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Faculty of Arts Alumni Newsletter | Issue 1 2013

Faculty of Arts Alumni Newsletter

CSU honours musician Tommy Emmanuel

CSU honours musician Tommy Emmanuel

Musician Mr Tommy Emmanuel, AM, has received an honorary Doctor of Arts from Charles Sturt University (CSU) at an Alumni event held at the Australian Museum in Sydney on Wednesday 27 November.

CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the University Council resolved to confer the honour in recognition of Mr Emmanuel's commitment to rural Australia and contribution to music education.

"Born and raised in the University's footprint, Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians," Professor Vann said.

"With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has always maintained a strong connection to rural and regional communities including significant interaction with Indigenous Australians.

"Tommy is also one of the most prodigious music educators in the world, meeting with both amateur and professional musicians at every show and location when he travels, often giving hours of his time to teaching and collaboration.

"At his last show in Bathurst several years ago, he visited a local high school, which had recently been destroyed by fire, the day after the show to spend time with the students and play for and teach them.

"In addition Tommy gives regular workshops, sometimes spanning several days, and has music festivals named in his honour, where he both performs and teaches. He was also one of the pioneers amongst professional musicians in the use of online media such as YouTube in the teaching and sharing of his music."

Professor Vann said Mr Emmanuel's career could be an example to all rural Australians.

"Mr Emmanuel is a musician, teacher and a living representation of Charles Sturt University's vision of regionality being no hindrance to both national and international excellence."

The event also featured guest speaker and CSU Alumnus Mr Michael Ebeid. Mr Ebeid is Managing Director of SBS Broadcasting and has more than 24 years experience in senior management and executive roles across the technology, telecommunications, and media industries.

Professor Vann said the event was a great opportunity for CSU's extended community to hear what is happening at their University.

If you missed out on hearing about the event, please connect with CSU Alumni on Twitter and Facebook.

New Partnership - Expanding our Law Enforcement Expertise

New Partnership - Expanding our Law Enforcement Expertise

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has announced a partnership with the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), further extending the University's capabilities in law enforcement and security. Associate Professor Nick O'Brien, from the University's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS), said the partnership with the CCES will complement Charles Sturt University's School of Policing Studies and the AGSPS. "It gives the University three schools with a specific law enforcement and security focus and a spread of subjects and industry expertise that sets Charles Sturt University apart," he said.

"It means someone studying in Customs could undertake electives in security subjects such as intelligence, or someone studying Policing could elect to take subjects in border protection. "Having the School of Policing, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security and the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies under one roof increases options for students and concentrates the expertise and resources they can draw on."

The CCES is the world's leading educational institution in Customs studies and holds World Customs Organization (WCO) accreditation. It has delivered courses to over 100 Customs administrations, manages the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and publishes the esteemed World Customs Journal, the leading academic journal on Customs related issues.

From March 2014, the CCES and CSU will offer a Bachelor of Border Management which will be the first course of its kind to be delivered entirely online. CCES CEO Professor David Widdowson said the Centre's Master of Customs Administration was being revised to align with the new Australian Qualifications Framework requirements which will commence in 2015.

"A Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration will be open for enrolment through CSU from Semester 1, 2014, which will lead to the Masters." he said. "Each of these programs will be delivered online, making use of Charles Sturt University's world-leading online-supported distance learning model. "Being the largest and one of the most experienced providers of courses delivered by innovative distance education, Charles Sturt University is a perfect fit for CCES programs, providing opportunities for students to go to university regardless of where they live, or their work and other commitments."



Welcome to the first seasonal Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts Alumni Newsletter. It may be quite some time since we had any contact with some of you, while for some it will have been much more recent. Regardless of how long ago you studied with us, we hope that your CSU education has served you well in your career.

There is a lot happening in the Schools and courses across the Faculty. Much of what we do is largely focussed on making improvements in student experiences, as well as sharing our research results and ensuring our research is relevant.

We look forward to keeping connected with you and encourage you to register with CSU Alumni and take advantages of the benefits available to you.

Jenny McKinnon
Executive Dean
Faculty of Arts

Australia's first ever University course in Classical Arabic

Australia's first ever University course in Classical Arabic

A new course developing proficiency and skills in classical Arabic will give students a unique insight into the Qur'an and other classical Arabic texts when it begins next year at Charles Sturt University's Centre for Islamic Sciences and Civilisation (CISAC).

The Master of Arts (Classical Arabic) has been developed in response to demand from the Islamic community for a dedicated program of study in reading, writing and speaking skills in Classical Arabic.

CISAC director Mr Mehmet Ozalp said the course was "open to all lovers of the Arabic language at any level".

"Proficiency in this area is especially significant since the Qur'an and many other important books on Islam are written in classical Arabic, so you need those skills if you're going to get access to the rich religious tradition of Islam through primary texts without relying on translations," he said.

"Indeed, in most cases translations do not even exist."

The new course is designed to enable students to read and recite the Qur'an in its original form using recitation rules, study of Arabic grammar, and textual structures. It will also allow students to access and understand classical primary Islamic texts and develop skills in modern Arabic so non-Arabic speaking students can access classical and contemporary Islamic scholarly discourse.

Subjects will focus on different aspects of Arabic language, including one subject offering the opportunity to study at a respected Arabic university. Students can also choose an elective focussing on Arabic language and Qur'an reading, or Arabic language and Tajweed (Qur'an recitation).

The course is one of a number of ways the Centre is working to broaden the understanding of Islamic culture in Australia, having recently hosted the inaugural Australasian Conference on Islam in partnership with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia.

Mr Ozalp said the conference brought together Australian and international academics specialising in the Islamic disciplines and Social Sciences.

