Students celebrated at CSU Albury-Wodonga graduations

12 DECEMBER 2016

Mortar boards and academic gowns will be a feature of Albury's streets this week as Charles Sturt University (CSU) celebrates the graduation of more than 400 students.More than 1 300 family and friends will join the graduates in the Albury Entertainment Centre for three ceremonies on Tuesday 13 December and Wednesday 14 December.Highlights include:12:30pm, Tuesday 13 DecemberApproximately 140 graduates and more than 425 guests are due to attend this ceremony.Graduates are from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies.The Occasional Address will be delivered by Head of CSU's School of Management and Marketing Associate Professor Mark Frost.5pm, Tuesday 13 DecemberApproximately 150 graduates and more than 487 guests are due to attend this ceremony.Graduates are from the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Faculty of Science.  - The University Council will confer the title of Emeritus Professor on Bob Perry, an internationally recognised and passionate educator in the field of early childhood numeracy, educational transitions and Indigenous education. Professor Perry is being recognised for his distinguished services across the areas of teaching, research and administration at CSU. Professor Perry will also deliver the Occasional Address.  Four of Professor Perry's doctoral students will also graduate in the same ceremony. - Dr Lysa Dealtry will be awarded her PhD titled, Narratives of starting school: Learning from Aboriginal children, their mothers and their educators. Her research involved interviews with Aboriginal children, their mothers and their educators in the Gudaga Goes to School project. The study explored the ways in which children's and mothers' sense of self - ways of being, knowing and doing - contributes to a positive start to school.The ceremony will see PhDs awarded to six graduates from the Institute of Land Water and Society (ILWS) including: - CSU Media and Communications Officer Dr Wes Ward has combined his passion for communication and science in his PhD, Exploring in-person and technologically-mediated communication within international agricultural research teams.In his research Dr Ward interviewed 30 researchers in Australia and Lao PRD to examine the barriers and opportunities for communicating agricultural research conducted in partnership with developing countries, especially using computer communications. - To make sure her family in Mexico can see her receive a PhD, Dr Luisa Perez-Mujica is planning to live-stream the ceremony. Dr Perez-Mujica's PhD, Development of a sustainability assessment tool in context of social-ecological systems using system simulation and participatory modelling: The case of the Winton Wetlands, Victoria, Australia, studied people's opinions of the rehabilitation of the wetlands in order to develop a new socio-ecological approach to assess sustainability. Read more on CSU News here. - Originally from Zimbabwe, Dr Chaka Chirozva and his family are currently based in South Australia. Dr Chirozva's PhD, Community Engagement in the Governance of Transfrontier Conservation Areas: An Analysis of the Implementation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Zimbabwe, has made an important contribution to the understanding of community engagement in transfrontier conservation areas. - Bachelor of Science (honours) graduate Ms Bettina Grieve spent two months in Laos PRD for her research examining the effectiveness of microchips to track fish migration in the Mekong River. This international research experience has seen Ms Grieve awarded a place in Sydney Water's graduate program.9.30am, Wednesday 14 December125 graduates and more than 400 guests are due to attend this ceremony.The Occasional Address will be delivered by CSU Dean of Students, Professor Julia Coyle.Graduates are from the Faculty of Science.- Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) graduate Ms Ashley Barclay will be awarded the University Medal, the highest honour conferred on an undergraduate student. Ms Barclay took part in an international work placement in Vietnam earlier this year as part of a CSU Global program - Olympic Gold Medallist and member of the Australian Women's Rugby 7's team Ms Alicia Quirk will be awarded a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. With the support and flexible study options provided through CSU's elite athlete program, Ms Quirk has completed her studies in between the training, travel and competition demands of being a professional athlete. - Lecturer in podiatry from CSU's School of Community Health Dr Kristy Robson will be awarded her PhD Exploration of Fall Risk in Regional Australia. Dr Robson's research into the factors that influence the risk of an older person falling has led to development of a model of careinvolving a range of stakeholders to support older people to maintain safe independence as they age.  - Three Bachelor of Podiatry graduates, Mr Tim Pargeter, Ms Rylee Belsher, and Ms Sophie Robertson have shared the educational journey from Kindergarten to Graduation, attending the same schools and then studying the same degree.

Media Note:

The three CSU graduation ceremonies will be held on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December in the Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift Street in Albury.

Contact Ms Fiona Halloran on 0439 475 315 from CSU Media for further information.

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