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CSU hosts coding competition for school students to boost IT careers

Wednesday 23 May 2018

* CSU coding comp aims to improve school students’ coding skills

* Students to solve several coding challenges in various programming languages

* Coding comp supports students to aspire to a career in IT and computing

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting a coding competition on Friday 25 May for 16 students in Years 11 and 12 from high schools in the Wagga Wagga region.

Dr Arif Khan (pictured), course director in the CSU School of Computing and Mathematics said, The aim of the event is to bring together high school students interested in IT and coding, and provide a fun activity for them to improve their skills.

“The University has organised the event and has designed the program because we are keen to support these students and provide them with the opportunity to learn about computing and improve their coding skills.

“The program will involve solving a number of coding challenges in various programming languages.

“Lecturers will be teaching and guiding the students throughout the program, to support and encourage high school students to study on-campus and go into a career in IT and computing.”

The winner of the competition will receive a $100 gift voucher and a certificate of achievement. All attendees will get a certificate of participation.

The coding competition is from 9.15am to 1.15pm in the Library (room 1012, building 13) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Arif Khan who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

CSU hosts ‘Star Parties’ for ABC Stargazing world record attempt

Tuesday 22 May 2018

* CSU to boost ABC stargazing world record attempt on Wednesday 23 May

* CSU will host ‘Star Parties’ in Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga

* Aiming to beat previous 2015 world record of 7,960 stargazers in 37 locations

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host three ‘Star Parties’ as part of the ABC’s Stargazing Live Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’ on Wednesday evening 23 May.

CSU will host events in Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Bathurst.

Head of Campus of CSU in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew said, “Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga is delighted to host a Star Party as part of the ABC’s Live National Guinness World Record Attempt, for the ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’.

“This will be a family-friendly fun event and is a great way to show off our facilities in Wagga Wagga. Everybody is welcome to come along and take part in this world record attempt.

“This event is open to the community and free to attend, but you must register.”

In Wagga Wagga: 7pm to 10pm at CSU the event will be hosted by the CSU Science Club in the Physics Lab courtyard, in front of the Radiography Lab (building 10). Participants are advised to dress warmly.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/charles-sturt-university-science-club-star-party-tickets-45847937415

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew.

CSU hosts ‘Star Parties’ for ABC Stargazing world record attempt

Tuesday 22 May 2018

* CSU to boost ABC stargazing world record attempt on Wednesday 23 May

* CSU will host ‘Star Parties’ in Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga

* Aiming to beat previous 2015 world record of 7,960 stargazers in 37 locations

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host three ‘Star Parties’ as part of the ABC’s Stargazing Live Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’ on Wednesday evening 23 May.

CSU will host events in Port Macquarie, Bathurst, and Wagga Wagga.

Acting Head of Campus of CSU in Port Macquarie Mr Peter Fraser said, “Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie is delighted to host a Star Party as part of the ABC’s Live National Guinness World Record Attempt, for the ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues'.

“This will be a family-friendly fun event, and is a great way to show off our facilities in Port Macquarie. Everybody is welcome to come along and take part in this world record attempt.

“This event is open to the community and free to attend, but you must register.”

In Port Macquarie: 7pm to 10pm at CSU in the outdoor amphitheatre and half basketball court.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/charles-sturt-university-port-macquarie-star-party-tickets-45577452387

In Port Macquarie guests can enjoy a barbeque near the fire and hot drinks for gold coin donations, which go toward Port Macquarie’s Observatory. Guest speaker, astronomer Mr David Reneke will introduce the event and provide some insight into stargazing. Campus tours will also be available on the night. Participants can purchase a small telescope upon registration for $6.50, or bring your own.

In Port Macquarie, at approximately 7.45pm guests who are participating in the world record attempt will move to the half basketball court to stargaze for ten minutes. All participants in the record attempt must have a telescope or binoculars. The live cross with the ABC will be aired in the Indigenous Centre.

More information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2314806898533047/

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews , 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Acting Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie Mr Peter Fraser.