"The theme of this first conference, Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously perse Societies, addressed the identity issue of Muslim youth, particularly how this identity forms, which is at the heart of the problems associated with Muslim youth in Australia," he said.

"Especially the interplay between religion (Islam) and cultural environment (Australian, ethnic and family) in shaping identity is important.

"If we could understand this phenomenon better, we could help address the issues related to the youth and consequently suggest better programs and services for community organisations and government agencies."

This new course is designed to be completed in two-years of part-time study, but students can also complete a one-year Graduate Certificate or an 18 month Graduate Diploma.

CSU student Mr Rashid Goolam has already completed the basic and intermediate Arabic grammar subjects which will be included in the Master level course, and said he found them an engaging way to learn after several unsuccessful attempts at self-study courses.

"The course assumes no prior knowledge of Arabic grammar and builds confidence through a series of simple lectures and homework exercises," he said.

"I already feel comfortable reading the Qur'an and recognizing the grammar rules learnt so far. This course has given me a great introduction to classical Arabic grammar."

The CISAC was established in 2009 by CSU and the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA).

It offers accredited Islamic Studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Course content is created with the advice and assistance of ISRA's advisory committee.

Kajulu wins 2013 National Advertising Competition

Kajulu wins 2013 National Advertising Competition

Industry-standard presentations and recommendations were the hallmarks of pitches by Charles Sturt University (CSU) advertising students in the finals of the International Advertising Association (IAA) 2013 'Big Idea' competition in Sydney on Monday 11 November.

"lt was a very close outcome between the two CSU teams, Kajulu Blue and Kajulu Red," according to advertising lecturer at the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst, Ms Anne Llewellynn.

"The judging panel acknowledged the high standard of all 15 teams from eight universities in the competition, but on Monday night Kajulu Blue was awarded the National Champions title for the 2013 IAA 'Big Idea'," Ms Llewellynn said.

"This is an exceptional achievement and congratulations to Kajulu Blue's Liz Stephens (Team Leader), Aidan Arentz, Mattie Mould, Kate Scrutton, Campbell Walker, and Luke Wilson, the team's graphic designer."

The annual IAA 'Big Idea' competition selects a charity for all the student teams to develop campaigns for, and the students pitch their presentations to a judging panel of marketing executives and a representative of the charity. The 2013 charity was 'Kids Helpline'.

Kajulu Blue was commended by Mr Jaimes Leggett, CEO of M&C Saatchi and Chair of the judging panel, not only for the depth and professionalism of their presentation, and their 'brave' strategy, but also for their outstanding written IMC recommendations which 'were a stand out'.

"Their solution was a big creative platform that was so much more than advertising. It gave consumers a clear role and mapped out a great user journey for people to donate," Mr Leggett said.

Ms Llewellynn said, "Both Kajulu teams made it to the finals, but there is only one winner and no second place is awarded. Kajulu Red, however, must also be congratulated for their excellent presentation. They too were highly commended by Jaimes in the judges' feedback for their insights and outstanding Big Idea. Well done to Kristie Bennett (team leader), Tom Barbour, Olivia Brechney, Eric Franken, Tannah Gravelis and their graphic designer, Jacob Forrest.

"It is a unique achievement that Charles Sturt University is the only university to have two teams reach the finals four years in a row and that we have now won this national event eight times out of the 11 competitions since 2003."

Each Kajulu team consists of five final-year advertising students from CSU in Bathurst and one final-year graphic design student from CSU in Wagga Wagga.

"I'm so proud of our students," Ms Llewellynn said. "They have excelled in this extremely competitive national competition which attracted the biggest number of entries ever this year. Clearly, Charles Sturt University offers the best advertising course in Australia, and our students are highly sought after. Our course and this final authentic client 'pitch' certainly has them ready to hit the ground running when they enter the industry."

CSU leads the way in creative industries

CSU leads the way in creative industries

A new suite of communication and creative industries courses at Charles Sturt University (CSU) has been designed to provide graduates with better job prospects and help future-proof their careers.

Course director Mr Brett Van Heekeren, at CSU's School of Communication and Creative Industries, said the new course structure provided a variety of specialisations and ongoing course renewal, giving students more flexibility and versatility.

"The communication and creative industries – journalism, public relations, advertising, arts, photography, animation and visual effects, graphic design and stage and screen – are dynamic industries undergoing rapid change," he said.

"Charles Sturt University's courses in communication and creative industries have always set the pace with one of the highest graduate employment records in Australia.

"We have an outside broadcast van, two fully equipped TV studios, a radio station, a multifunction media centre, and a professionally operating news room," he said.

"We also have three performance theatres, an in-house advertising agency, a PR consultancy, state of the art sound and animation studios, photographic studios and visual arts studios,

"We pride ourselves on the achievements of our graduates and can boast some of Australia's best-known media personalities as alumni." Mr Van Heekeren said the new course structures would ensure CSU continued to give graduates every professional advantage in a tight employment market.

"Students can now choose from a variety of career paths and select subjects across discipline areas, ensuring graduates are more widely skilled and employable in the changing work environment," he said. For example, a student studying a Bachelor of Communication (Advertising) could also choose subjects from the graphic design specialisation or the public relations specialisation, or a combination of both.

The three discipline areas will be:

  • Bachelor of Communication with specialisations in advertising, commercial radio, journalism, public relations or theatre/media
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design with specialisations in animation and visual effects, graphic design or photography
  • Bachelor of Stage and Screen with specialisations in acting, design or TV production

If you or someone you know may be interested in studying more than one of these disciplines can choose from a range of double degrees.

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