo said.

"On the other hand, 'Land sparing' dedicates some areas for high density housing and other parts for large-scale biodiversity conservation, such as nature reserves".

"We want to see if the best way to conserve our biodiversity is land sharing, land sparing or a combination of both."

The project will look at birds and pollinator insects as these two groups of animals can respond differently to urban environments.

Ecologist from CSU's Institute for Land Water and Society, Dr Manu Saunders said, "There've been very few studies done on pollinator insects in Australia's urban areas. But urban gardens can actually be great habitats for native bees and other pollinator insects, provided they have lots of different flowers and low pesticide use." 

The research has been funded by a CSU Sustainability Research Seed Grant, through CSU Green and the WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund.

The bird and pollinator surveys will run from January until mid-2017

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

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Dale Nimmo from CSU in Albury-Wodonga. He is due to go overseas from Saturday 4 February.

New study into shared-care parenting

Tuesday 24 Jan 2017

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) researcher is seeking the personal stories of Riverina parents involved in sharing the care of their children, post-separation.

Ms Ruth Bailey, a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga, is undertaking the study as part of a PhD into shared parenting after separation.

"I want to hear the stories of parents from the Riverina area who are or have been in any kind of shared-care parenting arrangement, since 2007," Ms Bailey said.

Changes introduced in Australia in 2006 aimed to encourage parents who are separating, or have already separated, to share the care of their children in ways that involve more equal time and activity with both parents.

Ms Bailey said, "It was hoped that this approach would be fairer and, generally speaking, be better for children.

"The existing research about this change doesn't tell us in very much detail about the personal, first-hand, every day, emotional and practical realities of this in people's actual lives.

"Parents involved in my study will need to do a one-on-one interview with me. It will focus on their particular story and experience of family separation and shared parenting. The interview will be recorded.

"Confidentiality is paramount so all names, places or any other identifying material will be changed.

"I hope my PhD will draw out any lessons about shared-care parenting after separation that might be useful for researchers, policy makers, post-separation services, practitioners and parents."

Anyone interested in participating in the study should email Ms Bailey directly on ibailey@csu.edu.au.

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

Media Note:

Ms Ruth Bailey is a lecturer in social work and human services in the University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is available for interviews. Contact CSU Media.

Her PhD has ethics approval of the CSU Human Research Ethics Committee.

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Dr Kath McFarlaneA senior researcher from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst has called on NSW policy makers to reassess whether prison sentences are the best way to handle low-level crime after yesterday's riot at Bathurst Jail.

"The riot brings to mind some of the problems that 40 years ago, led to the Nagle Royal Commission into the infamous Bathurst Jail riots of 1974," said Dr McFarlane from the University's Centre for Law and Justice.

"Allegations of prison overcrowding are hardly surprising, given NSW has never had so many people in jail.

"We know that jail often makes people worse and doesn't add to community safety. The vast bulk of people don't need to be in jail.

"Addressing prison sentencing and reducing overcrowding would also help relieve pressure to extend the Bathurst jail over the next five years, which will only add to the huge financial burden for NSW taxpayers."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 Contact CSU to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane at CSU in Bathurst.

CSU celebrates second graduation in Port Macquarie

Friday 16 Dec 2016

The second cohort of Charles Sturt University (CSU) students from Port Macquarie will celebrate their graduation during ceremonies at The Glasshouse on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December.

Highlights of the ceremonies include:

3pm Monday 19 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Ms Anna Wilson and Ms Danae Weaver will both be awarded Bachelors of Social Work and will receive the Lila Kirilik Social Action Memorial Prize, awarded to students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for demonstrated merit in a professional field and achieving a social action outcome that benefits disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Mr Richard Rogers will be awarded a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) and in 2017 will begin be studying the Associate Degree in Policing Practice at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn as a stepping stone to joining the NSW Police Force.