CSU hosts ‘Star Parties’ for ABC Stargazing world record attempt

Tuesday 22 May 2018

* CSU to boost ABC stargazing world record attempt on Wednesday 23 May 

* CSU will host ‘Star Parties’ in Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Wagga Wagg

* Aiming to beat previous 2015 world record of 7,960 stargazers in 37 locations

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host three ‘Star Parties’ as part of the ABC’s Stargazing Live Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’ on Wednesday evening 23 May.

CSU will host events in Bathurst, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga.

Acting Head of Campus of CSU in Bathurst Mr Peter Fraser said, “Charles Sturt University in Bathurst is delighted to co-host a Star Party as part of the ABC’s Live National Guinness World Record Attempt, for the ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’.

“This will be a family-friendly fun event, and everybody is welcome to come along and take part in this world record attempt.”

“This event is open to the community and free to attend, but you must register.”

In Bathurst: 7pm to 10pm at historic Abercrombie House, 311 Ophir Road, Stewarts Mount, Bathurst.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bathurst-observatory-and-abercrombie-house-star-party-tickets-45881208931

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews acting Head of Campus at CSU in Bathurst Mr Peter Fraser.

CSU students perform Louis Nowra’s celebrated play ‘Cosi’ in Bathurst

Wednesday 16 May 2018

* Australian comedy play Cosi by Louis Nowra at the CSU Ponton Theatre in Bathurst from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May

* Madness, burning cats, Mozart, and a play within a play

One of Australia’s popular comedy plays, Cosi by Louis Nowra, will be performed by third-year Charles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students at the Ponton Theatre in Bathurst from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May.

Presented by CYCLE Productions and the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Cosi explores mental illness, politics, love and sex and freedom, begging the question – “What is normal?”.

The synopsis: It is 1971. Lewis (played by Gareth Thompson), a university graduate, is directing his first production at a mental institution in Melbourne. Faced with the challenge of bringing Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte to life, he must work with a group of extraordinary characters, under unexpected circumstances. Through all this, Lewis must navigate the boundaries between love, loyalty and trust to get this show on the road.

Cosi is directed by CSU lecturer Dr Kate Smith, with assistant directors third-year students Ms Sophie Fitzgerald and Ms Madeline Whittaker.

“Madness, burning cats, Mozart, and a play within a play. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, but no matter what, the show must go on!” Dr Smith said.

Cosi will be performed nightly at 7pm from Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 May as well as a matinee performance at 1pm on Saturday, at the Ponton Theatre (building 1434), Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst.

Tickets can be purchased via Trybooking.com: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=377842&

High School Special = $8, Student/Concession = $10, Adults = $15

Please note: This show contains coarse language, sexual references and drug references. Parental guidance is recommended.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

For more information please contact Ms Gia Mia Radice on 0437 190 797 or Ms Jana Vass on 0478 931 589.

Medical scientists’ regional conference in Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Medical science conference in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 May

* Presentations by three CSU medical science academics

Three Charles Sturt University (CSU) medical science academics will present papers at the annual 2018 NSW South-West Division of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) conference in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 May

Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam (pictured left), senior lecturer in immunology in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Wagga Wagga said, “Organisers expect up to 70 people to attend the AIMS conference from across the NSW South-West region, including from Griffith, Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Wagga Wagga, and smaller places in between.

“We also expect participants from the Sydney region, and this year we hope to have a few from Victoria since Wagga Wagga is relatively close to the border,” Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam said.

There will be 13 scientific presentations, with three by medical scientists from the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences:

* Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam, senior lecturer in immunology, ‘Antibiotic resistance in Camylobacter jejuni in NSW’

* Dr Philip Bwititi, senior lecturer in biochemistry, ‘Oxidative stress’

* Dr Wouter Kalle, lecturer in biomedical sciences, ‘DNA Diagnostic – from karyotype to NGS’

The conference organisers have offered discounted student registrations for the conference day to engage with students enrolled in the medical science degree at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

“Conferences like this are valuable to the region, as they provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within the pathology industry as our scientific program caters to the interests of scientists who are multi-disciplined,” Dr Vanniasinkam said.

“Being proficient in a number disciplines is often required of scientists working in the smaller regional and peripheral laboratories, while those working in the bigger central laboratories are more likely to specialise,” Dr Vanniasinkam concluded.

For more information see the conference flyer: https://www.aims.org.au/documents/item/982

Or visit the website: https://www.aims.org.au/events/event/nsw-south-west-div-conference-2018-f

The annual 2018 NSW South-West Division of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists conference will be held at the Rules Club, 188 Fernleigh Street, in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 May.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam, Dr Phil Bwititi and Dr Wouter Kalle who are based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

For further information contact NSW South-West Division of AIMS conference organiser Ms Christie Gordon on 0428 102 797.

CSU paramedic student receives prestigious Rural Fire Service Award

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* CSU Port Macquarie Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) 2nd year student received a prestigious Rural Fire Service Award.

* Brigade unit awarded a Commissioner’s Certificate of Commendation in recognition of outstanding actions in relation to fire service duties.

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) 2nd year Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) student Ms Karma Reeves has received a Rural Fire Service award as part of a team that rescued a trapped man last year.

On Tuesday 7 February 2017 the Pacific Palms Rural Fire Service (RFS) were the first to arrive on the scene where a man was trapped under a small excavator, which had overturned in a shallow dam at Charlotte Bay on the NSW Mid North Coast.

The man was pinned by the machine, and managed to keep his mouth and nose above the water. He’d been trapped for several hours and was struggling to maintain his position.

The crew were unable to extract the victim so instead set up pumps to try and reduce the dam water level to provide relief for the victim and support the rescue effort.

The NSW Fire and Rescue units from Forster arrived and worked closely with the RFS to rescue the victim.

Ms Reeves said given the muddy base of the dam and the awkward position of the victim it took 40 minutes to rescue the victim.

“It was a great honour to receive the award with my fellow crew members. It was a difficult and challenging rescue, but seeing everyone work together and having a successful rescue was great,” Ms Reeves said.

Ms Reeves has been an RFS volunteer for the past two years.

“I love being involved in the community and it’s a great experience and exposure for my studies to become a paramedic,” Ms Reeves said.

The Commissioner’s Certificate of Commendation (Unit) is an award that recognises outstanding actions in relation to fire service duties.

The Certificate of Commendation was awarded to the unit last week for service beyond the scope and responsibility normally expected of a unit in their assigned duties.

Media Contact: Kate Fotheringham, 0432 628 163

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Karma Reeves, at CSU in Port Macquarie.

Breast cancer uncovered at free public lecture at CSU in Dubbo

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Four Dubbo experts will speak about breast cancer experiences and support services

* Free CSU public lecture aims to engage regional Australia on this disease.

* Four well-known community members will lead a panel to discuss their personal experiences with breast cancer

‘Breast Cancer Uncovered’ is the topic of the next Explorations Series free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo on Thursday 24 May.

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the Explorations Series is part of the University’s community engagement program, which brings diverse speakers to share ideas, thoughts and opinions on topical issues.

“The Explorations Series public lectures aim to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world,” Ms Maginnis said.

“The focus of this public lecture is breast cancer, an insidious disease that has affected and continues to affect many people in rural communities. Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate between gender or age.

“We have invited four well-known community members to form a panel to discuss their personal experiences with breast cancer and the journeys they have undertaken to enhance breast cancer support services throughout the region,” Ms Cathy Maginnis said

The speakers are Ms Donna Falconer, author of My Time and founder of the Pink Angels and Groovy Booby Bus; Mr Graeme Board, OAM; and the Dubbo-based McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses, Ms Vanessa Hyland and Ms Margie Collins.

Each panel member will deliver a brief presentation and answer questions from the audience, followed by a light supper.