The occasional address will be delivered by Ms Kate Wood-Foye, Mid North Coast local, Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Rydges Group and regular columnist for Focus Magazine. Ms Wood-Foye is also the Co-Founder and Chair and Events Manager of the national youth leadership event 'Luminosity Youth Summit' which is held in Port Macquarie and provides young people the opportunity to be inspired and excel in their chosen careers through 'dangerous ideas' for success.

9:30am Tuesday 20 December 2016

80 students from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies will be awarded a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Lecturer at CSU's School of Biomedical Sciences, Dr Jennifer Cox will be awarded her PhD, Australian Nursing Students' Infection Control Knowledge and Perceptions: Exploring the Role of Microbiology Education and Clinical Placement Experiences. Infections acquired while in hospital are a major cause of patient death across the globe and Dr Cox's research has provided new insight into the role of microbiology education and the influence of clinical placement experience on nursing students' infection control practice. Read more about her research here.

Ms Hannah Stack will be awarded a Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic). Earlier this year Ms Stack was awarded the John Overton Award from peak professional body, the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP). Read more on CSU News here.

Ms Erika Williamson and Mr Nathan Ross will also be awarded Bachelors of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and in 2017 will both be travelling to London to take up positions with the London Ambulance Service.

Mrs Amanda Hammond will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging). She has recently accepted a permanent position as a radiographer at Port Macquarie X-Ray.The occasional address will be delivered by Mr Stewart Dowrick, Chief Executive Officer of Mid North Coast Local Health District and Board Committee Member of Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast.

Media Contact: Polly McDougall, 0429 217 026

Media Note:

CSU Senior Public Relations Officer Polly McDougall will attend the graduation ceremonies. For media interviews please come to the VIP registration desk at The Glasshouse 32/40 Clarence Street Port Macquarie. For further information, contact Polly on 0429 217 026.

Nearly 1 000 graduates for CSU Bathurst graduation ceremonies

Thursday 15 Dec 2016

Flags CSU Bathurst gatewayCharles Sturt University (CSU) will welcome approximately 957 graduates, their families and friends to the four 2016 graduation ceremonies in Bathurst on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December.

Awards will be presented to graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science at four ceremonies at the CD Blake Auditorium at CSU, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst NSW.

Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, "More than 4 500 people will converge on Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to celebrate this year's graduation ceremonies.

"We congratulate our graduating professionals with their friends and families on the successful completion of their studies with us. We pride ourselves on producing job-ready professionals who enter the workforce very insightful, making a positive impact, creating an inclusive society, and inspiring others.

"More than 1 000 graduates including about 20 PhDs, will receive their testamurs from the University in Bathurst this year. We invite you to come and share this important milestone with us."

An honorary doctorate will be bestowed on long-time Bathurst resident and Aboriginal educator Mr Laurence Crawford, who will also deliver the Occasional Address at the ceremony from 3pm Friday 16 December. Mr Crawford's Doctor of Education (honoris causa) is for his contributions to Indigenous education, the local community and CSU relationships across the University footprint as a devoted and valued friend to Charles Sturt University.

Other graduation highlights include:

Wiradjuri woman Ms Annette Gainsford, lecturer in law and justice studies at CSU in Bathurst, will graduate with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) Class One at the first ceremony at 9.30am Thursday 15 December. Her thesis, Understanding Andragogy Methods Supporting the MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class to Develop Indigenous Businesses in Australia, looked at the teaching method for Indigenous business education. It focused on working with Indigenous entrepreneurs from many areas of Australia and how they developed business acumen through the MURRA Indigenous business education program taught through the Melbourne Business School. Another interesting aspect of Ms Gainsford's graduation is that her daughter will graduate from CSU at the same time; they are the first mother and daughter in her family to graduate from university.