This free CSU Explorations Series public lecture will be at 6pm on Thursday 24 May in room 202, building 902, at CSU, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Participants are asked to register their intended attendance online here: http://news.csu.edu.au/events?a=3014820

Prior to the event there will be a media opportunity with the speakers at 3pm on Wednesday 16 May.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Teachers and students to learn coding at AgriTech Incubator in Wagga

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Computer coding training for Riverina teachers and female high school students

* AgriTech Incubator supports women and girls into tech and entrepreneurial activities

The AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will host computer coding training for teachers and students from Riverina schools on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May.

Following the success of the 2017 event, the 2018 sessions will again be delivered by Code Club Australia which teaches students how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Code Club also delivers training to equip teachers with the confidence and ability to teach their students to code.

Professor of Food Engineering in the CSU School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, John Mawson (pictured), said, “The AgriTech Incubator teacher training day on Wednesday 16 May is fully booked, and over 90 students are expected to attend the coding event on Thursday17 May, to learn how to create a rainbow predictor using Python and Raspberry Pi programs.

“Students and teachers are travelling from towns across the Riverina − Cootamundra, Griffith, Junee, Leeton, Tullibigeal, Wagga Wagga, and Young − to attend the events.

“Offering specialised programs supporting women and girls into tech and entrepreneurial activities is just one of the goals of the AgriTech Incubator.

“The 2018 event follows the successful AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University which delivered its first coding event specifically for Years 9 and 10 female high school students in the Wagga Wagga region in November 2017. Then, students created computer generated modern art, using Python, and the event was very well received by both students and teachers.

“The teachers at that event also noted they would greatly value a training day to improve their ability to support STEM related initiatives in their schools,” Professor Mawson said.

The coding events will be held at the AgriTech Incubator, building 6, CSU in Wagga Wagga (car park 11) from 10am Wednesday 16 (for teachers) and Thursday 17 May (for students).

The AgriTech Incubator is funded by the NSW Department of Industry with significant additional funding from CSU, with the coding events being in partnership with Code Club Australia (https://codeclubau.org/).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Professor John Mawson will be available for interview at 10am on Wednesday 16 May at the AgriTech Incubator (building 6) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Alumni welcomed to CSU facilities in Dubbo

Friday 11 May 2018

* CSU access program for alumni residing in Dubbo and region

* Alumni have  24/7 access to the library and learning commons, gym access, Wi-Fi access and the ability to book meeting spaces

As part of its commitment to support its graduates to succeed in work and life, Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo launched its new access program for alumni on Thursday 10 May.

Head of Campus of CSU in Dubbo Ms Cathy Maginnis said the new alumni access program is open to all past students of CSU who reside in Dubbo and the surrounding region.

“Charles Sturt University is keen to support our graduates to succeed in work and life, and the program is a further expression of the University’s ethos derived from the Wiradjuri phrase yindymarra winhangana, ‘the wisdom of knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’,” Ms Maginnis said.

“We aim to engage with our alumni, to forge mutually beneficial relationships, to celebrate their successes and to continue to value-add and offer support to them throughout their lives.

“The University in Dubbo is a dynamic and forward looking institution which aims to enhance its presence in the community and continue its fruitful relationship with its locally-based graduates.

“I encourage all Charles Sturt University alumni living in Dubbo and the surrounding region to take advantage of the access program.”

CSU alumni in Dubbo will have:

* 24/7 access to the library and learning commons

* gymnasium access

* able to book meeting spaces

* Wi-Fi access

Director of Advancement, Sarah Ansell was present at the launch and spoke on the importance of alumni and continuing engagement with this sector of the University community. Also present at the launch were four members from the Orana and Far Western Regional Consultative Committee; Ms Ann-Marie Furney, Mr Jeff Caldbeck, Ms Jo Lawrence, and Mr Denis Armstrong.

CSU alumni featured on the flags include:

* Ms Juliet Duffy, sustainable management, entrepreneur / advocate for women in STEM

* Mr Nicolas Steepe, social work, project manager, Equity and Diversity at CSU

* Mr Steve Hinks, management, Director of Taronga Western Plains Zoo

* Ms Jo Lawrence, psychology, Executive District Director, Family and Community Services (FaCS)

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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