Bathurst resident Mr Claudio Dionigi will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Class One at the ceremony at 3pm Friday 16 December. Mr Dionigi will also receive the University Medal, and deliver the student Vote of Thanks. His honours thesis title is March Australia as a Counter-Movement to Neoliberalism: Polanyi, Protest and Democracy Downunder. The thesis used the work of Karl Polanyi, a Hungarian economic historian, to interpret the various protest movements that were occurring around the world, and the March Australia protests in particular that occurred during Mr Tony Abbott's time as Prime Minister.

9.30am Thursday 15 December - approximately 245 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science and 712 guests

School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Management and Marketing, School of Policing Studies, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, School of Psychology, Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, Centre for Law and Justice, School of Community Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health.

Ms Annette Gainsford will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Katherine Reynolds will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Thursday 15 December - approximately 220 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and Faculty of Science and 712 guests:

Centre for Law and Justice, School of Community Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

CSU Professor of Rural Health Linda Shields will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Caroline Robertson will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

9.30am Friday 16 December - approximately 237 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, and Faculty of Science and 737 guests:

School of Communication and Creative Industries, and the School of Biomedical Sciences

Senior Reporter with the Nine Network Ms Kate Fotheringham, chief of staff at WIN TV News Central West NSW, will deliver the Occasional Address. University Medal winner Mr Martin Stevens will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Friday 16 December - approximately 255 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education and 791 guests:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Teacher Education, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, School of Information Studies, Division of Student Learning - Academic Success Unit

Honorary doctorate recipient Mr Laurence Crawford will deliver the Occasional Address. Mr Claudio Dionigi will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews or for further information.

Graduation season at CSU in Wagga Wagga

Monday 12 Dec 2016

The Chair of Indigenous Affairs at Charles Sturt University (CSU) Mr Stan Grant will deliver the Occasional Address during one of five graduation ceremonies to be held in Wagga Wagga this week.

More than 900 graduates will receive their postgraduate and undergraduate degrees during the ceremonies in Joyes Hall at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 3pm Wednesday 14 December to Friday 16 December.

Highlights of the ceremonies at CSU in Wagga Wagga include:

3pm, Wednesday 14 December

- 216 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education will attend the ceremony.

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

- Dr Tessa Daffern will be awarded her PhD, An examination of spelling acquisition in the middle and upper primary school years. Her research has shown how a child's proficiency in spelling, grammar and punctuation can predict their success with writing. She also developed a tool to help educators measure spelling performance. Read more in CSU News here.

- Dr Brooke Scriven will be awarded her PhD, The Social Accomplishment of a Young Child's Digital Literacies in the Home. This research considers how a 3 year old child accomplishes digital literacy practices in interaction with her family at home. It contributes understanding of the child's interactional ability to manage activities and accomplish digital literacies, which may inform future policy and education practices.

9.30am, Thursday 15 December

- 185 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences will attend the ceremony.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by CSU Chair of Indigenous Affairs, Wiradjuri man and journalist, Mr Stan Grant. It follows the publication last month of his essay, 'The Australian Dream, Blood, History and Becoming' in the Quarterly Essay journal.

- 20 graduates will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage, only the second group of graduates to receive the postgraduate degree. Among the graduates is two local schools teachers: Ms Stacey Cox from Wagga High and Mater Dei Catholic College's Ms Pauline Streckfess  

- Dr Julie Montgarrett, a lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Industries, will be awarded her PhD, Temporary Alignments: Between Fraught Fictions and Fragile Facts. Through her PhD creative practice, Dr Montgarrett explores the 'blind-spots' in the history of genocide in Van Diemen's Land from 1803 to 1828.  

- Dr Lester Alan Watson, from Canberra, will be awarded his PhD, Researching with Young People who Provide Primary Care for a Family Member with Mental or Physical Health Problems: A Critical Psychology Approach. This research collaborated with a group of young people from rural and remote areas to examine their experiences as a family carer. Dr Watson is an adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Psychology.

3pm, Thursday 15 December

- 189 graduates are from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Science will attend the ceremony.

- The University Council will posthumously confer the title of Doctor of Business (honoris causa) on Mr Geoff Honey. It will be accepted by his widow Mrs Cheryl Honey. Mr Honey was Executive Director of the Division of Student Administration at CSU when he died suddenly in May this year.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by the Federal Member for Riverina, The Hon. Mr Michael McCormack MP.

- 15 Cambodian graduates from the Economics and Finance Institute in Phnom Penh will be awarded their Master of Commerce. They'll be accompanied to Wagga Wagga by 37 family members including young children. CSU will host a dinner for the graduates on Thursday evening.

- Bachelor of Agricultural Science graduate Ms Jessica Kirkpatrick will be awarded the Agricultural Science Medal. From the south western Victorian town of Beaufort, Ms Kirkpatrick is in grain trade. Ms Kirkpatrick was awarded Horizon Scholarship in 2014, read more on CSU News here.

- Dr Felicity Harris will be awarded her PhD, The Relationship Between Vigour and Earliness in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Dr Harris' research has expanded the understanding of the effects of development genes in wheat on the plant's vigour or accumulation of biomass, providing valuable information for wheat breeders.

- Dr Paris Grant-Preece will be awarded her PhD, Reactions of iron and organic acids relevant to the light-induced spoilage of white wine studied in model solutions. Dr Grant-Preece's research focused on the iron (III) organic acid complexes in white wine as photoactive agents that can accelerate spoilage. The research has identified how the shelf-life of white wine can be better controlled.

- Dr Helen Waite will be awarded her PhD, Proteomic and growth responses of grapevine shoots to heat stress and nursery practices in the propagation context. Her research focused on fungal trunk diseases in grape vines and has led to the development of propagation protocols for the vine nursery industry and an app to assess the quality of planting material. Dr Waite hopes this will help the industry to remain sustainable by producing high quality vines that are healthy and productive for many years with fewer inputs. Read more in CSU News here.

9.30am, Friday 16 December

- 140 graduates from the Faculty of Science will attend the ceremony.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess.

- Wiradjuri woman and Director of CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) program Dr Faye McMillan will be awarded a Doctor of Health Science, Shared meaning of leadership through accounts of the experiences of Indigenous/First Nations women leaders. Her thesis demonstrates the importance of understanding issues faced by Indigenous women when undertaking leadership roles. Dr McMillan's mother and CSU academic Ms Robyn McMillan will present the Doctorate to her daughter.

- Dr Jamin Forbes will be awarded his PhD, Population dynamics and implications for management of a Murray cod and golden perch recreational fishery in south-eastern Australia.  His study into the growth of Murray cod and golden perch and the effectiveness of stocking of these fish species in rivers and dams has helped to inform management of the fisheries in the southern Murray Darling Basin. Read more in CSU News here.

- Dr Muhammad Shoaib Tufail from Pakistan will be awarded his PhD, Development of Berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.), village-based forage seed enterprises for the profitability and sustainability of smallholder farmers of Pakistan in mixed farming systems. Dr Tufail this year appeared in ABC's International Student Stories series.

3pm, Friday 16 December

- 187 graduates from the Faculty of Science will attend the ceremony.

- The University Medal will be presented to Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate Mrs Jean Bragg from the Cootamundra. Mrs Bragg was a veterinarian in 2013 when she sought a career change and started studying pharmacy degree at CSU.

- The Occasional Address will be delivered by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Tim Wess.

- Dr Syed Haris Omar's PhD, Pharmacology of Olive Biophenols in Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Treatment suggests chemical compounds found in the leaves fruit and oil of olives have great potential for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Read more in CSU News here.

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

Media Note:

CSU Media Officers Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone will be at the graduation ceremonies in Joyes Hall, Pine Gully Road CSU in Wagga Wagga from 3pm Wednesday 17 December to 3pm Friday 16 December.

For further information, contact CSU Media on 0439 475 315.

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